Archive for August, 2012

Gorge Paddle Challenge 2012 SUP Downwind Race

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

SUP Downwind Race in the Columbia River Gorge. Viento State Park to Hood River. Wind blowing 30-40, sunny, and warm.

Evan Garcia Waterfall

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Waterfall kayaking has emerged as a dominant subset of whitewater paddling—thrilling audiences and pushing athletes to constantly tempt higher falls. It is constantly glorified and frequently misunderstood by all but the small group of kayakers who make waterfalls their life.

Evan Garcia explores what it means to kayak off of big waterfalls—considering both the risks and rewards of a life driven by freefall.


VIDEO – Dan Gavere SUP behind a Sternwheeler!

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Master Instructor Dan Gavere SUP  surfs the wake of a sternwheeler traveling thru the columbia gorge. For more SUP video check out


Surftech Joe Bark 14.0 Dominator ProElite SUP Paddle Board – Paddle Surf Warehouse

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

The Surftech Bark 14’0 Dom­i­na­tor is the ulti­mate dis­tance touring and race board with unparalleled glide. Light and respon­sive, this down­wind and flat water stand up paddle board model is suited to novice and expert pad­dlers alike. The Bark Dominator SUP board is Sleek, sta­ble and quick, with a length of 14′ and a width of 27.5″.

The Dom­i­na­tor race board is Joe Bark’s most pop­u­lar SUP Board and is the result of numerous prototypes and extensive R&D.

The 2011 Bark Dominator is offered only in SurfTech’s premier lightweight and strong Pro Elite con­struc­tion with par­tial car­bon fiber. This material and construction technique produces the optimal balance between weight and durability. This beautiful stand up paddle board is a high performance and extremely attractive racing and touring board. The Dominator is an excellent choice for anyone looking for the ultimate SUP. It is very fast, lightweight and stable.

Competitive SUP racers demand the lightest, highest-performance boards of all – that’s why Surftech created the Pro-Elite series. Surftech’s Pro-Elite series has more first-place finishes than any other SUP’s on the market today. This ultra-light-weight construction utilizes high-strength-to-weight materials like biaxial/carbon and high density sheet foam over the lightest foam core available.

Quiksilver Stand Up Paddle Board PFD Life Vest – Paddle Surf Warehouse

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Best Stand Up Paddle Board PFD Life Vest made.
Paddle Surf Warehouse
643 West 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

The Quiksilver Paddle Inflatable Life Jacket allows you to paddleboard in style and safety. Stand Up Paddle Boards are considered vessels by the USCG and local waterway authorities and you are required to carry a PFD with you while paddling. With the low profile and light weight design of this stylish belt pack pfd, you will forget that you are even wearing it, but it will be there if you need it.


Nylon rip stop pouch with waist strap
inflatable, US Coast Guard approved life jacket
Carbon dioxide activated with pull cord
Replaceable carbon dioxide for reuse
Zippered pocket and attached emergency whistle

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Paddling Science – If I lose weight, will I be faster?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Paddling  sports such as standup (SUP) paddleboarding, kayak or surfski amongst others can be thought of as moving a hole through the water. This hole is created as a result of water displaced by the hull. The total weight of the paddler(s), plus the weight of the canoe and gear, equals the weight of the water displaced by a loaded hull – this is Archimedes Principle (“Eureka!”). So if the weight of the paddler(s) increases, the amount of water displaced increases. Since the weight of the displaced water equals the density of water times the displaced volume of water (submerged lengthx widthx height, a cubic dimension), we see that to first order weight is proportional to the length of the hull cubed.

As you paddle your “moving hole,” water is continually rushing in behind the hull to fill the hole it just left behind. This is why wake riding works: you are essentially pulling along a chunk of water as you paddle, which a waking canoe can sit in. The mass of this moving hole increases in proportion to the amount of water displaced by the hull, which is linearly proportional to the weight of the paddler(s). From Newton’s Second Law, the force you exert to accelerate a canoe is proportional to the mass you wish to accelerate. So, if your weight increased in the off-season by 5%, then you must apply 10% more force to accelerate your C-1 to the same cruising speed as last year. Why 10%, and not 5%?

Because you must accelerate not only your (expanded) mass, but also the increased mass of water entrained by the hull – a heavier paddler displaces more water, which you have to pull along with you. So that 5 pounds you gained from all that Christmas cheer will actually cost you around 10 pounds on the water the next time you catch the lighter paddler that always smokes you. A 10- pound weight gain will cost you around 20 pounds, etc. And since the hull slows down ever so slightly between each and every stroke, you are slightly accelerating the hull with every stroke just to keep it at cruising speed. Makes you think twice about that second helping of stuffing…

GoPro: Red Bull Soulwave – Denmark 2012

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Shot 100% on the HD HERO2® camera from ‪

Red Bull Soulwave originated in Germany and was held every year from 1995 to 2005 in the Danish coastal town of Klitmøller — the ultimate surf spot. Red Bull Denmark revived the SUP/windsurf competition in Denmark in 2012.

Dirk Herpel
Sebastian Kornum
Oskar Hollman
Torben Kornum
Casper Steinfath

Battlehooch “When We’re Trying To Be Quiet”
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34th Annual Hui O He’e Nalu Paddle Board Race 2012

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

The 34th Annual Hui O He’e Nalu Paddle Board Race 2012 presented by DA HUI WASSUP & Turtle Bay Resort. Four cinematographer’s shooting with three different cameras (Sony EX-3, Canon 7D and the Red Epic). I spent a little extra time on this one adjusting color correction, audio and working with the new Adobe CS6 Production Premiere editing suite.

Narrabeen Downwind SurfSki Race 2011

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012