Category: Health and Fitness

The Weekly Insta: Paris, Barrels and Ice

Welcome to our new feature, The Weekly Insta, a collection of the week’s best Instagram photos from all corners of 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.

Collected by Mike Misselwitz (@mrmizzel)

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The Weekly Insta–Winter is On!

Welcome to our new feature, The Weekly Insta, a collection of the week’s best Instagram photos from all corners of 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 1000-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.

Collected by Mike Misselwitz (@mrmizzel)

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North American SUP Destination: Seattle, Washington

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North American SUP Destination: Seattle, Washington

When I asked a few Seattle paddlers what they liked about living here, most commented that, yeah, they appreciate the rivers, lakes, surf and downwind runs—but they love the strong community most.

“For me the best thing is truly feeling like the stoke is for everyone,” says Troy Nebecker, founder of Monster & Sea, a SUP-inspired clothing brand that donates a percentage of it’s proceeds to cancer research each year. “From 27 people showing up in January for a downwind run from a single Facebook post—to year-round races where everyone is all smiles.”

Local paddler Boe Zinter agrees.

“The weeknight races are some of the best I’ve heard about,” Zinter says. “While other regions have bigger races, we have so many good afternoon gatherings (all year).”

In the summer there are races Monday through Thursday evenings supported by various local businesses. Despite rain and freezing temperatures, racers come out, rain or shine: “The Puget Sound is a place where you can hone your skill as a waterman all year,” says Kaliko Kahoonei.

Despite the PNW’s reputation for grey weather, it rarely snows in Seattle. Epic downwinders in winter and spring with winds up to 45 knots on both the Puget Sound and Lake Washington can bring out two dozen paddlers to a single location.

“It’s not Hawaii but it beats the midwest and northeast for winter training,” Ian McKerlich says.
Over a decade ago a few of us noticed large surf-able waves in Seattle from freighters and tugboats. A fast freighter matched with the right tides in the right location equals waist- to chest-high waves peeling for an hour, with rides longer than two minutes.

These tug waves are usually followed by a pub crawl, where we enjoy the many craft beers Seattle is known for. And celebrate in our tight-knit paddling community.
Rob Casey writes about, photographs and participates in Seattle’s SUP scene.

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Standup for the Cure: Miami Edition

Standup for the Cure: Miami Edition

The crew from Southern California’s Standup for the Cure (SUFTC) Presented by Riviera Paddlesurf brought their inspiring breast cancer awareness event to Miami, Florida on Saturday, November 8, 2013. True to form, hundreds of standup paddlers and breast cancer supporters dressed in pink jerseys to enjoy standup paddling, live entertainment, great food and camaraderie.

Founder Judie Vivian, a four-year breast cancer survivor and board member of the Orange County Susan G. Komen Affiliate, has a passion for paddling and a desire to give back to the breast cancer community. To-date, Standup for the Cure has raised well over $300,000 for early breast cancer awareness, research, treatment and education. “Our Mission is to Have Fun while saving lives,” said Vivian.

The inaugural Standup for the Cure Miami is the first step in national expansion for the group, which, in addition to Newport Beach, Calif., have hosted events in London and Mexico. “Breast cancer is prevalent throughout the world and using the healthy, active lifestyle of standup paddling as a conduit for our mission has been super successful. I don’t know of a more supportive community,” said Standup for the Cure National Event Director Dan Van Dyck.

Miami Yacht Club served as the perfect setting for the inaugural event, as paddlers showed their support at the expo and in the waterways. Global Ambassador and World SUP Champion, Zane Schweitzer, headed up the SUP instructors team to introduce breast cancer survivors and new comers to this sport. The event began with a traditional Hawaiian blessing performed by pro surfer and actor, Kala Alexander, followed by a “Sea of Pink” parade as a tribute to the survivors in attendance.

Following the ceremony, hundreds of paddlers, including Ginger Zee of Good Morning America and Julie Durda with the local 10 News crew, lined up before the yacht club for the 5k race/fun paddle. The rest of the day was filled with live music from local reggae band Commonwealth, lunch with Ruth’s Chris Steak House Coral Gables, Happy Hour with Kona Brewing Company, and lots of smiling faces. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate of Susan G Komen.

Donate to Standup for the Cure Miami here.

For more information, visit: Standup-for-the-Cure.org
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Miss Hawaii Contestants Standup Paddle

Miss Hawaii Contestants Standup Paddle

It only seems natural: why wouldn’t the 2014 Miss Hawaii contestants go standup paddling? So here they are getting out on the water, and even holding their paddles the right way. Rob Stehlik of Blue Planet Surf, which is sponsoring Miss Hawaii 2014, taught them well.

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North American SUP Destination: Honolulu, Hawaii

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North American SUP Destination: Honolulu, Hawaii

Standup paddling started here. Uncle Bobby Ah Choy took pictures of tourists as a Waikiki Beach Boy standing up with a paddle. I remember being a little kid surfing Canoes and he’d be taking pictures of tourists and us kids. When I think of my childhood, I think of him standup paddling. Now, when you look at Waikiki, SUPs are everywhere. It’s part of the culture.

