Kai Lenny in winning form. Photo: Abdel Elecho
Reigning World Series champion Kai Lenny put on a winning performance during the sprint races in Abu Dhabi to take the overall men’s title after his close second-place finish to Connor Baxter during yesterday’s long distance race. On the women’s side, Lina Augaitis, after dominating the distance race, took a second place in the sprints to Angie Jackson to secure her the overall World Series win.
After a hard-earned narrow victory over Lenny yesterday, Baxter finished third in the final sprint heat to finish second at Yas Marina, the site of the races.
With this event a familiar story line is reemerging: Lenny and Baxter head-to-head event after event. We can’t think of anything more exciting for standup racing. Both of these guys want to be the best in the world and will do everything they can to achieve it. They’re one-for-one on the season after Baxter’s clean sweep in Brazil. Don’t expect either one to back down—even if they grew up on the same island.
Their fellow Maui resident Zane Schweitzer continues to improve his race game, with a third place finish in the long distance race and second in the sprints for to take third overall. Schweitzer, known for his explosive and progressive surfing, continues to impress us as he makes more podiums. Expect a big win from him this year.
Your women’s top three for the Abu Dhabi All Stars. Photo: Abdel Elecho
With this win, Augaitis is again making herself known on the women’s race scene. This is her first year competing full-time and boy does she look dangerous. With a past as an adventure racer, mountain biker and skier Augaitis is strong and fit and crushes in flat-water distance races. Her weaknesses lie in technical skills such as buoy turns and bump riding. Don’t think those hold her back for long as she travels the world and practices in more races and more conditions.
Slovenian Manca Notar, 17, is also a new-comer to the international race scene. The Slovenian took second to Augaitis in the distance race and a third in the sprints to come in second overall. Notar is young but is already racing like a seasoned pro. She’ll get stronger and more seasoned as she races more.
Australian powerhouse Angie Jackson missed out on the top three after having to pull out of the distance race in the heat of desert. Jackson dominated the first event of the year in Brazil, taking both the distance and sprint wins. She’ll be hungry at the next event.
Olivia Piana finished third overall.
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New Zealand’s Sam Thom likes to challenge himself standup paddling long distances. In July 2013, the young Kiwi completed a 54-kilometer (or 33.6-mile) circumnavigation of Waiheke Island, the second largest island of the Hauraki Gulf Islands. Thom was back at it this week, and upped his game, embarking on an 88-kilometer (or 55.7-mile) downwinder from Great Barrier Island to Auckland. Departing from Whangaparapara Harbour at 6:55 a.m., Thom paddled 11 hours, encountering dolphins and catching some nice glides along the way. After a full day of bump-running, Thom arrived at Okahu Bay in Auckland at 5:50 p.m. We’re thinking his next distance paddle will be even greater.
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Standup paddling is always fun, but in this video, the sport’s fun factor is taken to a whole new level with the help of an oversized inflatable SUP and a little surf. Australians Luke Egan, Trevor Hendy, Jake Jensen, Paul Jackson, and Steve Walker share spills and thrills catching some waves together on a beast of an SUP. Here’s to having big fun with friends out on the water, and getting some paddling in at the same time too.
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Karen Jacobson is a standout paddle surfer and racer from Sayulita, Mexico. After competing as a professional gymnast in childhood and constantly nursing all the injuries that come along with the sport, Jacobson decided to follow her passion for surfing and the ocean. Now, the pro paddle surfer is making a name for herself, rising through the ranks of the Standup World Tour and US SUP Tour. —SC
Tell us about your athletic background.
I have been a professional gymnast and started it since I was four years old. I got hurt a lot in that sport, so I let it go. I still love it, always have, always will. I started surfing when I was like 12 to 13 [years old]. I learned quite fast. Now, it’s my life. I travel all over the world to achieve my goals and train hard everyday. I do yoga, Crossfit and pilates. I do enjoy going to the gym as well. SUP and surf are my killer goodies though.
How did competing as a professional gymnast prepare you to compete as a professional paddler?
I think mostly with the discipline, and experience with competition—as in facing some of the best in the world and being one of them.
Why’d you start standup paddling?
I was just doing it because I have always loved the ocean and lived near it. Nobody in my family ever surfed. My mom is a marine biologist, so she has always taken me out in the ocean since I was little. I was just doing it for fun and learned fast. I did my few first local competitions for fun, and did good in them. I started doing more, surfing more, competing more, training more. Next thing I know, I am doing it professionally, training professionally, and competing on it professionally. I love it now and it is my life, work, and passion.
Sayulita has some impressive paddlers. Tell us about the scene there.
Yes, there’s a couple of girls in town I can go paddle with…I’m the only one taking it real serious though.
There are a lot of impressive paddlers in town, SUP Surfers and SUP Racers. Fernando Stalla, as we all know, is one of the best you could say. He’s a good surfer, and a good racer. I guess it all comes out for his hard training.
Bicho Jimenez, he is originally a great longboarder, and I’ve known him for a while. When he first started paddling he was just doing it for fun as well. He started training hard and doing local competitions, his improvement was noticeable super fast. He started training with Fernando, and now, next thing you know, he is one of the best paddlers in the world. He is a hard trainer and great person—he deserves the best.
Ryan Helm, my part time coach when he’s in town. He is originally a shortboard surfer, and used to be sponsored. He is radical. Everybody knows about Ryan—he’s great at what he does.
There are more talented ones in town, like Felipe Hernandez, a good SUP Surfer, and Antonio Valdez, an SUP Racer. There are too many names to name them all…Just know, in Sayulita, we got some of the best.
You compete in paddle surfing and racing. What kind of training regimen are you on? And do you have training partners?
I love surfing with my SUP and racing as well. My original coach is Ryan Helm. We have training routines we switch up depending on the day. When he’s not in town, I do Crossfit, yoga and pilates. I also have my second coach, her name is Susan. We also have training routines we switch up depending on the day. I train hard, daily and twice a day, surf all day if there’s waves, and I try to go out and paddle at least six times a week.
What’s your take on female competitors, like yourself, competing for smaller cash prizes than the males?
I think it’s unfair and fair at the same time. For example, it’s not fair at one tournament guys will get $2,000 USD and girls will get $1,000. But, honestly, there’s twice as many guys. But, at the same time, it comes out to four finalists or top 10, or those kinds of rankings, so it’s the same at the end. They should up it, or be equal with both genders.
There’s a lot I think about [with] that. I mean, if there’s a competition in Costa Rica, a girl is going to spend the same amount of money going to it as a guy—maybe even more because we are more needy than guys. So, going there, spending money out of our pocket or budget, and receiving a prize two times less than the guys’ prize. It’s kind of disappointing and not motivating to go on to the next one. It does not help economically. We spend more doing it, even if we win. You don’t even get your travel expenses covered with a win or two.
Photo: Tropical Surf Photography
You’re kind of known for showing more skin than other female competitors. How do you respond to fellow competitors saying it’s inappropriate to compete in skimpier style suits?
I really don’t care what people say. If I did, I would have stopped long ago because they always talk. Good or bad, don’t care; [they’re] always criticizing, but I like what I wear and that’s why I wear it. I feel comfortable with myself and with my body, and I’m sure I won’t be wearing these bikinis once I turn 50. So I want to wear them now. I love having my small bikinis. I feel super good about my body and what I wear, but of course I know when and where and what to use.
What do you think about all these ‘world tours’ that are running?
I think they are legit as well. I think all tours, world cups, world championships and those competitions are all important. I try to go to everything I am able to go to. I think it all counts and makes a good curriculum, but of course my main tournaments are the stops of the US SUP Tour, the stops of the Standup World Tour, the ISA World Championships and Battle of the Paddle.
Tell us about your plans for this year.
