Archive for February, 2013

Dana Point Ocean Challenge 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Dana Point Ocean Challenge is going to run again this weekend March 2, 2013.  Here is some footage from last years run with the boys from Bark!..FUN!

Results for the Dana Point Ocean Challenge 2013 can be found on

Day 3 ISA Worlds Highlights`

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Day 2 ISA Worlds Highlights

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Day 2 Highlights – 2013 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

Day 1 ISA World Champs Highlights

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Day 1 Highlights – 2013 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

Oscar Chalupski Miller’s Run

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Rob Mousley had the opportunity to paddle with Oscar Chalupsky on a double surfski… It was great fun and highly instructive.
See for the story.

Cape Town’s Millers Run on a SurfSki

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

More downwind action from South Africa this time the False Bay Millers Run, Hout Bay and more. Great collection!

See some epic downwind SUP from the Atlantic side of Cape Town, a must see!


Danny Fuller – Massive Cloudbreak Barrel

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Danny Fuller gives us an epic view of riding the Cloudbreak foamball from last year!

Dave Kalama & Friends SUP Surf Maui

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Perfect conditions with a great crew of stoked surfers and SUPers. Dave Kalama with some really nice barrel rides. With all the usual suspects enjoying another memorable session.

Surftech Shootout and Surf & Sand Duel-athlon

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

One of the wildest SUP competitions of 2012, the Surftech Shootout and Surf & Sand Duel-athlon SUP Race was met with epic conditions this year!

Many consider Santa Cruz, California the “Wild West” of the surfing world. In the past four years, the Surftech Shootout and Surf & Sand Duel SUP Race have certainly lived up to the “Wild West” moniker! Now the stage is set for the 5th AnnualSurftech Shootout and 3rd Annual Surf & Sand Duel SUP Race. Many of the worlds best SUP surfers and racers will converge at Santa Cruz’s infamous Steamer Lane March 22-24 to test their skill at the legendary point break.

Since winning the 2012 Shootout, Santa Barbara’s Matt Becker has been on a bit of a tear, reaching the quarter finals of the Stand Up World Tour Sunset Beach event earlier this month and putting in memorable performances at Mavericks this winter.
Surftech SUP shootout 2013
“The Surftech Shootout is one of the events that I look forward to the most every year,”
 said last year’s champ. “It’s the only event that combines an SUP surf event with a race. My ultimate goal is to win both the surf and race events combined! The last two year’s I’ve been fortunate enough to win both, just not in the same year.”


This is a great race to kick-off your 2013 race season! The Surf & Sand Duel SUP Race will feature a 2.7 mile (single lap) short course and a 6.2 mile (two lap) long course race. For the this year event organizers have added a prone paddle division in both the long and short course. TheMen’s and Women’s “Elite” divisions are the 12’6″ classes in the long course. There is also a short beach run at the end of the short course and in between laps of the long course.

What better way to spend your weekend than racing along the Boardwalk, wharf, cliffs and harbor of beautiful Santa Cruz, California!

[Retrospective] Jay Race 2007

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

2007 Surftech Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race. Unreal event! Great conditions and amazing athletes challenging themselves in the frigid kelp filled waters of the Monterey Bay. You can see the emergence of some standup competitors.

 2013 Jay Race on June 2 in Monterey Bay

Cape Town is Downwind Heaven – Stand Up Paddling in South Africa

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Cape Town in South Africa has a hundred windy days per year and it is common for large swell to accompany the wind. Chris Bertish is the resident master on the downwind SUP

Bali Shackage

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Some super styley moves by Ellis Ericson filmed in Bali sick!

World Oceanman Series Piha New Zealand

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

This is Trevor Hendy winning race 1 of the World Oceanman Series in big surf at Piha Beach in New Zealand

Catalina Classic 2013 Sarcoma Alliance Ocean of Hope

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The Ocean of Hope kicks off its 2013 season March 3 with the Cold Hands Paddle at Cabrillo Beach in Los Angeles. But the real party gets started March 23 with the 3rd Annual Power of the Ocean event in Hermosa Beach. Meanwhile, get inspired by this gorgeous video of the Catalina Classic by Chris Aguilar of Soul Surf Media.

