Get ready for the 4th Annual Quickblade Jr Pro & Youth SupFiesta presented by Infinity SUP, coming May 7-8 at New . In its fourth year, #SupFiesta16 has outgrown a one-day event. The new format will allow competitors to focus on one discipline each day. On Saturday we will hold the SupFiesta Grand Prix, featuring two races: the Flyin’ Mile, and the SUP Scramble. Competitors will compete in both races with each race counting towards their final placing.
With the events starting in the afternoon, there is plenty of time for athletes, spectators, and sponsors to attend the Standup for the Cure event in the morning, then make the short drive across the bay to Newport Aquatic Center.
The Flyin’ Mile will test each athlete’s sheer paddling speed and endurance over this short 1-mile course. The Sup Scramble will feature six turns which will showcase each athlete’s technical abilities and strategy. Courses will be posted the night before the race.
Newport Aquatic Center is a perfect venue for the SupFiesta Grand Prix. Home of many past & future Olympians, NAC has graciously allowed us to hold our races. The fast and furious racing will be spectator friendly so make sure to bring your cameras.
“Candice and I are very excited to have the SupFiesta Grand Prix at NAC. It is rich in tradition and will be the perfect location to host the worlds most prestigious youth only sup event,” explains Race Director Anthony Vela.
We will have a taco cart, awards, and introduce this year’s Junior Pro Invitees on Saturday as well. Competitors will receive complimentary dinner, while spectators will be able to purchase tickets for $10.
Then on Sunday the focus will switch to SUP Surfing at Bolsa Chica State Beach. The world’s top juniors will compete for over $5,000 equal gender prize purse in the Junior Pro Invitational. There are also 7 age-group divisions of sup surfing that will compete for fantastic prizes donated by our generous supporters.
There are NO BEACH ENTRIES. Registration closes Friday night May 6 at 9:00pm. Heats for Saturday and Sunday will be posted. Check in for the Sup Fiesta Grand Prix will begin at 2:30 pm, and races will start at 4pm sharp, beginning with the Flyin Mile, and followed by multiple Sup Scramble heats.
We are honored to have Infinity SUP as our presenting sponsor. Infinity is one of the brands that were in the industry before there was an industry. Originally founded in 1970 by Shaping Hall of Famer Steve Boehne and his wife Barrie Boehne, their first shop was on PCH in Huntington Beach just one mile from the competition site. They moved shop in 1981 to Dana Point and have been there ever since. Steve and Barrie were 3x world champion tandem surfers with Steve shaping the boards. Once Stand Up Paddling began he was used to making bigger boards for tandem, and it was a natural progression. Now Infinity SUP makes the most progressive sup surf and race boards in the industry. A family run business with Dave Boehne heading up marketing and design, brother Dan helping with the shortboards and on the shaping side, while Steve continues to shape everyday and Barrie holds everything together. Infinity SUP has been a sponsor of the SupFiesta from day 1. This year they have stepped up their involvement. When asked why, Dave had this to say, “the SupFiesta has quickly become THE premiere JR’s event in the world. Past JR Pro champions have gone off to be some of the best in the sport. How cool is that! We are honored to support the youth movement!”
So far, we have competitors registered from Finland, Peru, Australia, Japan, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and all over the US! You will not want to miss this one of a kind event.
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Only 300 people in the world have Koolen-De Vries Syndrome–a condition caused by a disruption to the seventeenth chromosome. To our knowledge, only one has competed at the Carolina Cup and is what her coach calls, “a paddling fanatic.”
Hayley Kabana has been through a lot in her 22 years–11 brain surgeries, seizures, open heart surgery, a rod placed in her back for scoliosis, adrenal failure and eye surgeries–yet despite it all, she stands tall with a smile on her face.
When the Kabana family moved from Indiana to Venice, Florida five years ago, they had no idea what SUP was. Then in spring 2013, they attended a try-out for the paddling program run by Special Olympics Florida. Despite some initial trouble standing and keeping a consistent stroke, Hayley was instantly hooked.
Her parents–Sue and John–soon bought a couple of used boards and began going out on the water with their daughter several times a week. Soon Hayley’s balance had improved enough for her to place at several events. But to take her skills to the next level, she needed expert instruction.
As luck would have it, the Kabanas had met SUP coach Tracie Georgiadis in summer 2013. She had a PaddleFit Pro certification and was already coaching her son and several other Special Olympics athletes. Now two years later, the time finally seemed right for her to become Hayley’s coach.
“Every day Hayley would ask me, ‘When’s the next practice?’ and when the Special Olympics sessions ended in September, we needed a way for her to continue practicing and developing,” Sue said. “Tracie was the perfect solution.”
Despite several Special Olympics races in Florida, they were not enough to satisfy Hayley’s appetite for racing. So Sue began entering her in open division competitions, with Hayley competing 10 times in 2015.
“I love meeting new people and going super-fast,” Hayley said.
During races, Sue acts as a spotter to make sure that Hayley doesn’t deviate from the course. It also enables her to provide verbal cues like “Reach!” and “Dig your paddle in!” that keep her daughter’s form consistent.
In October 2015, Tracie began tutoring Hayley one-on-one during twice weekly, two-hour sessions. Working all winter on fundamentals, Hayley soon become much faster and more efficient.
“I took PaddleFit techniques and tailored them to Hayley’s needs,” Tracie said. “I’ve never met anyone else who shows up to every practice so full of joy and excitement. I’m the one who’s truly lucky.”
Sue and Tracie also recognized that customizing Hayley’s equipment would lead to further improvements. So the Kabanas turned to shaper Brian Hovnanian at Hovie SUP, who created a custom board with a recessed deck and strategically placed handles that made it easier for Hayley to get back on the board.
Other ergonomic tweaks included a longer paddle with a wider blade, that enables her to gain more traction in the catch. Also to give Hayley a visual reminder of correct hand positioning, Tracie placed strips of colored tape on her paddle shaft.
With a solid winter of training in the bag and her customized equipment dialed in, Hayley recently took on her biggest SUP challenge yet: The 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup. With her mom alongside her, Hayley finished the 3.5 mile Harbor Island course in 1:11:57. While Sue said that the main goal is for Hayley to complete and enjoy each race, there’s no denying the incredible improvement that the stopwatch showed.
“Haley has slashed 48 and a half minutes off her 3.5 mile time, which is just unheard of,” Tracie said.
Another exciting part of the experience was meeting some of the elite athletes in our sport, including one of her heroes, Danny Ching, who finished third in the Graveyard Elite Race.
“I was nervous but enjoyed meeting him in person,” Hayley said.
Next up for Hayley is the SUP Invitational and a full race season that will see her compete in as many contests as the Kabanas can get to.
“The Special Olympic divisions are great but one of the unique things about this amazing SUP community is that everyone can compete in the same races,” Tracie said. “Whether it’s Hayley, myself, or a world champion, you can show up to events like the Carolina Cup and do your best.”
Hayley is excited to show what she can do after the big confidence boost she got at Wrightsville Beach.
“I reached really well, dug my paddle in deep and paddled hard at the finish line,” she said. What coach or proud parent could ask for more than that?
The inspiring story behind Special Olympics Florida’s adaptive paddling program.
Uplifting video of the 2nd Annual Statewide SUP competition hosted by Special Olympics Florida.
While standup paddling has a reputation for being easy to learn, that notion can be deceiving. As this entertaining video proves, SUP is not as easy as it looks. Whether in flatwater or waves, taking a tumble or two is just part of the game. So next time you take a spill, just remember your paddling compatriots from this video. Even the pros fall from time-to-time and there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Though remember to always wear your PFDs and leashes, so that an innocent fall doesn’t become something more serious. In the meantime, have a laugh and enjoy this standup paddling blooper reel.
For more entertaining bloopers, check out this SUP surfing wipeout reel.
For SUP surfing done right, watch the pros shred in epic conditions at the Sunset Beach Pro.
Expedition paddler Sam Mauldin doesn’t sit around for long. Only a year after setting the Texas record of paddling 100 miles down the flooded Guadalupe River, Maupin and five other paddlers have set off with a new record in mind.
They want to paddle where no paddlers have gone before, the Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park.
Mauldin discovered the dramatic canyon while sifting through satellite imagery and quickly knew it was special. With the Rio Grande River carving between massive canyon walls that rise up nearly 1500 feet, it is sure to be an awe-inspiring expedition.
After Mauldin did some more research on the spot, he also found that his trip would be the first SUP expedition to explore the canyon. So he gathered his friends and began planning for this epic journey through the southwestern desert.
While the group began their descent in the majestic canyons, the terrain will eventually flatten out into what Mauldin has deemed, “The Great Unknown”. Here they will follow the Rio Grande through miles of desolate desert, with only distant views of a mountain range in nearby Mexico.
Eventually, the group expects to enter another area of canyons where they will carry on until the finish. It is sure to be an exciting adventure and will certainly give the group a unique tour of the beautiful desert landscape.
Stay tuned as we will provide a full recap and photos of their expedition once they finish.In the meantime, follow their expedition live and see exactly where they are with SpotTracker.
Find out what doomed this paddler’s historic attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean by SUP.
Learn about the Atlantic SUPergirls’ successful 1500-mile expedition from New York City to Miami.
The land down under is known for being filled with dangerous creatures of all shapes and sizes. From croc-eating pythons to snake eating spiders, Australia is a scary place when it comes to wildlife. However, there is one animal–or rather fish–that is enough to scare paddlers right out of the water. Salmon.
While that may sound crazy, it’s easy to see why with this wild video. Caroline Bradley, owner of a local SUP shop, took out her camera when thousands of salmon began a feeding frenzy next to the river shore where she was about to begin a SUP lesson. In fact, the hungry salmon made the water so turbulent that Bradley was forced to cancel the remainder of the lesson. It’s a must-see video and certainly one of the more bizarre animal encounters you’ll see.
Watch this paddler come within a few feet of an Orca feeding frenzy.