I’m doing the whole Standup World Tour, the whole US SUP Tour, Battle of the Paddle, and I will be doing local competitions too. I will be going to Hawaii for two to three months this summer, and will be doing the race and surf competitions that season, which consists of around 12 or 13 tournaments over there. I can’t wait!
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Kai Lenny and Izzi Gomez each brought dominant performances to the wave pool at the Wadi Adventure Park, each taking wins at the Abu Dhabi All Star event.
For Lenny it was a return to form, after an early loss in Brazil and a second-place finish at Sunset Beach. Lenny’s brand of technical, fast surfing fit the waves at Wadi well, bobbling less than other competitors and linking a variety of turns through the slow sections. Instead of trying to overpower the soft wave Lenny matched the speed and flow of the walls, not forcing moves like many competitors.
The Standup World Tour has been the Caio Vaz show this year. Vaz made a serious statement by coming out and winning the first two events. With his semi-final finish in Abu Dhabi he still sits comfortably atop the rankings. But Lenny beat him in their semi-final match-up and Vaz knows that, if he lets him, Lenny has the chops to chase him down in the title race over the remaining three events. Vaz doesn’t have a world title to his name yet though and is hungry for the victory and certainly will not go down without a fight. He also looks like the most stoked guy on tour, an attitude that could help him or hurt him as the competition grows in ferocity.
Caio Vaz draws one off the wall and the bottom.
Sean Poynter surfs well in every event. He’s consistent, explosive and a competitive threat in any conditions. But sometimes he seems to get too far inside his head and self-implodes at crucial times, wasting mental energy that he should channel into his surfing for the win. His final finish is his best of the year. Add that to his third in Brazil and he’s sitting well in the standings. A win would really help his confidence as we move into the second half of the year and could see him contending for the title at the end of the year.
Mo Freitas surfed the best he’s surfed all year at Abu Dhabi. His turns were crisp, full and varied. The more Freitas competes the more his freakish natural ability will come out. His competitors better watch out.
Other standouts on the men’s side included Daniel Hughes, Zane Schweitzer and Poenaiki Raioha, who all brought their air games to the pool.
Izzi Gomez, off the top and off with another event win.
Izzi Gomez, 14, is proving to be the woman to beat on the women’s standup world tour with resounding wins in the last two events. She throws spray with the best of them and has a gift for timing her maneuvers. The wave at Wadi is suited to her Floridian surfing style. With this win Gomez is tied for number one in the world with Brazilian phenom and defending World Champion Nicole Pacelli. These two ladies are the future of women’s SUP surfing and will be battling it out for years to come.
Despite a semi-final loss Pacelli’s rail game is looking solid and her surfing seems to gain more and more maturity as she travels the world and competes. She and Gomez seem to find another gear toward the end of contests that leaves their competitors wilting under the pressure. Look for their rivalry to gain more steam as the competition calendar continues.
Spaniard Iballa Moreno cut through the draw in the desert with heavy-footed power surfing. Her finals berth was her breakout result of the season. Expect her to build on this in the contests to come.
Brazilian Aline Adisaka continues to improve her surfing with her second semi-final appearance in as many events. She may not be a well-known name outside of Brazil yet but she will be shortly.
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1. Caio Vaz-26,500
2. Kai Lenny-21,000
3. Keahi de Aboitiz-17,750
4. Sean Poynter-17,000
5. Zane Schweitzer-15,500
5. Ian Vaz-15,500
7. Mo Freitas-14,500
8. Leco Salazar-13,500
9. Kody Kerbox-11,500
10. Beau Nixon-10,500
1. Nicole Pacelli-24,500
1. Izzi Gomez-24,500
3. Aline Adisaka-18,750
4. Iballa Moreno-18,500
5. Candice Appleby-18,000
6. Sophia Tiare Bartlow-16,500
7. Caroline Angibaud-14,000
8. Mason Schremmer-10,500
9. Lori Park-9,250
10. Maili Tahar-8,000
Photos courtesy of Waterman League / Abdel Elecho
The Standup World Tour made its third stop of the year in Abu Dhabi, with high-performance paddle surfing seen across the board at the Wadi Adventure Park wave pool. Maui’s Kai Lenny came out victorious against Sean Poynter of California, Mo Freitas of Oahu, and Brazilian Caio Vaz, after executing a perfect air reverse 360. Florida’s standout paddle surfer, Izzi Gomez, also surfed to her second win of the season in Abu Dhabi over Spain’s Iballa Moreno, Brazil’s Nicole Pacelli and Aline Adisaka.
Stay tuned as we bring you highlights from the Standup World Series’ Abu Dhabi All-Stars racing.
Next up on the Standup World Tour is the Tahiti Pro, scheduled for May 26 – June 2, 2014.
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You may know Ben Friberg as the guy who paddled 111 miles from Cuba to Key West. Or as the guy who paddled 238 miles in 24 hours on the Yukon River. Or as a musician in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In this clip Tennessee’s Wild Side TV gives us an inside look at how Friberg prepares, what can go wrong, how he pulls these missions off and why he standup paddles.
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Nearly a decade after the SUP boom started, there are more races sprouting up around the world than ever. While this growth in racing is awesome for the sport, professional competitors are voicing their many concerns over the current state of SUP racing and the lack of a truly unified racing tour. So, a handful of professional SUP racers joined together to create a tour that celebrates some of SUP’s most established races, the SUP Champions Tour.
The SUP Champions Tour includes said high-profile events as well as an international ranking system for all racers competing in the elite division at each event on the Tour. Races like the upcoming Carolina Cup, BOP, and Germany’s Lost Mills will rank elite competitors on a leaderboard, based on their finishes in elite divisions. Males and females will be ranked in separate classes with each athlete’s bottom two finishes dropped from the overall rankings. Because of the smaller competitive classes on the female side, only four events will be scored. And, there will not be any changes to each race’s individual regulations, unless decided otherwise by each race’s event director.
“Basically what happened is, a bunch of elite paddlers sat down with wish lists and schedules to try and layout a more unified tour with events we all wanted to be a part of,” says professional paddler and World Champion Danny Ching. “Right now, racing is split. The SUPAA is trying to enforce their regulations, the World [Series] Tour and Tristan are doing their events, and the WPA has their thing, but the SUP Champions Tour is different: we’re not trying to impose any regulations or restrictions—we just want to give back to the events we enjoy being at, and those that grow the sport.”
Photo: Jennifer Gulizia, Gorge-Us Photography
Some of the grievances that spurred the SUP Champions Tour include athletes’ sponsors pushing them to compete in events they sponsor or promote, rather than allowing the athletes choose where to compete, as well as event directors competing to pay athletes for appearances at their events, and some event directors failing to pay up the promised prize money, post-race.
“This is just racers coming together because we don’t want to be bought. We don’t want to be promised money to race at or be at a certain event, and we don’t want to be expected to ‘eat it’ on the travel expenses when we aren’t paid the prize money we’re promised,” says Ching. “That’s not sustainable pay.”
Ching also questions why, typically, divisions other than the elite don’t have cash prize payouts when the entry-level and kids divisions are where the most growth is seen: “It limits the sport—why not spread some of that money to the open and kids divisions, so that the sport continues to grow? The sport will be bigger, the events will continue to grow, and the sponsors will see it in their business. We’d like to possibly work with race directors to better their events in the future, but overall, it should be about allowing athletes to do what they do.” —SC
Here’s a list of events included in the SUP Champions Tour:
-Carolina Cup: Elite 14’ Graveyard Course
-The Ultimate SUP Showdown
-Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge
-Battle of the Paddle: Elite Sprints and Elite Long Distance
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Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve explored the pros and cons of the Paleo Diet through the eyes of pro paddler Chase Kosterlitz, and taken a look at the ins and outs of veganism with Kip Hoffman. Now we’re examining what it means to go gluten free. With more and more people eliminating gluten due to celiac disease (whereby the body wages war on the small intestine when gluten is consumed—a problem the Mayo Clinic claims is affecting 1.8 million Americans) and gluten sensitivity (a further 18 million people), and “leaky gut syndrome,” gluten free products can be found in almost every grocery store. Indeed, manufacturers of gluten free bread, cereal, and other products saw a jump to $10.5 billion in sales in 2014. Before we jump into paddler Nicole Madosik’s story of going gluten free, we’ll take a look at some of the basics. —Phil White
WHAT IS THE GLUTEN FREE DIET?
