Category: Health and Fitness

Christian Cook to Host YOLO Experience at Vista Guapa

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Christian Cook to Host YOLO Experience at Vista Guapa

Vista Guapa Surf Camp announces the unique opportunity to join the July 2014 edition of the camp’s popular YOLO Experience, a weeklong adventure of SUP, surf, fitness training, and much more. Hosted in iconic surf town, Jaco, from July 5th to 11th, the camp will be led by CrossSUP® founder and YOLO Board team rider Christian Cook and feature instruction from Alvaro Solano. With only 12 spots available, the YOLO Experience offers a personalized environment for participants with instruction tailored to individual skill levels.

“Vista Guapa Surf Camp offers some of the most beautiful scenery and surf but it’s the heart of the people that will change your life,” said Christian Cook, founder of NRG Salt and CrossSUP® based in Madeira Beach, Fla. “I’ve been dreaming about the people and the swell daily. I can’t wait to get back down there to reunite with the Vista Guapa crew and meet some new faces.”

Recently featured as a “vacation that will change your life” in Coastal Living, accommodations at Vista Guapa include air-conditioned guest bungalows nestled on a five-acre tropical oasis overlooking the Pacific Ocean. YOLO Experience guests will enjoy SUP surfing and flat water paddling instruction, paddle surf and race technique instruction, morning workouts, a yoga session, an excursion to a national park or waterfall hike, airport transfer to/from San Jose, and daily breakfast, lunch and dinner as part of the inclusive package. In addition, participants leave with professional surf photos taken by Wendy Solano to commemorate the highlights of the week.

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“The YOLO Experience packs two weeks’ worth of experiences into one week, you leave both inspired and exhilarated,” explains Mark Salvetti, Vista Guapa ambassador and leader of the annual March YOLO Experience. “The March 2014 trip was another amazing week of fun, making new friends and of course paddling in some of the best waves in the world. Christian has a lot of great things planned for the July trip, and it will be a life-changing experience for those lucky enough to attend.”

Pricing for the Vista Guapa YOLO Experience is $1,700 per person for six nights of double occupancy, with additional nights available on a pro-rated basis.

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For more information about the YOLO Experience or to make reservations, email: Mark Salvetti, markosalvetti@gmail.com.
For additional information on Vista Guapa: info@vistaguapa.com, 1-409-599-1828.
Keep up with all camp happenings by following the Vista Guapa Facebook Page.
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The Butterfly Effect Prepares for Maui Event

Photo: Erik Aeder

Photo: Erik Aeder

The Butterfly Effect Heads to Maui

Fresh from her return from the inaugural Butterfly Effect Whistler Snow Edition, BE founder, Tatiana Howard, and her team are preparing for the main Butterfly Effect event of the year in Hawaii. The 8th Annual Butterfly Effect Maui will take place on April 26th, 2014 at Baldwin Beach Park.

The annual aloha, non-competitive, inspiring, and all-women downwinder has become an integral part of the Maui community since its inception in 2007. In what has now become Butterfly tradition, the day will start with a Hawaiian blessing on the beach and a hula-infused yoga warm up before the women head out for the downwind group adventure.

Launching around 10am from Baldwin Beach Park, the challenging yet rewarding three-mile course brings together women of all ages and abilities, who will paddle alongside Olympic and professional athletes for tips and support. Maui County safety crew and a number of Maui-based professional watermen and women will be on the water to ensure safety of the group as they head to Kanaha Beach Park.

Photo: Erik Aeder

Photo: Erik Aeder

Upon arrival at Kanaha Beach Park, the Butterflies will be greeted with a celebratory and inclusive beach festival. The festival will include tips from the pros, artists of all genres, yoga fitness, instructors, live music, dancing, local food, aerial silk dancing, photo booth fun, a beach clean up, lots of product prizes, and special surprises!

Get involved, encourage your friends, and come be part of the Butterfly Effect movement. Every participant will be contributing to our goal of planting over 300 native trees on Maui! Paddle and Plant! BE involved and BE the difference you want to see in the world!

Register here.

EVENT DETAILS

Individual Registration: USD$35
• Entry into event
• Event Lycra and Goodie Bag
• Beach Festival at Kanaha
• Free Yoga Sessions with Infusion Yoga Maui*
• Lunch
• Each participant registered = One native tree planted on Maui with Plant a Wish Foundation
• Beach Clean Up
• Body Painting by Meryl Haywood
• Beach Massages by Body Therapeutics Maui
• After Party Entry at Charley’s in Paia with Q103

Team Registration: USD$120 – 4 Butterfly Participants
BE a TEAM! Sign up or sponsor a group of four women to paddle and play at the Butterfly Effect Maui! This is great if you have a store or company and would like to encourage and/or sponsor your employees or colleagues for the event. Get a group of ladies ready to dress up and get creative for the paddle. BE a TEAM! Promote your company, have matching outfits or wild ones. Let’s see what you got!

