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[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE] Superman grounded by Kryptonite fins causing huge worldwide recall

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Wayne Buckingham GroundedfinLebanon, Kansas, June 23, 2014  – Luthor Fin Industries, Inc. a leading manufacturer of SUP fins and accessories announced today the immediate removal of all Kryptonite and Kryptonite derivatives from it’s fin manufacture processes.

“While Kryptonite has provided Lutor Fins with small performance benefits over traditional materials, Emil Hamilton’s recent improvements in our manufacturing process for G10/fiberglass and G10/carbon composites have allowed Luthor Fins to nearly match the performance of Kryptonite fins at a much higher level of safety. ” Said Oswald Loomis, Ph. D., CEO and Executive Chairman of Luthor Fins. “In addition, the recent indecent with Mr. Wayne Buckingham has highlighted the increased need for safety in our choice of fin materials. Clearly, had traditional materials been employed, Mr. Buckingham’s superpowers would have remained intact, causing far less damage to the waterman.”

“Further, in our quest for safety, we have committed to a 100% recall of Kryptonite fins. Any fins produced by Luthor Industries containing Kryptonite will be replaced by our standard G10 Carbon models free of charge.”

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We all want to feel bad for Superman, but really don’t feel to bad.  Apparently he was invincible but isn’t anymore. Going forward he is only allowed to use rubber fins!!

Donate to Wayne’s Ocean of Hope Fundraiser


Jamie Mitchell – Florida QB Trip

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Had a crazy 2 week trip not long ago.. Part of it was a trip to the East Coast for a trade show and race..Here is a little movie I made with my new Go Pro..


Dave Kalama – Move’n on

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

My exit from Naish has been getting much more attention than I expected. There seems to be a lot of conjecture–some of it is pretty dramatic–so I feel motivated to give some insight as to what would make me walk away from a great company like Naish.

First, I want to acknowledge the huge debt of gratitude I owe to Robby for sponsoring me in the first place. He brought me on to the team at a very precarious time for me, because South Point had defaulted on both Timpone and my contract, which left a big void in my income. With Robby’s support I was able to continue my waterman lifestyle and support my family. I have a huge appreciation for Robby and the Naish company, and the friendship and support he has given me.

Like any relationship not everything was perfect, it doesn’t necessarily mean one or the other is at fault but rather an evolution of different paths. The Naish company path is naturally driven by corporate responsibilities. My path is driven by personal goals, the challenges of the lifestyle I follow, and creative freedom. Robby runs his company very efficiently, and like any good, strong leader it goes his way, and that’s as it should be. It is his company, he has taken all the risk and made all the decisions that go along with being successful. But unfortunately for me that meant more and more that there wasn’t much room to make my imprint on the company. At the end of my contract I had to make the difficult decision to renew and carry on with the status quo or do something different.

Had I not learned to shape a few months ago I probably would have stayed with Naish and carried on with business as usual, but the exposure to shaping got my creative juices flowing again and in the end I just could not deny what has been one of the most enjoyable parts of my whole career–the creative process.

My whole career I’ve been very involved in the design and creation of all my equipment. Windsurf sails, windsurf boards, my own fin company, longboards, shortboards, tandem boards, tow boards, stand up wave boards and race boards, foil boards. I’ve worked with Gerry Lopez, Karl Hill, Bill Foote, Sean Ordonez, Jeff Timpone, Tim Patterson, Donald Takayama, Harold Ige and Mark Raphorst. All very accomplished shapers, and I’ve learned a tremendous amount along the way.

Now I have an opportunity to take all the knowledge and experience I’ve gained and couple my own vision and feeling into boards I can ride and perfect myself. It’s really exciting to try and get the outline right, the rocker how you want it, the rails shaped properly and then go out and ride it. The best part is I don’t have to try and explain to somebody how it felt or what is right or wrong with the board, and what needs to be changed. I know already. I can take that feedback and put it directly into the next prototype. It’s awesome and so much fun. It’s got me excited to go to the beach every morning and try to learn how to make everything better. I am far from a master at this craft but at least I can create what I believe works best.

So that’s where I’m headed. The path isn’t completely clear yet, but I’m moving in a direction that feels great to me. I wish everyone at Naish, and specifically Robbie, full enjoyment of the great success that their hard work over many years has brought them. But it’s time for me to move on.

Visit Dave’s site: A Waterman’s Journal: Dave Kalama

Sailing Away

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

EJ, pulling into his driveway one last time.

Moving can be tough. Selling the house, packing everything into boxes, getting rid of all the extra junk that you’ve accumulated over the years usually causes major stresses for the whole family. Then there’s the Johnsons. A new opportunity arises, and poof, they’re gone. By eliminating most of the excess clutter, they’ve eliminated the excess stress as well. There’s something to be said for living so simply that you can just sail away.
I’m going to have to make a new friend who always has a cooler of beer on his boat.
Happy Sailing…

Dave Kalama – Up Next

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

You’re invited to participate in my backyard playground. What? I’m partnering with the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea to host a Kalama-style Maui Surf Camp. You can find the skinny of the play date here. Hope to see you soon, and be ready to get your feet sandy and gills wet.

Visit Dave’s site: A Waterman’s Journal: Dave Kalama

VIDEO – Dave Boehne SUP Surf in O’Side

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Dave Boehne showing off his smooth style – Boardworks is stoked to be doing a full line of TEC Infinity SUP’s including the Carver, and TL Carver’s as well as 2 Slater Trout surf SUP models.

