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The latest BUZZ in new standup paddle surfing sports gear.

We showcase the best standup paddle boards, standup paddles, standup paddle accessories with news and views.

StandUp Paddle Sports has the largest, and best, selection of SUP's in the UNIVERSE at our store in Santa Barbara, CA.

Over 150 standup paddle boards currently in stock. New SUP's arriving monthly.

(Best selection...Best value...Best service...Mahalo)

Thursday, February 08, 2007


STARBOARD Introduces 2 New Standup Paddle Boards!!!

Stand Up Paddling - a royal Hawaiian sport, is now becoming the
new craze and the world's quickest growing watersport.

Starboard is preparing a line of Stand Up Paddle boards, guiding
watersports into a whole new dimension.

Starboard is bringing back their line of gorgeous wood veneer
boards updated for standup paddle surfing and light air

Attaching a sail to the brass inserts positioned in the middle converts the board to a whole new world of
amazing light wind wave sailing. The feeling of riding these long boards in the waves using the aft brass
insert uncovers a new dimension...

No need to use a harness in the light winds, one can easily get onto a wave with a pump or 2 and walk the
board from the tail to nose without loosing speed while riding the waves full length. Getting over the wave breaks is way easy due to the volume and length of the board. Wavesailing is suddenly possible in 2-10 knots of wind and fun even in small waves.

An optional TT box for a mid fin and usage of the front brass insert creates a fantastic light wind freestyle
board for never ending rail rides and a forgiving platform to learn classic freestyle tricks.

Stand Up Paddling

The boards:

Starboard 12’2” X 26 5/8” by Mark Raaphorst ( top Maui based SUP rider and shaper).

-The outline template is wide in the middle for stability with a pulled in tail for carving on the wave.
-The extra rail volume further provides stability while paddling.
-The longboard rocker with extra tail kick offers an agile board feel compared to its size while on a wave.
-The flat nose rocker section is a good platform for nose riding.
-The long water line and curved tail rocker promotes a pleasant glide for longer distance Stand Up paddling.
-The thin 2 mm 3/4 deck EVA with indications for your foot placing provides great traction.

-The carry handle for easy transport.
-The leash inserts in the tail is accompanied by a tow eye in the front.
-A storage net can be used with the 6 inserts situated on the deck.

Starboard 12’6” x 30” by Svein Rasmussen/Jim Drake.

-A whole new world of amazing light wind wave sailing to be enjoyed by attaching a rig to the brass insert.
-No need to use a harness as the wind is light.

-One can easily get onto a wave with a pump or 2 and walk the board from the tail to nose, without loosing speed while riding the wave’s full length.

-Getting over the wave breaks is way easy due to the volume and length of the board.

-Wavesailing is suddenly possible in 2-10 knots of wind and is fun even in waves as small as a foot

-For the windsurfing market we will integrate a TT box for a mid fin creating a fantastic light wind freestyle board for never ending rail rides.

-The mid fin also creates a great deal of balance, thus will be a tool for learning SUP.

-Light wind freestyle is back with great rail riding and a forgiving platform to learn classic freestyle tricks and simply goofing around.

The difference between the 2 sizes:

The 12’2” x 26 5/8” more towards SUP surfing ,better suited for light wind wave sailing and more
athletic/experienced riders. The 12’6” x 30” more stability for SUP and light wind freestyle due to extra
stability through added width.

The sensation
Standing up on top of the ocean, leaning your body weight on the paddle that drives you over the sea.
Listen to the sound of the board cutting through the water and enjoy the sparkle from the water’s reflection ahead. A grand new way to appreciate a fabulous core work-out and take any wave for a ride.

Stand Up paddling can be learned in 5 minutes, be enjoyed on any lake ,river or ocean and is great fun
cross training/core work out. The Stand Up paddle board is easy to put onto the roof of a car, comfortable to carry to the beach and convenient to store. The advantage of SUP boards over a basic surf board is the added width allowing you to stand up and use a paddle thus get more power and speed. When you take off on the wave, you are already standing up surfing. The paddle further acts like a balancing pole, making it easier to turn and keep your balance.

