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Payette River Games | Behind-the-Scenes Gallery | A SUP Mag Exclusive

Payette River Games | Behind-the-Scenes Gallery | A SUP Mag Exclusive

All photos: Greg Panas

After last weekend’s great success in Cascade, Idaho, where a vast majority of the elite SUP community gathered at Kelly’s Whitewater Park for the 2015 Payette River Games, the downriver SUP event is being hailed by many in the paddling community as the most fun occasion on the SUP racing agenda. But it isn’t all fun and games at the PRG. Wait, wait…no. That’s exactly what it is.

What we mean to say is, it’s not all SUP fun and games at the PRG. In fact, there are myraid more fun and games to be had during this epic weekend on the Payette. Beyond the SUPer-G (the event’s timed downriver slalom race) and the SUP Xross competition (a carnage-packed downriver contest in which five racers take to the course simultaneously), the Payette River Games also hosts beach volleyball, yoga, a beach flags game, a log-rolling contest, standing wave surf sessions, a dog fetching event and even a lumberjack competition. There’s hiking, hot springs and mountain streams. People camp, people drink beer, people barbeque. All in all, life is damn good for everyone involved.

Because the Payette River Games are so much more than SUP (as if that’s not enough), we thought it necessary to grace our readership with some behind-the-scenes snapshots of life during last weekend’s epic endeavor. The photos above are just an early appetizer to wet your pallet for next year, and we can just about guarantee the main course will be even more delectable than the last. Book your tickets now. We’ll see you June 16, 2016 (the date of next year’s PRG has already been announced) on the Payette.

Craving more? SUP’s got you covered.

Photos and preview from the early round warm-ups at the Payette River Games.

More photos and results from the Payette River Games.

Video of Mo Freitas, the men’s overall champion of the 2015 Payette River Games.

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Mo Freitas, Rebecca Giddens Win Overall at 2015 Payette River Games

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The men’s top-5 take to the podium. Photo: Greg Panas

Mo Freitas, Rebecca Giddens Win Overall at 2015 Payette River Games

After a weekend of racing through rapids and piling up around pivot turns in Cascade, Idaho, winners of the 2015 Payette River Games have finally been crowned! $50,000 in prize money was doled out between the top-10 finalists, and the two first-place finishers—Mo Freitas and Rebecca Giddens—are walking away with whopping $10,000 checks.

We’ll be posting a full gallery and recap tomorrow morning, so check back with SUPthemag.com then! Overall results below and more at the Payette River Games site.

Check out our early gallery and rundown for more info on the Payette River Games.

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Top-5 women at the 2015 Payette River Games. Photo: Greg Panas

2015 Payette River Games Results

Overall Standings

Men’s Champion: Mo Freitas (40 points)
Runner-up: Dane Jackson (33)
3rd: Zane Schweitzer (31)
4th: Sean Poynter (31)
5th: Eric Giddens (29)
6th: Slater Trout (29)
7th: Bernd Roediger (27)
8th: Masayuki ‘Yacu’ Takahata (26)
9th: Toby Cracknell (25)
10th: Giorgio Gomez (24)
11th: Fernando Stalla (22)
12th: Noa Ginella (17)
13th: Mike Tavares (16)
14th: Spencer Lacy (16)
15th: Luke Hopkins (13)
16th: Chuck Glynn (12)
17th: Mike Harvey (7)
18th: Bradley Hilton (5)
19th: Kelly Margetts (4)
20th: Peter Bartl (4)

Women’s Champion: Rebecca Giddens (40 points)
Runner-up: Fiona Wylde (37)
3rd: Izzi Gomez (34)
4th: Annabel Anderson (32)
5th: Sage Donnelly (32)
6th: Candice Appleby (28)
7th: Mariko Strickland Lum (27)
8th: Shakira Westdorp (25)
9th: Nadia Almuti (25)
10th: April Zilg (22)
11th: Haley Mills (22)
12th: Natali Zollinger (20)
13th: Hannah Hill (20)
14th: Nikki Gregg (13)
15th: Jenny MacArthur (13)
16th: Anna Fischer (10)
17th: Brittany Parker (8)
18th: Sonni Honscheid (6)
19th: Lina Augaitis (4)
20th: Evelyn Trosin (2)

(* tied points were split based on Friday’s SUPer G times)

