February 22, 2011 //

The Santa Cruz Paddle Festival has long been the kickoff to the paddle event season. Twenty-five years later, not much has changed. Except the party has gotten a whole lot bigger. This year, along with the kayak and waveski contests, the third annual Surftech Shootout will go off at Steamer Lane March 18-20th, as the […]

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February 18, 2011 //

Plenty of paddlers are getting incredible angles from the Go Pro Camera nowadays and building their own stellar flicks from their home computers. Here’s one of our favorites from Denton Chase in the Half Moon Bay, Calif. area. Notice the athletic camera work during the wipe outs. Thank the Laird from Beasho Free on Vimeo.

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February 17, 2011 //

Full of equal parts intimidation and excitement, I head to Laguna Beach to meet up with four strangers for my SUP Boot Camp indoctrination. It’s just shy of 0800 as I pull up to Stand Up Paddle Co., and spot the ubiquitous Werner Paddles Dodge Sprinter van. Moments later an extremely fit and cheerful Nikki […]

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February 16, 2011 //

There’s something special about the first, no matter the context. First descents. First ascents. First love? First kiss? Last week, Karen Wrenn, 39, became the first standup paddler to connect all of California’s Channel Islands, battling sharks, hefty windchop and gnarly sideshore gales intent on knocking her off course. But the mother of three endured, […]

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February 15, 2011 //

Gulf Coast surfing icon and waterman Yancy Spencer has passed away, according to news reports in the Pensacola News Journal. Spencer, 60, was surfing in Malibu, Calif. when he got out of the water after suffering from chest pains. Emergency officials were summoned but Spencer later died from massive cardiac arrest. Spencer was one of […]

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February 14, 2011 //

A stalwart in the southern California race scene, the Hal Rosoff Classic went off this weekend in Newport, Calif. under bright February sunshine, featuring 135 standup paddlers in nine divisions among the other outrigger and kayak classes. “We lucked out with the weather,” says the Newport Aquatic Center’s Billy Whitford. “Last year we had to […]

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February 11, 2011 //

During Hurricane Igor, most Barbadians were running for shelter. That’s when Brian Talma, this small island nation’s prolific SUP man of action, paddled out to meet the epic swell. SUP magazine caught up with Talma, aka Irie Man, aka Mr. Action, to get the full story.

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February 10, 2011 //

Maui’s Kai Lenny continues to let his success speak for itself. With many naysayers detracting from his 2010 World Title, citing a lack of credible competition, Lenny added another impressive win to his resume by claiming his second win at the Sunset Beach Pro in as many years Wednesday on the North Shore of Ohau, […]

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February 9, 2011 //

Ripping conditions for Day 3 at the sunset pro to finish the trials and open up the first round of the main event. Check out the live webcast here.

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February 8, 2011 //

Standup World Tour organizer Tristan Boxford made the call late this morning to run the trials with the 12 remaining paddlers vying to qualify for the main event (the Sunset Beach Pro) later this week. The 12 athletes who advanced from round two yesterday are Connor Baxter, Brennan Rose, Chuck Patterson, Pomai Hoapiu, Slater Trout, […]

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