Archive for March, 2014

[SUP] USSUP Huntington Beach Final 2014

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

[Surfing] Fantasea Movie Intro

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

The epic intro to one of the best surf movies from the mid 70’s Fantasea !

[SUP] Stand Up Paddling Encounter with an Orca

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Pretty cool indeed! Bruce Miller was paddle boarding right off the coast of Auckland’s North Shore when he was greeted by a baby Orca. Later the mother killer whale joined in on the fun and led the baby away. Incredible scene.

[Whitewater Kayak] Heavy Water Big Waterfalls in New Zealand

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Ben Brown and Rush Sturges going big on the huge waterfalls and some heavy river flows.

A foil for kiteboards by MHL

Friday, March 28th, 2014

A brief video introducing the new MHL foil designs. For the new models they have focused on interchangeability and quality.
They talk a little about each component, how you can combine them and how it comes together.  Bolt to your own deck — it’s the foil parts minus the board. It’s your new light wind insurance plan. Now updated for 2014 with interchangeable foils for different aspect ratios. The higher the aspect ratio the faster the board is, but the harder it is to ride. The lower the aspect ratio, the easier to learn but slower the board is. You choose the front foil you want — standard or race. If you want both, the 2nd foil is an additional $235.

Cape Town SUP Downwind Action 2014

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

More unreal downwind SUP action by some of the top paddle athletes in South Africa. Cape Town is notorious for blowing consistently between November and March every year, and coupled with frequent swell one can find epic conditions for high speed downwinders. Amazing stuff from Pete Peterson prolific SUP videographer from Cape Town!

[Surfing] Yago Dora Rips

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

It’s always fun to find a Goofyfooter that is comfortable at Pipe, has a real air game that’ll blow your gord and actually lays it on the rail. This is the case with Yoga Dora, he sticks turns with fervor and reminds me of a modern day Machado with a touch of aggression but not really. Yup he’s a freak!

[SUP] Racing in Israel is definitely taking off

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Some killer quadcopter footage of SUP racing in Tel Aviv.

Zane Schweitzer Takes the 2014 Huntington Beach Event on the Stand Up World Tour

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Some really cool quadcopter footage from Matty Schweitzer of his brother Zane Schweitzer’s win the the 2014 SUP World Tour Huntington event.

7 things freedivers ALWAYS do | Freediving Tips and Tutorials

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Freediving Tips and Tutorials: 7 things freedivers ALWAYS do.

So you want to learn how to freedive? This video covers some basics to get your started. No matter where you learn freediving, the course will cover the items in the list.

***Online and Youtube Freediving tips and tutorials are great ways to learn about freediving. But, Youtube IS NOT a substitute for proper freedive training. Use this video is a basic guide before going on to seek more professional advice***

Full list of the tips and explanations from the video can be found here:

If you do decide to start freediving as a sport, I hope all you guys will go on to learn to freediving from a professional freediving instructor.

The 2 most popular freediving courses are SSI, and AIDA, and you will receive a certification card. Groups of freedivers who so serious freediving training will often insist you have a certification before letting your train with the group or act as a buddy for others.

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Battle to Paddle MS Australia 2014

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

March 15 2004 – Fionna Guy and Stephen Hill, both active paddle boarders and supporters of F5m+ and MS Research, joined forces and developed the event; ‘Paddle to Battle MS’. It looks a lot like the BOP in California but held in even more rotten conditions. Super challenging and really fun paddling action in a edit by Andrew Cassidy!

Anonymous Response to SUPAA

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
ed. There has been some controversy surrounded the SUPAA which is a newly minted SUP Racing body organized by athletes. This is from an anonymous athlete who should have a voice without repercussions but obviously feels like that may not be possible.


There seems to be a whole lot of fuss about not much doing the rounds right now and the debates seem to be more intense than any action seen on the water lately.

Could be that it’s the end of a long hard winter for many folk and the lack of water time has gone to their fingertips and keyboards?

Yes, I’m talking about that debate that’s been raging around the interweb and social mediums of late regarding boards, lengths, widths and water lines.

It’s great to see that people have so much passion, love and enthusiasm for what they like to do to be collectively vocal about their opinions, but are the loud voices of a small few shouting over the majority?

Are Olympics the Goal Here?

Ever since I first stepped on a board one of the most prevalent questions asked by those slightly unaware has been ‘is it an Olympic sport?’ as if for a sport to be legitimized, it must also carry the Olympic rings. Just trust me – this has something to do with this whole debacle raging right now.

I was brought up living and breathing the ideals of the Olympics and it’s where the vast majority of sport funding is directed in my home country, especially the high performance, pointy end of the sport. Having grown up training, rubbing shoulders and competing against many of these now Olympic athletes and medalists, most of them did it for the love of their sport and scraped through on the bones of the ass to make their dreams happen. Few of these sports are driven by participation by the masses and they are reliant on grants, handouts or professional circuits to pay the bills.

So are the Olympics important? How about we let our sport grow, mature, become what it may and guess what, like other new generation sports like triathlon (which for many reasons is going through an over haul to retain relevance), snowboarding and free skiing the Olympics came to them as they had matured into mass participation sports that draw media audiences and spectators which in turn sells air time and tickets. After all, the Olympics is as much of a commercial enterprise for host cities as it is a global feel good fortnight celebration of sport, athleticism and the human spirit.

