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The latest BUZZ in new standup paddle surfing sports gear.

We showcase the best standup paddle boards, standup paddles, standup paddle accessories with news and views.

StandUp Paddle Sports has the largest, and best, selection of SUP's in the UNIVERSE at our store in Santa Barbara, CA.

Over 150 standup paddle boards currently in stock. New SUP's arriving monthly.

(Best selection...Best value...Best service...Mahalo)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

 

Naish 12', 14', & 17' Glide

We just received the first AST version of the 12' Naish Glide (MSRP $1599)...
We have a hard time keeping the 12' Naish Glide (MSRP $1899) in stock...these new AST models are going to be RED HOT at that pricing level...







Also, coming in August is the new 14' Naish Glide and the new 17' Naish Glide...these boards are already very competitive...L@@K at the results of the OluKai SUP race last week...





"Maui presented the competitors of the 2009 Olu Kai race from Maliko to Kanaha with unexpected and untypical conditions. Due to the absence of wind, the Maliko run which is usually windy turned into a California style paddle board race with glassy conditions.

Dave Kalama set his new Naish Glide 17’0” preproduction sample to good use winning the unlimited class, while Jerry Bess,Kai Lenny and Michi Schweiger proved the Naish Glide 14’0” to be a board to count on by winning their classes in the 14 foot fixed fin category.

Neptune Paddles has a couple of pics of Dave Kalama and Kai Lenny from the race...





Naish is now looking forward to see new Glide boards prove the current success during the 4th Annual Naish Paddle Championships on Maui."

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Friday, May 29, 2009

 

River SUP Surfing

Dan Gavere (Werner Paddles) and Nikki Gregg (NRG Lifestyle Fitness Training) just sent us some kewl shots of river SUP surfing from Colorado...

They are there for the 2009 Whitewater Stand Up Paddling Championship to be held May 31 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

This event will feature the world's best river stand up paddlers displaying their skills on the snow melt swollen Colorado River...brrrrrrrrr...













More images in this GALLERY...

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

 

Hobie Chuck Patterson Stinger

We have several of the new molded, Hobie / Chuck Patterson signature 9'9" & 10'2" high performance paddle surfing models in stock...$1379...recessed handle...gorgeous finish work...light...











Here is some great vid footage of 3X World Longboard Champion, Colin McPhillips, ripping on the red 9'9" CP Hobie in weak waves at the King & Queen Of Dogpatch SUP contest a couple of weeks ago...









9'9" CP Stinger
MSRP:$1379
Designed for the advanced SUP surfer . As well as smaller lighter intermediate surfers that do not need the flotation of a larger board.



Length 9’9”
Nose: 20.875”
Width: 28”
Tail: 16”
Thickness: 4.5”
Volume: 133.11 liters

Click image below for photo gallery...



10'2" CP Stinger
MSRP:$1399
Designed for a larger more aggressive surfer who wants a high performance SUP under their feet at critical places on the wave.



Length 10’2”
Nose: 21.25”
Width: 28.875”
Tail: 16.25”
Thickness: 4.65”
Volume:147.51 liters

Click image below for photo gallery...



Chuck's SUP "POV" mount 2 from Chuck Patterson on Vimeo.



Chuck Patterson discusses the design principles of his Stinger models...

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

 

SUP Frenzy

We've been waaaay too busy this week to blog lately...no complaints...keep the orders coming...we'll be adding 3 new Standup Paddle Sports staff members to try and keep up...

We've been keeping the freight companies moving...SUP orders this week are stimulating the economy right now from Denver...Detroit...Boston...Maine...Kentucky...North and South Carolina...Oregon...Phoenix...Texas...Florida...and, border to border in California...we have had tremendous walk-in/drive-in business at our paddleboard warehouse with paddleboard direct pricing...;-)

Did we mention the containers of standup paddle boards that we are receiving to restock the shelves?...we are getting several more paddleboard shipments this week...always fresh inventory...and, EVERY SINGLE SUP THAT WE STOCK HAS A RECESSED HANDLE...how hard is that to figure out?!?!









In other news...

Nikki Gregg (certified physical trainer extraordinaire) stopped in the shop a few days ago...her company is NRG Lifestyle Fitness Training...here's a link to Nikki's blog...we are going to be hosting Nikki here in Santa Barbara in July as she does a number of Women's SUP fitness boot camps...if you are interested in getting on the list, please call or email...



Here's Nikki snagging one of the new blue Werner Carves that we just got in...





Exciting news will be coming soon about a killer new line of California made vacuum bagged epoxy surfing SUP's...lightweight...strong...and, shaped by one of the most respected shapers in the surf/tow/kite/wake/windsurf world...

We'll also be adding another line of lightweight...cutting edge...epoxy "Made in the USA" wave ripper SUP's out of Oregon...stay tuned...

By the time I got to tell you about our kewl new Standup Paddle Sports shwag...it's all gone...unbelievable response...

No worries...more on the way...1/4 zip sweat shirts...rack pads...women's cut T's...and new stay dry, loose fit, paddling rashies...

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

 

Werner Carve SUP Paddle :: Blue Limited Edition

After selling hundreds and hundreds of the Werner Carve SUP paddles in orange...we've convinced Werner to do a production run in blue, just to change things up...

