Archive for August, 2010

Hanging With Master Designer Brian Szymanski at the NCP Shaping Room

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Brian SzymanskiI often try and cruise over to the Ding King at about 5.30pm because I can almost always catch Brian in full creative mode, and  I was not disappointed today. Although usually I’m prepared with my GoPro HD but today I was just returning from a work appointment  and all I had with me was my crappy old blackberry 8330 – the worlds worst video camera. After this my GoPro is staying in my truck!

Anyway, it was good enough to capture some super interesting tidbits with regards to the new 14′ SUP SURF prototype with a California Rocker, which Brian is working on for the Battle of the Paddle etc. This board will be as user friendly as a race board can be, stable yet fast and a great board for mere mortals and heavier guys wanted some extra stability without sacrificing glide.  I plan on owning one of these as soon as possible – Cool stuff Brian thanks Bud!

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Some Cool Videos from the SUP World Cup Hamburg 2010

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

SUP Worldcup 2010 in HamburgThere is not much info or news releases out there on this cool event in Hamburg although I did find some interesting videos for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

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Complete Results list for 2010 Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Result list for Catalina Classic Paddleboard race 2010

Paddleboard Race 2010 Result list
On Sunday, August 29th, 2010, paddlers from all over the United States and from as far away as Australia will take to the waters off of Southern California in the 35th Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race, the premier and most historical paddleboard race in the world. Officially started in 1955 by Los Angeles County Lifeguard Bob Hogan, the first Catalina crossing was won in 1932 by Tom Blake, beating out Pete Peterson and Wally Burton in just under 6 hours.Here are the results for 35th Catalina Classic Paddleboard race run August 29th 2010. Eighty-seven paddlers started the race and only two did not finish!…

Place Finish Time R-10 Time Last Name First Name M/F Class Racer Comments
1 5:34:06 4:09:36 Buckley Adam M U I can’t believe it!
2 5:41:03 4:18:36 Rocheleau Brian M U
3 5:47:06 4:20:56 Vela Anthony M U
4 5:48:26 4:19:45 Plesk George M U
5 5:51:51 4:2225 Miller Jay M U
6 5:55:30 4:27:24 Robinson Tod M U
7 6:03:35 4:29:30 Cruz JP M U
8 6:09:46 Hursty Peter M U
9 6:10:20 Shlens Steve M U
10 6:14:00 Duryea Tom M S
11 6:14:29 Miralle Donald M U
12 6:15:09 Berthe Mereric M U
13 6:17:15 Sullivan Matt M S
14 6:17:27 Scheckman Jay M S
15 6:17:40 4:43:35 Roebuck Ron M U
16 6:18:40 4:47:07 Abbey Keao M U
17 6:18:59 Scoggins Shane M S
18 6:21:47 Noell Jeff M U
19 6:22:38 4:48:45 Rusher Scott M U
20 6:23:30 4:50:37 Weems Doug M U
21 6:24:38 4:51:27 Abbott Eric M S
22 6:25:12 4:50:37 Walls Matt M U
23 6:25:13 4:50:37 Shulein Mark M U
24 6:27:09 4:46:50 Russell Jay M U
25 6:30:50 4:55:53 Charlton Bert M S
26 6:31:48 4:54:00 Bobroff Nick M U
27 6:33:51 Bates Austin M S
28 6:36:19 4:54:05 Loren George M U
29 6:40:44 Ellis Tobin M U
30 6:40:55 5:02:38 Ambrosi Jo F S

2010 Catalina Classic Results

Place Finish Time R-10 Time Last Name First Name M/F Class Racer Comments
31 6:42:40 Collins Michael M U
32 6:44:27 Carroll John M U
33 6:45:21 Sterling Pete M U
34 6:47:20 McMullen Jonathan M S
35 6:48:25 Erhard Ron M S
36 6:50:02 Malone Jack M U
37 6:50:58 First Max M S
38 6:58:28 O’Brien DJ F S
39 6:53:31 Loren Jon M S
40 6:53:35 Coon Tommy M S
41 6:54:30 Bark Joe M U
42 6:55:24 Wheeler Matthew M U
43 6:55:26 Weber Jason M U
44 6:55:42 Streeter Matt M U
45 6:56:58 Stringer Dave M U
46 6:59:24 Bennett Mike M U
47 7:00:56 Rochelaeu Marc M U
48 7:01:13 Pepper Joel M S
49 7:01:18 Mackie Sam M S
50 7:03:44 Marsolek Tuffer M U
51 7:04:38 Horton Tom M U
52 7:04:46 Alford Nick M U
53 7:07:05 Howerton Jason M U
54 7:07:33 Herman Bill M U
55 7:07:35 Moore Ian M S
56 7:07:37 Maxwell Woody M U
57 7:14:46 Cornic Alban M U
58 7:16:04 Newsome Josh M U
59 7:16:42 Chambra Kimo M U
60 7:18:31 Ellis Rodney M S

