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.
For more information, visit: SUPOklahoma.com
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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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For more on Hoffman, visit: BigRiverSUP.com
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“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.
Check back at SUPtheMag.com for updates and recaps from the Standup World Series’ Alagoas Pro Grand Slam.
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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.
Please check back as we update this post
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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Photo: Ben Gately
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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Slater Trout, running away with the men’s pro race victory.
The US SUP Tour enjoyed a successful weekend of racing and surfing at Huntington Beach last weekend with contestable waves, speedy surf racing and a list of big names battling it out. Zane Schweitzer and Emmy Merrill won in the surf on Saturday while Slater Trout and Candice Appleby sprinted up the beach to race victories. SUP magazine was on the beach to document all the action. Here are our exclusive photos from the US SUP Tours first stop this year.
Click here for race results and recap.
Click here for surf results and recap.
Photo: Giora Koren
Whether she’s kitesurfing, windsurfing, or standup paddling, Maui’s Tatiana Howard loves it all if it involves the water. After a professional career in windsurfing took her around the world, ‘Tati’ founded The Butterfly Effect, a movement promoting women in water sports worldwide. Now, Tati travels the globe spreading the ‘Aloha spirit’ with her love for water sports, while bringing women together for non-competitive downwinders and judgment-free days on the water. —SC
Tell us about your background as a waterwoman.
I started surfing and windsurfing when I was 15. I quickly became sponsored and started competing in the Professional Windsurf Tour at 17. I traveled around the world competing and my passion for being out on the water grew along with all the other water sports. Soon I picked up kitesurfing, standup paddling, and tow-in surfing. I love it all. Even if it’s just to jump in the water at the end of the day, my love for the ocean makes me feel so good and energized.
Photo: Kevin Pritchard
You founded The Butterfly Effect (BE) a few years back. Tell us about the history of BE and the movement you’re promoting.
Yes! I started The Butterfly Effect in 2007. The Butterfly Effect began as a non-competitive “Aloha spirit” downwinder for waterwomen. The first year, myself along with my good friend Juliana Farias gathered just over a dozen windsurfers, kitersurfers, and only one standup paddler for the downwinder from Ho’okipa to Kanaha. From that day on it really took the effect! The next stop was in Brazil, and the event was exposed in magazines worldwide. People were reading about it, inviting us to have the event in their home spot, and now we’ve had 27 events in 13 countries. Standup paddling and The Butterfly Effect grew in popularity at the same time and now standup paddling is the most popular sport at BE events.
What was the intention behind including a downwind paddle at most of your events?
The Butterfly Effect began from doing a non-competitive downwinder with whatever water sport you practiced. It broke all boundaries of levels and ages. Even if a girl was from a different country and spoke another language, we were still able to share smiles and ride with each other on the downwinder. We were all in it to have fun, support each other, enjoy the sport with no judgment of what the other girl was riding, whether it be a board, a kite, or sail. We all shared the same passion of the ocean. Also, I just love downwinders! Being an all-around waterwoman, I love to take different sports out on the water and start from one location, check out new waters, outer reefs, views, and end up at a different spot five miles down a coastline. I think it’s so adventurous and fun. It’s something you want to do with a friend because sometimes the unfamiliar waters can be a bit scary, but together, with encouragement, you can do it!
Photo: Erik Aeder
For the past couple years you’ve been traveling to different places around the world for BE events. Where do you see the SUP culture thriving most?
The Butterfly Effect has now expanded from Maui to Brazil, Germany, Israel, Switzerland, Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Dominican Republic, Italy, France, and Sweden. It’s great to see standup paddling happening everywhere. I think Europe has so many awesome lakes and places to see on an SUP. The possibilities there are endless, and every year I go back, the sport seems to get bigger and bigger.
Tell us about the locations you’ll be holding events at this year and what’s in store for 2014.
The Butterfly Effect has grown so much over the past two years. This year, for our first event, we took it to the mountains in Whistler, Canada and had the snow edition event because snow is only frozen water! We are still waterwomen!
