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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.

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

 

THE HUNDREDTH MONKEY EFFECT



The story of the "Hundredth Monkey Effect" is part New Age parable (Ken Keyes, Jr.)
and part pseudo-science...regardless, like the Bible, the story can be an inspirational parable when applied to human society...

More commonly the story is told by substituting bananas with sweet potatoes...it more or less goes like this...

Scientists were conducting a study of monkeys on the Japanese island of Koshima in 1952. These scientists observed that some of these monkeys learned to wash sweet potatoes before ingesting them, and gradually this new behavior spread through the younger generation of monkeys...in the usual fashion, monkey see...monkey do...observation and repetition...

Researchers observed that once a critical number of monkeys was reached...they hadn't actually counted the population...they arbitrarily chose 99...so that once the hundredth monkey was added to the population, this previously learned behavior of washing the sweet potatoes before eating them, instantly spread across the water to monkeys on other nearby islands and the mainland...it went viral...

Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book describing sociological "tipping points"...
He defined a tipping point in sociological terms: "the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point."...the book seeks to explain and describe "mysterious" sociological changes that we encounter in everyday life...

Gladwell stated that ideas, products, messages and behaviors spread like viruses do...by dissemination of information...

Websites...forums...blogs...etc...are all virus incubators...not many corners of the earth left that the internet hasn't infected with ideas, products, messages and behaviors transported from elsewhere...

It's been interesting to watch the sport of standup paddling take off in this way...

I remember way back in the early days of the modern reincarnation of standup...what, 4 or 5 years ago, there wasn't much out there on the www...people weren't even sure what to call it...

We thought that "standup paddle surfing" seemed appropriate, so we registered the domain www.standuppaddlesurfing.com in 2005...five years before that, when www.surfingsports.com came into existence, who was to know that "standup paddle surfing" would conveniently fit under this umbrella as a "new" surfing sport...

Since then, we've registered over a hundred domains...prolly cost us a few bunches of bananas...;-)

Here's just a fraction...

http://paddlesurfing.com
http://supsports.com
http://standuppaddlesurf.com
http://standuppaddlesports.com
http://beachboysurfing.com
http://standuppaddlesurfer.com
http://standuppaddlesurfing.com
http://standuppaddling.com
http://standupsurfing.com
http://supsurfing.com
http://supboarding.com
http://supboards.com
http://supboarder.com
http://supboard.com
http://standuppaddleboards.com
http://standuppaddleboarding.com

I'm not saying that we were the "hundredth monkey"...but, certainly through our blog, gallery postings, website, forum postings, and physical storefront...we were what Gladwell refers to as "Mavens"...or "information specialists"...Mavens start "word-of-mouth epidemics" due to their knowledge, social skills, and ability to communicate. As Gladwell states, "Mavens are really information brokers, sharing and trading what they know"...

I think that our many demos, clinics, word of mouth sales...emptying containers of SUP's...goes to that point...not to mention, my next point...imitation...the proverbial washing of the banana...

Since we opened the first dedicated brick & mortar SUP store on the North and South American continents, there have been several other "monkeys" follow suit...

Now we get word of a viral SUP store infection on the Australian continent...complete with horizontal board racks...;-)

The Gold Coast's Greenline SUP store...g'day mate...we wish them well...





One local reviewer stated: "it's so easy to compare the rocker , nose lift , tail lift and thickness on the boards as the are all stacked horizontally one above each other"...

Our clients have been saying that about our horizontal display of SUP's since 2007...;-)

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

 

Hello Nashville...SUP's are On the Way...

We just got a big 10 board/paddle order for SUP's out of Nashville today...so we're gonna throw a bit of love out that way...;-)

Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild recently shot the video for "A Ride Back Home," her duet with John Mellencamp from his Life, Death, Love and Freedom album...one of the most acclaimed of his career...


Photo by Elaine Mellencamp

Relevance??? Wayulll...I get it...don't worry...
I'm not turning into another blah...blah...blogger just trying to share their mundane boring life with anyone who'll listen...;-)

We'll kinda get to the relevance of Nashville a bit later...;-)
What matters now is that LBT (Little Big Town) is playing our big little town, manana...as did John Mellencamp last July...you can hear a couple of his tracks on our music jukebox...

IMO, LBT is a country inflected Fleetwood Mac'ish inspired band...they've even played with Lindsey Buckingham...



Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild found herself up in Bloomington last week, shooting a video with John Mellencamp for a song called "A Ride Back Home."