We use SUP for everything here: fitness, fishing, diving, exercise, surfing. We’re really fortunate because no matter where you live you’re 15 minutes away from the water. It’s really accessible. Standups are simple, light and now you see tons of women doing it too. I think there are definitely more women here paddling than other places. There are aunties, grandmas, grandpas and toddlers out there on stand ups!

Ala Moana is one of the calm, safe beaches where people can go paddle for the first time. On the weekend we have hundreds of people doing just that. I think SUP courses are even bigger than surf lessons now. Then you can move outside the reef when you’re ready to surf. Back to Waikiki you’ve got Canoes, Queens, Pops for easy waves. There are so many places to paddle in Waikiki and Ala Moana. When you’re paddling off the coast you look to your right and see Diamond Head and the mountains and when you look straight you see a big city. Having real life right across the street from our ocean—filled with turtles and dolphins—is really special.

The community is pretty interesting. You have guys that are doing the long distance downwind run from Hawaii Kai to Waikiki on the regular. Then you have the hardcore surf guys. A lot of us just squeeze it in where we can between work and our families. Some guys walk to the water from their apartments, paddle, shower then get into their suits and BMWs and head to work. There’s a little something for everyone here.
Jenny “Waikikilove” Lee is one of Honolulu’s greatest purveyors of stoke, just check out her noserides.

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Tom Jones Joins Laird Standup Team

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LAIRD Standup welcomes Tom Jones to the team. Photo courtesy of LAIRD Standup.

Tom Jones Joins Laird Standup Team

LAIRD StandUp, a global standup paddle company, has officially signed ultra-endurance athlete and extreme SUP rider, Tom Jones, to the LAIRD StandUp team. Tom joins the team as a senior statesman of the sport, having already pushed the SUP envelope for many years by setting long distance paddle records. As a top rider in his age bracket, Tom brings a pedigree to the team that the younger LAIRD StandUp riders and team followers can aspire to; his intensity and consistent performance at the top level of the sport sets a precedent within the competition arena of the industry.

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Tom Jones is known for his impressive SUP expeditions. Photo courtesy of LAIRD Standup.

“We are extremely excited to welcome ultra endurance athlete Tom Jones to the Laird StandUp Team. Tom has accomplished a multitude of lifetime achievements in sports, from the World Muay Tai Championships to his endurance SUP paddles from Key West to New York just to name a few. He is unstoppable when he puts his mind to it,” said Byron Seegers, Brand Manager of LAIRD StandUp. As proof of that unstoppable spirit, Tom is currently training to represent LAIRD StandUp and bring awareness to his “Resup” campaign in his goal to break another distance record by paddling from San Francisco, Calif. to Oahu, Hawaii in 2015.

In addition to his extreme athleticism, Tom Jones has put countless hours in with a number of philanthropic organizations championing the well being of today’s youth and paving the way for their future through environmental initiatives designed to improve their communities and livelihoods through eco-responsible commerce.

“Tom’s competitive achievements, result-oriented mindset, and philanthropic accomplishments are all congruous with the LAIRD brand, making Tom Jones both a valued team representative and a senior ambassador,” said Mark Paaluhi, Marketing/Team Manager of LAIRD StandUP.

Look for Jones featured in the upcoming 2014 Winter Issue of SUP magazine on newsstands December 5.
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2015 YOLO Experience at Vista Guapa

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SUP Costa Rica with the Vista Guapa and YOLO crew.

A YOLO Experience at Vista Guapa

Vista Guapa Surf Camp, a proud partner of YOLO Board, will present three distinct installments of their highly anticipated YOLO Experience camps with special guests and dates set for the 2015 season. Camp ambassador Mark Salvetti will host ‘Marko’s Mardi Gras YOLO’ February 14th to February 20th, YOLO Board Team Rider Michael “Westy” Westenberger leads ‘Westy’s Spring YOLO’ March 21st to March 27th and CrossSUP founder Christian Cook closes the series with ‘Christian’s Summer YOLO’ set for July 25th to July 31st. Reservations are now being accepted for the limited opportunity SUP/surf adventure camps with the Mardi Gras YOLO Experience already sold out.

With just 12 guests per camp, the YOLO Experience offers a personalized weeklong adventure vacation with SUP and surf lessons from top local watermen including Vista Guapa co-owner Alvaro Solano, a seven-time national surfing champion and one-time masters champion. The small group environment allows for instruction to be tailored to the individual making it perfect for anything from aspiring novices to seasoned wave riders. Spend your days surfing and SUPing at the best surf breaks on Costa Rica’s breathtaking Pacific Coast along with receiving fitness training and photography instruction, participating in sightseeing excursions and enjoying homemade local cuisine.

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Vista Guapa camp ambassador Mark Salvetti, enjoying his time in Costa Rica.

