Posts Tagged ‘Brian Szymanski’

Brian Szymanski | 5 Tidbits to tune up your SUP

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Brian Szymanski master stand up paddle board (SUP) designer gives us four quick tidbits of information to alleviate some common issues you may have experienced with your stand up paddle board. Deal with a lifted deck pad, save your rails and your tail from leash pull through, loosen your Liftsup handle and make a loose fin tight in the box again!

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Brian Szymanski Talks Design – Starboard All Star

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Brian Szymanski talks through the design characteristics of the 12′ 6″ Starboard All Star

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Stand Up Paddle – 14′ Race Board Shootout

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

On Monday the 12th March 2012, RPS The Boardstore in conjunction with SUP VIC, staged a world-first side-by-side test of 14′ current model production stand-up paddleboards available to buyers here in Melbourne. It is important to note that not every 14′ board in the world could be included in this test as we do not have access to all makes and models locally. Furthermore, the conditions decreed that this would be a flat water test and therefore unavoidably favours boards intended for flat water racing. We do not apologise for any of this, however we welcome other groups conducting their own tests in different conditions using other boards as it all adds to the global knowledge base. Anyhow, on with the test…

14 boards, 14 paddlers and a beautiful sunny Autumn day in Melbourne… the scene was set.  Warwick from RPS and PT from Sup Vic had done the lion’s share of organising the event, and as you can imagine, the logistics of gathering as many current model boards as possible, from Starboard, Naish, NSP, Fanatic, Bark, DC, JM, & Sunny King was no mean feat, and much kudos due.

The test run was done at Half Moon Bay, on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne.  The course was a 150+150m run with a 180 degree turn at one end and a standing start.  Each of the 14 paddlers randomly drew a board out of a hat, (yes, literally) to determine the board selection at the start of each round.  They were timed manually using line of sight to determine the start and end crossing.  Each paddler proceeded to the starting mark and from a stationary start, were counted-down 3-2-1-Go!  The starting procedure and stopwatch were consistent throughout the day, with Stuart Thomas acting as chief timekeeper.

Each round, the times were marked down, all paddlers returned to shore, and drew the next board from a hat.

THE BOARDS:

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DC 14 – 14′x30″ 15.2kg

Fanatic Fly Race Flat – 14′x27″ 11.2kg

Fanatic Fly Race Open – 14′x28″ 15.3kg

Naish Glide – 14′x27″ 14.1kg

Naish Javelin – 14′x26″ 13.2kg

NSP – 14′x28″ 14.6kg

Starboard Ace 25 – 14′x24″ 13.4kg

Starboard Ace 27 – 14′x27″ 15.7kg

Starboard Ace Pro – 14′x28″ 10.8kg

Starboard Pierce Touring – 14′x30″ 12.5kg

Starboard Open Ocean AST – 14′x28″ 16.3kg

Sunny King – 14′x30″ 17.4kg

Surftech Bark Dominator – 14′x28″ 11.5kg

Surftech JM Paddleboards – 14′x29″ 15.3kg

 

Read the full test results on the SUP Victoria website

 

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

11 City Tour day 2, Extreme SUPing!

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

2011 11 City SUP Race

Today was the second day of the SUP11City tour, that will continue till September 11. The 3rd edition of the SUP 11-City tour takes place. Athletes experience the ultimate challenge as they paddle 220 kilometers (136 miles) in five days with heavy weather conditions, with wind forecasts up to 7bft. The second day was almost as tough as the first, with a south western wind blowing 4 bft.

Extreme second day

After the tough race of yesterday, today it was also hard to paddle for the forty athletes. The second day started in Sloten with a start sign of the mayor, who woke up early to cheer for the athletes. The route in the direction of Stavoren contained many open water areas with strong head on winds around 5-6 bft, which forced the athletes on their knees on the board to be able to continue. Today Bart de Zwart, Ryan James and Paul Jackson were leading again in the first part of the race. However in the second part, the youngest participant of the event the Danish Casper Steinfath caught up with the leaders and finished third after Bart de Zwart and Ryan James. First woman to finish was Angela van Hoof-Jackson with a small advantage on Anne-Marie Reichman, who finished second. Third was Simone Horsfield. Best team was Hightide. Several participants had to end the race before the finish because of the heavy weather conditions.

Times:

Men
1. Bart de Zwart – 5 h. 46 min. 11 sec
2. Ryan James – 5 h. 46 min. 14 sec.
3. Casper Steinfath – 5 h. 48 min. 23 sec.
4. Paul Jackson – 5 h. 48 min. 38 sec.
5. Belarmino Diaz – 5 h. 58 min. 14 sec

Ladies
1. Angela van Hoof – Jackson 7 h. 00 min. 00 sec.
2. Anne-Marie Reichman – 7 h. 2 min. 36 sec.
3. Simone Horsfield – 7 h. 14 min. 38 sec.
4. Pat Hernandez – 7 h. 59 min. 23 sec.
5. Team Naishup.nl Men – Ed Asselé – 7 h. 40 min. 0 sec.

Route and weather forecast
Tomorrow Friday september 9, the athletes will start in Workum: Hearekunst 25 and paddle to Franeker where they will finish at the elevencitybridge at Oud Kaatsveld. The weather forecast is much more SUP friendly the upcoming days, with 2 bft wind. However, there will not be much sun tomorrow.

Participants
Beside the ultimate challenge the SUP 11-City Tour is also a unique experience. Over 150 national and international paddlers from around the world (Hawaii, USA, France, Norway, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand) get to know Friesland, the northern province of Holland, from the water. Open fields with windmills, cows, and sheep will present itself along the water ways alternated by eleven historical cities built from 1700 onwards.

Participants paddle the original waterways, where ice skaters started conquering this historical tour 101 years ago on frozen waters. SUP 11-City supporters come from all over the country and from all over the world to Friesland to encourage participants from bridge tot bridge, and from town to town.

New team
Today we received a message from team South Africa, that they will participate next year. This is good news for the SUP11City tour, every year we become more international!

Free SUP lessons
Besides organizing the ultimate challenge in SUP, we also like to give everyone the opportunity to get to know this new, fun, healthy and outdoor sport. 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 www.sup11citytour.com ?follow the tour live?. The SUP 11-City Tour can also be followed on Twitter http://twitter.com/sup11citytour and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/sup11citytour.

See you in Friesland in SUPtember!

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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 (http://www.sup11citytour.com).

Results day 3: Workum Franeker

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

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

Teams
1. Team Hightide – 5:26:34
2. Team Naishup.nl 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 www.sup11citytour.com ?follow the tour live?. The SUP 11-City Tour can also be followed on Twitter http://twitter.com/sup11citytour and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/sup11citytour.

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info@sup11citytour.com
www.sup11citytour.com

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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SUP 11-City Tour 2011 Day 1

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

SUP 11-City Tour 2011 Day 1

It’s on! From today on to September 11, the 3rd edition of the SUP 11-City tour takes place. Athletes will experience the ultimate challenge as they paddle 220 kilometers (136 miles) in five days with heavy weather conditions, with wind forecasts up to 7bft. And tough it was today, with a south western wind blowing 5 bft. Unfortunately the weather forecast for the rest of the week will not improve. Freezing it is in Friesland.

Heavy first Day
It was a tough race today with strong wind conditions: south west 5 bft. Mainly crosswinds for the participants. Leaders in the first stage of the race were Bart de Zwart, Ryan James and Paul Jackson. For the women Anne-Marie Reichman, and Jackson were leading. Finally Bart de Zwart reached the finish first after 5,5 hours, closely followed by Erik Devaux, and third Paul Jackson. For the women it was Anne-Marie who finished first after a race of 6,5 hours, secondly Jackson and third Horsefield. The first of the teams was team Hightide. Several participants had to end the race before the finish in Sneek, because of the heavy weather conditions. Despite the rain, the sun appeared so now and then between the clouds, a good way to warm up the atmosphere.

