What’s the old saying about standup boards being good for small surf?
That was certainly apparent this weekend at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California during the US SUP Tour, where a talented contingent of surfers battled each other, and small conditions, and were still able to make the sport look pretty darn good.
Daniel Hughes won on the men’s side while relative SUP newbie Sophia Bartlow—whose mother is World Champion longboarder Jericho Poppler Bartlow—topped a talented bunch of women surfers in a final that included Izzi Gomez, who won twice on the Standup World Tour last year, and Emmy Merrill, a two-time ISA champion.
The men’s draw was also impressive as Dave Boehne, who finished second, surfed incredible all day and found the only barrel of the competition. Colin McPhillips (3rd) was also in form and showed his uncanny ability to find that one wave each heat that would stay open and allow for multiple turns. Fernando Stalla finished with a solid 4th and also surfed extremely well throughout the day.
For Hughes , it’s been a year since his last win. “I really hope this get’s me going so I can get on a roll,” he said.
From a spectator standpoint, the location for the competition was ideal on Malibu’s north side with plenty of foot traffic throughout the day. US SUP Tour organizers Chuck Hendsch and Ian Cairns signed on Michelob Ultra this year as a sponsor, which has them teaming up with other Michelob-sponsored events. The result was a tightly run competition and a stellar after party. Prone surfers, SUP surfers and beach volleyball players mingled at the after party hosted by Casa Escobar across from the Malibu Pier.
This high-profile sponsorship could really solidify the Tour’s future. “We’re going to finish things of strong in 2014 and we’re hoping for even bigger things in 2015,” said Hendsch.
The US SUP Tour’s next stop is August 2nd and 3rd in Hermosa Beach with a race only. Here’s hoping their next surf event in Huntington Beach September 13th and 14th sees “bigger” surf.
Men’s Pro Surf
1st Place Daniel Hughes
2nd Place Dave Boehne
3rd Place Colin McPhillips
4th Place Fernando Stalla
Women’s Pro Surf
1st Place Sophia Bartlow
2nd Place Emmy Merrill
3rd Place Izzi Gomez
4th Place Nikki Newland
Men’s Open Surf
1st Place Jedd Hasay
2nd Place Dave Figlioli
3rd Place Mitch Taylor
4th Place Joe Carberry
Men’s Over 40
1st Place Chuck Trout
2nd Place Mitch Taylor
3rd Place Ralph Bill
4th Place Ian Cairns
Jess Leedy – SUP Wipeouts (Instagram) from Norwell9 on Vimeo.
Sometimes you just need to watch an awesome wipe-out reel. What better time than a Friday afternoon? Enjoy Jess Leedy charging and taking his licks in these 15 seconds of glory.
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Photo: JP Van Swae
There’s a reason the Gladiator Hybrid is the most popular SUP fin Larry Allison makes. It’s designed to handle a variety of conditions, from flatwater racing to open-ocean downwind paddling and gives paddlers a nice middle ground between tracking, speed and stability that will give you fantastic performance in all these realms. If a middle ground fin isn’t for you, the Gladiator also comes in a Pro Model, for flat water paddling speed, and an Elite, for rough water paddling stability. Pick your poison. They’re all good.
Makani Fins designer Louis Genest spent 13 years implementing CAD systems in the aerospace and automobile industries before turning his attentions to fin making. It shows. The KAWA is a light, sharp, deadly race fin that was mathematically confirmed by NASA equations to have a lower drag foil than previous prototypes. That means greater paddling speed, fewer paddle strokes and longer glide. It tracked well, shed weeds like a sea monster and was ultra-speedy during our tests. A fine buy for any SUP racing aficionado.
The first thing we thought when we saw the Red Tip was, “How could that possibly work?” Then we rode it. The unique, hydro-foil-like tip creates really nice lift and drive–you can actually feel the tail of the baord riding higher in the water—as you head down the line. It gives you extra speed over flat sections amd also holds well in deep rail turns, while still releasing predictably in more vertical situations. This fin worked best as a 2+1 in longer boards, adding some flair and fun to otherwise predictable sessions. It belongs in your standup quiver.
These fins are for ripping. Three-time world longboard champ Colin McPhillips knows how to turn with the best of them and these signature fins are what he uses to do it. The thruster set is a subtle 2+1 (the center fin is slightly larger) for increased drive and hold with the classic thruster feel. These fins excel in good, powerful waves and the smaller size of the fins allows you to come off the bottom hard and put them through the lip while the medium flex feels natural under foot. A good choice for SUP surfers looking to get aggressive.
This gear review originally ran in our Spring 2014 issue as “Fins for Fun.”
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Words: Molokai2Oahu.com with Jenny Kalmbach Photo: M2O/Kurt Hoy
2009 Molokai2Oahu (M2O) Champ Jenny Kalmbach knows what it takes to cross the Ka’iwi Channel, and a lot of it has to do with how prepared you are as a competitor. The pro paddler out of the Big Island of Hawaii has some helpful tips in preparing for the M2O—one of the most challenging events of the year. Here are Jenny Kalmbach‘s top 10 preparation tips for M2O:
If you’re planning on staying a fewnights on Molokai before the race, bring your food essentials. There aren’t a lot of shopping options, especially near the race start. So, think about what you want for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and make sure you bring whatever food you want for race day sealed in a dry bag and available on your escort boat.
The morning of the race is CRAZY. It can be tricky finding your captain and paddling your gear out. You will want to keep your stress levels as low as possible that morning, so make sure you HAVE A PLAN. Talk to your boat captain ahead of time about where to meet, what his boat looks like etc. If possible, meet up with him the day before the race to drop off some gear or talk about your race plan (course, nutrition drops etc.).
This race can be won or lost by the choice of your line. I’ve been on both sides of this, so don’t just wing it. Talk to your boat captain, ask friends who have done the channel before, look at tide and current charts—use as much information as you can to choose the line you think will be the best to get you from Molokai to Oahu.
Once you have picked your course, stick to it. This is important. It’s tempting when you’re out there to want to change things up, but you have a plan for a reason so don’t mess with it. It’s okay to make slight variations on your course due to conditions, but don’t suddenly shoot change direction because you think it might be faster.
Pack light and use a waterproof or dry bag. Whatever you have with you on the beach will have to be paddled out to your boat… and sometimes there is shore break, so keep it light. I like the Dakine Crew Duffle or the Grunden Gage Rum Runner Backpack.
Talk to your team about the big and little things. How often will you need to change your hydration pack? What nutrition is going in it? Do they know how much? Are they going to throw it to you or is someone jumping in the water to hand it off? Do you want them to cheer you on or do you prefer silence? Do you want to know where you’re at and how far you have to go or will you keep track of that yourself? What about your competition? Do you want them to tell you where you stand? These might seem like little things, but once the race starts, you’re not going to have a chance to talk to them and explain things, so think about ALL of this before the start horn blows—one less thing to worry about when you’re in the middle of the Molokai Channel.
Wear sunscreen and sun protective clothing. It’s a long, hot day out there, so don’t let the elements get the best of you. I wear long compression tights (2XU elite compression tights) and I slather on as much sunscreen as I can (Coola Sport 45). Don’t forget a hat (avoid dark colors) and polarized sunglasses are essential (Oakley Radarlock Edge).
It’s just you, the open swells, some birds and malolo (flying fish) out there, so having music can really help some paddlers. Create a playlist of your favorite songs and make sure you have enough songs for the day.
This may not affect your time or experience across the channel, but I promise you will be happier because of it after your race. Your arms are going to be tired after all that paddling, and brushing out the knots in your hair is not fun. So, for the girls out there, or guys with long hair, I’d recommend putting it up in a bun or a bubble ponytail. Trust me when I say it will take hours and a bottle of conditioner to remove the knots if you choose to braid your hair or put it in a simple ponytail.
Most importantly, enjoy the experience and HAVE FUN! Don’t get frustrated, if you fall just laugh it off and get back up… keep paddling and keep smiling.
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Colorado River Surfing With Badfish SUP from Badfish SUP on Vimeo.
Non-river surfers often say they want to try surfing river waves because they’re always breaking. River surfers know different. River waves are based on flows and become rideable based on the amount of water in a particular river and how said water reacts to river features like rocks and/or elevation change in the riverbed. Sometimes river waves are dynamic and riders are able to surf them like they would an ocean wave. Other times, they’re flat and listless.
This spring the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park hit a flow of 22,000 CFS creating some of the best and biggest river surfing conditions on that stretch of water in years. Team Badfish was there to take the wave on and got it all on video. Mike Tavares shows off his backside prowess, Brittany Parker nails a 360 and 11-year-old Miles Harvey gets us stoked on river surfing’s future.
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The Standup World Series‘ annual event in Germany, the Camp David World Cup of SUP, kicks off Friday, July 18, 2014, in its new location in Fehmarn.
The Camp David World Cup of SUP is the third event of the 2014 Standup World Series and the fourth of five stops in the European Cup. Top standup paddlers from around the globe will compete in sprints and a long distance race, with results combined from each of the two races to determine the overall event champion.
This third World Series event will see lots of action as the European Cup nears the championships and the world’s fastest paddlers make their final pushes toward the European Cup Title as well as the overall World Title. World Series rankings leader Connor Baxter will be battling with fellow Maui boys Kai Lenny and Zane Schweitzer, who round out the top three rankings going into the Germany Stop. Lenny, a two-time World Series Champion, won April’s Abu Dhabi Stop and will be looking for another win to strengthen his number two world ranking and bump Baxter from the top. Schweitzer has been taking Europe by storm, winning the last three World Series events, including Spain, France, and most recently, Finland.
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Waterman Buzzy Kerbox has raised his son Kody in the water, and it’s evident. Kody is one of the top competitors on the Standup World Tour and World Series, posting impressive results in SUP events around the globe. But, Kody still makes time to SUP with his old man when he’s home on Maui. Here, the father-son duo take you downwind paddling, while sharing some helpful tips along the way. Watch and be inspired to get some glides.
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The Maui 2 Molokai (M2M) 27-mile crossing takes paddlers on a tremendous journey from Maui’s Honolua Bay to Kaunanakai town on Molokai. The event is somewhat of a precursor to the Molokai 2 Oahu World Championships, and if the results from last weekend’s event foreshadow anything, it’s that Connor Baxter, Kai Lenny, and Dave Kalama will round out the top places for the men, as they took first through third at last weekend’s M2M. Devin Blish took the big win for the ladies, ahead of two-time M2O Champ Andrea Moller and 2012 M2O Champ Talia Decoite (Gangini), who finished second and third, respectively. Check out the highlight video and results below:
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HAVE YOU SEEN BLURR #3 from InfinitySURF on Vimeo.
You may recall last summer, when Dave Boehne and his band of merry mates brought us 5UP P1RATE5, a paddling flick that didn’t just laugh in the face of Google search algorithms, but one of the best pure SUP surf movies ever made.
This summer, the Blurr is at it again, this time with “Have You Seen Blurr,” a three-part film set during the Surftech Shootout in Santa Cruz, California. Here, we wrap up the “Blurr” series with the third and final installment.
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Leeward from theandyj on Vimeo.
Recently, Southern California was graced with some summer surf and Standup World Tour competitor Daniel Hughes took advantage of it. Here’s the SoCal local, snagging a keeper or two at Newport Beach’s infamous beach break, the Wedge.
SUP magazine caught up with five people who SUP to talk standup paddling. We asked the five everyday paddlers to tell us about their secret SUP spot, without giving too much away. Here’s what they said:
OCCUPATION: Owner, SUP Oklahoma; Lawyer
HOMETOWN: Tulsa, OK
Bixhoma Lake, just south of Tulsa. I’ve taken people out there that have lived in Tulsa their entire lives and didn’t know it was there. They’re blown away by how pretty it is and how clean the water is. It’s just cool that you can find some new place that you’ve never been to or never heard about but it’s literally in your own backyard.
OCCUPATION: Student; Lifeguard
HOMETOWN: Santa Cruz, CA
It’s a fifteen-minute paddle up the coast from my house, give or take a few minutes for wind and conditions. The surf spot is nestled in between two points, so it’s nice and protected, but hard to get to. Nobody’s ever there! One must either paddle to the spot, or be very quick and nimble and on their feet at low tide. The waves are fun, the scenery is awesome and the beach is sandy. I love my little secluded spot!
OCCUPATION: Employee, Island Surf & Sport
HOMETOWN: Newport, RI
Probably Third Beach in Middletown. It’s usually quiet and you can paddle around this wildlife preserve, sometimes you’ll see deer. The water’s a little clearer around there and there’s some rocks to paddle around. It’s nice because it’s usually protected in the afternoon from offshore winds, so it’s nice and clean.
OCCUPATION: Owner, Rendezvous River Sports
HOMETOWN: Jackson Hole, WY
How about the Hoback River? It’s about 17 miles, fun surf waves, lots of rocks, lots of eddy moves, the rapids are all makeable and challenging and it’s in a beautiful, wild, scenic canyon. And it’s only thirteen miles from town!
OCCUPATION: Owner, Mountain to Sound Outfitters
HOMETOWN: West Seattle, WA
Alki Beach in West Seattle. It’s pretty fun because you have urban wildlife so we paddle with sea lions and seals, lots of cool birds, jellyfish and salmon. There were orcas off our beach two days ago! When the silver salmon come through they run shallow so you can see schools of them going underneath your board.
This article originally ran in our Summer 2014 issue as “Word on the Water.”
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FOCUS AND FUN WITH TALIA DECOITE from tehanigangini on Vimeo.
In this video, spend a day training and playing with Maui’s Talia Decoite as she prepares for the biggest Hawaiian race of the year: Molokai2Oahu. It’s a hard life on the Valley Isle.
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Since 2008, few women have torn it up in SUP like champion paddler Candice Appleby. From the Battle of the Paddle to the 2014 Hobie Hennessey’s Waterman’s Challenge, to the 2012 Paddle Royal, no course is safe from the hard-charging SUP competitor. And, proving that she’s not just at home in the ocean, our 2012 SUP Woman of the Year took top honors at the recent 2014 Payette River Games.
Appleby’s amazing run of success is no coincidence. From intense interval sessions and long downwinders to brutal endurance and strength training on land, Appleby’s solo training sessions—as well as those with her other half and co-founder of Performance Paddling, Anthony Vela—are often the difference between her and the rest of the SUP field.
While we’d never expect Appleby to give away her competitive advantage, she shared some tips for standup paddling with Brody Welte of PaddleFit. Check out Appleby’s top three tips and try them next time you hit the water. —Phil White
Photo: OnIt Pro
It’s important to feel capable and comfortable moving around on your board. As conditions change and vary, so should your foot placement. Practice walking on your board, cross stepping, shuffling, and getting comfortable in a variety of positions; this will allow you to be ready for any scenario, whether during a race, in the surf, or when you’re just training and having fun. Practicing free styling on your board helps, too. If you don’t come from a surfing background but want to learn how to cross step, try it on a curb, then take it to the water. Make sure to always engage your paddle while walking your board by bracing.
The “bracing” stroke should be your best friend. Well, not really, but it should be used every time you paddle! By placing the non-power surface of your paddle blade on the water, you create resistance that will act like a balance aid or “brace”, hence the term ‘bracing stroke.’ This can be used in SUP surfing, hopping over waves, during buoy turns, in a downwinder, or basically anytime you lose balance and need to compensate. Make sure to be aware of your bracing stroke and use it! It’s also really fun during free styling and will help with tricks like the “stationary layback.”
There are many different types of racing starts, including running beach starts, shoreline starts at ankle-, knee- and waist-deep water, water starts, etc. Having a good start and “skim” can give you an edge over the competition by getting out in front early. On the flip side, a bad start can easily leave you at the back of the pack and potentially hinder your overall results. Make sure to practice starts, especially those variations that intimidate you. My favorite type of start is a running one because if you get a good skim, you can leave your competitors behind. Practicing starts will help with race day nerves, which, as we all know, are the worst when waiting for the horn to go off. Be comfortable holding your equipment and make sure to always check the conditions of the ocean, lake or river floor before you run into it!
Photo: Greg Panas/Standup World Tour
Hailing from Oahu’s North Shore, Mo Freitas is one of the island’s top standup paddlers—and a top Standup World Tour athlete that competes around the globe. It’s easy to understand why the 2013 SUP Awards Male Rookie of the Year is mentioned in the same breath as world champions like Kai Lenny and Connor Baxter—Mo shreds, and he’s raising the bar in performance paddle surfing. Here’s some Mo action.
Photo: Seth Warren
You’ve had a crazy upbringing.
I’ve grown up living in two different countries, splitting time between Hood River, Ore. and Los Barriles, Baja. I’ve participated in the school system in Mexico and the U.S. My dad got me into windsurfing when I was a little girl and has been my training partner and my play buddy since the beginning.
How does SUP fit in?
I’ve grown up around the water, watching my parents and their friends windsurf. As soon as I could swim, my dad sailed me around on his board. By age eleven I was racing and I absolutely loved windsurfing! When I turned fourteen, I received an invitation to join the Big Winds Junior Team in Hood River. Steve Gates, the owner of Big Winds, the local windsurf, SUP and kite shop in Hood River, wanted to get more kids on the water windsurfing, and our team quickly morphed into a standup paddling team. Two weeks into our training he signed us up for a race and we competed in our first event.
Paddling competitively seems to fit you.
Last year was a pretty amazing season for me. I won every local race that I entered around Oregon. The Gorge Paddle Challenge was my biggest win; I placed second in the downwinder and third in the course race against some of the fastest women in the world, winning the weekend by 14 seconds! I also did the O’Neill Tahoe Cup Series, which was three events throughout the summer. With two wins and a third place finish I won the overall women’s title for that event as well.
Are you still competing in windsurfing?
I compete on the American Windsurfing Tour, a wave sailing competition series around North America, and was able to make four events last year. I won the junior division and placed second in the overall women’s division. I also compete in the Gorge Cup Race Series in Hood River. Last summer I finished the season in third place overall out of all the men. I won one race over the summer and I was the first female to ever finish on top after a day of racing in Hood River.
You aren’t doing the traditional school thing like most kids your age.
I do an online education program so I can travel and compete. I’m a junior in high school, so college and a career isn’t that far away. Eventually I want to head down the med school route to become a nurse, but at the moment I’m not sure how school and competing will work together. I have some time to figure everything out, so I’m just enjoying the ride. —As told to Seth Warren
This article originally ran in our Spring 2014 issue, as “Core Commentary.”
SUP magazine videographer Morgan Hoesterey gets out there for us. This time, she’s freediving again. But the locale has changed. Morgan explores the waters of Casa Cenote, in Tulum, Mexico with Gillian Gibree and friends. Stay tuned for Part II. Get out there and paddle!
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The 2014 O’Neill Tahoe Cup summer race series continues with its second of three events, the Jam from the Dam, this Saturday, July 12. The second race will offer up part of the series’ $20,000 prize purse for multiple divisions.
Hundreds of paddlers are expected at the annual event, that includes a 6-miler as well as the 4th Annual Rob Rojas Keike Challenge, a free SUP race for kids under 12 years old. The 6-miler is open to paddlers of all skill levels and starts at Commons Beach in Tahoe City, taking competitors on a dash along Lake Tahoe’s North Shore around Dollar Point to Carnelian Bay, to finish at Waterman’s Landing, adjacent to Sierra Boat Company.
In addition to the competitive events, there will be an expo with demos provided by Surftech starting after the Keike Challenge. Lunch will be provided by Waterman’s Landing and awards following.
• Shuttle transportation to the start (Commons Beach) will be offered for people only. No boards allowed!
• Shuttle transportation will depart at 8:15AM from Waterman’s Landing
• The Rob Rojas Keike Challenge is FREE; open to kids under 12 years old.
• Free board demos provided by Surftech
• Multiple divisions offered
• Awards will be presented to both men’s and women’s top three finishers in the Open (including youth, 18 and under, and masters 55+), Elite and Outrigger OC1 division.
• PFD’s required
Click here to view highlights and results from Donner Lake, the first race of the 2014 Tahoe Cup series.
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Photo: Morgan Maassen
Downwind paddling is all about adventure. Using boards over 12 feet, paddlers stroke out, and with the breeze at their backs, surf “bumps” or swell created by wind. It’s distance paddling with surf-like glide (think backcountry skiing on water). All it takes is a little sense of the elements and a spot near you with prevailing breezes that run parallel to land. And you don’t have to be near the sea. Places like the Great Lakes, Hood River, Ore. and other inland locales prove that all you need is an expansive body of water and wind, which means there’s a downwind run near you. Molokai-2-Oahu Champion Talia Decoite has a few hints for your first time.
Start at the right spot. Learning to downwind in a lake is the safest way to start. If your first downwinder is in the ocean, you don’t want waves or much swell because you have to break through shorebreak or watch out for offshore reefs. Find an experienced partner and study the swell report no matter what kind of water you’re on. You only need 15 knots of wind or so. And there’s no need to go 10 miles on your first try. Start with three.
Equipment is key. You want a board between 12 and 14 feet long that’s easy to control for your body type with some rocker in the nose so you don’t pearl (bury the nose) when catching bumps. The water’s going to be a little lumpy, so more width will increase stability (28- to 30-inches). I use the paddle I use most often. Make sure yours isn’t too long as it will wear on your shoulder joint.
Think about hydration/nutrtition. If you’re paddling for more than an hour you need to hydrate, especially on a downwinder, as you’ll be burning energy and it’s easy to get dehydrated. I like to drink coconut water. On longer paddles, I’ll have an extra bladder taped to the front of my board and a fanny pack with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You don’t want to mess with low blood sugar.
Balance is important. A lot of people put pressure on their feet and they start aching. Think about engaging your core, bending your knees, using both together. Don’t fight the water, feel it. Try moving your body up and down like a shock absorber with the water instead of forcing your position.
Remember your heading. With the current coming one way, swell in another, you can end up way off course if you don’t think about it. Set a line and keep it by using trees or a mountain as a landmark that lines you up with your takeout spot whether it’s a harbor or boat ramp.
Glide. Once you have your balance you can start catching glides and reading the water. Don’t turn around; always look in front of you using the corner of your eye to see bumps in the water. Feel how your board goes up and down with the bumps? Your goal is to catch the back of the swell so when you feel your board rise start paddling hard to catch the next wave. Once you feel that glide things will start clicking and you can start linking them up: come off one bump, veer left to catch another paddling as fast as you can. Glide again then veer right to catch the next one, stroking hard. Repeat. The rhythm is what makes downwind paddling so much fun.
This article originally ran in our 2014 Beginners Guide as “Talia Gangini Takes You On Your First Downwinder.”
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Photo: James Mills
The Midwest Standup Paddle Festival is this weekend, July 12 – 13, in Madison, Wisc. Here are the top then things to know about this year’s event:
1. You can learn from the best! Pro paddlers like Danny Ching, Jimmy Terrell, and Chase Kosterlitz are offering various SUP clinics throughout the weekend.
2. Madison will attempt the Guinness World Record for the largest SUP yoga class. Join in! Bring your own board or borrow one from Paddleboard Specialists (*pre-registration is required if you need a board).
3. There will be gear galore! Demo the latest in SUP gear at the expo, then get some! All gear will be marked down with special event pricing.
4. Want to try SUP Yoga? This is the time to do it! There will be multiple classes for new and experienced SUP yogis.
5. There will be a fun race for SUP newbies! For new or less experienced paddlers, there will be a 2-mile recreational race that will be a blast.
6. Paddleboard Specialists experts will be at on-site. Stop by to talk shop or ask questions about gear.
7. The 6-mile race for experienced paddlers and is sanctioned by the WPA (*pre-registration required). Not into racing? Cheer on the competitors from land!
8. Entry to the Midwest Standup Paddle Festival is FREE, but pre-registration for all races ends Friday, July 11, at 5:30pm. REGISTER NOW!
*SUP Yoga World Record attempt participation and all land-based clinics are free. Varying fees apply to water-based clinics.
9. You can bond with your kid and get some board time while you SUP in the Parent Child Paddle.
10. Expedition paddler Mike Simpson will share stories about circumnavigating Puerto Rico earlier this year. Simpson will also provide insight into how to safely carryout your own expedition.
Check out the video from the 2013 Midwest Standup Paddle Festival.
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When summer hits, something in the air changes—and we aren’t talking about the temperature—we’re talking about the carefree, youthful feeling from all of the extra water time and being drenched in sunshine every day. Marco Juliot knows the feeling, and embraces it. Here’s Juliot, on Oahu, taking full advantage of the warm water by SUP surfing into summer.
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Photo: Will Taylor
We all know that we should eat plenty of fruit to stay healthy. But it’s too easy to just stick to a few varieties that you love, while never venturing into the more exotic corners in the produce aisle, or checking out those weird looking things you’ve seen at the farmer’s market but never plucked up the courage to try. Check out our list of the five best super fruits out there, and how you can benefit from making them part of your diet. —Phil White
One member of the nightshade family, deadly nightshade, can kill you. Fortunately, the variety sold in stores—goji berries—will not. But that’s not to say that these bright red berries aren’t potent. The lycopene content in goji berries rivals that of tomatoes, and helps prevent prostate cancer and other degenerative diseases. Goji berries are also high in vitamin E, which helps your body flush out free radicals that can cause cell damage. The fruit’s high levels of carotenoids not only boost eye health, but also help prevent and repair sun damage. And the tangy tasting berries’ polysaccharides contribute to a healthy immune system.
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This summer, the Blurr is at it again, this time with “Have You Seen Blurr,” a three-part film set during the Surftech Shootout in Santa Cruz, California. Check out Part II and check back soon for the third and final installment of “Have You Seen Blurr?”.
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This time each year, the top paddlers in the world are counting down the days to the annual Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O). The 32-mile world championship race is the true test of endurance and ocean aptitude—and for many paddle athletes, the M2O is one of the races they focus on training for year-round. With the 17th annual race only a few weeks out now, excitement is mounting and legendary waterman Buzzy Kerbox has some ideas on who will be the first to cross the Ka’iwi Channel.
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The holiday weekend brought droves of locals and vacationers to Southern California beaches, as well as some unexpected terror from a great white shark attack. On Saturday, July 5, a juvenile great white shark attacked Steven Robles, a 50-year-old competitive ocean swimmer who was training off the shore of Manhattan Beach with a group of 14. The great white had grown agitated after being hooked by a fisherman on the pier nearby for nearly 45 minutes.
Robles says the great white made a “real fast sharp left turn and lunged” straight at his chest. Staring eye-to-eye with his attacker, Robles gave the great white a punch in the nose, escaping with some serious bite wounds. Fellow swimmers and a nearby surfer helped Robles get to shore, where he was rushed to the hospital.
Robles is now at home recovering, but is unsure of when he’ll return to the water.
Watch the video above from CBS as Robles relives his harrowing brush with death.
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Ask anyone in the SUP scene about Anthony Vela and the words “nice guy” invariably come up. But behind his genial, friendly demeanor is a lion’s heart. As well as being a world-renowned lifesaver, prone paddleboarder and surfer, Vela has won premier SUP events worldwide, including the San Clemente Ocean Festival and the 2014 Hobie Hennessey’s Waterman’s Challenge, where his girlfriend, fellow pro Candice Appleby, also took top honors. If you haven’t been living in a barrel for the past few years, you’ll know that Vela and Appleby make the most successful ‘power couple’ in the sport.
In addition to their intensive racing calendar and a vigorous year-round training regime, Vela and Appleby run SUP racing clinics, personal coaching and water-based corporate events programs through their company, Performance Paddling.
Here, Vela catches up with SUPtheMag.com’s Brody Welte of PaddleFit to share his top three tips for SUP:
Photo: Mike Muir
Vela is often asked how he makes the most of his hydration pack during a race. The answer? He tested various options before settling on the one that works for him: an over-the-shoulder Hydrapack. Then, he practiced using it while training in a variety of conditions so that he wouldn’t be fiddling with it come race day. “I found that having a hydration pack around my waist didn’t work, because that’s where my life preserver is. I also found that I felt the weight of the fluid more when it was on my waist. The over-the-shoulder pack makes it easier for me to get the fluids I need without impeding my stroke.” The takeaway? Find out whether you prefer an over the shoulder pack like Vela, or a waist-mounted system. Then, use the heck out of it before your next race.
How does Vela gain a competitive advantage before getting to the start line of each event? “I don’t just paddle in training, but also work on perfecting elements of my stroke and practicing drills that help with starts, finishes, buoys, surf, and other things that will improve my race day performance,” he says. In the video above, you’ll see one of Vela’s favorite training day drills: switching from a parallel stance to a staggered surfing stance. How do you do it? “Take two or three strokes in your parallel stance, then get into your surf stance and take another few strokes. Brace, then go back to the parallel stance,” Vela says. The pro also told us that this helps him in sprints, downwinders, and transitioning from flat water to surf. If you work on such skills in training, Vela says, “they’ll become automatic” during competition.
Do you know what your weak side is? And what are you doing to improve your stroke on that side? “Goofy footers, like me, typically prefer paddling on their left, while regular footers favor their right side,” Vela said. By recognizing that in a race he prefers to generate power on his left, Vela knows that he needs to work hard to improve on his right side during training. “To develop a fluid and powerful stroke on both sides, you’ve got to identify your weak side and then focus on it during paddles and drills,” Vela says. “Then, you’ll be that much better during competition.” —Phil White
For more information on Vela, visit: PerformancePaddling.com
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Photo: Aaron Schmidt
Waterproof bags aren’t new. Waterproof bags this good are. On the most basic level, the Rapid Drypack gives the comfort and convenience of a backpack with the durability and function of a drybag. This 26-Liter (daypack-sized) pack will fit everything you need for an afternoon at the beach, a day’s downriver run or lengthy downwind mission and keep those items dry—no matter how wet things get. But it’s the details that set it apart: the shoulder straps are comfortable and strong making it a go-to choice for side excursions while the burly 420D nylon construction won’t rip when snagged by fish hooks, snags or rocks. And the white lining on the inside of the pack for better visibility makes finding your gear easy. It looks good too, with a simple design and soft colors. Sleek, functional and dry: everything you need for a stellar SUP bag.
With its welded seams and the abrasion-resistant cordura outer shell, the Chrome Barrage Cargo is a tough rolltop that won’t quit. The main compartment expands from 22L to 34L and offers plenty of room for your wet or dry gear. But the real standout feature is the expandable cargo net which allows it to accommodate a variety of gear. Think sopping wetsuit, PFD or whitewater helmet: the cargo net holds all of that while keeping your dry goods dry. The sternum strap comes equipped with Chrome’s iconic seat belt buckle and is handy when hauling heavier cargo while keeping the pack in place on two-wheeled rides down to the beach or your favorite play wave.