MEN’S SUP CROSS

(1st place = 20 points, 2nd place = 19 points, 20th place = 1 point)

1st: Mo Freitas
2nd: Dane Jackson
3rd: Fernando Stalla
4th: Bernd Roediger
5th: Eric Giddens
6th: Sean Poynter
7th: Toby Cracknell
8th: Masayuki “Yacu” Takahata
9th: Zane Schweitzer
10th: Slater Trout
11th: Luke Hopkins
12th: Giorgio Gomez
13th: Spencer Lacy
14th: Mike Harvey
15th: Mike Tavares
16th: Chuck Glynn
17th: Peter Bartl
18th: Gaetan Sene
19th: Noa Hopper
20th: Brennan Rose

WOMEN’S SUP CROSS

(1st place = 20 points, 2nd place = 19 points, 20th place = 1 point)

1st: Rebecca Giddens
2nd: Sage Donnelly
3rd: Fiona Wylde
4th: Annabel Anderson
5th: Izzi Gomez
6th: Nadia Almuti
7th: Haley Mills
8th: Mariko Strickland Lum
9th: Candice Appleby
10th: Hannah Hill
11th: April Zilg
12th: Natali Zollinger
13th: Shakira Westdorp
14th: Jenny MacArthur
15th: Nikki Gregg
16th: Anna Fischer
17th: Brittany Parker
18th: Sonni Honscheid
19th: Lina Augaitis
20th: Evelyn Trosin

MEN’S SUPER G FINAL

(1st place = 20 points, 2nd place = 19 points, 20th place = 1 point)

# / Name / Best Time
1 Mo Freitas 02:50.01
2 Zane Schweitzer 02:53.13
3 Slater Trout 02:54.41
4 Noa Ginella 02:55.56
5 Sean Poynter 03:04.01
6 Giorgio Gomez 03:06.19
7 Dane Jackson 03:07.13
8 Masayuki ‘Yacu’ Takahata 03:07.61
9 Eric Giddens 03:07.61
10 Toby Cracknell 03:08.28
11 Michael Tavares 03:09.14
12 Bernd Roediger 03:09.17
13 Spencer Lacy 03:09.57
14 Chuck Glynn 03:11.57
15 Fernando Stalla 03:13.61
16 Bradley Hilton 03:15.54
17 Kelly Margetts 03:20.25
18 Luke Hopkins 03:26.04
19 Chris Cragtmans 03:34.61
20 Ryan Helm 03:37.43

Note: Top 20 raced on Sunday, Top 43 raced Saturday, entire field raced on Friday

WOMEN’S SUPER G TOP 20

(1st place = 20 points, 2nd place = 19 points, 20th place = 1 point)

# / Name / Best Time
1 Rebecca Giddens 03:32.25
2 Fiona Wylde 03:44.22
3 Izzi Gomez 03:53.12
4 Shakira Westdorp 03:57.23
5 Candice Appleby 04:00.30
6 Annabel Anderson 04:07.19
7 Mariko Strickland Lum 04:16.08
8 Sage Donnelly 04:16.65
9 April Zilg 04:20.89
10 Natali Zollinger 04:49.43
11th: Haley Mills
12th: Hannah Hill
13th: Anna Fischer
14th: Lina Augaitis
15th: Jenny MacArthur
16th: Brittany Parker
17th: Sonni Honscheid
18th: Nikki Gregg
19th: Nadia Almuti
20th: Evelyn Trosin

Note: Top 10 raced on Sunday, Top 15 raced Saturday, entire field raced on Friday

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#TheWeeklyInsta

#TheWeeklyInsta

#TheWeeklyInsta is SUP’s collection of the best Instagram photos from the standup world every seven days. Social media offers an open window into the lives, lifestyles and liberties of the athletes, outfitters and enthusiasts who illustrate our favorite pastime, and we’ve been poking our heads through all day ‘ery day for months now to bring you—our loyal readers—weekly wrap-ups with the most pertinent imagery in SUP land. #TheWeeklyInsta curates the best of the best so you don’t have to.

Hashtag #theweeklyinsta with your latest and greatest posts to be considered for next week’s feed, and follow us at @supthemag.

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Pro Tips: Paddling Out Through Surf With Sam George

Photo: Greg Panas

Patience is imperative for paddling out unscathed, even for 2014 Standup World Tour Champion, Izzi Gomez. Gomez heeds Sam George’s advice and waits for a lull between sets. Photo: Greg Panas

Pro Tips: Paddling Out Through Surf With Sam George

By Sam George

GET OUT. Without a doubt the most daunting aspect of stand up paddle surfing—besides getting your board off the roof racks—is actually getting out through the breaking waves. This doesn’t just hold true for beginners. Even experienced paddlers find themselves taking a deep breath when faced with three of four rows of tumbling whitewater.

READ THE WATER. You got to the beach, you’ve carried that giant board down to the sand and can’t wait to get out there. Slow down. Way down. Watch the waves. They generally come in regularly spaced sets. Depending on the strength of the swell these sets can contain two waves or 20. Doesn’t matter—between sets is when you want to hit the water. So watch for these sets, at least two, and time them. That’s how long you’ll have to paddle out.

PADDLE AWAY FROM PEOPLE. Most surf breaks will peel either to the right or left. If there are surfers, watch to see which direction they’re riding most often. Watch paddlers heading out to see which path they take around the shoulders—where the wave tapers from the breaking curl—and go even wider just to be safe.

GET SPEED. Try to launch as whitewater from the last wave of a set nears shore. Carry your board into the water, nose pointed directly at the oncoming waves. Don’t put it down until you’re at least mid-thigh deep. At this point you can climb aboard and stand up, stay on your knees or paddle on your chest. Whichever way, the key is to start paddling, and paddling vigorously. The shorebreak is no place to dawdle—you want to get out past it as quickly as possible. Rolling whitewater is much easier to negotiate than even modest shorebreak.

DON’T LOSE MOMENTUM. If you’re faced with oncoming whitewater, don’t just stand there. Whether you’re standing or on your knees always paddle hard straight into the soup. With whitewater waist-high or under you have a good chance of getting through if you charge right at it in a surf stance, weight the tail, sink your paddle on top of the foam and pull yourself over. Even if you fall at least you and your board will be floating on the backside of the wave. If you do get knocked off climb back on and keep paddling, even on your stomach. Maintain that forward momentum until you’re out there.

Originally published in our 2015 Beginners Guide.

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Mike Tavares || Animas River || Durango, Colorado

Mike Tavares || Animus River || Durango, Colorado

Fact is, river surfing sounds awesome in theory, and looks awesome to most people, but for advanced ocean surfers, most river surfing and SUP look kinda kooky. Most standing waves are small, crumbly, fat; generally unimpressive when pitted against the ocean waves most surfers dream about. There are no overhead sets on the river. No barrels. No vertical sections, no ramps…most of the time, there’s not even a ‘pocket.’
Surfing such waves with style and grace is difficult; performing technical maneuvers and critical turns is next to impossible. But, not for Mike Tavares. Mikey T built a career out of making river SUP look good, and he’s one of a hand full of guys in his line of work who really kicks ass at his job. Here, he goes to work on the Animus River in Colorado at around 2500 cfs. If you translate that into ocean surfer lingo, you might say it’s firing. Given the circumstances, Mikey T looks anything but kooky.

Mikey T’s latest downriver SUP edit
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Paddling Against Cancer: Charlie Howden’s Costa Rican Epic

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Charlie Howden made plans for a SUP expedition along Costa Rica’s entire Pacific coastline to raise money against cancer. Then, he was diagnosed with cancer himself. He’s now four days into his mission, with no signs of slowing down. Photo courtesy of Charlie Howden

 

Paddling Against Cancer: Charlie Howden’s Costa Rican Epic

Superhuman feats of endurance and mental toughness for charity are increasingly popular these days. Most people take on such feats in honor of friends or family who’ve been effected by an illness or tragedy, or simply to help a cause that’s dear to them.

Charlie Howden isn’t most people: His epic 400-mile SUP expedition along Costa Rica’s entire Pacific coastline—now underway and set to raise $50,000 for the William Guy Forbeck Research Fund (WGFRF)—may seem similar to other expeditions, but Howden’s story has a major twist.

Howden himself has cancer – the same disease for which WGFRF does its research.