A delicious salmon recipe perfect for all paddlers.
For many paddling couples, a good SUP vacation includes warm weather, white sandy beaches, and a few strong margaritas. But then there are those that want to experience something completely new and out of the ordinary. Something like…Antartica. In this video we find a SUP couple exploring the beautiful–but very cold–scenery in Pleneau Bay, Antartica. Surrounded by ice-covered mountains, the duo cut through the icy water to get an up-close of beautiful blue-tinted icebergs. So if you’re looking for a unique SUP adventure in a remote location, Antartica will leave you with a paddling experience you’ll never forget.
For more surreal cold weather paddling.
Amazing footage of diehard SUP surfing in the snow.
Redondo Beach, Calif. – April 20th, 2016 – Body Glove today announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with BIC Sport to produce a line of Standup Paddleboards and Surfboards. As part of the agreement, BIC Sport, a world leader in board sports manufacturing, will design, market, and globally distribute SUP’s and Surfboards bearing the Body Glove name and logo, to be constructed in the company’s proprietary technologiesbeginning in August 2016.
Chris Decerbo, BIC Sport VP Sales and Marketing commented, “We are excited to expand our Boardsports range to now include Body Glove products. The combination of the iconic Body Glove brand, together with the quality and value proposition of BIC Sport products is a natural fit. The Body Glove – All Things Water brand philosophy perfectly aligns with our own passion and 100% dedication to watersports at BIC Sport.”
Nick Meistrell, marketing director of Body Glove, said, “BIC Sport is a long-established innovator and leader in board sports manufacturing and distribution, making them an ideal partner to facilitate the growth of Body Glove SUP’s on a global scale. It’s very exciting, between our companies we have over 80-years of combined water sports heritage. We believe this synergy will result in a very authentic, enduring partnership.”
About BIC Sport
Founded in 1979 by the Bich family, of BIC pen fame, BIC Sport grew from the family’s passion for watersports and expertise in sustainable manufacturing. BIC’s core values of quality, durability and affordability form the foundation of BIC Sport’s reputation, and have opened the world of watersports to hundreds of thousands of watersport enthusiasts. The company’s manufacturing facility, based on the Brittany coast in France, has long been focused for environmental awareness, with specific achievements in reduced energy consumption, resources conservation, no polluting emissions, and certain products which are 100% recyclable. These efforts, plus attention to social conditions for its workforce, have been recognized with numerous awards such as EcoRide Gold certification by EuroSIMA. BIC Sport products are available in over 90 countries through its direct subsidiaries, or independent distributors, servicing over 5000 retail and on-water locations.
About Body Glove International
Founded in Redondo Beach, California in 1953 by twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell, Body Glove is the original wetsuit company. Today, the privately-owned, family-operated company is a leading global watersports brand that specializes in wetsuits, swimwear, clothing, footwear, accessories and technology products. While Body Glove has supported surfers and the surfing industry since 1953, today Body Glove sponsors one of the most respected surf and wakeboard teams in the industry. Pro surfers Tatiana Weston-Webb, Jamie O’Brien, Anthony Walsh, Alex Gray, Guinness World Record Holder Garrett McNamara, as well as wakeboarders Harley Clifford and Bob Soven are all part of the Body Glove Team. Through Reef Check, SIMA’s environmental fund, and the Surfrider Foundation, Body Glove also works hard to preserve and protect the oceans and waterways it loves. The company’s headquarters are still based in Redondo Beach, but its products are sold all over the U.S. by a network of independent retailers, at its own Dive N’ Surf retail shop and in approximately 50 countries worldwide.
The wait is over. The highly-anticipated third installment of the Vaz brothers‘ SUP film series–New Age–has finally arrived and it is radical. Just like its predecessors, New Age III highlights Brazilian brothers Caio and Ian as they scour the globe to shred world-class waves, get barreled and enjoy the lifestyle of being world-class SUP athletes. Joining in on the action this time are SUP shredders Felippe Gaspar and Lucas Medeiros.
Between the four of them, they put on a SUP surfing clinic as they hit spots around the globe. Highlights include massive barrels in Tahiti, Caio winning the Sunset Beach Pro in Hawaii, and the crew sharing plenty of rippable waves in both Baja and Rio de Janeiro. Between epic trips like these and Caio winning the Stand Up World Tour last year, it’s safe to say that things are looking good for the Vaz boys.
New Age II
New Age I
Amazing drone footage of epic conditions at the 2016 Sunset Beach Pro.
By Rebecca Parsons
If we were painters, the ocean would be our palette. As standup paddlers, preserving and protecting the ocean isn’t something that is going to occur by happenstance, it’s something that must occupy the forefront of our minds and our decisionmaking. It is our obligation. So when it comes to running a standup paddle shop, there is both a right and wrong way to do things as far as Mother Nature is concerned. The former would apply to these five shops which are committed to conservation, educating their customers, and leaving the smallest footprint possible. –RP
My Aloha Paddle & Surf, Inc.
My Aloha is dedicated to promoting a healthy and ecofriendly lifestyle via the sport of standup paddling. Owner Rob Bennett acknowledges the dwindling number of waterfront access points for paddlers, so he adopted a boating access area to provide an easy entrance for paddlers. Aside from providing rentals and classes, My Aloha works closely with both the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and Surfrider Foundation Charlotte Chapter to preserve and maintain local waterways. In addition, My Aloha started its own initiative, Keep LKN Green, through which they promote green activities and clean up local lakes.
SUP Eco Adventures
Melbourne Beach, FL
Located on beautiful Melbourne Beach, SUP Eco Adventures is close enough to be easy access for most tourists, but far enough away to provide an escape from the hustle and bustle. Their eco-tours go out on the Indian River Lagoon, where paddlers have an opportunity to view the local wildlife and learn the unique roles that each species plays within the ecosystem. The shop also gives back to the planet by donating a portion of their proceeds to the protection and conservation of manatees and the Sea Turtle Conservancy.
Key West, FL
At Nomadic SUP, they do things a bit differently. They offer eco-tours that focus on the local wilderness and wildlife; plus a “natural” tour where clothing is optional. Because what better way to be at one with nature than in the nude? They also host Nomadic PUP’s (Pick Up Paddles) where a group of paddlers get together and pick up garbage as they paddle their local waterways. They maintain this philosophy on their everyday tours too, with a “pick up as you go” mindset.
Hawaiian Paddle Sports
Kihei, Maui, HI
The motto at Hawaiian Paddle Sports is ‘e mālama i ke kai’ which means ‘to care for the ocean.’ All of their tours begin with a beach cleanup and guests are offered biodegradable sunscreen and a stainless steel water bottle. The eco-tours and snorkeling trips protect marine life by enforcing a strict no-touch policy. As a result of their efforts, Hawaiian Paddle Sports is the first and only company on Maui to become a Certified B Corporation.
Charleston SUP Safaris
Folly Beach, SC
Charleston SUP Safaris stresses environmentalism from the very get-go with their clients. All bookings are paperless and clients are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle. Dolphin Safaris run three times a day. On the tour, guides teach paddlers about the local ecosystem and its wide array of inhabitants. They have a “learn by interaction” philosophy–meaning they give clients the chance to be fully immersed in the environment they are learning about. SUP Safaris partners with several organization including Earthforce, in an effort to get kids on the water and participating in environmental stewardship programs.
Three easy ways paddlers can help sustain and protect our planet.
Check out the latest in eco-friendly SUP gear.
Spring is in the air meaning the hills are filled with lush greenery, colorful flowers, and plenty of curious critters. But for many paddlers, springtime also has a different meaning–the start of paddling season. While the SUP race season officially kicked off this past weekend with the Carolina Cup, many recreational paddlers are also returning to the waters for the first-time after the cold winter months. However, perhaps no one is more excited for spring than river paddlers. Here we find experienced river paddler Paul Clark enjoying a awesome 70-mile run down the John Day River in Oregon. The paddlers experience beautiful scenery, challenging rapids, and even get a little fly fishing in. A perfect way to enjoy a beautiful spring day.
More SUP action from the scenic John Day River.
More river SUP.
You could say that Connor Baxter knows a thing or two about the Maliko Run. And about winning the OluKai Ho’olaule’a. The Maui local has taken the Ho’o crown for the last four years running. We sat down with Baxter to get his insight on what it takes to prepare for this epic race. Check it out above.
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Coming into the sixth annual Graveyard Elite Race at the West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech—the first major event of the 2016 standup paddle race season—the salty seaside Carolina air at the East Coast’s flagship SUP event was laden with an undeniable undercurrent of sensational speculation.
Will SUP’s seasoned stud Travis Grant from ‘straya reclaim his Carolina crown? Will New Zealand speed fiend Annabel Anderson remain the undisputed paddle queen of Wrightsville Beach? Will paddling’s prince of Dana Point Danny Ching be crowned dad before he can be crowned king of Carolina? How did this high-frequency Frenchman Titouan Puyo gain his momentum anyhow, and is that really how you pronounce his name?
…And where the heck is Kai Lenny, anyway?
The off-season, albeit short, provides gaping space for gossip and guesswork as paddling’s athletes and enthusiasts, amateur and elite alike, train fervently, prepare feverishly and otherwise anticipate the onslaught of unknowns that await them at the start line of the season’s inaugural competition.
Suffice to say, by the time the final finisher sprinted up the sand and through the gates at Carolina’s flagship SUP competition yesterday, paddling’s proverbial peanut gallery was finally silenced by the awe-inspiring performances of the world’s fastest SUP racers.
The verdict among the women: reigning champ Anderson maintains her reign for the fourth consecutive year. That woman is an animal—Annimel, if you will—her 2:17:07 course completion made all the more impressive by besting the prestigious pack of following finishers led by World Series champion Candice Appleby (2nd), whose highly anticipated return to Carolina marked the end of a three-year hiatus from the event, with a grand gap of nearly five and a half minutes separating her from the trailing train of talent. Behind Appleby, German powerhouse Sonni Honscheid (3rd) and rising teenage heroine Fiona Wylde (4th) lead 30 other elite females—not to mention a slew of world-class male paddlers. It’s no wonder Anderson crossed the finish line smiling.
