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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)

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

 

Ernie (EJ) Johnson Joins SUPsports Standup Paddle Racing Team

ALOHA EJ!!!

One of the most committed, and respected, California standup paddle racers, Ernie (EJ) Johnson, (Johnson BigSticks) has joined our SUPsports Standup Paddle Racing Team...





EJ is a master craftsman and is making some killer hardwood standup paddles...







Here is one of his latest creations that he just built for us, right before the finishing coat went on...



This one is Phillipine/Cypress/Poplar...
Notice the pattern change in the shaft in the blade area.
E.J say..."Ancient white boy secret! LOL...;-)"


Nice and light and strong, best to date.
Come by and pick one up today!

Seeing , feeling, & paddling is believing...






The E.J Signature Model is hand shaped to highest tolerances from hand selected exotic hardwoods. Tested in the So Cal surf, channel crossings, this product stands up to the test.


Blades are reinforced with with 4oz fiberglass on both sides and entire paddle coated with epoxy and a UV protectant.


Available in any sizes.
Blades range from 8" to 9.5 in various shapes.
$350.00


The next SUP race will be Santa Barbara Outrigger's "Return to Pier Race" on Saturday, January 17th, located in beautiful Santa Barbara...

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

 

Jay (Aquamoose) Butki Sequence



Jay (Aquamoose) Butki ( "Paddler of the Week" : paddleboard.com) nearly gets picked off powering through the surf on Joe Bark's personal brand new
(never ridden) carbon 18'6" SUP, to get to the start line at the Oceanside Becky Stuart Memorial race earlier this month...

He arrived late and couldn't find a parking spot...the surf was firing...everyone else paddled to the start line out of the harbor mouth...
Jay had to make up a little time...ya got's to do what ya got's to do...

This is what Jay had to say...

"I wasn't about to be picked off-I timed the righthander and the lefthander coming at
me so I could squeak through.


I was pretty sure Joe's glass jobs could handle the air drop on the back side..."

Here's a gallery of shots from the sequence where big Jay (Aquamoose) Butki hung on the precipice of destruction...
he sure makes that 18'6" BARK L@@K small...

Joe Bark's race boards definitely are not disposable...dunno if anyone else's would have survived the air drop out the backside...

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

 

SYNERGY : Sailing Into the New Year

An added bonus to several of the standup paddle board lines that we sell, is that they are also sailable...



Starboard...Naish...& the Mark Nelson shaped Mistral Pacifico Wave...


Whether or not you decide to sail them, you get a better built board...and, one with better resale value...

The sail attachment area is dead center...exactly where you stand to paddle a SUP...
This area is reinforced for the extra stress of a sail rig...the fin boxes are also reinforced...



Of course, they all come with built-in handles...all of the SUP's we carry do...

Now, we introduce the value driven Severne Synergy sail rig package to unlock the hidden value in your SUP...



The Synergy rig is the perfect blend of simplicity and performance in one dedicated package. Every component in the Synergy rig was developed from the ground up to ensure easy assembly, maximum durability and real performance.

Every package comes with clear instructions, no prior knowledge is required...

These sail rigs are half the cost if the components were purchased separately...

2009 Synergy Rig Package (Complete) : 4.8m2 : $699
2009 Synergy Rig Package (Complete) : 5.4m2 : $739
2009 Synergy Rig Package (Complete) : 6.0m2 : $749
2009 Synergy Rig Package (Complete) : 6.7m2 : $775
2009 Synergy Rig Package (Complete) : 7.3m2 : $799

Pricing is aimed specifically at the standup paddler / windsurfer looking for simplicity... the Synergy is also ideal as a package that can be shared amongst a family due to the large range of sizes and adjustment. The sail incorporates our newest design ideas in shaping, stability and performance. A single Synergy tension combination works with all sizes.

All components carry color coding for quick reference to correct size.











Here is a shot of SUP windsurfing on the Naish...



It's a blast when the wind picks up...
I was standup paddlesurfing earlier this day before the wind came up...quickly went back to the van and threw a sail rig together...15 minutes later I was back on the water...



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Thursday, December 25, 2008

 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

 

Holidays or Holidaze?



Season's greetings...

WOW...dunno about you guys...but, to me the clock seems to be spinning in hyper-speed...time to slow down a bit and reflect on the spirit of giving...and the conundrums found in life...

Thought I'd scribble down some thoughts that came to me while we were honoring Eva Hollmann on Saturday...what a wonderfully generous and tireless craftswoman...really kewl to see a broad spectrum of watersport's enthusiasts express their appreciation for her restoration projects...a model of selflessness...

Everyone who works in our shop comments on how fast the day goes by...never a dull moment dishing out stoke and holiday cheer...it's pretty amusing, and satisfying, to watch a huge stack of standup paddle boards get whittled down everyday, only to have Santa's elves at night replenish the supply...it's like everyday is Christmas in our shop as boards get put together and paddles get measured and custom cut...even if we can't get in the water everyday...and lord knows we try...but, we have learned to experience stoke vicariously through you guys, our clients and fellow water brothers and sisters...

