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Molokai to Oahu race 2015- Interview with Travis Grant and Blue Planet race team photos

This year's M2O race was the most challenging and grueling in recent memory.

The Blue Planet 14' x 28" Bump Rider model was well represented and the results show that this board works great in all conditions.  It excels in good downwind conditions but also glides well in light winds.  

The Blue Planet race team on the beach in Molokai the day before the race.

 

Check out this video interview with the race winner Travis Grant on the day before the race with photos and video from race day and some great insights from the two times M2O champion:

 

 

Ready to go!

 

Starting off in decent conditions 

 

The going gets tougher as we approach Oahu.

 

Finally approaching Portlock Point with a big south swell

 

Jeff Chang catches a nice wave at China Walls and finishes second in his age group, well done!

 

Robert Stehlik wins his age group division.

 

A great day for the Blue Planet race team, see you next year!

 

 

 

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!

Best Stand Up Paddle Shop

Hawaii's Best Paddleboard shop

 

Hawai's Best 2015 Blue Planet

 Hawaii's Best Stand Up Paddle surfing store

Best selection of SUP'sBest paddleboards with Dolph Lundgren

SUP board volume recommendation chart

This is a chart of the Stand Up Paddleboard volumes we recommend based on user weight, skill level, use and conditions:

 

For more details and a video, please also check out this post:

http://blueplanetsurf.com/blogs/news/15736120-sup-board-volume-and-floatation-vs-body-weight-explained

May 10, 2015

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Blue Planet wins 2015 SBA Hawaii Exporter of the Year award

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!

April 16, 2015

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2015 Molokai 2 Oahu race board rental and buyback program



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.

Click here for a list of SIC race boards we currently have in stock, and prices.

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.

 

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

 

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