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Best Local SUP Instructors: Norm Hann

Photo: Dan Barham

Photo: Dan Barham

Best Local SUP Instructors: Norm Hann

Cold climates breed hardy folks. The weather dictates how they live their lives. But there are always those special souls who venture out regardless of the conditions. Norm Hann is among the hardy. And he faces winter’s worst with a paddle in is hands.

“I take pride in being a Canadian paddler,” Hann says. “We’re fortunate up here; you can paddle all winter. I take pride in paddling in all conditions.”

Hann, 44, is one of Canada’s leading paddlers, finishing the Molokai-2-Oahu last year solo, starring in the conservation movie “Stand” and bringing serious SUP expeditions and training to British Columbia.

Hann grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada wandering around the outdoors surrounding his grandpa’s cabin. When he was in college he played basketball at the national level while getting his teaching certification. He taught for a couple years and spent his summers hanging out in Banff where he “got into the Western mindset” while earning guiding credentials on the side.

In 2000 he moved west for good and found a job guiding fishing, hiking and kayaking trips at the King Pacific Lodge, deep in the Great Bear Rainforest, which stretches up the BC coast from Vancouver Island toward southeast Alaska.

In 2008, he saw a video of Loch Eggers and Laird Hamilton standup paddling.

“I loved the ocean and loved surfing but you can only get so good if you’re not (on the ocean) everyday,” Hann says. “SUP looked like the absolute perfect combo of paddling and surfing.”

After forcing a local to sell him one of the only standup boards in the area, Hann took to the water.
“Being a guide on the coast here in BC, my eyes just got really wide at the potential of having SUP on the coast,” he says.

Hann first did a paddle along proposed oil tanker routes covering 400 kilometers from Kitamat down through Great Bear. This stretch of coast grew close to Hann’s heart over his time guiding there and would eventually turn into the “Stand” movie project. He started bringing people on tours there that same year.

“It’s an area under threat,” he says. “There are people in Canada and the US seeing what’s happening and want to check it out.”

He also began his own standup business in Squamish.

“It’s beneficial to me to have a teaching background,” Hann says. “Coming from a high-caliber athletic background I also had a lot of tremendous coaches. Standup is so multi-disciplinary that I believe teaching the foundation and the proper skills, sets (beginners) up for success for all these disciplines they can do.”

Hann is certainly certified for the job, both with on-the-water time and through technical classes such as wilderness first aid and swift water rescue. He’s also an instructor for Paddle Canada, which means he teaches at the highest level within their SUP program.

His instruction schedule is fittingly diverse. In the spring he concentrates on teaching paddle surfing and instructor trainings, getting shops and businesses ready for the upcoming busy season (an area which he says is growing rapidly). In the summer he focuses on touring and expeditions and then in the fall he comes back around to surfing.

“It’s a lot of fun introducing people to our coastline and opening peoples eyes to what you can do on a standup paddleboard,” he says. “You can get as gnarly as you want with it. I look at it as a really incredible tool to experience water with.” —Will Taylor

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SUWS: Baxter, Augaitis Win World Cup in Germany

SUWS: Baxter, Augaitis Win World Cup in Germany

Maui’s Connor Baxter and Canada’s Lina Augaitis added new titles to their name with last weekend’s Standup World Series wins in Germany, at the Camp David World Cup of SUP. The recent wins secure the two competitors’ leads in the World Rankings as the World Series looks toward the European Cup Finals and Stop 4 of the 2014 tour, this coming weekend in Rome.