It's personally gratifying knowing that we are helping to create "miles of smiles"...changing the world one paddleboarder at a time..."it's all good"...and it's
good work if you can get it...;-)

We have learned some moral lessons in working our butts off at the stoke factory everyday...almost like Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day"...

There is a reason this film has always resonated with me...check it out again...as it's easy to underestimate this film as silly comedy...

Wikipedia says of it,

"Groundhog Day is a tale of self-improvement, to look inside oneself and realize that the only satisfaction in life comes from turning outward and concerning oneself with others rather than concentrating solely on one's own wants and desires. As such, the film has become a favorite of Buddhist , Christian and Jewish leaders alike because they see its themes of selflessness and rebirth as a reflection of their own spiritual messages. It has even been dubbed by some religious leaders as the "most spiritual film of our time."

There is a common moral thread in it that is found elsewhere and passed down from the ages...

Getting beyond the denial and resentment over the conditions of life and death that we may find ourselves in, and then accepting and embracing the real truth of our situation, allows the day to day struggle in life to be less of a problem...opening up the possibility for us to become more authentic and compassionate towards others...

I read an interview in the LA Times yesterday with Sparky Longley of Rainbow Sandals...kewl guy that gets it...

My favorite excerpts are:

Goal in business: "To make a product that lasted, and to be a good boss to work for." Donates sandals, money and avocados from a ranch he owns to wounded Marines, soup kitchens and a drug rehabilitation center.

Meditation "makes me unattached to the daily hassles. When you go through the day unaffected, you go home and you're not tired."

Remember the Greek myth of Sisyphus from Philosophy 101 back in college?

He was condemned by the gods to repeat forever the same meaningless task of rolling a rock to the top of the mountain, only to have it roll back on top of him...signifying the absurdity of man's futile and hopeless labor...

Albert Camus wrote a a philosophical essay called "The Myth of Sisyphus" where he concludes that acknowledging the truth will conquer it..." when Sisyphus acknowledges the futility of his task and the certainty of his fate, he is freed to realize the absurdity of his situation and to reach a state of contented acceptance"...

Sisyphus accepted his fate in life that "all is well"...or, as we say with contented acceptance, "it's all good"...;-)

There was a great moment during Eva's retirement party when we gave her a beautiful wood Starboard SUP to show our appreciation for all that she's done for us over the years...it was very touching, and brought tears to her eyes...as I've seen her master handiwork on repaired boards bring tears of joy to grown men's eyes...men who thought that they've seen the last days of their cherished and beloved board's life...over 5808 boards repaired to date...

Anyways...lots of fodder to digest from this blog post...

Blogs are peculiar to me...hopefully, ours serves a purpose by bringing you some entertainment through information and pictures...sure seems a sizeable portion of blogs are self-absorbed shrines about the power of the "ME"...they even have a diagnosis for it...Narcissistic Blog Disorder...
A recent study highlighted this trend...Dr. Jean Twenge found that 1 out of 4 college students now answers the majority of the NPI (Narcissistic Personality Inventory) questions in the narcissistic direction (it used to be 1 out of 7)...

We can turn this alarming trend around...regardless of our walk(s) in life...or religiousity, if EVERY single day, we all would/could focus a little less energy on ourselves, and a little more on others, I personally believe that the world's karmic energy would skew a little more towards the positive side...just a thought...Happy Holidays...

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Friday, December 19, 2008

 

Eva Hollmann (the BoardLady) Passes the Torch

Hey now, we hope to see some of you folks that Eva has touched through her amazing dedication to QUALITY epoxy board/boat restoration projects over the years...over 5796 boards repaired to date...this Saturday, December 20...Noon until 6 PM, at our shop in Santa Barbara (details here) as we...(choke...choke...;-) celebrate and honor, Eva's retirement from epoxy board repairs...and, the passing of the torch to Josh Cohen...



While not a complete retirement...she has some boat inspections and woodworking projects on the books...she will have a bit more time to lay in a hammock and listen to the palm fronds whistle in the wind...



One of the many projects that Eva has undertaken...



She beautifully refinished this vintage 1920's paddleboard...



Her woodworking skills are fantastic...



Mike Colee said it pretty nicely...

"Injured sailboards and surfboards the world over have been made whole again thanks by the amazing talents of Eva "The boardlady" Hollmann but it is the joy she has brought to the owners of these injured watercraft, when they see their loved one made whole again, that must be remembered and appreciated."

As a fellow boardhead, she always understood the affection that we have for our watercraft...and dedicated herself to restoring them the best that she could...more often than not, they ended up better than new...she always wrote up a failure analysis report...fair and accurate...pity the manufacturers that didn't produce to her standards...she showed no mercy towards them...

We have to give major credit to Eva for the assistance and guidance that she has provided us in choosing our board product lines over the last two decades...

It was always comforting knowing that Eva approved of the construction technology of a particular brand before we became invested in it...and added it to our retail offerings and personal quivers...which BTW, are one and the same as we ONLY use products that we believe in...

