Brazilian paddler Nicole Pacelli is no stranger to big waves. She’s a staple in the Jaws lineup and is always hunting for the next big swell. In this video, she rides a massive wave at Jaws that got her nominated for the 2017 Billabong Ride of the Year.
Last season’s highlights of Nicole Pacelli.
Watch Nicole SUP surf a massive wave at Jaws.
On the morning of February 14, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day, I was eating breakfast with my wife when my phone started buzzing in a way I wasn’t familiar with. I looked at my phone and realized that I was being called by Chris Bertish, the man who is currently paddling across the Atlantic. Like, he’s out there right now, my himself, most likely paddling one stroke at a time toward Antigua, his final landing point.
I could hardly believe that this was possible. But with today’s technology (we used WhatsApp) he was able to describe the wild weather conditions he’s had for the first 3,000 kilometers of his journey, the injuries he’s dealing with and how he’s keeping it all together mentally. Listen to part one of our exclusive conversation with Bertish and read a few of the highlights below. We’ll be releasing the remainder of the interview next week, so stay tuned!–Will Taylor
@1:10 – “I’ve had a pretty tough run of it but I’m through the worst of it. The last 850 nautical miles should be a little smoother and easier to work with. I’ll have the swell behind me instead of from my quarter that I’ve had.”
@2:56 – “That really heavy band of trades I had for two weeks solid was testing on every level because it was just relentless. I don’t mind those conditions for a couple days in a row but it was just nonstop for almost two weeks. My systems and myself were just really embattled to just make it through and survive. My craft was taking on water, I couldn’t open my hatches, I was underwater most of the time and I don’t think most people understand the severity of that kind of problem…I have a sea grass growing on my entire deck because it’s underwater the entire time.”
@5:55 – “I don’t consider this to be a SUP adventure anymore. It has become the ultimate waterman project, using all my knowledge from everything to do with my saving, my navigation, my surveying, my surfing and being comfortable in giant storms and big waves. Dealing with everything you could possibly imagine and more and still staying positive and proactive to get through it, one challenge at a time.”
@8:52 – “Everything is looking great. The positive feedback I am getting from all around the world in regards to this project and how I’ve helped inspire people all around the world and changed the lives of millions of people and millions of kids…So this project you can see how it’s growing and how it is impacting so positively on people around the world and that drives and inspires me to want to push it and finish it even more.”
Read about Bertish’s shark encounter in the Atlantic from his most recent Captain’s Log.
More Chris Bertish coverage.
The eighth annual Sunset Beach Pro and the season opener of the newly formed APP World Tour is off to a successful start with the best standup paddle surfers from across the globe gathered at Sunset’s formidable proving ground to test their ranks. Here’s what went down on Day Two.
Sunset Beach Pro Early Rounds Recap
Day One Video Highlights
About the APP World Tour Opener
APP World Tour 2017 Trailer
The eighth annual Sunset Beach Pro and the season opener of the newly formed APP World Tour is off to a burly start with the best standup paddle surfers from across the globe gathered at Sunset’s formidable proving ground to test their ranks. Here’s what went down on Day One.
The eighth annual Sunset Beach Pro and the season opener of the newly formed APP World Tour is off to a burly start with the best standup paddle surfers from across the globe gathered at Sunset’s formidable proving ground to test their ranks.
The competition kicked off Wednesday under a veil of heavy rain with unruly, double- and triple-overhead sets sloshing through the bay at Sunset. Contest directors almost had to call a lay-day due to the near impossible visibility. It was the type of conditions to put hair on a young contender’s chest.
“The weather earlier this week made me think I was in England instead of Hawaii,” APP World Tour leader Tristan Boxford told SUP magazine earlier today. “The rain was pouring like a waterfall through the scaffolding. It made the judges really work on the first day.”
The trial rounds got started early with impressive performances from a slew of prospective dark horses, not the least of which came from brothers Jeffrey and Finn Spencer. At just 13, Finn is the youngest competitor in the field.
On to the non-elimination heats of the Round One in the men’s division, likely contenders went to work with current world champion Caio Vaz taking the day’s second-highest score (15.44) behind the Tahitian title-threat Poenaiki Raioha, who dominated with a 17.24 heat total as the round carried into Day Two with better visibility but more wind.
“The standout performance of the men’s first round definitely came from Poenaiki Raioha,” said Boxford. “He comes prepared to contend every year and he’s looking better than ever.”
The Men’s Round Two Repocharge saw upsets for decorated Maui paddler Zane Schweitzer and the all-American Slater Trout, who were ousted from contention at the Sunset Beach Pro as the Brazilian former world champ Leco Salazar capped off their heat with a 13.7. Other contenders to advance before Round Two was put on standby yesterday included brothers Kieran and Fisher Grant, Kody Kerbox, and Carlos Bahia.
Next the women’s competition ensued, kicking off on a historic note with the event moving from Turtle Bay to Sunset for their first year competing at the new venue, leveling the playing field with the men.
And holy moly, did these women prove they’re capable. Current SUP racing world champion Fiona Wylde showed she’s been doing more than digging in the off season, putting her powerful surfing to good work and matching the men’s highest-scoring heat total with a 17.24.
“Fiona’s performance was phenomenal,” said Boxford. “The sets were pulsing in her heat and she got a bunch of great waves. She got probably the best wave of the day for a 9.57! It was incredible to see the women perform at this level out there.”
Brazilian former world champ Nicole Pacelli and the Australians Shakira Westdorp and Terrene Black also finished atop their own respective heats, with Black sending current world champ Izzi Gomez packing to the round two repocharge. –MM
Competition is picking up again today in iconic Sunset conditions and is expected to carry through Round Three of the men’s event and some of the women’s. Tune into the LIVE WEBCAST NOW for Day Three of the Sunset Beach Pro, and check the real-time event leaderboard for current scores.
A crew of dedicated river enthusiasts spent the past summer exploring the Rocky Mountains and looking for new whitewater opportunities. They repelled into canyons with their inflatables and hiked through thick forests in the name of exploration. Countless epic runs and a handful of first descents later, they came out with this. Enjoy.
More Colorado river SUP
Check out Colorado’s biggest river SUP event: 2017 GoPro Mountain Games
If you’re looking for beautiful SUP destination on the east coast, well, you have a lot of options. There are hidden gems located from Maine to Key West that could keep a paddler busy for a lifetime. One spot they won’t want to miss is Martha’s Vineyard–specifically the Aquinas Cliffs. Check out this video of paddlers exploring this gorgeous stretch of coastline. With grass covered cliffs overlooking the crystal clear water, this is a SUP destination you’ll for sure want to add to your bucket list.
For another east coast destinations, check out North Carolina’s backwaters.
The Atlantic SUPergirls’ 1500 mile SUP expedition down the east coast.
In the backyard of Washington D.C. where the Potomac River skirts town lies a whitewater wonderland. Among the many features that mark this section of river sits Mathers Gorge, home to the O-Deck standing wave. Skip Brown is a dedicated explorer of these parts, and as such he has the knowledge it takes to score it at its best. Here he is on the O-Deck, reveling in the fruits of local knowledge and providing some old fashion vicarious fun for the rest of us.
More fun on the Potomac.
The world’s best standup paddle surfers have gathered on the famed North Shore of Oahu for the eighth annual Sunset Beach Pro. The waiting period for this prestigious event was February 11-24, but event organizers have decided the contest will get underway today.
While a storm system with unruly surf and high winds delayed the start of the event, conditions have cleaned up enough for the Men’s trials to begin. Conditions are currently foggy and double overhead, which should provide these paddlers with a good challenge.
The season opening contest will officially kick off the brand new APP World Tour 2017, with the most progressive SUP surfers challenging some of the world’s most powerful waves. It is sure to be a thrilling event and you won’t want to miss a moment.
You can catch all the action with APP World Tour live stream. Also make sure to stay tuned to SUP the Mag for all the recaps, analysis, photos and videos from the Sunset Pro.
Photo gallery from last year’s Sunset Beach Pro.
Learn more about the new APP World Tour.
The world’s best standup paddle surfers have gathered on the famed North Shore of Oahu for the eighth annual Sunset Beach Pro. Don’t miss a moment of the action with APP World Tour live stream.
Photo gallery from last year’s Sunset Beach Pro.
Learn more about the new APP World Tour.
Get ready, get set: GoPro Mountain Games 2017
It is with zero hyperbole that we can say that the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games were the most energetic, enjoyable mountain sports event the Colorado Rockies have ever seen. The sun was out, top athletes from around the world were in town, and more than 3,300 “pros and joes” got up and on their feet to compete in front of 67,000+ fans on a four-day romp of art, athletes, music, and mountains to celebrate 15 years of event history.
It was, in a word, amazing.
It’s not surprising that the energy levels are high this year as we at the Vail Valley Foundation get fired up for this beloved event once again in 2017. Not least of all, we are stoked to launch our brand new website which, we presume, you are reading right now and we trust will make navigating, exploring, and enjoying the Mountain Games quite a bit easier.
Registration opens February 15, momentum builds all spring, and the event is unleashed upon the world June 8-11. Until then, we are busy prepping for a year that will be just as good (dare we say better!?) than last year.
Speaking of unleashing the event, let’s start with the dogs.
This year we welcome, for the first time ever, a second dog tank to the ever-popular Blue Buffalo DockDogs competition zone (appropriately located in Dog Town at the base of Golden Peak). That means the DockDogs jumping competitions will be going on, side-by-side, with the new “dueling dogs” competition, where two dogs race head-to-head, dog v dog, on a retrieve.
