Posts Tagged ‘paddleboard’

The Unstoppable Jonas

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The journey of faith we all got to take with Jonas – an amazing Brazilian athlete who inspires all of those whom he meets.

A Date with the Straight Recap on Channel 7

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Someone get Brad some food!

Zeb Walsh, Jack Bark and Brad Gaul have achieved the most remarkable feat, paddling across the formidable Bass Strait between Mainland Australia and Tasmania. Cold waters, over 300kms with side winds cross waves and deadly currents. This is a world first!

Zeb Welsh Talks about Molokai 2012

Monday, February 10th, 2014

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

Parko at Molokai

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Master and apprentice. Wes showing Parko how it’s done during a training paddle on the Gold Coast. Photo: Andrew Shield

“Aww, I’m competitive. I’m here to be competitive, I’m here to finish, survive and be competitive. Just throw your hat in the ring and see what happens.”

Joel Parkinson wanted to do more than just make up the numbers on the 51km Channel of Bones Hawaiian ocean paddle race in late July … and with a third place team finish with paddling partner Wes Berg, he did much more than just survive.

Brad Gaul’s Road To Molokai

Monday, June 17th, 2013

In the lead up to defending his 2012 World Title, Brad talks about his training and what it takes to be the best, in this insight into his daily life. Follow him on his journey in becoming World Champ for the second consecutive time in Hawaii’s prestigious Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Challenge 2013.

Paddleboard Hawaii Kai Run on Bark Unlimited

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Roch Frey and George Plsek run the famous Hawaii Kai downwind run, likely in training for the Molokai crossing back in 2010.

Virginia Beach Downwind Paddleboard Sesh

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Frank Lundy paddling out of Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach.

Saint Pat’s Day Ocean Paddleboarding for a little 1.5 Mile “up hill” paddle into the eye of a 17-22 knot NE Wind out of Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach. Rewarded with a nice little downwinder or “downhill” run back and baby bumps to ride. Some “marathoner in a hotel” activated the EMS System, so I had an aircraft, PD and Ocean Rescue coming for me…ouch.

Bondi Lifeguard, 2 year old daughter & a 10’6″

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Lucy is just so happy on Dad’s Rescue Paddleboard at Bondi.  Her second time out the back at Bondi in 4 days whoop!

Catalina Paddleboard Race 1938

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Back in 1938 the Catalina paddleboard race consisted of paddling 35 miles on mahogany boxes fitted with brass fittings which bore their way through a paddlers or “surfboard pilots” skin creating gaping holes. OK we’re not as tough as we think we are…


Watch the video here

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



EVENT INFO: 7th Annual Powerhouse Paddle and Swim Del Mar

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

TPowerhouse Paddle Race Del Mar CAhe Powerhouse Paddle and Swim Committee, in conjunction with local paddling and swimming enthusiasts and the Del Mar Lifeguards, is proud to present the 7th Annual Powerhouse Paddle and Swim on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2010. This Del Mar beach event is an opportunity for youth and adults to participate in a challenging yet friendly ocean competition.

The Powerhouse is a Del Mar landmark rich in history. The Powerhouse began as a power plant in the 1900s, became a nightclub in the 1950s, served for a time as an experimental desalination plant, and – thanks to countless volunteer hours and donations – now serves as the Del Mar Community Center.

Del Mar Powerhouse Paddle & Swim 2010 is fun for the whole family. Beginners are especially welcome. See you at the BEACH!

Come down to Del Mar Sunday September 26 for the 8th Annual Powerhouse Paddle & Swim. For those of you new to this race, this is an end-of-season race which includes several distances for kids & beginers plus a 6 mile course for experienced competitors. This is an ideal first race option for those new to the sport or if you wish to introduce your kids to paddleboarding. For both paddleboard and SUP.

The paddleboard races include various events for youth, adults and challanged athletes over courses of 1/4 mile, 1 mile , 3 mile, and 6 mile distances. The 1 mile roughwater swim race is a unique course that follows the original Del Mar Roughwater course from the river mouth to the Powerhouse. All participants will receive a cool, hooded Powerhouse Paddle & Swim sweatshirt and lunch from Pipes Cafe. Surfboards, clothing and tons of ocean-related swag await all who purchase $1 tickets to the traditional Powerhouse Paddle and Swim raffle .

A special thanks to all of our loyal sponsors. Please take the opportunity to support these sponsors throughout the year. All net proceeds from the event will be used to fund ocean and water activities for the children of Del Mar and the greater San Diego area.