Even with an engineering background, and a taste for QUALITY boarding products in the first place, it was very helpful to have Eva surgically disect structural damage that occurred when we subjected countless boards to the stresses that Jalama Beach could dish out...it became readily apparent when a product is substandard when tested by walls of moving H20...

Eva was always there to inspect the carnage and provide failure analysis...oftentimes returning the board in "better than new" state...

We can only hope and wish that Josh Cohen is as good as Eva says he is...he has really BEEEEG shoes to fill...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

 

Santa Barbara Harbor SUP Paddling & PFD's

In cooperation with the fine folks at Santa Barbara Harbor Operations, we are posting
an article appearing in the next "Docklines", the Santa Barbara City Waterfront Department Newsletter...regarding the required use of PFD's in and around their jurisdiction of Santa Barbara Harbor waters...

We appreciate their service and will educate our clients to comply with the new regs that allow us to paddle inside the harbor now...we consider this a privilege and allows us to recreate in an area more protected from winds and inclement weather...

We have the Coast Guard approved fanny pack style inflatable type PFD's in stock for standup paddlers to purchase...



Paddleboards Now Classified as Vessels

From Oregon to Mexico, the sport of stand-up paddling has grown
considerably over the past few years. Responding to a request for legal
interpretation, the Coast Guard recently classified "paddleboards",
meaning Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUPs), as "vessels." The newly
classified vessels must comply with federal Navigation Rules and
"carriage" requirements when operated beyond the narrow limits of a
swimming, surfing or bathing area. Stand-up paddlers need a
USCG-approved life jacket for each person, a sound signaling device
(whistle), visual distress signals and navigation lights (flashlight).

The same requirements apply to kayaks and other manually propelled
vessels of similar size. Stand-up paddleboards are exempt from hull
identification number and registration requirements. Enjoy your SUP in
Santa Barbara, but please do so safely and responsibly. Harbor Patrol
will continue to educate and encourage stand-up paddlers to comply with
these new rules.

SOURCE: "Docklines" Santa Barbara City Waterfront Department Newsletter

If you have any questions they can be directed to:

Mick Kronman
Harbor Operations Manager
City of Santa Barbara
805-897-2587

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Ekolu Kalama SurferMag



Any time that the mainstream surf media recognizes an alternative waveriding form, it's noteworthy...as they are generally laser focused on shortboarding...

A Scott Aichner gallery on SurferMag shows Starboard team rider, Ekolu Kalama, scoring a nice barrel at Pipeline...



He is riding "The Whopper", a new SUP from Starboard...it's 10' x 34"...
I rode it in the surf last Summer in Oregon...and it was loads of fun...you can't fall off, even when powering out through a river mouth with dozens of breaking waves to go through to get to the outside sandbars...





STAY TUNED: The new 2009 Starboard SUP catalog is an unbelievably gorgeous piece of work...from small kid's SUP's...more waveriders than you can throw a stick at...all the way up through race boards and touring "boards"...even a 2-piece SUP...the 2009 Starboard SUP line is the most complete and well engineered SUP line on the planet...the selection is 2nd to none...come by the shop for a L@@K see...

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DON'T FORGET EVA HOLLMANN'S (the BoardLady) RETIREMENT PARTY THIS SATURDAY AT OUR STORE : NOON UNTIL 6 PM...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

 

SUP Icebreaker Winter River Paddling

The kewl thing about standup paddling is that you can do it almost anywhere...

I received this note and pics from a friend in Alberta, Canada a few days ago...
He visited us in Santa Barbara this Fall and had us rolling on the floor with his sick sense of humor...we may be getting together again in January...if we're still trunking it, he'll be sweating...

The pics are all of Scott's brother, Warren, (kewl name...;-) on the North Saskatchewan River that runs through Edmonton...





"Well, I felt like it was time to do a little "ice breaking" on my SUP today.

The weather was one of the nicer days we have had in the last few weeks with the air temperature a balmy -5 Celsius (23 F) and the water temp -2 C (28 F).

Thanks to a 6/4 full suit - with a 2 mm shortie over top - big wool socks with 5 mm booties - poly pro gloves with neo gloves over top and a neo hat - I was fine for about 35 of the 45 minutes I spent on the water.
Only my feet and fingers got cold near the end.



It was truly a fascinating paddle. Riding up on ice flows the size of my truck, only to have them break under the weight of me and the board was a great experience. Also - did you know that "slurpee" type ice forms on the the up river side of rocks on the bottom of the river? I didn't - the formations I saw were amazing.



Big Thanks to my brother Scott for not only getting me into the great sport in the first place but for also providing the support van (with the heater on high) and to Perry Nelson for the great photos."



Here's another crazy (brilliant crazy) Canuck...Corran Addison, the guy that we're working with on the ECO SUP's...running the Class 3 "bigwater" Lachines, near Montreal...



"Today was the first day out for my new Whitewater SUP design. And it was an astounding success. It is, by far, the best paddling SUP in rivers that I have paddled yet. To date, all the river runs I've made have been with SUP's designed for surfing waves - whether that river or ocean - and the very thing that makes them great on waves, makes them very hard to paddle, and handle, in whitewater wave trains and currents."