2010 Catalina Classic Results

Place Finish Time R-10 Time Last Name First Name M/F Class Racer Comments
61 7:23:30 Abraham Jon M U
62 7:24:40 Honea Jeff M U
63 7:25:00 Tomlin Gary M U
64 7:26:36 Burger Ryan M U
65 7:26:49 Bednark Darrell M U
66 7:27:41 McConnell Gus M U
67 7:28:05 Bates Dan M U
68 7:43:30 Bates Spencer M S
69 7:44:43 Gillot Jeffrey M S
70 7:47:23 Cohn Jeff M U
71 7:47:29 Cody Kevin M U
72 7:49:24 Dunklin Jeffrey M U
73 7:51:00 Furniss Justin M U
74 7:53:09 Neubauer Scott M U
75 7:54:55 6:02:00 Rogers Carly M S
76 8:01:29 Annis Casey M S
77 8:14:34 Bear Erik M U
78 8:14:35 Burrows Tim M U
79 8:14:37 Dobbie Conrad M U
80 8:18:38 Pulaski Cassimir M S
81 8:20:58 Wright Adam M U
82 8:22:30 Ambrose Philip M U
83 8:26:55 Powers Christina M U
84 DNF Tubbs Kathryn F S
85 DNF Karlsson Magnus M U
86 DNS Anderson Tyler M U
87 DNS Hinds Tom M S

Travel – Namotu Trip

Monday, August 30th, 2010

If you have a bucket list and Namotu isn’t at the top of it, then put it there.  I just got back from Namotu, Fiji and I can’t believe that I haven’t been there in eleven years.  I used to go there at least once a year all through the nineties and a lot of times I would go twice a year.  I used to look at it as my mental therapy.  Sort of like before enlightenment, chop wood carry water, after enlightenment, chop wood carry water.  Meaning life is so clear and simple when I’m there.  No bills, no rush hour, no phones (though you can use one if you want), no driving, no kids fighting, no pressure!!  Just surf, eat (great food), drink Fiji bitters and hang with your friends.

Scotty and Mandy (the managers) have done such a great job at creating a vibe that is just perfect for a little five acre island in the middle of paradise.  Namotu lefts just seem to go on forever and are perfect for stand up especially when the current starts to move in or out.  Swimming pools is probably my favorite wave in the world.  You never feel like you’re in danger.  You can long or short board it and again it’s perfect for stand up.  It’s got a barrel then a big cut back, and it’s easy to square off the bottom and hit the lip.  It’s just a really easy wave to have fun on.  Imagine Malibu on it’s best day ever then clean it up a bit, crystallize the water, put the water temp. at 76 degrees, take away the crowd, put Tavarua in the back ground and ta-daa!!!  You’ve got pools.  Now that the reef rights have opened, if you want to step your game up you can go to Cloud Break, but it can be crowded so be prepared.  I prefer the mellowness of the Namotu line ups.

The staff on the island are incredible and a lot of so called resorts could learn from them when it comes to hospitality.  They are so friendly and greet you by name in the morning, and their bulas and vinakas never feel forced or contrived.  In fact, I would say the friendliness of the people is just as big of a reason to go there as any.  The snorkeling is world class and if you bring along non-surfing friends they will take you fishing everyday if you want.  Chances are you will be eating whatever you catch by dinner.

I can’t tell you enough about how much I enjoyed myself while I was there.  The group of people I was with helped to make it such a terrific experience. Chances are if you take a trip down you just might see me there.  In fact I’m already starting to set up a Kalama Kamp on Namotu for next year.  If you do one thing for yourself this year, do Namotu!

