It would be safe to say that Fiona Wylde had a pretty good weekend at the 2017 Santa Cruz Paddlefest. After winning the 10k SUP distance race on Saturday, she followed up that performance with a strong second place showing in the SUP surf contest on Sunday. Those two results combined to give Wylde the overall victory for the weekend. Check out a few clips of her shredding in the pumping surf at Steamer Lane.
Get to know this world champion SUP athlete.
Fiona Wylde shows off her stellar SUP surfing abilities in Oz.
Ken Hoeve wears many hats. He grew up surfing and lifeguarding in St. Augustine, Florida before moving to Colorado at 21 to snowboard. When the snow melted the next summer he was bored; that was, until he saw a kayak. He’s been running whitewater ever since, adding SUP to the mix when he spotted some early inflatable designs eight years ago. In the time since, he’s been a pioneer of whitewater SUP in addition to being an avid fly fisherman, utilizing his standup skills to hunt down wary fish. When he’s not on the water, he can be found raising his two sons, announcing paddling events and cruising around in his classic Ford Bronco.
1. 1970 Ford Bronco. She’s 100 percent original, never restored, with 36,000 miles. When I was a kid everyone used to ride around in my friend’s dad’s Bronco. I always wanted one. Mine’s almost brand new: It’s like someone wrapped it in plastic in 1970 and just unwrapped it. It’s for cruising in summer with my inflatable in the back. It’s fun and a pretty classic Colorado ride.
2. Yeti Hopper 40. I really like it because it’s not only a cooler but also a padded, floating drybag. It makes an awesome travel carry-on. I take my computer and camera and put it in the overhead. It’s funny when you carry it on, people are like, “Can I have a beer?”
3. Redington Fly Rod and Reel. They’re good, durable, dependable rods and they come in all prices. It’s a four-piece so it’s easy to travel with. It’s my main fly rod and I’ve fished hard with it for about three years.
4. Werner Soul S2 Three-Piece Paddle. I chose this one specifically because it’s a three-piece break-down and it has a bright blade so when you swim (in whitewater) you can easily find it. It’s super durable, will fit into my inflatable bag with my gear when I travel and its length is adjustable. I like a super-short paddle when I’m running hard whitewater and I like it tall when I’m cruising.
5. Kokatat Drysuit. Kokatat makes hands down the best drysuit. Their stuff is warrantied, their customer service is the best and I can paddle in the middle of winter and stay dry. Plus, the colors are good for visibility and rescue.
6. Kokatat Maximus PFD. This thing is for full-on whitewater rescue. I like all the pockets, you can put an attachment on it for a hydration pack and it has a built in safety harness that I can attach a leash to. Mandatory on the river.
7. NSP Fisherman. This board is 39-inches wide. For whitewater you need a wide, thick, stable board. The beautiful thing about this is that it has attachments for Scotty Mounts: I can mount rod holders, a cup holder or a fish finder. I can run whitewater on the Colorado today and tomorrow I can fly to Florida and chase redfish and use the same board for both. I like the versatility.
This article originally published in our Winter 2016 Issue.
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Where guys like Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer are artists with a paddleboard, Sean Yoro is an artist on a paddleboard. His niche is about as unique as they come: Yoro paints street art, fine art and portraiture all in one, and his studio is a SUP. Whether making statements about environmental preservation by painting icebergs in the northern latitudes or beautifying dilapidation canals of New York with nude women sinking into the waterline, his art carries purpose and breeds passion on many levels. Plus, the guy paints from a paddleboard, and how cool is that?!
Read our digital feature on Yoro’s iceberg installment.
Sean Yoro’s Art on the Fringe in New York
Paddlers from all over France met earlier this month for the country’s first ever Whitewater SUP Challenge, a competition in river wave surfing, SUP cross and mass SUP cross. They took to the wave of the Mazelles and the whitewater stadium of Tournon St Martin in the Cher Valley of France for two days of action-packed paddling competition and a new edition to the expanding French whitewater scene.
Want more? Try SUP surfing in France
Outside TV Features
Your All-Access Pass to the Best of Adventure Sports Films
Outside TV, the leading provider in adventure sports content, introduces Outside TV Features, now accessible on-demand via leading streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime Video via Amazon Channels, iOS, Apple TV, Android, ROKU, and Amazon Fire TV, providing instant 24/7 access to the premier collection of full-length action and adventure sports films.
Adding to their robust line-up of adrenaline-fueled, must-see feature films and euphoric stories of the world’s most accomplished athletes and thrill-seekers, the Outside TV Features platform expansion is celebrated with a blitz of snow-sports films available for the first time as SVOD, such as the most recently added Tight Loose, TGR’s highest achievement to date, Wildcats Never Die, Ruin & Rose, and Danny Davis: Peace Park. The channel also offers The SUP Movie and That First Glide for standup paddling enthusiasts.
This weekend on April 2nd, The Fourth Phase, the highly-anticipated film from Travis Rice, Brain Farm & Red Bull Media House will close out the month-long snow blitz. To note, Outside TV Features will remain the exclusive streaming partner for The Fourth Phase over the next two (2) years, reinforcing that OTVF remains the leading portal to access premium, quality content.
“Our commitment to provide audiences direct access to a curated collection of premium adventure sports content is reinforced with Outside TV Features expansion onto five (5) additional streaming platforms – iOS, Android, ROKU, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV,” states Rob Faris, General Manager, Outside TV Features. He adds, “As an organization, we feel it is our responsibility to deliver the ultimate viewer experience, and Outside TV Features is an exceptional value proposition with accessibility across all platforms and the consistent addition of new, high-profile films for our subscribers to enjoy.”
With a subscription of $4.99/month, viewers will continue to enjoy full-length adventure sports films, such as the ever-popular View from a Blue Moon (Brain Farm), Sierra Quitiquit: How Did I Get Here (KGB/Lieber Vision) and A Story Worth Living. Outside TV Features also provides FREE access to over 4,000 short-form adventure videos, with regular content added on a regular basis, spanning across skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, motocross, biking, climbing, wingsuit, slacklining and many more.
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About Outside TV
Outside TV is the leading multiplatform video content provider in the adventure sports category. Outside TV’s national cable channel is the only national 24/7 network dedicated to the active adventure lifestyle.
Nominated for two Sports Emmy Awards in 2016, the network’s high quality HD programming features a wide variety of adventure sports and is available nationwide through major providers including Comcast XFINITY, Dish Network, Cox Communications, CenturyLink, RCN, Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue. Outside TV Features is a new subscription video service showcasing a premier collection of adventure sports films available on-demand through Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, iOS, Apple TV, Android and ROKU (added). Outside TV Studios is an award-winning brand integration production house creating custom content for top marketers. Outside TV Digital is the leading aggregator and distributor of short-form adventure sports content across multiple digital and social platforms with a library of over 4,000 clips. Outside TV is part of the POWDR Adventure Lifestyle CO. portfolio.
