Archive for September, 2013

[Updated] Are you ready – Rise and Shine!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Truly motivational video from Nike inspiring people to fight for victory till the last breath

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Rise and Shine

6 a.m. in your hand can’t make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your
head start telling you that it’s too early
too dark and too cold to get outta bed aching muscles lie still in rebellion
pretending not to hear your brain commanding them to move allegiance
voices are shouting their unanimous permission for you to hit the snooze button
go back to dreamland
the voice you’ve chosen listen to his want to finance voice that says there
was a reason to settle in the first place
setup put your feet on the floor don’t look back because we’ve got work to do
welcome to the grind
for what is each day Vissers conflicts between the right way
an easy way
10,000 streams fan out like a river delta before you each one promising the
path of least resistance
saying is you’re headed up strength and when you make that choice
and you decide to turn your back it’s comfortable safe
and what some would call common sense let’s stay one
from there it only gets tougher so just make sure this is something you want
because the easy way out will always be there ready to wash away
all you have to do is pick up your feet but you are going to are you
with each step comes the decision to take another you’re on your way now
but this is no time to dwell on how far you’ve come you’re in a fight against an
opponent you can see that all you could feel a monday deals can choose few employees even
down your neck you what that is that’s you your fears your doubts and
insecurities all end up like a firing squad
ready to shoot you want the sky until it was hard
well they’re not easily defeated we are far from invincible
member this is the wine the battle royale between you with my new body in
the devil on your shoulder
stone this just a game
this is just a waste of time your opponents stronger than you
drown out the voices of uncertainty sound of your own heartbeat
burn away yourself down with fireman’s remember what we’re fighting for it
never forget that
men and school districts she turn on a dime a small stay
she is ever search to replace your mom’s
and one tiny thing forgot to prepare for so as long as the devil is in the details
questions said
when the answer is yes you’ve done all you can to prepare yourself
on its time before feature
only now you must take the fight into the open into hostile territory
you’re lying in a field with lions home humming the same elusive pray with a
desperate starvation that says
victory is the only thing that can keep you alive some believe that voice that
says you can run a little faster
and you can throw little harder that for you the laws of physics are merely a
luck is the last time we should those wonderful even when data
tax sweat on the other
miss for those who know its choice to decide now because
destiny waits for no man when your time comes
a thousand different voices are trying to tell you
ready for it listen instead to that loan forced to send
the one that says you are ready you are prepared it’s all up to you
Rise and Shine!

Growing Deep – Lombok Going Off

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Lombok Going OffLombok is the most popular destination in Nusa Tenggara, with the fabled Gili Islands drawing visitors for action both in and out of the water but Desert Point is where it all happens. At its closest point, Lombok sits only 18km (11mi) east of Bali, yet major physical, cultural, linguistic and religious differences exist. The deep strait separating these islands links the Indian and Pacific oceans and is part of the “Wallace Line”, an established physical division between Asia and Australia. Bali is green with lush, tropical vegetation, while Lombok is drier, more rugged, with completely different flora and fauna. While the mountainous north rises to 3726m (12,224ft) at the top of Mount Rinjani, the south is a range of low inland hills spread behind the sweeping bays and pure white sands of the southern beaches. In terms of location, most surf breaks are truly breathtaking, but are generally regarded as of lower quality or intensity than Bali’s, with the notable exception of Desert Point, elected “Best Wave in the World” by Tracks magazine’s readers. More than any other island in Indo, Lombok is a year-round surfing destination. The peak season is obviously from April until early November, when classic 6-12ft (2-4m) longer period swells arrive from a SSW-WSW direction, which continue to arrive at 3-6ft (1-2m) during the wet season. More S suits Desert’s, the Gilis and the deep bays of Grupuk and Ekas, while more west will hit Mawi and exposed reefs nicely.

Surfers: Guilherme Tripa, Ian Consenza, Stephan Figueiredo and Eric de Souza.
Shot and Edited by Kaléu Wildner
Music: Pogo – Digitalism by Alice V & Leonardo Dessi (Cover)

Maaaassive & Perfect Cloudbreak Epic!!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Absolutely epic day at Cloudbreak from the Volcom contest in 2012 most of which you’ve never seen before.

Alex Knost California Summer Logging

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Alex Knost  styling his way through another California Summer.

Battle of the Paddle 2013 to Dope Test Elite Athletes

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

In a less than surprising move, the organizers at the BOP for 2013 has contracted with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to provide and an anti-doping program at this year’s event. USADA is the independent national anti-doping organization for the United States, and runs the U.S. anti-doping program for the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan-American and Parapan American movements, in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”). Rainbow Sandals, Inc has contracted with USADA, to demonstrate a commitment to fair, drug-free competition.


