Sunday, December 30, 2012

Mark Colino ..on Cold Weather Stand Up Paddling

Here is and article Mark wrote for Stand Up Paddle Surf dot net an on-line SUP mag.  He's the Starboard SUP sales rep for us here and his stand strong paddle fitness company. There are some useful tips especially with winter upon us here..    Mark Colino on cold weather paddling

By Mark Colino
If you live where temperatures go below freezing in the winter, you have 3 choices when it comes to flat water paddling; #1 Don’t ( Not acceptable if you’re truly hooked). #2 Buy a plane ticket to somewhere warm. #3 Dress appropriately and go!

Since #1 & #2 aren’t in my current budget, I’ll share some tips for #3.
  • Before getting dressed, put some high energy music on to get you psyched & elevate your heart rate.
  • Get dressed indoors! Don’t wait until you are at your launch spot to get dressed. If you start warm it’s easier to stay warm. If you start cold it’s harder to get warmer.
  • Wear a wicking layer under your paddling pants or sleeveless longjohn (Starboard makes a nice one) & a tight fitting wicking layer under a looser paddling jacket. You will sweat no matter how cold it is. A full wetsuit is too restrictive for flat water training or touring where you’re most likely are not going to fall in.
  • Wear 7mm booties & 6mm mitts. Your feet are farthest from your heart & not moving much, so get thick booties! Bring a water bottle with hot water in it and pour it down your boots right before you start. Gloves allow for better grip & switch on the paddle, but mitts are warmer since your fingers are all together. Come spring, when you take them off you will find you actually improved your efficiency!
  • Wear a moisture wicking beanie (Da Kine makes one). If you go heavy wool style, you’re sweat will start to freeze on the hat. (not good)
  • Don’t forget your hydration pack. Even in the cold your muscles need to be hydrated.
  • Don’t paddle alone & wear a leash! In freezing temperatures, things can wrong real fast!
  • If you need motivation, imagine yourself beating an arch rival who is sitting at home getting slow & heavy. Or how fortunate you are to have the physical ability and means to be able to sup.
Remember, excuses don’t excuse us! They accuse us. I’ll see you out there.
Mark Colino is “Head” Coach of Stand Strong Paddle Fitness, a sales rep for Starboard SUP’s & a Northeast mullet head. For more info go to

Friday, December 28, 2012

Starboard's 8-2 Wide Point..

Looking forward to riding this new shape in the surf. this board is 6.8 KG is equal to 15 plus lbs. Should be light in the Carbon Fiber construction.. Will be looking at them at the Surf Expo and hopefully ordering one thru my team rider  program..  Floated one, the Candy construction,  a few weeks ago and seemed stable and supported my frame.( 190 # ) in flat calm water. Looks like the next surf SUP model .....  Starboard's 2013 lineup looks great .. get on their website and check it out..

"The time has arrived to understand that width means stability, speed and power."The 8'2" x 32" is a new breed of board with its own signature move that found its place during testing on wave after wave. Holding the bottom turn a little shallower, then drawing a line to go into a heavy flowing cutback, this board just gauged and kept speed running with Starboard’s unique Wing Quad fin set-up. The dimensions are the miracle that offers certainty under foot and reliability when turning to take-off. Here is a board that will be enjoyed by all and certainly borrowed by your friends. Getting it back from them will be the only difficult thing you’ll find with this board.

"Continuous single concave the entire length of the board."

Length:Width:Thickness:Tail Width:Volume:
8'2"32"4.4"19.9"130 L
248.9 cm81.3 cm11.2 cm50.5 cm

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas...Mele Kalikimaka

Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling
Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect

Thursday, December 20, 2012

2013 Starboard 8'5" x 29" Pro SUP

How about this under your tree for Christmas....

"Scott McKercher Pro model" "The new rocker outline and railscombine to make a radical yet smooth board for pure performance."The 8'5" has evolved with characteristics shared with its smaller brother, the 8'0". A heavy tail-rockered mono-concave has been adopted to perfectly complement the square tail. Finer rails, flatter deck and less volume throughout also enhance sensitivity and the ability to hold a rail at high speed in larger surf.

Once again, claims of faster, tighter, and harder turns are borne out.

"Mono-concave to V just at tail"

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

License Plate frames..'' I'd rather be Stand Up Paddleboarding''

Get the new. '' I'd rather be Stand Up Paddleboarding -- Hilton Head Island ''
license plate frame..  Dress up your plate and let everyone  know where your from and show the world how much you like Stand Up Paddleboarding ..

Only $ 6.00 each.  or 2 for $10.00 

email me for more details and pricing for shipping ... 

Heavy Duty Polystyrene Black plastic with white vinyl graphics with tabs on the back to secure your plate to the frame.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Fun Foggy SUP session

Jamie, Jesse, Scott and I enjoyed  the waist high oil slick glassy waves in foggy conditions with visibility  of 50 yards.. Jesse was on his new 8-6 Cannibal SUP , Jamie on the Nash 9-3 and Scott and I on our Wide Points. Perfect for Stand Up.. Great 3-4 hour session... for the 4 day in a row.. 

Jesse doing his Cannibal-istic Tail Slide

Jamie snagging a fun left ....

...right in the spot..