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!


Shit on a Stick by Len Barrow

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

It’s What You Make of It: The Pre-Conceptual and Surfing
In the 12th century, a Zen master was asked by a monk “ what was the nature of the Buddha’s enlightenment?” He replied “SHIT ON A STICK”. This is an actual formal Zen Koan (a type of riddle). It came to my mind one day when I was surfing with a friend. We were traveling around looking for good waves, yet the waves on offer were “shitty” lumpy one foot crap.

My friend was grumbling about the state of the surf. He elaborated that his board was not designed for crappy waves. He also stated that only kooks surf lame waves. I convinced him to paddle out anyway and his moaning and groaning only worsened. I remember the look of frustration on his face and truly felt sorry for him.

Despite this I managed to have a great time. I was doing mini off the lips and tiny round house cutbacks. The day was sunny and I looked back at the green mountains with little fluffy clouds wafting by. I would then catch another wave bounce around and fall off. The whole experience was most enjoyable and I found myself giggling like a little boy who was getting away with something that he was not supposed to do.

I turned around to see my friend paddling into the beach. He sat on the shore with his arms crossed. On his face was a stern expression of anger. I caught a few waves more and paddled in and drove my disgruntled friend home.

This is when the “Shit On A Stick” Koan came into my mind. In a literal sense the Koan refers to how the people of old Asia would wipe their buttocks after defecating. They would actually use a stick. So the Zen master was stating that Zen is no more than the shit on a shit-stick.

This would appear to be a paradox. How could something like Zen be likened to the most filthy, polluted ”shitty” thing on the planet? Could it be that it is only our point of view?

When I recollected this Koan after dropping my friend off, I began to have a wonderful reflective experience. I wondered why I had such a great time while my friend had the lamest experience possible? Why was I thrilled in such shitty waves? It struck me like a lightning bolt. I WAS PAYING ATTENTION and he was not.

I then sat and wondered who had taught me to do this. My first thought came to my coach and mentor, Ben Aipa. He had coached me to a US Championship in Longboarding and was a true Zen master in his own right. He payed a great deal of attention to everything. His encyclopedia was the ocean and surfboard design.

More specifically Ben Aipa taught me how to focus my attention on different aspects of a wave. He informed me that all waves were magnificent creations of nature that “spoke” with different voices. Some were loud and some were soft, yet they were all asking you to work with their energies . He was an acute observer of nature’s ways.

Ben altered my perception of waves in the deepest way possible. Mr. Aipa taught me that any wave is good as long as you focus and pay attention to its energies. While I was training for the US Championships, Ben had me surf crappy waves on a daily basis. He would take me to Sandy Beach “Full Point”. This is literally the shitiest wave in the world. It usually has cross winds in excess of 25 mph and the wave is heavily backwashed. Yet Ben taught me how to “Sing” with Sandy Beach. He told me to focus my attention on only the breaking part of the wave and the” Bowl” that extends about 1 foot next to it the curl. When you focus your mind on this tiny section of the wave, even a tiny wave has power and juice. If you look at the whole wave you will miss this little gem of the bowl. By altering PERCEPTION USING ATTENTION you can turn any wave into a point break! Every wave becomes an enjoyable miracle.

In a way it all comes down to perception or conception of the wave in front of you. Ben Aipa and this Zen Koan were just asking me to return to the “pre-conceptual”. They were asking me to rely on an unborn instinct that we all have to make the best of all conditions from 10’ to 1’.

Similarly, Zen as depicted as shit on a shit stick in the Koan should not surprise us. It is only our perception that makes us revolted by crap being on a stick. Let us look at the phenomena of crap on a shit stick.

It takes a whole digestive system, not to mention a nervous system to create feces. This is truly a miracle of nature (their even exist groups of scientists who study fossilized turds!). The tree that became the stick needed the sun for photosynthesis (another amazing phenomena) and the earths weather system to allow it to grow. Therefore the shit stick is actually a beautiful miracle just as the lamest wave in the world is a miracle. It all depends on our perception of the object. This is what the Shit on a Stick Koan is asking us to think about.

With this change of perception applied to all things in life, we can move beyond conceptions of good and bad, life and death, polluted and unpolluted, rich and poor, good waves and bad waves. In Zen Buddhism, the goal is to return to your original mind which does not divide the world up according to prejudices. This mind was and is unborn and pre-conceptual in nature. Everything arises interdependently. There is not one phenomena in the world that is not interdependent therefore we should move away from the conception of the individual and egoism to achieve happiness. If you find this statement abstract, test the logic.

All is perfect. As long as natures is here, this interdependent mind is here.

The ego and self with its prejudices and likes and dislikes distorts this perfect mind that we all already have. Instead of seeing the beauty of a one foot wave we perceive a shitty wave due to our distorted conceptions. Instead of seeing an interdependent miracle of nature, we see a polluted, dirty shit stick.

Find this shit stick. If you are a SUP surfer, paddle upwind in 25mph winds. Surf un-surfable conditions. Go out when it is six inches big. Mix it up on an ultra-crowded day. The world is your oyster to enjoy if you ALTER YOUR PERCEPTION BY PAYING ATTENTION.

If you think this is random tree hugger babble you are mistaken. I took these ideas and won the US Longboard Championships at 1’ onshore Huntington beach California in 2004. My fellow competitors could not figure out why I was so excited over shitty waves. Oh well.

I hope to see all of you out on the next onshore rainy 1’ day!

See Ya………..goin surfing

Dr. Len Barrow

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Surfing and SUP Meditation part 1 and 2 by Len Barrow

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Originally posted on Zen Waterman a fantastic Blog with the idea of  finding deeper meaning in the sports we love. This blog is written by Leonard Barrow and Robert Stehlik. Leonard is a doctor of anthropology and has formal Zen training. He is also one of Hawaii’s top longboarders and former US longboard Champion. Robert is the owner of Blue Planet Surf Shop and avid SUP racer, surfer and windsurfer.

Surfing and SUP riding can give us a great chance to calm our mind-body. Despite this, some of us surf with a consciousness that is out of balance. We sometimes become scatter-brained and defocused. Thoughts of work problems and other issues chatter away in our minds incessantly. By allowing or consciousness to be “out of control”, we ruin our surf session and can become frustrated.

The following article will give us tools to counteract our agitated minds, which in turn will allow us to enhance our enjoyment of the surfing experience. These techniques can be traced back from the modern world to the time of the Buddha and have been used to great effect by hundreds of generations of meditators. Even today, modern science is documenting the positive effects of meditation as it relates to both physical and mental health. We will start with very basic techniques and proceed to apply these techniques to our surfing.

1. Breathing Meditation Introduction

Concentration and mindfulness is a natural activity of our minds. One may use it in many different ways without even thinking about it. We may watch a loved one, use a word processor, or read. These are all due to the minds natural capability to be mindful.

Sadly, in our modern day and age of hyperactivity, cell phones, texts, and multi-tasking, we erode the minds natural ability to pay attention or to be mindful. The result of this is a type of monkey-mind. This mind bounces around from one thing to another. It is as if we are on an out of control horse, heading to the nearest cliff. We are not in control. Our actions become reactive, not reflective? Due to this, we often get ourselves into trouble. This may lead to depression, excess anxiety and a poor state of affairs.

If you want to get out of this negative situation, you must develop a motivation or commitment to climb over a treacherous mountain. The rope that will allow you to traverse the mountain is meditation and mindfulness. You must understand that in order to climb a rocky mountain (in other words, our “rocky” minds); one cannot do it in a few steps. You must develop a strong motivation to want to climb the mountain and understand that only a sustained and consistent effort will allow you to reach the peak and get back down.

The carrot on the end of the stick is a happier and stable mind that is able to enjoy life! Would that not be nice? For our purposes as surfers, mindfulness can greatly improve our technique and enjoyment of the sport.

2. Breathing meditation: What is your real motivation?

Begin your meditation by finding an environment that is quiet and calm. Turn off your cell phone (yes, it can be done!) and dedicate at least ten minutes to your session. This time will be increased as your capacity to concentrate is increased.

You must start you session by developing a motivation. For example state “I am going to meditate in order to generate in my mind concentration to benefit my family members, society and my ability to surf”. Do not forget this motivation as it will allow you to drive forward fearlessly against the delusive thoughts of the mind. Meditations based on compassionate grounds will always be more powerful.

It is important to note that if you are meditating purely for personal gain, it simply will not work. The goal of meditation is to diminish the self into concentration so we can be free, compassionate people, not greedy beings. This is very important to note as American society can be overtly individualistic.

3. Starting Up

Now you will learn how to focus the mind on your breathing. Begin by finding a comfortable position. You may sit down cross legged (or a Half or Full Lotus for those with Yoga training) or in whatever position you find most comfortable. The most important feature of any position that you have is a STRAIT SPINE. This is key; as it will help you pay attention to your breathing. If there is any tension in your body, let it dissolve by relaxing the area of tightness.

Now focus your attention and mind on your breathing. Breathe in. Then count your exhalation as 1. Repeat this process. Count up to 10 and start at 1 again.

Notice the subtle sensations of the breath as it passes through the tip of your nostrils. Pay attention to the rising and falling of your abdomen. The idea is to make the breath an OBJECT of your meditation. Look at it from every direction and every single manner while keeping your attention on only the breath. It is an odd thing to say, yet your breath alone will get you through any crisis

Don’t be intimidated! If you can read this article, you are already proving that you can do this. When you are reading, the OBJECT of your attention is the words on the page. Don’t be afraid to meditate as you have been born with the tools to do so.

Invariably, as you are counting your breaths, thoughts will come into your mind. These thoughts can manifest in any form. “Jon owes me money”, “I need to call my work”, “I hope no one sees me meditating”…..any thought is possible. The key thing to understand is to just go back to your breathing as the object of your meditation.

If you concentration gets interrupted at number 3 breath exhalation, just return back to 1. Don’t worry if you cannot get past 2 or 3. As a novice your mind may be very “jumpy” moving from one thought to the next. When I was beginning my meditation many years ago I could not get to 10 for over a month! This is proof that most of our minds are in disarray. This state only produces a type of “scatter-brained effect” that will lead us to be reactive in behavior not reflective in manner. In this confused mode of being, we may develop anxiety for ourselves and trouble for others among other things.

