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Ku Ikaika Teaser Video

I found another video from C4 that was shot with 4 cameras. I guess the full version will be out soon. There’s a lot of SUP promotion these days.


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AARON NAPOLEON WINS QUIKSILVEREDITION KU IKAIKA CHALLENGE (Surfline.com)

World’s first big-wave stand-up paddle contest goes off at Makaha

February 15, 2008
CONDITIONS: Pleasant, warm Makaha surf; six to 15 foot Hawaiian. Aloha everywhere.

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Ku Ikaika Challenge Video

Haleiwa Bill found this video on youtube from the big wave Ku Ikaika Challenge. I think Nate got some additional footage at www.SUPSurfMag.com coming up in the future. I’m bummed I couldn’t go to the event but I had a lot of last minute things to take care of before going to Maui for Pono Bill’s big board test which was a blast. I’ll try to make it to the Buffalo contest next weekend instead. Hope to see you there.


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Does a Wake Vest Make Me a Wus?

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I don’t know how else to say this but I’m scared of big waves. My ‘big’ is double overhead and up. I’m less scared on the South Shore and more on the North Shore because the waves are so much stronger. The part that really bugs me is getting held under the wave after wiping out. It’s not that bad in head high waves but when it gets bigger and especially on the North Shore, I don’t like the flailing motion of not knowing when I’ll pop up to get a breath.

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Ku Ikaika Challenge at Makaha Enjoys Successful Inauguration


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Makaha Ku Ikaika Takes on Big Valentines Swell Tomorrow


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Ku Ikaika Elects to Wait for Thursday Swell


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Off to Pono Bills Big Board Test Tomorrow

Only one more day and I’m off to Maui to join Pono Bill, StoneAxe and the gang to test out a slew of stand up paddle equipment. More info here http://www.ponohouse.com/ponoblog/the-big-board-comparison/. I think Bill has something like 20 to 30 boards to test in one day. I’m interested to see how this will be done because it’s already tricky to test out 2 boards side by side. Times that by 10 and it will definitely get interesting.

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Standing Up with SUP SurfMag and Haleiwa Bill

I’ve been waiting to get in the water for a few days because the rain and weather has been pretty terrible. Along with that, I had a pretty busy week of work. I got some time to sneak away yesterday to the North Shore of Oahu with my buddy Kekoa although I wasn’t sure at first because it looked huge in the online surf cam.

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Makaha Ku Ikaika Challenge Ready to Go


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Joe Blair gives his version of the nose kick turn for stand up paddle surfing – Video

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Joe Blair shares a technique for spinning your board around quickly. It’s not as easy as it sounds. I tried it and it takes some practice.

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Stand Up Surfing Tongg’s with Friends

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This was a rare glassy moment in mid December. The winds were howling at 15 to 30 mph for the whole week and we got lucky to have a break in the early morning where the wind died down. Everyone expected it to be windy and small so they didn’t bother coming out so it was just my buddy and me for a short stand up surf session.

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Downwind Stand Up Paddle from Hawaii Kai to Waikiki Beach

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What do you do when the wind is 30 mph+ and the waves are blown side shore? You do a downwind run like we did. I called Todd Bradley in the morning of December 17 and asked if he was doing a downwind run because I wanted to try the C4 Vortice XP. Since the shipment of Vortice XP’s are not here yet, they are closely guarded. I can’t even get him to let me borrow it alone for fear I may damage it.

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C4 Demo day at Cardiff Reef

C4 Demo day at Cardiff Reef

C4 Waterman, in collaboration with Boardworks and Shot Energy Drink, hosted a demo day at Cardiff Reef on November 27 and had some of their products available for raffle. All proceeds went to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

The event was organized by Ted Rutherford, along with Phillip Rainey, Robbie Ellingson, Rick Thomas, and Andy Fisher.

“There was a very large crowd for a weekday event (it was a Tuesday),” said Ted. “At anyone time we had between eight to 13 stand up paddle surfers out, including surf stars Rob Machado and Rick Thomas.”

Raffle prizes include a C4 2-piece Carbon Standup Paddle, C4 T-shirts, C4 Paddle grips, and The Tom English DVD: “Sport of Kings”. More than $240 was donated to WWP.

C4 plans and Boardworks plan to hold more demo days in the future to support worthwhile causes.

Kudos to C4 Waterman and Boardworks for spearheading this community-veered initiative!

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2008 Hennessey’s Races

We just got a heads up from Chris Koerner on the 2008 Hennessey’s paddleboard race series for the mainland US, Hawaii, and Europe. He spoke to race director Tim Ritter and according to him most of these events will have a SUP division, and depending on the numbers there may be a stock, unlimited and age divisions depending on the number on entrants.

We encourage everyone who’s interested to join Hennessey’s mailing list (HENNESSEYSRACES@AOL.COM). Send them your contact info and let them know you’re into paddling in a SUP division.

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