A nutrition approach that excludes gluten, a protein commonly found in wheat and other grains, which many experts believe causes digestive illnesses and ailments.
WHAT DO YOU ELIMINATE?
Not to be too obvious, but any and all foods that contain gluten or have been processed in facilities that also manufacture foods containing gluten.
Avoid leaky gut syndrome, celiac disease, GI irritation, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and other digestive complaints.
SOME CRITICS TAKE ISSUE WITH:
That many gluten free products are highly processed and cut out crucial trace minerals (magnesium, zinc, etc.) usually found in whole grain pasta, bread and other products. Also, only one percent of the US population is allergic to gluten, so complete elimination may be unnecessary.
Photo: Chuck Patterson
Nicole Madosik got into the Oahu SUP scene so early that when she saw a car drive by with a board on top she knew who owned it. Back then, she pretty much ate anything she wanted, and as she could see progression in training and races, didn’t pay much attention to diet.
But then, in 2012, Nicole visited Vancouver for a long weekend getaway and met up with a physician friend. He asked her about her nutrition plan and she said there was no plan really—she just tried to eat mainly whole foods. When asked if she was having any health problems, she realized she did feel uncomfortable after a lot of meals. Sometimes it was bloating, other times she felt hungry even though she just ate. They went over Nicole’s typical ‘day in the life’ food plan together. “Then he looked at me and said, ‘You know, you should probably cut out gluten and dairy.’” Returning to her home on Oahu the next day, that’s exactly what she did. Here’s what happened next:
What did it feel like when you went ‘cold turkey’ with gluten and dairy products?
I’d love to say it was great right away, but it wasn’t. For about nine or 10 days I just felt weird, I was angry a lot, and my friends and family probably wondered what the heck was going on! I shocked my body by completely changing my diet, and was also having to learn how to eat again without these two food groups. Plus, I didn’t know how much to eat and when. It took almost two weeks for my system to reset.
Since that initial problem, how have you felt?
I’d say that nine out of 10 days—no, more like 19 out of 20—I feel great. I’m not bloated anymore, I don’t have energy crashes at odd times of day, and I don’t feel hungry just after eating like I often used to. I train a lot, paddling as many days as I can and doing muay thai two to four times a week, so I’m a hungry girl. Now I eat what I need to refuel, but I’m not putting things into my body that it doesn’t know how to handle.
What’s been the impact on your paddling?
I typically measure my performance by seeing how I’m doing against Morgan [Hoesterey] and my other training partners, and since going gluten and dairy free, I can see continual improvement. They push me, and I’m able to respond better than when I was just eating whatever, whenever. I feel stronger, I have more energy, and I don’t feel uncomfortable after eating.
One of the knocks on the gluten free diet is that it removes a lot of the trace minerals found in whole grains. What do you say about that?
I think that most people who think that way aren’t getting as much of a balanced diet as they might think. And the minerals your body needs—potassium, magnesium, zinc and so on—there are a lot of foods that are rich sources beyond grain-based products. I know that women need quite a bit of iron, so I eat spinach as part of my lunch most days, for example. If you eat a wide variety of foods, you’ll be just fine.
Is it hard to not cheat and just say, “Forget it, I want wheat bread so I’m going to have it?”
You know, I’m not fanatical about my diet. I try to only drink gluten-free beer, but if I’m out with friends and that’s not an option I’ll have a regular beer and not worry about it. A lot of restaurants have no gluten free options, so it’s either French fries or something with dairy or gluten! As long as I’m staying away from gluten and dairy most of the time, it’s fine. You’ve got to live your life.
It sounds like you might do things differently if you had the choice again between gradually eliminating gluten and dairy, versus immediately cutting both. Is that right?
Everyone’s body is different and reacts in certain ways to each food and beverage. So I’d advise people to just experiment with what works for them, and what doesn’t. Listen to your body. But don’t just try something new for a day and then quit when you don’t get immediate results. It takes time for your body to adapt to dietary changes. My sister just called me to say she’s on the Paleo Diet and that’s great for her—I’m not going to tell her she’s doing the wrong thing or that my approach is better.
View Part I of this series, focusing on the Paleo Diet.
View Part II of this series, focusing on veganism.
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Day 3 Highlights Where Kai Lenny and Izzi Gomez take respective titles in Abu Dhabi.
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Eric Lair has a lot on his plate. He’s a lawyer, an athlete, and the owner of an SUP shop in the Midwest. And, he couldn’t be happier. Lair’s SUP story starts two years ago, when he first discovered SUP on a family vacation. After questioning why the sport had yet to make its way to Oklahoma, he hopped in the car, drove to Texas, and bought his first board. A few months later, he opened SUP Oklahoma, and the rest is history. We caught up with Lair to find out all the glories of running an SUP shop in a landlocked state. —Rebecca Parsons
SUP mag: Tell us about your background.
Lair: I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast, so I grew up going to the beach. I surfed as a kid and through high school. After high school, I left and came to Oklahoma on a tennis scholarship. I met an Oklahoma girl, got married, and then went to law school and became a lawyer.
SUP mag: How did you decide to get into the SUP industry?
Lair: I became aware of standup paddling at our family lake house down in Galveston. I thought, ‘wow, it would be cool to have one at our lake house in Oklahoma.’ So, I started looking around, couldn’t find one, and ended up having to go to Dallas, Texas to buy one.
So, I’m driving back from Dallas with a standup paddleboard on my car and I’m thinking to myself, ‘this is ridiculous.’ As fate would have it, I had a connection with one of the sales reps of Riviera Paddlesurf. I called him up one day and said, ‘What’s the deal? How come there are no standup paddleboards in Oklahoma?’ And he said, ‘Well, you should sell them.’ Next thing I know, I’ve got an order of Riviera standup paddleboards on their way to Oklahoma. Boom. SUP Oklahoma was born.
SUP mag: Do you mainly paddle on rivers or lakes?
Lair: We do both. We have a navigational channel here in Oklahoma. So we have, believe it or not, U.S. Coastguard water here in Oklahoma. We have one of the furthest inland ports that’s open year-round in the country, called the Port of Catoosa. It’s part of the McClellan-Kerr navigational channel and it hooks up into the Arkansas River, which hooks up into the Mississippi. So you can actually put a sailboat in our ports here in Tulsa and about three months later, you’re out in the Gulf of Mexico.
SUP mag: What’s it like running an SUP shop in an inland state?
Lair: I love it. We have beautiful lakes, amazing water, and we have a lot of it. Most people think of Oklahoma as being a landlocked, red dirt state, but the reality is, we have the most shoreline miles for an inland state. We have great opportunities to get out and standup paddle, we just need to educate people on these opportunities.
SUP mag: Tell us about the lessons and tours that you offer.
Lair: Last year we did a lot of intro SUP classes. I kept those as small classes with low student to teacher ratios. We taught people the basics: how to hold the paddle, how to get on the board, and the basic techniques of how to paddle safely. We also did private and smaller lessons. We also did PaddleFit classes; they’re a series of core-related exercises that you perform on the board, in the water. We also organized social paddles. What was really popular were our sunset, sunrise, and full moon paddles.
SUP mag: Tell us about your event, Stand Up for the River.