"We've run these rapids several times on normal "ocean" SUP shapes... and while it is possible, it's certainly NOT easy. The rocker, bottom and rail shape are all wrong, and as a result every little current and wave tries to flip you over. It's not like paddling out through 6' surf, where between waves the ocean is realitively calm and constant - out here in the lachines its the extreme in "river runing difficulty" for a craft like an SUP because there are so many converging currents, boils, eddies and choppy waves coming at you from all directions - and this doesn;t even count the wave trains you have to go through.

So its a perfect testing ground for a SUP designed specifically for whitewater river running."

A note of interest - it was about -5C (23F) this day, and Dry Suits were a must!










We just shipped a 12' Hobie to Minneapolis, MN...no excuse not to get out there and bust up the ice flows...Spring is ALMOST here!!!...;-)

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Monday, December 15, 2008

 

Imagine ECO Chopper 7'11" SUP

Master boardshaper and Olympic kayaker, Corran Addison, has just applied what he's been doing to kayak shapes for years, to waveriding SUP's...which has resulted in increased stability...



The "sidewall" (or rail) of the board has been "squared off" and given "flair" while thickened from the nose through the center of the board. This adds significant secondary stability, and also reduces deck wash (which trips you). At the same time, the center of gravity has been reduced by lowering the foot area, and control and "hold" increased by adding slight lips to the outside of the foot area, while finally increasing nose rocker. The end result is a very stable, and agile board that can paddle out, up and over, anything the ocean has to throw at you.

In tests that they've done, they were able to paddle out through surf twice as big as comparable normal shaped SUP's. Obviously, once you’re out there, you want your board to perform, and the Chopper does. But, it has to be ridden like a shortboard - from the tail! The rail, and bottom, from the center back is like any performance shortboard, and this will perform with anything on the SUP high performance market...

Here's a few shots of the new 7'11" x 29" Chopper...it will also come in an 8'6" x 30" model...as well as a 7'6" x 28" model...







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Sunday, December 14, 2008

 

Imagine ECO SUP's are here...

The first of many Imagine ECO SUP's that we will be riding are in the store...

Come by and check them out if you are traveling through Santa Barbara on the way to grandma's house this holiday season...

We have the largest, and best, selection of SUP's (over 150 in stock) on the West Coast...or ANY coast, for that matter...



Shown are the 8'9" x 30" x 4"...9'0" x 27 x 4"...and 9'0" x 27.5" x 4"...

We will carry the full line....including the flatwater and river ripper models...

These ecologically sustainable "green" SUP wave rippers are the one piece models...
MSRP $999...the 2 piece models will be $1199!!!...and, they come with the 4 way fin system...





Unbelievable earth friendly value that just plain makes sense, and saves you cents...lots of cents...;-)

Did we mention that the recycled foam cores do NOT suck H20 when dinged?









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Tecolote 5000 Race

This year's Tecolote 5000 Race was hosted by the San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team, part of the Junior Lifeguard Program...

They really have a stellar facility on Mission Bay in San Diego focusing on Olympic development in the sport of canoe and kayak...
pretty kewl to see lots of young kids out paddling competitively...

A cold, windy, and blustery day greeted the paddlers...here's a race gallery...



Here's our shop manager, John Becker, on the way to victory...



John led the whole race...here is EJ (2nd) leading a Hobie rider, followed by our team riders Rich Schroeder and Bryan Fernandez...



Rich Schroeder held off a fleet of paddlers on Ron House race boards using a new
prototype...



Eva Hollmann (the BoardLady) helped us out with some awesome finish work...



She referred to this project as her "last stand"...

As we've told you in a previous posting...Eva is retiring...and we are hosting a party for her at our shop next Saturday from Noon until 6 PM...

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Friday, December 12, 2008

 

Hobie Carbon 12'6" Race SUP's

Check out these black beauties that Hobie shaper, Mark Johnson, delivered to our shop today...identical to the board that Chuck Patterson won the Battle of the paddle on...











We'll have more info shortly...this board will be the production 12'6" shape that Hobie is going with for 2009...we have the kewlest Hobie SUP surf trunks...paddling jersies...tshirts and hats...

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

 

Ekolu Kalama & Ohana Project

"It's a simple equation: surfing = stoke = happiness..."

It's been my mantra for life...surfing for life...stoked for life...



Here's something pretty kewl that you should know about...and, hopefully participate in with Ekolu Kalama and friends...the Ohana Project...

"With the advent of the Stand-up Paddleboard, surfers have cut the umbilical cord to mother ocean. We can take surfing inland where there doesn’t even have to be waves. Thus, a whole new terrain is wide open for exploration. The Ohana Project is the first to see just how far surfers can go with our newly acquired mobility. There are lakes in Africa, rivers in South America, canals in Egypt and people, old and young ready to find their inspiration. As a former surf instructor, I can already imagine the look on people’s faces when we put them on a surfboard for the first time."



