15-year-old Lara Claydon, gripping and ripping. Photo: MauiClaydonFoto
Talk with 15-year-old Lara Claydon for five minutes and you’ll be stoked on SUP. The Maui girl
exudes enthusiasm for standup paddling and that enthusiasm has elevated her. The teenager competes with the pros—and women double her age—in paddle surfing and SUP racing. Needless to say, she has her eyes set on big wins in the future. But for Claydon, SUP isn’t just about the competition or achieving—it’s about enjoying the water, camaraderie, and pushing friends to be better athletes. —Shari Coble
SUP mag: We saw you flying during the 2014 Maui2Molokai. Had you paddled Pailolo before?
Claydon: No, that was my first time. My dad and I would just go do Maliko runs with Josh Riccio a lot. I’ve always wanted to paddle from Maui to Molokai and we just thought last year was the year, so I trained really hard with my coach, Scott Fleck. When I got my escort boat, I was thinking, ‘This is surreal; I’m actually doing it.’
My goal was to do it under five hours, and I did it, but it was close. Coming in, I got blown way further past the finish line, so I had to paddle upwind to the finish.
Lara Claydon, eyes on the prize. Photo: MauiClaydonFoto
Where’s your focus in SUP?
My focus is split between surfing and racing because I love both of them so much. I could surf all day but I could just go paddle too.
What’s your favorite type of race?
My two favorites are racing through the surf and downwinding. I’m focusing more on competing with older women and pro events so I can get used to it more. I really want to win a World Tour event and World Series event in my lifetime.
What affect do you think competing with older girls or women has on young competitors like yourself?
When you compete against older women it gives you more confidence. You think, ‘If I’m up here with these women, I have a chance at this.’ Anyone could win an event at any time—it doesn’t matter about your age—you can always win or lose. But, when you’re up there with the women, it sets your confidence bar higher.
Do you feel that way because you’ve experienced it, or is this something you’ve witnessed among other competitors your age?
Both. Having that experience, you kind of have more confidence, but also seeing other girls achieving their goals and getting higher up there and winning events, you think, ‘If she can do it, I can do it too.’
A double-talent, Claydon is equally apt at surfing and racing. Photo: MauiClaydonFoto
How do you find the balance between competing and focusing on your education?
I do homeschool so I can compete more. I just started homeschooling this year because the last two years I’ve been competing I was in public school and it was hard for me to get to events; after a certain number of absences, I could get kicked out. Now, I can try to make it to all the events I can and be at that higher level of competition.
Do you feel that you’re sacrificing your education or a social life to compete in SUP?
I don’t feel that I’m making a sacrifice. When I go to competitions, I’m meeting a ton of new people from all over the world and I get to see my friends compete. It’s a lot of fun. My homeschool program allows me to compete in sports for my school too, so I’m swimming and playing waterpolo with my friends, which is also really great cross training for SUP competitions.
What inspires you to continue competing?
I never really thought about it, but I think what it is, is that I just love being in the water all the time. And, being out in the water with other girls or other kids and competing, you see kids doing cool stuff. You’ll think ‘I want to do that too’ and you compete with each other, but you just have fun and help push each other.
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Gotta love the French. Contrary to popular folklore, they are not assholes. They are fun loving, funny speaking friends and they happen to also be pretty decent on giant inflatable SUPs. Enjoy this inspirational brainless entertainment—a giant SUP surfing session near Port D’Albret—then go eat a crumpet or something for France’s sake.
See also: Video: Giant SUP surf in massive waves gets XXL nomination
On Tuesday, Santa Barbara’s shoreline blackened with oil spewing from a ruptured pipeline near Refugio State Beach. 21,000 gallons of crude oil coated the Pacific with a plume approximately four miles wide before the disaster was reported and contained at around noon, authorities say.
The incident took place when an onshore pipeline burst near a storm drain that funnels into the ocean off Santa Barbara. The company responsible for the mishap, Plains All-American Pipeline, put out a statement expressing regret and declaring that the source was shut off immediately upon report. Meanwhile, the slick is currently settling on beaches along a large stretch of the county’s coast, though the full extent of damage remains unconfirmed.
“Plains shut down the flow of oil in the pipeline and has initiated its emergency response plan,” the company’s report says. “The culvert has been blocked so no additional oil is reaching the water. Plains is working with local officials and first responders on site to begin clean up and remediation efforts.”
The Coast Guard and local fire departments immediately responded with clean-up efforts. As of 7:30 this morning, 73 vessels including six “boom vessels,” along side many volunteers working onshore, were in operation to clean up the spill, according to Cal Spill Watch.
Coincidentally, the spill occurred along the same stretch of coastline where an even larger spill influenced a massive environmental movement back in 1969. The 21,000 gallons of oil resulting from Tuesday’s spill is much less than the ’69 spill, which was the third largest in U.S. history behind 2010′s BP Oil Spill and the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident. For comparison, the BP Oil Spill (the largest in U.S. history) released more than 130 million gallons, upwards of 6,000 times the amount released Tuesday.
Immediate paddling zones affected include Refugio State Beach, the surf break at El Capitan and much of The Ranch, with threat of contamination and beach closure possibly reaching as far south as Sands and north to Jalama. Stay tuned for updates.
*Featured image credit: Christina Eliason Lloyd/FB Newswire
For Adam McKenney, owner of Leavenworth Mountain Sports in Leavenworth, Washington, it was a trip to the shores of Mexico that cemented his love of all things SUP.
Six years ago, on a whim, he brought an inflatable SUP with him on a trip south. He was hooked from the first stroke.
“As soon as I got back I started paddling and surfing SUPs on the Wenatchee River and having a ton of fun,” says McKenney, also a longtime kayaker. “I took to it instantly.”
For McKenney, Inflatables are the name of the game. They’re the perfect SUP, he says, for his location on the Wenatchee, which features 18 miles of Class III rapids, a harder stretch of Class IV rapids above that, and a 17-mile Class II wilderness stretch at its headwaters. “Inflatables are what got our rental, guiding and lesson business off the ground,” he says.
McKenney offers a smattering of courses and tours, including a one-hour flatwater lesson and a popular two- to four-hour guided interpretive tour that includes instruction, river safety programming and even history of the area. “We’ve had everyone from 6-year-olds to 60-year-olds,” he says, adding that they’ll even take people’s dogs down on a separate SUP. “It’s the perfect introduction.”