Aloha,

Dave

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Race Results for the 2010 35th Catalina Classic Paddleboard Championships

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Adam Buckley Catalina ClassicOn Sunday, August 29th, 2010, paddlers from all over the United States and from as far away as Australia took to the waters off of Southern California in the 35th Catalina Classic Paddleboard Championships, the premier and most historical paddleboard race in the world. Officially started in 1955 by Los Angeles County Lifeguard Bob Hogan, the first Catalina crossing was won in 1932 by Tom Blake, beating out Pete Peterson and Wally Burton in just under 6 hours.

Adam Buckley conquered 32 miles of choppy and cold water on the open-ocean course Sunday to win the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race, which starts at the island’s Isthmus Cove in Catalina Island and ended in Manhattan Beach.

The 32-year-old Hermosa Beach resident improved his 2009 time by 23 minutes to go from 19th to first in 5 hours, 34 minutes, 6 seconds.

Brian Rocheleau, 29, of Kailua in Hawaii, finished second in 5:41:03. Anthony Vela, 36, an L.A. County lifeguard  finished third in 5:47:06 in his first race.

Vela was hanging with Buckley during the first 10 miles. but then was dropped or Vela took a different route north.

He is quoted in the daily breeze as saying “I don’t think either one of us knew what we were doing in terms of the course,” Buckley said, smiling. “It’s hard to say what’s the best way to go at some points, but I’d been told head north, so I think I took more of a straight line.”

“We were way off course,” Vela said, “then I think he did choose the best route, but he’s such an incredible paddler. That’s why he won.”

It was obvious after the race that the paddleboarders were equal parts competitors and friends. The surfing/paddleboard community is a tight one and the shared experience is important to them.

“This is a great finish, seeing all these people and the excitement,” said Rocheleau, who finished fourth in 2009. “It’s great to see the sport is alive over here like it is in Hawaii.

“I came here because I wanted to experience the race and see some friends. It’s amazing what Buckley did in his second try.”

The race, which began at 6 a.m. in Catalina, is one of the sport’s great tests of endurance and skill.

“It’s definitely a challenge,” Rocheleau said. “Your mind wanders a bit out on the ocean. It’s kind of a meditative thing. I think we all share that part of it, being out on the ocean.”

For Vela, this year’s Catalina Classic had special meaning. He dedicated his first 32-mile race to one of his friends and heroes, the late Jim Miller, who has a charitable foundation in his name.

“I did this for Jim,” Vela said. “I kept thinking about what he did for me during the race. When I finished, the feeling was almost indescribable …

“I cried. It meant a lot to me.”

Typical of the competitors, Vela was as happy for Buckley was he was for himself. And he was delighted by the positive turnout.

“The South Bay community understands what this race is about,” Vela said. “The paddling community is pretty special.

“There’s something about sharing the experience on the ocean. All paddlers started as surfers. The ocean is what bonds us.”

Tom Duryea of Coronado finished 10th overall in 6:14:00 and was the stock winner .  Matt Sullivan and Jay Scheckman finished second and third in the stock division and took a solid 13th and 14th overall  in 6:17:15 and 6:17:27.

Aussie Jo Ambrosi, 38, won the four-woman division in 6:40:55. DJ O’Brien, 44, Carly Rogers, 34, and Christina Powers, 33-all members of the South Bay Mermaids-finished behind her in 6:52:28, 7:54:55 and 8:26:55.

Eighty-seven paddlers started the race and only two did not finish. Other top-15 finishers not mentioned previously were:

4. George Plsek, 41, Solano Beach, 5:48:28;

5. Jay Miller, 42, Cardiff, 5:51:51;

6. Todd Robinson, 45, San Diego, 5:55:30;

7. JP Cruz, 46, Hermosa Beach, 6:03:35;

8. Peter Hursty, Honolulu, 6:09:46;

9. Steve Schlens, 40, Santa Barbara, 6:10:20;

10. Tom Duryea of Coronado in 6:14:00

11. Donald Miralle, 36, Carlsbad, 6:14:21;

12. Mederic Berthe, 36, Carlsbad, 6:15:09;

15. Ron Roebuck, 45, Hermosa Beach, 6:17:40.

For full list of results

Event – Catalina Classic 32 mile Paddleboard Marathon 2010

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Brian Szymanksi Catalina ClassicThe continuing a legacy of emphatic competition and good vibes. The race, a grueling 32-mile paddle from Catalina Island to Manhattan Beach in Southern California, traditionally encapsulates the spirit of being a waterman. The race challenges the minds and bodies of weary competitors who devote their lives to ocean adventures. Since the 50’s, the race has seen some of the world’s greatest watermen including Dale Velzy, Micky Munoz, Miki Dora, Laird Hamilton, Buzzy Kerbox, Jaimie Mitchell, the current Catalina Classic champion Kyle Daniels, and the late Weldon “Gibby” Gibson. Gibby was a founding father of the Catalina Classic and was involved in every race including the 2007 Classic until he passed away on August 9th. Gibby’s spirit and vision will forever be remembered and memorialized through this race.

This years race will see the new generation of paddlers cross the channel.

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JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg

Friday, August 27th, 2010

SUP World Cup 2010 Hamburg GermanyThe JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg, called the world famous SUP flat water event, is a PRO / AM SUP competition in the HafenCity of Hamburg, Germany. After the huge success of the premiere in 2009, the world best SUP pros and amateurs will battle again for a price money of 15.000€.
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The fight for the title of German SUP Champion is getting more and more serious. Saturday 7th August, the JEVER German SUP Tour will make its third stop, this time at the Hanse Sail in Rostock.

The athletes want to achieve a good starting position for the last and determining sprint race (1000 metres) which will take place within the JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg (27.08.-29.08.) At the huge finale in the HafenCity, Hamburg, the best Amateurs will paddle for the German SUP Championship watched by the world best SUP PROs.

There have already been two stops of this serial, which is approved as the most important national SUP flatwater tour by the German Surfing Association (Deutscher Wellenreit Verband (DWV)). At the “Hafenfest” in Münster and during the “Kieler Woche” the Stand Up Paddlers inspired the spectators with thrilling races. In the overall ranking of the women Corinna Hahn from Berlin is in the lead, followed by Nina Krüger from Münster. The best men are Andreas Wolter from Berlin und Christian Hahn.

But nothing is decided yet: The tour stop in Rostock is able to change everything because the ranking points of the best paddlers are very close together.

A great incentive for all participants: The winner will receive a wildcard for the JEVER SUP World Cup in Hamburg, where the sprint race will be evaluated as last race of the German Amateur Championship. The best three amateurs will also get the chance to compete with the professionals.

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Chuck Patterson & Karen Wrenn teach a SUP Stand Up Paddle clinic at Adrift Tahoe

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Learn to Paddle with Chuck Patterson & Karen WrennPro paddle athletes Chuck Patterson & Karen Wrenn teach a Stand Up Paddle clinic at Adrift Tahoe during the 2010 Quiksilver TA-HOE NALU Paddle Festival at Lake Tahoe..posted by Karen Wrenn

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WAIKIKI QUEENS DUKE’S OCEANFEST GOES LIVE TODAY

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

C4 Waterman Surf SUP Race on Thursday 26thCelebrate the life and legacy of the world’s greatest aquatic athlete, Duke Kahanamoku, using their stream. Revered worldwide as the “Father of International Surfing”, and a three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968) developed his incredible ocean sports skills in the very same arena where Duke’s OceanFest takes place.

SUP  and paddleboard related races:

Thursday, August 26 Sporting Events:
C4 Waterman Surf SUP Race

Friday, August 27 Sporting Events:
Hawaiian Airlines Duke’s Legends Surf Classic
C4 Waterman Surf-Off

Saturday, August 28 Sporting Events:
Maui Jim Presents: 2010 Hawaii Paddleboard Championships – Duke’s Race

Learn to Paddle with Chuck Patterson & Karen Wrenn at the 2010 Quiksilver TA-HOE NALU Paddle Festival

Saturday, August 21st, 2010
Learn to Paddle with Chuck Patterson & Karen Wrenn

Learn to Paddle with world class paddlers Chuck Patterson & Karen Wrenn at the 2010 Quiksilver TA-HOE NALU Paddle Festival. Secure your tickets today by using paddleathlete.com easy ticket block below!

Curtis Hesselgrave ~ Master SUP and Paddleboard Fin Designer

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Fins - Curtis Hesselgrave SUP and Paddleboard Fin DesignerCurtis Hesselgrave is one of those guys you never hear about in the mainstream media and he deserves far more credit than he gets. He has done a ton of work in the designing and building process at my R&D at “DIVISION 585”, and over the years we have  been able to work together to make cutting edge stuff. Together have come up with some great templates back to my traditional paddle board designs which were ideal for the California kelp crossings and other areas. We have worked together by creating and testing paddleboard fins in all conditions, making them travel tested, changed tested, passed around tested,  race won tested and we are still on our journey for perfection.

He now offers three designs that cover you in any condition you may find and he is my pick for the best fin designer in the  world. I have raced using most of fins on all types of boards and with great results and he now offers three designs that cover you in any condition you may experience. I have turned other racers onto his designs for many reasons and the grey fins are the ones we use on Maui and Molokai, and on a 14′ downwind board I think the 9″ curtisbluewater is the best fin available the the tourquise fin is for weeds and kelp and shallow water.

Thank you Curtis for providing us with these great fins and here is some additional information of interest from the horses mouth. ~ Brian

These fins are 1.5 years of design evolution for racing fins for SUP.

The first one in the series is the keel style Hatchet Fin that we call the “Kelp Cutter”. It is 6.5” deep and blows through kelp paddies as if they were not there. When we first developed this fin E.J. said that he no longer had to go outside or around even the thickest kelp paddies.

The second design in the series is the yellowish fin and the red fin on the right. This fin was designed for the 2010 Catalina race to provide more stability than the kelp cutter and still shed some weeds. E.J. and Brandi smoked on this fin (they got it two days before the race) winning the 12’6” division by 5 minutes. Further testing demonstrated that the fin was a bit large and was not as quick on and off the bumps as we wanted. The newer version of this  fin is named the “Eel Grass” and is raked a bit more to help to shed light weeds and scaled down to 9” from the original 9.8” to make it a little quicker, while still maintain excellent directional stability.

The third design, the two smoke fins on the left and the blue fin in the middle, is named the “Bluewater” it is a dedicated  downwind fin and also designed for buoy racing where quick turns are a must. The three fins here are the prototypes and are three different sizes, all the same template. We did this to find the right amount of area. In testing leading up to the 2010 Molokai race the 9” version was found to have the best sea keeping qualities in the cross winds, quartering seas and large swell. The boys placed first in the three man 14” division quite a few places in front of the next division finishers. Rumor has it that Brian was doing soul arches and speed squats he was having so much fun – the gear worked perfectly. ~ Curtis Hesselgrave

Curtis Hesselgrave SUP and Paddleboard fin designerVisit Curtis and buy some fins and you will not regret it!!

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Joe Bark talks about latest SUP design for Surftech 14′ Dominator

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Joe Bark Talks about the Surftech 14' Dominator PaddleBoard Specialists caught up with the one and only Joe Bark at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, UT last week. Joe was happy to show off the new Surftech Dominator 14’ race board. Joe calls this the big brother to the Surftech Competitor 12’6”. In Joe’s own words, it is the “Magic Board”. We know we love the Competitor 12’6” and can’t wait to get this one out on our glassy lakes for some serious speed. Joe even admits that there is a bit of mystery involved in how stable, fast, and well tracking his boards are. We don’t know what it is either, maybe it is the rigorous testing Joe does, the years of experience, or just the result of a shaper who is overflowing with passion for the sport. Whatever it is, we like it.

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Insight about “Me my Shark and I”

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

What lurks below every day
I have been stand up paddling for the last 5 years traveling the world chasing waves, paddling long distance ocean channels and coastlines and racing. The sport of stand up paddling gives you such a great view of marine life as you stand on top of your board paddling through the oceans and lakes. I think that is one of the most intriguing beauties that makes stand up paddling so inviting. “You are your own captain of your ship, exploring the waters of the world”.
Ever since I have been stand up paddling, I have witnessed some unbelievable moments of mother Natures creations paddling in the ocean. I have had a Blue whale breech in front of me, startled a huge Marlin sunning itself on the surface, paddled along side dolphins, Grey whales, Whale sharks, Thresher and Mako sharks and in the last 2 years several Great White encounters.
For someone who rarely paddles in the ocean; this could be pretty scary, but for someone like me who spends almost every day in it, It is magic.
San Onofre beach has been known for hundreds of shark sightings; in my opinion because of the Power plant that sits just South of the beach park that uses the salt water for cooling and the warm water that flows back in attracts big numbers of fish and marine life and this coastline has been a known breeding ground for several sharks for over a hundred years.
Stand up paddle surfing at San O
For the last couple of years paddling that stretch of beach, many of us have had Mako, Thresher and Great White sharks swim under and around us while SUP surfing in the line up. The sharks have always been there; it’s just until now because we are standing up on our boards paddling, that we have a better view of what lurks below. Most of the sharks we have seen vary from 6′ to around 10′ in length with a couple rare sightings of 12′ and bigger. With a huge abundance of fish, these sharks are fed well and have only been curious of what else shares their waters.
It’s become a normal occurrence where someone has seen a shark just about every other day. The more you see them, the more comfortable you get which in turn can be a mistake, being that these kings of the sea are still very wild and unpredictable. In the past 2 years I have had some very long encounters where I have had a shark swim around me off and on for a couple hours. I would paddle around chasing down waves and like a puppy dog, it would be waiting for me just outside the surf zone. Kind of creepy, but it has always captured my own curiosity as well. It’s like being in Africa and stumbling across a lion or tiger in the bush or even fishing in Alaska and seeing a grizzly bear catching fish in the same river your fishing in.
I have always wanted to take a photo of these sharks that swim along side us, but every time I took my water camera with me, I would never see one. Then finally, after SUP surfing with a couple good friends one afternoon where we had a 7′-8′ shark circle us off and on for a half hour, I was determined to get a photo the next day. I rigged up an extension pole with one of the new GoPro HD HERO water proof cameras and paddled out on my 12’6 Hobie SUP race board to the same spot we saw the shark the day before and within 5 minutes there he was.
Pretty unbelievable to see in person.
It was a little freaky because I was looking forward and as I was scanning the horizon I accidentally startled the shark which was just behind me and as it took off, it’s tail hit my board bringing me to my knees to keep myself from falling in the water. After a moment of confusion and clarity; I stood up and set up my camera rig to take photos. A couple minutes passed and shark was no where to be seen. I had blown my only opportunity to capture a rare moment and then he appeared about 4o feet off the nose of my board. I’m not quite sure if this was the same shark or a smaller one. He made a couple wide passes and then came pretty close to where I could follow him swimming past with the pole cam. I shot a couple shots and then changed the setting to Video mode and was lucky to capture a couple really cool clips of  him circling before taking off. I paddled around searching for him and caught a couple more waves and paddled in.

Finally, I had some photos and video that I could study and share with friends. When I got home that night, my wife and I went over the photos and video and were blown away at what we saw. It was a 7′-8′ juvenile Great White shark that looked pretty Gurthy around his mid section. Totally stoked on my find, I put my video on Vimeo and posted it along with a couple photos on my Face Book to share with my friends. To my surprise; the next morning I was bombarded by phone calls and emails about the video.
I had no idea that this was so out of the ordinary because we see these sharks almost every day. I was completely  shocked at the mayhem that ensued shortly after. The shark video went viral world wide and by the next day had over 1.2 million views. I was contacted by several Shark specialists and marine biologists along with the whole alphabet of world wide news like CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, you name it.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/08/13/earlyshow/living/petplanet/main6769557.shtml?tag=cbsnewsTwoColUpperPromoArea

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Ta-hoe Nalu Stand Up Paddleboard Festival

Monday, August 16th, 2010

4th Annual Ta-Hoe Nalu

Information

4th Annual Ta-Hoe Nalu Notice to Participants:

Registration/Reception August 20, 2010 at Event Site 2:00pm to 7:00pm Kings Beach, Ca

Live Concert on the Beach after Registration Reception

Luau & Concert Saturday August 21, 2010 5pm to 10pm

Check in for Races 1 hour prior to each Race

Contact: paddletahoe@ta-hoenula.com – Ernie 775-772-2927

Full Version Molokai Video..

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Here it is guys and gals.. It’s a pretty long Video but Joss tried to capture the whole process of leaving Oahu for Molokai and the stuff that goes on in between and of course the race.. Hope you enjoy it …. Cheers JM

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/14003683[/vimeo]

Chuck Patterson Interview & Go Pro Video Great White sharks circling off San Onofre

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Interview with Chuck Patterson Great White CaliforniaChuck Patterson mentions his SUP was actually was bumped by the Great White Shark off San O’ prior to using his waterproof video camera capture the shark circling him.  Chuck mentions he was a little apprehensive at first, but curiosity drove with to take a few snaps with his GoPro® Helmet HERO™ Wide Camera.  The clarity of the underwater footage from the HD Go Pro and subsequent screen grabs makes you definitely feel right up there with him, although we’d probably just rather he took ’em than us 🙂

It’s not uncommon for Great Whites to be in this area and fish was really just inquisitive, coming this close and having a look see. From my experience the one you don’t see are the problem, and we are most appreciative of Chuck sharing this footage of this magnificent animal.


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Tip – Dealing With White Water

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Dave Kalama dealing with white waterI’ve been thinking about this some more since writing this tip and have a couple more things that might help.  The advice I gave is good for when you want to try and get over the white water, but what about when it’s to big and you can’t.  I basically have three options to choose from.  Options one and two are the ones I use the most.

Option one, approach the wave as if you were going to try and get over it, but at the last moment before impact prepare to shoot the board up and over the white water.  Just as the wave is about to hit, shoot the board over it by leaning back and jetting the board forward.  If it is a longer board you may need to take an extra step on the way out the back.  Make sure you shoot the board with an upward projection so that it doesn’t come straight back into you.  The whole purpose of this technique is to get the board over the white water so that it doesn’t pull so much with the leash and potentially take somebody out that is behind you.  Of course your sacrificing yourself a little, but at this point it’s about damage control.  Remember after shooting the board, get yourself down underwater in case the board decides to come back with the white water.

Next option, and perhaps the most challenging.  If you are from the old windsurf  days you’ll remember a move we called a “chicken jibe”.  It starts with a quick turn around so that your pointed in.  Next, you start paddling hard for the shore and finally just before the wave overtakes you, get down low into your surfing stance.  Favor your weight forward, so that as the wave hits and tries to knock you back, you’ll be better prepared for impact.  Have the paddle on your front side and stick it back into the white water, this will enable you to pry against it for leverage to help keep you up.  The goal of this technique is to catch the white water, as opposed to getting run over by it.  After some practice you’ll be surprised with how big of a white water you can catch.

The last option is perhaps the easiest to execute.  Abandon ship!  I’ll only use this when I know I’m not endangering anybody inside of me and when the wave is so large, all bets are off.

One final tip is to keep your eyes open if possible and the water is somewhat clear.  This way you may be able to swim yourself up in between the boils coming down at you.

Aloha,

Dave

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George Plesk at Molokai – gives us an idea how rough it was!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Molokai2Oahu George Plesk
Here’s a clip of George Plesk at the Molokai2Oahu race this year which gives a fantastic view into the conditions out in the channel – Blustery and uneven – definitely a challenge and a ton of hard work for sure.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bMUhu1jtpM[/youtube]

Tip – Climbing White Water

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Here’s a quick tip that may help you with getting over white water.

When I’m in my four man surfing canoe and we’re paddling back out through the surf, as we approach a white water, there are basically two things we try to do.  One, pick up a little extra speed on the approach, and two keep paddling right through the white water.  The same is true for stand up.  On the last five strokes prior to hitting the white water, pick it up a little to maximize your inertia that will help carry you over it.  Next, and this is where most people make their mistake, keep paddling through the white water (or at least take a stroke) as the nose of the board initially hits it, in order to pull yourself through the first part. This serves two purposes, it will help get you over the initial climb and two, your blade will be in the water already to act as a stabilizing device in case the white water is trying to knock you off.  What you don’t want to do is raise your paddle high, which I see people do all the time.

