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Dan Gavere with the Werner Carve SUP Paddle-video


With me on this video is Dan Gavere from Werner Paddles who is going to show us the new Carve SUP paddle. Dan shows us how durable this paddle is, by leaning and putting all his weight on it yet it’s still holding up. I don’t think I would allow Dan to do the same thing on my paddles. But it’s amazing how the Carve is able to sustain such pressure and not break.
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How to Do a Cutback, Generate Speed, Carve to Snap and Do Floaters

Now that I’ve been spending more time SUP surfing again I’ve really been trying to get better and learn more moves. I couldn’t really do a cutback turn prior to SUP so anything for me is better than before. It’s been a bit frustrating but I found this surfline video of Taylox Knox on youtube that at least helps me know what to focus on.

I thought I’d post it here:

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Blair Production 10′1″ SUP Board


I had a chance to interview Joe Blair with his new production, the Blair 10′1″ SUP board.


blair-production-10'-02.jpg        Joe Blair inserting the fins with Dan Gavere looking in.

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2009 Whitewater Stand Up Paddling Championship May 30 & 31, 2009

The 2009 Whitewater Stand Up Paddling Championship will be held May 30 & 31 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. This one of a kind event will feature the world’s best river stand up paddlers displaying their paddling prowess on the snowmelt swollen Colorado River. This new and innovative competition is up for grabs. Local CO river SUP guru and owner of the Aspen Kayak Academy ( Charlie MacArthur is one of the favorites, but the competition promises to be fierce. Pro kayaker and renowned extreme sports athlete Dan Gavere of Werner Paddles ( will be a force to be reckoned with for sure as he is one of the innovators in the new sport of whitewater SUPing. Also a handful of Hawaii’s top stand up paddlers will be traveling to the mainland for the event. C4 Waterman ( will be well represented at the competition with a number of their SUP team heading to CO for this unique test of skill.
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Werner Nitro SUP Paddle


Here is the recent interview I did with Dan Gavere, Werner Paddles’ Sales representative for the southwest of US and Hawaii, on the Werner Nitro SUP paddle. Dan was staying on the North Shore of Oahu and we got a chance to SUP together. We had a blast and then had a filling dinner at Haleiwa Joes. I’ve been using the Werner Nitro since it was a prototype in the middle of 2008. It’s my favorite paddle in the Werner line.
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Watermans: Applied Science Presents, “The Surfaid Paddle For Humanity” Race Recap

Doheny State Park (Saturday, May 2, 2009) – Sunshine, great weather, and over 200 participants and spectators were on hand Saturday morning for the first annual SurfAid Paddle for Humanity, despite the Weatherman’s predictions of rain and questionable conditions. The event proved to be a great experience for everyone involved. Paddlers raised over $11,000 for SurfAid International to help support their efforts to improve the health, well being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.
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Starboard 10′0 x 34″ SUP Board


Here is my take on the Starboard 10’ x 34″ stand up paddle board which I tried during my trip to Bangkok, Thailand at the Starboard headquarters.

I like those dual leash plugs because it makes it easy if you run a rope between them to have a handle to grab on to when you get pounded by waves. It also allows the leash to go side to side as needed.
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OluKai Celebrates Island Culture through Ho’olaule’a Ocean Festival


April 1, 2009, Maui HI – OluKai Premium Footwear announces its inaugural OluKai Ho’olaule’a Ocean Festival to be held May 16th and 17th, 2009, at the Lae ‘Ula O Kai Canoe Club at Kanaha Beach Park, Maui. This event will celebrate and pay tribute to the ocean lifestyle through competition, tradition, family, and giving back to the community.
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Starboard K15 SUP Board-video


I’ve been waiting for the Starboard K15 to come in and finally it’s here. This is the first K15 production of Starboard in the world. It’s 15’ x 30” and designed by Svein Rasmussen and Jim Drake. Thanks to Margareta Engstrom, Starboard’s Media Manager for making it possible. Starboard made this board for flat-water conditions. It can catch smaller, slower moving ocean swells but it’s primary use is for flat water.
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F-14 and F-16 version 2 Available at Tropical Blends Surf


Jim at Tropical Blends Surf (phone: 808-593-0211) ordered three molded, hollow carbon F-14’s and one F-16 version 2 a couple months ago. The first one arrives next week but was already prepaid. So was the second F-14. That leaves one F-14 and one F-16 up for grabs. I think the F-16 won’t be here until after June or so but the last available F-14 should be here in May. If you’re on Oahu, this is a good opportunity to shorten your wait time (Mark’s wait time is around 3 months and we’re going into summer race season).  I just thought I’d mention this because a number of people have been asking how they can get an F-14 on Oahu.

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32-Mile Molokai-Oahu Paddleboard Race ‘09



Sunday, July 26, 2009, Start at 7:30am.

From Kaluakoi on the west end of Molokai island, 32 miles across the Ka’iwi Channel to a finish line at Maunalua Bay Beach Park in Hawaii Kai.
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Vibram 5 Fingers KSO -video

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I just got my new Vibram 5 Fingers KSO shoes that I use for stand up paddle surfing. This shoes help me a lot to avoid foot cramps and the grip is very good.
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John Hibbard Makes It at 125 miles SUP in Devizes to Westminster Paddle Race

Here’s an updated post from John Hibbard after a successful SUP surfing (a first) at the recently concluded Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race in UK.


We made it! We took on the Devizes to Westminster Paddle Race and tamed it – 125 miles standing up. Here’s my story…
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Stand Up Paddling in Pattaya, Thailand-video


I took this video and pictures last year (October 2008) when I went to the Starboard headquarters for a visit.

(click thumbnail to launch video)

The first day that we were in Pattaya, Thailand, there was no wind and the water very glassy. The water was super warm, almost bath tub-water warm. The water was brownish but actually seemed fairly clean. I didn’t get sick so it was probably ok.  Pattaya is a resort area and had a lot of hotels on the beach. I was surprised because there were a ton of Russian people there and signs were also in Russian. Continue reading ‘Stand Up Paddling in Pattaya, Thailand-video’

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A Two and 6-mile Paddleboard and SUP race.

Doheny State Park (May 2, 2009) – Attention all Surfers, Paddlers, and Watersports Enthusiasts. May 2nd, Watermans: Applied Science will host the first annual “SurfAid Paddle for Humanity” at Doheny State Park located in beautiful Dana Point, California. All proceeds from this event will go directly to SurfAid International to help support their efforts in bringing Malaria education and prevention, sustainable clean water projects, and sanitation to parts of the world connected to us through surfing. Please join us in our effort to raise $10,000 for such a worthy cause.

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