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Learning to Fly on a Foilboard while we are waiting for the Stand Up Paddle Foils

The videos Kai Lenny posted of SUP downwinding on a foil sparked the imagination of the Stand Up Paddle community. Flying over the surface seemingly effortlessly was like a dream come true and we wanted to do it too!

Jeff Chang offered to take me foil boarding using his kite board and kitesurfing foil that he got used from a friend, towing behind his jet ski. Our first attempt was pretty unsuccessful and we found out that it is a lot harder than Kai makes it look.

On the second attempt, the foil mast broke at the base and Jeff decided to shorten the mast shaft from about 40" to 24" length and also slightly modified the angle of the rear stabilizer foil to make the foil more stable. With these changes and some more practice we were finally able to maintain some flight with the foil on the third attempt and it felt amazing!

Blue Planet Surf Shop has pre-ordered foils for Stand Up Paddle surfing and down winding from GoFoil/ Starboards.  We expect to be one of the first shops that have these new SUP foils in stock, contact the shop if you are interested in pre-ordering one. Please subscribe to our channel to receive updates on our efforts to learn this new and exciting sport and tips on how you can learn it, too.

Aloha, Robert Stehlik

For more information on the SUP foils we will offer, visit:

 Watch the whole playlist for more videos on SUP foiling.  

 Flying a foil is harder than it looksFlying over the surface feels so smooth and effortless but it's a lot harder than it looks.

Kai Lenny makes SUP downwind foiling look easyKai Lenny making it look easy


Naish foilNaish is coming out with their own foil design soon.

modified kite foilThis is the modified kite foil we were using

Go Foil Stand Up Foil prototype

The go foil SUP foil prototype



April 29, 2016


2016 Da Hui Race 4th of July race board rental special: $75 for 3 days or free transportation


If you are planning to participate in Oahu's biggest Stand Up Paddle race of the year and need a board to use, we can help!  Our store will be closed on 4th of July this year so our staff can participate in the event.  We are offering all our premium carbon fiber race boards for a low flat rate of just $75.  

This includes either free delivery to the start and pick up at the finish or up to 3 days of use if you want to do your own transportation- you can pick the board up anytime between 10 am and 5:30 PM on July 3rd and drop it off anytime on the 5th by 5:30 pm.  If you would like to keep the board longer, additional days are just $25.  As always, our rates include an adjustable paddle, leash, rack pads and straps if needed (carbon paddles available for $10/day upgrade fee).  We have a big selection of high performance race boards made by Blue Planet, SIC, Starboards and more, reserve one early for the best selection.  If you decide to buy the board you rented, you will receive a full credit of your rental fees.

To reserve a board, please go to this page, check out our listing of available boards, and make the reservation with a $75 deposit.  In the notes section, please put your board preference and if you want us to deliver the board to the start or pick it up yourself:  

To sign up for the race and for more information on the event, please visit:


April 24, 2016


Molokai to Oahu Race (M2O) 2016 race board rental and buy back programs

Are you looking to rent a board for the Molokai to Oahu race on July 31st 2016?  We have high performance downwind boards available for rent for the Molokai race.

The rental fee for use of one of our high performance carbon boards is a $400 flat fee which includes 7 days of board use.  We have 14' Blue Planet Bump Rider boards, 14' SIC bullets (V1 and V2 models) and 17 Bullets available for rent.

We also offer the following:  purchase a new race board from us, after the race you can either keep the board, sell it yourself, or we will offer to buy it back for 30% off the new price (if there is no major damage to the board).   This offer is only for new boards purchased from our shop less than one month before the race and sold back within a week after the race.

If you are interested, please order the board at least one month before the race.

Please call our shop for availability and pricing, or check our available inventory spreadsheet for available boards (click tabs at the bottom to see all the inventory)

Molokai race board rental program

m2o race rental boards


buy new SUP

buy new SIC paddleboard

buy new SIC bullet SUP

Connor Baxter on paddle length and SUP stroke technique video

I recently had the chance to sit down and interview Connor Baxter at the 2017 Starboard distributor meeting on Maui. I can't post the video on his updated version of the Bolt paddle yet though I can say it felt great.  This video features Connor talking about the length of his paddles for SUP racing and Stand Up Surfing (his paddles are dramatically shorter than they used to be) and has some great stroke technique tips.

Connor explains how he uses his legs and core muscles more and keeping his upper body relaxed.  He also talks about his choke down stroke, "porpoising" his board when sprinting and some other great insights.  You can't argue with his results, please give the thumbs up on youtube if you enjoy this video and subscribe to the blueplanetsurf youtube channel!