Ekolu Kalama signed with Starboard SUP in May 2008, he has since spent most of his time traveling across the globe either to participate in the biggest SUP races, or to find the most hardcore waves on this planet. He is one of these characters that is full of positive energy and is spreading his good vibe not only through his passion for the water, but also through his music. Next year will take a little different slant for Ekolu as he is just about to finish a pilot for an SUP TV series. We caught up with Ekolu to see what the project is actually about.

What is the Ohana Project?

Ohana first of all means, "family" in the Hawaiian language. The Ohana Project is a non-profit liaison that inspires and assists individuals, groups, and corporations by giving help in any possible way we can help. It accomplishes this by connecting social innovators with humanitarian causes and packages the results for immediate exposure in mainstream media. Eventually we would like to see everyone become a part of our Ohana Project.

Who are you working with?

The founders of the Ohana Project are myself, John Perell, and Scott Mortensen. We will be the core of the project but will be working with a lot of partners and "Ohana" members.

Are you making a pilot for a Stand-Up movie?

Yes. Our show is called "A Stand-Up World" and I would like to see it become a television series. If a network doesn't purchase it then we are going to make it a 2 hour movie. For now, I will speak this into existence and say that the pilot for our weekly television series will be released Jan. 1st 2009. It is getting a lot of support already and I imagine it will sell rather quickly.



What destinations are you going to for shooting?

Our first two destinations, episode one, is going to turn the world on its ear! We are headed to the Roatan Bay Islands, Honduras, where our main task will be to dig a fresh water well which will provide drinking water to an entire village. Our second destination will be in El Salvador where I will be performing a benefit concert for Libras De Amor, an organization that helps fight malnourishment in that country as well as other Central American countries. Two years ago I played in a similar concert and raised $1500 for that organization. My hour and a half of music was enough to feed 24 people for one full year! This year we are going to do better than that and are hoping to feed twice as many people. At every destination we will be teaching the locals how to stand-up paddle and will be leaving stand-up boards and paddles as tokens of goodwill.

EKOLU KALAMA PHOTO: Kyle Juk



What other Stand-Up Paddlers will we see in this movie?





You never know who will show up as a special guest on our weekly series so you have to tune in. We have a lot of support and everyone wants to be a part of "A Stand-Up World" and "The Ohana Project". It's not strictly for stand-up paddlers but for anyone who wants to stand-up and help out. We have a long list of musicians, watermen, professional athletes, celebrities, and even the U.S. President elect, Barak Obama, will be making an appearance or two.



Your willingness for helping other people is quite remarkable. Have you made any other charity foundations in the passed?

I've worked with charities before but this is the first charity that I've actually started.

Thanks a lot Ekolu, we wish you the best of luck for your project.

If anyone would like to be a part of A Stand-Up World and The Ohana Project or would like to remain up to date with our happenings, you can visit our website at www.astandupworld.com/ "I'm in.....are you in?"

EKOLU KALAMA PHOTO: by Eric Aeder

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

 

IMAGINE This...



Standup paddleboards and surfboards made from ecologically sustainable materials...like bamboo...and using recycled plastics...






It's all about Perfect balance!




Now that we have your attention...we'll be carrying the Imagine line of SUP's...and bamboo paddles at our SUP store in Santa Barbara...

It gets even better...they will be available in a two piece version!!!






The board comes apart in 10 seconds by undoing 4 small FCS fin-style screws recessed on the deck, and packs into a specially designed case (that also has room for all your clothing and other stuff). Protected from the airlines in this case, and disguised so you don't have to pay extra fees, this is the ultimate solution. The cost is only about $150-$200 more than a one piece - a cost that is absorbed the first time you travel.

This means that you can finally fly to destinations with a board that you know and love. You can ride the board you want, without fear of it being damaged, or being ripped-off by the airlines.

The system is stronger than a regular board - its not going to break at the carbon shafts. To 95% of surfers, this is the long awaited solution to the problem. To the other 5%... well, they're sponsored anyway so someone else is paying the costs so who cares, right?

I have a 9'0" x 29.5" being built right now...

Imagine Surfboards Eco technology Split Board won not only the "best in category" at the very prestigious ISPO "Brand New Product" contest, but they also won the "Overall best product".






CHECK IT OUT



We only have one earth, and we need to look after it. At Imagine Eco Surfboards, we believe that all steps should be taken to make our boards as environmentally friendly as possible. Our Eco boards are made with the most ecological materials we could find. And it doesn't stop there. We are constantly working with others to develop even better boards. By better boards, we mean both more ecological and more performing.

The Eco boards start with the core. Our core, made from B-XP3 extruded polystyrene foam, is recycled, and fully recyclable. During manufacture, our polystyrene blanks emit 50 times fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds) than the traditional PU foams. And this is just the beginning. The cores to our surfboards are completely waterproof, and do not out-gas. This means that your board cannot absorb any water if you put a ding in it, and we do not have to drill a series of holes along the rail, or install valves, to stop the board from delaminating like normal extruded blanks.