“A big storm passed by last night. At the start it was a little calmer with 20-30 knots.
I had a good start with 3 others right behind me. Ryan James, Paul Jackson and Jake Jensen. We had head wind right from the start. We worked together for a couple of hours. 2 km before or reststop in Sneek I pushed up the pace with who Ryan came along and we had minute on the other two at the stop a nice gap to start the rest of the race.
We worked hard for the next 2 hours and increased the gap. Hard work with fierce winds. And then we got to the lake 30 knots from the side and almost impossible to get to the otherwise where we wanted. Ryan start well but fell a few times. It was about 30 minutes paddle on our left side.
When we finally got to the other side, it was still Ryan and me. It came to a sprint to the finish where I narrowly beat Ryan by 3 seconds.

1st Bart de Zwart 5 hrs 28 -Starboard
2nd Ryan James 3 seconds -Starboard
3rd Paul Jackson 8 minutes 10 seconds -Fanatic
In women Anne- Marie came in 1st” -Starboard

-Bart de Zwart

Free SUP lessons
Besides organizing the ultimate challenge in SUP, we also like to give everyone the opportunity to get to know this new, fun, healthy and outdoor sport. 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 www.sup11citytour.com ?follow the tour live?. The SUP 11-City Tour can also be followed on Twitter http://twitter.com/sup11citytour and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/sup11citytour.

See you in Friesland in SUPtember!

SUP 11-City Tour 2011 Day 1 is a post from: THE OFFICIAL STARBOARD PADDLEBOARD STARBOARD SUP – The Official Blog

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Interview – Stand Up Paddle World Tour Surfer Sean Poynter

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Master SUP shaper/racer  Brian Szymanski interviewing SUP World Tour professional Sean Poynter at his shop in April, 2011. Sean was about to leave for France and the Tahiti competing on the SUP World Tour.

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Battle Of The Paddle: Starboard SUP Team Round Up

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Battle Of The Paddle: Starboard SUP Team Round Up

The Starboard team descended on Dana Point for the Third Annual Battle of The Paddle in San Clemente California. October 2nd and 3rd saw 863 paddlers and over 10,000 spectators which made for BOP the largest Stand Up Paddleboard event in the world.  This year brought out top athletes from every corner of the world to compete.  Starboard’s team definitely had the US presence; bringing in our top riders from around the world. The riders brought their best physically and mentally and Declan Sacre brought the best boards for them.

Some of the highlights to catch up on; Starboard SUP Team honors go to Bart De Zwart (52:52) in the open race, riding a 14-foot board out paddled and out maneuvered every size of paddleboard out there to get fastest time. “Because there were so many racers (350) they had staggered starts for the unlimited, 14 foot and 12’6. Connor and Zane went on the 12’6 and me on the 14ft.” Said Bart. “The start went well with just about 10 racers ahead of me I slowly started to work my way to the front. With so many racers getting around the buoys was a challenge again. Near the finish I only had 2 unlimited racers seconds in front of me but since they started one minute ahead of me I only had to stay close to get the overall. After the last wave ride I finished right behind the 2 unlimited.”

15 year old Connor Baxter did Starboard proud coming in 6th overall in the men’s elite is definitely amazing. The testing grounds for athletes to push themselves and their equipment to the limit is the Elite Class. This year it was broadcast live to 60 countries and showed the best paddlers worldwide giving their all to go down in history as the Battle of The Paddle Champion.  160 people in this class, 5 miles, 4 laps, and 100 yard beach sprints, make this battle what it is.

Zane and Connor were neck and neck pushing the limit in the 18 and under 14ft class taking 1st and 2nd respectively. Zane is quoted as saying “Battle of the Paddle was held on no better time possible, the weather was beautiful, clear and warm, the waves were big enough to make the races exciting, and today the day after the event, it was 55 degrees and raining all day.”

