Photo: Meghan Sepe
New England-based instructor Peter Pan got his moniker at a surf competition in 1967, when an announcer shortened his Greek name, Peter Panagiotis, to that of the czar of Neverland. The handle stuck and has become increasingly fitting: After all these years, the 63-year-old Pan still flies on the water with age-defying grace. A celebrated competition surfer, Pan launched the Northeast’s only nationally-accredited surf school in Narragansett, R.I. in 1978.
Pan was introduced to standup on a trip to Hawaii in 2005 and through his connection with board manufacturer BicSport, Pan introduced paddleboarding to New England in 2007. He’s been at it ever since.
“Nobody even knew what SUP was back then,” says Pan, who was inducted into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame in 1996. “People laughed at it. They thought it was a joke. When they saw a board, most people would just sit on it.”
That was the old East Coast. Pan says coastal New England is “absolutely perfect” for SUP—both for its point breaks with “slow, mushy waves,” and sheltered channels, rivers and inland lakes for flat water paddling. Pan was trained by Jimmy Blakeney, a fellow BicSport paddler and “big chief” of SUP instruction in the American Canoe Association (ACA). Pan was a student with an open mind. “I was a surfer,” he says. “I didn’t know much about paddling. The best thing I ever did was take that course.” Pan’s surf school is one of the few on the East Coast to offer ACA-sanctioned training and today, he estimates that he alone instructs up to 400 new paddlers each year.
ACA chops aside, Pan takes a unique approach to instruction that’s informed, in part, by his off-season job as a fitness instructor; SUPing is an outdoor antidote to working up a sweat in the gym. “People want a challenge,” he says, “and when I take them on the water, I want them to know that it is a real class. It’s not a video game. So I’m the bad guy.”
After teaching the basics, Pan often leads his group on a hard, one-hour paddle up the Narrow River, regardless of the conditions. “I don’t babysit, that’s what my assistant is for—they’re the good guy,” laughs Pan, who admits this part of the lesson is entirely optional—and also that his preferred training waters on the Narrow are sheltered, shallow, sandy and totally beginner-friendly. “The people who do the hard paddle say ‘Holy shit, this is a workout.’ I’ve sold a lot of paddleboards that way.”
As SUPing blossoms in the northeast, Pan once again lives up to his namesake—the leader of the Lost Boys—in the midst of the New England winter, Pan is the only one on the water. “I just love it,” says Pan. “I go out in the dead of winter, sometimes after shoveling two feet of snow. That’s part of the challenge of living up here.” –Connor Mihell
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This article originally ran in our 2014 Beginner’s Guide as “Local Knowledge.”
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It’s been an incredible Summer here at SUP magazine. Each year, in honor of our Summer issue, we take pride in celebrating the season of wearing less. And paddling more.
So this year we shot our summer swim feature in beautiful North Carolina. From inland waterways to the wild Atlantic, the Tar Heel State never failed to inspire, ahem, the creative process. So take a look as we provide a four-part series highlighting North Carolina, the incredible swimwear as well as the company we kept during our four-day shoot this spring.
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Brought to you by Surftech and Visit North Carolina.
• Mi Ola
• Posh Pua Swimwear
• CA by Vitamin A
• Tori Praver Swimwear
• Mileti Swimwear
• Greenlee Swim
• Lolli Swim
More swim goodness here.
Photo: Karen Baxter
We recently explored five unusual fruits with nutritional ‘superpowers’ that you can benefit from by including in your diet. This week we’re turning our attention to five super veggies that you can mix in alongside the usual suspects like broccoli, carrots and kale. One of the great things about vegetables is that they’re almost always low in calories, so you get a lot of nutrients per calorie and can eat a lot of them without gaining weight.
It’s prime time for farmers markets, so in addition to checking out the picks on this list, we encourage you to try some new local, organic veggies that can improve your health and paddling performance. One tip we recently found interesting was consuming vegetables with a little cheese, butter or other fat-rich source can help your body better absorb the phytochemicals (naturally occurring chemical compounds) in veggies—but, don’t use this as an excuse to drown salads in a gallon of ranch dressing–a few drops will do!
Now, on with the super veggies list:
Women’s SUP sensation Olivia Piana regularly eats spirulina, which technically is an alga, but it’s going on this list! Many athletes like Piana become deficient in zinc due to the demands of training and racing, which can compromise their immune system. Spirulina is a great zinc source, and also contains the essential fatty acid GLA, which helps fight inflammation and may lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. One study also found that compounds in spirulina may improve VO2max (your body’s capacity for oxygen uptake) by preserving glycogen stores and increasing fat oxidation. For athletes like Piana, this means increased endurance on long downwinders.
Pretty much every kind of cabbage is good for you—yes, even that sauerkraut you put on your hot dogs. But, only purple cabbage contains a high level of anthocyanin polyphenols, which have the triple threat benefits of being anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. What’s more, red cabbage is high in vitamin K, which helps decrease bruising, promote injury recovery and regulate blood clotting. The same compounds that give this heavyweight veggie its purple color also have anti-cancer capabilities. If you’re not a big fan of red cabbage’s slightly spicy flavor, mix it with its milder-tasting green cousin and some shredded carrots to make homemade coleslaw.
Nope, this isn’t broccoli’s Italian cousin, even though it is in the same family. In fact, broccolini is a mash up of kai-lan (a Chinese vegetable similar to broccoli) and broccoli, with a distinctive, slightly sweeter taste. Much like broccoli, broccolini is a potassium powerhouse, so if you’re eating a fair bit of sodium to replenish electrolytes depleted during exercise, consider adding this mean green as a side dish. If you’ve been out on the water and didn’t re-apply sunscreen often enough, the glucoraphanin in broccolini helps repair your skin, and your body turns the same nutrient into sulforaphane, which may lower the risk of gastro-intestinal cancer. If you’re vegan and don’t get calcium from dairy products, broccolini is a particularly rich natural source, with high levels of vitamin K for added bone-boosting capability. This tasty veggie also provides lutein, which promotes good cardiovascular health, and vitamin A to protect vision and prevent macular degeneration.
A while ago we touted the potential impact of beets on endurance, due the increase in nitric oxide that it stimulates. Well, it turns out that this is only the beginning when it comes to the health and performance benefits of TV character (from The Office) Dwight Schrute’s vegetable of choice. Beets also reduce blood pressure, provide disease fighting power from a unique antioxidant named betalains, and support ‘phase 2’ cell detoxification by binding to any toxins in your body and making them water-soluble so you excrete them. Plus, this brightly colored veggie is high in folate, which is integral in red blood cell production and heart function. “I’ve been making a real effort to eat more healthy food in the past two years, and beets are now one of my go-to’s for smoothies,” says 3-time M2O champ Connor Baxter.
Yes, this sounds more like a fashion brand, but it’s actually a vegetable that you can use as a salad substitute for or complement to kale, spinach or lettuce. Popular in Mexico and Greece, purslane–also known as pigweed or hogweed–is chock full of melatonin, which may promote improved sleep and restfulness, as well as fighting illness. When it comes to heart-healthy and inflammation fighting omega 3 fatty acids, purslane is the undisputed vegetable champ–a bonus if you’re not a fish eater. It’s also just as high in vitamin A as many more common leafy vegetables, as well as beta-xanthins that can help reduce tumor growth. Plus, many people find purslane’s salty, somewhat sour taste a welcome change to their usual bland veggie selection.
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An impressive field of elite standup paddlers descended upon Oahu’s Kuhio Beach in Waikiki this weekend for Honolua Surf Company’s Ultimate SUP Showdown. The second annual event, held during Duke’s OceanFest, brought 74 of the best SUP surfers and racers together to battle before a spectator-lined beach. And, after two days of competition, Maui’s Connor Baxter and New Zealand’s Annabel Anderson charged ahead of the competition to take the wins.
The second annual Ultimate SUP Showdown didn’t disappoint, with the sport’s best athletes from around the globe showing up and throwing down for big prize purses and major bragging rights. Somewhat of a precursor to the upcoming Battle of the Paddle in October, the Ultimate SUP Showdown had competitors racing in and out through the surf on a Z-shaped course for the finals (to qualify for the finals, paddlers came from placing in the top half of either the race competition of the surfing competition). Rivalries brought extra excitement to the race, with Kai Lenny and Connor Baxter, as well as Candice Appleby and Annabel Anderson battling throughout the course.
The women’s race saw tight battles with Anderson starting on the heels of Appleby, Jenny Kalmbach of Hawaii, Shakira Westdorp of Australia and Morgan Hoesterey. The pack raced together until Anderson pulled ahead and used her small lead to finish with the win.
On the men’s side, the Connor Baxter/Kai Lenny rivalry continued with the two starting off in a heavy field that included Hawaii’s Zane Schweitzer, Kody Kerbox, Riggs Napoleon, and Slater Trout, as well as California’s Danny Ching and Australians Travis Grant and Jake Jensen. Baxter and Lenny shook the competition and had their own race, with Baxter finding a bump on the final leg in to push a few board lengths ahead of Lenny, and win with a jump through the finish line.
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The women all loaded up. Photo: William Gayle
On May 28, Rachel McCarty and Casi Rynkowski took to the waters off Massachusetts for a doomed two-day, 50-mile paddling adventure. Rynkowski told us their story in two parts, below. Here, McCarty gives us the lowdown on the gear they used.
We are often asked what gear we bring on our trips, and in the interest of getting more people paddling long distances, we’ve put together a list of our favorites. For this trip, our trusty BIC 12’6” Wings carried a total of 50 pounds of gear, which also included water and food. This is not a complete list by any means, and includes some crossover outdoor gear. We purchased most of this gear at our local Eastern Mountain Sports.
On the Water
Werner Carve 3-piece Paddle
Werner carbon fiber paddles are lightweight and practically indestructible, but they can still float away from you, so we carry a fiberglass 3-piece paddle for that “just-in-case” scenario. Taken apart, the longest section measures 24” and fits nicely strapped to the deck. I like the red laminate color because it is bright and easy to see – perfect if you need to use it as a signaling device.
MTI Fluid 2.0 Belt PFD
The new low-profile Fluid 2.0 Belt from MTI makes the compactness of an inflatable PFD even more appealing. Three different models cover all different types of paddling, but we love the Race 1 Belt for our expeditions because the sewn multi-loop attachments are easy to clip gear onto.
Lifeproof LifeJacket Float
Our phones multi-function as GPS trackers, cameras, and as, well, phones, and as such we need an easy and safe way to keep them close by. With the LifeProof Nuud case, I feel confident my phone is protected from water and drops, but the LifeProof LifeJacket Float brings total peace of mind to the package. Attachment points make it easy to tether to a PFD or deck bag, and included lanyards slip around the neck or the wrist.
Sea to Summit Rapid 26L Drypack
Camp isn’t always close to shore. Sea to Summit’s new Rapid 26L Drypack held a sleeping bag, pad, extra clothes and food, and the integrated shoulder straps meant it could be carried easily, leaving your hands free for board and paddle. Perfect for portages on river trips, too.
Loved by SUP racers around the world, the VestPac WilsonPac is a revolutionary design for hydration packs and perfect for long distance paddles too. The unique fit system is extremely comfortable to wear and doesn’t place weight solely on your shoulders. We loved the chest pockets for carrying our VHF radios, snacks, and sunblock.
Camelbak Podium Bottle
I don’t like to put electrolyte drink mixes in hydration packs because they are difficult to clean on a trip, but I was having a hard time finding a water bottle that fit my paddling needs. Caps you have to unscrew are too cumbersome, and most “sport tops” require at least a little fiddling to open. Enter the Camelbak Podium bottle, with its JetValve top that is totally leak proof, even in the “open” position.
NRS Taj M’Haul Deck Bag
SUP expeditions require a lot more gear than your casual day paddle, and having a way to store it and stay organized is key to avoiding a lot of frustration later when exhaustion sets in. Mesh water bottle holders on each side were perfect for our Camelbak Podium bottles and snacks. The integrated – but removable – dry bag had plenty of space for dry clothes and first aid supplies.
SUPreme Neoprene Pants and Catch Hybrid Jacket
The SUPreme Contour Quantum Foam Neoprene pants are perfect for in-between seasons, giving you the protection of a wetsuit on your lower half and the freedom and breathability to wear whatever works for you up top. They also make bathroom pit stops a breeze. Wetsuit tops have a tendency to be sweaty. Not so with the SUPreme Catch Hybrid Jacket, which uses neoprene on the chest and arms for warmth and Polyolefin fabric on the back for breathability. The full zipper made it easy to layer other wicking tops underneath for warmth, and quick to remove when temps warm up. A go-to piece for every paddle.
This surprisingly simple paddle holder made floating breaks worry free. Especially when you are hunting through your bags on the water looking for gear, knocking your paddle everywhere. Paddleport keeps the paddle tucked to the side and out of the way.
Photos courtesy of Waterman League
Howling winds created extra excitement at the Standup World Series’ inaugural Japanese event, the Shonan Chigasaki Pro. With nearly 100 standup paddlers competing over two days in Sprints and Long Distance races in 25mph winds, Australian Angie Jackson and Oahu’s Mo Freitas came out on top with the big wins.
Jackson was dominant throughout the Shonan Chigasaki Pro, winning each of the three heats in the Sprints on Day 1, ahead of local standout Takayo Yokoyama, who finished on Jackson’s heels in second place of each heat. Jackson made the wins look effortless, flying through the upwind legs, and skillfully rounding each buoy before cruising from bump to bump on the downwind legs.
On Day 2, Jackson continued her dominance in the Long Distance race with a strong start that allowed her to push ahead of the competitive field and increase her lead each lap. Again, she hammered through the course effortlessly to take her second big win of the event, and the overall event title over local racer, Yakoyama.
Taking second overall for the women, Yakoyama of Chigasaki showed consistency in the challenging conditions with solid second place finishes across the board. Yakoyama was right at home before the crowd of spectators that cheered her on to her second place finish in the Long Distance, ahead of third place Ashton Woods of Australia, and on to the overall second place in the Shonan Chigasaki Pro.
Freitas also had great performances throughout the weekend, looking strong in the Sprints heats before unleashing it all for the finals. Freitas took bump after bump on the downwind sections and powered through the upwind legs to take the win ahead of Australia’s Toby Cracknell and Beau O’Brian.
Sunday, Freitas sealed his event win with a second place in the Long Distance to Australian Paul Jackson. Jackson battled Freitas, who took the lead briefly during the second lap, but wasn’t ready to give up the win, and powered through the course to take first ahead of Freitas, O’Brian and Cracknell, making it a dominant day for the Jackson couple.
Next up on the Standup World Series is the Huntington Beach Pro, Stop 1 of the US Trilogy of Events.
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Inaugural Ultimate SUP Showdown men’s winner Connor Baxter being congratulated by organizer Boyd Jeffery and company.
The Ultimate SUP Showdown is coming this weekend. Basically, 74 of the best standup paddle athletes in the world will compete in their respective disciplines (a full surf contest for the surfers and a full race for the racers) for a chance to compete in the Showdown, a W-shaped course that runs through Waikiki’s waves, which should be sizable come Monday. It’s the second year of the event. We chatted with organizer Boyd Jeffery about his unique format, who he thinks will win and being broadcast on national TV.
What’s different than last year?
We did this last year and there were 32 athletes. This year we doubled it. We also added the TV aspect with CBS Sports (Network). The format is not different. I reached out to athletes to give me input, what they wanted to see, what was wrong, what was working in other competitions and come up with this. Because I involved them (last year) ran pretty well. ’m gonna live and die by making racers surf and making surfers race. The ultimate paddler can do both better than anyone else. I think that’s the future of the showdown and, humbly, the future of the sport.
You have an impressive grouping of SUP athletes together for this thing. How did you get them all on-board?
I’ve heard a lot of people saying it’s the most paddling talent ever assembled in one list. We’ve got 25,000 in prize money this year and I’m paying it in 100 dollar bills. Last year, all I did was call every athlete personally and then met with 95 percent of them. This year, I called every athlete personally and gave them a personal invite to the Showdown. I give them the respect they deserve and they trust me. All the athletes (that competed last year) said this guy did what he was going to do from a competition with food, shade and a great after party to paying them out.
How’s the swell looking?
It’s macking now, the swell is a solid three-to-four feet and will hold through Sunday’s surf action, maybe dropping a foot for the finale on Monday afternoon. If we had the Showdown right now we’d be loving it. It’s built for carnage.
You seem to have a big TV production going on too.
We have a helicopter, we’ll have guys in the water, out of the water, on scaffolding and out in a boat. We’re going to cover this thing from everywhere. If there’s the waves were hoping for it’s going to look good on TV.
Who do you think is a favorite with the conditions?
On paper you’ve got the top guys that are going to do well like Kai (Lenny), Connor (Baxter), Travis (Grant), Zan (Schweitzer), Danny (Ching). Anyone in the top ten that could take the victory. And with the wave size the lead change is going to switch the whole time. Whoever starts in last can finish first. It’s going to be a little luck, a lot of skill and a little positioning. It’s tough to predict and that’s the fun part of it.
Thanks, Boyd. Looking forward to it.
Coverage from last year here.
Sometimes plans change. They can change you, too. Photo: William Gayle
On May 28, Rachel McCarty and Casi Rynkowski took to the waters off Massachusetts for a doomed two-day, 50-mile paddling adventure. This is their story. For Part 1, click here.
The sunrise lit the tent like a blue orb, making sleep impossible. I peered outside into a world of warm hues and clear skies. However it was still about 49 degrees, and after finally overcoming the claustrophobia I felt in my sleeping bag, I was reluctant to leave it. But there was paddling to be done!
Boards loaded, we stood on the shore of West Island staring down Buzzards Bay toward the next peninsula along our path. I figured the second day of paddling would be harder, but it was not sore muscles that kept me lingering on the beach. After the previous day’s ordeal, I was much more cautious and didn’t want another mistake to halt our progress. We had an eight-mile crossing ahead of us. Eventually I eased into my paddle strokes as we glided calmly past the New Bedford Harbor channel markers. We felt like the only vessels on the water, the busy fishing harbor far off and quiet.
“Holy shit!” Rachel’s screams clearly broke through the deafening wind. I snapped my head back to see that she was still standing, her mouth agape. She had snuck through the boulders by the coast, while I took a longer path around the rocks. “I just saw a shark,” she shouted, her mouth curling into a smile. A four-foot shark had been swimming in the shallows near shore, and she had almost paddled directly into it. The sighting, her first ever, had momentarily broken down the daunting wall that lay ahead of us.
We had been paddling with the wind over our left shoulders for several miles, fighting to push offshore to get around Gooseberry Island, where the Buzzards Bay meets the open Atlantic. As we paddled directly into this confusing mess of ocean, the wind switched from east-southeast to south, and opposing swells rocked our boards.
Rynkowski hitting the beach after a hard day’s paddle. Photo: Gayle
Yesterday was hanging on our shoulders like an albatross. Four hours of paddling passed by dreamily, and then Rachel hit rock bottom. We had become separated by a couple hundred yards after leaving the beach post-lunch. When she finally closed in on me, she dropped to her knees. “I just can’t do it anymore,” she said, her eyes glazed over. As much as I tried to bolster her spirits, I felt my own waning as we sat there. It was time to head in.
Our landing was not a celebration. We had started with the goal of paddling 50 miles. Two days of paddling had finally brought us to what was supposed to be the end of Day One.
In the past our trips had largely been success stories. Start here, end here, pop the champagne. From circumnavigating Conanicut Island to our grueling 30-mile day around Aquidneck Island, each one had been carefully planned to coincide with optimal tides and winds. In deciding to “just go” on this trip, we put ourselves in bad conditions and never thought to adjust our expectations.
This trip fell short not only in mileage, but in the immediate sense of accomplishment. The disappointment shrouded raw emotions that gnawed at us both. It would take a week before we could think back on this trip without them bubbling to the surface. But once the storm settled, we found we had gained so much more from this trip than others: not just paddling experience, but respect for the ocean, humility and a renewed sense of what an expedition can be.
Days later, with gear unpacked, clothes washed and all remaining evidence confined in photos and memories, Rachel called me. She was ready for another paddle adventure. I paused for couple seconds before I said I’d go.
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Photo by Andrea Swayne / Dana Point Times
(San Clemente, Calif.) –- In a continued effort to grow the sport and get more people paddling, from newcomers to seasoned veterans, Salt Life presents Camp SUP September 13-14 at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Calif.
Camp SUP is an inclusive gathering, created to build the sport of standup paddling and extend SUP magazine’s legacy as a true lifestyle brand. Anyone looking to get into paddling or to improve their skills is welcome to join us for two days of free demos, clinics, a four-mile fun paddle plus music and beer at Doheny State Park, the Waikiki of Southern California. Camp SUP is also a way to get primed for a fantastic string of SUP events celebrating fall in the Golden State, including the SUP Awards, the Standup World Tour’s Huntington Beach Pro and the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle.
“Since our inception, SUP magazine has been about the paddler, basically our reader: the person going to school, raising a family, holding down a job, trying to get a little adventure, fitness and more water time in their lives,” says Editor-in-Chief Joe Carberry. “This is our ode to the people. This is a time to get the family out, enjoy the ocean and learn how and what to paddle from some of the absolute experts in the industry.”
The day starts with free demos at 8 a.m. A free yoga clinic with renowned SUP yogi Gillian Gibree begins at 9:30 a.m. Then everyone is welcome to join in a fun, four-mile OPEN paddle out in front of the iconic Doheny State Beach (sign-up here and also receive a year’s subscription to SUP magazine). Longboards, 12’6”, 14’, Unlimited, prone boards, bathtubs, paddle whatever you choose with the greater paddling family and earn a chance to win prizes guaranteed to make you feel good about being on the water. A portion of the proceeds from the race will be awarded to the winning philanthropic event in standup paddling, as being decided by the SUP Awards. Vote Now!
Demos continue all day and clinics start up again at 1 p.m. with a stroke tutorial to provide everyone who joins a strong fundamental base. Standup pioneer Nikki Gregg’s fitness workshop begins at 2 p.m. followed by an intro to surf and etiquette from Dave Boehne, one of the sports most talented and approachable personalities, at 3pm. A rowdy grom clinic for the kids goes off at 3 p.m. too. Send your aspiring paddler to this hour-long tutorial to get them primed for a lifetime of fun.
The Beer Garden opens at 12 p.m. to kick off the beach party with live music all afternoon.
Early sign-up for the timed fun paddle is encouraged as it will be capped. All clinics are first-come, first-served. The clinic lineup and free demos ramp up again Sunday the 14th so check here for the schedule.
SUP magazine would like to thank Salt Life, the Payette River Games, Banzai Bowls and Flips Audio for their support of the 1st Annual Camp SUP at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California.
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Held during the annual Duke’s Oceanfest in Waikiki, the Ultimate SUP Showdown is one of the most competitive invitational SUP events of the summer. Starting on Sunday, August 17, 64 SUP athletes–48 men and 16 women–will be competing to finish on top in a SUP surfing contest and an SUP race, to move on to the prestigious Ultimate SUP Showdown, scheduled for Monday, August 18. The Showdown showcases some of SUP’s finest athletes from around the globe, with 24 men and 8 women competing in a race through the surf for $25,000 in cash prizes. This year, the Ultimate SUP Showdown will receive national attention with a prime time television broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
Stay tuned to SUPtheMag.com for coverage of the Ultimate SUP Showdown, presented by SIC Maui.
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We’re back with more gear updates from this year’s Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. Here’s the continuation of what caught our eyes at the show, so you have a good idea of what’s coming out in 2015. Look for upcoming reviews in the magazine and on the web. Click here for Part I.
Naish Javelin—The Javelins looked awesome at the show, completely redesigned for 2015. The deck and bottom have been re-tooled and the nose moved really smoothly through the water when we tested these boards at the demo. Naish also offers the Javelin in a variety of sizes for any paddler and abilities: Both the 12’6″ and 14’0 come in both 26- and 28-inch widths.
NRS Adventurer—NRS has also re-tooled, designing acrylic stiffeners into all their new inflatables for 2015, adding rigidity and speed, which in turn up paddling enjoyment. The acrylic is laminated into the deck and base of the board and adds no weight and doesn’t affect the packability of the board either. The Adventurer was one of our favorites in their lineup, which comes in at 12’6″ x 30″ x 6″. It would be great for hiking into remote lakes or for overnight touring trips.
