Photo: Ryan Foley
Eighty-plus people showed up to discuss the possibility of a partial ban on SUP surfers in Honolulu lineups at a Hawaiian state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) meeting last night. The proposed ban was officially withdrawn during the meeting.
Surfer and lawyer Timothy MacMasters brought the proposal forward for the DLNR’s consideration because he believed SUPs caused danger in lineups as well as standup paddlers catching more than their fair share of waves. The initiative would have banned standup paddlers from three surf spots between Ala Moana Harbor and Kewalo Basin from 3-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
According to local news station KITV, there was lively discussion from both surfers and standup paddlers on the issue, but because no consensus could be reached the DLNR cannot put a rule in place. Noted standup paddlers such as Mo Freitas, Kala Alexander and Alika Willis were in attendance.
MacMasters has since changed his website to address the happenings at the meeting.
“Congratulations to the opponents of the Safe Surf Pilot Project!!!” he wrote. “You were gracious in your victory.”
He went on to say that we need to be better about sharing waves. We can support that.
According to KITV, there would have been more people in attendance but there was a south swell on the rise. Hopefully standup paddlers and surfers were sharing waves.
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Photo: Aaron Schmidt
It’s an exciting time to be a standup paddler. As the sport continues to establish itself across the world, paddlers continue to innovate not only on the water, but also in the realm of SUP technology. In every part of the industry, these visionaries continue to hone their crafts. Here, we give you the lowdown on the innovations that you’ll see more of in 2014. –Will Taylor
As in the larger world, the future lies with the children. Daily, more SUP groms are popping up all over the world and demand gear that fits their smaller bodies. Companies such as Riviera, Tahoe SUP (pictured above) and NRS are offering pint-sized paddles and boards for the sport’s future rippers,. Thanks to this gear they’ll be out in front of all of us before too long.
We’re about to see an uptick in paddle design innovations. There are manufacturers such as Quickblade offering their new V-Drive paddle (pictured above), which has a double dihedral (forming a V) that looks like it’s going to take the market by storm. Companies like 27 North are offering Kevlar paddles. There’s also an increase in shaft stiffness offerings. Stiff paddles put more wear and tear on the paddler but direct more energy to the water, making them good for racing and downwinding. More flexible paddles are easier on the paddler, making them good for training, distance paddling and surfing. Manufacturers like Kialoa, Quickblade and Ke Nalu are offering more stiffness choices as paddlers continue to explore these nuances.
Companies continue to emphasize inflatables, both for price point and convenience for the end user (you). Board makers pushed inflatable design last year with big releases from Naish (One), Starboard (Astro Touring), Fantaic (Fly Air Race and Touring) and Sea Eagle (NeedleNose). Expect to see more variety in these designs (such as Starboard’s river-specific Astro Stream or Tahoe SUP’s touring Alpine Explorer). Also look for designers to cure inflatables’ general lack of stiffness by adding higher PSI capabilities and rail stiffeners (rods, harder plastic). Everybody wins in this arms race.
If you’ve ever been to a high-profile SUP surf contest or race where the big names are competing you’ll notice one thing immediately: their boards are not production. That’s because pro paddlers are riding custom boards. Boards built for a rider’s weight, height and paddling style add to the competitive edge. That includes custom surfboards, the likes of which you’ll see under the feet of Caio Vaz, Mo Freitas (pictured above) and Candice Appleby. At races it’s not uncommon to see hand-built race boards by Infinity, Kings and Hobie flying around buoys. The perks of these rides are available to the general public and help many manufacturers bolster revenue during winter months. Expect to see more and more custom shapes filter into local lineups and starting lines.
This article originally ran in our 2014 Gear Guide as “The Biggest Gear Innovations of 2014.”
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As with age and taxes, there’s no running from change. And this year, the sport of standup has seen a lot of it. Not the least of which was the formation of another association aimed at safeguarding the sport of racing and its disciples—the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association (SUPAA), headed by Chase Kosterlitz.
SUPAA came out firing in March, publishing a quasi-press release boldly calling out race directors who were delinquent on race payments and putting both upstanding and potential promoters on notice to watch their monetary P’s and Q’s when it comes to prize money payouts. SUPAA also teamed with a list of big-name athletes to form a “Champions’ Tour,” a loose conglomerate of the discipline’s best race events in a point series to decide a world champion—putting this new tour directly at odds with existing world championship events such as the Standup World Series.