Photo: Erik Aeder

Photo: Erik Aeder

SCHEDULE of EVENTS

• Opening ceremony at Flatbread Pizza in Paia: Thursday, April 24th at 5pm

• Yoga sessions at Infusion Yoga Maui in Paia:
Sunday, April 20th at 11am.
Tuesday, April 22nd at 11am
Thursday, April 24th at 11am

• Fitness Sessions at Upcountry Fitness:
Total Body Workout with Lindsey: Monday, April 21st at 5:30pm
MASHUP with Jessica and Greyson: April 23rd at 5:30pm

• BE Maui:
Fun Downwinder and Festival, April 26 at 9am

• Official After Party at Charley’s in Paia at 10pm
Evening attire dress code (Required: evening wear for ladies, collar and button down shirts for men and closed shoes)
$15 cover (Free entry for Butterfly participants wearing event wristbands)

• Paddle and Plant! Be a part of the native trees being planted. Sunday, April 27, immediately after the event, everyone is welcome to come to Kula and help plant the native trees. We will be planting at Protea Gardens of Maui from noon to sunset.


REGISTER HERE.
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Ryan Helm, Fiona Wylde win Surftech Duelathlon Titles

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There’s something about Santa Cruz and the Surftech Surf and Sand Duelathlon that always makes the athletes earn it. At the race at Cowell’s Beach Saturday, Slater Trout pulled out a tough win against a really solid field in marginal, stormy conditions while Morgan Hoesterey won on the women’s side, fighting through side chop and bumpy seas.

Likewise in the surf, paddlers had to fight through difficult conditions with small surf and onshore winds. But then Sunday made everything worth it. The Shootout at Steamer Lane climaxed on Sunday with fantastic 5-6-foot surf, sunny skies and favorable winds. Ryan Helm, who finished third in the race, edged out Slater Trout and last year’s overall champ, Chuck Glynn, when he advanced to the finals of the surf contest, where he finished second behind Bernd Roediger. Brandon Rambo ended in third while Matt Becker ended fourth.

On the ladies side, Fiona Wylde capped off a stellar weekend by winning the surf event after finishing second in the race. Morgan Hoesterey finished second overall with Santa Cruz local Kali’a Alexiou ending in third.

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Overall Surftech Duelathlon Results

1. Ryan Helm
2. Slater Trout
3. Chuck Glynn

1. Fiona Wylde
2. Morgan Hoesterey
3. Kali’a Alexiou

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Men’s SUP Surfing Shootout Results
1. Bernd Roediger
2. Ryan Helm
3. Brandon Rambo
4. Matt Becker
5. David Boehne
5. Slater Trout
7.Chuck Glynn
7. Brennan Rose
9. John Alexiou
9. John Griffith
9. Brent Pascoe
9. Giovanni Perez

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N.C. SUP Season Kicks Off With Beach Biathlon

Photo courtesy of WrightsvilleBeachLoop.com

Photo courtesy of WrightsvilleBeachLoop.com

N.C. SUP Season Kicks Off with Beach Biathlon

The competitive SUP season kicked off in North Carolina last weekend with the Fifth Annual Wrightsville Beach Biathlon at Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Standup paddlers and runners from Maryland to South Carolina enjoyed sunny skies with temperatures in the 70s.

The first leg of the beach biathlon was a four-mile SUP course on Banks Channel, beginning with an incoming tide, circumventing Money Island via the Intracoastal Waterway, and traveling through Motts Channel back to the starting point.

With the first half of the biathlon complete, biathletes and relay team members left the water and sprinted toward the oceanfront in a four-mile pier-to-pier footrace on the sand to the finish line.

Photo courtesy of WrightsvilleBeachLoop.com

Photo courtesy of WrightsvilleBeachLoop.com

Individual Men’s Division
1. Jeremy Whitted; Charleston, SC
2. Erik Bigsby; Wilmington, NC
3. Robert Netsch; Kitty Hawk, NC
4. Andrew Glidden; Wilmington, NC
5. Claude Arnold; Wrightsville Beach
Individual Women’s Division
1. Dawn Ehman; Ocean City, MD
2. Kate Lewis; New Bern, NC
3. Karen Wilson; Wilmington, NC
4. April Zilg; Wilmington, NC
5. Christina Dees: Wilmington, NC
Relay Team
1. Mark Austin and Kevin Rhodes; Wilmington
2. Kathryn and Wes Stolp; Wilmington
3. Barry Blackburn and Ron Wormwood; Wilmington
4. Haywood Newkirk; Wrightsville Beach
5. Anna and Makayla Blackburn; Wilmington


“This race is a good warm-up after a long, cold winter,” said Jarrod Covington, Wrightsville Beach Biathlon chair and race director.

