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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!

Tim

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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
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Great waves and good fun

Poseidon blessed us this morning with some great surf. I drove down to one of my favorite spots, just to find some awesome waves coming in. So we suited up (a friend is in town from Montreal) and paddled out. The vibe was mellow, and we integrated right into the pack of prone surfers easily. Wave after wave came through, and it was rights and lefts to your hearts content. Fast racing sections, almost barreling, and then some great open faces too. My new Mach1 was simply on fire – I couldn’t have asked for a better board in these conditions because it had the high speed necessary to get in early, and the drive to make even the most racy sections, but was still loose as a goose allowing me to easily hit the lip on a moments notice. Really… I had so much fun, I question whether it’s legal!

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Streetfighter flatwater test

Today there was no surf. How small was the surf? About 1″. That’s not even enough to get your ankles wet, so i decided to take the final Streetfighter out to the harbor for a paddle just to have some fun. flatwater “boofing”, imaginary “eddies”, cross bow moves through invisible “wave trains” were all part of the mix that this 6-yr-old wanna be went through… and it’s confirmed. in those sorts on imaginary class 5 rapids, the board rocks!

Ok, we know it rocks on the real thing too, but hey… there is none right now to be had. What can a big boy do, right?

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Final Production Waikiki

After a long (and fun) period of development of the Waikiki, the final version is now in production… made right here in Southern California USA. At just over 48lbs, this is one of the lightest plastic boards on the market, and us certainly the lightest 11′ plastic board by far. Outfitted with three carry handles, a snap in removable fin (standard US box so ANY fin will work), a “paddle plug” so your paddle can be stored vertically while you do other things… like fish, front urethane hatch (not a screw in type hatch that always leaks and breaks – this sucker is water tight), deck bungee, kayak seat clip in points, full deck traction pad, and a built in fitting for our innovative fishing rig system (see the photos), this board is also one of the best outfitted on the market. Easily able to carry a 300lbs paddler, the Waikiki is stable, has great glide and simply put, is a whole lot of fun.

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Belissima 2013 closer look

I wanted to take this opportunity to take a closer look at the 2013 Bellissima. There are a few, very subtle changes from the 2012 version, other than the colour. The 1st, and most important, is that the board is now made in the USA using locally produced materials and labor. This is key if we are to support the local economy and give back to an industry that has been great to us. The construction is a step forward from what the industry does as a whole. Boards are either painted on the core (which reduces the ability of the epoxy to bond to the core), and then laminated over the outside, or in the case of Chinese made boards, painted over the fiberglass (usually to hide imperfections and inferior materials). We pigment the epoxy which accomplishes two things. It ads significant UV protection to the epoxy, thus extending the life of the board, and because there is no paint on the foam, we get a superior bond making the board stronger. The shape itself is similar to 2012, with just a ever so slight adjustment in tail rocker so its easier to surf, and a more efficient entry waterline to increase glide and speed. Overall, the 2013 Bellissima is an amazing board, coming out right at 17lbs making it easy for women to carry even long distances.

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SUP the Grand Canyon

The first SUP winter descent of the Grand Canyon!