Among the men, a new champion, a New Caledonian—Titouan Puyo—claimed his crown ahead of a front-running pack of all-star athletes comprised of last year’s Carolina Cup champ, Travis Grant (2nd) and 2014 Carolina Cup winner Danny Ching (3rd). An impressive performance from the 2015 Lost Mills Fastest Paddler On Earth victor Trevor Tunnington found the teenage Kiwi in fourth, with a cunningly seasoned, astoundingly in-shape Kelly Margetts cinching fifth.
According to Maui’s debonair downwind superstar—three-time Molokai 2 Oahu champion Connor Baxter—who finished a respectable seventh at yesterday’s race, conditions at this year’s Cup were uncharacteristically tame and cooperative.
“Normally this isn’t my favorite course because of the crazy conditions, but luckily it played out pretty ideal this year,” Baxter told SUP in a post-race pow-wow. “Last year, we hit a 10+ knot headwind and an opposing current coming out of the inlet to the final leg. It was nonstop pounding. This year it was overcast—perfect temperature for racing—and the wind was mellow compared to pretty much every race I’ve ever done here.”
The 13-mile Carolina Cup circuit starts and finishes on the beach adjacent to the event’s hosting venue, the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. The direction of the course—this year starting northbound around the island past Jonnie Mercer’s Pier—isn’t announced until race-day and depends on the direction of the wind, adding yet another variable to the challenge. The launch and landing sandwiches a 4+ mile section of typically wind-wrought ocean along the island’s Atlantic shore, then a wonky wish-wash of waves and current entering the inlet to the Intracoastal Waterway, followed by a daunting stretch of flatwater that runs the opposing direction along the island’s westerly edge before rounding the breakwater at Masonboro Inlet and heading back north for another mile or so, usually into a headwind, to the finish. Suffice to say, Baxter’s apprehension for the unpredictable conditions at Wrightsville Beach is warranted.
Moreover, many of the variables that made this year’s Carolina Cup especially entertaining had nothing to do with the weather. Until the morning of the race, no one was sure which worthy title contenders would even be competing, or competitive, given the unique circumstances of some of the sport’s most reliably front-running racers. For instance, while Ching was onsite for the festivities leading up to the race, the expecting patriarch’s participation depended on the condition of his wife’s pregnancy, her water set to break (pun intended) any day now. Similarly, 2014 Standup World Series champion Lina Augaitis returned to Carolina this weekend for her debut performance after ending the 2015 season short to safely harbor her since-born baby boy. She finished seventh among the pack of elite women racers, not a bad result considering the majority of her off-season training consisted of breast feeding and broken nights’ sleep.
Another female force, Appleby—considered by many to be the only lady capable of challenging Anderson for the Carolina crown—made her highly awaited return after three years away from Carolina, delivering even more drama to the Wrightsville Beach race. On the men’s side, the absence of three-time World Series champ, renowned and big-wave SUP hellman, Maui boy Kai Lenny was busy making his appearance at the prestigious Billabong XXL Awards big-wave surfing ceremony in Los Angeles this weekend, adding even more mystique to the inaugural race season event in Carolina.
The cumulative take-away from all the above: one of the most entertaining events in the history of standup paddleboard racing, according to many of the sport’s top figureheads and athletes. It set an intense and inspiring precedent to the slew of awesome events to come, with Maui’s north shore downwind race—the eighth annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a—coming up next weekend. SUP magazine is already staged on Maui, having traveled cross-country from Carolina to Maui without missing a stroke, much like the athletes we revere. Our editorial squad is stationed at the North Shore’s luxurious Lumeria Resort for our first-ever Maui Dream Retreat, preparing to both race and report live from Maliko Gulch for next weekend’s big race.
We’ll be bringing you the action live with real-time web coverage and video webcasting via SUPthemag.com and social media. Tune in this week for pre-race reports, exclusive imagery, athlete interviews and all-around, onsite coverage. See you on the water!
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Get ahead of the competition with five facts you probably didn’t know about this year’s OluKai Ho’o.
Get to know the Maui Dream Retreat, and get onboard for next year.
13 miles (21 kilometers), 12’6″ board class, ocean/flatwater, varied conditions
13 miles (21 kilometers), 14′ board class, ocean/flatwater, varied conditions
Harbor Island three-mile race results
Money Island six-mile rec race results
Nitty gritty Elite Graveyard Race results
SUP magazine’s first-ever Maui Dream Retreat (MDR) begins tomorrow. To say that we’re excited would be a gross understatement. At the time of this writing we’re currently watching whitecaps feather off the north shore of Maui. It’s going to be a good week. We have seven paddlers coming to enjoy what Maui has to offer, with some of the best instructors on the planet—Dave Kalama, Suzie Cooney and Kai Lenny—here to teach them. It will be the trip of a lifetime. We picked Maui for many reasons. Here are five.
The Superstar Community
Maui is the hotbed for talent in the paddling world. Lenny, Kalama, Connor Baxter, Zane Schweitzer, Andrea Moller, Jeremy Riggs, Talia Gangini-Decoite, Cooney and many more call Maui home. With a roster like that it’s no surprise that this crew is pushing the boundaries on every level of the sport, from racing to surfing to big-wave surfing to downwinding. We tapped some of this talent to come down and help with MDR. The best in the business will be teaching the attendees on the top downwind run in the world.
The Maliko Run
Nowhere in the world has the mystique, the cultural cache and the sheer unpredictability of the Maliko Run. Located on the north shore of Maui, you hit the protected water of the lush green Maliko Gulch before heading out into some of the most consistent wind in the world. Paddlers the globe over—including outrigger and prone paddlers—love the Maliko because of its consistency but also because of its surprising challenges from big north swells to outer reefs to rain squalls. Out in the ocean, off the dramatic and rocky coastline, riding the magic glides of the Maliko is one of the great pleasures in paddling.
The Wind Is Up
Judging by the wind whipping outside our windows right now, it looks as if we’re going to get to experience the Maliko in all its glory. The swell has been big lately and has made for challenging runs with unruly seas. But as we come into this week, the swell is dropping and the wind is staying steady. Early season reports from local paddlers have been good thus far. Here’s hopping we have wind through the week and into the weekend for the OluKai Ho’olaule’a.
The OluKai Ho’olaule’a
This is a busy week on Maui. The world’s best paddlers—at least those that don’t live here—descend on the island in preparation for the first major downwind race of the year: the OluKai Ho’olaule’a. Next Saturday will mark the event’s eighth year. Everyday, MDR attendees will be out there hitting the same stretch of coast with all the other paddlers in town for the race. After getting instruction from the locals and paddling the Maliko Run daily, MDR attendees have the opportunity to race in this fantastic event. We’ll be there to cover it too.
The Luxurious Lumeria Maui
Lumeria Maui is a unique accommodation. The main building was erected in 1910 as housing for aging sugarcane plantation workers and is the oldest wooden structure on Maui today. The grounds have been transformed into a peaceful upcountry retreat featuring a yoga studio, spa, meditation grounds and hammocks suspended in a grove of pines. And it’s only a few short miles from the Maliko Run. There’s not a better place to unwind after a long day of world-class downwinding.
Stay tuned for more content from the Maui Dream Retreat.
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The Maui Dream Retreat would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: Dos Equis, Naish, SIC Maui, Lumeria Maui, FCS, Sambazon, OluKai, DaKine and Kona Deep.
After a tight slog on both the womens and mens divisions of the Graveyard Elite Race at the 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech, it was Frenchman Titouan Puyo and repeat champion, Kiwi Annabel Anderson who crossed the finish line first on this day of shifty conditions and intense emotion at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina for the East Coast’s sixth annual flagship race.
The duo are off to a solid start for the 2016 season, kicking off the symbolic season opener with commanding lead that they held for most of the race, with Annabel finishing minutes and almost a mile ahead of the runner-up Candice Appleby and the rest of the women’s leading pack, comprised of Australia’s Terrene Black, American rising star Fiona Wylde and Canadian powerhouse Lina Augaitis, who is freshly returned after dropping out mid-season last year to nurture her baby on the way.
On the men’s side, last year’s champ Travis Grant gave Puyo a run for his victory check, clinging tight to his heels throughout the entire race and proving the value of what some youngsters might call “old man strength,” but we call veteran strategy and beastly horsepower. Closely behind Grant, event favorite and expecting father Danny Ching claimed the third slot on the podium, with a slew of super star racers following closely behind.
Stay tuned for an in-depth recap of the race complete with a gallery of exclusive photos, video from the water, conditions and racer analysis and an overall narrative that’ll put you directly into the action at the sixth annual West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech!
Preview of the 2016 Carolina Cup
What is Earth Day anyway?
When I was younger, that was always my question when April 22nd rolled around. Perhaps it was Earth’s birthday? But then why didn’t I get the day off from school? Or maybe it was just some day that only hippies and “tree-huggers” celebrated? In short, I had no idea what Earth Day meant and why it was so important. It wasn’t until I was older when it finally clicked, Earth Day wasn’t about one day, it was about an entire movement. A movement that started on the inaugural Earth Day.
On this date in 1970, nearly 20 million Americans took to the streets to demonstrate and protest the rampant pollution and the degradation of our natural environment. People from all walks of life put aside their differences and came together for a cause bigger than themselves, bigger than all of us–the future of our planet. The day was successful and by the end of the year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency had been created. That day proved that if we stand together, we still have the power to make a change for good. So in honor of Earth Day and those tireless crusaders for environmental sustainability, here are a few easy ways that every paddler can help our magnificent planet. – Jack Haworth
Nobody likes to see trash on the beach or in the water, but often times people will turn a blind eye and not bother to pick it up. However, trash is much more than an eye-sore, it is destructive. Scientists estimate there is over five trillion pieces of trash in our oceans and that has deadly consequences for marine life ranging from plankton to whales. While the figures are staggering, paddlers can still make a difference. Paddleboards offers a stable platform that is perfect for clean-up efforts. It’s simple, next time you paddle past a piece of trash, simply pick it up, put it on your board, and throw it away once you are back on land. It may not seem like much, but it makes a positive impact on your local marine ecosystem.