The song is from John's Life, Death, Love and Freedom album, produced by T-Bone Burnett (who also produced the Grammy-winning Robert Plant and Alison Krauss album), and Karen features prominently as a harmony vocalist on the album. "A Ride Back Home" is a duet, and Mellencamp's peeps are hoping the video will receive airplay on GAC and CMT.

"I would love it if country radio would play that," Karen said. "The song is one of my favorites on the record. John says it's about loneliness. For me, it seems like a song about a man contemplating his life and asking the important questions."

"The song's about life's loneliness, and that's what we tried to get across in this video, but I don't see it as sad," John added. "It's more of a timeless, positive, spiritual message. When I looked at the chapel where we shot it, I thought of June Carter and the Carter Family up there. Karen sang on about half the Life, Death, Love and Freedom album with me in this fashion, so it just made perfect sense for her to be in the video. She's such a great singer."

John and Karen shot the video in a chapel on the Indiana University campus, where they had to physically remove dozens of Hoosier fans who were there praying for the return of Coach Bobby Knight.

Actually, that's not true. Well, the part about shooting the video in the chapel is true. Anyway, you'll see for yourself, at least if the country video networks deem it flame worthy. As for Little Big Town, those folks are out on the road, playing tropical spots such as Boise, Idaho...(Santa Ynez, California)

"The shows have been going amazingly well, in spite of a bad economy," Karen said. "I think people want the escape."

"For Nashvillians looking to escape, Bloomington is actually a beautiful town … in the spring. The late spring"...

As is Santa Ynez in late Winter...;-)

Here's our shipping department readying that double digit SUP order from Nashville today...



Kamiah holding down the fort...me thinks that she'd rather be surfing...;-)



Even redneck women like Nashville country star, Gretchen Wilson, love to surf...



We've even heard that President Obama has done some standup paddling...nice way to wash the stresses of the day away...



Almost half way done...four down...six to go...double boxed and ready for the road....hey, if it was easy anyone could do it...even a caveman...;-)

Speaking of cavemen...no reason to sit home and freeze in the dark...watching your 401K turn into a 101K...you only live once...don't wait for the guv'mint to provide you with stimulus plan...stimulate yourself...friends & family, with a standup paddleboard...you can do it...we can help...



Nuts and bolts of the operation...moving big gear...totally choreographed...kinda like SUP "roadies"...;-)



The continuing saga...just when you think the standup paddling gear can't get much kewler...the Naish "Glide" and the new Naish 9'3" just showed up in the states...now, we got some more testing to do...seems a days work is NEVER done...no rest for the weary...;-)

OOOPS!!! Ruh roh...did I confuse Naishville with Nashville, again...dang, gotta remember to get some sleep...;-)





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Sunday, February 22, 2009

 

Redondo Lanakila Race

The Lanakila Outrigger Canoe club hosted a race in the Southern California Winter Racing Series on Saturday at Moonstone Park in Redondo Beach Harbor...

A consistent swell pounded the breakwall outside of the harbor making for some challenging conditions...here the racers are negotiating the first turn as they leave the protection of the harbor...many competitors dropped out minutes after hitting the open ocean...



Eric Starnes was able to put together a great race and finished 1st...with Thomas Shahinian in 2nd...





Our shop manager, John Becker, was able to hold off a great performance by Jered Vargas to hold onto 3rd place on his trusty unlimited BARK...several BARK team riders have been trying to wrestle it away from him...



John's last BARK unlimited was hot-shotted to the East Coast where it literally smoked the competition at one of the first SUP races to be held there...one SUP blogger (Dwight) referred to it as the "secret weapon"...

East Coast paddle racing competitions are prolly 1-2 years behind California at this point...I'm positive that it is already starting to gain traction...what, with NASCAR and all...;-)

Hobie rider Byron Kurt held off Ernie (EJ) Johnson by being on the much more stable carbon Hobie...all of the carbon 12'6" Hobies finished the course...gorgeous boards...we have one in stock if anyone is interested...



You almost NEVER see a wet EJ...but, here he is sopping wet...he says it really takes some skill climbing back inside his 23" NCP when he dumps it...which isn't very often...



Here is Ernie shiny, happy, and dry at the start of the race sporting his new Johnson Big Stick racing paddle...OMG is this SUP paddle light and gorgeous...he has some really trick blade designs going on...they pull straight as an arrow and have super clean release...we have a half dozen of them in stock in varying lengths...EJ puts his heart and soul into this hand crafted product...you're definitely getting your $350 worth...