Next up on the North Carolina calendar is the Carolina Cup, with over 700 pro and amateur paddlers expected to turnout in Wrightsville Beach, April 23 -27.

For more information, visit: WrightsvilleSUP.com
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Field Notes: Swimming with Sharks in the Bahamas

SUP magazine videographer Morgan Hoesterey recently took a trip to explore the Bahamas where she and friend Liz Parkinson set out on an adventure below the surface. Parkinson is a shark diver and conservationist. So they used SUPs to reach a dive site near South Bimini and found themselves surrounded by the ocean’s most feared predators. Check back for Part 2 of Morgan’s mission in our Field Notes presented by Wavejet.

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Paddle Healthy: Breathing for SUP Part I

Photo: Jason Kenworthy

Photo: Jason Kenworthy

Paddle Healthy: Breathing for SUP

Eat, breathe, sleep. That sums up life’s basic needs. Seems fairly simple doesn’t it? Well, as we know it’s not because we struggle with getting enough sleep and eating right. Then we ask ourselves: are we breathing correctly? The answer is “probably not.” The first two basic human needs are very important topics in their own right, but for now let’s talk about some easily applied concepts to help you breathe better.

The most common breathing question that we hear is, “Do you mouth breathe or nose breathe?” If you search the Internet to research which one is better, you’ll get about a 50/50 split and each side has some very compelling arguments. But, rather than get down in the weeds with pros and cons, I’d like to shift the focus to the other components of breathing that are more important to life and SUP. You can figure out if you prefer mouth breathing or nose breathing on your own.

Let’s talk about some very basic concepts of breathing, without getting into senior level medical school stuff! Your body needs certain things from the ambient air to survive: oxygen, nitrogen and a small portion of five other gases. Just as we use food as fuel, we use these gases as fuel, too. We need to be as efficient as possible with their uptake to maximize SUP performance, and how we function when we’re off the water. So how do we go about doing that?

Developing proper breathing mechanics is first. I’m sure you’ve heard of the terms “stomach breathing” and “diaphragm breathing.” You’d think with the continual flow of health magazine stories on this concept that it’s a something new, but the opposite is true. Really, it’s exactly how we were wired to breathe—just look at how any kid under the age of five inhales and exhales.

The trouble is that as we get older we train ourselves to abandon this natural breathing and start taking short, shallow breaths that supply us with minimum oxygen intake, limiting performance in SUP and every other area of our lives. This is partly because we’re trying to live up to media-fueled expectations of thinness by sucking in our stomachs and are conforming to our largely desk-bound work lives by slouching. Another reason is that we haven’t been taught how to breathe efficiently when we’re under stress, whether from exercise or just the hustle and bustle of daily life. We’ve got to stop limiting our breathing capacity, folks!

Check out the video below, in which Slater Trout shows you an exercise for developing better stomach/diaphragm breathing mechanics. Get some practice in with these techniques and check back next week as we explore how to breathe right for better SUP performance. —Phil White

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SUP Instructors Near You: Art Aquino

Photo: Rick Dahms

Photo: Rick Dahms

SUP Instructors Near You

From flatwater socialites to downwind warriors, SUP instructors are key to learning how to standup paddle. In honor of our upcoming Beginner’s Guide, hitting newsstands March 28, here’s a look at some of standup paddling’s top instructors in your region.

Wind Walker: Art Aquino

Art Aquino is serious about downwind SUP. His website is called Downwind Warriors, his nickname is “Road Warrior” (he often spends 12-hour days driving after downwind runs) and he travels to Maui a few times a year.

But before this reincarnation, Aquino, 46, could hardly do anything active. He’d been out of boardsports for six years after blowing a disc in his lower back snowboarding and was spending most of his time sportfishing on Puget Sound. He fell in love with the water but felt restless and unhealthy. Then he discovered SUP.

“I took (a neighbor’s) board out and I was like, “Wow, this doesn’t hurt my back,” Aquino says. “It was an amazing experience, kind of like being reborn. I now have ten boards in about three different places.”

Aquino hasn’t looked back. He retired from his position as creative director at Zumiez in 2005 and is able to follow his passion full-time.