When Howden first developed the idea for his Costa Rican quest in March 2012, he was perfectly healthy and fit, with no signs of the stage IV pancreatic cancer he was to be diagnosed with in August of 2013. He simply loved the sport of SUP, and adored Costa Rica. An epic paddle there just seemed natural for the accomplished sailor and paddler.

“I was coming to the end of a yacht job in March 2012 in Florida, and while on watch, I started looking at one of my favorite places, Costa Rica,” recalls Howden. “Within 20 minutes I had put a route into the navigation system along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, from its northern border to its southern, and decided I was one day going to attempt this and raise money for charity.”

Even then, the idea to raise money for cancer research specifically was far from set in stone. Eight months later, a friend mentioned the WGFRF foundation. Howden had lost some close friends to cancer. He decided the WGFRF was a perfect match for his mission.

The expedition was set to begin in March 2014. Then, it happened—Howden was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Suddenly, what was to be a purely philanthropic gesture became a personal calling. Charlie never questioned his commitment. He would beat the cancer, finish the paddle and raise money for his disease.

After a year of chemotherapy and a course of radiation therapy, Charlie was briefly in remission. But in December the doctors again found tumors, and more chemo was in order. He spent weeks alternating between treatment for his disease and training for his Costa Rican paddling trip.

“Throughout all of this, paddling stayed with me, kept me dreaming, pushing me to get back to fitness and keeping my mind positive,” Howden wrote during his brief remission. “It has kept me strong, and kept my dream alive to raise money for cancer research. It’s become more apparent to me to live my life. No point about wondering what effect this disease will have on me.”

On May 19, Charlie Howden—his body wracked from cancer and chemo but his spirit stronger and more determined than ever—put in at the northern tip of Costa Rica, planning to paddle 25 to 30 miles a day for approximately 12 days to the southern tip. The money raised—his goal is $50,000—will go towards helping other cancer patients live to see their own dreams fulfilled.

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Howden is four days into his Costa Rican expedition against cancer. Track his progress and donate to his cause through his GoFundMe campaign.

About WGFRF:

The mission of the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation is to promote advances in the field of oncology, particularly pediatric oncology, by shortening the cancer research timetable. Established in 1985 by George and Jennifer Forbeck, from its inception the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation has addressed its mission through a unique approach, by focusing on driving communications and collaborations between scientists and clinicians. Building these connections are vital facilitators of advancing oncology research.

More inspiration to paddle against cancer.

 

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2015 ISA Worlds | Appleby and Baxter Take Gold In Final Day’s Technical Races

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Candice Appleby takes gold in the women’s technical race on the final day of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Photo: Panas

2015 ISA Worlds | Appleby and Baxter Take Gold In Final Day’s Technical Races

The final day of competition at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship was marked by another gold medal for Candice Appleby and the US SUP Team, solidifying the United State’s dominance with gold medals in every SUP discipline of the week-long event.

On the Men’s side, Connor Baxter brought home a first-place finish in the technical race, marking Team Hawaii’s third gold medal and synching Hawaii’s runner-up finish in the overall event.

Check back with SUPthemag.com for a full gallery and recap of the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.

Connor Baxter sprints toward the finish line and victory for Team Hawaii in the SUP technical race at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Photo: Greg Panas

Connor Baxter sprints toward the finish line and victory for Team Hawaii in the SUP technical race at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Photo: Greg Panas

Video Highlights from Day 6 Technical Race Trials

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Germany’s SUP World Cup Cancelled For 2015

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Once a cause for celebration, today racers mourn the loss of Germany’s SUP World Cup. Photo: Charity Staffel Rennen/SUP World Cup

Germany’s SUP World Cup Cancelled

One of the oldest, largest and best established event in Europe, the SUP World Cup in Fehmarn, Germany, was reported cancelled this morning. The report comes in the wake of last week announcement that this year’s Battle of the Paddle—probably the biggest event in SUP racing—had lost its backing from Rainbow Sandals and will also likely be cancelled. Within a week’s time, the SUP community lost two of the biggest and most favored international SUP races.

The SUP World Cup, which first ran in 2009 as Europe’s first international SUP race, was schedule for the first week of August before its former sponsor, Camp David, announced the cancellation. Beyond the effects the SUP World Cup cancellation has on individual racers, its absence is also detrimental to the Standup World Series. The World Series already suffered the cancellation of its opening event in Dubai and the rescheduling of its second event in Brazil earlier this year, and losing the SUP World Cup marks the third major shift in the World Series tour.