Just remember what Bruce–the great white shark–said in Disney’s Finding Nemo, “Fish are friends, not food.” While we admire Bruce’s thoughts, most paddlers would probably disagree. Fish is a lean protein and makes up a staple of many paddler’s diets. With that said, it’s important to know where your fish is coming from and how it’s being caught. For decades, the fishing industry decimated populations of fish that were once thought to be endless. Species like Halibut, Cod and Pacific Bluefin Tuna are now at all-time lows due to unsustainable fishing practices. But thanks to our friends at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, eating sustainable seafood is now easier than ever. They developed both a website and app called Seafood Watch, which gives users all the information they need to make responsible seafood choices.
Yep, that’s right. Getting out and enjoying our magnificent planet is what SUP is all about. Come face-to-face with wildlife, feel the rush of adrenaline as you catch a big wave, or simply be at peace in the calmness that only wilderness can provide. Whether taking strokes in a lake, river or ocean, simply exploring Mother Nature’s natural wonders is the best way to celebrate Earth Day. Not only will it give you a greater appreciation for our planet, but it will also inspire you to protect it. Because Earth Day is not just about embracing our planet for one day, it’s about conserving and enjoying our planet everyday. Now that’s something all paddlers can get behind.
Happy Earth Day!
Learn about climate change and how it relates to SUP.
Discover how one organization is using SUP to clean up our oceans.
This morning, when the editorial squad at SUP magazine stepped off the Boeing 737 onto the Wilmington Airport tarmac, the thick North Carolina air hit us with the force of a thousand strokes from Jim Terrell.
But it’s not just the 80-degree heat steeped in 77 percent humidity of sticky sea salt that makes the air so heavy. It’s the energy of our entire industry of enthusiasts—athletes elite and amateur, brands, babes and everything in between—all communed on this SUP-sacred sliver of sand called Wrightsville Beach for the sixth annual symbolic season opener—the 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech. We wouldn’t miss it for the world, or the world’s day (Happy Earth Day, by the way), and we’re here to cover it from all angles, just for you, our beloved loyal followers.
In deed, ladies and gents, we are doing it live. Very live. We ventured across the contiguous U.S. to cover tomorrow’s season opener in real-time, onsite, in the flesh. With real-time posting on all social channels and immediate results and recaps coming at the finish, our motto for this year comes from the wise words of a young Bill O’reilly, “We’ll do it LIVE!”
Tomorrow’s special: Twitter, Insta, Facebook, Facebook Live and SUPthemag.com.
SUP spent all morning traveling around Wrightsville Beach, scouting routes and establishing angles to bring you complete coverage of tomorrow’s main event—the hallowed Graveyard Elite Race. Tomorrow, we’ll be onsite bright and early, tracking the action and dishing out a cornucopia of real-time content across every digital medium we can conjure. Updates at every major milestone with images on Instagram, tidbitds on Twitter and factoids on Facebook. We’ll have exclusive interviews with the sport’s elite racers, insight from the sport’s top aficionados, real-time results first from the finishline, a robust recap and a grand-finale gallery featuring exclusive imagery collected from multiple staff cameras trained on the track.
For the full experience….
Facebook: If you haven’t “liked” @SUP the mag on Facebook, do it. Like, now. Tomorrow, we’ll be plugging the ‘book with insight at every opportunity.
Facebook Live: This year we’ll be covering the race with real-time updates via Facebook Live, a new feature that allows SUP to deliver LIVE video content directly to your newsfeed. SUP magazine digital editor and Cup correspondent, Mike Misselwitz, will be your host as he tracks the pack with the help of his trusty OneWheel. It’s going to be one outrageous webcast (especially if he wipes out onscreen, which is almost inevitable considering he’s a bit of a speed demon).
To catch our Facebook Live webcasts, visit @SUP the mag on Facebook for the opening rundown just before the race kicks off (10am EST), then keep a lookout for updates announcing Live update times throughout the race and at the finish (around 12pm), where we’ll be chatting with the champions for your vicarious viewing pleasure.
Instagram: Follow @supthemag. Better yet, search visit our profile, press the three little dots (…) in the upper right corner then in the dropdown menu, click “Turn on post notifications.” Boom. You won’t miss a single post.
(Eds note: We solemnly swear to post only the most insightful and inspiring SUP shots and critical race updates. If you don’t like it, you can always turn them off…though we imagine that won’t be necessary.)
Twitter: @SUPthemag. Follow us. Real-time updates ensue.
See you on the beach!
Preview: What to expect from the 2016 Carolina Cup
Ready for the next big race? You will be with these lesser-known facts about next weekend’s OluKai Ho’olaule’a.
Essentially, our sport consists of several different mini-sports with one common denominator, a standup paddleboard. Whether people are paddling down a raging river in Oregon or into a monster wave at Jaws, they do so on a SUP–albeit very different styles of boards. That’s what separates SUP from other sports and also why it attracts athletes and watermen from wildly different backgrounds. Case and point: the latest video from the Pau Hana featuring founder Todd Caranto SUP surfing and catching fish…at the same time.
While most people stick to the mantra “one thing at a time,” SUP shaper Todd Caranto figures why not do em’ both. He manages to hook a bluefin trevally fish while simultaneously riding a wave on Oahu’s North Shore. It looks incredibly fun and who knows, maybe this will catch on and become the next craze in our sport. Though fair warning, be careful of where you try this; nothing will get you chased out of the water quicker than “catching” a fellow surfer.
See why SUP fishing gives fishermen new advantages.
Want to catch a shark from your SUP? This paddler did just that.
You never know what marine life you might encounter on a given day on the drink. Paddle around the world, and chances are you’ll spot an amalgam of our ocean-dwelling friends—microscopic dinoflagellates (the fascinating culprits that cause bioluminescence), fish ranging from Hawaii’s micro-sized humuhumunukunukuapua’a to California’s massive great white shark, sea lions, manatees, dugongs and birds from all flocks of life.
While dugong and dinoflagellate sightings do occur all the time, our paddling experience proves that, here in California, we’re more likely to spot a dolphin, seal or if we’re really lucky, a whale.
Recently, whale activity off the California southern and central coast has been remarkably present. Multiple SUP mag staff members reported multiple humpback sightings over the weekend along the coast between San Clemente and Santa Barbara. While we were lucky enough to be on the water when these majestic creatures graced us with their presence, the experience depicted in this stunning footage shot offshore from Oceanside is about as breathtaking as a whale encounter can possibly get.
Another stunning whale encounter in Australia.
A curious Orca trails a standup paddler. Find out if he falls in…
When it comes to the OluKai Ho’olaule’a—Maui’s marquee downwind race on the North Shore’s legendary Maliko Run—there’s not a whole lot SUP hasn’t covered. Every spring the Ho’olaule’a returns with the wind to Maliko Gulch, and with it returns SUP magazine, faithfully bringing you insightful previews, exclusive imagery, real-time results and robust recaps live from Maui’s downwind Mecca. Come Saturday, April 30th, our entire editorial team (minus Editor in Chief, Will Taylor, who will be busy competing in the event’s open division) will be on the water at Maliko, covering the Ho’olaule’a live once again.
If you need to brush up on your OluKai fun facts and stats, take a scroll through our archived content from the OluKai Ho’olaule’a. You’ll quickly learn everything there is to know about the Ho’o…almost everything, that is.
Here we present you five lesser-known facts about the 8th annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a.
A Staggering Start
Traditionally, the OluKai kicks off with the grand gamut of eager downwind racers staged at the start-line, hundreds of amateurs standing shoulder-to-shoulder with elites in a windy mess outside of Maliko Gulch. While it makes for an interesting kick-off, the process of getting off the line with hundreds of other racers is a bit of a mess as the elites inevitably out-stroke the recreational paddlers. This year, there will be a staggered start, with pro racers launching around 30 minutes behind the open racers, a formula that should provide more structure and less chaos…but no promises.
‘Ohana Fun Paddle
This one’s for the enthusiast who longs to be involved but lacks the experience to take on the entirety of the Maliko Run. The ‘Ohana (Hawaiian for “family”) Fun Paddle is a non-timed, non-competitive three-mile fun paddle that gives all members of the community a chance to get out in the water at Maliko. It starts at 9am Saturday with a beach launch from Paia Bay and a water finish at Kanaha Beach Park, and it’s open to all human-powered watercraft, including but not limited to standup paddleboard, prone paddleboard, surfski, kayak and outrigger canoe (OC1, OC2, OC4, OC6).
On Friday morning, April 29th (the eve of the main race), a demo day will be held at Kanaha Beach, featuring opportunities to try boards, meet pros such as four-time Ho‘olaule‘a winner Connor Baxter, Travis Grant, Dave Kalama, Kai Lenny, Lauren Spalding, Manca Notar and Andrea Moller. Fitness specialist Suzie Cooney will also host a training/wellness session. The day kicks off at 9am with a pro panel hosted by paddling legend Archie Kalepa. And it’s totally free.
One Womens’ Champ
We have yet to see another female SUP athlete reign victorious year after year at a single event like the consecutive seven-time Ho’olauleʻa champion, Andrea Moller. The Maui local (originally from Brazil) consistently dominates the competition, usually bettering her course record, and then returns the following day to win the OC1 race on the same stretch of open ocean, with the exception of merely one loss in the OC1 in 2012. This may not be news to some, but it’s as impressive a statistic as they come.
While the OluKai is without a doubt one of paddling’s biggest celebrations, it’s also about giving back to the local community. After every competitor crosses the finish line and all the awards are handed out, OluKai employees, guests and local volunteers gather on Monday for OluKai’s Annual Giveback Day. In 2014, volunteers planted Koa trees on Kaheawa Beach to assist with a reforestation and archeological project, aimed at preserving the beach for generations to come. Last year, nearly 100 volunteers turned out to help with Maui’s Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge Project. It is all part of the new Ama OluKai Foundation, which strives to preserve local cultures and traditions.
History of the OluKai Ho’olaule’a
Full gallery from the 2015 Ho’olaule’a
More on the Maui Dream Retreat
This weekend, for the sixth consecutive year, SUP racing season kicks off at Wrightsville Beach with the Carolina Cup. The event—officially called the West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech this year—is as much a festival as it is a competition. It’s the beloved mother of all East Coast SUP races, a pillar of the international SUP agenda and a celebration of all things standup paddling. And once again, the SUP magazine crew will be on site, covering the action live via social media and real-time publishing on SUPthemag.com. Stay tuned.
Upwards of 700 racers spread across four courses. The world’s fastest paddlers and eager amateurs galore. Paddling clinics with world-class instructors and certifiers. A demo zone featuring the industry’s top brands. Before parties. After parties. A movie premier. Autograph signings. Award ceremonies. The electric energy of SUP’s vibrant community reconvened yet again for the opening event of another highly-anticipated, action-packed season.
Wrightsville Beach is a T-shaped peninsula stemming from the Carolina coast and separated from the mainland by a web of inlets and canals that comprises the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW)—a popular paddling haven and flatwater SUP sanctuary. On the water, shorter races and demos will take place in the back bay of the ICWW, while the flagship competition—the Graveyard Race—will start and finish on the surf side of the peninsula. A fixture of the area, the Blockade Beach Runner Resort is the event’s official accommodator and will host a slew of parties and industry gatherings in addition to a star-studded list of racers.
With four courses comes four races—the hallowed Graveyard Elite Race (13.2-mile main event), the Harbor Island Recreational Race (3.5-mile fun race), the Money Island Open Race (6.5-mile flatwater race) and finally, the kids race.
The Graveyard Race
This is the main event. It stretches more than 13 miles around the Wrightsville Beach community, starting and ending in the surf while covering ocean and flatwater and usually featuring both downwind and upwind stretches. It’s grueling. It’s demanding. It’s an elite race for a reason and that reason is it’s not for everyone. The most comfortable and experienced elite competitors in distance paddling and endurance racing will prevail.
Later this week, we’re bringing you a full rundown of our top-picks for the 2016 Carolina Cup, but until then, here’s something to hold you over.
The elite race is long, varied and unpredictable. The exact course and its directional flow will not be announced until night before or day-of. Point being, there’s little home-field advantage and lots of variables. The racers with the most experience in distance and endurance paddling, as well as those who’ve been training hardest in the off-season, will likely be in the lead. Last year, veteran paddler Travis Grant and three-time Carolina Cup victor Annabel Anderson took home the trophies, a testament to the value of experience among the more seasoned racers. But with in-form all-stars like Connor Baxter and George Cronsteadt looking for the top spot on the podium, and rapidly-rising forces like Fiona Wylde and Shae Foudy looking to cement their space at the top of the sport, the 2016 Carolina Cup title is up for the taking.
Last year’s Carolina Cup recap.
More Carolina Cup.
Everybody has dreams.
They’re the visions we conjure up and long to live out, the far-flung paradigms and high-strung passions admired by the faithless, aimed for by the ambitious and achieved by tireless believers, those unwilling to settle for apathy. The fate of a dream—whether it devolves into one’s fantasy or evolves into one’s future, is the sum of the dreamer’s ambition and action.
Just like everyone else, Frenchman Nicolas Jarossay had his own dream. His vision was to be the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean by SUP, completely unsupported.
It was a grand idea and one that raised eyebrows across the standup paddling community, many commending Jarossay for his ambition, many others openly questioning the possibility and safety of such a harrowing journey. Nevertheless, Jarossay was determined. For three years he worked tirelessly to turn his dream into a reality.
After pushing back his original launch date last December because his custom-built paddleboard remained incapable of self-righting, Jarossay decided he was finally prepared to paddle into the history books earlier this month. With the seasonal weather window for such a crossing rapidly closing (December through April is the optimal season), he launched from Cape Verde (on the northwest coast of Africa) with the dream of paddling across nearly 3,000 miles of open ocean to reach the Caribbean island of Martinique by the end of June.
After a mere few hours after launching, Jarossay’s dream became his nightmare, and nearly cost him his life. The following summary was translated from Jarossay’s recent account, as told to the French media affiliate, 20 Minutes.
While paddling approximately 30 miles off the coast of Cape Verde, the board’s rudder line snapped, causing the board to spin sideways. Moments later, a large swell capsized the board, leaving Jarossay helplessly stranded in the middle of the ocean. With no way of righting his board, Jarossay sent an emergency distress beacon and waited for help to arrive.
As both night and hypothermia began to set in, Jarossay’s life depended solely on a single rescue team’s ability to find him–and if they had enough fuel. By an incredible stoke of luck, the rescue boat spotted Jarossay just moments before calling off their search due to nightfall and low fuel.
The rescue boat attempted to tow Jarossay’s 21-foot board back to shore, but it was too heavy and was instead left in the middle of the ocean. Once back on land, the Frenchman was rushed to a local hospital to treat his hypothermia. He has since made a full recovery.
So, how did such a grand plan go so wrong, so fast?
Put simply, despite the three years of preparation involved, Jarossay’s mission was forced too early. It needed further preparation and planning. Only months prior to his launch, Jarossay’s board was not self-righting—a devastating problem for such an expedition—and evidently, that problem was never resolved.
“You need to be one hundred percent confident and comfortable,” commented SUP expedition pioneer Bart de Zwart. “If you plan for worst-case scenarios ahead, then when things do go wrong you already know what to do.”
Considering Jarossay was perhaps minutes away from a deathly consequence, it’s safe to say he was not adequately prepared for the rudder failure. But there are many other questions to be answered.
How could his equipment fail after only a few hours? Did he have a realistic plan for survival if he had a problem further from shore? Why would he risk crossing during hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1?
SUP expeditions are a popular subdivision of our sport, and within it, ultimate consideration for safety is paramount. Things can go wrong in a hurry and when you’re paddling thousands of miles, things are bound to go wrong. Jarossay’s failure serves as a reminder to all paddlers about the risks involved with not only expedition paddling, but standup paddling in general.
Despite the death-defying ordeal, Jarossay claims his dream of crossing the Atlantic is still alive. And thanks to a brave rescue team, so is he. —JH
See the preview of Nicolas Jarossay’s Atlantic Crossing expedition.
For an alternative approach to expedition paddling, see The Atlantic SUPer Girls New York to Miami mission.
When it comes to father-son bonding, there are few better outlets than standup paddling. Here we find a perfect example of that bond with paddler Darrell Kirk taking his young son for a fun SUP adventure. Rocking a wetsuit, PFD, and Spiderman helmet, Kirk’s son was stylin’ on the front of dad’s board. The duo explored one of their local waterways and Darrell even taught his son to take his first few stokes. Not to mention, the little paddler got to play in the mud and explore the great outdoors (a lot healthier than playing video games all day). So enjoy this adorable video and then get out there with your kids or parents for some healthy bonding on the water.
Watch Darrell Kirk as he paddles 400 feet underground.
Why SUP together is one of the best ways to bond as a family.
One family’s incredible SUP adventure in Canada.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – April 11, 2016 — Standup for the Cure’s Fifth Annual fundraising event and one of the largest paddle competitions in the world, is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 9am at Newport Dunes in Newport Beach, California. More than 1,000 participants support the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, a breast cancer research and treatment non-profit. Every $125 dollars raised can potentially save a life by enabling women in need access to a mammogram.
“The growth and popularity of the events have surpassed our wildest anticipations,” says Dan Van Dyck, National Event Director. “Most events are lucky to have 150 participants. This year we’re on track to have six times that many competitors.”
Within four years, these events have triggered a huge following. With thousands of participants and multiple major sponsors at three sites around the country, Standup for the Cure is becoming a nationwide phenomenon. What started as an idea during a stand up paddle session on Maui 5 years ago has become one of the most successful events in the burgeoning Paddleboard community. The organization has also built a reputation as one of the most effective fundraisers for breast cancer awareness in any sporting event, rapidly expanding into a series of highly regarded events in both the Paddle and Breast Cancer worlds.
To date, Standup for the Cure has raised more than $680,000 for early breast cancer detection, research, treatment, education and helped over 300 participants obtain life-saving screening for breast cancer on site at the events.
“Our Mission is to Have Fun while saving lives” says Founder Judie Vivian, 4 year Breast Cancer Survivor and recent Board Member of the Orange County Susan G Komen Affiliate.
About Standup for the Cure
(SUFTC) is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit whose mission is to raise money and awareness for early breast cancer detection, research, treatment and education through the active, healthy lifestyle of Standup Paddling nationwide. Founded in 2011, Standup for the Cure is fully supported by generous donations from their partners and global community. To date, more than $680,000 has been raised for early breast cancer awareness, research, treatment, education and helped hundreds of underprivileged or uninsured women obtain life-saving treatment for their disease.
For participation and ‘”Stand Up” charitable contributions please visit us at https://www.crowdrise.com/NewportBeachStandupfortheCure; on Twitter at @StandUp4TheCure; and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StandupForTheCure
More information can be found at http://www.SUFTC.org/; via Twitter at @StandUp4TheCure; and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StandupForTheCure
For press/media information or media passes, please contact Dan Van Dyck email@example.com (760)436-3589
When legendary Hawaiian surfer and shaper Gerry Lopez does something, it usually ends up being awesome. Such is the case in the latest video of Gerry river surfing near his home in Bend, Oregon. The 67-year-old looks as fit as ever, carving this perfect standing wave with his signature ease and flow. Bend’s endless wave looks an ideal fit for SUP surfing, a pastime at which Mr. Lopez is no slouch, but the man who made a name for himself tube-riding in Hawaii (“Mr. Pipeline”…heard of him?) opts to stick to his tried and true shortboard for this session.
Top 5 standing river waves in North America.
Learn about Bend, Oregon’s new whitewater park.
Before you have a good day on the water, first you need to have a good day of nutrition. While it’s easy to forget about eating right, a healthy diet is the ultimate key to paddling harder and faster. While kale may be the first food that crosses your mind when it comes to eating healthy, there are plenty of other healthy options out there too. One such example is beans.
Beans truly are an underrated plant-based food that is perfect for paddlers because of their nutritional profile. Packed with protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and minerals, beans are nutrient-rich for their tiny size and will keep you feeling sustained for those long paddles. Not to mention, beans are also cholesterol-free, have a low glycemic index, and are easy on the wallet. With so much goodness coming from the little legumes, we’re taking a closer look at four delicious options that are easy to include in any meal. —Shari Coble
The main ingredient in hummus–garbanzo beans–are delicious and can be roasted for a ready-to-go snack. Magnesium, iron, niacin, vitamin B-6, and calcium are all found in this power-packed bean, as well as healthy fatty acids including linoleic and oleic acids. Garbanzo beans also contain antioxidant phytonutrients, which help the body to function properly and may prevent disease.
Popular in caribbean cooking, black beans boast an earthy taste while packing copper, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B1. They’re a great substitute for refried pinto beans and are a flavorful addition to any wrap, salad, or rice dish. Plus these little guys score…err…brownie points, because we found that black beans are used to bump up the protein content in a healthy recipe for brownies.
Named for their shape, kidney beans are rich in iron, magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and B vitamins. Kidney beans are hearty and like the beans listed above, easy to use in a variety of different dishes. Throw some in a slow cooker with tomato, onion, chili powder or your preferred seasoning, and come home to a nutritious, ready-to-serve chili.
Mild in flavor, these fiber-rich white beans are versatile and contain iron, calcium, vitamin C, and potassium. Add them to cassoulet like the French, substitute them for cannellini beans, toss them in soups and stews, or season and serve as a low-calorie side dish.
More Health and Fitness here.
San Clemente, California – April 15, 2016: Flow Sports, Inc. today announced that it has signed a long-term Distribution Agreement with Pryde Group Americas to distribute its brands Flow Snowboarding and SIC Maui in the North America, Canada, Mexico, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean “the Americas”.
Flow Sports, Inc. and Pryde Group Americas are related parties. They are both owned by the same parent company Shriro Pacific Limited. This move comes as the group seeks to reorganize and consolidate its various branded and distribution entities into functional silos of excellence. Flow Sports will now be exclusively focused on brand development, global sales and marketing for the group and specifically Flow and SIC. Pryde Group Americas remains dedicated to sales and distribution, bringing value creation to expand the reach of both Flow and SIC within the Americas. This move will help both operating divisions to realize greater cost efficiencies, so that the company can deploy its capital on new product innovation and consumer marketing.
“We needed to take a proactive approach to reorganize and streamline our business units in order to capitalize on our group’s inherent strengths, cost and operational efficiencies. We will now be better structured so that we can maintain profitability and longevity in todays challenging economy. Most importantly is that we continue to be a valued and reliable partner for our retailers and continue to produce the best products for our end users for many years to come”, said Anthony Scaturro, President and CEO of Flow Sports.
“Pryde Group Americas has been representing the industry’s leading brands for over 25 years. Incorporating Flow Snowboarding and SIC Maui into our portfolio of brands makes perfect sense for our group and will offer additional convenience and value for many of the dealers in our network. From a water sports perspective, adding a strong, performance brand like SIC Maui to our current SUP board offering of JP Australia and Imagine Surf, allows us to serve as a “one stop shop” for partners in the SUP business. Add NP Surf wear and accessories to the equation, and we genuinely become a very smart choice. Logistically, our ability to consolidate multiple brands and products into shipments will allow us to very efficiently service customers. Having access to our other leading brands like Cabrinha kitesurfing, and Neilpryde windsurfing will also be interesting for many in the network.” – Kent Marinkovic, President of Pryde Group Americas.
Pryde Group Americas will officially assume its distribution duties for Flow and SIC as of May 1, 2016 and all orders delivered after this date will be fulfilled accordingly. The sales team led by Kevin Addy, Director of Sales for Flow Sports will transition over to Pryde Group Americas on May 1 and retailers should expect continuity in service, delivery and exceptional after sales support.
About Flow Sports, Inc.: Flow Sports is an innovative branding and global distribution company specializing in action- sports equipment and consumer goods. Flow Snowboarding is best known as the creator of the “Speed Entry” snowboarding binding and over its 20 years in the snow market, Flow has risen the ranks and is globally within the top three snowboard binding brands and is within the top five brands inclusive of boards, boots and bindings. The Company also owns SIC Maui, a stand up paddle boarding brand. In 2015 SIC won the prestigious AWSI/SUP Connects “SUP Brand of The Year” award in 2015 after only 2.5 years in the market. SIC is a best-in-class brand paddled by the most elite paddlers in the world or for recreational paddlers looking for quality products and five star performance.
Pryde Group Americas: Pryde Group Americas is the leading distributor of high-end, wind and wave sports equipment in North and South America. Initially set up by Neil Pryde Ltd. in Miami, Florida in 1993 to develop the markets in North and South America, the company today excels as the distributor for all Pryde Group products in these regions. The brand portfolio currently includes: Cabrinha Kitesurfing, Imagine Surf, NP Surf, JP Australia, and Neilpryde windsurfing.
For the last decade, The Butterfly Effect has been empowering women across the globe through SUP, positive energy and healthy lifestyles. Started on Maui back in 2007 by local waterwoman Tatiana Howard, this organization has expanded to reach thousands of women in 18 different countries. This past weekend, hundreds of women–or “butterflies” as they like to be called–came together on Maui to celebrate 10 years of this inspirational organization. Ladies of all ages hopped on their SUPs and joined together for a massive downwind run to Kanaha, where they were greeted with a fun festival including music, food, performances, massages, windsurf lessons and more. This video not only highlights the event’s fun festivities, but also Howard’s motivation for starting this movement that has made an impact on so many women’s lives.
Highlights from the last year’s Lake Tahoe Butterfly Effect.
Learn more about this incredible organization.
As a paddler, taking care of your body should be a top priority. While training and conditioning are keys to success, eating well is even more important. The body is a temple after all.
Unfortunately, most of us let a lot of bad things in. But we’re not just talking chips and sweets, we already know those are bad. Surprisingly, eating fruits and veggies can also be doing more harm than good.
Unless you are eating a completely raw and organic diet, almost all of your food is processed or chemically treated. Many foods contain artificial ingredients and preservatives, while fruits and veggies contain pesticides and less nutrients than their organic brethren.
So what does it mean to eat raw and organic?
A raw food diet is pretty extreme. Raw foods include fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts, grains, and anything prepared below 116° F. Cooking foods above this temperature causes them to lose essential vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
“Organic” simply refers to the way in which the food was grown. Organic farmers are not allowed to use pesticides, GMOs, or petroleum-based or sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Organic livestock must be fed organic feed that is free from antibiotics or growth hormones. While eating a raw and organic diet has its challenges, the benefits are immense.
Eating processed food slows down your metabolism, can cause brain fog and may lead to many chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. In contrast, eating a more natural diet will not only reduce your risk of illness, but will also boost your energy. Not to mention, the quality of your sleep will improve, meaning you’ll wake up feeling more energized and ready for that pre-dawn paddle. Add to that a quicker recovery time and you’ll be able to train harder and get back on the water for a second session later in the day.
While your body will thank you, your bank account probably won’t. Everyone knows shopping organic can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. If you can’t keep up with the prices at your local health food store, visit your local farmer’s market. The prices are often much more affordable and the produce is fresh and delicious. Or if you have the room, start a backyard garden. You might just find you have a green thumb and pick up a new hobby.
However, changing your diet can be tough, so don’t go cold turkey. Or in this case, organic, grass-fed, free-range turkey.
Figure out what works for you. When you visit the supermarket, stick to the perimeter. If you don’t venture down the aisles, you won’t be tempted to buy all that processed junk. Read the ingredients so you know what you’re getting; the fewer ingredients the better. If you absolutely need bread in your diet, buy whole wheat, whole grain bread and limit yourself to one slice at a time.
Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, there are millions of healthy recipes out there. For those of you with a sweet tooth, there are even recipes for brownies and muffins made with natural ingredients. In short, eating healthy has never been easier.
If you still aren’t sold, it’s important to note that eating raw and organic is also good for the environment. Natural foods typically use little or no packaging, saving sea life from the threats of plastics and other garbage in their home. In addition, organic farming avoids using pesticides and fertilizers that would eventually make their way to the ocean, resulting in algal blooms and toxin-filled fish.
So protect yourself and our local marine life. It may be more challenging to eat organic, but your body and our environment will thank you.
Stay energized with this delicious and nutritious SUP smoothie.
Perfect dinner recipe for a scrumptious salmon dinner.
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) claims the lives of 22 military veterans each day, while many more suffer from the depression, anxiety and other debilitating conditions. Nate Dub, a former US Army soldier, struggled with PTSD before discovering the therapeutic effects of standup paddling. Since then, he has decided to use the sport as a platform to increase awareness for those still struggling with this disorder.
Together with Midwest distance pioneer Shane Perrin, Dub paddled 100 miles from Chicago to Horny Goat, Milwaukee. By doing so, they raised $7,000 for Nate’s nonprofit–Proudly We Stand–that supports Nation of Patriots and Companions for Heroes. The duo recently released this new documentary, focusing on their epic journey and continued efforts to stand up for those facing PTSD.
