Archive for October, 2011

Windsurfing Dream- video by Bob Bohn

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

My friend and Blue Planet team rider Bob Bohn made this windsurfing video with some very creative camera angles and custom gopro mounts, cool stuff, thanks Bob!


VIDEO – Ridiculous Elk River to Revelstoke Kayaking – BC

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Starting out near Fernie BC at the Elk River, the crew travels up to Revelstoke for some big drop huckin, then back down to the Southwest of BC for the Squamish area classics, then to the classic skookumchuck narrows for some playboating. The crew had an incredible 4 weeks, and even brushed up on their hockey skills.

Shit on a Stick by Len Barrow

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

It’s What You Make of It: The Pre-Conceptual and Surfing
In the 12th century, a Zen master was asked by a monk “ what was the nature of the Buddha’s enlightenment?” He replied “SHIT ON A STICK”. This is an actual formal Zen Koan (a type of riddle). It came to my mind one day when I was surfing with a friend. We were traveling around looking for good waves, yet the waves on offer were “shitty” lumpy one foot crap.

My friend was grumbling about the state of the surf. He elaborated that his board was not designed for crappy waves. He also stated that only kooks surf lame waves. I convinced him to paddle out anyway and his moaning and groaning only worsened. I remember the look of frustration on his face and truly felt sorry for him.

Despite this I managed to have a great time. I was doing mini off the lips and tiny round house cutbacks. The day was sunny and I looked back at the green mountains with little fluffy clouds wafting by. I would then catch another wave bounce around and fall off. The whole experience was most enjoyable and I found myself giggling like a little boy who was getting away with something that he was not supposed to do.

I turned around to see my friend paddling into the beach. He sat on the shore with his arms crossed. On his face was a stern expression of anger. I caught a few waves more and paddled in and drove my disgruntled friend home.

This is when the “Shit On A Stick” Koan came into my mind. In a literal sense the Koan refers to how the people of old Asia would wipe their buttocks after defecating. They would actually use a stick. So the Zen master was stating that Zen is no more than the shit on a shit-stick.

This would appear to be a paradox. How could something like Zen be likened to the most filthy, polluted ”shitty” thing on the planet? Could it be that it is only our point of view?

When I recollected this Koan after dropping my friend off, I began to have a wonderful reflective experience. I wondered why I had such a great time while my friend had the lamest experience possible? Why was I thrilled in such shitty waves? It struck me like a lightning bolt. I WAS PAYING ATTENTION and he was not.

I then sat and wondered who had taught me to do this. My first thought came to my coach and mentor, Ben Aipa. He had coached me to a US Championship in Longboarding and was a true Zen master in his own right. He payed a great deal of attention to everything. His encyclopedia was the ocean and surfboard design.

More specifically Ben Aipa taught me how to focus my attention on different aspects of a wave. He informed me that all waves were magnificent creations of nature that “spoke” with different voices. Some were loud and some were soft, yet they were all asking you to work with their energies . He was an acute observer of nature’s ways.

Ben altered my perception of waves in the deepest way possible. Mr. Aipa taught me that any wave is good as long as you focus and pay attention to its energies. While I was training for the US Championships, Ben had me surf crappy waves on a daily basis. He would take me to Sandy Beach “Full Point”. This is literally the shitiest wave in the world. It usually has cross winds in excess of 25 mph and the wave is heavily backwashed. Yet Ben taught me how to “Sing” with Sandy Beach. He told me to focus my attention on only the breaking part of the wave and the” Bowl” that extends about 1 foot next to it the curl. When you focus your mind on this tiny section of the wave, even a tiny wave has power and juice. If you look at the whole wave you will miss this little gem of the bowl. By altering PERCEPTION USING ATTENTION you can turn any wave into a point break! Every wave becomes an enjoyable miracle.

In a way it all comes down to perception or conception of the wave in front of you. Ben Aipa and this Zen Koan were just asking me to return to the “pre-conceptual”. They were asking me to rely on an unborn instinct that we all have to make the best of all conditions from 10’ to 1’.

Similarly, Zen as depicted as shit on a shit stick in the Koan should not surprise us. It is only our perception that makes us revolted by crap being on a stick. Let us look at the phenomena of crap on a shit stick.