He also offers a two-hour park and play session focusing on surfing, a four-hour river run course that takes people 18 miles from Leavenworth to Cashmere and a four-hour Class II wilderness trip that starts at the river’s headwaters in Lake Wenatchee. His Supsquatch tours on a giant C-4 board fit up to 10 people with coolers, snorkels and more.
Photo: Leavenworth Mountain Sports
Business, he says, is booming. In 2013 his five instructors taught more than 200 students—150 of them first-timers—and his fleet of 30 rental boards is up three times what it was the year before. And it’s showing no signs of slowing down. The reason is the sport’s simplicity. “People come in and say they want to go kayaking or something, but we steer them toward paddleboarding and they have way more fun,” he say. “People find their flow way faster on a board. It’s way more versatile and a lot easier. Nearly everyone has an amazing time their first time out.” – Eugene Buchanan
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When Philly native Sarah Ruggieri Cole visited Barbados to learn to surf, she wasn’t expecting her life to change entirely. Then she became captivated by the island—and her surf instructor. Now, five years later, Cole is married to the instructor that first got her riding waves, and she’s living the island life while running her SUP school, Paddle Barbados, as well as her charity, The Bright Water Kids Foundation. —Shari Coble
SUP: How did you get involved in SUP?
SRC: In 2010, I visited Barbados to learn to surf, and instantly fell in love with my surf instructor and his beautiful island. Without much thought, I tossed my high heels and pencil skirts, grabbed flip flops and bikinis, and headed back to Barbados to start a new adventure.
At the time, SUP was gaining popularity around the world and I wanted in. My surf instructor—now husband and business partner—Jason Cole, taught me the basics of SUP and I was immediately taken by the mental and physical perks of paddling. Always health conscious and looking for fun ways to stay fit, I knew this sport would become a lifestyle for me.
I took a PaddleFit course with Brody Welte’s team, where I learned a lot in preparation for the opening of our SUP school, Paddle Barbados.
How’s the SUP scene in Barbados?
Simply put, Barbados is a true paddler’s paradise. There are a just a few top-notch schools spaced along the south and west coasts that offer quality lessons and equipment rentals. They’re easy to find with a quick Google search.
Tell us about your business, Paddle Barbados.
Paddle Barbados sits on Pebbles Beach of Carlisle Bay. This is where the south coast meets the west with four kilometers of protected bay offering glassy flatwater and occasional waves when the conditions are right.
The long lefts produced in the south of the Bay are just in front of our shop and offer a mellow ride for any SUP surfer. The sand bottom makes this location ideal for beginners and families with children. Three major shipwrecks rest in the Bay just 50km from our shop window, where you can SUP, snorkel over shipwrecks, swim with the turtles, ride waves and join in SUP yoga classes.
What conditions does your area offer?
Barbados is fortunate to have year round waves. Between the south and east coasts, you’re pretty much guaranteed a wave somewhere anytime of year, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get the chance to surf a north swell on the west coast.
The best time of year for beginner/intermediate surf is December through April on the south and west coasts. The east coast is premium during hurricane season, with big, solid, Atlantic-powered waves from August through November for the pros.
Barbados also has gorgeous flatwater stretches, and bays with glassy surfaces and clear turquoise water all along the west coast. The south coast is great for downwinders, and with a strong wind on your back and a little powering up to catch the bumps, you will get gliding easily.
What do you hope to see for the future of SUP in Barbados?
I’d really like to see more Barbadian children swimming and standup paddling. A shocking statistic shows that the majority of Barbadians can’t swim, and as a result, they don’t take part in water sports. I want to see that statistic reversed in my lifetime and I want to help make the change.
My husband and I recently co-founded The Bright Water Kids Foundation, which aims to empower Barbadian youth through ocean-based programs. This is our chance to give to the community and make positive changes for the future. Our program will teach underprivileged Barbadian children how to swim and take part in water sport camps with Paddle Barbados.
I also hope to see a strong SUP racing community in Barbados someday, multiple Barbadian World Champions for SUP racing and surfing – both male and female—and definitely some Olympian paddlers when the time comes.
For more information, visit: PaddleBarbados.com
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‘Tis the season of the river people. Spring conditions, idyllic flow rates, sunlight, warmth and a winter’s worth of hibernation have the whitewater SUP community out in hoards. Among that community, downriver wonder woman Harmony Dawn and friends are getting after it on the Columbia Gorge, running sections in Oregon and Washington. Here’s some drone, POV, GoPro and otherwise awesome footage from their adventures.
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Nestled next to the beauty of Mount Diablo and just along the banks of the rich and historic California Delta water system, you will find Discovery Bay. We are a boating community where over 17,000 residents who enjoy small-town living against the backdrop of over 1,200 miles of Delta waterway. Boaters can navigate from Discovery Bay to the San Francisco Bay, enabling residents to literally go anywhere in the world from their backyard. Whether you enjoy fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, SUP or simply exploring the California Delta, there is no shortage of things to do here. Discovery Bay enjoys a wonderful spectrum of seasonal climates including everything from warm summers to rainy winters. Live where you play, SUP Discovery Bay!
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Urban Paddle Guide Info
Welcome to the 2015 Urban Paddle Guide presented by SUP ATX! Our mission is simple: build the best online resource for padding in towns and cities across the United States. Every urban area has unique places to paddle and we want your help finding out where those are! Enter your town in the Urban Paddle Guide now by sending us a picture(s), a brief description (no more than 350 words), then telling us about shops, restaurants and other resources as part of the entry form.
We’re prepared to reward you mightily. By entering, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free trip to Southern California for the 2015 SUP Awards and the Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle, as well a brand new Lahui Kai board and paddle from SUP ATX.
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Welcome back to the Florida Cup, Tampa Bay’s premier paddling event. The Cup took a little hiatus last year, but it was back in full force for 2015, with more than 100 entrants in the 9-mile elite race and plenty more in the additional recreational, fun and kids paddling races. It’s open to all forms of paddle crafts, and it’s a grand time for all. This year’s top SUP finisher, the veteran Bubba Ellis, finished first in the 14′ class ahead of young buck Chase Kosterlitz. Put it in the books for next year and you too could be the Florida Cup SUP champion.