Riviera RP-14′ Downwind—Riviera, as a brand, has long been into downwind paddling but haven’t offered a downwind board until now. Their new 14-foot downwind board is testament to those years on the water. Designer Taylor Rambo wanted to get the design just right and succeeded, creating a fun board that moves well in the flats and easily catches short-period wind swell—the type you’ll find on any lake or body of water near you.
SIC Maui Pro Lites—SIC continues to expand their stellar offerings with the Pro Lites, designed specifically for flat water paddling. These gems from Mark Raaphorst come in 14′ x 24″ and 12’6″ x 24.6″ and will definitely beef up the brand’s lineup. SIC Maui is known for speed in the open ocean; now they’ll be known for it on any boady of water.
Coreban Phoenix 14′/Dart Pro/California Series—Coreban has been busy this year. They’re releasing the new California Series (middle), the Phoenix 14′ (left) and the redesigned Dart Pro (old model, right) for downwinding. A number of solid offerings from the South African company.
Seattle Sports Kayak Catch Cooler—So this cooler is made for kayaking but as soon as we saw it we knew it would work on a standup. Store your fish in the internal liner to keep the cooler body clean, store beers in the bottom or pack away sandwiches for a whole day on the water. It’s soft, light and small. If you want to keep just a six-pack cool, this is what you want.
Pat’s Backcountry Beverages—The products from Pat’s Backcountry Beverages were the most unexpected thing we saw at the show. Ever paddled out on an overnighter and wished you didn’t have to leave the six-pack behind? Don’t. Load Pat’s Carbonator bottle with an activator packet, beer concentrate (yes, beer concentrate) and water and pump it with the special proprietary cap to carbonate the mixture. In a couple minutes you have either their pale ale (5.2 ABV) or darker Black Hops ale (6.1 ABV). And it isn’t half bad. Packable beer: we love it.
Crazy Creek Crazy Legs Quad Beach/Festival Chair—River folk have long loved Crazy Creek chairs for their packability and simplicity. The Quad is a great option for car camping or hanging out at the beach with the family. It’s compact, light and ultra comfortable. Everything you want from a portable chair.
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SUP is all about the fun factor. And, if anyone knows how to have fun in the water, it’s surfer and musician, Donavon Frankenreiter. Here, Frankenreiter grabs some not-so-serious waves in the Mentawais with Peter Mendia, Nate Behl and crew.
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McCarty and Rynkowski out in the grey. Photo: William Gayle
On May 28, Rachel McCarty and Casi Rynkowski took to the waters off Massachusetts for a doomed two-day, 50-mile paddling adventure. This is their story.
I bobbed in the cold water, my board upside down and paddle floating away with increasing speed. Eyes wide, I struggled to flip my board over, the 30-knot wind forcing it against me. I reached to the other side, grabbed the fin and pushed down to expose a rail. The wind caught it and flipped the board like a piece of paper, despite the 50 pounds of gear strapped to it. I climbed back on and inhale deeply. Heart pounding, I searched among the three-foot swells for my paddle. My friend and constant adventure companion, Rachel McCarty, scooped it out of the water and yelled to me through the howling wind. We exchanged a knowing look. When the fishing boats start heading for the harbor, maybe you should too.
“If one of us falls in, it’s over.”
We’d said it so many times as we planned this trip, knowing that with warm air and cooler water, wearing lightweight wetsuits still meant the possibility of hypothermia.
We had solidified our pact as we strapped the gear to our boards on the beach that morning in Wareham, Massachusetts, 14 miles to the northeast. Rachel had obsessively checked the weather through the night before the launch. Cloudy skies had turned to rain, light winds turned to near gale force. Despite our concerns, we both knew we just had to go. At the beginning of the day, prevailing wisdom took a backseat. Within 20 minutes we would second-guess that decision.
In the thick of it. Photo: Gayle
I looked to Rachel as we drifted rapidly along in the stormy seas; she was already mapping our destination as the wind pushed us toward West Island, 15 miles short of our original destination.
Once we hit the beach, getting swamped in the surf in the process, I ran over the dunes to get out of the wind to change clothes. Rachel fired up camp stove and warmed up my coffee. For the first time on one of our trips, coffee had made it on board. Rachel had laughed as we packed and I took special care to secure that thermos; coffee was the most important thing in my deck bag.
The next real challenge of this trip was waiting for me: camping. It would not be a kind introduction.
In all the time I’ve spent outdoors, I always found myself in a warm bed at night. Now I had finally forsaken it in the name of adventure. I was beyond exhausted. We had been paddling, adrenaline firing, for over 5 hours. Our reserves were depleted. Rachel started a campfire, and I began setting up the tent, not an easy task with the wind still howling. With overcast skies, we found it impossible to warm up. Dinner disappeared in a flash, and we shivered until it was time to crawl into our sleeping bags and think about the next day’s paddle.
Check back for Part 2 tomorrow.
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Who doesn’t want to watch Kai Lenny and a group of the best SUP surfers in the world rip their way around the world? That’s what we thought.
Lenny and Poor Boyz Productions are in the post-production stage of their upcoming “The SUP Movie,” and are looking for a further $25,000 in funding to finish the process. The movie will include the likes of Izzi Gomez, Kody Kerbox, Zane Schweitzer, Noa Ginella and Connor Baxter showcasing what SUP looks like today.
Check out the Kickstarter page to find out the prizes you can get for your contributions, from surfing with your favorite athletes to attending the movie’s world premiere.
More Lenny here.
12’6” X 30” X 5.25”
The folks at Riviera are probably getting tired of us singing its praises, but the Coastal Cruiser is an awesome beginner board. A true classic, at 12’6” it provides both stability for newbies and the ability to surf smaller waves at out-of-the-way locations. The Cruiser can be paddled for long distances or just across the lake and thanks to tie-downs on the nose, you can pack as much gear as you need, whether it’s an overnighter or a picnic. The nose also has rocker in it so you can learn to ride downwind bump in open water without the nose pearling. You’ll be able to grow with this board and it’ll stay in your quiver for teaching friends.
This gear review originally ran in our 2014 Beginner’s Guide as “Boards to Begin.”
Photo: Ryan Foley
Heidi Burgoyne’s roots are firmly planted in the water. Having grown up on the shores of Lake Michigan, swimming was an integral part of her life. Her love for the water was deepened by a move to Hawaii eleven years ago and then SUP came into the picture and Burgoyne picked up a paddle. It was only natural.
“My husband got a board and was kind enough to have me on it first,” the 34-year-old says of her first experience with SUP. “I stood up, caught some waves, and had the time of my life.”
She hasn’t looked back.
In 2008 Burgoyne and her husband opened Rainbow Watersports, becoming the first SUP shop on the North Shore of Oahu. Because standup was still relatively new, Burgoyne was an instructional SUP pioneer.
“At that time there was a lot of experimentation in the sport, not really a consensus on the best way to stroke or the best way to maneuver the board. So we had to come up with an instruction set on our own and it’s been really successful,” she says. “We’ve found that a lot of schools have copied our technique, so we must be doing something right.”
While she recognizes the importance of form and technique, Burgoyne’s main concern is showing her students a great time. “Our big focus, besides safety of course, is friendliness, having people feel the spirit of aloha with us.”
As an athlete and competitive racer, Burgoyne loves the full-body workout paddling offers while remaining low impact. She gets joy from spending time in nature and connecting with people daily.
“It’s open for all ages and abilities,” she says. “So it really doesn’t have an exclusion factor to it.”
As a teacher you aren’t supposed to play favorites, but Burgoyne does. She found the most rewarding SUP lessons have been teaching students that have a terminal disease and know that standup is something they want to experience before they pass on.
“To be a part of that means a lot to me. That they would one, trust our school to give them that type of experience and two, that I get to be in that person’s life for just that moment.
“It’s just very cool to have somebody say, ‘Can you give me an experience before I pass on from this life?’ It’s really an honor.”
While Burgoyne’s students are touching her life in big ways, it’s not a one-way street. Her students get a lot of joy from taking her classes.
Claudia Cotes and her husband honeymooned on Oahu and were directed to Rainbow Watersports when they expressed an interest in paddle boarding.
“She is a very skilled and a great teacher, not only for beginners, but for more advanced students,” Cotes says. “She totally loves her job and it shows!” –Rebecca Parsons
• Blue Planet Surf, 808-729-2229
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• Hawaiian Surf Adventures, 808-396-2324
Photo: Duke’s OceanFest
Every August, Waikiki celebrates legendary Hawaiian waterman Duke Kahanamoku with Duke’s OceanFest. The nine-day festival at Queen’s features 23 competitions and activities centered around the ocean and beach, with events kicking off this Saturday, August 16.
Now in its 13th year, the tribute to Kahanamoku will be celebrated from August 16 – 24, concluding on the anniversary of the waterman’s 124th birthday. Events include surfing competitions for kids, teens, amateurs, and pros, standup paddling, a one-mile ocean swim, lifeguard competitions, surfboard waterpolo, wounded warrior canoe regatta, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, a beachside movie showing of The Endless Summer, and a lu‘au.
Photo: Ron Johnson, SurfPixs.com
“Duke’s OceanFest is dedicated to honoring the memory of Duke Kahanamoku, all that he meant as an athlete and his lasting spirit as Hawai‘i’s Ambassador of Aloha,” said Brent Imonen, Event Director for Duke’s OceanFest. “Duke Kahanamoku made a profound impact on society in Hawai‘i and his influence was felt around the world. The nature of events offered at Duke’s OceanFest is a recognition of how important he was to people of all ages and abilities.”
Renowned as Hawai‘i’s greatest athlete, Kahanamoku (1890-1968) won six Olympic medals, including three gold medals in swimming, from 1912 to 1932, and is recognized as the “Father ofInternational Surfing.” Kahanamoku was the world’s fastest swimmer in his prime, the single-most influential person in popularizing surfing worldwide, a champion paddler and steersman, and he continues to be an inspiration to watermen and waterwomen today.
Duke’s OceanFest supports the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF), formed in Kahanamoku’s honor in 1986. Net proceeds from Duke’s OceanFest help fund ODKF’s awarding of scholarships and grants to Hawai‘i residents and nonprofit groups competing in water sports and volleyball. This year ODKF awarded $165,000 in scholarships and grants to 89 recipients, bringing its total support to more than $2.1-million for 1,438 recipients since its formation.
Unless otherwise noted, the competitions and events are taking place at Queen’s Surf, Waikiki, with the Duke’s OceanFest surf stand and exhibit booths fronting Duke Kahanamoku’s statue. *Schedule is subject to change.
Duke Kahanamoku Menehune Surf Fest (6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
The future of Hawai‘i surfing will take to the waves of Waikïkï in short board or long board
competitions. Boys and girls’ surfers will compete in three age divisions: 3-6 (accompanied by an
adult), 6-9, and 10-13.
Duke Kahanamoku Sand Volleyball Championships (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Youth is served! Doubles teams in four age divisions (Under 12, 14, 16, and 18) will compete in this
tournament to be champions of Waikïkï Beach. Kapi‘olani-Queen’s Sand Volleyball Courts.
SUP Showdown Autograph Signing and Dry Land Clinic (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
The public is invited to meet some of the elite in Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) and learn techniques
about this fun and exciting sport that continues growing in popularity each year.
Duke’s OceanFest Expo (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Daily)
Next to the Duke’s OceanFest surf stand, a series of exhibit booths will be selling products and
souvenirs, and offering samplings and demos for the public’s enjoyment.
Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
This inspiring canoe regatta at Fort DeRussy Beach will feature a series of exciting races manned bythe brave Wounded Warriors that served in America’s Armed Forces.
Hawai‘i Paddleboard Championship (11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
“Duke’s Race” challenges both the speed and endurance of Hawai‘i’s paddle boarders in this
grueling 10-mile sprint that starts at Maunalua Bay in Hawai‘i Kai and finishes at Queen’s Surf.
Duke’s OceanFest Opening Ceremony (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
To conclude the first day of Duke’s OceanFest, competitors and fans are treated to a festive opening ceremony, highlighted by the always-popular decorating of Duke Kahanamoku’s magnificent statue with beautiful fresh flower leis.
Honolua Surf Ultimate SUP Showdown (7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Both Days)
Many of SUP’s elite will race over a marked course through Waikïkï’s waves before sprinting to the beach to capture the finish line flag. Heat winners advance to the finals showdown.
Duke’s Waikïkï Wahine and Kane Longboard Pro Am (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Presented by ASP Hawai‘i, this three-day competition (August 19-21) will feature many of Hawai‘i’s best pro longboard surfers to see who will be crowned as the king and queen of Queen’s Surf.
BearsWave.Com Tandem Expression Session (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
This two-day exhibition (August 19-20) is an entertaining demonstration of the strength, skill,
balance, and artistry required of successful tandem surfers.
AccesSurf Challenged Athlete Surf Competition (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
This inspirational two-day competition (August 19-20) features athletes overcoming physical
challenges, including paralysis and amputation, to compete in a pro-style surfing contest.
Outrigger Hotels Lifeguard Competition (8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
On the beach fronting the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel, teams of Hawai‘i and international lifeguards
will display their extraordinary skills in this challenging competition that combines swimming,
paddle boarding, surf rescue, and a relay race.
ITSA Waikiki Tandem Pro Contest (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
This certified ITSA competition brings together some of the best tandem surfers to showcase their
artistry and crown Waikiki’s top surfing duet.
Papa He‘e Nalu Alaia Surf Contest (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Competitors will test their strength and endurance using the kind of traditional – and heavy –
wooden surfboards that Duke Kahanamoku and his fellow wave riders used in their heyday.
Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame Awards Dinner (5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Five Hawai‘i legends – George David “Dad” Center, Mark Cunningham, Anona Napoleon, Randy
Rarick, and Sonny Tanabe – are being honored for their lifetime of achievements in advancing
Hawai‘i’s waterman legacy. Tickets: DukeFoundation.org.
Hawaiian Airlines Legends Surf Classic (7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
This two-day competition (August 22-23) combines sponsored teams of amateur surfers with the
sport’s legends in this pro-style surf meet featuring heats, judges, a public address announcer, and
exhibit booths. Net proceeds raised benefit ODKF’s scholarships and grants program.
Hawaiian Nights and The Endless Summer (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
It’s a special Aloha Friday on Waikiki Beach! With toes in the sand and waves lapping nearby, the public can enjoy live Hawaiian music and a showing of the classic surf movie, The Endless Summer.
Duke’s Waikiki Ocean Mile Swim (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
This popular open ocean sprint along the Waikiki shoreline attracts hundreds of swimmers from
Hawai‘i as well as the mainland and internationally. Starts in front of Duke’s Waikiki restaurant.
Hawaiian 105 KINE Great Hawaiian Luau (5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Good friends, great times, happy memories, and ono food are the hallmarks of Duke’s OceanFest’s annual beachfront lü‘au staged on the outdoor lawn of the Waikiki Aquarium.
Duke Kahanamoku Sunrise Birthday Lei Draping (7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.)
The 124th anniversary of Duke Kahanamoku’s birthday will be honored with a special morning
ceremony that features the decorating of his statue with beautiful fresh flower lei.
Tiki’s Grill & Bar Surfboard Waterpolo (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Six-person teams will play water polo on surfboards, the same way Duke Kahanamoku and his
brothers and fellow beach boys did in Waikiki in the 1920s and 1930s. Held at Kapahulu Groin.
Duke Kahanamoku Sand Volleyball Championships (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Four-person teams of Hawai‘i’s youth beach volleyball players will compete in four age divisions
(Under 12, 14, 16, and 18) to be champions of Waikiki. Kapi‘olani-Queen’s Sand Volleyball Courts.
Duke Kahanamoku Junior Surf Fest (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
To help encourage surfing among Hawai‘i’s teens, the final event of Duke’s OceanFest will be a
special pro-style surf competition for Hawai‘i up-and-coming surfers.
Stay tuned for coverage of this event, presented by SIC Maui.