Putting the cart before the horse and trying to lobby for Olympic inclusion at this point of the game is a simple cry for attention. There is also the small matter of consideration that should the sport of Sup come up for Olympic consideration there’s a large amount of housekeeping to be done prior. Remember the debacle of kite surfing being awarded the spot for Rio over ‘board sailing’ (they even changed the name from wind surfing to ‘board sailing’ when it was included). It was short lived. There are likely a couple of things we can learn from this. Before people go into detail about what shape things should take there’s a whole lot of basics that must go before it. Just remember that thing about house keeping – it’s got quite a lot to do with what’s doing the rounds at the moment.

So back to what has sparked the biggest commentary of late, the announcement by the SUPAA about proposed board restrictions and a date by which all manufacturers shall phase in these supposedly agreed industry guidelines. Corran Addison who for reasons right or wrong spoke out in retaliation and while you may agree or disagree with the points he raised, the key thing to consider from this rebuttal is who gave these people the authority to make decisions on behalf of everyone?

I pose a couple of questions regarding this. I attended the first meeting back in Dana Point in late September 2013 when forming an athletes association was proposed. Out of courtesy to the future of our sport and that I was in the vicinity, I, like many others, turned up.

With any gathering of individual athletes, strong personalities and opinions are going to overshadow those with quieter demeanours. Due to time restraints, I excused myself early having registered my name and contact details.

It was with some degree of surprise that I have yet to receive any mailing or notification (other than those I have seen via third party social media channels) the course of action proposed by the SUPAA.

It has been inferred that both athletes and manufacturers have been consulted. No, I haven’t had a personal phone call or consultation so that would lead me to believe that many others have not been consulted either.

I was somewhat even more surprised to be informed that the SUPAA had approached an event of national significance and been snubbed by the organizers due to the fact that many would not be able to participate due to their boards not meeting requirements. Hardly a drive to mass participation.

So while there are many benefits to creating a collaborative approach to helping everyone and making our sport more accessible, I think there are some more pressing issues to be considered first.

We will struggle to be taken seriously by the outside until we have done some robust internal house keeping and while the SUPAA (as well as others previously such as the WPA and other various training oranizations) has done a valiant effort in starting the path towards guardianship, I propose that for a moment everyone puts their agenda and egos aside. That we take a moment to remember why we started to do it in the first place and to form a constitution that is true to the roots of the sport and then take it from there. Let’s not restrain and constrain what it can or possibly could be. Let’s embrace organic growth and celebrate the innovation and creativity that comes with newness.

As Gerry Lopez so rightly put it this week, let’s do it for the love of it first and foremost and not let too many other things get in the way.

We will struggle to be taken seriously by the outside until we have done some robust internal housekeeping.

[Surfing] Nate Yoemans JBay Display

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

San Clemente’s Nate Yoemans truly giving us a treat of clean and precision surfing at Jeffreys Bay on some magic days. JBay is mouthwateringly good often enough that non-locals are able to spend the time out there to really get it dialed.

[Surfing] Billabong Surfer Girls Sumbawa Travels

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

If you ignore the slow-mo shots of cute posterior and some weirdness from Laura Enever, this clip has some super fun waves and really solid surfing being done by the Billabong women team. Girls: Laura Enever, Courtney Conologue, Alessa Quizon, Justin Dupont, Felicity Palmateer, Frankie Harrer, Ellie-Jean Coffey, Stephanie Single.

This one is really good as well!

Aloha, Hawaii! from Billabong on Vimeo.

Ocean Paddler TV – 2012 OluKai Ho’olaule’a Channel Footage

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Awesome edit from OCTV that supposedly focuses on the 2012 OluKai Ho’olaule’a at Maliko but mixed in is some epic Molokai Channel paddling footage and a tribute to the escort boats. A must watch for those racing in the islands for the first time this year on a SUP, OC1, OC6, Paddleboard, sailing Outrigger and Surfski.

[Kiting] Volvo – First up First Down: Steph and Ollie Bridge

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

In January 2014, four times World Kite Racing Champion Steph Bridge travelled to the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, to take on the full force of the North Atlantic Ocean with her World Champion son, Olly – See more at:

[Surfing]Quadcopter Tow Footage of “Ours”

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

“Ours” used to be the domain of bodyboarders and was a closely held secret until the early part of the new millennium.  Redbull has it on their radar and have included it their future big wave contest circuit. Here is some sponsored footage as the the Redbull ski’s charges through a fully paddle-able lineup causing carnage something that I am amazed is not causing total havoc amongst the locals.

[Surfing] Some Big and Raw Mavericks March 16, 2014

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A heavy day at Mavs with just a few of the crew on it including Twiggy, Thomas Lundgard, Adam Bloomer and Ryan Seelbach. Blustery winds, low tide and a big shorter period swell brought sets of up to 25ft.

Credit: Powerline Productions

[SUP] Downwinding with the SIC Crew

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

This is an older video of  Mark Rapahorst and the crew at SIC but still a good view of some unlimited class downwinding at Maliko.

Some Cool Jaws Footage

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Sometimes the same old footage get’s redigested in the traditional media a gazillion times it is nice to see some fresh stuff . Lucas Silveira doing his thing in Hawaii for 2014!

[SUP] SUP Surfers in India

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Those are the 2 faces of India: One is of flat water canals surrounded by temples and Hindu culture, the other one is about crystal clear empty barrels peeling in off limit islands under the Muezzin voice.

Carine Camboulives & Manu Bouvet together with their 2 daughters Lou and Shadé pursue their quest for adventure and discovery in the southern region of Kerala. Their SUP boards are the ultimate tool to open up to the world and enjoy a beautiful, yet fragile environment.

Nic Vaughn Insane Lay-up at Jaws

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Standout Nic Vaughn shown here on a perfectly controlled drop on a solid wave at Jaws that pushed hard on the inside ledge.