Connor Baxter demonstrates his stroke technique in this video and talks about how it changes over the years, including a dramatically shorter paddle length, and how he watches and tries to mimic the strokes of other top paddlers like Danny Ching and Travis Grant at races.   He uses the analogy of pulling and propelling yourself past a fixed steel pole on a skateboard by pulling the hips back and then throwing them forward, a good analogy. 

This is a link to a facebook video of Georges Cornsteadt that shows him using the forward thrust coming from the hips in a paddling drill:


Evan Leong and I discuss stroke technique and this video in this episode of Board Meeting:


Connor Baxter stroke technique

How to Stand Up Paddle Board with Verena Mei

Learn how to SUP with Verena Mei and Blue Planet Surf.  

Verena is a professional race car driver who grew up in Hawaii and recently moved back to Oahu.  She got into Stand Up Paddleboarding and has been a great customer and supporter of Blue Planet Surf Shop.  In this series she is getting tips on safety, technique, board handling and more from Blue Planet Surf founder Robert Stehlik.  This series of 11 videos covers all the basics of Stand Up Paddling and also goes into some more advanced stroke technique.  It's basically like getting a private SUP lesson for free, compliments of

Here is the first video in the series:

How to Stand Up Paddle Board with Verena Mei, Part 1: Safety


SUP is a great, fun, health and safe sport if practiced with some common sense.

Basic points covered in this video are:

1) Be aware of conditions.  When you are starting out, light wind and protected water are the best conditions for learning quickly.  Light winds are fine but the chop created by the wind will make balancing more difficult and you should always make sure to paddle into the wind first to make sure you can get back to where you started.  Don't go out if the wind is strong, offshore winds (blowing you away from the shore) can be very dangerous as they can carry you out to sea and usually get stronger the farther out you get.

2) Always wear a leash.  In Hawaii we are not required to wear a personal floatation device when Stand Up Paddle boarding but you should always wear a good leash and make sure it is attached securely, that way your boards is always attached to you and acts as your floatation device.

3) Know how to swim.  This should be self explanatory, but before you learn how to SUP, you should learn how to swim first.  The rule of thumb is: don't go out further from shore than you could swim back on your own power.

This is the second video in this series: board handling and gear

In this video we cover how to protect your board from heat and fin damage, how to safely lift up and carry your board and some things to consider when choosing your first board.  At Blue Planet we always recommend trying several SUP's before choosing one as nothing beats trying a board to get an idea of whether it will work for you or not.  Balancing should be challenging at first, as your balance quickly improves.  We often talk to customers that bought their first board without trying it first and then finding out that it is just not a good board for their needs.  Let's face it, it does not matter how cheap a board is or how great the deal seems to be, if you don't enjoy using the board and it sits around collecting dust, it's a waste of money.  We want you to get out on the water and enjoy your board, so we want to make sure you get one that is right for you.  

Click here for more information on how to choose the right board and watch the video.

Click here for more information on our free SUP Clinics for Blue Planet customers.


A common mistake made by beginners is holding the paddle backwards, this video shows how to angle the paddle correctly and why:


Being able to steer the board is very important, this video covers steering (or sweeping) strokes vs. forward strokes and how to turn the board:


This video goes over how to stand up on the board without losing your balance:


Falling in is part of learning, this covers how to fall in safely and how to get back on the board easily:


Most beginners tend to "grab" the board with their toes, this covers how to keep your feet from going numb or cramping and how to move your feet on the board:


This video goes into slightly more advanced stroke technique: feathering (twisting the blade when exiting the water) makes the stroke much smoother and more efficient and the sooner you learn it, the easier it is to learn it.  When we coach more advanced paddlers that have been paddling for a long time without feathering, it is very difficult for them to adjust their stroke, so try to learn this right from the start:


The five phases of the Stand Up Paddle stroke: Catch, Power, Exit, Recovery:


Doing the twist:  using less of your arms and more of your torso and core muscles to power your stroke:


Making your stoke more efficient by reaching forward and keeping the power phase in front of your feet, where it is most efficient:


We hope you enjoyed this series of videos, please subscribe to our youtube channel and watch our latest videos, we post new videos on a weekly basis.  

Aloha, Robert Stehlik and Verena Mei

How to SUP with Verena Mei


Blue Planet Surf Shop expansion celebration

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the event and for making it a great celebration!
Here is a photo album from the event:

Feel free to tag yourself and friends and add your photos. Aloha! Special thanks to event sponsors/ supporters: Kona...

