Welcome to Blue Planet Surf.
As surfers, the ocean is our playground and we need to act as its shepherds. As a business, we do our best to use environmentally responsible materials, conserve energy, recycle and try to minimize our impact on the environment and the oceans. We encourage our customers to do the same. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality SUP boards and accessories at an affordable price. Our current product line offers SUP boards designed for beginners as well as advanced surfers and racers. Enjoy browsing our site, and let us know if there's any way we can help you find the perfect SUP product for you.
After 22 years in business Blue Planet can not be called not an overnight success, more like a slow and steady success with many ups and downs over the years. I think one of the most important qualities of an entrepreneur is persistence, to keep going when most would give up.
As founder I am very proud of Blue Planet winning the Hawaii State Exporter of the Year Award. A big thank you to my bankers Anne Blasque and Jared Kashiwabara from Bank of Hawaii for the nomination, my wife and family for the support, our hard working staff, international distributors, retailers, and our loyal customers for making this happen.
Aloha, Robert Stehlik
Article from Hawaii Business Magazine, May 2015
Official award photo
Receiving recognition from the Hawaii Senate and House
Thanks to our International distributors for helping us become the distributor of the year!
Now that the start list has posted, we have been getting questions from customers looking for a board to use for the Molokai to Oahu race in July 2015. We still have a limited selection of performance downwind boards available for rent and we are also offering the SIC buy back program again:
For those that still need a board for the race, we can offer the following: purchase a new SIC or Blue Planet race board from us and after the race you can either keep the board, sell it yourself, or we will offer to buy it back for 30% off the new price (as long as there is only minor cosmetic damage to the board). This offer is only for new boards purchased from our shop less than one month before the race and sold back within a week after the race. We have some great deals on 14 and 17 Bullets and F16's available.
If you are interested, please order the board at least one month before the race.
For information on our rental program and a list of available boards, please click here. Rental rates for the Molokai race for full carbon boards are as as follows: 14': $400, 16 or 17' $500 for one week, $25 per additional day.
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:
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:
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.
Give the gift of Balance, Fitness and Fun!
Special Gift Card offers valid from December 13th to 24th only:
1) Purchase a $100 Gift Card and receive an additional $10 Gift Card for free.
2) Purchase any new Stand Up Paddle board and receive a $100 Gift Card for free
In addition, we are also offering free storage and delivery in the Honolulu area of boards purchased as Christmas gifts before Dec. 23rd.
Happy Holidays from the Blue Planet crew!
Give the Gift of Balance, Fitness and Fun!
Purchase any new or used SUP board at Blue Planet Surf Shop this month and we can hold it for you at our shop and we will even play Santa and deliver it on our sleigh for free (Honolulu area only, all deliveries will have to be completed by 4 pm on December 24th).
The free delivery offer is available for boards purchased between Nov. 25th and December 24th, you can choose the delivery time and date and we will do our best to accommodate you.
We are now also offering free air cargo shipping on Blue Planet SUP purchases to any major airport in the US on our website.
Blue Planet and Starboard models in stock now!
For a list of Blue Planet boards in stock, click here for Blue Planet stock list.
For a list of Starboard boards in stock, click here for Starboard stock list.
For a list of used boards with prices, check our Demo boards list
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.
With Tesia Melani
2014 Miss Hawaii, Moani Tara
Below is the telecast of the Miss Hawaii event, the paddling is featured at 42 minutes: