Surftech Suptmber Sessions

Surftech Suptember Sessions

Appleby in Top Form Heading Into BOP

Candice is on fire as we approach the Battle of the Paddle! With successive wins at the Tahoe Nalu, Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge and the Duke Ocean Festival, Candice seems to be peaking at the right time. "I feel ready! I've raced just about everyone in the past few weeks, my boards are fast, my body is strong and the BOP is held in surf-my favorite place," said Appleby. Candice kept her win streak alive a couple of weeks ago at the Surf Race to Victory finishing ahead of Morgan Hoesterey and Hallie Harrison.


2012 Candice Appleby SUP Results:

Womens Champion, Surf Race to Victory, Huntington Beach, CA 
1st Place, Long Distance, Gorge Paddle Challenge, Hood River, Oregon
1st Place, Course Race, Gorge Paddle Challenge, Hood River, Oregon
1st Place, Long Distance, Tahoe Nalu SUP Festival, Lake Tahoe, California
1st Place, Survivor Race, Tahoe Nalu SUP Festival, Lake Tahoe, California
1st Place, Surftech Jay Race, Santa Cruz, California

For complete 2012 results check out Candice's web site


Jamie Mitchell is quite possibly the best over-all water athlete of our time and Surftech would like to congratulate Jamie on being honored as SUP Connect's "SUP Man of the Year"!

In some circles he is best known for his 10 consecutive Molokai to Oahu Ocean paddling championship wins. However, the stand up paddle community also recognizes his phenomenal achievements in SUP racing and surfing as well as his involvement in the sport.

Go over to for the full story. 

2012 Jamie Mitchell SUP Results:

1st place Long Distance, ISA World SUP Champs, Peru
2nd place Technical Course, ISA World SUP Champs, Peru
Winner, Biggest Paddle-in Wave, Australian·Big Wave Awards
Winner,·Waterman of the Year, Australian Surfing Hall of Fame
1st Place, Long Distance, Waikiki Paddle Festival
1st Place, Long Distance, Tahoe Nalu SUP Festival, California
1st Place, Survivor Race, Tahoe Nalu SUP Festival, California
1st Place, Great Lakes SUP Classic, Michigan
1st Place, Long Beach 10 Miler, New York
1st Place, Surftech Jay Race, California

For complete results check out 


Morgan & Leane's Peruvian Conquest 

Mitcho and Becker Invade Europe

Roch and Rand are Tops in Tahoe 

A few days ago, I stepped off an airplane and was greeted by my friend Leane Darling along with her new friend, Peruvian big wave charger Jaime Venegas. The two of them were smiling from ear to ear because they had just come from Pico Alto, a big wave spot in Punta Hermosa. Jaime explained that he had watched history take place that morning when Leane paddled out and dropped in on a few giant Pico Alto bombs… read Morgan's blog for the rest of the story. Fate is good to some people. For team riders Jamie Mitchell and Matt Becker, fate shined upon them on their trip home from the Surftech Jay Race in June. After the race, the two headed south bound for the Becker home in Santa Barbara. As fate would have it, Jamie recalled that a friend had offered him a place to stay near Santa Barbara. When the duo arrived to the friend's home, it turned out that the Princess of Monaco was there for dinner (JM has important friends!). Jamie and Matt being the charming fellas that they are, were invited by the Princess to spend a few weeks at her palace in Monaco. More info from their European exploits coming soon! The 2012 O'Neill Tahoe Fall Classic took place last weekend in pristine conditions. With more than 100 competitors in the hunt, Roch Frey lead the race from the start on his UL Bark prone paddleboard with Rand Carter not far behind. Roughly two hours into the race, Carter made a move on his UL Bark SUP, overtaking Roch with just over an hour left in the race.  Rand finished the 22 mile race in 3:35:20, beating out Frey by just over a minute. The two finished more than 15 minutes ahead of the 3rd place finisher! Click HERE for full race results.  


Board Spotlight – 12'6"  Flowmaster

The new 12'6" Surftech Flowmaster was featured in the July 2012 issue as one of the best stand up paddleboards for beginners. While it is a great entry level SUP, the Flowmaster – with it's stable yet sleek design – is best known as the ultimate touring SUP. The Flowmaster features a soft traction pad running the length of the deck, combined with a set of tie-down points which allows for easy gear storage. 

"Though it shares the general outline of a displacement-hull-style race board, the 12-foot-6-inch Flowmaster packs added thickness and float throughout, making it a steady, comfortable ride – more Cadillac than Ferrari. This long-distance board's sharp nose slices through chop, while the 30-inch width and mostly flat hull have even total beginners feeling stable immediately. The many tie-down points on the front deck make this board a good choice for multiday SUP camping trips and long-distance cruising." – Mens Journal


Upcoming Events

2012 Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle

The Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is an ocean festival that includes races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels. From beginners to family and company relay teams, to high intensity elite competition, Battle of the Paddle is a showcase for the world's fastest growing water sport.

Battle of the Bay

Get your calendars out and mark the dates October 13th & 14th when SUP Racing will take the San Francisco Bay by storm in the inaugural Battle Of The Bay SUP Race & Expo. With a $5,000 cash purse on the line, expect some of the world's top SUP paddlers to be battling it out for top honors.

Underpants Run and Triathlete Recovery Demo Oct. 11th

The run was conceived of in 1998 by Chris Danahy, Tim Morris, and Paul Huddle as a protest against wearing Speedos in inappropriate places (stores, restaurants, etc.) and has morphed into an Ironman pre-event ice breaker and local fund raiser. It's now an integral part of the Ironman World Championship event week. Now supported by the McMichael family (owners of Pacific Vibrations), CLIF Bar, Cannondale, Head Sweats, Garmin, 110%, Surftech, Green Layer, Wattie Ink, Betty Designs, LAVA Magazine and, the run continues to grow with the mission of having a little fun and giving back to this great local community. 

Mill Valley Surf Film Festival

The 1st Annual Mill Valley Surf Film Festival will take place on Saturday October 20th, 2012 at the Sweetwater Music Hall in downtown Mill Valley, CA. We will be screening an incredible selection of surf films that celebrate the art of wave riding and the beauty of the ocean. Lovers of the sea will want to check out our five feature films including, Lost and Found, Destination 3 Degrees, Here and Now, Green Iguana and Taylor Steele's, This Time Tomorrow. Along with the featured films we will screen 9 independent short films. The Festival will bring together local artists, acoustic musicians, ocean related charities and close with San Francisco's own, The Mermen.


SUPtember Giveaway!

Enter to win the ultimate SUPtember Giveaway! This fully-loaded SUPtember prize pack valued at over $2000.00 will have you covered from head to toe, featuring a Surftech SUP Board, KIALOA SUP Paddle, Hinano Clothing, Kaenon Sunglasses and accessories, Vertra Sunscreen, a Camelbak Hydration Pack and a pair of OluKai Sandals.

We're taking entries online through September 30, 2012 and on site at the Battle of the Paddle taking place this weekend in Dana Point, CA. Click HERE to enter!!


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