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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)

Friday, February 05, 2010

 

More 2010 Starboard SUP's in stock

More new 2010 Starboards have arrived...

Here's the 6'6" x 30" "Impossible"...13.9lbs.



The 7-11...in Technora...15.2 lbs.



12'6" x 25" "The New" Syzmanski race SUP...will be available to paddle at our next demo...Valentine's Day...save some money for your honey...;-)

We'll have 2010 Starboard SUP catalogs...and, a bunch of other surprises...;-)












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Sunday, January 31, 2010

 

2010 Starboard SUP's in Stock

Heaps of folks in the shop the last couple of days checking out the new 2010 Starboard SUP's...

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2010 STARBOARD SUP CATALOG





The extremely popular black camos get a graphics update...designed by Tahitian pro surfer, Teiva Joyeux...and the new Blue StarTouch is an eye popper...comes with a clear integrated paddle guard...

The 8'5" x 29.5" Pro shown here...









The new Seven Eleven, 9' x 33" Hero, and 8'5" x 29.5" Pro shown here...
A bunch more of the new 2010 Starboard SUP's will be out on our showroom floor today...as well as the most stunning SUP's on the market...the new Terje Haakonsen Edition (TAC) SUP models...

California dreamin' on a cold Winter day...Santa Barbara looking very Norway like...



Here's a recent customer testimonial sent in from Patti Song about her new TAC...

1/19/09
Subject: I LOVE my TAC!

Hey Wardog! Happy New Year!
Been meaning to tell you how many compliments I get when I have my TAC Drive out to play!

Compliments on and off the water. Other cars coming up alongside me as I drive to sneak several peeks at this "FPG/Floating Piece of Gorgeous"!

Thank you to, you, Guy and Adam for the aloha received when purchasing both my Naish Mana & my TAC drive & the 'how to' tips for rooftop transport.

I need to remember to keep the advert materials you passed to me ,in my car, so I can hand them to everyone who asks where I got my TAC. One man said, "Now, you're leaving that with me, right?". I said, "Nooooooooooooo, but I'll tell ya where to get one!"

With Appreciation,

Patti Song
Haircolorist - Cloutier Agency - Los Angeles, Ca




The Starboard SUP fins get an upgrade this year...added value...



We introduce the new Starboard composite Hexel fins in cool tinted black finish as standard for all SUP boards other than the SUPer's. Our plan was to also have composite side fins integrated into the program. However after testing of various side fin set ups and further the stiffness's in the thruster fins , it was found that the side fins with more flex were actually better suited to our boards.

A smoother initiation into a turn and arc all the way around was very clear. The larger volumes and thicker rails of the SUP boards obviously react differently to that of traditional short boards , which most surfboard fins are designed for. Going back and forth with testing it was found that the flexi fins were simply better. Throughout the range varying sizes of center fins and thrusters are used. Differences in length width and volume obviously requiring varying fin surface area.

For the smaller sizes, (7'11/8.0/8.5) a thruster with M'5 fins up front in combination with a Drake cool Hexel 19cm centre fin is the perfect blend between drive, traction and acceleration while still being loose. The larger sized boards from 9'0 up gradually increase to counter the extra size and volume required.

The exception being with Whopper, and Hero who's immense width actually suited having smaller centre fins with larger side fins. The selected injection molded side fins are made from the stiffness derived from PA+GF30%...


Starboard SUP, stand up paddle board equipment for paddling, surfing and windsurfing. Leading innovators with the world's most comprehensive range of shapes and technology options.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

 

The Beat Goes On...

Here's a hat that Johnny Cash would where if he was still with us...he's always on the music mix in our shop...and, you can catch him at our online jukebox...

Just got a fresh batch of embroidered black on black FlexFit logo caps and they are going fast...





Lost a few to part of the Starboard SUP team that was in town for a photo shoot...Margareta Engstrom who does all of the gorgeous Starboard SUP catalogs...by far, the best in the SUP industry...also, an awesome photographer...and, the Schweitzer kids...Zane and Matt...grand kids of one of the inventors of windsurfing...
Zane won the open stock division at the Battle of the Paddle...




Check out the new 7'9" x 33" x 4.25" Naish...









Heaps more boards coming...should have new 2010 Starboard SUP's and Imagine SUP's by the weekend...we'll also be seeing the new RRD and Jimmy Lewis SUP lines, soon...