Check back with SUPthemag.com for more updates and event coverage from the coming season.

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Baxter and Moller Repeat Wins at 2015 OluKai Ho’olaule’a

Connor Baxter is feeling it after his fourth win in as many years at the OluKai Ho'olaule'a. Photo: Aaron Schmidt

Connor Baxter is feeling it after his fourth win in as many years at the OluKai Ho’olaule’a. Photo: Aaron Schmidt

Baxter and Moller Repeat Wins at 2015 OluKai Ho’olaule’a

Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller once again showed their mastery of Maui’s Maliko run today, taking wins at the 2015 OluKai Ho’olaule’a in wonderful 15-20 knot-plus winds that make this stretch one of the true downwind paddling meccas in the world.

It was Baxter’s fourth win in a row and Moller’s seventh. In one of the most amazing streaks in the history of our sport, she’s never lost this race. Baxter’s unofficial time of 44:25 is officially a new course record.

More than 500 racers showed up to test their mettle in the fantastic conditions on the north shore of Maui.

Baxter won by over two minutes, with Travis Grant, another one of the world’s best downwind paddlers, coming in at 46:27. He was followed by Dave Kalama (3rd; 47:15), Travis Baptise—who was on a 14-footer vs. the unlimitesds— (4th; 47:20) Danny Ching (5th; 47:25), Georges Cronsteadt (6th; 47:34) and Livio Menelau (7th; 47:37).

“Stoked to get second today,” Grant said. “Connor was in a whole different league today. That was one of the most epic, fastest runs we’ve ever had. We did eight miles in forty-some minutes, which is unheard of.”

The undisputed female champion of the Maliko Run: Andrea Moller celebrates her seventh Ho'o SUP title. She also races OC-1. Photo: Schmidt

The undisputed female champion of the Maliko Run: Andrea Moller celebrates her seventh Ho’o SUP title. She also races OC-1. Photo: Schmidt

Moller also left no doubt in the women’s event with a winning time of 53:20, ahead of second-place finisher Sonni Honscheid (55:38). She was followed by talented waterwomen Kathy Shipman (3rd; 55:57), Devin Blish (4th; 56:27), Terrene Black (5th; 57:24) and Fiona Wylde (6th; 1:00:14).

Check back for more photos and reports from this year’s OluKai Ho’olaule’a.

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Carolina Cup Gallery

Carolina Cup Gallery

The 2015 Carolina Cup lived up to the hype. More than 700 racers from 40 different states and 20 different countries came to Wrightsville Beach to test their skills at the East Coast’s—and one of the world’s—largest races ever.

The vibe here is unbelievable. There’s something special about this time in the sport. Things are still growing fast but the stars remain approachable, humble. It still feels very much like a small community. Yet the competition has only grown more fierce.

“The course wasn’t as hard but the competition was harder,” second-place finisher Danny Ching told us.

Check out the photos above to see all the action.

Results and full recap.

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The Weekly Insta

The Weekly Insta

Another week, another The Weekly Insta and collection of the best Instagram photos from the standup world. There’s a story in every nook of social media, and none tell it better than Instagram as athletes, coaches, events and shops use it to contribute their proverbial thousand-words. So here, we curate the best of the best so you don’t have to.

Hashtag #theweeklyinsta for your photos to be considered for the feed.

Check out more paddling imagery here.

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The Weekly Insta

The Weekly Insta

Another week, another The Weekly Insta and collection of the best Instagram photos from the standup world. There’s a story in every nook of social media, and none tell it better than Instagram as athletes, coaches, events and shops use it to contribute their proverbial thousand-words. So here, we curate the best of the best so you don’t have to.

Hashtag #theweeklyinsta for your photos to be considered for the feed.

Check out more paddling imagery here.

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The Weekly Insta

The Weekly Insta

Another week, another The Weekly Insta and collection of the best Instagram photos from the standup world. There’s a story in every nook of social media, and none tell it better than Instagram as athletes, coaches, events and shops use it to contribute their proverbial thousand-words. So here, we curate the best of the best so you don’t have to.

Hashtag #theweeklyinsta for your photos to be considered for the feed.

Check out more paddling imagery here.

