Archive for February, 2012

ISA World Stand Up Championships – Men’s Short Paddleboard Race Results

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

In the Race For the Team Title and the Club Waikiki Trophy, Team’s From Brazil, South Africa and USA are Close Behind Australia

ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship
February 23, 2012
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Brad Gaul and Joel Mason let the paddleboarding community know that Team Australia is certainly the country to beat at the ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboarding Championship, earning the gold and silver medals in the Men’s Paddleboard Race. Following in the footsteps of Jordan Mercer, who dominated the field in the Women’s Paddleboard Race the day before, the pair distanced themselves from the pack early and never looked back.

A quarter-mile from the turn to the beach, Gaul broke away and was the first to shake hands with ISA President Fernando Aguerre at the finish line.

“It was very flat conditions out there, pretty hot, but it was a comfortable race once Joel and I got out; we set back into a rhythm and a pace and just did what we planned to do back home, and came back through here and completed the task,” said Gaul, who finished the five-kilometer race in 38:14.

“It’s obviously a great honor [to win the first-ever men’s gold medal at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship],” he continued. “The event is only going grow in years to come, with more and more countries coming and it will get more competitive. So, to be the first [gold medalist] on that list is awesome.”

Mason was a few hundred yards behind Gaul to lock down the maximum points for Australia.

7 1 Brad Gaul AUS 38:14
18 2 Joel Mason AUS 39:08
27 3 Ryan Butcher RSA 41:07
30 4 Shane Scoggins USA 41:16
28 5 Donald Brierley RSA 41:55
21 6 Carlos Di Pace ARG 43:12
23 7 Luis Eduardo Escudono PER 44:04
29 8 Rob Rojas USA 44:07
24 9 Rodrigo Gamarra PER 44:31
19 10 Fabio Velasco BRA 46:06
25 11 Francisco Hernandez VEN 51:25
20 12 Andre Turelly BRA 51:30
32 13 Pere Sureda SPN 52:37
26 14 Gilbert Baez VEN 52:55
33 15 Felix Palmero SPN 1:03:40
31 16 Alberto Adriazola CHI 1:08:29
22 17 Facundo Martin Diaz ARG 1:33:14

Smoking Maliko Run

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The camera was fogging and the wide angle lens makes the huge swells look ordinary, but this was a very fun run. even though I got mugged by a whale at the end of it–no video unfortunately

2012 9th Annual Cold Hands Paddle Race

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Two weeks away from the 9th Annual Cold Hands Paddle. So, dust off your paddleboards, SUP boards, OC’s, Surfski’s, or Dory’s and get your tail down to Cabrillo Beach on March 4th! The race is free to enter and supports the Ocean of Hope Campaign and the fight against cancer!

Race Map

Where: Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, CA

When: Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Registration Opens: 7am
Race Start: 8:30am
Free Entry: open to all ages, all participants must sign waiver

Live music, Award Ceremony and Raffle following race

*Event T-shirts will be available for sale

*Raffle: Grand Prize 14′ Joe Bark SUP Board. buying tickets also qualifies you to for a second drawing in August for a second chance to win a paddleboard
*Food: Some limited quantities of pre/post race snacks & nutrition will be provided, please plan on bringing your own food if you wish…

More on the Ocean of Hope& Sarcoma Alliance:
This is a fundraising event for The Ocean of Hope Campaign. Please support our raffle and t-shirt sales and feel free to donate at registration. All donations are tax deductible and help to fund second opinion grants for sarcoma cancer patients through the Sarcoma Alliance. Sarcoma is a rare, often very quick and aggressive form of cancer that can affect most tissues in the body. The Ocean of Hope Team consists of paddlers who dedicate their training and racing to raising money for the Sarcoma Alliance, a non-profit organization that helps those fighting cancer. These paddlers race in some of the most contested and competitive races in California and Hawaii throughout the summer months, while also raising awareness about sarcoma cancers. Last year, our team raised over $80,000; in the 11 years since its inception, the Ocean of Hope has donated almost $1 million dollars to cancer patients fighting this deadly disease. We are not a big corporate charity with all the overhead costs and CEO expenses. Our efforts are grassroots and rely both on the strong dedication of our paddlers and the generous support of people like you.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the race, please feel free to send me a message. Feel free to pass ths along to anyone you know who may be interested. Thanks for all your support; I hope to see you there!
-Fred Sardisco

Special thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event possible:

C2 Financial Corp (Frank & Mike); Joe Bark Paddleboards; Cabrillo Beach Boosters; ZICO; GU