Video from last Florida Cup
Welcome to Sayulita, a tiny Mexican town on the Pacific where fish become tacos and nations become champions. Sayulita is home to a quiet 5,000 residents, and for one week of the year, it’s also home the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship—the competition for the best nation in SUP. During that week, 27 nations converged to compete in four definitive disciplines of the sport—long distance racing, SUP surfing, technical racing and team relays. It’s a monumental occasion, almost like SUP’s very own Olympics.
This year, the United States laid indisputable claim. The US SUP Team team dominated throughout the week-long International Surfing Association (ISA) event, earning America’s overall championship title and disarming Team Australia’s historic stronghold on the ISA Worlds.
Of the nine total races (one for each gender in distance racing, prone distance racing, SUP surfing and technical racing, and a combined-gender team relay), the US took gold medals in six. Candice Appleby brought home two—one in the Women’s Technical Race and another in the Women’s Long Distance Race—while the US’s current World Champ, Izzi Gomez, took out former ISA Champ, Nicole Pacelli (BRA), to win the Woman’s SUP Surfing division. Dynamite performances from the American females paired with teammate Danny Ching’s first-place finish in the Men’s Long Distance Race and Sean Poynter‘s in Men’s SUP Surfing to fix the US with double-golds in two events. The only SUP event the US didn’t win first in was the Men’s Technical Race, but with Hawaiians Connor Baxter (1st) and Mo Freitas (2nd) in contention, who can really blame the mainlanders? Besides, isn’t Hawaii technically part of the US anyway? Congress would like to think so, though most Hawaiian watermen wouldn’t.
In related news, Team Australia fumbled their three-year winning spree, but not without dominating the prone paddling events in all but one division—the Men’s Technical Prone Race—which American Jack Bark added to the US’s pot of gold for good measure. Australia’s standout performance came once again from prone paddler Jordan Mercer, who won both the women’s technical and distance races for the second consecutive ISA Worlds SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Team Australia also won the team relay ahead of runner-up, Team New Zealand.
In addition to the competition, the week was themed with an overwhelming sense of camaraderie among the global paddling community. As flags from all corners of the globe flew side-by-side among the massive and eclectic beach crowd, the significance of victory took a back burner to shared appreciation and support for the sport. Mexico played a gracious host, and its grateful guests all contributed to the party.
“[This week] was not only about the competition in the water,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “The energy on the beach was that of a true World Championship. This sport is about more than just the contest, it is about the friendship and camaraderie.”
For a young sport in the course of claiming its role on the international main stage, the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship was s a massive stroke in the right direction.—Mike Fields
Men’s Long Distance Race
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Full results from the 2015 ISA Worlds SUP Surfing competition.
Candice Appleby takes gold in the women’s technical race on the final day of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Photo: Panas
The final day of competition at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship was marked by another gold medal for Candice Appleby and the US SUP Team, solidifying the United State’s dominance with gold medals in every SUP discipline of the week-long event.
On the Men’s side, Connor Baxter brought home a first-place finish in the technical race, marking Team Hawaii’s third gold medal and synching Hawaii’s runner-up finish in the overall event.
Check back with SUPthemag.com for a full gallery and recap of the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
Connor Baxter sprints toward the finish line and victory for Team Hawaii in the SUP technical race at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Photo: Greg Panas
US SUP Team surfer Sean Poynter gets chaired up the beach after claiming victory in the Men’s SUP Surfing division of the 2015 ISA Worlds. Photo: Greg Panas
After the third day of SUP surfing competition in Sayulita, US SUP Team surfers Sean Poynter and Izzi Gomez are the official champions of the SUP Surfing competition at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship! After the US SUP Team swept both men’s and women’s distance races earlier this week, Poynter and Gomez’s victories mark the third and fourth gold medals for the US SUP Team, which has dominated every event so far.
Check back with SUPthemag.com for a recap and exclusive gallery of the final days of the 2015 ISA Worlds.
World Champion Izzi Gomez, winner of the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship SUP Surfing Division. Photo: Greg Panas
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HOOD RIVER, Oregon – River SUP frontrunners Dan Gavere, Corran Addison, Adam Cumming, Chris Emerick and Harmony Dawn star in a new film from Waterlust.org that explores the burgeoning sport of whitewater SUP.
By Jason Self
Trinidad, Northern California, is an ocean paddler’s paradise. Nestled in the middle of the Emerald Triangle, isolated from big city encroachment behind the Redwood Curtain, this small but thriving coastal community is part of the California Coastal National Monument, noted for it’s spectacular coastal scenery, including numerous offshore rocks and wildlife, secluded beaches, headlands, bluffs, and towering redwood trees. What started as an idea hatched during a memorial paddle-out for a local waterman in 2010 turned into the First Annual Trinidad to Little River Dash; A word of mouth, under the radar, friendly open-ocean downwinder SUP race.
Racers enjoy the seclusion of the California Coastal National Monument Photo: Jason Self
Competitors in this small down home event launch in Trinidad Harbor and paddle out of the protection of Trinidad head towards open ocean where they turn South to catch the prevailing NW wind and swell. After a three mile paddle to Camel Rock, paddlers must take on the surf zone at Moonstone Beach and enter the Little River for a short sprint to the finish line.
Paddlers cross the finish line at the Trinidad to Little River Race. Photo: Jason Self
Interest in the race grew over the next four years to the point it could no longer remain an underground event. After a brief exchange of ideas after the 2014 race between Pacific Outfitters’ Jason Self and event co-founder James Bavin, a partnership was born. Pacific Outfitters became the official host in 2015, assuming liability for the event and opening it to the public. With the addition of local sponsors including KHUM Radio, Mad River Brewing, Humboldt Hot Sauce, Franco’s Bones & Beeds, and industry support from Riviera Paddlesurf, Clif Bar, and Sea to Summit, the event will continue to flourish and grow.
Conditions for the 2015 Trinidad to Little River Dash were ideal. Sunshine, NW wind to 15mph, NW swell 4-6ft at 11 seconds with waste to head high surf at the finish line were challenging, but not extreme for this group of salty paddlers. As racers gathered at the launch beach, low clouds and drizzle blew in from the North, adding the challenge of low visibility to the competition. Board selection and strategy are the key to this race. Starting in flatwater, transitioning to open ocean swell and chop, with a transit through the surf zone to the beach forces paddlers to utilize all of their skills. A stout lead on the ocean with a race board can quickly disappear against a surf class board in the surf and soup, it’s anyone’s game. Competition classes include Unlimited (over 14ft), 14ft & under, 12ft 6in, 12ft, 11ft, and 10ft & under.
James Bavin (14ft Class) and Hugh Holdt (Unlimted Class) pulled ahead early on, paddling neck and neck for the first two and a half miles. Just as they approached Camel Rock, Hugh appeared to lose a bit of steam and conceded the lead to James, who navigated the surf zone with perfection, finishing first over all and taking first place in the 14ft Class with a time of 28:11. Hugh Holdt finished strong, taking the Unlimited Class with a race time of 29:51. Tyrone Trent took the 12’6″ Class at 30:57, followed by 12″ Class winner Steve Monk with a time of 32:20. Chris Donnelly won the 11ft class at 32:41, followed by 10 & Under winner Jay Scrivner at 36:34.
In true Humboldt down home fashion, competitors, friends, and family gathered after the race at Merryman’s at Moonstone Beach for awards, fresh grilled Humboldt Bay oysters, local craft beer, and live surf music from local group the Sand Fleas. After all, that’s what this event is all about; A gathering of the tribe and a celebration of the ocean and this beautiful spot on the planet we call home. No matter how the event grows in the future, you can expect the friendly Humboldt vibe to remain at the core of the event for years to come.”
Paddler’s reconvene after the race for celebration and awards. Photo: Jason Self
Just so happens, some of the most energetic natural foods also happen to be the most nutritious. And colorful. Photo: Daderot
We all know the feeling of fatigue and dragging ourselfs through the day, despite consuming inordinate amounts of coffee. If you’re tired of feeling tired, you may need to reassess your diet. Try to eat with the intention of fueling your body. No, we’re not talking about adding more caffeine or energy drinks to your daily caloric intake. We’re talking about eating more of the good stuff: whole foods that actually sustain energy levels naturally, are yummy to munch on, and have additional nutritional perks. —Shari Coble
They’re a favorite among athletes, and there’s good reason for that. They pack carbohydrates, magnesium, and potassium—all of which are essential to athletic performance, and a healthily-functioning body. A study from 2012 shows that bananas are as effective as sports drinks during physical activity and provide a healthier combination of sugars too. Bananas are one of the more calorie-dense fruits, and they contain vitamin B6 and fiber, too.
Oranges, grapefruit and tangerines all help boost energy levels with their soluble fiber and higher natural sugar content. Citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C, which supports the immune system and aids in treating stress. They also contain folate and are beneficial in helping to prevent heart disease, stroke, and hypertension. Add a serving of citrus fruit to your breakfast or carry a piece of fruit in your drybag for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Delicious and nutritious, sweet potatoes are full of complex carbohydrates, which are key for sustaining energy because they take longer to digest. In effect, they supply the body with a steady stream of energy over an extended period of time. Sweet potatoes are also a rich source for vitamin A—responsible for helping to combat chronic fatigue–as well as iron, which helps with muscle and brain function. One other benefit: sweet potatoes pack α-carotene, a carotenoid that helps to prevent tumor growth.
A winning combination of carbohydrates, omega-3 fats, iron, protein and even fiber—the tiny chia seed packs a ton of nutrients and energy. The legendary Tarahumara or, “running people” of Mexico, have used chia to fuel their ultra-marathon runs, and studies prove what they’ve known for centuries: Chia augments physical endurance.
A little goes a long way here. Nuts are a calorie-dense food, though still considered healthy because of their monounsaturated fats, fiber, and protein content. The combination of fiber and protein keeps you feeling full, while also helping to prevent blood sugar crashes, which naturally cause us to feel drained. Grab a handful or slather a tablespoon of natural peanut butter (without additives like salt or sugar) on a banana and you’ll be sure to feel fueled.
According to the Institute of Medicine, about 20 percent of people’s water intake is derived from food. Dehydration is a huge factor in feeling tired or fatigued, and leads to a lengthy list of other health issues. When the body is dehydrated it ceases to function properly because nutrients don’t get transported to the blood stream as effectively. Dehydration also results in the body’s inability to rid toxins or waste build-up efficiently, which results in feeling less energized. Boost your energy and hydration at once by consuming water-rich whole foods like cucumber, celery, eggplant, or jicama.
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Welcome back to The Weekly Insta, SUP’s collection of the best Instagram photos from the standup world Friday through Thursday. There’s a story in every nook of social media, and none tell it better than Instagram as athletes, coaches, events and shops use it to contribute their proverbial thousand-words. So here, we curate the best of the best so you don’t have to.
Hashtag #theweeklyinsta with your latest and greatest posts to be considered for next week’s feed.
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Australian SUP surfer Beau Nixon spent April 2015 chasing swell around NSW’s Central Coast and these clips are the fruits of his pursuit.
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Last weekend, for the Bluesmiths Paddle Imua 2015 event, 200 male and female standup paddlers, OC-1 paddlers, OC-2 paddlers, Surf Skis and Prone Paddlers took to the water to raise funds for the benefit of Maui’s children with special needs and specifically for Camp Imua—a one week camp in the West Maui Mountains. Bluesmiths Paddle Imua is about celebrating the lives of special needs children by embracing the community’s connection to the ocean, and the event showcased our cause with great success.
Registration opened at 10am at the famous Maliko Gulch and paddlers slowly trickled in to get their race number, GPS tracker and Bluesmiths Race shirt. Ocean Sports Athletes the likes of Dave Kalama, Michi Schweiger, Loch Eggers, Jeremy Riggs, Kody Kerbox, Travis Baptiste, Livio Menelau, Andrea Moller and Sonni Hönscheid just to name a few, attended Bluesmiths Paddle Imua once again to meet, mix and mingle with those special needs kids and to compete on the famed Maliko Downwind Run. Bluesmiths Paddle Imua provides a great experience for those who see them as heroes, both children and athletes alike! Many who competed in the Olukai stayed for Paddle Imua, taking the opportunity to compete in two epic races back-to-back.
By 11:30am the gulch was packed with paddlers, family members, cars and trailers full of OC-1s and OC-2s, surf skis, prone paddles and stand-up boards – everyone was busy chatting, smiling and getting ready for what looked to be an epic run. The traditional Hawaiian Pule was held in front of the Bluesmiths registration tent and saw all 200 paddlers, volunteers and sponsors hold hands and bow their heads to receive the blessing of a save journey to the harbor. Shortly after it was time to get out on the water and grab that “perfect” starting position in the line-up inside Maliko gulch. It was tight and paddlers were inching and inching away from the starting line until at 12:55pm the official horn sent them off.