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Shop Talk: The Magic of Asymmetry

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Photo: Aaron Schmidt

Shop Talk: The Magic of Asymmetry

Dave Boehne knows a thing or two about progressive SUP shaping. He was raised in the shaping bay of his father, Steve Boehne, one of the first shapers to build and sell SUPs in their own market. Today, the father-son duo work together in side-by-side bays and produce some of the most progressive designs in the game.

Lately, Dave’s been stoked on asymmetric tails. So stoked, in fact, he went and shaped the tail of his newest high-performance model, the RNB, or Round Nose Blurr, with a line more resemblant of a stroke in a Picasso painting than a traditional surfboard tail. And believe it or not, the shape is winning. Dave took second in this year’s Santa Cruz Paddlefest on the RNB, and aims to surf it through the competitive season. He says, asymmetric tails just make more sense on SUP.

SUP: What’s the purpose of an asymmetric tail?

DB: The asymmetric tail offers a healside advantage. When you’re riding a standup paddleboard, you’re generally dealing with a wider tail, which makes turning on your heal more difficult. By keeping the width the same, and making the tail asymmetric, the heal side becomes shorter and looser than the toe side. I’m digging it. It really is like having two different boards in one.

Is there such thing as an asymmetric board for a toeside advantage?

I’ve had a couple orders from people who want the asym flipped around, but it really is best suited for backside surfing. It’s a lot easier to “load up” (put weight into the turn) facing forward than it is backward. So the asymmetric tail makes a lot of sense on a SUP because it’s harder to load up your healside on these thicker, wider shapes.

The common perception is that asyms only work on pointbreaks or reefs where you’re always surfing in one direction. Is that correct? 

No, not at all. That’s the biggest misconception about an asymmetric tail. Some asymmetric boards are built like that, but the ones we’re making are meant for all-around surfing. They really feel quite normal, and that’s the goal. We want it to feel just like your regular tail, just a little looser on one side.

Tell us about the other characteristics of the RNB.

The RNB is based off the original Blurr board, which is more or less our version of a shortboard SUP. We just rounded the nose off, and since it really is like two different boards stuck together, it’s a single concave on one side, and a double concave on the other. Other than that, it’s kinda like those TOMO SUPs in a way. The rails are a bit more parallel, which shortens the outline and makes it more stable than the standard Blurr. But it’s still a full-on performance SUP.

What fin setup do you find works best with the asymmetric boards?

I use Future fins, and Future has a big range of quad fins and quad rears (the back two fins in the quad setup), so you can play with them all you want. I really like the RNB as a quad, since it’s got a wider tail. Personally, I like to ride really big rears on the RNB even though it’s super short. My board’s only 7’1”, but with the bigger fins, it’s still really drivey.

How did you come to this design?

Since we’re a custom manufacturer, we’re always working on new stuff. I don’t have any deadlines to meet or specific shapes to stick to. If I want to change something tomorrow, I change it tomorrow. I’m not trying to sell the “2015 model.” Doing custom work gives me creative freedom, which kind of puts me ahead of the curve in a way. A lot of brands are coming out with stuff we were selling years ago.

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Photo: Aaron Schmidt

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The Weekly Insta

The Weekly Insta

Welcome back to The Weekly Insta, SUP’s collection of the best Instagram photos from the standup world Friday through Thursday. There’s a story in every nook of social media, and none tell it better than Instagram as athletes, coaches, events and shops use it to contribute their proverbial thousand-words. So here, we curate the best of the best so you don’t have to.

Hashtag #theweeklyinsta with your latest and greatest posts to be considered for next week’s feed.

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Video: Barbados SUP Surf With Sarah Cole

Video: Barbados SUP Surf With Sarah Cole

Fortunately for us SUP folk, our sport, hobby, lifestyle—whatever it is to you—inherently pairs perfectly with those places we call paradise. Barbados is a quintessential example of such places, with offerings that span the gamut for standup paddlers. It’s waves range from friendly and frolicsome (as portrayed in this clip) to big, barreling and brutal. It’s water is transparent and turquoise. It’s an equally idyllic playground for beginners and pros, and it’s only a stones throw away from the next tropical dreamland down the line in the Lesser Antilles. So, watch Sarah Cole and the crew at Paddle Barbados revel in the playful waves of this Caribbean paradise, then open a new tab and book your flight on over.

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Mo Freitas and Candice Appleby are King and Queen of the Beach

Mo Freitas and Candice Appleby are King and Queen of  the Beach

Photos and words by Mike Fields

A lot went down this weekend at the 2015 Santa Cruz Paddlefest. If it wasn’t the Elite SUP Surfing contest at Steamer Lane, it was the Covewater Surf City SUP Race at the Santa Cruz Warf. If it wasn’t the Cowell’s Classic fun-for-all surf event at Cowell Beach, it was back to the Lane for some kayak surfing and delicious java from the event’s sponsor, Kicking Horse Coffee. If none of the above was happening, it was time to trade that latte for a beer (or two) to celebrate the Paddlefest at one of the event’s cracking after parties.

Today’s SUP Shootout—the final rounds of the Elite Surf competition—saw athletes battle it out in glassy head-high Steamer Lane peelers, with a stacked final heat for the women’s competition featuring Candice Appleby, World Champ Izzi Gomez, Fiona Wylde and Halie Harrison. The ladies traded waves and put on a clinic of progressive SUP surfing, but after a nail-biter finish, Candice Appleby prevailed above last year’s World Champ, Izzi Gomez.

The men’s final saw Tucker Ingalls, Giorgio Gomez, Brennan Rose and Dave “The Brown Blurr” Boehne face off in some of the best waves of the day. After a commanding display of powerful, lip clobbering SUP surfing, Brennan Rose claimed victory in the SUP surf Elite.

When it was all said and done, among cheers and cheersing, more champions than one were crowned. The prize money, and the most prestigious titles of all—The SUP Mag King and Queen of the Beach Award—went to Mo Freitas and Candice Appleby, the top overall performers in both the race and the surf contest. There was no award for best beer drinking (sorry Dave Boehne).

SUP the mag was proud to sponsor this fantastic event and we look forward to coming back next year, maybe even to compete—so watch out! Congratulations to all the winners of the 2015 Santa Cruz Paddlefest. See you in a year!

Check back for an exclusive full gallery from the event.

Learn more about your 2015 King and Queen of the Beach, Mo Freitas and Candice Appleby.

(Ed’s note: In effort to bring you the best and most exclusive coverage, SUP the mag event correspondent and photog, Mike Fields, waded out to a rock outcropping at the Lane for a unique angle to shoot the finals. Upon climbing down from the rock, Mike slipped and fell into the water (in front of the entire crowd, thank you) which we hope made you laugh, despite the fact that he dipped his camera lens into sea. So go ahead and laugh as you browse the photos, and please pardon the slight blur on some photos in this collection. More, non-blurry photos to come.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kai Bates: Would You Rather

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Kai Bates: Would You Rather

“Would You Rather.” It’s a simple question that—when paired with a juicy ultimatum—reveals a lot about a person. Would you rather spend a vacation in paradise standup paddling or dating a supermodel? Would you rather save someone’s life or win a million dollars?  See? You had to think about those for a minute…

Kai Bates is one of the many promising Aussies on the Standup World Tour and race series. He also happens to be among the most genuine and charismatic young chaps in the SUP community. SUP cornered him at the Sunset Beach Pro and tossed him a few pitting inquiries to kick off our new lifestyle series, “Would You Rather.” (Warning: Pleading the fifth is not an option)

SUP: Would you rather win a World Tour contest or score a SUP the mag cover?

KB: I think the prize money of a contest would be great, but the amount of coverage you get out of a cover is sick. That’s a tough one. I’d have to say a contest. If you get that, you might get a cover as well.

SUP: Would you rather work in the military or work a desk job?

KB: I don’t really like guns, they’re pretty scary. But I’d probably go with the military, it sounds pretty bad ass.

SUP: Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?

KB: Fly, for sure. That’s an easy one.

SUP: Would you rather be an ugly genius or a hot moron?

KB: Um…hot moron? No. Looks don’t go as far.

SUP: Would you rather never have internet access again or never take an airplane again?

KB: I’d rather not have internet. I don’t know what I’d do without a plane. I need to get around!

SUP: Would you rather take a lip to the head by the biggest Pipeline wave ever, or take a beating from a gang of Hawaiians?

KB: Ahhh! Both would be terrible! But I have to say Pipeline. Hawaiians are gnarly.

