Sometimes you just get lucky. As if a glassy day of surf with just a buddy isn’t good enough, SUP surfers Kyle Tatum and Ryan Warrington had an even more memorable session sharing waves with a pod of dolphins in Western Australia. We’re being serious here, they were literally sharing waves.
“We are still frothin’ from that day!” Tatum says.
Check it out.
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Spencer Lacy, in the void of the Grand Canyon. Photo: Mason Lacy
On December 2, 2014, pioneering river SUP athlete, Spencer Lacy, along with his brother Mason and friends Luke Farny, Jimmy Hosstetler and Riley Gelatte, put in at Lee’s Ferry—Mile 0.0 of the Grand Canyon paddling trail. The crew had lucked out, scoring a coveted last-minute permit to paddle the canyon, the kind of opportunity that may only come once in a lifetime. With a demanding collection of full-time jobs and school, the guys were short on time, but that wouldn’t keep them from their mission: a self-supported expedition along the canyon’s entire 226 miles, in just five-and-a-half-days.
The others opted for kayaks, but Lacy’s endeavor was a bit more…grand. He aimed to complete the expedition—Class-10 rapids and all—on a loaded standup, and be the first paddler in documented history to do so.
The challenge, for Lacy, began long before put-in. Planning is paramount with a standup expedition of this magnitude; packing is a feat in itself given the limited space and necessity for security on deck.
“I knew my board was gonna get worked in some of the most powerful whitewater in the western hemisphere,” Lacy said. “My strategy for packing was, there’s no such thing as too many cam straps.”
Lacy’s SUP, loaded with drybags, poop tube and spare paddle. Photo: Spencer Lacy
Lacy’s strategy fared well their first day as the team plowed through more than 50 miles of burly rapids. For him, that meant 50 miles standing up through 9,000 cubic feet per second of water, raging through rapids without pause, gear and all. It was his most trying leg of the expedition.
“My attitude when it came to the whitewater was that it’d be a waste of a Grand Canyon permit to sneak any of the rapids,” Lacy said. “I charged into all of them, knowing the kayakers wouldn’t wait for me to scout or reflect. I had to keep up with an average speed of around five mph.”
In turn, Lacy spent a lot of time swimming.
“The swims were pretty rough,” he admitted. “But once you’re used to it, getting worked in a river is a damn good time.”
Lacy navigating waves in the upper Grand Canyon.
Lacy described the first major rapid: “I took the main line straight over the first huge wave of the trip. My entire body and board disappeared from sight behind a mountain of water, then popped up again as I ascended the second wave. As was the story with most of the bigger whitewater on this expedition, the first part of the rapid with all of the impressive features was the easy part. The bottom of the rapid, with its crazy pyramid waves and whirl pools, was way harder.”
That night, their diligence in distance was rewarded when they arrived at their first campsite to find a group of 30-odd, camped-out vacationers hosting a dance party on the beach.
“I rounded a turn and was welcomed by a bonfire, disco lights and offers of cold beer and burgers,” Lacy said.
Well nourished with good food and company, the team set out early the next day for another 40-mile stretch, during which Lacy successfully made a handful of the major rapids. Miles came easier as the crew maintained a steady clip, boosted by stoked morale.
“Day Two we paddled all the way down through Phantom Ranch,” Lacy said. “Which is usually considered the halfway point. It was pretty encouraging to see we’d made it halfway in less than two days.”
Day Three brought two of the canyon’s most notorious rapids—Crystal and Hermit. To keep up with the kayaks, Lacy throttled through the whitewater without plotting his lines. He survived both Crystal—possibly the canyon’s most feared rapid with enormous holes and a brutal rock garden—and Hermit, which Spencer described as having “waves 10-feet high—huge mountains of water.”
“There was a lot of carnage for me that day,” he continued.
Paddling the Grand Canyon is not all rapids and carnage. Here, Lacy enjoys the serenity of Havasu Canyon. Photo: Mason Lacy
The crew was making good time, so they opted to go easy and cut back to 35 miles for day four. More carnage coupled with the astounding beauty of sights like Havasu Canyon—a narrow, turquoise-watered side canyon—for yet another sublime day on the river. That night, they camped out and plotted their most daunting descent yet—Vulcan Rapid, better known as Lava Falls.
“When we got to Lava on Day Five, I sprinted into the chaos, taking the same line as the kayakers. It wasn’t long before I was engulfed in a big white pillow,” Lacy said. “I spent the remainder of the rapid underwater, popped up down river, fought to get back to my board and climbed on. I was elated!”
Lacy finishes the 226-mile Grand Canyon expedition—an impressive feat on any craft—standing strong on his SUP. Photo: Mason Lacy
The crew spent its final night under a full moon, reflecting on the trip and polishing off the last of the whiskey supply. Five-and-a-half days and 226 miles logged on the river, a successful descent and a record for river SUP history behind them, the next day Lacy, Mason, Luke, Jimmy and Riley rounded for home on a natural high.
“Leaving that experience was bittersweet, for sure. It would have been great to have more time out there,” Lacy said. “But I think we put that permit to pretty good use.”
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By now you’ve heard of the Bora Bora KXT Ironmana. Competitors for the overall waterman and waterwoman titles must swim, prone paddle and standup paddle in a multitude of events over four days to become Ironmana champions. The event is held on Bora Bora, in the islands of French Polynesia, one of the most postcard-worthy places on Earth.
This year we were lucky enough to be invited to participate in the event. There was a camera crew on hand to capture the whole thing, from a select few competitors crossing from the island of Tahiti to Bora Bora in traditional Tahitian sailing canoes prior to the main event to all the different tortures event coordinator Stephan Lambert put us through. They put together a beautiful 35-minute documentary of all of it, so sit back and enjoy watching us work hard in paradise. You’ll be surprised at how much everyone smiles.
More Ironmana here.
Look for the full feature in our Gear Guide.
Team Mexico triumphs. Photo: Maggi Foster
A team of Mexico paddlers won the $10,000 2015 Painkiller Cup race in the British Virgin Islands. Team Stand Up Mexico featuring Javier “Bicho” Jiminez, Ryan Helm and Shelby Taylor dominated the 14-mile downwind course to win in a time of two hours 48 minutes and 30 seconds. There was almost no wind allowing the racers to paddle the course in nearly flat water the entire time.