“Alvaro, Wendy and their crew do an amazing job making everyone feel welcome and at home at Vista Guapa,” adds Westy, Director of Operations at Chicago Paddle Company. “In addition to surfing world class waves with the best instruction available, you’re also getting an insider glimpse into the Costa Rican lifestyle. After a busy season of racing, teaching, and working, this trip is a highlight for me.”

Recently honored with a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for 2014, Vista Guapa is a tranquil five-acre tropical oasis on a secluded hillside overlooking the Pacific yet minutes from the town center of Jaco. Guest accommodations include three air-conditioned guest bungalows, each featuring two rooms with private bathrooms and decks with hammocks and ocean views, a main house for group gatherings, a swimming pool and two open air Yoga pavilions. A recent TripAdvisor® guest review characterizes the onsite staff, “Not only were they extremely knowledgeable about local sites, flora and the surfing conditions, they were extremely friendly and full of positive attitude. Every little request was met with a smile and a ‘no problem’.”

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. Rates include SUP surfing and flat water paddling instruction, surf paddle 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.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Mark Salvetti: markosalvetti@gmail.com.
Stay in touch with all camp happenings by following the Vista Guapa Facebook Page.
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C4 Waterman Outpost Holds Grand Opening Celebration

C4 Waterman Celebrates Outpost Grand Opening

C4 Waterman held a grand opening celebration Thursday, October 16 at their Outpost location at 515 Ward Ave. in Honolulu. This celebration launches the next chapter for the Hawaii-based brand C4 Waterman and its parent company Wenonah Canoe Inc. 
 


“This opening is a long time coming; we are beyond thrilled with our new home and everything we have to offer the paddlesports community,” said C4 Founder Todd Bradley.

The former Kanai Tofu Factory has been transformed into the flagship C4 Waterman Outpost. The showroom displays the entire line of C4 Waterman products and is filled with Hawaiian Waterman history and art. At the opening, C4 Waterman also debuted a clothing line that pays homage to and supports the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

Bradley also explained C4’s partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society: “The Hokuleʻa clothing line designed by Keone Nunes and the C4 Team, features a traditional Polynesian tattoo print on clothing that is functional and fun to wear. We are excited to do our part to help raise funds for the Polynesian Voyaging Society while also spreading our shared values of teaching respect for our natural resources and the importance of ocean conservation.”

C4 Waterman will be donating 50 percent of the profits from this clothing line to the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

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The C4 family. | Photo courtesy of C4 Waterman

C4 Waterman Inc., founded in 2007, is based upon four core disciplines that apply to the ocean as much as in life: Balance, Endurance, Strength and Tradition. C4 is a waterman-created and operated paddlesports company based in Hawaii, whose founders includes some the world’s most respected watermen: Todd Bradley, Brian Keaulana, and Archie Kalepa.

To ensure the company’s position as a premier brand in the global action sports industry, C4 Waterman aligned with Wenonah Canoe, Inc. in February of 2014. The merger has improved global access to C4 Waterman products, leveraging the strength of Wenonah’s established and growing distribution network with C4’s innovative tools for rivers and oceans and water rescue equipment. 
 


The C4 Waterman Founders, Todd Bradley, Brian Keaulana, and Archie Kalepa, along with the executive team of Wenonah Canoe, Inc., Mike Cichanowski, Jim Brown and Bill Kueper, were present at the grand opening to spread their Aloha and celebrate in style.

For more information, visit: C4waterman.com
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2014 SUWS FINALS: Sprint Race Highlights

2014 SUWS FINALS: Sprint Race Highlights

After Saturday’s 13-mile Long Distance race along Oahu’s North Shore, Standup World Series competitors returned to Turtle Bay for a full day of sprint racing. The North Shore provided challenging conditions for Sunday’s event, with 8- to 12-foot sets rolling into the Sprints course throughout the day.

With a torn ligament and sprained right foot, Zane Schweitzer capped his successful year of World Series racing by taking another win: the Standup World Series Finals Sprints. After battling Saturday’s Long Distance Champion Kai Lenny for the entire sprints final, it came down to a drop-in bomb, followed by a stroke-for-stroke battle and photo finish, with Schweitzer taking the coveted win.

Local Oahu paddler Halie Harrison took the Finals Sprints win for the ladies, ahead of a tough field that included Lina Augaitis, Angie Jackson and Saturday’s Long Distance Champion Fiona Wylde.

2014 SUWS Finals Sprints Champion Halie Harrison with second and third place Fiona Wylde and Sonni Hönscheid. Photo: Waterman League

2014 SUWS Finals Champ Halie Harrison with Fiona Wylde and Sonni Hönscheid. Photo: Waterman League

The 2014 Standup World Series Finals event culminated with Kai Lenny and Halie Harrison taking the overall event wins.

With Connor Baxter named the 2014 Standup World Series Men’s Champion back at September’s Huntington Beach event, it all came down to the Finals event for the women, where Lina Augaitis was crowned the 2014 Women’s Standup World Series Champion.

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2014 Standup World Series Champions: Lina Augaitis and Connor Baxter. Photo: Waterman League

SUWS Finals Event Results

Men’s Finals Results
1. Kai Lenny
2. Mo Freitas
3. Jake Jensen
Women’s Finals Results
1. Halie Harrison
2. Fiona Wylde
3. Sonni Hönscheid

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Second Look: 2014 SUP Awards

Second Look: 2014 SUP Awards

The 2014 SUP Awards presented by Tommy Bahama kicked off the biggest weekend in SUP last Thursday and did it in style. The who’s-who of the standup world were in town and ready to celebrate our wonderful sport. They hugged, they laughed, they caught up, they cheered, they had a good time. It’s a fun night, one we look forward to every year. Check out the photos from the night and watch the video of the action. See you next year!

More 2014 SUP Awards coverage here.

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Waterman League Announces Location X and World Series Finals

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Photo: Waterman League

Standup World Tour Announces Location X

Morocco will host this year’s Location X event, following directly on from the La Torche Pro France and running from November 8th – 16th. Final details are still being confirmed with all travel, logistic and broadcast details to be released next week.

While it will not be a rankings event this year, it will adopt the exhibition status, with full prize money and featuring the Top 20 athletes on the Men’s Standup World Tour, plus four wildcards.

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There will then be a Trials event for international athletes, from which the Top 4 will advance into the Main event and a Moroccan Trials, to celebrate the emerging local talent. From the Moroccan Trials, the Top 4 will advance, to make a 32 man event.

The most unique part of this event will be the roving component. With hundreds of kilometers of coastline to choose from and pristine untouched pointbreaks during Morocco’s prime surf season, the foundations have been laid for an unparalleled experience for athletes and spectators alike and the and the ultimate close to a spectacular 2014 season.

Photo: Waterman League

Photo: Waterman League

World Series Finals Return to Turtle Bay

Next up: the World Series Finals at Turtle Bay from the 10th – 12th October

Next up on the the prestigious World Series Finals at Turtle Bay, that will conclude the 2014 season for the Stand Up World Series. Watch as the World’s best will return to Stand Up Paddling’s birthplace here in Hawaii for the dramatic close to the season, as World Champions are crowned and one of the most spectacular showcases of performance racing gets underway.

Entries are open at WatermanLeague.com for both Open and Elite level competition, so register now.

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Photo: Waterman League

Connor Baxter secures the 2014 World Title in advance of the World Series Finals

Huntington Beach saw some of the most dramatic Sprint Racing yet on the Standup World Series, as well as a long distance race to remember.

Connor Baxter wasn’t going to make any mistakes this year, and put on a dominant and strategic performance at the Huntington Beach Pro, edging to victory in the sprints ahead of a star studded field, and then again in the long distance, just ahead of Australia’s front runner, Jake Jensen.

This meant not only the event win, but also that Connor Baxter has secured the 2014 World Title ahead of the World Series Finals at Turtle Bay – an incredible achievement from the young Champion from Maui.

Photo: Waterman League/ Donavon 2014

Photo: Waterman League/ Donavon 2014

Izzi Gomez dominates to secure HB Title and 2014 World Tour Title

Izzi Gomez has already made the history books by winning more events on the World Tour than anyone over the past two years. She missed out on the Title in 2013, but this year, after a slow start at Turtle Bay, she turned it on, winning the next three events back to back in dominant fashion.

With three bullet wins out of five, she has rendered herself untouchable with just one event to go, thereby securing the well deserved 2014 World Title. It’s clear that Izzi Gomez has an incredible future ahead of her and watch out for her at the La Torche Pro France next month for the culmination of the 2014 Standup World Tour.

Photo: Waterman League DkB 2014

Photo: Waterman League DkB 2014

Kai Lenny Regains Lead in World Title Rankings

The scene is now set for one of the most dramatic and exciting closes to the 2014 Season for the Standup World Tour, as Kai Lenny regains the lead on the World Tour rankings for the first time this year, but just by a matter of points. An epic performance at Huntington Beach allowed Kai to secure his second win of the year, setting himself up for a real Title run.

The battle between Caio Vaz and Kai Lenny is one for the history books this year, as they both have two wins, with Kai holding a second and Caio with a third as their counting results. As we come into the Final event, they will be starting at opposite sides of the draw, and given their form so far this year, it’s not a shot in the dark to predict that they might end up in the Finals together.

The scenarios are that if Kai or Caio win the event, they win the Title. If Caio finishes in second, but ahead of Kai, he wins the Title. If they both go out before the final, Kai wins the Title.

Photo: Waterman League/DkB 2014

Photo: Waterman League/Donavon 2014

Candice Appleby is A Double Threat

With a dominant performance to take the win in the World Series Racing in Huntington Beach and a solid third place finish in the surfing, there is no doubt that Candice Appleby is a serious double threat on both the Racing World Series and Surfing World Tour.

As Grand Slam winner here in Huntington, Candice will be coming into the World Series Finals at Turtle Bay and the La Torche Pro France with confidence and momentum, hoping to bolster her rankings across both.