If that wasn’t enough to get SUPAA trending in Facelandia paddling circles, their most interesting proposed change—and the one most likely to affect all of us—was a new board length standard for racing. SUPAA would require that 14-foot boards boast a 23-inch width minimum and minimum weight of 22.05 pounds (10kg) and 12’6” models have a minimum width of 23.75” and minimum weight of 19.84 pounds (9kg) for sanctioned races.
There are a number of arguments for, or against, limiting board specifications but as far as we can tell, SUPAA’s main intention is to keep new paddlers coming back for more, hoping to keep board designs from getting too narrow and thus applicable to common paddlers like you and me. The prevalent analogy for this case, it seems, is that windsurfing gear became too “high-end,” so regular joes couldn’t hang with the pros. Or flatwater canoe racing became a balance contest. The fear of bigger paddlers (including the tall, muscular Kosterlitz) is that SUP will become about who can balance the narrowest board—which is where lithe paddlers have a distinct advantage—and still negotiate a course. These restrictions are a way to keep the smaller guys from paddling svelte toothpicks in races.
The arguments against the spec requirements are just as passionate—some manufacturers believe it will hinder development and sales, while other paddlers believe that the only fair solution is to keep racing completely open and unlimited (they’re probably into chaos theory, too).
What does it all mean? Well to be honest, we’re not exactly sure. The rules don’t go into effect until 2015, when SUPAA proposes that all major races become SUPAA-sanctioned events, which would require field marshals trained in the organization’s rule book. An ambitious goal. The Battle of the Paddle’s Barrett Tester told us that the BOP won’t be adopting the restrictions anytime soon—or at least until they get help on the ground to enforce them (imagine measuring and weighing the boards of nearly 400 Elite competitors). Plus these measurements don’t even begin to tackle river-racing standardization, an entirely different sect unto itself.
It’s hard to imagine that every major event in the world will be able to implement this new system by next year. Some insiders who support board restrictions have even told us they’re not sure these measurements are the correct call. But they are a starting point to standardization.
There is precedence in all of this, of course. In 2008, when the BOP created the 12’6” and 14-foot race divisions, they essentially set the standard for manufacturing in the SUP industry as companies developed boards loosely based on those dimensions. And on the other side, we’ve had associations attempt to sanction races before, too—like the World Paddle Association—but they’ve never truly caught on worldwide, governing every major race, setting board standards and acting as a voice for professional athletes in the sport.
Is there anything you can do about it? The only thing we can think of is to keep paddling and trying new gear, like narrower boards. And generally try to stay aware—follow SUPthemag.com for updates and follow these associations on Facebook. Educate yourself on the goings-on in the professional ranks. Because even if you never, ever watch an elite SUP race, there’s a good chance that the boards these athletes are using will somehow influence the design of what you ride in the near future. –Joe Carberry
This article originally ran in our 2014 Gear Guide as “Board Size Matters.”
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Noa Ginella is talented. Need evidence? Watch the Hawaii local take advantage of a hurricane swell, nabbing wave after wave, skillfully surfing his race board, and throwing some impressive turns. Looks like practice really does make perfect.
Learn how to surf a race board here.
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Photo: Erik Aeder
With energy drink marketing increasing its reach, the continued spread of Starbucks and the rise of craft coffee houses (complete with bearded baristas), our culture has become more caffeinated than ever before. So, is all this caffeine good for us, or are we drinking too much as recent investigations into deaths that may be caffeine related suggest? What are the performance benefits of our favorite natural stimulant, and what are the pitfalls? Is naturally derived caffeine better than the stuff cooked up in a lab? We’re going to do our best to answer these questions.
Photo: Mike Tavares
The good news is that in moderate quantities, caffeine can help your paddling and recovery. Caffeine is one of the most highly researched exercise aids, so there’s a ton of useful data on how it positively impacts sports performance if not consumed in excess. Ingesting a moderate amount of caffeine before exercise has been shown to increase endurance for workouts lasting an hour or longer by slowing glycogen (stored carbs) depletion and encouraging the body to burn fat, leaving more glycogen for later. In addition, nutritional scientists at the University of Illinois found that caffeine also decreases exercise-related anxiety, which may dull pain perception and so further boost endurance.
