Posts Tagged ‘Rob Rojas’

Video – Rob Rojas – Race Cam

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Rob Rojas, arguably one of the world’s best distance paddlers, won the O’Neill Sea Paddle NYC, a 26.5-mile race he blitzed in three hours and 56 minutes. As New York is one of the most picturesque cities on Earth, SUP Magazine thought it proper to make sure a camera was following Rob’s every move. So enjoy the Rob Rojas Cam as he recaps his Big Apple victory….

Rob Rojas and Kyle Mochizuki 24 Hour Charity Paddle

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

It’s 10:00 PM on the West coast, and most of us are finishing up our day. Picking sand out of various crevices, tucking in the kids, and getting ourselves ready for bed. But while we sleep, and when we wake up, Rob Rojas and Kyle Mochizuki will still be paddling. They are supporting Love 146.Org, an organization that serves to combat child sex trafficking around the globe. The goal is to raise awareness and or money to support the cause. Go to www.Love for more info. If you’d like to donate you can type in ‘Rob Rojas’ for a link to the page.

Special thanks to Rob for organizing this and for standing up for something he believes in. Cheers pal!

You guys are going to be really sick of that island…



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Training Day with SUP Elite Racer Rob Rojas

Friday, May 13th, 2011
By Rob Rojas

Lets get creative!!!

Hey friends! Hope all is well out there in the active people world. I know everyone is out there striving to train harder, striving to paddle faster, striving to perfect their buoy turns, and always searching for that secret potion to improved performance. What I have been thinking about lately is how to make workouts more fun and how to get creative especially while away from home or the gym that we find all too familiar and perhaps even boring after a while.  

The other day I was at a well known populated island off the coast of California, (Catalina), on a trip. I had with me my inflatable SHUBU made by Boardworks, a Quickblade paddle, a pair of Oneill Hyperfreak shorts, an Oneill Squidlid, a mask, snorkel, and fins. I only had about an hour to kill as the sun was still behind the horizon and I was at Emerald Bay, Catalina. One of the most pristine mooring spots on the island.
I told myself “I only have an hour so I’m gonna kill myself, (figuratively speaking), during that hour. I inflated my SHUBU, (actually broke out in a sweat doing so), and started paddling around Indian Rock for my warmup. I saw the kelp was laying down pretty good which meant two things. Number one, I would get a good up hill paddle against the current, and two, when the current is running, so are the White Sea Bass. The White Sea Bass is a highly sought after elusive game fish fish found on the West Coast. Those who seek the White Sea Bass are a select group who don’t like to brag, are very patient, and exemplify what being a true sportsman is all about.

Rob Rojas – Commitment.

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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It’s an hour after dark, and there’s only one car left in the lot. It’s the same car that will be the last one in the lot 9 times out of 10.
I’ll admit, it’s not the best photo ever, but it gets the point across: Rob Rojas is a bad ass.

This is a 90 second exposure, and I popped the flash as Rojas walked by.

Waterman’s Applied Science – What I learned..

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Waterman's Applied ScienceWhen it comes to equipment the choices far outweigh the relevance.

If Kelly Slater taught us anything over the last twenty years it is simply that he is unique. How else can one explain ten world titles spread out over 17 years of continual progression? Regardless, surfing culture became the culture of Kelly Slater. Surfers around the globe wore what he wore, rode what he rode and aspired to his every move. Somewhere along the way, every one of us failed to notice that the same approach didn’t do squat for 100+ of the world best competitive surfers as they attempted to dethrone the king.

Yet we soldiered on, searching for salvation in newer and better equipment, plying the pages of surf mags and web blogs for the mythical magic bullet, the key to Kelly success, as if it was one carbon fiber side-biter away. This dysmorphic behavior is not exclusively found in surfing. Every sport from rugby to running has its trends, but one could argue that none has ever had such a dominant character; an entire culture devoted to the impossible task of emulating a man who can bend over backwards and lick his own toes.

Even though it is a relatively new sport in terms of popularity, paddling has not been spared this nonsense. In a community where local stars still carry some weight, homogeny is probably not an immediate concern. However, the search for the Golden Fleece has already begun. It is not uncommon for a new entrant to purchase multiple boards and paddles within a year. The search for the fastest, latest and lightest equipment has become ridiculous. Buyer beware: when elite paddlers began to experiment with running blades twelve inches overhead in 2009/10 many found themselves in rehab for shoulder injuries before the season ended. Rob Rojas, notoriously demanding on his equipment, routinely wins races on waterlogged boards weighing 35+ pounds. Jamie Mitchell paddles his old green board to victory year after year despite evidence that it at one point fell off a truck. I have personally paddled Danny Ching’s BOTP distance race winning Unlimited and will verify beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is the paddler, not the board.

A few years ago I asked World Renowned Triathlete and coach Roch Frey what it took to compete in a triathlon. (It was too long ago to quote, so I’ll paraphrase.) You need a bike, some shoes and a pair of goggles. When I commented that good gear was too expensive for my blood, Roch laughed. If I wasn’t going to win the race, what difference did I think a better bike would make? After all, if I can’t swim, bike and run well the equipment sure isn’t going to do it for me.
If you need something to think about next time you get passed by a mini van on the freeway, ponder this: Kelly Slater really did surf a front door. The irony being that many, like myself, probably surf better on their first board than their last and if you want to have fun in the sun and get some good exercise the best you can bring with you is a good attitude, reliable equipment, realistic expectations and your trusty sunscreen. However, if one morning you hear the gun go off and realize that you’re probably going to win this day, it might be time to invest in some new equipment.