Archive for the ‘SUP Reviews’ Category

Video Review – Danny Ching tests the new 404 Monster Race Board

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Danny Ching talks about training and 4040 from Riviera PaddlesurfDanny Ching tests the new 404 Monster Race Board.

This board is one of the Fastest & Lightest Stand Up Paddle Boards Available. 404 was created by Danny Ching and Greg Jensen to develop high performance, light and stable race boards. The 12’6″ stock racing board design blends speed and stability and effortlessly slices through the water.  Available @ PaddleBoard Planet and Riviera Paddlesurf. Winner Danny discusses training tips and SUP and OC1 racing.


Joe Bark talks about latest SUP design for Surftech 14′ Dominator

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Joe Bark Talks about the Surftech 14' Dominator PaddleBoard Specialists caught up with the one and only Joe Bark at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, UT last week. Joe was happy to show off the new Surftech Dominator 14’ race board. Joe calls this the big brother to the Surftech Competitor 12’6”. In Joe’s own words, it is the “Magic Board”. We know we love the Competitor 12’6” and can’t wait to get this one out on our glassy lakes for some serious speed. Joe even admits that there is a bit of mystery involved in how stable, fast, and well tracking his boards are. We don’t know what it is either, maybe it is the rigorous testing Joe does, the years of experience, or just the result of a shaper who is overflowing with passion for the sport. Whatever it is, we like it.

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Review of Starboard 12’6″ Surf Race

Saturday, July 17th, 2010
Starboard Surf Race 12'6"

The Surf Race  is really designed for going in and out through the surf, with a flatter deck for easy foot movement and pivot turns.

It has an optimum foot spread for stability and comfort and sports the NEW’s racing rocker for speed and glide, working well in a large variety of conditions.
The shallow single concave bottom increases speed when surfing bumps and swells.

This board was used by Nikki Gregg to win the Women’s Open race at the 09 Battle of the Paddle. Compared to the NEW, the Surf Race is a more versatile and stable shape.

Race courses through open ocean including a ten mile distance contest-round trip from Dana Point to San Clemente and back-a multi-lap circuit through the breakers, around buoys, back to the beach. With divisions for all ages and abilities and a prize purse of over $25,000, this year’s contest drew a huge field of competitors to Doheny State Beach from the East Coast and as far away as Australia, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The international lineup in no way prevented local athletes from making a great showing and coming away with some of the best results of the weekend.

In the Distance SUP Brandi Baksic finished in the number one spot among the women with a time of 01:55:12. The Open Age Group race drew a huge field of 297 making for some difficult moments maneuvering through the surf with so many paddlers vying for the win.

The venue, complete with music, food, entertainment and a SUP Expo along with beautiful weather made for a perfect backdrop for the second installment of the Battle of the Paddle. The large crowd of spectators-and huge field of competitors-drawn by the event were testament to the growing popularity of the sport of SUP and-thanks to Rainbow Sandals-the proceeds raised will go on to benefit the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association.

1st place -Open Age Group Race overall female Nikki Gregg
1st place -Open Age Group Race overall stock Zane Schweitzer
1st place -Open Age Group Race M 40-49 stock Brian Szysmanski (2nd overall)
3rd place -Elite Race overall female Brandi Baksic
1st place -Distance Race SUP overall female Brandi Baksic
1st place -Distance Race SUP overall stock male EJ Johnson
1st place -Distance Race SUP 14ft Mens under 18 Zane Schweitzer
2nd place -Distance Race SUP-14ft Mens Under 18 Connor Baxter
1st place -Distance Race SUP-Mens Stock 30-39 John Hibbard
3rd place -Distance Race SUP-Men’s Stock 40-49 Brian Szysmanski