Photo: Waterman League/ DkB 2014

Photo: Waterman League/ DkB 2014

Mo Freitas Shows Strength on Both Tours

Mo Freitas has established himself as an unprecedented threat on both the Surfing World Tour and Racing World Series.

His committed rail to rail surfing has long impressed the world since his first World Tour win in Brazil a few years back, but his Racing is now also coming into its own, as he demonstrated this past weekend in Huntington Beach, with an outstanding 2nd place finish behind the 2014 World Champion Connor Baxter.

As he will head back to Turtle Bay for the World Series Finals, all eyes will be on Mo as he takes on the best of the best in this last dramatic race of the season, before heading out to France for the Finals of the Surfing World Tour.

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Plans for BOP TV Series Announced

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Plans for BOP TV Series Announced

We are pleased to announce that Rainbow Sandals and Firefli Films, LLC have joined together to develop the Battle of the Paddle SUP television series spotlighting the events, lifestyle and top athletes.

Firefli Films is working with Rainbow Sandals to develop a television show/series base around the Battle Of The Paddle events. The series will consist of multiple episodes per season for network television being filmed at the Battle Of The Paddle events . The final episode will be the finals which showcase all of the major contenders/winners we have been following in previous episodes. We will develop an on screen relationships with sponsors and the major contenders from around the world.

We will be filming and developing the stories in the countries that the athletes are from as they prepare for their country event and ultimately the arrival to the annual Battle Of The Paddle finals to compete for world champion. Each country and event will be an episode. By developing a series of the Battle Of The Paddle we will expand the sport, open viewership to a global market attracting more sponsors and athletes while meeting television network parameters and ultimately getting the series on air.

The Battle Of The Paddle 2014 at Salt Creek is our launching pad for developing the pilot program. We will have cameras covering all aspects of the event. On land, in the water and in the air. This event will be filmed with a generous sponsorship from GoPro cameras in full HD. We would like to thank all of our sponsors to date: Rainbow Sandals, Wavejet, Uli Boards, Maui Jim, OC Parks, SUP Magazine, Rouge SUP, 404, Hobie SUP, Riviera Paddles, Kialoa, Victory Koredry and Dukes.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Battle of the Paddle SUP events please contact us today. We look forward to working with you. peter@fireflifilms.camera, www.fireflifilms.camera

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Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam Kicks Off Tuesday

Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam Kicks Off Tuesday

The Standup World Tour and World Series join forces at this week’s Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam. Competition begins Tuesday, September 16, with World Tour surfing.

Check out the schedule of events:

Monday, September 15: Tommy Bahama Bar & Grille, Newport Beach

‘Tommy Bahama’s Opening Night’ hosted by Dave Boehne & Tristan Boxford

Doors open and Red Carpet @ 6pm, Registration Open
‘Talk Story presented by Turtle Bay’ goes LIVE @ 7pm

Tuesday, September 16: Huntington Beach, Standup World Tour

7am: Briefing
7:10am: The Starboard Morning Show goes live
7:20am Start for the Huntington Beach Pro Trials

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Wednesday, September 17: Huntington Beach, Standup World Tour

7am: Briefing
7:10am: The Starboard Morning Show goes live
7:20am: Start for Round 1 of the Women’s Main Event
9:20am: Start for Round 1 of the Men’s Main Event
1:20pm: Start for the Women’s Repechage Round

Thursday, September 18: Huntington Beach, Standup World Tour

6:50am: The Starboard Morning Show goes live
7am: Start for the Men’s Repechage Round
9:40am: Start for Round 3 of the Women’s Main Event
11am: Start for Round 3 of the Men’s Main Event
1:40pm: Start for the Men’s Round 4

Friday, September 19: Huntington Beach, Standup World Tour (all man on man surfing)

6:50am: The Starboard Morning Show goes live
7am: Start for the Women’s Quarterfinals
8.20am Start for the Men’s Quarterfinals
9:40am: Start for the Women’s Semi Finals
10:30am: Start for the Men’s Semi Finals
11:30am: Start for the Women’s Finals
12:15pm: Start for the Men’s Finals
6pm: Registration & Welcome event for the Standup World Series (location tbd)
7pm: Stand Up World Tour wrap party (location tbd)

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Saturday, September 20: Huntington Beach, Standup World Series

9am: Open Division Athlete Check in
10am: 3km Open distance Race
12pm: Elite Division Check in
12pm: The Starboard Morning Show goes live
12:30pm: World Series Sprints
4:30pm: Sprints Podium
7pm: Movie Screening (location tbd)

Sunday, September 21: Huntington Beach: Standup World Series & Tour

9am: Check in for Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge
9:45am: Starboard Morning Show goes live
10am: Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge
11:30am: Check in for Surf Exhibition event for World Tour athletes
12pm: World Tour Exhibition Event
1pm: Check in for 6km and 10km Long Distance Races
1:30pm: Briefing
2pm: Start for Long Distance Races
4:30pm: final podiums

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Bart de Zwart Wins 6th Annual SUP 11-City Tour

Bart de Zwart Wins SUP 11-City Tour

An international field of over 100 paddlers from over 15 countries lined up at the start on Day 1 of the 6th Annual SUP 11-City Tour. Although it’s a five- to six-hour race every day, the start is as explosive as a 500-meter sprint, and this year was no different.