Michael Booth grew up surfing and swimming on the shores of Caves Beach, a small coastal town on the east coast of Australia. On the cusp of adulthood, he moved to Queensland to pursue his dream of becoming an Ironman. A few years and numerous metals later, he took on ocean ski paddling as a form of cross training. His success in the sport was instant and he took home a second-place finish in the World Series and won the World Cup in Durban. To compliment his training, he added kayaking to the agenda and found it to be yet another sport in which he excelled. In 2014, the decorated waterman was introduced to SUP and by 2016 he decided to give it his full focus. His dedication paid off and he won the Pacific Paddle Games Pro Men’s Distance Race as well as the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship Distance Race. Here, the Aussie shares his training secrets as well as his goals for the upcoming year. –RP
This was essentially your rookie year and you killed it. Do you think your background in kayaking and ocean ski racing helped you a lot?
Absolutely, I think over time I developed my cardiovascular system to the point where I have a great strength in endurance racing. That combined with time spent training with the Australian Institute of Sport for Kayaking on the Gold Coast definitely helped me understand my body better and help design the way I train for SUP now. Sit-down paddling and standup paddling aren’t too different—
the same upper body muscle groups are used. However, I had to increase strength in my lower body.
Can you describe how it felt to win the PPG distance race?
It was definitely an awesome achievement for me. My goal was to win the distance race and I broke away early and didn’t look back. But the biggest achievement for the weekend for me was making the final of the technical race. I’d worked really hard on my skills and it was good to see training pay off to give me a second-place overall finish for the weekend.
Tell us more about competing on the Euro Tour. What were some big wins and standout events?
Euro Tour last year was a big learning curve for me as I learned about racing, tactics, and the other top athletes in the sport. Winning the first distance race in St. Maxine was a huge confidence booster for me, and then taking out Lost Mills allowed me to stamp my authority as a genuine contender in the sport. Coming away from the Tour I felt like I knew what I needed to do for each and every race moving forward.
What’s a typical week of training look like for you?
When I’m building my base for the year I try and do three to four SUP sessions a week combined with one or two cross training sessions on the ski. I also combine that with a couple of gym and running sessions to build my overall fitness. When I start racing and travelling, I do what I can to maintain my fitness and strength. It can become difficult to train properly on the road and you can only do what you can, but I try and keep it as similar as possible. I write down all my own training plans so I can really tailor it to exactly what I need. I make sure I keep my training balanced and get good rest both mentally and physically!
What are some big goals for this year?
The long-term plan is to keep enjoying what I am doing and living a life where I take every opportunity as it is presented. This year I’d love to finish the year on the top of the SUP Racer World Rankings, win PPG, win the Euro Tour, win ISA, and win the APP World Series! I know all this will be very hard to do as I’m sure everyone wants these titles, but I’ve always strived to be the best and if I enter something I want to win.
What advice would you give to up and coming SUP athletes?
There’s a couple of things that I think are essential. First, get your skills right because at the end of the day training is easy. Focus on not making mistakes and work on your weaknesses, not just your strengths. Lastly, listen to everyone, read and study the sport, and then work out what’s best for you. No one knows you better than you.
More on Michael Booth
After a weekend of stiff competition between many of the world’s top paddlers on Santa Cruz’s iconic West Side, repeat victors Mo Freitas and Fiona Wylde claimed overall titles at the 31st annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest. Sunny skies and ideal conditions provided a stunning showcase for the paddlers in the SCPF 10k/5k race, and Santa Cruz’s most renowned break, Steamer Lane, served up ample swell for the SUP surfing division as well as surf divisions in wave ski, kayak and whitewater kayak. The above imagery offers testimony to yet another successful year for the Santa Cruz Paddlefest. We’re already looking forward to next year!
Overall Men’s Champion: Mo Freitas
Overall Women’s Champion: Fiona Wylde
Men’s SUP Surfing Top-5
Women’s SUP Surfing Top-5
Men’s SUP Race Top-5
Women’s SUP Race Top-5
A look back at last year’s Santa Cruz Paddlefest
SAN CLEMENTE, California – SIC Maui announces the release of their new recreational surf / cruisers in its Agent, Feelgood models. For the surfer looking for higher performance, this call has been answered in the Triton and Venus Surf Series boards. These sure to be classics are the latest additions to the SIC Maui paddleboard lineup.
“We are excited to about our 2017 surf series lineup,” said Anthony Scaturro, President and CEO of SIC Maui.
“The Agent and Feelgood models offer tremendous versatility from cruising lakes and harbors to venturing into knee to head high waves. The volumes and widths provide stability without sacrificing maneuverability. The overall outline, volume distribution and rocker-line are the perfect design blend that glide through the water, tack and turn with ease.”
Venus / Triton Series
Paddling in heavy surf conditions means trusting your equipment and being one with your board. The new Venus and Triton Performance Surf models were conceived during one of the heaviest winters on Maui. Our protos were put through the paces in some of the most critical of conditions. The goal was always to push harder on R and D to come up with a shape and outline specific to performance surfing. The outcome is something we could not be more proud of, something as sexy as it is functional.
“The Triton and Venus were designed with absolute performance surf in in mind,” said Scaturro.
“These boards are smaller in size but have a very nice blend of volume and width to get you out through the shorebreak. The outline and rocker-line are progressive and on wave carry tremendous speed, are lively and agile and will never let you down. You can run these boards as thrusters or quads depending on conditions and your style of surfing.”
The Venus and Triton feature our new GCC (Glass Carbon Composite) construction. We have reinforced these glass and wood sandwich constructions with carbon in the standing area and in a stringer on the bottom of the board. We have also reinforced the rail with a commingled carbon and Innegra ™ layer to protect against paddle blade impact. These lightweight boards are built to withstand the punishment of pounding surf and remain responsive over the life of the board. The nose of these models is more pulled in than the Feelgood and Agent boards to help hold a line on steeper faces. The single to double concave finishes with a five fin setup using FCS II fin boxes so that you can surf it either as a thruster or quad. The rounded pin tail means fast rail to rail performance on steep faces. Our new deck pads feature a four piece, custom EVA kick pad to keep you locked into your board and driving through your turns.
Feelgood / Agent Series
Our new Feelgood and Agent all around cruisers are the go to boards in our line for any type of paddling scenario. These boards were designed with fun in mind. Whether it is flat water paddling or catching a few fun ones at your local break, these versatile boards will perform in all conditions. We have created a large range of lengths, widths and volume to accommodate any type of rider. Our new GC+ construction features a light-weight wood and glass sandwich construction with Innegra™ laid into the rails for strength and durability to protect against paddle impact. All boards come with our popular EZ Grab handle that makes carrying your equipment a breeze and two leash plugs to ensure safety. We updated our EVA decking and have added an EVA kick pad to all models to ensure you stick those bottom turns. And lastly we have updated our fin setups, now proudly featuring FCS II fin boxes in our five fin and 2 + 1 setup combinations. These dynamic and simple to use fin boxes are compatible with both FCS II and FCS I fins (FCS I fins supplied with board).