Annual Powerhouse Paddle & Swim 2010Download Entry Form [pdf]

6:30 – 7:30 am Swim Race Registration and Check-in
7:30 – 9:30 am Paddleboard Race Registration and Check-in
8:00 am SHARP 1 Mile Swim Race Start
9:00 am Youth Paddleboard Races Start
9:30 am Swim Awards Ceremony
10:00 am 3 mile and 6 Mile Paddleboard Race Start
10:05 am Adult Novice Paddleboard Race
11:30 am-12:30 pm Paddleboard Awards Ceremony, Raffle and Lunch

2010 Hennessey’s International Championships

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

2010 Hennessey's International ChampionshipsSan Diego, California – Saturday, September 25, 2010

On Saturday, September 25th, Hennessey’s Taverns of California will host the Hennessey’s
International Paddleboard Championships in the beautiful city of San Diego!

Come check out this new venue as we race a nine-mile course that begins and ends
at the beach in front of the Polynesian-style Catamaran Resort Hotel. A shorter,
six-mile course will be run for the stock SUPs, as well as a three-mile Fun Run
event for novice paddlers and stand ups. Additionally, we will include the first
annual Lifeguard Bragging Division! The event promises to be an excellent, half
bay, half open ocean race with top competitors hailing from around the world! Support
boats and lifeguard jet skis will be in the water for your safety. Come mingle with
top racers from around the world and visit our Sponsor Expo.

Come join us on Friday 9/24 from 6 to 9 pm at Hennessey’s in Pacific Beach, just a short
walk from The Catamaran, to mix and mingle with your fellow racers. At that time,
race registration and rash-guard pickup will be available, as well.

For your convenience, we have reserved a block of 75 discounted rooms at the Catamaran

Resort Hotel. Book your room now at or call reservations
at 800.422.8386. Be sure to mention you are with the Hennessey’s group


All races begins at the beach in front of the Catamaran Resort.

Beach start and finish.

Fun Paddle – 3 Miles

Pro Course – Paddleboard, 14′ & Unlimited SUP – 9 miles / Stock SUP – 6 Miles

Board Classes:
  • Stock Paddleboard (12’and under – no weight limit, no rudders.
  • Unlimited Paddleboard
  • 12’6 & Under Stock Stand Up -(No Rudder)
  • 14′ Stand Up (No Rudder)
  • Unlimited Stand Up – Any size, anything goes

2010 SUP Racing Rules

Pro Course Divisions:
Stock Paddleboard

9 Miles

Utld  Paddleboard

9 Miles

Stock SUP

6 Miles

14′ SUP

9 Miles

Utld  SUP

9 Miles

18-29 18-29 39 & Under 39 & Under 39 & Under
30-39 30-39 40 + 40+ 40+
40-49 40-49 Womens Stock
50-59 50-59
60 + 60+
17 & Under
Womens Stock
Fun Course Divisions:
Stock Paddleboard Unlimited Paddleboard Stock SUP 14′ SUP
Men’s Open Age Men’s Open Age Men’s 18+ Open
Women’s Open Age Womens 18+
17 & Under

  • You must bring your own liquid and nutrition on your board. Lifeguards and safety
    escorts will be in the water for duration of race if needed.
  • Any paddler who is having difficulty may be taken out of the water at the race director’s
  • The race will be called after four hours. Any paddler who does not complete the
    race within four hours will be taken out of the water.
Pro Course Awards:
Cash Prizes:

In every Pro Course class and Pro Course age group, the first three in get paid as noted below.
In addition, the first overall Unlimited and Stock paddlers in, as well as the first
overall Unlimited, 14, and Stock SUPs in, will receive a $600 bonus. The first overall
Wahine paddler and the first overall Wahine SUP finishers will also each receive
a $600 bonus.

Prize Money Breakdown:

  • 1st Place – $250
  • 2nd Place – $150
  • 3rd Place – $100

Awards will be given out at dinner banquet.

All official finishers will receive a custom trophy.

Fun Course Awards:
Awards given to top three finishers in Stock/Unlimited/Wahine paddleboard and SUP
divisions (18 total winners).

Awards will be given out at dinner banquet.

All official finishers will receive a custom trophy.

  • Register at Hennessey’s Pacific Beach Friday night between 6 & 9 pm.
  • Check-in and final registration begins at 6:30 am at the race site.
  • Once you’ve checked in you will receive your race jersey. Goodie bags given after
    the race.
  • Race starts at 8:30am SHARP!!!
  • Pro Course $100
  • Fun Course $50 (or $100 includes the sit-down awards banquet )
  • Late Pro Course Entries $125
  • Late entries will be accepted until September 25th at 6:30 am.
  • Pro Course Entry fee includes goodie bag, finisher awards and a full sit-down banquet at the
    Catamaran Resort.
  • Fun Course Entry fee includes goodie bag, and finisher awards
  • Pre-register by mail by Sept. 21, 2010. If you are unsure your application will
    make the mail-in cutoff, please don’t send it! We will not be able pick up mail
    after this date. Late entries will be accepted on Fri at Hennessey’s Pacific Beach
    or on race day, for $125.

Elgibility– Open to men and women at least 18 years of age. (17
& under must have signed parental/guardian form. No prize money for this category.)
Race director reserves the right to refuse participation to entrants for any reason.

Post Race & Awards:
Relax and enjoy the pool at the resort before joining us for our cocktail hour on
the beach at 6 pm in front of the Catamaran, followed by the sit-down awards banquet
at the Resort at 7 pm.
To Enter Online
To Enter By Mail
Print out an
Entry Form
and mail
it to

Tim Ritter

404 Ave F

Redondo Beach, CA 90277




Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Chainsaw Massacre Paddleboard Race 2010

The Massacre is upon us again September 11, 2010!!

This is a World Paddleboard Association event!

This year,
the race will start at 10:00 AM
(check in starts at 8:30 AM) and will be
on the return leg!!!

The race will START & FINISH on the border of the
Coronado City Beach and the NAB/Gator Beach.  The
COURSE will take you from the border
of Coronado City Beach and NAB/Gator Beach to the Red Buoy just off of
Point Loma and then you circle back for the return leg.  It is 6.5 miles.

*Awards for 2010 are
1st through 3rd place
Unlimited (
Groups: 18-39 & 40-49)
14′ (Open),
Stock (
Groups: 18-39 & 40-49)
Women’s (Open),
Legend’s (50+ Open), SUP
, SU 14′, SUP Unlimited, and
SUP Women’s (Open) divisions.

Note: There
are NO REFUNDS!!!  Also, if you
qualify for the
Legend’s class, but prefer to be in another
class, please let us know when you register.

Directions: Take I-5 North or
South; Take the CA-75 exit onto the San Diego – Coronado Bay Bridge toward
Coronado; Turn left on Orange Avenue and go past the Hotel Del Coronado;
and Turn right either on Avenida de Las Arenas (parking lot) or Avenida
Lunar (starting line).


Race Results for the 2010 35th Catalina Classic Paddleboard Championships

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Adam Buckley Catalina ClassicOn Sunday, August 29th, 2010, paddlers from all over the United States and from as far away as Australia took to the waters off of Southern California in the 35th Catalina Classic Paddleboard Championships, the premier and most historical paddleboard race in the world. Officially started in 1955 by Los Angeles County Lifeguard Bob Hogan, the first Catalina crossing was won in 1932 by Tom Blake, beating out Pete Peterson and Wally Burton in just under 6 hours.

Adam Buckley conquered 32 miles of choppy and cold water on the open-ocean course Sunday to win the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race, which starts at the island’s Isthmus Cove in Catalina Island and ended in Manhattan Beach.

The 32-year-old Hermosa Beach resident improved his 2009 time by 23 minutes to go from 19th to first in 5 hours, 34 minutes, 6 seconds.

Brian Rocheleau, 29, of Kailua in Hawaii, finished second in 5:41:03. Anthony Vela, 36, an L.A. County lifeguard  finished third in 5:47:06 in his first race.

Vela was hanging with Buckley during the first 10 miles. but then was dropped or Vela took a different route north.

He is quoted in the daily breeze as saying “I don’t think either one of us knew what we were doing in terms of the course,” Buckley said, smiling. “It’s hard to say what’s the best way to go at some points, but I’d been told head north, so I think I took more of a straight line.”

“We were way off course,” Vela said, “then I think he did choose the best route, but he’s such an incredible paddler. That’s why he won.”

It was obvious after the race that the paddleboarders were equal parts competitors and friends. The surfing/paddleboard community is a tight one and the shared experience is important to them.

“This is a great finish, seeing all these people and the excitement,” said Rocheleau, who finished fourth in 2009. “It’s great to see the sport is alive over here like it is in Hawaii.

“I came here because I wanted to experience the race and see some friends. It’s amazing what Buckley did in his second try.”

The race, which began at 6 a.m. in Catalina, is one of the sport’s great tests of endurance and skill.

“It’s definitely a challenge,” Rocheleau said. “Your mind wanders a bit out on the ocean. It’s kind of a meditative thing. I think we all share that part of it, being out on the ocean.”

For Vela, this year’s Catalina Classic had special meaning. He dedicated his first 32-mile race to one of his friends and heroes, the late Jim Miller, who has a charitable foundation in his name.

“I did this for Jim,” Vela said. “I kept thinking about what he did for me during the race. When I finished, the feeling was almost indescribable …

“I cried. It meant a lot to me.”

Typical of the competitors, Vela was as happy for Buckley was he was for himself. And he was delighted by the positive turnout.