Traditionally SUP races have avoided testing the elite racers purely because of the cost and the inconvenience involved, but that seems to have taken a dramatic turn. The use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in sports is commonly referred to as doping, particularly by the organizations that regulate sporting competitions. The use of drugs to enhance performance is considered unethical by most international sports organizations, including the International Olympic Committee, although ethicists have argued that it is not different from the use of new materials in the construction of suits and sporting equipment, which can also aid performance and give competitors an unfair advantage. The reasons for the ban are mainly the health risks of performance-enhancing drugs, the equality of opportunity for athletes, and the exemplary effect of drug-free sport for the public. Anti-doping authorites state that using performance-enhancing drugs goes against the “spirit of sport.”

Some commentators maintain that, as outright prevention of doping is an impossibility, all doping should be legalized. However, most disagree with this, pointing out the claimed harmful long-term effects of many doping agents. Opponents claim that with doping legal, all competitive athletes would be compelled to use drugs, and the net effect would be a level playing field but with widespread health consequences. Considering that anti-doping is largely ineffective due to both testing limitations and lack of enforcement, this is not markedly different than the situation already in existence.
Another point of view is that doping could be legalized to some extent using a drug whitelist and medical counseling, such that medical safety is ensured, with all usage published. Under such a system, it is likely that athletes would attempt cheat by exceeding official limits to try to gain an advantage; this could be considered conjecture as drug amounts do not always correlate linearly with performance gains.

Any athlete competing in the ELITE RACE at the Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle may be subject to blood and/or urine testing for any substance or method on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List
In addition to testing, USADA is available to provide educational information and will have jurisdiction to handle the results management process.

All ELITE RACE participants acknowledge and agree that they are subject to the Code and the USADA Protocol for the Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and its Annexes (USADA Protocol), and that they are required to abide by all such rules and by the anti-doping rules of the International Federation governing the event, the International Surfing Association (ISA). Anti-doping rule violations will be adjudicated in accordance with the USADA Protocol and the anti-doping rules of the ISA.

As USADA is an independent entity, all athletes questions or concerns regarding details of the anti-doping program at the event should be directed to USADA.

Information on Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)can be found here:

Essential anti-doping phone telephone numbers:

USADA main number: (719) 785-2000

USADA athletes express hotline: (719) 785-2000

USADA Toll Free: (866)-601-2632

For more information you can go to the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) website page on anti-doping:

References in paddling

New Perfect Left Discovered in Angola

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Amazing new wave exposed in Angola which apparently runs over 3km. As for those moaning about ‘ruining’ the ‘secrecy’ of the break, you clearly you’ve no idea how remote, isolated and ruined Angola is. It could do with every little bit of added tourism after years and years of civil war, being raped by every country from the Soviets  to Chinese and American oil/diamond companies.

2013 Starboard 14′ All Star vs the 14′ Sprint

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The newest Starboard race boards have gone through an evolutionary transition for 2013 making them faster, more stable and more finely tuned to various conditions. Paddleboard Specialists owner Gary Stone spent a weekend with Starboard designer Brian Syzmanski thoroughly testing the new models. Enjoy the commentary from Brian in this video clip. Paddleboard Specialists has the full range of 14′ All Star and Sprint race boards in stock for immediate delivery as well as a 14′ x 26″ All Star brushed carbon available for demo.

For more info on our entire line of Starboard SUPs give us a call at 1-877-473-1199, email us at or visit

Leco Salazar looking to defend his Title

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Current World Champion Leco Salazar looking to defend his Title in Huntington Beach.


Santos, San Paulo, Brazil


New Advanced Surfboards

• 2012 Standup World Tour-World Champion
• 2013 Standup World Tour, Ubatuba Pro, 1st Place
• 2012 Standup World Tour, Location X Virgin Islands, 1st Place
• 2011 Standup World Tour, Maresias, Brazil, 1st Place


“I love sup, because besides making me physically and psychologically fit, it also serves as a way to relax. Seeing wonderful places all over the world, participating in the world tour, the sport of standup has changed my life. I’m very grateful and hope the sport just keeps growing.”

Moroccan Slabs and Points

Friday, September 6th, 2013

During the biggest swell of this winter The Billabong Adventure crew , Sancho, Jerome Sayhoun and Adrien Valero, opted to visit Morocco in the hope of finding cleaner conditions than the stormy weather and winds that accompanied this swell in Northern Europe. They found perfect waves on a slabby left somewhere North of Agadir.

Nias – Lagundri Bay Goes Off

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Brazilians Gabriel Sodré, Moura Netto, Igor Morais and Claudia Ferraz

Stand Up World Series AC Open 2013 – Sprint Race

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Day 2 of the Stand Up World Series race in San Francisco with the men’s and the women’s sprint races.

Connor Baxter (Starboard) and Kai Lenny (Naish) once again have a historic clash here at the AC Open in San Francisco, as Kai Lenny secures the win in the sprint racing component, forcing a dramtic tie-breaker to decide the event win, much to the delight of the crowd.

The athletes agreed on a simple course with one buoy turn, giving them an upwind and downwind leg to decide the event Title – a coin toss decided the buoy turn direction and within minutes, they were off. Neck and neck up until the buoy turn, it was anyone’s game, but coming into the buoy Connor just edged ahead and maintained the lead to power through to a well deserved victory here at Stop 7 on the 2013 Stand Up World Series, and providing a dramatic climax to an intense day of action here at the AC Open in San Francisco.