“I started flatwater paddling (in 2009) and by the end of the summer I was basically like, ‘What am I going to do now?’ I started downwinding.”

Downwind paddling usually consists of a shuttle, paddling from one point to another with the wind. The wind creates bumps or windswell, which can be surfed on longer boards. Aquino is dedicated to diffusing the sport throughout the Pacific Northwest. He participates in many of the regional flatwater races and is actively spreading the downwind gospel. He also puts on his Downwind Warriors race series on the weekends. Part of his motivation for teaching is to get more partners for downwind runs.

“You stomach the first time, going, ‘What am I going to do here?’” he says. “As soon as you turn that corner and the wind is at your back and the waves are opening up way out in front of you it’s a surreal thing.”

He says he currently has a queue of five or six paddlers waiting for lessons when the wind blows. Aquino sends out a mass text when it starts to kick up on the Puget Sound—he can see the water from his house—and the first person to respond gets a one-on-one lesson.

One of those people is Joel Yang, a 37-year-old industrial engineer, who took his first downwind lesson from Aquino.

“I took one class with the guy and was totally stoked,” Yang says. “He’s one of those crazy nutballs that can easily infect you with the kind of stoke that he has.”

Aquino himself learned from the best: he’s attended Kalama Kamp and had instruction from Jeremy Riggs and is bringing that dedication and passion to the Seattle area. He’s not alone. Aquino quickly rattled off a handful of obsessed paddlers that are always watching the wind and waiting to sneak away from whatever other obligations they have.

“He really leads the charge on the downwind stoke,” Yang says. “He’s demystifying (downwind paddling) and making it accessible to everyone.”

Will Taylor

For other options nearby, checkout the following:
Surf Ballard
Bellingham Kite Paddle Surf
Big Winds (Hood River)
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SUP Women: Manca Notar

Photo: Marko Notar

Photo: Marko Notar

SUP Women: Manca Notar

At 17 years old, Manca Notar has become a strong contender in the Women’s Standup World Series, placing atop the podium alongside names like Annabel Anderson and Angie Jackson. The young Slovenian is a smiling sweetheart, but don’t let her looks deceive you- Manca is a fierce and focused competitor.

Photo courtesy of Naish.

Photo courtesy of Naish.

Tell us about your background.
Thanks to my parents I’ve been involved with water sports since I was born. They were both passionate windsurfers. I did my first rides on windsurf in Dahab, Egypt when I was 6 years old. A few years later I started kiting. Slovenia actually doesn’t have really good conditions for windsurfing and kiting. Therefore, when SUP came in Europe I fell in love with it, and even more, SUP encouraged my competitive spirit.

What’s the SUP scene like in Slovenia?
I have to admit that SUP is not really big sport in Slovenia at the moment, but I’m happy to see it growing. We have some individual racers, but not many SUP races. The majority of people are traditionally involved with winter sports.

Tell us about your training regimen.
My dad is also my coach and he always takes care of my training and he always makes it something special. I never visit fitness centers, all workouts I do are in nature. I always try to push my own limits and get better. Also, it’s all about having fun.

You had impressive finishes over the past year at some high profile events and you’re 17. What’s it like being on the podium as one of the top standup paddlers in the world?
Yes, I’m 17. Standing on the podium among the best standup paddle athletes in the world is really an amazing feeling. It’s hard to describe. I always feel honored and it’s some kind of approval that I’m on the right way.

Photo courtesy of Naish.

Photo courtesy of Naish.

Where does your motivation come from?
I usually set myself a high goal, sometimes it’s too high, but I always work hard to reach it. And if I fail, I try to learn something new from it and I try not to repeat it again in the future. This high goal motivates me all the time. I think I’m inspired also by our Slovenian Olympians. They have done a great job this month, bringing home eight medals and that just gives me more power to reach my goal. But I know that I couldn’t have done it without my parents, who are supporting me from day one.

Photo: Marko Notar

Photo: Marko Notar

Where’s your favorite place to SUP?
Actually I have two favorite places. The first one is my home. At home I train more on flat water and in cold conditions in wintertime, but I also wear bikinis in summertime. I love paddling on our lakes surrounded by Alps. Especially in wintertime it’s really beautiful experience. And we also have seaside, which is also good for training. My second favorite place is Maui, Hawaii. I love doing downwinders and Maui is perfect place for it. I usually do downwinders with my Naish teammates, so I always learn something new. And the scenery is absolutely stunning.

Who would you like to race against in the future?
SUP is really fast growing sport and it would be awesome to have more young girls and guys competing from Europe.