The events format sees three person teams alternating every 30 minutes as they paddle from Trellis Bay, on Tortola, to the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. Also including a Mini-Painkiller Cup course from Sandy Cay to the Soggy Dollar Bar, and a surf ski class. A unique aspect of the event format is that each of the 3-person team includes at least one women paddler.
Finishing just over 3 minutes behind the Mexican’s was Team Limin from St. Croix. Limin was pushed hard by another Cruzan team Freedom City Surf Shop. “We pulled ahead of Freedom City off of Trunk Bay on Tortola’s North Shore,” explained Limin captain Bill Kraft. “It was neck and neck with them during the first two rotations but Isabelle managed to inch ahead of Jessica Rando and then we stayed just ahead of them after that”.
While the Freedom City team stayed in the hunt they eventually lost to Team Caribbean Paddler. Guadeloupe racer Romu Mamadou overhauled the Cruzan’s as they entered the final mile of the race outside White Bay on Jost Van Dyke. The Caribbean Paddler team included Mamadou and Ffils Franck from Guadeloupe along with Kristin Thomas of Laguna Beach.
The Mini-Painkiller Cup was won by Tortola paddler Lee Donovan while Mark Doig from Moskito Island aced the surf ski division.
Team Stand Up Mexico earned $5,000 for their winning efforts plus a $500 bonus for winning the opening sprint leg from Trellis Bay to the Guana Island cut.
Limin from St. Croix pocketed $2,500 and Team Caribbean earned $1,250.
There were 12 teams in the Painkiller Cup. Fourth went to Freedom City from St. Corix while Team Chicken Gun Ya from St. Thomas came fifth.
“The entire event was a blast,” described Mexican coach and Riviera racer Ryan Helm. “The weather was perfect and we raced well and were expertly guided by our captain Jim Briant”
By: Tropix Media
More race coverage here.
Runoff from the Tijuana River spreads along the coast by way of current and wave activity. Photo: Deniz Ozakccay/wildcoast.net
On Christmas Day, Barry Ault—a 71-year-old waterman and San Diego surfing legend—died a few days after paddling out at his home break near Sunset Cliffs. The cause of death was an acute Staph infection developed from the MRSA pathogen, which doctors believe he contracted from contaminated water by entering the surf zone too soon after a rain shower. Most Southern Californian ocean-goers know the 72-hour rule—a general guideline (often disregarded) that discourages people from entering the ocean within three days of rainfall to avoid getting sick from runoff pollution. But with the severity of Ault’s case, a lot of people are wondering: just how dangerous is the water near major metropolitan areas post-downpour?
“It really depends,” says Falk Feddersen, nearshore physical oceanographer and acting professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “There are so many variables, it’s impossible to make sweeping assumptions regarding what’s safe and what’s not.”
It is probable, however, that most coastal waters (particularly those fringing urban areas) are contaminated to some degree with a variety of illness- and disease-causing organisms, commonly referred to as pathogens. Most diseases associated with runoff pollution come from enteric pathogens—organisms that reside in the humans’ intestines that enter the surf zone via leaky sewage pipes. Swimmers and surfers who expose themselves to enteric pathogens are susceptible to the gamut of illnesses spread through ingestion of fecal-contaminated water. Among the most severe possibilities are E. Coli, Salmonella and even AIDS. But according to Chad Nelsen, environmental director at the Surfrider Foundation, most surfing-associated diseases come from viruses, which can cause gastroenteritis, hepatitis, respiratory illness, as well as ear, nose, and throat problems.
“Other microbial pathogens found at varying concentrations in recreational waters include amoeba and protozoa, which can cause giardiasis, amoebic dysentery, skin rashes and pink eye,” Nelsen told Surfline. To gauge how long and how intensely these pathogens maintain their threat, scientists examine the physical distribution of matter near shore, which is where Falk Feddersen’s work comes into play.
Feddersen’s research focuses primarily on the dynamics of water near shore—how water transfers and dilutes pollution via wave activity, tide, currents and the bathymetry of the ocean floor. He says the coastline is divided by physical attributes that can stagger the effects of runoff pollution so that even neighboring beaches may see different levels of contamination post-rain.
“If you were to take a water sample from La Jolla Shores, where waves rarely get above ankle-high and the water generally sees less movement,” Feddersen says, “You’re likely going to see completely different characteristics than you would, say, just down the beach at Scripps Pier, where the waves can get bigger and the water is constantly circulating. Conditions may be completely safe at the Pier, when at the same time water at Shores could be contaminated. ”
To evaluate the spread of pathogens in the ocean, such as the MRSA pathogen that caused Ault’s death—whether he caught it in the water or not—Feddersen and his research team perform studies in which they release pink dye into the ocean and track its movement with a bird’s-eye view of the shoreline. The travel and spread of the pink dye, which plumes along shore and out to sea by way of currents and wave activity, indicates how pathogens might also travel and spread once they reach the ocean.
“What we see is that areas with more wave activity and water movement spread things farther and more rapidly, but also dilute them quicker,” Feddersen says. “But at the same time, if we were to release the dye in a large bay or an area with less circulation, it would stay more concentrated and confined mainly to that area.”
Researchers release pink die into the ocean around Scripps Pier to study the movement of pathogens after rainfall Photo: David Clark/falk.ucsd.edu
The pink die may reflect the movement of illness-causing pathogens, but it doesn’t reflect other variables, like the facts that pathogens can also die and procreate. Dilution is one component in determining an area’s potential for contamination, but so is sunlight, temperature and an array of other factors that effect the proliferation or deterioration of pathogens. What they find is that contamination exists on a case-by-case basis, it’s random and no sweeping general rule really applies to all coastlines, or even all of Southern California. Some places may need up to 72-hours to safely dilute contamination. Others may need more, others may need less. Others may not be contaminated at all.
“There’s no scientific evidence to validate the 72-hour rule specifically,” Feddersen says, “That doesn’t mean it’s not valid, but it’s impossible to tell how much and for how long a given area is subject to contamination, if it even is contaminated. It’s more of a general precaution, particularly for areas near urban zones and runoff zones.”
So what does all this mean when the clouds pass and the waves are firing? Should an ocean goer turn down water time for fear of poo particles and pathogens?
“In areas close to heavy runoff deposits, such as Imperial Beach (which sits just North of the Tijuana slough) or Sunset Cliffs (just south of the San Diego river deposit), it’s probably better to wait,” Feddersen says. “But you can also get MRSA (or another harmful pathogen) from the bench press machine at your local gym. Evaluating safety is more about understanding the conditions and the physical nature of a given spot.”
Cases like Ault’s are anomalous and shouldn’t inspire fear, but they should deliver caution. If the water smells weird, if it burns or tastes funny, if there is visible fecal matter, don’t go. Use your better judgement when considering the runoff around your zone after a rain. And after it clears, paddle like it’s gonna rain tomorrow.
For more info on Barry Ault’s death and the runoff pollution debate, click here.
For more about the 72-hour rule, click here.
To see more about Falk Feddersen’s research, click here.
For more on efforts to clean up our waterways, click here.
Rich German is used to paddling with marine life. He’s been stroking away off the coast of Laguna Beach every day for years, where he’s encountered everything from dolphin pods to blue whales. But it’s always been his dream to paddle with Orcas, and last week, that dream came true. The gentle giants you’ll see in this video are not the “Killers” they’re commonly perceived to be. They’re playful, friendly, engaging; they swim right under Rich’s board multiple times and pull up along side him to pose for pictures. Rich captures it all via GoPro and shares his unique experience here (no special effects necessary).
CBS, NBC, ABC and NPR have since picked up the story.
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Shaper Joe Bark: The Eliminator was designed as a race and touring board for the larger paddler (190-260 pounds). The board was also designed to have the stability and speed needed for this paddler in all water conditions. The Eliminator is a larger version of theThe Dominator. It can also be a great touring board with plenty of volume to carry gear. It has been a great board for all these years with very little changes.
Our Take: The Eliminator is the board we took to Oregon for a camping/downwind feature this summer Why? It’s versatile, stable and reliable. The 30-inch width handled all our paddlers plus their gear (in the neighborhood of 50 pounds each) through everything the Oregon coast could offer, from overhead bumps to wicked backwash. The displacement up front made long, flat days go quick. The displacement doesn’t go back too far though, leading into a nice planing hull that was effective when riding bumps. The two inches of nose rocker and inch of tail rocker didn’t hurt either. While this board wasn’t purpose-built for expeditions, the construction is pretty tough, taking beatings in shore pound and other general wear without taking on water. One beef for expeditions or touring: there are no plugs to strap anything down (We added EZ plugs). For those of you not into expeditions, this is a killer all-around board for bigger paddlers and will work great in conditions from lake paddling to running downwind with your friends. —WT
This board review originally ran in our Winter 2014 issue.
For more information, visit: Surftech.com
Another week, another The Weekly Insta and collection of the best Instagram photos from the standup world. 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.
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Sometimes there are things—photos, moving pictures like the ones above—that make you realize the waves that you normally surf are really not that good. It’s sad but it’s also inspiring. Those waves are out there waiting for us to go find them like windsurfer and standout SUP surfer Kauli Seadi did in French Polynesia. He had a good great time. You can too.
More Seadi here.
Correct packing technique is key to multi-day expeditions. Photo: Will Taylor
Sam George knows paddling. That knowledge was procured the old fashioned way. By doing it: From grinding away at surf contests to utilizing kayaking to find remote surf breaks to becoming one of the early practitioners of standup. And now the former SURFER magazine editor and senior editor at SUP magazine is bringing that experience to you.
So if you’re out there longing for paddling advice, just Ask Sam. Anything. He’ll put his seasoning as a paddler to work for you. Ask in the comments or send emails to email@example.com.
Q: It seems like nowadays the whole SUP industry is recommending the lightest carbon paddles for everyone. I believe durability is being sacrificed, and carbon paddles are not at all indestructible, quite the opposite, very delicate, just like carbon bikes that always scratch. Light carbon paddles are most likely the best for competitions. But for regular training days, why not use much heavier paddles?
Jorge Dominguez; San Luis Talpa Community
A: For the same reason Tour de France cyclists don’t train off-season on beach cruisers, paddlers should endeavor to use the lightest equipment they can afford. This is because regardless of your experience level a lighter, stiffer paddle is simply more efficient and thus easier to use. I’ve broken two carbon fiber paddles in over 10 years of daily, fairly rigorous standup surfing and racing, so durability isn’t an issue. My advice: always buy a paddle at the top end of your price range and save your weight lifting for the gym, Jorge.
Q: When three paddlers are going for the wave at the same time, how do you know who has the right-of-way?
Max Rubic; Mar Vista, California
A: This is one of the most frequently asked questions by beginning standup paddle surfers and one of the hardest to answer. Simply put: It depends. It depends on whether the wave is breaking to the right or the left, depends on who has been waiting longest for the wave, depends on who has shown that they can consistently take off in the most critical part of the wave and successfully make the drop … depends on whose area code the surf spot is in. But here’s at least a reasonable rule of thumb for paddlers, who haven’t been raised in the dog-eat-dog world of conventional surfing: the paddler who’s been waiting the longest in the proper lineup has the right-of-way. Wait, I’ve forgot a second, even more useful tip when taking off en masse: when in doubt, kick out.
Q: I’m training for a multi-day, down-the-coast paddle expedition and have a question about transporting gear. Most the touring paddlers I’ve seen in the magazine and videos carry all their gear on their boards. But what about towing a smaller, second board behind carrying your stuff like a cyclist with a trailer? Wouldn’t this be more efficient that paddling a heavy, top-heavy board?
Wesley Hunter; Gainesville, Forida
A: I’ve padded both ways, Wesley and here’s what I’ve found: If you’re paddling flat water, with no cross-chop or following sea, towing a board behind on a very short line works pretty well. However, most coastal paddles involve sea and land breezes, ocean swells, backwash and clapotis (rebound waves) making the towing option less attractive. There’s a reason experienced expedition paddlers like Bart De Zwart lash their gear to the deck, fore and aft. Better a heavy, ungainly board than having to constantly deal with a soggy, overturned raft every hundred yards. (See our keys to overnight expeditions here.)