VIDEO – Final Day Sunset Beach Pro

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

In one of the most dramatic and exciting Finals yet for the Stand Up World Tour, Bonga Perkins digs deep in the last minute of the heat to edge ahead of Kai Lenny (Naish) by the smallest of margins and take victory here at stop 1, the Sunset Beach Pro presented by Malibu and Starboard and in association with Maui Jim eyewear. Bonga was one of the on form surfers throughout the event, showcasing why he has multiple World Titles to his name in Ocean Sports and is one of the most respected waterman in the world. After a 5th in 2010 and 2011, Bonga started the Finals with a strong wave that culminated in one of the few barrels of the day, and then ended it with a couple of impossible turns that clinched the win for him, despite having lost his paddle for much of the heat. A worthy champion to say the least.


SUP Siam Park Wave Pool Canary Islands

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Sun, SUP, and the perfect wave…what more can you ask for? Check out Naish rider, Eduardo Diaz’ newest video featuring Felix Palmero and Starboard Windsurfer Mortiz Mauch.


About the Siam Park Wave Pool

Siam Park is a Loro Parque-owned water park in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. It is located on the TF1 highway in Costa Adeje. At 18.5 hectares (46 acres). Siam Park features a Siamese theme, and claims to be the most spectacular water attraction in Europe. The park was opened by Her Royal Highness the Princess of Thailand Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. With artificial white sand beach and at 3 meters (9.8 ft) high, its waves are the highest of any wave pool in the World.

Sunset Beach Pro Day 1

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Epic conditions at Sunset Beach allowed us to resume the contest up through the Repercharge round. Stay tuned for more action as we crown the 2012 Sunset Beach Pro champion.


2012 Sunset Beach Pro SUP surf trials

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The media did a great job to capture the athletes perspective after each heat; made for some great commentary.
Sunset Beach Pro SUP Surf World Tour Trials
It was a solid day of rising swell 6′-8′ swell with a bunch of 10′-12′ ft clean up sets.
Went out at sunrise to get a couple good warm up waves and get the conditions dialed.
I got a couple great waves and my Naish Hokua 9’8 was feeling great for the size.
Some of the sets were so big; the only thing the crowd would see is the track from the rider as they glided down the face.
Sure enough when you get a little comfortable, thats when it happens; Kai Lenny and I were paddling for this one steep bomb that I
didn’t want to let go by and getting into it a little late, I air dropped down the face, landed and set up for the bottom turn just as the lip went over my head and shut the garage door, sending me deep to the bottom, rag dolling for several seconds trying to figure out which way was up and finally I climbed my leash rope to the surface for air.
I came up laughing and collected my gear and paddled back out to get a couple more just to keep my head in the game.
I competed in 3,  20 minute heats against a strong competitive field of athletes from all over the world.
I went into each heat with one thing in mind; to have as much fun as surfing and hitting the lip in the most critical place possible and it worked.
Setting up on the inside bowl for a couple sharp turns and just staying busy was the ultimate goal.
Its all about the delivery on setting up for the grand finally.
I really love to go for it and finish the wave by hitting the closeout section…..
I can’t say I wasn’t nervous or full of adrenaline, but going against the best always brings out the best in you.
In The last heat, the swell was getting pretty maxed out with a couple close out sets and the wind and rain turned onshore making it pretty difficult, where any mistake could take you out of the game.
The inside section really set up nicely for a couple fast hard turns…
Sunset Beach Pro 2012 –
I concentrated on getting the biggest waves and if nothing came my way, I just stayed busy on the inside which ended up working in my favor.
It’s funny how sometimes you really feel like you didn’t surf to the best of your ability and you come in after your heat thinking you lost and you end
up winning.
Thats a great humbling reminder to never give up and to always remember that everyone in your heat deals with their own set of challenges where you
never know what can happen. That always makes for a pleasant surprise… LOL
Now I made it into the first round of the main event, I really look forward to doing it all over again.
Super stoked and I’m hoping for huge surf to separate the men from the boys.
Thanks to all my sponsors for your great support and in helping me do what I love to do.
Chuck P

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Dave Kalama – Testing My Latest Shapes

Monday, February 6th, 2012

I’m pretty pleased with the progress I’ve made with shaping boards that do what I think a great SUP surf board should do.  Here’s a video of how a few of my latest shapes perform.



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kalama powersup 2012

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Some test runs with new Dave Kalama SUP shapes

Mike P Phantoms

Monday, February 6th, 2012