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2009 Starboard Element 9′8″ SUP


I recently got a Starboard 9′8″ x 30″ Element SUP and have been enjoying it in the early south shore swells.  At first, I was a bit surprised to see the center fin.  It has a lot more rake than the other center fins I’ve been using.  This board was designed by Svein Rasmussen and Scott McKercher. Continue reading ‘2009 Starboard Element 9′8″ SUP’

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Todd Bradley Teaches Proper Paddle Technique – Video


I’ve had a few breakthroughs in the past month or so by talking with a few experts on paddle technique and downwind racing tips.  One of the experts is Todd Bradley who has over 40 years of competitive paddling experience.  He’s done dozens of Molokai (32 miles) to Oahu crossings in SUP, OC-1, OC-6, paddleboard, etc and has a long history of winning and training winners like Karel Tresnak Jr.  The whole conversation started after we saw a low res video of Todd teaching the paddle stroke to Chip Bock on what looked like a sidewalk on the edge of a body of water. Continue reading ‘Todd Bradley Teaches Proper Paddle Technique – Video’

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Insight from Connor Baxter’s Mom on the Youngest SUP Surfer to Make History on the 2009 Molokai-Oahu Race

From a mother’s viewpoint, Karen Baxter, proud mother of Starboard team rider, Connor Baxter, shares her piece on her son’s latest achievement on the Molokai-Oahu Paddleboard race.

baxter-bids-for-history Connor lands newspaper sport page

I wanted to let you know how it felt from a mother’s viewpoint – as well as someone who has been active in water sports.

Connor did it. He completed the 32 Mile Molokai to Oahu race – and created history. The youngest to ever compete and complete this event on any type of watercraft – Solo. His time was 6 hours and 56 minutes. His goal before the event was – first to complete it. And secondly – in 7 hours. Well he did both – and more.

He placed 1st in the 29 and under Age Division!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Continue reading ‘Insight from Connor Baxter’s Mom on the Youngest SUP Surfer to Make History on the 2009 Molokai-Oahu Race’

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Connor Baxter, Recounts His Winning Paddle at the Ka’iwi Channel Crossing

Here is the race recap of Starboard team rider, Connor Baxter’s winning paddle at the Molokai-Oahu Paddleboard race. Let’s hear it straight from the winner of the Stand-Up Unl M 1 – 29 age group division.

conner-by-erik-aeder105 Starting to paddle

When I first started the race all that went through my mind was – this was going to be a long, grueling day. My strategy was to follow Ekolu as long as I could. Which incidentally ended up not being very long. He took off immediately and left all of us behind. So now, my goal was to stay with the pack. About 10-15 minutes into the race, all the boats started looking for their “paddler” and boats started going every which way. They were going in front of me, behind, on the side – and their wakes created so much turbulence it was hard to stay on the board. Luckily I didn’t fall, but a lot of other people were falling left and right from the boat wakes, which allowed me to pass them and move to the front.
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Tropical Blends Welo 9′6″ SUP Board


Tropical Blends 9′6″ x 30″ Welo is one of the best surfing SUP’s I’ve tried so far this year. The first time I tried it was when Tony Myers was riding his Welo at Old Man’s and having a blast.  We switched boards for a bit and I got to test it in head high surf.  I was initially playing around with a new 15′ flat water board so it took a while to get my balance back but when I caught a wave I was surprised at how stable the board was and how well it turned.  It also seemed to keep its speed in the turn really well.  At that point, I decided to get one for myself. Continue reading ‘Tropical Blends Welo 9′6″ SUP Board’

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2009 Molokai Race Update from Zane Schweitzer

From Starboard’s winning team, waterkid Zane Schweitzer shares his Rainbow Sandals Molokai-Oahu Paddleboard race experience.

It was such a cool event too, there were over 135 teams and competitors. Next year you should try to come out for it, you would love it!!!

zane-schweitzer-on-molokai-oahu-race-06 The start

zane-schweitzer-on-molokai-oahu-race-04 Zane catching a wind swell

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Team Starboard Made Great Success at the Rainbow Sandals Molokai-Oahu Paddle Race


In from Margareta Engstrom from Starboard SUP:

Our Starboard team dominated the 32-mile Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race. The biggest news being Ekolu Kalama posting his first solo win in the record time of five hours two minutes and six seconds. His wife and Starboard rider Honora Kalama won womens team devision, together with Rebecca Jakeway on 6:19:46.
Continue reading ‘Team Starboard Made Great Success at the Rainbow Sandals Molokai-Oahu Paddle Race’

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14-year-old from Maui makes paddling history

This article was originally published by the Honolulu Advertiser –

by Dayton Morinaga, Advertiser Staff Writer

connor-baxter-honolulu-advertiser Connor Baxter, 14, became the youngest paddler to complete the 32-mile Rainbow Sandals Moloka’i to O’ahu Paddleboard Race. Photo courtesy of
Bernie Baker/ Special to The Advertiser

At 5 feet 6 and 106 pounds, Connor Baxter is a little below average size for a 14-year-old.