BTW, if you haven’t seen this great doggie slow-mo video from 2015, definitely give yourself two minutes to check it out: https://youtu.be/tmud-TO4oXg
Last year we experimented with the idea of bringing GoPro Mountains of Music back to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on the eastern side of the Village.
Bonfire dub and Stephen Marley stacked the venue, the vibe was incredible, and it was clear before the first set break that, yes, we most definitely needed to do this again. In fact, we’re now going to do three nights of free concerts at the Amphitheater with an amazing lineup of artists locked and loaded for 2017:
Thursday June 8 @ Ford Amphitheater
6-6:40 p.m. Bonfire Dub & Kids
7:15-8:30 p.m. White Denim
9:00-close Moon Taxi
Friday June 9 @ Ford Amphitheater
6-6:40 p.m. Brother’s Keeper
7:15-8:30 p.m. The Marcus King Band
9 p.m.-close Keller Williams Grateful Grass
Saturday June 10 @ Ford Amphitheater
6-6:40 p.m. Town Calvary
7:15-8:30 p.m. Trevor Hall
9 p.m.-close Nahko & Medicine for the People
Running in the right direction
It is with a tinge of sadness that we say goodbye to the Vail Pass Half Marathon. Beloved by the few, the proud, and the extremely fit, the event will be re-incarnated with a hill climb in Vail that will whet the whistle of our vertically-inclined runners and yet will also take place in the Village, where thousands of spectators can experience schadenfreude at our competitor’s expense. A fun run for all ages is also in the works, so stay tuned for more details as we draw nearer to the event.
The new TriggerPoint Ultimate Mountain Challenge
Every year, the toughest of the tough have taken on the challenge of the TriggerPoint Ultimate Mountain Challenge at the GoPro Mountain Games. Kayak/SUP, run, mountain bike and road bike: four races in two days, to the winner go the spoils. After 10 years, we’re now in a place where we can take this event to the next level.
In 2017, we bring out an all-new format for this event
Starting this year, everyone who registers will also be entered in the Trigger Point Ultimate Mountain Challenge (UMC). It will be graded on a point system, and finishing any of our athletic events will gain YOU, the athlete, points in the UMC.*
Each event will be given a multiplier based on difficulty (1, 2, and 3), and athletes will be given points according to their finish ranking. Finish first in a most-difficult event (x3), and you’ll get 9 points. Participate in a fun and untimed event like the mud run, and you’ll get 1 point. Bonus points will be given for “cross-discipline” participation.
A leaderboard will track the event in real-time “mountain time” throughout the weekend, and fans will get to cheer on the event’s most active athletes from all age groups and all disciplines.
Paths to victory
Mountain Games registration will make it easy: We’ll provide a few “paths to victory” in paddle/run/bike and all-around.
Each of these will play to a competitor’s strengths, but also include cross-disciplinary events (e.g. The “paddler” path to victory will enter you into more paddle events but also include a run and a bike event). These “paths to victory” UMC registration packages will provide a one-click itinerary for a competitor. From there, athletes can add items to their registration to give themselves the best chance at the podium based on their own ability and existing schedule.
Taking part is easy:
Think of it as a “choose-your-own-adventure” mountain endurance race. Top-three finishers in men’s and women’s will win prize money ($2500, $1,000, $500) and be featured in key media outlets. It’s time for a whole new era of the UMC to begin!
*DockDogs, IFSC World Cup bouldering, and Slackline Industries Invitational will not be included in the UMC. IFSC World Cup bouldering and slackline are invitation only, and DockDogs is a non-human event.
The Mountain Games draw all the best in mountain and outdoor sports, and this year the lineup is looking like a good one. We are optimistic that the following premier athletes will once again attend our event in 2017, and stay tuned as many more are signing up and coming our way.
Paddle + river surf
El Chupacabra raft team
GoPro Bomb Squad
Pedro Rafael Marques (Brazil)
Itsuki Hosoe (Japan)
Alex Mason (USA)
Martín Hernandez (USA)
Benni Schmid (Germany)
Louis Boniface (France)
Emi Gimenez (Argentina)
Micahel “Massivo” Rebelo (Portugal)
Teruto Tanaka (Japan)
“Mud Stud” Jess Manning
Courtney Adams and “Whiskey”
Tom Dropik and “Remi”
Surf Expo, the largest and longest running boardsports, paddle and beach/resort lifestyle tradeshow in the world, is pleased to announce Kenenth Andres as Sales Manager for the SUP, Wake, Wind, Kayak & Canoe sections of the show.
Andres brings more than 16 years of industry experience and a deep background in B2B sales, tradeshow management and association management which will be an asset to the show and his role.
Roy Turner, Surf Expo SVP and Show Director, notes, “In this role, Kenneth will be a strategic partner with the associations who represent the industries we serve and will ensure that Surf Expo meets and exceeds their needs, and ultimately build upon the value that Surf Expo delivers to retail buyers and the industry.”
Prior to joining the Surf Expo team, Andres was Trade Show Director for ICAST, produced by The American Sportfishing Association (ASA).
“I’m a lifelong outdoorsman, with a passion for being in and on the water, whether it’s on a SUP, canoe, kayak, or power boat. I look forward to working with brands who share these passions and building upon the strong marketplace that Surf Expo has celebrated for more than 40 years,” said Andres.
About Surf Expo
Surf Expo is largest and longest running boardsports and beach/resort lifestyle tradeshow in the world. Produced annually in January and September the show draws buyers from specialty stores, major chains, resorts, cruise lines and beach rental companies across the U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South America and around the world. The show is consistently awarded by the tradeshow industry, most recently recognized among the Top 100 biggest and best shows by Trade Show Executive. The next Surf Expo is September 7-9, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Surf Expo is a trade-only event.
Surf Expo is owned and operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of large business-to-business trade shows in the United States, producing more than 80 trade shows and over 100 face-to-face events in total, including conferences, summits and other events. Emerald Expositions connects more than 335,000 sellers and buyers each year and operates within the U.S. in 10 end markets (Gift, Home, General Merchandise and Manufacturing; Sports & Apparel; Design; Jewelry, Luxury & Antiques; E-Commerce; Creative Services; Licensing; Healthcare; Military; and Food).
More information about Surf Expo can be found at www.surfexpo.com
A letter from Outdoor Retailer Show Director, Marisa Nicholson.
The last week has certainly been an interesting time as a show organizer and I am most thankful for the incredible team at Outdoor Retailer, our partner – the Outdoor Industry Association, rep associations, retailers and brands, in addition to the hundreds of emails offering support.
We respect that brands have to make decisions that reflect their values. However, in the last week, the heart-felt expressions of support for the show from exhibitors of all sizes have far outweighed those choosing not to participate. Iconic brands such as adidas Outdoor, Ibex, The Conservation Alliance, The North Face, REI and Wolverine Worldwide, among many others have not only reinforced their intent to come to SLC this summer, but also, will make their voices louder than ever before. (Please look at unity.outdoorretailer.com for specific expressions of support.)
We can all most easily agree that this is not a question of inaction. Rather, it is a matter of what action.
This is not a one-and-done issue. While Bears Ears National Monument status is a lightning rod, it is just the most currently visible example of what will be a long, hard series of fights the outdoor community needs to not only raise our voices about, but, even more importantly, about which we need to be heard.
Outdoor Retailer is the only gathering where the entire industry comes together to conduct commerce, share best practices and exchange ideas. There is no other event where the most respected iconic brands and retailers – large, medium and small in size – show up “en force.”
But the boycott of Outdoor Retailer levies the most significant negative impact on those medium and small-sized companies that count on the show to conduct business. We have a unique, maybe even singular, opportunity to coalesce, organize, speak and lay plans to make a difference around public land awareness in such a way that it is not only heard but that it can make a positive difference.
Our goal is not just to speak. Our goal is to be heard.
Now is the time for action, not words. These are turbulent times with passions running high – a wonderful trait of the industry we serve. We share these passions. We hear you, are listening closely and taking action. Here is what we are doing:
An Ideal Venue: As swiftly as humanly possible, we are doing the work necessary to procure potential alternative locations for Outdoor Retailer. Though we may wish it different, this is far from a snap of the fingers thing to make happen. Convention centers and hotels are not sitting idle. In every instance of every potential venue, there are hurdles that have to be cleared and that simply cannot be done overnight.
We expect that our current proposal process – which we initiated before any of the company withdrawal announcements last week – will take between 60 and 90 days. We are exploring options for expediting this process and will keep you updated on the progress.
Gather Best Ideas: Outdoor Retailer and Outdoor Industry Association will harness the creative ideas already being put forth by exhibitors to express their opinions at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Through unity.outdoorretailer.com, we are exploring options including utilizing the time and funds earmarked for the Industry Breakfast as a time to express our opinions; rallies; conservation town halls; and a community camp out using city parks, among other ideas. We must work within the rules of the city, the existing permits we have and other laws by which we must abide. Our team has already begun to investigate what steps need to be taken to accommodate those activities. We are working in tandem with parties that have put forth ideas including brands, retailers, non-profits, rep groups and others.
We Need You: We need your voice. We need your support. And we need your creative ideas at unity.outdoorretailer.com. Please visit the site and lend your ideas to the community. We will provide updates on what we’ve gathered on Monday, February 27th.