Our team rider Brian Fernandez powering the Starboard K-15 with the new Powerex SUP paddle...first time he had used either...he only dumped the K-15 twice on the outside as he got broadsided by a mistimed wave...so much for it only being considered a flatwater machine...



Team rider Todd Strand finishing on his carbon Hobie 12'6"...he was just interviewed
about standup paddle racing by the UC Santa Barbara newspaper, The Daily Nexus...

I've never heard an F-bomb or a "dude" come out of his mouth...so please disregard the sensationalistic journalism if you will...prolly trying to increase readership with controversy...;-)



Our shop V.P. powering into 1st place SUP women's division by default...
Deb was the only woman to finish on a standup...the others dropped out early on in the race after making the turn up into the swells outside of the harbor...
She grabbed my 14' Bark at the last minute and I quickly did a fin change...

I knew that she would/could gut it out after doing a downwinder on Maui with her one day in 45 mph gusts...psycho conditions coming out of Maliko Gulch...the wave runner launch for Jaws on maui's North Shore...GOOD JOB DEB!!!



More race images here...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

 

Werner Paddles : Healthy Waters Initiative




CHOOSE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Werner Paddles supports several non-profit partners, including the Surfrider Foundation, through its Healthy Waters Initiative...

Healthy Waters, a first of its kind program, allows Werner customers to direct dollars to a non profit of their choice. It works like this; the consumer, post purchase, goes to www.wernerpaddles.com and chooses the Healthy Waters button.

This takes them to a short questionnaire about their demographics and purchasing decision. At the end of the questionnaire they can choose from a list of non profits and Werner will make a donation in their name. "We are very proud of our commitment to the natural world. Healthy Waters is a great program for differentiating our product from the competition while giving the customer the ability to support a non-profit whose focus is access, water quality or education. This is a win for our customers, our dealers, our non-profit partners and for Werner Paddles," says Jim Miller, Werner’s Marketing Manager.

Be sure to check out our friend, Dan Gevere, giving video paddling tips...

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Monday, February 16, 2009

 

SUP Surfing With Icebergs :: Water Man : DVD

A windy and wet storm is blowing through our region keeping folks inside throwing logs on the fire...watching movies for a little escapism...and, getting their taxes together...speaking of which, we definitely have some kewl things to spend your refunds on...;-)

A few icebergs in the water didn't stop Corran (Imagine Surfboards) and a few of his friends from surfing with icebergs...





It also didn't stop Starboard's Margareta Engstrom and Scott Mckercher from doing standup among Norway's fjords...

If that has you chilled down...this next clip will warm you back up...




Here's a You Tube clip of a new movie from Laird Hamilton's production company...Bamman Productions...check it out...as there is some kewl standup footage in it...Water Man - Life Begins In The Sea...



Water is the source of life and for a Water Man you may say that life's purpose is to get back to that source as often as possible.

Every surfer in this DVD has shaped his life out of water.

Seven men, seven different stories yet they all have one thing in common.

An uncommon commitment to the freedom they find in the ocean.

Join Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Gerry Lopez and Rob Machado, along with Chris, Keith and Dan Malloy as they venture into the heart of Indonesia, into a hidden paradise of colossal barrels and perfect waves.

Water Man takes you on an intimate boat trip with some of the most influential surfers of our time as they bodysurf, paddle surf, hydrofoil, stand up surf and tow surf in the Indian Ocean. Venture beyond the shallows of the surf culture into a deeper shade of blue.

Surfer Poll awarded this movie the best cinematography in 2008.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

 

New ECO SUP's Coming Soon

Imagine Surfboards shaper, Corran Addison, has got our new 9'9" and 10'6" ecologically sustainable "green" SUP wave rippers (ECO SUP's) shaped up and they are under construction at his factory...

We will have them available in one piece and two piece models in March...MSRP $999 & $1199, respectively...

The 9'9" will be a quad +1 fin setup...the 10'6" will be a 2 +1 fin setup...both utilizing the 4 Way fin system...and, adding extra value to this impressive pricing structure, they will come with gorgeous ecologically sustainable bamboo fins...



They are a hybrid model crossing the Cutback with the Waverider...a high performance all-arounder...













Here's my 9' two piece...

More info here...

Prototypes...

Chopper model...

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Friday, February 13, 2009

 

Starboard's SUP Line Expands Exponentially!!!



Starboard's evolutionary line of SUP boards RAPIDLY EXPANDS into 2009...

Building on the strengths from last year's best selling range we have taken the steps to offer the most exciting and efficient SUP range ever seen...