It is a scary thought to realize that many of us are not in control of our own minds and actions. This fact should provide us with ample motivation to meditate as to do so would be to move towards happiness, control and calmness. Would this not be nice?

For our purpose as surfers and SUP participants, an agitated mind can only lead to a bad session. This frustration will inevitably affect our technique and progress in our sport.

4. Keep meditating consistently

Don’t give up. Meditating can be the hardest thing to do. Most importantly, to get the positive effects of meditation one must keep up a consistent regime of practice. Meditating is like surfing. You will not get good on the first day. If you quit due to frustration with your mind you will be like a beginner surfer who has given up on his first surf session. To become a good surfer, or a good meditator you must “surf/meditate” for years. Even when you attain a certain level of proficiency in both surfing and meditation, there exists a billion ways to improve your practice. For this reason it is important to keep our practice up.

5. Surfing/ SUP Meditation

The next portion of this article will show us how to transfer our abilities gained in meditation to the ocean. In this we will explore ways to use SUP and surfing as objects of our meditation practice. This is not unusual. The Zen folk of old stated that Zen is an everyday activity. One should pay attention while gardening, walking, washing the dishes and the like. Why not create every day into a magical experience? So, dear reader, please begin your meditation practices as described above and don’t give up.

Part 2: Surfing and SUP Meditation

Objects of Meditation: A Wave Meditation

SUP and surfing can be used to great effect to calm the mind. This is very important for our discussion as we live in a hyper-active world of e-mails, cell phones, face-book and multi-tasking. Our ability to pay attention is degraded by the fast pace of our modern world. This may lead to anxiety, depression and a poor state of affairs. To be happy we must pay attention and meditation is the key to this end.

Surfing and SUP can be an important tool to focus our concentration to improve our technical form and selves. Our sport provides us with many objects of meditation. One of the keys in meditation is to select an object to focus on; or immerse our concentration “ into”. The previous article focused on our breath as the object of our meditation. This article will use the ocean’s waves for object of meditation.

The swell

The ocean is filled with many things to be mindful of. Ocean waves are magical to look at and can serve as objects of our meditation. Start your meditation on your board with the following practice. Focus your attention on your breathing (as described in the previous article) and count two sets of ten breaths. This should be sufficient to calm the mind. After this turn your mental focus (or attention) attained in breathing meditation to the swell in the water. Sit (or stand) on your board and face the ocean. Pick a single swell out with your eyes (the wave can be 20 to 30 yards out but should be directly in front of you) and immerse your concentration in to it. Ask yourself the following questions. Is the swell coming strait in, or at a slight angle? As the wave approaches you, is it turning at an angle towards or away from you? Is the wave the combination of two swell directions?

As the wave comes under you, feel the swell lift your board up and then slowly turn your head and follow the progress of the swell as it moves away from you toward the inside. How does the wave move as it” feels” the bottom. Does the swell focus or defocus on a certain area of the reef? Does the wave “dissolve” as it fans out into the channel? Any observation is valid as long as you are concentrating. If you get distracted by thoughts in your head, just go back to concentrating on the swell just as you would go back to your breathing in normal sitting meditation.

The swell as the object of analytic meditation

Another form of meditation that is widely used by Tibetans and others is called analytic meditation. For our purposes, it is especially useful. One focuses on the object and analyzes ”what” is the wave (or object of the meditation)? Questions you may use to start your analysis are numerous. Does the swell have a name? If it does not, why do I have a name? Is the phenomena of this wave related to any other phenomena; a storm off of New Zealand perhaps? Does the gale have a cause and condition like the suns radiation?

What is important is to reflect on is the wave’s interdependence with many other factors. To do this is to realize that the wave is truly a “dependently originated” miracle. Logically the wave has the whole universe behind it (or in it)! What a joy it is to surf.

I will leave you with a type of Koan (Zen riddle). A wonderful question to ask your-self is: “Am I like the wave?” Do I have many causes and conditions that are an integral part of my-self? Does a wave die and similarly do I die?

With these thoughts we may come to a deeper awareness and appreciation of nature, others and ourselves. Would that not be nice?


Len Barrow Ph.D.

January 12, 2011

E.J Johnson Race Recap – 2011 Battle of the Paddle and Catalina SUP Festival

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The BOP was  bigger and better than ever, with the largest number of paddlers to date. The open age group saw 334 paddlers on the water at one time, and was a sight to behold. The weather this year was more typical of June with a thick marine layer in the morning, which gave way to sunny skies in the afternoon.
This year elite racers had to qualify for the main event, by being in the top 50% of their heat. I managed to get 37th of 63, which meant I will be board handling for another Starboard team rider, and by the way was very challenging to not get run over by competitors or other handlers. Super exciting being right there in the mix/ pit.

Sunday  9/25

The distance race is more my thing, liking open ocean conditions and not having to run with a bad left knee. The count was 226 paddlers attempting to win or just finish this challenging 10 mile coastal run. Conditions were very mild, with little wind and not much bump in the water,and these water starts are always a bit sketchy with people jumping the line in anticipation of getting a hole shot. It was a grueling race, with many groups of drafting trains, I fought my way past some of the packs, to get to the one with my direct competitors. I stayed with this group until we hit the last right shoulder buoy, and then it was a all out 200 meter sprint to the beach. I was stoked to hit the beach with such great athletes as Jim Terrell and Chuck Patterson, but was edged out on the beach run. I got 4th place in my age division, which was the largest group in the 14′ class, and was 15th overall out of 93.