Popular sit down kayaking and canoeing has 40 times more participation in the USA than windsurfing,
indicating the limitless potential of the more accessible SUP. Dave Kalama and Laird Hamilton are currently the best known SUP athletes, Mark Raaphorst the most progressive shaper and Jeff Henderson recognised for bridging SUP with wavesailing.

We are taking deposits now to secure boards for May delivery time frame.

Pricing: SUP 370 and 380 Sportec Retail: $1499.00

(U.S. $) SUP 370 and 380 Wood Retail: $1999.00

Continuously pushing boundaries through innovation and quality, Starboard challenges all to


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Sunday, February 04, 2007



I try to be as open-minded as possible when it comes to windsurfing equipment...because, if something new & mo' bettah comes along, we're all over it...most sailors have been on a certain brand sail/board...etc...for a number of years...same old same old...some brands deserve the loyalty...others don't...

There is a lot of talk about durability these days...most of it is in general terms...and is rarely put in qualified perspective, what kind of use/abuse the sail is put through...

Wave sails are used by people at most venues...even flat water venues on windy days...people use terms like "bomb proof" and "bullet proof" on lakes, rivers, and bays...

To judge durability of a wave must be used in *real* waves...

If a sail is used in real breaking waves...then the mast sleeve construction/material is very important...

I will further state that
Hot Sails Maui stands alone in this regard...

They incorporate a kind of silky firehose material in the sleeve...nobody else has anything close...Jeff Henderson calls it an "exclusive high tenacity weave luff material"...

I point this out because it is very unique...
I have seen a skinny mast break in 3 pieces and not a single carbon shard penetrated this stuff...

Furthermore, I believe that Hot Sails Maui is the only company utilizing Dupont Kevlar rip stop, 1000# test, rope into the framework of their sails...

Here are some light wind wave sail options that we recommend based on our personal experience, and backed up by testing at one of the most demanding surf breaks in the world...
Jalama Beach...

Hot Sails Maui 6.3m2 Super Freak...

another option is the 6.3m2 Smack...
This is 5.3m2 Smack to give you idea of construction quality...extrapolate up...

The 6.0m2 Severne Renegade deserves mention:

Aerotech has also stepped up to the plate in this regard, with the utilization last year of Cuben Fiber in it's Phantom (onshore wave line)...

My '06 6.8m2 still looks new...

“What's special about Cuben Fiber?
It is 50 % to 70% lighter than Kevlar, four times more durable than Kevlar, and lasts as long as Spectra. It substantially improves the strength to weight ratio over conventional sail fabric."

Cuben fiber is arguably the highest strength to weight material used in windsurfing sail construction...and the expansion of it's use this year into it's smaller "Charge" wave sail lineup...

We will be receiving the 5.0m2 and 5.5m2 Charge soon and putting them to the test at higher wind/wave venues this coming year...

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Fins for Exocet Kona

A couple of our G-10 wavey fin designs are working very well on the Kona Style...decreases the turning
radius and loosens the Kona don't need all of that vertical depth of the 40cm stock fin,
because the rail (water line) is being used...and you have a daggerboard if necessary...

My 10" (25cm) FreeWeed:

Exocet Kona fin

12" (30.5cm) FreeWeed:

Exocet Kona fin

More pics of 12":

& 13.5" (34cm) ATX (All Terrain Xtreme):
Exocet Kona fin

If you don't want to go with my giant wave fins, the 34cm ATX has more sweep than the 36cm Cross fin,
more surface area, and it's in G-10...

Here's a comparison pic of all 3...

We ship globally...recently shipped a bunch to Australia...

Customer testimonials here:

Ordering info:

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Friday, February 02, 2007


SurfingSports Windsurfing Picture Galleries

Here's a couple of action packed photo galleries from the shores of California's Central Coast...
to the the North Shore of Maui...
that should further stoke up the desire for the coming season...

Spring Equinox is officially only 46 days away!!!

SurfingSports: Picture Gallery I
SurfingSports: Picture Gallery II

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