Category: Health and Fitness

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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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, tmmaui.com

Photo: Harry Wiewel, tmmaui.com

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, tmmaui.com

Photo: Harry Wiewel, tmmaui.com

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 SUPtheMag.com’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!).

PRIBARS

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


Next up on the Standup World Series is the Oléron Paddle Challenge, Stop 2 of the European Cup. Stay tuned for event coverage on SUPtheMag.com.

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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.

Photo: RowAlden.com

Photo: RowAlden.com

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.

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“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.

More US SUP Tour here.

www.USSUPTOUR.com

 

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ISA Worlds: Highlights and Analysis

Photos: ISA/Rommel Gonzales/Michael Tweddle

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.

More coverage here.

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.

Click here to register.

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.

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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.

For more information, visit:
THE JAY RACE WEBSITE

THE FACEBOOK PAGE

THE REGISTRATION PAGE

THE FOUNDATION WEBSITE

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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.

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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.
REGISTER TODAY!

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

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Christian Cook to Host YOLO Experience at Vista Guapa

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

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

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

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

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

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