For 2017, that original drive to chase swell was directed into our surf line. We rebuilt the line from the bottom up and in true SIC fashion, spent countless hours obsessing over design and execution, and we tested our ideas extensively until we were happy. We spent time getting back to swell and stoke. The result is something uniquely SIC that is as beautiful to look at as it is to ride. The Agent features the same technologies as it’s sister model “The Feelgood” making this one of the most versatile options in the line, emphasizing both stability and glide. With a variety of sizes, generous widths, volumes, and multiple fin configurations, the Agent is the perfect fit for any paddler and will quickly become your new go-to board for most conditions.
Explore the new 2017 Surf Series models HERE
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About SIC Maui
SIC is the stand up paddling industry’s premiere manufacturer of high quality, race proven stand up paddleboards and accessories. Founded on the island of Maui and cultivated on a legacy of world class open ocean racing, SIC is an authentic stand up paddleboard maker proud to lay claim to a heritage of designing the most winning board. Share together with our team of elite athletes, brand ambassadors and customers around the globe. Five Star Performance is our motto and we wear it with pride each day through our commitment to extending the SIC experience on and off the water to our growing family. SIC is committed to delivering the very best paddling can offer; for any condition, discipline or ability level. For more information please visit www.sicmaui.com
Vancover, B.C. (March 8, 2017) – Red Paddle Co, the world’s most popular inflatable stand up paddleboard brand, today announced a partnership with several leading outdoor brands, including Black Diamond Equipment, Fatboy, Mountain Warehouse, camera specialists Muvi and Trekmates, for the ultimate adventure challenge and for a chance to win the “ultimate adventure kit.”
To enter the international challenge, contestants must write, in 300 words or less, what they would do with the ultimate adventure kit (details below) and where they would travel with the kit, should their entry be chosen. The deadline for entries is on March 17. Five lucky winners will be selected on March 20, when they will embark on the adventures of their lifetimes.
“At Red Paddle Co, we pride ourselves on being a brand founded for a love for adventure and exploration,” said John Hibbard, Red Paddle Co founder. “That is why we engineer each of our boards to roll up and fit in a bag small enough for easy transportation and travel. We’re eager to read about where contestants want to take our products through this contest.”
Following the first round of the contest, the five winners will be asked to capture their adventures every step of the way, using a 4K camera provided by Muvi, and using the gear in the ultimate adventure kit, lent for the purpose of filming. Red Paddle Co will then convert the footage into compelling shorts, documenting each trip and sharing the content across on the brand’s social media platforms. From there, it will be up to Red Paddle Co’s social median fan base will choose which of the five trips is the “ultimate adventure” and therefore is deserving to keep “ultimate adventure kit.”
Now is the time to live out the journey you have always dreamed of. Enter submissions to the application page and start planning!
The ultimate adventure kit will include:
· 2 x 12’6” Explorer boards and 3 piece paddles (Red Paddle Co)
· 2 x Dry bags (Red Paddle Co)
· 2 x Cargo Nets (Red Paddle Co)
· 2 x 4k K Series Pro Action Camera (Muvi)
· 1 x 360 Degree time lapse device (Muvi)
· 2 x Headband strap (Muvi)
· 1 x long monopod (Muvi)
· 1 x Back Pack mount (Muvi)
· 1 x Aluminum cook set (Mountain Warehouse)
· 2 x Self inflating sleeping mats (Mountain Warehouse)
· 1 x 2 person Weekender tent (Mountain Warehouse)
· 2 x Microfiber towels (Mountain Warehouse)
· 2 x Sleeping bags (Mountain Warehouse)
· 2 x Vacuum Flask with Cup (Trekmates)
· 2 x Waterproof Poncho (Trekmates)
· 2 x Portable Sun visors (Trekmates)
· 2 x 6 in 1 Cutlery Sets (Trekmates)
· 1 x Go System Cooking stove (Trekmates)
· 2 x Fatboy Lamzac’s the original
· 2 x Waterproof spot LED headlamps (Black Diamond Equipment)
· 2 x Waistbelt PFD (Palm Equipment)
About Red Paddle Co:
Red Paddle Co is an inflatable paddle board manufacturer based in the UK,selling its products to 58 countries world-wide. They believe that riding an inflatable paddle board shouldn’t mean you have to compromise on performance, looks or quality. Riding a Red Paddle Co board offers the ultimate in convenience while delivering an authentic experience. Find out more at www.redpaddleco.com
About Black Diamond Equipment:
Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. is a global leader in creating innovative outdoor engineered equipment and apparel for climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, skiing and a wide range of other year-round outdoor activities. Black Diamond Equipment, and its sister brand PIEPS™, are synonymous with performance, innovation, durability and safety in the outdoor consumer community. Headquartered in Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, our products are designed and exhaustively tested by an engaged team of discerning entrepreneurs and engineers. The Black Diamond Equipment culture of precision and excellence enhance the authenticity of our brands, inspire product innovation and strengthen customer loyalty. Black Diamond Equipment’s products are sold in approximately 50 countries around the world. For additional information, please visit our website at www.blackdiamondequipment.com or www.pieps.com.
About Mountain Warehouse:
Mountain Warehouse is the largest outdoor retailer in the UK with 200 stores nationwide and 266 globally. The brand was first established in 1997 by founder Mark Neale and now serves over 4 million outdoor-loving customers a year. The outdoor retailer caters for an extensive range of outdoor activities, including walking, running, cycling, camping and skiing, with a wide range of equipment and clothing for the whole family. Mountain Warehouse is focused on offering a growing customer base the best gear and the best service at the best prices.
Muvi is just one of many exciting sub-brands from the global lifestyle consumer electronics company, Veho. Formed in early 2009, the Muvi design was based around a different form factor than most other hands free body-worn action cameras on the market. This portrait style form factor allows it to be much more diverse in its application, so not only can it be used as an action camera, it is commonly used as a personal security and surveillance device.
In 2014, Veho announce the Muvi K-Series range of action cameras that introduced a new smaller form factor that measures only 6cm X 4cm X 2.3cm and also features built-in Wi-Fi, allowing consumers to connect to their smartphone via iOS or Android APP. The new K-Series also features new powerful, removable and rechargeable battery and a detachable LCD screen included in most Muvi K-Series bundles. For more information about Muvi, please visit our website www.veho-muvi.com
Born in Britain, but raised in some of the most challenging conditions all over the world, Trekmates have been designing and producing outdoor accessories for twenty years. Their commitment to quality and innovation means you can rely on Trekmates accessories that are made for your outdoor – wherever your adventure takes.
The Maui Pro-Am recently went down as the second stop of the APP World Tour. The second day featured a downwind race along the famed Maliko Run, in which paddlers Michael Booth and Sonni Hönscheid claimed victory. Check out a few highlights of the start and the finish in this video from downwind specialist herself, Suzie Cooney.
In-depth recap and analysis from the 2017 Maui Pro-Am.
Exclusive photos from the two-day event.
Earlier this month, Chris Bertish made history as the only person to standup paddle across the Atlantic Ocean. The feat has received international media attention and congratulations from prominent individuals including entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. In this short video, relive a few of the most memorable moments from Bertish’s emotional landing in Antigua.
Exclusive photo gallery from the landing.
#TheSUPCrossing by the numbers.
