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29
Feb

California Kiteboarding's Stand Up Paddle Adventures at Avila Bay

Another beautiful summer day in Avila Beach for a Stand Up Paddle lesson and tour. California Kiteboarding typically insists on doing our lessons and tours in the morning to avoid wind, but sometimes our clients like to start the lesson a little later. Our paddlers in this adventure at Avila were Ryan, Nick, Julie, Megan, …

23
Feb

Strive Surfboards Team Rider Jamie Mitchell Wins ASL/Oakley Big Wave Award for "Biggest Paddle In"

Sydney, Australia – (February 13, 2012) Strive Surfboards newest team rider, Jamie Mitchell, earns "Biggest Paddle In" award at the 2011/2012 Surfing Life's Oakley Big Wave Awards.   "That was the first time guys had really taken it on by paddling, and it was amazing to watch," said Damien Warr, winner of the overall biggest wave award and who …

23
Feb

The 2nd Annual Nautic SUP Paris Crossing

    For a second consecutive year, the 10km stand up paddle crossing through Paris on the river Seine was held on Sunday, December 4th. While over two hundred paddlers signed up for the race this year, the competition was unfortunately limited to only one hundred people.   It was a windy, chilly morning when …

23
Feb

Central Coast Ladies Stand Up Paddle Day with California Kiteboarding.

California Kiteboarding,LLC organized a free stand up paddle board day for Central Coast ladies! Overall, we had a pretty good turnout with most of our demo and rental boards in the water. The two crew leaders in charge of the ladies were Jason Lee and Wes Cooke. The Ladies included: Natalie Lee, Courtney Scallan, Michelle …

9
Feb

Cal Poly Stand Up Paddle Adventure

  It was another beautiful day to stand up paddle board. California Kiteboarding, LLC applied Cal Poly's "Learn by Doing" philosophy on this adventure. But, the interesting part is the philosophy wasn't applied to Cal Poly students, instead on Cal Poly professors and Alumni. The professors were Carly Head, Carter Hammett, Amy Swanson, and Staley Avakian. …

9
Feb

Jamie Mitchel and Bark Dominator SUP Mission in Avila, California

  Jason Lee and John McMasters had little time to make it to a 2012 Superbowl party. So, they had to make a quick 4.85 Nautical mile paddle (5.58 Miles). The weather was 75 degress in Avila Beach, perfect for Winter in California, so a wetsuit wasn't necessary. McMasters was riding the 2012 Bark Dominator, while …

2
Feb

Youri Zoon in Cape Town, South Africa

Youri Zoon is a talented kitesurfer who loves the sport. So talented, that he is the PKRA World Champion. According to his website, http://www.yourizoon.com, not only does he fly slingshot kites, but this year he is riding with the RPM that he helped develop and test. He is a twenty-two year old who has been riding …

1
Feb

A Perfect Day in Chile

Punta de Lobos, Chile  Naish Team rider, Arnaud Frennet, shares his new definition of the perfect day:    What a Sunday! It started at dawn with a SUP surf session in perfect glassy waves. Very long lefts rolling in front of an impressive cliff in the middle of nowhere, and only 6 people in the …

1
Feb

Berndt Roediger riffs on his Dakhla Festival experience

  Dakhla, Morocco by Bernd Roediger    The 2011 Dakhla Festival in Morocco was a really cool experience for me. Being in Morocco opened my eyes to an entirely different culture, not to mention some unreal surf! I got the news that Dad and I had been selected to go to Dakhla after the Sunset …

1
Feb

The Dakhla Festival 2011: Morocco

Dakhla, Morocco    Dakhla, with its open bay on the Atlantic, is fast becoming a hotspot in the world of water sports. For the 5th consecutive year, amateur and professional of windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing and stand up paddling disciplines met in a festival that creatively mixed sport and culture.   Congratulations to Nicole, who placed …

1
Feb

How to Increase your Paddling Power

This has been a full summer of paddling for sure, whatever your style: downwinders, flat-water, waves or the Moto X of SUP: SUPCross. I’ve been getting lots of emails from you as you improve your SUP skills and increase your strength. That’s awesome! I’m glad the SUP-specific fitness tips I’ve designed for you are working …

25
Jan

Live to fly: Anarchist & Anarchist Pro

The Anarchist is designed for free riders and those who enjoy all aspects of kiting. The board has a very positive driving turn thanks to the fin position being set very in board. This makes it ideal for those looking for that Surfing feel. The Anarchist is also very smooth in even the choppiest of conditions thanks to …

18
Jan

Escaping the UK winter chill

The UK can be dark, bleak and freezing cold in January and 2011 began with no exception, so Naish UK windsurfing team rider Jan Sleigh took off to Cape Verde in search of warm winter wind and waves and discovered an SUP playground.   “Our trip was mainly to find some windsurfing spots, but the …

18
Jan

Naish France welcomes Faustine Merret

  Naish France is very happy to welcome Faustine Merret on it’s SUP team. Faustine, whose impressive sports career as a professional windsurfer has been turning heads since 1996, finally succumbed to the joys of SUP.   Currently the Sport Technical Consultant in the Sailing League of Brittany and very involved in triathlons, she gathers …

18
Jan

Kai's Winning Quiver

Kai Lenny, SUP world champion, came back from the first event of this year’s tour a winner. We got a chance to pick his brain about the challenging conditions the riders faced at the Sunset Beach Pro this year and what Kai’s board choices were for the event. It seems that with the wide variety …

18
Jan

Paddle for the Flood

January 2011 saw massive destruction with flooding and then cyclones. Thousands of people were affected by these disasters and lost everything including their families. Paddlers of the Gold Coast and surrounding areas came together on Saturday the 5th of February, 2011 to paddle a circuit in the Currumbin Creek for 24 hours nonstop to raise …

18
Jan

Destination 3 Degrees: Costa Rica

This month, Jenny Kalmbach and Morgan Hoesterey continued their environmental and standup paddleboarding adventures – this time traveling to Costa Rica where Jenny was born and raised. Starting in the capitol of San Jose, the girls and friends, including photographer Shannon Switzer, traveled to the Pacific coast to surf, paddle and raise awareness against plastic …

18
Jan

Karen Wrenn: The First SUP Crossing of the Channel Islands

Last week, stand up paddler Karen Wrenn became the first person to paddle between all 8 of the Channel Islands, consecutively, off the coast of Southern California. Rough seas, inclement weather, long distances and sealife with mighty big teeth were some of the challenges she had to overcome to make the crossing.   “After he …

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