Lair: I’ve kind of grown to love endurance paddles, so I’ve had the desire to do this long paddle here in Oklahoma, along the navigational channel. People don’t know about the paddling opportunities here in Oklahoma and we have an amazing river that runs right through our city, here in Tulsa. But it has some maintenance issues with some of the low water dams, so it doesn’t always have enough water to paddle in.
There’s a growing movement to try and do something about it. I wanted to raise awareness and money for some of these maintenance-related issues, so we’re sponsoring this event that I’m calling Stand Up for Tulsa’s River. It’s me and three other guys, and we’re going to paddle down the navigational channel from the Port of Catoosa all the way to the Arkansas state line. It’s going to be about 140 miles and we’re going to do it in one shot. We’re giving ourselves 48 hours to complete. It’s going be an adventure and it’s going be tough, but hopefully, with favorable weather conditions, we’ll be able to do it.
SUP mag: Is there anything else you’d like to share about SUP Oklahoma?
Lair: It’s been fun and I’ve had a blast running this shop. It’s grown more then I ever anticipated. I’m walking around my shop right now and I’ve got over 30 boards floating around here. If you would’ve asked me back in summer of 2012 what I would be doing with SUP as a business, I would’ve never anticipated that I’d have a shop with 30-plus boards; it blows my mind. I’ve been able to meet so many people here in my own community that I would’ve never had the chance to meet if it weren’t for standup paddling. SUP has introduced me to so many people that are now great friends of mine that, had I not started this, I would have never met them. For me, that’s priceless.
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Expect a lot of stoke when paddling in Rincón, Puerto Rico. Especially at the Beachboy, their biggest race. Photo: Angelo Cordero/Rincon Beachboy
Rincón, Puerto Rico emerged victorious from the fray in our first annual Paddle Town Battle earlier this week. Puerto Ricans rallied time and again as their favorite paddle town moved its way through the bracket, soundly beating their opponents all the way through. It’s easy to see why: big races (Rincón Beachboy), delicious drinks (coconuts filled with rum), beautiful people (Latin features anyone?), great food (tripleta, aka pork), warm water (it’s clear too), great waves (big and small) … we could go on. But maybe you should just go and check it out for yourself. Trust us.
Look for a feature on Rincón and our nine other paddling towns around the nation in our Summer Issue, on newsstands June 20.
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Diane Wenzel spent her early years surfing competitively for her university and studying recreation. Fresh out of college, Wenzel opened Westwind Sailing in Dana Point, Calif. In 2007, with no background in paddling, Westwind added SUP to their program. The decision was a good one. Wenzel discovered that there was a sport she loved even more than surfing, and now regularly competes in SUP surf competitions around the globe. Despite being a fierce competitor, Wenzel is all about having fun, spreading good vibes, and riding killer waves. —Rebecca Parsons
Tell us about your athletic background.
I started surfing in college and surfed at Long Beach State. It was just so much fun being on the team and surfing competitively. After college, there wasn’t really an opportunity to keep surfing as much and I had to earn a living, so, I started my school, Westwind Sailing. I have a degree in recreation and was doing a project down in the harbor, which is how I met up with a [park] ranger. She was looking to start a program, so we collaborated. The program was really small at first, but it kept growing and growing to what it is today. It’s been 27 years.
How did you first get into SUP?
We started just experimenting with windsurf boards because we had them for our school. We’d paddle around on these windsurf boards with a kayak paddle, and I’d even take that down to San Onofre and go surfing. It was so funny because the board is so not designed for that, but we just had fun with it.
We incorporated standup paddling into the business about seven years ago and we kind of just did it as a supplemental thing for our sailors to do on no-wind days, and to maybe bring a few new people into the program. Then, of course, standup paddling just snowballed and it’s become maybe half of what we do now. It’s really great and it works really well with the sailing program; the two really complement each other and we just love it.
How do you think being an instructor affects your personal surfing and racing?
I do find that when you teach you actually become stronger and better at what you’re doing because you break the skills down. You start thinking, ‘oh am I doing that?’ It definitely has helped. I do teach some SUP fitness, and that, of course, helps with my training to keep me in shape and motivated for my races. I don’t teach a whole lot of surfing, but I do on occasion. With standup surfing you definitely need to be able to surf, but there are other things too—the balance is huge; anytime you can get on a board, it’s going to help you. So, it’s definitely helped my racing and my surfing.
What have been some big competitions for you this past year?
I’ve done a lot of surfing stuff, and that’s really where my focus is with standup right now. I’m actually Canadian-American so I got to represent the Canadian team at the International Surfing Association’s SUP and Paddleboard Championships in Peru last year. There was one surfer per country and there were 23 countries [represented]. I have to say that was the highlight of my whole standup career—just being there and representing the team. I ended up getting seventh and was so proud. That whole experience was insane.
I also did the Surftech Shootout in Santa Cruz and got second last year. The wave is just insane and to be sharing it with just three other girls was so fun. You couldn’t help smiling ear to ear.
What’s the women’s SUP scene like in Orange County?
Right now the women are kind of spread out. Typically, you just sort of bond with whoever is out there. It’s really neat to see other women out there and encourage them because it’s still a male dominated sport, so the women tend to stick together and encourage one another. There are girls that train together, but with surfing it seems to be more of an individual sport where people go on their own or maybe one or two go together.
Photo: McDaniel / US SUP Tour
How have you seen the sport grow for women over the years?
It’s really fun now that there are a lot more surfing opportunities with standup for women because some of the competitions only had men’s events for a while. The women have been getting together and saying, ‘hey, we’d like a division as well,’ so there’s been a lot more competitions for women, which is always neat. There’s been a lot of support and the girls are always really cool to each other out on the water. I really think there’s a great future for women’s surfing.
Any big plans for this year?
My whole family is from a little down just outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It’s landlocked. There is a wave pool at the West Edmonton Mall and it’s the world’s largest indoor wave pool. The owner of the Easy Rider puts on an annual standup surf contest and race in August, called the Easy Rider SUP Cup. I’ve done it now for two years in a row and it is the most insane, fun contest. I’m going again this year. One day is a distance race on the North Saskatchewan River, and it goes through the city of Edmonton and it’s just a beautiful river. The next day is the surf contest in the wave pool. It’s way different because the waves are manufactured, people line up on either side of where the break is and you take turns. It’s such a crazy atmosphere to be in.
For more information, visit: WestwindSailing.com
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In Part One of our elimination diet series, we explored the ins and outs of the Paleo Diet. Now we’re turning our attention to the vegan diet/lifestyle. First, we’ll go through the basics and then explore how introducing more plant-based foods into your diet can be beneficial, through the story of standup paddler Kip Hoffman, owner of Iowa’s Big River SUPtours and a PaddleFit certified coach. —Phil White
WHAT IS THE VEGAN DIET?
Veganism is more than a diet—it’s a nutrition and lifestyle approach that eliminates the consumption and use of animal products. Among the many motivations for becoming vegan are improving health and wellness, avoiding cruelty to animals and reducing environmental impact.
WHAT DO YOU ELIMINATE?
Meat, fish, eggs, dairy and any other foods coming from an animal source.
Reduced inflammation and ‘bad’ cholesterol, leading to lower incidence of cancer, heart and lung disease, injury, obesity osteoporosis, and many other health conditions.
SOME CRITICS TAKE ISSUE WITH:
Vegans’ typically low intake of vitamin B12—which helps the body generate red blood cells and regulate nervous system and brain function—and what skeptics view as inadequate protein intake.
Nine years ago, Kip Hoffman weighed 250 pounds, didn’t work out and ate whatever he wanted. Then he saw Morgan Spurlock’s seminal documentary, Super Size Me, and reality set in. He needed to lose weight, get moving, and cut out the junk food.
