The fastest Race SUP?- Displacement vs. Planing Hulls & board weights

Five years ago Jeff Chang and I wrote a report on the Zen Waterman blog on some of the fastest unlimited race SUP's at the time and discussed the differences between displacement hulls and planing hulls and which worked best for which conditions.  While it is relatively easy to test the speed of a board in flat water, testing in open ocean and downwind conditions is much more difficult due to the many variables that can't be controlled.  I made a video discussing two 14' boards:  The 14'x 26" Blue Planet Dark Horse model which is a displacement board designed to excel in calm water and the 14' x 28" Blue Planet Bump Rider model, a planing hull designed to be an excellent downwind/ open ocean board.  For more in depth reading on this topic, please click the link to the Zen Waterman blog post above.  


In the video below, I discuss my opinion on race board weights and the compromise of performance/ weight/ durability/ price that you will face when shopping for race boards.



Robert Stehlik

Blue Planet SUP Clinic dates for the fall- mark your calendar!

These are the dates of our upcoming free SUP Clinics held for Blue Planet customers at Ala Moana Beach park:





Note:  Sign up closes at 8:15 am, please be on time or miss it.

For details, please go to this page:


Loading up the cars and trailer with over 40 demo boards:

Getting everything set up:

Let us do all the work, you can just show up and have fun- try as many boards as possible!

See you at the next SUP Clinic, please come by the shop to get a free Clinic Pass from our staff, no purchase necessary.


Costa Rica SUP trip

We took a family trip to Costa Rica in July 2015 and scored some amazing uncrowded waves on our SUP's.  

Pura Vista Hills:

My good friend and Blue Planet team rider, Fabrice Beaux, formerly a professional windsurfer moved to Costa Rica a few years ago and now operates two vacation rental villas in a beautiful remote location overlooking the jungle and ocean, surrounded by wildlife.  He showed us some amazing, uncrowded surf breaks that were perfect for stand up paddling.   Check out the video for some video footage of SUP surfing in the area and what Fabrice Beaux is up to these days.

For more information on Fabrice's vacation rental villas, please visit:

We stayed at the larger Hacienda Isabella, which sleeps up to 10:

Fabrice also rents Hacienda De Shira, which sleeps up to 4:


Nosara Pura Vida:

We also went to Nosara where Oscar Diaz, a Nosara local and owner of Nosara Pura Vida showed us some of his favorite Stand Up Paddle surfing spots, including an incredible right hand reef break and Playa Guiones, a beautiful beach break in walking distance from his new shop.  We are currently working on a distribution deal to bring Blue Planet boards to Costa Rica and Nosara Pura Vida will be the first dealer to have our boards in stock, check back for more details coming soon:


Here are a few shots from the trip:


SUP event with Miss Hawaii contestants

Blue Planet had the opportunity to sponsor the 2015 Miss Hawaii and Miss Teen Hawaii Pageants which will be held on November 23, 2014.  As part of the sponsorship, our staff 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!

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.

The contestants' paddling abilities varied, but they all had great attitudes, quickly picked up on the proper paddling techniques and did really well--it was another fun day on the water.

Thank you to the Miss Hawaii pageant organization, Kaimana Beachwear, and to all the contestants! Good luck to the contestants and we hope that you continue paddling.

Click here for more photos of this event taken by Terry Reis of Surfshooter Hawaii


With Tesia Melani


2014 Miss Hawaii, Moani Tara





 Below is the telecast of the Miss Hawaii event, the paddling is featured at 42 minutes: 

Rhino Rack - Customized Hard Racks: now available at Blue Planet Surf


Blue Planet Surf is proud to offer fully customizable hard racks to fit almost any car model. Sourced from Australia-based Rhino Racks, we can now help you outfit your vehicle with the safest, most effective method of transportation for your SUPs, longboards, surfboards and whatever else you are traveling with. Below are a couple of videos from the company showing the versatility and ease of use of their innovative hard rack systems, check this product page for our shop pricing and details.

Rhino Rack Vortex rack system



Rhino Rack Euro Rack system










How to strap a SUP or surf board to a car that does not have roof racks

One of the most common questions we get from people interested in renting SUP's from us is how to transport the boards to the beach without a roof rack.  The video shows how we strap boards to the roof, everything you need is included in our low rental fees.  You can safely transport up to 3 stacked SUP's on almost any car using this method.  The EVA pads and straps are available on our website at:


2013 SUP model clearance sale while supplies last- full package deals at great prices!

We just kicked off our 2013 model clearance sale to make room for our new 2014 models. While supplies last: Buy any new Blue Planet 2013 model board and we will throw in a free board bag, a free paddle and a free leash, and a free instructional DVD. Get the whole package starting at just $899.  Come in soon for the best selection. 


Details on the Closeout offer:

At Blue Planet we are expecting our new 2014 models to arrive soon so we are offering an extra special complete package deal on all remaining 2013 Blue Planet boards: Buy any new Blue Planet board and we will include: Free Board Bag, Free Paddle (your choice of Fiberglass or Aluminum paddle or credit), Free leash. Prices start at just $899 for the complete package.

They are going fast and the selection won't last long, so choose one soon and have our experienced staff set it up for you so you can get on the water and enjoy the Blue Planet we live on.

For the most current inventory list of 2013 boards (there is also a tab at the bottom showing the 2014 boards arriving soon), please visit:

All boards are quality bamboo veneer sandwich construction (top and bottom) with many included features and accessories, quality deck pad with tail kick, fins, LiftSUP handles make the boards easy to carry, load and lock up, fcs camera mount on nose, two way vent plug, double leash plugs and more. Our shapes are refined, proven designs, manufactured to our exact specs, designed by Robert Stehlik using computer aided design and computer shaped. We think you will find the value offered hard to beat if you compare the quality and features you get for your money.

Please visit our website for the different models, colors and specs as well as construction information, free clinics, rentals, lessons, etc:

Blue Planet Surf Shop
Hawaii's SUP HQ
540 Ward Ave.
Tel 808 596 7755

Limited parking available inside the building, pull in from Shell gas station side.
We are open daily from 10 am to 6 pm


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