Congrats to fellow Starboard team mates.

Connor Baxtor  1st Elite  and 9th Distance.
Bart De Zwart  20th Elite and 8th Distance.
Dan Gavere      34th Elite
Annabel Anderson 3rd Elite and 2nd Distance.

The 1st Annual Catalina SUP Festival  (Oct. 1st & 2nd 2011)

We disembarked from our home port of Dana Point on our 38′ Morgan sailboat named “Librada”to the beautiful island of Catalina on friday, and were greeted to a nice smooth 39 mile crossing, seeing many Dolphin along the way.

Day #1

The race on Saturday took place at the beautiful Descanso beach club, complete with cabana’s, palm trees , cobblestone beach and the clearest water on the West coast. My elite course race consisted of three one mile qualifying laps, which were totaled up for a final score. I ended up in tenth, out of 22 which they let 16 through to the final.
The final was at 3:00 p.m., with a two lap course around the bay, having 7 buoys per lap. The seas were nice and lumpy, getting extra chop from the big boats coming and going from the mainland. I ended up in 9th, after having a horrible start, being in 15th at the 1st turn. It’s always cool to be on the podium with such great athletes and ambassadors to our great sport of SUP.

Day #2

The distance race was from Descanso Bay to Long Point and back, which is right around 10 miles. It is typically downwind from the point, but due to tropical weather it was all over the place. It was a mass start, with open racers joining us for part of the journey, but turning back at mile 3. I took my own line the whole race not getting involved with the typical drafting packs, and felt strong. The scenery is so beautiful, that your mind starts to wonder a bit, but when you hear the splashing of another board, it sends you back into overdrive. And if you don’t know, SUP racing is always a full out sprint, with no breaks unless you count switching your paddle from side to side. Mitch Kahn and I had a great race trading positions a few times, and a sprint to the finish. Once again, stoked to come in 7th against these tough competitors. I will put this event at top five of the season, and looking forward to this one again in 2012.

Camelbak Molokai Hydration Pack for SUP Racers and Stand Up Paddlers

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

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molokai camelback for supThe popularity of Stand Up Paddle Boarding continues to grow, with board sales more than double this year over last. Looking to address the specific hydration needs of this emerging category, CamelBak has created a new line, with two hydration vests and one hydration pack, designed specifically with Stand Up Paddle Boarders in mind.

Working together with pro paddler Slater Trout, CamelBak ensured sport specific details were included in each of the new vests and pack. All three styles incorporate technical elements such as quick drying, non-corrosive materials, paddle holsters, safety whistle, reflectivity, and rear stash overflow storage space for an inflatable PFD.

The Camelbak Molokai ($100) hydration vest is designed for the long distance paddler. Front cargo pockets give you quick access to your sunscreen, snacks, or waterproof electronics case. The 2L Antidote Reservoir with Quick Link opens wide, closes with a snap, and lets you refill water without unloading your gear. The hydration vest harness is adjustable, so will properly fit any size person.

The Baja LR was a race ready hydration vest and uses CamelBak’s 2L and it is now discontinued.

camelbak tahoe LR for SUP Instead the latest Tahoe LR ($70) is the perfect hydration pack for the more casual paddler. With a fanny pack design, the Antidote Lumbar Reservoir and Camel Clip Bite Valve give you quick access to drinking water when you are out enjoying the lake and the sun.

The CamelBak Stand Up Paddle hydration vests and hydration pack will start selling in February 2012, just in time for you to head to Hawaii on your winter vacation. The CamelBak Stand Up Paddle hydration vests and hydration pack will start selling in February 2012, just in time for you to head to Hawaii on your winter vacation.

camebak cortezThe cortez is a hydration pack from Camelbak that is designed to be mounted to the deck of your SUP. It can easily be attached using existing mount points on the board or with aftermarket glue on mounts. It has an insulated tube to protect it from hot sun or cold so it can last all day without overheating or freezing.

All the Camelbak paddle hydration packs come with a lifetime warranty.

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Molokai 2011 – Gerry Lopez interview

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Gerry Lopez needs no introduction.  If anyone can be called “Zen Waterman”, it’s him.  We are just humble students of the master.  I was lucky enough to spend some time with Gerry on the evening before the Molokai to Oahu race.
In this interview , Gerry talks about Standup paddling, shaping, the molokai race, yoga, focus, a bad wipeout at Pipeline with out of body experience and the benefits of getting into the ocean.  This is great stuff, enjoy. 


I was lucky enough to have a great conversation with Gerry Lopez the night before the Molokai race. Gerry is a true Zen Waterman and shares some words of wisdom. I know it’s long but it really is great stuff, so take the time to listen and let it all sink in.  I put together this 15 minute video about my experience and a recap of the 2011 Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard race.
There are some short excerpts of the three interviews I taped the evening before the race, to watch the full interviews, click on the links.  Featuring: Brian Szymanski, Jeff Denholm, and Gerry Lopez.