For more information, visit: DukesOceanfest.com
Photos: Svetlana Romantsova
The Butterfly Effect (BE) Tarifa presented by Gemsita and Mala Mujer was another amazing stop on the 2014 BE Tour. Although the Butterfly Effect has made stops in several European countries–including France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Italy–this is the first year the BE Tour hit Spain.
The Spanish community showed support by coming out and getting involved in the event, which included more than 50 women paddling and participating in all the BE activities throughout the day, as well as spectators lining the beautiful beach of Tarifa. The day began at Tangana Beach, where BE women registered and received a goodie bag with gear, including a special event lycra. Beach Yoga kicked off the activities with ‘butterflies’ deep breathing and stretching to warm up for the water sports.
All the participants paddled Tarifa on standup paddleboards, some trying their hand at SUP for the first time. After the paddle, participants enjoyed a traditional Spanish Paella lunch on the beach. I lead a hula lesson, followed by a speech of “Aloha” and the overall mission of The Butterfly Effect–not only empowering women in water sports and giving back to local charities, but to activate awareness of our individual impact on the world and how one small positive change can ripple out to bigger changes. Sometimes, these changes can become even bigger than ourselves and more than we could ever imagine.
The afternoon was packed full of different activities, including an intro to windsurfing, beginner and advanced kitesurf clinics, and zumba. While the sun set and the day concluded, we had a live Batucada band and two DJ’s set up in our beach lounge.
The night prior to the BE event, the participants met up for sushi at Banti so everyone could get to know each other. And, the fun didn’t stop after the event, as women met up for breakfast the following day to chat about their experience with BE, and learn how to longboard skateboard! –Tatiana Howard
For more information, visit: BEtheEffect.com
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Do you know that feeling on a downwinder when you catch a glide, take a breath and your face cracks into a huge smile? If you don’t, we recommend that you try downwinding. If you do, then you know what this video is about. Either way, watching Morgan Hoesterey catch bumps with all-star prone paddler Jack Bark on the Davenport downwinder north of Santa Cruz makes us dream of chasing glides. We’re sure it will do the same for you.
More downwinding here.
A selection of the World’s best paddlers will descend upon the Japanese surf town of Chigasaki from August 15 – 17, to meet up with a growing local contingent, as well as paddlers from across Asia, for an unforgettable weekend and a US$20,000 World Challenger Series Race, the Shonan Chigasaki Pro.
In addition to the elite level racing, we are proud to build out our Open division for the Long Distance race (for both 14′ and Open class racers), as well as a prone paddleboard and OC1 division, to make for a more complete Ocean Sports gathering at this final event of the 2014 season. The Finals will also include the continuation of the Na Kama Kai Youth Division, where we will see the stars of tomorrow stepping up to do battle inside the protected waters at Kuilima Cove.
So, look forward to a full weekend of action for the SUP world as the 2014 season comes to a close on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore from the October 10th – 12th. Accommodation specials are available (while space is available and by presenting your entry receipt to the reservation staff) and entries are now open.
Photo: WatermanLeague.com/Harry Wiewel
World Tour Surfers will be putting it all on the line for Stop 4 of the Standup World Tour, as excitement mounts towards competition picking back up after a long summer break. The World Tour event will run from the 16th – 19th, with a full Trials event, Men’s and Women’s Pro events and a high profile exhibition event on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
World Series Racers will once again step up to do battle at the world-class race course that Huntington Beach provides, as Stop 4 of the 2014 Standup World Series and Stop 1 of the US Trilogy will get underway. Saturday, September 20th will see the World Series Sprints in full effect under the pier, while Sunday, the 21st will feature the Long Distance Race. An open fleet racecourse will also be created to provide an easier access race for everyone.
For more information, visit: WatermanLeague.com
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Welcome to Outdoor Retailer 2014. Come inside.
Outdoor Retailer is kind of a big deal. All of the SUP manufacturers from the industry are there, strutting their stuff, showing off what’s new for the next year—the new boards, the new accessories, the new items to drool over and start saving for. The 2014 show was no different. Here, in Part One, we give you a rundown of some of our favorite gear from the show. Most of the items you see here haven’t been released yet. Look for more tomorrow, as well as thorough reviews in the magazine and on SUPtheMag.com as the year progresses.
The Rivershred on the left.
Badfish Rivershred—The evolution of whitewater standups continues with the new Badfish Rivershred. This board is a spawn of the popular MCIT model but even more tuned into the needs of river runners. The deck is now six inches thick, the pontoon rails are seven inches and stop two-thirds of the way down the board, allowing for more control when you step back on the tail to punch through a wave or spin out of an eddy. And, at 40 inches wide, this thing will take on even the biggest whitewater. River paddlers will be pushing the envelope with this board.
O’Neill Women’s Superlite L/S High-Cut Spring—Perfect for chilly summer days and warm fall days alike, the Superlite from O’Neill is as stylish as it is functional. With a neoprene chest and upper arms and spandex sleeves ladies get a warm core with added flexibility. A killer combo.
Tahoe SUP Rubicon—We loved the old Rubicon and it looks like it’s gotten even better. The Tahoe SUP team brings thermo-molding to SUP with their thermoSUP construction and honeytech core. The non-tech explanation means a relatively light board with ultra-strong construction. And we like fewer dings. Combine that with a carbon fiber inset handle and extra large deck plugs and you have a board tailor-made for adventure.
BIC-SUP C-Tec Tracer—BIC continues to innovate with construction and design with their C-Tec Tracer. With an Innegra Carbon layup (supposedly just as light as carbon fiber with added strength), flat section underfoot for stability and a slight V running out the tail, the Tracer is built for riders looking for more maneuverability and performance in their 12’6″ and 14-foot boards. The Tracer comes in 27-, 28-, and 29-inch widths and is a great option for flatwater, downwinding, touring and expeditions. We can’t wait to get our hands on one of these boards.
Surftech Bark Downwinder—Shaper Joe Bark is a student of the ocean. He’s a boat driver, a prone paddler, a surfer, and a fisherman, among many other things. He knows how boards work on the water and his new Downwinder is no exception. At 14′ X 28″ X 6.8″ (274.6 Liters), this board has gone through years of R&D and is receiving rave reviews from Surftech paddlers Morgan Hoesterey and Matt Becker. Pray for bumps.
Bote Rackham—The Rackham is a combo of Bote’s popular 12-foot HD and the 14-foot fish slayer the Ahab. This love child results in a board that has a 400-pound carrying capacity but has enough maneuverability and speed for touring and fitness paddling. With a paddle sheath for freeing up your hands to a compatible tackle rack, you can configure this board however you might need it. Whether you’re going camping, spearfishing or cruising through mangroves, the Rackham has you covered.
Watershed Big Creek—Watershed has long made some of the best waterproof bags on the market. All of their news bags are made with ripstop fabric which is resistant to holes and will not rip further once punctured. The good old Zipdry closure system keeps all of your gear dry as a bone and closes as fast as anything else on the market. The Big Creek has a 24-liter carrying capacity, making it a great daypack or accessible bag on your deck. Watershed also offers backpacks in 54 and 80-liter sizes as well. You can’t go wrong here.
Look for more from OR in Gear of the Show Part 2, coming tomorrow.
More gear here.
Photo: Erik Aeder
When it comes to fueling optimal performance, recovering from exercise and maintaining a healthy immune system, you’ve got to consume enough quality protein. As with just about every nutrition topic, there’s a lot of debate over just how much protein is enough, when to eat what, and which sources are “best.” In this week’s Paddle Healthy, we’ve tried to cut through the clutter of information to bring you some picks for solid protein choices suitable for every time of day and situation.
Your mom was right: breakfast IS arguably the most important meal of the day. Done right, the first meal kick starts your metabolism and provides the energy you need to power through a dawn paddle, morning run or pre-lunch lifting session. For breakfast, we recommend incorporating a much-misunderstood protein source: eggs.
Over the past couple of decades, eggs have gotten a bad rap for supposedly increasing cholesterol and being high in fat. But, more recent research rubbishes these claims, and shows that the 6 to 8 grams of complete protein you get in eggs is one of the cheapest high quality options nature provides.
