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Catherine Uden takes advantage of the last golden rays of sunlight — paddle till the end of light. Photo: Haka
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Hawaii in July signifies the epic Molokai To Oahu Paddleboard World Championships is in town. Competitors are on the island finding ways to prepare by keeping their training in check, building up to the event. Starboard’s Tomoyasu Marubayashi has the variety to help stay active, without overtraining for the 32-miles across the Kaiwi Channel. Hydro-foiling is what he loves doing the most; it helps maintain a solid agility training schedule throughout the week in the pristine waters along the Honolulu coastline. Tomo is guaranteed both a good cardio leg burner while keeping the passion on the water — with a smile. As the world of SUP continues evolving, watermen like this guy, stay active and stoked with a mix on the water. The rest of the paddleboard family around the world as well as back in his homeland of Japan joins his mindset. Enjoy the motion of water and keep your training one of joy and stoke just like SUP Tomo! Reid Inouye Publisher, Standup Paddle Magazine
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Thomas Maximus: Visualize to Internalize
Jeramie Vaine: Awareness and Confidence
Paddle Core Fitness: Finding Your Center
How to Wear Your Straight Leash Properly
36 TALE OF THREE CROSSINGS
M2O Paddleboard World Championships
58 YOLO BOARD LIFESTYLE
Retreats and Camps Around the Globe
82 QUIVER & WHEELS
Ian “Airstream” Balding
88 PRODUCT REVIEW
ON THIS PAGE: Coming into the island of Oahu from the Kaiwi Channel, the route from Portlock Point to China Wall off East Oahu was a “Cat and Mouse” chase between Connor Baxter and Travis Grant. Two of the most intense paddlers in the world — it was a battle of the mind. Travis Grant (here), won the mind battle. Photo: Jianca Lazarus
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H O W TO H EA LT H w it h Scott Estrada
GOT SHROOMS?:: THE MAGIC OF MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS
What a time we live in! Innovation and creativity are thriving replacing old outdated ways of doing things giving rise to more alignment and harmony to support our best healthy, balanced self. One of the innovations in the health/nutrition field is the sourcing, processing and delivery of ancient fungi or medicinal mushrooms making it very simple and convenient to take these incredible gifts of nature into our daily self-care program.
My limited experience with mushrooms growing up was the white button variety on pizza or the foraging of the “psychedelic” variety after a good rain — no one had ever taught me about the value of diversity for actual health benefits. This would come later as I learned about a man that lived not far from me in Washinton state named Paul Stamets. He had been studying and growing these gems for years and knew a ton about the characteristics and benefits of several varieties. This mycologist extraordinaire has been a true trailblazer in the field inspiring others to dig deep into the subject and spawn new ventures like one of my favorite new companies, Four Sigmatic that offers
CHAGA Called the King of mushrooms for its highly touted anti-oxidant, cellular protection and high anti-cancer properties; this particular fungus grows in northern, colder regions of the world and found on trunks of Birch trees. Its appearance is very dense, like burnt growth from the tree that many would never recognize as a mushroom. Starting your day by adding to coffee/ tea blends supports longevity, antiaging and anti-viral activities making this shroom a potent immune boosting agent!
REISHI Every King has a Queen and Reishi is her name! True story — they call her the Queen in all her glory and magnificence! These powerful fungi support relaxation, restful sleep, immunity and liver health. Reishi is also a weapon against anxiety and depression, allergies and supports liver health. Taking this at night in tea can help you relax and rest well if insomnia troubles you or is your having a stressful day.
All of these incredible medicinal mushrooms have been long studied and are opening areas new research all the time to unlock the magic of these mystical fungi that have within them the wisdom of the cosmos that we can learn. They all contain properties of anti-inflammation, immunity boosting, longevity, and vitality. Modern innovation has given
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easy to use, convenient package mushroom powders that you add to coffee, tea, smoothie — you name it! From beginning to end this company does a fantastic job of delivering quality through the process of dual extraction to ensure the highest bio-available product to the consumer that is quickly becoming the mainstream and used by anyone interested in better performance, nutrition, and stress fighting adaptogenic compounds that these shrooms contain. Many varieties of mushrooms have medicinal properties but let’s take a peek into what many consider the top four types that anyone can use to boost their overall health and vitality
CORDYCEPS This one is quickly becoming the favorite of athletes and active people for its energy and performance benefits. Cordyceps contains elements that help boost ATP (energy) in the cell and support stamina, endurance, and fatigue during training. It’s also a natural libido booster for both sexes, promoting blood flow, reducing inflammation and boosting reproductive organ function; kidneys, heart and balanced blood sugar levels receive support with this amazing mushroom.
LIONS MANE What a powerhouse this fungus is for all things brain health. Lions Mane has substantial benefits for focus, concentration, and memory. A tonic for the nervous system and can support neurogenesis (new nerve cell growth) which can be super important after a trauma and prevent dementia and early onset Alzheimer’s. Respect this mushroom and what it can do to keep your noggin and nerves healthy! That’s smart!
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H O W TO TRAINING with Thomas “Maximus” Shahinian
VISUALIZE TO INTERNALIZE:: One of the major aspects attributed to the explosive growth of our sport is its simplicity to learn the basic paddle stroke. Although for those who choose to further progress in developing their stand-up paddle stroke will soon learn that proper is more complex than initially discovered. An easy method to grasp and commit key components of the stroke to memory can be done by using illustrations, analogies, and metaphors to visualize and internalize these aspects.
ANCHOR YOUR BLADE: While it may appear that the paddle moves more than any other part of your body or equipment, slow-motion photography of elite paddlers reveal the blade exits in the same spot it entered or slightly ahead of its entry point! Visualize yourself reaching forward and thrusting your board past your paddle blade as if each stroke was column ahead of you cast in concrete!
NOTE: This is an abbreviated overview of “Visualize to Internalize” and significantly expanded upon within individual and group paddle clinics with Thomas Maximus. Email Maximus@FirstTeamXtreme.com to schedule a clinic at a Race, Shop or Club near you.
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Riviera team rider Thomas Maximus has more than 20 years of experience racing outrigger canoes; along with training and competing in over 150 SUP races since 2008 resulting in over eighty 1st place wins and multiple course records.
H O W TO Y O G A w i t h Je ramie Vaine
AWARENESS AND CONFIDENCE::
REVOLVED HALF MOON POSE We all have limits. Sometimes they are set a bit lower due to our perception of what we can do. Revolved Half Moon will challenge you; strengthen your body and opening up your mind. This pose provides confidence and body awareness and helps us when we head back out on the water to paddle.
Start in a standing position. Relax the feet; allow them to be stacked below the hips. There will be about two fists gap between them. Ground down through the heels, balls of the feet and toes. Soften the knees. The core will engage, tighten the abdominals. Relax the shoulders down away from the ears. Chin will rise slightly up as if standing proud. Think of pushing the top of the head towards the clouds. Create length in the entire body.
Connect with your breath and notice how the body feels. Revolved Half Moon is an active pose. The legs and core may begin to shake. Let the breath deepen. Stay here for three full rounds of breath. Maybe close the eyes challenging your balance. On the last inhale, begin to sweep the hands overhead and keep the connection with the feet and length through the spine. Stay here for three breaths. Encourage the body to open up and deepen your connection to the earth. This action will build more space in the body.
