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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: puravistahills.com

We stayed at the larger Hacienda Isabella, which sleeps up to 10: http://www.vrbo.com/510392

Fabrice also rents Hacienda De Shira, which sleeps up to 4: http://www.vrbo.com/510392

 

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:

 

Hawaii's Best SUP Shop 2015- Thank you for voting for Blue Planet!

We want to say a big Mahalo to our great customers for voting Blue Planet Surf as Hawaii's Best Stand Up Paddle shop.  We are very proud of this distinction and will work hard to earn it every year going forward.  We are expanding our shop this year and will have lots of free parking available soon to allow us to serve you even better.  Hope to see you at Blue Planet, Hawaii's SUP HQ, 540 Ward Avenue!

 

Venice: Stand Up and Gondola paddling adventure, January 2015

Being able to go Stand Up Paddling in Venice was a dream come true for me.  I had it on my bucket list for a while so when we took a family vacation to Florence this January I planned a day trip to Venice despite the cold weather.  I contacted Eliana from SUP in Venice and even though her SUP business is usually closed for the winter she agreed to not only take me on a tour but also arranged a Gondola ride and Gondolier's lesson for the rest of the group as well as a Venetian style lunch and walking tour of the city.  It was an awesome way to see Venice, here is the video:

 

 

 

 

SUP shoulder injury- dealing with injuries and what helps

In these two videos I talk about a shoulder injury I have been dealing with for over a year and what worked for me.  I hope this helps others. 

I will not repeat everything in the videos but some things not mentioned are the many things I tried to treat the injury, including: rest, icing, heat, stretching, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage, taping the shoulder, pain relieving gels (Arnica gel) and rubs, not sleeping on the affected shoulder, and more.

While all these helped, I feel like the main key to recovery are the PT rotator cuff exercises shown in the video.  I'm not saying not to try everything else, especially to relieve pain and discomfort but in my experience, the exercises were the most helpful to recover.  

My doctor thinks the pain is caused by Bursitis, as well as possible damage to the rotator cuff muscles and tendonitis.  This link has good information on Bursitis and how to treat it, if you are interested in reading more about it:

http://physioworks.com.au/injuries-conditions-1/bursitis_shoulder

My doctor recommended trying a Cortisone injection if the PT did not help but since my injury has improved greatly since starting the exercises I have been able to avoid and injection.  So, if you think you may have a similar injury caused by paddling, or if you want to prevent this type of injury, I highly recommend making these rotator cuff muscle strengthening exercises part of your training regimen.

Please note that I am not a doctor or expert on this subject.  Since your injury may be different than mine, I recommend seeing a doctor and/or physical therapist.  Don't do any of these exercises if they are painful and make sure to keep good posture and form when doing the exercises.  When I was doing research on this subject I found that these physical therapy exercises were not posted online, it is how the PT's make a living after all, which is why I decided to make this video, I hope it helps others treat and prevent injury sooner.  

I'm happy to answer any questions, feel free to post a comment.

Aloha,

Robert Stehlik

 

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: 

SUP board volume and floatation vs. body weight explained

 

We are often asked: "What Stand Up Paddle board 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!

We made this chart as a quick guide to recommended volume for SUP's:

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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