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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!!

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Race Results – Elite “Survivor SUP” Waikiki Paddle Festival

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

HONOLULU – (May 5, 2012) — Australian Travis Grant mastered a brand new stand-up paddle race format today to win the elite “Survivor SUP” race of the Quiksilver Waterman Collection Waikiki Paddle Festival. Grant finished ahead of Danny Ching (Redondo Beach, California), and the designer of today’s course, Jamie Mitchell (Australia), who were second and third respectively. Grant won $2,000 for the result. The women’s division was a clear upset with a win by California’s Gillian Gibree (San Diego) over Hawaii pair Jenny Kalmbach and Candice Appleby respectively. Gibree won $1,500.

Left: Travis Grant (black 87), Jamie Mitchell (center 346), Travis Grant (right in green) were the men to beat. Photo: Bernie Baker.

Jamie Mitchell’s Survivor SUP format was a major hit by both competitor and spectator’s standards. For the men, it featured five elimination rounds on an M-shaped buoy course, followed by an eight-man final. All rounds were raced in the Le Mans style, with just five minutes break inbetween. The ladies’ race consisted of two rounds and a final but was just as hotly contested as the men’s division.

Grant, 29, from Queensland’s Gold Coast, won here for the first time last year racing the “Battle of the Paddle” format and today proved that he is still the man to beat. He paced himself through the rounds, peaking perfectly in the final. Ching held the lead in the final until the outside buoy turn in the wave zone, where Grant made a push, found a small swell and passed him up. With Ching and Mitchell still hot on his heels to the beach, Grant never looked back and gave every stroke his all.

“I couldnt be happier, seriously,” said Grant. “I didn’t know what to expect. Those top 10 were literally the top 10 fastest guys in the world at the moment. It was a stacked final and it’s all about getting a good start. I knew what to do, it was just whether or not I could do it. But I love this sort of tricky water and my board just dropped in on this little bump and I took off.

“There were a lot of tactics. I tried to conserve as much as I could (in the early rounds). I think all the top guys did. But in the end I had the perfect race.”

Ching was satisfied with his result, knowing full well that it could have gone either way between the three of them.

“Those two guys (Grant and Mitchell), and everybody in that final were so fast and so competitive. When you look at it, it’s always a bump here… a buoy turn there… it’s one little mistake. I think with this format you get the opportunity to get some of the nerves out, but it’s still very similar to a long distance paddle – in the end it still hurts.”

The women’s race was equally close but ended in a major upset when Gillian Gibree stole the victory from the two local Hawaii paddlers who were tipped as the favorites: Kalmbach and defending event champion Appleby.

Right: L to R: Gillian Gibree, Candice Appleby, Jenny Kalmbach 200 yards from the finish. Kalmbach surged to move to second. Photo: Bernie Baker.

Gibree, formerly from land-locked Massachusetts, surprised none more than herself. Though she is no stranger to SUP competition, she has never beaten either Appleby or Kalmbach. Regardless, she had them following in her wake today.

“It was amazing, I didn’t expect this at all,” said Gibree. “It was a nice surprise. I love the sprints – they’re so much fun to me, the excitement and the adrenaline. It was a great race. I’ve never beaten Candice or Jenny before. I’m originally from Massachusetts – really cold water, so this is like a dream come true being able to experience this. I grew up in the country. My dad’s a hockey player. When I started learning to do this I got my butt kicked a million times over but I guess I finally learned and I’m loving it. I love everything about the ocean.”

Kalmbach found plenty to be pleased about in finishing ahead of Appleby.

“Every lap, somebody different led and there was a lot of tactics involved,” said Kalmbach. “But it was really fun. I don’t think I’ve beaten Candice in a few years. She’s such a phenomenal athlete, so I’m really stoked about that.”

Other events held today included prone paddleboard racing, open SUP racing, and outrigger canoe sprints.

Coming up tomorrow will be the 10-mile Hawaii Kai to Waikiki downwind distance race for all paddleboard and outriggers classes.

Complete listing of results for all events not available at time of writing.

1. Travis Grant (Aus); 2. Danny Ching (CA); 3. Jamie Mitchell (Aus); 4. Connor Baxter (Maui); 5. Jake Jensen (Aus); 6. Kelly Margetts (Aus); 7. Paul Jackson (Aus); 8. Slater Trout (Maui)

1. Gillian Gibree (CA); 2. Jenny Kalmbach (Haw); 3. Candice Appleby (Haw); 4. Angela Jackson; 5. Terrene Black (Aus)

Starboard introduces the world’s first multiplex flex blade and shaft range

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Blade Technology

The angle of the paddle blade though the water and the blade’s size dictate the power and efficiency of each stroke. All our blades are foiled to minimize drag and maximize power transfer throughout the stroke. A well-balanced paddle blade squanders little energy.

The blade’s size can be compared to the gears of a bike: the higher the gear or the smaller the blade, the less effort each stroke consumes with less forward motion generated. The lower the gear or the bigger the blade, the more energy will be used and the more forward motion will be activated. For long paddle sessions, lighter people, or those with a high cadence stoke, a smaller blade is recommended. Many people who entered SUP with a surfing background prefer the larger blade sizes that provide the immediate power produced by a few strokes for fast and late drops into waves. Starboard offers seven blade sizes in three constructions to fit your power requirements, comfort needs, and budget.

Starboard’s Carbon Tech and Vision Tech blade constructions are both hand laminated and built with the same lightweight Divinycell PVC core and super-strong ABS rail for durability.

Carbon Tech blades feature full carbon outer skin lay-up for maximum performance.

Vision Tech blades feature a fiberglass outer lay-up with a Carbon-Pine spine providing a more forgiving feel with extra rebound.

Tufskin blades are strong, durable ABS foils based on the Endura 525cm blade and they have a forgiving nature

Shaft Technology

Everything in the universe is relative and the flex of a paddle shaft is no exception. The general reflex momentum of the paddle shaft is crucial as a paddle with correct flex and rebound characteristics will provide better power transfer and more speed with less fatigue. Starboard has carefully selected shafts with optimal stiffness, deflection and rebound to maximize the power potential of each stroke, while ensuring the required durability for heavy loads when used in surf.

Premium Carbon shaft features the regular stiffness and rebound preferred by most riders in most conditions. Our heavier team members prefer the flex characteristics of the Premium Carbon shafts

Carbon Reflex shaft has more flexibility and higher rebound at the end of the stroke than the Premium Carbon shaft. Both carbon shafts feature matt finish for enhanced grip. Lighter riders like Connor Baxter and the ladies team get more performance with the more flexible Carbon Reflex shafts.

Starboard’s new Glass Rebound shaft feels lively in hand with the flex and rebound characteristics more typically found in high-end carbon shafts. The Glass Rebound shaft provides a truly winning combination by providing an economical fiberglass shaft with the performance characteristics similar to a carbon shaft. Glass Rebound shafts feature matt finish for enhanced grip.

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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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Vintage Paddleboards on Auction

Thursday, June 30th, 2011



Above: Paddleboard Greats Tom Zahn, Greg Noll & Mike Bright pictured in Australia, 1956, at the Olympic demonstration.
Paddleboarding in Hawaii pre-dated the term “waterman” but is an ocean sport that has been key in the athletic pursuits and fitness training of esteemed watermen since the mid-1920s. After the war broke out in 1939, paddleboards made up the majority of boards on Waikiki beach, not just for paddling but also for riding waves standing up.

“Back in those days any hollow board was considered a paddleboard,” says George Downing, one of Hawaii’s best-known paddleboarders as well as a surfer and board maker. “We think of paddleboards for racing, but many of these were for surfing. People actually stood up on them and surfed them like a surfboard. That was the only thing around after the war broke out. Most of the boards on Waikiki beach were paddleboards because the redwood (surfboards) were hard to come by. The redwoods came from California and when the war broke out shipping of redwoods stopped.

“The racing boards were really long and narrow. The hollow boards that people used for surfing were shorter, maybe 12 or 14 feet in length. There were a lot of hollow wood boards and Pacific Homes wood boards in the ’40s. Fibreglass/resin boards didn’t come about until 1948.”

Up for auction is a gorgeous Pacific Systems Homes “Waikiki” model paddleboard from the late 30’s, in all original condition, like those Downing talks of (below). A hollow wood board made of mahogany and spruce, this one is 14’3″ long, 20 inches wide with a dramatic pintail, and a natural wood and varnish finish.
First known as manufacturers of quality tract homes in America prior to World War II, Pacific Systems Homes dove into surfboard and paddleboard production to keep the company afloat during the war. Their pre-war models bore a logo that looked remarkably similar to the swastika but these were soon phased out and replaced with the ‘Waikiki’ model. Pacific Systems Homes boards were known for their superb quality and wood work and were the pride of many Waikiki Beachboys back in the day. The excellent condition of this board gives it a pre-auction estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

Next up, a pair of “Surf King” paddleboards (below). Never heard of them? That’s because they were the limited production of a fine cabinet woodworker in Hoquiam, Washington State, circa late 1940s. Being sold as a “his and hers” pair, these two Surf King boards were found in a barn in Washington and are desirable because of their obscurity. Coming in at 11’11”, of hollow marine plywood construction with marine paint finish, these paddleboards were of the surfing variety. Pre-auction estimate: $5,000-$7,000.

Finally, the cream of the paddleboard offering is a one that originally belonged to Greg ‘Da Bull’ Noll that he paddled in the 1956 Olympic demonstrations in Melbourne, Australia (pictured at top). This board is 17’6″ and super light – a hollow board with fiberglass “skin”. Interestingly, it was also made with knee-wells for knee-paddling. Still in super clean condition, the pre-auction estimate on this board is $15,000-$20,000 and includes this highly collectible 20″x26″ photo that is signed by Noll and fellow paddler Mike Bright.

Friday July 1: Release of full auction catalog at

Friday July 22: Viewing from 12 noon – 6pm, Galleria Hall. Free Antiques Roadshow-style appraisals for the public.  Bring in your favorite piece and see if you own something of value!

Saturday July 23: Doors open for viewing at 10am, Galleria Hall. Silent auction 12noon-3:00pm. Main Auction 4-7pm, Pikake Room. Free viewing. Bidders must have a bidding number.


A portion of all auction sales will go to the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation Scholarship Fund, and to the Surfing Heritage Foundation. For those unable to attend in person, the auction will be broadcast live on the internet with internet bidding in real time.


For More Information, Contact:

Randy Rarick or Jodi Wilmott



Paddle For Humanity Dana Point Raises $18,000 for SurfAid International

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Dana Point, CA –This past Saturday, April 30, 182 athletes gathered at Doheny State Beach to compete in the 3rd Annual Paddle for Humanity to benefit SurfAid International. The paddleboarding and standup paddle fundraiser attracted some of the region’s best paddlers, who competed in the 6-mile elite race, and dozens more who participated in the 2-mile fun paddle.

The Executive Director of SurfAid International USA, Randal Schober, said the event would not have been possible without the commitment from the sponsors, most notably Watermans Applied Science. “Watermans has come out year after year to help organize and rally the paddling community in support of our cause,” Schober said.

The event was sanctioned by the World Paddleboard Association and was part of the WPA’s championship points races. San Clemente’s Thomas Maximus was the overall male winner with a time of 54:08 and Brandi Baksic, also from San Clemente, was the overall top female in 1:06:48. Each competitor had a chance at winning raffle prizes that included gear from Rogue, Quickblade, Toes on the Nose, Sticky Bumps, Board Fisher and Hobie.

Special prizes were also awarded to the top three event fundraisers. First place for “Most Funds Raised” went to Mark Carlisle of Team Hobie who raised $2,825 for SurfAid. Mark Pighini of Team Suplove and Jared Varges were also recognized for their individual efforts in raising money and awareness for SurfAid.

The event’s success reaffirms the event’s popularity which has grown from one event in 2010 to a national series this year. SurfAid and Watermans Applied Science are taking the Paddle for Humanity to Deerfield Beach, FL on June 4th and to Washington, DC on August 20th.

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.


Boardworks fires distributor in Hawaii

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Boardworks  has ended it’s relationship with Hawaii distributor Planet Surf Gear due to what seems to be financing high inventory requirements and thinning margins in the Surf/SUP production  industry.

Dear valued Boardworks customers,

Blue Planet Surf Gear has been acting as the Boardworks Surf distributor in Hawaii for more than 12 years. We were recently given notice by Boardworks Surf management that our distribution will end in February. It has been increasingly difficult for us to finance the large inventory required to satisfy Boardworks and the brands represented while trying to make a profit in the increasingly competitive surf/SUP production board market with thinning margins. So, although it was not by choice, we see this change as a positive opportunity that will open new doors for us. Working closely with the Hawaii surf shop owners and retail customers to bring products to market that we feel passionate about and enjoy using ourselves is very rewarding. We will continue serving the Hawaii market with innovative Blue Planet branded items, Aquaglide boards and some new products to be announced soon. Our motto: “We help people have more fun on the water”.

Thank you & Aloha,
Robert Stehlik
founder, Blue Planet Surf Gear, LLC

RUSTY Advertisement in Surfer Magazine Sparks Heated Debate!

Thursday, January 13th, 2011
Rusty Ad shows hypocrisy in surf industryIn the Surfer Magazine February issue, on newsstands now, the Rusty advertisement displayed here is receiving mixed responses. It has since incited quite a debate that started in the SURFER online forum, and has spilled out into FB and other online mediaThe opinions vary widely, some believing it to be unnecessary provocation especially considering Rusty’s business focus in SUP, while others consider it harmless. Below are a few quotes taken from the forums..
Rusty Ad shows hypocrisy in surf industry

“Lighten up. The ad only shows an SUP guy getting killed, not a real person”

“I find it laughable that Surfer mag rates this as a controversy while it neglects to confront the AI question head on. More fluff and meaningless drivel from a once proud publication that has succumb to advertiser and peer pressure. Pathetic.”

“I think that this a poor attempt to deliver humorous marketing. Rusty is just trying to hard. They always miss it by 100 ft. I think they should let the Austraillan based company run the show. Not to mention the President of Rusty proudly paddles his 12 footer around laguna.”

“It’s a harmless ass that shows a little comedy. You guys need to relax and let it be.”

“People need to chill the f@#k out. How can you not have a sense of humour if you ride a SUP?”

In fact this is not the first advertisement that follows the “SUP hater” creed. This Ryobi Ad targetting surfers below is actually quite creative, and it’s difficult to tell whether it’s has an intentional ironic bent or a whether it’s real at all? Essentially we all need to take some responsibility for the chaos in the surf lineups which have been the catalyst for the vitriol, including us Surfer/SUPers who understand how sensitive this can be. Lineups are under pressure to begin with and none of us like change – that’s the bottom line. It’s a like a perfect storm!


here’s an update 1/15/2010 – Somewhat half-assed apology from Charlie Setzler

As many of you know, there has been considerable discussion in this forum about Rusty’s recent clothing ad featuring Josh Kerr in Surfer and Transworld Surf, and the perceived anti-SUP sentiment that accompanied the ad. As a brand that takes our industry reputation very seriously, I wanted to personally respond to the concerns the ad has raised and reassure the surf and SUP community of its intent.

Rusty has always been an authentic surf brand that strives to be innovative, make great product and, most importantly, have fun. Our intent with the ad in question was to incorporate a fun, humorous tone into our marketing, and we regret that some people were offended by our attempt at humor. In no way does any of us at Rusty condone violence of any sort – this has no place in our society. That said, we have decided to pull the ad from all publications.

I’d also like to apologize to Rusty Preisendorfer and the crew at Rusty Surfboards for any criticism or negativity garnered from the ad. Rusty has been on the forefront of surfboard innovation for years, and an icon in our industry. He has been building SUPs for many years and is an avid SUP’er himself. While some of the criticism on this forum has been directed towards him, he was not involved in any way. The same goes for the crew at Boardworks — they were not party to our decision to run the ad either.

All of us at Rusty are passionate about what we do. We surf, skate, snowboard, wakeboard, SUP or some form of each, so we were very aware of the irony of the ad. While we may have missed the mark on this ad, we are certainly not anti-SUP and did not aim to upset anyone. Through this process, I have seen a very passionate group and appreciate your dedication and energy regarding the issue. We have taken your words to heart and encourage you to continue supporting the boardsports you love.


Charlie Setzler
Rusty Clothing

Congratulations Kai

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

I would like to say how proud I am of Kai Lenny for winning the wave riding stand up world title. I had a chance to work with him a little bit on his wave riding technique and style prior to the event, so like any self respecting coach, I would like to take more credit than I am certainly due. The problem with trying to claim any credit is that the kid is so talented. But his success really comes from his work ethic and passion for the water in general.


Dave Kalama – Once upon a time a ski racer!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Once upon a time when I was young, I was attending a small community college outside Sacramento. I was trying desperately to be a ski racer. At the beginning of the season we did a time trial to determine everybody’s position on the team which would determine starting position at races. I was second fastest on the team and our team was known for having pretty competitive racers. While I never had a chance to make international competition, I felt regional success was within my grasp. As the season went  on I had a lot of trouble finishing the races, when I finished I was usually in the top four, but I had only finished two out of seven races and I had moved down to an alternate position on the team. So here we are at the last race of the regular season. The team has already qualified to nationals for our conference, and I’m thinking it’s time to redeem myself and get things back on the right track. I think I started somewhere in the seventies, because of my low position on the team, and I moved up to twelfth after the first run. So here I am at the starting gate for the second run, thinking redemption is mine. With one run I could right everything that was important to me and get my ski career back on track.

The Gods, God , the universe, karma–whatever you subscribe to usually have a funny way of giving you what you need and not what you want. Well I certainly didn’t get what I wanted. I wanted to redeem myself and get back on track to a career in ski racing, what I got was a stunning slap in the face. A wake up from the dream of ski racing. Somehow I managed to blow out on the second gate. There was hardly a turn at the first gate, but I got off line, and right at that very moment I received my toughest lesson in life: Dreams don’t always come true.

It was clear to me it was time to throw in the towel, so without even falling at the gate, I skied down to the ski coach, handed him my pass, and said ” I’m done coach, I’ll see ya later”. I put my skis on my buddies car, walked out to i-80 and hitchhiked back down to Sacramento. I couldn’t even wait till the race was over. I knew I had to get away from it. When I get into things, it’s hard for me to kind of just do them. It’s all or nothing and I had just crossed over to nothing.

Although the reality of this decision was completely crushing, I knew deep down it was right, I just didn’t know how right it would be.

After settling back into the average college student’s routine of doing just enough work to appease professors and parents. And far too much hanging with your  friends and partying. I had officially become lost. I was circling around–pointless on the hike of life. About two weeks into my recovery process from being run over by reality I received a phone call from my mom, who was on Kauai, saying that my dad was getting bored just sitting on the beach and wanted a buddy to do stuff with. So she said they would buy me a ticket to come to Kauai if I wanted. She didn’t need to ask twice, the following day I boarded a plane for Kauai.

At the beginning of the school year I had met a guy who also was into windsurfing. W e would go down to Rio Vista and windsurf together. I learned how to water start and if I could get my fins a couple feet out of the water, I was killing it. On the non-windy days  I would read windsurf magazine and dream about windsurfing Ho’okipa like the rest of the windsurfing world. I must have watched “Tradewinds” a hundred times thinking how lucky the guys in the video were to be windsurfing in those warm blue waters of Maui. I came to idolize guys like Matt Schweitzer, Mike Waltze, and Robby Naish. About five hours into the flight the captain came over the intercom to announce we would be stopping first on Maui to let some passengers off, before continuing on to Kauai. On approach into Maui I had a window seat so I could peer out the window to see what was happening down below. I felt like a little school girl seeing Justin Beiber when I spotted Ho’okipa and could actually see the sailors going in and out through the surf. My eyes had actually seen the mecca of windsurfing, never mind even dreaming of going out there someday.

We bounced our way down the run way from the strength of the trade winds, like a basketball going in for a lay up. We rolled up to what used to be the baggage claim. Just a fenced in area with a slanted stainless steel table to hold the luggage. At the corner of the enclosure was a flag pole doing it’s level best to keep the American flag from blowing away.

Just like in a car accident where time seems to slow, I remember looking at that flag standing fully at attention and the frayed trailing edge whipping back and forth, and BAM! it hit me like a ton of bricks:

I need to be here.

That little internal voice that every once in a while, speaks to you, and it said loud and clear, ” this is where you belong ” . It was one of the most clear moments I’ve ever had in my life, where I didn’t need to waffle back and forth, or weigh all my options, I knew where I belonged. There have been many times since, with big, life changing decisions on the line, that I wished I had that perfect clarity.

When I arrived on Kauai and met my parents, I announced my new found destiny. They both laughed, but over the course of the next few hours when all I could say was ” I’m moving to Maui ” they started to realize I was dead serious. I told them I would stay in school, because like any good parent that was their first concern, and I did for a semester.

After a great week in Kauai I headed back to finish the last month of school. One of the first calls I made, was to my good friend Steve, telling him that I was moving to Maui. He said “I’ll do it if you do it”, so I announced “then you’re moving to Maui too”. I called my adopted uncle Pete to see if he could help, since he had been coming to Maui to windsurf for the last few years at that point. So after selling everything I owned ,including my prized Beatles record collection, I landed on Maui at 12:30 pm, July 2, 1985, and by 2:00 o’clock I was windsurfing off the beautiful coast of Sprecklesville.

When I moved to Maui I made one of those little deals that you make with yourself , like if you try this you get to have this, but in this case it was, stay for at least a year or until you stop having fun It’s twenty five years later and I’m still having fun. I guess the moral of the story is that sometimes a devastating failure can be the gateway to better things,. In my case it’s been good fortune beyond my wildest dreams, though unfortunately not the kind you can pay bills with, but the far rarer kind that fills life’s treasure chest with gold pieces of adventure that no amount of money can buy.

I hope you’re having that kind of fun. If you’re not, do something.



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Dave Kalama – Star Struck by Gerry Lopez

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Like a lot of groms from my era, I idolized many of the great surfers from the seventies, especially the guys from Hawaii. I loved Larry Bertlemen’s cut back and rubberman style, Button’s incredible creativity and playfulness, and most of all Gerry Lopez’s style and grace. Even more though was Gerry’s persona and the way he carried himself with such subtle casual confidence, that it seemed so genuine, he innately didn’t need to over play his personalty. The way Gerry came flying out of the barrel at Pipeline, with his red board and yellow lighting bolt logo, made me pretend that I was him when I kicked out of my mushy little California beach break waves. I also loved the way Dane Kealoha absolutely crushed the wave with his speed and power. So when I started riding waves, probably more than anybody else, those two people, Gerry and Dane, influenced my surfing the most. Because of my similar body type to Dane I skewed more towards Dane’s power style yet always had an appreciation for Gerry’s watery charisma. Even in my windsurfing days I always envisioned  how they might ride a wave and I would try to emulate that picture in my mind.

Back in 85′ when I moved to Maui, Gerry was still very much my surfing idol, along with just about every other surfer in the world.  When I arrived on Maui with the help of my adopted uncle Pete. I spent a lot of time at his house, right on the beach, cutting my teeth in the  windsurfing world. To afraid at the time to go up to Hookipa where the real guys went, I spent most of my time down at Sprecks and thus didn’t see many of the big name guys. So one afternoon, after a great day of windsurfing, my uncle said he invited a few friends over for a BBQ and that I was welcome to stay. Having very little money for food then I always welcomed a free meal, and said I would be thankful to join him. Sitting on his front deck, over looking the ocean, I was enjoying the afternoon’s mellow color changes and soaking in the days adrenaline hangover from all the fun. So I figured it was time to go grab a cold beer and take this beautiful afternoon to the next level. As I walked through the living room towards the kitchen my eyes hadn’t adjusted to the inside light yet so when I turned the corner into the kitchen, and it’s bright lights, I wasn’t sure I could trust my eyes when I saw Gerry Lopez standing right in front of me. My uncle Pete introduced us and I shook his hand in complete awe. It took every ounce of cool I had to just get a” hello” and “really nice to meet you” out, without tripping over my own tongue. I couldn’t believe my childhood hero was standing in front of me giving me his attention for a moment. I honestly can’t remembered what I said or what he asked me because I was so overwhelmed by the experience. Like a car accident where every thing slows down and you remember some of the most minuet details, I actually remember seeing individual whiskers on his classic Gerry beard at the time and wondering what it would be like to see some of his best memories of Pipe, from his eyes. I do recall him being very gracious and patient with me trying not to gawk at him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t make an ass out of myself that evening because he invited me to join him and his brother to do a coast run, from Hookipa to Sprecks, with them the next day. Over the next few months I actually got to know Gerry pretty well and he even sponsored me with his custom made windsurf boards. As time went by and I got to know Gerry even better, especially when we started tow surfing, he almost took on this Obe wan kanobi Jedi master type role within the tow group. His experience and advise was considered very valuable within our small brotherhood. For everything from board design to mental preparation for the big days.

Unfortunately I don’t get to see Gerry much these days, but we’ll run into each other here or there on occasion, and my first impulse, like I’m sure almost all of his friends have, is to think ” wow it’s Gerry Lopez”. Fortunately Gerry’s demeanor is so cool and friendly that any nervousness instantly seems pointless and like any soul that evolved, he exudes a calmness that permeates all that are around him. Occasionally, throughout life you get to meet your heroes. Sometimes it’s a great experience and at times it can be very disappointing. Not only did I get to meet one of my heroes, he ended up being a good friend. I’m very lucky to have a friend like that.



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Stand Up Paddle Tips – Using Your Paddle

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

One of the special attributes of stand up is the paddle. The paddle itself , as we all know, is not unique to stand up yet, I believe that the paddle is the key to it’s functional success in the surf, and thus gifting stand up as a more efficient form of surfing. Like many other paddle sports, the paddle is the source of locomotion, but people are just starting to explore it’s other uses. At its best the paddle is the key to balance, leverage, locomotion and steering.

So if the paddle is the key to this spectacular sport, how do we maximize it’s use? While the little subtle uses are endless, I will try to impart a few tips that I’ve found helpful while doing stand up in the surf. to keep this article length manageable I’m just going to cover a single turn set: A bottom turn leading into a cutback. I believe that if you think your way through this turn set, then visualize it, and then practice it, it will lead eventually to doing all your turns with more power and control.

All photos courtesy of Darrell Wong

For the sake of this article I will assume you know how to catch a wave. Once the wave is caught, you are faced with the task of making that first bottom turn. Because the typical stand up board is much bulkier than a standard surf board, the force or leverage it will take to turn with authority are much greater. Standing in the middle of the board will not allow you to put the necessary downward force on the rail to sink it into the water enough to take advantage of the rail outline and the rocker profile. So you must move your foot further over to the rail to a point of almost hanging your toes over the side of the rail. While this will give you the needed leverage to control the rail, it also will create a situation of instability because you can no longer use the width of the board to stabilize your balance because of your proximity to the edge of the board. This is where the paddle becomes the critical counter balance to this over leveraged scenario.

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Skimming the blade of the paddle across the surface as you lean into the turn offers a way to lean into the rail yet balance yourself.  The paddle counters your lean and provides the stability and leverage to make sure you don’t fall face first on to the wave. I’m regular foot so I  will explain the technique I use from this perspective, for goofy just flip flop the orientation of the wave so you can adapt it to your stance. Remember that we are not talking about making a gentle turn, and that the bottom turn leads into the cutback. You want to steadily increase how hard you drive these two turns until you are tossing spray with each carve.

For your front side bottom turn on a right hand wave you will want the paddle on your right side. Even if you catch the wave while paddling on the left quickly switch the paddle to your right side, just as if you were about to take another stroke( with the blade angle reaching forward as usual). It’s important to have your upper hand on top of the handle to give you maximum control of the paddle while using it to skim across the surface–you simply can’t do these turns if you’re choked down on the paddle shaft.

As you begin your bottom turn move your back foot as close to the rail as possible without stepping off the board. Next, reach out the paddle towards the wave and skim it across the surface of the wave. Do this by dropping your top hand down towards your waist just as you would during the return portion of a normal Hawaiian stroke, but this time reach out further to the side with your lower hand, to extend the paddle face out away from you and towards the face of the wave. Use your top hand to tilt the leading edge of the paddle slightly higher than the trailing edge to ensure that the paddle does not dive down into the water and catapult you onto your face.

As you drive yourself into the turn and approach the finishing point for the bottom turn, use the paddle as an initiation point to transfer your weight from your toes back to your heels. As the board comes back underneath you follow this with a significant step across the board with your back foot from the bottom turn rail over to your cutback rail once your weight starts to be centered.

While you are transferring your weight, make a wide sweeping motion around the tail of the board with the paddle from your fore hand side to your back side and begin to use the paddle as a lever to pry with as you push down with your back foot, which is now on the inside of your cutback rail.  This prying motion allows you to accentuate the push that you can put on your back foot. The key here is to not lever so hard that you stop carving the turn and start sliding the tail. Practice will be your greatest ally here. It should feel as though you are pushing with your top hand and pulling with your bottom hand, the pushing with your back foot will supply the counter force to your pulling with the bottom hand.

Don’t treat these as two turns, think of them and practice them as one. Think of the paddle position and motion as you make the turns, because it is the paddle that enables you to press the rails hard enough, and compromise your balance by railing the board without falling in.

Use of the paddle as an aid in turning is almost a necessity in my opinion, but it is a subtle technique at times while sometimes it can be very forceful. The key is practicing and experimenting with the amount of effort to put forth on the paddle at different points throughout the turn. Good luck.



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Kai Lenny KiteBoarding Lake Michigan Milwaukee to Chicago – Possible New Record

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Kail lenny attempts to break the world kite boarding distance recordRed Bull athlete and paddling superstar Kai Lenny will arrive in Milwaukee on Thursday and attempt to kiteboard from Milwaukee to Chicago starting Friday morning at sunrise.

Lenny — who just turned 18 on Oct. 8 — is an accomplished surfer, kiteboarder, long distance paddler, stand-up paddler, tow surfer, canoe surfer and windsurfer.

If he completes his goal, he will be the first person to ever kiteboard from Milwaukee to Chicago. Kiteboarding — also called kitesurfing — is a surface water sport in which the wind pulls a rider through the water on a small surfboard / kiteboard.

Lenny is a true waterman – kitesurfer, windsurfer, surfer and SUP athlete.

The 100-mile challenge might generate a new record. Kai will be the first person to ever kiteboard from Milwaukee to Chicago, if he completes his journey successfully.

“I just want to keep having fun, take it in stride,” said Lenny.

For those who are not familiar with the wind conditions, we did some research on the local kiting forums and got some locals feedback. As you can see this is not pushover so we wish you best of luck Kai!

“Forecasted conditions were not good for that type of downwinder….. strong NW turning due North and backing off!!! The coastline between Milw. and Kenosha is not conducive to that direction. He would have to be kiting a mile and more offshore to get even marginally clean winds. A chaseboat would be a MUST for safety reasons, and even a boat in those conditions, offshore with a swell running and a “punchy” North wind, would be a challenge. Racine and Wind Point have to have a great amount of NE in it to be able to round the Point. At Waukegan, there is a huge “dead-spot” South of the Pier for a couple of miles, due to the coastline cutting back. And most of the shoreline down to Chicago is littered with old, rusting metal breakwalls and rocks….with a little sand thrown in here and there. Better not have an equipment failure. ”

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Kai Lenny: a brave waterman

Kai Lenny, 18 years old, is going to kite cross from Milwaukee to Chicago, in USA.

Lenny is a true waterman – kitesurfer, windsurfer, surfer and SUP athlete.

The 100-mile challenge might generate a new record. Kai will be the first person to ever kiteboard from Milwaukee to Chicago, if he completes his journey successfully.

“I just want to keep having fun, take it in stride,” said Lenny.

12’6″ Race Board Tested In The Surf – Nidecker

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Eric Terrien stock raceboard surf SUPI ran into Eric and Abel at the Battle of the Paddle last week and it reminded me of this footage from last year. As a shaper I know that everything has to be tested and its cool to see what people are doing across the Atlantic. Keep up the good work. See you guys at the next race. Paddle On!

Video – Yolo 2010 Seaside Celebration & Chuck Patterson Nikki Gregg SUP Race Clinics

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Chcuk Patterson Race ClinicsYolo Board 2010 Seaside Celebration!

Chuck Patterson SUP Race Clinic, Nikki Gregg SUP Boot Camp,Heritage Concert, Outtakes and more Fun Clips! Stand up paddle magazine & Buckner Productions

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Nikki Gregg has a Boot Camp at Coastal Urge on October 23, 2010

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Insights about “Me my Shark and I” – White Shark Revisited by Chuck Patterson

Monday, October 4th, 2010

GoPro Hero Great White Shark video Chuck patterson

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What lurks below every day

I have been stand up paddling for the last 5 years traveling the world chasing waves, paddling long distance ocean channels and coastlines and racing. The sport of stand up paddling gives you such a great view of marine life as you stand on top of your board paddling through the oceans and lakes. I think that is one of the most intriguing beauties that makes stand up paddling so inviting. “You are your own captain of your ship, exploring the waters of the world”.

Ever since I have been stand up paddling, I have witnessed some unbelievable moments of mother Natures creations paddling in the ocean. I have had a Blue whale breech in front of me, startled a huge Marlin sunning itself on the surface, paddled along side dolphins, Grey whales, Whale sharks, Thresher and Mako sharks and in the last 2 years several Great White encounters.

For someone who rarely paddles in the ocean; this could be pretty scary, but for someone like me who spends almost every day in it, It is magic.

San Onofre beach has been known for hundreds of shark sightings; in my opinion because of the Power plant that sits just South of the beach park that uses the salt water for cooling and the warm water that flows back in attracts big numbers of fish and marine life and this coastline has been a known breeding ground for several sharks for over a hundred years.

For the last couple of years paddling that stretch of beach, many oStand up paddle surfing at San Of us have had Mako, Thresher and Great White sharks swim under and around us while SUP surfing in the line up. The sharks have always been there; it’s just until now because we are standing up on our boards paddling, that we have a better view of what lurks below. Most of the sharks we have seen vary from 6′ to around 10′ in length with a couple rare sightings of 12′ and bigger. With a huge abundance of fish, these sharks are fed well and have only been curious of what else shares their waters.

It’s become a normal occurrence where someone has seen a shark just about every other day. The more you see them, the more comfortable you get which in turn can be a mistake, being that these kings of the sea are still very wild and unpredictable. In the past 2 years I have had some very long encounters where I have had a shark swim around me off and on for a couple hours. I would paddle around chasing down waves and like a puppy dog, it would be waiting for me just outside the surf zone. Kind of creepy, but it has always captured my own curiosity as well. It’s like being in Africa and stumbling across a lion or tiger in the bush or even fishing in Alaska and seeing a grizzly bear catching fish in the same river your fishing in.

I have always wanted to take a photo of these sharks that swim along side us, but every time I took my water camera with me, I would never see one. Then finally, after SUP surfing with a couple good friends one afternoon where we had a 7′-8′ shark circle us off and on for a half hour, I was determined to get a photo the next day. I rigged up an extension pole with one of the new GoPro HD HERO water proof cameras and paddled out on my 12’6 Hobie SUP race board to the same spot we saw the shark the day before and within 5 minutes there he was.

Pretty unbelievable to see in person.

GoPro Hero Great White Shark in the USAIt was a little freaky because I was looking forward and as I was scanning the horizon I accidentally startled the shark which was just behind me and as it took off, it’s tail hit my board bringing me to my knees to keep myself from falling in the water. After a moment of confusion and clarity; I stood up and set up my camera rig to take photos. A couple minutes passed and shark was no where to be seen. I had blown my only opportunity to capture a rare moment and then he appeared about 4o feet off the nose of my board. I’m not quite sure if this was the same shark or a smaller one. He made a couple wide passes and then came pretty close to where I could follow him swimming past with the pole cam. I shot a couple shots and then changed the setting to Video mode and was lucky to capture a couple really cool clips of  him circling before taking off. I paddled around searching for him and caught a couple more waves and paddled in.

Finally, I had some photos and video that I could study and share with friends. When I got home that night, my wife and I went over the photos and video and were blown away at what we saw. It was a 7′-8′ juvenile Great White shark that looked pretty Gurthy around his mid section. Totally stoked on my find, I put my video on Vimeo and posted it along with a couple photos on my Face Book to share with my friends. To my surprise; the next morning I was bombarded by phone calls and emails about the video.

I had no idea that this was so out of the ordinary because we see these sharks almost every day. I was completely  shocked at the mayhem that ensued shortly after. The shark video went viral world wide and by the next day had over 1.2 million views. I was contacted by several Shark specialists and marine biologists along with the whole alphabet of world wide news like CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, you name it. View it here

Long story short it has been a major learning experience for me with a lot of good and also some frustration. While most of the world seemed totally shark crazed and happy there were the few who didn’t approve. My mother and sister was one of them who made me realize that yes I was very lucky to come away from that experience alive and that perusing the shark is not a good idea. I also got an ear full from the local surf schools that were losing business because the parents saw the video and did not want to send their kids back in the water. I totally understand their frustration but can’t take the blame for filming something that has been going on for over 50 years. It’s basically what I call ” out of sight, out of mind mentality “. The video went world wide because everyone shared it and it turned into a whole new animal.

That being said, I have learned a great deal on how precious life is, our curiosity can, down the line get us into trouble, with every action there is a reaction, listen to your elders, and if your passionate about nature and life itself; be grateful and share it with everyone.

Words of wisdom – I was lucky and the next person may not be. Leave the shark exploring to the experts and divers of the world and Shark Week. Respect and protect nature and it’s surroundings from a safe distance and keep the ocean and our world clean.

Thanks for listening to another one of my eye opening adventures.

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Kalama Kamp is going International – SUP Instruction

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010


Dave Kalama and Brody Welte are excited to announce that Kalama Kamp is going international, Turks and Caicos here we come.  We have partnered with Club Med and Big Blue Unlimited ( bring you a truly unique and once in a lifetime opportunity.  It will be 6 days of all-inclusive adventure for 15 fortunate people. Nowhere else can you go on a retreat with one of the greatest waterman to step foot on our planet.  Here are some of the highlights of the excursion: daily personal SUP instruction with Dave, Eco tours with Dave that include: full moon paddle, snorkel trip to outer reefs on our boards, daily beach workouts and fun-filled nights. If you are interested in joining us contact Brody at 727-902-4294 or

Dates: November 13th – 20th

Cost: $3600 single occupancy, $3300 double occupancy

Trip is all-inclusive except for flight to and from Turks and Caicos.

Spots will go fast so please RSVP soon.


Brody Welte (Stand Up Fitness)

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K-15′s For a Cause

Monday, September 13th, 2010

K-15's For a Cause

Starboard Stand Up Paddle Board Team Rider Girard Middleton (Owner of SoBe Surf) took First Place at the National Kidney Foundation Pro Am Surf Fest Stand Up Paddle Surfing Competition this Labor Day Weekend, the largest Charity Stand Up Paddle Board Surfing Event in the world! “it was My first win, and was especially meaningful to me…Dedicated to my Father who is in rehab from a recent stroke and not doing well. Before the event, my mother asked me to win this one for him.” says Middleton, who also placed 3rd overall in the 6 mile ocean race event on the Starboard K-15 racing paddle board.  Girard pulled through for his father with style and grace winning the Paddleboard Surfing Competition on the Starboard 8’x26” “Tiki” model.

Starboard Stand Up Paddle Board Team Riders took the top two spots  with Girard Middleton and Iain McFarland finishing 1st and 2nd respectively… congrats also do to Paul Chambers a stand up paddler from Hawaii placing Third on his Starboard Element, Stuart Schuck from S. Carolina 4th, and last year’s winner David Siljestron 5th, and Jon E.B finishing 6th.

Starboard’s Stand Up Paddle Boards Swept The NKF SUP Ocean Race Open Class

Starboard K-15’s sweep the top 3 spots at the National Kidney foundation Pro Am Surf Fest this Labor Day Weekend! Congratulations to Starboard Stand Up Paddle Board Team Riders Iain McFarland and Girard Middleton of “SoBe Surf” who took 1st and 3rd… another in a long line of wins for McFarland…. And to Frank Dillenburg for placing 2nd overall!

“The NKF of Florida, Inc. is a vital resource for kidney patients and their families – helping them learn how to cope with the physical and psychological aspects of the disease and providing them with hope for the future.”

Girard Middleton’s father is a man I’m sure much like Girard; always a smile on his face, a genuine humbleness about him and a life dedicated to pursuing his passions.

Our hopes and best wishes go out to his father, be well and recover.

Keep paddling,

Benton Jones

Starboard International

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High Water Kills Two Top Stand Up Paddle Athletes

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Marcus Steininger and Nils Hornischer SUP deatrh drowningBavaria Germany September 2, 2010 – High flood waters on the Mangfall river near Bavaria in Germany claimed the lives of two paddlers, Marcus Steininger and Nils Hornischer. The two paddlers decided to go for a quick paddle after work on a section of river that was unusually high and were washed downstream into a hydraulic at the dam’s base, trapping and drowning the two men. Both were wearing helmets, life jackets and wearing leashes

A hydraulic in a river is formed when water falls over a ledge, rock, log, or other object. When the water falls off this object, it picks up speed and when it hits the water below, it rolls back on itself, creating what paddlers call a “hole.” These are easily identified on a river by the white, foamy water that can be found just below a large ledge or rock. Not all hydraulics are dangerous, but some are. Hydraulics can be very sticky, which means that a kayak, raft, or person that falls into a hydraulic can become stuck in that hole. Most hydraulics are not very serious, unless you are on a Class IV-V river where they become very powerful, capable of holding a raft full of people. It’s best to avoid them, or to keep forward momentum when going into a hole or hydraulic.

They had parked their shuttle car at Louisenthal Thalmühle, downriver from Mangfall, and headed out. At 11:15pm his family called the police to report he was missing and an earnest search began for the two paddlers with 200 firefighters and rescue workers scouring 18km of river. At 2:25 am, the bodies were found at Louisenthal. Marcus Steininger is one of the pioneers of SUP in Europe and has been one of the sports most enthusiastic proponents. Nils worked for North Kites and was an avid kiteboarder.