Slide the right leg towards the back of the mat, away from the body. Once the leg is straight, push through the right heel and point the right big toe. Slowly raise the leg off the ground. You can build further upon this balance pose by adding a twist. If the block or chair is being used, continue to do so. The right palm, whether on the ground block or chair, will be underneath the right shoulder. About six inches in front of the left foot plant down through the right hand and left foot. Bring the left hand to the left hip. Keep the gaze down on the earth. Unless an increase challenge is needed, keep the breath steady. Stay for a complete round of inhaling and exhale. This is a modified variation of Revolved Half Moon.
If you seek more of a challenge and you are comfortable with the last step you can continue to explore the full expression of this pose. Twist from the core. Not the hips. And open up through the chest and shoulder. Straighten the arm to the sky. The gaze can stay down focused on the left toes or for more of a challenge you can draw your gaze up at the left fingers. In this expression, keep the length through the legs and spine, allowing the breath to deepen the twist and increase the balance.
Gentle bend in the knees with your hands making their way down to the thighs, shins or ground. Slowly begin to shift your weight onto the left foot and into the hands. If the hands are not able to connect with the ground â€” a block or chair can be used.
Stay for at least three full rounds of breath. Then untwisting and lowering the leg and arm back to the ground. Repeat the steps on the other side of the body. This can be added to many sequences to warm up the body for paddling.
Jeramie Vaine is SUP Coach, SUP Yoga and Yoga Instructor. He shares his knowledge and the benefits of yoga at clinics, demos and races around the country. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FINDING YOUR BOARD’S SWEET SPOT FOR FLAT WATER :: THE SWEET SPOT What is the “Sweet Spot” of the board you may ask? It is the balance and footing area of your paddleboard which gives you the best glide on the water and one that helps you ease and flow through the water. Whether you are on a recreational or a race board, the best time on the water is one in which you find speed and glide with minimal effort. Finding the sweet spot can help you accelerate rather than decelerate while giving maximum paddle efficiency with minimal effort .
STANDING TOO FAR BACK If you are paddling while standing too far back on your board, you are dragging water with your body weight on your tail. You will also be working too hard to get forward speed.
STANDING TOO FAR FORWARD If you are too far forward, your board will submerge the nose, especially on a recreational board. With a race board you will find it more forgiving due to the volume (more foam or fullness within the nose of your board). You could also lose fin control as a result of the tail of your board lifting.
THE CENTER - YOUR SWEET SPOT Center yourself and feel where you get the best glide. Your board is now balanced, and you should be able to paddle smoothly and efficiently without fighting the forward flow with each paddle stroke. If you have a middle handle insert, stand with your feet apart just forward of the center handle. You should feel both a forward and back balance. When paddling in calm water, especially with most name brand boards on the market, you should be able to find glide without any slowing down or drag on the water. Finding your center will make your paddling that much sweeter.
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LEASH UP :: Leashing up correctly is something which could save yourself a disastrous nightmare. Proper strapping to your ankle to avoid your leash slipping off or leg tangle will be a safer time on the water. Simply follow these four steps.
PUT IT ON BEFORE VENTURING OUT Put your leash on while on the beach or in shallow shoreline water, not while you are on your board or in deep water.
LEASH FROM BACK TO FRONT Adjust your Velcro strap on the side which is called your “natural stance” where you foot tends to step back on your tail (similar to being right or left handed), but make sure you start from back to front which allows you to tighten the strap on the outside and back.
RUN YOUR VELCRO FROM THE OUTSIDE FRONT TO BACK This will allow you to adjust your strap and keep your leash rope out to the side at a 2:00 to 3:00 o’clock angle. The biggest mistake is leashing up with your rope facing inward, forward or to the back, which creates, wrapping, tangling and tripping around your leash. And finally, make sure you have it tight so it won’t slip around your ankle, but not too tight to the point of losing circulation in your leg.
NOW THAT YOU’RE SET, PADDLE SAFELY Have a great time on the water and check your leash from time to time by looking down.
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MAKE A LEASH LOOP AND ATTACH IT TO YOUR BOARD :: An essential part of safety on the water, which paddlers sometimes ignore is the little loop cord or line, which attaches the leash rope to the board. Improper attachment, a poorly sourced strong line or simple maintenance ignorance and your board could be a drifting down a river, or out to sea by strong winds or rip currents in the surf. Play it smart and take time for safety awareness. Although there are many ways to do this, here’s a quick step by step in leash loop attachments.
Find some rope with a minimum breaking strength of at least 500 pounds test. We usually use nylon cord similar to military parachute line. Do not use a zip-tie or bungee cord, as it will eventually fall apart.
Measure and cut your cord around twelve inches long. Giving yourself more line length means an easier leash loop to tie and cut if needed.
Burn the ends so your cord will not fray over time and crimp the heated ends with pliers not your fingers to avoid burns.
Get the tail end of your leash Velcro and open it up and attach it to your leash loop.
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Secure your leash Velcro by double folding your strap and give it a good solid tug, assuring it won’t slip out.
Take the two ends and tie an overhand knot pushing the end through the loop. Pull tight, all the way down to the bottom so that the loop is big.
Use an object such as a screwdriver and push your leash loop through your leash cup. Now slide the loop side through the knotted end.
You are now ready to paddle. Be smart, safe and aware of your surroundings on the water.
Travis Grant - First Place Winner, SUP Unlimited Men’s, Overall
M O L O K A I 2 O A H U
Connor Baxter - 2nd place, SUP Unlimited Men’s
Every year, the 32-Mile Molokai To Oahu Paddleboard World Championships is an experience that becomes etched memories in
Josh Riccio - First Place, SUP Stock Men’s
every single participant. This channel crossing is considered the super bowl of prone and SUP paddling Harriett Brown - First Place, Prone Unlimited Women’s
due to its unique history of crossing the treacherous “Channel of Bones.” The Kaiwi takes you from island to
PHOTOS: JIANCA LAZURUS
island, via a tide of strategy which can make you or break you. You can have a game plan of going north or south. Others opt to bear down
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Maddie Spencer - First Place, Prone Stock Women’s
Molokai To Oahu Paddleboard World Championship Race Start
Penelope Strickland - First Place, SUP Unlimited Women’s
and head straight for the direct line
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from west Molokai’s start to Oahu’s Sandy Beach, or some head straight to Portlock’s point of entry where you could find the wind breaking straight into your face from China Wall to the finish. 2017 was another one of those
Stewart McLachlan - First Place, Prone Stock Men’s
years — hats off again to the victors and three unique individuals who had a personal interest in finishing. This is a Tale Of Three Crossings.
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MIND OVER MATTER:
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“Simple equation. Revert to our firm fixed instincts. Keep going no matter! Failure is not an option! There are honor and beauty in total exhaustion!”