If you are interested in reading more about Gerry’s interest in Yoga, read: Yoga or something like it by Gerry Lopez

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Lightest Weight, Quickest Response

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Lightest Weight, Quickest Response

Paddleboards are relatively long so swing weight is simply crucial. Every 100 grams saved can be felt when carving on a wave. Our new Brushed Carbon wave boards are up to 3kg lighter than our AST technology, which already is the industry Benchmark. The incredible weight saving makes the Brushed Carbon boards feel 1 to 2 feet shorter. The boards are monitored by the tightest QC system available. A combination of a ultra light carbon weave and medium density extra high quality PVC sandwich foam wrapped around a light density EPS core. The full PVC wrap sandwich with Carbon our strongest offering for big wave days. The first real performance technology to be introduced to the world of paddle boarding.

Brushed Carbon Technology
• The lightest technology
• The quickest response
• Light paint job protecting overheating
• Full deck and bottom wrap of high quality carbon
• Full deck and bottom wrap of high density PVC foam.
• Ultra lightweight Startouch deck grip.
• Blue Hexcel flex fins.

Lightest Weight, Quickest Response is a post from: THE OFFICIAL STARBOARD PADDLEBOARD STARBOARD SUP – The Official Blog

SUP11City tour day 3 – Saving a cow giving birth andSUP in the World sport of Games in Friesland

Monday, September 12th, 2011

SUP11City tour day 3 - Saving a cow giving birth andSUP in the World sport of Games in Friesland

Netherlands, September 8, 2011
Dag 3: Sun and blue skies, a cow giving birth en route and SUP at the World Sport for all Games in Friesland in 2016.

The participants of the SUP 11-City Tour experience an ultimate challenge. They paddle 220 kilometers paddle 220 kilometer in 5 days in extreme weather. After 2 days with extreme weather conditions the weather today was pretty good. Ten knots of wind, no rain, blue skies and sun!

The good weather conditions don’t change the focus of the athletes doesn’t differ from the first two days. A race is a race and the competitors will fight till the last day. The athletes paddled a distance of 44 kilometers today and needed to get their stamps at the start, on the way in Bolsward en Harlingen and at the finish in Franeker.

In Witmarsum where the paddlers need to take their 15 minute break, de first six guys arrive at 11.15 am. The first three ladies arrive about 25 minutes later. Again the first three are Angela van Hoof-Jackson, Anne-Marie Reichman en Simone Horsfield. The overall results show a close race between the first three girls competing. Anne-Marie still claims the first place after three days. The overall results will be published on our website this evening (

Results day 3: Workum Franeker

1. Bart de Zwart – 4:58:28
2. Ryan James – 4:58:32
3. Casper Steinfath – 4:58:36

1. Angela van Hoof – Jackson 5:41:27
2. Anne-Marie Reichman – 6:00:28
3. Simone Horsfield – 6:01:57

1. Team Hightide – 5:26:34
2. Team Men – 5:26:55
3. Team Starboard-Supmagazine – 5:44:41

World Sport for all Games 2016 in Friesland
Thiadrik Twerda, the councillor of Franeker is also responsible for sports and culture. Today he handed out the day prices. Twerda was very impressed and all the international athletes. He suggests that SUP would be a great sport to add to the World Sport for all Games in 2016, for which Friesland is nominated as host. A big compliment for the athletes. Of course we hope SUP will be an Olympic sport soon.

Special price for Team Hightide girls for helping out a cow giving labor.
The girl who paddled for Team Hightide today, was a little delayed on her way, passing by a cow giving birth. She went to look for the farmer who immediately took action.

Route en weather forecast for Saturday the 10th of September
Tomorrow the athletes will start at 09.00 am. at the famous 11-City Bridge in Franeker (Spaarbankstraat 26). The mayor of Franeker will give the start signal. De weather forecast is good. The wind will come from the south and will be about ten knots with a temperature of 24 degrees in the afternoon.

Bartlehiem, here we come!
Supporters can find the athletes in Berlikum (Gernierswei) between 10.00 and 11.00 am. Their 15 minute break will be at the Oude Leye ( (Lange Balkendijk 1). The first participants are expected to arrive at this point about 11.30 am. In the afternoon supporters can drive to the famous little bridge at Bartlehiem where the athletes will pass by. From there they will SUP to Birdaard and finish in Dokkum.

Free SUP lessons.
Free SUP lessons will be offered to everyone by our SUP sponsors at the end of each day, where the athletes will cross the finish line.
Follow the tour:
During the event athletes can be followed via Internet. All paddlers will carry a GPS tracking unit, so you can follow them LIVE (7-11 September) along the tour. Go to ?follow the tour live?. The SUP 11-City Tour can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook

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SUP11City tour day 3 – Saving a cow giving birth andSUP in the World sport of Games in Friesland is a post from: THE OFFICIAL STARBOARD PADDLEBOARD STARBOARD SUP – The Official Blog

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Catalina Classic 2011 with Tom “T2” Thomas

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Experience T2’s first crossing. Great job Tom! The 32-mile race from Isthmus Harbor on Catalina Island to the Manhattan Beach Pier is one of longest paddle board races in the country and requires almost continuous paddling by hand for 5-9 hours depending on the racer.

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2011 Battle of the Paddle Updates

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

 Battle of the Paddle 2011 Dana Point



Doheny State Beach, CA, USA

Sept. 24 & 25, 2011

Dana Point, CA – (August 2, 2011) — The 4th annual Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez BATTLE OF THE PADDLE returns to Doheny State Beach, September 24 & 25, for the greatest battle yet.

Registration is now open for the SUP Expo and races with 1,000 participants expected to gather for the weekend of SUP festivities, including races worth $25,000 – the largest offering in the sport.

