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Strapping and locking SUP boards to your car using Kanu Locking straps

We recently made two videos that show our preferred methods for securing Stand Up Paddle boards or surfboards to your car easily using locking straps, the first one using two locking Kanu Lock locking straps with steel cables:

 

This second video shows how to strap and secure a single board to your car with a single 18' long Kanu Lock strap.  This method will work for Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP's), surfboards, Kayaks and the like:

Click this link to see the Kanu Lock straps we offer at Blue Planet Surf:

http://blueplanetsurf.com/search?q=kanulock

 

Kanu Lock straps at Blue Planet

At our shop we also sell the Dockslocks locking system which locks a Stand Up Paddleboard or surfboard through the leash plug on the board.

Dockslocks Hawaii

 

The SUPGrip handle on our Blue Planet SUP's can also be used to run a cable lock directly through the handle as shown in this photo and video:

SUP Grip lock, SUPGRIP blue planet

 

This video shows some of the features of our Patented SUPGrip handle:

 

Watch this playlist for more helpful videos on how to strap and secure your Stand Up Paddleboard or Surf board quickly and safely to your car.  Please note: Use the 30 second single strap method only if your roof racks are very secure on your vehicle.  If in doubt or if you are traveling at high speeds or longer distances, always use two straps, one in the front and one in the back to secure your board.  Safety first, always check your straps and buckles for damage.

Aloha,

Robert Stehlik

Using Go Pro cameras for Stand Up Paddling: mounting options, settings, battery life etc.

This video shows the features of the new GoPro4 session camera and some simple mounting options for Stand Up Paddling:

 

 

The next two videos show the features and recommended setting for SUP for the GoPro4 Silver camera:

 

 

 

Sample photos:

Using the paddle mount:

Using the headmount:

Using the nose mounted fcs plug mount:

 Important: When you use your gopro in the water, make sure your camera is secured properly and use a floatie so your camera can't sink:

and use a tether to secure the camera to your board, paddle or body:

 

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 in the Honolulu Star Advertiser reader poll awards.  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.  

Our goal is to not only have the best selection of SUP's, paddles and related equipment but to also be the Best Full Service Stand Up Paddle store, not just in Hawaii but in the world.  

We encourage you to "try before you buy" and have the most rental stand up boards of any shop in Hawaii, with over 50 performance boards in our rental fleet and our customers can get a full credit on rental fees towards the purchase of a new SUP board.  We offer free clinics to our clients and our employees are always available to offer you consultation and expert advice because we want to make sure you get the board that is right for you to enjoy the water.  We also offer a weekly Stand Up Paddle training group, private lessons and coaching, repairs, and we post instructional videos weekly on our blueplanetsurf youtube channel (please subscribe!).

 Hope to see you at Blue Planet, Hawaii's SUP HQ, 540 Ward Avenue!

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SUP in 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:

 

Stand Up Paddling in Venice with gondola
While Eliana and I were on SUP's, the rest of our group was on this beautiful gondola

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Venice

Group picture at the Ponte dei Sospiri (bridge of sighs), connecting the courthouse and prison after the SUP paddle tour

 

SUP in venice hotel entrance by canal
This hotel, like most buildings in Venice, has the main entrance on the canal side where guests get dropped off by the water taxis.

 

 

Everyone got to row the gondola, learning from the gondoliers

 

After paddling we had a traditional Venetian lunch at the boat house.  The red flags on the walls are first place finishes at gondola regattas.

 

SUP and Gondola tour in Venice

Warning:  Please do not paddle in Venice without a guide, these are their roads and if don't know the rules, you are likely to be a safety hazard and will probably get completely lost.  So if you plan to paddle in Venice, please contact Eliana at SUP in Venice

 

Aloha,

Robert Stehlik

 

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: 

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