You never know what life is going to throw you on any given Sunday, but when it throws you a huge unsuspecting curve, you take it straight up and put your head down and follow through — keep hammering despite a grueling time on the water until you complete your mission. It’s a mental aspect that keeps the beast of the mind tenacious and sound to the finish. Ivan Trent is one man who understand it, he’s someone who has done the whole deal — former Navy SEAL Frogman, two tours in the Middle East, second-generation waterman and someone who grew up in the ocean off the Waianae coastline riding big water. Now retired from the military life, but still putting in time training the next generation of young frogmen, Trent has crossed the channel in the past via team SUP and prone paddle, still vividly remembers the years and times. “I’ve had three previous successful times. The first time was in 2007 and part of a 2-man traditional prone team; our time was eight hours and thirteen minutes. Then in 2014, I was part of a 3-Man SUP team and our time was six hours and twenty-six minutes. The last was in 2015 3-Man SUP team with a time of six hours and twenty-four minutes.” STANDUPpaddlemagazine.COM /
“At mile 25 within the close reaches of the Hanuama Bay cliffs, I struggled with barely enough energy to maintain any forward progess against a stiff head-on current.” On deciding to do the crossing this year he adds, “This was my first solo crossing and for me, the deciding factor hinged on wanting to pay tribute to family, friends, those not afforded the opportunity, and other event racers. And of course, the entire M2O team! Surely I make no claims to greatness. None in any sporting discipline, but given the magnitude of the Kaiwi, it is the biggest self-imposed obstacle: Prepping my mindset to overcome restless doubts and case ifs. In regards to the physical challenge — I spent a lot of solo time on the feet transiting long-range ocean routes (within an array of settings). Mostly I focused on water work, paying attention on sustained tempo, technique combined with downwind runs; in less than ideal conditions — the rougher and windier the better. I did, however, make compen-
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sation and felt I needed to include light wind conditions. The mental and physical recovery factors lingered but did not stem the drive to the objective. Also preparing for the worst-case scenario — which it did at mile eight. All went as planned from the outset. A loaner custom SIC Maui F14 Bullet, very light and alive and my pre-race training runs went rather well (formerly owned by Jason Stephens —who by the way finished this year M2O with a six hour and five-minute time in the Stock Solo SUP men’s 40-49). With a fantastic boat driver Dani Loui I was set to make my solo-run to Oahu. Smooth and steady, I vectored right with a slight northerly track, then setting sights for the rhumb line. I intended to engage the wind and bumps with a slightly better angle,
then go to work hitting away. Enter mile eight (as confirmed with my speed coach GPS). In which, the onset of cramps and muscle spams manifested (inner right thigh and lower stomach). The action was imminent: increased consumption of premix fluid. Results — no joy! The pain continued to grow. I acquired my container of salt stick tabs for countermeasures! Results — still not good as the container slipped out of my chest storage pouch while I paddled. I continued, refusing to let it beat me — I kept paddling as the pain level increased. Just under the 9-mile mark, I stopped and assumed the prone position with the hopes of stretching and easing the imposed pain. The outcome didn’t change as I expected. My next steps lead me to consume associated paddler fuel items, i.e., Hammer Gel and Cubes. Misery! My escort captain
aided me in all reasonable reaches to get me up and running. The muscle cramps and spasms persisted, and it was at that stage — I had to make the command call to either pull from the event or, pound away on one cylinder. A rather grim and daunting task (as 25-miles of the Kaiwi Channel awaited). Well, in spite of the besieged realm I barked, “NO WAY AM I PULLING!” I drew on the strength of memories that my mind drifted back to my basic underwater demolition /SEAL training Class 104 (as a then trainee undergoing Hell week!) “NEVER QUIT! KEEP GOING AND SURGING FORWARD!” Additional crazy measures ensued! I GULPED PURE KAIWI OCEAN WATER! BIG GULPS with the hopes of easing the almost unbearable pain. Hoping the ocean salt would help. And it did.
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“As for respecting the channel, I say enhanced gratitude, respect, love for this beautiful blue ocean.”
I breathed a slight sigh of relief! Well, it was back on the feet, on one cylinder perhaps — but back on my feet! Pounding away! Although the pain momentarily eased to a bearable level, gulping ocean water opened another door of concern. Now the realization that I had the onset of dehydration — a double whammy with cramps and weakness. Following attempts to counteract the evolving predicament appeared fruitless. At mile 25 within the close reaches of the Hanauma Bay cliffs, I struggled with barely enough energy to maintain any forward progress against a stiff head-on current. I stood upright with the hopes of utilizing the body like a mainsail. Barely making the cutoff time, my dilemma was far from over. The last two miles took me 1.5 hours to the Maunalua finish as I repeatedly fell from sheer exhaustion and pain. My feet now puffed and swollen, with cramps beyond the scale of tolerance and surely running on fumes. I maintained that stubborn will to finish not for me! But for family, friends those not afforded the opportunity, the racers, and the entire M2O TEAMS! As I closed upon the finish in a half awake and beat down mode, form fellow frogman Jason Stephen, along with his spouse cheered motivating words of encouragement from an Opelu canoe on the water beside me. Stephen waited well after his sensational solo time to ensure my well-being. Classic SEAL TEAM ethos Ensuring ALL IN! ALL THE TIME. Once onshore I was greeted by my awesome son Russell Kealoha and his lovely wife, my very close big wave brother and dear friend from back in the day, Reynolds Ayau and the remaining M2O assisting officials in the water and ashore. The flurry of activity on land consisted of getting my picture taken, texted my time, hugging, shaking hands, thanking everyone — then and only then did I slowly fade. As for respecting the channel, I say enhanced gratitude, respect, and love for this beautiful blue ocean. Love you Danny Loui, my escort captain for being that guiding beacon all the way, and wisdom words from the channel, “serve others, be humble, grateful and never lose your sense of humor!” And if permitted, I’ll be back again, love and miss you, mom and dad!”