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Steve Boehne at work in the shaping bay, something he’s been doing for five decades. Photo: Jason Kenworthy
Steve Boehne and Pat Rawson, two early adopters of SUP shaping, were inducted into the International Surfboard Builders Hall of Fame last month for their influence in the world of wave riding. Both shapers have been mowing foam since the ’60s.
Since Boehne started Infinity Surfboards in 1970, the company has churned out over 40,000 boards. Over his career in and out of the shaping bay, Boehne has been an innovator, winning tandem world championships with his wife Barrie, to building what many call the best wave skis in the business, to helping plane the way for the SUP industry as we know it today, to teaching both his sons, Dan and Dave the art of shaping. We thought we’d better ask him a few questions.—Will Taylor
How is it to receive this recognition alongside names like Greg Noll, Pat Rawson, Dale Velzy and all the others?
Pat and I were hanging out that day and we both felt very honored to be inducted. As far as being amongst Greg Noll and Velzy; I feel unworthy.
Would 13-year-old shaper Steve Boehne believe that he’s made an award-winning career out of making “adult toys” as you put it?
I remember going into Hermosa Beach and watching the shapers at Greg Noll’s and Jacob’s. I was garage shaping then and it was so much fun, but I really didn’t contemplate doing it forever.
You seem to accept change more than a lot of other shapers. Why is that?
You have to understand, I shaped around 5,000 shortboards in the ’70s and another 15,000 longboards in the ’80s, ’90s and 2000′s so that can become a little un-challenging. The SUP craze was just what I needed to get the stoke back. But my real love is doing the race boards. For the first four years I shaped them 100% by hand. That took about six hours each. Now I have them cut on the computer, but they are exact replicas of my hand shapes. I couldn’t possibly keep up with demand without the computer. And I like the exact consistency. That thing doesn’t get tired.
What drives you to stay in the shaping bay after all these years?
I like to work in the shop with customers but at the end of a day of talking I am kind of frazzled. At the end of a day of shaping, I look at the boards I have completed and I can see exactly what I accomplished that day. I am tired but my brain is tranquil. Trying to making a living probably motivates a bit also…
How has SUP changed your business?
That’s interesting because unlike many surf shops who denigrated SUP, we embraced it from the very beginning. It has only added to our customer base and in many ways we enjoy seeing the un-hardcore, average kind of guy come in and get stoked on paddling around the harbor on a standup.
How is it running a family business with your wife Barrie and sons Dan and Dave?
That is the very best, we are each the best at what we do. None of us could survive without the other.
How often do you get in the water these days and on what craft?
In the warm months, we paddle twice a week on our tandem or four-man (Quadnundrum) race boards. We often invite new paddlers to join us and help them learn an efficient racing paddle stroke. Then I usually surf two more days a week either on my SUP or a wave ski.
What’s next for Steve Boehne?
It will probably be more of the same. My mother worked for me in the shop doing the books until she was 83. I can see Ol’ Steve hanging out until at least then.
More Infinity here.
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Shaper John Amundson: For 2015 we have succeeded in making an already great board even better. I am most proud of our collaboration and development of our new nose design. While still utilizing the split displacement nose, the new 12’6’’ TR has a fuller rail and flatter bottom in the front third of the board. This flatter bottom shape gets the rider up on a plane much faster, allows the rider to maintain speed much easier and adds a touch more stability to the design. The split displacement tip pierces through incoming chop or swell. The 12’6’’ TR also features a raised V forward deck (which sheds water very effectively) into a concave cockpit in the mid-to-tail (which gives the rider a lower center of gravity, comfort and allows water to drain off the tail). I am sure you will love our new TR designs as much as I do.
Our Take: Versatility is a good word to describe the Amundson TR. Hawaii—where this board was designed by craftsman John Amundson, who’s been shaping there since 1988—and its surrounding waters demand boards that are less about striving in one discipline and more about working well in the ever-changing conditions that come with paddling in the middle of the Pacific. The TR certainly fits the bill. It rides bumps well thanks to its mostly-flat bottom, but gets a little squirrely if you don’t step way back, a characteristic that comes with wider boards in downwind conditions. The displacement nose cuts through chop when paddling upwind and in flat water, keeping you moving quickly when things get tough. While we’re seeing a lot of heavily-recessed decks these days, the TR has a nice, conservative cockpit that sheds water nicely and, along with the flat bottom and generous width, make for a ridiculously stable ride even in rough conditions. And it surfs well in small waves too. You don’t often find speed, agility and stability in a displacement hull package. You do on the Amundson TR. —WT
This board review originally ran in our Fall 2014 issue.
For more information, visit: AmundsonSUP.com
The SUPsquatch from C4 Waterman is giving a new definition to the term “party wave.” On paper, it’s a super-sized inflatable SUP that fits up to eight paddlers on a single board. In practice, it’s yard sales and awkward wipeouts galore. Until now, that is.
Pro surfer Jamie O’Brien’s team of SUPsquatch misfits recently gathered at Makaha Beach Park to test their skills in overhead surf. The GoPro video their session produced captures nothing short of the greatest wave ever successfully ridden by SUPsquatch. So great in fact, it’s being submitted as an entry for the GoPro of the World contest put on by GoPro and Surfline.com. Click play and watch seven men make history on one craft.
More video here.
Kai Lenny won the 2015 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout SUP division—the first SUP competition ever held at Pipeline. (Ed’s Note: This shot is not from the competition. Check the video below to see the conditions.)
Da Hui Backdoor Shootout, a surf contest that puts an emphasis on featuring local Hawaiian surfers at the iconic North Shore break, decided to do things a little differently: instead of just featuring prone surfing, they’ve included divisions for bodysurfing, longboarding, bodyboarding and, yes, standup paddling.
These divisions ran in small, onshore Pipe conditions last Friday, making it challenging for competitors to really highlight their skills at the hallowed break. In the end, it was four-time Standup World Tour champ Kai Lenny who took home the crown in the standup division. Even if they didn’t get the best conditions, being invited to compete in a contest at such a renowned break marks a big step for standup surfing. Here’s hoping we’re back next year.
Watch the highlights below.
