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Archive Page 45
July 8th, 2009 by evan
I was at Tropical Blends Surf last week and noticed a brand new S.I.C. F-16 Race SUP on the wall. I got Kumau to let me borrow a ladder to climb up and check it out. I think this is the first F-16 version 2 on Oahu. If you don’t want to wait 3 to 4 months, then check out with Jim and Kumau before it’s gone.
Continue reading ‘Sandwich Island Composites F-16 v2 SUP board Available at Tropical Blends’
July 6th, 2009 by evan
During my visit to Maui for the Olukai Race I got to see the ‘hatching’ of the Sandwich Island Composite F-14 SUP race board. It was a fairly simple process as you’ll see in the short video I took.
Continue reading ‘Giving Birth to an S.I.C. F-14 SUP Race Board’
July 3rd, 2009 by evan
Tropical Blends’ ’09 line of SUPs includes a board designed for the “big guy that wants to surf” says Jim Hayes (Tropical Blends owner). “If you’re in the 200+ weight range with a good set of skills, the Moku is 11’ 7” of surfing pleasure” Jim continues. At 31” wide, 4 1/2” thick and plenty of rocker, this board is meant for performance. Here’s a video with Jim providing the details about the Moku. Continue reading ‘Tropical Blends Moku 11′7″ SUP Board’
July 1st, 2009 by evan
This is the latest creation from the mind of Mark Raaphorst and countless hours of R&D from his team. The F-18 is an 18′ full displacement hull type race board. I placed an order for one a couple months ago and cannot wait until it arrives. Check out this video:
(click thumbnail to launch video)
July 1st, 2009 by evan
I’m planning to be at the Hui o He’e Nalu Paddleboard Race on Saturday. Hope to see you there!
For race details and entry form download the pdf here:
Hui O He’e Nalu Independence Day Paddleboard & Stand Up Paddle Race
June 30th, 2009 by evan
The story behind Tropical Blends’ Wahine 10′6 x 30″ SUP board is one that every married man can relate to. Jim’s (owner of Tropical Blends) wife and a few of her girlfriends told him they wanted a board that would be easy to handle, stable and an all around good board to paddle up and down Ala Moana Beach Park for exercise. Being a smart husband (and businessman), he created a SUP board made specifically for women. And since Jim is at his core a surfer, he made sure that the Wahine would perform in the surf if the women decided to venture past the reef. Here’s a video of Jim explaining the Wahine SUP from the 2009 Tropical Blends line. Continue reading ‘Tropical Blends Wahine 10′6″ SUP Board’
June 27th, 2009 by evan
I took this video sometime last year when I went to visit Starboard in Bung Taco, Thailand. Svein Rasmussen, Starboard CEO, showed me this prototype wind sail.
Continue reading ‘Starboard SUP Sail’
June 24th, 2009 by evan
Here are some pictures of the Sandwich Island Composites F-series boards in action. The photos were taken from a helicopter while Alan Cadiz, Scott Trudon and Mark Raaphorst were riding their respective boards.
Check out the photos below sent to me by Mark Raaphorst. Photos courtesy of Darrell Wong.
The F-18 with Alan Cadiz
Continue reading ‘Sandwich Island Composites’ F16, F-14 and F-18 in action Helicopter Pictures’
June 21st, 2009 by evan
Jim Hayes of Tropical Blends gave me a personal tour of the shop and introduced me to their new line of boards. The Luana 10′9”, designed by Jeff Bushman, was first up. Jim describes the Luana as ″ a good middle of the road board, a relatively quick paddler while still performing well on the waves.” He’s used the Luana on distance paddles from Hawaii Kai to Kaimana Beach (8.5 miles) catching waves at several of the breaks along the way. See what else Jim has to say about the Luana on the video clip provided.
Continue reading ‘Tropical Blends Luana 10′9″ SUP Board’
June 18th, 2009 by evan
I thought I had more pictures but I guess I didn’t take enough during my visit of Mark Raaphorst’s Sandwich Island Composites. I did get a few pictures of interesting gadgets I saw. Mark is definitely a little bit mad scientist and has a number of practical uses for stuff that others may throw away. His leash for his dog “Patch” is an old surfboard leash. They also have fiberglass custom toilet seats. Sorry, two pics I didn’t seem to get. Continue reading ‘Sandwich Island Composites Visit’
June 16th, 2009 by clarise
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.
Continue reading ‘Channel Surfing the Molokai: It Doesn’t Have to be Brutal’
June 15th, 2009 by evan
I took the opportunity to capture some of Jim’s thoughts on video during a recent visit to his shop. We discussed Tropical Blend’s ’09 line of SUP boards and this video focuses on the Kai’e’e, a 10′6″ SUP shaped by Jeff Bushman.
(click thumbnail to launch video)
Continue reading ‘Tropical Blends Kai’e’e 10′6″ SUP Board’
June 12th, 2009 by clarise
Watch the RANDOMS II surf movie premiere of Robin Johnston and Ku Hoe on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm at Jazzminds, 1161 Kapiolani.
Continue reading ‘RANDOMS II Surf Movie Premiere by Robin Johnston and Ku Hoe’
June 12th, 2009 by evan
I used my first DaKine Hydration Pack so much that I gave it to my brother and got a new one. The good news is that the new version has a few additions that were missing in the first version.
Continue reading ‘DaKine Hydration Pack 2.0′
June 11th, 2009 by clarise
This article was originally published by Men’s Fitness Magazine in their May issue and featured by Surftech on their site.