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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)

Monday, April 19, 2010

 

Win This Board! :: Cold Current SUP & Paddleboard Race

This brand spanking new Starboard 12'6" Pin SUP is being raffled off at the Santa Barbara Cold Current SUP & Paddleboard Race this Saturday April 24, 2010...raffle tickets are $5ea. and proceeds will go the benefit the Friendship Paddle...a not for profit organization dedicated to open ocean paddle events which will provide emotional and financial support to Santa Barbara County residents fighting life-threatening illnesses.












You can purchase raffle tickets at our shop, StandUp Paddle Sports :: 121 Santa Barbara, St. and, at the race...

Inaugurating the California Downwind Race Series Saturday, April 24, 2010...
9 mile race from Goleta Beach Cove to Ledbetter Beach...

Click on map to enlarge...



Click on race poster for details...





***VERY IMPORTANT***

 SB Cold Current registration-entry update



Due to a conflict between the ABC (State Alcohol Beverage Control) and  SB
City policies regarding "complimentary food and beer" and permitting
requirements for "PUBLIC EVENTS" we are shifting the race to be a "private
function"   

However, the downside to this is that we cannot sell entry to any person who
has not "RSVP'd", "reserved" or "paid"entry prior to 11:59pm April 23rd,
2010 

No Exceptions! 

Please have your spouse, contact, guest, friend, partner, cohort, mate
...spam list ...whichever.. send an email to robert@blacksmithendurance.com

simply stating "I might be at your race on Saturday, April 24th, 2010" 

No other commitment required  

For those persons (2) who did not get their 2009 SB P2P shirt, I got them
from the printer the other day and will get them to you in the next day or
so 

For those who are concerned, our "paid" entry list count is already over 40 persons
and climbing daily... 

Robert A. Gilcrest
Founder/ Event Director
Blacksmith Endurance Co.
"easy on the environment, tough on the competitor"
 

1 North Calle Cesar Chavez, Suite 210
Santa Barbara, Ca. 93103
(805) 896-6917

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

 

Starboard's SUP Fishing Board

The best execution of a standup paddleboard platform for fishing...

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Friday, April 16, 2010

 

North Pacific Custom SUP's

More North Pacific custom SUP's coming down the pipe...big guy short board rippers...9' x 32" and a 9'7" x 31.5'...



















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Thursday, April 15, 2010

 

Bull in a China Shop

You've heard the expression..."Bull in a China Shop"...seems kinda funny these days as it relates to China made SUP's...;-)



One of our clients brought his Chocolate lab, "Alex", (which comes from the same breeder as our "Molly Claire") into the shop as we were just getting back from our Kauai SUP R&D trip...thank god that our boards are the best constructed, most durable SUP's on the market...because it was a whirling dervish of Chocolate lab excitable fervor...you had to be there to fully understand...;-)








Alex the Chocolate Lab...



You'll see more of Alex on the nose of Steve's wood 11'4" Naish SUP...CLASSIC!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

 

Santa Barbara Cold Current SUP & Paddleboard Race

Inaugurating the California Downwind Race Series Saturday, April 24, 2010...
9 mile race from Goleta Beach Cove to Ledbetter Beach...

Click on race poster for details...





***VERY IMPORTANT***

 SB Cold Current registration-entry update



Due to a conflict between the ABC (State Alcohol Beverage Control) and  SB
City policies regarding "complimentary food and beer" and permitting
requirements for "PUBLIC EVENTS" we are shifting the race to be a "private
function"   

However, the downside to this is that we cannot sell entry to any person who
has not "RSVP'd", "reserved" or "paid"entry prior to 11:59pm April 23rd,
2010 

No Exceptions! 

Please have your spouse, contact, guest, friend, partner, cohort, mate
...spam list ...whichever.. send an email to robert@blacksmithendurance.com

simply stating "I might be at your race on Saturday, April 24th, 2010" 

No other commitment required  

For those persons (2) who did not get their 2009 SB P2P shirt, I got them
from the printer the other day and will get them to you in the next day or
so 

For those who are concerned, our "paid" entry list count is at 36 persons
and climbing daily 

Robert A. Gilcrest
Founder/ Event Director
Blacksmith Endurance Co.
"easy on the environment, tough on the competitor"
 

1 North Calle Cesar Chavez, Suite 210
Santa Barbara, Ca. 93103
(805) 896-6917

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Fish On!