It takes a whole digestive system, not to mention a nervous system to create feces. This is truly a miracle of nature (their even exist groups of scientists who study fossilized turds!). The tree that became the stick needed the sun for photosynthesis (another amazing phenomena) and the earths weather system to allow it to grow. Therefore the shit stick is actually a beautiful miracle just as the lamest wave in the world is a miracle. It all depends on our perception of the object. This is what the Shit on a Stick Koan is asking us to think about.

With this change of perception applied to all things in life, we can move beyond conceptions of good and bad, life and death, polluted and unpolluted, rich and poor, good waves and bad waves. In Zen Buddhism, the goal is to return to your original mind which does not divide the world up according to prejudices. This mind was and is unborn and pre-conceptual in nature. Everything arises interdependently. There is not one phenomena in the world that is not interdependent therefore we should move away from the conception of the individual and egoism to achieve happiness. If you find this statement abstract, test the logic.

All is perfect. As long as natures is here, this interdependent mind is here.

The ego and self with its prejudices and likes and dislikes distorts this perfect mind that we all already have. Instead of seeing the beauty of a one foot wave we perceive a shitty wave due to our distorted conceptions. Instead of seeing an interdependent miracle of nature, we see a polluted, dirty shit stick.

Find this shit stick. If you are a SUP surfer, paddle upwind in 25mph winds. Surf un-surfable conditions. Go out when it is six inches big. Mix it up on an ultra-crowded day. The world is your oyster to enjoy if you ALTER YOUR PERCEPTION BY PAYING ATTENTION.

If you think this is random tree hugger babble you are mistaken. I took these ideas and won the US Longboard Championships at 1’ onshore Huntington beach California in 2004. My fellow competitors could not figure out why I was so excited over shitty waves. Oh well.

I hope to see all of you out on the next onshore rainy 1’ day!

See Ya………..goin surfing

Dr. Len Barrow

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Starboard introduces the world’s first multiplex flex blade and shaft range

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Blade Technology

The angle of the paddle blade though the water and the blade’s size dictate the power and efficiency of each stroke. All our blades are foiled to minimize drag and maximize power transfer throughout the stroke. A well-balanced paddle blade squanders little energy.

The blade’s size can be compared to the gears of a bike: the higher the gear or the smaller the blade, the less effort each stroke consumes with less forward motion generated. The lower the gear or the bigger the blade, the more energy will be used and the more forward motion will be activated. For long paddle sessions, lighter people, or those with a high cadence stoke, a smaller blade is recommended. Many people who entered SUP with a surfing background prefer the larger blade sizes that provide the immediate power produced by a few strokes for fast and late drops into waves. Starboard offers seven blade sizes in three constructions to fit your power requirements, comfort needs, and budget.

Starboard’s Carbon Tech and Vision Tech blade constructions are both hand laminated and built with the same lightweight Divinycell PVC core and super-strong ABS rail for durability.

Carbon Tech blades feature full carbon outer skin lay-up for maximum performance.

Vision Tech blades feature a fiberglass outer lay-up with a Carbon-Pine spine providing a more forgiving feel with extra rebound.

Tufskin blades are strong, durable ABS foils based on the Endura 525cm blade and they have a forgiving nature

Shaft Technology

Everything in the universe is relative and the flex of a paddle shaft is no exception. The general reflex momentum of the paddle shaft is crucial as a paddle with correct flex and rebound characteristics will provide better power transfer and more speed with less fatigue. Starboard has carefully selected shafts with optimal stiffness, deflection and rebound to maximize the power potential of each stroke, while ensuring the required durability for heavy loads when used in surf.

Premium Carbon shaft features the regular stiffness and rebound preferred by most riders in most conditions. Our heavier team members prefer the flex characteristics of the Premium Carbon shafts

Carbon Reflex shaft has more flexibility and higher rebound at the end of the stroke than the Premium Carbon shaft. Both carbon shafts feature matt finish for enhanced grip. Lighter riders like Connor Baxter and the ladies team get more performance with the more flexible Carbon Reflex shafts.

Starboard’s new Glass Rebound shaft feels lively in hand with the flex and rebound characteristics more typically found in high-end carbon shafts. The Glass Rebound shaft provides a truly winning combination by providing an economical fiberglass shaft with the performance characteristics similar to a carbon shaft. Glass Rebound shafts feature matt finish for enhanced grip.