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

 

2010 Starboards Arriving

We have a big shipment of the new 2010 Starboard SUP's arriving this week...the first in the country...a good sized chunk of them are already spoken for...so, if you want to grab one out of this first shipment of the year , you best get your name on the waiting list...

We will have the new 7'11"...8'5" Pro...8'5" Pocket Rocket...9' Converse...9' x 33" Hero...9'1" Pro...9'8" Terje Haakonsen (TAC) Element...and, also the 10'5" Drive and 11'2" Blend in Blue StarTouch and TAC editions...

We have the new 2010 Starboard SUP catalog in the shop...it's a real EYE POPPER...even better than last year's industry leading product publication...

Check it out online...click highlighted link above...

People are stunned when they see the Terje Haakonsen (TAC) wood editions...

The beautifully hand crafted boards are built to high precision at light weight in the strong precision wood technology that Starboard pioneered back in 1994.

Light...stiff...strong...beautiful...



Wood veneer boards are not a new project that Starboard is just now trying to figure out...they have been building them to withstand repeated landings from jumps and loops 30' in the air, with sail rigs attached...nobody is more committed to board R&D than Starboard...

Starboard is holding the speed record for wind powered sail crafts at 49.09 knots and has been winning the Professional Windsurfer Association's manufacturer's ranking 4 years in a row.

The lightweight fusion blown EPS has PVC reinforcements embedded for all insert's reinforcements.

Military grade fiberglass wraps around the core in an Epoxy resin matrix
to form an inner sandwich wall under the combination of a strong and stiff
510kg/m3 0.6mm Australian Pine and Makori veneer.

TAC boards have Starboard Startouch deck traction.















Here is a closeup view of the less expensive Blue StarTouch (MSRP $1249)...







The construction on the Starboard Blue Touch TufSkin is strong, light, durable, and TOUGH...Starboard is the leading innovator with the world's most comprehensive range of shapes and technology options.



PRECISION, each millimeter counts...
With 16 years of experience in cutting edge windsurf development, Starboard sets the very highest precision standard. Critical segments like rocker lines, rails, V shapes, concaves and board thickness are carefully monitored and checked throughout the entire production process.

•TufSkin technology uses a layer of continuous mat fibers sandwiched between 2 layers of glass weave to form a thick, stiff and durable epoxy sandwiched laminate.
The standing area has a 0.6 mm Australian pine veneer layer for extra strength.

•With superior impact resistance, it is the technology of choice for those looking for durability and strength.

•The seamless rail finish and sharp release edges add to the value, quality and performance of TufSkin Technology.

•StarTouch non abrasive deck traction ends the need for surf wax and introduces a new era of surfing functionality and simplicity.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

 

Starboard 2010 SUP Lineup

Starboard SUP, stand up paddle board equipment for paddling, surfing and windsurfing. Leading innovators with the world's most comprehensive range of shapes and technology options.

Over 27 SUP boards offered in 4 different technologies...simply, do the math peoples!!!

More info and specs...click links below...

PRO WAVE

WAVE

ALL AROUND


RACE

Starboard is leading the way with yet another SUP innovation...the 2010 Starboard 6'6" x 34" "Impossible"...



It doesn't stop there, however...there are so many more Innovations in the oven right now that we haven't disclosed...the Imitators will NEVER catch up...let alone the Idiots with their greed and avarice...;-)

That's called the progression of the "three I's"...
I can't take credit for it...another Warren came up with that...;-)

It's gonna downright embarrass those companies out there right now that think that they are "kicking ass"...classic textbook case of the emperor gayly sitting on the throne with no shirt on...;-)

After leading the way for the last couple of years with the 7'2" x 29" "Kid" wave ripper...it's pretty amazing this board has stood unchallenged in the marketplace...especially, by companies that think they are the shizzle in small SUP wave boards...high performance paddlesurfing doesn't stop at 9'...

Our buddy Treve Jones over 2 years ago on the 7'2"...you should see him ride it as a twinfin these days...



Switch foot on takeoff...



Off da lip...



We introduced you to the 7'4" x 29.5" Pod a few weeks ago...








Demands for PERFORMANCE, wishes to be floating OVER sections, needing to be able to DRIVE hard off the bottom, a melting pot of bullet points. A thought to attempt what was considered impossible, a realization that it was plausible, a result providing endless supping fun. Welcome the POD (performance overdrive), at 7'4" x 29.5" this is an ultimate high performance SUP that places you in to the pocket & lets you surf out. A board designed to push your ability and has you frothing for more action in performance waves, showing you that supping has no curtain call, it is continuously emerging with new ambitions & this board places you in the front line of evolution...

6'6" x 29 3/4" The Impossible

Sean Poynter

When first introduced to SUP, I was curious. Coming from a professional surfing background, the whole idea of SUP'ing came across a little boring. For all I knew, it was a sport where old guys would stand on top of oversized boards and paddle around with an oar to easilty catch waves . As a young surfer, it just didn't sound appealing.

Then I came to experience it first hand... . It was an activity that tested my abilities as a surfer- my balance, strength, and natural sync with the movement of the ocean.



After a while I found how it puts a new twist on the methods of traditional surfing. Instead of testing your abilities only while being on the wave, SUP challenge you during the entire session- when you're standing on the board, paddling, catching and surfing a wave. It is a great tool to fine-tune your surfing style. SUP'ing is an activity that I have taken a great liking to and look forward to each session as an opportunity to further improve my skills.



7'11" x 29" Seven Eleven Pod

How about another under 8' board?...if you've been watching this blog, you've seen glimpses of it...we already have pre-orders on it from several hot local wave rippers...

Shown here in the wood top and bottom...Terje Haakonsen (TAC) version...
Developed by Jean Louis Colmas in 1984, Wood Technology became Starboard's trademark construction since 1995...let's do the math...that's 15 years of building wood boards that withstand the rigors of world class wavesailing...going over 30 mph and looping 30' in the air...and, more importantly landing with board fully intact...we are not just trying to figure it out now with only a couple of years of board building experience under our flip flops...;-)



WARNING, this short shape is quickly taking you to levels that seemed impossible. Advanced SUP riders and light weights are suited to get the most out of this board. Radically responsive, only the 7'11" x 29.5" POD will match it's rail to rail ability, vertical projection, speed down the line and ability to fit into a pocket.







It doesn't have the greatest glide into waves...no high performance short board SUP under 8' will...so, this board will test your balance. However, the performance benefits of it's smaller size and maneuverability, usually outweigh these factors for those looking for "a short board" feel...and, truly rad short board performance...no gain without pain...;-)

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

 

New Shizzle Arriving

Alrighty then...we're getting all kinds of shipments of really kewl stuff just in time for this weekend's demo and open house party...

The first of the Starboard Terje Haakonsen boards have arrived...

Patti is driving up from Malibu tomorrow to pick up hers...she couldn't stand it much longer...;-)








More pics in this GALLERY...

Here's the new Starboard Limited Edition Lime / Wood "Blend"...
Scott in Austin, TX and Elizabeth in Connecticut just scored this board in the "Big Easy" model...sweeeettt!!!







Getting lots of inquiries on the new North Pacific custom SUP's...especially, the new 10'6" stinger gun WARDOG model...they are in Fresno as we speak and we should have them in hand manana...

YIKES! Anticipation of a new board...especially, a custom...always gives the recipient a case of LSS (Lost Sleep Syndrome) from the anxiety...





These boards are the lightest and strongest hand shaped epoxy SUP's on the market...you cannot finger dent them...they have a natural surfboard feel...
and, to add even more value to this "boutique SUP"...they come with the Futures Gerry Lopez quad set...and, a top of the line microdot pad...

Speaking of Future fins and the North Pacific quad (+1)...sexy, huh?...;-)









Future's single fin SUP line...we will have these for you to try at the demo...










New stickers...these puppies are SLICK...our iconic logo in silver metallic on black...





Now that Winter and colder mornings are upon us...we are also introducing our new wetsuit line...HYPERFLEX...best bang for the buck wettie on the market...

We're primarily concentrating on their more temperate suits...however, they make suits for the most hardcore cold H20 on the planet...

This manufacturer has been known for a long time as the leader in dive suit sales in the US...and has been the exclusive supplier of water rescue suits to the USCG for more than 20 years...

As seen in the 50th anniversary issue of SURFER mag...







REMINDER:: DEMO (9AM-1PM) & OPEN HOUSE PARTY (2PM-7PM) THIS SUNDAY AT THE SHOP...
CALL OR EMAIL FOR MORE INFO OR TO REQUEST A BOARD THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN...

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