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Zen Waterman – How to catch a wave on a SUP

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Robert Stehlik gives us an informative  edit because you were probably wondering when you would finally get around to how to catch and surf waves on a SUP.  Ideally, everyone would learn the basics first before even attempting to go into the surf to catch waves.  Unfortunately many head straight into the surf without basic skills and little knowledge of surfing etiquette.  I hope you are not one of them.  Please make sure you have a good grasp of all the basic skills covered in the first 6 technique posts and knowledge of surfing etiquette before even thinking about catching waves, especially if there are others in the waves with you.

Zeb Welsh Talks about Molokai 2012

Monday, February 10th, 2014

A throw back to Zeb Welsh’s 2012 Molokai bid.

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.

Zane Schweitzer Interview

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Here is an interview with Zane Schweitzer from the Waterman League sent to us by Margareta, Starboard’s marketing manager.

Zane Schweitzer Finalist Sunset Beach World Tour 2011

Congratulations 17 year old Zane Schweitzer. Last year you won the Jr class. This year is the first time you actually enter the Pro class and you end up with only 3 athletes in the world finishing in front of you. There is no doubt you have great talents and a bright future in SUP surfing.

1. What’s your overall impression from the event? It was such an amazing event right on the North Shore of Oahu on one of the best surf breaks in the world. Tristan did a great job organizing the competition, the judges were really good and the announcers were very on top of it too. Having this event televised was awesome because I had friends watching the event from all over the world, so between the live feed and the television show it should bring much more attention to big wave sup surfing. The waves were pretty good most of the event and you always feel so lucky anytime you can be surfing big waves with only three other people in the water.

2. When did you realize you made it to the finals and what went through your mind at that stage? I thought I heard the announcers in the semi’s about a minute before the heat saying that one of the competitors had gotten their wave count and that I was still in 2nd, when nobody got anymore waves so I just kind of hoped that was right. But when I came in people just came rushing up to me congratulating me on making it. Then the TV crew confirmed it when they were interviewing me and I was so stoked knowing that I was realizing my dream of making it into the finals!

3. How do you prepare yourself for an event like this? I am always surfing, whether it is on my shortboard or my SUP. I am always in the water. I think it helps that I windsurf too because I am used to throwing around a big board in the water, but my shortboard surfing techniques really made me feel confidant today.

4. What equipment did you use? When the waves were big (10 – 20 feet) I used my new 9′3″ Custom Duane Ignacio Starboard Gun that I helped design since I am only 135 pounds my boards can be a bit smaller right now. But today for most of my heats I used my 2011 stock Starboard Tiki Pro. I love it, it handles great, and I really feel comfortable on it!

5. What are you looking for in a board that must be able to perform on this level? I like a very narrow board, with sharp rails, and a loose board, that can easily move on the wave. Today my board’s speed really helped me too in the heat before the quarters I caught a big barrell and was trying to race ahead of the wave just to escape the pound. My equipment worked great for the conditions.

6. Did you have a strategy during the heats or did you just “follow the flow”? It’s a little of both. I always try to start off with a few long rides just to get a few scores on the board, and then I try to hold out for the set waves to get the big scores. If the waves aren’t coming to me, then I pull out as many moves on the waves as I can.

7. This is the second year of the Stand UP World Tour, could you notice any difference in the atmosphere or the competitors this year compared to last year? Totally! The sport is growing so much every month and the level of the athletes is improving each event. The equipment is better, the guys are better, and we are all pushing the limits of the sport. It is pretty cool.

8. The waves were quite big this year, 20 ft plus. Were you ever scared or felt uncomfortable? I love surfing big waves! But, I grew up in Hawaii and learned really young to have respect for the ocean, and if you aren’t a little afraid you are just stupid. I have watched the best surfers in the world get pummelled there, but I felt good, everything was clicking, I timed getting out pretty well, and loved riding the bigger waves for sure. The best feeling is being able to be in the water with just three other surfers since normally there are tons of people in the water and we had it to ourselves! I wish the conditions were always like that!