Learn more about their 100 mile paddle for PTSD.
Shane Perrin’s 535 mile epic SUP excursion will leave you amazed.
There’s something in the way he moves…or surfs that is. Standup world tour veteran Noa Ginella is far from a one-trick pony. As seems to be the case with most professional SUP surfers, Ginella is an all-around waterman and excels in several different surfing disciplines, including the ancient Hawaiian tradition of Alaia surfing.
This is roots surfing in its purest form in which thin, wooden boards–that can reach 12 feet long and weigh nearly 100 pounds–are surfed without fins (or paddle). Instead of relying on the fins to keep the board in the wave, that responsibility rests in the skill of the surfer. The Oahu native’s loose style pays off with several 360 spins and a fun session on the board that gave birth to modern surfing. While most of us would struggle just to control the board, Ginella’s ability to ride the Alaia with ease is a testament to his abilities in the water.
More footage of Noa in action, this time surfing his massive SUP race board.
Check out Kai Lenny and the boys have fun on this unconventional surfing craft.
KAHULUI, Hawaii (April 13, 2016) – SIC Global Team Athlete Andrea Moller hosted the 4th annual Imua Keiki o ke Kai presented by Paddle Imua & Bluesmiths. Imua Keiki o ke Kai was held on Sunday, April 3rd at the Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului, Maui. Imua Keiki o ke Kai is a unique event to provide children with special needs an opportunity to bond and participate in ocean sports with a who’s who list of top professional water sports athletes. The keiki attending the Imua Keiki o ke Kai had a chance to enjoy stand up paddling, double-hulled outrigger canoe paddling and Jet Ski rides. Imua Keiki o ke Kai was originally inspired by Moller’s vision to offer the children of Camp Imua an opportunity to interact one-on-one with ocean athletes in a safe and supervised environment.
“It’s a pre-event for Paddle Imua,” explained Moller, in an interview with Malika Dudley of MauiNow. “I wanted to get the paddlers who race for Paddle Imua to get to know the kids and get them to know what Paddle Imua is all about. It is a fundraiser for Camp Imua. What is neat about this year is, not just camp kids came, but a lot of kids from schools that never really met special needs kids. Just to have fun. All of the paddlers getting to know each other and get in the water. It’s basically a free, fun event for everybody. A lot of kids never really had family that was comfortable in the water to take them out paddling. So when they come to this event they know the athletes are here to take them safely into the ocean.”
The Imua Keiki o ke Kai has grown over the past four years since its inaugural event in 2013. It started small with about ten children and twenty volunteers. Most of the volunteers that day were Moller’s friends who dedicated their time and resources. The volunteers all arrived on the beach early, each bringing their personal boards to take a child paddling. The Hawaiian Canoe Club lent their double hulled canoe and the rest was history.
“Imua Family Services… if it wasn’t for them helping me put this event together, it wouldn’t happen,” explained Moller. “They are definitely people who understands the needs of all these kids and they put together great events to fundraise for Camp Imua. Right on for Imua Family Services & Camp Imua for helping me out with this.”
About Imua Keiki o ke Kai: Camp Imua campers and families are welcome to an afternoon of guided stand-up paddling, double hull outrigger canoe paddling, and jet-ski rides with ocean athletes. Imua Keiki o ke Kai is a PRE-EVENT for BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua. To learn more about Imua Keiki o Ke Kai, visit www.imuakeiki.com.
About Imua Family Services: Since 1947, the nonprofit agency has been providing services to Maui’s keiki with special needs, concerns and developmental delays. Imua Family Services empowers families and their children to reach their full potential. To learn more about Imua Family Services, visit www.imuafamilyservices.org or call 808-244-7467.
About BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua: A physical embodiment of the Hawaiian word Imua (‘to move forward’,) BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua began as a grassroots initiative to fund Camp Imua as it faced threat of elimination. Commemorating its 5th year in 2016, Paddle Imua continues to play a monumental role in keeping Camp Imua’s tradition alive. BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua is a one-of-kind mission based race with proceeds directly benefiting Imua Family Services’ Camp Imua program. www.paddleimua.com
About SIC Maui: SIC is the stand up paddling industry’s premier 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 shapes 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 visit us online at www.sicmaui.com and on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.
In a major upset for the SUP racing community, organizers announced Lake Tahoe’s beloved “Race the Lake of the Sky” event will officially be put on hold until 2017.
The announcement comes with surprise for SUP competitors, many of whom have already arranged itineraries and travel plans for the coming season, as the season’s Tahoe cornerstone has been growing significantly since the inaugural event in 2012. Last year saw more than 400 registered paddlers.
Even so, the race was still very much a grassroots operation run by event founder Chris Brackett and his family. It was never over-hyped and Brackett always ensured the event would be open to paddlers of all abilities. In short, the race was simply about having fun and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow paddlers.
Unfortunately, this year the shores of Lake Tahoe will remain void of Race the Lake of the Sky.
Brackett explained the reason for the postponement was simply a lack of time to organize. His family runs South Tahoe SUP and is currently in the midst of moving the store to a new location. As is the case with most major moves, there have been unforeseen complications which have limited the amount of time he’s been able to devote to his labor of love.
Not willing to sacrifice the quality of the event, Brackett decided it would be better to postpone the race until next year. While certainly disappointing, paddlers can appreciate Brackett’s dedication to never lower the bar and will look forward to “race the lake” in 2017.
Dear Race the Lake of the Sky Friends and Families,
The building that has housed South Tahoe Standup Paddle since 2010 has been sold and the new owner is renovating the property. As you can imagine this has sent us scrambling to find a new location for our retail shop. The good news is that we are moving to 3135 Harrison Avenue, 2 blocks closer to El Dorado Beach.
The demands of moving and the tenant improvements required to establish business in our new location will not leave us enough time to produce Race the Lake of the Sky at the level of excellence it deserves. Therefore, 2016 will be a “Leap Year” for Race the Lake of the Sky. We look forward to producing the 5th annual event in 2017.
The South Tahoe SUP Series is scheduled to return for the sixth straight year on Saturday June 25th, July 30th, and August 27th. More details to come!
Thank you for your continued support,
Chris, Jared & Robin
South Tahoe Standup Paddle
SUP’s coverage from last year’s Race the Lake of the Sky.
Spring is in the air and that means flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and standup paddling’s biggest downwind race is just around the corner. At the end of April, the paddling world will gather on Maui’s hallowed ground for the famed OluKai Ho’olaule’a. The famed downwind race that will see the world’s best paddlers duking it out on the Maliko Run on Maui’s North Shore. To get stoked about the race, we found an awesome video of another downwinding run on Maui. Here we find two standup paddlers and an outrigger canoe finding the glide on some large bumps as they paddled south from Kihei to Makena, on the west side of the island. It is just a taste of what to expect in only a few weeks at paddling’s biggest race.
Be a part of paddling’s biggest event, the OluKai Ho’olaule’a.
Take a virtual downwinding journey on the famed Maliko Run.
Huntington Beach, CA, – Southern California entrepreneurial and highly recognized surf family, the Hamborgs, who specialize in the handcrafted longboard skateboards, street standup paddle boards and land paddles company Hamboards will be featured on ABC’s Beyond the Tank 10/9c April 19th, 2016.
Hamboards set out to do what skateboards could never do – bring the true feel of surfing to land, and developed a worldwide cult following from its unique place in the market with thousands of fans around the world posting their own videos. This landed Pete Hamborg, Gus Hamborg and east coast cousin Don Sandusky on ABC’s Shark Tank in October 2013 in which Robert Herjavec made a deal to pay $300,000 for 30% of the company. Since then, Hamboards transformed from a start-up into a growth business. The company secured a viable and competitive mass production supply chain in a way that allowed them to simultaneously expand their product line while lowering costs and improving profit margins and quality standards.
The company recently developed new distribution relationships in the US, Europe and Asia and has its first order major USA sports equipment retailer. Annual revenues have grown significantly and their gross margin is highly competitive for a growth company in such a crowded sector. As company co-owner and manager Don Sandusky explained “Our product is unique, our quality is first-class, our authentic brand is totally dialed-in, and we’ve invested the blood sweat and tears to derive a growth business that’s built to scale fast… I love our odds from here.” The Huntington Beach company has struggled to keep ahead of the explosive demand around the world including celebrities around the world.
Being on Shark Tank has been incredible for general brand awareness, but the company’s unique products and their authentic So. Cal. beach vibe has brought most of the unexpected opportunities. Hamboards has significant product placements in several current television shows and in a new feature film starring Bruce Willis. Collaborations with major outdoor lifestyle brands have been a bonus too. Sales Manager Jake Soll said, “We felt like rock stars at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail. The guys from Burton, and GoPro were flipping out about how much the boards feel like carving. They stole our boards for their own display booths. Subaru bought lots of co-branded Hamboards to help it sell Outback’s like Volkswagen used Trek Bikes to sell Jetta’s.” Across the globe, communities of Surf and Standup Paddle enthusiasts have embraced Hamboards promise to “unleash the beach”. A High school teacher in Northern Michigan started a program called Gone Boarding with primary brand sponsors Burton and Hamboards to encourage kids to stay interested in school by using Burton and Hamboards components to build their own boards in shop class; and Gone Boarding has been so successful it’s already under review to expand to dozens more schools. A small beachside Stand up Paddling school in Valencia Spain launched a Hamboarding school which is already so popular it’s been recognized by the Spanish government with talks underway to expand the Hamboarding School to several public school districts as a new and fun fitness activity.
The Hamborg family comes from a long line of surfers but as company founder Pete Hamborg explained “While the lucky 10% of the population live near a coastline, and fewer still near a surf-able beach, Hamboards brings the surfing experience to the remaining world population. No crowded beach, no weather report, no long drives, no difficult parking, no waiting for summer vacation or, time of day. We can now surf – anywhere, anytime. Hamboards has unleashed the beach.”