60+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, CALCULATION, PHOTOS COURTESY: JEFF CHANG
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JEFF CHANG JEFF CHANG has crossed the Kaiwi Channel many times — without the limelight or attitude of proving anything to anyone. Growing up in the Hawaiian Islands, being in the water is simply a way of life for some. Keeping yourself in check by connecting with the ocean — raising a family, working a real job it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Chang has found balance in a world of reality made possible by learning life lessons as a cross athlete and teachings on the water. As maybe for many, it’s a chance to prove they can make it from one island to another — for Jeff Chang it is a crossing from the soul. “I’ve done seven solo M2O’s, four-team M2O’s, two OC-1 solos and one 6-man canoe crossing that makes fourteen. I definitely remember the first solo crossing in 2008. Morgan Hoesterey and I trained together, and she made history as the first woman to cross solo on a SUP. We were on very primitive backyard shaped equipment — she on a stock 14’ and I was on a 16’ with no steering. We both couldn’t get our boards to head right and ended up south and close to each other when we reached Portlock. To make matters worse, the tide was dropping, with the offshore wind was super strong making it almost impossible to make headway in. We were already way past eight hours and the course marshals wanted to pull us. But there was no way we were getting in the boat at that point, so we persevered, making the finish in less than nine hours. In my mind unquestionably the hardest crossing. The others are a blur. What sticks in my mind are flashbacks of certain parts of the course, how the bumps were, especially during the fast years, and the feelings of well-being or exhaustion at the finish depending on how hard the race was. I do remember the feeling my body had after doing it prone; it was more loose and relaxed. For SUP my quadriceps are always the muscles most sore after putting in that kind of time and distance. Most of all once the pain passes I always remember fondly the feeling of being in the open ocean all-alone — which for me is the best. No everyday worries, thoughts or pressures, just you and the ocean dancing along. I’ve been doing competitive endurance sports for over 30 years, including crosscountry ski racing, bike racing, triathlons (2 Kona Ironman’s), prone, surf ski and OC-1 which has provided me an enormous base as well as a wealth of knowledge in training principles and nutrition. The training program is pretty similar every year for M2O. We build up to race distance and do tempo work and intervals. But I think what makes the most difference for me is how good the bumps are. If there are good bumps, I have an advantage from the surfing skills (including wind, kite, tow, and foil) and the fact that we ride bumps here all year-round two to four times per week if there is wind and have been doing so for the past ten years on a SUP. Whenever there are good bumps, I STANDUPpaddlemagazine.COM /
do well, and this year they were pretty good. And of course, with M2O its also 1/3 experience and 1/3 logistics — I’m pretty well covered there. I usually paddle a stock 14’ Blue Planet Bumprider, but this year since the tide was unfavorable I opted for an Unlimited SIC V2. For the channel I am a firm believer in wide boards with soft rails up front, they are more forgiving and easy to balance on when you get tired, gets you on a plane quicker, and glide further. You can focus on connecting bumps instead of balancing. I use Blue Planet Kai Zen paddle, which works for me. My daily diet is pretty healthy. I eat everything but its fresh, balanced and lowcarb/no wheat. Every morning it’s a smoothie with banana, blueberries, kale, protein powder, acai juice, and soymilk. Multi-vitamin and astaxanthin pill chased with a swig of liquid glucosamine. Must work because I’m 60 and don’t feel any different than when I was 40. For nutrition, during the race, I always hesitate to tell people what I do because what works is different for everyone, especially for me. I don’t take much support I carried, one with a carbo-drink, and a couple of energy bars. I don’t recommend anyone doing that because they will probably dehydrate and bonk. It’s just that my body has gotten super efficient over the years at the cardio output and burning fat. The main thing is to find something that works for you then use it for several months in training to figure out how much you need hourly then make sure you use it at the same rate in racing that you did in training. As for how I train these days, my two boys are out of the house and working, and I do have a full-time job but it’s pretty flexible, so I have plenty of time to train — usually yoga on Mondays, which is a rest day. A short fast downwind or time trial on Wednesdays, intervals Tuesday or Thursday, something fun or cross training on the
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I always remember fondly the feeling of being in the open ocean all-alone — which for me is the best. No everyday worries, thoughts or pressures, just you and the ocean dancing along.
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other two weekdays — I got a V1 canoe this year which I love. Long Saturday or Sunday depending on the conditions and a Hawaii Kai run on the other weekend day. Variation works for me; it’s always fun and appealing. When I prone, I was in the pool at Masters training twice a week. It took several years to figure out just go on a rhumb line (the path adopted by a vessel that maintains a constant compass direction)! You take some rides going south when the opportunity comes then work your way north to make up for it zigzagging on a straight line, which is the shortest distance. An excellent boat captain with GPS is critical to keeping you on that line. Once away from Molokai a rising tide is good and a dropping tide not so good. You also need to be prepared for messy and sticky water off Allen Davis Beach and Hanauma Bay. Energy conservation is essential while taking into account all these factors. With experience and knowledge seems like it gets easier every year. You know what to expect and how your body will react, so you don’t get so stressed out. Make no mistake during M2O you will always suffer, sometimes a little sometimes a lot, and you will need to switch to mind over matter mode. But with a lot of crossings under your belt, you gain confidence that you can make it through the rough patches, which allow you to focus on speed and relaxation.
“M2O is the only race I focus on these days because it is the most challenging and most rewarding.” M2O is the only race I focus on these days because it is the most challenging and most rewarding. Anyone who gets the chance and can train properly should do it because it’s a life-changing experience you will never forget. There are very few circumstances you can put yourself in these days where the outcome is unknown, and you are pushed to the limit. The best advice I can give — don’t underestimate the channel, especially concerning how rough the water is and how hard it is to balance on a SUP in certain parts. Training needs to be done in super rough water. Overall balance in life is important too. Consistency is the key to longevity — a proper diet, time with family, friends, and being a good person (good karma never hurts!). These are things that help you when the going gets tough. Most of all enjoy and love whatever you do!” STANDUPpaddlemagazine.COM /
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PHOTOS: JIANCA LAZURUS
RECORD TIME UNDER FOUR HOURS ACROSS THE CHANNEL, 3:59:52:
No one thought it was possible when you go back to the humble beginnings of the M2O. Over the years, the times have been faster but getting in under four hours was never something anyone, prone or SUP could have ever imagined. 2017 — with the right guys going head to head from start to finish in Connor Baxter and Travis Grant. Having the right line, the right crew and of course the right board and experience on the Kaiwi. Grant’s run on the line he took along with endurance to hammer in the flats made the difference and who knows who will ever break a course record of three hours, fifty-nine minutes and fifty-two seconds again. “This year, the biggest factor in winning was pretty much the guy who paddled the fastest. Sounds weird but seriously it was. I personally — felt that it was more of a mental race this year. A race that long and intense demands you have to keep yourself in check don’t do anything wrong, and control the one thing that you do have control of — yourself. Therefore, you must eat and drink on time, somehow go 100% and not make any mistakes. From the start, I knew it would be a fast chase to the finish. There were about five of us all going back and forth at a high pace. I didn’t like that but that’s racing I guess. It is so tough not to get carried away because you can go harder at the start — you’re still fresh, and your mind thinks go strong. But you know it will catch up with you later on if you go to hard in the beginning. So it’s all about keeping up with whoever is at the start but doing it with control or making sure you’re comfortable and not overworking. Hoping in time your competition drops off. After — I don’t know how long maybe two hours or less it was all of a sudden just Connor and I. Then the race kinda began again. Two hours of racing fast then to hear me say it was then the race starts sounds weird — but yeh that’s what happens out there. You have to survive the beginning hour or two, make it through the middle stage, then be ready with energy to finish the race which is the hardest part of the course, and when you’re the most fatigued. It’s always a mental battle out there. Pretty much every race is. But Molokai for sure is the biggest. All you’re saying to yourself is — he is hurting more than me, he is hurting more than me, he has to break soon. Please give up Connor. Yeh, it’s all about not mentally breaking or slowing down. You have to tell yourself you can; you will, you must, you want to do this. Tell yourself anything not to give in, cause once you give in out there — you will never catch back up. In this day and age, your boat knows where everyone is. Everyone now kind of goes the same line. Nearly all boats have GPS, so you can set your plan of course before you go and they can keep you on it. Although, I have noticed that most people will just follow the leader. I don’t aim for anything and don’t even look up. I just try to surf my brains out, and my boat tells me to either surf more north or can surf more south. That’s all they say. So my head is down — breathing, surfing, trying to rest when I can, looking at my watch from time to time to check on heart rate and when to eat next, and they are telling me to surf left a bit or surf right a bit. That’s their role, and it is a huge! It’s one less thing I have to think on. No more spooky lines being run out there from the top guys. Well not recently anyways. We knew we were in the lead. Although to be honest you don’t think about that. I was on an NSP unlimited. Made at the Cobra factory by NSP from their production line. So our first NSP was 17’10”, which we have all seen, the one I won on two years ago — anyone can buy one from NSP/Surftech. T2 (Titouan Puyo from New Caledonia and NSP Team Rider) rode that board this year and finished 3rd. So perfect two in the top three finish for NSP. We tried a new design which I rode this year, a dugout or also known as a recessed deck board. By standing lower, you have a lower center of gravity, so you should be a bit more stable —allowing you to have a slightly more narrow board. You then need high sides to keep the water out. There are other personal reasons why I like the dugout but to sum it up we are trying to get more
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“It’s a mental battle out there. All you’re saying to yourself is — he is hurting more than me, he is hurting more than me, he has to break soon.”