The stand-up paddle phenomenon known as the Battle of the Paddle first ignited at Doheny State Beach, California, back in 2008. Since then, the ingenious formula of high energy races and stand-up paddle (SUP) exposition has become the heart beat of an industry and the pulse of a global lifestyle.

To accommodate the growing number of elite level athletes, Rainbow Sandals will introduce qualification heats for the Elite Race final in September. Doheny State Beach, as part of the California State Park System, offers the ideal venue to accommodate swelling numbers of athletes and a sea of spectators.

The Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is an SUP festival and lifestyle exposition that includes races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels. From beginners, to family and company relay teams, to high intensity elite competition, Battle of the Paddle is the showcase for the world’s fastest growing water sport.

The Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is proudly supported by California State Parks; DSBIA; Clif Bar, Duke’s Restaurant; Hobie Surf Shop; Maui Jim Sunglasses; Kona Brewing Co.; Patagonia; and Riviera Paddleboards.


Free SUP Expo:

Meet the world’s best shapers and manufacturers, check out their latest board designs and paddle innovations and purchase these goods at steep discounts. Naturally there will be demo boards and paddles of all shapes and sizes available for those who want to perfect their stroke or even try SUP for the first time.

Kids Activities:

The Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association will be organizing kid’s activities and expo throughout the weekend. If your kid is open to maximum fun, have him/her enter the Kid’s SUP Races being organized by Keli Outrigger & Paddles Sports.

Elite Race:(Saturday)

Featuring the world’s best SUPers including prior champions Danny Ching (Redondo Beach, CA), Chuck Patterson (Dana Point, CA), and Jamie Mitchell (Australia). Expect loads of excitement, thrills and spills as the top paddlers put it all on the line for cash & glory.

The course is a multiple lap circuit that includes paddling through the surf and beaching equipment for a short, flagged sand run.

2010 Champions:Danny Ching, California (men) & Candice Appleby, Hawaii (women).

Open Age-Group Race: (Saturday)

Open to everyone! The course is a friendly, fun and moderately challenging buoy course. Entrants can paddle any board of their choosing, including surfboard class, 12’6″, 14′ and Unlimited.

You can expect a record number of entries. Don’t miss out on being a part of history!

SUP Distance Race: (Sunday)

Competitors include a mixed bag of international talent and local hopefuls.

The Course is a scenic but challenging 10-mile course from Doheny State Beach to San Clemente Pier, and back.

SUP Surf Relay Race: (Sunday)

Includes prize money. Last year over 160 paddlers participated in the relays and had an incredible amount of fun doing it. Grab some family members or co-workers, maybe even a few new friends you’ve made on the beach and give it a go!

Everyone who enters The Battle of the Paddle will receive a free pair of Rainbow Sandals, event tee and lunch. All event proceeds to go to the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association.

Whether you’re racing for the prize or just getting started, the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez’s Battle of the Paddle is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Southern California’s original surf lifestyle, and the dynamic new surf paddle sport known as SUP.


Sparky, Gerry, Pat & Barrett



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Video – Chuck Patterson Revists Indo

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

The Indo Chronicles are back–a video series previewing the print feature, 14 Days, coming out soon in the Fall issue of SUP magazine (on sale Sept. 14). In this, the sixth installment, they profile Chuck Patterson, a gifted athlete with incredible surf, kite, snow and SUP skills.

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2011 Molokai race interviews – Brian Szymanski

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

I had the chance to catch up with the man behind the super fast Starboards race SUP’s, Brian Szymanski on the evening before the Molokai to Oahu race on July 30, 2011. He talks about his shapes, downwind racing, and the Molokai race- good stuff!

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So you want to be a diver like Healey? d.j. struntz

Monday, August 15th, 2011


Wanna be a waterman like Healey?  Then you had better read up, get educated, and get fit…Last week while diving off the coast of North Carolina I experienced a medical phenomena unique to free diving called “lung squeeze.”  Basically, I dove while exhausted from a 2 day photo shoot in California compounded by a red-eye flight and dehydration.  These factors combined with pushing myself to remain at depth in hopes luring in a toad grouper resulted in barotrauma to my lungs and me coughing up blood…My advice-take a class from Performance Free Diving, get trained, and do it right…don’t die for a fish…



Connor Baxter shatters course record to make SUP history

Friday, August 12th, 2011



I checked… it has never happened before.  When Chinese teen Sun Yang broke swimming longest standing record this year in the men’s 1500m he did it by 0.42 seconds.  Even when 16-year old Ang Chuang Yang wrestled the world texting record from Ben Cook she did it by only 0.7 seconds.  It took 90-years for men’s marathon runners to cut the world record by 30-minutes and female runners have just barely done it.  On July 31st 16-year old Connor Baxter didn’t just crush the SUP course record by 28:05, he set a new overall course record for the famed Molokai2Oahu Paddleboard World Championships by over twenty-two, coming across the finish line in 4:26:10 – four minutes ahead of his closest competition.