The boards are then laminated using a bamboo fabric rather than fiberglass. Fiberglass cloth is treated with toxic chemicals such as chromium, and breathing fiberglass dust is hazardous to the workers. Bamboo is a highly renewable resource. It takes in nearly 5 times the amount of greenhouse gasses, and produces 35% more oxygen, than an equivalent stand of trees, making it an efficient replenisher of fresh air. Bamboo fiber is also one of the strongest natural elements in tension (after the strands of a spider’s web).

The result is not only a very ecological board, but also a super lightweight board that is very resistant to snapping. This is a good thing.

The bamboo fiber is stretched across the core, so it is "pre loaded" giving the board a great springy feel. During the lamination process it is compression formed using a special vacuum bagging technique, literally fusing the resin into the fibers. This reduces the weight of the boards, increases strength, and cuts down on the amount of resin used overall. The bag itself is made from recycled plastic, and we are moving towards plastics not made from petrochemicals.

We use epoxy resins that put out 40 times fewer VOC's than polyester resin, and we are now working on developing new epoxy resins from unsaturated vegetables oils. This will have a positive economic and environmental impact. Soon we'll be making our boards from this biodegradable epoxy too.

And what about performance? Our focus is as always performance. After all, the idea is to help save the earth while we ride to the maximum of our ability, and not having to choose between the two is fundamental to our program. We have been adamant about putting performance first, and it shows when you jump onto one of our boards and take it for a spin. With a wide range of shapes, each targeted to a specific style of surfing, you can be sure to find the ideal board for the way you want to ride, and do something to stop the terrible tide of destruction that comes from the standard method of making surfboards.


This is what we mean by "perfect balance". Using sustainable materials, for a natural feeling board and a pleasing ride. It's only natural.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

 

Oceanside Becky Stuart Memorial race

A few more random pics from last weekend's Oceanside Becky Stuart Memorial race...hosted by Oceanside Outrigger Canoe Club...



The turn at the final marker, before the sprint inside the jetty, found an exciting race for 2nd through 6th place in Unlimited Men's SUP...a few board lengths separated them...



Rob Rojas put together a nice race and already had 1st firmly in hand as the boys rounded the last mark...

Team SUPsports' (that's us...;-) John Becker had his hands full on a brand new 18'6" Bark...wrong fin...standing too far back...but, at least at this race he wasn't on the beach collecting seashells at the start...;-)
He still pulled in 4th behind Rojas, Terrell, and Shahinian...






Team SUPsports' Rich Schroeder and Bryan Fernandez couldn't make this event...we should have them back next weekend for the Tecolote 5000 in San Diego...

Our team rider, Vicki Mills, had 1st place SUP Women's wrapped up...her first go on the production BARK/Surftech 14' Expedition SUP...



Here's Amanda Harris powering into 2nd...



and our VP, Debra Keys-Thomas coasting into 3rd on her BARK...



EJ (Ernie Johnson) took 2nd in Men's Stock SUP...he is a fierce competitor and has beaten the best on any given day...





EJ is a master finish carpenter...and has been making some awesome wood SUP paddles beautiful finish work...great flex...clean & smooth exit...we are now carrying the Johnson "Big Sticks" at our shop...

















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Sunday, December 07, 2008

 

BARK SOFT GOODS

Standup Paddle Sports now has the full line of BARK Ocean paddling soft goods in stock...very well thought out...and the line integrates with our waterproof
iPod™ Shuffle™...





SeaSpeed is a complete line of technical water wear designed especially for the ocean athlete. All of our tops, trunks, and headgear are extremely hydro-efficient, cut from fabrics that are wind and water resistant. They are designed for movement and durability, detailed with comfortable stretch panels and even MP3 pockets for inspiration. Whether an endurance athlete, ocean adventurer, or simply a recreational water enthusiast, SeaSpeed should be your second skin.






WORDMARK TEE SHORT SLEEVE
MSRP $24

Ultra soft, ring-spun 100% cotton jersey tee with a tonal screen of the BARK logos on the front and sleeve. Athletic fit.

WORDMARK TEE LONG SLEEVE
MSRP $24

Ultra soft, ring-spun 100% cotton jersey long sleeve tee with a tonal screen of the BARK logos on the front and sleeve. Basic fit.


SEASPEED BEANIE
MSRP $28

You can argue about whether long distance ocean paddlers should have their heads examined, but everyone will agree that their heads should stay warm. Save those neoprene hoods for free-diving—paddle in this wind-and-water resistant Polartec® beanie. Cut from water repellent, stretchy fleece (no elastic band, no headache) the SeaSpeed Beanie is good for the cranium in more ways than one: optional is a pair of removable water-resistant headphones and a tag for that iPod™ Shuffle™ in the back. If you’re going to stroke to a different drummer, might as well be of your own choice…

SEASPEED SHIRT
MSRP $72

Warmth—but not too warm. Flexibility—but not too flimsy. Working on water—and in the wind. Face it: paddling is one of the most difficult water sports to dress for. Which is why BARK came up with the ultimate paddle top. Cut from fleecy Sportek® back and chest panels (for warmth) and a blend of 7.6 oz and 5.6 oz nylon/spandex Tricot (for flex), the SeaSpeed Shirt is more than just another rash guard. It’s loaded with a wave of paddle-specific technical features, like long sleeves with thumb holes to prevent cuff slip, a tapered, long-waisted silhouette, flat-stitched underarm gussets, lumbar mp3 player pocket complete with cable guides, cable key-loop and power gel pockets. Fashion is for the beach—the SeaSpeed Shirt is functional, as fast and sleek as the boards you paddle.

