Ke Nalu

Race Ready: Prepping for SUP Races Part 1

Posted 5 years ago

This article on preparing for SUP races will consist of four parts: Preliminaries–Choosing your race, the right board, the best stand up paddles. Starting to train. Prep–things to do to your board, your gear, yourself. What to bring, what to expect. Race Day–Checking in, checking out the competition, nutrition and hydration. Getting a good start,  Continue Reading [Link]

Stoke Over Size

Posted 5 years ago

We know it’s not businesslike, but we’re particularly fond of small shops, shaper-owned shops, places with tradition, companies running more on passion than profit. You can look at our dealer list and see that. We need to add a lot more Ke Nalu dealers now, especially in the Midwest, East Coast and the Gulf Coast.  Continue Reading [Link]

Aloha Standup Paddle

Posted 5 years ago

Tom English has opened a new Stand Up Paddle surf shop in Encinitas, California. The shop is located at 694 N. Coast Hwy 101 Leucadia, CA 92024 (760) 213-4133. Tom offers “Try before you buy” Boards available for rent and any fee (up to $300) can be applied towards purchase. Aloha Standup Paddle stocks custom  Continue Reading [Link]

This is simply way too cool

Posted 5 years ago

Red Bull owns the franchise on insane. And this video proves it. Beautifully done, beautifully shot, brilliant execution. Who decides what they’re going to do? Two Formula One teams, Acrobatic flying, mountain biking, snow, bicycles, wind and gravity sports of all kinds. And now this. I have never had a can of Red Bull–a sip  Continue Reading [Link]

Thank The Laird

Posted 5 years ago

I really do, him and all the people that got SUP started–changed my life for the better. But that’s also the title of this video, which I saw some time ago when it first came out, and loved it. It came around into my sights recently from a post on the Zone. Still one of  Continue Reading [Link]

Olympus Board Shop

Posted 5 years ago

We’re heard from several customers that Olympus Board Shop is a great ambassador for Ke Nalu paddles–they’re stoked about the performance, use the paddles themselves, and understand what makes our paddles different and worthwhile. Olympus opened in Torrance in 1998. It was started by a local named Jeremy Godo Kiss who was born and raised  Continue Reading [Link]

From the Hyperactive Mind of Sol Morey

Posted 5 years ago

I ran into Sol at Sorrentos (the beach, not the restaurant) two days ago after doing a southside downwinder with Rod Parmenter. I was picking up my boards while Sol was retrieving his wife after her downwind run. I always like talking to Sol, besides being one of the nicest people I’ve ever known he’s  Continue Reading [Link]

Wow, just simply, wow

Posted 5 years ago

Go Pro has changed the way sport and life gets chronicled. I’m not sure these are ALL Go Pro clips, but I’ve seen most of them before. A word of caution–NEVER read youtube comments unless you want an object lesson in how many people simply suck. [Link]

Super Downwind Maliko Video

Posted 5 years ago

Surprise, there’s no Ke Nalu Paddles content in this post!! Well, I still consider Ke Nalu to be a magazine, and now that the paddle business side of Ke Nalu is smoothly underway I plan to post a lot more general Stand Up Paddling articles and content. This is a really good video of a  Continue Reading [Link]

Extreme Windsurfing

Posted 5 years ago

Extreme Windsurfing has been around since October 1993. they started out as a Windsurfing & kayaking store behind a hotel that is now a Comfort Inn. This is EXACTLY the kind of place that Ke Nalu loves. Core. It’s why we love having our paddles at Tokanuga Store, Big Winds, Blue Planet, Hi Tech, Surfing  Continue Reading [Link]

Playing with the xTuf’s

Posted 5 years ago

I’ve been testing our new xTuf paddle in the surf for about two months now. I’m pleased to say they are bulletproof as I expected them to be. The Fiberglas and unidirectional carbon fiber can get scratched and beaten up, as I’ve amply demonstrated, but the paddle is super tough and despite all my shenanigans,  Continue Reading [Link]

Ke Nalu xTuf Stand Up Paddles

Posted 5 years ago

The Ke Nalu Elite Stand Up Paddles have a tough little brother. The xTuf. Our xTuf stand up paddles are identical to the Ke Nalu Elite stand up paddles except for materials–the blades are made in the same molds, the shafts are made on the same mandrels. The handles ARE the same. But we wanted  Continue Reading [Link]

Mission Bob Rides Again

Posted 5 years ago

Those of us who had visited the Mission Surf Shop at Mission Beach near San Diego were distressed to hear it had closed. Bob Long was an early adopter and passionate exponent of Stand Up Paddle surfing. Whenever I was in San Diego I stopped by to see Bob. I was therefore very relieved to  Continue Reading [Link]

Ke Nalu Elite Stand Up Paddles

Posted 5 years ago

What’s better about Ke Nalu Stand Up Paddles? Well, our intent when we designed them was to make EVERYTHING better. Because when something is simple, everything matters. What’s simpler than a paddle? You can judge for yourself how well we accomplished our goal, but let’s look at what we did. Structural Changes: Most paddle blades  Continue Reading [Link]

Love At First Stroke

Posted 5 years ago

I wrote this as a first impression a few days ago, expecting to finish it when we get some better waves. But wind and waves are conspiring to keep me from having a big wave experience. I’ve had it out in waist high surf now, and it’s an order of magnitude more exciting. There’s a  Continue Reading [Link]

Friday Night In The Star Wars Bar

Posted 5 years ago

My buddy Bill Boyum says Paia is like the bar in Star Wars. You’ll see every kind of creature in the galaxy if you just hang out a while. It’s a pretty fun town. This particular Friday night is “third friday”, a special night that brings out more entertainers, more people, more fun. They started  Continue Reading [Link]

Apocolypse Later, Surf Now

Posted 5 years ago

Wow. Not sure what this has to do with Stand Up Paddles, but there area couple of SUP surfers in the waves. I can imagine some of the folks I know getting out there to take advantage of the impact waves. Hey, what else are you going to do? . . . [Link]

Ke Nalu–The Movie

Posted 5 years ago

Things get a little whacky on the Stand Up Zone. Not only are these folks fun to shoot the breeze with (virtual breeze that is) but they are also remarkably creative. This is a set of recent posts on the Zone. To set the context, I had replied to another post that Dave Kalama’s recent  Continue Reading [Link]

S. Tokunaga Store Now Offers Ke Nalu SUP Paddles

Posted 5 years ago

If you’re on the Big Island of Hawaii and you’re interested in Ke Nalu Stand Up Paddles then Hilo is the town and the venerable S. Tokunaga Store is the place to go. Tokunaga’s is such a great place for our paddles, we’re thrilled to have them there. The store has been in Hilo for  Continue Reading [Link]

Gorge Performance

Posted 5 years ago

Gorge Performance now offers Ke Nalu Stand Up Paddles. Gorge Performance has been serving the needs of Northwest Adrenaline junkies for well.. forever I guess. At least they’ve always been there when I needed gear. I bought my first “performance” windsurfer from Bob Rueter in 1983–a Aiken 10’3″. I found it in the crawlspace of  Continue Reading [Link]

Blue Planet

Posted 5 years ago

Blue Planet Surf Gear got its start in 1993 on the island of Oahu. Founder Robert Stehlik was a business student at the time and created the brand and business plan as a college project at the University of Hawaii. The concept was simple: unique surfwear and equipment from Hawaii- for surfers, by surfers. The  Continue Reading [Link]

Captain Billy’s Latest Booklist

Posted 5 years ago

I continue to be amazed that my good friend Bill Rozier has friends who read good books. Bill puts together a booklist each year by getting all his friends to submit their favorite books from the past year. The result is always good. And I’m always surprised. After all, this is the craziest guy I  Continue Reading [Link]

PocketFuel–Healthy Energy

Posted 5 years ago

Two Hood River friends and longtime SUP racers/downwind fanatics (Mark Ribkoff and Rod Parmenter) have started a company called PocketFuel to produce healthy and convenient energy snacks. I was pretty skeptical about the whole idea until I tasted what they are making and tried it in a couple of events. Wonderful stuff. I get stomach  Continue Reading [Link]

Zane Dominates Hawaii WSUP Event

Posted 5 years ago

Very cool video from Starboard of Zane Schweitzer winning the World SUP finals event on the Big Island. It was a standout performance. One obvious thing is his paddle handling–amazing. It flies in his hands like a katana, and he uses it to both initiate and complete his moves. Not only does it add to  Continue Reading [Link]

The Magic Of Stand Up Paddle Surfing

Posted 5 years ago

This is a very cool video about a trip to Iceland to surf. As it is, the quality and charachter of the video make it a very worthy addition. But what I really like about this video is that it so clearly illustrates the breadth of our sport. How many prone surfers plan a trip  Continue Reading [Link]

It’s Not Real

Posted 5 years ago

When we think of CGI we think of science fiction and monsters that couldn’t be created any other way. We think Avatar. But do we think times square? Do we think an ordinary street. If this video doesn’t make you nervous, you’re just not paying attention. It’s been a long time since people trusted a  Continue Reading [Link]

Connor Baxter’s Big Year

Posted 5 years ago

This is probably not the high point of Connor Baxter’s SUP career, but it was a pretty amazing year. Connor is hugely talented guy, but it’s not just talent that makes him a standout. It’s his work ethic and his support system. Connor’s family is 150 percent behind him. Connor’s Mom, Karen sent me this  Continue Reading [Link]

Great TED lecture on Education

Posted 5 years ago

It’s a rare speaker who is both funny and so very on point. [Link]

Dan Gavere Riding the Wheel

Posted 5 years ago

Dan is the most stoked guy I’ve ever met. He’s up for anything and great at everything. From whitewater SUP to Stand Up Paddle surfing, to racing, to SUP downwinding. He’s on it. Leave it to him to figure out a new way to have fun in Hood River. I spent a fair amount of  Continue Reading [Link]