For the remaining of 2014, we will continue to do the big, one-day, aloha, downwinder, and beach festival events on Maui, Dominican Republic, Italy and Lake Tahoe, and we will also do some women’s water sport camp weeks in Morocco, Italy, Maui, Indonesia, Tahiti, and Spain.
Photo courtesy of The Butterfly Effect.
After experiencing different places and cultures, where’s your favorite place for water activities?
I love to make The Butterfly Effect in really pretty locations where the weather isn’t harsh, and where women can enjoy being. I did the hardcore contest and locations with cold water, hard-to-access, tough locations, and rocky points, which were always less enjoyable to me. I like a place where beauty surrounds me, people are smiling and happy and warm because they feel comfortable—that’s what makes The Butterfly Effect different than a lot of other events or contests; we go where we think participants will most enjoy, not because of money or where sponsors want us to be.
For my favorite location, that’s a tough one. Being the organizer and founder, I get so into each community we visit that everyone becomes like family. They show me all the local special spots and “must do’s” in the area, so every place I’ve been makes me heartbroken to leave. I fall in love with each spot way too easy.
What do you hope participants take away from BE events?
I always remind the participants to take the opportunity to fill up on the “Aloha spirit,” take time for themselves, and to hold the event as a reminder to ‘BE’ in the moment every day, enjoy life, make friends, share smiles, travel, and to give back. The event gives that camaraderie feeling that sticks with the women—that’s why I think it has grown to the size it has—because it’s not like a contest where you win or lose; The Butterfly Effect is an overall experience that you take part in to really understand. For me, I just can’t believe the unique magic that happens in each event. Each BE event—like each participant—is so different, but so beautiful.
For more information, visit: BEtheEffect.com
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After an impressive showing at the Standup World Tour’s season openers on Oahu, the World Tour and World Series come together for a new event in Brazil, the Alagoas Pro Grand Slam, scheduled for March 29 – April 6. With Brazilians Caio Vaz and Nicole Pacelli currently leading the World Tour rankings as they head home, we expect to see a strong showing of support for the Brazilian competitors.
For the past few years, the Standup World Tour and World Series have have congregated on the shores of Itamamabuca Beach for the annual Ubatuba Pro Grand Slam, but as the Tour celebrates its fifth year running, it’s changing up the game with a new Brazilian location, Praia do Frances, just 15km from the airport. Also new to this year’s Brazil Stop, is the inclusion of the National Championships and Trials, which will serve as an entry point into the prestigious World Tour event.
Photo: Renato Leonardi / Waterman League
The Men’s side of the World Tour surfing event will include the world’s top 32, eight wildcards and the top eight from the Open Trials. The Women’s side will include the world’s top 32 female paddle surfers, without an Open Trials event.
The Main event is scheduled to run through to April 4th, when racers and surfers join together for the opening of the World Series’ first race of 2014, which will be held at the same location as the World Tour event, with racers competing in sprints and long distance courses. The World Series race is open to all, with multiple divisions offered, including: Entry level, Open, and Pro.
Check out the schedule of events:
Friday, March 28th:
Saturday, March 29th:
• 6am: Opening Ceremony / athletes meeting
• 7am – 6pm: National Event / Trials
• 8pm: Opening Party
Sunday, March 30th:
• 6am: First call for both Nationals and Main event
• 5.30pm: Prize-giving for the Nationals / Trials
Monday, March 31 – Thursday, April 3rd:
• 6am – 5pm: Main Event Competition
Friday, April 4th:
• 8am – 7pm: Registration and check in for the World Series Racing
Heats to be drawn up for the Sprint Racing
Saturday April 5th:
• 10.30am: Opening Ceremony
• 11am: First possible start for the Sprint Racing
• 8pm: Party event
Sunday, April 6th:
• 10.30am: Check in
• 11am: First possible start for the Long Distance Races
• 4pm: Prize-giving
Tune in to SUPtheMag.com Saturday, March 29 to Sunday, April 6, for all the event updates and recaps, as Brazil’s finest meet the top standup paddlers in the world for the first stop of the 2014 World Series and the second stop of the 2014 World Tour.