“My main protein source is eggs,” says St. Louis-based endurance paddler Shane Perrin, who, being the first SUP athlete to complete the MR 340, The Texas Water Safari and La Ruta Maya knows a thing or two about fueling for the long haul. “I have 3 chickens in the backyard, so I get amazing quality eggs almost everyday. There’s no comparison with store bought eggs.”
If you’re worried about the cholesterol (even though studies show that if you’re only eating these protein packed grenades a few times a week, you really shouldn’t be), eat eggs or an omelette with a whole grain such as oats, which are proven to lower LDL cholesterol. One last thing: don’t ditch the yolks! That’s where many of the vitamins and minerals and a third of the protein are found.
Here’s where things get tricky, because there are a million and one pre-workout protein options, from amino acid “shooters” to gels, powders and everything in between. A couple of hours before a long race or training session, SUP pro Jeremy Riggs has a go-to favorite: steak. While some might dismiss this as a bit heavy, the complete protein Riggs eats a few hours before a race keeps him going over several hours on the water, while also providing him with a high dose of B vitamins to help his body efficiently convert food into energy. If you’re not into meat or plan on eating closer to a training session or race, then combine a lighter protein-filled snack—such as pumpkin seeds or almonds—with fruit, which will top off your pre-exercise glycogen stores.
When it comes to post-workout protein, whey is king, and you should aim to get 20 to 30 grams within 20 minutes of finishing your post-workout cool-down and mobilization to maximize exercise recovery and prevent catabolism (aka muscle breakdown). You can go with a natural source such as ricotta cheese, which is not only chock full of whey but is also one of the lowest calorie cheeses.
A pure whey protein powder in a smoothie is also a solid option, and many are low in lactose, which helps if you’re intolerant to this milk sugar. We like mixing whey with a squeeze of agave syrup or locally-grown honey, plus a couple of different kinds of fruit, to replenish the glycogen stores depleted during exercise. Mix in some chia seed to get your Omega 3 fatty acids, reduce inflammation and a protein boost of 4 grams per scoop, and you’ve got all you need to kick start your body’s recovery processes. You can also check out Chase Kosterlitz’s Paleo-friendly post-workout shake here.
At dinner, you can go for any complete protein—i.e. one that has all nine amino acids. Turkey, chicken and grass-fed beef are all good choices. If you’re a vegetarian, go with quinoa or another complete, non-meat protein. Vegetarians and vegans can also combine non-complete protein sources, such as corn and beans, or lentils and vegetables in curry sauce, to get the full range of amino acids.
Some Paleo advocates argue that the bioavailability of non-meat and non-dairy protein is lower, but many athletes, including surfing and SUP phenom Tia Blanco, ultrarunning legend Scott Jurek and future NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez have proven that you can fuel elite-level performances without going the meat-heavy route.
A lot of diet plans advise against eating at night as they claim that it counteracts weight loss. Wrong on two counts if your weight is in the normal range and you exercise regularly. Calories are calories at any time of day, and if you’re going for a lot of long, hard paddles during the summer, you’ll need some protein at night to get enough calories in and repair the muscle damage done by those sessions on your board. While whey is the fast-acting protein you need immediately after exercising, its more slowly absorbed brother casein is the protein you should be looking for at night. Because it takes the body longer to process casein, this protein source will sustain muscle repair throughout the night. Greek yoghurt, cottage cheese or a large glass of milk are all solid options.
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Photo: Greg Panas
Bill Griffin’s relatives from New York always ask if he’s still surfing.
“I’m not dead yet,” he replies.
Following a shoulder surgery seven years ago Griffin discovered that prone paddling his surfboard was too painful. Rather than miss surf, Griffin hopped on a ten-foot standup and acclimated. Now he’s a regular in the lineups around Florida and still travels in search of waves. Griffin is currently recovering from intensive radiation treatment for oral cancer but says he is starting to feel strong enough to get back on the water.
When I learned to surf on Long Island I always had an El Camino. My son owns an auto business and decided he’d get me this truck and fix it up. We picked the checkers design from Vans sneakers. It’s way more comfortable for access then a regular pickup and the racks are only shoulder height. It’s got a little pep in it too. It’s definitely a head turner.
Tom Neilson shapes out of Cocoa Beach and I’ve ridden his boards since I moved to Florida from New York in ‘87. Tommy’s been shaping since 1962 and is from Florida and I like to give a little local support. We brought the tail in on this one because the last one was nine-foot and the tail block was too wide and I was losing a lot of speed off the bottom.
This is the best board I own, nice and high performance. If fits the way I ride. It’s got good stability but it still has plenty of maneuverability. We deal with a lot of wind here and you need something with more stability.
I grew up in New York and originally I was a body surfer. I’m 65 now and try to stay in shape so I body surf. I’m a retired fireman from Martin County, so I’ve always been into being fit.
I’ve only used it a little bit. I’m not very proficient with it but I keep it in the truck. It’s just another tool for the surf.
I got certified in CrossFit in Santa Cruz in 2003 and that’s what I stuck with fitness-wise. I do drills, I might walk off 50 yards and I’ll put one kettle bell at each end and do 10 reps of squats and do 10 overhead swings and jog back so I do everything: aerobic and anaerobic.
I’m not much of a flatwater paddler. A lot of guys down here have flatwater raceboards and different paddles. Whenever I paddle, I prefer to stay with the same gear so I keep my feel for (my equipment) in whatever water I’m on.
When it’s flat I put Miles on the front of my board and we might go paddle for an hour, hour-and-a-half. Miles is four and he’s pretty attached to me. Whenever there’s no surf I take him to the beach. He chases me when I do my workouts. He’s kind of famous from being on the beach and the water so much.
I get this juice from my buddy’s juice bar. I drink it for energy. I don’t know what’s in it but I love it. He’s got a good product.
This article originally ran in our 2014 Gear Guide as “Inside the Ride.”
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SUP racer Ingo Rademacher knows how to find the balance, and we’re not talking about his SUP skills. The guy is busy—he’s an actor and photographer, pro SUP racer, and helps manage his family’s new apparel line, Mahiku Activewear. He’s also a husband and father, who still finds the time to get a paddle in with his little guys, even if it means paddling both kids around to fish from his SUP.
Jon Ory has made adventure part of his life. And the South Carolina instructor has made sure to pass that on to his students, too.
After college, Ory spent fifteen years working as an English-as-a-second-language teacher and took advantage of his schedule, spending summers and holidays surfing and working in various countries across the world. The travel bug brought him to New Zealand where he spent two years as an outdoor educator and surf/kayak instructor. Because he surfed, the company he worked for figured he should be the paddleboard teacher as well. So, with no experience under his belt, Ory took a group of high school students out for a lesson.
“I literally thought about how I would do it and then I pretty much just faked it,” he says. “They did awesome, we were doing handstands, back flips and everything off the boards. It was a really positive first experience.”
Shortly after, Ory returned home and with his teaching experience and newfound love for SUP, opened Charleston’s very first paddleboard shop, SUP Safaris. “After that first experience in New Zealand I said, ‘This is a niche, this is something I want to do and most importantly, I want to be the first paddleboard company in Charleston, South Carolina.’”
SUP Safaris offers yoga and fitness classes, flat water and surfing lessons, charity races, and Ory’s personal favorite, eco-tours. During the tour, students get an on-shore lesson, then they hit the water where they experience all the beauty and wildlife of Charleston’s waterways. Environmental conservation and stewardship is important to Ory. He tries to relay this sentiment to his clients.
“The idea of environmentalism just had to do with the fact that we were out in nature,” he says. “It made sense that if we were going to talk to people about the natural surroundings, we also wanted to add an element of how to take care of it so that it will be around for a long time to come.”
More than anything, Ory loves the idea of getting people excited about being outside. “To give a kid or a student the opportunity to go outside, try a sport, be successful at it, and hopefully open their eyes to something that they’ll continue to do for the rest of their life is the number one goal.” –RP
• Coastal Expeditions, 843-884-7684
• Charleston Outdoor Adventures, 843-795-0330
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Ikaika Kalama has spent most of his life in the water. Whether it’s paddling, surfing, or fishing, the waterman is out there. For Ikaika, the ocean isn’t just his playground, it’s his teacher, his challenger, and his provider too. Here’s Ikaika Kalama, living the waterman life in Hawaiʻi.