After a weeklong hiatus from competition, Pipeline once again came to life yesterday for the final day of the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout and the second SUP exhibition of the contest. Unlike the first day of SUP competition, conditions were optimal and competitors went wave for wave in picture-perfect Pipeline and Backdoor barrels. In the end, Keali’i Mamala took first with the highest scoring wave of the expression session—a 9.6. Standup World Tour competitor and North Shore native, Noa Ginella, took second with a 7.6 high-wave score—a confidence-boost that he’ll carry on to the prestigious World Tour Opener at Sunset Beach, scheduled to begin on February 6th.
Check out highlights from the final day and SUP expression session below.
Expression Session Results:
More Standup World Tour here.
Read the interview with Tristan Boxford about how standup paddling got in to the event.
Paul Clark used to do a lot of sitting. As a former long distance expedition sea kayaker, whitewater kayaker and expedition paddle coach he was used to looking at the world from the seat of his kayak. Then he found standup. It was a simple transition: “Once I stood up, I never sat back down,” he says.
Since then, he’s come to be known as SUP Paul thanks to his penchant for long solo expeditions and river exploration on his standup.
“Getting out in remote environments and traveling by water is what I live for,” Clark says. “From the first moment I went standup touring with gear tethered to my board, I was thinking about the possibilities of where standup paddling could take me.”
Clark made his name with long-distance sea kayaking solos in Baja and Alaska, and by guiding multi-day kayak expeditions throughout North America. He’s successfully completed two solo sea kayaking tours along the entire 1,000-mile stretch of the Baja Peninsula. After returning to Baja to complete the same tour by SUP, Clark says, “Standups can definitely handle the same tours sea kayakers go on. Making crossings in turbulent seas is more comfortable on a board than in a kayak. With experience and a well planned system, paddle boarding is a perfect way to tour an open coast.”
Clark believes the benefits of SUP are even greater on rivers. He says the versatility of an inflatable SUP—one that can be rolled up and carried on your back—improves moorage and land travel for an experience that kayaks can’t offer.
“You can carry a lot more of your backpacking essentials on the deck of your SUP than you can in the hull of a whitewater kayak,” Clark says. “You end up being more efficient with your supplies, and it can all be piled on your back for land travel.”
Clark’s longest river expedition was a 150-mile stretch of the John Day River, which he’s standup paddled twice successfully. He’s also done multi-day trips on the iconic 35-mile wild section of the Rogue River, as well as two unassisted 100-mile solos on the Lower Deschutes, “A section with 15 main rapids, many of which are Class III or above—in just 16 hours by standup,” he says.
As part of Clark’s charge to expose river SUP, he’s teaming up with Tumalo Creek Outfitters, a paddle supply and guide company based in Bend, Oregon, to introduce courses in what he calls “swift water” standup. Swift water is basically whitewater without all the obstacles—rocks, timber, holes—that make rapids, and according to Clark, it’s an ideal environment for people looking to give their feet wet with river SUP.
“Running rivers is something to ease into,” he says. “But it’s totally doable. Before someone can get into true whitewater SUP, they have to have an understanding of flowing water. Starting with a suitable swift water route is really the only way to safely learn how to handle a board in a river environment.”
One such route Clark recommends is in Central Oregon on the Lower Deschutes River. Aptly dubbed “Warm to Trout,” it’s a 10-mile section running from Warm Springs and Trout Creek that maintains a fixed speed of about seven knots with few obstacles and an abundance of wildlife and scenery. The run makes a perfect day trip—you can rent gear and a shuttle in Bend, run the river all day and be back in town in time for supper.
“River SUP appeals to people who have had experiences, whether in surf or open water or rivers, who are looking at it as a rad way to get on the water,” Clark says. “I really think it’s the future of paddle sports and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
To keep tabs on Paul’s progress, follow @SUPPaul on Instagram, visit SUPPaul.com, and check out Tumolo Creek Outfitters.
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Welcome to The Weekly Insta, a collection of the week’s best Instagram photos from all corners of the standup world. 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.
North Shore local Mo Freitas has a dig at Pipeline. Watch for him during this specialty event. Photo: Waterman League
NOTE: The standup paddling portion of the competition will begin at 2pm HST.
The waiting period for the Annual Da Hui Backdoor Shootout kicks off on the North Shore today with 8- to 10-foot incoming swell promising an early start to the surfing competition (Ed’s Note: We just got the inside word that the contest is on hold until tomorrow morning, 7 a.m HST). To honor this year’s 50th anniversary of the Duke Kahanamoku Classic, contest coordinators are doing things a little differently. In addition to the usual surfing contest, they’ll be hosting the first ever standup competition at Pipeline (they’ll also feature longboarding and bodysurfing).
SUP magazine caught up with manager of the Standup World Tour and co-organizer of this year’s Shootout—Tristan Boxford—to get the inside scoop on how it’s all going down.
SUP: How did the idea to include SUP in the Shootout come about?
TB: We’ve been working with Eddie Rothman and Da Hui on trying to get something like this going for a while. They want to use the Shootout to recognize the Duke Kahanamoku Classic, the contest that took place here for 50 years to which we all owe a lot. To that point, we wanted this year’s contest to have a well-rounded representation of Hawaiian culture, watermen and ocean riding, not just shortboard surfing. Standup is just that.
What is the format for the contest?
The SUP contest is going to be pretty simple. It’ll consist of ten surfers with two semis and a final— five guys in the water at a time for 45-minute heats and then a prestigious hour-long final.
How were the competitors for the event selected?
Basically, the primary function is based on Hawaiian heritage. We wanted to select the principle figures in Hawaiian standup and surfing. That is a principle of Da Hui and it’s what the Duke was originally all about. But at the same time, with the modern nature of the sport, we wanted to include some guys from the Standup World Tour as well—Kai Lenny and Mo Freitas. But the other factor is, Pipeline is a very different wave than what most on the World Tour guys are used to surfing. We didn’t want guys going out there and just doing donuts, and that’s what happens when you introduce new surfers to Pipe. Everyone on that list is capable and worthy of taking on Pipe, and that was kind of the criteria as well.
What does it mean for the standup industry to have standup competition at Pipe?
It definitely isn’t saying Pipeline is an open playground. Pipe is an extremely crowded and aggressive wave and we’re not encouraging unprepared people to go SUP Pipe by any means. Really it’s more of a show of respect for the Hawaiian culture and the ability of these guys as watermen. I think it’s also a showcase for how far the sport has come. The performance level and the board design has come so far that now we’re able to have contests in a wave as critical as Pipe. It’s really a testament to where the sport is today.
