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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)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

 

Standup Paddle (SUP) Boards

We offer you a few more choices in standup paddle board selection since the days way back in 2006, when we offered you the world's first production epoxy molded SUP's in two sizes and two colors...

The 2010 Naish SUP line has expanded to 21 boards...and the Starboard line in 2010 will be at least 27 wide...with 4 construction choices...

We are starting to see lots of "paralysis by analysis" when it comes to selecting a standup paddle board for you or your family...we are the experts in this field and WE'RE HERE TO HELP!!!

We're the #1 standup paddle board store in the country...our expert staff makes it easy for you...when you are ready to purchase a SUP, you're gonna have to trust someone...fact is, thousands of folks have trusted us to help them...we have a proven track record of over 10 years of providing great customer service...

Simply call us toll free 888.805.9978 or email i n f o @ s u r f i n g s p o r t s . c o m...there's a link at the bottom of every page on our site...you're welcome to come visit our shop if you can get to beautiful Santa Barbara...we're open every day 10 - 5 PDT...we'll get your SUP buying decision sorted out for you in no time...then you'll be smiling for miles...just like these happy customers...

















We have the best selection...best value...and the bestest and most knowledgeable service of standup paddle boards and paddles on the planet...we've shipped SUP's to all 50 states in the country...our shipping experts are the best in the business...

We have a real store staffed by standup paddlers...we host free demos, offer lessons, host standup paddle races, and are involved in the community...

Please remember that you get what you pay for...don't fall for the newest scourge that we've seen lately of the dozens of cheesy SUP websites popping up with no storefronts shilling cheap SUP knockoffs...boards are not created equal...construction technology does matter...

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

 

My First SUP

The Exocet Commando was ahead of it's time...this is the copy I wrote for it when we got them in 2003...9'10" x 36"...it had a fin in the back and middle of the board, that you could put in or pull out from the deck of the board...

"An extraordinary design concept that Exocet has busted out is the Commando. This unique watercraft is not only a two-person kayak, but also an all-around cruising style windsurfer. The built-in integrated wheel makes this a totally user-friendly, "must-have" essential addition to your quiver of watertoys. The whole family can use this multipurpose craft...you can teach on it, explore and tour, access remote areas and hard to get to windlines...fishing...standup photo platform...lash a sailrig and/or surfboard to the nose and paddle into some remote areas...surf and/or fish, then sail home...what are you going to do with it?"(MSRP $699 USD)

I used it with a converted kayak paddle to take pictures of windsurfing on the water, standing up...and, for standup fishing...











Zoom ahead to 2005 and Exocet launched the Kona line of longboard windsurfers...
At 11'6" x 27", the Kona also did double duty for numbers of people as their first SUP...





Here is a guy we sent a paddle to on the West coast of Sweden for his Kona...he became the first standup paddle surfer in Sweden...we also shipped the first SUP paddles to Germany, Austria, Norway, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, and Australia...etc...in the early days...



In 2005/2006 the custom SUP market started to develop as those shapers with skill sets that could deal with shaping/glassing large tandem Clark blanks, or hot wiring a SUP blank from a billet of EPS foam got production rolling...

We could only get around 27" out of a Clark tandem blank...pretty narrow in choppy conditions...the sport was called standup/falloff back then...;-)

I should also mention that we used surf wax for traction...

We flew Sean Ordonez over from Maui to build some homegrown SUP's...




Deb in Spring of '06 on her 2nd custom Sean Ordonez SUP...





All of our early custom SUP's did double duty as light air windsurfers...





The early days...it was fun pioneering...lots of firsts...





Early halcyon days of SUP on the Sean Ordonez "Big Red" prototype...



Sean Ordonez during a visit to Santa Barbara...getting ready to paddle the prototype for "Big Blue"...



Prototypes of the Sean Ordonez "Big Red" and "Big Blue"...which were to become the first molded sandwich epoxy production SUP's in the world...



Our first container samples of the production Big Red and Big Blue SUP's...
This was the first SUP for many standup paddlers...we shipped them all across North America and Puerto Rico...even, to all of the Hawaiian Islands...

We smile when we see chucklehead bloggers and other new SUP board companies sending us solicitations to buy ad space or boards and accessories...etc...claiming to be OG when they learned on one of our boards...or, one of the many that came long after...;-)

There was no "paralysis by analysis" back in the day...picking a SUP was quite a bit easier...you were on a waiting list for container arrival...and, you had your choice of a 10'10" blue one or an 11'11" red one...our first logo die-cut SUP pads arrived shortly afterwards...as well as bags big enough to fit these SUP's...



After selling through several containers of the SOS SUP's...we went on to open the first fully dedicated SUP store on the North and South American continents...that was thousands of SUP's ago...with many more to come...

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

 

Naish Summer SUP Race Series Finale

We had some killer weather and ocean conditions for the Santa Barbara Naish Summer SUP Race Series finale...

Top California standup paddle racers Ernie (EJ) Johnson, and his wife Andie, drove up from Dana Pt. to give the locals a run for their money last Thursday...

Here's Rich Schroeder discussing the course with Bryan Fernandez, EJ, & Andie...



