Category: Outdoor Recreation

The Weekly Insta: Tahiti to Saipan, Paddle it All

The Weekly Insta: Happy New Year!

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

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

Check out more paddling imagery here.

Collected by Mike Misselwitz (@mrmizzel)

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One Small Wave for Makaha, One Giant Leap for SUPsquatch

One Small Wave for Makaha, One Giant Leap for SUPsquatch

The SUPsquatch from C4 Waterman is giving a new definition to the term “party wave.” On paper, it’s a super-sized inflatable SUP that fits up to eight paddlers on a single board. In practice, it’s yard sales and awkward wipeouts galore. Until now, that is.

Pro surfer Jamie O’Brien’s team of SUPsquatch misfits recently gathered at Makaha Beach Park to test their skills in overhead surf. The GoPro video their session produced captures nothing short of the greatest wave ever successfully ridden by SUPsquatch. So great in fact, it’s being submitted as an entry for the GoPro of the World contest put on by GoPro and Surfline.com. Click play and watch seven men make history on one craft.

More video here.

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The Weekly Insta: Happy New Year!

The Weekly Insta: Happy New Year!

Welcome to 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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Nothing But Stoke: Tahitian Downwinder

We found a New Year’s resolution: Do a downwinder as good as the one that Tahitian paddler Tamarua Cowan and company did in this video. The 30-kilometer run featured goes from Mahina on the island of Tahiti to the island of Mo’orea. While we’re not going to find a run as ridiculously perfect as this right out our front door, it’s nice to dream. Especially in the New Year.

More Tahiti paddling here.

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The Weekly Insta: Santa, Kalama and Brazil

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: 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.

More swimswear paddling here.

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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.

Photo: Waterman League

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

For full results, click here.
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