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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)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

 

SoCal Winter Race Series Overall Results

The overall point winners for the SoCal Winter Race Series (SUP) have been tabulated and the results are in...9 races were held and points were accumulated...

Nov 8th La Jolla Shores Invitational
Dec 6th Oceanside Becky Stuart Memorial
Dec 13th San Diego Tecolote 5000
Jan 17th Santa Barbara Pier Back to Pier
Jan 31st Mission Bay Hanohano Ocean Challenge
Feb 7th NAC Hal Rosoff Classic (Newport)
Feb 21st Lanakila- Carpet Beach Race
March 7th Dana Ocean Challenge
March 21st Marina -Paddleme.com Championships

We are stoked that our shop, Standup Paddle Sports helped get the winners from all three divisions across the finish line in first place...

Congratulations to the following category winners:

John Becker :: Men's Unlimited
Ernie (EJ) Johnson :: Men's Stock
Vicki Mills :: Women's Unlimited

We are very proud of our shop manager, John Becker, for going after this result with all of his heart and soul...focused determination...a true "foxholer"...;-)



Our entire paddle racing team did very well since getting off the ground last Fall...awesome results, considering that several of our racers were not able to make a number of the races due to family obligations...newborns...and, life in general...yeppers, sometimes life gets in the way...;-)

Our corporate V.P. (my wifey) Debra Thomas kept after it for a 3rd place finish...
Deb was the only wahine to finish every race that was entered...

Bryan Fernandez, fireman, new father, and the best next door neighbor we've ever had, came in 4th in men's stock...very good result considering his size...and he missed a couple of races...he missed one by 15 minutes after jamming down the coast for 2 hours...he prolly would have taken 3rd easily if he had accumulated points by just making the race...

Good first year effort by 22 year old Ed Anderson and 14 year old Matt Becker...
7th and 8th place overall...

Rich Shroeder had a top 10 place in unlimited despite missing most of the races, using a 14'er as unlimited when the standard is 18'+...and accumulating points in stock class...non-transferrable...

Andie Johnson finishes 4th overall in women's SUP despite missing a number of races...and having to provide support (cold beer...;-) and lots of TLC to her hubbie...EJ, winner of men's stock class...;-)

All in all...a job well done for all of the competitors...

We were most impressed by Rob Rojas...we believe he is at the top of the California paddle racing scene...very humble guy...

L@@K for his name at the top of the list in October's BOTP...



Jay (Aquamoose) Butki deserves best effort...he 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...

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...so he took a short cut...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"...

Ummmmmm...I dunno Jay...it prolly wouldn't have been very pretty returning two 9'ers to Joe and Charlie...;-)

Honorable mention...25 year old Jared Vargas is improving at each race...
He set a course record at the Cold Hands San Pedro race...and finished ahead of John Becker (SUPS) and 4 time Olympian Jim Terrell (QuickBlade) at the Marina race last weekend...



L@@K for our paddle racing team to expand in the future...
We'll be ready to be a contender for the Battle of the Paddle this October...

Special thanks to our friends at BARK, Hobie, Starboard, Werner Paddles, & Powerex Paddles for supporting our team with great product...


Top 5 places by category:

Men's SUP Unlimited

John Becker :: (1st)
Thomas Shahinian :: (2nd)
Jared Vargas :: (3rd)
Robert Rojas :: (4th)
Jay Butki :: (5th)

Men's SUP Stock

Ernie Johnson :: (1st)
Byron Kurt :: (2nd)
Todd Drake :: (3rd)
Brian Fernandez :: (4th)
Scott Sanchez :: (5th)

Women's SUP Unlimited

Vicki Mills :: (1st)
Amanda Harris :: (2nd)
Debbie Thomas :: (3rd)
Andie Johnson :: (4th)
Cat Bell :: (5th)

We have several image galleries of the races...click on highlighted link...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

 

Robby Naish 9'3" in Indo



During the Dave Kalama visit to our shop last week, the Naish guys brought along a notebook full of killer wave SUP images they scored on a trip to Indo...

Robby Naish was riding the new 9'3"...and ripping!!!



Check these out and I think you'll agree...these boards are capable of doing most anything on a wave that a paddlesurfer is capable of...