For river-running standup paddler and kayaker Haley Mills, pre-race caffeine is a must. “I sometimes have multiple events in a weekend and drinking espresso before each one helps me feel more aggressive on the water and focused on the tricks I’m doing,” she says. “I have poor circulation in my hands and feet and when I drink coffee I feel there’s more blood flow to those areas, which helps me stay warmer.”
And the benefits aren’t limited to during exercise. Research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology proved that when consumed with a carb-rich post workout snack, smoothie or meal, caffeine can help restore the glycogen lost during physical activity. So don’t second guess having that second Americano of the day after you hit the water, as long as you’re combining it with the right 3:1 mix of carbs and a fast-acting protein such as whey.
Naturally derived caffeine comes from various sources, which typically have additional health perks. Coffee has been shown to prevent macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s, while black tea reduces inflammation and exercise-related soreness, and green tea takes down free radicals, enhances brain function and promotes fat burning.
Despite the science behind using caffeine as an ergogenic performance aid, it’s possible to misuse and abuse it to the detriment of your health. Common results from overconsumption include stomachache, sickness and diarrhea, headaches, nervousness/anxiety, acid reflux, and racing/irregular heartbeat.
While java junkies can certainly get a dodgy stomach from one too many refills, much of the concern surrounding excess caffeine centers on so-called “energy drinks” and shots. For people who don’t like the taste of coffee or tea, such drinks can seem like a legitimate alternative. And, with millions of marketing dollars poured into making the connection between extreme sports and energy drinks, caffeine-in-a-can products are expected to soar to $21 billion in annual revenue by 2017.
So are energy drinks worse for you than natural caffeine options? Not always, but many contain high quantities of sugar and artificial sweeteners, colors, and preservatives. As ever, if you can’t pronounce an ingredient or don’t know what the heck it is, it’s probably best to steer clear.
Part of the issue is that the small size of energy “shots” is deceptive. Some people think because the container is diminutive it doesn’t contain much caffeine, so they can just pound back several in one go. This assumption is wrong and, according to certain reports, it may be dead wrong, as a single energy shot can contain as much caffeine as a medium coffee. Would you line up six coffees and drink them all? Probably not–especially if they had a bunch of synthetic junk in them.
Another issue is that synthetic caffeine often found in energy drinks and shots is made in a lab using a wide range of substances that include petroleum and urea (a component of urine—we know, gross!) Some experts argue that synthetic caffeine is absorbed more quickly, leading to a quicker caffeine ‘high’ and sharper ‘crash’ that may aggravate underlying health issues. While the jury is still out on the effects of energy drinks, we advise sticking to natural caffeine sources, just to play it safe.
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Many studies suggest that optimal caffeine before a workout is 0.5 to 1.5 mg of caffeine per pound of bodyweight. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, you’d need between 70 and 210 milligrams of caffeine in the hours leading up to training or a race, and the same afterwards with your post-exercise nutrition. According to Caffeine Informer, that’s the equivalent of between one and three espresso shots, or somewhere between one small and two large cups of coffee.
Though such a recommendation is based on experiments conducted with endurance athletes, everyone’s body is different. Our advice is to play around with how much caffeine you need, using the minimum needed to make a difference. Also, try occasionally going caffeine free for a few days so your body’s dependence on it doesn’t blunt caffeine’s positive effects. –Phil White
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Laird Hamilton does what he wants because that’s the type of person he is. So when the Hurricane Marie swell started to show up in Malibu yesterday what do you think he did? He took off on what was allegedly the biggest wave of the day, ripped down the line and shot the pier like so many surfing greats before him. The video’s a little shaky and eventually the camera falls on an unsuspecting woman watching the action. But by then, Laird has already stamped his authority on the swell.
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French photographer Ben Thouard is known for capturing amazing moments on film. The photographer moved to Tahiti in his early 20′s to focus on his passions: the ocean and photography. And, the move did the Thouard well, as he now spends his days in the water, shooting top ocean athletes from around the globe at infamous breaks like the one in his backyard, Teahupoo. Here’s a look into the life of Thouard and how he captures the perfect shot.