The Starboard team did great things at the Battle Of the Paddle. This event brought out the best in each person there and has grown the sport and competition tremendously. Pat Huber the director of Rainbows Sandals Marketing is quoted as saying “We do it solely because we believe SUP is good for the family as it is something most everyone can do. It has brought a lot of families closer together, including our own.”

battle of the paddle bart stand up paddleboard

BOP California

Battle Of The Paddle: Starboard SUP Team Round Up

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One Exercise That Will Change The Way You Paddleboard Forever

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

1 Exercise That Will Change The Way You Paddleboard Forever

One exercise that will change the way you paddleboard forever and an interesting interview with Starboard Pro Team Rider Nikki Gregg ~ Starboard’s Margareta

Somewhere in between paddleboarding rapids and managing her paddleboard fitness boot camps starboard’s Margareta caught up with Nikki Gregg at her home in Oregon.

To check out the full interview that’s chock-full-of pictures, videos, and insight head on over to the, Official Starboard SUP Blog. Nikki was nice enough to share the links of her stash of beginner training videos.

Nikki is putting these training clips in her fitness video that’s releasing in March so after hours of begging she said we could post these up for the weekend. These videos and the whole interview won’t be up much longer.

If you want to view the existing videos and have one last chance to check them out here.

1 Exercise That Will Change The Way You Paddleboard Forever is a post from: THE OFFICIAL STARBOARD PADDLEBOARD STARBOARD SUP – The Official Blog

Hanging With Master Designer Brian Szymanski at the NCP Shaping Room

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Brian SzymanskiI often try and cruise over to the Ding King at about 5.30pm because I can almost always catch Brian in full creative mode, and  I was not disappointed today. Although usually I’m prepared with my GoPro HD but today I was just returning from a work appointment  and all I had with me was my crappy old blackberry 8330 – the worlds worst video camera. After this my GoPro is staying in my truck!

Anyway, it was good enough to capture some super interesting tidbits with regards to the new 14′ SUP SURF prototype with a California Rocker, which Brian is working on for the Battle of the Paddle etc. This board will be as user friendly as a race board can be, stable yet fast and a great board for mere mortals and heavier guys wanted some extra stability without sacrificing glide.  I plan on owning one of these as soon as possible – Cool stuff Brian thanks Bud!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IntoNpL7Hyw[/youtube]

Event – Catalina Classic 32 mile Paddleboard Marathon 2010

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Brian Szymanksi Catalina ClassicThe continuing a legacy of emphatic competition and good vibes. The race, a grueling 32-mile paddle from Catalina Island to Manhattan Beach in Southern California, traditionally encapsulates the spirit of being a waterman. The race challenges the minds and bodies of weary competitors who devote their lives to ocean adventures. Since the 50’s, the race has seen some of the world’s greatest watermen including Dale Velzy, Micky Munoz, Miki Dora, Laird Hamilton, Buzzy Kerbox, Jaimie Mitchell, the current Catalina Classic champion Kyle Daniels, and the late Weldon “Gibby” Gibson. Gibby was a founding father of the Catalina Classic and was involved in every race including the 2007 Classic until he passed away on August 9th. Gibby’s spirit and vision will forever be remembered and memorialized through this race.

This years race will see the new generation of paddlers cross the channel.

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Sponsors: Honolua Surf

Starboard’s Paddleboard Pro Rider John Hibbard’s Plan for Success in SUP

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Starboard’s Paddleboard Pro Rider John Hibbard’s Plan for Success in SUP

starboard pro team john hibbard sup

Last Friday, I got at you guys with this interview I had with John Hibbard’s Insider Info on the UK SUP Racing Scene

http://star-board-sup.com/blog/2010/08/hibbard-on-uk-sup-racing/

Now, we have a little bit more information about the man behind http://standuppaddlesurf.co.uk/. John has worked hard to bring together the paddleboarding community in the UK and  has a bunch of great information on races all over the world.

Here’s the original pro-rider interview we got with him I can’t wait to see what he has to say in his next interview…check back here for an update on some amazing tips he gave me on picking the right paddle.

How did you get in to SUP?
I saw it on the Internet and thought it looked pretty cool. That was two years ago. Now I’m hooked.

What was your biggest accomplishment in 2008?
It would have to be either winning the Uk sup distance title, getting 2nd in the Uk sup surf titles, setting a new record for paddling around Brownsea Island or taking the drop at Teahupoo. All of those were pretty special. That’s the beauty of the sport.

There are so many new challenges that you can achieve a lot if you want to.


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Who impresses you the most?
Ekolu Kalama is a fearless paddler. Going for a surf with Ekolu opens your mind.

Where are you favorite spot for SUP?
For me the beauty of sup in surf is that you don’t need the best waves. By choosing the right board you turn a slow, gutless wave into something a whole lot more interesting.
Tahiti is a special place though.

What has so far been your most exiting moment with SUP?
Probably paddling into Teahupoo for the first time. Or the first time I stood on a board and realized there was something pretty cool about it.

What do you prefer, surfing solo or in group?
Much prefer to me with some friends, trading waves and laughs.

What other projects are you working on right now?
Training for the longest paddle race in the Uk – if not the world.

What are your goals for 2009?
To win the Uk sup surf and distance titles. To complete the Devices to Westminster paddle race in the Uk. Something like 130 miles in 4 days. It’s the first time a sup paddler has been allowed to enter this historic race.

Apart from that I just aim to continue to spread the good word about sup (dont be a wave hog) and ride as many different spots around the world. Both surf and flat water.

Starboard 6’6″ designed by Brian Szymanski

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Starboard impossible 6'6"When first introduced to SUP, I was curious. Coming from a professional surfing background, the whole idea of SUP’ing came across a little boring. For all I knew, it was a sport where old guys would stand on top of oversized boards and paddle around with an oar to easilty catch waves . As a young surfer, it just didn’t sound appealing.

Then I came to experience it first hand… . It was an activity that tested my abilities as a surfer- my balance, strength, and natural sync with the movement of the ocean.

After a while I found how it puts a new twist on the methods of traditional surfing. Instead of testing your abilities only while being on the wave, SUP challenge you during the entire session- when you’re standing on the board, paddling, catching and surfing a wave. It is a great tool to fine-tune your surfing style. SUP’ing is an activity that I have taken a great liking to and look forward to each session as an opportunity to further improve my skills.

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Starboard SUP needs your opinion on something

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

SHAPE THE STATE OF THE

PADDLE BOARD INDUSTRY

Hey loyal and faithful Starboarders,

Help us with this survey and there’s a special incentive in it for you.

(nudge, nudge) Get entered to win ANY one of our boards in the 2011 Quiver of Paddleboards

So lets hit it: http://starboard.questionpro.com

I’ve got to be honest In the last couple of months, I’ve been getting some great ideas and requests for various new website functions and paddleboard features from you guys!

Now, I would personal love to call each of you up and talk to you about Paddle Boards(I have)  but…time is a limiting factor, and I want to be sure I’m delivering you all what YOU need.

You could help me out and answer my little paddleboard survey questionnaire. ; )

Get entered to win ANY board in our 2011 Quiver of Paddleboards (nudge, nudge).

>>>>So lets hit it: http://starboard.questionpro.com>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Sincerely yours,

Benton Jones

Online Marketing Manager
http://star-board-sup.com/blog
skype: starboard.benton
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You pretty much rock!

8 Yoga Poses for Ultimate Paddleboard Stability and Balance

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

8 Yoga Poses for Ultimate Paddleboard Stability and Balance

I want to show people how joy, health, fitness and spirituality can be a perfect combination. Making the link between how you feel after yoga and how you feel on the water, fact that you feel balanced/focused (you are out of your head) fit/healthy and ‘alive’ on the ocean is something a lot of people get stoked about. I’m so grateful to the life I’m living. It is a choice to have this lifestyle and I am happy that it gives me a chance to motivate and inspire other people to discover or follow their dreams and passions in life.-(Anne Marie Reichman)

SUP Yoga

How About a New Paddle Board Yoga Technique this Weekend?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

How About a New Paddle Board Yoga Technique this Weekend?

THIS WEEK’S WEEKEND PRO RIDER INTERVIEW

Anne Marie Reichman’s Paddle Board Yoga

How About a New Paddle Board Yoga Technique this Weekend?