SUP:Would you rather date a supermodel for a month or take a free trip to the Mentawais for a month?

KB: Really? (long pause) Oh, man…The Ment’s are mental. I’d have to pass on the supermodel, I guess.

SUP: Would you rather win a world title or win SUP Paddler of the Year?

KB: Kai Bates: A world title’s always been my goal, so that has to be it. But Paddler of the Year is overall, so that’s massive too. Really, I’d be happy with either.

 

For more on Kai Bates, check out our coverage of the Standup World Tour.

Check back to SUPthemag.com for our next round of Would You Rathers, and submit your ideas for juicy Would You Rather questions to SUP’s online editor at  mrmisselwitz@gmail.com.

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SUP Fundamentals: Standing Up

SUP Fundamentals: Standing Up

It’s the basis for everything you do on your standup. Getting to your feet is something experienced paddlers take for granted but can be tricky for first-timers. Here, veteran racer, expedition paddler and all-around waterwoman Morgan Hoesterey gives you the info you need to stand up and start paddling with ease.

Look for more SUP Fundamentals throughout the spring, brought to you by the Payette River Games.

More Skills here.

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Paddle Healthy: Sean Poynter

After a month long intensive training program at the New Zealand Starboard SUP Academy, Sean Poynter is in the best shape of his life. Photo: Mike Fields

After a month-long training program at the New Zealand Starboard SUP Academy, Sean Poynter is in the best shape of his life. Photo: Mike Fields

Paddle Healthy: Sean Poynter

After a month of intensive training and personalized fitness assessment at the New Zealand Starboard SUP Academy in January, World Tour standout Sean Poynter says he’s in the best shape of his life. He left the Academy with a new approach to health beyond just a physical change. Poynter also changed his mental habits, eating habits and lifestyle to reach a balance that optimizes his athletic prowess. Here, he breaks down just what happened to him at the Academy, and how it changed his take on health, fitness and mind control.

SUP: Tell us about your New Zealand training camp.

SP: I was sent to New Zealand with Connor Baxter, Zane Schweitzer and a handful of other Starboard athletes for this training program, and at first I didn’t know what to expect. It was a school of learning about our bodies and training, testing the different aspects of our outer nervous system to find a balance that works best for each of us individually. We learned a ton about ourselves and our bodies, what makes us tick and how we need to tick. I took so much from it; it completely changed my life.

 What new fitness strategies are you implementing as a result of the Academy?

I’m doing a program to extend what I learned there, which is largely composed of different variations of paddling and running. The academy introduced me to a lot of new training elements that I’d never done before, and it taught me that simple exercises are best for what I’m trying to accomplish. It’s a program that I now have to take on through the year so I’ll be training in a way that promotes the best of me. To not overwork or underwork myself.

 How are you changing your diet?

The whole idea is simplification. You want to simplify your life as much as you can, and with that comes food. You are what you eat and there’s no need to over complicate what you put in your body. That’s why I’m making the switch to all organic. I’m eating good proteins and good carbs, not manufactured junk. I make sure it’s fresh because that has a big effect on how your system processes food. I’m eating way cleaner, way more simply, and drinking a ton of water. I’ll also be doing a three-month juice cleanse soon.

 What other techniques are you implementing into your training?

I’ve been doing Fartlek training, which is basically training tailored to every individual’s level of output. By knowing what my body can put out, I can adjust my workout to train to maintain the desired balance. Along with paddling and running I do a lot of resistance stuff, like dragging a water bottle behind my board to add resistance while I paddle. I do a lot of running in intervals; going different percentages of my capacity. Also running stairs, running hills, fast walking, running in waste deep water, those kinds of things. Again, simple; running shoes and a paddleboard have me feeling stronger than I’ve ever felt.

How do you maintain your mental health, motivation and competitive focus?

Having a goal that I really care about is the number one thing that keeps me focused. For instance, I want to win a world title. I’m motivated and focused on achieving that. Also, I realized that I perform best when I’m in a calm state, so I’m now doing things like meditation, stretching, listening to a certain type of music that calms me. But it all comes back to having that one goal. Set a goal and from there it trickles down.

For more from SUP the mag on Sean Poynter, click here.

To learn more about Fartlek training and the methods employed by the Starboard SUP Academy, click here.

 

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