That's why these boards have been H O T...ultra lightweight, durable, and gorgeous...we only have a couple left...

All Images © Naish International 2009 All Rights Reserved

























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Monday, March 23, 2009

 

A Standup World :: Ohana Project

Our friend Ekolu Kalama has been charging some mind bending waves lately all over the planet on the new Starboard SUP's...from the Hawaiian Islands...Sunset Beach on Oahu...to Maui...to secret spots on Molokai...Puerto Escondido...El Salvador...Indo...Teahupoo...Tahiti...Italy...etc...

I don't know of anyone that has been spreading the stoke all over the planet as much as Ekolu...

Image Sources: A Standup World and Ekolu Kalama









Through the Ohana Project, Ekolu has a film coming out soon called "A Standup World"...

Q: What is the Ohana Project?

Ekolu: "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."

His website says it best:

"Ekolu is a true ambassador of "Aloha" and is the premier torch carrier for the sport of stand-up paddling. He has crossed the globe (literally) promoting this rapidly growing sport. In September 2008, Ekolu became the first to stand-up paddle from Europe to Africa across the Straight of Gibraltar.

Look at where he's been! Where will he go next?"







"A Standup World" trailer:



Standup paddle surfing at Puerto Escondido, Mexico...huge, gnarly , barrels...





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Saturday, March 21, 2009

 

Marina Del Rey Race

The SoCal Winter Race Series ended today at Mother's Beach in Marina Del Rey, CA...
The 5 mile race started in the harbor right outside Mothers Beach and headed outside of the breakwater to the first marker and back to Mother's Beach...

We don't have the final point standings in yet...will update when available...
Our paddle racing team is in contention for several "medals"...

We think Ernie (EJ) Johnson won the men's stock division with a 2nd place finish today...John Becker won't do worse than 3rd in men's unlimited...prolly the silver medal here...and Deb Thomas tallied up enough points and race finishes to finish no worse than 3rd in women's SUP...

Here's John Becker squeaking by Jim Terrell (QuickBlade) at the finish...definitely, the most exciting moment of the race...



Thomas Gallagher, winner of the Battle of the Paddle Open Class, pulling down a 1st in men's unlimited...



Jared Vargas was stoked with his 3rd place finish in men's unlimited...he's really starting to put some good racing together and will represent a threat for years to come as he matures...



Hobie's Byron Kurt put together a good race to edge out EJ in men's stock...



He also did us a favor by bringing up an aqua 11'2" that's going out as a surprise b-day gift to Indiana this week...mahalos...


EJ is always a threat...he can beat just about anyone on the planet on the right day...his performance today was enough to guaranty him the 2008/2009 SoCal Winter Race Series gold medal in men's stock SUP...good job, EJ!



Rich Schroeder returned to the paddle racing scene with a good race, after a hiatus as a basketball coach for his daughter's team...



Here's Deb bringing it on home...we're proud of her for finishing every race and never quitting...despite some downright nasty paddling conditions at times...



Brian Fernandez putting a hurt on the new Powerex SUP paddle...



Our shop manager, John Becker, also used one along with his new carbon BARK unlimited SUP...competing against bigger guys on bigger boards requires that more H20 gets moved...



Finally, a big group hug for the rest of our paddle racing team...the young guns...

Matt Becker...14 years young and he's keen to the competitive paddle racing and surfing circuit...bright kid with a great support group steering him along...
He's starting to pick up sponsor interest...but, we put him to work at our shop and his first purchase was a paddle and the BARK paddling vest he is wearing...



UCSB engineering major, Todd Strand, (most improved paddler on our team) sporting some cold weather paddle racing attire...BARK beanie...



Ed Anderson...L@@King quite color coordinated around his BARK paddling vest and black carbon themed ensemble...usually, this is Todd's domain...;-)

Ed works for his dad at Anderson Custom Boats...he applies engineering and common sense to the boats they build...after a 3 hour long distance converstaion with George Greenough recently...Ed is ready to embark on building his first SUP racing board...



More shots in this GALLERY...

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

 

Dave Kalama & New Naish Paddles

Legendary waterman, and all around nice guy, Dave Kalama, and part of the Naish team were by the shop yesterday...they had a couple of the new Naish SUP paddles with them...nice flex and good L@@King finish work...