He cut out processed food and beverages, and then began to experiment with other dietary changes, becoming a vegetarian in 2006, albeit one who still ate seafood, eggs and dairy products. He noticed an immediate benefit, dropping 10 pounds in just a few weeks. Then, in 2008, Hoffman and his wife moved to San Diego, where he got into surfing and SUP. He had once craved fast food and refined carbs, but now had a new addiction: being on the water. With the switch to vegetarianism and the new outdoor lifestyle, Hoffman got down to a healthy 175 pounds, and had never felt better.
But, there was still work to do. As a child, Hoffman had been diagnosed with asthma and, even after eliminating meat, still occasionally felt out of breath. He was also often tired. After talking with a holistic wellness specialist, Hoffman realized that it may have been a misdiagnosis, and that he was in fact suffering from a dairy allergy. “I guess I’d just built up tolerance to dairy over time, and was pushing through the symptoms of an allergy because I felt so much better than I did before I ate right and worked out regularly,” he said. To overcome this challenge, Hoffman cut out dairy and then, after seeing a documentary on the harm that the commercial fishing industry is doing to our oceans, eliminated fish, too. Eggs were next to go and suddenly, in mid-2011, Hoffman was a vegan. Here’s what he had to say about his journey from eating anything, to vegetarianism, to veganism.
How has moving to a plant-based diet benefited your paddling and workouts?
It’s hard to separate the impact of working out versus my vegan diet, but I certainly have more energy. It’s not just my paddling that has improved, but also my performance in cycling, running, and the couple of Tough Mudders I’ve done. Once I cut out dairy, I stopped feeling weighed down and fatigued. And now that the resistance I’d built up to dairy has gone, I get a rash anytime I eat something that has milk or cheese in it, so that tells me I was right about having a dairy allergy.
You’re competing at a high level in SUP and have done some significant distance paddles. What do you eat on race days?
I eat a lot of nut butter and always keep seeds of some kind with me. Fruit is great for instant energy. Pumpkin seeds are my go-to post-workout snack; I have several bags in my car for when I come off the water. For the 36-miler I did a while back, I ended up needing a lot less fuel than I thought I would—again, just nuts and fruit got me through.
One of the knocks on veganism is that people don’t get enough protein. How do you respond to that?
I think the amount of protein we supposedly need is overstated, and think that by eating a varied, plant-based diet you can get enough. I have more upper and lower body muscle mass now than when I was still eating meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Quinoa is probably the top complete plant protein [meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids] for me, and you can mix corn, beans, rice and other foods to make a complete protein.
Jumping straight into veganism probably seems daunting for a lot of people. What advice do you have for someone that thinks they’d benefit, but isn’t sure about going all in?
I think if you just suddenly cut out everything you’re used to eating all at once your system is going to freak out. For me, it was helpful to cut out animal products progressively over a few years. I think anyone can benefit from reducing their intake of animal-sourced foods and ingredients, and by increasing the amount of plant-based foods. In the nutrition plan we have at our company, we give people a cheat day to eat what they want, and mentally, it has been helpful for me to occasionally humor someone if they’ve gone to a lot of trouble preparing a non-vegan meal, such as at Thanksgiving. You don’t have to be crazy about it. Hardly anyone knows that my wife and I are vegans. We just do what we do, and it’s fine for other people to do their thing.
What other pros do you see in veganism, outside of the health benefits?
One of my favorite places to paddle in Iowa gets a lot of run-off from several factory farms. It’s not just cow manure, but also nitrogen and a lot of other harmful chemicals. By reducing our reliance on animal products, particularly factory-farmed meat and fish, we can help protect the places that paddlers and surfers love most.
Check back next week to see how another SUP athlete is benefiting from a gluten-free diet.
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Quickblade Spring Training from Quickblade Paddles on Vimeo.
“Sometimes I wonder who’s older, me or him,” Jay Wild says while training with Larry Cain, 1984 Olympic canoe gold medalist. Cain is over 50 and still paddles like a beast. Him and training buddy Jim Terrell, 47, get their kicks with all kinds of strange and horrific exercises aimed at making them faster on their standup boards. Watch this video by Chris Aguilar to get amped for your next training session. Or just to see what’s possible in your 40′s, 50′s and beyond.
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Paddlers from around the globe joined Puerto Rico’s paddling community at last weekend’s Sixth Annual Rincon Beachboy race. With over 300 paddlers competing in elite and open divisions, and $16,000 in cash prizes, it was an exciting two days of competition on Rincon’s shores.
The weekend saw an “epic Elite Race with shifting winds, currents and Tres Palmas waves,” says Race Director Hector Ruiz. Ryan Helm of Mexico paddled to a victory in the Men’s 14′ division, ahead of Sean Pangelinan from Guam and Bill Kraft of the US Virgin Islands. Mexico’s Javier Jimenez took the Elite Men’s 12’6 division, while Helga Goebel of Florida won the Elite Women’s 12’6.
While the competitive events were the highlights of the weekend, there were also plenty of extracurriculars, including an expo with gear, apparel, and local art, a raffle, and a “huge party at the beach and hotels all day [and], all night, with five bands,” said Ruiz.
The event raised $7,000 for local charities, including Salón Angelitos de Amor (“The Angels of Love Hall”), whose goal is: “to provide every child and young person with Down syndrome the same educational opportunities, recreational and social rights as other community youth.”
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After a week of competitive surfing on the Standup World Tour, the Alagoas Pro Grand Slam kicked off the 2014 Standup World Series with clean sweeps by Connor Baxter of Maui and Angie Jackson of Australia. Winning both the Sprints and the Long Distance races, Baxter and Jackson are now leading the rankings in the run for the World Title.
Coming off an impressive 2013 racing season, Baxter picked up right where he left off, with an awesome start in Saturday’s Sprints. From the beginning, Baxter was out ahead of the heavy field of pros that included Kai Lenny, Zane Schweitzer, Jake Jensen, and Casper Steinfath. Lenny was able to dig deep and give Baxter a run for his money, but, in the end, Baxter came out on top, taking the first Sprints win of the year.
Angie Jackson also started the racing season off strong with her win in the Sprints. The growing field of female racers put up a fight, but the powerful Aussie pulled through, gaining the momentum needed for the following day’s Distance race.
In Sunday’s Long Distance race, competitors faced varying conditions that included an upwind leg, followed by a downwind leg, with a buoy turn in the surf, topped off with a fast-paced sprint section in the lagoon to the finish. Baxter and Jackson both took off at the start, leading the packs of pros for the race’s entirety.
On the Men’s side, Baxter broke away from Kody Kerbox, Lenny, Jensen, and Schweitzer, strengthening his lead in the downwind leg and holding off his fellow competitors for the remainder of the race. Baxter’s lead allowed him to take the race win, as well as the overall event win, ahead of Kerbox and Jensen, who finished second and third, respectively.
Strong from the start, Jackson built a lead in the Distance race ahead of local Brazilian Barbara Brasil and Spain’s Laura Quetglas. Powering her way through the upwind and downwind legs, Jackson increased her lead over the ladies and finished first, allowing her to gain the first Standup World Series and Grand Slam wins of the year.
Here are the current 2014 Standup World Series rankings:
Next up, the Standup World Tour and World Series head to Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi All-Stars Grand Slam.
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There’s nothing like having a sibling to push you in life. Or in SUP. Think Izzi and Giorgio Gomez, Brazilians Caio and Ian Vaz or Leco and Matheus Salazar. The Salazar brothers put together this chocolatey little edit of them getting after some fun-looking waves. Leco is the 2012 Standup World Tour Champion and is currently ranked sixth. From the looks of Matheus’ surfing he could one day share the same honor. Here’s to siblings!
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SUP magazine videographer Morgan Hoesterey recently took a trip to explore the Bahamas where she and friend Liz Parkinson set out on an adventure below the surface. Parkinson is a shark diver and conservationist. In this episode, they check out the Sapona a ship wreck off this Caribbean paradise. Check back often for Field Notes presented by Wavejet.
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The Standup World Tour’s Alagoas Pro went off at Praia do Frances last week, with another big win for Brazilian Caio Vaz and the first World Tour win of the year for Izzi Gomez of Florida. With the World Tour’s surfing competition complete, the Alagoas Pro now moves into the World Series’ racing events, with sprints and long distance courses scheduled for Saturday, April 5 to Sunday, April 6.
View the current men’s rankings here.
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Photo: Scott Smith
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to walk you through three of the most popular nutrition regimens, each of which could also be called an “elimination diet”: paleo, gluten free, and vegan. With the increasing prevalence of “leaky gut syndrome,” gluten intolerance and other health problems, the debate over which foods we should eat and which we should avoid has never been fiercer. And, for SUP competitors and other high level athletes, nutritional science is one area that can help provide a competitive advantage.
This week, we caught up with professional standup paddler Chase Kosterlitz to find out how the champion racer has overhauled his eating habits with the so-called ‘caveman diet,’ the mostly positive results, and how he had to move away from being 100 percent paleo to ensure peak performance. Before we get to Chase’s story, let’s go over the basics of the Paleo Diet.
WHAT IS THE PALEO DIET?
The Paleo diet attempts to return people to the way humans ate thousands of years ago. Its founders claim that our bodies have not evolved to efficiently process many foods that are now staples of Western diets, and so these foods can be harmful.
WHAT DO YOU ELIMINATE?
Dairy products, grains and added sugar, highly processed foods, and uncooked beans are all eliminated in the Paleo Diet.
Reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, fat loss, muscle gain, improved energy, and better sleep are reported as top benefits from adopting a Paleo diet.
SOME CRITICS TAKE ISSUE WITH:
The Paleo Diet’s claims to reduce the inflammation that leads to disease, instead claiming that high intake of meat and eggs actually increases inflammation and heart disease risk.
Photo courtesy of Chase Kosterlitz.
Initially, the Paleo Diet worked as advertised. Kosterlitz found that he had more ‘all day’ energy, avoided sugar crashes and performed better in training for SUP and other watersports. All was going well with the dietary changes until Kosterlitz’s first distance race, a 10km OC-1 event. With only a half-mile remaining in the race, Kosterlitz found himself among the leading group, which included friend and Quickblade founder, Jim Terrell. Then, everything unraveled. “I completely bonked with half a mile to go,” Kosterlitz said. “I’d been trying to pass Jimmy, and when he responded, I just had nothing left.”
Kosterlitz likes to finish fast in both sprints and long distance SUP events, but found that for the first time, his body wouldn’t cooperate. Determined to at least finish, he struggled to the end of the race. Later that day, he examined what had gone wrong and what he had changed in the previous few months. The only variable was eliminating carbs, and particularly his go-to pre-race fuel choice: oatmeal.
Kosterlitz felt that he wanted to retain the benefits that Paleo provided, but knew he couldn’t risk blowing up in another race. So, carbs came back. “I decided to add oats back in as my pre-race meal and to put them in my post-workout and post-race shakes to help replenish glycogen,” he said. “I’m also eating some rice and a lot of sweet potatoes.”
Since then, Kosterlitz has found that his energy reserves stay topped up all the way through long training sessions, distance paddles, and races. It’s the Paleo Diet, but with a twist. “I’d advise anyone wanting to try the Paleo Diet to see what works for them with carbs, but to consider including whole grains,” Kosterlitz said. —Phil White
Chase Kosterlitz’s Post-Workout/Race Shake
• 1 Organic Banana
• 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
• 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
• 2 scoops Organic Hemp Protein
• 4 Ice Cubes
• 1/2 cup Water
• 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
• 1/2 cup Organic Steel Cut Oats
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Caio Vaz with his eye on the Alagoas Pro title. All Photos: Standup World Tour
Caio Vaz made a convincing case for his slot on top of the Standup World Tour rankings with his second win of the season in as many events. On the women’s side, Floridian Izzi Gomez stamped her name on her 2014 campaign, with a win over current women’s Tour leader Nicole Pacelli in a hard-fought final.
As the level of SUP surfing continues to improve, the route to the finals continues to get harder with Vaz having to overcome an onslaught of progressive surfing from the likes of Keahi de Aboitiz, Sean Poynter and Kody Kerbox, making his second win of the season that much more impressive. The last-minute (literally) eight-plus ride in the semifinals against Poynter was a case in point: clutch surfing to make a final and peak at just the right moment. That’s the stuff that world titles are made of.
De Aboitiz certainly didn’t lay down in the final, either. His loose-finned approach served him well throughout the event, especially in a dominating semifinal win over Ian, the other Vaz brother. But his loose, lanky and casual style may be a disadvantage for him as some of his scores in the final seemed a little low, leaving him needing a two-wave combination to end his contest runner-up.
Poynter will be disappointed with this loss, especially since Vaz caught his wave to the finals under Poynter’s priority. But he was surfing sharp throughout the event, his blow-tail approach serving him well in the less-than stellar Brazilian beach break conditions. Look for him to be a major contender in the wave pool at Abu Dhabi.
Ian Vaz is overshadowed by his brother at this time but it’s only a matter of time before he wins an event. His fast and technical surfing worked well in the closeouts in Brazil and will look good in the desert.
Izzi Gomez throwing spray at the competition.
With her second-place finish, Pacelli has further cemented her first place status on this year’s rankings, not to mention her title as the reigning world champ. In a post-heat interview, Pacelli said that surfing in front of her country men and women put more pressure on her and maybe that played into her mindset in the final. Either way, the women know to watch out for Pacelli, who thrives in big waves and small.
Gomez took her third Standup World Tour victory (the most of any World Tour woman) with this win in Brazil. She’s only 14. Gomez grew up surfing and only switched to SUP in the last couple years. If her performance record is any indication, the other women on tour better keep their eyes on her as she’s just getting started.
Iballa Moreno, from the Canary Islands, put on a solid performance with strong rail surfing that results in large fans of spray. Brazilian Aline Adisaka put her beach beach knowledge to use in the sloppy conditions taking advantage of the little pockets that the conditions presented her. Moreno and Adisaka both took home equal thirds from the event.
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Current Men’s Rankings
1. Caio Vaz
2. Keahi De Aboitiz
3. Kai Lenny
4. Zane Schweitzer
5. Ian Vaz
6. Leco Salazar
7. Sean Poynter
8. Mo Freitas
9. Kai Bates
10. Beau Nixon
10. Justin Holland
10. Kody Kerbox
Yep, we did it. A complete media purge with video, highlights, interviews and fantastic photos from the photographers who had the Surftech Surf and Sand Duelathlon presented by SUP magazine completely covered from all angles. So scroll down, enjoy the video and then spend time going over the photo gallery pic, by glorious pic. It’ll all be worth it. And look forward to next year.
The Surftech Shootout Playlist. Watch all five vids back to back:
UPDATE:The people have spoken and the Paddle Town Battle is on! Based on proximity to types of paddling—touring, whitewater, surfing, downwind—and culture—shops, clubs, events—the top seven have been chosen to compete in our Elite Eight bracket. In a twist, Wilmington, North Carolina and Providence, Rhode Island competed in a play-in game to decide the 8th spot, with Wilmington coming out on top.
Honolulu, Hawaii grabbed the number one seed thanks to its incredible paddling options, shops, events, paddling scene and of course history but was dropped by Wilmington, NC in the first round. Dana Point, Calif. solidified the number 2 seed and is playing Boise right now. Jupiter, Fla., one of the countries most well-rounded paddle towns locked down a 3 seed, but lost to Rincon Puerto, Rico. Water-centric Seattle ended number 4 and plays Charleston, South Carolina and Number 5, Sunday and Monday.