stability at narrow widths. My board this year will be available from NSP next year. Mine was 17’2” by 23” wide. T2 who got third his flat deck board was 17’10 x 24.5” wide. I also used the Quickblade Trifecta 86. I use it for almost every race. It’s the perfect balance I call it. It has a slightly longer blade so it can go slightly deeper in the water. The deeper you get your blade, the more still/stationary the water is. Therefore the longer blade allows you to grab that still/stationary water. But it’s a small blade at 86 therefore you still need to
have a feel for the water, so you don’t do what I call “slip” with your stroke. Being small at 86 square inches you can bring the tempo up and make it skip or slip I should say if needed. It’s honestly the perfect size paddle. Jim Terrell and I worked for a long while on finding the perfect balanced/size blade. As for my unlimited use a rudder/steering system, I used the stoke fin that comes with the board. The steering systems are not perfect yet on sup boards. They are getting better, but we haven’t nailed it yet. You have to spend
some time on the water getting used to it. The steering systems will improve down the track on sup boards. But they still work pretty well. I like the unlimited better than 14’ because we have steering. And my board designer Alain has created all my boards from day one with NSP. We have collaborated on every single board now for five years. We still have the original files from our first board, and you can see each year how we progressed. We don’t just shoot in the dark; we try to improve on what we have and STANDUPpaddlemagazine.COM /
“Three years ago when I got second, and Connor won we were pretty close coming along the wall, and he just found another gear and pulled away.”
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what we know is working each time. If it’s not better, we simply go back one board and try again. I honestly feel I have the best board at every race I line up. All of the NSP boards are made at the factory. It’s good for NSP if I race on production boards, which is what I do. As for this years race, every year the Molokai Channel is different. I knew Connor was hungry and wanted to win badly. He always wants to win. Conner and Kai are extremely competitive. This year, Connor as always was very impressive. He was. Connor led the race nearly the whole way. He was the pacesetter, and I was just trying to hold him saying, “Gee, he can’t keep this up for much longer can he?” He did and somehow so did I. If you let it affect you — it will. As I said, this race is so mental; it’s crazy. At the end of the race, I’m more mentally fatigued than physically tired. Actually, it is full mind and body fatigue. But honestly, your brain is fried. You have to believe in yourself, take short breaks on bumps, and train correctly for this style of racing. I felt like breaking down and giving up so many times. I lost count. I thought of any and every reason not to give in. I didn’t reflect on how fit I was or if I was in shape if you think you’re not fit enough then you’re doomed. What got me through was I kept telling myself this was my last year. I won’t be out here again so now or never. Just push through this. In fact, Connor’s saying is “never give up” and I thought of that for some reason — like he is right, never give up. I knew he was saying that to himself so I did the same thing. That helped, but there was one thing that got me to the end, which might sound weird unless you’ve been in a situation and needed this type of mental motivation. My wife and I just had a baby, and I wanted to win for him. Not that he knows anything at nine months old but yeh me telling myself not to give up and win for my boy (Hugo) is what did it for me. I felt a wave of emotion, like that internal emotional feeling you can get where you cry. So every time I thought of him, those feelings would arise, and it somehow worked. That was the first time I ever felt that. I turned it into mental energy and determination. I remember how much I was hurting but I knew I was good on my surfing and my resting on the bumps was good. My heart rate was a little high — I ignored that. My legs felt like jelly, but I knew that was not important. On a good note, I was eating and drinking perfectly, so I said I have the energy to do this. All that was left was my mind to keep the ship on track. I had to play mind games with myself a lot — multiple times in fact. I did, and I won. I don’t remember any of the actual race, what I did when, where, who, but I remember all the mental battles I had with myself and I am a stronger person now after it. Mind me; you take forever to recover from it. Three years ago when I got second, and Connor won, we were pretty close coming along the wall, and he just found another gear and pulled away. This year I knew he would do it again. Connor has this ability it seems to always find more no matter how tired he is. So I was kind of ready for it. In my mind I said to myself, I know Hawaii Kai better than him, I live here now damn it. Haha. I have a better upwind board. If I can get to the flat water with him, I will win. That’s what I was telling myself. I don’t know if all that is true, but you have to know how you are going to do it right. He was in front of me at Portlock Point right as it gets flat and guess what? I fell in! I don’t know why or how the water was flat. It’s kind of like when you get off a boat onto land, and you stumble. It felt like that and I fell in. But for some reason, I wasn’t done. Most people would have given up right there, but I got back on and started sprinting. Also, my brother just yelled out “you can do it,” “do it for Hugo,” “he is waiting.” To STANDUPpaddlemagazine.COM /
be honest for the 10th time that day it helped, in fact, it was the reason again I chased him. I got two little small bumps along the wall and caught right back up to him. I must admit I could taste my heart almost beating out of my mouth. But I kept going. A few good friends were there on their OC1 (outrigger canoes) and started cheering me on. I know that bay well now so I was aiming for where a wave can form and pray it forms as I get there. Sure enough little bumps came. No waves just bumps. I knew they were small, but I knew if I sprinted it might suffice to break Connor. I was hoping he was so tired he wasn’t paying attention. Sure enough, it worked, I got three small bumps in a row, and he missed them all. That was it, 3 hours and 50 minutes of battling and three tiny bumps into a headwind is all it took. I could see the finish and no Connor in sight. I was one happy man. At that point, I had no clue of the time. I had my watch, yes, but I didn’t have the brainpower to actually look at the elapsed time. Since the winds are offshore in Hawaii Kai bay, I could hear the PA system, and they were saying they are both in record time. When I heard that — I somehow got more energy or something. Then as I got closer, I listened to the PA system again. “You have three minutes to break four hours.” I wasn’t sure if I heard that correctly. Under four hours? No way, we paddled that fast? I was almost in shock. Lucky I didn’t pass out. So I train in that bay a lot, and I said to myself I can get to that finish line in less than three minutes. So that’s what I did. I didn’t know we were on SUP-four hour time till I had three minutes to go. Man talk about a fairytale ending for me. I never thought a SUP would ever go under four hours. That is a fast OC1 or surf ski time. In fact, we never even talked about a SUP 4-hour race. So to be the first is insane. But it would not have been possible without Connor setting the pace. I would have never gone that hard or fast if I was on my own. Conner’s pace, my excellent NSP race board, my perfect Quickblade Trifecta paddle, and my new baby boy Hugo is what got me to the finish line that day. As a bonus, we got the win and extra bonus a record. After an experience like that, you can’t help but be emotional. I put in such a massive effort, and it took so much out of me. I had never tried so hard in any event ever as much I as tried that day. I now have a new respect for pain and mental toughness. I’m not sure I want or can do it again. I thanked Connor and meant it. I said thank you so much for letting me win. I thought that’s what happened, I thought maybe he liked me enough to give me this one. He saw how much I was hurting; I don’t know. I guess I was amazed I finally got passed him right at the end somehow. I don’t think that was the case now because honestly, I don’t know how anyone will beat him out there next year. If I can please, I’d like to thank my wife Blair for letting me kind of train since we just had a baby. My son Hugo, for sleeping through the nights, mostly — I think, might have to thank Blair again. My good friend and designer Alain Turtenquil, NSP, Quickblade paddles, Maui Jim, Olukai, Vertra, UB Super, FCS, and Pacific Honda. As for anyone who loves competitive paddling; enjoy your chosen sport or sports. The day I stop enjoying it or I feel like it’s a chore, I will find something else. Paddling is a great sport with great people. Find that “balance” in your life (family, play, work, diet, training), and it can take you far. Don’t just focus on winning. It’s the people that make the sport not the results. Look at me. I never dreamed of this. I love this sport, and my results are simply just a bonus, a personal accomplishment, and an amazing memory — a memory I will keep and cherish forever. Thank you, everyone, for your support.”