9. Tell us about your most memorable wave from the event. My favorite wave of the day was definitely in the Semi Finals. Everything just was clicking. I caught one nice sized wave from the outside, dropped in and hung five before doing a few bottom turns and then up the lip again, but then as I was trying to get the reform I did a board 360 made it into the new section and pulled of two more 360s in the smaller part of the wave. I was stoked! I wish I would have had a wave like that in the Finals too.

10. What do you plan to do next? I am going to Mexico next month for another SUP wave event in Punta Sayulita then a few windsurfing events before France for the second leg of the Standup World Tour. I can’t wait! I just want to keep improving my results throughout the tour.

11. Anything else? Yeah! I want to make more Go Pro movies. I have a lot of fun making them, and get a lot of hits on them so I think people like to check them out too. It is a great way to promote SUP to more and more people. And I love going on travel adventures like the trip I took with Starboard to Peru. I just want to keep surfing, traveling the world, competing, making movies and doing what I love with a bunch of really good friends in the water!

WPA National Race – Recap by Connor Baxter

Friday, June 24th, 2011

WPA National Race – by Connor Baxter:

The 2011 Wet feet WPA National Race was a super fun event. I flew over to Oahu from Maui on Friday and the event was on Saturday. The WPA – World Paddle Association – has a series of qualifying events for the Hennessey’s World Event in San Diego in September. An event I definitely want to compete in.

The morning of the race there was no wind, so I was pretty bummed. But the race started at 12:00pm, so there was some time for the wind to pick up. And, sure enough around 11:45am the wind started to blow about 10-12 mph. And once we were all on the start line there was good wind.

The race was on the North Shore from Sunset Beach to Haleiwa, which is about 7miles. There were 105 competitors – 90 were Stand Up Paddlers and there were 15 Prone Paddlers. Once the race started Scott Gamble and I took off and were in the lead. There were good bumps until we got to Waimea – where the wind turned off and the little wind we had was slightly offshore.

When there was still about 5 miles left, Scott pulled a huge gap on me, because I was a little too far outside – and hence he took the lead. So all I was thinking was “anything can happen”. I waited until I saw a good opportunity and I paddled like crazy and made up some ground on him – but I didn’t catch up. Then I did the same thing again – and finally caught up to him and I started to pull away from him.

As I got closer to the finish, the third place guy, Kaeo Abbey caught up to Scott and was right behind me and was starting to catch up. As we rounded the point, Kaeo caught a wave and was right next to me so for the last little bit it was a full sprint to the beach. So I put my head down and gripped my paddle tight and ended up winning – and am now qualified for the World Event. Super stoked.

The top six places are:
1 – CONNOR BAXTER 1:03:08
2 – KAEO ABBEY 1:03:17
3 – SCOTT GAMBLE 1:04:12
4 – JOEY NAPOLEAN 1:06:40
5 – ROBERT STEHLIK 1:07:54
6 – KAINOA BEAUPRE 1:08:37

I want to thank my sponsors for all their support – Starboard, Nike 6.0, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Dakine, EFX Technology, GoPro Cameras, On It Pro, Waterman’s Sunscreen, Sunrite Maui, SIC and Hi-Tech Sports.

Also a big Mahalo to all the event organizers and volunteers. It was a good fun event!!

WPA Interview with Karen Wrenn

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Karen Wrenn, one of the top female SUP racers just completed crossing the entire Channel Islands in Northern California this last week that is roughly 160 miles depending on conditions.  This is not small feat and Karen is believed to be the first person male or female to accomplish this feat.


World Series Distance Race: Ubatuba Pro 2013

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Here are the highlights from the Stand Up World Series Distance Race at Praia do Centro in Ubatuba, 2013

World Record Dogtooth Tuna 241 lbs

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

This is Brad Thornbroughs 241 lb Dogtooth Tuna that was speared at 120 feet deep. The largest Dogtooth Tuna landed by Spearfishing or Fishing? It was longer and had it not been for emptying its guts would have been heavier than Cameron Kirkconnells 245lb Dogtooth Tuna landed the same day! For more Spearfishing and Freediving how to, check out

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

WOD-SUP Calls out Miami Beach SUP paddlers

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

mitch and micah

So this goes out to the Standup Paddle community of Miami and Deerfield beach:  You are all quick to claim the how SUP has changed your life, improved your performance and whipped you into stellar shape.  You preach the “core” workout like true saints.  But are you willing to prove it in the arena?”