Photo: Marko Notar

Photo: Marko Notar


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SUP Women: Manca Notar

Photo: Marko Notar

Photo: Marko Notar

SUP Women: Manca Notar

At 17 years old, Manca Notar has become a strong contender in the Women’s Standup World Series, placing atop the podium alongside names like Annabel Anderson and Angie Jackson. The young Slovenian is a smiling sweetheart, but don’t let her looks deceive you- Manca is a fierce and focused competitor.

Photo courtesy of Naish.

Photo courtesy of Naish.

Tell us about your background.
Thanks to my parents I’ve been involved with water sports since I was born. They were both passionate windsurfers. I did my first rides on windsurf in Dahab, Egypt when I was 6 years old. A few years later I started kiting. Slovenia actually doesn’t have really good conditions for windsurfing and kiting. Therefore, when SUP came in Europe I fell in love with it, and even more, SUP encouraged my competitive spirit.

What’s the SUP scene like in Slovenia?
I have to admit that SUP is not really big sport in Slovenia at the moment, but I’m happy to see it growing. We have some individual racers, but not many SUP races. The majority of people are traditionally involved with winter sports.

Tell us about your training regimen.
My dad is also my coach and he always takes care of my training and he always makes it something special. I never visit fitness centers, all workouts I do are in nature. I always try to push my own limits and get better. Also, it’s all about having fun.

You had impressive finishes over the past year at some high profile events and you’re 17. What’s it like being on the podium as one of the top standup paddlers in the world?
Yes, I’m 17. Standing on the podium among the best standup paddle athletes in the world is really an amazing feeling. It’s hard to describe. I always feel honored and it’s some kind of approval that I’m on the right way.

Photo courtesy of Naish.

Photo courtesy of Naish.

Where does your motivation come from?
I usually set myself a high goal, sometimes it’s too high, but I always work hard to reach it. And if I fail, I try to learn something new from it and I try not to repeat it again in the future. This high goal motivates me all the time. I think I’m inspired also by our Slovenian Olympians. They have done a great job this month, bringing home eight medals and that just gives me more power to reach my goal. But I know that I couldn’t have done it without my parents, who are supporting me from day one.

Photo: Marko Notar

Photo: Marko Notar

Where’s your favorite place to SUP?
Actually I have two favorite places. The first one is my home. At home I train more on flat water and in cold conditions in wintertime, but I also wear bikinis in summertime. I love paddling on our lakes surrounded by Alps. Especially in wintertime it’s really beautiful experience. And we also have seaside, which is also good for training. My second favorite place is Maui, Hawaii. I love doing downwinders and Maui is perfect place for it. I usually do downwinders with my Naish teammates, so I always learn something new. And the scenery is absolutely stunning.

Who would you like to race against in the future?
SUP is really fast growing sport and it would be awesome to have more young girls and guys competing from Europe.

Photo: Marko Notar

Photo: Marko Notar


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Caio Vaz Wins Sunset Beach Pro

Photo: Waterman League

Photo: Waterman League

Brazilian Caio Vaz just took the 2014 Sunset Beach Pro title over Kai Lenny, Zane Schweitzer and Keahi de Aboitiz in rough, choppy conditions at the world-famous beach.

Check back for more coverage on SUPthemag.com.

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Circumnavigating Puerto Rico

Photo: William Gayle

Mike Simpson, is a man of missions. He’s paddled up the East Coast, over 2,000 miles from Florida to Maine in support of the Wounded Warriors Project. He’s done 420 miles (with 10-12 portages) on the Connecticut River from the Canadian border to the Long Island Sound. He’s navigated his standup the entirety of the intricate and island-riddled coast of his home state, Rhode Island. And he’s hauled down the Big Sur coast from the town of Big Sur to Cayucos in big seas. Now Simpson, 44, has his sights set on circumnavigating Puerto Rico. SUP magazine will be meeting up with Simpson to document part of his journey for the print edition. We caught up with him as he readies himself for his epic journey.

How are things going?
Well, it’s not an adventure until things go wrong. I’m on the ground in Puerto Rico now but there are hiccups with shipping company and I’m having problems getting my board from what I call ‘prison’. I’m gonna bail her out on Monday. Before we leave I’m having a friend from the south side put in a fin box.
But I went for a paddle yesterday in town and we’re going to try and chase some waves down this weekend. I’m still in the process of down-shifting from uptight East Coast mode to laid back Puerto Rico.