Patagonia Pulls out of Outdoor Retailer 2017 following Utah governor’s anti-public land action
For standup paddlers looking to experience remote wilderness, the US Virgin Islands are a perfect option. These scenic Caribbean islands feature translucent waters, lush scenery, diverse wildlife and best of all–a national park that protects these beautiful features and allows paddlers to see them firsthand. While you can go it alone, a standup paddling event called Paddle the Park offers people the opportunity to experience the pristine park together with fellow paddlers. To learn more, check out this new preview video.
Five romantic SUP getaways.
Fiona Wylde’s dreamy escape to the British Virgin Islands.
By: Rebecca Parsons
Valentine’s Day is upon us and love is in the air, and also on the water. While others are focused on flowers and heart-shaped chocolates, we’re dreaming of tropical beaches and turquoise waters. Take a break from the Hallmark madness and start planning your next SUP vacay. Here, we’ve rounded up five dreamy destinations, perfect for you and yours.
Tulum, Mexico. Nestled on the southern tip of the Riviera Maya, Tulum offers white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and an assortment of beachfront bars and restaurants, making it the ideal SUP destination. Paddle through Caribbean seas over a bustling reef in front of historical Mayan ruins or navigate the calm waters of one of the hundreds of cenotes native to the region. Lodging options are vast and include cute Airbnb’s, cozy campsites, or romantic hotels lining the waterfront. End each day with drinks under the stars and be lulled to sleep by the melodic sounds of the ocean.
Bora Bora. Located in the South Pacific, this French Polynesian island is as romantic as they come, making it a popular honeymoon destination. The view from above is stunning and no doubt will be love at first sight when you touch down on the island. Stay in a picturesque overwater bungalow, with the translucent lagoon under your feet and lush green mountains serving as a backdrop. Snorkel with sharks, explore the island via paddleboards, lounge on the beach, and fall even deeper in love.
Maui, Hawaii. Hawaiian culture is rich in romance and Maui is no exception. With stunning scenery, balmy breezes, sunset cruises, and traditional luaus, Hawaii has a little something for everyone. Park it at your hotel or drive the famous road to Hana and experience everything Maui has to offer. From classic surf breaks and downwind runs to paddling over calm reefs, Maui has adventures for couples of all experience levels. After a day of paddling, unwind by the pool while listening to the rhythmic sounds of steel drums and ukuleles drifting through the warm air.
Key West, Florida. Known for its lush mangrove forests, friendly manatees, strong drinks and tasty seafood, Key West is the perfect destination for standup paddlers and romantics alike. In addition to being a beautiful island oasis, Key West is also home to a unique SUP shop, Nomadic SUP. Nomadic offers nude SUP tours, so you and your loved one can have an intimate paddling experience through breathtaking tropical scenery. If nudity isn’t your thing, paddling fully clothed is always an option—whatever floats your boat.
Playa Avellana, Costa Rica. Power couple, Beth Alfonso and Daniel Alvarez, offer a unique SUP/surf/yoga retreat through their company, Real Surf Trips. You’ll stay in the couples’ beautiful home and experience professional surf lessons, yoga sessions, healthy meals, and fun games/activities alongside the other guests. If retreats aren’t your thing, go it alone and stay at one of the many beachside hotels and visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the Tamarindo area.
Learn more about the nude SUP tours in Key West.
More SUP destinations.
Gillian Gibree has always kept her own schedule. She grew up in Massachusetts and earned a love for the ocean—prone paddling, ocean swimming and surfing—as a lifeguard on Cape Cod, among other things.
“When I was younger I used to work lots of jobs in summer and then travel during the winter,” Gibree says. “I always knew I wasn’t cut out for something traditional.”
Eventually, Gibree’s travels landed her in San Diego where she started standup paddling in earnest. The burgeoning sport gave her the perfect platform to live the quintessential California lifestyle—surfing, exercising and doing yoga—all on one board.
With her charismatic, easy-going attitude, it wasn’t long before tourists began asking her for lessons. Not afraid of taking a more risky, less-traveled path, she saw an opportunity and poured her entire soul and savings into SUP yoga instructing.
“I put a bunch of boards on a credit card and stored them in my room,” Gibree says. “I couldn’t even see out of my window.”
It was a big gamble, but her decision to pursue her passion paid off. Today, Gibree’s business allows her to live the life that others dream about: making her own schedule, traveling the world and getting paid to teach others the sport she loves.
“I like teaching people and now that I’m focused on teacher training, it’s even more rewarding,” Gibree says.
When not instructing, she can be found modeling in exotic locales for top activewear brands such as Nike, Roxy and Athleta. While it may not be the traditional career, Gibree’s entrepreneurial skills and free spirit have resulted in a life all her own.
“Paddleboarding has allowed me to do exactly what I wanted and to travel to so many beautiful places,” Gibree says. “I wouldn’t want it any other way.” —Jack Haworth
More SUP Lifestyles.
Most 17-year-olds are preoccupied with SATs, prom dates and the latest social media trends. That said, Isabella Gomez, a.k.a. Izzi, is far from average. She kicked off the year at the top of her game, securing her third Stand Up World Tour Championship title, in an interesting turn of events. Izzi is now at the forefront of competitive standup paddling and leading the charge for women in her sport.
Growing up on Anna Maria Island off the coast of Florida, the ocean was deeply rooted in Izzi’s DNA. She was born into a family of surfers, her grandparents owned the oldest surf shop in the state, and she shortboarded competitively for much of her adolescent life. After a while, like most kids her age, Izzi started to feel burnt out about a sport she once loved. She wanted to find something else to do, so she learned to play the guitar and began to develop a passion for music. At the age of 11, her older brother Giorgio (four years her senior) introduced her to standup paddling.
“The transition from surfing to standup was easy,” Izzi remembers. “It was different because I had a paddle in my hand, but I had so much fun doing it. The SUP community was super welcoming.” Since then, Izzi has never looked back.
This year she had her eyes set on her third World Title. But she didn’t know how, or when, the opportunity would present itself. In February 2016, Izzi traveled to Oahu for the Hawaii World Tour Opener in Turtle Bay.
“The waves were harder to surf than Sunset Beach, because the waves weren’t that great,” Izzi recalls the conditions of the first stop. “We tried to move the event to Sunset, where the men were competing. But, for some reason, it’s difficult for men and women to compete at the same location.”
It wasn’t just the waves, though, something was stirring around the Waterman’s League—the Standup World Tour was going through a bit of a transition with funding. Izzi says it’s hard to overlook this treatment, especially when the women WSL, for example, are starting to surf better venues.
“Why do we have to surf terrible waves?” Izzi remembers thinking. “I hope it evolves for us. We’re still waiting to get equal prize money.”
So what did this mean for Izzi and the rest of the 2016 season competitors? In short, the season opener soon became the closer. All remaining 2016 events were canceled after Turtle Bay. Izzi was confused, as were the rest of her friends and competitors on the Tour. Would there be a 2016 Women’s SUP World Champion? The answer, Izzi soon learned via email, was “yes.”
The email she received informed her that the winner of Turtle Bay was also the overall 2016 SUP World Champion. Izzi was shocked. She had won the event! Excitement aside, she says it was bittersweet for her to claim the title after only one stop. “I worked really hard to win, so this year, I’m really fired up to prove that I can win a world title being consistent event after event.”
If clenching her third World Tour Title wasn’t enough, Izzi went on to compete and podium in the ISA World Championships at Cloudbreak last year.
“Women don’t really get to compete in quality waves like this, and the waves were pumping on the final day,” Izzi says. “I had been there 2 months before the competition began, and I got to prove myself, show that I can surf and can compete in quality waves. I ended up breaking a board and lost two paddles, but I caught the biggest wave of my life at Cloudbreak that day. I was happier to get second place than win the contest because I set out to do what I wanted to do and surf my first event in this legendary location.”
All things considered, Izzi had a lot on her mind. She was unsure where she was going to go next in her career but, but toward the end of 2016, something clicked. Her mantra became: “Do what makes me happy and everything else will fall into place. Stop thinking about what other people are doing because I don’t have control over their actions. Focus on bettering myself. Do what I love.”
This new mentality can be attributed to Izzi’s work with mentor, coach and fellow GoPro athlete Chuck Patterson. Chuck has helped keep Izzi true to herself as they travel the world doing what they love most, motivating her to push the limits.
At the end of the day, Izzi is a teenager on the brink of adulthood who standup paddles for a living, but also stands up for what she believes in. She works hard everyday to be the best daughter, sister, friend, competitor, athlete, musician and role model she can be. Izzi is passionate about female equality, the right to equal pay for equal work and the right for women to have access to surf the same quality waves as the men. Bu don’t get us a wrong, Izzi is also just like every millennial who loves social media, going to movies with her friends, playing music and being silly.
Meet Izzi’s competition.
Meet the New GoPro Karma.
For the third year in a row, New Zealand will play host to the Ultimate Waterman. The competition features eight of the world’s top watersports athletes facing off against each other in eight grueling disciplines. In the first two years of the event, it has been Maui’s Zane Schweitzer who’s held the coveted crown of The Ultimate Waterman. However, other top paddlers including Connor Baxter and Caio Vaz will be gunning to knock him off the throne. Get a peak into what you can expect with this short preview video.
Ultimate Waterman 2017 announces athletes.
A look back at the action from last year’s Ultimate Waterman.
Eight of the world’s best will return to New Zealand in April to compete for the coveted title of The Ultimate Waterman.
Now in its third year, this unique event will push the athletes to the brink as they travel and compete in some of the most challenging, yet spectacular conditions in New Zealand. The Ultimate Waterman is shifting its base to the Deep South, with Waterman Central to be hosted in Invercargill and competition to be staged on the Southland and Catlins coasts and Fiordland.
