Friday, January 29, 2016

SUP surfing wipeouts

A fun collection of wipeouts clips I filmed. Riders are, Geoff Breen, Jackson Close, Roger "Dogman" Saunders and Keahi de Aboitiz.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

9 miles Florida Sound Mangroves

Paddled thru the Florida Sound and mangroves. The average depth of the water was 3-4 ft paddling in the open water and exploring the endless mangrove creeks. All great until you encounter Crocodile warning signs. A Carolina Gator  tame but a Fl. Crocs not to familiar with them reptilians.  Great paddle.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

down in the Keys

I folks, I'll be down in the Keys thru Feb. Working and trying to secure another location for Water Sports / Paddleboard business.. I'll be detached from the local Hilton Head  SUP Surfing world for a little while. If you all want to send me stuff to post, I'd be honored to do so. Send me photos and a story and we can share with the world. .....PLEASE DO SO...
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The creek behind my place here. Heads out to Blackwater Sound,  Key Largo

Some night paddling in the creek. Underwater lights from the docks and under my sup lights the under water world. Amazing  stuff  you'll see.

Boat commute to Islamorada full of SUP's 

Paddling in Islamorada in front of the Moorings Resort.

A 6 ft nurse shark in the shallows .This is the closest I got. I should say "as close as it let me get.''

Friday, January 8, 2016

Stoked to be on the Starboard National Team

A couple days ago I was asked to be on the Starboard National Team. It is an honor to be asked to represent a great Paddle board company. After 2 1/2 years as an Starboard ambassador representing the product  I now will have more responsibility and will be taking on more endeavors. Participating in more regional and national Paddleboarding events and sharing the sport of SUP from local ambassador to a national team member. Livin' the ''Tiki Life. ''
Thank you Starboard, Trident Performance Sports, to Mark Colino for the chance with Starboard and to John Denney for sharing with me the ultimate stoke 8/9 years ago.  

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last SUP Surf Session of 2015

Jesse, Scott and I played around on the small thigh high waves. Waves picked up as the tide flooded over the sand bar. SUPPIN' on the Starboard Hyper Nut. The board worked well in the small waves now we need to see some sizable surf.  

The boyz waving bye to 2015, saying hello to 2016 . 
Wishing you all a very Happy Healthy and Safe New Year
See ya in 2016 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

fun little waves today

Little waves in the foggy morning. Was glassy early but when the fog lifted the surf got choppy as the S winds blew. Scott and I floating the 7-8 HyperNut. Surpisingly the board works pretty good in the small waves and is stable enough to float my weight, 195 #'s .  Looking forward to getting into some more power to see its real potential..  

Scott snagging a few. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Starboard Bue Carbon Technology

Lightest weight, quickest response strongest build.

Features include:

•A full deck, bottom and rail wrap of high density PVC foam makes the board stronger for impact and increases overall hull strength.

•The ultra-light biaxial and uni-directional Carbon fibers with optimized angles wrap the entire board, introducing flex and reflex patterns in paddle boarding.

•The sensational light weight increases carving ability and acceleration.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Paddle in the Weeki Wachee river

My brother, nice and I enjoyed our Christmas paddle in the Weeki Wachee river. A friendly Manatee hung with us for awhile as we floated down current in the clear spring water. Its presence was the gift.. The 87*f temps made Christmas feel like summer. The warmer the better I always say. 

A paddle selfie with Dad, Jay and Joanie


Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a Safe, Happy and Healthy Merry Christmas

Look what Santa dropped off...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 possession of the Starboard 2016 7-8 Brushed Carbon HyperNut

Acquired the new HyperNut from Starboard.. Blue Brushed Carbon 7-8 x 30 x 3.9 , 115 liters and 21.5 wide tail.  Weighs about 15 lbs, felt lighter than my 8-2 BC WP..The unique Squared off nose and wide tail w/ quad fin set up has large channel off the bottom that funnels water thru the tail. That wide tail and straight rail line allows drive and acceleration. The channel and bottom contours allow lift. The nut shaped rail outline allows for tight arc turns when on rail. Flatter rocker provides great stability and also increased speed. 
My first thought was in doubt, would the board float me,... at 192#'s w/ wetsuit, let alone would it be stable. WRONG. The 7-8 Nut had good float and was pretty stable considering its under 8 ft . It paddles thru the surf line  with ease due to the flatter nose rocker not getting held up. Looked weird not looking at a nose when dropping in but as soon as I caught the wave the speed was amazing. Compared to my 3 fin set up SUP  'bury the tail drive the rail' philosophy. This Nut moved across the wave ''Skate feel to me '' I did feel the board had some lift  as I sped up riding the wave. A much faster board.  I made sections and was able to throw the board around too. My first session was surprisingly great. Need more time on the board to figure it out. ( If I ever get it back from my friends wanting to try it cause they're gonna love it ).Will do a full review soon.

Oh yea I broke my paddle, snapped in half paddling for wave. Glad I had a back up in the truck.

Here's the link on the Starboard site.

Big Mahalo's to Jim Brewer, Andrew Crane and Tony Weaver for making it possible.

 Floating me above the water line

 Sequence of a frontside top turn..