Barbados is one of those tropical destinations that people dream of visiting. White sand beaches and stunning turquoise waters make this Caribbean island the perfect spot to forget about life’s worries for a while. Not only is this gem a relaxing getaway, but it also has a burgeoning SUP scene. For proof, just check out these highlights from a recent SUP surfing contest at South Point in Barbados.
Stunning turquoise waters set the scene for this SUP race in Barbados.
Video footage of downwinding in Barbados.
This article originally appears in our spring “Youth” issue, on newsstands now!
When the early guard first started paddling in the early 2000s, it was a relatively primitive pastime. Early pioneers in Hawaii and California made due with makeshift equipment, no formal competition and nary a mentor. Today, SUP is a multi-million-dollar industry with international competition, established technique, evolved equipment and a slew of experienced athletes eager to expand the sport by teaching others. And no one is benefitting from that more than the groms.
“The early generation of standup paddlers grabbed a paddleboard, chopped off one end of a canoe paddle and tried to figure out how to go out and do it,” says Mike Eisert, veteran OC-1 paddler turned standup paddle coach and co-founder of The Paddle Academy, a competitive SUP training program for kids. “You can really see the differences between generations with today’s groms. These kids have an upper hand because they have structured teaching programs, events and equipment suited to them.”
The difference is clear. In the Open Distance race at #PPG2016, the four contenders competing in the Boys’ 13 and 14 division of the six-mile Distance race crossed the finish line ahead of nearly half of the male contenders ages 18 and up. The three-time women’s world champion SUP surfer, Izzi Gomez, is only 17, and the current women’s racing world champ, Fiona Wylde, just 20. These young athletes—most of whom are not even near fully grown yet—are cleaning up the competition.
Ten years ago only a handful of standup paddling competitions existed and there was certainly no such thing as a SUP career or for that matter, a SUP star. As events started forming and competition developed in the late 2000s, standup paddling athletes—legends like Dave Kalama and groms like Kai Lenny—transitioned to SUP from other sports. For many of the young folks leading the charge today, SUP is their first sport. That early start is a critical factor.
“It’s like the kid in the city who grows up dribbling a basketball down the sidewalk as soon as he can walk,” says Eisert. “Kids are now able to develop their skills with a paddle from the ground up rather than picking it up as a second sport. It becomes second nature and with a little coaching they get really good, really quick.”
Grom-turned-pro paddling maven Shae Foudy is a prime example of the advantages of learning young. For the past four years Foudy’s been grooming her skills under Eisert’s coaching in The Paddle Academy. In the last two, she’s taken out the world’s fastest women, including big wins over the sport’s top champion racers Candice Appleby and Annabel Anderson. She just turned 18.
“Without The Paddle Academy I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now,” says Foudy. “The value of training in a group like that is you’re constantly surrounded by other kids your age. It gives you the opportunity to have someone else push you and to gauge and develop your skill with kids your age.”
The Paddle Academy, along with outfits like Hood River’s Big Winds Junior Elite Team, Jay Wild’s Junior Tahoe Waterman and the Carolina Junior Waterman’s Team in Wrightsville Beach, are revolutionizing the sport by creating young athletes with a solid foundation in technique, training and discipline.
These programs around the US are applying a more formal sports framework—think football, gymnastics, track and field—to the sport of SUP. It’s a proven template that provides camaraderie, competition, mentorship and the opportunity to learn and excel.
“It’s a lot like a swim team,” says Foudy. “Individual athletes training together. It’s hard to get a training regimen when you don’t have a coach and a team to keep you motivated. (Paddling teams) solve that.”
Along with the camaraderie and coaching that comes with a team environment, nowadays the ever-expanding circuit of junior races gives the groms something to work toward.
“Another thing the new generation has that the older generation didn’t is races like Pacific Paddle Games, SUPFiesta and the Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge that all provide spotlights for the junior divisions,” says Eisert. “We have races all winter long, so we train for those and use them to practice for the big summer events. We’re able to race 20 times a year.”
Advanced equipment, experienced mentors, competitive opportunities and a community of peers—the age of the super grom is imminent. We’re just lucky to experience it, even if it is in their wake. –MM
More of the Grom Life.
Put a board underneath James Casey’s feet and you’re gonna see the man shred. Whether it’s surfing, SUP surfing or foil surfing, this Australian routinely puts on a clinic out in the water. Such is the case in this latest edit, documenting Casey’s recent trip to the fabled North Shore of Oahu. Complete with clips from the APP World Tour’s annual stop at Sunset Beach, watching this will definitely get you stoked.
James Casey goes SUP foiling.
Sick footage of Casey shredding at Sunset Beach.
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Rain, shine, sleet or snow, Russians just wanna have fun. It may get cold in their territory, but that doesn’t stop them from partying. In fact, it enables them.
Here’s a flotilla of jolly Russian paddlers convened on a giant chunk of ice. It’s an unlikely place for a BBQ, but hey, that’s why we improvise. Before it’s all said and done, these fun-loving friends band together and turn the ice block into a massive tandem paddleboard. Good on ya, Russians!
See also: Tandem paddle grom wave in Hawaii
The 2017 Maui Pro-Am kicked off the APP World Tour racing season earlier this month with a stunning show of the world’s fastest paddlers competing in one of the world’s greatest standup paddle venues on Maui’s North Shore. We were there, covering the action live with exclusive insight, daily recaps, photos, results and of course, video! Our trusty drone pilot Matty Schweitzer was in the air collecting clips, and we compile them here for one remarkable highlight reel, only available from SUP the Mag Productions. Indulge, then check out the photo gallery, recap and full results from the 2017 Maui Pro-Am!
We had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Chris Bertish—the man who completed the first-ever unsupported SUP crossing of the Atlantic Ocean—live from the SUP mag offices today! In case you missed the interview on Facebook Live, here it is exclusively from SUP the mag.
More on The SUP Crossing
Our exclusive coverage from the landing site in Antigua
Paddling for the first time can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. With these simple tips from our archives, you’ll have a great introductory experience.
When renting or borrowing board, make sure you have all the required gear like a leash and a PFD (the Coast Guard and local sheriffs can be sticklers). The paddle should be adjusted to your height—your hand should rest comfortably on the handle with a relaxed, nearly straight arm. Now it’s time to get started.
Relax and have fun. Pick a location with calm, flat water and a day where the wind is minimal. You’ll want to start with a board that’s at least 10 feet long and 32 inches wide.
Start shallow. Walk your board out from a beach, whether on a flat river, reservoir or coastline, until you’re knee deep (you don’t want your fin stuck in the sand). Place your paddle horizontally across the top of the deck pad. Notice the hand hold in the center, and climb on all fours with your knees on either side of the carry handle. With your shoulders over wrists—not holding the paddle—look up. Take a deep breath. Rock the board under you a little by shifting your weight from side to side—every board is different and you want to get a feel for the stability and how much play you’ve got. You’ll be fine, you’re on a large, stable platform.
