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WPA National Race – Recap by Connor Baxter

Friday, June 24th, 2011

WPA National Race – by Connor Baxter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez – Battle of the Paddle California

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Battle of the PaddleOk here we go… the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of Paddle California returns to Dana Point at Doheny State Beach on Saturday, October 2nd & Sunday, October 3rd.with a celebration of the modern waterman’s lifestyle.   This classic event is a stand-up paddle festival and exposition that includes a series of races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels.

The Battle of the Paddle is more than an ordinary paddle race.  For the sport’s elite racers it presents a championship-styled SUP race that offers the sport’s largest cash purse of over $25,000. For those just getting their feet wet in the world of SUP, it represents the ideal opportunity to learn about the sport, the fun, the equipment and the international community behind it.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2ND

Elite Race:

Competitors: The world’s best SUPers

Equipment: Stock (12’6”) SUP boards

Course: Multiple laps on a circuit that includes paddling through the surf and beaching equipment for a short, flagged sand course run.

Defending Champions: Jamie Mitchell (Australia), men  Shakira Westdorp (Australia), women

Challengers: Recent Battle of the Paddle Hawaii champions Danny Ching (Redondo Beach, CA) & Candice Appleby (Honolulu, HI).

What to Expect: Tons of excitement, cheering, thrills and spills as the world’s best put it all on the line for the cash & glory.

Open Age-Group Race:

Competitors: Open to everyone!

Course: A friendly, fun and moderately challenging __-mile buoy course.

Equipment: Whatever you like! Including surfboard class, 12’6”, 14’ and Unlimited.

What to Expect: Last year’s Open Age-Group Race had the largest SUP field ever assembled: over 390 paddlers! This year’s race promises to be even bigger.  Don’t miss out on being a part of history!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3RD

SUP Distance Race:

Competitors: Mixed bag of international talent and local hopefuls.

Equipment: SUP craft categories 12’6”, 14’ and Unlimited.

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

SUP Surf Relay Race:

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

Free SUP Expo:

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

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

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

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

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

Course:

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

Safety:
  • 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
    discretion.
  • 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.

Schedule:
  • 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!!!
Registration:
  • 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

Make checks payable to SO CAL PADDLEBOARD ASSOCIATION

Questions

CORONADO CHAINSAW MASSACRE PADDLEBOARD RACE 2010

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
DOWNWIND
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
in
Unlimited (
Age
Groups: 18-39 & 40-49)
,
14′ (Open),
Stock (
Age
Groups: 18-39 & 40-49)
,
Women’s (Open),
Legend’s (50+ Open), SUP
Stock
, 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).

REGISTER SIMPLY BY  USING THE EVENTBRITE SYSTEM BELOW:

Events at the Battle of the Paddle in Dana Point, CA

Friday, September 10th, 2010

EVENTS OF THE BATTLE OF THE PADDLE

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

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

Historic & Cultural Wood Board Carving Workshop: Rainbow Sandals, Kona Brewing Co., & Kanalu have teamed up to present the traditional Hawaiian wood board carving workshop and exhibition for the community. The workshops will be led by renowned traditional Hawaiian wood surfboard carver Tom Pohaku Stone, who will share the Hawaiian history and cultural significance of surfing. Stone and his crew will work together with the community to produce traditional “olo” surfboards, once relegated for use by the great Ali’i Nui (Chiefs) of Hawai’i. These boards will be carved from 18-foot redwood blanks provided by Larry Fuller.

Elite Race:(Saturday) Featuring the world’s best SUPers including prior champions Danny Ching (Redondo Beach, CA), Chuck Patterson (Dana Point, CA), and Jamie Mitchell (Australia). Expect loads of excitement, thrills and spills as the top paddlers put it all on the line for cash & glory. The course is a multiple lap circuit that includes paddling through the surf and beaching equipment for a short, flagged sand run. 2009 Champions:Jamie Mitchell, Australia (men) & Shakira Westdorp, Australia (women). Challengers: More than 300 challengers including Battle of the Paddle Hawaii champions Danny Ching (Redondo Beach) and Candice Appleby (San Clemente).

Open Age-Group Race: (Saturday)
Open to everyone! The course is a friendly, fun and moderately challenging buoy course. Entrants can paddle any board of their choosing, including surfboard class, 12’6″, 14′ and Unlimited. You can expect a record number of entries. Last year’s Open Age-Group Race had the largest SUP field ever assembled – over 390 paddlers! This year’s race promises to be even bigger. Don’t miss out on being a part of history!

SUP Distance Race: (Sunday) Competitors include a mixed bag of international talent and local hopefuls. The Course is a scenic but challenging 10-mile course from Doheny State Beach to San Clemente Pier, and back.