Photo: William Gayle

What makes this mission different than your others?
I think it’s the unknown. I think SUPing this style is really heady, it’s mental. I’ve paddled enough on the North Shore of Puerto Rico to know about the reef passes that pop up in front of you and you have to go inside or outside of them. I also know there will be a 114 mile upwind section of the trip. The Puerto Ricans tell me to do the north side then drive back and do the south side so I don’t have to do the upwind. But from my backcountry skiing and backcountry camping, I figure it’s part of the whole thing. You’re taking what Mother Nature’s giving you and getting it done. I know I’ll be going up wind and I’m fine with it. That expectation makes it easier. Then there’s the self supported part of it: I don’t know where I’m sleeping but I have general ides on the chart. But on a trip like this there are angels everywhere. You think you’re having a horrible day and you pull into the beach and a fisherman invites you up to his house for dinner or points you to a better beach around the corner. I like the unknown.

Why Puerto Rico?
Last winter I came down here a couple times, once for Paddle Royale and once after. I fell in love with Puerto Rico and met a bunch of people that took me under their wing. I came back later for another month and surfed and paddled. It’s a perfect square and isn’t that big and I just thought I should paddle around it. It was really wanting to see this island nice and slow just like the ancients would, no itinerary, carrying all my gear. There are beautiful places that people never get to see.

Photo: Benjamin Thouard

Tell me about your board.
When I brought it up to Patrice, our shaper at BIC, he said lets shape a board for it. We sat down at Outdoor Retailer last August and we came up with a beautiful 17.5-foot design. The unique part about it is Patrice shaping a board this size. He hadn’t really stepped into that realm before. He liked the board so much he shaped one for himself. He didn’t change anything. This board has plugs for strapping and we’ve put texture on the deck and scalloped out the deck so my bags sit a little bit lower and don’t slide when I get hit by waves. That’s huge. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to stop to rearrange bags. I also went a little bit wider; I’d rather have stability so I’m not as fatigued and can take a little bit more weight. I was shocked by the stability. I don’t want to be in the water.

How does it downwind?
It’s awesome. I was riding bumps, two-foot or three-foot only, but it was effortless. I was really, really stoked. It’s a tucked in pintail and it picks up every little bump. Getting used to the rudder, which we’re prototyping is a little difficult. I’m also having a friend on the south side put a fin box in case the rudder fails.

So you’ll be camping the whole time?
Yep. I have a hammock, tarp, bug net and total lightweight sleeping back. Usually I sleep in a hammock on a trip like this. I did that the entire 2,000 miles and four months when my buddy Will Rich and I did SUP The Coast from Key West (Florida) to Portland (Maine).

Well, we’re stoked to get on the water with you.
Me too. Looking forward to it. Time for me to go paddle and then chase some waves.

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2014 Battle of the Paddle Moves to New Venue

2014 Battle of the Paddle Moves to New Venue

Rainbow® Sandals is proud to announce the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle® for 2014 at Salt Creek Beach on October 4th-5th, 2014. After maximizing capacity in 2013 at Doheny State Beach, we moved the event three miles north to the beautiful coastline of Salt Creek Beach. Having the Battle of the Paddle® at Salt Creek will allow us to have a larger Standup Paddle Expo, new and challenging race courses, more parking, and a stadium arena layout for spectators.

The Battle of the Paddle® has grown in participation from both competitors and exhibitors every year. Last year we filled the beach with 171 exhibitor spaces. This year we will be able to facilitate a total 300 spaces. The beach at Salt Creek is larger and flatter, and stretches twice as far as our previous site.

Salt Creek Beach

Salt Creek Beach

Salt Creek is one of the most beautiful beaches in California, located just south of Laguna Beach. The unique geography allows people to look above the expo area and watch the action in the water from everywhere at the event, including event registration.

Concierge shuttle service is provided free of charge to all spectators, competitors and exhibitors, direct to the event site. Shuttles will transport from parking lots at Dana Hills High School, Strands Beach Park and Salt Creek before, during and after.

We are excited to exhibit courses we designed for all races. The Elite Race will showcase better surfing and exciting carnage. In case of large surf we’ve devised alternate courses for the Open and Kids race that are safe for all levels of paddling. The Distance Race will provide new and scenic vistas from Salt Creek to Laguna Beach and back.

For more information, visit: BattleofthePaddle.com
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Field Notes: The Big Blue Paddle – Part 3

Photo: Amber Miller-Greenman

Photo: Amber Miller-Greenman

Field Notes: The Big Blue Paddle

On December 26, 2013, two Aussies set off on a 30-day, 917-kilometer (approximately 570-mile) SUP expedition. Paddling to promote healthy living, Michael Leith and Tony Miller-Greenman took off from Brisbane and made the long journey to Sydney’s Bondi Beach.
Check out the last leg of the guys’ trip:

Day 22 – 23: Port Stephens – Newcastle

Quick repair job before we set off from Zenith Beach to Merewether, Newcastle. Long trip today, so all needs to be in tiptop condition.