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Surfing and SUP Meditation part 1 and 2 by Len Barrow

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Originally posted on Zen Waterman a fantastic Blog with the idea of  finding deeper meaning in the sports we love. This blog is written by Leonard Barrow and Robert Stehlik. Leonard is a doctor of anthropology and has formal Zen training. He is also one of Hawaii’s top longboarders and former US longboard Champion. Robert is the owner of Blue Planet Surf Shop and avid SUP racer, surfer and windsurfer.

Surfing and SUP riding can give us a great chance to calm our mind-body. Despite this, some of us surf with a consciousness that is out of balance. We sometimes become scatter-brained and defocused. Thoughts of work problems and other issues chatter away in our minds incessantly. By allowing or consciousness to be “out of control”, we ruin our surf session and can become frustrated.

The following article will give us tools to counteract our agitated minds, which in turn will allow us to enhance our enjoyment of the surfing experience. These techniques can be traced back from the modern world to the time of the Buddha and have been used to great effect by hundreds of generations of meditators. Even today, modern science is documenting the positive effects of meditation as it relates to both physical and mental health. We will start with very basic techniques and proceed to apply these techniques to our surfing.

1. Breathing Meditation Introduction

Concentration and mindfulness is a natural activity of our minds. One may use it in many different ways without even thinking about it. We may watch a loved one, use a word processor, or read. These are all due to the minds natural capability to be mindful.

Sadly, in our modern day and age of hyperactivity, cell phones, texts, and multi-tasking, we erode the minds natural ability to pay attention or to be mindful. The result of this is a type of monkey-mind. This mind bounces around from one thing to another. It is as if we are on an out of control horse, heading to the nearest cliff. We are not in control. Our actions become reactive, not reflective? Due to this, we often get ourselves into trouble. This may lead to depression, excess anxiety and a poor state of affairs.

If you want to get out of this negative situation, you must develop a motivation or commitment to climb over a treacherous mountain. The rope that will allow you to traverse the mountain is meditation and mindfulness. You must understand that in order to climb a rocky mountain (in other words, our “rocky” minds); one cannot do it in a few steps. You must develop a strong motivation to want to climb the mountain and understand that only a sustained and consistent effort will allow you to reach the peak and get back down.

The carrot on the end of the stick is a happier and stable mind that is able to enjoy life! Would that not be nice? For our purposes as surfers, mindfulness can greatly improve our technique and enjoyment of the sport.

2. Breathing meditation: What is your real motivation?

Begin your meditation by finding an environment that is quiet and calm. Turn off your cell phone (yes, it can be done!) and dedicate at least ten minutes to your session. This time will be increased as your capacity to concentrate is increased.

You must start you session by developing a motivation. For example state “I am going to meditate in order to generate in my mind concentration to benefit my family members, society and my ability to surf”. Do not forget this motivation as it will allow you to drive forward fearlessly against the delusive thoughts of the mind. Meditations based on compassionate grounds will always be more powerful.

It is important to note that if you are meditating purely for personal gain, it simply will not work. The goal of meditation is to diminish the self into concentration so we can be free, compassionate people, not greedy beings. This is very important to note as American society can be overtly individualistic.

3. Starting Up

Now you will learn how to focus the mind on your breathing. Begin by finding a comfortable position. You may sit down cross legged (or a Half or Full Lotus for those with Yoga training) or in whatever position you find most comfortable. The most important feature of any position that you have is a STRAIT SPINE. This is key; as it will help you pay attention to your breathing. If there is any tension in your body, let it dissolve by relaxing the area of tightness.

Now focus your attention and mind on your breathing. Breathe in. Then count your exhalation as 1. Repeat this process. Count up to 10 and start at 1 again.

Notice the subtle sensations of the breath as it passes through the tip of your nostrils. Pay attention to the rising and falling of your abdomen. The idea is to make the breath an OBJECT of your meditation. Look at it from every direction and every single manner while keeping your attention on only the breath. It is an odd thing to say, yet your breath alone will get you through any crisis

Don’t be intimidated! If you can read this article, you are already proving that you can do this. When you are reading, the OBJECT of your attention is the words on the page. Don’t be afraid to meditate as you have been born with the tools to do so.

Invariably, as you are counting your breaths, thoughts will come into your mind. These thoughts can manifest in any form. “Jon owes me money”, “I need to call my work”, “I hope no one sees me meditating”…..any thought is possible. The key thing to understand is to just go back to your breathing as the object of your meditation.

