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Connecting the Downwinder Bumps

If you spend time at www.standupzone.com then you’ve probably seen posts by Rambo from http://rambos-locker.blogspot.com. I was watching this video and it gave me a first person view of exactly what the feeling is like to connect open ocean waves (bumps). You’ll see in Rambo’s video how he turns his OC-1 canoe to line up and catch the next bump. This is what people are always talking about and the super fun part of downwinders that I enjoy.

C4 Waterman Handle Grip Install

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Here’s a couple of video clips I took of the C4 Waterman handle grip installation demo. Using some foam grip scrap pieces, see how Joe positions the pad on the top most portion of the handle, starting off at the center towards the sides, following the contour of the handle. Notice how he carefully removes the adhesive backing making sure it overlaps smoothly. He cuts clean the excess pad with a razor, sands it after and it’s done.
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C4 Waterman Paddle Grip Install

This is a short video I took of Joe putting on the C4 Waterman paddle grip on my C4 XPR SUP paddle shaft. It will show you how the grip is installed. You might want to do it on your own shafts but if your hands are shaky, might as well try it on someone else’s. Watch how accurate Joe is with the installation, from the grip set-up, cutting the excess part and finishing it off scratch free.


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What is Pre-Preg in a Carbon SUP Paddle?

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This is the 2nd part of the interview I did with Todd Bradley on the C4 Waterman XPR. I‘ve been hearing about pre-preg lately and wanted to know what it was so I asked Todd what exactly is a pre-preg carbon shaft? Pre-preg, which is short for pre-impregnated, as Todd explains, is a actually a process by which carbon fiber cloth is mixed with the exact ratio of adhesive and other materials needed for the optimum strength and weight proportion of the paddle. So, if you’re still wondering why pre-preg shafts look a lot sturdier? Watch this video and learn more from Todd.
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Joe Blair 9-8 SUP with 6 inch Center Fin – Video

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Here’s a short video I took of Joe Blair’s 9′8″ SUP custom board which he made for my friend Jeff and I ‘borrowed’ for a while. The board has a slightly pulled in nose, round pin tail and originally had three 4.5″ fins on the bottom. I’ve had pet peeve about the Blair boards that I’ve ridden. Although they surf amazing and are super stable, it takes a bit of getting used to due to the way it yaws side to side when paddling. After thinking about this, I decided to replace the middle fin with a 6” cutaway in the center fin and leave the 4.5″ side fins. I tried it at Diamond Head a few weeks ago and at Leftovers on the North Shore the following week and the difference was night and day.
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Dennis Pang Interview: Stand Up Paddleboard Tips and Techniques from the Pros

In my recent interview with Hawaii born international shaper/surfer, Dennis Pang, I got a chance to know the guy who’s more than just your average shaper. Dennis talks about his SUP race creation for Tropical Blends – the 17’6” custom race board that Guy Pere won rode to win the 2009 Duke’s Oceanfest.
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Todd Bradley – SUP Paddles and Downwind Tips Part 2

In this next video, Todd explains the proper design of a stand up paddle in more detail. The bottom line is, a paddle should have the right shape, blade angle and surface design to get maximum efficiency.
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Todd Bradley – SUP Paddles and Downwind Tips Part 1

Todd talks about the importance of paddle design and the differences between SUP and other paddle sports. It’s all about efficiency in the water and doing it with the right paddles as Todd explains. He also shares paddling techniques and tips on choosing the right gear.
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Downwind Stand Up (SUP) Racing Tips with Todd Bradley – Video

I’ve been doing a lot of distance and downwind paddling lately and got a chance to ask Todd Bradley, a champion paddler, for his insights. This is a video that I’ve watched over and over already.
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C4 Waterman Vortice XP Carbon Fiber Racing Board

Here’s a video of Kaipo talking about the 14′ C4 Waterman Vortice XP Carbon Fiber Racing Board. He also gives riding/racing tips in the video. Check it out.


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Know Your Limits – My First Experience in the Kaiwi Channel

Know Your Limits - My First Experience in the Kaiwi Channel

I got the chance to paddle in the Kaiwi Channel last week.  This is the channel between Molokai and Oahu where the 32 mile race is held.  Let me start out by saying it was way harder than I thought it would be.  I got a call from Kainoa B who I will now refer to as ‘The Hammer’ (inside joke).  He was excited about taking his boat out into the Kaiwi Channel and doing a mini Molokai downwinder.  Tommy from Freedom Surf Company was coming to get some video and photo footage (footage of Tommy surfing) and his other friend Carlos was coming along for the paddle.  Kekoa was in the driver’s seat and we were all set. Continue reading ‘Know Your Limits – My First Experience in the Kaiwi Channel’

Joe Bark Interview – Board Previews and Tips

I did this interview with Joe Bark last month over the phone. I just learned about Joe while getting more and more into the SUP distance paddling arena. Joe is famous for his paddleboards and is now expanding into stand ups. He’s got a new 14′ SUP racer coming out from Surftech in the future and we got the scoops in advance. I haven’t gotten any date for the board release but it hopefully will be by Q1 2009.
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Mark Raaphorst Interview – F-14, F-16 and New SUP Race Boards

Last month I interviewed Maui based shaper and surfer Mark Raaphorst, and he discussed the differences between the F14 and F16’s along with other boards being used for downwinder stand up paddling. I shared with him my experience using the F16 while doing a downwinder and how the board became faster when it filled with water. He also gave some really good insight into downwind racing. I learned a lot.

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Surf Icon, Donald Takayama: The Talk Story

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I got a chance to interview the legendary Donald Takayama over the phone. At 65, Donald Takayama is still going strong. He started his career of making boards at age 11, became a shaper, surfer and still proves to be the master of style and technique. Continue reading ‘Surf Icon, Donald Takayama: The Talk Story’

 
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New Surftech Stand Up Video with Laird Hamilton, Jamie Mitchell and Friends

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I just got the press release for Surftech’s new stand up paddling instructional video and I immediately clicked on over to http://surftech.com/seasonal/l2sup.php to check it out.  This has got to be one of the best free videos I’ve seen so far.  I know it has a lot of Surftech promotion in it but it’s always nice to hear whatever Laird has to say.

This is definitely for the newbie beginner, especially the part where the guy shows what the deck, nose and tail of the board is.