Archive for July, 2013

How Tough Are Hollow Carbon Race Boards?

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The boys at Riding Bumps decided to get to the bottom of this controversy.  Surftech and Bark  provided them  with a $4000 hollow carbon Bark Phantom SUP race board and allowed them to destroy it to see what it took to cause catastrophic failure.

Molokai Daryl B, Herman, Dean G

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Some vintage footage of Daryl Bartho, Herman Chalupsky and Dean Gardiner going head to head in the middle of the Molokai Channel. Great conditions.

Annabel Anderson Tahiti Girl Power

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Awesome edit of Annabel Anderson’s paddle with her friends in Tahiti, including some slomo of her amazingly powerful paddle stroke and it’s mechanics. Whoop!

J.O.B 3.0 Steppies from a Foam Board

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Jamie O’ Brian is hilarious and like all true clowns he hides his amazing skill and athleticism inside the comedy. Today he decides to surf macking backdoor on a foam board and pulling steppies onto his short board.

2013 Maui to Molokai with Zane Schweitzer

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Starboard Ambassador Zane Schweitzer dominates the 14′ ft SUP Class as we follow him down Wind from Honolua Bay Maui to Kaunakakai Moloka’i for the Infamous Maui to Molokai Race in July 2013.

Giant Force Eleven Storm and a 1000ft Long Oil Tanker

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

At 47000 tons, almost a 1000 feet  long and sporting a draft of over 80 feet this Croatian oil tanker braves a force 10/11 storm in the Pacific Ocean – You do the math!

LiftSUP puts 35,000th handle in the water!

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

LiftSUP handle celebrates its 2nd full year on the market and 35,000 handles in the water

liftsup-handle-2013Launched in 2010, the patented LiftSUP is the first and only retractable handle on the market, LiftSUP is the flagship product of SUP accessory company SUP Think Tank. Made specifically for Stand Up Paddle Boards, LiftSUP reached a milestone at the end of their second year in business selling their 35,000 handle. LiftSUP’s popularity continues to increase as leading board manufacturers like Boardworks, Dean Watersports,  Invert, INT,  IsleKings,  RustySUPATXSurftech (Bark, Gerry Lopez) Lahui Kai, and YOLO add the handles to more of their boards every year. The technically advanced, injection molded handles sit flush with the deck of the board when not in use. The new (2013) rubberized coating is more comfortable and also helps hold the handle in place when in the down position but still enables the handle to pop up when you need to carry or lock your board. The LiftSUP handle provides a good solid grab point that anyone can use to safely maneuver their board from car to coast.

Adding LiftSUP to our models in 2013 was really a game changer. It makes handling and transporting boards so much easier for our customers. We have one solid year of production and sales behind us now and we are very happy with the outcome. We will definitely be moving forward with this great accessory!” Phillip Rainey Boardworks Surf

In addition to the LiftSUP handle system, SUP Think Tank announced today the upcoming release of their newest product, ConnexSUP. Inspired by the need for a simple solution to mounting an overwhelming number of new accessories being introduced into the market place, the patent pending universal mounting system will function as an interface between the deck of an SUP and the burgeoning accessory market. The ConnexSUP interchangeable plug system can be installed easily either during production or can be retrofitted at any time during the life of your board. The system is made of ballistic strength reinforced injection molded polycarbonate and uses a universal base that hosts any number of attachments i.e. ( that allow you to fully customize your paddling experience and get the most out of your equipment.

SUP Think Tank is committed to innovation and will be rolling out new products throughout the year, all of which are designed to enhance the user experience of Stand Up Paddling and create value with the relationship between paddler and board. For more information on SUP Think Tank, LiftSUP, ConnexSUP and other products visit

About SUP Think Tank :
SUP Think Tank was founded in 2010 and is located in southern California, on the coast, in the heart of paddling country. We provide products directly to manufacturers, board builders, and retrofitters. All products are available with product specific tooling and comprehensive support from our team. The SUP Think Tank pit crew lives to paddle and is always innovating and welcomes any recommendations, ideas and invitations to collaborate.
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Rise and Swim