If you concentration gets interrupted at number 3 breath exhalation, just return back to 1. Don’t worry if you cannot get past 2 or 3. As a novice your mind may be very “jumpy” moving from one thought to the next. When I was beginning my meditation many years ago I could not get to 10 for over a month! This is proof that most of our minds are in disarray. This state only produces a type of “scatter-brained effect” that will lead us to be reactive in behavior not reflective in manner. In this confused mode of being, we may develop anxiety for ourselves and trouble for others among other things.

It is a scary thought to realize that many of us are not in control of our own minds and actions. This fact should provide us with ample motivation to meditate as to do so would be to move towards happiness, control and calmness. Would this not be nice?

For our purpose as surfers and SUP participants, an agitated mind can only lead to a bad session. This frustration will inevitably affect our technique and progress in our sport.

4. Keep meditating consistently

Don’t give up. Meditating can be the hardest thing to do. Most importantly, to get the positive effects of meditation one must keep up a consistent regime of practice. Meditating is like surfing. You will not get good on the first day. If you quit due to frustration with your mind you will be like a beginner surfer who has given up on his first surf session. To become a good surfer, or a good meditator you must “surf/meditate” for years. Even when you attain a certain level of proficiency in both surfing and meditation, there exists a billion ways to improve your practice. For this reason it is important to keep our practice up.

5. Surfing/ SUP Meditation

The next portion of this article will show us how to transfer our abilities gained in meditation to the ocean. In this we will explore ways to use SUP and surfing as objects of our meditation practice. This is not unusual. The Zen folk of old stated that Zen is an everyday activity. One should pay attention while gardening, walking, washing the dishes and the like. Why not create every day into a magical experience? So, dear reader, please begin your meditation practices as described above and don’t give up.

Part 2: Surfing and SUP Meditation

Objects of Meditation: A Wave Meditation

SUP and surfing can be used to great effect to calm the mind. This is very important for our discussion as we live in a hyper-active world of e-mails, cell phones, face-book and multi-tasking. Our ability to pay attention is degraded by the fast pace of our modern world. This may lead to anxiety, depression and a poor state of affairs. To be happy we must pay attention and meditation is the key to this end.

Surfing and SUP can be an important tool to focus our concentration to improve our technical form and selves. Our sport provides us with many objects of meditation. One of the keys in meditation is to select an object to focus on; or immerse our concentration “ into”. The previous article focused on our breath as the object of our meditation. This article will use the ocean’s waves for object of meditation.

The swell

The ocean is filled with many things to be mindful of. Ocean waves are magical to look at and can serve as objects of our meditation. Start your meditation on your board with the following practice. Focus your attention on your breathing (as described in the previous article) and count two sets of ten breaths. This should be sufficient to calm the mind. After this turn your mental focus (or attention) attained in breathing meditation to the swell in the water. Sit (or stand) on your board and face the ocean. Pick a single swell out with your eyes (the wave can be 20 to 30 yards out but should be directly in front of you) and immerse your concentration in to it. Ask yourself the following questions. Is the swell coming strait in, or at a slight angle? As the wave approaches you, is it turning at an angle towards or away from you? Is the wave the combination of two swell directions?

As the wave comes under you, feel the swell lift your board up and then slowly turn your head and follow the progress of the swell as it moves away from you toward the inside. How does the wave move as it” feels” the bottom. Does the swell focus or defocus on a certain area of the reef? Does the wave “dissolve” as it fans out into the channel? Any observation is valid as long as you are concentrating. If you get distracted by thoughts in your head, just go back to concentrating on the swell just as you would go back to your breathing in normal sitting meditation.

The swell as the object of analytic meditation

Another form of meditation that is widely used by Tibetans and others is called analytic meditation. For our purposes, it is especially useful. One focuses on the object and analyzes ”what” is the wave (or object of the meditation)? Questions you may use to start your analysis are numerous. Does the swell have a name? If it does not, why do I have a name? Is the phenomena of this wave related to any other phenomena; a storm off of New Zealand perhaps? Does the gale have a cause and condition like the suns radiation?

What is important is to reflect on is the wave’s interdependence with many other factors. To do this is to realize that the wave is truly a “dependently originated” miracle. Logically the wave has the whole universe behind it (or in it)! What a joy it is to surf.