Is this any indication of a new location being added to the Standup World Tour next year?
It’s going to be kept as a specialty event, just given its relationship to the Duke Kahanamoku Classic, but it will definitely be associated with the Standup World Tour by the Waterman League. But as an official stop on the Standup World Tour—not yet. Sunset will still be the iconic stop, but Pipe will be a prestigious exhibition event.
Click the video for the live webcast, and keep tabs on the competition here
More SUP surf competition here.
Here’s the schedule (HST) from The Waterman League:
We are now live from Pipeline with the Opening day of action for the Da Hui Backdoor Shoout presented by Ambry Genetics and in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational.
1:00pm: Longboarding semi finals
2:00pm: Stand Up Paddle semi finals
3:00pm: Longboarding Finals
3:30pm: Stand Up Paddle finals
Tomorrow will feature the traditional shortboarding teams event so plenty of action to come from the North Shore’s own Backdoor Shootout.
All the action is coming to you LIVE at www.watermanleague.com
New company, new stoke: 2015 will be a big year for Annabel Anderson, mark our words. Photo: Xavier Wallach
Annabel Anderson needs no introduction. As a two-time Battle of the Paddle winner, two-time Carolina Cup winner, two-time Standup World Series champ, among many other accolades, she is simply one of the best SUP racers on the planet. Anderson had an odd season last year, only racing in select events and losing her first BOP title in three years. Then, right before the New Year, Lahui Kai announced that Anderson had joined their team. We decided it was time to get the scoop from Anderson herself.
So what prompted this move from Starboard to Lahui Kai? How much of it had to do with Brian Szymanski (former Starboard SUP shaper)?
Heading into 2015 I had a firm idea of the direction I wanted to head in. The move was not so much about the end of one partnership and the start of another, but to move in the direction that was right for me.
It was not about moving with Brian, but working with a team of people who share a similar strategic vision of the direction that we all wanted to head. Having worked closely with both Brian Szymanski and John Becker, I know how much we can achieve as a team.
Has this re-focused you for 2015? It seemed last year you had a very specific focus on certain races. Do you see yourself opening it up a little more this year?
When you asked what my plans were for 2014 in North Carolina, I answered you honestly; I was going to do things differently. It is well known in the inner circles that some events have great management and execution and others have room for improvement in many areas.
It allowed me to focus on some other things I also deemed important. As with all changes, 2015 will bring with it a different approach and fresh challenges.
How did the Battle of the Paddle affect you going into 2015? Did the way it all finished at Salt Creek affect you going into the new year?
Battle is one event a year and I treat it as such. As any winner of Battle will tell you; if you’ve won it – you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. It’s just that kind of event.
To know that I have consistently lined up and put myself on the podium or challenged for the win for four consecutive years is what I take away from it.
I can’t control how event directors choose to execute their event, I can’t control the actions of others, all I can control is what I do and to roll with the punches as they are thrown.
While Battle is important, I am not solely defined by a single event or result. Quite simply, it’s water off a duck’s back.
You’ve won most of the major SUP titles in the sport. With Brian Szymanski’s history with the Molokai Channel, and that being one of the only wins you don’t have on your résumé, is there any chance you’ll be putting more focus on that race now?
There’s no question about it, I love going downwind and have proven in the shorter stuff that I can read it with, or better than the best female downwind specialists. Molokai is not something you rock up to and hope for the best. It’s not that kind of event. You can have a combination of the right equipment, support, preparation and then some … and still it may not go to plan.
In the past two years we’ve seen exactly that unfold in the women’s race. While it’s an individual that crosses the line, it’s a team that helped the individual there. Should it become a priority, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
How are you spending your off-season? How’s New Zealand?
New Zealand is awesome. For the first time in a very long time, I have made a point of having an off-season and I have been loving every minute of it. I’ve been making the most of the alpine playgrounds of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Lakes. You throw the schedule out the window and do what the weather says to do.
Read our full profile on Anderson here.
11’ X 28.5” X 6.25” (208 LITERS)
SHAPER MARK RAPPHORST: This board is truly well rounded for every kind of condition. Built for recreational fitness paddling and, primarily, ladies looking for all-round performance, this board also works great for lighter males. If you want a lightweight board that does it all: flat-water fitness, downwind gliding, small-wave surfing, and even your yoga class, there is no better board in the world. The low nose rocker creates a long effective water line combining with a slight single concave for easy acceleration, graduating to flat through the middle for stability and for better glide. The design finishes with panel-V design in the tail for a falling sea and increased maneuverability.
OUR TAKE:The Bullet 11 really is just that: a bullet in the water. Born from the mind of renowned open-ocean board shaper Mark Raaphorst, the boards in the Bullet series are a true pleasure to paddle. Refined on the coasts of Maui, the Bullet loves downwinding first and foremost, getting into glides early and proving responsive when connecting bumps. But the Bullet isn’t a one-trick pony: thanks to the narrow tail and flat bottom combination it surfs waves really well (for an open-ocean board), flying down the line and reacting well to quick adjustments in direction. It also pivot turns easily, making it a good weapon for surf races. Speaking of racing, the Bullet practically flies across flat water despite the nose rocker. The 11’ is made for women and smaller paddlers but the Bullet series is also offered in 12’6”, 14” and 17’4” (the last two with the option of SIC’s proprietary Active Steering System rudder). Some of the best open ocean boards on the market today.—Will Taylor
This gear review originally ran in our Summer 2014 issue.
For more information, visit: SICMAUI.com
Photo: Robert Zaleski
A 15-year-old girl died today when she fell off her standup board and was swept under a moored boat in Whangamata Harbor, New Zealand.
According to The New Zealand Herald, the teen was out paddling with four or five of her friends about 100 meters into harbor’s main channel when a combination of strong wind and current caused the incident.
Whangamata harbor-master Steve Wise said the girl was on a privately-owned board and was wearing a waist pack with a PFD, although it is unclear if her PFD had been deployed.
Her friends were able to get her back on her board and a nearby boat helped get her back on land where resuscitation efforts began.
Emergency services were called and they took over when they arrived on the scene, to no avail.