Stand up. Bring your right foot up parallel with the hand-hold. Get your foot close to the outside edge or ‘rail,’ of the board. Keep your hand flat and pull your belly up and in. Get your eyes back on the horizon and set the other foot parallel and toward the outside rail. Keep your belly firm to support your lower back and grab your paddle. Shift your eyes up. Push through the balls of your feet and grab the handle of the paddle. Get the blade in the water as soon as possible. Forward movement will help with stability so take a few strokes on either side of your board. Remember to keep your head up and breathe. Have fun. If you’re still unstable to start, you can also take a few strokes from your knees and then try standing.
More SUP Skills
Ladies and gentlemen, the future has arrived. Our Spring Issue is officially out to subscribers and newsstands everywhere, and with it a showcase for the next generation of standup paddling. The theme is “Youth,” the purpose is progress and the content you’ll find within is a testament to the groms, whom are quickly overtaking the helm of our sport. Find out who’s on the rise, how the youth of today are competing in a whole new playing field and what we’re predicting for the future. It’s as relevant an issue as they come, and it’s hot off the press.
Pick up your copy today!
Tuck Fest is not all paddleboarding and rainbows, but it is among the most highly-anticipated events on whitewater. Every year, the finest river athletes converge on the U.S. National Whitewater Park for the three-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos, and live music. This year’s festival will take place April 21 through 23 and feature a variety of outdoor sport competitions that include trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, adventure racing, and last but not least, standup paddleboarding. So yeah, it’s not all paddleboarding and rainbows, but does it really have to be?
More on Tuck Fest 2017
When it comes to getting into standup paddling, so much emphasis is put on the board and paddle that it’s easy to overlook one of the sport’s most essential elements: the fin. Picking the right fin setup—and understanding why—is one of the keys to efficient paddling and surfing. It’s also the only thing you can change about your board and the way it moves through the water.
The most basic setup is the single fin. Forget its ‘old school’ look, the single fin actually offers many advantages that multi-fin setups lack. First and foremost is speed. With its vertical cant (the degree that the fin leans toward the rail from center) the single fin creates very little turbulence, which translates to very little drag. This is why race, touring and downwind boards feature a single fin. The fin’s rake (the degree with which it sweeps back from its base) greatly alters its performance. A fin with a narrow base and more vertical rake facilitates pivoting (example: around a race buoy).
Meanwhile, a broad base with a swept-back template improves tracking in a straight line, as when downwinding. The rule of thumb for single fin placement both in and out of the surf: the further up from the tail, the looser the board will be when turning.
The most popular SUP surfing fin set up is the tri-fin, two-plus-one setup, usually defined by a deeper, double-foiled center fin, with two smaller, asymmetrically foiled fins (flat on one side) positioned on each rail. This set-up offers a mix of single and multi-fin performance: speed and neutral handling of a single with bite to hold the rail in during turns. The angle of the toe-in (the degree in which the leading edge points in toward the stringer) of the side fins, combined with the cant, causes drag and holds the board closer to the wave face, allowing for tighter, more vertical turning. All three fins are designed to work as a unit and the tried and true configuration is to line up the leading edge of the center fin with the trailing base edge of the side fins.
Fin choice is just as important when running a thruster (a triad of similarly shaped and sized fins) or four-fin (quad) set up. The main difference is defined by drag: the thruster’s center trailing fin provides more stability through turns, while unimpeded water flow means the quad has greater straight-line speed and reduced pivoting capabilities.
As in every fin setup, it’s all a balancing act between speed and stability, maneuverability and control. And that is what’s so great about fin boxes: they offer the opportunity to experiment without buying a new board.
More pro tips from the Gear Garage
Could there be a better training partner for SUP racing than current world champion Connor Baxter? More specifically, a training session with Baxter on the paradisaical shores of Maui? We think not, and so in this SUP mag original, we thought we’d bring you along for the ride. Join the 2016 world champion of SUP racing in his home surf for a super fun looking training session that’ll inspire you to get after it for the 2017 season!
What’s ahead for the race world? Connor Baxter talks 2017.
Video by Mat50 Media
3-phase sinus power management system guarantees high thrust
The result of an extensive development process is a brand new SCUBAJET, an even smaller version of the jet engine with streamline-optimized design and simpler handling. Due to the redesign the team was able to improve the power-to-weight ratio among other things. With its 43cm (16”) of length the new SCUBAJET is 15cm (6”) shorter than its predecessor. It measures a diameter of 8cm (3”) and weighs only 3 kilograms (6.5lbs), while working with the same high performance electric drive mechanism as ever. The 3 phase sinus power management system allows high torque and a powerful motor with high efficiency. The SCUBAJET comes standard with a 200 wh lithium-ion-battery, with an optional 400 wh battery available to double your range, and generates an amazing 20kg (44lbs) of thrust.
Low weight and additional travel battery close gaps in dive sector
Using the simple hand controlled Dive adapter, the new function ring allows easier speed adjustment, even underwater and it can be easily switched between dive modes and remote control. SCUBAJET still remains the smallest dive scooter available on the market. With their weight being 40-60 lbs, conventional dive scooters represent a significant logistical challenge. SCUBAJET instead is a perfect match for individual tours and backpackers as well as underwater group-activities in general.
SCUBAJET is the most versatile water jet propulsion system for water sports gear like SUP boards, canoes, dinghies, kayaks and even snorkeling and diving. The company just announced a new version and the even slimmer version of SCUBAJET will hit the market in May.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 20, 2017) – Salt Life, one of today’s leading lifestyle brands, announces the addition of stand up paddleboarding prodigy Connor Baxter as the newest member of Team Salt Life, a group of elite athletes that embody the Salt Life brand.
Raised on the water, Baxter began competing in windsurfing and surfing events at age eight. At 14, he became the youngest person to ever windsurf Maui’s infamous Jaws break. Baxter shifted his focus to standup paddleboarding and set a world record at the Molokai-2-Oahu World Championships, four minutes ahead of the closest competitor.
Now 22, Baxter has earned numerous accolades and solidified himself as one of the top paddleboarding competitors in the world. He is the Standup Paddle World Champion (2014 and 2016), the Fastest Paddler on Earth (2013 and 2016), two-time SUP Athlete of the Year (2013), four-time Male Paddler of the Year (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016) and two-time champion of the Pacific Paddle Games (2015 and 2016). With more than 100 first-place finishes under his belt, Baxter is a trailblazer for the world’s fastest growing sport.
“Connor is a perfect example of a world-class athlete who embraces the mantra of living the Salt Life,” says Salt Life President Jeff Stillwell. Director of Marketing Larry Laska adds “At 22, he is already breaking records and is highly respected in the paddleboarding community. We are excited to have him come on board as we continue to take Team Salt Life to a new level.”
Baxter joins current Salt Life team members Colin McPhillips (surfing), Peter Miller (fishing), Luiza Barros (fishing/diving), Captain Jimmy Nelson (fishing), Jake Owen (musician/wake surfing) and more. Learn more at www.saltlife.com/athletes.
About Salt Life:
Salt Life is an authentic, aspirational and lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the “Salt Life”. Founded in 2003 by four avid watermen from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the Salt Life brand has widespread appeal with ocean enthusiasts worldwide. From fishing, diving and surfing, to beach fun and sun-soaked relaxation, the Salt Life brand says, “I live the Salt Life”. From its first merchandise offerings in 2006, Salt Life has grown to more than $30 million in annual sales, with distribution in surf shops, specialty stores, department stores and sporting goods retailers.
Salt Life, LLC is operated as an operating subsidiary of Delta Apparel, Inc., where it has been managed since 2011. The flagship Salt Life retail store, which opened in Jacksonville Beach, Florida in 2012, serves as a vision for retail customers to see product placements they can utilize in their stores and across multiple platforms. Salt Life’s corporate office is located in Columbus, GA and their distribution center was recently relocated to Fayetteville, NC. Numerous professional athletes and sportsmen have an alliance with the brand in cross-marketing partnerships. (http://www.saltlife.com/athletes/)
About Delta Apparel, Inc.:
Delta Apparel, Inc., along with its operating subsidiaries, M. J. Soffe, LLC, Junkfood Clothing Company, Salt Life, LLC and Art Gun, LLC, is an international design, marketing, manufacturing, and sourcing company that features a diverse portfolio of lifestyle basic and branded activewear apparel, headwear and related accessories. The Company specializes in selling casual and athletic products across distribution tiers, including specialty stores, boutiques, department stores, mid-tier and mass chains, and the U.S. military. The Company’s products are made available direct-to-consumer on its websites at www.soffe.com, www.junkfoodclothing.com, www.saltlife.com and www.deltaapparel.com. The Company’s operations are located throughout the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico, and it employs approximately 7,900 people worldwide. Additional information about the Company is available at www.deltaapparelinc.com.
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Thursday, March 23, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Union CoWork in Encinitas, Calif.
Remember our friends over at Changing Tides Foundation? The ladies of the non-profit organization are at it again, with a new initiative aimed at Bocas del Toro, the well-known surf zone in Panama, and the young women residing in and around its stretch of coastline. Here’s a little backstory about their latest program:
The goal of the Women’s Outreach Mentorship Program (WOMP) program is to provide underprivileged teenage girls in the community of Bocas del Toro the opportunity to improve their swimming skills, learn how to SUP, and eventually surf, while encouraging them to grow personally and build strong relationships with their peers. While in Panama, the CTF team along with Emi Koch from Beyond the Surface International, will be visiting Give And Surf, which is a local organization based in Bocas responsible for running the program, to host a women’s empowerment clinic to address gender inequality issues, to distribute clean water filtration systems, [to advocate] environmental education through art, and to document the WOMP program’s progress.
How can you help? Changing Tides Foundation will be hosting a fundraiser this Thursday, March 23, 6:00–9:00 p.m., at Union CoWork (111 C Street) in Encinitas, Calif. A $20 cash donation at the door includes food from Fish 101 Restaurant, drinks (Bring your own cup!), live music, and one raffle ticket. Stainless steel cups and additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase. A live auction including everything from surfboards to yoga retreats will all go toward the program.
Words courtesy of Garrett James/Surfer Magazine
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – West Marine Carolina Cup, the world’s largest gathering of professional and amateur standup paddleboard athletes, has added the World Paddle Association’s World SUP Tour in 2017.
The World SUP Tour is a new international series of 11-races across five nations, binding the sport’s biggest standup paddleboard races. Carolina Cup is the second race on the schedule in 2017, following Rincon in Puerto Rico. Salt Life will sponsor a season-end cash bonus for the top finishers.
The Carolina Cup received more good news last week as its signature event, the 13.2-mile Graveyard Race for the pros, was elevated to 7-Star status – the highest ranking and one of only three races in the world to attain the lucky-7. “This year we’ve got three stand out, standup events,” said Chris Parker of SUP Racer. “The massive Carolina Cup at the start of the season, the epic Gorge Paddle Challenge [OR] in the middle, and the almighty Pacific Paddle Games [CA] towards the end of the year.”
Parker includes the 32-mile Molokai-2-Oahu as an “honorary” fourth major race of the season, “which sets up a ‘Grand Slam’ of four events similar to what we see in the world of tennis.”
Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, the West Marine Carolina Cup attracted most of the top professional paddlers in the world in 2016, as well as amateur and elite racers from practically every state in the nation. Almost 1,000 people participated in last year’s races and clinics, based at Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
The 2017 Carolina Cup itinerary, April 19-23, incorporates the renowned World SUP Tour Graveyard Race, a demanding and grueling 13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race; the 6.5-mile Money Island Open Race; the 3.5-mile Harbor Island Recreational Race; the 9-mile, 6-person Outrigger (OC-6) Blockade Runner Flatwater Race; the new 4-person SUP Dragon World Series; and the popular Kids Race for children 7 to 14. Competitors include Olympians, world-record holders, champions, professionals, amateurs, and first-time paddlers.
Workshops on the agenda include one-on-one clinics, World Paddle Association certifications, paddling techniques, racing preparation, equipment selection, flatwater racing, ocean racing, surfski and kayak technique and racing, pre-race paddle tours of local waters, with more to be finalized in the coming weeks.
Clinic instructors from Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Hawaii, California, and North Carolina include iconic professional paddlers Annabel Anderson, Connor Baxter, Candice Appleby, Michael Booth, Sonni Honscheid, Travis Grant, Titouan Puyo, Danny Ching, Dan Gavere, Jesse Lishchuk, Zane Schweitzer, April Zilg, and more.
Thursday, April 20, over 50 suppliers will be open to retailers only, re-opening for retailers and the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The expo and demos are free of charge.
“The success of the Carolina Cup is our continued focus on all paddlers from professionals to beginners,” said Mark Schmidt, race director. “Paddlers will have a great opportunity to see and try a wide variety of equipment and ask questions directly to the manufacturers and pros.”
Presented by Surftech, the five-day West Marine Carolina Cup returns to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, April 19-23, 2017. All races, clinics, demos, plus the expo and trade show will originate at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
A portion of event funds will benefit the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect and restore water quality and critically important natural habitats of the North Carolina coast.
Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
Robert B Butler
DANA POINT, CA — Salt Life Apparel, in association with the World Paddle Association, announces the standings and the race to the 2017 Salt Life Cup. The Salt Life Cup is a season-long accumulation of points earned at all WPA National races (see below schedule). Given the launch of the World SUP Tour in 2017, the 2017 Salt Life Cup will support the aspiring competitors who are competing on the regional and national level. The top Competitors will be ranked through the World SUP Tour and the Salt Life Cup will rank the remaining competitors in the long race (difficult) on the 2017 race schedule, that may also be part of the WST races.
The results and points from the first Salt Life Cup race, the HanoHano Huki Challenge can be found on the WPA website. The next two Salt Life Cup events will be on the East coast with the Carolina Cup on April 22nd and then the Key West Classic on April 29th. The Salt Life Cup series will culminate at the Battle of the Bay on September 23, 2017 at Crissy Field in San Francisco, CA. You will find the Salt Life Cup and WPA National race series listed below and detailed information on www.worldpaddleassociation.com, www.paddleguru.com and www.saltlife.com.
