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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.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

 

17th ANNUAL KEN HARMOUNT PIER TO PIER PADDLE

17th ANNUAL KEN HARMOUNT PIER TO PIER PADDLE
A BENEFIT FOR CENTRAL COAST JUNOR LIFEGUARDS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2009 OLD PORT BEACH, AVILA, CA.
Kayaks, Paddleboards, SUPs, Surfboards etc. “A FUN PADDLE”

REGISTRATION:
7:00 – 7:45am
8:00am Paddler's Meeting
8:30am Water start


Two distances to choose 6.5 miles (Classic) From Old Port Beach to Pismo Pier or 13 miles (Endurance) From Old Port Beach to Pismo Pier and Back







ENTRANCE FEE:
$25.00 Surfrider Foundation Members and Jr. Lifeguards
$30.00 Advanced Reservations. Pre-register at Central Coast Kayaks in Shell Beach, Call: (805) 773-3500
$40.00 Day of Registration

Event Classes:

Kayaks
14' and under
14' and over (unlimited)

Paddleboards
12' and under (stock)
12' and over (unlimited)

Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP)
12'6" and under
12'6" and over Unlimited

OC-1 and other outriggers highly encouraged to race or just come out for a leisurely paddle

ALL PADDLERS MUST OBEY COAST GUARD RULES AND WEAR/CARRY AN APPROVED LIFEJACKET.



DETAILS

Free shuttle back to Old Port beach in Avila. Please notify us at registration if you would like a shuttle

Also after the paddling, there will be a BBQ 1 block up from the end of the 6.5 mile course. It is free for participants and only $5 for non-paddlers.

There will also be a RAFFLE with a Custom made surfboard by Coop De Ville Surfboards


Registration
Its simple and you can do it by phone. 805-773-3500. Payment must be cash or check (made out to Surfrider Foundation) and payable day of if you pre-register.

Pre- Registration Opens August 8th 2009 and Closes September 11th, 2009. Day of will start at 7am.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

 

2009 Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race

Congratulations to Starboard team rider, Ekolu Kalama, for winning the SUP division at the 32-mile Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu Race held July 26...



Ekolu Kalama (white) led the SUP field out from the start and never looked back. Photo: Bernie Baker.

Ekolu posted his first solo win in the record time of 5:02:06...
He was 20 minutes in front of the next solo standup paddler, the legendary Guy Pere...

The 32-mile Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race, presented by Honolua, C4 Waterman, Duke's Waikiki and Maui Jim, is the unofficial world title of the sport and is considered the most brutal physical and mental challenge in the world for the waterman. The race includes divisions for traditional paddleboarding, standup paddleboarding. Both solo and team in each division.

Results here...

In the SUP division, favorite Ekolu Kalama did not disappoint, posting his first solo win in the record time of five hours two minutes and six seconds. Kalama was emotional about his victory. "My grandfather was smiling down from heaven on me today. Words can't explain how I feel."

Australian Jamie Mitchell won the paddle board division. The toughest tidal conditions in years kept Mitchell from breaking the record he set in 2007, coming in 10 minutes slower today at 4:58:25.



Jamie Mitchell conquers crazy conditions off the cliffs of Oahu as he heads home for a win. Photo: Bernie Baker.


"It felt like six hours today," said Mitchell, who couldn't believe he came in under five hours. "The first two thirds was good, but that last third... it took forever to get close, then the current, then the backwash. It was definitely the toughest (race) of the last three or four years for me.

While Ekolu didn't complete the course in a faster time than Mitchell, Kalama sounded like he had more fun on the channel:

"That was like a five-and-a-half hour surf session. I'm not going to have to surf for a while.. I'm good for about a week."

Kalama and Mitchell were rewarded equal prize money for the first time today, thanks to Rainbow Sandals, each receiving $3,000.

The first solo woman SUP-er was Jenny Kalmbach (6:18:31) from the Big Island...she received $750 for her 1st place effort...as did Kanesa Duncan (6:29:29) for 1st place women's unlimited prone...

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Friday, July 17, 2009

 

Hobie SUP Race...new SUP stuff...

SUP & Paddle Board Race
Saturday, August 15 @ 8:30AM

In Conjunction with Wine & Roses
Hobie Cat Charity Regatta
Leadbetter Beach, Santa Barbara, CA

BBQ followed by Charity Auction/Raffle
6:00pm Saturday Santa Barbara Yacht Club

Proceeds to go to Make A Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties




Downloadable entry form...

How about some gorgeous colors with the latest 8.3" Quickblade SUP blade?





Another new offering...lightweight and durable custom SUP wave rippers will soon be available at our store...of course, they will have recessed handles when done...;-)
Shown are the 8'6"...9'...and 9'6" models...









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