Five athletes are returning from last year’s event, with Hawaii’s Zane Schweitzer trying to defend his title. Schweitzer will again be joined by Daniel Kereopa (NZL), Connor Baxter (HAW), Caio Vaz (BRA) and Manoa Drollet (PYF), with three new athletes to be announced in the coming weeks.
Returning to compete in the event for the second time; world number one SUP paddler Connor Baxter says “this event challenges the athletes mentally and physically in every way – it is an ultra-waterman marathon!”
Greg Townsend, CEO of The Ultimate Waterman and Surfing New Zealand says “the event is a test of skill, strength and spirit, involving world class athletes across a range of exciting water sports. The conditions in the most southern parts of New Zealand are very diverse and will challenge the Watermen like never before”.
The Ultimate Waterman will again see the athletes compete in eight grueling disciplines over nine days, chasing the best surf and conditions around the region. The events are; big wave paddle in surfing, waka ama, longboard, shortboard, stand-up paddle, SUP endurance, underwater strength run and swim, and prone paddleboarding.
Red Bull Media House will film the event for redbull.tv, taking The Ultimate Waterman and Southland’s stunning scenery to its huge global audience. Greg Townsend says “Red Bull TV’s coverage captures all the facets of this unique event and what it’s all about – the sporting challenge, the skills of the competitors, tourism, culture, education and the environment.”
Infinity SUP Co. is proud to announce that ISA Team Australia member and 2016 5th Place M2O finisher Aussie young gun Toby Cracknell has officially joined the #infinityspeedfreaks. Already a seasoned pro in the sport of SUP and one of Australia’s young emerging stars, Toby officially joins Candice Appleby, Slater Trout, and Giorgio Gomez rounding out the creative and diverse group of athletes on Infinity’s Elite Race Team.
Born and raised in Avoca Beach, Toby was born and bred in the ocean lifestyle. Growing up in the prestigious Aussie lifeguard programs swimming, paddling and competing has come second nature. Toby is a lifeguard and cross trains on the road bike and is known for putting in the miles by foot as running has been a long time passion.
Toby is known for his sprint race talents as he finished 2nd Place at the Jamie Mitchel Survivor Race in Huntington Beach where some are calling the most competitive race of the year. He also had a huge performance at M2O finishing 5th place overall in the prestigious downwind crossing. A well rounded paddler, and currently at press ranked #15 (SUPracer.com) on the world rankings, Toby is looking to move up the leaderboard in 2017.
“I’m super stoked and honored to be joining Infinity SUP and their world class team of paddle freaks!” said Toby, “The race boards go unreal and i had great luck right from the get go at some of the bigger races of the year racing them. Looking forward to spending some time in the US with the crew and being part of my favorite sup brand. The team atmosphere has been second to none and it feels good to have that kind of support!”
Dave Boehne Infinity’s VP of Design and Marketing states – “We are only in our 2nd year of production on a global scale so we are stoked to have partnered with Toby and our crew at Next Level SUP in Australia. Toby has made a mark in the international scene and will be a key addition to our plans in Australia and beyond. Toby is awesome, he Paddles Like a FREAK and i’m a big fan. Honored that he has the confidence in our designs to help him reach his goals. He’s got a good amount of experience already and i plan on having him be a big part of the R&D process with race. We’ve got an eclectic cast of characters on the team and he fits right in with the crew with that mullet!”
Watch Toby make his official Infinity debut next month with the first stop on the all new 2017 APP World Tour – kicking off on the North Shore of Maui Saturday, March 10th. Tune in LIVE at APPWorldTour.com
Toby “Welcome” Video: https://vimeo.com/203521134/f7f1d1b314
Follow Toby Cracknell instagram: @Toby_Cracknell
For More info on Infinity SUP Australia: Rory@NextLevelSUP.au
For more on Infinity: www.infinity-sup.com // @infinity_sup & facebook.com/infinity_sup
The worst day was when my Lyme test came back positive. I knew how bad the disease could be and I didn’t want it. Since then, I’ve had a lot of bad days. For the most part, they blend together and will eventually be forgotten. But one day in particular will forever be ingrained in my memory.
It was summer and it wasn’t a particularly bad day, nor was it a particularly good day. My boyfriend picked me up and drove us to Doheny. He lugged my longboard down to the sand and offered to tow me out for one wave. It would make me feel better, he urged.
We hopped on my board, tandem style, and he towed me out into the lineup. A set rolled through and I paddled for my one wave, the five minutes of fun my weak muscles and limited endurance would allow.
If you’ve been to Doheny, you know it’s packed with beginners and every wave is a party wave. A man dropped in 50 yards to my left and I dropped in as well, keeping my distance in front of him. A newbie dropped in on me and I pulled back, allowing her space and embracing the party vibes of the classic break. Unfortunately, the man was not in a party mood. He ran over my board, forcing me to pull out of the wave and plop into the water.
I looked over at him and said flatly, “Guess you didn’t feel like sharing.”
You need to know that this was totally out of character for me. I never call people out or say rude things in the lineup, it just isn’t worth it. But that day, I did. As we were paddling back out, he started explaining surf etiquette and rules I was well aware of, his tone growing harsh and agitated.
I was at my breaking point. All I wanted was to feel normal for five minutes. Just five minutes of fun.
On the verge of tears, I shot him my best stink eye and told him the truth–I had Lyme disease and all I wanted was to catch just one wave. You know what he said in response?
“Well, that’s not my fault.”
That’s what stung the most. Because it’s not my fault either, but I’m forced to live with it everyday. I’m the one who can’t surf anymore, who can’t work anymore, and who has to live with my parents and be taken care of again, like a child.
I paddled back to shore, sat on the sand and cried for everything I’d lost over the past couple years–my life, my fitness, my job, the friends I seldom see, and the fact that I snapped at a stranger over something that normally would have been no big deal.
As with everything in life, there comes a lesson. From that experience, I learned the importance of kindness. Everyone is fighting their own battle–regardless of whether it’s apparent or not–and you should always treat others kindly—even the jerks.
I try to be positive and think I typically am, but sometimes I break. For a while I was improving, but over the past month I’ve relapsed quite a bit and it’s been tough. It’s tough physically, mentally, and financially. There are days I lose hope and don’t think I can take it anymore, but then I remember there is no choice.
So I go to the doctor, take my meds, eat healthy, and confide in my family. And sometimes, I break down and cry. I am human after all.
I still go to the beach as much as possible because the ocean–despite that discouraging day at Doheny–is my happy place. I’m learning my new limitations and trying to accommodate them. Unfortunately, surfing has been put on the back burner for a while, but standup paddling in harbors is my new jam. Sure I can only paddle for fifteen minutes, but the waters are calm, the people are friendly, and the sunshine feels oh-so-good. And it’s on those days, I feel a glimmer of joy and hope.
As they say, “If you’re lucky enough to live by the sea, you’re lucky enough.”
Part 3 of an athlete’s journey through Lyme disease.
Part 2 of an athlete’s journey through Lyme disease.
Part 1 of an athlete’s journey through Lyme disease.
Chris Bertish is currently 3,000 kilometers into his 4,000 kilometer journey across the Atlantic Ocean. He’s been on the water for 70 days, taken an estimated 1,404,000 paddle strokes and lost 17 pounds. Thanks to technology, Bertish is able to infrequently send out updates when the weather permits. Here’s his latest Captain’s Log entry. Forgive the spelling: he’s on a standup paddleboard in the middle of the ocean.
“The story of a Sea Pirate, A trembling ImpiFish, the greatest Milestone & the not so friendly visitor from the deep! “
Today is the perfect day to achieve this monumental mental, Milestone for me.. Just hitting 44degrees West, with 1000NM to go.. Is incredible!
For the first time in almost 3 weeks, the wind is in the 15knt range, the sea state has calmed down a lot & the son was even out with blue skies for the sunrise this morning and the forecast is light for the next 3 days! It’s simply Incredible!
No one will actually comprehend what that means to me, after what I have been working through over the last 18days.. But all I can say is that today is a huge milestone and I feel strong and good that I’m going all the way!!!!!
It’s all going to epic from today onwards and I’m going to really be able to start enjoying the last part of the journey…which I will! Stoked!
I guess on my last post, I by mistake tempted fate by saying I had pretty much had everything in this trip & then some!
Well, not exactly, until a couple hours after my last Captain’s Log post….
I had posted a couple hours before, been on shift paddling, went for 30second swim to wash off and jumped back on deck to set up the water maker to make my daily 5litres of water for the day..
Sitting on deck, holding the steering system lines to steer while the water maker was on, so I could switch the autopilot off, as the water maker only works when the batteries are powered up and no other main systems are drawing significant power, which I have only worked out over the last couple weeks.. Definitely not in the manual!!! Haha
I was watching my little precious water bottle slowly, slowly get filled drip by precious drip, watching protectively like mother hen looking after her chicks & I had a weird premonition and glanced up for just a second as something caught me eye, just off my port shoulder, something dark disturbing the water moving at speed directly towards the stern of the ImpiFish, I instantly stood up, holding the side of the craft with one hand, just in time to see a Avery large dark shape heading right at the stern, at speed! It all happened so quickly, as it got to the point of impact it, veered aggressively to the left and I knew then instantly exactly what it was..
I could see her clearly, big dark, fat, yet a sleek hunting machine.. She swished violently to beer around again and came at the craft to my side, close enough I could have reached down and touch her.. She went right underneath me and out there other side, swished again vigorously as if to come back for the second round, but then turned again and swam off into the deep blue… I turned on my Go Pro quick to capture her as she came back again, but obviously she was camera shy and never returned…and I was left a bit shaken, stoked and adrenalized with my knife still at the ready in my hand, which I wasn’t able to put down for the next 20minutes or so… Hahaha funny that!
