Archive for August, 2010

Matt Friedman heading in towards China wall on Oahu

Friday, August 6th, 2010
Starboard 14' SURF RACE Molokai
Matt Friedman heading in towards China wall on Oahu, riding the Starboard 14′ SURF/RACE with Hawaii rocker designed by Brian Szymanski.

John Hibbard’s Insider Info on the UK SUP Racing Scene

Friday, August 6th, 2010

John Hibbard Starboard Rider

Starboard Team Rider

I’ll tell you more about what’s going on in the UK SUP race scene in a second, let me tell you a little bit about John first. He “didn’t quite care for paddleboarding” at first, but Svein Rasmussen the founder of Starboard got him on a  10’0″-34″ super stable board like the Whopper Club. Now, John Hibbard rides with the best in the sport and has been riding with Starboard for a long time.

John is a legend in his own right, heading up the largest paddleboard community website in all of the UK and arguably Europe. If your based out of the UK check out his site for info on races at

psst….John knows paddles. Straight up. John knows paddles.  He gave me what amounts to 3 golden rules for picking the right paddle to get your winning stroke down; this will help everyone on a paddleboard from beginners to pro’s you can check out that article at the Starboard Blog next week.

double psst….win a race board?>>>The feedback we got from our survey was awesome!
We are giving away two paddleboards from our 2011 quiver for survey respondants
so you just doubled your chances of winning

So back to the Insider Info on the UK SUP race scene, here’s a quote from John that sums

up this step in the evolution of paddle board athletes extremely well.

Note: If you read one piece of article today about stand up paddle boarding let it be this one

Everyone is coming in now, everyone wants a piece, everyone wants to be the first and the fastest. We are pulling in people from every sports industry, SUP is an everyman, woman, and child sport. Challenges from distance sports like rowers, triathletes, physically and mentally strong and it will be interesting to see how those guys get involved and push our level up. Full on athletes its awesome for the sports and everyone can learn from each other and  help everybody else step up.

A lot of paddle board pro riders are fine riding side or trimming its second nature, rough weather we’ll still beat  a rower with out too much problem. But in ideal conditions or artificial environments like swimming pools on mile 27 that’s where that mental attitude of a seasoned athlete disciplined in rowing can get ultra competitive.

There is more to be said about winning than just muscle and mental when you are in an increasingly more competitive sports climate it comes down to gear.  Boards engineered with racers in mind and steady feedback from a team of 30 beta testers known as the Starboard Paddle Board Pro Team that are out there winning races on our 2011 quiver of race boards and competing with the top athletes. We’ve engineered in some innovative technologies that will keep you competitive from your first race to your last.

Check out what John had to say about them;

The “original paddle boarder” is going to have to start learning how to train like an Olympian and it’s going to be a very interesting time coming in 2011. Just take a look at the initial uptake of new faces onto the race scene.

Starboard’s racing paddle boards are definitely design for speed: You guys have the development duo of Brian Szymanski and Ernst Johnson and the power of those racing shapes. Their new shapes have come through with the surf and race class and brought racing to another level.

Brushed carbon boards that are lighter and stiffer than other boards out there. Any advancement you’re going to get is in those boards (the 2011 raceboards.) At such a high level and at a such a competitive level even gaining a couple of feet can mean winning by a couple of feet. 12’6 and 12’6 plus has been an amazing shape and width.

The 12’6 is progressive and maneuverable, you don’t worry about falling in on a choppy day and the balance…the balance is nice and stable.


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Molokai Teaser…

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Well the big one is done and dusted ….. What a great year. A huge amount of Aussie’s invaded the Hawaiian Island Chain this year to take on the Channel. I think we were represented by Queensland , N.S.W and West OZ. Great job everyone.. As they all found out the Channel isn’t a perfect downwind run.. It never has been and never will be. Thats why it is the challenge that it is and why you feel such satisfaction coming across that line.

I was lucky enough to have my Fiance Joss do some filming of the process of doing the channel. She has done a great job and here is a little teaser of what is to come. The full version will be available in the next week.. Well i hope everyone has had a little break and is recovered.. I am on the road at the moment and have just been to Utah and am on my way to New York in a few days then off to Lake Tahoe. A busy few weeks and i’m really looking forward to being back home on the Gold Coast. Thanks for all the support of my Fiance,Family and Friends. Couldnt do it without you guys. Take care JM

Molokai Teaser ( from Jamie Mitchell on Vimeo.

Starboard 6’6″ designed by Brian Szymanski

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Starboard impossible 6'6"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.


Starboard SUP needs your opinion on something

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010



Hey loyal and faithful Starboarders,

Help us with this survey and there’s a special incentive in it for you.

(nudge, nudge) Get entered to win ANY one of our boards in the 2011 Quiver of Paddleboards

So lets hit it:

I’ve got to be honest In the last couple of months, I’ve been getting some great ideas and requests for various new website functions and paddleboard features from you guys!

Now, I would personal love to call each of you up and talk to you about Paddle Boards(I have)  but…time is a limiting factor, and I want to be sure I’m delivering you all what YOU need.

You could help me out and answer my little paddleboard survey questionnaire. ; )

Get entered to win ANY board in our 2011 Quiver of Paddleboards (nudge, nudge).

>>>>So lets hit it:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Sincerely yours,

Benton Jones

Online Marketing Manager
skype: starboard.benton

You pretty much rock!

Rare clip of Dan Gavere: Owning the rapids on his Whopper Paddleboard

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Recently we posted Dan Gavere’s Ultimate Paddle Boarder’s Bucket List of Surfspots and one of you guys pointed out this rare video of Dan owning on his Whopper Paddleboard.  We couldn’t not put up this video of Gavere paddling Punchbowl Falls.

If you’re craving more stand up paddle board videos check out Dan’s entire channel (he’s got some amazing videos of Nikki Greg  paddling  the Glenwood Wave)

Dan Gavere’s Stand Up Paddleboard Video Channel

Nikki Greg Paddleboarding the Glenwood Wave

Definitely a well down paddleboard video I’m looking forward to more paddleboarding videos from Nikki Greg and Dan Gavere! Check back here for all sortsa good stuff from them and our other paddleboard pro riders soon.

The Ultimate Paddle Boarder’s Bucket List of Surfspots

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Hello faithful reader,

Do you know what a bucket list is?

It’s simple enough—it’s a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.” If you don’t have one yet start it off with these paddle surf spots.

Now, this isn’t just any old bucket list; this is the wet dream ultimate list of paddle board surf spots.

We polled, surveyed, and prodded the best paddle board pro team in the Stand Up Paddle Boarding Industry–Starboard SUP’s international team gave us their top spots and why you should be riding them today. There are a couple of strange paddle surf spots suggested to dip your paddle in…you might be surprised with the locations we chose.

Make sure you make it down to Connor Baxter’s bucket list. These Paddleboard Surf Spots are the sexiest waves available on earth and most definitely ones you need to be paddling immediately.

Dan Gavere’s Bucket List: Keeping it real representing the best America has to offer

5. Pacific City, OR Brew Pub with free outdoor hot showers on the beach
4. Newport, OR  3 excellent spots, usually not too crowded
3. Cardiff Reef SUP accepted there and it’s a great wave
2. Santa Cruz, great rights and some fun out of the way spots too.
1. North Shore Hawaii, because there are so many different spots to hit.

Sean Poynter’s Bucket List: Sean let’s the pictures do the talking

  1. Pipeline/Backdoor, Hawaii

Paddleboarding Pipeline

2. Snapper Rocks, Australia

Paddle boarding the Snapper rocks

3. Lower Trestles, California

Paddleboarding Lower Tresltes

4. Lances Right, Mentawais

paddle boarding at lances right

5. Macaroni’s, Mentawais

paddle boarding macaroni

6. Hossegor, France

Hoessegor, France stand up paddle board

7. J-Bay, South Africa

j bay paddle board

8. Dessert Point, Lombok

paddleboarding desset point

9. Playa Conchalio, El Salvador

paddlebaording at playa conchalio

10. Middles, Puerto Rico

paddleboarding middles puerto rico

I have chosen these waves as they are all waves that you can fit a stand up in the barrel, that is all that matters. -David Muir

David Muir’s Bucket List: Dave is a simple man with a simple plan of global wave domination.

10.Ulus Bali
9. Rifles Mentowies
8. Kerumas bali
7. Padang Padang Bali
6. Fiji Tavarua
5. France Hossegor
4. Mexico Econdito
3. Sunset Beach
2. Nias
1. Chopes

Mr. Connor Baxter the 15 year old pro rider who has gained a lot of respect around the Stand Up Paddle Board Marathon circuits recently.  A local to Maui his bucket list is grounded in solid experience and a deep love for the island of Hawaii. You can read more about him here Connor Baxter Gives You The Low Down On Winning The Mormaii 27 Mile Paillo Express

  1. Lanes Maui, Hawaii I like this spot because it is a left and it is super powerful.
  2. Pier 1 Maui, Hawaii I like this spot because it is a fun place to go to when it is big because it dose not close out.
  3. Outer Spreacks Maui, Hawaii I like this spot because it has a nice barrow and it dose not get crowded.
  4. Queens Oahu, Hawaii I like this spot because it is a fun rip able wave.
  5. Sunset Oahu, Hawaii I like this spot because it is a challenging wave that pushes your limit.
  6. Secret spots in Hawaii like this spot because there is never anyone out there. Yeah…I’m not telling.
  7. Chicama , Peru I like this spot because it is one of the longest lefts in the world and I am goofy foot.
  8. Shikoku, Japan I like this spot because all the people out there are super friendly and not agro.

Will you’ve got to the end of the The Ultimate Paddle Boarder’s Bucket List of SUP Surfspots what spots did we forget?

What are your favorite paddle board locations in the comments


Benton Jones