After leading the Sprints on Saturday, Baxter took an incredibly close second to rival Kai Lenny, who edged ahead in the final moments of the race to take the win in an intense battle to the finish. Baxter wasn’t going to let the weekend pass without a win to his name, showing up for Sunday’s Long Distance Race ready to leave the competition behind. And, Baxter did just that, taking the win despite hairy conditions with 25km winds howling throughout the day, forcing event directors to adjust the course to include downwind and upwind legs. Australian Jake Jensen took second place for the men, after digging deep in a battle with third place paddler Zane Schweitzer. The previous day’s Sprints Champ, Kai Lenny, took fourth, surprisingly missing the podium after losing ground to the top three paddlers during the difficult upwind leg. France’s Eric Terrien took a solid fifth, while Denmark’s Casper Steinfath took sixth.

With his fourth place finish in the Sprints, Lenny took second place overall at the Camp David World Cup of SUP, and remains in second overall in the World Rankings. Jensen took third overall in the event, while Schweitzer took fourth, ending his winning streak in the European Cup, where he posted a string of three wins from Spain, France and Finland. Jensen’s third place result closes the gap between his and Schweitzer’s World Rankings, where Schweitzer sits in third and Jensen in a close fourth, only 500 points behind.

On the women’s side, Augaitis proved her dominance with another title win after taking both the Sprints and Long Distance race. The title win moves Augaitis into the lead in the World Rankings over Australian Angie Jackson, who now sits in second. France’s Olivia Piana also moved up in the World Rankings after this weekend’s strong performances in both the Sprints and the Long Distance, where she took second, to give her a solid second place event finish over third place Dutch paddler Carla Schellert, who finished third in the Long Distance and fifth in the Sprints.

With only one event remaining in the European Cup and three events in the Standup World Series, the competition is intensifying. Next up are the European Cup Finals in Rome, July 25 – 27, 2014.

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Standup for the Cure donates $125k to Susan G. Komen

Photo: Harry Wiewel,

Photo: Harry Wiewel,

Standup for the Cure donates $125k to Susan G. Komen

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Standup for the Cure, alongside its national sponsor, Ambry Genetics, and presenting sponsors, Riviera Paddlesurf and Kaiser Permanente, presented a $125,000.00 donation check to the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. The donation will go towards providing access to mammograms for 1,000 women in need, potentially saving lives. The team, led by founder Judie Vivian and Event Director Dan Van Dyck, also announced the addition of a Standup for the Cure Event to be held at Miami Yacht Club on November 8, 2014. This will be the second in a series of nationwide events aimed at expanding Standup for the Cure’s mission to raise money and awareness for early breast cancer detection, research, treatment and education.

“Standup for the Cure’s focus is to introduce non-paddlers to the healthy lifestyle of standup paddling, while building a supportive community bound by the desire to rid the world of breast cancer,” stated Event Director Dan Van Dyck.

Photo: Harry Wiewel,

Photo: Harry Wiewel,

The Standup for the Cure Event features instruction from top international paddleboard experts, including the famous Schweitzer family, as well as melanoma and breast cancer screening, live music, and a health and fitness expo. Attendees will also enjoy a great festival with catered lunch and beverages provided by Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Kona Brewing Company and Barefoot Wine. Ambry Genetics, Standup for the Cure’s national sponsor, leads the visionary family of partners which includes Riviera Paddlesurf (Presenting Sponsor), Kaiser Permanente (Presenting Sponsor), WJ Bradley Mortgage Capital (Gold Sponsor), Maui Jim (Gold Sponsor), Zonal Clothing, Irvine’s Ruth Chris Steakhouse, Kona Brewing Company and Barefoot Winery.

“We were thrilled with the success of Standup for the Cure that has raised more than $300,000 for our organization and are honored to have the event continue,” said Lisa Wolter, Executive Director of the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G Komen. “Mammograms are vital for identifying breast cancer at an early stage, so this event really is a lifesaver.”

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Top Tips from the Pros: Anthony Vela

Top Tips from the Pros: Anthony Vela

Ask anyone in the SUP scene about Anthony Vela and the words “nice guy” invariably come up. But behind his genial, friendly demeanor is a lion’s heart. As well as being a world-renowned lifesaver, prone paddleboarder and surfer, Vela has won premier SUP events worldwide, including the San Clemente Ocean Festival and the 2014 Hobie Hennessey’s Waterman’s Challenge, where his girlfriend, fellow pro Candice Appleby, also took top honors. If you haven’t been living in a barrel for the past few years, you’ll know that Vela and Appleby make the most successful ‘power couple’ in the sport.

In addition to their intensive racing calendar and a vigorous year-round training regime, Vela and Appleby run SUP racing clinics, personal coaching and water-based corporate events programs through their company, Performance Paddling.

Here, Vela catches up with’s Brody Welte of PaddleFit to share his top three tips for SUP:

Photo: Mike Muir

Photo: Mike Muir

1. Practice with a Hydration Pack

Vela is often asked how he makes the most of his hydration pack during a race. The answer? He tested various options before settling on the one that works for him: an over-the-shoulder Hydrapack. Then, he practiced using it while training in a variety of conditions so that he wouldn’t be fiddling with it come race day. “I found that having a hydration pack around my waist didn’t work, because that’s where my life preserver is. I also found that I felt the weight of the fluid more when it was on my waist. The over-the-shoulder pack makes it easier for me to get the fluids I need without impeding my stroke.” The takeaway? Find out whether you prefer an over the shoulder pack like Vela, or a waist-mounted system. Then, use the heck out of it before your next race.

2. Include Skill Drills in Your Training Program

How does Vela gain a competitive advantage before getting to the start line of each event? “I don’t just paddle in training, but also work on perfecting elements of my stroke and practicing drills that help with starts, finishes, buoys, surf, and other things that will improve my race day performance,” he says. In the video above, you’ll see one of Vela’s favorite training day drills: switching from a parallel stance to a staggered surfing stance. How do you do it? “Take two or three strokes in your parallel stance, then get into your surf stance and take another few strokes. Brace, then go back to the parallel stance,” Vela says. The pro also told us that this helps him in sprints, downwinders, and transitioning from flat water to surf. If you work on such skills in training, Vela says, “they’ll become automatic” during competition.

3. Focus on Your Weak Side

Do you know what your weak side is? And what are you doing to improve your stroke on that side? “Goofy footers, like me, typically prefer paddling on their left, while regular footers favor their right side,” Vela said. By recognizing that in a race he prefers to generate power on his left, Vela knows that he needs to work hard to improve on his right side during training. “To develop a fluid and powerful stroke on both sides, you’ve got to identify your weak side and then focus on it during paddles and drills,” Vela says. “Then, you’ll be that much better during competition.” —Phil White

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SUP Women Shredding in Abu Dhabi

SUP Women Shredding in Abu Dhabi

World Tour women continue to step up their SUP surf skills at every event. Earlier this year, the Standup World Tour headed to Abu Dhabi’s Wadi Adventure Wave Pool, where Izzi Gomez and Iballa Moreno showcased their stylish SUP surfing. Here are Izzi and Iballa shredding in Abu Dhabi.

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Paddle Healthy: Top Meal Replacements

Photo: Will Taylor

Photo: Will Taylor

Paddle Healthy: Top Meal Replacements

It used to be that meal replacement drinks and bars were chock full of high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils and a bevy of other artificial ingredients, plus sugar—lots and lots of sugar. Thumbs up for convenience, but a big thumbs down for nutritional content.

Although such unhealthy options still line supermarket shelves and people are still spending millions of dollars each year on them, the demand for healthier fare has led to the development of new offerings that give paddlers worry-free meal replacement choices. Unlike the first generation of SlimFast and the like, which were created in a lab with largely synthetic ingredients, new products include superfoods, naturally sourced vitamins and organic, non-GMO fruit and vegetable extracts. There are also plenty of Paleo and allergen-free products for those with special dietary needs. Take a look at our picks for top meal replacement options that you can throw down before or after a workout, or in place of a meal when you’re on the go:

UB Super Shakes

Scott Kanyok almost died when he was hit by a truck while cycling near his home in 2008. Though he fought his way back physically, Kanyok’s immune system was shot and he kept getting sick. To overcome this, he started eating only ‘clean’ foods, which meant organic fruits and vegetables and superfoods such as acai and camu camu. Working with nutritional scientist Jason Mitchell, Kayok eventually came across the ideal formula to re-set his immune system and, wanting to share the benefits with others, founded UB Real shortly after.
The company’s UB Super shakes mix easily with milk, water, and just about any other liquid, and will soon be available in a whey-based variety as well as the vegan version that sources its 15 grams of protein from chia and other plant sources. If you’re interested in getting a broad range of superfoods, prebiotics and probiotics into your diet, plus fulvic minerals that act as a transport system for efficient metabolism, follow the lead of pros like Travis Grant and Connor Baxter and check out UB Super.

Papa Steve’s No Junk Raw Protein Bars

As we recently discussed in our Paddle Healthy article on going gluten free, food allergies are more prevalent than ever before. That’s one of the reasons Steven Diebold founded Papa Steve’s. He also believed that, “Most protein bars are just disguised candy bars covered in chocolate with some protein thrown in.” Not the case for the bars that Diebold and his family started making by hand in a Southern California kitchen that’s certified by the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals.
Each bar—whether you choose almond coconut crunch, apple cinnamon, banana oat, or one of six other flavors —is free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soy and GMO ingredients, so there’s no better option if you have food allergies. The dates in Papa Steve’s have unique phytonutrients that lower the bar’s glycemic impact, meaning you won’t get a sugar spike and crash as with many meal replacement options. And, with 20 grams of complete vegan protein per bar, they’ve got the perfect amount of muscle building power for your post workout fix. Heck, even the brown paper packaging is good for the environment (although we don’t recommend you eat it!).


Whether you agree with its principles or not, the Paleo Diet is here to stay. And while firing up some eggs or a steak with veggies is a fine paleo option, it’s not going to work when you’re on the run. Enter Alex Bonesteel, creator of PRIBARS. The “No BS, just real food” slogan is legit, as these 276-calorie bars contain none of the additives, preservatives or artificial sweeteners you’ll find in most meal replacement bars.
Instead of a long list of unknown chemicals that are difficult to pronounce, Bonesteel and his team jam a list of simple, whole food ingredients into each bar, such as hemp seeds, tart cherries, and almonds. The hemp is high in anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids, and the tart cherries—an underrated superfood—help promote restful sleep, reduce soreness and lower stroke risk. And, from a taste perspective, there’s a unique twist: a pinch of sea salt that not only makes PRIBARS palatable, but also helps you replenish sodium after a long paddle or tough gym session. If you’re into localism as well as the Paleo Diet, you’ll like the fact that each PRIBARS ingredient is sourced from the Western US, too. —Phil White

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Father’s Day Downwinder

Father’s Day Downwinder from Paddle With Riggs on Vimeo.

Jeremy Riggs is one of the most well-respected downwind paddlers in the world. Apparently his daughter Natalie knows that and trusted him to take her out for her first downwind experience on Father’s Day in Maui.

“We had a blast!” Riggs wrote. “She’s ready for the next level!”

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SUWS: Schweitzer, Jackson Win Iberdrola World SUP Challenge

Photo: Waterman League

Photo: Waterman League

Schweitzer, Jackson Win Iberdrola World SUP Challenge

The Standup World Series’ Iberdrola World SUP Challenge in Bilbao, Spain kicked off the European Cup, where elite and amateur SUP racers competed on technical buoy courses and a long distance course before crowds of spectators. Angie Jackson of Australia and Zane Schweitzer of Maui secured the event wins and coveted points toward the overall World Rankings.