Great whites generally also follow these migration routes between Africa and the Caribbean, so it’s not surprising to actually see one, just not such a close encounter & she was fairly big.. 15ft, so only 4ft smaller than us and almost as wide as the ImpiFish..which is pretty daunting, when you are alone in the middle of the Ocean, with a fish like that looking at taking a piece out of you… I rekon, as it was daylight she was coming from deep as adipose attack, but at the last moment realized it wasn’t what she through my it might be initially and at the last second changed her mind… Good thing for me, I’m not complaining, as my rudder I don’t think would have taken a direct hit from a shark that size…
Another epic experience and amazing encounter and more great stories for an epic voyage so far.. stoked!
What can I say , I haven’t been swimming a lot since!
So after this, I had my Knife in hand and when I was filming with the Go Pro, I had my knife in my mouth, so I’m now officially a TransAtlantic Sea Pirate…”Arrrrggh Cpt, Davey Jones, you beware.. Cpt. crazy CrisB CrabStick and the ImpiFish are coming for you and the Black Pearl!”
Milestones & the Sup Crossing stats so far:
So today is a massive milestone for me mentally..as of 2pm today I will hit the 1000NM mark, remaining on my trip…
That’s huge, I have covered just over 3000NM and have only 1000NM to go!
Less then 25days..at the current average speed of 40NM p/day and three quarters of the way through my journey..Epic!
Just over three weeks and counting…
As of the Friday the 10th Feb I have:
Been at sea, alone for 67 days, as of today
I have crossed/ paddled over 3x Time Zones
I have averaged paddling 74km every day for the last 67 days straight! Think about that for a second or two…
I have now paddled a total of 4910km, since I left Agadir, Morroco on the 6th Dec 16.
I have 1020nm, 1200sm, 1930kn left to go to the finish in Antigua, Carribean!
26 days from Antigua at 40nm per day
23days 3 hours from Antigua at 45nm per day
30nm, 35sm, 56km per day ave in straight line
39nm, 45sm, 74km ave per day paddled – getting bigger!
Ave speed over the entire journey- 1.5knts – and getting faster!
We have Raised over R5.5million for Charity so far! Signature of Hope/ Operation Smile & The Lunchbox Fund
Enough to build 1.5 Schools
Feed almost a million children
Pay for hundreds of operations
Raised awareness for the 2Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town and integrated the project updates into the educational program
Total Paddle Strokes, after 65days- 1, 404 000 strokes paddled to date, at an average stroke rate- 36 strokes per minute (as per my Garmin Fenix Watch) at an average of 10hours paddled p/day.
Total Strokes -65days = 1million 404 thousand strokes
I have 1000NM remaining to the finish in Antigua, at Old English Harbor, Leeward Islands of the Caribbean
-Lost/ overboard so far the trip on this trip so far:
1x sun Glasses
Many Baby wipes- oh shit!
1x tube of Island Tribe.
1x water bottle
Eaten 1x 40kg of food
1x 8L bag of Rubbish for 65 days
Avg intake of 6litres water hydration a day and 1x coffee
I have lost min 8kg-2 sizes
10kg of mixed nuts eaten
5kg Enduren hydration mix used
5kg of Race food
R280 000 loan taken against my house, to pay into the project to make it happen, as we were still short at the end of 16′, before starting. What ever it takes!
Extra water allowance daily for washing and basic sanitary? Still zero!
Sanity- small traces
Sense of humor-very little, but building daily, as I get closer to Antigua
Stress levels -decreasing daily after storms and hectic weather have subsided
System problems- under control, but a constant struggle daily. I have learned to deal with them and manage them daily
SystemChallenges- 2x Autohelm Rams now failed
1x Steering systems failed
1x Water maker constantly needing bleeding
Leaks- 5x leaks but now repaired to best of my ability and monitored, some daily, some weekly
Still have all paddles! 3x paddles (Stoked! )
Emergency water still available -40Litres
Clean clothes- none
72kg of me remaining, after loosing 8kg
200grms of paddling calluses on my hands
2x tubes Island Tribe remaining
26x rations packs remaining
Hopefully enough food to get me through the next 25 days..It’s going to be tight, but good incentive to paddle faster!
1x Torn shoulder muscle
1x Strained finger tendon
1x Damaged Rotator cuff – now needing surgery when I finish
Multiple holes in my hands
Multiple holes in my knee and leg
I am now 3/4 of the way through this epic journey!
Multiple Drogue systems made- with lines and bridals systems implemented.
Multiple new steering systems made
Inspiring hundreds of thousands of people into believing in what’s humanly possible! And re-looking at and possible redefining there own limits and challenges in life
Give insights into the daily hardships, challenges and special moments along the epic journey through the Captains Log
Re defining the limits of the sport
Redefining the limits of solo human endurance
Pioneering something that no one on earth has ever been done before
Change perception of what’s possible!
Helping change the lives of millions of little kids in South Africa, through this project. operations/ food and education.
Today and this log is all about Stats as the weather has been tough, so it’s shorter and more compact.
The weather is finally looking lighter and more manageable over the weekend, so I’ll be able to be back on it and write properly over the weekend and do an awesome Captains log for Monday/Tues.Yes, Stoked!
Happy Full Moon everyone, have an awesome weekend, get out there and make the magic happen..
What ever you do, make it count..
I know I will be paddling under a full moon tonight & over the weekend, paddling smiles onto little kids faces, in the Atlantic Ocean, 1000NM out from the Caribbean… And that inspires me & gives me power, right there!
Bring it on!
#TheSupCrossing Carrick Wealth
#StandUp @OperationSmileSouthAfrica Operation Smile South Africa @TheLunchboxFund Signature of Hope Trust
Hundreds of surfers, paddlers and friends paddled out at Huntington Beach Pier this past Saturday to celebrate the life of professional paddler and surfer Sophia Tiaré Bartlow. The 25-year-old tragically passed away two weeks ago in a car crash near Waialua, on Oahu, Hawaii. She was a beloved member of the ocean sports community and was well-known for her contagious positivity and hard-charging attitude on the water.
The crowd at Bartlow’s memorial was a testament to her undeniable popularity, with over a thousand people coming out to pay tribute. In a particularly touching moment, people formed three circles in the water and began chanting Bartlow’s mantra–Love, Shine, Glow!–while a lifeguard boat fired a cannon shot in her honor. Following the paddle out, family and friends embraced and shared memories, including a heartfelt remembrance by fellow paddler and close friend, Candice Appleby. Here are a few of the scenes from the emotional ceremony.
SUP Women: Sophia Bartlow, Spawn of a Wave Dancer
The story of Sophia’s death
(F-One is) thrilled to announce that Josh RICCIO is now part of the F-ONE SUP Team!
Josh started SUPing in 2010 when his family moved to Maui, Hawaii. He has there found a real passion as there are so many ways to enjoy the water with a SUP.
“ Growing up as a surfer for most of my life I thought I was having the most fun possible in the water but once I started SUPing it opened up the possibility to play in and have fun in all types of water and conditions. From paddling in freshwater lakes, whitewater in rivers, flatwater, downwinding, surfing, exploring, fishing, to chasing turtles, dolphins or whales, SUP to me is the most versatile and conducive for fun in the water”.
He is very grateful of having the chance to live in Hawaii and the variety of ocean conditions he gets to train and play on has made him the waterman he is today.
Talented and ambitious, Josh enjoys the ocean but is also a real competitor.
Welcome Josh, we are delighted to have you on the team !!!
More Josh Riccio.
USA SURFING CONFIRMS 2017 USA SUP & PADDLEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND TEAM TRIALS DATES
USA SUP and Paddleboard Championships June 16th-18th
San Clemente, CA – USA Surfing’s Board of Directors confirmed today the dates for the 2017 USA SUP and Paddleboard Championships and Team Trials: June 16th – 18th, 2017, Oceanside, CA, North Harbor Jetty.
The intention of the National Championship events will be to crown USA Champions in multiple divisions, develop SUP and Paddleboard racing in the USA, and select the USA team for international competitions including the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships and in 2019, the Pan American Games. The international team selection is the first ever program for qualifications and tryout for the USA SUP and Paddleboard team and signifies a major step forward – placing the team selection squarely in the hands of the paddlers.
Registration is now open. Paddlers should register at http://usasup.surfsignup.com/ . Information around the schedule, course and specifications are all on-line. Paddlers of all abilities are welcome.
Male and female champions will be crowned in the following divisions:
SUP Racing U18
SUP Racing Open All Ages
SUP Racing Seniors 40+
Paddleboard Racing U18
Paddleboard Racing Open All Ages
Paddleboard Racing Seniors 40+
SUP Surfing U18
SUP Surfing Open All Ages
SUP Surfing Seniors 40+
Brody Welte, Head Coach of USA SUP and Paddleboard says, “We have decided we will not host regional events this year so we can avoid conflicts with other longstanding paddling events. We will focus on our three-day USA Championship which we are running on dates that don’t have a conflict for the paddlers. This is in the best interests of the USA SUP and Paddleboard team so we maximize the opportunity for robust competition.” Welte further added, “We will endeavor to hold regional events in 2018. First and foremost, we wanted to preserve the intention of what we set out to accomplish – a performance based team selection in 2017”
About USA Surfing
USA Surfing is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing, SUP and Paddleboard in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Stand Up Paddling, Paddleboarding, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding. Surfing and Stand Up Paddleboarding will be in the 2019 Pan American Games and Surfing will be in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics http://usasurfing.org/
Greg Cruse – Executive Director
USA Surfing, Inc.