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Saturday, March 14, 2009

 

Bamboo WARDOG Fin Designs

We're continuing to make good progress on the new renewable, and resource sustainable, bamboo versions of the popular WARDOG fin designs...





The bamboo cloth gives a kinda silky appearance to the bamboo wood...light, strong, and killer flex...

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Friday, March 13, 2009

 

Kauli Seadi

Brazilian Kauli Seadi (world wave sailing Champion) wins the first ever stand up paddle contest in Brazil...

Here is Kauli ripping on the new 8'5" Starboard "Pocket Rocket"...we're gonna see some phenomenal paddlesurfing shots from Kauli in the future...Photos by James Thisted.



"When I first started to SUP, it was mainly out of pure enjoyment and fun, also it is a great work-out. My Physiotherapist had also advised me that it would be a good proposition training for my recent injury. Now i am totally hooked to Sup'ing in the waves, I think it really complements the practice of windsurfing. Finishing first place at a SUP contest makes me really Stoked as this is still a totally new sport to me!!!"



If you've never seen him wavesail...check this out...he has developed a smooth surfy style...



He also wavesails Jaws...Peahi...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

 

Starboard 2009 Container : New Arrivals

We just received a container straight from the factory of the latest additions to the vast and impressive STARBOARD SUP line...







Toddzilla caught hiding after our paddle race team manager, Deb, announced that there was more board shlepping to be done at our other warehouse..."I've got a paper to write, dude"...;-)



SUP mover...







Guy stoked with his new 2009 Starboard 10'5" Drive SUP in blue camo...even people that work in our shop are excited when a container full of new SUP product arrives...

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Monday, March 09, 2009

 

Dana Ocean Challenge

The Dana Outrigger Canoe Club hosted the 21st Dana Ocean Challenge on Saturday...~ 270 paddlers turned out...with a large contingent of standup paddle racers...and, just like the Redondo race, calm conditions inside the harbor gave way to a washing machine rinse tide outside the Dana Pt. harbor...didn't see too many dry paddlers...

The race director, Eric Smith, helped facilitate the best start that we've seen at this Winter race series...after recalling everyone back...they staggered the field...prone paddlers had a 5 minute head start on the SUP's...then they let loose the OC-1, OC-2, & Surf Skis...



Rob Rojas smoked the SUP field...impressive race...it was quite awhile between him and the next SUP finisher...it will be interesting to see how his overall time stacked up against the sit down craft...

Here is Rob at the start pulling ahead of Thomas (Maximus) Shahinian...



Local paddler (SUPsports Team) Ernie (EJ) Johnson led the way in stock class, on his 12'6" NCP...taking out many other paddlers on SUP's 6' longer...

EJ heading towards the finish line...



His wife Andie paddled a 14' NCP into 3rd in the wahine SUP race...



Another exciting race to the finish between our shop manager, John Becker, and Jared Vargas...once again, John kicked it into overdrive on the final stretch towards the finish line for a 4th place point accumulation...



Jared is half John's age...or John is twice Jared's age...however you L@@K at it...Jared won the Cold Hand's race last weekend...so, this "kid" is a contender...



Mark Johnson and the Hobie team were in full force as this is their local watering hole...the new 14' carbon Hobie was feeling fast and sleek when I paddled it...



We had a corrupt chip that caused us to lose some images...luckily, through some miracle software we were able to recover a portion...

Here are two galleries of images...

GALLERY I (87 IMAGES) & GALLERY II (94 IMAGES)

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Friday, March 06, 2009

 

Health is Wealth

Alright then...since most everyone is on the sidelines about investing in stocks...and, it's prolly not prudent to take your money to Vegas and place it all on red...here's something to ponder if you're still on the sidelines about investing in a standup paddleboard, I'd recommend that you just do it...and, if you're gonna do it sooner or later...you may as well do it sooner than later...get the benefits now...you're not getting any younger...it will pay known dividends...bird in hand is worth two in the bush...guaranteed return on investment...the ROI is off the scale fro your psyche...health is wealth...

You may as well double down on that idea...happiness loves company...it's pretty kewl to paddle with a friend, loved one, family, and even a stranger...if you're already into standup, practice an act of random kindness and teach somebody how to SUP if you get the opportunity...pay it forward...

Sure you can buy a gym membership...yoga lessons...golf...or whatevers...but, those other options are not as FUN...



Here's a link to a study Time Magazine did concerning this subject...

"Most people save for retirement by focusing on their wealth. But you may accomplish more by focusing on your health. That's because the out-of-pocket costs for diseases that may be avoidable through diet and exercise can be staggering. Getting and staying fit now may be worth tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars later--a sum that just might exceed the carefully crafted stockpile in your 401(k)."

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

 

Bamboo Fins & Eco SUP's

We just received the first iteration of the new bamboo WARDOG fins...

Shown here are the 8.75" FreeWeed and the WARDOG 9"...







We are working on US box first...dialing in the flex, foil, and fit...all good...
Next step is work on the various sizes...then, gradually move to Powerbox...

Our new 9'9" and 10'6" Imagine split travel SUP's ($1199) are shipping in a couple of days...we will also have a few one piecers ($999)...

The 9'9" quad +1 model will have orange pin stripe...and the 10'6" 2 + 1 will have gray pin stripe...we will be able to outfit them with bamboo fins for a truly resource sustainable board...should have them in stock around the end of the month...









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Monday, March 02, 2009

 

Paralysis By Analysis

It was a beautiful standup paddling day yesterday in Santa Barbara...
If we had listened to the "weather or not" prognosticators from TV news and/or the NWS, we would have stayed inside all day and done our taxes...;-)

Maybe they had us confused with Atlanta...



Anyways...we've had a number of clients that have been wanting to demo a couple of our boards to help their buying decision...they've been sitting on the fence for awhile...any longer and they would have had what we call "paralysis by analysis"...
causing them to miss out on heaps of paddling days...JUST DO IT!

There are no "stinkers" in our shop...we've weeded them out...we only stock the best performers, best durability, and best value standup paddle boards in our shop...the very same ones that we paddle almost daily...this makes the decision easier for you...at the end of the day you have to end up trusting somebody with your hard earned recreational dollars...you might as well trust us...more people have than any other shop carrying SUP's...

We won't sell you a board made for surfing Pipeline, or Mavericks, if you live in Santa Barbara and surf Leadbetter...quite frankly, we don't sell "make believe"...we'll leave that to others...;-)

Our surfing SUP's are made for surfing "real world" waves...

If you want and need a good distance or fitness paddler...we carry the best brands and models on the planet...and, that's what you will get...we know them inside and out...

Between our paddle racing schedule, weekday workloads, and funky weekend weather, it had been hard to schedule even a small focused board demo...and, based on Sunday's forecast, it L@@Ked like another wash...

As it turned out, Saturday was one of the nicest days in a couple of weeks...we all said that it was kinda hard to believe based on what we intuitively felt and saw, that it was gonna get crappy on Sunday...statistically the best way to forecast tomorrow's weather is to L@@K at what it's doing today and extrapolate...this could get you killed...but, statistically you would be right more than wrong...so, we relented and said if it wasn't raining sideways, we'd do it...good call...



With the quality time spent onboard the various SUP's, our clients have been able to get over the hump of making a board model/brand decision...a side benefit was that a number of never-evers were able to get "baptized" on a standup paddle board...



We even got to meet Victor Velasco and his family, who drove up from the Oxnard beach area...he said that the opportunity to try out the new Naish Glide was too hard to resist...check out his blog...it's pretty kewl...especially for me since I graduated in Oceanography...

Victor is a self-described "Salty Surfer (of shortboards, longboards, windsurfers, kiteboards, snowboards and standup paddleboards); Budding Surfboard Shaper; Studier of all manner of aquatic life; Husband to Lala; Father to Big M and Noe; Mechanical and Ocean Engineer; US Navy Deep Sea Diver; World Explorer"...



Deb liked the new Naish Glide, as well...a few pelicanos checking her out...





Bird day in paradise...there was even an osprey fishing...



Nelson was really scooting along for his first time on a SUP...



Ona on the 10'6" Naish...


We provide personalized instruction...on stable, state of the art, SUP's...
Here is the 10' x 34" Starboard "Whopper" in action...



Jen found the 10'6" Hobie to her liking...she is quite the birder, and was constantly pointing out specimens to us...