The Men’s Sprints saw excitement throughout the day, with Denmark’s Casper Steinfath putting on strong performances in each heat. Steinfath dug deep early on, breaking away from the pack where he faced event favorite Jake Jensen of Australia, who raced with a broken paddle, as well as strong competitor Paul Jackson of Australia. Steinfath raced to the first buoy ahead of the field, maintaining his lead around the remaining buoys to take the victory.

On the ladies’ side, Australia’s Angie Jackson dominated each of her heats to take the win ahead of World Series competitors Sonni Hönscheid and Olivia Piana. As the current rankings leader on the World Series, Angie is definitely the racer to watch so far this year, winning every heat thus far in the World Series Sprint Racing across the first two events in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, and now in Bilbao, while also posting a win in the Long Distance in Brazil.

The final day of competition included the Long Distance race, where sole Hawaiian competitor Zane Schweitzer power paddled to a win, along with Women’s Sprints Champ Angie Jackson. Despite not having his normal raceboard and gear, Schweitzer managed to stay with the draft leaders throughout the Long Distance course before edging out front to take the victory—and overall event title—ahead of Jensen and Titouan Puyo of New Caledonia.

Angie Jackson continued her dominant streak in the Long Distance, ahead of powerhouse Hönscheid, as well as France’s Celine Guesdon, Olivia Piana, and Laura Quetglas of Spain.

The amateur races saw strong competitive fields on both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. The Men’s division saw a fiercely competitive line up of regional, national and international athletes stepping up to do battle, with Stefan Peillon from France taking the wins in both the Men’s Sprints and Long Distance, and Ciara Palencuela from Spain winning both events in the Women’s division.

Elite Men’s Sprints:
1. Casper Steinfath
2. Paul Jackson
3. Zane Schweitzer
4. Leonard Nika
5. Titouan Puyo
6. Jake Jensen
Elite Women’s Sprints:
1. Angie Jackson
2. Sonni Hönscheid
3. Olivia Piana
4. Celine Guesdon
5. Laura Quetglas
Elite Men’s Long Distance:
1. Zane Schweitzer
2. Jake Jensen
3. Titouan Puyo
4. Gaeten Sene
5. Leonard Nika
Elite Women’s Long Distance:
1. Angie Jackson
2. Sonni Honscheid
3. Celine Guesdon
4. Olivia Piana
5. Laura Quetglas

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Paddle Healthy: Summer Fitness Trends

Photo: JP Van Swae

Photo: JP Van Swae

Get Beach-Ready: Summer Fitness Trends

With the weather warming up, it’s time to get out of your gym and into the great outdoors. Obviously that means getting out on your SUP as often as you can. But what else can you do to mix things up a bit and challenge your body? Magazines are chock full of fads and trends, and it can be hard to sort the good from the bad. Luckily, we’re taking a look at three legit fitness trends you should check out—and maybe implement into your routine—this summer:

Outdoor group/flash mob fitness

While CrossFit remains one of the fastest growing sports, it mostly keeps you indoors. You can foster the same sense of camaraderie and teamwork without being stuck in the confines of a sweaty gym by joining one of the free or paid outdoor fitness classes that meet in parks, at lakes, and at other venues across the county. Thousands of people now participate in group workouts outdoors, and, with science proving that combining exercise and fresh air improves mood, alleviates depression and encourages positivity (not to mention giving you Vitamin D), why not get your summer fitness fix outside?

You can find classes through nationwide groups such as The November Project and sites with information for regional ‘flash mob workouts’, such as It Burns Joe Fitness in Denver. If you’re signing up for paid ‘boot camps’ (we find Camp Gladiator to be one of the best) do a little online research into the trainers to make sure they’re legit before you fork over your cash.



Rowing (without leaving your SUP!)

Along with gymnastics, rowing has got to be the most underrated sport at the Summer Olympics in terms of sheer athleticism. It combines the cardio demands of cycling or running with the power output of Olympic weightlifting and is very low impact on the body. One recent infographic stated that rowing a 2,000 meter race (the distance of the average rowing regatta) flat out puts the same demands on the neuromuscular system as playing six back-to-back games of full court basketball. That’s why athletes like Ernie “E.J” Johnson incorporate rowing into their land-based workouts.

But what if you could go one step further and get into on water rowing without “shelling out” (pardon the intentional pun) for a costly rowing shell? Now you can. Several manufacturers, such as go-to rowing brand Alden (seen in our 2014 Gear Guide), have created add-on apparatus that either strap onto your board or affix with tie downs. Sure, at around $1,000, it’s not cheap, but it is a lot more cost effective that paying four or five grand for a dedicated row boat. And, as typical cruising SUP boards are a lot wider that the 24-inch single rowing shell, there’s less chance of spending more time in the water than on it.


“Naked” Running

Hold up. We’re not actually suggested that you go running without any clothes on! Instead, we’re talking about getting back to running as it’s meant to be, without being laden down with technology. While there is evidence that listening to music while exercising increases endurance, how much better would your run be if you actually paid attention to bird calls, water lapping on the shore, and the other sounds of nature around you? Now, if you run in a city this might not apply (honking taxis and roaring motorcycles don’t really say “nature”), but you get the point.

And it’s not just music you could try ditching once in a while when you lace up your running shoes. Yes, that FitBit, Garmin watch or other personal fitness device provides valuable feedback on pace, heart rate, distance and so on. But sometimes it’s beneficial to perform based on your body’s natural feedback, rather than bowing to the power of the machine. Think about how kids run: wildly, joyfully, and without looking at a digital device on their wrist every five seconds. We challenge you to go tech-free for a while and see what happens. —Phil White

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Mo Knows Wave Pools

Mo Freitas is no slouch in any type of waves: He charges monster barrels on the North Shore of Oahu then flies to California to compete in waist-high slop and, as a competitor on the Standup World Tour, he takes his act to the Wadi Adventure Park Wave outside of Abu Dhabi. Check this edit of him surfing the man-made wave in the United Arab Emirates for a lesson on control and precision.

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Memorial Day Race With the US SUP Tour

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USST Announcement:
Free Race Entries in Honor of Memorial Day and the troops who sacrificed there lives for our freedom.

The Michelob Ultra US SUP Tour brought to you by USSUPA has just announced free race entries for this weekend’s races in honor of our troops that gave their lives for our country.  Come join us this Memorial Day May 26th for the Hennessy’s Return to the Pier and USST SUP Cross-races at Hermosa Beach Pier. Grand prize is a 5-day 4-night houseboat trip on Lake Shasta for Top man and women Sup Cross racers.

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ISA Worlds: Highlights and Analysis

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ISA Worlds: Highlights and Analysis

Team Australia claimed their third consecutive gold medal at the 2014 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Nicaragua yesterday after the completion of the technical races. The ISA Worlds are a multi-discipline event featuring both standup paddle racing and surfing as well as prone paddling.

“The 2014 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship has been a total success, with the largest number of competitors in history. The event has grown from about 150 last year to nearly 250 in just one year,” ISA President Fernando Aguerre said at the Closing Ceremony.

Needless to say, this was the most competitive lineup the event has had since its inception three years ago. This was the event’s first year in Nicaragua after two years in Peru.

The move didn’t phase team Australia, who seemed comfortable in any body of water, whether it was in the SUP surfing in the ocean or racing on Lake Nicaragua. Bolstered by strong finishes by their diverse and talented athletes like Shakira Westdorp (gold technical race, silver in distance, bronze in surf), Jordan Mercer (gold in distance and technical prone races), Lincoln Dews (silver in technical and distance), Jackson Close (silver in surfing) and Rhys Burrows (gold in distance and technical prone) Australia has proven once again that they are the nation to beat in paddle sports.

Team USA came in second with strong finishes by Emmy Merrill (gold in surf), Sean Poynter(fourth in surf), Slater Trout (third in technical, fifth in distance), Chuck Glynn (eighth in distance and technical) and Shae Foudy (fourth in technical and distance).

Brazil finished third.

Another standout competitor was Denmark’s Casper Steinfath, who defended his technical race win from 2013 with another gold in Nicaragua in 2014.

“I have so many emotions goings through my body right now,” Steinfath told the ISA. “I came into the race and paddled my hardest against the best in the world and I’m honored to get my second gold medal in two years. It’s just unreal, I never dreamt of this. I was so nervous before this race so it’s nice to get the pressure off my shoulders. Once you are in the water it’s just pure commitment and fun. I especially want to thank the ISA, it’s fantastic to be here.”

Canadian Lina Augaitis also had a strong series, taking the gold in the distance and the silver in the technical. She continues to prove that she’ll be a threat the world over.

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Overall team results:
1. Australia – 16,750
2. USA – 13,100
3. Brazil – 10,667
4. Spain – 10,501
5. France – 9,532
6. Mexico – 9,398
7. South Africa – 9,032
8. Peru – 8,671
9. Venezuela – 8,266
10. New Zealand – 8,261
11. Nicaragua – 7,527
12. Great Britain – 7,360
13. Guatemala – 6,234
14. Canada – 6,180
15. Denmark – 5,053
16. Costa Rica – 3,870
17. Ireland – 2,670
18. Italy – 2,300
19. El Salvador – 2,080
19. Tahiti – 2,080
21. Chile – 1,870
22. Latvia – 1,865
23. Germany – 1,560
24. Colombia – 1,360
25. Japan – 1,276
26. Panama – 1,200
27. Barbados – 720

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Registration Open for 13th Annual Surftech Jay Race

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Registration Open for Surftech Jay Race

The Surftech Jay Race is a unique event offering prone and standup paddlers the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to Jay Moriarity, an individual who affected countless lives with his positive attitude and fearless approach to big wave surfing.

Competitors will enjoy the charm of Capitola Village, the historic Redwoods, and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, as well as the natural beauty of the race course and a memorable post-race celebration at the Crow’s Nest restaurant.

Held annually in June, events include a 12-mile long course, 2-mile short course, Waterman Challenge, and kids “Mini Jay Race.” These events benefit the local Junior Lifeguard programs, providing scholarships and equipment.

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Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

The Waterman Challenge

The 2014 Surftech Jay Race will once again feature the Waterman Challenge! This action packed event begins with a 500m swim followed by a 1500m prone (12′ stock) paddleboard leg and finishes with a 1000-meter paddle on SUP (12’6 SUP)!
Men’s and women’s age groups: 17 & under, 18-49 and 50+

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

12-Mile Long Course

The picturesque Jay Race long course will test an athletes endurance as they depart the shores of Capitola Beach and paddle outside the kelp beds, past the Santa Cruz Harbor and Beach Boardwalk. The Course takes a hard left turn at Steamer Lane and then out to meet the seals at the mile buoy. From there it’s a straight shot back to Capitola Beach to complete the 12-mile course.


2-Mile Short Course

For first timers or those who prefer a shorter “sprint style” race, the 2-Mile Short Course is a fun out-and-back race that takes athletes out to the edge of the kelp beds, in to the Capitola Wharf, back out to the kelp bed and back in to the finish at Capitola Beach.

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

KIDS RACES – “Mini Jay Racers”

Mini Jay Racers 12 and under will paddle a short course that’s close to shore. Kids will paddle the short water course followed by a run through the “A Day at the Beach” obstacle course collecting “Live Like Jay” bracelets along the way. Kids can turn in their bracelets and exchange them for raffle tickets!

Jay Race After Party!

Don’t miss the Surftech Jay Race After Party and Awards Banquet hosted by the Crow’s Nest! Located on the beach at the Santa Cruz Harbor, the Jay Race after party has become one of the favorite post race events of the year! Enjoy an incredible buffet of food and wash it down with beer, wine or soda all while listening to groovy live music!