SUP Surf Relay Race: (Sunday) Includes prize money. Last year over 160 paddlers participated in the relays and had an incredible amount of fun doing it. Grab some family members or co-workers, maybe even a few new friends you’ve made on the beach and give it a go! Everyone who enters The Battle of the Paddle will receive a free pair of Rainbow Sandals, event tee and lunch. All event proceeds to go to the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. Whether you’re racing for the prize or just getting started, the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez’s Battle of the Paddle is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Southern California’s original surf lifestyle, and the dynamic new surf paddle sport known as SUP.

Links:

Race info: http://www.rainbowsandals.com/BattleOfthePaddle/CA/Races.asp

Live Stream of the race: http://www.rainbowsandals.com/BattleOfthePaddle/CA/WebCast.asp

Event Registration for CORONADO CHAINSAW MASSACRE PADDLEBOARD RACE 2010

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Chainsaw Massacre Paddleboard Race 2010Registration ends in 2 days so get on it!

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.

Registration for the event here!

http://paddleathlete.com/2010/coronado-chainsaw-massacre-paddleboard-race-2010/

New York City Sea Paddle Elite Stand Up Paddle Race as told by E.J Johnson

Monday, September 6th, 2010

E.J Johnson SeA Paddle Elite RaceWow, what a contrast compared to Dana Point Harbor, where we call home! This place really is a concrete jungle!!!!!
Well, after a crazy cab ride and a 6hr red eye flight, we arrived to our hotel in the Wall Street district. And met up with our Starboard East coast rep Mark Colino, from Jersey!
He knows the lingo around here and is a pretty big guy, so we felt a little safer. (LOL) We had a great Italian dinner with lots of pasta , bread and of coarse my favorite “BEER”.

Next day we arise to sunny skies and 80 degree temps, which is so much better than the 100 F mark a few days prior. I’m already feeling the nerves, knowing that I’m gonna be
on the board for a least 4 1/2 to 5 hrs with who knows what kind of conditions!

It’s funny all the ups and downs you go through on such a long paddle, but all in all it was a beautiful experience! It was so cool to go under all those huge bridges, hearing people screaming at you like you are crazy!  ( maybe just a little )

I hit the wall at mile 20 getting muscle spasms and cramps, that sent me to a little island on the Harlem / East river split.
I stretched and took some B vitamins and more goos’ ( I hate that stuff ) to try anything at that point. I looked up and saw two of my competitors sail past me, and that was enough motivation to get my punk ass back on the board and finish this race. I caught and passed one of the guys, and almost got the 4th place position. I finished in 5th place in 4 hrs 29min.

The White Water party in the evening was spectacular, with views of the city lights and awesome food and entertainment.

The next ext day we had a few hrs to check out the city and play tourists around Manhattan, before hopping back to So Cal. We walked around the Wall St. area and Ground Zero, which a was a huge reminder of 9-11!  Heartfelt to the core!

NYC Sea Paddle Elite 14’ SUP Mens results:

1.      #71     3:56          Thomas Maximus Shahinian  (Ohana Paddleboards)
2.      #44     4:01          Slater Trout
3.      #49     4:01:30     Will Reichenstein  (Ohana Paddleboards)
4.      #59     4:28          Mark Temme
5.      #36     4:29:30     Ernest Johnson  (Starboard)
6.      #38     4:31:30     Billy Mehl   (Island Surf & Sail)
7.      #23     4:37:30     John Beausang  (Distressed Mullet)
8.      #33     4:52          Shane Boyle
9.      #30     4:57:30     Jason Colclough   (SideArm Surf & Skate/ Surfer’s Healing NC)
10.    #45     5:21:30     Mark Colino  (Starboard No Flat Earth)

Visit E.J’s Blog at http://johnsonbigstick.blogspot.com/

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.

Visit the site

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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r-LIxwTV6A[/youtube]

Ta-hoe Nalu Stand Up Paddleboard Festival

Monday, August 16th, 2010

4th Annual Ta-Hoe Nalu

Information

4th Annual Ta-Hoe Nalu Notice to Participants:

Registration/Reception August 20, 2010 at Event Site 2:00pm to 7:00pm Kings Beach, Ca

Live Concert on the Beach after Registration Reception

Luau & Concert Saturday August 21, 2010 5pm to 10pm

Check in for Races 1 hour prior to each Race

Contact: paddletahoe@ta-hoenula.com – Ernie 775-772-2927

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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bMUhu1jtpM[/youtube]