I will leave you with a type of Koan (Zen riddle). A wonderful question to ask your-self is: “Am I like the wave?” Do I have many causes and conditions that are an integral part of my-self? Does a wave die and similarly do I die?

With these thoughts we may come to a deeper awareness and appreciation of nature, others and ourselves. Would that not be nice?


Len Barrow Ph.D.

January 12, 2011

E.J Johnson Race Recap – 2011 Battle of the Paddle and Catalina SUP Festival

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The BOP was  bigger and better than ever, with the largest number of paddlers to date. The open age group saw 334 paddlers on the water at one time, and was a sight to behold. The weather this year was more typical of June with a thick marine layer in the morning, which gave way to sunny skies in the afternoon.
This year elite racers had to qualify for the main event, by being in the top 50% of their heat. I managed to get 37th of 63, which meant I will be board handling for another Starboard team rider, and by the way was very challenging to not get run over by competitors or other handlers. Super exciting being right there in the mix/ pit.

Sunday  9/25

The distance race is more my thing, liking open ocean conditions and not having to run with a bad left knee. The count was 226 paddlers attempting to win or just finish this challenging 10 mile coastal run. Conditions were very mild, with little wind and not much bump in the water,and these water starts are always a bit sketchy with people jumping the line in anticipation of getting a hole shot. It was a grueling race, with many groups of drafting trains, I fought my way past some of the packs, to get to the one with my direct competitors. I stayed with this group until we hit the last right shoulder buoy, and then it was a all out 200 meter sprint to the beach. I was stoked to hit the beach with such great athletes as Jim Terrell and Chuck Patterson, but was edged out on the beach run. I got 4th place in my age division, which was the largest group in the 14′ class, and was 15th overall out of 93.

Congrats to fellow Starboard team mates.

Connor Baxtor  1st Elite  and 9th Distance.
Bart De Zwart  20th Elite and 8th Distance.
Dan Gavere      34th Elite
Annabel Anderson 3rd Elite and 2nd Distance.

The 1st Annual Catalina SUP Festival  (Oct. 1st & 2nd 2011)

We disembarked from our home port of Dana Point on our 38′ Morgan sailboat named “Librada”to the beautiful island of Catalina on friday, and were greeted to a nice smooth 39 mile crossing, seeing many Dolphin along the way.

Day #1

The race on Saturday took place at the beautiful Descanso beach club, complete with cabana’s, palm trees , cobblestone beach and the clearest water on the West coast. My elite course race consisted of three one mile qualifying laps, which were totaled up for a final score. I ended up in tenth, out of 22 which they let 16 through to the final.
The final was at 3:00 p.m., with a two lap course around the bay, having 7 buoys per lap. The seas were nice and lumpy, getting extra chop from the big boats coming and going from the mainland. I ended up in 9th, after having a horrible start, being in 15th at the 1st turn. It’s always cool to be on the podium with such great athletes and ambassadors to our great sport of SUP.

Day #2

The distance race was from Descanso Bay to Long Point and back, which is right around 10 miles. It is typically downwind from the point, but due to tropical weather it was all over the place. It was a mass start, with open racers joining us for part of the journey, but turning back at mile 3. I took my own line the whole race not getting involved with the typical drafting packs, and felt strong. The scenery is so beautiful, that your mind starts to wonder a bit, but when you hear the splashing of another board, it sends you back into overdrive. And if you don’t know, SUP racing is always a full out sprint, with no breaks unless you count switching your paddle from side to side. Mitch Kahn and I had a great race trading positions a few times, and a sprint to the finish. Once again, stoked to come in 7th against these tough competitors. I will put this event at top five of the season, and looking forward to this one again in 2012.

[Updated] New Garmin GPS | The Garmin 910XT Perfect for SUP paddleboarding

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

GPS for stand up paddle SUPGarmin continues to expand its huge range of GPS products with the release of the Forerunner Garmin 910XT, a multi-sports watch that can be used for SUP paddeboarding, cycling, swimming and running.