The conditions for this year’s downwinder saw some epic winds of 20+ knots generating solid wind swell combined with a late season north swell that provided endless opportunities to catch those long glides all the way to Kahului Harbor. The last stretch of the race inside the harbor was grueling with strong gusts pushing paddlers further down into the harbor than they wished to go but did not discourage anyone from putting their head down and moving their paddles and boards, grinding all the way to the finish line that saw some serious sprinting battles between competitors but all Smiles, Hugs and Handshakes. Flowers leis were handed to every single finisher and a very enthusiastically cheering crowd made sure that everyone felt like a winner.
Bluesmiths Team Rider and Naish Brand Manager Michi Schweiger adds: “ The Bluesmiths Paddle Imua Benefit Race turned out to be one of the windiest Maliko run races I have ever done. A combination of strong winds as well as some NW groundswell guaranteed wild open ocean conditions with great glides all the way down to the harbor. The kind of run where you are essentially surfing all the way. As one of the first races of the Hawaii downwind paddle season it is always great to connect with the crew of paddlers from all around the islands as well as with some international visitors.”
Honorary chairperson of Paddle Imua and Bluesmiths ambassador, Andrea Moller, won her third straight title in the Women’s Unlimited SUP category, but for her it is not about where you place, it’s all for the kids as she comments: “This years Paddle IMUA was the most fun race ever! The conditions were epic, with strong winds and waves for a perfect downwind run. I’m stoked that I had a really good race, but even more important I was overly impressed of how our paddling community has stepped up to support this race. We all need to understand the importance of Camp IMUA for the kids, and how much this event supports the camp. Together we can support Camp IMUA’s children in and out of the water everyday.”
Fellow Bluesmiths team-mate and Molokai 2014 winner Sonni Hönscheid came in second in the Women’s Unlimited SUP class: “Paddle Imua presented by Bluesmiths was an amazing race, good conditions, really competitive! But besides a race it was a great event, a nice get together with friends and the IMUA family. IMUA is doing an amazing job in supporting the kids with special needs and to see those kids smiling, it’s priceless”
Pioneering waterman Dave Kalama who was a class of his own once again took top honors in the Men’s Unlimited SUP: “Conditions today were excellent. Some massive glides and smiles out there. I had a great time! Paddle IMUA is a very worthy cause and I’m very happy to be involved here today.”
Bluesmiths Jeremy Riggs who finished second in the Men’s Unlimited SUP class also showed his excitement about the day’s conditions and to be part of event: “The Paddle IMUA is one of the best events of the year. Such a great cause. You can’t go wrong signing up for this event no matter what the conditions are. Today was awesome, we had smoking conditions. This had to be one of the best downwind races we’ve had on Maui in a long time. So much fun.”
Bluemsiths Loch Eggers – waterman of the first hour adds: “This year’s Bluesmiths Paddle Imua was super special for me. I finally engaged in what this race is all about: “The Camp Imua Kids”. This year I helped with the relay that the Imua kids participate in after the big race down the coast. It felt really good to see how stoked the kids were after the relay. They had huge smiles and busted out some Shakas for me which made me get all choked up. The Paddle Imua organizers along with the John Smalley team at Bluesmiths did a phenomenal job organizing this event for Camp Imua and the Maui paddling community. Looking forward to 2016 Paddle Imua. Aloha, Loch”
The 14-foot No Rudder SUP class saw local boy Travis Baptiste killing it coming in side-by-side with Jeremy Riggs on his Unlimited SUP while Naish’s Kody Kerbox took second in that class and Robert Teriitehau third.
12’6” – Male
1) Bernd Roediger
2) Jeffrey Spencer
3) Alex Mawae
12’6” – Female
1) Annie Reickert
2) Tian Prior
3) Susie Grace
OC-1 paddler Felipe Gomes not only took top podium in his class but also mastered the run in just a little over one hour coming in first overall. Kingi Gilbert together with Ryan Murphy battled it out in the finishing sprint for the OC-1 class – sprinting up the shoot, putting only a split second between their second and third placement.
1) Dane Ward
2) Fiona Van Ammers
3) Catherine Deboni
1) Kristi Doughe/Lee Moyers
2) Wendy Giblin/Michael Gibli
3) Andrew Davioes/Katherine Moore
2) Michael Eiler/Wilson Angel
1) Denise Darval/Mindy Clark
2) Margie Kawaia/CoryKawaiaea
3) Chilli-Rae So/Michelle Cerizo
1) Michael Owens
2) Eric Rohozinski
3) Bram Denhaan
1) Alexander parker
2) Hogan Kania
3) Mark Moquin
The “Ohana festival” following the race was the perfect end to an unforgettable day of bringing the ocean community together for a great cause.
Thanks to Imua Family Services, the volunteers, the committee and everyone who turned out on the day. Big thanks also to our supporting sponsors Zevenbergen Capitol Investments, Goodfellows Bros Inc., SIC Racing, Aloha Aina Center, Costa, Aloha Mixed Plates, Maui Brewing Company, Deep Relief, Rising Sun Solar, Ke Nalu, Hawaiian Canoe Club, Ozolio, SeaToSummit.
Imua means “to move forward” in Hawaiian and we hope to see all of you and more for next years’ race.
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Yesterday morning, humidity and tension hung duly thick in the equatorial air of Sayulita, Mexico, as 44 of the world’s best male SUP racers gathered on the sandy shores for the prestigious 20 kilometer Men’s Distance Race at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships. By mid-afternoon, the humidity and tension was replaced by the cheers of proud locals as hometown hero Javier “Bicho” Jimenez took runner-up behind American favorite, Danny Ching.
Sun shades, scaffolding, sponsorship booths and speaker towers adorned the beach with the colorful presence of an international SUP event, flags of 27 different nations flew among the crowd.
This year’s attendees delivered the most competitive and exhilarating race in the event’s four-year history.
From the get-go, 15 odd racers broke ahead of the mass and led the chase in a tightly-knit pack for the first three laps. By the fourth lap, an elite group of racers including Connor Baxter (HI), Casper Steinfath (DEN), Titouan Puyo (FRA), George Cronsteadt (TAH), Zane Schweitzer (HI), Danny Ching (US) and Sayulita’s Bicho Jimenez (MEX) pulled ahead in a draft train that gradually placed insurmountable distance between the top-finishers and their pursuers.