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Caribbean Christmas with Starboard SUP

Here is a little warm weather SUP to warm your soul during the cold rainy days..

Team Starboard SUP heads to the beautiful Caribbean Ocean for the Final stop of the 2012 Stand Up World Tour! Team Riders Zane Schweitzer,Connor Baxter, Sean Poynter, Dave Muir, and Justin Holland getting settled in to the Beautiful British Virgin Islands!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fun Little paddle in the mangroves of Florida

Went for a paddle today before the storms forecasted this afternoon.  I took some pics. I placed the on a rock at waters edge camera set in 1 sec time lapsed shot mode. It started shooting then the camera fell in the water still shooting as I paddled toward the spot. Here are the few pics from the incident. Headed over to the  Mangroves and noticed a Dolphin with its dorsal missing and split. Was chasing  all the mullet , stun feeding.. I followed the dolphin for 30 mins all around the Mangroves 
Great  day on the water.. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Paddled today ..Hernando Beach, Fl.

Paddled a few hours today on the Gulf off of Hernando Beach.. I approached a secluded basin full of Pompano in some shallow stagnate water. There had to be several hundred schooled up. Pretty cool watching them swim under the board.. Warm, 79* F calm day, perfect for a paddle..... 

Starboard SUP Ubatuba Pro, Brazil! Zane , Sean & Justin

Starboard SUP Team Rider's Justin Holland, Sean Poynter & Zane Schweitzer take on the 2012 Ubatuba Pro Brazil! Zane shares his experience with us and gives insight on the importance of having a great TEAM for support and constant Innovation! 

All Film & Editing done by Matty Schweitzer

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Glassy session with the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition

Fun little session on the Stand Ups,  Thigh -Waist waves with glassy conditions.  Jesse, Brandon, Scott and I traded waves as Jesse and I took turns shooting photos with Jesse Cadman's 
GoPro Hero3 Black edition.. Had the camera on the extendable pole set for 1/2 sec. setting.  Here are some of the pics from today's session. Three Starboards and a PSH in the line up with all Kialoa paddles.. 

Jesse throwing his gouging tail slide spraying the camera

 Lined up ready for the ride..

 Scott droppin' in on the clean green left

 Brandon in the Starboard Hero SUP'n like a'' hero''

Overhead view of my little tail slide.. past the lip on a fast left..

Monday, December 3, 2012

The new 2013 Starboard website

Here is the new 2013 Starboard SUP on line catalog.. 
Great information on all their boards and paddles, photos, videos, team , starboard news and tips.. There is a SUP for you..  Check it out...

Few fun waves this Morning.

We had some calm winds and warble type thigh/ waist high waves breaking on the shallow plateau type sand bar that has  developed just several yards off the beach. Kind if shutting down and making the waves explode in the shallow water, just had to pick your wave.. . Always Fun..

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Gerry Lopez .... outside TV

Iconic surfer Gerry Lopez shares the passions that keep him content in Central Oregon--yoga, shaping surfboards, snowboarding and stand-up paddling in Bend's lakes and rivers.

Thanks to Outside Television 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Winter Trout on the SUP

Caught some 10 or so winter Spotted Trout. Most were in the 12'' inch range but a couple were 18'' plus inches easy..I wedged my SUP along the rocks to hold position in the wind and current. I casted soft plastics toward the points, working a slow retrieve. Most of the hits were just where the slope met the bottom in the trough. Was funny how  I did not catch any Reds.. 

You locals know where I am by the pics.. but I was at the Shelter Cove Basin on the dropping tide.. 

Sorry , I practice catch and release .. They all go back for next time..

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Starboard Touring 12'6" x 30" wood

Starboard has done an excellent job creating a new design with all the elements a touring paddler wants. Light weight, lots of tie down points, excellent glide and tracking as well as good maneuverability and stability through a broad range of water conditions. This board is available in 12'6" x 29" width as well and in a 14' x 30" version

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

..SUP 's for Sale...... 600....obo

My Friends  have a couple three SUP  Surf models fore sale..
Here is a  BoardWorks SUB Vector. 9-3 x 28& 13/16 wide. 2+1 fin set up but can be used as Quad
A very wide stable board  great for waves and flat water cruising. See link about spec below..
This is a used SUP good shape and perfect for someone wanting to get onto the surf.. Cosmetic chip on rails but a very solid board, plenty of paddling life left in this SUP Very maneuverable ad loose on the waves  and stable too.. $600 but Neg....

EMail for more info..

10'-0'' PSH All Rounder 

PSH's..........  SOLD  

Email me for more info  
txt  to..... 843-684-0200
Here are the boards in action , Jesse ''gouging it'' on the Sub Vector

 Seppe on the 9-6 PSH

Friday, November 23, 2012

Starboard's 2013 All-Star race board

Here is a look at the 2013  AllStar Raceboard by Starboard.. 

Small little waves to play on

Here is a couple of pics I took today in the smaller conditions. Jesse doing some tail slides in the fun onshore conditions. He was just gouging it on his frontside in these little lined up waves.. ..

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Turkey Session today ....

Jesse and I had a great 2 hour pre-Turkey feast SUP session.  Glassy waist high surf.. Celebrating the gift from nature . We give thanks so we can ride the oceans energy..  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Hope you all have a great safe holiday.  Get out there and Paddle...