With more Molokai Channel crossings to his name than years on Earth, you could be excused for thinking that Todd Bradley could paddle the Molokai2Oahu stand up paddleboard race blind-folded; 2010 will be his 53rd crossing at 50 years of age. But through all his seafaring, Bradley has learned two things when it comes to the ocean: No two days are the same; and the Molokai Channel isn’t always 32 miles across! The course you take, the swells you ride, and currents you battle can make the journey far longer. He knows, because he has logged more than a decade’s worth of crossings on his Garmin GPS, from a trusty yellow eTrex handheld to the waterproof Forerunner 310XT multisport watch.

Over the years the Garmin’s products have steadily been getting smaller and sleeker, and the 910Xt is the latest example. With a very compact design it looks better than anything that has come before, yet it boasts a large clear screen that displays data from heart rate, speed, distance and much more.

For those really into their training, the 910XT’s Training Effect feature lets you easily measure the impact of every ride on your aerobic fitness. Training is also enhanced with Virtual Racer, charting your progress against previous activities logged on the 910XT or downloaded from Garmin Connect. We’re running out of excuses for not training more now…

Paddle sport competitors join a long list of athletes – from record-holding distance runners to elite professional cyclists – who maximize their training with products from Garmin’s fast-growing fitness division.

“In defining the category of fitness GPS, Garmin has set high standards for technology in training,” said Stan Brajer, director of Garmin Fitness Sales and Marketing. “Now our top-of-the-line Forerunner 910XT introduces innovative features that are ideal for open water sports, cross-training workouts and endurance competitions.”

Using a built-in high-sensitivity GPS receiver to accurately track a wide range of data, Garmin’s rugged and waterproof Forerunner 910XT is completely submersible, boasts up to 20 hours of battery life on one charge of its rechargeable battery, and features vibration alerts for when you can’t hear any beeps. It’s the only all-in-one watch that can accurately track time, distance, speed/pace, elevation, heart rate and power (for cyclists) – and wirelessly send that data to your computer after the workout. Ideal for a variety of activities, it can calculate the distance and average speed of an open-water swim or SUP paddle, and it goes from wrist to bike in seconds with the optional quick-release wrist and bike mounts. The same bike mounts can be used for paddleboards and canoes.   After the workout or competition, athletes can view and share their data (or explore new areas for other people’s activities) at Garmin Connect where you can store, analyze and overlay data on a variety of maps in a free online community of more than 20 million stored activities.

And if you swim as a way of boosting your fitness or you’re into triathlete events, the 910XT is designed with swimming in mind. It’s water resistant to 50m and offers extensive data like stroke count and swim efficiency.

“Forerunner 910XT marks a revolution in triathlon and multisport,” says Andy Silver, EMEA Product Manager Fitness. “It is unique in that it provides precise swim data in the pool and in open water, as well as accurate speed, distance and altitude readings in real time when cycling and running helping the athlete to pace him or herself perfectly and overcome the challenges of the triathlon and multi sport events. Forerunner 910XT will record, motivate and guide every stroke, every pedal rev and every step of the way, making this the world’s most complete training watch ever.”

The Garmin Forerunner 910XT will ship sometime 4th quarter 2011 for $449.99.

Read in an in-depth review of 910xt on DC Rainmaker

Camelbak Molokai Hydration Pack for SUP Racers and Stand Up Paddlers

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

BUY the Camelbak Molokai Hydration Pack

molokai camelback for supThe popularity of Stand Up Paddle Boarding continues to grow, with board sales more than double this year over last. Looking to address the specific hydration needs of this emerging category, CamelBak has created a new line, with two hydration vests and one hydration pack, designed specifically with Stand Up Paddle Boarders in mind.

Working together with pro paddler Slater Trout, CamelBak ensured sport specific details were included in each of the new vests and pack. All three styles incorporate technical elements such as quick drying, non-corrosive materials, paddle holsters, safety whistle, reflectivity, and rear stash overflow storage space for an inflatable PFD.

The Camelbak Molokai ($100) hydration vest is designed for the long distance paddler. Front cargo pockets give you quick access to your sunscreen, snacks, or waterproof electronics case. The 2L Antidote Reservoir with Quick Link opens wide, closes with a snap, and lets you refill water without unloading your gear. The hydration vest harness is adjustable, so will properly fit any size person.

The Baja LR was a race ready hydration vest and uses CamelBak’s 2L and it is now discontinued.

camelbak tahoe LR for SUP Instead the latest Tahoe LR ($70) is the perfect hydration pack for the more casual paddler. With a fanny pack design, the Antidote Lumbar Reservoir and Camel Clip Bite Valve give you quick access to drinking water when you are out enjoying the lake and the sun.

