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Tropical Blends Welo 9′6″ SUP Board

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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!!!

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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

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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.
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14-year-old from Maui makes paddling history

This article was originally published by the Honolulu Advertiser – http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090731/SPORTS1001/907310338/14-year-old+from+Maui+makes+paddling+history#pluckcomments

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!

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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

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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

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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

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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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S.I.C. F-18 Full Displacement SUP Race Board vs F-16 – Video with Mark Raaphorst

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I took this video when I went to visit Mark Raaphorst at his Ding King compound at Sandwich Island Composites. This was from June when I went there for the Olukai Race. I got to see his workshop and the newest S.I.C. race SUP’s, the F-16 v2 and the F-18. I asked him how to choose between the two.


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John Hibbard on JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg 2009

Here’s a first hand recount of the JEVER SUP from the Pro division’s distance and sprint 3rd placer, John Hibbard. Read on…

jever-sup-world-cup-b0e9950 Starboard’s John Hibbard beaming with pride

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“When someone told me there was a race event going on in Germany I was expecting some small fry event with a few people. I could not have been more wrong. Arriving at the event after driving across England, catching a ferry to France and then driving across France, Belgium, Holland and finally Germany I was blown away by the size of the thing. A tented event village with hotdog stands, mobile beer sellers and 20,000+ spectators this event was something else. The whole race area was wired for sound and a mix of pumping tunes and commentary boomed around this man made canal basin that had been turned into a SUP Stadium! Continue reading ‘John Hibbard on JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg 2009′

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StandUp Paddle Magazine Volume 2 Sneak Peek

Reid Inouye from StandUp Paddle Magazine sent over some exclusive previews of the second issue. These print publications keep on getting better and better and I already read the mag cover to cover twice in one day. I love this stuff and please keep it coming. Continue reading ‘StandUp Paddle Magazine Volume 2 Sneak Peek’

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Sandwich Island Composites F-16 v1 vs. F-16 v2-video

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I went to Sandwich Island Composites and had a chance to talk to the man himself, Mark Raaphorst. I saw the new S.I.C. F-16 version 2 (v2) SUP board side by side with the F-16 v1. I thought it would be good to compare the F-16 v1 with the new generation of F-16 v2 to find out the difference between the two versions. Watch the video and hear it straight from Mark R.


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