The pack held tight until together they rounded the buoy into the final lap. That’s when Ching—the American favorite—lost his balance and fell in the drink, nearly wiping out Hawaiian champion Connor Baxter, and local boy Bicho Jimenez capitalized on the fumble to gain a substantial lead. The crowd of Sayulita locals erupted furiously as Bicho skipped across the course on the home stretch, but the infamous power of seven-time BOP champion Danny Ching was too much for Bicho to hold off. As the duo neared the beach, Ching caught a small wave and surfed it out in front of Bicho before dismounting his board and sprinting up the sand to victory.
Since both the men’s and women’s races ended in the American’s favor, today’s SUP surfing competition remains the final opportunity for other nations to display dominance. —MF
Watch the SUP Surfing competition LIVE today, Friday May 13!
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It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, but Shannon Thomas of Ohio is taking a timeout from his “normal” life to simply detach from that. And, more specifically, to SUP.
Plain and simple, the man just wants to unleash and standup paddle. Who can blame him? Living barely beyond a stone’s throw from Ohio’s second longest river—and having never actually paddled it—Thomas and kayak buddy Jon Phillips will embark on a 231-mile expedition down the historically-rich Scioto River later this month. The duo will be capturing the journey on film and sending updates throughout. So, stay tuned to SUPtheMag.com and check out the details from Thomas on his upcoming trek. —SC
Give us some insight into the expedition team’s background as paddlers.
Thomas: I’ve been standup paddling for about two years and before that, I kayaked. I still kayak on occasion and love it, but I’d much rather be standing than sitting. Since spring, I’ve been training at a local lake and working on my stroke, endurance, speed, etc. I’m also going to be racing in the Chattajack 31-miler this October and I thought this trip would be another great opportunity to train.
My good friend, Jon Phillips, from Bristol, Tenn. is joining me for the trip in his sea kayak. He’s a great, positive guy to have, and a knowledgeable outdoorsman.
What provoked your upcoming expedition on the Scioto River?
Thomas: I wanted to do a longer SUP expedition than what I’ve done before. I did a five-day down the Little Miami River last September and [it] was a blast. With the Scioto, it’s close enough that a shuttle from a friend won’t be an issue, and, I have never paddled it before.
I’m using it as a race training trip, but the real reason is to just disconnect from my daily life and routine. I want to wake up, and the only thing on the agenda I have is to eat, hydrate and paddle.
The Scioto River is the longest river running in Ohio besides the Ohio River itself at 231 miles, but it’s small enough where there is no commercial traffic. It’s not developed—except through Columbus and maybe another few towns—so finding decent spots to camp won’t be a problem.
There’s plenty of other streams entering that we may veer off and explore, including a few waterfalls I read about. The river itself is mostly flat water, but will have the occasional rapid depending on water levels, especially up north.
I had considered organizing a way to benefit a cause or charity but time got away from me and wasn’t sure how I would raise the money or which charity it would benefit. So, I’m doing this trip for me—to just get out and paddle. I will be the first person to through-paddle the river, as far as I know, and I’m pretty positive I’ll be the first to do it on a SUP board. I like the challenge of it and wanted to test myself.
How long do you anticipate the 231-mile journey to take?
Thomas: I’m planning nine to 11 days with us paddling, on average, 20 miles per day. But, if we are making good time we may take it easy for a day or two to just lightly paddle, fish, swim, and enjoy the river.
We launch on May 23rd and finish around June 2nd. We don’t really have too many plans for stops, but got a few friends along the way we may stop [to see] and if we see a decent riverside bar/restaurant, you bet we’re gonna stop for a burger or pizza!
We’ve both been planning, but since it’s a river, there’s really only one path to take and the only thing we have to plan is where to camp and portage around dams, which are things we are just going to figure it out as it approaches.
What are you looking forward to most on your upcoming journey?
Thomas: I’m most excited to just be on the river and paddle to disconnect from the daily routine of life. I really enjoying prepping my food and gear. I like to be very prepared for every outcome or potential obstacles, but also to be minimal to save weight and space.
I’m not too nervous about the trip, just anxious to get started. The one thing I am nervous about is getting a bad call from my family. My grandma has had stage 4 lung and pancreatic cancer for about five years. She has been strong and positive, but she’s been in pretty bad shape the last six months and it’s just a matter of time.
If I get that call, I will be having someone pick me up and I’ll take a break from the trip to be with my family for a day before resuming the trip. She’s the one who lit that fire inside me five years ago to start taking more chances, and [taught me] if there are things I want to do in life, now is the time to do them. I owe so much of my experiences and happiness to her for teaching me that.
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The US earned its first gold medal at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship yesterday, when champion SUP racer Candice Appleby crossed the finish line in front after a fierce battle with runner up Lina Augaitis (Canada) and third place finisher Terrene Black (Australia).
Augaitis, champion of the 2014 ISA Worlds Distance Race, was a favorite going into the 20km flatwater race as Appleby is typically more recognized for her technical course racing style. The battle remained tight between the top three finishers for the first five kilometers of the race, before Augaitis and Appleby broke free from Black and set out on a neck-and-neck battle that lasted until the fourth and final lap. Then, the American champion persevered with what seemed to be a second wind, pulling ahead to cross the finish line more than two minutes ahead of Augaitis.
More ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship coverage from SUPthemag.com
California is a waterman or woman’s paradise with paddling opportunities abound. Whether your calling is the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean or one of the Golden State’s breathtaking lakes or rivers, waterways of the West Coast among the most pristine on earth. In this state of limitless paddling options, deciding where to set out may be overwhelming. To help you with that decision, we narrowed down this list of California’s Top-10 SUP spots.
Cowells Beach, Santa Cruz
With waves as soft and forgiving as the gentle sand bottom beneath them, and rides longer than the line for the Giant Dipper roller coaster at the adjacent Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Cowells Beach is the perfect spot for greenhorn SUPers to get their feet wet. Access is easy from the beach adjacent to the famous Santa Cruz Wharf, where rental equipment is available at businesses right there in the sand. If you’re up for a challenge, work your way out to Indicators (the break just outside Cowells), where the lineup is a bit more advanced but still friendly. New visitors to Santa Cruz can easily find Cowells located just north of the Santa Cruz Wharf and Beach Boardwalk. With these landmarks, it’s impossible to miss from West Cliff Drive (the main drag on Santa Cruz’s West Side). Step onto the wharf for some post-paddle grubbing and chugging at one of the many delicious dining options.