For more information, visit: WatermanLeague.com
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Candice Appleby and Slater Trout both put on dominant performances to emerge victorious at the US SUP Tour in foggy Huntington Beach this morning.
Waves in the chest-high realm with an incoming tide provided tricky conditions for the racers, who had a long beach sprint to get their boards into deep enough water to start paddling. Many a paddler went down in the fray (including pro men’s runner-up Mo Freitas). To add to the challenges of coming in through and paddling out through the surf, paddlers had a three-buoy triangle course to navigate on each lap. The inside buoy was in shin-deep water, creating an entertaining spectacle for fans on the beach.
Trout saved his best performance for last, pacing himself in his first heat but taking an early lead in the final and never letting it go. Freitas was hot on his tail throughout the race, catching up on each of the five laps as the men came in through the surf, but couldn’t overcome Trout in the final sprint up the beach.
“I needed that,” Trout said. “I’m three in a row (for race wins) in 2014 but this one was the most serious. Some of the best racers in the world are here. I think I made a statement coming out here and winning.”
Appleby came out of the gates with a revitalized paddle stroke and never looked back. She gained distance with each outside buoy stretch and pass through the wave zone. Hawaiian Halie Harrison used her surfing skills to make her way through the surf to a second place while local talent Brandi Baksic rounded out the top three.
“I was pretty nervous before the race,” Appleby said. “I hadn’t raced since August (Appleby has been recovering from a serious hand injury and the ensuing hand surgery) and the girls are a lot more hungry now. It was good to have a win after so long. The injury has given me more hunger to get back on top.”
Click here for coverage of the US SUP Tour’s surfing action.
1) Slater Trout
2) Mo Freitas
3) Brennan Rose
4) Matt Becker
1) Candice Appleby
2) Halie Harrison
3) Brandi Baksic
4) Karen Jacobson
Photo: Jed Conklin
Kym Murdoch needed a vacation. It was 2009 and she’d run heavy equipment on road crews 14 hours a day, seven days a week for 12 years. So she went to Maui and rented a paddleboard.
Her future changed the first half hour on the water.
“I looked out at all these paddleboarders in great shape, and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s it—it’s going to hit,’” says the 38-year-old.
She returned home to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (aka “Lake City”) and promptly gave her two weeks.
“I spent my life savings and bought myself a job,” she laughs. “This shop just happened to become vacant a couple days later, so I scooped it up.”
Three months later she opened Coeur d’Alene Paddleboard Company. The rest is history—a growing history.
Murdoch spent the past few years entrenching herself and her shop in the community. And that meant paddling. A lot. Seven days a week, two hours a day—and she brings that stoke to work. She offers a membership deal that allows paddlers to pay a five-dollar fee for their SUP gear and guiding for an outing on the area’s beautiful waterways. Today, they have over 60 members.
“We paddle in packs of 20 usually,” she says. “We do everything on our boards: we take our dogs out; we do a Polar Paddle during the annual Polar Bear Plunge, where we dress up all funky and then take our stuff off into swimsuits and dive in; we do moonlight paddles; I do full yoga on the boards; and we just have so much fun that people don’t hesitate to join us.”
She has a dedicated following about town. Mary Demming, 54, is one of the converted.
“(Murdoch) attracts good, positive people and brings people into the sport and they get excited about it,” Demming says. “She’s very open to teaching. She’ll help you with any specific thing you need or let you do your own specific thing.”
Demming estimates that she has gone out with Murdoch and her paddling posse somewhere in the realm of 70 times in the last year.
Besides constantly paddling, Murdoch also volunteers 25 boards to triathlons and endurance races on the lakes in the area, including the Ironman.
“There are 3,000 swimmers in it, and after the first race, I had so much positive feedback after plucking exhausted, hypothermic racers out left and right—the water’s 56 degrees then—when the kayaks weren’t even seeing them,” she says.
With the community support, abundance of water and ascendant SUP culture, Coeur d’Alene Paddleboard Company continues to thrive. —Dave Shively
Other Options Nearby:
• Kayak Coeur d’Alene
• Strongwater Paddle Sports (Missoula)
• Zoo Town Surfers (Missoula)
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: CDApaddleboard.com, (208)292.4166
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Photo US SUP Tour
The kickoff to the US SUP Tour’s second year ran smack into mother nature: Huntington Beach, California’s afternoon onshore winds. The winner? We’re a little biased but we’d say the collection of international athletes that gathered at the Surf City Pier came out on top.
There’s really no way to sugar coat it: The waves were not good. Most of the WNW swell pulsing through the beach on Saturday, the westerly sea breeze made sure to turn to mush. But a bunch of talented surfers found little wedges and corners to make the contest fun to watch, and despite six-man heats, there were a surprising number of scoring opportunities. Zane Schweitzer and Emmy Merrill capitalized on those opportunities
Zchweitzer fought through stacked heats all day and then went one ride better than Southern California local Colin McPhillips and Ryan Helm, who rode a tricked-out Riviera Door, a fascinating mix: unorthodox yet stylie. “I wanted to support the US SUP Tour,” said Schweitzer, who heads to Brazil next week for the World Tour’s second stop. “Competition surfing is something I really wanted to work on this year so I’m just trying to get in as many as I can. Really stoked to win this though.”
If there was one thing we took away from this event it was that the state of women’s SUP surfing is progressing rapidly. Throughout the contest’s challenging conditions, the women rose to the occasion and not only found waves, but surfed them to their potential.
Emmy Merrill, a college student and part-time SUP pro, took the win on the pro women’s side—she also won last year’s Trestles event–with solid rail surfing and consistent heat scores throughout the event. “I don’t usually get to surf against all these ladies because I’m in school so it’s awesome to get the opportunity,” she said. “The women’s surfing is definitely progressing.”
Floridian youngster Izzi Gomez came in second and further solidified herself as a constant threat at Huntington, where she had a big win when the Standup World Tour was here last fall. Her surfing has improved even since then, with more crack in her turns.
Constant threat Candice Appleby came in third with her powerful signature blend of snaps and rail carves. Although third isn’t where she wanted to finish, her surfing continues to push the standard for the women.
No, the waves weren’t great, but Schweitzer didn’t mind:
Today the athletes gather in Huntington Beach for the surf race portion of the US Tour stop and with a combo swell on the rise, conditions could be ideal. Look for a wrap-up tomorrow from SUPthemag.com and more galleries on Monday.
1. Zane Schweitzer
2. Collin McPhillips
3. Ryan Helm
4. Sean Poynter
5. Daniel Hughes
6. Noah Yap
1. Emmy Merrell
2. Izzi Gomez
3. Candice Appleby
4. Sophia Bartlow
Open Surf Men Final:
1. Kieran Grant
2. Fisher Grant
3. Nick Ventresca
4. Chris Gutzeit
Open Surf Women Final:
1. Izzy Gomz
2. Sarah Messina
3. Karen Jacobson
4. Avalon Gall
Photos by Aaron Schmidt
Will Taylor contributed to this report
THE 2 FACES OF INDIA. Part 2: SURF DISCOVERY IN FORBIDDEN TERRITORY from Emmanuel Bouvet on Vimeo.
“The shortest path to oneself leads around the world,” said Earth-wandering 20th century philosopher Hermann von Keyserling.
We wrote that recently. The “shortest path” von Keyserling wrote about also seems to lead to good waves, as shown in the second and final part of this video series.
Click here for part one, as a family travels around India with their young daughters, showing them the lives of people in a foreign culture both on and off standup paddleboards.
Photo: Chris Bishow
Brody Welte isn’t your average instructor. The 36-year-old doesn’t have the slouch of a desk jockey pundit or the belly of a high school football coach. In fact, Welte says he’s probably in the best shape he’s ever been, thanks to SUP.
“I’ve always been active but when I was introduced to paddling, to me it was the most complete, functional form of exercise I’ve ever come across,” Welte says. “I’ve probably never been stronger and more fit than I am now just because I’m paddling.”
Welte, who was already an avid surfer, was living on Kaua’i when he was first introduced to SUP and was immediately hooked. It also helped that he met and befriended Dave Kalama, one of the sport’s pioneers. He’d found his calling. He developed a business plan around the sport and moved to the Tampa Bay area and started teaching.
“I just fell in love with St. Petersburg because it had a lot of flat water,” he says. “The whole thing is flat and I’m thinking, ‘OK this is going to be a conducive area for people learning the sport.’ It’s such a water culture there.”
Welte opened Stand Up Fitness, a retail, rental and fitness venture in the area. He opened PaddleFit, with the intention of teaching SUP fitness to five to 10 students a year in the Tampa Bay area.
“It got way bigger than what I anticipated,” he says. “We’ve been doing it for almost three years now and we’ve certified about 360 people in North America.”
Welte teaches paddling-specific workouts in and out of the water but doesn’t forget to include good technique.
“If you’re using proper technique you’re going to engage all those core muscles, you’re going to work on balance, so for me that’s the major, core tenet we teach everybody,” Welte says. “We’ve got to teach people to paddle correctly.”
Welte has since relocated to the San Diego area and opened a PaddleFit training center in Cardiff. In January the company launches its affiliate program where instructors can receive instruction for opening and running official, PaddleFit-certified training centers.
He is also a partner in Kalama Kamps, exclusive, destination-style SUP camps. He’s anything but hands-off.
“I basically use myself as a guinea pig. It’s got to work for me before I can introduce it to anybody else,” Welte says. “I’ll do a lot of experimentation with paddling, with the fitness stuff and it’ll help me become a better paddler.” —WT
Other Options Nearby:
• San Diego Stand Up Paddle
• Aqua Adventures
• SUP Diego
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: Paddlefitpro.com, 619.333.0SUP
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Photo: Jack McDaniel / US SUP Tour
The US SUP Tour makes it’s first stop of 2014 this weekend, March 22 – 23, in Huntington Beach, Calif. With only one opportunity to make Team USA for the upcoming ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships, you can expect to see a large turnout of both elite and amateur standup paddlers, all vying for top finishes at this first event.
Standup paddlers participating in the US SUP Tour’s 2014 Huntington Beach Stop will have the opportunity to compete in both SUP surfing and SUP racing for a prize purse of $15,000. In the SUP surfing competition, participants will be Judged by ASP-level judges, with the Pro division featuring world class athletes. The Open division will give the “weekend warriors” a chance to compete in a professional SUP Surf event format. All SUP surfing events will be held in six-person heats with the top three finishers from each heat advancing.
The original four-person heats have changed to six-person heats due to the lack of entries and the cancellation of Friday’s competition day. While six-person heats seem pretty heavy, the US SUP Tour is attempting to accommodate an expected influx of late registrants on-site, the morning of the competition.
On the SUP racing side, a five- to six-kilometer course will be offered as the Technical Race for the elite, with competitors sprinting in and out through the surf. In the Open Race, competitors will compete on a shorter, four- to five-kilometer triangular course that will start and run past the surf line, but will then require competitors to navigate through the surf for a beach finish. On-site registration will be available Sunday morning for the SUP races.
• Men’s Pro SUP Surf and Race: $150
• Women’s Pro SUP Surf and Race: $125
• Open SUP Surf and Race: $100
Pro Men SUP Surf
1 – $1500.00
2 – $800.00
3 – $700.00
4 – $600.00
5 – $450.00
6 – $450.00
7 – $250.00
8 – $250.00
Pro Men SUP Race
1 – $1500.00
2 – $800.00
3 – $700.00
4 – $600.00
5 – $500.00
6 – $400.00
7 – $300.00
8 – $200.00
Pro Women SUP Surf & Race
1 – $1500.00
2 – $500.00
3 – $300.00
4 – $200.00
For more information, visit: USSUPTour.com
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