Archive for May, 2009

Blair Production 10′1″ SUP Board


I had a chance to interview Joe Blair with his new production, the Blair 10′1″ SUP board.


blair-production-10'-02.jpg        Joe Blair inserting the fins with Dan Gavere looking in.

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2009 Whitewater Stand Up Paddling Championship May 30 & 31, 2009

The 2009 Whitewater Stand Up Paddling Championship will be held May 30 & 31 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. This one of a kind event will feature the world’s best river stand up paddlers displaying their paddling prowess on the snowmelt swollen Colorado River. This new and innovative competition is up for grabs. Local CO river SUP guru and owner of the Aspen Kayak Academy ( Charlie MacArthur is one of the favorites, but the competition promises to be fierce. Pro kayaker and renowned extreme sports athlete Dan Gavere of Werner Paddles ( will be a force to be reckoned with for sure as he is one of the innovators in the new sport of whitewater SUPing. Also a handful of Hawaii’s top stand up paddlers will be traveling to the mainland for the event. C4 Waterman ( will be well represented at the competition with a number of their SUP team heading to CO for this unique test of skill.
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English National Surf Championships Photos


These photos were sent to us by Todd Bradley of C4 Waterman from the English National Surf Championships at Watergate Bay, May 2 and 3, 2009.

english-nationals-01.jpg Photos from Mel Sedgwick of

The surf was a stormy 4ft. plus during the finals with 21 mph onshore winds, I am riding the Basic BK 10 ft. Squash.- Adam Zervas

english-nationals-02.jpg Photos courtesy of


Result for StandUp Paddle Surf

Werner Nitro SUP Paddle


Here is the recent interview I did with Dan Gavere, Werner Paddles’ Sales representative for the southwest of US and Hawaii, on the Werner Nitro SUP paddle. Dan was staying on the North Shore of Oahu and we got a chance to SUP together. We had a blast and then had a filling dinner at Haleiwa Joes. I’ve been using the Werner Nitro since it was a prototype in the middle of 2008. It’s my favorite paddle in the Werner line.
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Watermans: Applied Science Presents, “The Surfaid Paddle For Humanity” Race Recap

Doheny State Park (Saturday, May 2, 2009) – Sunshine, great weather, and over 200 participants and spectators were on hand Saturday morning for the first annual SurfAid Paddle for Humanity, despite the Weatherman’s predictions of rain and questionable conditions. The event proved to be a great experience for everyone involved. Paddlers raised over $11,000 for SurfAid International to help support their efforts to improve the health, well being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.
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Starboard 10′0 x 34″ SUP Board


Here is my take on the Starboard 10’ x 34″ stand up paddle board which I tried during my trip to Bangkok, Thailand at the Starboard headquarters.

I like those dual leash plugs because it makes it easy if you run a rope between them to have a handle to grab on to when you get pounded by waves. It also allows the leash to go side to side as needed.
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Moonlight Beach Paddle and Swim May 16, 17, 2009


Moonlight Beach Paddle and Swim Presented by
Waterman’s Applied Science
3 and 6 mile Paddleboard / SUP race,
1 mile open water swim race.
In conjunction with the Annual Encinitas Sports Festival

Moonlight Beach, Encinitas

Saturday May 16th, 2009
8:30am Paddleboard race / 10:30am, awards
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