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Three’s a crowd. Photo: JP Van Swae
A partial ban on SUP surfers in Waikiki lineups is being considered in a Hawaiian state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) meeting on August 27 in Honolulu.
Safe Surf Hawaii, “A website dedicated to safe and fair sharing of Hawaii’s surfzone (sic) resources,” is spearheading what they’re calling the Safe Surfzones Pilot Project (“SSPP”).
SSH believes that the dangers and number of SUPs in lineups around Honolulu has gotten unruly and needs to be controlled. The project, if accepted by the DLNR, would ban SUP users on a limited basis, from 3-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at Courts, Concessions and Kewalos (local surf breaks between Ala Moana Harbor and Kewalo Basin). The project would last for one year before reassessment.
We’re not for a SUP ban. Not only because of the initiative itself but also because we’re against government regulation in our surf breaks. Why bring political policy into one of the last places we go to find freedom?
SSH is pursuing this for, “safety and fair access to public resources,” according to their website. Encouraging people to come out to the meeting, they continue: “Tell the DLNR that it’s time to do something about the: (1) safety problems; and (2) “Wavehogging (sic) problems; that are being caused by the use of SUPs in Hawaii’s surfzones.”
Opposition to the project has blossomed too. A petition authored by Jupiter Kajiwara is circulating around the web, championing a motto that seems reasonably in line with the Duke’s ideology: “Hawaiian surfing should be kept free of rules and regulations … No one person or group should tell us when, where and how we can surf.”
The reasons for the project are nothing that we as standup paddlers haven’t heard before. Many SUP models are big and can be a liability in a crowded lineup, especially in the hands of inexperienced paddlers. However, those same reasons are often negated by talented and experienced SUP surfers. But veteran riders are also causing “wavehogging” problems that the SSH mentions.
I see similar conflicts in Orange County. I recently watched two paddlers on longboard SUPs wobble their way out into a crowded lineup, paddle around everyone and take off on the first two set waves that came through. Then one of them paddled back out and did it again, without waiting his turn. I paddled up to him and gently let him know that it wasn’t cool. He stayed on the inside for the rest of the session watching the rotation of the lineup.
On the wave-hogging front, a couple weeks ago I observed a well-known SUP pioneer out at a crowded, famous Southern California break taking off on anything that moved. Yes, he has prestige and history in the surf and SUP world, but many people in the lineup didn’t know who he was. I was a little ashamed by his behavior and felt the vibe turn dark toward him, myself and everybody else holding a paddle.
There’s little doubt that instances like these cause problems.
There are two solutions as I see it: first, inexperienced standup paddlers should not surf in crowded and more advanced lineups until they gain the necessary experience. Period. This may take years. They should surf spots like Queens around Honolulu, or Dogpatch at San Onofre, not the spots mentioned in the project. If you see someone endangering people in the lineup, set them straight. Social policing trumps bureaucratic policy any day of the week. Too many other things in our lives—roads, schools, homes, dog parks, camping areas—are regulated by the government. Let’s not invite that into our surf breaks.
Second, experienced paddle surfers need to follow the rules of surfing! Come on people. Yield to the inside. Take turns. Anybody taking waves on an SUP is an ambassador for the sport, even if he is a famous one. We are a target. Just because you can catch every wave doesn’t mean you should. When you’re sharing waves with people in an urban area like the south shore of Oahu or Southern California or anywhere really, initiatives like this are spurred by a lack of respect for other surfers.
As someone who surfs both a traditional surfboard and a SUP, I don’t like crowds. I often deal with crowded lineups by not frequenting them. If I feel like catching any wave I want, I surf uncrowded beachbreak (it still exists, even in populated Orange County). If I go to a well-known spot, I mine the inside for waves that no one wants before going out to the main peak. Then I wait my turn and take off on a good one. Surfing by moonlight ain’t bad either. There are a myriad of options to steer clear of conflict.
We CAN avoid official regulations. But it’s up to us to take the high road. There is absolutely no way we want a law regulating how or what we surf, where and when. If you, as standup paddlers, see another one of our brethren breaking the rules—by ignorance or otherwise—say something. Because what they do affects all of us.