The next little key to success is to move your normal back foot back slightly just before impact, this will help create a little extra stability.  Meaning if you are regular footed in your surf stance, then move your right foot back prior to impact and vice versa if your a goofy foot.  How much you move that foot back is dependent upon how big the white water is.  Ankle to knee high white water and I will move it back maybe six inches to a foot.  Knee to waist, a foot or two, and head high and over I will move that rear foot back at least two to three feet.  One of the main reasons to move the foot back is to shift your weight back slightly so that the nose of the board will be elevated as it meets the front of the white water.  The trick becomes moving your weight back over your front foot just after impact to aid the board in climbing over it.  If you stay on your back foot to long it will usually end in popping a wheelie and then flying out the back door.  It also helps if you can have the paddle on your front side, meaning your right side for regular stance and your left for goofy.

I hope this helps and good luck.

Aloha,

Dave

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Starboard’s Paddleboard Pro Rider John Hibbard’s Plan for Success in SUP

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Starboard’s Paddleboard Pro Rider John Hibbard’s Plan for Success in SUP

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Last Friday, I got at you guys with this interview I had with John Hibbard’s Insider Info on the UK SUP Racing Scene

http://star-board-sup.com/blog/2010/08/hibbard-on-uk-sup-racing/

Now, we have a little bit more information about the man behind http://standuppaddlesurf.co.uk/. John has worked hard to bring together the paddleboarding community in the UK and  has a bunch of great information on races all over the world.

Here’s the original pro-rider interview we got with him I can’t wait to see what he has to say in his next interview…check back here for an update on some amazing tips he gave me on picking the right paddle.

How did you get in to SUP?
I saw it on the Internet and thought it looked pretty cool. That was two years ago. Now I’m hooked.

What was your biggest accomplishment in 2008?
It would have to be either winning the Uk sup distance title, getting 2nd in the Uk sup surf titles, setting a new record for paddling around Brownsea Island or taking the drop at Teahupoo. All of those were pretty special. That’s the beauty of the sport.

There are so many new challenges that you can achieve a lot if you want to.


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Who impresses you the most?
Ekolu Kalama is a fearless paddler. Going for a surf with Ekolu opens your mind.

Where are you favorite spot for SUP?
For me the beauty of sup in surf is that you don’t need the best waves. By choosing the right board you turn a slow, gutless wave into something a whole lot more interesting.
Tahiti is a special place though.

What has so far been your most exiting moment with SUP?
Probably paddling into Teahupoo for the first time. Or the first time I stood on a board and realized there was something pretty cool about it.

What do you prefer, surfing solo or in group?
Much prefer to me with some friends, trading waves and laughs.

What other projects are you working on right now?
Training for the longest paddle race in the Uk – if not the world.

What are your goals for 2009?
To win the Uk sup surf and distance titles. To complete the Devices to Westminster paddle race in the Uk. Something like 130 miles in 4 days. It’s the first time a sup paddler has been allowed to enter this historic race.

Apart from that I just aim to continue to spread the good word about sup (dont be a wave hog) and ride as many different spots around the world. Both surf and flat water.

Jim Terrell Founder of Quick Blade on Stand Up Paddle Technique

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

4 Time Olympic paddler Jim Terrell on paddle techniqueJim Terrell, a 4 time Olympic canoeist knows a little about paddling, here he shares what he feels are the 4 most important components of paddling. This is a slightly older video (December 2008) but extremely useful and very relevant to today SUP racers. Highly recommended for all paddle Athletes!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ANelSnn0y8[/youtube]

Brian Szymanski shaping EJ’s new 14′ Prototype

Sunday, August 8th, 2010
14' Racing board for EJ used in Tahoe

Starboard Proto 14'

I’ve been in my shaping room for the weekend but managed to put some time in the water as well. Here is a slide show of some pics of the new Starboard prototype that EJ is going to be racing in Tahoe.

One thing I’ve figured out through experience is that hot weather makes lighter boards, so I’ve worked hard to get this together this weekend. I used only one layer of carbon on each side with custom laps and patches to keep in comp light. I really am interested in seeing how this runs downwind, because I’ve have a feeling we got a magic one.
Living in Cardiff is awesome because I get to do resin work then go for a SUP at Cardiff Reef, add another  layer and get back in the water – and again! In fact now that my family is out of town for a few days I’ve getting in three sessions a day. Board building is supposed to be fun after all, and this is especially true when you’re building boards for guys like EJ!

Paddle On!

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