Standup paddling may be new, but at this point in the game it is the athletes who are getting stronger and not the equipment.  Connor’s board and paddle didn’t dramatically change from last year – only Connor did – and when you take into consideration the widely accepted theory that it takes 10,000-hours or around seven years of dedication to master something and remember the teen has only been paddling for three years it makes you wonder where the next four will take him.  One thing is for sure, I’ll be watching


– Pete




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Nikki’s Top Picks For Getting Flexible and Fit in Laguna Beach, CA

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

There are times that I take a break from my SUP Clinics to be a private fitness, nutrition and wellness coach during my Six Weeks To Wellness Program, developed to give my clients the guidance they need to lead a healthy lifestyle while being able to hold them accountable 24/7 for that time period.  I teach them that leading a healthy life doesn’t have to be ‘lame’.  I give them the tools

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Standing Up for Something, Jenny Kalmbach

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

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World champion paddler Jenny Kalmbach is raising awareness about an invisible—but detrimental—problem in our oceans.By Rob CaseyThey couldn’t actually see it: 16-foot waves blocked any sign of the Kauai beach where they’d land after 16 hours of standup paddling across the Ka’ie’iewaho Channel. But just because the goal was hard to spot, didn’t mean that Jenny Kalmbach and Morgan Hoesterey would give up. The women, both accomplished Hawaii-based standup paddleboarders, were on a mission to cross the 72-mile channel—along with seven other open-ocean channels before the month was out—and also to raise awareness about what Jenny calls “an invisible problem”: plastic debris in the ocean.

Jenny, who grew up playing on Costa Rica’s Pacific beaches before moving to Hawaii in 2005, took the standup paddling (SUP) world by storm in 2008 when she started racing and quickly racked up trophies at the first annual Battle of the Paddle and the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship. “But even though I’ve spent a lot of time on the ocean,” says the 27-year-old, “it’s only within the last two years that I’ve realized what a problem plastic ocean debris really is.”

Awareness is low because currents move plastic to the middle of the ocean or to remote beaches where tides concentrate it—and few people see it. “Plastic isn’t an in-your-face issue for most people on the water,” says Jenny, noting that during the women’s 300-mile paddle last spring, she never spotted any plastic in the water.

That’s why Jenny and Morgan teamed up with Algalita Marine Research Foundation as the beneficiary of their expedition paddle. Algalita has been conducting research and raising awareness about dense pockets of plastic debris in the oceans, called gyres, since 1997. The organization was founded by a Captain Charles Moore after he sailed through the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre and noticed lots of pollutants—fishing nets, toothbrushes, plastic bottles, and bits of shipping containers—which he later discovered covers an area as large as the state of Texas.

According to Algalita researchers, 80 percent of ocean debris originates on land, and the best chance for reducing plastic contamination in the oceans is by reducing the use of plastics in general. Aside from making the first female SUP crossing of Ka’ie’iewaho Channel and cruising more than 3 degrees of latitude on their paddle across the Hawaiian islands, Jenny and Morgan spoke to community assemblies, reached out to conservation groups on each of the islands they visited, and looked for evidence of plastic contamination on remote beaches. It was on the island of Lanai, near the beginning of the trip, that the reality of plastic contamination hit home for Jenny. “We were visiting Shipwreck Beach on the north side of the island, and the entire beach was covered in bits and pieces of plastic,” she recalls. “It was shocking and really sad to see.”

Through paddling, Jenny’s learned that it’s hard to stay focused on a goal when it’s not visible, and that’s one reason she thinks the movement to stop the problem of ocean debris has only just started gaining momentum as a serious issue and why she’s trying to help raise awareness about it. “People tend to not care about something unless it’s affecting them directly,” she says, pointing out that ocean pollution does impact human health. “As they break down, plastics leech chemicals into the water, and little bits are consumed by fish, which are consumed by people.” So what’s the lesson that Jenny and Morgan want people to take away from their mission? That reducing your personal use of plastics will reduce ocean contamination and health problems associated with plastic chemicals in the environment. “Our trip might not make people go out right away and buy a reusable bottle, and I’m sure some people will still take a plastic bag at the grocery store,” says Jenny, “but if they’ve heard our message, that’s a start.”

In 2009, volunteers for the International Coastal Cleanup collected 1.1 million plastic bags and enough plates and utensils for a 100,000-person picnic.

How you can help in…

…10 Minutes

Read up about how plastic debris affects beaches and the ocean. It’s what inspired Jenny and Morgan’s Hawaiian-Island expedition, “Destination 3 Degrees.” Watch trailers of the film about their expedition—it just hit stores in April—and share their message with friends via Facebook and Twitter.

…1 Day

Join more than half a million worldwide volunteers on September 17th for the Ocean Conservancy’s 26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup. In addition to removing millions of plastic bags and bits of plastic from beaches and waterways—events take place in inland rivers and lakes, too—the data gathered during the cleanup contributes to a report, which helps strengthen and focus policy initiatives for healthy oceans.

…1 Week

According to MarineBio, a California-based conservation organization, learning about the oceans is the number-one way to inspire an appreciation for their fragility. Their advice? Learn to scuba dive. Do it responsibly, with environmentally conscious dive operators, and stick to small-boat tours. Leave only bubbles, take only pictures.

…1 Month

Become an actual researcher and see a gyre for yourself. The Algalita Marine Research foundation’s research vessel—a sailboat called the Sea Dragon—makes cross-ocean cruises trolling for plastics and documenting evidence of plastic contamination. Pick a leg of a journey—from Easter Island to Tahiti, or British Columbia to Hawaii, for example—and spend time as a part of the crew.



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