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

I don’t care who you are, there are going to be times when your motivation level is hovering just above ground level. Sometimes all it takes to get fired up is seeing someone else out running, a sports oriented theme commercial on T.V., or maybe just a few words from a friend to get you out the door. If those don’t work, take a look at this video and try to tell me that your heart’s not beating a little faster when it’s done. This is one of the greatest inspirational swimming videos featuring Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ian Thorpe, Cesar Cielo, Alain Bernard, James Magnusson, and Nathan Adrian. Although it’s a swimming video, it really doesn’t matter what the sport is. What matters is that the best in the world are getting up when it’s dark, and they’re not hitting the snooze button multiple times, they’re out pushing themselves when they easily could say, “Hey, I’m good enough”! On those occasions that you’re considering blowing a workout off, take a moment and watch this video, and then ask yourself if you’ve “really” done enough.

Another ‘Ours’ Sesh from the Boyz

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Crazy surf session at the ‘ours’ slab in Oz

Downwind with Riggs & Menelau at Maliko Maui

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

’tis the downwind season in Maui with all the top paddlers in the world descending upon this piece of paradise. Here is a cool edit from downwind master Jeremy Riggs using Mark Raaphorst’s (SIC) new camera mount connected to the back of a SIC race board. Riggs teamed up with Livio Menelau to take it out for a test run,  paddling from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor riding wind swells on hollow, light weight SIC V1 Bullets with built in active steering systems.

MHL Custom

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Here is a look inside our shop and process by wich we build our custom boards.

MHL is the premier facility in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean for making surf boards, stand up paddle boards, kite boards, foil boards and everything else that suits our love for the water.

Riders: Ryan Helm (SUP) , Damien LeRoy (Foil)
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Film and Edit: Luis López Varona & Pamela Baez

Colorado River Running with Ken Hoeve and Jackson SUP

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Ken Hoeve paddled two stretches of the Eagle river on the same day. Class III- IV on the Jackson SUP SUPerCharger and a float and fish on the SUPerFishal on a stretch 25 miles west.

Cross Training with Morgan Hoesterey and Alison Riddle

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Think you have what it takes to spend the weekend with Morgan Hoesterey? Surfing, SUPing, OC1, dock diving, freediving, fish poking… they couldn’t fit it all in this quick video but you get the idea. Morgan starts early with a cup of joe and fun doesn’t end until well after dark!

Karim Rejeb – Stop Motion Surf Movie

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Amazingly Epic! Well worth a watch…

What is a Waterman?

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Interviews with Gerry Lopez, Dave Kalama and Brian Keaulana about the concept of a waterman, past and present. If you only surf you’re not a waterman!

Retro – Gerry Lopez in Mentawai – From Water Man Film

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Playlist of a couple of vids from Water Man which takes you on an intimate boat trip with some of the most influential surfers of our time as they bodysurf, paddle surf, hydrofoil, stand up surf and tow surf in the Indian Ocean. Join Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Gerry Lopez and Rob Machado, along with Chris, Keith and Dan Malloy as they venture into the heart of Indonesia, into a hidden paradise of colossal barrels and perfect waves, and venture beyond the shallows of the surf culture into a deeper shade of blue. Riders: Laird Hamilton Dave Kalama Gerry Lopez Rob Machado Chris Malloy Keith Malloy Dan Malloy

Deep Flight Submersible

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Renowned submersible designer Graham Hawkes and co-pilot Lee Behel go on a surreal adventure in the DeepFlight Super Falcon submersible. Using their hydrophones and their wits, our intrepid explorers cruise the underwater valleys of Hawaii in an attempt to capture whale song. The DeepFlight Super Falcon submersible was designed, built and operated by Hawkes Ocean Technologies (

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Philip Köster – The Waves Master

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

This is my tribute video of Philip Köster, the new windsurfing legend.

Born in 1994, Philip is already two times PWA Wave World Champion, in 2011 and 2012. Something tell me that it will be the same in 2013 and for years.

Surfing News – Down The Line Surf Talk July 2, 2013

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

From Bassie this week! When you’ve finished this episode stick around as all the previous episodes will play in series.

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Surf News – Surf talk about end of an era, Transworld SURF Magazine closed down; Oakley Pro Bali , Tsunami in New Jersey, Nat Young denied finals berth by judges, Ross Williams wins us over!