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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)

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...;-)

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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.



Ride on!

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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"?...;-)

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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...

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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 (Blueline Paddlesurf) 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...;-)

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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 at Leds
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...

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Naish SUP's

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...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

 

Spicy Hot Sawyer Standup Paddles

Sawyer spices thangs up with the new Zephyr standup paddlesurf paddle...





Stay tuned as thangs are starting to get real colorful 'round these parts...;-)

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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.








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Saturday, May 03, 2008

 

7'2" SUP Rips!!!



Treve switching foot on South swell rights and lefts in Cali...






Full Gallery...

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