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:
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. Here are a couple of videos from the company showing the versatility and ease of use of their innovative hard rack systems:
Rhino Rack Vortex rack system
Rhino Rack Euro Rack system
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:
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:
Our new 2014 Blue Planet Soft Top SUP's are available now at our Honolulu Store and at select Blue Planet dealers.
This video was shot at the Blue Planet factory in November 2013 showing the construction process of the 2014 Blue Planet Softtop boards. The softtop boards are designed to be easy to use, lightweight and durable. The PC bottom sheet make the bottom very scratch and ding resistant, much like the bottom sheet on a snowboard. The deck and rails are wrapped with high density EVA foam which makes it safe and resilient. The bamboo veneer sandwich construction makes these boards strong yet light, the 10'6 weighs in at only 24 lbs. The boards come with tie down deck plugs, gopro mount on nose, self venting gore vent plug, and the new SUP Grip handle which makes lifting, carrying and locking the board easier than ever. The first part of the construction process is very similar to our veneer boards, check out the veneer board construction video on the construction page to see how the inside of the board is made:
Our first shipment of these soft tops has arrived! The models and pricing are as follows:
|2014 Soft Tops: Complete package: Price includes adjustable paddle, leash, fins|
|9'6" x 32" x 4.75" BP Soft Top||$799|
|10'6" x 33.5" x 4.5" BP Soft Top||$849|
|11'4" x 34" x 4.5" BP Soft Top||$899|
Available colors are yellow/black and blue/ black as in pictures below:
You can now virtually visit our shop on Google, move around the shop, and get a 360 degree view as you move around. Make sure to check out the vintage surfboard collection on the roof of the garage.
Or just use the window below. To move around, click on the floor where you want to go next. Can you find the vintage surfboards hanging from the garage ceiling?
This year's Wet Feet/ Blue Planet WPA race was held on the south shore from Hawaii Kai to Kaimana. It was the first downwind paddleboard race of the season and we are looking forward to many good races this summer. Thanks to all the participants and we hope to see you for the Wet Feet/ Blue Planet WPA Regional Championships, scheduled for September 15th.
Here is a short race recap by Jeff Chang:
Conditions were good and times were fast. The heavy hitters were out today and the battle for first was tight and it came down to the wire with Scott Gamble getting the edge on Kaeo Abbey at the last mark before the finish by getting the most out of a small wave. The winning time was 1:09 beach to beach! On the women's side favorite Morgan Hoesterey led the whole way and bested the field on a 14. Thanks to all those who came out to support and participate today and especially to the volunteers.
For race results, please visit:
Visit this facebook album for pictures of the race taken by Mr. Sunshine of Planet Sun:
Here is a video of the race: