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:
We are often asked: "What Stand Up Paddleboard volume is best for me?"
The short answer is: "It depends. For beginners we recommend a volume of about twice your body weight."
Here is a longer explanation of our board volume recommendations:
First of all, you need to know your body weight in kg. To convert from pounds to kg divide your weight by 2.2.
Using myself as an example: my weight is 195 lb. divided by 2.2= approx. 88 kg.
The metric system makes it easy to calculate lift created by volume as one kg is equals to the weight of one liter of water by definition (note that salt water is slightly denser so the same board will float slightly better in the ocean than in freshwater). Interestingly most board dimensions are quoted in feet and inches but volume is always quoted in metric liters for this reason.
Basically: one liter of volume displaces one liter of water and therefore creates one kg of lift, so one liter of board volume will float one kg of weight.
For beginners, we recommend body weight in kg= liters x 2 (approximately) or about 176 liters volume for my weight of 88 kg. This means that when I stand on the board, it will be pushed about half way under water to displace enough water to float my body weight plus equipment weight. Please note that more volume will not necessarily make the board more stable. Side to side stability is a result of the width of the board and the thickness of the rails and to a lesser degree the length of the board. A thicker board can actually be less stable as the feet are higher off the water, raising the center of gravity.
For racing and touring you can go with a higher volume as thicker, high volume rails can add secondary stability to a narrower hull that has less resistance than a wider board. In downwinders especially, high volume in the front of the board works well to keep the nose from plowing deep into the trough.
If high performance SUP surfing is your goal, as you improve you can gradually lower the volume of the boards you use since a lower volume board will generally surf better but will also be much harder to balance on and control, making low volume,high performance boards very difficult to learn on.
Expert SUP surfers can use a board volume as low as their body weight plus board, paddle, clothing and gear weight plus a few liters extra, or about 100 Liters volume for my body weight. At this volume the board will barely float when not moving. Some pros even use boards that don't float them when standing still, they need the dynamic lift created from moving through the water to keep them afloat, the board will sink if they stop paddling, with the board volume in liters slightly less than their body weight plus board and equipment weight in kg.
Once again: The body weight times two is only a rough guide to recommended volume as the width and volume distribution of the board has a bigger impact on how stable the board will be. Although we recommend buying a board that is challenging to balance on at first since your balance will quickly improve with practice, don't make the mistake of buying a board that is too small for your skill level as that can be very frustrating. The point is to have FUN!
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
Surfing on raceboards is a lot of fun and a great skill to practice if you want to get faster on downwind runs, it's all about surfing the bumps. Surfing these big long boards also allows you to catch and surf waves that others can't, which opens up all kinds of uncrowded spots and smaller waves that are barely breaking that you can catch from way outside,surf and ENJOY.
These two videos are from our weekly SUP training group, in the first one we go over some tips on how to surf waves on longer raceboards (sorry, the sound is not the best as the microphone was picking up the wind noise). The second video has action on the water with a voiceover going over some of the tips. We hope you enjoy the footage. If you like our videos, please subscribe to the blueplanetsurf youtube channel!
Part 1: On land coaching:
Part 2: On the Water- Surfing SUP race boards:
Here is a short video of a session with these two 2014 Blue Planet models (click for details):
We are currently packing all the smaller rewards that we are able to ship now. These items will go out this week.
We've also had quite a few people write in and ask if they can still order these inflatables. We've added them to our website and can be pre-ordered until January 31st. These pre-orders through the website WILL NOT INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING. There will be a $70 flat rate shipping.
You can find those pre-order inflatable SUP's here
Mahalos again to all of our backers. Hope to see you on the water.
Blue Planet Inflatable SUP Kickstarter Campaign has launched!
We are excited to say that our kickstarter campaign for our newly designed Inflatable SUP line has successfully launched. Within just 24 hours we have made 20% of our goal so far! We spent more than 2 years developing our new inflatable SUP designs and after extensively testing them on a variety of conditions we decided to try and bring them to market at a much more affordable price than other High Quality Inflatable SUP's on the market right now. Our real goal is to get more people on the water, for less.
You can view our kickstarter project here:
We would love for you to become a backer and help us make this project a reality, but you can also help without donating by helping us spread the word.
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Mahalo for any support and hope to see you on the water.