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Saturday, May 31, 2008
Old School Paddleboard
I came across this 1920's vintage paddleboard at Eva's (the Board Lady
) workshop the other day...
She affectionately referred to it as "charming"...click image for more pics...
So the next time you hop up on your fancy new standup paddleboard with wood veneer and epoxy vacuum bagged lightness, with pad and featherweight carbon paddle...you can connect the dots back to one of these...and obviously further on back...
You can also put away the magnifying glass that you used to find a slight perturbation in the pin stripe, or natural "flaw" in the wood grain...;-)
Labels: old paddleboard, paddleboard, wood paddleboard
Friday, May 30, 2008
Standup Huge South Africa Wave
Check out this picture of Chris Bertish riding a Naish (production) 10'6"
on a South African GIANT! Based on what's coming of the back of the board it looks like he's holding a pretty good line on what is clearly a steep freaking wave. I'd like to see the rest of the ride, but from this shot; I think it's safe to say Chris either got completely shacked, or stuffed into a coffin.
Labels: big wave standup paddle, Naish, standup paddle surfing
Laird on ABC News : Standup
This segment with Laird Hamilton aired on Good Morning America May 28...
Asked if he could only do one thing, what would it be?
He chose standup paddling..."because of the diversity...lakes...rivers...bays...giant waves...small waves...cross the English Channel...like a dance on water...great for hangovers"...
Gotta give Bill Weir a little credit...first sesh on a standup board in the wind/chop without pad and with slippery wax...the pressure of the TV camera...and King Laird as instructor...can you say "humble pie"?...;-)
Labels: Laird Hamilton, stand up paddle surfing, standup paddle surfing
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Naish SUP's in Santa Barbara
PWA pro Levi Siver...waterman (wunderkid) Kai Lenny...and his dad Martin, made the sojourn from Hawaii to do a little standup and windsurfing in Cali...here are a few shots of Kai ripping on the new Naish SUP ripper...
Tucker Ingalls was ripping as well on the Naish 6'6" surfboard...Full gallery here
Labels: Kai Lenny, Levi Siver, Naish, standup paddle surfing Santa Barbara
Sunday, May 18, 2008
That was PHUN!!!
What a day...(& evening to remember...;-)
Sunshine...warm water...lots of smiles...heaps 'o fun...
Is it any wonder why the sport of standup paddle surfing has exploded here in Santa Barbara (& around the world) these last couple of years???
Click image below for some snapshots from this event...
It's not everyday that a legendary shaper like Ron House shows up at your local beach just to chill and spread the stoke of standup...heck, Jimmy Messina (Loggins & Messina
) came down to the beach to visit with Ron, who is also an accomplished musician...RH shown here stylin' a new line of colorful standup boards that we are queuing up to be produced in a few months, with graphics by another legend , Drew Brophy
...check out his website here
Jimmy Terrell (Quick Blade), 4 time Olympic Canoeist, and owner of Quick Blade also came up to chill...this guy is a stud paddler...
Shown below muscling a little 6'6" Quadfin kid's standup paddle board around...
Muchas gracias to Jimmy Brewer
) who is the proverbial Energizer Bunny...bottomless energy, enthusiasm, & stoke...his business card reads "SUP Stokemaster"...also, known as everyone's "Huckleberry
Regardless, of it's origin...Jimmy Brewer adopts the useage from the movie "Tombstone
", where Doc Holiday (played by Val Kilmer) repeats several times in the movie, "I'll be your huckleberry"...translation...BRING IT ON...whatever "IT" is...;-)
Major props to Santa Barbara dentist, Dr. Mark T. Weiser
who enlisted Steve Marsh
and his staff at the Shoreline Cafe in styling us out...ceviche...guacamole...buckets of Coronas...empanadas with the Chipolte dip...not to mention the final touch of the best damn corn dog in the world (mustard...ummm...) served up under a nearly full moon...;-)
Labels: Quick Blade, QuickBlade demo, Ron House, Ron House demo, standup paddle surfing Santa Barbara
Friday, May 16, 2008
Ron House in da house!
Fun...fun...fun...hot & glassy fun with waves...
We've got a meet & greet with SUP shaper extraordinaire, Ron House
, and Quick Blade
SUP paddle manufacturer Jimmy Terrell tomorrow at Leadbetter Beach
in Santa Barbara...
There will be one of Ron's 14' "Standamarans
" there to demo...and a new kid's board that we're introducing...also, the new Gerry Lopez
standup paddle boards...
We'll get started ~ 9 AM...culminating with a party at Shoreline Cafe
from ~ 5 PM until sunset...Shoreline Cafe shown here at end of grassy area...
There will prolly be another demo where all of our boards will be represented
on June 7...barring inclement weather...
Labels: QuickBlade demo, Ron House demo, stand up paddle boards, standup paddle surfing Santa Barbara
We have recently welcomed the Naish product line into our store...some really kewl things coming down the Naish pipeline...stay tuned...
I think this vid clip
from Robby Naish totally encapsulates the essence of standup paddle surfing...pretty kewl...
Check out the Naish standup paddle boards
Also, check out this vid clip of ski racer Julia Mancuso
talking the talk...and walking the
walk, on standup that is on ESPN...
Labels: Naish, Naish SUP, Robby Naish, stand up paddle boards
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Spicy Hot Sawyer Standup Paddles
spices thangs up with the new Zephyr standup paddlesurf paddle...
Stay tuned as thangs are starting to get real colorful 'round these parts...;-)
Labels: Sawyer, stand up paddles, standup paddle surfing, SUP, zephyr paddle
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Quick Blade Standup Paddlesurf Paddles
To keep up with the raging demand for standup paddlesurf gear, we've added Quick Blade standup paddles to our product lines...(MSRP $320)
QuickBlade products are the natural evolution of paddle performance founded on years of competitive racing by Jim Terrell. Jim's paddling career began in southwest Ohio on the Little Miami River near his hometown of Milford.
The signature feature of all QUICK BLADE paddles is excellent performance. A quick catch at the beginning and a clean exit at the end of the stroke prompted the name QUICK BLADE. Only after determining the ultimate requirements for performance, was the compromise of strength, durability, lightweight and cost addressed.
Labels: Quick Blade, standup paddles
Saturday, May 03, 2008
7'2" SUP Rips!!!
Treve switching foot on South swell rights and lefts in Cali...Full Gallery...
Labels: California paddleboards, stand up paddle boards, Starboard SUP's