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“So I train that bay a lot, and I said to myself I can get to that finish line in less than three minutes. So that’s what I did.”
Blue skies, warm emerald water and playtime on YOLO’s line of rec boards. Photo: Haka
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SAMATA MAGAZINE YOLO REJUVENATION RETREAT Island sunset from base camp.
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e one of eight women to participate in a SUP Lifestyle Retreat that will help cultivate balance, decompress and create a sacred space for rejuvenation. Regardless of your paddle experience each woman goes through SUP 101 Basics from, how to get on our board correctly, using your PFD manually and automatic deployment, correct paddle technique, reﬁne turning skills and even how to get up on your board correctly in the wind. Encounter what it feels like to glide on a wave from an iconic outrigger canoe ride in Waikiki. Are you seeking an opportunity to learn to SUP surf or work on your skills in crystal blue Hawaiian waters — you can. We’ll take you to explore the culture of Hawaii visiting places like, Pu’u o Mahuka Heaiau the largest sacred heiau on the island. Every detail has been thought of and provided for you you’re your food preferences, to shopping — right
Wild Waikiki canoe ride, feeling the glide brings laughter.
Anahulu Bridge, Haleiwa, where locals and visitors frolic and play.
That first glide, Karen Marvin.
The Hoâ€™okupu, a gift of respect from the participants
Learning about the culture and time for respecting the Earth.
Best way to start a retreat â€“ on the beach where writer Robert Louis Stephenson wrote and dined!
Lucy Lucille with the gift of the Ti lei. A tradition and symbol of strength.
Pohaku and Anne Stone teaching the women of the camp what it means to live on the Aina (land).
(Left) The Lantern Floating Hawaii Festival was the highlight of the Rejuvenation Retreat. A very emotional moment and something that will last each woman a lifetime of solitude memories. (Right) To see the 7,000 lanterns float toward the deep blue sea from the water is a mesmerizing sight. Photos: Mike Inouye
Launching of the lantern boats, over 45,000 people gathered on the shoreline.
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down to making sure you’ll have soft dry towels when you’re were done on the water. The main event of this camp is the Lantern Floating Hawaii Festival; a beautiful Hawaii Memorial Day tradition where over 45,000 people from around the globe gathers on the shores of Honolulu’s Ala Moana Beach Park. This year over 7,000 lanterns inscribed with notes to lost family and friends were released with hopes, prayers and love at sunset making a breathtaking sight. At week’s end, smiles were relaxed and women took home and took home experiences that could never be forgotten. Carla Vigil shared about the last night, “It was very sentimental and I was overcome with emotion as we saw the lanterns light the ocean in front of us. When the boats took more of the lanterns out on the water in the very end, it felt as if the souls, friends and family were at peace.”
“I’ve never felt more connected than I did with these water sisters I met on this journey, or to those I’ve loved and lost that day — at the Lantern Floating Hawaii Festival. Not to mention all I learned of myself, Samata enveloped me and has guided me ever since. It was life changing.” - Michelle Balestrieri Holte
SAMATA ADVENTURE CAMP July 1 – 5, 2018 OA H U
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(Left and right) Cindy Gibson learning how to ride the waves of Oahu’s south shore with the expertise of the local SUP surf guides is an easy and safe feeling of comfort and smiles.
amata Adventure Camp is for the more experienced paddler who desires to hone and reﬁne paddle skills. Everything is pro vided for you in the cost of this SUP Lifestyle Camp. With meals, transportation, boards and paddles provided for you, every day is spent on the water — you will look at everyday as an adventure. Work on paddle technique technique, open ocean paddling and even learn to SUP surf. Before it’s all said and done you will participate in the Family Fun 4th of July Da Hui Paddleboard Race on the North Shore and come to understand what Ohana and Aloha really are! As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end,” but when you leave, you will know that you are part of our Ohana, part of our tribe and there will always be a place for you here.
(Clockwise top left) 1. 600 racers in the water about to have a fun time from Sunset Beach to Waimea Bay. 2. How cool is it to have every single participant finishing in the top three of their division and go home with a medal. 3. Big frenzy and full of fun at the start of the race.
Every year Samata Magazine’s Adventure Camp participates in the Hui O He’e Nalu 4th of July Paddle Board Race. This annual race begins from Turtle Bay and Sunset Beach culminating at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu. This is the biggest race with over 600 watermen and women and is a family fun event with male, female, coed mix and various age divisions by categories raning from OC1 world class competitors, OC4, stand-up paddleboard, prone, and the popular SUPZILLA and Parent-Child Tandem. The opening PULE (blessing) of this event is emotional and beautiful bring to light the beauty of the Hawaiian Ohana to all!
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The Pule (prayer) and the Haka (chant) before the largest paddleboard race — only in Hawaii.
“The Da Hui race is so special because you are surrounded by the beautiful scenery of O’ahu, Hawaiian culture, and hundreds of paddlers who are there to have fun, enjoy the ocean and also challenge themselves. During the opening ceremony, being part of the biggest pre-race blessing I have ever been a part of. The feeling of so much Aloha is emotional! Standing in that circle, holding hands with our fellow paddle Ohana, in such a beautiful and special place, was an experience we will never forget.” Catherine Uden, Florida
SHANTISI SANCTUARY RETREAT September 1 – 5, 2017 Island warmth, on land and in the water. Photo: Haka
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With summer about to end, the fun at the Shantisi Camp is about to begin. Photo: Haka
his year only, Samata Magazine hosted the Shantisi Sanctuary Retreat with the practice of creating “Sacred Space” on the water. The retreat was a 5-day celebration of mindful living and developing the art of peace, rest, calmness, tranquility, and bliss. Whether the women who participated were beginners or well-seasoned yogis, women unplugged from all the ordinary – escaping to their Honolulu Sanctuary to discover Shanti (peace). Days were filled with SUPYoga, paddling with honu (sea turtles) and participating in Paddle Core Fitness’s workouts. It was the perfect opportunity to still the mind breath in the Hawaiian salt air and water. Om Shanti!
With brands like Mahiku, Slipins Surf Skins, Honey Girl Swimwear, Cobian Sandals, Kaenon, West Marine, Coola, SeaToSummit, Bronwen Jewelry, Nuu Muu and YOLO Boards new line, these camps were like a Hawaiian Christmas party every day. Photos: Haka
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When women come and have this experience on the water, it awakens their own inner joy, bliss, and beauty. It nudges them to open their hearts and shine their light â€” we feel the joy of that beauty!â€? Lucy Lucille, Samata Mag, Event Coordinator
Leah Seacrest, if the name doesnâ€™t give you a feel of energy when you attend one of her camps, her personality will define her love for fitness and positivity on land and water.
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eah Seacrest motto is simple “More than just exercise it’s an experience.” With a passion for paddleboarding and its beneﬁts, Leah has incorporated paddle lessons, classes, and social events in her offerings to help in the growth and awareness of water sports locally. As a lover of travel, learning and team building, Leah has launched all-women paddle/surf excursions abroad. She brings together women of all levels to experience adventure, bonding and relaxation. In 2018, she has planned excursions to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. “I want a place where women can step outside o the box and try something new. A place where they are part of a family and a place where they can source motivation to be a better version of themselves.”
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MOTHER/DAUGHTER YOLO EXPERIENCE November 16 – 21, 2018 VISTA
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While everyone is feeling the cold in North America, you’ll definitely have a warm water adventure in Costa Rica’s laid back Vista Guapa camp with Seacrest as your guide to health, fitness, and the camp’s great menu after riding the waves of Jaco Beach.
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raving a little adventure unfettered by the responsibilities of home and work? Join us for the ďŹ rst Mother-Daughter YOLO Experience at the beautiful Vista Guapa Surf Camp in Costa Rica. This trip is the perfect getaway for Mother and Daughter to bond with a tropical outdoor adventure. Get ready to meet new peo-
ple and challenge yourself by learning to surf and paddleboard with Costa Ricaâ€™s top instructors. With the beauty of Costa Rica as our backdrop, the YOLO Experience Trips provide the support and encouragement needed for all levels. Delight in having a trip where bonds will be made and leave an indelible footprint on our soul!
YOLO WOMEN’S EXPERIENCE January 24 – 30, 2018 RAN CHO
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ometimes you need to get away from it all. Join Leah Seacrest and her team for an all women’s YOLO Experience at beautiful Rancho Santana in Nicaragua. This trip is the perfect get-away for active women looking for outdoor adventure. Get ready to meet new people and challenge yourself by learning to surf and paddleboard with top instructors. Rancho Santana is truly one of the most picturesque seaside settings in Nicaragua, and the perfect place for a Women’s YOLO Experience providing support and encouragement needed for all levels. There is the delight in having a trip with challenge AND relaxation while bonding with your tribe sure to make you enjoy the journey just as much as the destination.
Exploring the green rain-forests of Costa Rica, riding the Pacific Oceanâ€™s playful waters during a season, working out on the beach or at the campgrounds, there will never be a shortage of fun, adventure and smiles, laughter and Central American memories.
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YOLO WOMEN’S EXPERIENCE March 8 – 13, 2018 S U R F
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et’s go be adventurers! Especially as women, sometimes it’s not the permission of others that we seek but the permission from ourselves to head out on an adventure. Take off our hats as mom, wife, employee, daughter, sister and friend can ﬁll us with guilt — to shed light the weight of responsibility can seem overwhelmingly selﬁsh. Experience the beauty of Costa Rica, breathe in the fresh air, feel the exhilaration of catching a wave, BE okay with learning, falling and getting back up — perhaps face a fear and overcome it. Trips like this aren’t about coming back as a surfer or paddler. It’s about the experience of connecting to a part of ourselves that we perhaps don’t get to connect to quiet often enough.
Get some water time in on your next trip to Hawaii.
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QUIV E R S & W H E E L S IAN BALDING
By Jim Freeman, Photos Courtesy Kristi Balding
THE PEARL Ian “AIRSTREAM” Balding WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA 1961 TRADEWIND AIRSTREAM, “THE PEARL”
QUIVERS & WHEELS IAN BALDING
few years back, board maker Ian Balding purchased a 21foot 1961 Tradewind model Airstream, gave her the name “Pearl” and tricked it out to fit his brand’s aesthetic. Now she’s been converted into a mobile retail center. His team travels to different events along the East Coast showcasing the latest and greatest in board and gear designs. From regional adventures to surf and paddle events, to camp trips, Pearl does it all! Not only does she look good on the outside, but it’s even better once parked with the door and windows swung open, and Pearl is open for business. Pearl is stocked with Ian Balding custom surfboards and paddleboards, apparel, and all of the accessories needed to get you out on the water. Says Balding; “It’s a one-stop shop for water lovers. The Airstream exudes a relaxed and welcoming vibe to everyone. Plus, it’s guaranteed to stand out at any event, and that’s the goal!” Pearl is a vintage trailer dating back to 1961, but she’s far from calling it done. It’s a perfect example of innovative design and quality con-
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struction from back in the days when it was standard for products made in America. In fact, we see the Airstream as a perfect reflection of Ian’s brand values. And if Pearl, as she’s affectionately referred to, could talk — she would surely say how thankful she is for the renowned East Coast board builder to breathing a new adventurous life into her! Indeed, Balding has big plans for the future of this extension of his brand. He will continue growing the Airstream’s stock by adding other favorite brands that will coincide with the addition of his brand. Balding will be partnering with local businesses that create the same type of vibe that goes along with Pearl. The portability of the store allows his message to be spread around to wherever it can be driven, and that’s just about anywhere. Anchored in water activities this brand’s identity isn’t limited to only that — you can live the lifestyle on land too. Pearl features products that represent Ian’s brand individually, but being a fan of clean design and style, there’s typically something cool in this thing for everyone.
Pearl is stocked with Ian Balding custom surfboards and paddleboards, apparel and all of the accessories needed to get you out on the water.
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Guaranteed Pearl holds something new that you probably won’t find everywhere. Like a conch shell that morphs into an iPhone speaker, or surf wax scented candles, or a fresh sign made from the tattered wood of a shipwreck brought back from a trip to the Bahamas. Whether you’re representing the brand by riding an Ian custom or by wearing one of the t-shirts or hats, you’re living the lifestyle and becoming part of the family just by stopping in and saying hello. Balding’s business is not just a brand; it’s a way of life. His mission is to be as green as possible, and Ian is always keeping the environment a top priority in everything he does. His boards are built by hand with materials sourced locally in North Carolina, or at the very least, created in the U.S. In fact, each board is fitted with a small American flag to validate that you are supporting an American company. Every board created is given particular attention to duplicate precisely what the board
owner visualizes in their mind, and imagination is celebrated in this company. With each board being custom built, the customer is involved with the process of creating their unique board. They are guaranteed to get exactly what they want. The small, local business feel, allows Ian to communicate openly with those who support his brand. And Ol’ Pearl well she is the mobile representation that gives Ian and his crew the ability to take the show on the road as much as they can. Custom, quality boards are the foundation of Ian’s brand, and every product or service added to the line-up carries that trait. The brand prides itself on craftsmanship, and every board is custom built and “thumb printed” by Ian Balding himself. Keep an eye out for the airstream if you find yourself attending any upcoming East Coast event, Ian’s team, and Pearl may have found their way there! Follow Ian and Pearl at Ianbalding.com
The LOCKRACK is the most innovative load and lock system in the SUP world.
Push arm bar until top board is snug.
Follow step 3 with the back arm bar and push until snug.