It would be a mistake to point at ignorance or inexperience as the cause of this tragic accident. Both men were very experienced watermen, knew the section of river very well, and had the necessary safety equipment. The truth is that it was a combination of rotten luck and apathy that can occur when experienced athletes practice their sport in a mundane environment. When you�re used to pushing yourself and your limits in a hard core environment, you tend to let your guard down when you are in a relatively safe zone such as this section of river during most normal to high flows.

However, river conditions are constantly changing, especially when in flood stage, and the low head dams that are normally innocuous had become deadly with the swollen flows. European rivers are unfortunately rife with low head dams, many of them built hundreds of years ago long before people used rivers for recreation, to deviate water for irrigation and drinking for towns. Today, hydro engineers know how deadly these low head dams can be and steps are being taken to break up the perfect symmetry that causes the hydraulic to form at its base.

A real housewife of New Jersey Margo Pellegrino Outrigger Journey from Seattle to San Diego

Monday, September 6th, 2010

A real housewife of New Jersey 43-year old Medford Lakes mother of two, Margo Pellegrino. Margo is spending most of the summer away from her husband Carl, 5-year old daughter Julia and 8-year old son Billy paddling a fast light outrigger canoe down the Pacific Coast from Seattle to San Diego (and should be here by Sept. 12). She’s doing this to raise awareness of our oceans at risk and solutions to environmental threats that each of us can be a part of. Plus it gives her rad abs and rock-hard guns.

FYI to any paddlers that want check it out and offer support. I’ll be hosting Margo and her support crew in Dana Point on Tuesday and will post up the arrival/departure times if anyone wants to join her.
Margo’s schedule is:

9/5 – Redondo Beach, LA
9/6 – Long Beach
9/7 – Dana Point
9/8 – Oceanside
9/9 – Mission Bay
9/10 – media day at San Diego Harbor
9/11 – day off
9/12 – finish at Ocean Beach, San Diego – Paddle For Clean Water Event

Margo Pellegrino does what many of us who care about the environment do. She constantly picks up trash in her own community and participates in beach cleanups several times a year. She considers sustainability and environmental impacts of every consumer decision she makes. She instills environmental stewardship in her children and anyone else who listens to her speak – which is more than just a few.

About two months a year, this 43-year-old mother of two takes off and paddles part of America’s coastline, in what has become her personal ocean conservation campaign. She paddles into communities to call attention to the about the threats facing our ocean and what we need to do to heal it. She paddled her outrigger canoe over 2,000 miles from Miami to Camden, ME in the summer of 2007. She followed that trip with a “short” 500 mile trip from New Jersey’s Long Beach Island to Washington D.C in 2008 and a 1,500 mile trip from Florida’s Atlantic coast around the Gulf of Mexico into New Orleans in 2009.

This summer she is paddling the Pacific coast – from Seattle all the way down to San Diego. After braving the exposed and rough seas of Washington and Oregon through most of July, and entered northern California in early August. She paddled down through the heart of Big Sur and around Pt. Conception will land on the weekend of Sept 11-12 in San Diego Harbor & then participate in the Surfrider SD Paddle for Clean Water event at Ocean Beach on Sunday, Sept 12.

It hasn’t been easy and she’s already had her share of big swells, rough beach landings, and unplanned layovers. Nonetheless she’s having a great time and her blog is full of stories about the kindness of strangers and the beauty of the places she’s travelling through. Margo’s journey is tracked online at where broadcasts her current location as she paddles, and post daily blogs featuring where she shares the experiences of her journey along with pictures and video clips.

Margo’s working with the Blue Frontier Campaign, an organization that provides tools to raise awareness of the solution-oriented marine conservation community. She’s stopping in communities along the way, speaking about the ocean environment and meeting with people who share her passion for the sea.

Her journey from the beginning – Seattle, WA on July 3rd – is maintained on her Google Map page, although her current whereabouts can be tracked in real time through her satellite beacon. She also travels with a one-woman land support crew, June Barnard, who is Margo point person on land. She carries all the equipment, supplies, communication and other gear necessary for the pair to be self-sufficient during their journey southward. That is, everything except real estate.

As Margo is paddling her way southward, she is looking for the following support locally:

Events to be hosted by marine conservation organizations, which are intended to help generate media attention for Margo’s message of ocean conservation, as well as that the host organization. (Sample press release templates & event hosting FAQ document is attached);

Overnight hosting for Margo and June, which can be a bed, a couch or even a backyard where they pitch a tent. The status of locations where they need hosting support is captured in the Google Map

Any boats which may be interested is heading out to help escort Margo for any stretches she’s paddling;

Any local knowledge on Margo’s selected landing sites, including alternatives.

Any networking with others down the coast, who may be able to provide any of the support listed above.

Margo, an activist and mother of two from New Jersey, was committed to carrying out this paddling campaign in the name of the ocean, and launched this journey and mission despite the lack of sufficient funding raised prior to the paddle. In addition to the in-kind support identified above, she is also in need of financial support for the paddle. Please support her Pacific Coast paddle by donating securely on her website.

Margo sums up the drive behind her paddling journey as her “way to call attention to the need for healthy oceans.” Her philosophy is guided by being a mother of two and she embraces the importance of being a role model as well as an environmental steward. She states that “While not every thing we do, every decision we make or action we take carries the weight of the world upon it, it does carry a lot more that most people think it does. Every one of us is also a living example for every one else around us – and none more so than the children around us.” A great message we can all agree with.

UPDATE: 9/6/2010

Margo is rounding PV right now and will arrive in Long Beach this afternoon. Tomorrow (Tuesday) she leaves Long Beach between 7am and 8am to Dana Point with an expected arrival between 2 and 4 depending on conditions. Her Current Location tracker at will give you a more accurate idea of her arrival times should you want to paddle out and say hello. I know this is OC related but it’s a historic paddle for a good cause and we all play in the same pool. Looks like a couple guys on paddleboards paddled with her on her arrival in Ventura.

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