Remember your first time?
We’re talking SUP surfing, silly. Whether you started out as a frothy lil’ grom or waited until you had bills, jobs and a mountain of responsibilities, the feeling of catching a wave for the first time was the same: pure elation.
As with most first-time endeavors, it’s not just the action itself but rather the surroundings that become seared into our long-term memories. Maybe it was a hot summer day or a misty spring morning; at the local beach or during a trip to some far-away paradise. Whatever the case may be, you remember exactly where you were when it happened.
If you’re reading this right now, there’s a pretty good chance that you became hooked after that first wave. Perhaps you started going to your local break every chance you got. You learned where the best peaks were, how tides and swell direction affected the break, maybe you even got on the good side of the locals.
You felt like a real surfer.
Then you decided to paddle out at a break on the other side of town. You didn’t know anything about it, but what could go wrong? You’re a real surfer after all, you could handle anything.
One hour into your session, you’re asking yourself what the hell happened. It took 20 minutes to paddle out, 20 more to catch your first wave–which you promptly went over the falls on–and worst of all, the locals are all giving you dirty looks.
While it can be very tempting to retreat back to the comfort of your home break, paddling and surfing new spots is the most effective way to get better.
But wait, aren’t standup paddlers not welcome at all breaks?
Unfortunately, this is indeed a reality. If Lower Trestles is firing and you think you’re going to take the standup out…well, we suggest you rethink that one. While the progression of SUP surfing in recent years has led to more acceptance, there are certain breaks that—unless you’ll be competing on the APP World Tour this year—are better left to those on the 5’8” Al Merricks.
Nevertheless, there are still tons of breaks for standup paddlers to explore. While of course websites like Surfline will highlight the most popular breaks in your region, standup paddlers have a secret advantage.
We can simply paddle up and down the coastline until we find a spot that suits our style.
Not only will you find empty breaks scattered all along the coast, but scouting becomes an adventure itself. You’re not just going SUP surfing anymore, you’re embarking on a mission to find a new wave, master that wave, and return home triumphant. Or even better yet, find multiple breaks to surf during one epic session.
Not only does this add an extra element of fun, but each wave you find will have a different shape, takeoff point and speed. It adds a variety to your paddling and surf life that is key for developing a well rounded skill set.
So next time you head out to your favorite local break, try paddling up the coast a few miles. There’s an empty peak out there just waiting to be discovered.
Complete guide to SUP surfing etiquette.
Fitness tips to keep your body from cramping while paddling.
This is the year that our “Ohana” (family of participants and partners) will surmount the $1,000,000.00 mark in support of Susan G Komen’s efforts to save lives through early detection, research, treatment and education. Thank you for being a part of our growth over the years.
Please mark your calendars and confirm your sponsorship and expo reservation at: <info@standup-for-the-cure> for the following events:
SUFTC Newport Beach, Ca May 06, 2017 Our Flagship event entering it’s 6th year. Hosted at Newport Dunes Resort, Newport Beach. New Marketing Opportunities include Stage Sponsor for Major Concert TBA as well as VIP Tables and Site sponsorship.
SUFTC Muskegon, Mi, July 08, 2017 Entering our 3rd year in Muskegon at Harbour Towne Beach, this event has grown to compete with our Newport event in funds raised and breast cancer screenings performed on site.
SUFTC Seattle, August 26, 2017 We’re excited to announce our newest event on the schedule to be hosted at Sammamish Lake.
Fall Event TBA
Who We Are: Standup for the Cure is a 503C-3 Non-Profit Corporation formed for the express purpose of raising money and awareness for Early Breast Cancer Detection, Education and Research
Mission: To help save lives by empowering women to seek early detection and treatment and energizing research to find the cure.
What Makes us Unique: Standup for the Cure’s Event Model offers a venue for the rapidly growing paddling community to embrace our goal of saving lives from Breast Cancer while introducing our healthy, active lifestyle to current supporters of Susan G Komen for the Cure who may be looking for a “Fresh” way to stay involved. We are the only event that screens for breast cancer and melanoma on site for free.
•5k Fun Paddle “Sea of Pink”
•Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Lessons and Demos
•Health and Fitness Expo (Expo fee $500 + product)
•Breast Cancer and Melanoma Screening
•Catered Food and Beverages
•Silent Auction and Opportunity Drawing
Partner with Us!
Standup for the Cure offers Title, Presenting and Gold Level Marketing Opportunities in Seattle, Wa, Newport Beach CA and Muskegon MI. and pending events in Atlanta GA., Miami, Fla and Columbus, OH.
“National Affiliate” for Susan G Komen for the Cure
Contact: Dan Van Dyck, Executive Director
We’ve seen our share of SUP foilboarding footage since Kai Lenny sparked the foil revolution on his downwind board last spring. Spoiler alert: Unless it’s performed at a professional level, happening in big, critical waves or say, there’s a tiger shark chasing the rider, foilboarding can actually be kinda boring to watch. We’re not saying SUP foiling isn’t impressive, just that it’s difficult to find a paddler who makes it look different than all the rest. So, when we came across this footage of a GONG SUP rider going toes-over on his foilboard—a maneuver usually reserved for longboard surfing and one we’d yet to see done on a foilboard—we watched it twice. We recommend you do at least once.
Go night foil surfing with the Schweitzer bros
GoFoil SUP Surfing with Groms
No matter what board you favor, standup, longboard, shortboard, snowboard or something else, you’ll have a hard time hating on Fred Compagnon and his preferred wave-riding craft. Or should we say, crafts.
This man clocks tube time in France by paddling a SUP into massive swells at Hossegor…then jumping off said SUP and onto an Alaia (a thin, finless, wooden surf design from pre-20th century Hawaii). Beyond the uniqueness of Campagnon’s method, the skill at which he performs it is also impressive. Really, how many guys can get barrelled, carve rail turns and spin 360s on the same wave, on any board? He’s been doing it for years and while it’s been on our radar in the past, we figured a good Thursday throwback edit might be in order. And if you ever happen to try this yourself, we expect you’ll return the favor and send us some footage.
Video courtesy of Epic TV.
More crazy SUP barrels
Related: The State Of Big-Wave SUP
If you’re thinking about where to go for your next SUP surfing trip, Bali should probably be on your short list. If not, maybe this video will convince you otherwise. It features footage of a SUP surfer shredding at Keramas Beach in Bali. So hit play and let your travel bug go wild.
Another tantalizing video of SUP surfing in Bali.
The story of a paddling prisoner from Bali.
“Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution on Friday urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, making it clear that he and other Utah elected officials do not support public lands conservation nor do they value the economic benefits – $12 billion in consumer spending and 122,000 jobs – that the outdoor recreation industry brings to their state. Because of the hostile environment they have created and their blatant disregard for Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands, the backbone of our business, Patagonia will no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah and we are confident other outdoor manufacturers and retailers will join us in moving our investment to a state that values our industry and promotes public lands conservation.“ – Rose Marcario, President and CEO, Patagonia, Inc.
Last month, our founder and CEO, Yvon Chouinard penned an op-ed, The Outdoor Industry Loves Utah; Does Utah Love the Outdoor Industry? In which he stated, “If Gov. Herbert doesn’t need us, we can find a more welcoming home. Gov. Herbert should direct his Attorney General to halt their plans to sue and support the historic Bears Ears National Monument. He should stop his efforts to transfer public lands to the state, which would spell disaster for Utah’s economy. He should show the outdoor industry he wants our business – and that he supports thousands of his constituents of all political persuasions who work in jobs supported by recreation on public lands. We love Utah, but Patagonia’s choice to return for future shows will depend on the Governor’s actions. I’m sure other states will happily compete for the show by promoting public lands conservation.” Read the full piece here.
Standup paddlers are always coming up with new ways to paddle. In this latest example, we see two paddlers play a game of tug of war. The rules are simple–tie the boards to each other, paddle in opposite directions, and whoever falls in first is the loser. May the strongest paddler win.
Watch these paddlers attempt SUP rock hopping.
SAN CLEMENTE, CA, Feb 6, 2017–Performance Paddling is excited to announce the Catalina Ocean Experience. Guided by elite paddlers Anthony Vela and Morgan Hoesterey, this 3 day, 2-night ocean adventure will take place in the pristine blue water of Catalina Island’s Two Harbors, from Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2. Open to both standup and prone paddlers looking to be more comfortable in, on, and around the ocean; the weekend will be spent paddling, freediving, camping, and learning about the ocean.
After arriving in Two Harbors Friday morning, participants will be treated to a brief history of the area from Two Harbors local paddler Natalie Foote, followed by a lesson in paddle adventure basics such as strategy, planning, packing and safety. Participants will then put that knowledge to use as they paddle to a remote campsite where they will spend two nights sleeping under the stars.
In addition to the fundamentals of adventure paddling, participants will be exposed to activities geared toward becoming better overall ocean athletes. Anthony Vela will use his years of experience as an elite paddler and coach to help participants become more efficient paddlers. Footwork, drills, and stroke technique will all be a part of the curriculum, and as an added bonus, Morgan Hoesterey will utilize the area’s pristine blue water to cover breath holding and freediving.