Pam showing good form on the new Starboard 10'5" Drive...



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Sunday, March 01, 2009

 

Naish Glide

We've paddled the new Naish Glide the last several days...click image below for gallery...



When Harold Iggy shaped this puppy, he definitely got the "glide" part right...it cuts right through the lurpy chop like a hot knife through butter...really smooth...stable...fast...comfy...not to mention extremely sexy...;-)

Come on down to Santa Barbara's West Beach this morning to demo...we'll be there until noon with the Naish Glide and a couple of vans full of the latest SUP's on the market...



Nice lines from the wood nose block...to the wood fin...sweeeeet!





You get quite a value ($1849) built into this 12' board...performance...aesthetics...durability...quality...

In addition to the handle that's perfectly placed...you also get a factory installed integrated pad...it also has a reinforced deck in the area that you standup paddle the most...and has a mast foot option that will accommodate a sail rig...

Harold Iggy grew up in Hawaii, surfing Oahu s infamous north and south
shores. He became a pioneer in professional shaping in the late 60s,
spending time in both California and Oahu creating boards for various
companies including Velzy surfboards. In the 70s, Harold set up shop on the
north shore of Oahu, shaping his own brand of boards. The 80s marked his
introduction to the Naish clan, and a long lasting professional and personal
relationship began.

In 1968, surfing motivated Rick Naish to move his family from
California to Hawaii. Rick soon became an integral part of the 60s
surf scene, making Makaha and Waimea his home breaks. In the
early 80s, he joined forces with Harold Iggy. The resulting
collaboration of these two surf legends has created some of the
most innovative board designs on the market.

Head Shaper:

Harold Iggy



Behind the Brand: Naish Hawaii was founded in 1979 in Kailua, Hawaii. Rick Naish first came to Oahu's North Shore to surf in 1956 together with the likes of Pat Curren and Butch Van Arsdalen. After several more trips from La Jolla to surf in Hawaii, Rick then moved his family there in 1968. While living in Kailua, Naish got into Hobie Cat sailing (multiple state champion and 1972 National champion) until the sport of windsurfing came along. Rick, his wife Carol, and sons Robby and Randy soon became the first family of the sport. Rick began shaping in 1976, the same year his son Robby won his first windsurfing title. The Naish brand became the world's most sought after windsurfing label, as Robby would go on to win 23 titles (Kelly who?). More than three decades after winning his first title, Robby continues to be a driving force in both windsurfing and kiteboarding. The Naish brand has continued to grow over the years, and now includes windsurfing, kiteboarding, surfing, and SUP product lines, all designed in Hawaii. Since 1981, the designer cementing much of that legacy has been Harold Iggy, a man who sits down near the trunk of the shaper's tree, next to peers like Dewey Weber and Dale Velzy. At 67, Iggy is still windsurfing, riding SUP, or surfing every day.

About his Most Popular Models: Iggy says the trend of SUP boards going shorter has had a dramatic effect on design. "Our 9'3" basically resembles a blown up shortboard, which is creating a whole new progressive direction for SUP surfing." While that's undoubtedly an area he and his team love exploring, their longboard-style SUP boards remain the most popular. "The 11'6" longboard works for beginners and advanced, in everything from no surf to medium surf." As for his racing boards, Iggy and his racers like Dave Kalama are pumped on their new non-rudder 14' class boards, and their Unlimited class.

Taking the Pulse: "Variety keeps things interesting," says Iggy. "If you look in my shaping room right now there is a 7'4" windsurfer, a 9'0" gun windsurfer, two performance longboards, and a 17' SUP race board. It's all fun and exciting. There isn't one thing that is more fun than the others, although the SUP in general has a lot of guys pretty excited at the moment."

Shop Talk
What's the most important thing to remember when ordering an SUP board?

"Don't go too progressive and order something that's too small when considering an SUP. A bigger board is better a lot of the time, especially for guys that don't ride all that often or that well…but even for good guys."

What are the three most important boards in your personal quiver?

"The first would be my 7' hybrid surfboard, which is fun in almost anything. That would be followed by my 9'6" SUP and my 12' Glide SUP, which is a flat-water board. That way I would have something for every kind of condition."

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