The revolutionary LOCKRACK from South Africa is a handy, easyto-install lockable roof rack for water sports enthusiasts. Engineered for all weather conditions, it shortens the time it takes to load and unload boards or craft. LOCKRACK does away with the hassles and headaches of straps and tie-downs and snugly secures the craft using rubberized lockable bars that readily adjust and snap into place. Its
patented theft-prevention system ensures no one pinches your valuable board, ski or kayak. It also enables one person to quickly and simply remove or load any watercraft or board, even in strong winds. After testing the LOCKRACK for a month, weâ€™ve found it to be one of the most accessible racks systems to secure your board(s) quickly and with a solid performance for your paddleboards transport. We had
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Easy LOCKRACK means no straps needed and the lockable rubberized arm bars protect your board.
Load boards up and insert arm bar.
Your boards are now locked and loaded.
To detach the LOCKRACK arm, use the spin key which comes with kit and insert in arm key release socket and twist while pulling arm bar out.
two 10’6” recreational boards secured for our eight-mile drive to the beach on the freeway with ease. One of our favorite things we like about the surfboard and SUP LOCKRACKS is that they are equipped with a rubber rail protector to keep your boards safe during transportation. The smooth slide lock rack arms kept the boards from shaking or
rocking down the road, and the slide out was effortless using a spin key which took less than five seconds per front and back side. Definitely a good buy and way to lock your boards down securely to avoid theft when going into grabbing a quick bite to eat — peace of mind when you’re on the go!
Arm Pocket armpocket.com
We’re not one to carry our phone out on the water — we believe in unplugging and leaving it behind. Realistically that’s not always the case, and sometimes you need to take your phone with you, or you don’t have a place to stash a key, or perhaps you’re the type that just prefers to have your goods with you for good measure then Arm Pocket could be your solution! We tested the Arm Pocket Aqua out on the water — it’s an armband that is 100% waterproof for your phone, ID, and keys. Aqua has two-times the protection with zip-seal, and snap-lock closures and the high-quality water-sport Velcro is adjustable under water. We were happy that we didn’t notice any shifting or moving even with our arms in motion. It safely secured our phone and effects and the plus that if for some unforeseen reason it falls off — it floats! Aqua Arm Pocket’s floatation foam and vented strap do not absorb large amounts of water. It’s the ultimate armband on and off the water, and our other favorite aspect of Arm Pocket is that their products are made from from recycled plastic bottles! They have re-purposed more than 6,000 pounds of plastic bottles from landfills. Sustainability and priced right at $49.95
Live Big. Look Good. TapaReef has developed a team of passionate surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Based in Australia means they have to be extra vigilant when it comes to sun protection and always apply a good quality, broad-spectrum, waterproof or water resistant sunblock or zinc creme when surfing, swimming, sailing or undertaking any outdoor activity. When they were unable to find a gentle and convenient way to clean the sunscreen off after getting out of the water, they developed facial wipes which are formulated to quickly and gently remove waterproof and zinc sunscreen with minimum mess using natural ingredients uniquely combined to treat skin that has been exposed to the sun.
• Anti-oxidants Vitamin E and Vitamin C slow premature ageing of the skin caused by UV exposure
• Cucumber, chamomile and witch hazel are natural anti-inflammatories that cleanse and soothe the skin
• Aloe and jojoba help replenish the moisture barrier that can be stripped away by sun, salt and chlorine
Taking the time to diligently search for a manufacturer with strong environmental credentials and they were thrilled to partner with a company that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FCA)
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and Rainforest Alliance (RA) to produce the 100% biodegradable and compostable cloth for the towelettes from renewable cellulose grown in responsibly managed forests. Clean and renewable solar provides 86% of the power used in the manufacturing facility and these wipes are made with a fraction of the water used in normal wipes, reducing water usage and the overall shipping weight and impact. This product makes it so easy to remove your sunscreen from your face without having to excessively scrub and makes your skin feel breathable again! TapaReef also has developed a line of Pre and Post Swim Hair Care. Natural ingredients that protect and restore your hair both before and after swimming, surfing or any other outdoor activity where your hair would be damaged by Nature’s elements. We tested the hair mask and applied to before we paddle. Once we were done we used the Baobab oil enriched shampoo and conditioner in conjunction with the mask that left our hair feeling soft and rejuvenated. TapaReef is definitely a product to consider using if you want to be gentle on your skin and the environment! Skin and hair care for the active life!
Knuckle Lights knucklelights.com
Knuckle Lights are designed to wear on the front of your hands, in a perfect position lighting your path and give you visibility to others —whatever you choose to do outside whether it’s walking, running or even paddling in the dark. We were skeptical — the first thought coming to mind was how it would perform, and it would impede our paddling, but the soft silicone
straps are easily adjusted to fit any size hand or even over gloves. This is perfect for recreational paddling! The weight of the lights is three ounces each and is almost unnoticeable. With 280 total lumens, the super bright lights provide a wide flood beam providing a steady even light even with your arms moving. The power and brightness of the direction of the LED system gave us a clear view in the dark as to what was ahead of us or what was on and below the surface of the water. It has three power settings high, low and blinking and the battery life is up to five-plus hours on high power and ten-plus hours on low. Knuckle Lights are fully waterproof and can be used in any type of weather and will operate in below freezing temperatures down to -40 Celsius. These little lights will light your way and not break the bank at $60.00 for a set and come with a charging dock. Highly recommended and at an affordable price.
GOGO Lantern Solar LED Bucket Lantern
The best things in life are free which includes — Solar Power! GOGO can do that for you with their uniquely shaped Solar LED Bucket Light. GOGO has 8 LED lights (5V/1.2W) encased in a round flat disc. The disc takes roughly six to eight hours of charging by sunlight and three hours if using the adapter cord. The light disc is separable from the bottom of the bucket and can be faced down towards the ground of fill the bucket of water and face it the disc up. GOGO Lantern conveniently collapses for easy storage in its storage pouch. You will also find lanyard to carry the GOGO Lantern when the bucket collapses. One-hundred percent waterproof GOGO’s full brightness last for five to six hours and a half brightness from eleven to twelve and can adapt to a blinking light if you choose. GOGO is perfect for any night adventure on and off the water. GOGO Lantern, it’s a revolutionary, multi-purpose camping lantern that adapts to all of your needs. GOGO Lantern can be used in many outdoor conditions like camping, cycling, hiking or even as an emergency light with a magnetic base while fixing your car in dark places. It can also be used indoor as an decor, reading light, party ice bucket or even as a gift for friends. Flexible and portable for the ease of carrying it anywhere for your journey. The durable GOGO Lantern is tested with a rating of IP67 waterproof housing, shockproof providing high brightness. GOGO Lantern can be customized with any image on the bucket shell limited only by your own creativity! If you want to be part of this Kickstarter Campaign check out the following link, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/226702866/gogo-lanternredifine-outdoor-lantern STANDUPpaddlemagazine.COM /
May 25 - 29, 2018
Samata Adventure Camp
July 1 - 5, 2018
SUP KAYAK BOAT - ULTRA TOUGH HALF-INCH POLYETHYLENE HULL - STAND UP PADDLE READY - RATED UP TO A 5 HP. ENGINE - INTERNAL COOLER - LARGE DRY STORAGE - 400 LB. WEIGHT CAPACITY - ENDLESS CUSTOM RIGGING OPTIONS - AND ITâ€™S UNSINKABLE
Published on Nov 1, 2017
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