We have most of the 2009 Starboard line in stock at our store in Santa Barbara to check out and demo...several models are currently available for purchase...and we have a container of 2009 Starboard product arriving in ~ 2 weeks...several of the models are getting close to being sold through before they arrive...if you want to be an early adopter or the first kid on the block with the shiny new toy, you better make sure you're on our waiting list...

Additionally, because we've been inundated with numerous calls and emails about the expansive 2009 Starboard product line, we've put together the following info in an effort to help our clients better get their heads around this plethora of choices...sizes...models...colors...constructions...etc......you can also download a low rez .pdf copy of the Starboard 2009 catalog...



By clicking on the sample images below, you'll be able to view more detailed info on the different models and options that will be available to you...just click on the model to see enlargement...



Introducing 4 base technologies, producing 6 actual design options, in 10 different shapes.

Starboard is also adding on a revolutionary Stand On Top kayak program with 3 shapes by Jim Drake for February shipments, our avenue into the vast kayak/canoe market begins.

Technologies

Technora: Our very lightest sandwich technology.
Complete top and bottom PVC/glass/ Epoxy Sandwich. Full EVA deck.
No mast track or strap inserts available as this is a weight conscious model.
There will be a growing demand in the market for the lightest SUP.

Sportech: Our legendary Wood SUP.
Wood deck/glass epoxy compression molding, 3/4 EVA deck.
Mast track and strap inserts available as per overview.

Tufskin: Our impact resistant range.
Available in popular Camo Blue, cool Camo black, and the rainbow colored Candy.
Glass epoxy compression molding with wood reinforcement on the deck.
Full EVA deck. Mast track and strap inserts available as per overview.

Classic Tufskin is available with the break through Star touch deck texture. Star touch, grips when wet, no more wax jobs, no EVA deck, all yellow and white.
No mast track or strap inserts and the weight reduction at 1.2 kg by also taking away the EVA deck. We expect this unique technology choice to become our best seller, as its also our price point.

Weight indications: The 9'0" x 30" approval boards showed the following weights:

Technora 21.1 lbs 9.6 kg
Sportech 23.1 lbs 10.5 kg
AST 23.9 lbs 10.9 kg
Classic 21.3 lbs 9.7 kg

A client on the waiting list for the 8'5" Pocket Rocket in Technora weighed it yesterday and it came in at 18 lbs, including fins and pad ready to RIP...

We are this year due to demand delivering all boards from 11'2" and down to 8'5" with FCS fins. The 12'6", 12'0", 11'2" and 10'5" also will have an additional 9 inch fin to drastically improve directional stability for flat water days...and add value to your SUP purchase by providing more options...

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

 

What about these?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

 

New Stand Up Paddle Sports Graphics

It's not like we didn't already have the kewlest standup paddle logo and graphics in the universe...requests for our shwag...tshirts, hats, stickers...etc...pour in from around the globe...so, not to rest on our laurels (& good L@@Ks...;-) we've commissioned our friend, and shop graphics artiste extraordinaire, Rob Heeley to come up with some additional graphics to round out the line...

Let us know what ya'll think...







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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

 

Windians

If you ever have a question(s) about putting a sail rig on your SUP...or, windsurfing question(s) in general...ping us on email...or ring us up toll free...
We have 100 years of collective windsurfing experience on our staff...including one of California's first wavesailing champions...Guy Lindburg...who is also an expert hang glider pilot, and kiter...

Here is our V.P., Deb, putting her sailing kit through the paces in Maui and the Baja...she also loves to do standup in both of those places...as well as her favorite spots right here in Santa Barbara...

















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Monday, February 09, 2009

 

Windy Surfing

Seems that the seasons are starting to turn...the Spring Equinox is on the horizon...
You can almost count the weeks left in Winter on one hand...

Spring winds will generate wind swell here in the Santa Barbara Channel...plenty good enough for standup paddle surfing...you can also easily throw a sail rig on your SUP and cruise, if it has an attachment...we've had lots of interest in longboard windsurfing...locally, and we've also sent SUP's and sail rig packages to Eureka, San Francisco, and San Diego last week...season change is definitely in the air...and our clients are getting prepared to take advantage of whatever recreational opportunities crop up...be it using a paddle or sail rig on their SUP's...

Longboard wavesailing...





Our Starboard and Naish SUP's have sail attachment points...or, if you want to tackle the winds and waves head-on, you can rig up some higher wind windsurfing gear and ride some waves...or, go bust some big airs and loops...it's all good...we've been surfing and windsurfing for several decades...with SUP, you're totally covered no matter what the wind and waves are up to...

