From the mag | Inside the Ride | Mo Freitas
Take a spin around the Freitas family’s (mobile) home-away-from-home
Hometown: Haleiwa, North Shore, Oahu
For professional paddlers who chase contests around the world most of the year, the company of loved ones and a few home creature-comforts can make life on the road a whole lot better. And so, when 18-year-old North Shore-born SUP prodigy Mo Freitas rolls to competitions on the mainland—away from his home on Oahu—he brings his family and their home with him. The Freitas family—father Tony, little brother Marvin and Mo—scored this motor home a few years back, and despite the endless travel itinerary of a jet-setting pro paddling clan, the Freitas fam hasn’t needed a hotel since. The rig's saved them countless travel dollars, and what's better, Mo has home advantage at every event. — Mike Misselwitz
1. Motor Home. The rig is a 2001 Ford with a Tioga camper on the back. It is an E-350 with a V-10, and it hauls. My dad built the racks in the back for the surfboards and on the top for the race boards.
2. Boards. I have a 14' Focus Blue Fin (left) that just came out. It's only 23" wide and it's the board I used for PPG and the one I've had my best results on. The board on top is the same model, but it's a 12'6" and the 2015 version, which is made of a different carbon, so it's lighter. The surfboard is 7'2" X 23 ½" X 3 ¼", shaped by Pat Rawson.
3. Hamboard Biscuit. Hamboards makes crazy skateboards used with the "land paddle" (long shaft with rubber push-tip, left). Everyone knows Hamboards for the giant longboards, but this new model is super fun.
4. Sawyer TST. This paddle is what I use for both racing and surfing. It has wood in the blade, and the handle is wood for a livelier feel. I definitely notice an improvement in flex with the wood.
5. Boom Box. We use this thing to jam out all the time.
6. Lumix GH4. We got it because we wanted to take our footage to the next level. It shoots 4K at 24 frames per second and 1080p at 96 frames per second. I edit all my own stuff and the footage of me surfing is either from my friend, my girlfriend, or most of the time, my dad.
7. One Wheel. This is a super new and useful toy unlike anything else out there. One Wheel hooked me up with one and I ride for them. It makes things so convenient. I use it to get from camp to the event sites a lot. It only takes 20 minutes to charge and it'll go for eight miles with that. And it goes 15 to 17 miles per hour!
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