Posted by Robert Stehlik on Sunday, March 20, 2016

AccesSurf Fundraiser and Shop Expansion Celebration Invitiation:

This is an open invitation to all Blue Planet customers to join us for a celebration and fundraiser for Access Surf from 6 pm-8:30 pm on March 19th.  A $10 donation to Access Surf will get you two drinks, pupus and a raffle ticket, the grand prize is a new Blue Planet SUP board.  Surfer Joe Teipel will be the MC, we will have a blessing of the new parking lot, warehouse, and our re-modeled and expanded retail space.  We will present a new mural by artist Hilton Alves who will sign his artwork at the event.   Our shop staff will be on hand to show you the latest Blue Planet gear and we will have some great offers for attendees all day long.  

Parking: The event will be held in the parking lot, so our parking lot will be closed after 4 pm,  please find parking elsewhere and walk to the event.  If you are not able to free parking close by, paid parking is available the the Blaisdell Center, a short walk away.  

We hope you can attend, please RSVP to

Blue Planet Surf SUP HQ celebration invitation


This is a sketch by Hilton Alves with the mural he will be painting on the back walls of our shop this coming Wednesday- Friday March 9-11, 2016.

mural sketch for blue planet surf by Hilton Alves


All proceeds of the event will go to:

AccesSurf is a nonprofit creating community based programs for anyone with a disability to enjoy the water!


Included with your donation is the chance to win this Blue Planet 10'2" x 32" Easy Model with adjustable paddle and many other door prizes.

Win this 10'2 Easy model yellow 2015


This event will be a lot of fun, we hope to see you there!


Robert Stehlik and the Blue Planet crew

PS: Please remember to RSVP to so we know how many guests to expect.



Here is a video of the back walls of the shop getting prepped for the mural.  Hilton Alves is planning to start painting the mural on this coming Wednesday, March 9th, we will post videos of the process, stay posted!



The mural is finished, Hilton will put some finishing touches and sign it at the event.  He also donated an original painting (valued at $2000) as a door prize for our fundraiser event, thank you Hilton!

Blue Planet parking lot mural by Hilton Alves, SUP HQ

Hilton Alves donating a painting for Accessurf event at Blue Planet SUP HQ

Here is a time lapse video of Hilton paining the mural over 2 days:



Update 3/15: 

Darin Leong offered to play live guitar and Ukulele music at the event from 6-7 pm


Live Auction!

Auctioneer Joe Teipel will auction off some items with part of the proceeds benefiting AccesSurf.  This is a list of the items that will be offered at the auction, more items may be added depending on participation:

1) 10'6 x 34" Blue Planet Multi Tasker Air inflatable SUP package- retail value $1049

10'6 Multi Tasker Air Blue Planet iSUP

For details:

2) 11'6 Rock Solid SUP- retail value at $699

Rock Solid SUP at Blue Planet

For details:

3) 11'4 x 35" Blue Planet Soft Top SUP, retail value $599

For details:

4) Blue Planet Adjustable SUP paddle, valued at $59



Thank you to everyone for making our event a big success!  Here is a photo album with photos of the event:


Blue Planet Surf 2016 Product Catalog

Preview the 2016 Blue Planet Product range, including our Stand Up Paddle boards, surf boards, paddles, accessories, team riders, distributor listing, shop information, construction options, and more in our new 78 page catalog, click on the arrow to browse through the pages, click on the bottom right corner to view it full screen:

For now we only have this catalog available online.  We do have some print versions on order but due to the high cost of printing this catalog we are unfortunately not able to send it out for free.

Photo credits: Terry Reis Surf Shooter Hawaii, Ryan T Foley, Miho Tanaka, and Blue Planet Staff

Please also watch this video featuring the 2016 Blue Planet SUP board lineup:


The Blue Planet Story:

At Blue Planet we are serious, competitive and passionate about watersports and running a customer driven business. We work hard and play hard. We aim to be the market leader in stand up paddling and surfing and strive to be the best business in the marketplace. Many things have to come together to make this happen, but in the end everything is based on one goal:

We want to help you have more fun on the water! 

Our mission is to share the stoke and help as many people as possible to enjoy the water. We make user-friendly equipment that is fun to use for beginners and high performance gear for those that are ready to take it to the next level. From weekend warriors to high performance pro level riders, we have the right board for you. We aim to make the best gear and offer the most compelling value combining leading edge design, quality and features at a great price.

When I started the business as a business college student in 1993, the goal was to build a business for surfers, by surfers that would allow us to enjoy our favorite watersports when conditions are good. I often have to remind myself of this when work and other obligations take over. The ocean is our playground and we need to remember to enjoy it and make time to play and have fun. We also need to protect it. We do our best to use environmentally responsible materials, conserve energy, re-use, recycle, reduce waste and try to minimize our impact on the environment and the oceans. We encourage our customers to do the same. So what are you waiting for, get outside and have some fun!


See you on the water,

Aloha, Robert Stehlik

& the Blue Planet crew

 Blue Planet 2016 SUP catalog front cover

Blue Planet Catalog back cover collage

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