This is a 31-km stretch and we’re crossing shark-infested waters in the biggest great white shark breeding ground in Australia.

Day 24: Newcastle – Moonee

Here we are at Merewether SLSC, joined by a whole bunch of nippers! Thanks for the company, boys and girls!
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Mystery Drone Spotted from Standup

"Cuttin' me off like we were on the 405." Photo: Osher Gunsberg

“Cuttin’ me off like we were on the 405.” Photo: Osher Gunsberg

On January 16, Osher Gunsberg went for a paddle near his Venice Beach, Calif. home. He saw some dolphins. Then he saw a mysterious camouflage submarine with Los Angeles Fire Department stickers on it. It “ran away” and “later circled back to drive straight at us.” According to Gunsberg, LAFD officials and the LA lifeguards didn’t know what it was when they saw the photos.

Stay tuned as we update this post.

Check out Gunsberg’s account here.

More SUP news here.

Trout, Augaitis Win Miami’s Orange Bowl Paddle Championships

Photo: Jen Hayes

Photo: Jen Hayes

Trout, Augaitis Win Miami’s Orange Bowl Paddle Championships

As the annual Surf Expo wrapped up in Orlando, Fla. last weekend, industry pros and athletes headed down to Miami for the unofficial season opener, the Orange Bowl Paddle Championships, presented by Jimmy Lewis. With elite, sprint, and recreational races offered, droves of paddlers turned out to race through downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay.

Photo: Jimmy Lewis

Photo: Jimmy Lewis

Maui’s Slater Trout and Canada’s Lina Augaitis paddled to victories ahead of a stacked field of competitors in the 12’6 class of the elite race, each taking home a $3,500 cash prize. Thomas Shahinian, who was first to cross the line, won the unlimited class, while Elvin Maldonado took the win in the 14’ class.

RESULTS

12’6 Elite Men:
1. Slater Trout
2. Fernando Stalla
3. Vinnicius Martins
4. Ryan Helm
5. Belar Diaz
6. Paolo Marconi
7. Ron Gossard
8. Joseph Morel
9. Joseph Cerdas
10. Ethan Luppert

12’6 Elite Women:
1. Lina Augaitis
2. Bailey Rosen
3. Kelsa Gabehart
4. Mini Cunha
5. Silvia Mecucci
6. Mary Anne Boyer
7. April Zilg
8. Dawn Ehman
9. Victoria Zatorski
10. Elizabeth Ruiz

14’ Elite Men:
1. Elvin Maldonado
2. Jesse Kautz
3. Kieran Grant
4. Brad Ward
5. Andrew White
6. Rob Bitzkowski
7. Frank Dillenberg
8. Patrick Lopez
9. Brandon Rambo
10. Matt Arensman

14’ Elite Women:
1. Morgan Blittner

Unlimited Elite:
1. Thomas Shahinian
2. Chip Bock

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Werner Paddles Announces Danny Mongno as Marketing Manager


Werner Paddles Announces Danny Mongno as Marketing Manager

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Mexican Reef Dance

Mexican Reef Dance

Ah, Mexico. The land of Corona with lime, fun reef waves, tequila with lime, SUP surfing in trunks, three-piece mariachi bands, fresh fish with lime and Kyron Rathbone having a heck a lot of fun. This simple edit evokes a feeling of a thousand south of the border runs and will inspire a few more.

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Standup Paddling Gotham and the Grand

Photo: Abbey Sowick

Photo: Abbey Sowick

Standup Paddling Gotham City and the Grand Canyon

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Paddle Healthy: Top 7 Natural Immune System Boosters

Top 7 Natural Immune System Boosters

At this time of year, many of us have already gotten a flu shot, or are planning on getting one. We’ve also re-stocked our medicine cabinets with cold remedies and loaded up on multipacks of fizzing vitamin C powders. Yep, it’s winter, and we want to be ready to tackle the inevitable viruses and infections that are swirling around like snowflakes.