The Salt Life Cup and WPA National races will award double points through the long course or designated race(s) in Men’s SUP 14’ and Women’s SUP 12’6. The Men’s 12’6 and Women’s 14’ divisions will also be added as overall categories with the top point’s leaders at the end of the season to receive Salt Life product and be crowned 2017 Salt Life Cup Champions.
WPA partner PaddleGuru who manages the race solution for WPA sanctioned events will be managing the points throughout the year with the Salt Life Cup and the WPA National Race Series. All competitors will need to be a current WPA member by July 1, 2017 to have points earned retroactive from races prior to July 1, 2017.
Look for additional WPA and Salt Life Cup event information at www.worldpaddleassociation.com with event dates by region.
Every new standup paddler remembers the moment after buying their very first board–all shiny and wonderful–when they wonder to themselves, “OK, now where am I going to put this when I’m not in the water?”
Big boards can be a big problem when not afloat. When it comes to effective board storage, you’re fighting a two-front battle: first is easy access. You want to be able to just grab your board and go. Simple, efficient access can often make the difference between getting wet or staying dry. The risk of injury to both board and body by pulling a 12-footer down from high garage rafters is enough to cool any paddler’s ardor. But just as important is caring for the board itself.
That’s the second battle: keeping your board out of direct sunlight as often as possible. The standard polystyrene/epoxy/composite construction of most standup paddleboards makes them much more durable than a conventional surfboard. This goes for custom polystyrene/epoxy boards too, with their super-light core allowing for many more layers of fiberglass. But this core also presents a problem: they’re less dense than a conventional polyurethane core and contain much more air, which expands when heated. That’s bad news for a skinned structure. These days, most standups feature some sort of one-way valve to combat this expansion, but that’s just to avoid catastrophe.
The easiest method for board storage is to buy or build a rack system (if you’re resourceful enough to build a rack you probably don’t need to be reading this). The effectiveness of each storage option depends on the space available and number of boards. A garage is a good place to start. Few dwellings come with garages tall enough to accommodate an upright 14-foot race board, which means we’re talking about a wall mount that holds your board(s) horizontally. Most come with up to four braces that extend perpendicularly from two vertically mounted wall plates, spaced approximately eight feet apart. The board(s) are then laid across these braces, stacked from top to bottom in order of length—you don’t want to be deadlifting your longest board from an awkward crouch. Only have one board? Single board wall mounts are available, most utilizing an angled hanger system into which the board is laid rail-down into the hook. Mount it at chest level to make it easy to get your board in and out.
Let’s say you have no garage or suitable shed, but an outside space—a carport, eave or trellis—that is shady all day. You can store your boards horizontally, or if you have the vertical space, turn the same racks horizontal and mount them to studs so the boards stand upright between the braces. Use a strap or rope to keep the boards from falling out sideways, and make sure to lay down some sort of padding for the tails so you don’t damage them. More boards are probably dinged in storage than in the water, and age more quickly when left out in the sun. Proper storage and a good board bag will greatly lengthen your baby’s life span.
Gear Garage: Caring For Your Paddle
Gear Garage: Patching Your Board at Home
Nothing beats the feeling of flying above a wave on a SUP foil. Check out a few clips of standup paddling’s top new accessory in this entertaining edit.
More SUP foil footage.
MARCH 19th, 2017
5489 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803
FREE race in memory of SoCal racer Steve Alder who passed away from a genetic disorder called a thoracic aortic dissection. We want to remind everyone the importance of knowing your genetic health history as it can save your life or a loved ones life. We will also be raising funds through raffle tickets & t-shirt sales at the race site. All proceeds go to
THE JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION
IF YOU DO NOT PRE-REGISTER, make sure you SHOW UP EARLY enough to register prior to our 9am start time. All check-ins should take place before 8:30am.
Race Day Registration will start as early as 7:30am on site
There will also be a “fun paddle” that is FAMILY FRIENDLY which starts just after the “serious” racers. This will be just one lap at your own pace around Naples Island. If you have young children on your board make sure they have a life vest on.
REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY FOR FUN PADDLERS!
If you don’t have a board and would like to rent, arrangements can be made prior to race day through: STAND UP RENTALS LONG BEACH
(limited availability/ first come first serve)
Event t-shirts available in exchange for a $25 donation to the cause and we will be raffling off an INFINITY SUP board, Quickblade Paddles, Future Fins, Hurley gear, wetsuits, skateboards, and lots of gear from top brands in the surf and skate world. Bring your cash or Credit Card.
SMALL ITEM Raffle tickets: 1 for $5 or 5 for $20
(must be present at awards ceremony to win)
LARGE ITEM RAFFLE: 1 for $20 or 6 for $100
(do not have to be present to win large raffle items)
We will also have select sizes of vintage Adler Paddler T’s for sale.
All proceeds of the raffle and event t-shrits benefit the John Ritter Foundation so they can continue to help with research, awareness, and support for families dealing with aortic disease with help from the JRF genetic counselors.
Thanks to our sponsors: Hurley, Future Fins, Infinity SUP, and Quickblade Paddles
They don’t call this kid “The Viking” for nothing. Three-time ISA SUP World Champion, a leading force on the APP World Tour and among Europe’s stoutest paddlers—Casper Steinfath represents his home in Denmark well. The Great Dane has dreamed about standup paddling the crossing of his ancestors—130 kilometer stint across the Skagerrat Strait from Denmark to Norway—ever since he was young. In the face of 3-degree Celsius water, darkness and wind, this spring he made a valiant attempt and came within 12km of the Norway shores. But as it stands the dream lives on, and something tells us this won’t be the last we hear about The Viking Crossing. Watch the incredible story, courtesy of Red Bull Media, here.
More on Casper “The Viking” Steinfath
Wanna get away? Us too. We’re constantly planning our next SUP vacation, but until it arrives we’re happy for a little inspiration via YouTube to distract us from our day jobs. Costa Rica has a sweet spot in our heart as one of our favorite paddling locations on earth. It’s home to Pavones (one of our favorite waves), The Progressive Project (one of our favorite SUP surfing edits), and Bahia Rica, a SUP sanctuary prime for your next paddling vacation. Don’t forget to bring your dog!
More Costa Rica.
In this edition of Practical Paddling—our series covering skills to maximize your SUP experience—Pau Hana’s Todd Caranto walks us through the step-by-step process for temporarily fixing a ding on the fly.
It’s happened to the best of us: we show up to the beach to SUP surf, the waves look great and we excitedly pull our boards from the rack to get ready. Somewhere along the way, we nick the on a car door or something and our stoke meter instantly plunges in the face of a fresh ding in our sled. Surfing when your sled’s not water tight will only let in water and in turn, slim your quiver, but you can’t miss this session. The waves are firing! So, what do you do?
They say duct tape is a man’s best friend, but in this case it’s packing tape. Here Caranto explains how a few strategically placed strips of good ol’ packing tape can both save our board and our session on the go.
How to field-repair an open ding:
Step 1: Dry the board and ding
Step 2: Get clear packing tape, do not use duck tape (water can seep through duct tape).
Step 3: First layer: start taping over the ding vertically from left to right, overlapping the tape, leave about a 1-inch margin
Step 4: Second layer: Tape horizontally from the back to the front, overlapping the tape with about a 1-inch margin.
