We had the opportunity to sponsor the 2015 Miss Hawaii and Miss Teen Hawaii Pageants which will be held on November 23rd, 2014. As part of the sponsorship, we took the contestants Stand Up Paddling at Ala Moana Beach park, this event is featured in the video below. The winners of the pageants will also win a new Blue Planet SUP board, we will post about that later.
I realize that some people think of these pageants as sexist and demeaning to women but these ladies impressed me not just by their beauty but also by their good attitude, genuine smiles, self confidence and gratitude. I must admit that even as a happily married family man I enjoy the company of these beautiful ladies in skimpy bikinis. Speaking of skimpy bikinis I have to thank my friend Ben Fieman for introducing us to this opportunity. Ben is the owner of Kaimana Beachwear and designed all the bikinis worn by the Miss Hawaii contestants. Nice work Ben!
If part of what these young ladies are judged by is how they look in a bikini, it might as well be in a natural setting and I can't think of a better one than on the beach and in the water on a SUP. I cringe when I see photos of celebrities posing on SUP's with their paddle held backwards. If you check out the video and pics, you will notice that we made sure these girls got it right, haha.
Clearly there were many exceptional girls but one stood out to me in particular with a great smile and attitude. Her name is Tesia Melani and after checking her website I found out she has a great backstory, having grown up in modest conditions on the westside, her family was chosen to live in one of Kawamoto's Kahala mansions. Clearly Tesia is all about making herself into the best person she can be and helping others do the same. She even wrote a book titled Upgrading Your Future which I am reading now.
Thanks to all the contestants and good luck in the Pageant!
With Tesia Melani
2014 Miss Hawaii, Moani Tara
Below is the telecast of the Miss Hawaii event, the paddling is featured at 42 minutes:
Here is a short video of a session with these two 2014 Blue Planet models (click for details):
We just received our first shipments of 120 new 2014 Blue Planet SUP's and 40 new 2014 Starboard SUP models. Our shop is chock full of great boards at great prices and they are going fast. Now is the time to shop with the best selection of boards available.
Check out the links for the most up to date stock lists below. We update these lists about once a week, so some of the boards showing as in stock may have sold over the last few days.
We are now also offering FREE air cargo shipping to any major airport in the US with any 2014 Blue Planet board ordered (along with a free board bag) and we can ship boards to any major international airport in the world.
We also have a great in-store only deal, so please come to our shop for details if you live on Oahu.
2014 Blue Planet and Starboard models in stock now! Click here to see our new models.
For a list of Blue Planet boards in stock, click here for Blue Planet stock list.
For a list of Starboard boards in stock, click here for Starboard stock list.
For more information and specs of the Starboard models, click here for the Starboards SUP website.
At Blue Planet we are expecting our first shipment of the 2014 SUP board lineup to arrive at the end of November 2013. Attached is our handout showing the new models and colors.
Update: Dec. 1st:
Our 2014 lineup is now in stock. You can see the boards on our website here: