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:
Race Season is Here! To kick it off this summer Wet Feet and Blue Planet Surf have teamed up once again to bring you an event on June 9th, 2013. The details are on the flyer below. You can pre-register here. We hope to see you out on the water!
If you live in Honolulu and would love to own a Stand Up Paddle board but don't have a place to store it or a way to transport it (or don't want to deal with it), we have a simple solution for you. We are partnering with the Nalu Storage board lockers in Waikiki that allows you to own and store your board steps from the beach without hassles. If you rent a storage space from Nalu Storage and buy a SUP or surfboard from our shop, we will deliver it and put it on the rack for you at no extra charge, plus Nalu Storage will give you two months free storage if you mention that you bought your board from Blue Planet! For hassle free SUP ownership, follow these simple steps:
1) Go to http://nalustorage.com and reserve a locker, you can do this online. Make a note of the locker number.
2) Come to our shop and purchase a new SUP or surfboard, check this website for available models or pricing or come into the shop and we will help you find the best board for your needs and get it all set up for you. If you are not sure what to get, we offer a try before you buy demo program and free SUP clinics/ demos.
3) Provide us with the storage locker number and two padlocks (or order a combination padlock from Nalu Storage) and we will deliver the board and set it up on the storage rack for you at no extra charge, it will be waiting for you whenever you want to use it. Validated parking is available at the Royal Hawaiian Center, see Nalu Storage website for details.
4) That's it, time to enjoy the ocean.
Rental customers: If you are in Hawaii on vacation and your hotel does not provide board storage or is too far from the water, Nalu Storage also offers short term locker rentals which can be used to store our rental boards. We can provide the same delivery and pickup service for rental boards but charge a fee of $20 each way (flat fee regardless of number of boards rented).
This is not a new product but we've sold quite a few of these this last week and have fielded quite a few questions about it. Everyone is gearing up for summer races and our High Performance Paddle Edge Tape is a great way to be slimmer in the water on the big day. So I figured I'd post a refresher video so everyone gets a proper application.
You can purchase our High Performance Paddle Edge Tape here
Kook, Barney, Newbie, all nicknames for un-experienced waterman(or woman) and often shouted from angst locals upon entry of a line-up. Surf culture is inherently engrained with a “pay your dues” mentality and can be intimidating at times, as I found out first hand. Don't let this deter you though, for every bad egg there are plenty of people willing to share their knowledge and insight about the water. I've dealt with what I call the “bro/brah attitude” in the snow culture which leads to the scaring off of new participants. Unfortunate yes, but the main basis of this reaction is fear. The fear of looking/sounding “stupid” in front of seasoned veterans. I know I felt awkward and tried to “play it cool” when I first walked into a local surf shop here on Oahu. Getting over that fear is your first step. I truly believe that when starting out; THERE ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS! And if any SUP sales people make you feel like you just asked one, then I guess they forgot they were “new” once too. Besides, how many people do you know are good at something the first couple of times they try it?
The reason I am starting this feature on our Blue Planet Surf blog is I to am a kook, barney, newbie. I moved to Oahu in November of 2012 from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Packed away my snowboard gear and eagerly looked forward to spending more time in the water. So how did a land locked snowboarder come to work at Blue Planet Surf selling SUP's you may ask. Well, long story short, I've worked in Action Sports retail for over a decade now, and I've been standing on a board sideways for fifteen years. So I traded in the white snow capped peaks for tan sandy beaches and tasty waves. With that, my goal for this blog series is to drop the iron curtain of surf culture and allow us kooks, barneys and newbies a forum to ask anything without the fear of ridicule, laughter and teasing.
So a common question we get is “Where do I start?” With the growing popularity of SUP and the hundreds of brands popping up everywhere, you have endless choices. My biggest piece of advice with this is that if possible you should rent or demo first. Every board handles differently, and even boards with similar specs can be worlds apart. Here at Blue Planet Surf we have a rental credit program that allows you to credit up to $250 of your rentals towards the purchase of a new board. And while we're special in the fact we carry our own in-house brand of SUP's, a lot of shops offer rentals and demos. The biggest factor (besides the size of the person) in determining what size SUP you need is your main objective on the water. Are you looking to just cruise around? Yoga? Surf as many waves as possible? Throw some kids on the front and paddle the bay? These decisions will weigh heavily in your SUP choice. Generally, a 10'-12' SUP will work great for flat water recreation and I would stay on the smaller end of the range if you want to possibly surf as well. Again that is a general range that would be narrowed down further depending on your size. We do have several boards that work for both but it's finding the size in that range that works best for your main objective on the water. With that said, I really do recommend you rent or demo something first. Speaking of demos. Our next demo is Sunday May 5th at 8am. And you can go to getupstanduphawaii.com for more details
Like I said earlier, we want this blog to be a forum as well. Feel free to comment, suggest topics or ask any of those “stupid” questions you weren't able to get answered elsewhere. Hope to see you on the water. Mahalo.
The 9'5" x 32" Widepoint by Starboards is the bestselling model in the Starboard lineup at our shop. No wonder, it's user friendly and stable yet surfs well. This video shot by Evan Leong of Standuppaddlesurf.net shows the different construction options available in this model and some of the features of this great board.
We just launched our new website and we hope you enjoy it. Many thanks to the man behind this website, Adam Weitzel, our store manager and webmaster. He will keep adding new products, information and features as we go along and if you find any issues or bugs, please let us know through the contact us page. The new website is tied into our Point of Sale system inventory, so everything we have available in the shop computer shows up as available in the shopping cart and if we are sold out of an item, you can't order it. Our new website features our line of Stand Up Paddle boards and equipment more prominently, we are known as Hawaii's SUP HQ after all. Please check out the new navigation and information, we welcome your feedback.
Aloha, Robert Stehlik