Hello, technical details. The DAKINE Section Wet Dry isn’t your average backpack: it’s made with plenty of pockets to keep you seriously organized and all the extra built-in features you need for an overnight adventure. Keeping water athletes in mind, DAKINE designers covered all bases by including a waterproof roll top compartment, a tarp wax pocket and two additional waterproof pockets in addition to the big 40L carrying capacity. There are also sternum straps for extra support, a fuzzy fleece-lined sunglasses pocket, a water bottle pocket and most importantly, a stealth shoulder strap bottle opener—so you can crack open whatever ice-cold bevies are stored in the insulated cooler compartment. Made from material that’s light enough to carry every day, but durable enough to protect your precious belongings, this pack is ideal for the organized ocean-goer.
This “Backpacks for SUP” review originally ran in our Winter 2013 issue as “Pack Rat.”
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Zane Schweitzer is on a winning streak. This weekend he took the third stop of the Standup World Series‘ European Cup, the Sieravuori SUP Masters. With a win in the Long Distance and a second place to Leonard Nika in the sprints, Schweitzer continued his impressive string of victories. The win in Finland gives Schweitzer a perfect record in the Standup World Series’ European Cup, as he’s posted winning results from the first two stops in Spain and France over the past month. With only five events in the European Cup series, and Schweitzer’s strong lead, it’s looking like he may take the title.
Stay tuned as the racing heads to Germany for Stop 4 of the European Cup and Stop 3 on the 2014 Standup World Series.
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Back in February, Aussie Beau Nixon spent some time SUP surfing on Oahu’s North Shore in preparation for the Standup World Tour‘s opening event, the prestigious Sunset Pro. The paddle surfer from down under battled an intense field of competitors to place in the top 10, among the world’s best. Watch and you’ll see why Nixon is considered one of the best paddle surfers to come out of Oz.
Kai Claydon is a pint-sized SUP surfer in Maui that’s getting a jump on his paddle surfing skills at a young age. Here’s a quick clip of the mini grom having some fun honing his SUP skills.
Photo: Robert Zaleski
The feeling of paddling on an empty lake, stroking past herons, hawks and songbirds down a river or navigating a quiet stretch of coastline are all amplified if you’re camping. All possible off your SUP. Not all of us can paddle around glaciers or circumnavigate islands, but getting away is essential for your head space. A weekend trip—all your gear packed onboard—will leave you recharged come Monday. And it’s surprisingly easy. –WT
Get the right board. Overlooking this simple fact could sink your trip. First, make sure your board is stable and can handle your weight plus 50 pounds. Second, think about the distance you’ll cover. Are you just crossing a lake to camp and fish or will you be paddling 10 to 15 miles a day? For one you’ll want a floating dock, the latter and you’ll need some displacement. Companies like Tahoe SUP, Riviera Paddlesurf and Imagine all have options. These boards come with strap attachments and are designed with heavy loads in mind. A 14-foot downwind board or bigger, longboard outline could suffice.
Pack light. The reason is two-fold: First, more weight equals less stability and more paddling difficulty. Second, you have to pack in dry bags. Check the weather. No rain in the forecast? Forget the tent (bring an emergency tarp). One pair of non-paddling clothes. Whiskey instead of beer. You get the picture.
Do a dry run. Stuff everything into your drybags (heavy camp stuff goes on the bottom with light oft-accessed gear on top) and load on your board. Is the load secure enough to handle rough water? Is it balanced correctly? Does your board trim well? Know before you go.
Think about size. One big dry bag and one small one. One for camp stuff (big) and one for things you need during the day like a camera, sunscreen, maps and granola bars (small).
Communicate. Let someone know the plan. You’ve heard stories: hunters with broken ankles, families stranded only two miles from civilization, Aaron Ralston and his now-missing arm. Things can and do go wrong. Leave a detailed plan and carry a SPOT device. It’s worth it.
Start small. If you haven’t paddled 15 miles in a day, don’t try it on your first trip. Start by finding a remote campsite across a broad expanse of water like a lake or river. Five miles can tucker you out. Trust us.
Eat well. If you can fish, fish. If you can’t you don’t have to eat freeze-dried food. Cooking outdoors is one of camping’s great joys. See sidebar for a delicious recipe.
Think about water. Where will you get it? Do you need to carry it with you? Lightweight filters are easy to pack but you need fresh water to use them.
• Can of Coconut Milk
• Curry Powder
• Packaged Cous Cous
• Fresh fish (or frozen)
-In one pan add coconut milk and curry powder and heat. Add fish when boiling and cook. In a pot cook cous cous with oil and spice pack. Mix and enjoy.
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This article originally ran in our Winter 2013 issue as “The Weekend Excursion.”
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