The CamelBak Stand Up Paddle hydration vests and hydration pack will start selling in February 2012, just in time for you to head to Hawaii on your winter vacation. The CamelBak Stand Up Paddle hydration vests and hydration pack will start selling in February 2012, just in time for you to head to Hawaii on your winter vacation.

camebak cortezThe cortez is a hydration pack from Camelbak that is designed to be mounted to the deck of your SUP. It can easily be attached using existing mount points on the board or with aftermarket glue on mounts. It has an insulated tube to protect it from hot sun or cold so it can last all day without overheating or freezing.

All the Camelbak paddle hydration packs come with a lifetime warranty.

BUY The Camelbak Molokai Hydration Pack

Island to Island Waterman Relay 2011

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Catalina Island October 8, 2011 – SUP and Paddleboard teams, and individuals on SurfSki’s and OC1’s will meet this weekend for California’s premier Open Water downwinder from the landing on Santa Barbara Island will go east downwind to Two Harbors – Isthmus Catalina – a 28 mile course. First run in 2004, this race is expected to attract the best endurance paddlers on the Mainland and Australia, including Jackson English who will be again paddling in support of  SurfAid International as he did at this year’s Molokai 2 Oahu World Championships.

English is a schoolteacher at the United World College of SE Asia in Singapore but is originally from the Central Coast of NSW, Australia.  In the past five years he has raised more than $200,000 for SurfAid.

“With three healthy young children of my own, it breaks my heart to see kids the same age as mine suffering from very preventable diseases such as chest infections, diarrhoea, malnutrition and malaria,” Jackson said.

Visit the main site for tickets and the latest info!

All Paddleboard teams and their required escort boats will meet at the South end of Santa Barbara Island at 6:30 am for check in. The water start will be at 7:00 am, 100 yards from the landing. The race will be a downhill run from Santa Barbara Island to the west end of Catalina Island, approximately 22 N.M., continuing southeast for 6 N.M. along the island, finishing on the South East side of the pier at Isthmus Cove located at Two Harbors. Official cut-off time for the race is 3pm. Race party begins at 3.30pm!

Four classes are invited,teams of three.
Open Paddleboard
Stock Paddleboard
SUP 14″ only (no 12’6″)
O.C. 1 only.
Each team is required to have an escort vessel.

island to island Waterman relay Giles Finlayson


Monday, October 3rd, 2011

One of the largest SUP events in the Pacific Northwest, the 3rd Annual Round The Rock was held September 11th in Seward Park, Seattle, WA. The race is a benefit for Seattle Children’s Hospital and The Surfrider Foundationand featured elite athletes from all over the world as well as hardy paddlers from the northwest and beyond who wanted to challenge themselves with the 13 mile endurance race around Mercer Island on Lake Washington – between Seattle and Bellevue. All elite paddlers were competing for a prize purse of $10,000. The event also featured manufacturers and shops displaying the latest gear and offering free demos to the public.

Naish team riders, Karen Wrenn and Chuck Patterson, once again proved that Naish’s production boards deliver on race day. Karen, on her Glide 14’0″ Javelin, beat her 13-mile record by over a minute to win the women’s class with a time of 2:23:46. Chuck, who in a momentary lapse of forgetfulness due to illness “forgot” to officially enter the race, ended up paddling nonethless and on his Glide 14’0″ Javelin, finished third overall behind two Unlimited Class paddlers (and would have won the 14′ Class had he been officially registered!).

Karen shares her thoughts on the event: “The Round the Rock race in Seattle was an awesome event. The weather was spectacular and in the 80’s all weekend. Chuck and I taught our Paddle With Pros clinics on Saturday at Seward Park and had a huge turn out for both the beginners and advanced race clinic. It is always so refreshing to see how excited people are about the sport and how much they appreciate what they learn. It reminds us how lucky we are to be involved in SUP.”

And a word from Chuck: “Just finished the 13 mile Round The Rock SUP race in beautiful Seattle. I was pretty sick, so I decided to just paddle and support the event. Funny thing was I finished 3rd overall and 1st in the 14′ division. As a racer, I think it’s really difficult to just cruise no matter how sick you feel. It’s just in your blood I guess!”

Photo credits: John Wrenn