Blue Planet had a booth at the Outdoor Retailer show, August 3-6 in Salt Lake City, right after the Molokai to Oahu race. This was our first time to the show so I have nothing to compare it to but I was impressed by the scale of this outdoor recreation business trade show and by the booths of some of the SUP companies that were at the show.
We displayed our Blue Planet gear in a small, simple 10x10 booth as part of the Hawaii Pavilion. We were stoked to be part of this show and we did a lot of networking. It seemed like most of the VIP's in the industry were there and it was worthwhile for us to represent our brand.
I also walked around the show a bit and shot some video interviews of products that caught my eye whenever I had the chance. Sorry about the poor audio in some of the videos, there was a lot of background noise at the show. Links to the products in the videos are below.
The first interview is of Oscar Chalumpsky presenting the Motionize paddle logger technology and giving some great tips on how to catch, surf and connect bumps:
Oscar Chalumpsky the surfski legend from South Africa, has won the Molokai to Oahu World Championship 12 times, the most recent win in 2012 at age 49 against much younger competitors, 29 years after winning it the first time. This is an interview at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City in August 2016, where he represented the innovative new Motionize paddle data logger that seems to be a great training tool, which is currently available for Kayaking and will be available for Stand Up paddle boarding and Outrigger paddlers soon. For details, visit:
He also shares some tips for downwinders- how to catch, surf, and connect the bumps- learn from the master, thank you for the interview and tips Oscar!
The second interview is with Travis Grant a few days after the Molokai to Oahu Race. I asked him about the 32 mile Stand Up Paddle race across the Pailolo channel between the islands of Molokai and Oahu where he placed second to Kai Lenny after winning the previous two years, this is his recap of his experience. Clearly he is a bit disappointed but that takes nothing away from an amazing performance by a great athlete and friend. To read more about this race, check out
Well done Travis!
The third video is of John Kleckner talking about the Catamaran fishing SUP's made by his company, Live Watersports. These double hulled Standamarans are surprisingly stable and have good glide and seem to be ideal for fishing and cruising. They also offer lots of accessories for fishing and touring, making these very versatile all-round Stand Up Paddle cruisers.
In the next video, Jacob Dildine show the 2017 Futures Fins lineup, including SUP race fins and Stand Up Surfing fins at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, August 2016. Some of the SUP models shown include: The Manta, Red Fish, Triangle Cutaway, Hawaii Downwind, California Downwind, Keel, Runner, Trigger, Red Fish, Bark, Gerry Lopez, and more. For more information on Futures SUP Fins, visit:
or check them out at Blue Planet Surf Shop in Honolulu
Next up is Dan Gavere of Starboards is showing off some of the 2017 Stand Up Paddle board models at the Outdoor Retailer show and talks about how Starboards is making their equipment and production process more environmentally friendly. For more information, please visit:
We just got a shipment of the 2017 Starboards at Blue Planet Surf Shop in Honolulu, for more information and videos of these boards, visit:
I got to try the OneWheel at the show and liked it so much I bought one to take home to Hawaii. These are interviews with founder/ inventor of OneWheel Kyle Doerkson and Jake Mudd at the show and some footage of us using the board in the Blue Planet parking lot. These things are a lot of fun and a great way to get around but unfortunately it looks like we won't carry them at our shop due to liability/ insurance issues. So check out
John Amundson was showing off the line of Amundson Hawaii boards. He goes over the new features of the 2017 14' TRX Stand Up Raceboard model, which looks really nice. John has been designing the Amundson line of SUP's for a long time and has recently taken on more responsibilities, good work John!
Sean Sweet of Sweet Waterwear and Kimberly Schamber or SUP Merge collaborate to create Sweet Kiss, a new line of Stand Up Paddle specific clothing. I talked to them at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, August 2016 about their new lineup, which will be in stores soon.
That's it, I hope you enjoyed these videos of things I found interesting at the Outdoor Retailer show. As always, please give us the thumbs up on youtube if you enjoy our videos and subscribe to our channel and we will keep new videos coming every week.
Aloha, Robert Stehlik