“At this point the agencies urge people to take the time to identify what tides and currents are doing and never underestimate the power of moving water,” Senior Sergeant Graham Shields told the Herald.
“Also be aware of the limits of your own abilities in the water,” he said.
Original story here.
The Jaws lineup: one of the most intimidating in the world. Photo: Xvolution Media
Losing a board in the open ocean. Finishing a race after losing your fin. Getting lost at sea after dark. We’ve all heard standup paddling stories like these. Many of us have them.
And that’s what our new feature, Epic, is about. These are the stories from when things go wrong and what happens after. It recounts the hairy escapades, priceless encounters and pinnacle moments of those who live the SUP life, and live it hard.
For the inaugural edition, we reached out to Sean Poynter, the 2013 ISA SUP World Surfing Champion and 2014 SUWT third-place finisher, for the story of his first time paddling Jaws.—Mike Misselwitz
Last March, I was on Maui and I met up with my buddy Adam Warden to surf. Adam, the owner of AJW Surfboards, was on Maui solely to surf Jaws and he asked me to be his partner. I was kinda chickening out ‘cus I’d never surfed it, plus it was huge and two days prior XXL (nominations) were being dropped left and right. But the conditions weren’t perfect this day, so none of the usual guys were out. There were occasional 30-foot faces coming through with an empty lineup. It was f**king scary, but we had to give it a shot.
Adam and I met at the road that leads into Jaws and headed down the trail in Adam’s truck, but neither of us really knew the route. We took a wrong turn and eventually the trail got so bad, there were ruts and massive puddles that’d eat you alive. We made it to one impossibly huge puddle and had to turn around. Just doing that, we nearly flipped his truck.
When we finally made it to the main road, these two honeymooners stopped us in a total panic. They asked us if we could help them with their car, which was stuck in front of a bigger puddle than the one we almost rolled into. Only, their car was a Mustang—a rental.
Da boys after the session.
To the right of the Mustang was a steep overhead bank; below it to the left was the giant puddle. There weren’t a lot of options. After about half an hour of piling grass for traction and easing the car out, unsuccessfully, I took the wheel and just floored it. I ended up drifting this Mustang—at around 25 mph—up the bank and around this huge puddle, frickin’ Dale Earnhardt style. Miraculously, I cleared it and everything was fine! That episode made Jaws one of the gnarliest experiences of my life before I even touched the water.
Adam and I piled back in the truck and made it to the beach. The place was empty. We put on our suits and floatation devices, grabbed our boards and went down to the water’s edge. The shoreline at Jaws is massive boulders, and that day, there was six- to eight-foot shorebreak slamming into them. The inside alone was a full on death zone.
I waited till a set came through, jumped over what I thought was the last wave and laid down to paddle out of the impact zone. I looked up to find I was wrong—the biggest wave of the set was cresting just outside of me. Luckily I was able to poke the nose through the back and still hold on to my paddle. That rush was insane. I probably wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t made it.
We got to the lineup and I just stood there watching for a while. Just admiring the giant playing field—massive waves rolling through—and to have it to ourselves was wild.
The hardest part was positioning myself so I didn’t take one on the head, since there were no other surfers out for reference. I wasn’t expecting to get any waves, but I actually ended up catching a couple fun ones, along with one pretty bad wipeout. Adam got some good waves as well, until he fell and took a few on the head and had to use his inflatable. It ended up being a session like no other; experiencing Peahi alone like that was something special. The paddle back in through the shorebreak onto the boulders is a whole other story.
More SUP tales here.
CAN I SURF THAT Official Movie Trailer Teaser from Heather Jackson on Vimeo.
Four women chasing the best river waves in North America. That’s what “Can I Surf That” is about. Brittany Parker, Heather Jackson, Claire Chappell and Nadia Almuti have spent the last two years on the road working on this film, which will premiere in May at Colorado Kayak’s Supply Paddlefest. It’s a look at the river life, at passion, at doing what you love. We can’t wait to see it.
More women on rivers here.
Brittany Parker writes, too.
Can I Surf That home.
It’s hard to turn your head away from the ocean when Mo Freitas is surfing. His explosivity and unpredictability make him a standout any time he hits the water. Check out this highlight vid from 2014 to see what we mean and look for more Mo in the coming year.
More Freitas here.
#2. Go on an adventure this year. Photo: Aaron Schmidt
Here at SUP magazine we have one overarching goal: to spread the standup paddling stoke. It infiltrates everything we do. From events like Camp SUP, to serious adventures like the one we took in Oregon, to everyday skills pieces, we just want you, the reader, to get on the water more. To get better. And to have the most fun you can doing it. In that spirit here are some SUP resolutions that we think will only make your paddling lives better in 2015.
1) Try a new discipline
One of the things we love most about standup is the sheer volume of what there is to do: flat water, downwind, surf, race, whitewater. It’s almost overwhelming. Almost. This year, try something new. If you haven’t tried whitewater paddling, hit the river with an experienced paddler. If you’ve always wanted to surf but live inland, take a trip to the coast and let ‘er rip. If you’ve never raced before, sign up for one. It will open your eyes to new places, new techniques and new levels of stoke.
2) Go on an adventure
Adventures can be big and adventures can be small. A 15-mile day trip on your home body of water could be enough for you. Or you could do your first overnight SUP trip. The options are endless. Get out of your comfort zone.
3) Try a new board
Standup boards are expensive, yes. But adding a board to your quiver can be one of the best ways to jump-start your paddling life. It’ll get you out on the water more, it’ll make your sessions seem more fun and it could get you into a new part of the sport. If you don’t want to buy new there are always warehouse sales and Craigslist. Plenty of good options out there.
4) Teach someone to SUP
Like we said, spreading the stoke is what it’s all about. We take new paddlers out on the water any chance we get. We love the instant smiles, the laughter and the inevitable plans for future SUP adventures. It feels good. They’ll thank you then and then they’ll thank you later.
5) Travel somewhere new
Again, you can start small or you can go big. It could be a weekend trip to a new river or a quick-strike to a break you’ve always wanted to surf. You could also travel internationally. Whatever it is, travel somewhere specifically for standup. You’ll come back more amped than before. We promise.
