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Stand Up for Alzheimers


Yesterday we attended an event for Alzheimers – a fishing contest and fun race event designed to raise money for this condition that afflicts so many. It was an awesome event and we had a good time. I was goaded into racing in the sub 12′ class, which I did on the Bellissima, and won with a comfortable margin (it’s kinda cheating because the board is so fast even if it’s just 10’6″), but more to the point it was just a lot of fun watching so many people try Stand Up who’ve never been on one before. Both the Tahiti and the Waikiki were a hit – the Tahiti because its so light to carry and paddle, and the Waikiki for its fishing abilities. I also got to go for a bit of a paddle on the flatwater with the new Retro (I’m glad I wasn’t goaded into racing on it). All in all, an awesome day!

Streetfighter Features


Here is a nifty video showing some of the cool features of the Streetfighter.

Video Link for Streetfighter


South Africa revisited


As we wind down in the editing of the video, iAfrica, so we’ve collected some great photos from the trip, and have decided to put some of these up here for your pleasure… stand by for the release of the final film shortly.

Here is the preview



Shortboard demo day1


Tim Ryan took it on himself to organize a SUP shortboard demo day. For me, literally just getting of the plane from Africa where it was over 90F, I had little intention of putting my toes in the chilly water (give me a day or two to acclimatize would you…), so instead I played beach bunny, taking photos, answering questions about the various boards and helping people out. The waves were waist high, so not a lot of power in them. This meant they were conducive to certain boards and less to others. The Simmons inspired design (as yet unnamed) and the Static and Nose rider were a hit. The Mach1’s we had also went over very well, but required a higher skill level to make them work in these conditions. I have so many photos that in todays post I’ll concentrate on the Static and the “simmons” inspired design (also known as the Timsup after some random dude called Tim…).

The Static, even though it was originally designed as a river wave board was a hit. The most frequent comment was “stable, easy and turns like a snowboard”. This is because of the boards tendency to pivot about the center of the board rather than off the fins – great for front foot surfers and river surfers wanting to do spins and so on. Everyone from 220lbs guys to a 70lbs young girl rode the board and loved it.

The “Timsup” was the hit of the day. Inspired by the Simmons design, our board differs radically from the others on the market in that we have packed modern design principles into the proven design concept. Crowed deck and shortboard rails are a must for active rail to rail surfing, and the board delivers. However, the wide tail means you can stand right over the fins in even the softest waves and not have to run forward and back constantly between moves to regenerate speed and drive. So loose, the guys were breaking the board free on waves no more than shin high, nose riding on waves knee high, and doing vertical snaps off waist high waves. While this particular board was a little small in volume for some riders (needing about 10ltr more), pretty much everyone who tried it came in saying something to the effect of “I want one”. Luckily we’re in the business of making boards 😉

The nose rider was also a hit. Again this particular board was a little low volume for some surfers, and just perfect for others. While I didn’t get as many photos of this as I did the other boards (it was hard not to be distracted by the Timsup and the Static blowing fins out the water constantly), people were certainly intrigued by the outline design that makes it feel and surf like a shortboard, until you run to the nose and ride it like a nose rider.

All in all it was a fantastic day, and despite the small surf and chilly conditions, a great success.

Whitewater SUP in South Africa


These last few weeks have found me back in my native South Africa, running some really fun rivers. The Vall in the Orange Free State, the Tugela in Kwazulu Natal, that was running at a medium level (really fun) and then on the coast the uMgeni and uMkomas rivers. We were on the uMgeni at the same time as the renown Dusi marathon – a kayak/running biathlon unlike any you’ve ever seen where paddlers take their Olympic style race kayaks down 100km of whitewater and bush. The uMkomas was very high and was the highlight of the trip with several huge rapids, massive holes and stressful moments trying to sprint from hole to hole, avoiding a beating as much as possible. Success was only partial ;-).

Africa is unique. The rivers have a “silty smell” to them, and a character that is truly unique. Even though these four rivers differ completely, they remain more alike to each other than they do to any other river I’ve run. It’s Hot. It’s Humid. And for the most part resembles a tropical jungle. Pythons, Poffadder and Cobra lurk in the grass and reeds. Kudu, Impala, Springbok jump and run through the trees and bush, offset by the occasional water buffalo, Wildebeest, Ostrich, Baboon and one very friendly Meerkat. The road in resembles a rutted out mountain bike trail more than a road, but hey, this is Africa.

On the flip side the water is warm, and for the most part devoid of anything that wants to eat you. For the most part…

Stand by for the full video of this wonderful adventure.

Simmons Inspired custom SUP


Tim Ryan came to us with an idea… create a “summer” conditions SUP based on the original Simmons surfboard design for flat gutless waves. Since we love working on custom shapes, we jumped at the opportunity to create one for him, and this is the result… a 7’3″ x 28.5″ x 4″, 98ltr board that is going to rage in small surf. Here are some photos of the shaped blank – ready for lamination.

Tahiti Yoga


First time SUP paddler Kelly Canfield took the Tahiti out on Lake Mead. While it was cold enough to need a dry suit, that didn’t stop her from immediately getting into some yoga poses. I’m not sure I’d want to be out there in this cold, upside down, on a paddleboard, but evidently the Tahiti is more than stable enough even for a rank beginner to be doing yoga on it.

Ty Bergman on the Mach1


Long time shortboarder turned SUP surfer, Ty Bergman recently got a custom Mach1 from us. So far he says hes loving the board and said it’s the first time he’s had a performance SUP shaped by a performance SUP Surfer…

“Been double dip every day and I am so in love with my board my girl is getting jealous. Now I can tail slide out the fins, pull in and hit the lip hard, so stoked. Amazing what a difference I feel so elated!”

We’re stoked for Ty… and even more so when we got these shots!

Ice’n Tahiti


Here’s a couple photos from my first go-out, as well as a video clip of a shallow, tight & rocky little drop the Tahiti easily greased! Had such a blast on the little board, reminded me of my first long ride surfing an ocean wave, and the fun & excitement that followed! Also the lifelong addiction to the surf life! Thanks again, Corran, for giving me this opportunity! Can’t wait to get the Lightning, CRUSH the competition this summer, as well as be my board for my endurance quest to cross a 90 mile section of the Sea of Cortez!


Cambodia on SUP


In another life, Donnie was in the Military. We could tell you what he did, but then we’d have to kill you (everyone reading this – that’s a lot of people), but lets just say that Donnie used to get around. And in all those travels, he made a lot of friends in the most obscure places. Well, Donnie decided that it would be fun to take the new inflatable line of Corran SUP out for a trip, and why paddle something local when you can go to the other end of the world to do it. Somewhere really off the beaten path. And just what he did. Packing 4 boards all rolled up into bags, he boarded a flight and crossed half the glove with them (try doing that with hard shells). So here are just a few photos of the trip he sent me when he had wifi access.

IMG 9744 – Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Riep/Angkor Wat Cambodia
IMG 9712- Floating Village on Tonle Sap
IMG 0430- Mekong River Cambodia
IMG 0596- South Coast Cambodia diving for clams
IMG 0568- South Coast Cambodia

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