The Beyond the Tank segment includes Robert Herjavec meeting with Hamboards in Huntington Beach to discuss different areas of the company to see what they can grow and improve, and also goes behind the scenes where Pete talks about what really it takes to hand craft the world’s best longboards, Robert Herjavec twists Donnie’s arm, and Gus’s life changes profoundly. Gus Hamborg who leads Hamboards creative excitedly explained “In celebration the Beyond The Tank, please visit Hamboard.com during the show for a very special Beyond The Tank offer. We have limited supplies, especially of the low serial number boards which is why we are telling our most beloved Hamboarders now.”
Established in 1997 by a father of five surfers, Hamboards set out to “crack the code” with its first inspired creations born in a small garage. Soon Hamboards was little more than a local shaper shop with an intense following. Now, Hamboards has evolved into an iconic brand with worldwide sales. Hamboards was created by people who live all kinds of board sports and have made it their life’s mission to share this feeling with the rest of the world in a way that traditional skateboarding never could. The company operates a direct to consumer website at www.hamboards.com
About Beyond the Tank:
Beyond the Tank is the companion series from the producers of the Emmy-winning reality series, Shark Tank. Each episode of Beyond the Tank features captivating and surprising outcomes, and examines the highs and lows after the Sharks strike a deal with the entrepreneurs on Shark Tank.
According to the venerable and respected web resource Urban Dictionary, the term “no-brainer” means: “Something so obvious to be correct/appropriate, that it requires no contemplation to decide on.”
That’s how we feel about racing in the OluKai Ho’olaule’a, Maui’s momentous SUP race happening April 29 through May 1. Number one: this race is held on the hallowed Mecca of downwinding stretches, the Maliko Run, on the North Shore of Maui. Number two: it’s a downwind race which means lots of gliding and less paddling. Number three: the best downwind paddlers in the world will be there duking it out at your side. Number four: it’s a great event put on by a great company. Number five: it doesn’t take a ton of brain power to understand why the OluKai Ho’olaule’a appeals to any paddler.
What have you got to lose? It’s a no-brainer. We’ll see you there!
Past coverage from the OluKai Ho’olaule’a.
Thanks to El Niño, this past winter at Jaws will go down as one of the best…like, ever. All winter long, massive swell pumped across Pacific coastlines—not withholding Maui’s north shore—leaving the big-wave community raging with endorphins that ought to tide them over through summer.
As El Niño bids farewell, the swell dissipates as quickly as it came. But thanks to dedicated videography and the weird miracle of the internet, El Niño’s most cinematic moments live on through hours of incredible footage and photos still pumping from Hawaii.
Throughout the winter, we’ve been graced with insane imagery from Pe’ahi—Maui’s fabled big-wave break—most of which, in the standup world, display four-time Standup World Tour Champion Kai Lenny expertly endeavoring to tip the scale of what’s possible in SUP surfing. But that’s not to say a few other hard-charging paddlers didn’t brave the big waves of Pe’ahi. Pictured here, inaugural champion of the women’s Standup World Tour, Brazilian Nicole Pacelli delivers a most impressive display.
In this video, Brazil’s SUP queen takes on a Jaws monster, outrunning the skyscraping whitewater for a worthy instant before literal tons of Pe’ahi’s finest detonate directly on her head. She’s rescued by the world-class water patrol and all is well, leaving this epic slow-motion capture by Greg Huglin to the history books. Watching a woman flex some girl power at a world-famous break most men wouldn’t dare challenge is always encouraging. Tip of the cap, Miss Pacelli.
Get to know this hard-charging SUP woman.
For more amazing footage of SUP surfers charging Jaws this past winter.
Potassium is a mineral essential to many bodily functions. Unfortunately, it is depleted each time we sweat and if not replenished, can result in serious side effects. Experts suggest adults take in 4700 milligrams of potassium each day as part of a balanced diet. But don’t be intimidated by that number, potassium can be fulfilled from a variety of natural whole food sources. While bananas are the standard go-to for athletes and active folk, they aren’t your only option. While a medium-sized banana does offer around 422mg of potassium, there are even better sources of this essential nutrient. In this edition of Paddle Healthy, we’re going beyond the banana and taking a look at other everyday foods that naturally contain enough potassium to keep you paddling strong. —Shari Coble
Sweet Potato (600-700mg)
When baked with the skin, a medium sweet potato is one of the best whole food sources for the mineral, containing a whopping 600 to 700 mg of potassium. But these tasty treats don’t only pump up your potassium intake, they also contain significant amounts of vitamin A, C and other essential nutrients. Eat sweet potatoes on their own or enhance their flavor with cinnamon or curry powder.
Baked potatoes get a bad wrap because they get loaded with fatty toppings and are thought of as a starchy food. However, a medium baked potato is actually very rich in potassium and other nutrients including complex carbohydrates, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and fiber. Just make sure to bake the potato (experts say it’s healthiest) and eat the skin which is packed with nutrients.
White beans (595mg)
White beans (or white navy beans) reign supreme over all other beans when it comes to potassium content. Just half a cup of white beans pack nearly 600 mg of potassium. In addition, these tiny nutrition-packed foods pack protein as well as manganese, zinc, and copper. Not to mention, they make great additions to several meals including soups, salads, tacos, or stews.
The mild-flavored legume packs over 700 mg of potassium per cup when boiled and is a sufficient source of plant-based protein and fiber. They’re easy to prepare and are delicious served over rice with veggies. Lentils also offer other essential nutrients including folate, magnesium, and manganese.
Beet Greens (400-500mg)
We’ll be honest, beet greens don’t sound the most appealing and typically get tossed when fresh beets are brought home. Nevertheless, a boiled cup of these mildly-bitter leaves are awesome sources of potassium, offering more than 400mg of it. They also provide significant amounts of vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. You’ll also be exceeding your suggested daily intake of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron (around 15 percent of the suggested daily intake).
When it comes to SUP racing, events can range from fun and challenging, to downright painful and exhausting. But no matter the difficulty of the event, the appeal of racing is fueled by the paddlers’ competitive spirit. The internal drive that forces them to keep charging, even when their weary arms are screaming for them to stop. But the Miami River Rally offers racers something unique; something that very few–if any–races can boast. The 4th Annual Miami River Rally gave SUP racers the opportunity to virtually paddle back in time.
Now let us explain, the organizers did not invent some sort of time machine that allows paddlers to literally go back in time–though we’re sure historic pioneers like Lewis and Clark would have found paddleboards very helpful. Instead, the race course followed the Miami River which took paddlers through different time periods in the South Beach area.
The race began along Biscayne Bay, where paddlers stoked beneath the shadows of modern skyscrapers and the Miami skyline. Soon paddlers were racing through old Miami, which dates back to the time of the first settlers in the region. Finally, the SUP racers paddled past the outskirts of town and into the wilderness that was once home to the Tequesta Indians. Basically, the Miami River Rally was part SUP race and part historical tour.
This video highlights some of the exciting action from the event. The event featured both a 5K and 10K race up the river with several different crafts competing including SUP, kayak and canoe. Since the Miami River is a well-traveled waterway, the paddlers also had to avoid boat traffic which added a challenging element to the race. Nevertheless, the event appeared to be a great success and paddlers enjoyed the chance to race (and learn) on the Miami River.
The Atlantic SUPergirls finished their 1500-mile journey in Miami, learn about their journey.
Inspirational video from last year’s Standup for the Cure Miami
A noble man, a noble event and a noble cause—the 7th annual Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup, a cornerstone multifaceted fundraising SUP event held this past Saturday at Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor, California, hosted paddlers of every sort, from hometown heroes to international SUP stars, all rallying to compete, connect and contribute with fellow philanthropists of the Southern Californian SUP community.
The event is held annually to support the Sport of Kings Foundation—a nonprofit that helps those in the surfboard manufacturing industry with life threatening and debilitating illnesses caused by the exposure to chemicals used in the board shaping/building process. In exchange for their participation and presence at this year’s Cup, attendees were honored with the opportunity to meet the man after whom the event is named, legendary surfer, active member of the local community and pillar of the sport, Mickey Munoz.
The minor rainstorm that took place Saturday afternoon wasn’t enough to drown out the fun among the diverse crowd of passionate paddlers, and this week the Southern California SUP community is abuzz with high praise for yet another successful Mongoose Cup.
Ed note: Event results were not released at the time of publication. Stay tuned for updates upon release.
Learn more about the 7th annual Mongoose Cup.
Dana Point, the perfect arena for a paddling event.
When Frenchman Nicolas Jarossay announced his plans to cross the Atlantic solo and unsupported by SUP last year, and become the first man ever to do so, he wasn’t counting on gear issues.
Then, when his launch date last December was delayed because his custom-built standup paddleboard—more of a boat, really—was still unable to self-right, he rescheduled the expedition for April.
After re-engineering the design, Jarossay launched his expedition yesterday morning. In the following Facebook post (translated from French), the mission’s support team announced his rescue late this afternoon, an early capsize rendering his mission incomplete.
Press release Transatlantic Sup, Monday, April 11, 2016.
Nicolas sailed Sunday, April 10 by favorable weather conditions.
For a reason that remains unknown at this point, the rudder system has suddenly broken and exposed the boat broadside to a flood. The boat capsized. All attempts to refloat were unsuccessful then more and more exhausting.
The continued deterioration of the situation (exhaustion, hypothermia, night), sadly, rendered inevitable triggering the distress beacon. A chain of emergency first-responders was mobilized methodically, and in the context of very modest means available to Cape Verde, it took strong technical, and admirable dedication from lifeguards.
Nicolas is safe. In collaboration with the Embassy of France, it is organizing to regain France.
The analysis of technical reasons that have prevented this first attempt will soon be initiated.
Nicolas wishes to express its gratitude to the rescuers, including coastguard Cape Verdeans.
Stay tuned for more details in SUP the mag’s follow-up story.
For the pre-launch preview of Jarossay’s Atlantic expedition
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