SEASPEED VEST
MSRP $63

Warm water or hot sprints, glassy mornings or tropical down-winders—spend enough time on the ocean and you’re bound to encounter conditions when long sleeves are a little too much of a good thing. The SeaSpeed Vest is the perfect paddling top when wind chill and harsh sun aren’t necessarily a factor. Cut from Sportek® four-way stretch chest and back panels with nylon/spandex Tricot side panels, the SeaSpeed has a tapered, “no-pit rash” fit for ease of motion. And for ease of mind the Vest comes with our exclusive lumbar mp3 player lumbar pocket and cable guides.

SEASPEED HEADBAND
MSRP $24

Bandanas are for bikers. And besides, no matter how fast a Bark Unlimited may paddle, it’s not going to hit Harley speeds. You need a headband that will keep the hair out of your face when you’re head-down and hammering. Something to keep the sweat out of your eyes at about the 10k buoy. Or something to keep your ears warm when you hit the watery version of fourth gear. Try our HeadBand, made from a double layer of four-way stretch Polartec® with a nylon/spandex Tricot binding, topped off with a rear-situated tag for your iPod™ Shuffle™.

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BARK SUP's...

Another visit to the boys at the BARK factory, on the way to the Becky Stuart Memorial Oceanside race last weekend, yielded yet another gorgeous work of art...



We also have the prototype for the BARK/Surftech 14' "Expedition"...come on by the shop and have a L@@K at it...we have a bunch on order...
March delivery...MSRP $2150...





Standup Paddle Sports' race team member, Vicki Mills, powered the BARK/Surftech 14er' to a 1st place finish in women's SUP...nice follow up to the La Jolla Shores victory...



Beautiful surf on Friday and Saturday...good surfers in Oceanside...scored plenty of good waves amongst a pretty stoked group of shortboard laydown surfers...give respect...get respect...

Snapped this pic of a stylish cross stepping longboarder...



I got a sequence of Jay nearly getting picked off as he powered a new BARK 18'6" through the surf on the way to the race start...



Lots more info and pics will be popping over the next couple of days on last weekend's event...the new line of BARK paddling soft goods that we have in stock...
the new line of hand built wood paddles from Ernie Johnson...and mucho mas...

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Friday, December 05, 2008

 

SUP'er Holidays

WHAT a great new family sport standup paddling is...

WHY not give the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season?

WHEN times get tough...GO PADDLING...

WHEREVER there is H20...

We've just spelled out the 3 "W"'s of SUP...actually 4...;-)

In these tighter economic times we've had lots of families lately coming into our shop to get outfitted for standup paddling...it makes a lot of sense...

What else are you going to do...sit home and freeze in the dark?...;-)
Heck no...you're gonna start having "staycations"...utilizing the nearby water recreation resources at your disposal...

Standup paddling is doing something healthy for you and your family...and, it's outdoors...

Standup paddling is way less expensive than a gym or country club membership...ski boat...hair transplants...boob job...or, even a psychiatrist...;-)

You can utilize a nearby body of water for nearly everyday recreation...have we said that already?...;-)

Standup paddling is the funnest core body workout on the planet...that's saying something...

YOGA ON WATER...mind...body...spirit...soul...

Standup paddling is less dependent on the elements of wind, waves, tide...etc...
L@@K around...you can always find a protected body of water...and now with the new Coast Guard regs, you can paddle in any harbor with a fanny pack PFD/whistle kit...

Standup paddling has reduced our gas consumption chasing waves and wind...making it a greener sport...

We could go on and on...but, you're already reading this standup paddle blog for a reason...so, it's prolly like preaching to the choir, huh?...;-)

Here's the dealio...

WE HAVE MORE STANDUP PADDLE BOARDS IN STOCK AT OUR STORE THAN ANY SHOP ON THE PLANET...over 140 QUALITY SUP's...we know what VALUE is and excercise our buying power to ensure that you get the best bang for the buck...

We have containers of boards rolling in monthly...here's one from yesterday...





Another container arrives at the shop...good thing for weak minds and strong backs!!!...;-)

Just kidding...Mike C. was a key player in the development of Windows 95...but, don't hold that against him...;-)



Staging a few boards before moving them into our shop...



Our extensive knowledge of the standup paddleboard market will help you make the right buying decisions...we've been there from the beginning and opened the first, and still, only dedicated SUP store on the North or South American continents...

Our inventory is fresh, FIRST CHOICE, Grade AAA, cherry picked...we've been ahead of the SUP curve the whole way...we've NEVER had to settle for leftover boards with poor design because that's all they can get like many of the virtual mail-order online stores popping up online daily with a greedy gold rush mentality...posers...it's really getting pretty ridiculous...standuppaddleboardwarehousedirect-hucksters.com

Our knowledgeable and friendly staff, in addition to having years of SUP experience...has hundreds of years of collective watersports and outdoor pursuits experience...surfing...windsurfing...kiteboarding...kayaking...fishing...diving...and hangliding...snowboarding...skiing...and snow kiting to name a few...

