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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)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

 

Starboard 12'6" Cruiser vs. 12' Big Easy

A recent question came up regarding comparison of the Starboard 12'6" x 30" "Cruiser" vs. the Starboard 12' x 32" "Big Easy"...two of the most popular, and versatile, all around SUP's on the planet...flatwater lake cruising to surfing...these two boards are stable with nice glide...

Length equals glide...width equals stability...

The Cruiser is going to glide a bit better with 6" more of waterline...but, the Big Easy is going to be more stable...depending on your weight and paddling/surfing conditions, we may use that as a parameter to recommend one over the other...









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Monday, August 17, 2009

 

Starboard SUP's

Starboard = QUALITY + INNOVATION...



We have the largest selection of Starboard SUP's in stock in the Americas...North or South...

We bring the Starboard SUP's directly in by the container from the factory...

We know the product line better than ANY shop on the planet...we constantly contribute to the design team and push refinements to the top of the production line...

Currently, there are 21 models in the Starboard lineup for 2009...expanding to 27 models in 4 constructions for 2010...there's something for every rider...from inland flatwater to extremely hollow big wave beach breaks...world renown durability and value...

Hundreds and hundreds of people have had a chance to demo the Starboard line with us this Summer...and, they have convincingly made Starboard the #1 SUP brand in the world...





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Friday, December 05, 2008

 

SUP'er Holidays

WHAT a great new family sport standup paddling is...

WHY not give the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season?

WHEN times get tough...GO PADDLING...

WHEREVER there is H20...

We've just spelled out the 3 "W"'s of SUP...actually 4...;-)

In these tighter economic times we've had lots of families lately coming into our shop to get outfitted for standup paddling...it makes a lot of sense...

What else are you going to do...sit home and freeze in the dark?...;-)
Heck no...you're gonna start having "staycations"...utilizing the nearby water recreation resources at your disposal...

Standup paddling is doing something healthy for you and your family...and, it's outdoors...

Standup paddling is way less expensive than a gym or country club membership...ski boat...hair transplants...boob job...or, even a psychiatrist...;-)

You can utilize a nearby body of water for nearly everyday recreation...have we said that already?...;-)

Standup paddling is the funnest core body workout on the planet...that's saying something...

YOGA ON WATER...mind...body...spirit...soul...

Standup paddling is less dependent on the elements of wind, waves, tide...etc...
L@@K around...you can always find a protected body of water...and now with the new Coast Guard regs, you can paddle in any harbor with a fanny pack PFD/whistle kit...

Standup paddling has reduced our gas consumption chasing waves and wind...making it a greener sport...

We could go on and on...but, you're already reading this standup paddle blog for a reason...so, it's prolly like preaching to the choir, huh?...;-)

Here's the dealio...

WE HAVE MORE STANDUP PADDLE BOARDS IN STOCK AT OUR STORE THAN ANY SHOP ON THE PLANET...over 140 QUALITY SUP's...we know what VALUE is and excercise our buying power to ensure that you get the best bang for the buck...

We have containers of boards rolling in monthly...here's one from yesterday...





Another container arrives at the shop...good thing for weak minds and strong backs!!!...;-)

Just kidding...Mike C. was a key player in the development of Windows 95...but, don't hold that against him...;-)



Staging a few boards before moving them into our shop...



Our extensive knowledge of the standup paddleboard market will help you make the right buying decisions...we've been there from the beginning and opened the first, and still, only dedicated SUP store on the North or South American continents...

Our inventory is fresh, FIRST CHOICE, Grade AAA, cherry picked...we've been ahead of the SUP curve the whole way...we've NEVER had to settle for leftover boards with poor design because that's all they can get like many of the virtual mail-order online stores popping up online daily with a greedy gold rush mentality...posers...it's really getting pretty ridiculous...standuppaddleboardwarehousedirect-hucksters.com

Our knowledgeable and friendly staff, in addition to having years of SUP experience...has hundreds of years of collective watersports and outdoor pursuits experience...surfing...windsurfing...kiteboarding...kayaking...fishing...diving...and hangliding...snowboarding...skiing...and snow kiting to name a few...

We can talk the talk...AND do walk the walk...