No wind...no waves...no worries...



















One hand tail grab...

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

 

Werner Carbon Nitro

We will be getting a shipment of the new carbon Werner "Nitro" SUP paddles around the 1st of April...it will also be available in a new 3 piece configuration...

Perfect for traveling with the new Starboard 2-piece "Transporter" (9'8" & 11'2") and the new Imagine Eco SUP...

Get on our waiting list now if you want one out of the 1st batch that we receive...









Werner Paddles Introduces New SUP Model and Shaft Configuration

Werner Paddles recently unveiled new innovations in its Stand Up Paddle range at the Surf Expo Trade Show in Orlando Florida. The Werner Nitro is a smaller, Performance Core, carbon paddle and the new Adjustable 3-piece shaft which can be found on all of the SUP models.

The new Werner Nitro has a carbon blade with a foam core, which adds buoyancy for effortless paddling, and comes with an all carbon shaft. The longer narrower blade is perfect for dynamic surfing, quick turning and lends itself to higher cadence paddling. The carbon shaft is indexed, adding comfort control and is light weight. The Nitro comes in at just 20 ounces for a 78" 1-piece paddle. Get in line now because the Nitros’ initial reviews have been stellar. The Nitro starts at $299 and will be available at Werner Paddles dealers in April 2009.

Another innovation from the folks at Werner is the Adjustable 3-piece paddle. The top piece telescopes its length and locks in at four settings, each 1.5 inches apart. This is great for moving between touring/cruising (a little longer) and surfing (a little shorter) or sharing with a friend (you'll tell them to get their own soon enough). The shaft also takes apart closer to the blade, creating the ultimate travel paddle. The Adjustable 3-piece paddle will brake down easily to pack into your carry on luggage. "We got a lot of request for a smaller break down paddle for traveling. Many people are happy to rent a board when they travel, but want their trusty Werner Stand Up Paddle when they are on the road", says Jim Miller, Werner Paddles Marketing Manger.

The full range of Werner paddles now come in four shaft configurations. 1-piece; the lightest weight option and best value. 2-piece; which takes apart with push button ease, a great choice for those who travel with their paddle. Adjustable Length 2-piece; with four telescoping lengths for those who move between touring and surfing. The NEW Adjustable Length 3-piece; combines the telescoping feature and the take apart travel feature in the ultimate traveling paddle.

Werner Paddles is the leading manufacturer of high quality kayak, canoe, and stand up paddles, operating near the banks of the Skykomish River in Sultan, WA.

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Sunday, February 01, 2009

 

Hanohano 13th Annual Ocean Challenge

The Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club hosted the 13th Annual Ocean Challenge on Saturday (January 31, 2009) at Bonita Cove in Mission Bay, San Diego...over 400 competitors on the water on another gorgeous, California Winter sunshine filled day...







The full race results aren't in yet...but, it's clear that Team Standup Paddle Sports pulled out at least two 1st place finishes...congrats to Vicki Mills (SUP : Women) and Ernie (EJ) Johnson (SUP : Men's Stock 12'6")...

Vicki Mills was in perfect form on the new Starboard K-15...and, just smoked the women's field...as well as a huge chunk of the men...she standup paddled the 4.75 mile course in 56 minutes...sustaining a speed of 5.1 mph over the course...she also took a silver medal away from the OC-1 long course race...









Ernie's wife Andie, also did very well...4th overall wahine...unofficial 3rd if there was a women's stock class...



14 year old Matt Becker had another great race on the Starboard 12'6" prototype...taking out scores of older, stronger men...we're stoked for him...he has a great future in standup paddle racing...



Starboard is designing and building some fast hulls...



Joe Bark's hulls and finish work are real eye poppers...haven't seen one that didn't L@@K good...



Our shop manager, John Becker, put together a good race on his BARK unlimited, especially for being under the weather...these boards take some horsepower to move along in this kind of sprint...he could barely talk...but, still gave the top men on flatwater SUP's a run for their money...take a couple of days off, bro...



Men's unlimited winner, Danny Ching, getting a little draft assist...;-)



Here's a couple random shots from yesterday...

Kamiah cruising the new Starboard K-15...



Jay (AquaMoose) Butki spin turning John's unlimited BARK...not easy to sink that tail...he has the balance of a cat...



There's another 67 images in this GALLERY #1...

We broke out another 56 images here in GALLERY #2...

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