Too Cool–A Murmuration

Posted 5 years ago

This is a marvelous video. The camera work is excellent, the storytelling is deceptively simple but elegant and precise, and the subject is such a spectacular happenstance. I’ve watched it a dozen times. It’s better with each watching. Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo. [Link]

Stand Up Paddles and Pain

Posted 5 years ago

I received this question on Seabreeze about Stand Up Paddles and shoulder issues: Hi Bill, I’ve been reading with interest info on your site and was wondering if you may be able to give me some further advice. I have been having some shoulder problems which I am working through with a physio friend who  Continue Reading [Link]

SUP at the Wedge

Posted 5 years ago

I used to be a wedgie–in my twenties (40 years ago) I bodysurfed there whenever the waves were mid-sized. I was never good enough or crazy enough for a big day–I got enough send in my various orifices as it was. The wedge can be unmerciful, especially at the end of a ride when the  Continue Reading [Link]

PocketFuel–Healthy Energy

Posted 5 years ago

Two Hood River friends and longtime SUP racers/downwind fanatics (Mark Ribkoff and Rod Parmenter) have started a company called PocketFuel to produce healthy and convenient energy snacks. I was pretty skeptical about the whole idea until I tasted what they are making and tried it in a couple of events. Wonderful stuff. I get stomach  Continue Reading [Link]

Zane Dominates Hawaii WSUP Event

Posted 5 years ago

Very cool video from Starboard of Zane Schweitzer winning the World SUP finals event on the Big Island. It was a standout performance. One obvious thing is his paddle handling–amazing. It flies in his hands like a katana, and he uses it to both initiate and complete his moves. Not only does it add to  Continue Reading [Link]

The Magic Of Stand Up Paddle Surfing

Posted 5 years ago

This is a very cool video about a trip to Iceland to surf. As it is, the quality and charachter of the video make it a very worthy addition. But what I really like about this video is that it so clearly illustrates the breadth of our sport. How many prone surfers plan a trip  Continue Reading [Link]

It’s Not Real

Posted 5 years ago

When we think of CGI we think of science fiction and monsters that couldn’t be created any other way. We think Avatar. But do we think times square? Do we think an ordinary street. If this video doesn’t make you nervous, you’re just not paying attention. It’s been a long time since people trusted a  Continue Reading [Link]

Connor Baxter’s Big Year

Posted 5 years ago

This is probably not the high point of Connor Baxter’s SUP career, but it was a pretty amazing year. Connor is hugely talented guy, but it’s not just talent that makes him a standout. It’s his work ethic and his support system. Connor’s family is 150 percent behind him. Connor’s Mom, Karen sent me this  Continue Reading [Link]

Great TED lecture on Education

Posted 5 years ago

It’s a rare speaker who is both funny and so very on point. [Link]

Dan Gavere Riding the Wheel

Posted 5 years ago

Dan is the most stoked guy I’ve ever met. He’s up for anything and great at everything. From whitewater SUP to Stand Up Paddle surfing, to racing, to SUP downwinding. He’s on it. Leave it to him to figure out a new way to have fun in Hood River. I spent a fair amount of  Continue Reading [Link]

Too Cool–A Murmuration

Posted 5 years ago

This is a marvelous video. The camera work is excellent, the storytelling is deceptively simple but elegant and precise, and the subject is such a spectacular happenstance. I’ve watched it a dozen times. It’s better with each watching. Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo. [Link]

Stand Up Paddles and Pain

Posted 5 years ago

I received this question on Seabreeze about Stand Up Paddles and shoulder issues: Hi Bill, I’ve been reading with interest info on your site and was wondering if you may be able to give me some further advice. I have been having some shoulder problems which I am working through with a physio friend who  Continue Reading [Link]

SUP at the Wedge

Posted 5 years ago

I used to be a wedgie–in my twenties (40 years ago) I bodysurfed there whenever the waves were mid-sized. I was never good enough or crazy enough for a big day–I got enough send in my various orifices as it was. The wedge can be unmerciful, especially at the end of a ride when the  Continue Reading [Link]

Other Interests

Posted 5 years ago

I was browsing through one of my semi-abandoned websites looking for a picture and found this gallery. Kind of cool pictures from the long trip we took a few years ago–driving around the country with my home-built airstream car hauler, racing at most of the famous tracks in North America. Here’s a gallery. [Link]

Can A Paddle Make A Difference?

Posted 5 years ago

Let’s cut to the chase. Yes. There’s a simple logic to this. If your paddle is lighter you’ll do less work lifting it out of the water and swinging it back to the front of the board (recovery). If the blade is more efficient because of the hydrodynamic design and structure, then that efficiency will  Continue Reading [Link]

Impressions of a BOP

Posted 5 years ago

We’ve been having a great time in SoCal before, during and after the Battle of the Paddle. The amount of material I’ve collected to do posts is just overwhelming, and I’m way behind on stuff I’ve started–for example, the CCBC trip to Massachusetts and up into Maine which was back in August. So I’ve decided  Continue Reading [Link]

Introducing Ke Nalu Paddles

Posted 5 years ago

This video explains the technical innovations we have undertaken in building the new Ke Nalu paddles. We apologize for the length, but there’s a lot to explain. These paddles look the same as the paddle you are probably using, but they are very different. The video says the paddles are available now. Not quite true.  Continue Reading [Link]

Why Stroking Past Your Feet Doesn’t Work

Posted 5 years ago

If you’ve been paddling a while you’ve undoubtedly heard that you shouldn’t paddle past your feet. Both the Hawaiian and Tahitian stroke build on that reality. But why is it so? Well now that we’ve got the basics of how a paddle works down we can explain it. Wait… …you didn’t read that? Get outta  Continue Reading [Link]

How Do Paddles Work?

Posted 5 years ago

Probably not like you visualize. We’ve done a lot of work trying to understand paddles here at Ke Nalu Labs. We, meaning me and Sam. Sam’s contribution is accompanying me to Nichol’s Slough, running around looking for food and dead things. My contribution is putting sensors all over paddles, hooking them up to a data  Continue Reading [Link]

No Room For Error

Posted 5 years ago

How do you practice something like this? I figure he must have started by just getting as far from the ground as possible, and then tightened it up by increments. Still, one sneeze and you’re a windshield bug. [Link]

Gaga for the Lady

Posted 5 years ago

Freaks my kids out that Diane and I are Lady Gaga Fans. Honestly, I don’t understand how anyone could not be. Last weekend I said that and someone called her “talentless”. That is simply too silly to respond to. Check this out. Acoustic. Astonishing. What an imagination. The music, the lyrics, the performance, the look,  Continue Reading [Link]

East Coast SUP

Posted 5 years ago

Clams. First thing I think of when I think of the East Coast. I’m like Bubba in Forrest Gump, only it’s clams instead of shrimp. Cherrystones, Little Necks, Soft Shell, Essex Steamers, and Quahaugs. Raw, steamed, fried, baked, casino, chowder, stuffed–in rolls, the halfshell, on a dinner plate or a carboard tray. I like clams.  Continue Reading [Link]

Swell SUP Board

Posted 5 years ago

Another crazy day in the Gorge. Winds hovering around 40kts, big swell, bigger than August 9th, when the wind was really howling around 43-45kts. Because the swell was so big I decided to leave the downwind/race boards on the truck and ride a surfboard. It was a great choice. I used Diane’s old Naish 11’6″  Continue Reading [Link]

Jamie Mitchell in Indo

Posted 5 years ago

Smokey Carter posted this to the Standup Zone, but the zone doesn’t use embed codes. I couldn’t fix the post on the zone but I can make it work on Ke Nalu, so here you go Smokey. [Link]

Can A Paddle Make A Difference?

Posted 5 years ago

Let’s cut to the chase. Yes. There’s a simple logic to this. If your paddle is lighter you’ll do less work lifting it out of the water and swinging it back to the front of the board (recovery). If the blade is more efficient because of the hydrodynamic design and structure, then that efficiency will  Continue Reading [Link]

Impressions of a BOP

Posted 5 years ago

We’ve been having a great time in SoCal before, during and after the Battle of the Paddle. The amount of material I’ve collected to do posts is just overwhelming, and I’m way behind on stuff I’ve started–for example, the CCBC trip to Massachusetts and up into Maine which was back in August. So I’ve decided  Continue Reading [Link]

Introducing Ke Nalu Paddles

Posted 6 years ago

This video explains the technical innovations we have undertaken in building the new Ke Nalu paddles. We apologize for the length, but there’s a lot to explain. These paddles look the same as the paddle you are probably using, but they are very different. The video says the paddles are available now. Not quite true.  Continue Reading [Link]

Why Stroking Past Your Feet Doesn’t Work

Posted 6 years ago

If you’ve been paddling a while you’ve undoubtedly heard that you shouldn’t paddle past your feet. Both the Hawaiian and Tahitian stroke build on that reality. But why is it so? Well now that we’ve got the basics of how a paddle works down we can explain it. Wait… …you didn’t read that? Get outta  Continue Reading [Link]

How Do Paddles Work?