Matt Friedman heading in towards China wall on Oahu

Friday, August 6th, 2010
Starboard 14' SURF RACE Molokai
Matt Friedman heading in towards China wall on Oahu, riding the Starboard 14′ SURF/RACE with Hawaii rocker designed by Brian Szymanski.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vP4339ttJ4[/youtube]

John Hibbard’s Insider Info on the UK SUP Racing Scene

Friday, August 6th, 2010

John Hibbard Starboard Rider

Starboard Team Rider

I’ll tell you more about what’s going on in the UK SUP race scene in a second, let me tell you a little bit about John first. He “didn’t quite care for paddleboarding” at first, but Svein Rasmussen the founder of Starboard got him on a  10’0″-34″ super stable board like the Whopper Club. Now, John Hibbard rides with the best in the sport and has been riding with Starboard for a long time.

John is a legend in his own right, heading up the largest paddleboard community website in all of the UK and arguably Europe. If your based out of the UK check out his site for info on races at Standuppaddlesurf.co.uk

psst….John knows paddles. Straight up. John knows paddles.  He gave me what amounts to 3 golden rules for picking the right paddle to get your winning stroke down; this will help everyone on a paddleboard from beginners to pro’s you can check out that article at the Starboard Blog next week.

double psst….win a race board?>>>The feedback we got from our survey was awesome!
We are giving away two paddleboards from our 2011 quiver for survey respondants
so you just doubled your chances of winning http://starboard.questionpro.com

So back to the Insider Info on the UK SUP race scene, here’s a quote from John that sums

up this step in the evolution of paddle board athletes extremely well.

Note: If you read one piece of article today about stand up paddle boarding let it be this one

Everyone is coming in now, everyone wants a piece, everyone wants to be the first and the fastest. We are pulling in people from every sports industry, SUP is an everyman, woman, and child sport. Challenges from distance sports like rowers, triathletes, physically and mentally strong and it will be interesting to see how those guys get involved and push our level up. Full on athletes its awesome for the sports and everyone can learn from each other and  help everybody else step up.

A lot of paddle board pro riders are fine riding side or trimming its second nature, rough weather we’ll still beat  a rower with out too much problem. But in ideal conditions or artificial environments like swimming pools on mile 27 that’s where that mental attitude of a seasoned athlete disciplined in rowing can get ultra competitive.

There is more to be said about winning than just muscle and mental when you are in an increasingly more competitive sports climate it comes down to gear.  Boards engineered with racers in mind and steady feedback from a team of 30 beta testers known as the Starboard Paddle Board Pro Team that are out there winning races on our 2011 quiver of race boards and competing with the top athletes. We’ve engineered in some innovative technologies that will keep you competitive from your first race to your last.

Check out what John had to say about them;

The “original paddle boarder” is going to have to start learning how to train like an Olympian and it’s going to be a very interesting time coming in 2011. Just take a look at the initial uptake of new faces onto the race scene.

Starboard’s racing paddle boards are definitely design for speed: You guys have the development duo of Brian Szymanski and Ernst Johnson and the power of those racing shapes. Their new shapes have come through with the surf and race class and brought racing to another level.

Brushed carbon boards that are lighter and stiffer than other boards out there. Any advancement you’re going to get is in those boards (the 2011 raceboards.) At such a high level and at a such a competitive level even gaining a couple of feet can mean winning by a couple of feet. 12’6 and 12’6 plus has been an amazing shape and width.

The 12’6 is progressive and maneuverable, you don’t worry about falling in on a choppy day and the balance…the balance is nice and stable.

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Connor Baxter’s Story of Paddling the Molokai to Oahu Stand Up Paddleboard Race

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Connor Baxter claims 1st place in SOLO Stand Up Paddleboard Marathon Men’s 29 and under. Zane Schweitzer finished 3rd. This win took place only weeks after his 1st place win at the Mormaii 27 Mile Express. We gave you the lowdown on Connor’s winning paddleboard marathon strategy last week.

Here is the 15 year old pro rider Connor Baxter’s story;

Molokai to Oahu – 32 mile Crossing across the Ka’iwi Channel. Before this race I felt so prepared because that week I ate super good, drank lots of water and rested. My mom and I went over to Molokai Friday night on the Ferry to Kaunakakai.

Then headed over to the west side and stayed at the condos right where the event was. I slept in on Saturday and then went for a swim – I basically had a super relaxing day. Around 5:00 the stand up paddle board race meeting started and then I had a huge dinner and went back to the room – and went right to bed to get a good night sleep.

When I woke up I had oatmeal and put on my headphones and blasted some music to get pumped up. We had the blessing at 6:30am and then it was hurry up and get all the gear to the boat and get out to the start line. The lay down paddlers went first at 7:30am and now my heart is racing. I paddled over to the start line and I knew what I had to do. We started at 8:00am and we were off to a fast pace.

The conditions were super good – the winds were up and there were good swells. In the beginning, it was more flat water so the stronger guys with muscles took off.

But once we got into the swells I started to catch up to Livio Menelau and Ekolu Kalama. Dave Kalama and Scott Gamble went south so I did not see much of them. I finally caught and passed Livio, but I just could not catch up to Ekolu. So I put my head down and paddled my hardest. When I looked up about 45 min later I had closed the gap and was right behide Ekolu but once he noticed I was right by him he turned on his after burners and just took off on his paddleboard.

So now I was in 2nd place so I just kept paddling. When I looked over to my left (south), I noticed another stand up paddler and it was Scott Gamble. He was coming from the south and I was now trying to pick up my pace to stay up with him. He was super far to the south so I thought I still had a chance, but his course was a lot better and he pulled into 2nd and put me in third.

When I finally rounded the outside point to come into the harbor, my jaw drop to the paddleboard because the wind was blowing about 10 knots offshore and I had to paddle 2 more miles into it.

It’s like running a 32 mile marathon and putting the last 2 miles up a steep hill.

When the tip of my paddleboard finally crossed the finish line and got into shore, I was so happy because I made it and got third place. BUT, then someone told me that Dave Kalama was already in and he got 1st place, not Ekolu. Dave was so far in front that I did not even see him (I don’t think anyone did!!). So at the end I got 4th overall for Solo Stand Up Paddling and I got 7th overall out of all the lay down paddlers and SUP paddlers, both team and solo. So I am super stoked on my results and hope to do better next time.

Connor Baxter’s Finish Time 5:12:43

1st Place SOLO SUP Men’s 29 and under
4th Place Overall SOLO SUP
7th Place Overall SUP, Paddleboards, Solo and Team – out of 139 Entries
SUP Results:
1st = Dave Kalama  4:54:15
2nd = Ekolu Kalama  5:03:13
3rd = Scott Gamble   5:06:15
4th = Connor Baxter  5:12:43

I want to thank all my sponsors for their help and support – Starboard Paddleboards, Nike 6.0, SIC, Dakine, Sunrite Maui, Waterman’s Sunscreen, and Ion Wetsuits. Also, my newest sponsors Kaenon Sunglasses and EFX Performance USA!!!

Also, a BIG Mahalo to Mark Raaphorst, Livio Menelau, Scott Trudon, Bart de Schwart for all the time and support they have devoted to training with me!!!!!!!!!  Also, Scott Sanchez (MPG) for his wisdom on fitness and training!!


Aloha –

Connor Baxter

http://connorbaxter.com

Photos:  Karen Baxter

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Kolaiah’s BOP Hawaii Experience:

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Kolaiah Jardine

“The Battle of the Paddle Hawaii was an incredible experience to say the least. Two days of beautiful weather, intense racing and the best athletes of the sport set the stage for the greatest race in Stand Up Paddle to date. I began day one as a volunteer instructor for Na Kama Kai, Duane Desoto’s non-profit organization that teaches ocean activities and safety to Hawaii’s disadvantaged Keiki. This is something that I am involved in on a regular basis, but this day was extra special. After spending a few hours teaching the children about the ocean and Stand Up paddle it was time to take a rest and prepare for the Elite race. The race was the most grueling race I have ever done and I think a majority of the other competitors would also agree. Three 1.5 mile laps, in and out of the surf, with a soft sand run in between each, made for an exciting display of athletic performance. The 12’6” Surf Race board worked great and I’m happy to report a 33rd place finish overall in the Elite race, with a time of 1:36:40.

After and evening of carbo loading, stretching and sleep, day two had arrived. The downwind course stretched approximately ten miles from Hawaii Kai (Maunalua Bay) to Fort Derussy/Duke Kahanamoku beach. With variable ENE winds from 10-18 mph, this race was a race of technique, experience and brawn. Being that this is my usually training course, I was very eager to participate and report a good result. Once again, the 12’6” Surf Race board proved faithful with a 1st place finish in my board class and age division. Thank you Starboard! To end this exciting weekend was the much anticipated SUP Surf Team relay. Team Starboard was represented by Myself, Conner Baxter, Zane Schweitzer, and Kalani (Kristal) Brown. We paddled our hardest and worked as a team to place 5th over more than 20 teams. This was so a great experience. I would like to Thank my sponsors Bomber eyewear, Victory, Rhythm clothing and or course Starboard for their support and also Congratulate Danny Ching and Candice Appleby for their incredible victories. ”

Aloha & A hui hou,

Kolaiah “Fuzzy” Jardine