But, what if we didn’t need to go to the pharmacy and cram our bodies full of medicines and artificial remedies? What if nature could actually help us out with foods and beverages that boost immunity, shorten the duration and intensity of colds and other illnesses, and help us reduce the cost of those expensive doctor’s visits? Well, we’re in luck. There are a wide range of naturally occurring compounds that can do all of this and more (PS: those antibiotics you’re often prescribed can limit your body’s immune response). Keep reading to check out SUPtheMag.com’s top picks for natural immune system boosters. —Phil White

Elderberry
What is it about dark-skinned berries that make them such nutritional powerhouses? In the case of the purple elderberry, it’s the high content of anthocyanins and flavonoids that help prevent colds by boosting immune system response. The best way to take elderberry is to drink a tablespoon of liquid extract twice a day. If you can’t handle the bitter flavor (and we’ll admit, it’s not the best taste), mix it into tea or water and add honey to sweeten. Want the benefits of elderberry on the go? Then put a pack of elderberry zinc lozenges in your car and take up to six a day. These will give you not only the benefits of elderberry, but also the power of zinc, which is the only mineral proven to reduce the duration of a cold.

Lemon
Not to get gross on you, but when you get sick in the winter there’s usually mucus involved. Lemon juice can break this up, helping your throat and lungs clear out all that junk that’s making your cough sound like and old car struggling to start in the winter chill. No, we’re not talking about those horrible, artificial-tasting cold remedy powders, but the actual fruit! Lemon juice is also an alkaline, which can lower your body’s pH level and make it harder for viruses to take hold. Squeeze lemon juice into water or add to hot green or black tea several times a day.

Garlic
There’s a reason cultures worldwide — from Italy to India, to Japan, and just about everywhere in between — use a lot of garlic in cooking, and it’s not just that it makes food taste better. The high levels of allicin (the active component) in the strong-smelling vegetable can block the enzymes that cause viruses and bacterial infections. Garlic is also proven to reduce cancer risk and may have cardiovascular benefits, too. So brave the bad breath and either crush it up raw or, if you can’t handle the intense flavor, roast whole bulbs, pull out the cloves and add to stir fry dishes, pasta sauces, or home-made hummus.

Red Grapes + Blueberries + Sunshine
OK, we just cheated and put three things together. But here’s the deal: combine sunlight (or, if you’re in a sun-starved city, a daily Vitamin D supplement of 2,000 – 5,000 IU) with either blueberries or red grapes and you’ll boost your immune system response. In the blueberries, it’s the pterostilbene and our old friend resveratrol – the same thing that helps grapes lower the chance of heart disease – that combine with the vitamin D and give you a boost. And yes, you can get your resveratrol quota from drinking red wine. To really up the power of your favorite drink, try simmering a pot full of merlot (or whatever your preferred red wine is) with mulling spices, which adds the beneficial phytochemicals found in cloves, cinnamon and star anise.

Onions
Wait, onions and garlic in the same article? Are we trying to give you bad breath? Nope. Onions are one of the richest natural sources of quercetin, a potent antioxidant that limits the formation of the virus causing that annoying cold. Bonus: quecertin may also reduce the risk of stomach cancer. Add extra chopped onions to salads, sandwiches, soups and chili. Some studies claim that red onions are the most beneficial, but our research discovered the yellow and white varieties are just as potent.

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Freestyle Introduces the New Mariner Tide Collection

Freestyle, a leader in tide watch design, announces the latest addition to its assortment, the Mariner Tide Collection. The distinctive round case provides a fresh perspective to consumers for their tide data. The unique design makes this a standout collection from Freestyle’s current square case designs in the Shark Classic Tide and Killer Shark Tide.

Offered in four contrasting colors, the Mariner Tide is a multifunctional watch catering to consumers whose recreational livelihood is often governed by the tide and sunlight. The collection displays ocean knowledge at your fingertips in the form of tide direction, time and height for 150 beaches worldwide, as well as sunrise/sunset times.

This new collection bolsters Freestyle’s dedication to providing high quality watches that are valuable to the surfing, boating, diving, sailing and fishing communities.

“We are thrilled to bring the Mariner Tide to market, as not only is it a great looking piece, it’s purpose-built to be a tough, practical and user-friendly accessory for today’s watermen,” said Will Cox, Freestyle GM of Sales and Marketing.

The Mariner Tide watch allows the user to select up to nine favorite and/or most frequented tide locations out of 150 pre-programmed beaches. Once set, the simple user interface gives a quick and easy recall of their nine favorite locations with minimal effort. In addition to tide data, the Mariner Tide features a night vision backlight, stopwatch, countdown timer, dual alarm, and 100-meter water resistance. Housed in a polycarbonate case and secured by a comfortable and durable silicone band, the multi-functional tide watch retails for only $100.

All styles will be available at surf specialty stores nationwide, as well as select sporting goods retailers and FreestyleUSA.com.

This collection is currently available for pre-order and expected to ship January 15, 2014.

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