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Remembering Duke Kahanamoku, on his Birthday

I’ll be at the Duke’s race on Saturday.  I hope you can make it and if you see me, please say, “Hi”.

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Remembering Duke Kahanamoku, on his Birthday
Born August 24, 1890

HONOLULU, August 24, 2009 – Surfers from around the world are gathering here in Waikiki to remember the greatest waterman of all time: Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, born August 24, 1890. In honor of his life, the annual Duke’s OceanFest is underway, staged at Queen’s Beach at the foot of his bronze statue and on the sands where surfing, as we know it today, began.

While a single Olympic gold medal is enough to substantiate many an athlete’s life, Kahanamoku won six, three gold for swimming, two silver for swimming, and a bronze for water polo. Yet today he is most widely renowned for being the father of modern day surfing.
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2009 Molokai-Oahu PaddleBoard Race -video part 2

Here is video part 2 of the 2009 Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race last July 25. Check it out.


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2009 Molokai-Oahu PaddleBoard Race – video part 1

Better late than never…here is the video (part 1) and more pictures of the 2009 Rainbow Sandals Molokai-Oahu PaddleBoard Race.


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Molokai Trip with Mark Raaphorst and Sandwich Island Composites Team

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Mark Raaphorst and his Sandwich Island Composites Team did a great job with these photos on their Molokai Trip. Mark sent me these to share with everyone. Enjoy the images.
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Dave Parmenter at Kaimana – Part 2

Here is part 2 of my interview with Dave Parmenter at the Kaimana Beach. This part focuses on tips for downwinders. Check out the video and get some more tips from the C4 Waterman co-founder.


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Tropical Blends 9′2″ Wai Kahe SUP Board

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Here’s Kumau from Tropical Blends showing a Tropical Blends Kyle Bernhardt custom 9′2″ SUP. Check out the video for more info.
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Surftech Bark Expedition 14′ SUP Preview – Video

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After a fairly long wait, I finally got my hands on the Surftech Bark Expedition 14′ Race/Cruiser SUP. At first glance, I started to question how it would perform since it was pretty different from anything else I’ve seen or ridden so far. Most of the planing hull race boards I’ve seen have been over 5″ thick, boxy rails, sharp bottom rail edge, concaves on the bottom, thick nose, thick tail, etc. The Bark is quite different.
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VersaTraction Deck Grip

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I initially heard about VersaTraction from Kainoa Beaupre a few months ago and he was raving about how this peel and stick traction for surfboards was going to replace wax, etc.  I didn’t think about it again until talking with Curtis Miyashiro who explained to me how it actually worked and how good it was.  He showed it to me on his new Firewire board and I decided to try it on the nose portion of my new SUP’s.  I have to say, I am impressed. Continue reading ‘VersaTraction Deck Grip’

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Todd Bradley Teaches Proper Paddle Technique #2 – Video

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Here is Todd Bradley of C4 Waterman on his second installment of the paddle technique video series. Continue reading ‘Todd Bradley Teaches Proper Paddle Technique #2 – Video’

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2009 Starboard Element 9′8″ SUP

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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