“Of all the ways you can have fun paddling,” says Morgan Hoesterey, “adventure paddling is definitely my favorite. I love being out in the ocean, under my own power, and ending up in remote locations. Each opportunity I have had to do these things has really been empowering, and that empowered feeling always stays with me, even off of the water. Over the past few years, I have been lucky to have participated in various paddling adventures; and now, I am so excited to team up with Anthony Vela to share some of the tips and lessons that we both have learned along the way.”
Together Anthony and Morgan have over 40 years of experience paddling, training, racing, freediving, adventuring, and having fun. Join the adventure!
For more information, visit the event’s website.
Questions? Contact Morgan Hoesterey 808.551.1623 firstname.lastname@example.org
North Shore Oahu, Hawaii, February 6th, 2017 – the iconic, 8th annual Sunset Beach Pro will kick off the 2017 APP World Tour season in style out here on Oahu’s North Shore, as pumping swell and the world’s best in attendance will ensure the most spectacular start to the year.
Sunset Beach has been an important stop on the World Tour since its inception back in 2010, with victory here boding well for athletes gunning for the World Championship Title, as Maui’s Kai Lenny and Brazil’s Caio Vaz have clearly shown over the past 7 years.
However, the local wildcards have never been short of surprises at this unique event, with legend Bonga Perkins taking the win back in 2012 and Kala Alexander always excelling in the powerful full size surf on offer at Sunset Beach.
In 2017, we see a more competitive field than ever stepping up to do battle – a perfect mix of established World Tour contenders, new and impressive young guns emerging from all four corners of the world, and as ever, a talented group of local athletes looking to make their presence felt on their home turf.
The Sunset Beach Pro will kick off this Friday 10th February with a Paddle out in memory of Sophia Tiare Bartlow at Sunset Beach at 10am, followed by the Official World Tour Crowning event for 2016 Champions and Opening event for 2017 to be held at Surfer the Bar from 6pm at Turtle Bay Resort.
You can watch it all go down LIVE at www.appworldtour.com, and follow across social media platforms #appworldtour. Last minute entries can also be done online by clicking the upcoming event link at www.appworldtour.com.
Overview of the APP World Tour that features everything from elite professional competition, to open and mass participation
While the APP World Tour celebrates the very best athletes in the world battling it out for World Championship Titles in Racing, Surfing and Overall, the Tour provides much more than this across its global events:
From World Qualifying Series & Trials competition that provides a legitimate entry point for aspiring athletes striving to take on the World’s best, thru amateur individual and team competition to entry level participation for all, the APP World Tour brings together the best in sports participation and entertainment.
Furthermore, with all events being LIVE broadcast at www.appworldtour.com, coupled with a full post produced TV Series on CBS Sports here in the US and across 100+ networks worldwide thru IMG Media, the spectator experience will not be limited to an on site crowd and pour even more spotlight on the Tour and its athletes.
The APP World Tour continues to celebrate its 8 year legacy of evolution and performance to deliver an enhanced program in 2017
The Structure for the Surfing discipline of the 2017 APP World Tour remains much the same as previous years, except for that there is an increase in prize-money for both Men and Women. Here is the lowdown:
Main Event: this consists of an elite field of 28 athletes, with 4 wildcards and the Top 4 from the Trials then completing the 36 man field. The exception to this is at Sunset Beach, where 4 man heats are obligatory, so the field is increased to 32 seeded athletes, 8 wildcards and the Top 8 from the Trials event. For the women, standard events will feature the Top 12 women, with an additional 4 wildcards and Top 2 from the Open Trials
Trials: each APP World Tour Surfing competition will feature a Trials component prior to the kick off of the Main Event, to allow up and coming talent to earn their place in the Main Event. Over the year, a Qualifying ranking will develop through the Trials events to allow new openings for talent stepping up to do battle across the events
Prize-money: US$30,000 ($20,000 for Men, with a 1st place of $5,500, with payment going to Top 16 finishers & $10,000 for women, with a 1st place of $4,000 and payment going to Top 8 finishers)
World Title consideration: In 2017, there are a minimum of 3 events (Hawaii, New York, Canaries), with 3 events counting towards the Overall World Title
Entry: Online entry forms will be published online across all the events, providing ease of entry for all events. Contracted Main Event athletes on the APP World Tour will be able to confirm their attendance by email to: email@example.com
Join us LIVE this week from Sunset Beach from the World Tour Opener kicking off on the 11th February, with a holding period thru the 24th at www.appworldtour.com.
Prestigious World Championship Tour is complemented by the World Qualifying Series launch & open, inspired fun Racing for all
All new for 2017 is the establishment of a prestigious Top 24 seeded athletes for the men, that will be joined by 8 wildcards who will compete at the highest level across the globe in their quest for the World Title. Likewise for the women, a Prestigious Top 12 has been created with 4 wildcard spots to be awarded for up and coming athletes from across the globe to compete on the World Championship Tour.
However, it should be noted that the APP World Tour is certainly not a closed club, with an all new World Qualifier Series being launched in 2017, that has its own prize-purse and that runs in conjunction with all Main events across the Tour. At the end of the year, the leading athletes on the qualifying athletes will qualify for the big leagues for 2018, providing a legitimate and unprecedented pathway for aspiring athletes from across the globe to enter the World Championship Tour.
In addition, all events will feature open amateur, entry level and team racing components that will compliment the already established Na Kama Kai Youth program to provide the ultimate forum for the sport across all our global events. GIven the mass market nature of our venues in Tokyo, New York, Germany and even Maui, the goal is to deliver a thoroughly all inclusive experience for participants and spectators alike.
With dynamic new formats to be introduced for 2017 that will transform the competitive and viewing experience in all respects, the APP World Tour will bring you all the action LIVE from all four corners of the world at www.appworldtour.com. Here is a little more detail
Main Event: for 2017, the Main event will feature a 32 man field, of which the Top 24 are drawn from the past year on the Stand Up World Series and an additional 8 wildcards are awarded to complete the 32 man field. For the Women it is the Top 12, plus 4 wildcards.
Wildcard selection: Some full year wildcards have been awarded based on an athletes’ reputation and race experience, while some wildcards will be awarded on an event by event basis. All athletes wishing to be considered for such a wildcard can do so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and this will be an ongoing process through the year, so we welcome all submissions for consideration. These wildcards will be decided on by the Athlete and race management committe of the APP
World Qualifier Series: all APP World Tour Race events will feature a World Qualifier Series race that will allow athletes to accrue points throughout the year to be able to qualify for the following year’s APP World Championship Tour. The Qualifier Series will run in conjunction with all APP World Tour events as an integral part of the event program.
Qualifying for the WCT: as the athlete field will grow for 2018, the number of spots available for WQS competitors will provide ample opportunity to up and coming athletes to be able to qualify to join the World’s Best on Tour. It should also be noted that stand out performances on the WQS will provide athletes with increased opportunities for a Wild Card into the Main event at future APP World Tour events
Prize-money for all APP World Tour Racing events will be a minimum of $50,000 with the following breakdown: $30,000 for the Men (with a 1st place of $8,000 and payment going down to 16th place) / $15,000 for the Women (with a 1st place of $6,000 and payment going down to 8th place) / $5,000 for the WQS
World Title Consideration: Athletes will be given 1 discard after 4 events, 2 after 6 events and 3 after 8 events, with points accruing through the year to contribute towards the World Title Race
Open Participation: as mentioned above, all events will feature Open Racing for all, from competitive enthusiast, to entry level participants experiencing the sport and spirit of competition for the first time, the APP World Tour will provide an all inclusive platform across all of its flagship events.
Team Racing: some innovative Team Racing formats will also be introduced in 2017, featuring both relay and group racing on the APP World Tour, so stay tuned for upcoming announcements
Entry: Entries are already open online by clicking on Upcoming events at appworldtour.com with the first race event on the schedule taking place on Maui from the 10th – 12th March
Make sure to join us LIVE for the Opening of the 2017 Racing season at the Maui Pro Am from the 10th – 12th March at www.appworldtour.com
While we have informally recognized the overall World Title across Racing and Surfing since 2012, it will become Official in 2017
As the sport has evolved over the past 7 years that the World Tour has been in existence, we have somewhat informally recognized the multi-talented athletes that have evolved and lead the charge across both Surfing and Racing disciplines, defining a new breed of hybrid athlete that is as versatile as he/she is talented.
The early days of the Tour have seen Kai Lenny dominate in this realm, with multiple World Titles across both Surfing and Racing and one year where he held both Titles at the same time (2013). However, he is not alone, with the likes of Zane Schweitzer (Starboard), Mo Freitas, Bernd Roediger, Connor Baxter (Starboard) and Casper Steinfath all showing that they have what it takes to be a major double threat. And that is not to mention our leading double threat from Australia coming into the 2017 season, James Casey, who has shown he clearly is a major player on the World stage with his Overall Points lead at the end of 2016.
In the women’s it has also been incredible to see the double threats emerge, in the form of Candice Appleby in particular, but in 2016, an incredible performance from the Racing World Champion Fiona Wylde (Starboard) that saw her finish on top of the World.
James’ and Fiona’s achievements in 2016 will be celebrated this Friday at Surfer the Bar, Turtle Bay Resort from 6pm, along with the crowing of our 2016 World Champions, Caio Vaz and Izzi Gomez (Starboard) and the launch of the new Overall World Title across both disciplines that will be celebrated for both Men & Women.
About the APP World Tour and the Waterman League Group
The Waterman League Group is an event management and media production company headquartered in Hawaii focused on developing multi-disciplined water sports. The term ‘waterman’ refers to versatile athletes who can engage in various forms of water sports at the highest level.