There’s no doubt that having SUPs in a lineup is dangerous business. But shortboards are dangerous too. And so are longboards. Experienced surfers often fly down the line with no regard for other people. In short, every time you get into the ocean you’re putting yourself at risk no matter what craft you’re on. And as much as I dug, I couldn’t find a reliable statistic on a serious or fatal injury from a standup board impact in a surf zone (here’s one from a paddler’s own fin). More people in the lineup undoubtedly means more danger but it should be up to us to regulate the surf zone, not the government. If this project goes forward, more regulations around the world may follow.
And as far as people taking more than their fair share, wave hogs use every wave-riding craft, from shortboards to longboards to bodyboards to SUPs. If you regulate one, you might as well regulate them all. And that’s good for no one.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
If you’re on Oahu, check out the meeting:
AUGUST 27, 2014 5:30 P.M
THOMAS JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
342 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
More info on the Safe Surfzones Pilot Project.
More info on the Change.org petition.
More on the conflict between wave-riders.
Cheers erupted on the beach at the Vintners Surf Classic in Jongensfontein, South Africa on August 15, but it wasn’t the competitors getting all the attention. A pod of dolphins came charging through the surf toward a standup paddler, and then, it all went down. Watch as the paddler is knocked from his board by the barreling dolphins, much to the delight of spectators witnessing the action from the sand.
12’6” X 28” X 6.4” (265 LITERS)
Something to think about when purchasing your first SUP that you don’t always ponder: tail shape. The Rogue Psycho has a bulbous tail that stabalizes the board and adds buoyancy for new paddlers. Plus, while the Psycho may be a little narrower (28”), the 265 liters means that you won’t wobble so you can seriously concentrate on pushing yourself. The displacement in the nose tracks through the water smoothly, something that people looking to get into touring or fitness paddling should be aware of. In short, the Psycho makes for a fantastic all-around paddle, especially if you’re surrounded by flatwater.
This gear review originally ran in our 2014 Beginner’s Guide as “Boards to Begin.”
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Fresh off their wins from the Ultimate SUP Showdown in Hawaii, Annabel Anderson and Connor Baxter swept the competition and continued their winning streaks with dominant performances over the weekend at the 4th Annual Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Ore. The two competitors took first places in each of the two Elite races: the Courses race and the new Double Down long distance event. After the clean sweeps over the two days, Baxter and Anderson were awarded the Overall Waterman and Waterwoman titles.
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Earlier this year, the Standup World Series‘ European Cup showcased the high level of SUP racing offered across Europe with stops in France, Spain, Finland, Germany and Italy. Zane Schweitzer—a top competitor on the World Series and Euopean Cup Champion–maximized his water time by spending his downtime in search of surf. And it paid off. Here’s the Maui-bred surfer and racer going ‘inZane’ in the Basque Country.
Photo: Jock Bradley
When Steve Gates moved from Alyeska, Alaska, to Hood River, Ore., in 1987 to open windsurfing school and retail shop, Big Winds, standup paddleboarding was as foreign as a windless day in the Gorge. How things have changed.
Adding SUP classes to his mix in 2007, the sport now comprises 25 percent of his overall school, rental and retail business, chipping away at kiting and windsurfing. While a lot of this has to do with the sport’s growth and store’s location on the Columbia River, it also owes itself to his pedigree and approach to standup.
Gates, 64, with grown daughters Erin, 33, and Jodie, 29, grew up surfing in Southern California. He has also windsurfed for more than 30 years and is an accomplished kite boarder. It was almost inevitable, then, for him to embrace SUP.
“Most of the early SUP manufacturers were already into windsurfing, so it was pretty natural to get into,” he says.
He credits a lot of his love for the sport to lessons. “I learned the proper technique,” he says, “which opened my eyes. It’s the best thing anyone can do in terms of fitness and pays incredible benefits for all the other sports that I do. Plus, it’s super fun in its own right.”