We can talk the talk...AND do walk the walk...

We've already discussed the WHAT, WHY, WHEN, & WHERE...we also do the HOW...
Our blog and website is full of pictures of "never-evers" morphing into standup paddlers...we've taught hundreds and hundreds of clients here in the local waters of Santa Barbara, California...the standup paddling mecca of North America...it's an amazing and deeply satisfying feeling for us...truly a "warm fuzzy"...

We're very appreciative of the dozens of folks over the years that have dropped us an email along the way with their CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS...

To show our appreciation, we are offering a few deals to stoke your holiday cheer...

Because of our volume buying power, we have purchased a bundle of Starboard 12'2"'s...12'2" X 26 5/8" by Mark Raaphorst ( top Maui based SUP rider and shaper).









More pics comparing it to the Starboard 12'6" Cruiser in this gallery...


When it first came out we really liked how it glided...great speed...and had excellent directional stability...it's been called the best windsurfing SUP because of those attributes...but, we were L@@King for a surfier ride...now, in the context of the narrower standup paddle racing boards that we've been riding, we think this is an excellent flatwater paddler and are offering these boards to people at the unheard
of price of $849...they were MSRP $1499...

These have the deep handle...numerous tie-down points on the deck for attaching a drybag or fishing gear...they also come with a center-fin option...added stability...

For a limited time...add a Werner Carve or Advantage SUP paddle for $150...
That's $999 for top of the line, raceable flatwater SUP gear...outrigger clubs are already jumping on this deal...so act now...when they're gone they're gooooone...

If you are L@@King for a wave rider...we also have the popular Gerry Lopez epoxy 9'6" and 10'3" SUP's that others are selling for $1450...on sale for $999 pad and fins included...



We also just received the new 2009 Starboard SUP'er 12'6"...we have them in camo or stripe...more closeup pics and details in a few days...

We rode this board in Oregon a few months ago...and think it will be the best fishing SUP out there...also, the best crossover SUP/windsurf family board on the market...

The SUPer 12'6" is the World's first SUP and windsurf board with a daggerboard system. It can be moved with very little effort...and the deck knob can be unscrewed and stowed away...

As a board that gets anyone on the water in zero time, the SUPer 12'6" is the key to unlocking the potential of lightwind windsuring to a wide public. When stand up paddling, its long, slender shape glides smoothly and catches waves easily with surprising maneuverability. SUP is so easy, so fun and requires no instruction: it's the perfect summer board for the family, for hotels and for resorts. The bonus: it's opens the gate to the wonderful World of Windsuring too.

With its integrated mast track, its daggerboard system and itted with a windsuring sail, you have a lightwind windsurfer that glides beautifully across calm waters, a board that is maneuverable for lightwind waveriding and for old-school lat-water freestyling. With 30" of width, it's also a stable platform for progressing windsurfers and for dads to teach their kids how to windsurf.

A true crossover between two sports and two generations, the SUPer 12'6" is really 'super'. A classic design that opens a whole new world to a whole new audience.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

 

Starboard Fish Bowl

Here's a killer shot of Starboard team rider, Ekolu Kalama, guiding his Fish through a glassy bowl in Tahiti...



This is just a taste of the photographic work that Margareta Engstrom has been up to lately at her role as head of Starboard's media department...

Here's a teaser of the cover for the 2009 Starboard SUP catalog...we have heard chatter that it's the nicest watersports catalog EVER produced...



We are just receiving another container of Starboard SUP's...plenty Fish...and all the other great Starboard SUP product...including the new 2009 SUPer 12'6"...

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

 

Eva (the BoardLady) Retirement Party

SAVE THE DATE!!!

WHEN: DECEMBER 20, 2008...12 NOON - 6PM

WHERE: STANDUP PADDLE SPORTS
121 SANTA BARBARA ST.
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101

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Eva Hollmann (the BoardLady) will be closing down her shop on December 20, 2008...
She is planning to dedicate the next couple of years to teaching others about the fine art of Epoxy board repair and to challenge the women's speed sailing
record...



Eva discussing the craft with master craftsman Sean Ordonez...




There's a good chance if you're reading this that you have owned one of the over 5751 boards (and counting...we just dropped off 2 more...;-)
that Eva has repaired to date...

She is an amazing person...some of you may not know her history...

She comes from a background as a yacht designer and boat builder...
Her very first commission, the 54ft "Sunset Blvd" , won the prestigious Transpac race in 1975 (Class A)...

She likes to "tinker" with wood...here is her modified "Wee Lassie"...







Eva loves to teach...her passion is sailing and windsurfing...but, she has also been bit by the SUP bug...



Eva will be introducing her epoxy wizard repair replacement, Josh Cohen...

Lot's of food and beverage will be provided as we celebrate and show appreciation for all that Eva has done for us throughout the last several decades...

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