As founders of the World Championship Tour for Paddlesurfing (also known as Stand- Up Paddling), the Waterman League has been crowning Men’s and Women’s World Champions for both racing and surfing since 2010, with flagship events across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, now branded as the APP World Tour.
The APP World Tour produces a complete inventory of programming, including live and post produced broadcasts from all its events, with distribution to over 100 countries worldwide via premier global networks such as CBS Sports and supported by IMG Media.
Information is available at appworldtour.com and fans can follow events @appworldtour on Facebook and Instagram.
Dangriga, Belize – Canadian ecotourism and adventure travel company Island Expeditions proudly announces their 30 Year Anniversary with promotional events going on for the next three months. The company has also confirmed their continued commitment to conservation efforts in Belize parks, each year contributing over $100,000 to organizations that are actively involved with protecting the coral reefs, wildlife management, education and advocacy for sustainable development in Belize.
Since 1987, Island Expeditions has been leading the way, introducing thousands of adventure travelers to Belize, educating them on the local Belizean culture in pristine environments. The activities the company offers include kayaking, snorkeling, standup paddleboarding, Mayan archaeology and rainforest exploration.
In 1987, Island Expeditions was one of the first adventure travel companies in the world to develop their unique brand of trips combining education and adventure on the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, even before UNESCO claimed it as a heritage site. The company is well known in Belize and has several remote island basecamps for reef activities: Tobacco Caye, Glover’s Reef Atoll (a United Nations’ World Heritage Site) and Lighthouse Atoll, which has close access to the legendary Blue Hole. Travelers can also experience a wide range of jungle adventure activities at Bocawina Rainforest Resort, a luxury rainforest resort with ziplines, cave tubing, bird watching and Mayan ruins.
Island Expeditions founder Tim Boys states, “After three decades in Belize we’ve always known since the beginning how delicate and beautiful the Belize Barrier Reef system is and it’s been our mission to provide ongoing financial support while educating people from all over the world on how important this marine environment is to the global community.” Tim further added, “Island Expeditions’ trips are designed to provide the traveler with a complete Belize experience, no matter what time of the year they come.”
Over the next three months in February, March and April – Island Expeditions will be celebrating this major 30 year milestone with 30% discounts on trips booked to Belize, with new winners announced every week; also included are chances to win gear package giveaways, Amazon Kindle E-readers and even a free lunch at popular restaurants like Olive Garden, Red Lobster and the Keg Steakhouses.
For more information and details visit: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/30
About Island Expeditions:
A pioneer in the adventure travel industry, Island Expeditions has been providing world-class kayaking, standup paddleboarding (SUP) and snorkeling experiences in Belize for thousands of international travelers since 1987. Their Belizean guides are recognized as the top professionals in the industry – speaking multiple languages, they receive extensive training and are licensed by the Belize Tourism Board. Over the thirty years, the company has brought over 22,000 tourists, including high school and university students to this Central American country. Students and travelers can get educated on the tropical marine life located on United Nations World Heritage Sites and jungle wildlife located in National Rainforest Parks. Island Expeditions is able to offer year round trips to Belize for all levels of travelers.
For standup paddlers living in Southern California, San Onofre is well-known. The gentle waves and long rides make this quintessential stretch of beach a paddler’s paradise. In this drone footage from Jason Meffe, paddlers Morgan Hoesterey, Jennie Sandvig and Michael Riley catch a few slow rollers during a fun session at San-O.
A beautiful winter paddle in Southern California.
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Nothing puts a damper on a distance paddle like a good cramp. The exact cause of cramps is still a source of debate, however many believe cramping occurs when minerals, electrolytes, and salt are lost through sweat, causing the body to become depleted. Others believe cramps are caused by premature fatigue, possibly explaining why most athletes cramp more during races than workouts. Regardless of the exact source, there are plenty of known methods for avoiding cramps. Here are six of the most effective ways for standup paddlers to safeguard against cramps.
Eat salt. Despite the negative connotations associated with sodium, your body desperately needs salt to regulate blood pressure and maintain normal fluid balance. Additionally, salt is an essential electrolyte lost through sweat that helps cells properly absorb and retain water. To avoid cramps associated with salt loss, stalk up on salt tablets, add a pinch of sea salt to your water or munch on some pretzels after a long and sweaty paddle. It’s okay. Your body will surely thank you.
Stay hydrated. The human body is composed of roughly 60 percent water. When you become dehydrated, the fluids outside your cells decrease, causing your muscles to twitch and eventually cramp. By maintaining proper hydration you can prevent major shifts in your body’s fluids and avoid painful muscle contractions. Listen to your body and drink fluids before, during, and after your workout. Just don’t consume too much water at once, as doing so can also cause stomach cramps.
Stretch. Every coach you’ve ever had always made you stretch before practice. And for good reason; stretching is a simple way to prevent cramping. Tight muscles tend to cramp while loose, flexible are less likely to. Muscle cramps are often a result of a muscular imbalance, meaning when the weaker muscles fatigue, your muscles cramp. Focus your stretching on your weaker problem areas to prevent muscular imbalance and cramping.
Know your fitness level. It is widely believed that cramps are the result of tired muscles and failures in the neural communication pathways. According to Martin Schwellnus of the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town, “The mechanism for muscle fatigue and muscle damage causing cramping is best explained through an imbalance that develops in the nervous system’s control of muscle. Muscles tend to become very twitchy when they become fatigued or are injured.” This reasoning explains why cramps are more likely to occur during especially lengthy paddles or races when you are pushing your muscles harder than you typically do. In order to prevent such cramps, you simply need to train harder and improve your fitness levels, otherwise back off when a cramp does strike.
Pickle juice. We know it sounds strange, and disgusting, but many athletes drink pickle juice to prevent and/or alleviate cramps. Pickle juice is packed with electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, possibly explaining why it’s been found to quickly relieve cramps. Additionally, the vinegar compound in the juice has been found to activate nerve receptors in the body, sending out nerve signals that stop the malfunctioning of overly fatigued muscles. Try consuming pickle juice 30 to 60 minutes prior to working out to prevent cramps or carry a two- to three-ounce vial of the juice on your next paddle in case a cramp should occur.
Consume mineral-rich foods. A well-balanced diet, complete with potassium, calcium, and magnesium can also prevent cramps. Potassium is responsible for proper nervous system and muscular function, calcium plays an important role in muscular contraction and impulse generation and magnesium stabilizes adenosine triphosphate (the energy source for muscular contraction). Bananas, melons, and sweet potatoes are all good sources of potassium, skimmed milk, dark, leafy greens and almonds are loaded with calcium, and magnesium is found in beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.
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For those who missed January’s retreat or attended but wish to keep progressing, we’re announcing our the next retreat from April 25-29, 2017.
For those that don’t already know, we provide a very exclusive paddle surfing and wave coaching experience in beautiful Punta Mita, Mexico. You will be paddle surfing every day and coached by World Champions at a private beach and all-inclusive luxury resort. Regardless of skill level, we have you covered.
Air temperatures in April average 89°F as the high and 65°F as the low. Sea temperature in April averages a warm 75°F. For waves, north swells are common in April and offer up great surf for many of the region’s waves. Beach and point break waves are available to us. Waves can range from anywhere between 2-6ft and bigger. We’ll always find the best waves.
Here are your private booking links so you can see pricing, what’s included, and options available to you. You are responsible for your flight to/from Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR), but the rest is covered by us!
Individual SUP Guest
Two SUP Guests
You have 7 days to cancel your reservation for a full refund prior to 30 days before the retreat. We only allow 10 guests at a time, so this lets you to lock in your placement before we run out of room.
We also offer 0% interest for 6 months through PayPal Credit.
Hope to see you in Mexico!
– The SUP ‘n’ Surf Crew
Saltwater is a great platform for watersports and it’s certainly a mood booster, but it isn’t doing your hair any favors. While the ocean is credited for beachy waves, it is also the source of dry, damaged hair. Sacrificing time on the water in exchange for luscious locks obviously isn’t an option, but what if you could have both? Here, we’ve rounded up five easy and effective ways to restore damaged hair so that you’re surfing won’t be the only thing drawing attention in the lineup.
Freshwater rinse. Before paddling out do a quick rinse in the shower so your hair soaks up fresh water and less salt water when you head out. Rinse immediately upon exiting the water to prevent the ocean water from evaporating and leaving damaging salts behind.
Leave-in conditioner. A freshwater rinse with shampoo and conditioner is vital for healthy hair, but adding a leave-in conditioner to the routine will keep it even healthier. Leave-in conditioner coats the hair, locking in moisture. It can also protect hair from the damaging effects of sun and air pollution. Try applying before your session as well to prevent damage.
Coconut oil. Coconut oil, it seems, is good for everything—restoring damaged hair is no exception. After a salty session, heat virgin, organic coconut oil on the stove and massage into your hair and scalp. Cover with a shower cap and rinse with freshwater and shampoo after 15 minutes.
Egg hair treatment. This home remedy requires 1 egg, 1 tbsp. honey, and 1 tbsp. plain yogurt. Simply mix the ingredients together and massage into clean, damp hair. Cover with a shower cap for 30-minutes and then rinse with cool water. Due to the fact that eggs are made of mainly protein, this simple mixture can help strengthen the hair shaft and leaves hair silky and shiny.
Moisturizing hair masks. Hair masks contain even more moisturizing fats and oils than regular conditioners, meaning more health benefits for your hair. After returning from the beach, rinse hair and apply a moisturizing mask to leave in overnight. You can purchase a mask at the store or even try making a homemade one!
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