Most people, he says, think they don’t need a lesson; that you can just hop on and paddle off into the sunset. Sure, it’s possible, but learning to paddle properly opens up a whole new world, Gates says. “It’s not like kayaking, kiting or windsurfing,” he says. “You can paddle poorly and still have a great time. But lessons are super valuable. Everyone who’s taken one from us has said it’s been life-changing. It’s the difference between sliding around on skis and carving down a mountain.”
No one knows this better than his Big Winds Junior SUP team, which now has 30 kids, and his higher-caliber Junior Elite Team (JET), which last year won the top three spots in the Battle of the Paddle’s 18-and-under division, with the girls taking spots two through five. ‘They’re way into it,” he says. “It’s really rewarding to watch them progress and compete.”
Of course, they’re just following the ringleader. At the same event, Gates won his division in BOP’s course race and took second in the distance category. He’s also turning heads locally, winning his age group in the eight-mile Oregon Open Ocean Classic (in a fast enough time to take third overall), and also in Seattle’s 13-mile Round the Rock race.
As for his lesson regime, he’s developed his own unique, proprietary SUP training program, and keeps it affordable at just $40 for an hour-and-a-half, including board rental. “We’ve committed a lot of resources to it,” he says. “There are some unique things to learn at the Gorge, like upwind and crosswind techniques, but it all comes into play for overall paddling.” Last year he also began offering downwind tours with shuttles, as well as lessons on how to downwind safely.
All this is paying off in spades for his standup program, which sees just as many women as it does men (17 of the 30 people in his junior program are girls). Last year, more than 150 people took SUP lessons from Big Winds’ eight instructors, up three times from the year before. Of his staff of 50, almost all paddle, he says, whether they’re windsurfers or kiters. “It’s the common denominator between everyone,” he says. “Whether someone’s a windsurfer or kiter first, it’s a great crossover activity.” –Eugene Buchanan
• Windance Boardshop, 1-800-574-4020
• Hood River WaterPlay, 541-386-WIND
• Gorge Performance, 503-246-6646
This article originally ran in our 2014 Beginner’s Guide as “Local Knowledge.”
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Team Badfish Surfing the Legend….Big Sur from Badfish SUP on Vimeo.
In case you missed it, the rivers around Colorado and more specifically, their waves, had a banner year. Everything from the Glenwood wave to the elusive Big Sur wave, shown here, had epic runs. Team Badfish rallied to the Colorado River and took advantage of Big Sur, a wave that will sometimes lay dormant for five-10 years at a time.
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Camp SUP, presented by Salt Life September 13-14 Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California, has solidified a solid lineup of instructors for its clinic lineup on Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a rundown of who’ll be there to pass on nuggets of knowledge to improve your paddling experience.
He essentially created the choke-hold grip and at nineteen years old, he’s one of the best paddlers in the world. We’re really excited to have Connor Baxter sign on as our Camp SUP stroke instructor. In any race, in any condition over the last three years, Baxter has set the pace with an incredible run, winning three Molokai-2-Oahu titles and two Battle of the Paddles. And now he’s going teach you how to make your stroke better at our exclusive stroke clinic. You can’t learn from a faster paddler.
Gillian Gibree is arguably the face of SUP yoga. She’s been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal and presented standup yoga at both the San Diego Yoga Journal Conference and Wanderlust Festival. Beside her yoga practice, Gibree is an incredible water athlete and has over a decade of experience as an ocean lifeguard, competing in SUP competitions around the world, from the ocean to inland whitewater. Join this experienced waterwoman for a SUP yoga experience you’ll never forget.
Simply put, Nikki Gregg is a standup paddling pioneer. From paving the way for women in whitewater SUP to developing standup-specific workouts, Gregg has long been a leading athlete in the paddling world. Gregg also specializes in realistic nutrition programs for the everyday paddler. If you want to get your SUP fitness game dialed Gregg will help you out, bringing her workout to you live at Camp SUP.
One of the sport’s most widely respected personalities, Dave Boehne has inserted his unique, soulful brand of wave riding into SUP surfing. Learn the basics from Dave plus, beginners, get etiquette tips as he takes you through an intro to SUP surfing and Surf Etiquette. Dave has starred in H2Indo, H2Mexico and 5UP P1RATE5.