Jay Hasley and Peter Bartl started strong, but Bart de Zwart and Martijn van Deth caught up shortly, leaving Jay in their wake to form a three-man lead group. After only 15 minutes into the race, Peter surprised the competition by making the move to sprint ahead of Bart and Martijn, where he continued extending his lead with every kilometer up to the day’s halfway point. Upon reaching the halfway point, a turn of events changed the race, as Bart and Martijn turned on the power and began creeping up to catch Peter. With only a kilometer left before the finish, Bart caught Peter and won the first leg with a three-second lead.

Photo: Mayola Dijksman

Photo: Mayola Dijksman

Day 2 saw the same lead group came together after the start and remain together for the day, battling throughout. Peter dug deep several times to break away but never succeeded to drop his competitors. It came down to another sprint to the finish, where Peter and Bart took over, battling for the last 500 meters. Peter crossed the finish first, only 0.8 seconds ahead of Bart. With the finish of Day 2, Bart remained in the lead with only seconds over Peter, followed by Martijn in third and Franck Fifils of Guadeloupe in fourth.

Photo: Mayola Dijksman

Photo: Mayola Dijksman

On Day 3 and 4 it seemed the podium was almost sure with Bart, Peter and Martijn extending their lead even more over the rest of the field. But, between the three there was an intense battle for first place. It came down to a sprint each of the two days with Bart edging out on both sprints and extending his lead over Peter and Martijn.

Photo: Mayola Dijksman

Photo: Mayola Dijksman

The final stage saw intense racing as Peter gave everything he had, paddling the highest speeds seen in this competition thus far. In the first five minutes, Martijn dropped from the lead pack, but Bart managed to stay on Peter’s tail. After 25 minutes, the speed dropped down to normal race speed and the remainder of the race saw a battle between Bart and Peter.

Photo: Mayola Dijksman

Photo: Mayola Dijksman

Despite Peter’s incredible fighting spirit, he couldn’t break Bart this year. The two sprinted into the final city of Leeuwarden after 22 hours of paddling. Bart won the final stage and crossed the line 6 seconds ahead of Peter, claiming the 11-City crown for the fourth time, while Peter finished second overall and Martijn in third.

In the women’s division Janneke Smits of the Netherlands came in first overall, dominating every stage. Joanne Hamilton-Vale of England came in second and third went to Sweden’s Maya Persson.

Photo: Mayola Dijksman

Photo: Mayola Dijksman

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In Search of Mana: Talia Decoite Video

In Search of Mana: Talia Decoite

Talia Decoite is one of the world’s best female paddlers. After setting a world record while winning the 32-mile Molokai-2-Oahu race in 2012, Decoite burned out and got sick while training to defend her title in 2013. She pulled out of the race and, in the coming months, rediscovered her joy for paddling.

She faced the channel again in 2014 and came in fifth.

This is a story of love, battling back and finding what makes you happy.

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InZane in the Basque Country

InZane in the Basque Country

Earlier this year, the Standup World Series‘ European Cup showcased the high level of SUP racing offered across Europe with stops in France, Spain, Finland, Germany and Italy. Zane Schweitzer—a top competitor on the World Series and Euopean Cup Champion–maximized his water time by spending his downtime in search of surf. And it paid off. Here’s the Maui-bred surfer and racer going ‘inZane’ in the Basque Country.

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Just Going, Pt. 3: The Gear

The women all loaded up. Photo: William Gayle

The women all loaded up. Photo: William Gayle

Just Going, Pt. 3: The Gear

On May 28, Rachel McCarty and Casi Rynkowski took to the waters off Massachusetts for a doomed two-day, 50-mile paddling adventure. Rynkowski told us their story in two parts, below. Here, McCarty gives us the lowdown on the gear they used.
Part 1
Part 2

We are often asked what gear we bring on our trips, and in the interest of getting more people paddling long distances, we’ve put together a list of our favorites. For this trip, our trusty BIC 12’6” Wings carried a total of 50 pounds of gear, which also included water and food. This is not a complete list by any means, and includes some crossover outdoor gear. We purchased most of this gear at our local Eastern Mountain Sports.

On the Water
Werner Carve 3-piece Paddle
Werner carbon fiber paddles are lightweight and practically indestructible, but they can still float away from you, so we carry a fiberglass 3-piece paddle for that “just-in-case” scenario. Taken apart, the longest section measures 24” and fits nicely strapped to the deck. I like the red laminate color because it is bright and easy to see – perfect if you need to use it as a signaling device.

MTI Fluid 2.0 Belt PFD
The new low-profile Fluid 2.0 Belt from MTI makes the compactness of an inflatable PFD even more appealing. Three different models cover all different types of paddling, but we love the Race 1 Belt for our expeditions because the sewn multi-loop attachments are easy to clip gear onto.