This stage of the fun standup paddle racing series may have come to an end...but, as a result of the standup paddling camaraderie experienced the last 4 Thursday afternoons at 6:00 PM, we've decided to continue to meetup for a social paddle...same time...same channel...come join us...paddle whatever you bring...of course we'll have some state of the art race and distance boards for interested parties to demo...

All participants received an inaugural Leadbetter Beach Paddling Club t-shirt...



The top three male and female finishers now go on to compete with racers from 12 cities across North America for the Championship race in San Diego, CA on September 13th, 2009...they'll have a chance to win a Naish 14' Glide and a trip to Maui to compete in the 5th Annual Naish Paddle Championship...a 9.54 mile race from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor...



There will also be an open race...EJ has added his name into the hat...which is sure to attract some other world class competitors...



The race was fairly close after the first lap...but, EJ never relinquished the lead...



EJ was getting some great glides from his new Brian Szymanski race SUP...and cruised into another 1st place finish...





Rich Schroeder had a great race for the silver medal...he'll be representing Team Standup Paddle Sports in San Diego as the Santa Barbara winner of the Naish Summer SUP Race Series...



Adam Kirkcaldie pulls into 3rd place in this race and 2nd place overall in the series...Adam has brought some more great energy into the shop as a staff member...



Rob Graham finishes 3rd in the series and will also be representing SUPsports in San Diego...



Andie Johnson wins the finale on the wahine side and will be racing for us in San Diego...





Tami Starzac has also been paddling hard...and, will be representing us at the Naish race...



Rounding out the wahines going to San Diego to compete for the Naish North American Championship, will be our VP and CFO, Deb...also, 3rd place finisher in the 9 race California Winter Race Series...



Another of the wahine paddlers to take part in the Naish Series is Ashley Parducci...Adam's gf...and, the granddaughter of one of windsurfing's inventors...UCLA prof Allen Parducci...the other co-inventors were Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer...



More pics in this GALLERY...

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Monday, July 27, 2009

 

Stoked Kids in our Candy Store

Standup paddling is a lifestyle...it's a life transformational sport/activity that's as good for your mind...as it is for your body, heart, and soul...

We often refer to standup as "yoga on water"...

We pride ourselves on having the best selection of standup paddleboards at the best prices with the best service...leave it to us to ensure that your purchase is optimized for VALUE and QUALITY...we'll get your STOKE factor in the red zone...and keep it there...

Here's a few of our SUP's on display...our warehouses are full of the best SUP's on the planet, just waiting to be adopted...









Over the weekend, we helped quite a few folks with their SUP and paddle adoptions...;-)

Here's Dani and Colleen...just a few of the fresh wahine faces that will be seen paddling in our local waters...





These women are pretty kewl...lots of impressive accomplishments in their young lives...and, now they are immersed in standup paddling...we welcome them into our ohana...

All of our SUP's are light, strong, and they have handles...which allows our female clients like these two, and many others that you've been introduced to on this blog, to simply strap their board on their truck and go paddling...no big thang...

We love getting phone and email customer testimonials from you guys...from time to time we also receive awesome hand written notes...here's one from Colorado that we returned home to after our trip out to Utah and back...



Todd and Kass picked up a couple of SUP's on their visit to Santa Barbara...after their vacation, they dropped them off and we packed them up and sent them out to their Boulder, Colorado home...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

 

JEVER SUP World Cup :: Hamburg, Germany

We've been so busy at the lately, that I'm just barely getting around to telling ya'll about the JEVER SUP World Cup...a 3 day international SUP race / event that took place in Hamburg, Germany July 10 - 12 with 27,000 spectators...major sponsorship from Jever beer...the biggest standup paddle race to date, and a harbinger of things surely to come...

Video(s) credit: JEVER SUP World Cup website...

Photo(s) credit: standuppaddle.site-forums.com and SUPfrance.com

Mahalos to Eric Terrien for bringing us these killer images and vid clips...and congrats on his 2nd place finish...



SUPsports team rider, Ernie (EJ) Johnson was one of the 20 pro invitees...we're really stoked for him, and proud that he was representing...he did great considering he only brought his 12'6"...finishing 5th in the long distance race...and, 6th in the sprints...



We've been getting lots of web traffic and requests from Germany for our tshirts and stickers, so we know that he was representing...;-)

Here's EJ battling 3rd place finisher, John Hibbard...Starboard team rider...





EJ is such a humble guy with a good heart...stoked to know him and his wife...
Here's a copy of an email he sent to a bunch of folks in the SUP universe...

"I recently competed in a world class event representing my sport of SUP.
What an Honor, for me to be involved in this first time event,
representing the U.S.A!

Thanks to my friends and family and sponsors , for their support over
the last two years of racing.

Special thanks to Wardog and Debbie from StandUpPaddleSports for their
moral and financial support.

Mahalos
E.J"

We hope to be able to announce some more exciting news concerning EJ soon...;-)

1st place went to Starboard team rider Ekolu Kalama...he was riding a prototype Starboard K-14...we've been helping to design and place the production version in the Starboard lineup...



Ekolu checking out EJ's 12'6"...shaped by Brian Szymanski of NCP...



The Starboard K-14...2 piece model!!!
Nice job, Svein and team Starboard...





Here are the final results and rankings...

EJ loves standup paddling and beer...but, not necessarily in that order...;-)


Video clips below...





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