(San Clemente, Calif.) – Salt Life, a lifestyle apparel brand that embraces everything ocean life including surfing, fishing, diving and paddling, announced this week that it would team with SUP magazine to present Camp SUP September 13-14 at Doheny State Beach.
“We at Salt Life are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the first annual Camp SUP,” said Salt Life’s Jeff Stillwell. “This sport embodies living the Salt Life and we hope to be a part of this great event for years to come.”
Camp SUP is a two-day event created by SUP magazine to get new people into the sport and encourage everyday paddlers to improve their skills.
“It’s really about having fun and being on the water,” says SUP magazine Editor-in-Chief Joe Carberry. “That’s why we’re so happy to have Salt Life present Camp SUP. They represent that idea that you can totally improve your life through ocean recreation.”
Camp SUP is the first event of its kind in the sport—part-demo, part instructional camp, and all about fun. Nikki Gregg, Gillian Gibree, Dave Boehne and Molokai Champion Connor Baxter have all signed on as clinicians for the two-day beach party. A four-mile fun paddle kicks off at 11am Saturday (Register Here!). Part of the proceeds from the fun paddle go to the winning Philanthropic Event at the 2014 SUP Awards (Vote Now!).
Demos from some of the sport’s best brands and clinics continue all day Sunday (schedule). The Beer Garden opens at 12 p.m. to kick off the beach party with live music all afternoon both days.
Look for the Salt Life booth at Camp SUP and watch for Salt Life giveaways at Doheny State Beach September 13-14.
About Salt Life
Salt Life is an authentic, aspirational and lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the “Salt Life”. Founded in 2003 by four avid watermen from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the Salt Life brand has widespread appeal with ocean enthusiasts worldwide. From fishing, diving and surfing, to beach fun and sun-soaked relaxation, the Salt Life brand says, “I live the Salt Life.”
About SUP magazine
SUP magazine is part of The Enthusiast Network (TEN) and is the leading multi-media publication in the standup paddling world. With a progressive, approachable style, SUP strives to push readers off the couch and onto the water. By blending engaging print and destination features, gear coverage and in-depth instructional pieces with in-house video and event write-ups on SUPthemag.com, SUP magazine is enhancing your view of the sport, all while getting you into the game. For more information, please visit SUPthemag.com.
Our Swimwear video series continues with this third installment, featuring the quaint town of Carolina Beach, North Carolina. While on location in Carolina Beach, we were able to find small surf and experience some sweet southern hospitality. Take a look at the making of the annual Swimsuit Feature, from our 2014 Summer issue, and get lost in the stylish swimwear, as well as the beauty of North Carolina.
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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
• Lauren H2O
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This weekend’s 4th Annual Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Ore., is an event that can’t be missed. With heavy competition in both the elite and open divisions, as well as free clinics and demos, thousands of spectators, and $20,000 up for grabs, the Hood River Waterfront Park will be buzzing with excitement. And, this year, as part of the Champions Tour, the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge will also feature a new race format for elite paddlers.
There will be lots of action at the Hood River Waterfront Park as elite and recreational paddlers compete in multiple events offered throughout the weekend. Elite paddlers will be racing a new race format for the distance race, the Downwind Double Down, where they’ll compete in two timed runs down the famous 8-mile Viento Downwind Run, with results based on competitors’ combined run times. After the first run, competitors in the Downwind Double Down will shuttle back to the starting line at Viento State Park for their second run on the course.
Photo: Jennifer Gulizia, Gorge-Us Photography
The Downwind Double Down will not offer age divisions, but will offer Men’s and Women’s classes with a cash purse up for grabs. The men will be restricted to a board length maximum of 14’ and a fixed fin, while the women will be restricted to a board length maximum of 12’6, with a fixed fin.
Sticking to the same race as in year’s past, the Open class will also paddle the eight-mile Viento Downwind Run, where competitors’ skills and endurance will be tested with howling winds and big river swells. The Open class will not be competing for cash prizes.
A spectator-favorite, the Courses Race, will once again be set in close proximity to the shoreline and beach, taking the racers into the bay at the Waterfront Park to execute a series of tight and challenging buoy turns just feet from the cheering crowd. While technically an elite event, the Courses race is open to recreational paddlers that want to compete at a high level for cash prizes.
The Men’s class in the Courses Race will be restricted to a maximum board length of 14’ and a fixed fin, while the Women’s class will be restricted to a maximum board length of 12’6 and a fixed fin also. Competitors are free to use different boards for the Downwind Race (including the Double Down) and the Course Race. New this year, the event will also feature a special “Groms” race for kids under 14, along with a Junior category for kids under 18.
All participants are encouraged to compete in the fun Team Relay, which will offer friendly competition for competitors of all skill levels. The relay will be held on a short course in front of the spectator viewing area at the Waterfront. Each team must have at least one athlete under 16 and one female. The Race Director will place elite athletes onto teams, and all teams will compete on Naish One boards, which will be supplied. Elite athletes going for the Overall Waterman and Waterwoman Awards must compete in the relay to be eligible for the overall title.
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Welcome to part II of our tour through North Carolina and our 2014 Swimsuit shoot with models Lauren Abraham, Erika Cook and Erin McDaniel. In this edition the girls showcase Lake Norman, just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Bob Purdy has been paddling every day since January 1, 2011. For those of you that are counting, that’s 1,328 days and counting.
Why? Because the Canadian and founder of Paddle for the Planet believes we need to change the way we live on this planet.
“It’s time to put our differences aside and pull together for mother earth,” Purdy says in his Kickstarter video. He’s going to paddle everyday until we do, he says.
The film has already been in production for three months but lacks the money to clear the music and finish editing.
We’re all for more standup paddling movies, especially if they’re for a good cause. Check it out here.
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12’6” X 30” X 6” (265 LITERS)
The Naish One is basically a race/touring shape, minus the displacement hull, which gives this board good handling and fast paddling speed–all with the convenience of an inflatable. At 30 inches wide, the One is stable, while the 12’6” length tracks well for long-distance paddles. We took it on our expedition to Belize (featured in our 2014 Beginner’s Guide) and it handled well in windy conditions (we even caught some bumps and little reef waves). When we were done for the day, we simply deflated it and walked away with it on our back (the One comes with a pack). Inflatables are ideal for paddlers who travel.
New Zealand is a picturesque paddling location. And this video provides all the evidence needed to support that claim. Watch as paddlers cruise off the shore of Whitianga in beautiful Mercury Bay, paddling with a pod of playful dolphins. It looks like the Kiwi paddlers really are living ‘the good life.’
Photo: Si Crowther, SiCrowther.com
On Sunday, August 17, 2014, while vacationing with family, 24-year-old Clemence Lapeyre of Paris finished dinner and headed out from Normandy’s town of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue for a moonlit paddle on her SUP. The lone paddler—and experienced sailor—put-in and paddled off without telling anyone where she was headed or when she’d return.
That became Lapeyre’s first big mistake.
The peaceful moonlit paddle soon became a grave situation when Lapeyre realized she was being swept out to open waters with increasingly strong current and sizable swell. Nobody realized she went missing until hours later, the next morning.
“We had had a great night and she decided to paddle under the moonlight without telling us,” Lapeyre’s uncle, Christophe Remy Nerys, told media sources. “It was not until later the next day we realized she was gone.”
Lapeyre drifted into the English Channel, where rescue teams were unable locate her from the water and air. She fell off her board three times throughout the ordeal, and, having left shore without a PFD onboard—her second big mistake—the Parisian struggled to stay afloat on her standup paddleboard for over 36 hours.
“She lost her glasses and she lost her paddle,” Nerys said. “Apparently she tried her best to stay conscious and cling to her board and not let go.”
Lapeyre spent two nights on her SUP, where was battered by 40-knot winds and swells up to 4 meters high.
It wasn’t until Tuesday afternoon, around 3:30 p.m., that a Belgian fishing boat discovered her off the port of Le Havre. While stranded, Lapeyre had drifted nearly 70 miles.
From the boat, Lapeyre quickly alerted family before being transported to a hospital nearby in the town of Fecamp.
“I was scared, obviously,” she told francetvinfo. “The idea was always to keep a goal in mind. To advance, not to die.”
A spokesman from SNCM, France’s national maritime rescue service, told sources it was a ‘miracle’ Lapeyre had been found alive.
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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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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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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.
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.
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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