Posted 6 years ago

Probably not like you visualize. We’ve done a lot of work trying to understand paddles here at Ke Nalu Labs. We, meaning me and Sam. Sam’s contribution is accompanying me to Nichol’s Slough, running around looking for food and dead things. My contribution is putting sensors all over paddles, hooking them up to a data  Continue Reading [Link]

No Room For Error

Posted 6 years ago

How do you practice something like this? I figure he must have started by just getting as far from the ground as possible, and then tightened it up by increments. Still, one sneeze and you’re a windshield bug. [Link]

Gaga for the Lady

Posted 6 years ago

Freaks my kids out that Diane and I are Lady Gaga Fans. Honestly, I don’t understand how anyone could not be. Last weekend I said that and someone called her “talentless”. That is simply too silly to respond to. Check this out. Acoustic. Astonishing. What an imagination. The music, the lyrics, the performance, the look,  Continue Reading [Link]

East Coast SUP

Posted 6 years ago

Clams. First thing I think of when I think of the East Coast. I’m like Bubba in Forrest Gump, only it’s clams instead of shrimp. Cherrystones, Little Necks, Soft Shell, Essex Steamers, and Quahaugs. Raw, steamed, fried, baked, casino, chowder, stuffed–in rolls, the halfshell, on a dinner plate or a carboard tray. I like clams.  Continue Reading [Link]

Swell SUP Board

Posted 6 years ago

Another crazy day in the Gorge. Winds hovering around 40kts, big swell, bigger than August 9th, when the wind was really howling around 43-45kts. Because the swell was so big I decided to leave the downwind/race boards on the truck and ride a surfboard. It was a great choice. I used Diane’s old Naish 11’6″  Continue Reading [Link]

Jamie Mitchell in Indo

Posted 6 years ago

Smokey Carter posted this to the Standup Zone, but the zone doesn’t use embed codes. I couldn’t fix the post on the zone but I can make it work on Ke Nalu, so here you go Smokey. [Link]

Flying the Gorge

Posted 6 years ago

How much is too much wind? How about when you’re using your paddle as a brake? When you’re standing on the rudder post–and it’s not back enough. When your board goes straight because it’s weather vaning. When the wind gets under the rail and rips the board out from under you. When your paddle blows  Continue Reading [Link]

Race Ready Part 4: After the Party’s Over

Posted 6 years ago

So you did better than you expected, had a beer, loaded the boards and headed home. Now what? Well if you’re like most people, you now have the bug. Racing SUP boards is pretty addictive. You can tell you have … [Link]

Great Summer For Birthdays

Posted 6 years ago

I kind of hate birthday parties. They sound great until you get there. And then people you don’t know that well are talking about jobs and work and stuff you don’t care about. You stand around wondering how soon you … [Link]

Big Week In Hood River: Kamp, Klinic and Race

Posted 6 years ago

Tonight was First Friday–always a fun event in Hood River. The main street is closed to traffic and most of the stores and restaurants host special events. Some have live music, some do free wine tastings or offer cocktails. Along … [Link]

Race Ready Part 3: Race Day

Posted 6 years ago

So, here we are on Race Day. Exciting stuff. You’ll want to get to the event venue early to take care of any registration issues, get your gear down to the start line, go through all your stuff, and make … [Link]

Gerry Lopez Interview

Posted 6 years ago

Bob Stehlik posted this cool interview with Gerry Lopez prior to the Molokai to Oahu race on his Zen Waterman site. It’s a really nice interview, Gerry is such a fine, relaxed, accessible guy. For some reason I’ve never had … [Link]

Race Ready Part 2: Gear and Prep

Posted 6 years ago

Your Gear Once you’ve decided what class you’d like to race in, it’s time to get your board and paddle, or to prep the one you have. If you’re buying a new board don’t base your purchase on the board … [Link]

Race Ready: Prepping for SUP Races Part 1

Posted 6 years ago

This article on preparing for SUP races will consist of four parts: Preliminaries–Choosing your race, your board, your gear. Starting to train. Prep–things to do to your board, your gear, yourself. What to bring, what to expect. Race Day–Checking in, … [Link]

Christopher’s Haven And The CCBC

Posted 6 years ago

I’m really proud of my brother Bob, his good buddy Mike Brown, and all the other folks that have made the CCBC events into such an important funding source for Christopher’s Haven. This August will be the fourth time I’ve … [Link]

Shakira SUPs

Posted 6 years ago

This is years old, and yet it still both embarrasses me and cracks me up. Here’s the backstory. Paddling in the Multnomah channel on a winter day, full drysuit. music blasting, I forgot that there was a camera running and … [Link]

Reading Water

Posted 6 years ago

Whether you’re racing, surfing, cruising, or touring reading the water is a critical aspect of stand up paddling. The elite racers seem to have a deep relationship with the swell and water surface. They know where to be and what … [Link]

Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge: $15,000 Total Purse

Posted 6 years ago

The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge (CGPC) is a Festival celebrating the sport of Stand Up Paddling in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. The Paddle Challenge will feature a Distance Downwind Race, a Course Race, a Team Relay Race and … [Link]

Serious Paddle Testing

Posted 6 years ago

I’m a geek, a nerdy geek, there’s just no getting around it. While most of you were playing sports and having a life as a preteen and teen, I was in my laboratory. I didn’t put quotes around laboratory because … [Link]

Outside Mag Girls SUP

Posted 6 years ago

Well that does it. For anyone that thought SUP hasn’t entered the mainstream here’s the rule, if Outside Magazine covers it, it’s mainstream. When they bring in the cute girsl to cover it, it’s VERY mainstream. …Read More [Link]

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Posted 6 years ago

I found this on Playak, a kayak site I visit frequently looking for technique and equipment information: This important and educational article was written by Mario Vittone and should be shared globally. The Incident – The new captain jumped from … [Link]

Gorge Bump & Glide

Posted 6 years ago

Some local downwind addicts are putting together a downwind racing series for the gorge. They’ve built a very cool website for it (http://bumpnglide.com/ ) and have a schedule of races throughout the month of July, with the finale scheduled for … [Link]

Teach Your Children Well…

Posted 6 years ago

I’m laid up after knee surgery, so I’ve been working on some writing that may never see the light of day. Some ideas I have that might someday be a book but more likely exists solely to clarify my thinking–in … [Link]

Off The Hook Olokai Video

Posted 6 years ago

Bill Boyum keeps raising the bar with his downwinder videos. this newest from the Olokai race is simply wonderful. I’ve watched it a dozen times already. the music is great, and hearing Victor (Lopez) hooting it up while he drives … [Link]

Chuck Patterson Joins the Naish Team

Posted 6 years ago

It’s official, Chuck Patterson has joined the Naish team. Here’s a news release that Naish sent me today: We are thrilled to announce that renowned waterman Chuck Patterson has joined the Naish SUP Team. An incredibly gifted and versatile athlete, … [Link]

Bullet Schnozz–Open Ocean to Flatwater

Posted 6 years ago

My bullet is awesome when the swells are big. But when the water goes flat it just pushes water. The reason is simple, it has a planing bow, aimed at stability and speed once the board slots into a swell. … [Link]

Reading Water

Posted 6 years ago

Whether you’re racing, surfing, cruising, or touring reading the water is a critical aspect of stand up paddling. The elite racers seems to have a deep relationship with the swell and water surface. They know where to be and what … [Link]

Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge: $15,000 Total Purse

Posted 6 years ago

The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge (CGPC) is a Festival celebrating the sport of Stand Up Paddling in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. The Paddle Challenge will feature a Distance Downwind Race, a Course Race, a Team Relay Race and … [Link]

Serious Paddle Testing

Posted 6 years ago

I’m a geek, a nerdy geek, there’s just no getting around it. While most of you were playing sports and having a life as a preteen and teen, I was in my laboratory. I didn’t put quotes around laboratory because … [Link]

Outside Mag Girls SUP

Posted 6 years ago

Well that does it. For anyone that thought SUP hasn’t entered the mainstream here’s the rule, if Outside Magazine covers it, it’s mainstream. When they bring in the cute girsl to cover it, it’s VERY mainstream. …Read More [Link]

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Posted 6 years ago

I found this on Playak, a kayak site I visit frequently looking for technique and equipment information: This important and educational article was written by Mario Vittone and should be shared globally. The Incident – The new captain jumped from … [Link]

Drowing Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Posted 6 years ago

I found this on Payak, a kayak site I visit frequently looking for technique and equipment information: This important and educational article was written by Mario Vittone and should be shared globally. The Incident – The new captain jumped from … [Link]

Gorge Bump & Glide

Posted 6 years ago

Some local downwind addicts are putting together a downwind racing series for the gorge. They’ve built a very cool website for it (http://bumpnglide.com/ ) and have a schedule of races throughout the month of July, with the finale scheduled for … [Link]

Teach Your Children Well…

Posted 6 years ago

I’m laid up after knee surgery, so I’ve been working on some writing that may never see the light of day. Some ideas I have that might someday be a book but more likely exists solely to clarify my thinking–in … [Link]

Off The Hook Olokai Video

Posted 6 years ago

Bill Boyum keeps raising the bar with his downwinder videos. this newest from the Olokai race is simply wonderful. I’ve watched it a dozen times already. the music is great, and hearing Victor (Lopez) hooting it up while he drives … [Link]

Chuck Patterson Joins the Naish Team

Posted 6 years ago

It’s official, Chuck Patterson has joined the Naish team. Here’s a news release that Naish sent me today: We are thrilled to announce that renowned waterman Chuck Patterson has joined the Naish SUP Team. An incredibly gifted and versatile athlete, … [Link]

One More Reason to SUP Costa Rica

Posted 6 years ago

No question, Costa Rica has become a hot spot for SUP surfers. Lots of reasons for that, and here’s one more. The Robert August Inaugural SUP Challenge. Here’s the press release Martyn Hoffman sent us, and a few very cool … [Link]

Connor’s BOP

Posted 6 years ago

Connor Baxter’s Mom, Karen, sent us a writeup by Connor and pictures by her. Thanks Karen. Hey, where’s my Bullet!! (Karen is the organizational might at SIC, and my Bullet is somewhere in shipping limbo). BOP Recap by Connor Baxter … [Link]

10 Ways To Improve Your Paddling

Posted 6 years ago

SUP began as a surfsport, but a growing majority of SUP paddlers will either never or rarely surf. They’re racing or cruising in flatwater and doing downwinders. A growing number are doing whitewater SUP or fishing. The range of these … [Link]

Surf Kids Grow Up So Fast

Posted 6 years ago

I was browsing through the images that have been posted to Ke Nalu over the last few years and came across some photo galleries that I’d completely forgotten about. I’ll use more of them later, but this first one is … [Link]

Cape Cod Bay Challenge 2011

Posted 6 years ago

It’s been a long winter. Lots of planning has been underway for the 2011 Cape Cod Bay Challenge and the CCBC event series. Mark your calendars for August 20th and start training. Registration is here: http://ccbccrossing.eventbrite.com/ The CCBC became a … [Link]

California Spring Fever

Posted 6 years ago

Debra Keys-Thomas sent us a great set of shots from a recent Surfingsports expedition to some undisclosed but very familiar-looking California surf breaks. The pictures feature some new short Starboard models, and from the shots, these boards really rock. WD … [Link]

Quickblade’s Paddle Stroke Analysis Tool

Posted 6 years ago

Jim Terrell at Quickblade is certainly at the forefront of analyzing how paddling works with an aim to improve both technique and equipment. He has produced a number of videos recently that illustrate this technical bent. This most recent video … [Link]

New Kevlar Bullet

Posted 6 years ago

Sandwich Island Composites continues to make some of the most innovative, beautiful and fastest boards in the SUP racing world. The new Bullet is a perfect example. The shape is optimized for speed and swell-catching ability. In the growing group … [Link]

…At the other end of the spectrum

Posted 6 years ago

Following on the post of the Senna movie is this bit of redneck mayhem. None of my friends would be surprised to hear I find this funny and would love to do it. Dismayed perhaps, but not surprised. …Read More [Link]

Senna–We’ll Never See His Equal

Posted 6 years ago

I can’t wait to see this movie. I have chicken skin from the trailer. For some reason I wasn’t into F1 very much during the Senna days–for one thing, there wasn’t much of a way to be a fan in … [Link]

Dave Kalama’s Waterman Workout

Posted 6 years ago

Sorry I haven’t posted here in a while, I’ve been working pretty hard on Dave’s Waterman Workout video. It’s coming together well, the biggest challenge is blocking out time to shoot. Dave has a nutty schedule. We’re going to do … [Link]

Ultimate Rail Tape: Railsaver Pro

Posted 6 years ago

Carles Carrera is a fanatic SUP fan and a motorcycle engineer/designer. He also likes to take care of his toys. When he knocked a chip out of one of his new boards he immediately started looking at options, and didn’t … [Link]

Ross Island SUP Race Series

Posted 6 years ago

Looks like I’m going to miss all three of the Portland Oregon Ross Island Races this year–my Doc just gave me the bad news that while my knee surgery went well, it will take two months to heal. That’s a … [Link]

Surf Kids Grow Up So Fast

Posted 6 years ago

I was browsing through the images that have been posted to Ke Nalu over the last few years and came across some photo galleries that I’d completely forgotten about. I’ll use more of them later, but this first one is … [Link]

Cape Cod Bay Challenge 2011

Posted 6 years ago

It’s been a long winter. Lots of planning has been underway for the 2011 Cape Cod Bay Challenge and the CCBC event series. Mark your calendars for August 20th and start training. Registration is here: http://ccbccrossing.eventbrite.com/ The CCBC became a … [Link]

California Spring Fever

Posted 6 years ago

Debra Keys-Thomas sent us a great set of shots from a recent Surfingsports expedition to some undisclosed but very familiar-looking California surf breaks. The pictures feature some new short Starboard models, and from the shots, these boards really rock. WD … [Link]

Quickblade’s Paddle Stroke Analysis Tool

Posted 6 years ago

Jim Terrell at Quickblade is certainly at the forefront of analyzing how paddling works with an aim to improve both technique and equipment. He has produced a number of videos recently that illustrate this technical bent. This most recent video … [Link]

New Kevlar Bullet

Posted 6 years ago

Sandwich Island Composites continues to make some of the most innovative, beautiful and fastest boards in the SUP racing world. The new Bullet is a perfect example. The shape is optimized for speed and swell-catching ability. In the growing group … [Link]

…At the other end of the spectrum

Posted 6 years ago

Following on the post of the Senna movie is this bit of redneck mayhem. None of my friends would be surprised to hear I find this funny and would love to do it. Dismayed perhaps, but not surprised. …Read More [Link]

Senna–We’ll Never See His Equal

Posted 6 years ago

I can’t wait to see this movie. I have chicken skin from the trailer. For some reason I wasn’t into F1 very much during the Senna days–for one thing, there wasn’t much of a way to be a fan in … [Link]

Dave Kalama’s Waterman Workout

Posted 6 years ago

Sorry I haven’t posted here in a while, I’ve been working pretty hard on Dave’s Waterman Workout video. It’s coming together well, the biggest challenge is blocking out time to shoot. Dave has a nutty schedule. We’re going to do … [Link]

Ultimate Rail Tape: Railsaver Pro

Posted 6 years ago

Carles Carrera is a fanatic SUP fan and a motorcycle engineer/designer. He also likes to take care of his toys. When he knocked a chip out of one of his new boards he immediately started looking at options, and didn’t … [Link]

We Didn’t All Make It To Here

Posted 6 years ago

Without being too gruesome, too maudlin, or spending time reviewing the large number of opportunities I gave myself to shuffle off this mortal coil. A brief salute to those who can’t join us tonight. As soon as I post this … [Link]

Peyote Races With The Big Boys

Posted 6 years ago

Peyote is my race car, a homebuilt special based on a Triumph TR3 frame and running gear, built in Minneapolis over 50 years ago by a guy named Bill Ames. I’ve been racing it since 1999, but Peyote has been … [Link]

Cape Cod Bay Challenge Gets Bigger

Posted 6 years ago

The Cape Cod Bay Challenge is put on by a vigorous and talented group of people including the founders–Mike Brown and Bob Babcock (Full disclosure, Bob is my brother). They’ve been doing an amazing job growing and enhancing the event, … [Link]

Great Standup Paddlesurf Video: Praise the Laird

Posted 6 years ago

I found this video on the Standup Zone–a forum I frequent (all too frequently). Its by a guy whose handle (or maybe his real name) is Beasho Free. Hmmm, anyway, what I love about the video is his stoke (ok, … [Link]

Xtreme Tech–The IPhone

Posted 6 years ago

I have no patience for people who say “Oh, I’m no good with technology” as if it were a talent, or an inherited characteristic. Using technology is something you learn, and being over 40 is no excuse for acting like … [Link]

Why Are There So Many Xtreme Geezers

Posted 6 years ago

Adapted from a CBS news story If you’re nearing or past retirement age you’re far from alone. The number of people age 65 and older around the world hit 506 million last year. At the current rate that number will … [Link]

Maui Party: Yup, It Was Fun

Posted 6 years ago

Mark’s party at the Ding King was great fun. There was a really grim MCKC Maliko race earlier in the day, so that was one of the main topics of conversation. A very spooky and slow race (story to follow). … [Link]

Kai Lenny Wins At Sunset Again

Posted 6 years ago

Stand Up World Tour 2011 Sunset Beach, Oahu The crowd gathered yesterday on Oahu’s North Shore to watch the finals of the 2011 Stand Up World Tour’s first event. After days of trials in 20ft+ waves and strong riding from … [Link]

Eight Year Old Nathan SUP Surfing With Dolphins

Posted 6 years ago

Howzitt… Weekend is here so just a quick clip that may be cool for young viewers to your site – 8 year old Nathan SUPing with dolphins showing what the sport is really all about.. Kind regards, Ivan van Vuuren [Link]

Bernd Roediger Wins Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge

Posted 6 years ago

Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge 2011 Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu The Stand Up World Tour’s first event of the year wrapped up with the junior competition today as the competitors took to the water in two exciting heats. Naish was … [Link]

Maui Party

Posted 6 years ago

Any of you folks on Maui might want to swing by S.I.C.s new shop on Saturday, February 12. Mark and company are throwing a grand opening party. Knowing Mark that probably means a lot of beer and talking story, bound … [Link]

So here’s how to Roll

Posted 6 years ago

This video just makes me want to surf. Bunch a guys having fun, but the bunch of guys includes Kelly Slater, Eddie Vedder, Brian Keaulana, and other lunatics. Kelly is just astonishing. He’s just screwing around and what he’s doing … [Link]

Exercise and Weight Loss

Posted 6 years ago

We all know exercise is important to being fit and losing weight, but to what degree? Can exercise make up for bad eating choices? For example, say you decide to eat a Big Mac with cheese (Calories 704) fries (380) … [Link]

Who cares

Posted 6 years ago

It seems that everybody around at the beginning of stand up wants to claim that they were the one that started the whole thing. Who cares, no one is giving away awards for the one that is responsible for it … [Link]

Tempo

Posted 6 years ago

Photo Darrell Wong So you’ve read all the technique articles, watched all the videos on you tube, maybe even attended a clinic from one of the pros. You’ve spent countless hours processing all the information and tried to integrate it into your … [Link]

Building A 737 For Southwest Airlines

Posted 6 years ago

Wow, just plain wow. This is a wonderful video of Boeing building and painting a 737-800 for Southwest Airlines (though it looks like the actual airplanes being built are for Jet Blue). What a company! What technology. What a plane. … [Link]

Blues and Bearcats

Posted 6 years ago

This is a really cool video of Bearcats, which were the airplanes the early Blue Angels flew the most and modern Blue Angel F18s. When they knew the event was going to take place, the got some of the original … [Link]

Lovely Surf

Posted 6 years ago

Bill Boyum, a good friend here on Maui, shot this video from the bluff above Ho’okipa and from the water. Bill is a true Xtreme Geezer, braving this heavy surf in fins and swim goggles with a waterproof handheld camera. … [Link]

P51 Cockpit

Posted 6 years ago

Flying old combat planes has to be a serious gas. I’ve always wanted to be a pilot, but I’m the poster boy for ADD. When you’re as easily distracted as I am it just doesn’t seem like a good idea. … [Link]

Tom McCahill Tests The New Triumph TR2

Posted 6 years ago

When I was a kid I loved Mechanix Illustrated, especially the car tests by Tom McCahill and the feature “Mail for McCahill”. I loved his style. As a Triumph TR2/3 fan I was tickled to come across this review of … [Link]

Magic Supplement ??

Posted 6 years ago

Here’s a bit of potentially exciting news for older athletes. A recent (relatively small, but what the heck) study indicates your overall athletic performance may be dramatically increased with a relatively inexpensive commercially available supplement. Any supplement containing the amino … [Link]

Outrageous Rusty Ad

Posted 6 years ago

Some people believe there is no such thing as bad publicity. Not true. I’ve been in PR, marketing, and business long enough to know differently. The source of the fallacy is that bad publicity creates good exposure, which can temporarily … [Link]

Kalama Kamp

Posted 6 years ago

One of the primary differences between starting a difficult sport when you’re young and crazy and when you’re an Xtreme Geezer is that geezers have more money. So we can do things like get the proper gear, get some training, … [Link]

Life’s a Beach…

Posted 6 years ago

…and then you turn into one giant quivering abdominal cramp. Some time ago, in a moment of monumental stupidity I mentioned to Dave Kalama that I wanted to try his beach workout. I have no idea what I was thinking. … [Link]

Thankful for Maliko

Posted 6 years ago

Stumbled out of bed the day after Thanksgiving, looked out the window and said “Maliko”. Thanksgiving day is a day to give thanks for all the great things in your life. I have much to be thankful for, and one … [Link]

Paddling the Cape

Posted 6 years ago

The Cape Cod Bay Challenge is getting to be a pretty big deal. It’s now an umbrella for multiple events, all of which share a common theme–great parties. Really great parties. Must be an East Coast thing. At the risk … [Link]

SUP’n Baghdad

Posted 6 years ago

Posted to the Zone: Trojanman is stuck in Iraq until March and making the best of it. If only Saddam had known, all he had to do was stop snaking everyone and share a few sets. f you’re needing any … [Link]

And…We’re back

Posted 6 years ago

I’ve made a commitment to myself to do three posts per week, which is actually a bigger commitment than it sounds because of the nature of my editorial calendar (so to speak). The reason for the commitment is that it’s … [Link]

Outrageous Rusty Ad

Posted 6 years ago

Some people believe there is no such thing as bad publicity. Not true. I’ve been in PR, marketing, and business long enough to know differently. The source of the fallacy is that bad publicity creates good exposure, which can temporarily overcome the negative effect on reputation. But the exposure doesn’t last, and reputation does. Rusty [...] [Link]

Life’s a Beach…

Posted 6 years ago

…and then you turn into one giant quivering abdominal cramp. Some time ago, in a moment of monumental stupidity I mentioned to Dave Kalama that I wanted to try his beach workout. I have no idea what I was thinking. Dave is enormously fit, I am not. Dave looks about as soft as fire hydrant [...] [Link]

Thankful for Maliko

Posted 6 years ago

Stumbled out of bed the day after Thanksgiving, looked out the window and said “Maliko”. Thanksgiving day is a day to give thanks for all the great things in your life. I have much to be thankful for, and one of those things is magical Maliko. Whitecaps in the bay. They looked like good sized [...] [Link]

Paddling the Cape

Posted 6 years ago

The Cape Cod Bay Challenge is getting to be a pretty big deal. It’s now an umbrella for multiple events, all of which share a common theme–great parties. Really great parties. Must be an East Coast thing. At the risk of arousing some ire, at the many events I’ve done on the west coast and [...] [Link]

SUP’n Baghdad

Posted 6 years ago

Posted to the Zone: Trojanman is stuck in Iraq until March and making the best of it. If only Saddam had known, all he had to do was stop snaking everyone and share a few sets. f you’re needing any further verification that Stand Up Paddle Surfing is everywhere, here it is. Iraq has to [...] [Link]

And…We’re back

Posted 6 years ago

I’ve made a commitment to myself to do three posts per week, which is actually a bigger commitment than it sounds because of the nature of my editorial calendar (so to speak). The reason for the commitment is that it’s that time of year, when I have these funny blocks of time where I can [...] [Link]

Connor Who?

Posted 6 years ago

Seems like Connor Baxter is winning or placing on the podium at every SUP event he enters. Pretty amazing for a skinny kid. Of course Connor was winning windsurfing events before he was a teen. I remember when he, his sister Ashley, Slater Trout and Zane Schweitzer signed up to do our first SUP board [...] [Link]

Big Maliko: iPad Video

Posted 6 years ago

Bill Boyum shot this video some time ago, and I’ve been fiddling with streaming media on the server I use ever since, trying to find a way to do good streamed video. After many days of fiddling and playing I’ve come to the conclusion that the Pro version of Vimeo makes a lot more sense [...] [Link]

Gunfight At Poilolo

Posted 6 years ago

A really great video of the battle between Dave Kalama and Connor Baxter at the Maui to Molokai race. Baxter prevailed and won the race. Here you can see the determination and style that enabled him to beat a powerhouse like Dave. [Link]

Connor Who?

Posted 7 years ago

Seems like Connor Baxter is winning or placing on the podium at every SUP event he enters. Pretty amazing for a skinny kid. Of course Connor was winning windsurfing events before he was a teen. I remember when he, his … [Link]

Big Maliko: iPad Video

Posted 7 years ago

Bill Boyum shot this video some time ago, and I’ve been fiddling with streaming media on the server I use ever since, trying to find a way to do good streamed video. After many days of fiddling and playing I’ve … [Link]

Gunfight At Poilolo

Posted 7 years ago

A really great video of the battle between Dave Kalama and Connor Baxter at the Maui to Molokai race. Baxter prevailed and won the race. Here you can see the determination and style that enabled him to beat a powerhouse like Dave. [Link]

Catching Up

Posted 7 years ago

Ke Nalu has been on a bit of a hiatus. Just too many things going on, and fortunately some of them were fun. Some medical crap, a lot of work getting moved to Hood River (my shop is still 90 percent in Portland) but also a lot of downwinders in the gorge, lots of SUP [...] [Link]

Oregon Open Ocean Classic

Posted 7 years ago

Here comes a fun one friends–as long as you don’t mind a little nippiness in the water. The Oregon Open Ocean Classic is an 11 mile, North to South SUP / paddleboard race along the Oregon coast from Beverly Beach State Park to Newport harbor. You’ve heard of flat water races, down winders and through [...] [Link]

The Blowout is ON…

Posted 7 years ago

…If the wind cooperates. The Columbia Gorge Blowout has been going on for 28 years, and this year it includes a SUP race. I did the blowout a few times on windsurfers, and it was always such a blast. Not just the race, but all the after stuff too. Hood River is such a lively [...] [Link]

Wellfleet Supathalon

Posted 7 years ago

Attention all you east coasters!! I hope you’re getting your piece of the Cape Cod Bay Challenge activities. The Wellfleet Supathalon looked like a real blast. Brother Bob did an Animoto slide show of the festivities. These guys put on a hell of an event, and it’s all for charity. Next up is the Charles [...] [Link]

Racing In The Northwest

Posted 7 years ago

It’s been an interesting race season so far. Most of the downwind races have been what Dave Kalama calls “good training”. In other words, a lot of work. The last race of the Portland Ross Island Races put on by Gorge Performance had to be postponed due to high water, debris and nasty current in [...] [Link]

Gorge SUP Blowout

Posted 7 years ago

BIG NEWS Downwindrace.com is teaming up with the biggest races in the Gorge to bring Stand Up Paddle Downwind Racing to the Columbia. DownwindRace.Com will maintain point scoring for all the races in the series, and award trophies and swag at the last race. (Downwindrace.com is an ad hoc group consisting of Rod Parmenter, Mark [...] [Link]

GREAT Maliko Video

Posted 7 years ago

Bill Boyum has outdone himself this time–the first Mailko video that actually gives a sense of the ride and the buzz, though the terror of a mountain rearing up behind you is still lacking. We might have to wait for next winter to see that. But this video rock, I mean really, really rocks. If [...] [Link]

Connor Flying at Malkio

Posted 7 years ago

Bill Boyam did a Maliko run with Connor Baxter, Livio Menelau and Jack Dyson a few days ago to shoot some video. This clip shows the kind of form and speed that enabled Connor to win the Maui to Molokai race this year. Connor Baxter flying at Maliko from Babcock on Vimeo. Connor Baxter showing [...] [Link]

Ross Island SUP Series

Posted 7 years ago

All you folks in the Northwest, get out your paddles. Gorge Performance of Portland, Oregon is organizing a three race Stand Up Paddle series in the Willamette River, paddling around Ross Island. I fully intend to be there, paddling my guts out. You’d think they’d have a geezer class. Bob might look like a kid, [...] [Link]

Connor’s Maui to Molokai

Posted 7 years ago

Connor Baxter was the surprise overall Stand Up Paddleboard winner of the 2010 Sarento’s/Kai Wa’a Maui to Molokai race. Last year he set a record by being the youngest person at 14 years old to ever participate. This year at 15 he won it. Channel… [Link]

Catching Up

Posted 7 years ago

Ke Nalu has been on a bit of a hiatus. Just too many things going on, and fortunately some of them were fun. Some medical crap, a lot of work getting moved to Hood River (my shop is still 90 percent in Portland) but also a lot of downwinders in the gorge, lots of SUP [...] [Link]

Oregon Open Ocean Classic

Posted 7 years ago

Here comes a fun one friends–as long as you don’t mind a little nippiness in the water. The Oregon Open Ocean Classic is an 11 mile, North to South SUP / paddleboard race along the Oregon coast from Beverly Beach State Park to Newport harbor. You’ve heard of flat water races, down winders and through [...] [Link]

Streaming Movie Test

Posted 7 years ago

Test Movie [Link]

The Blowout is ON…

Posted 7 years ago

…If the wind cooperates. The Columbia Gorge Blowout has been going on for 28 years, and this year it includes a SUP race. I did the blowout a few times on windsurfers, and it was always such a blast. Not just the race, but all the after stuff too. Hood River is such a lively [...] [Link]

Wellfleet Supathalon

Posted 7 years ago

Attention all you east coasters!! I hope you’re getting your piece of the Cape Cod Bay Challenge activities. The Wellfleet Supathalon looked like a real blast. Brother Bob did an Animoto slide show of the festivities. These guys put on a hell of an event, and it’s all for charity. Next up is the Charles [...] [Link]

Racing In The Northwest

Posted 7 years ago

It’s been an interesting race season so far. Most of the downwind races have been what Dave Kalama calls “good training”. In other words, a lot of work. The last race of the Portland Ross Island Races put on by Gorge Performance had to be postponed due to high water, debris and nasty current in [...] [Link]

test movie

Posted 7 years ago

[Link]

Gorge SUP Blowout

Posted 7 years ago

BIG NEWS Downwindrace.com is teaming up with the biggest races in the Gorge to bring Stand Up Paddle Downwind Racing to the Columbia. DownwindRace.Com will maintain point scoring for all the races in the series, and award trophies and swag at the last race. (Downwindrace.com is an ad hoc group consisting of Rod Parmenter, Mark [...] [Link]

GREAT Maliko Video

Posted 7 years ago

Bill Boyum has outdone himself this time–the first Mailko video that actually gives a sense of the ride and the buzz, though the terror of a mountain rearing up behind you is still lacking. We might have to wait for next winter to see that. But this video rock, I mean really, really rocks. If [...] [Link]

Connor Flying at Malkio

Posted 7 years ago

Bill Boyam did a Maliko run with Connor Baxter, Livio Menelau and Jack Dyson a few days ago to shoot some video. This clip shows the kind of form and speed that enabled Connor to win the Maui to Molokai race this year. Connor Baxter flying at Maliko from Babcock on Vimeo. Connor Baxter showing the kind [...] [Link]

Ross Island SUP Series

Posted 7 years ago

All you folks in the Northwest, get out your paddles. Gorge Performance of Portland, Oregon is organizing a three race Stand Up Paddle series in the Willamette River, paddling around Ross Island. I fully intend to be there, paddling my guts out. You’d think they’d have a geezer class. Bob might look like a kid, [...] [Link]

Connor’s Maui to Molokai

Posted 7 years ago

Connor Baxter was the surprise overall Stand Up Paddleboard winner of the 2010 Sarento’s/Kai Wa’a Maui to Molokai race. Last year he set a record by being the youngest person at 14 years old to ever participate. This year at 15 he won it. Channel crossing races are big open water challenges, and the Maui [...] [Link]

Waterman League–Sunset

Posted 7 years ago

Mark posted this in the forum section, but the video is so much fun I want to make sure people get to see it: >> I’d like to share some stoke about the Waterman League and its’ StandUp World Tour – Sunset Pro competition this past winter. I was fortunate to be on Oah’u [...] [Link]

Not So Bad

Posted 7 years ago

I’ve been feeling slow lately. On a typical Maliko run everyone kicks my butt. I’ve been paddling harder, doing what seems like better strokes, riding the swells better, and I’m still last to the beach. To make matters worse I don’t have a good idea of my times since I didn’t bring my Garmin 305 [...] [Link]

Laird Playing

Posted 7 years ago

A few simple tricks anyone can master–from Laird’s website [Link]

Power to Weight

Posted 7 years ago

Dave Kalama is a pretty subtle guy. I think he doesn’t like to give bad news, so maybe he cloaks it a little–sometimes so it sounds like a casual question. Unfortunately I’m a little slow on the uptake, so it takes awhile for me to get what he’s talking about. I think he was recently [...] [Link]

Ivan’s Boomerang

Posted 7 years ago

Ivan van Vuuren from Coreban has started a new series of instructional tips. The first one is particularly interesting to me since I was attempting it this winter with limited success. He calls it the boomerang. I didn’t have a name for it, but the idea is to be paddling out, see a good [...] [Link]

Stacy Peralta, SUP Surfer

Posted 7 years ago

-interview by Ken Russell RIDER SPOTLIGHT: STACY PERALTA HOME BREAK: Central and Southern California WEAPON of CHOICE: Jimmy Lewis 10′4 Hanalei “Stand Up Paddling has changed my life.” These were some of the first words I heard on the phone with Stacy Peralta. It’s a bold statement coming from the lifelong surfer and skater. As one of the original Z-Boys of Dogtown, Stacy brought surfing [...] [Link]

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Posted 7 years ago

For better or worse, we humans adapt to the equipment we use. In Stand Up Paddle Surfing and Racing, our stroke adapts to the paddle we have. If your paddle shaft is too short your blade will be hitting the board when you pull on it during the catch (the first part of the stroke, [...] [Link]

Finding Your Own

Posted 7 years ago

This year in Maui I resolved to find new surf spots in outer reef areas that prone surfers wouldn’t bother with. I chickened out in the beginning of the year, I was having too much fun at Kanaha, and the waves were pretty big. But whenever the waves got smaller or the crowds at Kanaha [...] [Link]

A Fine Ride

Posted 7 years ago

I was kind of dreading the Maui Canoe and Kayak club race this Saturday. Last year the same race was from the Canoe Hale in Kihei to the Maui Price Hotel, just past Makena Landing. It was a nasty bit of torture–light winds, greasy swells that I couldn’t catch and every so often the wind [...] [Link]

New Production F16 V2 Demo

Posted 7 years ago

Sandwich Island Composites builds the F-series of downwind and flatwater racing boards, probably the winningest boards in Stand Up Paddle Surfboard racing. Until now these boards were individually built by hand at the SIC company on Maui. While several construction methods are used in the F-series, the mainstay of series is the hollow carbon fiber [...] [Link]

Maliko Video

Posted 7 years ago

Another cool post from Bill Boyum–some video he shot of his friends Jason and Campbell on a typical Maliko day. This is one of the best camera angles I’ve seen. Maybe Bill can get some good video on a big day. It would be nice to have some Maliko shots that actually look representative. Maliko Run–Bill [...] [Link]

Out Like a Lion

Posted 7 years ago

I received this email from Bill Boyum about a downwind run March 31st. I didn’t go that day, and I’m kind of glad I didn’t, though I heard it was epic. Sounds scary as hell, but epic. I’ve been in that position of looking ahead at Upper Kanaha and seeing breaking waves out to the [...] [Link]

Downwinding: Catch That Swell

Posted 7 years ago

The little swells you’ve been catching effortlessly in the strong wind have now grown to good size as the run progressed and the fetch increased. Now the fun begins. You feel the tail of your board rise and you stroke hard for the catch, the swell passes under you and you stall on the back [...] [Link]

Kalama Kamp: Stand Up Paddle Surf Training

Posted 7 years ago

Dave Kalama is taking his Kalama Kamp watersports teaching and training concept to Florida for a special 4-day, 3-night waterman immersion experience. I hope he does one on Maui soon. I’ve talked with him about doing one here, but I can see it’s tough for him to organize something like this with his wave-driven life. [...] [Link]

Cape Cod Bay Challenge

Posted 7 years ago

This thing just gets bigger every year. The first year I think it was seven of us lunatics and I didn’t think there would be a next year. Last year it was 25. I don’t know how many people they are accepting this year, but if you’re in the area, DO THIS PADDLE. It’s a [...] [Link]

Downwinding: Swellriding

Posted 7 years ago

The swell blocks the howling wind at the bottom of each trough. You stroke hard, the tail of your board lifts, and you’re looking into a pit nine feet deep, with a wall of water on the far side. Two short, sharp pulls of your paddle close to the nose and the board teeters in, [...] [Link]

Glossary–A guide for the puzzled

Posted 7 years ago

I’ve added some definitions gathered from the Zone. How about adding some of your own in the comments: Pocahontas: SUP’er who paddles on his knees rather than standing. KOOKAMUNGUS: Rider of questionable judgement, or lack of sufficient skills, in the lineup. stink buggin: someone you give a wave to and they back out or take [...] [Link]

Warm up on a Cold Morning

Posted 7 years ago

For all you folks still shivering, here’s a little Video by John Ashley (www.paddlesurf.net) that made me feel all warm and toasty on a frosty Maui morning. Hey, it’s pretty nippy here this morning. [Link]

Paddling Hard, Paddling Fast

Posted 7 years ago

Yesterday I did the Maui Canoe and Kayak Club race in the Stand Up Paddle Board division from Napiili Bay to Canoe Beach. Favorable wind and small bumps at first, followed by wind in our faces and swells from all directions for the last two miles. Ugh, what a grind. Finished third overall and second [...] [Link]

Funky Puffin?

Posted 7 years ago

The funky puffins at Funky Puffin sent me a beautifully assembled press package for what sounds like an seriously challenging race. I’m not going to ask what a funky Puffin really is. I’m picturing some kind of dance that includes splaying your fingers out over your butt. Here’s what they said: Funky Puffin, the lifestyle brand that’s [...] [Link]

John Zapotocky: Father of Stand Up Paddle Surfing

Posted 7 years ago

Last year at the Battle of the Paddle, just before the first race, an older gentleman came on the PA system and told the crowd about John Zapotocky, and how he was the true father of Stand Up Paddle Surfing. It was a good story, but at the end of it he said that John [...] [Link]

Kihei Downwinder: Stand Up Paddling The Easy Way

Posted 7 years ago

Just how spoiled are we downwind Stand Up Paddlers on Maui? Outrageously spoiled. Not only do we have the incredible Maliko Run, but Kihei can toss off a pretty good run when the winds are right. South side downwind runs don’t have the huge swells of Maliko, but they can get knee to waist high [...] [Link]

Stand Up Paddle Surfboard Bike Trailer

Posted 7 years ago

Inspired by Tim (Strand Leper on the Standupzone) I modified a mule to fit my F18. Dropped bicycle and trailer (in a little bag about the size of two books) off at Wailea Beach (Four Seasons Maui) and drove back to the Kehei Pier for a light wind downwinder. Paddled hard the whole way, partly [...] [Link]

Laird and Dave on Nightline

Posted 7 years ago

I’ve been helping Dave Kalama put together a website–a blog. It’s still a work in progress, but its pretty cool. Last night ABC Nightline ran a long segment on big wave surfing featuring Laird and Dave and it’s posted as a video. Nice segment on this season’s amazing swells, riding big waves in general, and [...] [Link]

Braaazeeel…ta da dum da dum dum da daa daaaa

Posted 7 years ago

I’m still humming and sometimes singing that song this morning (much to Sam’s dismay–he really hates my singing). Diane and I went to see Pink Martini last night. What a great band. I probably should have posted something sooner in case folks on Maui weren’t aware they were doing a show. Pink Martini is a [...] [Link]

I Like Whales, but…

Posted 7 years ago

…this is getting crazy. Every day it seems to get a little more extreme, like some kind of Stand Up Paddle whale slalom. Today started sort of uneventfully, the wind didn’t look that great–strong at the Canoe Hale up by the Kehei Pier, and positively nukin’ on the North Shore, but when we drove down [...] [Link]

Cuda vs. Enzo

Posted 7 years ago

What’s this got to do with Stand Up Paddle Surfing. Not a thing, except that you COULD stick a rack on that ‘Cuda and you really couldn’t on the Enzo. This is a pretty insane project, a bunch of whacko car guys built a piece of Detroit Iron with a engine that dynos over 1000 [...] [Link]

Mickey Mongoose–Sounds Like Fun

Posted 7 years ago

The Legendary Mickey Munoz is the luminary behind the new Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup Stand up paddle board fun paddle and relay race. It sounds like a truly great event. It’s always fun to be in on an inaugural event–here’s your chance. And it is clearly designed for everyone and anyone, not just the serious [...] [Link]

Close to Perfect

Posted 7 years ago

It’s been a great winter for surfing, but Monday was enough to astonish even my jaded eyes. The morning started just so-so. We got to Kenaha at 9:00 and the wind was up a little more than the five MPH that Wind Guru had predicted–but not bad. The swell looked messy, but it seemed there [...] [Link]

Doing Downwinders, Part 2

Posted 7 years ago

In the last installment of Doing Downwinders on a Stand Up Paddle Board we covered selecting a place, some of the safety aspects and what to look for in swells and wind. In this installment we’ll cover catching and riding swells. Many downwinders start with small swells, then progress to larger ones that are easy [...] [Link]

Paddling with Dave

Posted 7 years ago

So if you wanted to get some paddle coaching for SUP, who would be your absolute, top of the line pick as coach? No question in my mind that my choice would be Dave Kalama, and Dave DOES do one-on-one coaching when he has the time. I figured if I’m going to spend time and [...] [Link]

Stand Up Catamaran–stolen!! (Video)

Posted 7 years ago

I got a chance to paddle the SIC S-16 Catamaran Stand Up Paddle Board yesterday–I guess I should say I TOOK a chance to paddle it. Everyone was gone, transferring shuttle cars. So I grabbed it and gave it a try. Here’s the video: I liked what I felt, considering how short the test was. [...] [Link]

Stand Up Surfing Waimea

Posted 7 years ago

Corran Addison is a is a South African slalom canoer, white water kayaker, Stand Up Paddle surfer and designer/founder of ECO Imagine Surfboards, now based in Montreal, Canada. He’s in Oahu chasing waves and decided to take on the North Shore’s legendary Waimea Bay during a big WNW swell. Here’s his story from an email [...] [Link]

Doing Downwinders

Posted 7 years ago

It’s always the blind leading the blind here at Ke Nalu. I continue my long practice at teaching anything–struggle to be one step ahead of the students and grab expertise anywhere I can get it. I’ve been doing downwind runs about two years, on an accelerated program fed by my insatiable, over the top addiction [...] [Link]

More on the S16

Posted 7 years ago

Mark Raaphorst sent me this short movie on the new S16. Very fast. Sustained speed of 6.5 MPH, comparable to a OC1. Click the little four arrow symbol down near the vimeo logo to see it full screen–it’s HD. [Link]

Always Something New at SIC

Posted 7 years ago

I always love dropping by the Ding King/S.I.C. Not only is it one of the coolest buildings around, but there’s always something interesting going on. I’ve been watching Mark and the gang build a set of Stand Up Paddle catamarans for the last few months. Here’s the first one, ready for it’s trial run. These [...] [Link]

Lonely Kanaha

Posted 7 years ago

There’s two words I didn’t expect to use together. Went out at Kanaha this morning. The waves looked big, they were closing out decisively in the middle and off to surfer’s right, which is always a sign of the WNW swell angle that I don’t like. But what the heck, it’s surf. I got out [...] [Link]

Two Malkios

Posted 7 years ago

The wind has been blowing trade on Maui’s North Shore for the last two days, and the swell from the Northwest has gone down enough to make Maliko runs possible. so naturally we gotta do ‘em. Randy called me Wednesday while Diane and I were hanging out in the Department of Motor Vehicle waiting to [...] [Link]

Paddling with Dave

Posted 7 years ago

So if you wanted to get some paddle coaching for SUP, who would be your absolute, top of the line pick as coach? No question in my mind that my choice would be Dave Kalama, and Dave DOES do one-on-one coaching when he has the time. I figured if I’m going to spend time and [...] [Link]

Standup TV: Modalities of Stand Up Paddle Surfing Vol 1.2

Posted 7 years ago

Anyone in the sport more than a few days knows that Stand Up Paddling is not just about surfing. Stand Up Paddle boards are probably the most versatile human powered watercraft extant. People surf, tour, fish, sail, race, swellride, kite, run whitewater, camp from, and dream up new things to do every day with stand [...] [Link]

Standup TV: Women and Fitness in Stand Up Paddling Vol 1.3

Posted 7 years ago

Women are embracing Stand Up Paddling in great numbers. While there are plenty of great women surfers and all-around waterwomen embracing the sport, it has also emeged strongly as a fitness and exercise method that is also a great deal of fun. In this episode Candace Appleby, Gillian Gibree and Rebecca Jakeway talk about the [...] [Link]

Standup TV: The Industry of Stand Up Paddle Vol 1.4

Posted 7 years ago

In this segment Stand Up Paddle industry players like Jim Terrel, Steve Bohne and Charlie Burnwell discuss the growth and impact of SUP on their business and the water sports world. [Link]

Totally Amazing

Posted 7 years ago

The first thing Diane said was “this guy must not be married”. That from one of the most tolerant wives on the planet. I have no idea, but I deeply admire not only the craftsmanship, technical artistry, photographic excellence, and imagination involved, but also the degree of focus required to master all these elements at [...] [Link]

Standup TV: The Art Of Stand Up Paddling Vol 2.1

Posted 7 years ago

The art of stand up paddling. a fine session at Oceanside with Noah Shimabukuro, Chuck Patterson, and Colin McPillips. [Link]

Standup TV: Chuck Patterson on Surfing Vol 2.3

Posted 7 years ago

Chuck Patterson is one of the most dynamic surfers in Stand Up Paddle surfing, and a powerful racer (winner of the 2009 Battle of the Paddle). In this episode he shares some of his Stand Up Paddle surfing background [Link]

Standup TV: Colin McPhillips on Equipment Vol 2.4

Posted 7 years ago

Colin McPhillips is a three times world longboarding champion. He’s been hooked on Standup Paddle Surfing for some time. Here he talks about how he started, and the equipment he prefers. [Link]

Standup TV: Slater Trout on Racing Vol 3.1

Posted 7 years ago

Years ago Mark Raaphorst of S.I.C. said “keep an eye on Slater Trout, he’s the future of Stand Up Paddling”. How right he was, not only is Slater a talented SUP surfer and all around waterman, but he shocked everyone with his wildcard performance at the Battle of the Paddle Elite race, taking second and [...] [Link]

Standup TV: Whitewater SUP Vol 3.2

Posted 7 years ago

Our Hood River buddies Dan Gavere and Nikki Gregg talk about whitewater SUP with some nice footage from the White Salmon river and other whitewater venues [Link]

Standup TV: Flat Water Touring Vol 3.3

Posted 7 years ago

Jeff Warner of Legends Surf Shop talks about flat water paddle touring in Carlsbad Lagoon [Link]

Standup TV: Gillian Gebree Vol 3.4

Posted 7 years ago

Gillian is a lifeguard, surf instructor and fitness expert. In this episode she give great tips on exercises to help you Stand Up Paddle Surf better. [Link]

Standup TV: Gary Lopez Vol 1.1

Posted 7 years ago

Stand Up Paddle Television started airing last year as a special segment of My Local Lineup TV on every third week of the month on iTV San Diego, channel 16, covers everything stand up paddling, from surfing and flat water to down wind and white water. While airing to about three million people in San [...] [Link]

Sam Busts Into iPad Launch

Posted 7 years ago

Okay, not really, but it looks like him. If he’d stay on a board without bailing. We’d have to staple a sausage to the deck. The REAL sam: [Link]

The Low Buck Option

Posted 7 years ago

How about this board and paddle for $250? You could actually do it for less. New Standup Paddle Surf boards are undeniably expensive compared to standard surfboards. There are several reasons for this–first, they have a lot more material in them. Not just foam, but all the expensive chemicals that go into building a board. [...] [Link]

Revitalizing Board and Paddle Reviews

Posted 7 years ago

One of the most popular elements of Ke Nalu is the Stand Up Paddle Board reviews, followed closely by the Paddle reviews. They are woefully out of date and not very accessible. That’s mostly because they were initially done as part of a big Stand Up Paddle Board showcase event we held on Maui two [...] [Link]

Back At It

Posted 7 years ago

I’ve been slacking off terribly. No Ke Nalu articles, features, or even blog posts for ages. I’ve had good reason for that, the best in fact, the surf and downwind paddling on Maui has been just too good to do anything but play in the water. But after a month back on the island I’m [...] [Link]

Peahi Rocks Out

Posted 7 years ago

Bleary eyed, with just a quick cup of scalding Maui coffee and some cold cereal to sustain me, I fired up the trusty, crusty Honda XR 650, shouldered the camera bag with the big glass, and headed to Peahi (Jaws). Even at 00:dark:thirty there was a crowd at the junction on the Hana Highway. I [...] [Link]

..Now for something completely different

Posted 7 years ago

Video – Descente de cote en BuggyRollin [Link]

Even Whackier

Posted 7 years ago

The Columbia River was nuts on Thursday , and I had a really fun paddle yesterday with Rod Parmenter and Mark Ribicoff. Today I needed to do some work on our new house in Hood River. By 9:00 AM the west wind was howling and I new it was going to be a good day. [...] [Link]

Runaway Train

Posted 7 years ago

Holy Maliko what a great run I just had. Waist to shoulder high swells, 40 knot wind, warm air, cool water, and ten miles of constant swell surfing. But wait, this isn’t Hawaii, it’s Hood River!! Diane offered to drop me off at Viento Park for a downwind run. I had hoped to hook up with [...] [Link]

Whitewater SUP

Posted 8 years ago

Dan Gavere and Nikki Gregg invited me to join them on a whitewater SUP expedition on Sunday morning. The plan was to run the lower White Salmon river (I think that’s what they call the run–it goes from Rattlesnake Rapids to Northwestern Lake) and then do a downwinder on the Columbia. Sounded great to me. [...] [Link]

Cape Cod Bay Challenge

Posted 8 years ago

This is a bit of an experiment–an audio article. My voice is kind of nasal and my narrating skills are very rusty, but we’ll give it a shot. The good photos are courtesy of Amelia Hassler, the crappy ones are from my iPhone. Listen! Bob (Stoneaxe) Diane and Mike (ECSup) wearing whack hats. Mike showed up [...] [Link]

Viento Park to Hood River Downwinder

Posted 8 years ago

We were in Hood River today (Diane and I) to finalize purchasing our house there. To celebrate I took a nice downwinder from Viento park to Hood River and used my iPhone to record the trip as a GPS track. There’s the slideshow. clik on the play button to see the animation. Not hugely exciting, [...] [Link]

Hood River Big Winds Windup

Posted 8 years ago

Sunday was the final event in the Hood River Big Winds SUP racing series, and a fine windup it was. We also had a grueling Thursday evening race, and I’ll cover that first. Hard to find a prettier venue than the Columbia River Gorge Nick Stuart has been laying out the courses for the series as well [...] [Link]

Micro Maliko

Posted 8 years ago

I’ve been looking for a good downwinder on the Oregon Coast. It might not be a great place to look since the prevailing wind is almost straight onshore, but topology changes wind radically, as Maui demonstrates nearly every day. If it didn’t there would never be a south side downwinder Haleakala redirects the trades dramatically. [...] [Link]

How NOT to Launch

Posted 8 years ago

Just in case you were wondering, this is not how a boat should be launched Join the forum discussion on this post – (1) Posts [Link]

Second Hood River Race

Posted 8 years ago

I participated in the second race in the Hood River Big Winds series on Thursday, June 25th. I love the idea of a race series on Thursday night. Nothing much else going on, it stays light until ten in Oregon this time of year, and it’s a reasonable after-work drive from Portland. Diane packed a [...] [Link]

Paddle Oregon Invites SUP

Posted 8 years ago

Paddle Oregon, the premier canoe and Kayak adventure on the Willamette River is accepting reservations for their annual 90-mile, five-day trip. And for the first time they are accepting Stand Up Paddle surfers. This is a comprehensive excursion, including delicious northwest cuisine, daily baggage shuttle, safety paddlers, camping accommodations, showers where possible,entertainment, t-shirts, reusable lunch [...] [Link]

Paia Inn One Year Party and SUP Race

Posted 8 years ago

Paia Inn is where I would stay if I was going to Maui and didn’t have a house within fifteen miles of Paia. Great place, very lively, private beach access to a nice break. Perfect place for a SUP vacation. We reviewed it about a year ago when they first opened, and just love the [...] [Link]

SUP Sprint Racing

Posted 8 years ago

I beat Dave Kalama at the inaugural Big Winds SUP race in the Columbia River Gorge at Hood River. Finished about five minutes ahead of him–long enough to get off my board, walk up to the deck above the river and take pictures of Dave, Robby Naish, and Michi Schweiger crossing the finsih line. So [...] [Link]

Grumpy About Gerry Lopez

Posted 8 years ago

This is really irritating. A few weeks ago someone on the Standup Zone (http://www.standupzone.com the best forum for Stand Up Paddle Surfing around, including the little forum here on Ke Nalu) mentioned the book Fierce Heart: The Story Of Makaha and the Soul of Surfing. My friend Kaweeka pointed out some local Hawaiian controversy [...] [Link]

Dolphin Rings

Posted 8 years ago

One of the best things about being on a Stand Up Paddle board is the marine life you can see. It’s always a privilege, even just looking at a little school of fish, or a nice reef. But when you get sot see something big in the water–a shark, a whale, a turtle–it seems really [...] [Link]

Hydration = Balance

Posted 8 years ago

When you perform any exercise it makes sense to have your body operating at optimal levels, and hydration is clearly necessary to achieve optimal performance. But proper hydration is even more critical for Stand Up Paddle Surfing, because hydration has a profound effect on balance. Try this simple test. Next time you are thirsty, before [...] [Link]

iPhone for SUP

Posted 8 years ago

Apple’s iPhone is a great tool for anyone, but it has some features and available applications that make it particularly great for Stand Up Paddle Surfing. The phone I’m going to cover is the 3G version, which is handiest since it has built-in GPS capabilities. In fact the iPhone GPS is especially useful since it [...] [Link]

Camelback Life Saver

Posted 8 years ago

A bit of business–Camelback(tm) is a trade name of the leader in hydration packs. We’re using the name genertically because most people refer to hydration packs as Camelbaks. We’ll get to the Camelback part in a little bit, but first a little recap of current PFD requirements for SUP. If the U.S. Coast Guard has things [...] [Link]

New Design, New sites

Posted 8 years ago

As many regular readers know I’ve been working on GPS features for Ke Nalu. In my typical poster-boy-for-attention-deficit manner I have fertilized this already challenging project with a thick layer of new ideas and redesigns, turning Ke Nalu into a publishing empire (sort of). First and foremost is an efficiency redesign. I spent some time analyzing [...] [Link]

Stand Up Paddle Racing, Downwinders and Distance Chapter 11

Posted 8 years ago

Rudder or no Rudder It’s immediately obvious when paddling behind a long board like the Penetrator that rudders are a necessary evil. Tap the rudder and the board slews a little sideways. That can’t be good. So the plan generally is to minimize use, at least in flatwater. In swells, the rudder is necessary on a [...] [Link]

Living Well Is The Best Revenge

Posted 8 years ago

George Herbert said that sometime in the 1600’s, still true today. Stand Up Paddle Surfing has plenty of detractors, none of whom have the slightest idea of what SUP really is. For example, yesterday started off inauspiciously. The North Shore of Maui was due for a decent swell, so I rousted myself early. Ho’okipa was closed [...] [Link]

Downwind Video Remix

Posted 8 years ago

Bob (Stoneaxe) remixed my SIC Animoto video. I like the results a lot. More active and upbeat. Shows that in Animoto, as in other things, less is more. [Link]

New Features On The Way

Posted 8 years ago

You may wonder why there have been fewer articles in Ke Nalu recently, and why it’s taking so long to get the SUP surfing and SUP distance e-books done. it’s not just that I’ve been spending all my time getting the crap scared out of me in Maliko Gulch. I’ve been working on a set [...] [Link]

Holy Buckets!…Maliko 6

Posted 8 years ago

So maybe you’re getting tired of hearing about Maliko runs, I think this is the last one I’ll write up for awhile. But this one was kind of special, and perhaps a little stupid. I called the usual suspects and no one seemed to want to go. Just about as i was about to give [...] [Link]

Off Topic, But Fun

Posted 8 years ago

I hope readers don’t mind these totally off topic videos. I don’t go scouting youtube for this stuff, but I get a lot of email correspondence from fellow nutcases, and it seems lately that whacked videos, especially as related to race cars or doing extreme extreme (uberextreme?) stuff makes up a large portion. So, this [...] [Link]

OMG

Posted 8 years ago

I NEVER say that. Never. But OMG. Watch this video and tremble. It’s not SUP, but so what. It’s certainly surfing of a kind. Perhaps terrain surfing? Join the forum discussion on this post – (1) Posts [Link]

Whot’s it Like?

Posted 8 years ago

I’ve had a few people ask me what’s so special about a Maliko run. Hard to sum up. When it’s big and nasty it’s like nothing you’ve ever done before. Ten miles of hanging on for dear life. I was playing around with Animoto tonight and put this little slide show together. It gives [...] [Link]

Awesome Pipeline SUP Video

Posted 8 years ago

One of our fine members posted this in the Forum section as a video link, and then helpfully moved it to Youtube so we could conviently move it to the magazine. So here you go–Ikaika Kalama & Kainoa McGee ripping up Pipeline on Stand Up Paddle Boards: Join the forum discussion on this post – [...] [Link]

Maliko V, and Some Explanations

Posted 8 years ago

Wow, I thought conditions were wild yesterday. Today the mouth of the channel that leads out from Maliko Gulch looked like death and destruction. Waves smashing on the rocks on both sides of the channel, spray everywhere, huge chop in the channel and whitecaps with spindrift blowing off them outside. Perfect. There was even a whale on [...] [Link]

Popularity: 3%