O2H is the Alliance’s largest fundraiser and consists of paddleboard and outrigger-canoe races across the country. The paddlers also raise much-needed awareness about sarcoma, and everyone at the Alliance is grateful to them. As their motto says, they are truly dedicated to the sea of people affected by cancer.

Catalina Paddleboard Race 1938

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Back in 1938 the Catalina paddleboard race consisted of paddling 35 miles on mahogany boxes fitted with brass fittings which bore their way through a paddlers or “surfboard pilots” skin creating gaping holes. OK we’re not as tough as we think we are…


Watch the video here

Sunset Beach Pro Final Day

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Final Day action at the sunset beach pro 2013

Suzie Cooney Training – Adding A New Dimension to Your SUP Performance

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

For by Suzie Cooney, Naish Team Rider and owner of Suzie Trains Maui, LLC

These exercises will help you increase your overall SUP performance. They are presented with a clear progression from easier to advanced. All levels of paddlers can take away a few new training tips and techniques.

As a trainer and paddler, I want to introduce a new concept that will help keep your brain and stand up paddling skills extra sharp in all dimensions.

What I mean by this is that we live and paddle in one dimension. We walk forward, we swim forward, we surf forward and we all can say we paddle forward. Sure we turn, we cut back and I have seen some paddle backwards to goof off, but we usually train and paddle in one dimension.

Now I have experienced, not on purpose; the act of sliding sideways on a big downwind glide. It’s almost like drifting in a race car or doing what we call in the rally world, a 4-point drift! (Best freak’n, exciting rush ever!) Have you ever felt your board skid sideways? What did you? How did you react? Did you fight it or did you think it was way cool and go with it?

Have you practiced time and time again to step up; hop up over that small or medium sized wave or beach break attempting to get out, only to find yourself quickly stepping off the nose or back of board? These exercises will help you get up and over that small or medium side chop or wave.

Suzie writes:

Do you know how to brace yourself with your paddle before you fall? Can you instinctively plant your paddle without looking and confidently know it will be exactly where you need it, without falling off your board? Are you having trouble with quick turns into a wave or around a buoy? If so, these exercises will help you improve those skills too.

I want to tune you in to something that I do here in the studio or at the beach with some of my SUP folks and they don’t even know it. I’m training their brain to paddle and be in all dimensions at every moment. It’s not voodoo or island magic, it’s called training in different “dimensions or planes” of motion. I do this with force, no force, with weights or without weights.

For example we paddle forward on the right or left side of board in the sagittal plane, then we look and twist with our lower body to catch a wave or turn around a buoy in the transverse plane or lower superior of body. Sometimes when you’re doing a cut back, you’re paddling in all planes at once. As your board is sliding or floating across the lip of the wave you are now in the coronal or frontal plane.

Be sure to check out all the gear at her websites are and

Mahalo for watching, Suzie Cooney Thanks also to Simone Reddingius: Camera “woman” !
Photos by Erik Aeder

Sue Austin: Deep sea diving … in a wheelchair

Friday, February 15th, 2013

When Sue Austin got a power chair 16 years ago, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom — yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she aims to convey the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees.

North Shore Outer Reef on a SUP

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

First big swell of the winter on the North Shore – this is going to be an epic winter. Windsurfer and SUP charger Michi Schweiger!

Kaiwi Channel at it’s best!

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Universal Sports is definitely getting some unreal Hawaiian water sports coverage. Priceless. Way to go Alex and crew!

Review 2008 SurfSki World Champs Molokai

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Review of the World Surfski Championships from 2008

Sunset Beach Pro 2013 Main Event Day 2

Monday, February 11th, 2013

For a second day in a row, Sunset delivered big powerful surf for the assembled contenders to battle it out for the event crown. Sunset once again called the shots, as the competitors put it all on the line in the maxing conditions, providing more spectacular rides, heavy wipeouts and drama, as we completed Round 1, the repecharge and got half way through Round 3 of the Main event.