Hello Faithful Reader,

It’s almost the weekend.

You should be making plans to paddleboard.

If you’re not going out this weekend to paddle waves, rivers, and lakes…

Then I’ve got one question for you…

Why the HECK not? ; )

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

That’s me quoting one of our stand up paddle board pro’s, quoting Wayne Gretzky.

When I first took this job I was promised the opportunity to interview some of the most amazing people in the Stand Up Paddle Board Industry and Anne Marie Reichman is the epitome of an amazing rider. I got the chance to interview her the other day at her home in Maui. She is super positive and definitely pushes to ride every wave, even if it is “out of my league.” She said that the first step to becoming a pro rider is…duh…riding waves but also getting some amazing balance and stability through yoga.

That night she gave me a great technique to get 100% more stability and balance on my board (I’ll tell you it in a bit, it’s really good) and she taught me an amazing mental attitude trick for stand up paddle board yoga because 60-80% of Yoga is your mind and the rest is your board it is a non-physical act respecting your bodies limits.

I never knew that mental attitude and the right board mattered so much but by doing what Anne Marie said I got more flex from my Vinyasa paddle board routine than I ever had before and I never forgot this simple technique.

You can see Anne Marie Reichman teach that technique and all the lessons she taught me about waves, yoga, and picking the right board soon on the Official Starboard Stand Up Paddle Board Blog’s Video section along with my upcoming interview with Scott McKercher.

http://star-board-sup.com/blog

Now let me tell you about that mental technique she taught me… : )

THIS WEEK’S WEEKEND PRO RIDER INTERVIEW

Anne Marie Reichman’s Paddle Board Yoga

Tips and Techniques

The technique that Anne Marie taught me that night was a technique originally created by Joseph Pilates, that’s right the guy who invented Pilates. Also who I am sure is not a big fan of getting out of crowded classrooms and spreading out on your portable yoga mat (aka the Whopper) in a free class room.

What you need:

A board with super stability: Anne Marie recommends the 10’0”x 34” Whopper, a board with super stability that you can still ride in the waves.

A good paddle from a reputable shop

A body of water: lake, bath tub, ocean, pool, lake, river, it doesn’t matter with the Starboard Whopper every drop of water just got a lot more stable.

How to do it:

Grab your your paddle- now grab your board: Mr. Pilate’s was a big fan of a few well-designed movements…. and will Anne Marie is and I am, so that makes three. As you approach the patch of water you plan to stake out as your own Yoga temple.

Start by working with balance with the stroke not thinking too much more in the moment; with the current, with the wave, with your timing, with your own endurance.

This sounds super easy right? But it’s a little bit harder than that.

Approaching Zen:

Focus on the approach to the patch of water you will use and being 100% in the moment by the time you reach your destination if you have one.

Make your paddle strokes smooth, as though your paddle is searching for nothing. With one last stroke take the paddle in your hand and glide to your target spot. Take a moment to be inspired by the water around you and it’s fluidity and let that set the tone for your routine.

Play:

“Play with the paddling on the board and try out new yoga poses, it is the next challenge to either develop your balance and stability better by using one of Anne Marie’s Ultimate 8 Yoga Poses for Paddleboarders or you can play completely surrounded by water, ocean, and/or turtles on your board.

A big part of this technique is don’t be afraid to laugh if you can’t chill out on the water and have a good time where can you?

Notes:

Paddleboards no matter how stable they are… even our 2011 Whopper can’t give you balance it takes physical and mental work so don’t bring your mp3 player out for the first couple of times.

If you’re going out with a group remember you don’t have to speak. There are no noise issues.

Doing Yoga on your paddle board is a creative extension of yourself the paddle and the instrument of all things you want to do for your body.

Remember even if you can’t do a head stand on your paddle board the first trip out that Yoga is in its roots unifying the mind, body, and breath. Being still is the hardest mediation.

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Let me know how it works out!

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Send me an email on Monday and tell me how this technique worked for you. With your feedback we can probably make this e-mail/blog even better.

-Benton Kerchner

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