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Wet Feet/ Blue Planet WPA race recap by Noah Garfield, first over the line

First I would like to say mahalo to Robert and Jeff for organizing this event. I look forward to this race every year since it takes place on my side of the island. The Sunset2Haleiwa course has been my main training route this year in preparation for M2O. I have paddled it in probably every condition and have a good feel for the water on this side. I guess you could say a little home court advantage played a role in helping me to win 😉.

Most days on north shore the typical ENE trades will be blocked by the mountains and it can be a flat water grind. Race day provided a little more North in the wind and it was blowing nicely at our backs the entire run. A lot of people question inside line or outside? I chose an outside line knowing the wind had a little more strength and consistency on the outside. I've found that certain areas on an inside route can get sluggish, especially passing Waimea bay. This proved to be true when I started to pull away from Hobie Hammah Keoni - who was on an inside line - right around Ke Iki point. Around that same spot Roberto showed up on his unlimited a little further outside of me - he looked effortless and was just gliding along. I had to start working harder and focus on finding the bumps to keep up on my 14' board. Roberto and I went back and forth with the lead for next three miles till he started to make his move in to Puena point. Still about a mile away from the point I still held an outside line knowing that as you near Puena, the swell and wind kinda wraps from the outside right into the point. Working hard for the win, I eventually passed Roberto, hugged close to puena point and then stroked it home to the finish line. I was stoked to win, the Conditions were great, bumps the whole way, but most importantly another fun event with a great group of paddlers. Thanks Blue Planet / Wet Feet for making it happen!

Aloha, Noah Garfield

Noah Garfield, first place WPA race


We had a great turnout of over 60 prone and stand up paddlers and conditions were beautiful, thank you everyone for showing up!

Congrats to prone stock winners Kai Hall and Leane Darling, prone unlimited winner Anders Jonsson, stock SUP winners Noah Ho'omaikelani Garfieldand Jenn J Lee, and SUP unlimited winner Roberto Lopes. The series winners who won the cash were prone stock men 1) Pat Wong, 2) Johan Loo and 3) Mike Abbott and women 1) Colleen Tessler. For stock SUP Men it was 1) Kione Dahlin, 2) Tyler Jaggers and 3) Scott Ito and women 1) Jenn J Lee.

Complete results on Paddleguru:
https://paddleguru.com/races/HawaiiWPANationalRace2016

Here is a video of the race on August 13, 2016:

WPA race Wet Feet Blue planet start Sunset Beach

Board Auction at this Sunday at Blue Planet (and SUP Clinic/ demo)

For those living on Oahu, this is a great opportunity to get a great deal on a FAST board:

Board Auction! Join the Blue Planet team for our free SUP Clinic at Ala Mona Beach park from 8-10 am (Clinic pass invitation required- please pick up at shop, click link for details) and try our fleet of 40+ demo boards. Then come to our board auction hosted by auctioneer Joe Teipel from 4-6 pm in the store parking lot for a chance to get incedible deals on boards made by Starboards, Blue Planet, SIC, Ohana and more.  We need to make room at our shop for new inventory and have too many 12'6 and 14' touring, cruising, and race boards that we will sell to the highest bidder- both new and used- so this is a great opportunity to pick up a board at a low price. In addition, we are also selling some surf and inflatable demo boards as well as shortboards and vintage surfboards at the auction. A protion of the proceeds will benefit AccesSurf. We have a complete list of auction boards available as well as a video showing the boards, see below. Aloha!

The video shows the boards offered in the auction, this is the link to the spreadsheet of boards:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pJ8LV7Cvi9RMG-JJYqnQuBFmZ58O3UBFECwRLyhmKzs/edit?usp=sharing



For more information on the auction and SUP Clinic, please visit:
http://blueplanetsurf.com/pages/free-demo-clinic

 

Board demo and auction

August 07, 2016

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Molokai to Oahu Race Report 2016- Interviews

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Molokai 2 Oahu race.  Kai Lenny, the fastest solo paddler, set a new SUP solo record, finishing in 4:07.  

Travis Grant came in second with a time 4:10, after winning the race the last two years and also on a OC-1.  I caught up with Travis a couple of days days after the race and did this interview:

 

The evening before the race I saw Marcus Tandrew making adjustments to the Deep Oceanboards dug out unlimited board he designed for James Casey.   I talked to them about the design and the results speak for themselves, the three riders using Marcus's boards finished 4th (James Casey), 5th (Toby Cracknell) and 7th (Matt Nottage) overall in the Men's Unlimited solo division.

 

My good friend, training partner and coach Jeff Chang did the race solo on a prone board this year.  Jeff is an amazing waterman and great person all-round.  He designed and built the board he used in the race and only finished it a few days before the race.  He finished the race in 6:42, and came in 3rd place in the "50 to dead" division, a great result for his first time on a prone board!

 

 

I did the race solo on in the 14' SUP stock division and was a bit disappointed with by performance.  I showed up at the start a bit jet lagged and with a stuffy nose after getting back from a family trip two days before the race.  I forgot to put the batteries in the GPS way pointer I had mounted to my board and went too far north when Oahu disappeared in the clouds.  Then I got stuck in sticky waters outside of Makapuu and started running out of steam, I really slowed down.  Sill, I finished the race in 6:15 and it felt great to complete another solo crossing. 

This is my course from my GPS: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1293712030

Robert Stehlik 2016 M2O race gps track

 

Finally getting close to the finish at Portlock PointMolokai channel race portlock

 

I'm Done!

m2o race finish 2016 stock Bump Rider

At the finish with Jeff Chang, Mike Abbot photos

molokai race finish Jeff Chang, Robert Stehlik

Once again, the 14' Bump Rider proved itself as a great channel board, with great finishes by many paddlers, I'm stoked to have so many great paddlers using this model.

Glad to be done with m2o

Glad to be done with another solo crossing.

Aloha, Robert Stehlik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 03, 2016

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M2O report by Jennifer Lee

Aloha everyone, 
Molokai 2 Oahu World Championships have come and gone.  This year I went as a mixed team with Tyler Jaggers.  
Long story short, with a couple of last minute entries we had a world class race on our hands and I wanted our team to rise to the challenge.  With the last minute entry which included Armie Armstrong of New Zeland who can cross the channel by himself in under 5 hours, and his wife and relay partner having made very fast crossings (top 3) in the past, I knew we had a major task on our hands. 
Also in true Morgan fashion, Morgan Hoesterey entered very under the radar at the last minute with Will Taylor.  Knowing Morgan and the way she entered she expected to win; she is a channel veteran and expert in Hawaiian waters and surely was in top form coming from a huge adventure race in Tahiti.    There were also a couple of dark horse teams with sponsored athletes that certainly had the potential to mount a challenge.  Tyler and I went as hard and as smart as we possibly could and when all was said and done we crossed the line at 5 hours and 25 minutes.  This put us at 2nd overall for the mixed gender team division.  We also came in 8th overall out of 27, 2 person teams in general, ahead of some 2 man teams with big names which was unexpected and exciting! 
We had a fantastic time out there, it was incredibly intense the entire way since there were quite varied conditions and we did not know where are competition was.  I also knew that Armie and Penelope aren’t likely to make mistakes out there so that really kept us on our toes.  Tyler and I have been training together and he has improved in speed as have I.  He is an amazing up and coming elite and I have been beyond happy to have him as a training/relay partner.  This is his first bonafide elite level result and one of the best results I have had in years.  Needless to say we are quite stoked with both our finish time and our placing!  First would have been better but in a way having come that close to Armie and Penelope actually lends credibility to our result and forced us to push harder than we ever thought we could so in that sense I am very grateful.  
Molokai 2 Oahu World Paddleboard Championships 5 hours 25 minutes
2nd Place Mixed Gender SUP Teams with fellow Blue Planet Athlete, Tyler Jaggers (all 2 man teams are on 14’ Stock rudderless SUP Boards)
32 miles from Kaluakoi, Molokai to Portlock, Oahu
Athletes take turns paddling at varied intervals generally between 15 and 40 minutes 
Equipment: Blue Planet Bump Rider, Kialoa Double Bend Hulu Narrow, Vitamin A Swim Inca Print Cozumel High Neck and Cozumel Brazilian Bottom + mandatory race jersey, H2O Audio Interval, Kialoa Trucker Hat, On It Pro Xtreme Cream (Board Coat), and On It SUP Deck and Paddle Wax, Planet Sun Hawaii Formulation 2 Sunscreen and Planet Sun Hawaii Vanilla Ray SPF 30 Lip Balm, Infinit Nutrition MUDD, Infinit Jet Fuel, and Infinit Custom Interval 1 Mix.  
Up next is Na Pali Paddleboard Race which is a fun race I added since I have been wanting to see the NaPali coast from the water since I was a young teen.  Psyched to get to do it this year!  
Thank you all so much for your support and much aloha, 
Jennifer Lee
Jenn J Lee and Tyler Jaggers team Molokai race
Jenn Lee M2O race 2016
Jenn Lee and Tyler Jaggers M2O 2016
Molokai to Oahu race 2016 mixed team results
July 27, 2016

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Stand Up Paddling 100 miles in one day: The California 100 race

Paddling for hours on end on a Stand Up Paddle board sounds exhausting and boring to most but I find it enjoyable and a great way to get in tune with my body while letting the mind wander.  Training for the Molokai to Oahu race in 2009 was the first time I paddled hard for more than 4 hours at a time and I found that I really enjoyed it.   We started doing longer training paddles, including paddling around Oahu in 3 days with my friend Jeff Chang.  

When I first found out about the California 100 race, going down the Sacramento river for 100 miles in a single day, I was immediately interested in doing it.  After planning on doing it in 2015 but being unable to pull it off, I was able to complete the race in June 2016 and finishing it was a great feeling of accomplishment for me. 

18 SUP catamaran Blue Planet Cali 100

Designing the board:

I thought the ideal board for long distance racing would be a catamaran and started designing the board in my head.  For me doing this race started with designing and building a custom catamaran for long distance racing.  The 18' catamaran I designed consists of two narrow hulls that are connected with two "iakos" (connecting parts)  which results in low drag, great tracking and excellent stability as all the volume is in the rails.   The biggest downside of this design is that it does not turn well, it paddles like it's on tracks and takes a lot of effort to turn. On the river this did not matter too much as most turns were gradual.  After designing the hulls on the computer I had them built at our board factory, we then installed screw inserts and built the connecting iakos (removable and adjustable with screws) at our workshop.  We finished the board just in time to ship it to California so it did not give me a lot of time to test it but I did do some testing to see which width would work best before building the iakos.  

As both bows create wakes that intersect in the middle between the hulls I suspected that changing the width might have an effect on how much drag was created by the the wakes, so I tested the hulls at a total widths of 24", 26", 28", 30" and 32" wide and could not find a measurable difference in speed.  What did surprise me was that even at 24" inches the board was still quite stable and easy to paddle.  This is because all the volume is in the rails from nose to tail.  For the race I used it at 25" wide as I found it more comfortable to paddle at a narrower width which allows a shoulder width stance and keeps the paddle strokes closer to the centerline.  I did not fall off once during the race and only dropped to one knee a couple of times in the bigger riffles, so stability was not an issue for me at the 25" width even in the rough water and eddies.

Logisitics:

One of the most challenging parts of this race was planning everything.  I shipped the board by container ship to LA.  I flew to LA, rented a car, picked up the board at the shipping warehouse on Thursday evening and started the 8 hour drive to Redding in Northern California, staying at a Motel on I5 along the way.

California 100 SUP

The list of required gear for this race was:

Mandatory Equipment List

  • Cell phone (most carriers have continuous coverage along the river)
  • Coast Guard approved type III inherently buoyant (not inflatable) vest style personal floatation device must be worn at all times while on the water to comply with event insurance.  Prone paddlers may use inflatable type III pfd’s.
  • (for 100 milers only) 2 Chemical lights, 12 hour type, fixed to bow and stern of boat for night travel (also called glow sticks)
  • (for 100 milers only) Minimum of 2 forward facing lights (Headlights or bow lights or one of each is fine. The second is a backup)
  • Space Blanket
  • Method of carrying at least 1/2 gallon of fluid per person at all times
  • 1 whistle per boat
  • First Aid Kit (you may want things like anti-diarrhea, blister treatment, pepto bismol, band aids and tape)

I did not have a support crew, luckily the race was well organized and Teresa Rogerson helped my with my pre race questions.  I packed some food in bags for each of the 3 checkpoints where I could re-fill with water and get nutrition and I arranged my car to be dropped off at the finish by a shuttle driver service.

Somehow it all worked out and I made it to the start just in time on race morning, ready to go.

Race Day:

It was a chilly but beautiful morning on race day and we launched at a boat ramp and lined up for the up-current start by the Sundial bridge in Redding, California.   After paddling upstream for a few minutes, we rounded a marker that started the 100 mile long downstream course.  The race was open to all types of paddle powered crafts with competitive and adventure class and relay and shorter course options for those that were not up to doing the 100 miles solo.  One of the teams was a fun loving crew of 5 on a SUPzilla board.

start California 100

start California 100 supzilla

The current was swift, especially on the first part of the course and small rapids and riffles made it exciting.  The current also required constant attention as you always want to be in the part of the river that has the fastest water flow and not get caught in eddies and slower moving current.    The river split up in several places and there is a faster shortcut on the right side in the beginning of the race that I missed.  

Riffle SUP standamaran Cali 100

The miles were ticking my quickly and I was paddling and chatting with David Gilman who was on a surfski in the adventure class and was setting a good pace for me.  We soon reached the first checkpoint at mile 22.  This page has maps of the river and shows the checkpoint locations: http://www.riversforchange.org/california-100/course-maps/

Cali 100 race

checkpoint one Cali 100 race standamaran

Each checkpoint had food and water, which I refilled and we had to check in with a race official who made sure we were ok to keep going.   After a short break I headed back onto the river ahead of the other SUP's in the race and feeling strong.

Checkpoint 1

On the second leg, I did not see anyone else on the river for long stretches of time and I started to get into a steady rhythm and focused on the current.  My legs and feet started feeling a bit numb so I tried to keep my feet and legs active and moving around.

I was surprised by how beautiful the river was with many undeveloped stretches and frequently changing scenery, some sections have canyon walls on both sides, lots of birds, including bald eagles.  At "China Rapids" the river goes though lava rocks with faster moving riffles and is especially beautiful and fun. 

China rapids California 100 Sacramento River

Dave Jensen, who won the solo SUP division in all previous races was doing this race as a relay with his wife Judy Jensen and he was starting to catch up to me which motivated me to keep a stronger pace.

The second checkpoint was about 53 miles into the race on a gravel bank in Red Bluff and I allowed myself a bit more time to eat a sandwich and took a lot longer that I probably should have in retrospect.  When you are on the river you are in the current, so even if you are not paddling you are still moving and it is very hard to make up break time on land.  This was my first time paddling this far though and I wanted to make sure I could finish though, so I did not worry about it too much.  John Acosta, the second place solo SUP paddler got to the checkpoint not too far behind me on a 14' board so that motivated me to get get back on the river.  

It was getting pretty hot and I was starting to really feel exhausted but I tried to keep a steady pace.  I splashed myself with cool river water to keep cool and kept drinking and snacking along the way.  I just kept focusing on reaching the third and last check point and tried not to think how many more miles I had to go.  Reaching the third checkpoint after about 10 hours of paddling was a big relief  and I know that after about 80 miles of paddling, I now had "only" 20 more to go, almost there!

I refilled my water (but not all the way apparently) and did not spend too much time at the third checkpoint.  The last part of the race was kind of a blur, the river kept curving through the landscape and it was often hard to pick the fastest line, I just tried to follow the main flow of the water and always had to pay attention to the current.  The field was very spread out by then so I did usually did not have anyone else to follow.  I ran out of water with 5 more miles to go but I knew the finish was close and I started to get a second wind and picked up the pace a bit.  I finally finished race, the longest time and distance I had ever paddled in 12 hours and 51 minutes.   Hitting the beach at the finish felt good, a great sense of accomplishment.  I had to walk around for a while to get all the feeling back in my feet but my body felt good, considering, I did it!

This is a link to the GPS data from my Garmin watch that shows the course on a satellite map, speed, stroke rate, heart rate (not accurate when it gets wet), and more.  My average speed was 7.7 mph including the stops at the check points.  I'm estimating that without any current my average speed over 13 hours would have been only about 4-4.5 mph.

John Acosta came in on his 14' board about 20 minutes later and looked exhausted, like he left everything on the river.  

John Acosta California 100

 

The mood at the finish was great and I wanted to stick around longer to watch the other finishers but I also wanted to get some rest. 

The 5 man SUPzilla team finished in 16 hours 38 minutes, before darkness, a great accomplishment.

California 100 finish

 

The awards ceremony the next morning was a fun event with good food, music, drinks, and great people.  

 

Rivers for Change also held a river cleanup on Sunday afternoon but I was already on my way back to LA by that time.  I packed up and shipped the board on Monday and caught a flight back to Honolulu, all together a great weekend.  Now that I know I can paddle 100 miles, I want to do it again and do it faster.   I also feel like I'm ready for even longer distances.  I have been following Bart de Zwart's ultra distance racing posts on SUPracer.com and am now planning to do one of the ultra distance multi day races next year, the Yukon River race sounds like another awesome adventure. 

 

Photo credits: Cebolla Mendes, Lisa Thomas, Lexi Thomas, Tom Gomes.  For more photos, please check out the California 100 facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Learning to Fly on a Foilboard while we are waiting for the Stand Up Paddle Foils

The videos Kai Lenny posted of SUP downwinding on a foil sparked the imagination of the Stand Up Paddle community. Flying over the surface seemingly effortlessly was like a dream come true and we wanted to do it too!

Jeff Chang offered to take me foil boarding using his kite board and kitesurfing foil that he got used from a friend, towing behind his jet ski. Our first attempt was pretty unsuccessful and we found out that it is a lot harder than Kai makes it look.

On the second attempt, the foil mast broke at the base and Jeff decided to shorten the mast shaft from about 40" to 24" length and also slightly modified the angle of the rear stabilizer foil to make the foil more stable. With these changes and some more practice we were finally able to maintain some flight with the foil on the third attempt and it felt amazing!

Blue Planet Surf Shop has pre-ordered foils for Stand Up Paddle surfing and down winding from GoFoil/ Starboards.  We expect to be one of the first shops that have these new SUP foils in stock, contact the shop if you are interested in pre-ordering one. Please subscribe to our channel to receive updates on our efforts to learn this new and exciting sport and tips on how you can learn it, too.

Aloha, Robert Stehlik

For more information on the SUP foils we will offer, visit: http://gofoil.com

 Watch the whole playlist for more videos on SUP foiling.  

 Flying a foil is harder than it looksFlying over the surface feels so smooth and effortless but it's a lot harder than it looks.

Kai Lenny makes SUP downwind foiling look easyKai Lenny making it look easy

 

Naish foilNaish is coming out with their own foil design soon.

modified kite foilThis is the modified kite foil we were using

Go Foil Stand Up Foil prototype

The go foil SUP foil prototype

 

 

April 29, 2016

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2016 Da Hui Race 4th of July race board rental special: $75 for 3 days or free transportation

Aloha!

If you are planning to participate in Oahu's biggest Stand Up Paddle race of the year and need a board to use, we can help!  Our store will be closed on 4th of July this year so our staff can participate in the event.  We are offering all our premium carbon fiber race boards for a low flat rate of just $75.  

This includes either free delivery to the start and pick up at the finish or up to 3 days of use if you want to do your own transportation- you can pick the board up anytime between 10 am and 5:30 PM on July 3rd and drop it off anytime on the 5th by 5:30 pm.  If you would like to keep the board longer, additional days are just $25.  As always, our rates include an adjustable paddle, leash, rack pads and straps if needed (carbon paddles available for $10/day upgrade fee).  We have a big selection of high performance race boards made by Blue Planet, SIC, Starboards and more, reserve one early for the best selection.  If you decide to buy the board you rented, you will receive a full credit of your rental fees.

To reserve a board, please go to this page, check out our listing of available boards, and make the reservation with a $75 deposit.  In the notes section, please put your board preference and if you want us to deliver the board to the start or pick it up yourself:

http://blueplanetsurf.com/products/rental-reservation  

To sign up for the race and for more information on the event, please visit:

http://dahuipaddlerace.com

 

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