The original WOD-SUP was a blowout.  SUP Paddlers from all over the LA/Orange County area flocked to the Newport Dunes to battle it out with the worlds best.  Rob Rojas, Brandi Baksic and a host of the areas top SUP competitors were on hand.  In the end it was 51-year old Orange County Waterman Mitch Kahn, life guard athlete extraordinaire [ …and the inspiration for Bay Watch’s Mitch?] that won the day, followed closely by up and coming Micah Carslon.  What many had anticipated to be a test of strength was decided in the end by who could drink a beer the fastest.  Proving once again that such age-old Waterman’s traditions still survive to this very day…

$40 gets you beer, food and swag; three days of party and a chance to see how you really match up.

So this goes out to the Standup Paddle community of Miami and Deerfield beach:  You are all quick to claim the how SUP has changed your life, improved your performance and whipped you into stellar shape.  You preach the “core” workout like true saints.  But are you willing to prove it in the arena?

Register:  CrossFit Journal Sports Series:  Standup Paddle presented by Watermans Applied Science and Hobie SUP


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Wipeout from Hell in Tasmania

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

James Hollmer-Cross pushing his personal limits in this crazy wipeout at Pedra Branca 16 miles/30 kilometers south of Tasmania
Sunday 2nd March 2014

Dave Wyatt from Velocity Charters Tasmania
Shot on the Sony Camera F5

Windsurfing Dream- video by Bob Bohn

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

My friend and Blue Planet team rider Bob Bohn made this windsurfing video with some very creative camera angles and custom gopro mounts, cool stuff, thanks Bob!


Windsurfing – Philip Koster Hookipa

Monday, June 24th, 2013

G44, Philip Köster, pulling off a decent slashing cutback and almost a double forward off the lip.

Windsurf – Massive Storm Sail Ireland

Monday, October 28th, 2013

William Trubridge Freediving World Record no fins 88m

Friday, March 15th, 2013

William Trubridge breaks the freediving world record without fins with a dive to 88m (288 feet) in 3:30 in Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas.

Whitewater Standing Wave – Casper van Kalmthout on the Doubs river

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Casper van Kalmthout surfing the big waves ‘la Scie’ and ‘la Malate’ on the Doubs river around Christmas time 2012

Whitewater Paddlers Tackle Africa’s Lower Congo River

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

The kayakers battled whitewater at the river’s head for 130 kilometers over five days, taking depth readings of the river bottom all the while. The data was astounding. “We couldn’t believe it,” says Stiassny. “It’s almost like you’re boating over a mountain range. There are huge peaks and enormous troughs. This is the deepest river in the world, there’s no question about it.” In one stretch, the echo sounder registered depths of 220 meters—much deeper than the previous record-holder, the Yangtze River.

The Lower Congo’s extraordinary riverbed topography results its extreme rapids, whirlpools, and underwater waterfalls. Stiassny and Shelly’s data are revealing that these water movements act like brick walls to fish: they separate populations so they can’t breed together.

Whitewater Kayak Tasmania

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

A solid compilation of whitewater kayak action in all areas of Tasmania including Lake River, Nile River, Leven Canyon, Cataract, Upper St. Paul above Meadstone Falls, Swan River below Hardings Falls, and the Big Bend section of the N. Esk at 6ft+

Whitewater | Rafa Ortiz – The Fastest Man To Solo The Amazon

Sunday, October 21st, 2012


EpicTV spoke to Rafa Ortiz as he was preparing to go on a crazy trip on the Amazon with West Hansen, whose goal was to be the fastest man to solo the Amazon from source to sea on his kayak. The trip was top secret !

Whitewater – Riding The Flow

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Footage from Dylan McKinney’s  favorite creeks in the Southeast. Featuring the Elk, Linville, Toxaway, Great Falls, Big Creek, Watauga, Moose, Bottom’s Creek, and the Green!

Shot with:
Nikon D3100
Nikon 1v1
GoPro Hero 1 & 2

What It Feels Like To Get Barrelled!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Super shots of some first person barrel riding!

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!