A flat and vacant day at Cowells. When the swells up, the surfers come out in hordes. Photo: Mike Fields
Imagine seven different lakes within one city; all paddle accessible and all hidden throughout the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Mammoth Lakes is this seemingly unimaginable destination. The lakes offer calm water, friendly faces, trophy-sized trout and camping at select locations. The Eastern Sierra Mountains gives visitors the opportunity to soak in all of the great views and some of the greatest outdoor activities possible. Mammoth Lakes has multiple places to rent from, freeing you from the need to cram your cars with extra gear.
Kayak Fishing at Mammoth Lakes, CA. Photo: Aaron Shmidt
San Francisco Bay
The bay is loaded with awesome views of the city, mountain scenery and the Golden Gate Bridge. It offers calm, flat days for leisurely touring and windy days alike for some of the best downwinding California has to offer. There’s also a surf spot, albeit quite fickle and tide dependent, called Fort Point located directly beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Fort Point is for advanced SUP surfers only. Before paddling the bay, be sure to consult with local experts to assess conditions and ensure a safe outing.
Downwinding beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay. Photo: Joe Budd
Santa Catalina Island
Catalina is a luxury for Californians; it’s our own island getaway merely an hour offshore by boat or ferry. This can be a leisurely paddle among the harbors to check out the boats and scenery, or for a more intense SUP adventure, you can paddle around the islands and check out, even camp, at spots that would be a lot more difficult (some impossible) to reach by foot or vehicle. If looking for more of an adventure, check out SUP Magazine editor Will Taylor’s story of camping at Goat Harbor during the fall. (Ed’s note: Paddleboards are not allowed on the ferries that carry you over from the mainland, but rentals are available in the island’s ports. Camping permits may also be required, so do your research here.)
Cruising the island. Photo Credit: Will Taylor
North Orange County’s Bolsa Chica State Beach doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it should. It’s a less-crowded, beginner friendly, family fun beach known for it’s fun-size waves. Bolsa Chica is the perfect place to lock in your ocean SUPing experience and even get yourself SUP surfing in no time. Dawn is without a doubt the best time to paddle out to this secluded destination but throughout the day you will still see opportunities to take advantage of the waves. It does cost money to get in but $15 for a whole day is well worth it.
Photo Credit: Jeff Turner on Flickr
No doubt about it—if you’re paddling in Morro Bay, you’re paddling with lions. Sea lions, that is. The area is a breeding ground for these funky creatures and marine life is plentiful on every stretch of this Central Californian coastline. The location is scenic with the famous Morro rock as a backdrop, and multiple SUP surfing destinations are all within a few minutes drive of one another on the California Coast Highway. You can either make this an easy day with a relaxing paddle, laying out, and even breaking into your best downward dog or plank for a SUP yoga session. But the area offers miles of coastal waterway for longer expeditions in the open ocean. Just beware of the unpredictable winds and tides. And we’d be doing you a disservice not to mention the noteworthy shark population, though very few encounters have been reported.
Photo: “Mike” Michael L. Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com
The Kalamath offers a beautiful 263-mile stretch of river flowing southwest through Oregon and Northern Califirnia. The river cuts through the Cascade Mountain Range and straight into the Pacific Ocean. This would be a great camping trip/excursion for more experienced paddlers, especially because the water speed can provide a much more advanced challenge than paddling flat water.
Check out SUP the Mag’s Klamath River trip.
Photo: Ron Ayres
Scott’s Flat Lake
Here’s a lake most paddler’s have never even heard of. A small camping resort affords an easy weekend trip. The flat and clear water is surrounded by gorgeous forestry and blue skies. The resort doesn’t rent paddle equipment, so make sure to gear up prior, either with the easily transportable inflatable boards, or if your vehicle has racks, strap in and head out to this amazing destination.
Scott’s Flat Lake. Photo Credit: NorCal Stand Up Paddle Facebook
Scripps may just be South County San Diego’s friendliest beach. Surf is provided by a sand bottom beach break that delivers idyllic waves for beginners on smaller days and more critical rides when the swell is up. The lineup finds surfers from all walks of life. It’s not uncommon to see sponsored shortboarders sharing waves with tourists on boogies and foamtops, and paddling out standing up is as acceptable as any method. Scripps neighbors La Jolla Shores—a break even easier for beginners—and beyond Shores, La Jolla Cove provides a protected sanctuary for sea creatures and tourists to enjoy in harmony. Take a SUP or kayak tour in the famed Cove and explore some of the many sea caves. Just watch out for the sea lions (they have the right-of-way).
Photo Credit: Lightner
Dusk on Lake Tahoe. Photo: South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle Facebook: Dylan Silver
If you haven’t been to Lake Tahoe before, now is your time. The beautiful 12-mile wide lake is the center of activities in the Sierra Nevada’s. The flat-water days makes paddling easy for any level paddler; SUP yogi’s, SUP floaters, SUP fitness. Tahoe can also have some uber windy days giving paddlers an opportunity to try downwinding and even SUP surfing on the small stormy waves. It is also one of the most picturesque paddling destinations in the world. Of all the outrageous paddling destinations California has to offer, Lake Tahoe is one you simply must not miss.
See more recommenced paddling destinations—California and Beyond—in SUP the mag’s new series, Backwaters
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The first day of competition kicked off yesterday in Sayulita with the opening rounds of the Men’s and Women’s SUP surfing contest, held in 2- to 3-foot surf at Sayulita Beach, allowing athletes to showcase their supreme skillsets in tightly matched heats throughout the early rounds.
The Opening Main Event Rounds 1 and 2 of the Men’s and Women’s SUP Surfing offered standout performances from U.S.A.’s Sean Poynter on the Men’s side and Brazil’s Nicole Pacelli on the Women’s.
Poynter—the 2013 ISA Gold Medalist—put on a performance in his two heats that earned him the two highest total heat scores of the day with a 13.20 and a 13.27.
