Author Archives: Jason Lee

NLand Surf Park: Man-Made Surf Spot

  Wave pools are more and more likely to be included in surfing’s future. Pro surfer Kelly Slater’s company Slater Wave Co. created a wave pool in California (inland, away from the coast), though it is not yet open to the public, and the New York Times reports a surfing “lagoon” opening soon in Austin, Texas. The […]

Naish Maliko Shines in Victoria Cup

The Victoria Cup occurred this past May, but a recent video from Naish shows off their team’s success at the competition, as well as the beauty that is the Naish Javelin Maliko race board. If you can’t ride a board before purchasing, it’s nice to at least see video of it in action for an idea […]

Canada Freestyle Kiteboarding Competition

Our friendly neighbors to the north hosted the Canada Freestyle Kiteboarding Championship, also called 2016 Kite Clash this past weekend. The event took place over the course of 3 days with competitions in freestyle, big air, and best trick. The competition included divisions for juniors (under 18 years old), men, masters (over 35 years old) and women’s. […]

Naish 2017 Kite Video Released

Naish has released their promo for their 2017 line of kite gear. The video doesn’t tell us much about their new products, but shows a montage of the equipment in action in both twin tip and surf styles. The impressive video shows off the Naish 2017 equipment well and we’re excited to see it in action […]

Starboard Riders Dominate Oregon SUP Race

Congratulations are in order for SUP team riders, Connor Baxter and Fiona Wylde, who won in their men and women’s divisions in The Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge’s Double Downwinder race. Connor took first, finishing the eight mile race 30 seconds before second place winner, Bern Roediger. Fiona also took first place in the women’s division finishing […]

2016 Starboard SUP Demo Recap

In June, California Kiteboarding teamed up with Starboard and Dana McGregor for a Starboard SUP Demo and Dana’s kid’s camp. The event took place at Shell Beach, just north of Pismo Beach in San Luis Obispo County and hosted about 20 curious SUP boarders. California Kiteboarding’s Oliver Issa said the demo was great for those […]

"Chasing Gold" SUP Movie Premieres

The World Premiere of SUP movie, “Chasing Gold” occurred last Friday at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach. The film is up for movie of the year at the 2016 SUP Awards. Directed by Brent Deal, the movie follows the American team of the International Surfing Association’s World SUP and Paddleboard Championships in 2015. The American team […]

Surfing Officially Joins the Olympics

Last week the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that five new sports would be included in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The sports include: Baseball/softball, skateboarding, sports climbing, karate, and surfing. Surfer Magazine reports that the Olympic surfing events will take place in the ocean, not a wave pool as some speculated. There will be […]

Starboard Rider Wins Five Consecutive Eurotour Events

Kai Lenny isn’t the only professional paddle board racer making news this month with Starboard rider Leonard Nika winning five events in a row in the Eurotour. Nika’s latest achievement was taking first place in the São Jorge 2 Pico Challenge in Portugal. The race takes place between two of the region’s islands, Pico and São […]

Kai Lenny Sets Record at M2O Paddle Race

Naish rider, Kai Lenny has a lot to celebrate this week after not only coming in first place at the Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O) Paddleboard Championship, but also setting a new world record in the race. Lenny finished the race in four hours and seven minutes. The previous record was held by Starboard’s Connor Baxter […]

How to Get Started with SUP Yoga

Yoga is already a great exercise for your core and gaining balance, but adding a SUP board and taking it out on the water makes for an even greater challenge with a far better view. If you've been interested in SUP yoga, but unsure how to start, these tips are for you! Find the Perfect [...]

2017 Slingshot Kite Gear

We are now carrying Slingshot's 2017 kiteboard line! Our collection of Slingshot's new gear so far includes the Rally, Wave SST, and Fuel kites, and the Refraction Pro, Asylum, and Misfit twintip boards. 2017 Slingshot Kites [stark_headline title="Rally "] The Slingshot 2017 Rally is the go-to kite for those flying in all conditions and ideal [...]

Starboard's Noli SUP Race 2016 Recap

On July 16th and 17th, the Euro Tour hosted the Noli SUP Race in Italy. The tour is presented by Starboard and began just last year. With the goal of unifying what they describe as a “fragmented racing scene” the Euro Tour hosts 13 SUP events in eight different countries over six weekends. The event […]

Manatee Surprises Florida Paddleboarders

In this adorable video, making the internet rounds on Buzzfeed and Youtube, two paddleboarders are surprised by a manatee in Jupiter, Florida. The little (if you can call him that) guy not only swims up to one of the girls, but rests his flippers on her board for a bit. Lots of squealing ensues, but we […]

Derek's First SUP Day!

California Kiteboarding employee, Derek, had his first SUP session Wednesday at Avila Beach with California Kiteboarding's Jason Lee. The summer weather made it a perfect day to get out on the water! It was Derek's first experience stand up paddle boarding and it was a bit more work than he bargained for despite previous experience [...]

First 4K Feature Length Kiteboarding Movie Releases Trailer

“Chapter One – The Kiteboard Legacy Begins” released its trailer yesterday on YouTube. The movie is the first 4k feature length movie to be made on kiteboarding. Judging from the trailer it looks expertly filmed and we can’t wait to see it! The movie will feature kiteboarding in Fiji, Hawaii, Necker Island, Brazil, and Cape Town. […]

Shakira Westdorp SUP Surfs Minnie Waters

In a short video from Daniel O’sullivan, Starboard shows off their team member Shakira Westdorp as she SUP surfs Minnie Waters in New South Wales, Australia. Westdorp uses a Starboard Pro 7’1″ and one of Starboard’s newest models, the Hyper Nut 6’9″. The video begins with her waxing down her Starboard Pro before paddling out […]

2016 Paddle for Hope: Starboard's Highlights

The 2016 Paddle for Hope took place in February in New Zealand. The event, held since 2011, raises money for PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Trust with the goal of funding rehabilitation programs for those affected by cancer. Starboard, who sells the event’s fundraising SUP board, filmed the event and put together a highlights video […]

Starboard Rider Wins Fastest Paddler on Earth Competition

Starboard racer, Connor Baxter, won the Fastest Paddler on Earth competition at the Lost Mills SUP event in Germany riding the Starboard Sprint. Video of his win can be seen in the Facebook video above from SUP Racer. Starboard released this statement from Baxter about his incredible win: "As it got close for me to go [...]

Kiting Route: Oceano to Shell Beach

California Kiteboarding's Jason Lee and friends Victor, Brian, Scott, Dave, John, and Caveman had quite the kiting adventure yesterday when they kited 18 miles from Oceano to Shell Beach and back. Jason used a foilboard and hydrofoil while the rest of the gang used kiteboards (giving him an edge on speed). Their route can be [...]