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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

Photo courtesy of HOCHZWEI

“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


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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The 2009 Cape Cod Bay Challenge


A 30 Mile Marathon Standup Paddle to Help Support Christopher’s Haven

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Cape Cod Bay Challenge Event. On August 15, 2009, a small group of stand-up paddle surfers will attempt a grueling marathon paddle across Cape Cod Bay from Plymouth to Provincetown. Each has trained for months to prepare for this event to raise money to help these kids deal with a devastating challenge. Standup Paddlers from as far as Illinois, California, Hawaii and the UK are coming out to show their support for this the longest event of its kind on the east coast. Continue reading ‘The 2009 Cape Cod Bay Challenge’

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Waterman’s League Promo Video

Tristan Boxford from the Waterman League sent over this video to highlight his new SUP endeavor to create a world tour. This is one of the best produced SUP videos I’ve seen so far.

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Penetrator Run with Pono Bill


Pono Bill is the guy who runs the, the Pono House blog, and goes by the avatar-PonoBill online. He is an interesting guy from the mainland who spends part of his time on Maui.
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Sandwich Island Composites F-16 v2 SUP board Available at Tropical Blends


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.
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Giving Birth to an S.I.C. F-14 SUP Race Board


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.
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Tropical Blends Moku 11′7″ SUP Board


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’

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F-18 Sandwich Island Composites Race SUP

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:

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Da Hui 4th of July SUP Race

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

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Tropical Blends Wahine 10′6″ SUP Board


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’

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Starboard SUP Sail


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.
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Sandwich Island Composites’ F16, F-14 and F-18 in action Helicopter Pictures

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



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Tropical Blends Luana 10′9″ SUP Board


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.

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