Lifeproof LifeJacket Float
Our phones multi-function as GPS trackers, cameras, and as, well, phones, and as such we need an easy and safe way to keep them close by. With the LifeProof Nuud case, I feel confident my phone is protected from water and drops, but the LifeProof LifeJacket Float brings total peace of mind to the package. Attachment points make it easy to tether to a PFD or deck bag, and included lanyards slip around the neck or the wrist.

Photo: Gayle

Photo: Gayle

Sea to Summit Rapid 26L Drypack
Camp isn’t always close to shore. Sea to Summit’s new Rapid 26L Drypack held a sleeping bag, pad, extra clothes and food, and the integrated shoulder straps meant it could be carried easily, leaving your hands free for board and paddle. Perfect for portages on river trips, too.

VestPac WilsonPac
Loved by SUP racers around the world, the VestPac WilsonPac is a revolutionary design for hydration packs and perfect for long distance paddles too. The unique fit system is extremely comfortable to wear and doesn’t place weight solely on your shoulders. We loved the chest pockets for carrying our VHF radios, snacks, and sunblock.

Camelbak Podium Bottle
I don’t like to put electrolyte drink mixes in hydration packs because they are difficult to clean on a trip, but I was having a hard time finding a water bottle that fit my paddling needs. Caps you have to unscrew are too cumbersome, and most “sport tops” require at least a little fiddling to open. Enter the Camelbak Podium bottle, with its JetValve top that is totally leak proof, even in the “open” position.

NRS Taj M’Haul Deck Bag
SUP expeditions require a lot more gear than your casual day paddle, and having a way to store it and stay organized is key to avoiding a lot of frustration later when exhaustion sets in. Mesh water bottle holders on each side were perfect for our Camelbak Podium bottles and snacks. The integrated – but removable – dry bag had plenty of space for dry clothes and first aid supplies.

SUPreme Neoprene Pants and Catch Hybrid Jacket
The SUPreme Contour Quantum Foam Neoprene pants are perfect for in-between seasons, giving you the protection of a wetsuit on your lower half and the freedom and breathability to wear whatever works for you up top. They also make bathroom pit stops a breeze. Wetsuit tops have a tendency to be sweaty. Not so with the SUPreme Catch Hybrid Jacket, which uses neoprene on the chest and arms for warmth and Polyolefin fabric on the back for breathability. The full zipper made it easy to layer other wicking tops underneath for warmth, and quick to remove when temps warm up. A go-to piece for every paddle.

Paddle Port
This surprisingly simple paddle holder made floating breaks worry free. Especially when you are hunting through your bags on the water looking for gear, knocking your paddle everywhere. Paddleport keeps the paddle tucked to the side and out of the way.

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Standup World Series Picks Up in Japan

Photo: WatermanLeague.com

Photo: WatermanLeague.com

Standup World Series Picks Up in Japan

A selection of the World’s best paddlers will descend upon the Japanese surf town of Chigasaki from August 15 – 17, to meet up with a growing local contingent, as well as paddlers from across Asia, for an unforgettable weekend and a US$20,000 World Challenger Series Race, the Shonan Chigasaki Pro.
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Photo: WatermanLeague.com

Photo: WatermanLeague.com

World Series Finals to Include New Divisions

In addition to the elite level racing, we are proud to build out our Open division for the Long Distance race (for both 14′ and Open class racers), as well as a prone paddleboard and OC1 division, to make for a more complete Ocean Sports gathering at this final event of the 2014 season. The Finals will also include the continuation of the Na Kama Kai Youth Division, where we will see the stars of tomorrow stepping up to do battle inside the protected waters at Kuilima Cove.
So, look forward to a full weekend of action for the SUP world as the 2014 season comes to a close on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore from the October 10th – 12th. Accommodation specials are available (while space is available and by presenting your entry receipt to the reservation staff) and entries are now open.
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Photo: WatermanLeague.com/Harry Wiewel

Photo: WatermanLeague.com/Harry Wiewel

Entries Open for Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam

World Tour Surfers will be putting it all on the line for Stop 4 of the Standup World Tour, as excitement mounts towards competition picking back up after a long summer break. The World Tour event will run from the 16th – 19th, with a full Trials event, Men’s and Women’s Pro events and a high profile exhibition event on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
World Series Racers will once again step up to do battle at the world-class race course that Huntington Beach provides, as Stop 4 of the 2014 Standup World Series and Stop 1 of the US Trilogy will get underway. Saturday, September 20th will see the World Series Sprints in full effect under the pier, while Sunday, the 21st will feature the Long Distance Race. An open fleet racecourse will also be created to provide an easier access race for everyone.
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Kieran Grant: Reading Waves and Lips

Photo: Tim Baker

Photo: Tim Baker

Kieran Grant: Reading Waves and Lips

Kieran Grant is a Floridian who loves the water. He’s been surfing from a young age and like many water lovers, Grant couldn’t help but make the transition into SUP, jumping into the scene full force to compete in SUP surfing and racing. And, Grant does it all without being able to hear. The ocean athlete is deaf, but his lack of hearing doesn’t hold him back the least bit.