We've already discussed the WHAT, WHY, WHEN, & WHERE...we also do the HOW...
Our blog and website is full of pictures of "never-evers" morphing into standup paddlers...we've taught hundreds and hundreds of clients here in the local waters of Santa Barbara, California...the standup paddling mecca of North America...it's an amazing and deeply satisfying feeling for us...truly a "warm fuzzy"...

We're very appreciative of the dozens of folks over the years that have dropped us an email along the way with their CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS...

To show our appreciation, we are offering a few deals to stoke your holiday cheer...

Because of our volume buying power, we have purchased a bundle of Starboard 12'2"'s...12'2" X 26 5/8" by Mark Raaphorst ( top Maui based SUP rider and shaper).









More pics comparing it to the Starboard 12'6" Cruiser in this gallery...


When it first came out we really liked how it glided...great speed...and had excellent directional stability...it's been called the best windsurfing SUP because of those attributes...but, we were L@@King for a surfier ride...now, in the context of the narrower standup paddle racing boards that we've been riding, we think this is an excellent flatwater paddler and are offering these boards to people at the unheard
of price of $849...they were MSRP $1499...

These have the deep handle...numerous tie-down points on the deck for attaching a drybag or fishing gear...they also come with a center-fin option...added stability...

For a limited time...add a Werner Carve or Advantage SUP paddle for $150...
That's $999 for top of the line, raceable flatwater SUP gear...outrigger clubs are already jumping on this deal...so act now...when they're gone they're gooooone...

If you are L@@King for a wave rider...we also have the popular Gerry Lopez epoxy 9'6" and 10'3" SUP's that others are selling for $1450...on sale for $999 pad and fins included...



We also just received the new 2009 Starboard SUP'er 12'6"...we have them in camo or stripe...more closeup pics and details in a few days...

We rode this board in Oregon a few months ago...and think it will be the best fishing SUP out there...also, the best crossover SUP/windsurf family board on the market...

The SUPer 12'6" is the World's first SUP and windsurf board with a daggerboard system. It can be moved with very little effort...and the deck knob can be unscrewed and stowed away...

As a board that gets anyone on the water in zero time, the SUPer 12'6" is the key to unlocking the potential of lightwind windsuring to a wide public. When stand up paddling, its long, slender shape glides smoothly and catches waves easily with surprising maneuverability. SUP is so easy, so fun and requires no instruction: it's the perfect summer board for the family, for hotels and for resorts. The bonus: it's opens the gate to the wonderful World of Windsuring too.

With its integrated mast track, its daggerboard system and itted with a windsuring sail, you have a lightwind windsurfer that glides beautifully across calm waters, a board that is maneuverable for lightwind waveriding and for old-school lat-water freestyling. With 30" of width, it's also a stable platform for progressing windsurfers and for dads to teach their kids how to windsurf.

A true crossover between two sports and two generations, the SUPer 12'6" is really 'super'. A classic design that opens a whole new world to a whole new audience.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

 

Boujmaa Guilloul Stands Up!

One of the most tweaked and radical wavesailors in the world just discovered SUP.
On a shortboard surfing trip to Java, Indonesia he hopped on a Starboard 9'8" Fish for the first time and ripped...





As a young boy, Boujmaa Guilloul grew up balancing the Moroccan suburban street culture with a strong passion for the ocean. By luck (or coincidence) he got to experience windsurfing when a friendly soul lent him his gear, and from that point in time he was hooked for life. Fast forward just a few years and at the age of 24, he's one of the world's best riders due to his tweaked and fearless style.





He was at first a little reluctant to try SUP due to also being a passionate surfer of a shortboard, but then when he finally did, you should have seen the Glow he radiated after each session.

"I had my first experience on a SUP 9'8 x 30 in real hollow and fast waves", (Java, Indonesia) says Boujmaa. At the beginning I really wasn't into it at all, and didn't want to go on a SUP, but when I tried, I so wanted to score a barrel on it. It's just so much fun and easy going.



The whole feeling of it is just insane, from first stepping on the board off the beach, till the kick out at the end of the ride. Its just so wonderful. It's a sick sport for those who cant take off easily on a surf board for whatever reason and you can catch a wave from miles away, and ride it for longer...

I kept the 9'8 x 30", which is now one of my favourite boards at home. I can surf shitty waves, sick waves, and can also just cruise the spots, Sometimes I even go fishing with it."

It's definitely one of our favorite shortboard SUP's...
I ride both the 9'0" Fish and the 9'8" Fish...the most sold, and sought after, shortboard SUP's in the world...



We have them both in stock...the Tufskin version is $1099...there is not a better value on the planet...the gorgeous wood veneer version is $1549...

If we run out this weekend, again...no worries...we have a 40' container of them being delivered next week...

Here is Ivan Van Vuuren scoring Jeffrey's Bay and Cape St. Francis in South Africa on both the Starboard 9' & 9'8" Fish...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

 

Starboard 2009 SUP Board Development

Over the next couple of months Starboard will be unveiling the most extensive SUP board lineup in the world...it's hard to keep the excitement in check because we've already seen, and ridden, several of the new shapes...

All I can tell you is that "YA'LL AIN'T SEEN NUTHIN YET!!!"...;-)

Here's the new 9'8" x 28.5" SUPer Fish...



Not to worry...the current shapes are staying in the lineup...for good reason, too...they are already among the leading SUP shapes on the planet...combined with the top construction, you get QUALITY and INNOVATION...

Continuous product improvement is the Starboard mantra...ours, too...
That's why we are committed to this brand, and have been for over 10 years...

We bring in containers full of Starboard standup paddle boards straight from the factory...knowing that we are getting boards that have been through rigorous QA...that adds value, to you our clients...and, you get it...thanks to you guys, they sell out in a few days...that gives us the resources and confidence to continue to provide you with state of the art boards, and stay at the leading edge of the sport...BTW, we have several more containers of boards ordered and on the way...

Starboard doesn't hold back when it comes to board development...with a rocket scientist, a host of engineers, top world champion athletes, and the best designers on the planet...in-house testing facilities...secret testing grounds scattered across the globe...nobody comes close to touching their R&D program...

Starboard has been world market leader for years in windsurfing boards, and has quickly become market leader in SUP's...

Starboard in 1995 revolutionized the surfing world by introducing epoxy wood veneer molded mini mals and longboards . The same year Starboard complimented their surf board range with the EVA shock deck technology and also produced epoxy sandwich boards, well ahead of the surf industry.

Starboard further was the first production brand to introduce carry handles in the SUP boards, full deck EVA, special diamond groove texture in the standing area and specialized kids boards. As an international market leader, Starboard introduces the widest offering in the sport. From the 7'2" Kid which enables grommets to rip, to the 14'8" Point for long distance and speed paddling.

The fish shapes in the range, the 9'0" and 9'8" Extremists and the new 10'5" Crossover, are probably the World’s most progressive shapes, and drives the cutting edge of competitive SUP.

Starboard 2009 SUP Board Development

Extensive amounts of time and energy have been spent at Starboard bouncing between the Maldives, Australia and Indonesia for testing purposes and the search for the ultimate range of SUP's.

Multiple trips to Bali, another to Sumbawa, as well as the latest one down to the edge of the world at west Java, provided a vast array of conditions to test out all the different configurations of outline Rocker volume and "V".

From Perfect right hand point breaks, to fun size beach breaks and racetrack tubes, we experienced the broadest spectrum of conditions for testing, while also having an incredible amount of fun in the process.



Ekolu Kalama was along for the ride, experiencing the decadence of the Club Med open bar in the Maldives, to the contrary of the glory box,(enough said) at a far outpost of Sumbawa.

Starboard head Honcho and mad keen SUP rider, Svein Rasmussen was also there, never wanting to miss out on an opportunity to test all the latest toys and Johnny Hibbard from the UK came down the Maldives to provide some input as well.

It's been a rapid learning process with modifications, new ideas and new trips coming about, constantly pushing the boundaries with what was not considered possible in the very recent past, to the current state of play and the evolution doesn't show any signs of slowing down soon.

The boards have been unpacked, (still wet from the last trip) in the factory to already being modified and the next ticket being booked to progress from what was learned, to provide the most up to date range of SUP's in the world.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

 

More Starboard Shizzle

L@@K for a quite impressive roll out of the 2009 Starboard SUP (& windsurf) lineup in the coming weeks...we just returned from the big Starboard Pow Wow...where we saw , or heard about, over a dozen new shapes...exciting new graphics...and new constructions...including the new state of the art, wood/carbon boards...lighter and stronger...

Starboard has total commitment to making the highest quality, most innovative products on the planet...

Starboard team rider, Ekolu Kalama, putting the Fish SUP to the test...



From an inexpensive...but, very high performance kid's SUP...to what was described by rocket scientist, and co-inventor of windsurfing, Jim Drake, as the fastest gliding flatwater board on the planet...of course, with the addition of Ekolu Kalama (3X Quiksilver Molokai to Oahu Champion and big wave hellman) to the Starboard "Dream Team"...along with 2004 World Wavesailing Champion, Scott Mckercher, the high performance SUP board lineup has been significantly expanded...Scott's buddy, fellow Australian pro-surfer Jake Patterson, was said to have pulled off some mind-bending new moves on the '09 SUP prototypes on a recent trip to Indonesia...

Sneak peek at one of the new graphics on the Technora constructed Fish...



Starboard is by far the biggest SUP manufacturer in the world...and, is also the world's largest manufacturer of windsurfing boards...by a factor of 2:1 over it's next biggest competitor...solely owned by Svein Rasmussen, who is one of the most addicted standuppers on the planet, you can only imagine the innovations and quality that will set the standard in the SUP world in the coming years...

Sneak peek at the versatile new SUPer 12'6" with retractable center fin...removable knob...watertight gasket...



This board (formerly known as the "Cruiser") is already the most demanded board for downwinders on Maui's North Shore...it's also a dream glider for windsurfing and wavesailing...you can only wonder how many fish have been caught on this board...now, it's become even more versatile...and stable...

We're saddled up...and ready to R I D E !!!







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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

 

New 2009 Starboard SUP's and Sailboards

We've been playing around on some of the new Starboard 2009 product...
One of the surprises is how surfable the new 10'1" x 34" is...obviously, it's gonna be stable...in thruster mode, it's also quite surfable...



The new "Super" 12'6" has a well designed and quite functional retractable center fin
that sails very smoothly...motors you back upwind in the slightest breeze...also, will function quite nicely to stabilize the board in nasty chop...we believe that this board will also be a great fishing platform...

The Limited Edition (200 only) lime green Futura sparked some interest...not only from the bright new color...but, also because there will be a charitable donation to a worthy cause from the proceeds...

Here is former Burton snowboard rep, and all around great guy, Scott, showing off his new ride...



Starboard owner Svein Rasmussen discussing the new 2009 board lineup...







More info coming soon...

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

 

Doggone Oregon

The highlight of this trip so far has been getting our young Chocolate Lab, Molly Claire, on the standup board...



Although, it was pretty chill last night under a gorgeous moon...bonfire on the beach with Ekolu Kalama playing and singing...this guy is talented...you'll get a chance to hear him in SoCal, as he'll be playing...and paddling, at the Gerry Lopez "Battle of the Paddle" in October...

Surfed this lonely spot under a lighthouse...I don't eat sharks...they don't eat me...that's the dealio...;-)



Off to play with some new Starboard toyz...kewl things coming out soon...gonna blow some minds...and, after chatting with Svein Rasmussen, (owner of Starboard) and Jim Drake (co-inventor of windsurfing) last night...there could be some even kewler things on tap...;-)

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

 

7'2" SUP Rips!!!



Treve switching foot on South swell rights and lefts in Cali...






Full Gallery...

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

 

Blair 9'11" & Starboard 9'8 Fish

Just picked up my new Blair 9'11" 5 fin SUP, with mast track option...designed to be the ultimate waveriding travel board...will be riding it next
to the new 2008 Starboard 9'8" Fish with mast track and footstrap options...

Click image for more comparion pics...

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2008 Starboard Standup Paddleboard Pics

Just returned from the ASR show in San Diego with a few of the 2008 Starboard SUP's that will be in the container we'll be receiving in a few weeks...

Pleasantly surprised by the pulled tail and tail rocker of the 11'2" "Ultimate Blend"...combined with the relatively flat nose rocker, will make for some killer nose riding...

Lightweight...and gorgeous styling...

Will have more pics soon of the new 14'8" "Point to Point" board with integrated steering rudder...prolly do some water shots and helmetcam clips...

The 9'0" and 9'8" Fish absolutely ROCK!!!
The blue camo pad is killer...the Tufskin version is remarkably light...and only $1099!!!



Finally, we'll break the news here on the new 7'2" x 29" Kids SUP board...



Must say...standup really brings out your inner kid...
(pssssssttt, I'll be stroking out on it soon...;-)

Click below for a few more shots...


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Saturday, January 19, 2008

 

New Starboard Distance Standup Paddleboard

We're very excited about the new Starboard "Point to Point" standup distance paddleboard...it is going into production as I write...however, it L@@Ks like we
will have one to paddle around on next week...stay tuned for more pics...in the meantime, click on the pic below for more info...

We already have six pre-orders for this puppy...so if you're serious about getting one, contact us ASAP so that we can put you on our list...

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Monday, December 31, 2007

 

2008 Starboard Standup Paddleboards (SUP's)

Check out the new 2008 lineup of Starboard Standup Paddleboards (SUP's)...(click on index image below)

We will be the first to have them in stock...mid-February...taking deposits now...TufSkin $1099 & $1299 (12'6")...SportTech $1549


There are also a couple of killer surprises coming out of the Starboard SUP pipeline to keep you stoked...stay tuned...should have some info for you soon...






Standing up, selecting the best wave sets, exploring lakes and rivers or going for a long distance downwinder.

Our world team traveled between the Maldives, Australia and Hawaii to develop and test our new progressive SUP range. The five very best shapes were selected and made available in two technologies, the great looking wood Sport Tech version and the extra durable Tufskin models.

Our collection has a host of features which set them apart in the world of SUP:

: Fast tail rockers for speed and early take off
: Extra width for stability
: Added middle rocker plus thin rails for a great ride and maneuverability
: Concaves for nose riding and smoothness
: Built-in carry handles and double leash inserts
: FCS insert options for Sport Tech versions

Starboard was the first company to bring out precision-molded wood veneer surf boards back in the mid nineties.

We were also in the pioneering stage of offering soft deck surf boards.

We take advantage of our early technology innovations and complement them with our development over the last 10 years, which has made Starboard known as the trendsetter and clear world leader.





The Extremists...Starboard SUP Fish

9'8"x30" and 9'0"x30", for the hardcore and people that want to get the most out of riding waves.

The fish-tail style shorter boards are the most exciting and progressive shapes in the range.

They are still stable paddlers due to their 30" width but they demand a slightly higher skill level to be able to get the full potential out of them.

They feel more like surfing a shortboard in comparison. With instant acceleration, their shorter shapes allow you to pump down the line with powerful, driven cutbacks and rapid response.

Gliding into tiny waves with ultimate ease, they comfortably handle the speed of taking the drop on larger waves.



The Ultimate Blend

The 11'2" x 30" is responsive, handles greater speed, larger waves and allows tighter turns.

Still oriented towards classic longboarding style, it offers greater agility.

As with all the boards in the range, the nose concave provides lift which aides in catching waves, as well as getting up the front to get your toes on the nose.

This single concave feeds into a double concave through the middle and then into a "V" through the tail. This delivers the ultimate combination of lift, drive and release, tailored to suit the various positions of your feet on the board. The 30" width and wide nose provides good stability yet its narrow, thin tail makes it really very loose, especially while using the thruster set up. The thrusters also helps a lot for directional stability while paddling.

This 11'2" design offers the ultimate blend between stability, paddling speed and riding.




Mr. Easy

The 12' x32" is "great" in every sense of the word. Super easy to paddle and balance due to its extra width and length. It's especially comfortable to get started on this design, climb over white water and into the waves.

General maneuvering is also made simple. It is a big wide board, but due to it's curvy rocker, deep V, thin rails and rounded outline, it is still extremely agile and turns with a smooth carve.

Perfect for less-than-epic conditions found around the world, it turns the most mediocre of waves into a whole lot of fun.

Due to its phenomenal stability, it is well suited to moving up and down the board longboard-style. You can try to get all "Hawaiian" by getting up to the nose to "hang ten" and then shuffle back to lay down a carve.

Probably the most versatile board in the market and even great for tandem surfing and fishing.




The Cruiser

The 12'6"x30" is known as a great, fast cruiser for both open ocean and lakes. Its exceptional glide comes from the added length and the smooth stable feeling makes it a hit for "down winders" and "point to point" paddling. The 12'6" is also a cool board to catch your first waves with and it surprises with its good carving ability. Being probably the best tandem surf board ever, the 12'6" is a classic allrounder.

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