“The South Bay community understands what this race is about,” Vela said. “The paddling community is pretty special.

“There’s something about sharing the experience on the ocean. All paddlers started as surfers. The ocean is what bonds us.”

Tom Duryea of Coronado finished 10th overall in 6:14:00 and was the stock winner .  Matt Sullivan and Jay Scheckman finished second and third in the stock division and took a solid 13th and 14th overall  in 6:17:15 and 6:17:27.

Aussie Jo Ambrosi, 38, won the four-woman division in 6:40:55. DJ O’Brien, 44, Carly Rogers, 34, and Christina Powers, 33-all members of the South Bay Mermaids-finished behind her in 6:52:28, 7:54:55 and 8:26:55.

Eighty-seven paddlers started the race and only two did not finish. Other top-15 finishers not mentioned previously were:

4. George Plsek, 41, Solano Beach, 5:48:28;

5. Jay Miller, 42, Cardiff, 5:51:51;

6. Todd Robinson, 45, San Diego, 5:55:30;

7. JP Cruz, 46, Hermosa Beach, 6:03:35;

8. Peter Hursty, Honolulu, 6:09:46;

9. Steve Schlens, 40, Santa Barbara, 6:10:20;

10. Tom Duryea of Coronado in 6:14:00

11. Donald Miralle, 36, Carlsbad, 6:14:21;

12. Mederic Berthe, 36, Carlsbad, 6:15:09;

15. Ron Roebuck, 45, Hermosa Beach, 6:17:40.

For full list of results

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

JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg

Friday, August 27th, 2010

SUP World Cup 2010 Hamburg GermanyThe JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg, called the world famous SUP flat water event, is a PRO / AM SUP competition in the HafenCity of Hamburg, Germany. After the huge success of the premiere in 2009, the world best SUP pros and amateurs will battle again for a price money of 15.000€.
For more information

The fight for the title of German SUP Champion is getting more and more serious. Saturday 7th August, the JEVER German SUP Tour will make its third stop, this time at the Hanse Sail in Rostock.

The athletes want to achieve a good starting position for the last and determining sprint race (1000 metres) which will take place within the JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg (27.08.-29.08.) At the huge finale in the HafenCity, Hamburg, the best Amateurs will paddle for the German SUP Championship watched by the world best SUP PROs.

There have already been two stops of this serial, which is approved as the most important national SUP flatwater tour by the German Surfing Association (Deutscher Wellenreit Verband (DWV)). At the “Hafenfest” in Münster and during the “Kieler Woche” the Stand Up Paddlers inspired the spectators with thrilling races. In the overall ranking of the women Corinna Hahn from Berlin is in the lead, followed by Nina Krüger from Münster. The best men are Andreas Wolter from Berlin und Christian Hahn.

But nothing is decided yet: The tour stop in Rostock is able to change everything because the ranking points of the best paddlers are very close together.

A great incentive for all participants: The winner will receive a wildcard for the JEVER SUP World Cup in Hamburg, where the sprint race will be evaluated as last race of the German Amateur Championship. The best three amateurs will also get the chance to compete with the professionals.

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

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

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

If you’d like to shoot videos like this check out the latest GoPro HERO video cameras from the Official GoPro Online Store.

George Plesk at Molokai – gives us an idea how rough it was!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Molokai2Oahu George Plesk
Here’s a clip of George Plesk at the Molokai2Oahu race this year which gives a fantastic view into the conditions out in the channel – Blustery and uneven – definitely a challenge and a ton of hard work for sure.

Jim Terrell Founder of Quick Blade on Stand Up Paddle Technique

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

4 Time Olympic paddler Jim Terrell on paddle techniqueJim Terrell, a 4 time Olympic canoeist knows a little about paddling, here he shares what he feels are the 4 most important components of paddling. This is a slightly older video (December 2008) but extremely useful and very relevant to today SUP racers. Highly recommended for all paddle Athletes!

Rare clip of Dan Gavere: Owning the rapids on his Whopper Paddleboard

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Recently we posted Dan Gavere’s Ultimate Paddle Boarder’s Bucket List of Surfspots and one of you guys pointed out this rare video of Dan owning on his Whopper Paddleboard.  We couldn’t not put up this video of Gavere paddling Punchbowl Falls.

If you’re craving more stand up paddle board videos check out Dan’s entire channel (he’s got some amazing videos of Nikki Greg  paddling  the Glenwood Wave)

Dan Gavere’s Stand Up Paddleboard Video Channel

Nikki Greg Paddleboarding the Glenwood Wave

Definitely a well down paddleboard video I’m looking forward to more paddleboarding videos from Nikki Greg and Dan Gavere! Check back here for all sortsa good stuff from them and our other paddleboard pro riders soon.