Find resources to do all of the above at SUPthemag.com
The team over at Riviera Paddlesurf know how to have a good time. From paddling on Lake Powell to racing in Tahoe to surfing up and down the California coast, they had a good year, and this video proves it. We hope you did too. Here’s to another good one in 2015.
More Riviera here.
If you learn to surf on Maui, you have to get comfortable performing over wicked-sharp reef. Zane Schweitzer obviously grew up on Maui. In this drone video he chop-hops, rips turns and is generally playful over nearly-dry reef. He takes comfort to another level entirely.
More Schweitzer here.
Big bumps for first-timers in the Pailolo Channel. Photo: Greg Leion
An introduction to downwind open ocean racing with Jeremy Riggs
Interviews by Mike Misselwitz
The learning curve is steep in downwind open ocean SUP racing. The challenges of a race crossing demand not only the common characteristics of a paddling racer—exceptional fitness and stamina, physical and mental fortitude, drive and passion (possibly a touch of neurosis, too)—but also a tailored and thorough ocean-oriented skill set, specific knowledge of the sea in that area and an ability to make condition-dependent judgment calls only acquired with experience on the big blue. Even the fittest paddler may not be equipped to take on such a feat without proper mentorship and preparation.
That’s why Jeremy Riggs—open ocean paddling guide/coach and accomplished standup distance racer from Maui—found a different approach to get people involved. Jeremy—himself a highly regarded veteran of race crossings—placed 7th in the 2010 Mormaii Maui to Molokai Race, 1st in the 2012 Molokai to Oahu two-man relay stock division with teammate Travis Baptiste and 1st in the Naish Paddle Championships rudderless division five years in a row, to list but a few of his accomplishments.
Last April, Jeremy put together a group—all of whom were experienced paddlers but none of whom had ever done a race crossing—for the Maui Paddling Hui’s 27-mile open ocean race from Maui to Molokai across the Pailolo Channel. Kathy Shipman, Gregg Leion, Art Aquino and Randy Royse, entered the race with Jeremy as a guide.
This is how it went down.
Last spring I asked a group friends that had never done a channel crossing if they’d be interested in doing Maui to Molokai with me. Normally I do these races competitively, but I knew I had a lot of paddling buddies who were all experienced but never had the opportunity to safely take on their first race crossing. Everyone signed up, we ended up sharing an escort boat and doing the race. Instead of doing the race competitively, we went at it leisurely. This crossing is a bucket list thing for a lot of paddlers and it’s one of Hawaii’s best downwind runs, so it was a great way to get my friends out on the crossing for their first time.
I’d wanted to do a channel crossing but I needed a push since I’m too chicken to take on the open ocean alone. When Jeremy asked me to join for the race last April, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity to do the crossing with the group. It was a perfect introduction and one of the most fun things I’ve ever done! Now I’m hooked—I ended up doing another M2M in July.
Jeremy saw that the forecast looked really good and called me to ask if I was in. He envisioned our group doing it together as a fun run during a race, which was comforting for us first timers; we could stay together and wouldn’t have to worry about what line to take, getting too exhausted, etc. It’s 27 miles—you’re looking at around five hours of paddling—and if something goes wrong, at least this way you’d have some help.
Team stoke. Photo: Greg Leion
Since it was a first time for a lot of people, and because we’re very safety cautious, I asked everyone to bring their own VHF radio. It’s so easy to get separated out there—even though we were in a group and planned on staying together, you get a few hundred yards away from someone in big swell and it’s nearly impossible to see them. So having a VHF radio made everyone more comfortable. We also carried safety streamers, our cell phones in waterproof cases and inner tubes to use in case our rudders malfunctioned.
I think it’s fair to say we all had mixed emotions in the days just before the race—excitement, anticipation and a bit of fear of the unknown, for me anyway. I had a little anxiety about what it would feel like to be out in the middle of an open ocean, Hawaiian channel but the excitement of doing the crossing totally outweighed any of my fears. I couldn’t wait to do this!
On race day, we met up a Maalaea Harbor and carpooled up to the start at DT Fleming Beach on the northwest tip of Maui. Conditions were epic with wind in the 30s, sunny skies, temps in the 80s and seas of 11 to 15 feet. I can’t even describe how excited I felt at the start.
Even though we’d all seen the forecast, I was the only one who knew exactly how big it gets in the middle of the channel. The whole time, I knew we were in for double overhead swells and heavy wind at our backs. I was so stoked for everyone, because I knew they were ready for this stuff but they couldn’t have known how thrilling it would be.
At the start of the race, we all paddled over the small surf break out of DT Fleming Beach. Once we were all lined up, the whistle sounded and the five of us headed out together into fairly flat conditions. After about three miles, the wind and swell gradually started picking up from the east, so we all started to drop in on these giant swells and surf over and over while heading out. We did this for a long time, regrouping once in a while. Then, around mile eight or so, the swells got way bigger and Jeremy gave us the thumbs up to head west down the coast of Molokai. It was game-on! We were all surfing rollers the size of school busses towards the Kamalo buoy. It was non-stop leg burning fun.
The wind was howling and there were huge waves in the channel—I would have been terrified to be out there alone. But, it was so much fun to be next to all our friends sharing the experience and feeling safe. Knowing Jeremy was there to guide us allowed me to have a great time without worrying—to have someone that you can trust makes a huge difference.
The whole time I tried to keep track of where everyone was, and when we’d get separated, we’d stop to let everyone regroup. During one of those stops, I remember looking at Jeremy, and I was just like, “Oh my God, is this even possible?” To be out surfing these huge rollers, in the middle of the ocean, paddling to another island? Humans aren’t supposed to be frolicking around just for the fun of it in conditions like this…but there we were.
Once we’d all successfully made it to Molokai, we congratulated each other and talked about doing it again next year. The race organizers did a fantastic job with everything, and doing the race for fun with friends was an awesome way for us to get introduced.
For me, a lot of time I’m just racing and trying to win. I have a blast and I’ve gotten some pretty good results in the past, but this meant more to me. To share the experience with guys I’d been paddling with for years, and to know that they had one of the best times they’ve ever had on the water, was as good as it gets. Since then, everyone in the group has done this race on their own. I’m just stoked I was able to show them the ropes.
For more information on Jeremy Riggs, or to inquire about his paddling lessons, visit paddlewithriggs.com or email Jeremy at email@example.com.
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