Kai Lenny wins the sprints for another dramatic finish

Kai Lenny (Naish) put on impressive performance throughout the heats today, powering his way through to the Finals amidst World Class competition. In the Final heat, a great start saw him break away from the pack, as arch rival Connor Baxter (Starboard) got caught up in the cluster of paddlers battling right behind him. This allowed Kai to break away and paddle in clean water, maintaining his lead to the finish to take the win in the dramatic sprint racing here in San Francisco. Having put every shred of energy into the Final, Kai then faced up against Connor one last time for the tie-breaker and had to settle for 2nd in the event, but both athletes sharing the points here towards the overall World Title.

Annabel Anderson makes it a clean sweep at the AC Open

Annabel Anderson (Starboard) impressed the world on Day 1 here in San Francisco by leading the entire fleet through the hardest leg of the Long distance course, going into wind up to the Golden Gate Bridge and not only winning the Women’s but finishing in 5th place in the men’s division – an incredible achievement given the caliber of the athletes here at the AC Open.

However, a new day presented new challenges as the sprint racing got underway, and in the first race, Annabel and Jenny Kalmbach (Naish) get caught up round the first buoy, allowing Jenny to break away, and maintain the lead to take race one of three for the Women’s Division.

Race 2 saw Annabel take the win, and then in Race 3, another buoy pile up on buoy 2 saw Halie Harrison (Focus SUP) break away to take the lead. However, Annabel and Jenny both recover fast to catch up by the 3rd buoy and take the lead by the 4th. In the end, Annabel once again proves victorious, taking the win in both the long distance and sprint racing to make it a clean sweep once again here at Stop 7 of the 2013 Stand Up World Series.

Jenny Kalmbach is first to beat Annabel in any race

Jenny Kalmbach (Naish) proves herself to be a real threat here on the Stand Up World Series, putting serious pressure on the seemingly unbeatable Annabel Anderson (Starboard) to take one out of three races in the World Series Sprints here in San Francisco. In the other 2, it was a battle to the finish, as the two went blow for blow in their quest for victory at this prestigious stop on the 2013 Stand Up World Series.

With a 2nd in the Sprint racing coupled with her 2nd place in the long distance, this solidified Jenny’s second place overall for the event, but perhaps more importantly for Jenny, she proved that she has what it takes to take the victory and will clearly be a name to watch out for here in the Stand Up World Series moving forward.
The battle for 3rd thru 6th saw elite athletes battle it out

The next battle was for 3rd through 6th, as a selection of the World’s leading athletes were battling for vital positioning here in San Francisco and for the glory in front of this prestigious America’s Cup Setting: Mo Freitas (Focus SUP/Body Glove), Zane Schweitzer (Starboard), Eric Terrien (Bic SUP) and Kody Kerbox (Naish) were all in position for a strong finish as they made it through to the finals of the sprint racing, as the scene was set for an epic battle between these elite athletes.

In the end, Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) proved to be a man on a mission, powering off the start and maintaining positioning to earn him a well deserved 3rd place in the sprint racing, which combined with his 4th place in the Long distance propels him to 3rd overall for this prestigious stop on the 2013 Stand Up World Series – a great performance from the young talent from Maui.

Mo Freitas proves that he is already a major double threat

Mo Freitas (Focus SUP/Body Glove) once again proved himself to be a major threat in the global scene, posting another phenomenal result here at Stop 7 of the 2013 Stand UP World Series against the World’s very best. After his mind blowing performances on the World Surfing Tour with a win in Brazil in 2012 and Podium finish in 2013, Mo has gone onto show that he is equally as dangerous on the Race Course, with a 3rd place finish here in the long distance and a 5th place finish in the Sprints putting him in 4th place overall for this AC Open in San Francisco. An impressive performance from this young talent from the North Shore of Oahu.

Kody Kerbox steps up to be counted here in San Francisco

Kody Kerbox (Naish) once again puts on a great performance here in San Francisco, with a 5th place finish in the long distance and powering ahead of Mo Freitas (Focus SUP/Body Glove) on the last buoy turn in the sprint finals to take 4th place, earning him a well deserved 5th place overall for the event. Another great result for this young athlete who has clearly only just begun to show what he is capable of. Starting the year with a 3rd place finish on the Surfing World Tour at Sunset, Kody has gone from strength to strength this year and shown that he is far from one dimensional, with strong finishes in both surfing and racing, so as a double threat, he is clearly someone to watch out for

Eric Terrien proudly represents France in San Francisco

Eric Terrien (Bic SUP) proudly represents France here at the AC Open in San Francisco with strong performances in both long distance and spring racing. Finishing in 6th place in the Long distance and then rounding up the final 6 in the finals of the Sprint racing, Eric once again proved that he is a force to be reckoned with on the Stand Up World Series and is always a threat here on the global stage. With strong results throughout this year Eric is poised for a good finish on the Stand up World Series as we come to the closing stages of the 2013 Season.