But when it comes to ocean sports, he is way above average.

Baxter, a sophomore-to-be at King Kekaulike High on Maui, already has an impressive list of accomplishments in ocean sports that includes national and world championships in windsurfing.

His latest feat may be his greatest.
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Robert Stehlik of Blue Planet Surf Recaps the Molokai-Oahu Paddleboard Race

Congratulations to Robert Stehlik, CEO of Blue Planet Surf for finishing 2nd in the SUP UNL M40-49 age group of the Molokai-Oahu Paddleboard Race last July 26, 2009. Here’s an update from Robert:

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I completed the Molokai channel crossing race on a Stand Up Surfboard, which was one of my big personal goals. Months of training and planning paid off and I finished the 32- mile course in a respectable time of 6hrs 15min and 7th overall of all Solo SUP paddlers. I have to thank my wife Sharon for her support -She came along on the escort boat and let me go on long training paddle runs for the last few months. Many thanks to Todd Bradley and Dave Parmenter for their coaching and getting me hooked on “riding bumps” and my long distance training partners Jeff Chang, Morgan Hoesterey and Aaron Napoleon. Continue reading ‘Robert Stehlik of Blue Planet Surf Recaps the Molokai-Oahu Paddleboard Race’

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Carmel Waterman’s Club 1st Annual Dolphin Paddleboard Race

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First annual Dolphin Paddleboard Race, Carmel is just over a week away!

This 9 mile paddleboard Race honors the memories Ryan Field and Alex Robbins, two well-loved local surfers who left the lineup much too soon. The picturesque course takes paddlers on a technical, scenic tour of local landmarks as they race for prizes and glory, from the start at Carmel Beach, to Stillwater Cove, the legendary Ghost Tree, across the deep water Carmel Canyon to Point Lobos, Monastery Beach, Carmel River State Beach and finally back to the start. Continue reading ‘Carmel Waterman’s Club 1st Annual Dolphin Paddleboard Race’

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Da Hui July 4th SUP Race-video

The July 4th Da Hui race this year was a blast.  This is the first time I participated and was really impressed.  Everything was run like clockwork and very professional.  The conditions were ok with a light wind and occasional gust…better than the Olukai race but not enough to fly on.  I rode my F-14 and it was ok but I really could have used a full displacement F-18.  This was the first race for my brother and Randy Lui-Kwan.  It’s funny because I remember last year when Jeff Harris was prodding me to do the race and I kept telling him I wasn’t into racing.  This year I’m totally into it although I’m still not very fast.  Here are some pics and some video clips from the day.

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Congratulations to the Molokai Racers!

Molokai Race 2009

I was at the finish line of the Molokai Race and the picture above, although blurry, says it all. Congratulations Ekolu on your win today!

I have a bunch of pictures and video (before my camera ran out of batteries) which I’ll post later. Here’s a few more from the winners.
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Tom “Pohaku” Stone’s Wooden “Kiko’o” Board-video


I met Tom “Pohaku” Stone at a party at Surftech Hawaii.  Pohaku is a legendary native Hawaiian waterman and wooden board shaper.  After he told me he was paddling the wood board, in a traditional Hawaiian malo from Molokai to Oahu (32 miles) I had to get it on video to share with everyone else. He showed me one of his boards, which I initially thought was a Paipo board. As it turns out, it was the Kiko’o 10 foot Koa wood board weighing in around 100 lbs. and is 3 inches thick.  I don’t know if I can carry the board, much less paddle it. Continue reading ‘Tom “Pohaku” Stone’s Wooden “Kiko’o” Board-video’

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Dave Parmenter at Kaimana Beach-Part 1 – Video


After a downwinder late last week, we were rinsing off our gear and saw Dave Parmenter.  Dave is a master shaper and co-founder in C4 Waterman.  He’s the guy that designs and shapes their boards.  Dave is one of the early pioneers of stand up paddle surfing and I found it interesting that he considers Todd Bradley his paddling coach for downwind and racing.  Dave’s paddling in the Molokai to Oahu race this weekend so I thought it would be a good idea to film a quick interview and get some tips.  Good thing I had my camera on my arm.

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Ekolu Kalama Dominates the JEVER SUP World Cup 2009, Hamburg


Congratulations to Starboard team rider, Ekolu Kalama for sweeping the grand prize in the pro sprint and distance races of the JEVER SUP World Cup 2009 in Hamburg, Germany.  He brought home the goods in both the 200 meter sprint and the 10,000 meter distance race. Now Ekolu has the official title as 2x “World Champion!”
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