Same great high performance paddle...best bang for the buck on the market...only now available in blue...MSRP $219...this is a Standup Paddle Sports exclusive with limited availability...we got them in yesterday afternoon and they started flying out of the door...if you order online use the comments section to indicate "blue Carve"...









This is the same blue as on the Werner Advantage SUP paddle...
L@@Ks pretty nice and soothing on the eyes lit by the afternoon sun...

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

 

Werner SUP Paddles : New Click & Buy Site

We've added a new ecommerce alternative to buying your Werner SUP paddles...most of the new SUPsports ecomm site is still under construction (launching soon)...but, Werner SUP paddle ordering is fully functional...click link above or movie below to go there...



Because of the volume of Werner SUP paddles we've been doing, we are stoked to be selected as Werner's BUY NOW retailer...

No matter whether you are a beginner to the sport of paddling, or a seasoned veteran, there is always something to learn about paddling.
That's why it is such a great sport.

Werner TV features many paddling tips in these vid clips...

There's also some good info in the Werner paddle blog...

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Friday, May 08, 2009

 

Holy Jesusita!!!

No stoked paddling news today...sorry...:-(

We want to take this opportunity however, to thank our clients and friends for their thoughts, prayers, & patience...as we go into the 4th day of the out of control, Jesusita Fire, here in the Santa Barbara area...a SB Fire Chief told the press today that "all hell broke loose" last night...wind gusts over 60 mph fanned the flames into a blazing inferno...

Here is a map showing the extent of this massive fire in respect to the city proper...



6:00 PM update...Funny thang wind...as windsurfers we used to "pray for wind"...even was a tshirt design...but, tonight...like the last several nights...we hope and pray that we don't get ANY wind...let alone a Sundowner wind tonight...definitely right now...no need to be a hedonistic wind fiend...there's a time and a place for wind fiending...;-)

L@@ks way less likely...the RH has gone up...evapotransporation rates have gone way down...and barometric pressures are relaxing...certain criteria have to be met for localized hurricane force winds to materialize...here's why...



We are still shipping boards out all across the country and prepping boards for local pick up...but, it's been hectic...hang in there with us if you've been emailing or calling...we will get back to you...especially, for any locals that may have lost their paddling gear like in the Tea Fire...we'll do everything we can to get you back out there as quickly and inexpensively as we can...

Many of us have been trying to do our part to help the community out by taking in evacuated locals and animals during this crisis...only to be evacuated ourselves...
Tens of thousands of folks (over 30,000) ~ 1/3 of the city's population are under mandatory evacuation orders...they are anxiously waiting to repopulate their homes...

We hope that all of our friends in their various fire fighting and law enforcement jobs stay safe...and continue to do the stellar jobs that they are doing to contain this unprecedented fire disaster...

Don't really enjoy taking pics of fire...we're over it, quite frankly...3 major fires in the last 9 months...and, we still can kinda "smell" the smoke and ash on the charred palms in our neighborhood from the Painted Cave fire in 1990...lots of visual reminders...

Here's a pic I took from La Cumbre (Sears) Plaza...fire making it's way into the Upper State St. residential and business zone...



Stevie Muraoka took a few pics from same Vons supermarket parking lot later on Thursday night as the fire progressed...here...and here...

Taken just an hour ago L@@King past Cathedral Oaks up towards San Marcos Pass...
This Ventura County chopper pilot and his buddy are animals...they've saved countless homes and memories...









Kevin Steele has some great images here and here...

Sean Checketts posted up images from Day1 Day2 & Day3...

Professional photographer, Isaac Hernandez, has shots of homes destroyed in Mission Canyon...

Bo Criss has some amazing shots...

KEYT Channel 3 has had excellent local coverage of the fire...they took a few on the nose after their Tea Fire coverage in November...

A great local online resource is EdHat...

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

 

Santa Barbara Wahines Getting in SHAPE

Pro photog (and now standup paddler) Adam Brown, forwarded a few outtake shots from that photoshoot last week building stock towards an article for SHAPE Magazine...Cyndi, Kelly, & Nicole provided the athletic modeling...









Congrats to Cyndi for her wedding on Saturday...the bride and groom are working on logistics to carry a couple of SUP's along to the resort they will be staying at on their honeymoon...

More images in this GALLERY...

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Monday, May 04, 2009

 

Foggy Doggy SUP Demo Bloggy

Big thanks to everyone that helped with the demo yesterday...despite the in and out nature of the fog, we managed to get over 50 people (and a couple of doggies) out and standing up...



Larry enjoying his new Naish Glide...



A woman came over from the diverted cruise ship in town...she couldn't figure out what the heck we were doing...she thought we were clamming...;-)





Kewl piccie...



A few more pics in this GALLERY...

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Saturday, May 02, 2009

 

SUP Demo on Sunday

It's that time of year again...we are hosting a FREE SUP demo tomorrow (Sunday May 3)

It will run from 9 until ~2...we have a RSVP list that is getting very full of people wanting to demo specific boards of interest...but, we will do our best to accommodate all...please call the shop or email for details...

A variety of SUP's and paddles will be available to demo...
From the leaders in the SUP industry, including Starboard...Naish...Hobie...Imagine Eco...Bill Foote...Werner...Powerex...

Safety...etiquette...board handling...paddling technique...and, general/technical questions/issues from fitness paddling to racing to wave riding will be addressed...











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