Hobie ATR SUP's are stable and nice paddlers...two attributes that make them great fishing SUP's...there will be several fishing specific SUP's coming down the pipe...but, in the meantime, these vid clips show what is capable...

Here is a killer vid clip of Jared Lane hooking a thresher shark on his Hobie SUP off of San Diego...what the ???? is he thinking?



Mish has become a legendary SUP fisherwoman...



Here she is snagging a 35lb white sea bass off of San Diego...

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Coreban SUP's in Stock

In the near future there will be a shakeout of SUP companies...those that are simply copycats and riding on coat tails...will become "has beens"..."never will be's"...it will become very obvious as to who is leading and who is following...

Coreban has been a leader and innovator since 2005...based between Maui and South Africa, this company is now bringing boards into America...and, we're stoked to have them...



Check out the Coreban wood series SUP's...

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Island Aloha

Still alive and well...

Returning home with a few new toys...come by the shop to check them out...
I guarantee that the new brushed carbon construction is 10 lbs lighter than what you are riding...;-)





We hooked up with our friends from Starboard, who had just finished a windsurfing photo shoot on Maui, taking the opportunity to do some SUP testing on an outer island...

Svein Rasmussen, owner of Starboard...his mission is to keep pushing the envelope of technology and innovation...



Svein testing one of his new designs...





Scott McKercher, 2004 world wavesailing champion...ripping paddle surfer as well...










WD going left on a mysto offshore reef...this wave jacked out of nowhere onto just inches of water...



Gaute dropping into a nice one...

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

 

Surfing With Turtles

I've surfed with dolphins for decades...and, windsurfed with turtles on Maui...
Now we have them making a comeback near our property in La Ventana, Mexico...but, surfing along on a wave with an ohana (family) of 4 turtles is UNREAL!!!
Almost as amazing as surfing with King Laird...;-)

A few snapshots from the Garden Isle...


































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Friday, April 09, 2010

 

The Fun Continues...

Good waves...good peeps...and, holy shmoly...good fish tacos...(sorry no pics...pau...;-)

















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Thursday, April 08, 2010

 

Aloha

The "Garden Isle" is full of aloha...so far, everyone that we have come in contact with over the last 3 days has been full of aloha...the folks on the flight over had the mellowest chill of any flight that we have ever taken...

The aloha on the water is how I remember it...sharing and pure stoke...

We're holed up in a plantation house surrounded by waterfalls and next to a river and bay setup with perfect peeling right handers...slabs of seared ahi...a little yoga...life is good...















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Monday, April 05, 2010

 

Starboard SUP Technology :: Transporter 2-Piece SUP

We've blogged about the Starboard Transporter 2-Piece SUP, designed by Mark Raaphorst (Maui) previously...they are moving down the production line and will soon be available to the masses...







More pics on this blog post by Chris Pressler...

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

 

Everyone Goes Away In The End

Walk into our shop and you're bound to hear Johnny Cash..."The Man in Black"...on our speakers...

Johnny was a complex man that walked the line of temptation constantly...the age old battle between good and evil...that we all fight...

He was a biblical scholar...he also declared that he was "the biggest sinner of them all"...

Johnny recorded the following song right before his death...critics rated it in the top songs of the last decade...

He's also viewed as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century...

There have been over 30 million views of this video of a NIN cover, "Hurt"...something to think about on this Easter Day...or, Semana Santa (Holy Week), as the case may be...



Everyone goes away in the end...you get one chance...no do overs...so get out there and enjoy life while you can...

Peace out...

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

 

The Garden Isle :: Kauai

It's been 20 years since my last visit to the "Garden Isle"...Kauai...
We directed our vacation time and money at Maui, Mainland Mexico, and the Baja...
I remember uncrowded surfing...and, even more uncrowded windsurfing...prolly the same today with standup paddling and paddlesurfing...although, I hear Titus and the boyz rule the outside peak at the bay...

Dunno where all of my slides ended up...but, I did manage to locate a few...even a shot of Titus in his younger daze...;-)









WD sporting the Sensi flip flops...and Vuarnet sunglasses...give it 20 years and everything comes back in vogue...;-)


















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Thursday, April 01, 2010

 

New Junior Quick Blade Adjustable SUP Paddles

Just got some of the new Quick Blade 66" - 74" adjustable SUP paddles with 8.3" fiberglass blade for kids and smaller folks...$299...









Click image below for detailed product info on Quick Blade SUP paddles...


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