SUP Mag: You started out as a traditional surfer. Tell us about your transition into SUP.
Grant: I started to learn how to SUP surf just over two years ago. My first time seeing SUP at a contest I thought it was slow, but that’s because everyone surfed huge SUP’s. My brother Fisher was getting good at it fast and when we went to the 2012 USA Surfing Championships in California, he entered a couple of SUP divisions and I got to see some sick SUP surfing that I didn’t even know anyone was capable of. And, since I couldn’t let my brother get all the glory, I decided to give it a go.
Our SUP guy, Tim Baker at East Coast Paddle, watched us surf and we gave him feedback on what was working and what wasn’t. It’s been evolving ever since. I’d have to say though, if we hadn’t witnessed the SUP surf scene out west, we wouldn’t have known how rad SUP surfing could be.
Having shortboard skills from my earlier surfing days definitely helped the transition to be easier. I like it because it’s a really fun experience and great training. In addition to SUP surfing, I enjoy competing in races now too. I have to say that BOP-style and downwinders are my favorite because they allow me to kind of separate myself from the guys who are stronger than me. I feel more comfortable when I’m able to use the strength of my ocean skills.

SUP Mag: What was it like rising through the ranks of paddle surfing to compete in
your first World Tour event earlier this year?
Grant: Well, since I’d only competed with an upper level of SUP surfers once before (at the 2013 US SUP Tour stop at San Onofre, Calif.) I was a little apprehensive. It was also my first time in Hawaii and, the biggest surf I had ever SUP surfed in. Other than hurricanes, we don’t get much practice on anything with any size to it.
My first day out, while paddling to the line-up, a set broke way outside. Anyone who SUP’s knows that there’s no “duck diving” and when you have to bail in front of a two-story wall of whitewater, it can get ugly. In my case, my new leash snapped and it was a long swim, especially when one hand was holding a paddle. But, I was pretty happy with my results at the Sunset Beach Pro. I made it through the trials and on to Round 3, which actually ranked me #1 for the East Coast guys after the event.

Photo: Standup World Tour/ Hank Foto

Photo: Standup World Tour/ Hank Foto

SUP Mag: Can you tell us how being hearing impaired affects you out in the water and during competition?
Grant: First of all, I am profoundly deaf, which means I pretty much do not hear anything. However, I wear a Cochlear implant, which allows me to hear almost better than “normal” people. But this is only on dry land. In the water it’s off, since I can’t afford to lose it in the surf, so every time I go out in the water or during competitions, I just keep eye on the beach and set my watch before my heat. From my perspective, there’s nothing really that affects me in the water. I can read lips really well, so watch it—I can see what you’re saying!

Photo: Rick Bickford

Photo: Rick Bickford

SUP Mag: You and your younger brother Fisher have a special bond, but still compete with each other. Tell us about the competition and camaraderie between you two.
Grant: Definitely! We travel, surf, and train together. We’re buds but our styles are a lot different. I prefer shortboard and Fisher is really a longboarder at heart, although we love any excuse to get wet. My dad really emphasized that we become capable on any vehicle in the water and that we have waterman skills.
I think a good tip is to always remember, there’s a tool for every job. Are the waves small or big? What’s going to give you the best connection with the ocean? The cool thing about SUP now is, you can cover all your bases with a paddle in your hand. So I can rip, my brother can glide, and my folks can flat water paddle. Pretty sick, huh?

SUP Mag: Tell us about your favorite place to find waves when you’re home in
Florida.
Grant: My favorite spot is my backyard because that’s where I learned to surf and still surf with my friends. It’s one of my secret spots and it’s never crowded there. It tends to break over an outside sandbar and can be pretty punchy if the conditions are right.

Photo: Rick Bickford

Photo: Rick Bickford

SUP Mag: Let’s talk about long-term goals. Where do you want the sport to take you and what do you want to achieve as a competitive paddle surfer?
Grant: Well actually, I want to travel all over the world to compete on the World Tour and tap into more racing. The challenge I’m facing is mostly finances. The prestigious events are pretty scattered still and require athletes to commit to some pretty decent expenses.
I was lucky to travel to St. Croix, USVI with my friend Girard Middleton earlier this year to compete in a race with Ryan Helm and Zane Schweitzer. Those guys are amazing athletes and they were so positive with me—[they] totally stoked me out! That one experience alone convinced me that if I could show up, I could blow up. It just gave me a lot of confidence, which was pretty cool.
In the meantime, I’m keeping the “big look” and feeling super blessed to have support from my famiy, friends, and people like my PRT crew, who I race with. The SUP world is really full of awesome people! I would love to continue to work in the industry and think that between the people I’ve me and the experience I’m getting from a competitor side, I may be able to do good things. If you ever see me at the beach, say ‘hey’ and let’s paddle!

Photo: Rick Bickford

Photo: Rick Bickford

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