Friday, July 31, 2015

The first ever SUP's on Surf Snowdonia Wave Garden, Team Starboard crew

Surf Snowdonia is the worlds first public Wave Garden, an artificial wave technology developed in Spain. The wave pool is located in North Wales, UK and opens to the public tomorrow 1st August 2015. This week Surf Snowdonia's SUP sponsors Starboard UK hosted Starboard International riders Zane Schweitzer, Izzi Gomez, Sean Poynter and Finn Mullen at Surf Snowdonia during the final testing stages of the wave. SUPboarder was on location and captured some of the first SUP surfing action on the UK's first artificial wave!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Waves, Pink Floyd's the great gig in the sky

Cool perspective of the surf with Pink Floyd's , the great gig in the sky..
Large screen and turn the volume on 10..
...No Lava lamp needed here...


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

KEALII MAMALA | TEAHUPOO | BEST BACKSIDE SUP BARREL EVER FILMED?


No lies, no exaggeration—the above is a very valid question. We won’t focus on the fact that Kealii Mamala enjoys top-tier pecking order in the strictly regulated hierarchy at the infamously heavy, notoriously crowded lineup at Teahupoo among a dominant population of prone surfers. Or the fact that this entire edit goes down in one session. Or the fact that his uncanny backside skills find him practically lying down in most of these barrels.
While all those feats are impressive in themselves, we’re fixated on the final clip—the masterfully threaded gaper Mamala strokes into at the 2:20 mark. There, Mamala finds himself mounting the foam ball (that turbulently churning, hectic ball of whitewater lodged way back inside the tube’s throat) so deep in the barrel that he disappears from view, only to be puffed out well after the wave spits. If we were judging, we’d call that a 10. But we’re not judging, just admiring and living vicariously. Good on ya, Mr. Mamala. And, good on SUP.



Saturday, July 18, 2015

SUP LOVE 9'-4'' Mach 1 model for sale..

Stand Up Paddle ''SUP LOVE'' MACH 1 MODEL 9'-4'' x 29 1/4'' x 4.24'' 120 liters ..Wood veneer on both deck and bottom, purple rails, marble swirl deck pad, insert hand grab, 2 + 1 fin set up with quad option. Lightly used for one year and has had two ding repaired and water tight.. Some cosmetic paddle scuffs on rails.. Solid EPS foam core, Full timber stringer, Re-inforced fin boxes
Bamboo/Epoxy/Fiberglass Sandwich contraction, Vacuum bagged and cured = light, strong and durable, This board perfect for the surf or ladies, kids and lighter riders to get out and paddle. email for more details. . . $ 675. . ..

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

How to, Frontside cut back w/ Starboard's Sean Poynter

Starboard and FCS SUP athlete Sean Poynter lays out some tips on how to do a frontside cutback on your standup paddleboard. When doing a frontside cutback there are a few key motions that you need to do in order to successfully execute one and here, Sean lays them all out on the table.

Make sure you have speed. Having speed coming into the turn is going to better prepare you for your set up bottom turn, weight shifting, and paddle transition. Having speed ensures that you won't fall flat as you do all of these actions.

This is the first step in performing a proper cutback. With speed, bottom turn as you normally would with shifting weight onto your toe side rail, sinking that inside rail and leaning onto the paddle that is placed down in front of you on the water. With the right foot positioning, (back foot back towards the tail and front foot centered on stringer near the midpoint of board) the amount of weight you shift onto your blade face as it's set in the water is going to determine how hard of a bottom turn you will execute.


Coming out of the bottom turn with speed, while going upwards up the face of the wave, you want to transition your paddle from your frontside to your backside. Just as you shifted weight onto your paddle in the frontside bottom turn you are going to do the same for the second portion of the cutback which is turning down the wave face. In doing so, you need to transition your paddle onto your inside. The best way of doing this is swinging the shaft where your lower hand is across the board as you simultaneously switch your hands on the paddle from grip to shaft. Once you've made the switch, you want to start the motion of turning down the wave face, meaning, shifting your weight to your heels, sinking your outside rail, and then gradually past your heels and onto your paddle that should now be in the water. This will initiate your downward carve.





 Transition your paddle from your frontside to your backside. Once you've made the switch, you want to start the motion of turning down the wave face, meaning, shifting your weight to your heels, sinking your outside rail, and then gradually past your heels and onto your paddle that should now be in the water. 

Turning around your paddle. With your paddle set in the water as it is, your weight overtop of it, this is going to naturally turn you and your board around it. It's the anchor point for which you will pivot around. You will continue with this gradual arcing around your blade face until you need to redirect.



Redirecting is the last portion of the maneuver. The best way to quickly redirect and turn your board back down the line is to again shift the weight back onto your toes but also to plant your paddle in the water across your board, with the same hand positioning as your downward carve. Basically, this a crossbow paddle plant. The combination of both weight shifted on toes and this crossbow paddle plant is going to turn you back down the line as quick as possible . Redirecting is different with everyone. Depending on how maneuverable you are with your board or how little, will determine how late or early you need to start your process of redirecting. For more advanced riders they may be able to redirect later in their downward carve, and may even turn back all the way to the whitewater and redirect off that. The more novice riders though, will probably want to be done earlier. If saying from bottom turn to downward turn and all the way around to the whitewater is a full circle, I would recommend with doing half of that, so maybe just as you near the bottom of the wave face, redirect.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Busy working the Guided Tours

The Last three weeks were busy guiding tours between Harbour Town and South Beach Marina. Below are some of the guests now hooked on Paddle boarding. With the temps. in the upper mid 90's with a saturated humid air mass making the days feel like your working in a sauna.. Getting in the water is a must.  









Monday, June 8, 2015

Islamorada get away ..

Above the water and below the water in the middle Keys.. 
Stayed at the Islander resort , Paddled out to Indian Key and along the front of Islamorada and snorkeled under the Alligator Light.  Thanks to Brooke from H2O Sports and the crew at Islander resort for the Center Console ..
















Monday, June 1, 2015

2015 Starboard 8'-10'' Wide Point


The 8'10" Widepoint continues with its role as the shorter board for the heavier rider.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday Sunrise, Thirty first of May..




Winds subsided overnight allowing some cleaner conditions in the morning from the week long Easterly wind fetch. 

Jesse ripping on his 7'-2'' S2 this morning. 








Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Down under fun SUP surfing


Dogman riding his quiver of signature model Laguna Bay SUP boards up and down the East coast of Australia over the summer. Dogman scores a few sweet little summer swells will catching a few sweet summer sights.