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Photo: Jay Race/Nikki Brooks

Jay Race Mission

The over-all mission of the Surftech Jay Race is to encourage paddlers of all ages and genders to take to the water for friendly competition, camaraderie, and to remember legendary Santa Cruz waterman Jay Moriarity. All of the proceeds from the Jay Race are donated to our local Junior Lifeguard organizations for scholarships and equipment.

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2 Hours in Rhode Island–A Goodbye to Winter

2 Hours in Rhode Island–A Goodbye to Winter

Late fall and winter on the East Coast is a magical time for SUP surfers. Waves fire more often and with more consistency than at any other time of year. But it also takes commitment. Like pawing your way through the snow to reach the water, thick wetsuits and warm cars. But it’s all worth it. Here, Rhode Island local Jimmy Blakeney bids adieu to winter in this short from Sam Morrissey for SUP magazine

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Performance Paddling Announces 2014 Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Performance Paddling Announces 2014 Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta

The 2nd Annual Performance Paddling Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta will bring together some of the top youth SUP athletes in the world to compete in Huntington Beach, Calif. on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The second annual event offers seven divisions of age group SUP Surfing and Racing as well as a Junior Pro Invitational SUP Surfing contest with $5,000 in equal gender prize money.

This year, Junior Pro invitees will be coming to compete in Southern California from Brazil, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Florida, Oregon, North Carolina, Utah, and California.

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Photo: Harry Wiewel

The event will feature a Live-HD webcast with professional hosts, instant replays, and video bios of competing athletes. There will also be an expression session filled with some of SUP’s top professionals!

Board length restrictions will be used to promote safety and proper stoke development within the youth of our sport. The World Paddle Association (WPA) and other sanctioning bodies have adopted specific age/board size classifications as an industry standard, and, as the premier youth SUP event, the 2nd Annual Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta will be implementing the same standards outlined below:
• Race Boards must be 11’ in length or shorter for the 8 and under as well as 9-11 boys and girls age groups.
• Race Boards must be 12’6” in length or shorter for the 12-14 boys and girls, as well as 15-17 boys and girls age groups.


Once again,the Junior Pro Invitational will offer over $5,000 in equal gender prize money with first places taking home $1,000, second place finishers winning $750, third place finishers wining $500 and fourth place paddlers taking home $350.

“We are proud to be one of the forward-thinking events that rewards both genders equally,” says Performance Paddling’s Anthony Vela. “Airlines tickets cost the same, board costs are the same, [so] the women should be able to help offset their costs equally. This is just one of many other reasons Candice [Appleby] and I feel strongly about offering the only equal gender prize purse for ANY SUP surfing event!”

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Fiona Wylde from Hood River, Ore. was the winner of last year’s 15-17 girls SUP Surf Race. She just missed out on making the final in the Junior Pro Invitational, but, with her win in the recent 2014 Surftech Shootout at Steamer Lane, Wylde is ready to come back for the win at this year’s event. “Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela are fueling the fire of stoke for young standup paddlers with the Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta,” Wylde said.

Pro paddle surfer Dave Boehne will be on-site as one of the hosts on the live-HD webcast and is enthusiastic about the event: “It’s the premier junior SUP event in the world—the perfect platform for the next generation.”

There are NO beach entries and divisions will be limited to 12 competitors.

Photo: Jeff Berting Photography

Photo: Jeff Berting Photography

Stay tuned as we release the 2014 Junior Pro Invite List next week!

Don’t forget to tune in LIVE and comment on Twitter with: #SUPFiesta14.

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Christian Cook to Host YOLO Experience at Vista Guapa


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.


“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.


For more information about the YOLO Experience or to make reservations, email: Mark Salvetti,
For additional information on Vista Guapa:, 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.


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


• 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.

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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.

Please check back as we update this post

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

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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.

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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.

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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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