Pacelli, SUP Surfing Gold Medalist in the 2013 ISA World Championship, scored the highest women’s heat score with 11.26. Expect Pacelli to take advantage of her high placing on Day 1, capitalizing on time to prepare for the closing rounds of the SUP Surfing contest to be held on Thursday.
Regardless of Day One’s results, all surfers will receive a second shot at contention. Athletes who placed 1st and 2nd move on to the next round, while athletes that placed 3rd and 4th move on to the Repechaje Round, where they will get one more chance before elimination.
Check back with SUPthemag.com later today for recap, results and photos from today’s event—the Women’s Long Distance Race.
Full list of yesterday’s SUP Surfing results
American Sean Poynter dominated the early rounds of the SUP Surfing competition, earning the two highest heat totals of the day. Photo: Greg Panas
OK, so it’s a little late, but even still—who doesn’t want to watch more awesome footage of the 2015 Carolina Cup? Click, enjoy, then go train. Only 11 months left till next year’s!
An international amalgam of the world’s elite SUP athletes joined together yesterday in the small town of Sayulita, Mexico, for the opening day of the 2015 World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. This year marks the most expansive event to date as the 4th annual ISA Worlds—the only international SUP event of this magnitude—kicked off with the opening ceremony and parade featuring rallies of patriotism and celebration from each of the 26 nations set to compete in this week’s event. SUP the mag is on site in Sayulita and will be dishing out exclusive daily event coverage, starting with this action-packed gallery from the opening day.
Tune in today to catch the first competition of the event—SUP Surfing—live on the ISAWSUPPC website.
Check back with SUPthemag.com later today for a recap and photos of the day’s action.
Get informed with SUP’s predictions for the top teams of the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships.
Brush up on the 2014 ISA Worlds in Nicaragua with a full recap and results from SUPthemag.com.
Once a cause for celebration, today racers mourn the loss of Germany’s SUP World Cup. Photo: Charity Staffel Rennen/SUP World Cup
One of the oldest, largest and best established event in Europe, the SUP World Cup in Fehmarn, Germany, was reported cancelled this morning. The report comes in the wake of last week announcement that this year’s Battle of the Paddle—probably the biggest event in SUP racing—had lost its backing from Rainbow Sandals and will also likely be cancelled. Within a week’s time, the SUP community lost two of the biggest and most favored international SUP races.
The SUP World Cup, which first ran in 2009 as Europe’s first international SUP race, was schedule for the first week of August before its former sponsor, Camp David, announced the cancellation. Beyond the effects the SUP World Cup cancellation has on individual racers, its absence is also detrimental to the Standup World Series. The World Series already suffered the cancellation of its opening event in Dubai and the rescheduling of its second event in Brazil earlier this year, and losing the SUP World Cup marks the third major shift in the World Series tour.
Check back with SUPthemag.com for more updates and event coverage from the coming season.
Emergency responders from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point pose with Neil Bode, the rescued paddleboarder who spent 15 hours overnight at sea. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Prince Neal
A missing paddleboarder was found alive and well off Ewa Beach, Honolulu, yesterday morning after spending nearly 15 hours at sea.
At about 6:45 a.m., responders from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point found Neil Bode, the 32-year-old visiting from Seattle, around 3.5 nautical miles off the coast of Ewa Beach. A rescue swimmer was deployed and Bode was hoisted safely into the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and delivered to the hospital, Queen’s Medical Center West.
“He lost his paddle,” Bode’s stepbrother, Joshua Wallace, told SUP the mag. “He was out there all night long, 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. That’s a long time to be out at sea.”
Wallace also said Bode is now “safe and well.” Bode remains in the hospital but is physically stable. Reports say health threats stem more from the effect of spending a night at sea with no food or water than any physical trauma.
“They’re still evaluating him, but he’s doing OK,” said Wallace. “His mom’s in town from Seattle and they’re considering getting him back to the mainland.”
At about 3:45 the day prior, Bode rented a paddleboard and set out from Waikiki Beach. Authorities reported Bode showed signs of emotional distress before paddling out. When he didn’t return the paddleboard at about 5:15 p.m. that evening, the rental company contacted Hawaii Fire Department and reported Bode missing.
If it weren’t for the efforts of the Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department, the outcome may have been tragically different.
“The Coast Guard, in conjunction with the Honolulu Fire Department, did a great job with the total search effort in locating Mr. Bode,” Lt. Patrick Frain, a command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, told Maui TV News. “Once we received notification from the helicopter crew that he was spotted alive, there was immediate celebration in the command center. We notified his family on island right away to share the great news.”
“It was a great coordinated effort by the rescue teams,” said Wallace. “We want to appreciate those guys.”
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Here at SUP the mag, we love logs in the lineup, and we’re not talking about driftwood, folks. “Logging” is a term endeared to the act of longboard surfing—the graceful, flowing art form of that proceeded all other forms of modern wave-riding. It’s the style of surfing Duke Kahanamoku and George Freeth introduced to the world back at the turn of the 20th century, and its classic composition has been upheld and carried forward in high regard for modern generations.
Here are two profits of the surfing religion—Candice Appleby and Dave Boehne—delivering a sermon by way of SUP logging with style and grace that would make The Duke and Mr. Freeth proud.
Ken Hoeve is one rugged dude. He’s a frontrunner in the river SUP movement and he’s among the early characters in our sport to get big surf brands (Hurley and Spy) to back his cause. Maybe that’s because what he does is so undeniably awesome, the elite surf community can’t help but be impressed. Here’s Hoeve running rapids on the Colorado River, deep in the Rockies, threading slots between snowcapped boulders and dodging icicles.
Carolina Cup to OluKai Ho’o, ISA Worlds to the Euro Tour—these days, SUP racing is serious business. NO BOP? The world is ending! Connor or Kai for 2015? A death match shall surely pursue. As we paddle our way into the international mainstream, and the competition gets more, well, competitive, it’s nice to be reminded that the very root of our sport—fun—is alive and well and even progressing in itself.
Here, we see the evolution of fun first hand. The Every Man and His Dog contest at Watsons Bay, Sydney, is a standup paddle-with-your-dog event—possibly the first and only of its kind—and it’s taking the fun-filled craze of doggie-paddling to new heights. The competition is anything but dog-eat-dog. And as champion racer Connor Baxter told us in a recent interview, “It’s all about having fun.”
No matter how big or serious or internationally esteemed the our sport gets, SUP and all of its competitors—Kai Lenny or K9—will never stop having fun.
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