Step 5: Take a credit card or another firm edge and smooth over the tape repeatedly to ensure it’s adhered all the way, especially around the edges.
Step 6: Get out and surf!
This method will only hold you over for a couple sessions at most, so be sure to properly repair the board as soon as possible. But it is enough to get you on the water in the case of emergency.
Ocean Beach isn’t exactly the easiest places to SUP surf. Generally speaking, San Francisco’s renowned cold-water break is known for heaving beach break tubes, heavy currents, relentless whitewater and half-hour paddle-outs. But every now and again she turns on her charm and invites the paddle contingency to come and play. Here’s a compilation of a few special sessions over the 2016/2017 winter as logged by Clayisland’s Clay Schmitz over the winter.
Not enough carnage? Have a look at the other face of Ocean Beach.
Hannah Hill is no stranger to hard work. She is a full-time student, works two jobs, and is ranked among the top fifteen racers in the world. The young paddler sticks to a strict schedule, alternating her time between working and working out in order to improve her fitness and earn money to travel to more events. The Hood River, Oregon local is deeply invested in the SUP community, organizing local charity events and introducing people to the sport whenever possible. At just 17 years old, Hill is out to show the world how far hard work and determination can take her. –Rebecca Parsons
When did you first get into SUP?
I first got into SUP when I was ten years old. I was living in Minnesota at the time and I would use our Mistral windsurfer with a yoga mat as a deck pad and a canoe oar for a paddle every chance I got. Then, our family friend started a standup group called Wai Nani and every weekend in the summer I would venture out with some awesome local paddlers. I started racing when I was thirteen in Hood River.
What does a typical week of training look like for you?
During a typical week of training in the spring and summer, I try to get on the water every day. Four days a week I help coach Big Winds’ DEVO and JET teams at 6 AM: the kids’ enthusiasm, determination, and silliness make the training sessions very fun. After practice we might throw in a little whitewater adventure. Later in the day I might do a downwinder if the conditions are good (we’d probably still go even if they’re not), but if it’s a flat day I’ll do at least six miles of flat water. If my body isn’t too fatigued after a long day at the beach, I go for a short run or do the Hood River stairs.
How do you stay in paddling shape during the winter?
It gets cold here in the winter. I go to the local gym quite a bit where I mainly focus on cardio and core to help keep me in shape for the season, but I also love to ski! Cross country skiing is great cross training and downhill is a lot of fun, and it helps keep my lungs and legs strong.
What have been some of the biggest challenges competing at the professional level?
The intimidation factor. These are women that I’ve looked up to for years, so to finally be able to compete against them is daunting. Before the bigger races I get quite nervous because I know that everyone is watching and I don’t want to let anyone down and I feel like I have something to prove. It’s a lot of pressure sometimes. But then I remember why I do this sport in the first place: because it’s so much fun and it makes me happy. When I remind myself of that, the jitters tend to mostly go away.
What are your goals for 2017?
My goals for 2017 include, but are not limited to, racing in bigger, more highly-attended races, which means traveling more. I also would like to finish in the top ten overall this season. I know it’s going to take a ton of hard work, but I’m ready to really go for it. I also want to get more women interested in the sport of standup racing, especially the next generation.
Tell us about the SUP for FISH event you put on.
SUP for FISH was an event I put on with the help of my sponsors to benefit the FISH food bank. It was an all-girls event (we had just over 30 participants) and it was an awesome day filled with paddling, crafts, and outdoor games. We were able to raise over $650 for the food bank!
What advice would you give to other girls trying to break into the SUP race scene?
Don’t give up! As long as the sport of SUP racing brings you joy, stick with it. Because all of your hard work will so be worth it when you cross that finish line.
Meet India’s first professional female paddler.
More SUP Women.
Meanwhile, Down Under, the Noosa Festival of Surfing went down recently and a handful of Australia’s top SUP longboard surfers the likes of Lincoln Dews, Paul Jones and Andrew Cassidy—duked it out on 10’ boards in knee-high Noosa ripples for the final. If nothing else, it’s worth watching to listen to the classic Aussie accents of the announcers. But the surfing’s good, too.
Lincoln Dews, Paul Jones
There are so many things we can dream about, but there is one dream which comes back in a lot of standup paddler’s minds.
Palm trees, white sandy beach, clear blue water and perfectly shaped waves. MOEMOEA has combined all the elements to present the 2017 F-ONE SUP Collection.
Mesmerized, Aude falls into a deep sleep which takes her to the different amazing sessions her friends and her have standup paddling. Nature is our playground and the movie shows it well. Also featured: Poenaiki Raioha rips in Tahiti, Patrice gets tubed and Aude cruises in style.
We are in 2017, it’s time to make your dreams come true. Get out there and paddle.
Being a full-time ocean athlete is the dream. Endless days of training on the water, healthy eating, competing with friends and traveling the globe chasing pumping surf. Who wouldn’t want to do it? Unfortunately, the dream is only a reality for a select few. The rest of us have to find another ways to support our paddling habit. And unfortunately for many of us, that means a 9-to-5 office job. While sitting in an office all day may seem detrimental to your training routine, it doesn’t have to be. We’ve rounded up six simple ways to help you stay fit while on the job.
Eat a hardy breakfast. You’ve heard it before: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” That statement holds a lot of truth. Your metabolism slows tremendously while you’re sleeping, but eating in the early hours of the day will help kick-start your metabolism. Additionally, skipping breakfast causes you to crave fatty foods come lunchtime. So do yourself a solid and eat some breakfast, even if you’re short for time.
Sit on a medicine ball. Exchange your office chair for a medicine ball. Sitting on a medicine ball can help improve your stability and balance due to the fact that your core is constantly engaged. Stronger ab muscles will help improve your posture, as well as prevent lower back pain.
Stand up. Stand as often as possible. It’s important to get out of your seat at least once every hour. Set an hourly alarm on your phone as a reminder to get up, stretch, and take a short stroll around the office. Stand while taking phone calls and try to meet with coworkers over a walk when possible. Even better: opt for a standing desk if it’s an option.
Desk isometrics. While you may not be able to spend your day working out on the water, you can sneak in some mini workouts at your desk. Get creative and try doing chair push-ups, draw the alphabet with your foot, tighten your abs for a minute at a time, do leg lifts from your chair, or periodically tighten your glutes for five to ten seconds. It might not seem like much, but if you repeat these things multiple times throughout the day you’ll be surprised how much they add up
Lunch wisely. Most office jobs offer a hour-long lunch break. In lieu of hitting a nearby fast food joint with colleagues, pack a healthy lunch and use the time to take a walk, practice yoga, or do a short core workout.
Commute consciously. For many, commuting is a drag. But it also serves as an opportunity to sneak in an easy workout. If you live close enough, bike, skate or run to work. If you live a little farther, make it a once a week event. But if motor transport is the only realistic option, be sure and park on the outskirts of the parking lot and take the stairs to your office. Every little bit counts! –RP
See also: Morgan Hoesterey’s Effective Office Workout Routine
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