Pro surfers riding a Supsquatch at Makaha? Yes, it happened. And yes, it was pretty badass with the Westside’s surf. Here are pros Ezekial Lau and Keanu Asing with Brian Keaulana and friends, giving the Supsquatch a go on Oahu’s Westside.
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We’d love to write a list of superlatives about Jamie Mitchell, but the versatile Aussie’s achievements speak for themselves: 10 consecutive wins in the Molokai 2 Oahu’s (M2O) prone paddleboarding division (see his Decade of Dominance), dropping in on an angry Peahi and taking on the famed and feared Cortes Bank like few have on an SUP. He has also won Battle of the Paddle, captained Team Australia at the ISA World SUP Championships and snagged countless other titles around the globe. In this spare time (hah!) he also runs JM Paddleboards and JM SUP, which offer beginner, intermediate and advanced riders the chance to learn from Mitchell’s wealth of experience at his favorite Gold Coast breaks.
As he got ready to head back to the M2O course that he knows so well, Mitchell sat down with SUPthemag.com’s Brody Welte from PaddleFit to share his top three training tips.
Mitchell, in Indo, from the cover of our Fall 2011 issue. Photo: Jason Kenworthy
With so many events on the increasingly jam-packed SUP racing schedule, it can be hard for paddlers to know when they need to peak and how to tailor their training programs to produce optimal performance. And, avoiding burnout and injury from overtraining and too many races—not to mention illness from an over-stressed immune system–is also a concern.
To make sure he performs at his best at just the right time, Mitchell takes an intentional approach. “Some days it’s okay to just go with what you feel like doing on the water or in the gym, but you’ve got to deliberately work on your strengths and attack your weaknesses, too,” he said. “I structure my year-round training so that I’m ready for the premier races and am prepared to go surf challenging spots across the world at any time. It’s important to think about your goals and what it’s going to take to reach them. Then, stay true to your program.”
When you’re going against Connor Baxter, Danny Ching, Travis Grant and all the other top flight SUP athletes who compete at the highest level, just showing up for a training session or two per week and dogging it the rest of the time isn’t going to cut it. That’s why Mitchell is constantly working on his SUP game in all water conditions. “If you look at the best athletes in any sport, they might have different approaches to training and racing, but all of them put in consistent effort,” Mitchell said. “Turning up to each session ready to go hard is essential if you’re going to make big gains. No matter what level you’re at, you have to put in the time to improve to reach your full potential.
To take top honors in the Molokai 2 Oahu race for a decade and to push the boundaries of what’s possible at the world’s most demanding breaks, you have to be determined, focused, and constantly dialed in. But if you’re not enjoying it, what good are all those trophies and accolades? “Even during the toughest training sessions and hardest races, I try to have a good time and smile a lot,” Mitchell said. “At the end of the day, I’m blessed to spend my life in the ocean paddling with great friends. What could be better than that? I try to remember to keep joking around, encourage people and make the most of the experience even when I’m tired and sore. This is meant to be fun!”
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Photo: Tim Baker
Kieran Grant is a Floridian who loves the water. He’s been surfing from a young age and like many water lovers, Grant couldn’t help but make the transition into SUP, jumping into the scene full force to compete in SUP surfing and racing. And, Grant does it all without being able to hear. The ocean athlete is deaf, but his lack of hearing doesn’t hold him back the least bit.
￼SUP Mag: You started out as a traditional surfer. Tell us about your transition ￼into SUP.
Grant: I started to learn how to SUP surf just over two years ago. My first time seeing SUP at a contest I thought it was slow, but that’s because everyone surfed huge SUP’s. My brother Fisher was getting good at it fast and when we went to the 2012 USA Surfing Championships in California, he entered a couple of SUP divisions and I got to see some sick SUP surfing that I didn’t even know anyone was capable of. And, since I couldn’t let my brother get all the glory, I decided to give it a go.
Our SUP guy, Tim Baker at East Coast Paddle, watched us surf and we gave him feedback on what was working and what wasn’t. It’s been evolving ever since. I’d have to say though, if we hadn’t witnessed the SUP surf scene out west, we wouldn’t have known how rad SUP surfing could be.
Having shortboard skills from my earlier surfing days definitely helped the transition to be easier. I like it because it’s a really fun experience and great training. In addition to SUP surfing, I enjoy competing in races now too. I have to say that BOP-style and downwinders are my favorite because they allow me to kind of separate myself from the guys who are stronger than me. I feel more comfortable when I’m able to use the strength of my ocean skills.
SUP Mag: What was it like rising through the ranks of paddle surfing to compete in
your first World Tour event earlier this year?
Grant: Well, since I’d only competed with an upper level of SUP surfers once before (at the 2013 US SUP Tour stop at San Onofre, Calif.) I was a little apprehensive. It was also my first time in Hawaii and, the biggest surf I had ever SUP surfed in. Other than hurricanes, we don’t get much practice on anything with any size to it.
My first day out, while paddling to the line-up, a set broke way outside. Anyone who SUP’s knows that there’s no “duck diving” and when you have to bail in front of a two-story wall of whitewater, it can get ugly. In my case, my new leash snapped and it was a long swim, especially when one hand was holding a paddle. But, I was pretty happy with my results at the Sunset Beach Pro. I made it through the trials and on to Round 3, which actually ranked me #1 for the East Coast guys after the event.
Photo: Standup World Tour/ Hank Foto
￼SUP Mag: Can you tell us how being hearing impaired affects you ￼out in the water and during competition?
Grant: First of all, I am profoundly deaf, which means I pretty much do not hear anything. However, I wear a Cochlear implant, which allows me to hear almost better than “normal” people. But this is only on dry land. In the water it’s off, since I can’t afford to lose it in the surf, so every time I go out in the water or during competitions, I just keep eye on the beach and set my watch before my heat. From my perspective, there’s nothing really that affects me in the water. I can read lips really well, so watch it—I can see what you’re saying!
Photo: Rick Bickford
SUP Mag: You and your younger brother Fisher have a special bond, but still ￼compete with each other. Tell us about the competition and camaraderie between you two.
Grant: Definitely! We travel, surf, and train together. We’re buds but our styles are a lot different. I prefer shortboard and Fisher is really a longboarder at heart, although we love any excuse to get wet. My dad really emphasized that we become capable on any vehicle in the water and that we have waterman skills.
I think a good tip is to always remember, there’s a tool for every job. Are the waves small or big? What’s going to give you the best connection with the ocean? The cool thing about SUP now is, you can cover all your bases with a paddle in your hand. So I can rip, my brother can glide, and ￼my folks can flat water paddle. Pretty sick, huh?
￼SUP Mag: Tell us about your favorite place to find waves when you’re home in
Grant: My favorite spot is my backyard because that’s where I learned to surf and still surf with my friends. It’s one of my secret spots and it’s never crowded there. It tends to break over an outside sandbar and can be pretty punchy if the conditions are right.
￼SUP Mag: Let’s talk about long-term goals. Where do you want the sport to take you ￼and what do you want to achieve as a competitive paddle surfer?
Grant: Well actually, I want to travel all over the world to compete on the World Tour and tap into more racing. The challenge I’m facing is mostly finances. The prestigious events are pretty scattered still and require athletes to commit to some pretty decent expenses.
I was lucky to travel to St. Croix, USVI with my friend Girard Middleton earlier this year to compete in a race with Ryan Helm and Zane Schweitzer. Those guys are amazing athletes and they were so positive with me—[they] totally stoked me out! That one experience alone convinced me that if I could show up, I could blow up. It just gave me a lot of confidence, which was pretty cool.
In the meantime, I’m keeping the “big look” and feeling super blessed to have support from my famiy, friends, and people like my PRT crew, who I race with. The SUP world is really full of awesome people! I would love to continue to work in the industry and think that between the people I’ve me and the experience I’m getting from a competitor side, I may be able to do good things. If you ever see me at the beach, say ‘hey’ and let’s paddle!
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SUP magazine videographer Morgan Hoesterey is an ocean athlete, but she’s also an explorer and an adventurer—and she takes us to some pretty beautiful destinations during her travels. Here’s Hoesterey with her buddy Gillian Gibree, freediving in the clear waters of Cancun’s Isla Mujeres and exploring an underwater museum.
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