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SUP event with Miss Hawaii contestants

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!

Click here for more photos of this event taken by Terry Reis of Surfshooter Hawaii

 

With Tesia Melani

 

2014 Miss Hawaii, Moani Tara

 

 

 

SUP board volume and floatation vs. body weight explained

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!

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. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 18, 2014

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Wanted: International Distributors

Blue Planet Surf is looking for distribution partners to bring the line of 2015 SUP boards and equipment to an international market. We are looking for partners that ideally already have distribution experience in the surf/SUP market and existing distribution infrastructure, including a warehouse and access to the capital needed. Merchandise will be supplied by container from the factory directly to the distributor. We are seeking exclusive distribution partners especially for these markets: US West, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, Tahiti, Fiji, Guam.

Serious inquiries only please, for details, please contact Robert Stehlik:
http://blueplanetsurf.com/pages/contact-us

 

SUP Surfing on Downwind Race boards is FUN!

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:

 

 

September 20, 2014

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Introduction to SUP: Tips for beginner Stand Up Paddlers

Between our Blue Planet SUP clinics and private and group lessons, we have helped hundreds of customers to learn how to stand up paddle.  The best way to learn the basics and start having fun on the water with minimum frustration is by taking a lesson with a well qualified instructor that can help you learn proper technique from the start.  If you don't have the opportunity to do that, the next best thing is to read up and watch instructional videos that will help you avoid common mistakes and don't let bad habits become engrained.

One of our most popular videos on the blueplanetsurf youtube channel (please subscribe to our youtube channel to see our latest videos) is titled Introduction to Stand Up Paddling.  

We recently added three more videos to our channel to help beginners get started in this great sport.

The first video is titled: SUP tips: Common beginner mistakes

This video goes over some of the common mistakes we often see when people paddle for the first time, including: getting on the board before it is in deep enough water, trying to stand on the board before kneeling first, going with the wind instead of into the wind, holding the paddle straight to go forward, holding the paddle backwards, hands too close together on shaft, not standing in the middle of the board. 

 

 

The second video is titled: SUP Balance Tips for Beginners

This video gives some pointers to beginners that are struggling to stand up and balance on the board (it's not as easy as it looks!).  Some of the points covered in this video: getting on the right equipment, centering weight over middle of board, getting the board moving before standing up, different ways of getting from kneeling to standing, using the paddle to brace and lowering center of gravity to help balance, balancing on smaller boards, moving around on the board, getting upright and looking forward, not down.

 

The third video is titled: SUP tips for beginners: Stoke Technique Drills

This video shows how to practice your stroke while standing in knee deep water and goes over getting good catch with the blade, getting good reach and ending stroke by the feet, feathering the blade at the release and during the recovery as well as using torso rotation to make your stroke more powerful.

 

 

 

Playlist:  Watch our Introduction to SUP- tips for beginner Stand Up Paddlers playlist to watch all the videos we have put together to help you get started.  

 

For more videos, including more advanced technique tips for intermediate and advanced paddlers, please also check to our playlist titled SUP technique videos (some of the videos are in both playlists).

 

 

Thanks for watching and remember to have FUN!

 

Aloha

How to strap a SUP or surf board to a car that does not have roof racks

One of the most common questions we get from people interested in renting SUP's from us is how to transport the boards to the beach without a roof rack.  The video shows how we strap boards to the roof, everything you need is included in our low rental fees.  You can safely transport up to 3 stacked SUP's on almost any car using this method.  The EVA pads and straps are available on our website at:

http://blueplanetsurf.com/products/eva-foam-blocks

 

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