Rincon, Puerto Rico pulled off a stunner to grab a 6 and Boise, Idaho pulled down the lone intermountain seeding at 7 thanks to its historic paddling culture, plethora of paddling options and game-changing competitions (the Payette River Games). Hood River, Oregon–which just missed the Elite Eight with it’s downwind and whitewater options and Naish-sponsored race round out the top 10. All will be featured in the Summer issue of SUP magazine. Here’s the approximate schedule:
1. Vs. 8. = 3/24-3/25 Mon.-Tues.
3. Vs. 6. = 3/26-3/27 Wed.-Thurs.
2. Vs. 7. = 3/28-3/29 Fri.-Sat.
4. Vs. 5. = 3/30-3/31 Sun.-Mon.
Semi 1. 4/1-4/2 Tues.-Wed.
Semi 2. 4/3-4/4-Thurs.-Fri.
Final 4/5-4/6 Sat.-Sun.
Vote for your hometown in this year’s Paddle Town Battle.
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Graison 3 Tree DW March 2014 from Art Aquino on Vimeo.
Downwinding may be the most intimidating of the SUP disciplines. Rough conditions, big boards, hard paddling, strange currents and long miles make for a long learning curve that keeps many potential downwind acolytes off the water.
But none of those things stopped Graison Poledna, age 10, from getting out there with Seattle-area downwind guru Art Aquino to catch a few chilly bumps in 25 mph-plus winds. Now there is no excuse. Find an experienced paddler to show you the ropes and get out there for your first downwinder! If you’ve already got the bug this will get you on the water just the same.
Learn more about downwind paddling here.
There’s something about Santa Cruz and the Surftech Surf and Sand Duelathlon that always makes the athletes earn it. At the race at Cowell’s Beach Saturday, Slater Trout pulled out a tough win against a really solid field in marginal, stormy conditions while Morgan Hoesterey won on the women’s side, fighting through side chop and bumpy seas.
Likewise in the surf, paddlers had to fight through difficult conditions with small surf and onshore winds. But then Sunday made everything worth it. The Shootout at Steamer Lane climaxed on Sunday with fantastic 5-6-foot surf, sunny skies and favorable winds. Ryan Helm, who finished third in the race, edged out Slater Trout and last year’s overall champ, Chuck Glynn, when he advanced to the finals of the surf contest, where he finished second behind Bernd Roediger. Brandon Rambo ended in third while Matt Becker ended fourth.
On the ladies side, Fiona Wylde capped off a stellar weekend by winning the surf event after finishing second in the race. Morgan Hoesterey finished second overall with Santa Cruz local Kali’a Alexiou ending in third.
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Overall Surftech Duelathlon Results
1. Ryan Helm
2. Slater Trout
3. Chuck Glynn
1. Fiona Wylde
2. Morgan Hoesterey
3. Kali’a Alexiou
Men’s SUP Surfing Shootout Results
1. Bernd Roediger
2. Ryan Helm
3. Brandon Rambo
4. Matt Becker
5. David Boehne
5. Slater Trout
7. Brennan Rose
9. John Alexiou
9. John Griffith
9. Brent Pascoe
9. Giovanni Perez
Women’s SUP Surfing Shootout Results
1. Fiona Wylde
2. Morgan Hoesterey
3. Kali’a Alexiou
4. Kaila Pearson
5. Dianne Wenzel
6. Mel Wygal
7. Marlies Tallman
8. Leane Darling
Photos: Jason Hall (J2P Media) and Joe Carberry
Buzzy Kerbox has been a household name in surfing since the ’70’s. Growing up in Hawaii Kerbox, the “Kailua Kid,” was one of the sport’s first bona-fide celebrities. After competing as one of the first athletes on the surfing world tour, Kerbox continued to push limits for decades as one of the original pioneers of tow-in surfing at Jaws on Maui. As stand up paddling broke onto the scene, Kerbox was in the right place at the right time and—alongside Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama—was an early ambassador for the sport.
We had a chance to chat with Kerbox about SUP’s exponential growth, his first paddle with Laird and what it’s like to see his son perform at the sport’s elite level.—Steve Andrews
How did you first get into stand up paddling?
I don’t know what year it was but I was down at Maliko (on Maui) and Laird said, “Here’s the board, here’s the paddle, we’re going to do a downwinder.” We both had a big background in lay-down paddling some big distances, having done the English Channel and a lot of other stuff. It didn’t take long to realize how fun it was. After all those years of prone paddling, standing upright with a paddle to assist you was a blessing. I started getting glides and linking my strokes, and after one session I was like “Oh man, this is happening!” I maybe went on my prone paddleboard a couple more times and then I was like “Forget paddleboarding, stand up is where it’s at.”
Have you noticed any parallels to the current explosion in popularity with SUP compared to surfing’s blast onto the mainstream in the ’70’s?
When standup came along I didn’t see it going global. It seemed like a fun thing that was really suited for here on Maui. But it has just taken off gangbusters around the world. It allows people who don’t have these idyllic Hawaii surf conditions, but have water, to get out and enjoy themselves. They feel like “I’m not just watching, I’m actually out there doing it and really enjoying it.” And the boom in popularity has just gone on and on. I don’t think the growth of the sport is going to slow down for a while.
What are you up to now that you’re out of the limelight as an athlete?
I take guests around Maui and Oahu for both surfing and stand up. I take them to the best places at the right time based on the conditions, as well as the best equipment, to get them to excel. Whether it’s wave riding or downwind racing, I help them work on their technique, while having a great time doing it.
Kody Kerbox before the 2014 Standup World Tour event in Brazil. Photo: Roberto Moretto
How does it feel having your son Kody follow his father’s footsteps as an elite athlete?
It’s really exciting. It’s not something I’ve forced on him. I showed him a lot of things, and that’s what he chose to do. I love it. Kody is right at the same point in standup where I was in the sport of surfing as it got going. The surfing tour started in 1976 there were a bunch of events around the world that they connected and made the world tour. That’s happening with standup and Kody has been involved pretty much since the beginning.
I see a lot of what I went through and there’s a lot of things I passed on to him as far as training. I think that I helped set him in the right direction and right now he’s training harder than I ever did, especially in racing. It’s gotten so competitive that if you’re not putting in as much time as you can, then you’re not going to keep up with that elite pack.
Speaking of elite packs—Kody and his friends from Maui are usually the guys on the podium.
If you look at the guys who have come out of Maui—Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter, Zane Schweitzer, and Kody—these guys are pretty much the top in the world in both wave riding and racing. It’s amazing that they have been able to be at the forefront of this sport as the racing gets faster and the wave riding gets more incredible. They are really pushing it.
I talked to a guy in Brazil yesterday and he said, “Everyone’s gunning for those Maui guys.” They have a reputation for being the best in the world and wherever they travel there’s a target on their back. They’ve got their work cut out for them. It’s going to be an exciting year.
“The Questions We Ask” – Bruce Kirkby in a Kalum Ko film from Kalum Ko on Vimeo.
“Why paddle from Vancouver to Victoria?”
This video answers that question so well—and many others, including many of our reasons for standup paddling—that we’ll let them do the talking.
“Sure we grew blisters, felt tired, burned the tops of our feet, got grumpy when we didn’t eat. Sometimes lumpy seas and angry squalls slowed progress. We had to crawl over mud flats, backtrack, dodge ferries and their crashing wakes.
“Why paddle a standup board from Vancouver to Victoria?
“White sand beaches and crystal seas, fish and kelp beneath our feet, quiet camps on forgotten isles, cowboy coffee and driftwood fires. Silence. Friendship. And hours that stretched to the horizon.
“What is adventure?
“Adventure is curiosity, the willingness to embrace uncertainty. Wondering about the possibility of doing just one thing differently than before.
“A reminder that we’re still free.”
Photo: Will Taylor
With the surf and weather forecast looking favorable for the Surftech Shootout and Duel SUP/Prone Race presented by SUP Magazine, registered competitors are gearing up for one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Due to its unique venue and the high caliber athletes that annually compete in the Surftech Shootout, SUP Magazine has generously offered a $2,000 cash prize purse to the top three male and female over-all athletes in the Shootout surf event AND the Duel SUP/Prone Race combined.
Photo: Aaron Schmidt
“The Surftech Shootout is such an awesome event in a great town that really epitomizes the watermen culture,” says SUP magazine’s Joe Carberry. “And to win the combined event at the Shootout–at such a killer venue– is a legitimate accomplishment. Paddlers need to be able to race and surf at a high level. It really highlights well-rounded paddling and we’re honored to be involved.”
With the growing popularity of the Surftech Shootout, the Surf Event sold out quickly when online registration opened. The list of registered competitors reads like a “who’s who” of SUP surfing including; Matt Becker (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Slater Trout (Maui, Hawaii), Dave Boehne (Dana Point, Calif.) and Anthony Vela (San Clemente, Calif.) among others.
On the women’s side the competition will be equally fierce with many highly accomplished ladies rounding out the women’s division including; Morgan Hoesterey (Honolulu, Hawaii), Fiona Wylde (Hood River, Ore.), Terri Plunkett (San Clemente, Calif.), Leane Darling (Haleiwa, Hawaii) and Diane Wenzel (San Clemente, Calif.). Reining Shootout and Duel SUP/Prone Race champ Candice Appleby will not be defending her title this year, as she will be in Brazil competing in the Standup World Tour’s Alagoas Pro Grand Slam. With Candice in Brazil, we will be crowning a new Women’s Shootout and Duel SUP/Prone champ this year!
DUEL SUP/PRONE RACE ONLINE REGISTRATION STILL OPEN!
While the Shootout surf event is no longer taking registrations, the Duel SUP/Prone Race is still open for online registration, which closes today, March 27.
Shootout Duel SUP/Prone Race Registration HERE.
This premier international SUP surf event has included many U.S. and International Professional Athletes including two-time Shootout Champion, Chuck Patterson, 2011 Shootout champ, Zane Schweitzer, female sensation Candice Appleby, 2012 Shootout champion Matt Becker, and 2013 Shootout champ Dave Boehne, along with many other international SUP stand-outs and local contenders. We expect the Elite Field will be the deepest and most competitive to-date, drawing SUP surfers from around the globe.
DUEL SUP/PRONE RACE – NEW RACE DIVISIONS ADDED
This is a great race to kick off your 2014 race season. The Duel SUP/Prone Race will feature a 2.7-mile (single lap) short course and a 6.2-mile (two lap) long course race. Once again, event organizers have added a prone paddle division in both the long and short course. The Men’s and Women’s “Elite” divisions are the 12’6″ classes in the long course. There is also a short beach run at the end of the short course and between laps of the long course.
NEW KIDS DIVISIONS
With the ever-growing popularity of SUP racing, event organizers are including four new race divisions for competitors under 18 years old!
• Rough Riders Long Course – 12 & Under boys and girls
• Bronco Buster Long Course – 13-17 boys and girls
• Gauchos Short Course – 12 & under boys and girls
• Wranglers Short Course – 13-17 boys and girls
COWELL’S SUP CLASSIC
Introduced in 2013, the Cowell’s SUP Classic is a SUP surfing contest held at Cowell’s Beach just down the point from Steamer Lane. The Cowell’s SUP Classic is the perfect opportunity for entry level to intermediate level SUP surfers to try their hand at competition. Cowell’s offers long lined up right handers (and some lefts) that break gently and peel for up to a half mile along the cliffs below West Cliff Drive.
Click HERE to register for the Duel SUP/Prone Race.
Opening Ceremonies, Adventure Sports Unlimited, BBQ, beer, live music
7:00am – 5:00pm: Shootout Round 1
TBD: Competitors Party
7:00am – 8:00am: Duel SUP/Prone Race check-in
9:00am: Duel SUP/Prone race start,
7:00am – 9:00am: Cowells SUP Classic check-in, Steamer Lane
10:00am – 4:00pm: Cowells SUP Classic Round 1,
6:00-10:00pm: Race Day After Party & Awards!!, – location TBD
8:00am – 3:00pm: Shootout Final Rounds,
10:00am – 3:00pm: Cowells SUP Classic Final Rounds
4:00pm: Shootout Awards Ceremony
For more information, visit: Shootout.Surftech.com
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From flatwater socialites to downwind warriors, SUP instructors are key to learning how to standup paddle. In honor of our upcoming Beginner’s Guide, hitting newsstands March 28, here’s a look at some of standup paddling’s top instructors in your region.
Seth Cantley is uniquely qualified to teach first-time standup paddlers. Missing the lower half of his left arm, the polite Southern gentleman and ACA-certified SUP instructor is living proof that just about anyone can SUP.
“Standup paddling is so easy for kids and just as easy for either gender, that all these people, who didn’t think they could, are suddenly doing it with their family and friends,” Cantley says in his easy drawl. “It’s a great feeling. It’s not teaching someone standup paddleboarding; it’s giving someone an opportunity to see what they really are capable of.”
Cantley, 34, does just about everything he’s capable of too, which includes SUP races, 50K trail runs, Ironman triathlons, even attempting to connect drainages and SUP 300 miles across all of South Carolina this September before low water halted the trip five days and 130 miles in. To support his endurance habits, he splits hours between work as a medical care architect and instructing at Charleston’s Half-Moon Outfitters. The occupational crossroads of health care and the outdoors often has Cantley working with disabled children and vets. And Charleston’s prime location has him busier than ever baptizing new paddlers.
“Charleston’s engrossed with water,” says Cantley, who’s also added instruction for the city’s parks and rec department to his loaded docket. “You’ve got the harbor that’s absolutely beautiful with battery wall protection to keep rough water out, good beaches, great creeks. You can go watch the sun rise over one of the oldest cities in America, or go check out the creeks and marshes with alligators, birds—tons of wildlife.”
The only wrinkle? How to demonstrate proper paddling technique to “the typical two-handed person.” Sure, it’s a challenge, but Cantley shrugs it off, dealing with the task the same way that he approached the sport: by adapting.
Cantley flips his paddle T-grip backward so it fits easier into the nub just below his left elbow. He says it affects his speed switching hands in the surf, but he’s drawn to longer endurance races anyway. Though he’s never won a SUP race, he’s proud to say that he’s never come in last.
“I was born this way, I was fortunate,” Cantley says of a drive to adapt that his mother instilled in him. “I’ve coined my own saying that, ‘This is not a two-handed, symmetrical world.’ You don’t have to have everything to do anything, you can do anything you want; it’s more of a mental game being physically limited.”
Cantley imparts that mental strength into his students, who often feel burdened by physical limitations. He’s looking to increase his adaptive SUP instruction this year with wounded vets. He sees the number of younger soldiers returning from the field to Charleston’s VA hospital rising, and knows they’re eager to try something new.
“I’ve worked with people who’ve lost limbs to diabetes, disabled children, young warriors who’ve been hurt and it’s a big thing not being on the water,” Cantley says. “To get them outside, on a board, helping them learn that what they’ve endured doesn’t limit their lifestyle, or possibilities—it’ll build self-confidence and teach them how to get around their limitations. —DS
Other Options Nearby:
• Charleston SUP Safaris
• Charleston Watersport
This article originally ran in our 2013 Beginner’s Guide. Look for more profiles in our upcoming Beginner’s Guide on newsstands, March 28.
For more information: Halfmoonoutfitters.com, (843) 853.0990
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