25 days in the Grand Canyon in the middle of December, good or bad idea? As soon as somebody heard that I wanted to go down the whole way on a SUP board they mostly proclaimed me as crazy. Well, I thought it was a great idea. And now in retrospect, after 25 days of standup paddling through the Canyon I have to say, it was one of the best ideas I´ve ever had so far. I knew of 2 guys who have done the descent on a SUP in the summer but of nobody who has tried it in the winter. And I knew that the water would be nearly the same temperature as in summer, as it comes out of the bottom of a dam and therefore is already quite fresh, also in summer times. But the air would be much colder in December, which means a good drysuit is a must-have for the trip, as it was quite probable, that I would take some falls in the big rapids and therefore might swim the one or other minute in the refreshing Colorado. And yes, I had some swims, but as I always chose the most deep line through the rapids, with the least possible rock contact, I was fine when I was ejected from the board, as the Colorado is a rather high volume river. As I did not have a leash on me this time, I think I would put one on (not too tight), on a high volume river like the colorado, next time. Because I was separated from the board twice on the trip, where either me or my board got stuck in an eddy and my girlfriend Maria (big thanks for her safety-boating!) had to re-unite me with my board. On all other occasions I was able to get back on the board in the rapid myself. So why do I think that a SUP is such a great idea in the Grand Canyon? First of all, if you are a solid class IV or V boater you will not get very much excitement in the Canyon and with a SUP on the other hand, every harder rapid, i.e. class 7-9 (the Grand Canyon scale goes from class 1 – 9) gets very exciting. And even if you don`t want to run the harder rapids on the SUP, you can always jump on a raft for the harder rapids and “just” do the easier rapids on the SUP, as even the smaller riffles are exciting with the SUP-board, because you have to keep focused to keep your balance. Even if you say, I don`t want to run any rapid at all, I still would recommend to take a SUP along, as the Grand Canyon is probably 90% flatwater and I loved to paddle those flat stretches on the SUP and everybody on your trip will have a blast when you can take turns on the SUP and thereby get more variety into the raft- or kayak-flatwater paddling or oaring. Last but not least my two cents about the craft I used for this adventure. I really liked the Tahiti Corran SUP on the trip, as it was really stable in the rapids and still long enough, to have enough speed to get nicely forward on the flat parts. If I get ever the chance to go again on the Grand Canyon, I would love to try out the Streetfighter board or the Combat. Because trading in some whitewater performance against some speed on the flatwater would be ok as with the Tahiti I was always way faster than our raft on the flatwater. All in all I can just say, get on a Grand Canyon trip and take along a SUP- board!

Happy paddling!
Markus

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Final Streetfighter

The 2013 Streetfighter is now finished. And this board is amazing! I’ve posted some photos of the original proto Streetfighter from 2012 (in Yellow) and the final one for 2013 to show the differences (these photos the board is missing the three handles and deck bungee). The most obvious is the addition of a hatch in the front of the board that accesses a recessed “bucket”. This allows you to carry a camera, throw-bag, medical kit, a fin or water bottle – anything you need. Obviously the recess has limited capacity, but its enough to take the necessities. We have also added a “kicker” for the front foot to help with boofing drops (its so cool we’ve filed for a patent). The main problem is that anything over about 5′, the board drops away from the paddler. Footstraps are dangerous as your foot can get tangled and ankle snapping is a real concern. This system is just enough to hook under and lift the nose when boofing so you stay connected, but the foot slips out effortlessly if there is any twist. The shapes of the old and new boards are similar, with a few important performance improvements. The nose of the 2013 has been brought to more of a point so it pierces waves rather than plunging into them, and the deck has been peaked for better water shedding. Slightly wider and more voluminous in the very tail also helps with sticking drops and random diagonal waves that tend to catch and trip the paddler. High initial stability has been replaced with improved secondary stability so that the board is easy to roll rail to rail when navigating messy hard rapids, while giving the necessary stability when on edge to stay confidently planted over the board. Having paddled pretty much every board out there in whitewater, we can state confidently that this board is leaps and bounds ahead of the next best thing for those looking to take whitewater SUP to the next level.

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Big n Huge day

With all the excitement about the Mach1, we’ve neglected to talk about another board we have in our lineup – the “BIG ‘n huge”. While there is no doubt the main goal of this board was to create a board that a total beginner could use to start paddleboarding (in both surf and lakes), we also wanted a board that in the hands of good surfers, would be a whole lot of fun. And it’s quite literally that. We went out with three completely different surfers – an experienced 160lbs shortboarder who had never SUP before, a 120lbs girl who’s an experienced SUP surfer, and an expert 180lbs SUP surfer. All three said the same thing: “This board is so much fun!”. Yup – it was hands down, a paddles up day, with almost illegal ear to ear smiles. Perhaps the best comment was from Chelu, “I really liked the board. This is the first time I’ve really nose ridden, and it was amazing. But it still turned so well, and perhaps most of all, I had such a good time just paddling around because no matter how hard I paddled, the board always went faster, so it was a great work-out”. Yeah… we agree… and the photo of Chelu paddling out over the huge surf is a testament to the boards speed and stability!

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Killer day at Trails

Today we got to surf an amazing group with a great gang of Sup Surfers… Joe Carberry from SUP magazine, Chelu from Chelu Surfboards, and Donnie and I from Corran SUP… the surf was waist to chest high most of the day, peeling nicely, and Oh-SO-FUN! Warm, almost no wind, and a deserted lineup made for wave after wave after wave. I was completely exhausted when we were done and it was all I could do to walk up the trail after we were done. But everyone agreed… this was one of the best days in a long time.

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