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Tropical Blends Pokole 8′10″ SUP Board


Jim over at Tropical Blends Surf is keeping ahead of the SUP stand up paddle board curve by continually releasing new models. The latest is an 8′10″ x 28.5″ x 3 7/8″ SUP called the Pokole. Here’s the specs and info.
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New Blair Softtop and Inflatable SUP Boards


I took this video during the 2009 Battle of the Paddle at Doheney Beach, California where I met up with Joe Blair and he showed me a couple of his new boards.
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C4 Waterman Sub Vector Comparison with Todd Bradley – Video


This is an interview I did with Todd Bradley over at the new C4 Waterman HQ on Coral Street.  This video shows Todd explaining the difference between the original C4 9′3″ Sub Vector and the new 9′6″ and 10′ Sub Vectors. Continue reading ‘C4 Waterman Sub Vector Comparison with Todd Bradley – Video’

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Tropical Blends Rawson 10′ Custom SUP Board


This is one of the new Tropical Blends SUP prototype boards. The Rawson Custom 10′ was shaped by Pat Rawson for Tropical Blends’ custom line of SUP’s.
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Zane Schweitzer at the 2009 Battle of the Paddle

Shawneen Schweitzer sent us this race recap of the 2009 Battle of the Paddle. Thanks Shaween!


Here is the report from the Battle of the Paddle. It was an incredible event, over three hundred competitors and lots of fun (and a bit of carnage). With what seemed like a thousand spectators on the beach, the SURF EXPO and the top SUP racers in the country here to compete in the 2009 Battle of the Paddle, you know it was a huge success.

zane-schweitzer-battle-of-the-paddle-2009-01 The competitors of the 2009 Battle of the Paddle at Doheney Beach in Dana Point, California

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Surftech’s Jamie Mitchell wins the 2009 Battle of the Paddle

2009 Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle Champion

Here’s a race recap sent to us by Duke Brouwer from Surftech

2009 Battle of the Paddle Champ sets record
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 October, 2009 : – - Dana Point, Ca — Australian Jaime Mitchell is the reigning eight time champ of the grueling Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race held every July. Known in elite paddleboard circles for his prone paddling prowess, Mitchell recently took his paddling act to his feet at Doheny Beach, California for Rainbow Sandals’ 2nd Annual Battle of the Paddle, the world’s largest Stand Up Paddle (SUP) race.
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Surftech Party 2009


Surftech hosted an awesome party at their Queen Street showroom just before the surf auction a couple months ago.  Lots of famous surf industry people were there and the food was unreal, thanks to George Kam and friends.  The meat and ribs were smoked all day and everyone had a blast.  Here’s a short video showing the action and some pictures.
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Downwind SUP Run and Tips from Ekolu Kalama


A few weeks ago I got a chance to join some of the fastest downwind paddlers on a practice run before the Duke’s Oceanfest Race.  The plan was to shoot some video tips from each of them but my Sanyo Xacti E2 died a few minutes into it.  Here’s what I was able to get from Ekolu before the camera died. Continue reading ‘Downwind SUP Run and Tips from Ekolu Kalama’

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Tropical Blends Bernhardt Custom SUP Boards


Here is an older preview of Tropical Blends’ custom SUP board. The board was shaped by Kyle Bernhardt. The deck has a beautiful wood veneer and the rails are reinforced by kevlar. To see more of this custom board visit Tropical Blends Surf shop.
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SUP Surfers Manila Givesback to Ketsana Storm Victims

In a follow-up post on the Manila SUP Stand Up Paddlers Help Flood Victims, I would like to commend the efforts of the Manila Surfers Association and Aloha Boardsports, for taking the initiative to brave the murky waters of Angono, Rizal, and help in the relief operations of people affected by typhoon “Ondoy” (Ketsana storm). Continue reading ‘SUP Surfers Manila Givesback to Ketsana Storm Victims’

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Battle of The Paddle 2009 Results

Battle of the Paddle 2009

The 2nd Annual Rainbow Sandals-Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle 2009 turned out to be a huge success. Staged last October 3 and 4 at the Doheny State Beach, California. There were SUP races for all levels, sup expo from different manufacturers, music, food, and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.
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Kelsey Grammar SUP Stand Up Paddling

This looks like the North Shore of Hawaii but I’m not sure. I found this online video of Kelsey Grammar from Frasier on a SUP stand up paddle board. If the other lady is his wife, she sure looks a lot younger (and better shape) than he is.

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Duke’s OceanFest 2009 Paddleboard Race

Here’s a delayed update from the Duke’s OceanFest 2009 SUP Race held last August 23-29.  I was pretty excited for this race and trained for it by paddling a few downwinders a week.  Last year’s conditions provided winds that seemed under 10 mph and I wasn’t sure what the tide was.  My time to finish last year was 1:55 so I thought that if I could get anywhere between 1:40 to 1:45 I would be doing fine.  What I didn’t realize, is how much better the competition would get.

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Manila SUP Stand Up Paddlers Help Flood Victims

My friend Bernice Parsons sent me this video from the Philippines. If you’ve been watching the news, the Philippines was just blasted by a huge storm which flooded 80% of Manila. There was a month’s worth of rain in 12 hours.  People’s homes flooded, thousands were stranded on their roofs and over 500,000 people lost their homes.  A group of stand up paddlers wanted to help and did it in a unique way. They delivered relief aid and supplies via their SUP’s because everything was under water.  Check out the video. Continue reading ‘Manila SUP Stand Up Paddlers Help Flood Victims’

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New C4 Waterman Sub Vector 10′


I got to try the new C4 Sub Vector 10′ designed by Dave Parmenter and Brian Keaulana. At the time, this was one of only 3 on the island. Robert Stehlik from Blue Planet Surf let me be the first person to demo the board and I was impressed. In my opinion, for my personal preference, this is the best board from C4 that I have surfed so far.  I actually demoed this board over two separate weekends.  Blue Planet will apply any rental fees to the purchase of a board so there’s no loss if you’re looking to try before you buy.
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