Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Demo Board Sale

If you know anything about our demo fleet, you know that we have around 30 demo boards. The smallest board that we have at the moment is an 8'6 Infinity, and we have all the way up to the 14' Vortice and Ted Spencers. The cost of a half day rental (3.5 hours)is $30.00, and the cost of a full day (10am-5:30pm) is $50 for the surfboards and $75 per day for the race/downwind boards. No matter how many demo boards you try, all of your demo prices get applied toward a purchase price if you decide to buy a board.

Right now, in addition to the regular rentals, we are actually selling some of the more popular demo boards. We don't usually have used boards in the shop, so the demo sale is a good opportunity to get a used board.

The Demos that we are selling are...

C4 9'0 Bat Tail--$995
C4 10'0 --$995
Surftech Laird 10'0--$995
12'0 Infinity Tandem Board--$995

The list was longer yesterday, so if you are looking for a used board, stop by and check out what we have.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Battle of the Paddle Footage

My friend Chris Aguilar from Soul Surf Media was there at the Battle of the Paddle with his camera, documenting the race.  Despite the fact that the wind was strong enough to blow him off the beach, he came up with some cool footage of the age group race as well as the pre-race and elite race.

Here is the video from the elite race, age group race, and pre-race, respectively...


The Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle- ELITE RACE from Soul Surf Media on Vimeo.

Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle - OPEN RACE from Soul Surf Media on Vimeo.

Rainbow Sandals - Battle of the Paddle - PRE RACE SEQUENCE from Soul Surf Media on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Surf Paddles with Low Shaft Angles

Doug Lock has been experimenting with low shaft angles for surfing ever since he tried the Shaw and Tenney wood oar paddle. These blades of these paddles have a low forward bend, less than 5 degrees, verses the normal 10 degrees. He says this provides a quicker more positive power which is desirable for catching waves and manuvering in the lineup. Because there is less forward bend the stroke starts further back so the long paddle shaft doesn't bend as much which adds to the powerful feel. In addition when placing the paddle on the water while riding the wave it doesn't really matter which side goes down. Wet Feet has a couple of paddles that fit this bill. The Blue Soul surfing paddle with a unique blade shape 8.75 inches wide and the Everpaddle Bamboo model with a 8.375 inch wide blade. The Everpaddle looks very cool and "green" but the performance is top notch since the bamboo is over a carbon blade and shaft.

Other New Paddles

Doug likes small blades for distance paddling. He likes to stroke at a high cadence to keep the board momentum up. It works well for him and he is very fast. A new Quickblade 8 inch is his current favorite. Its small size is perfect for the tapping he likes to do and also works well as an all around paddle for women.

On another note Quickblade now offers an adjustable push pin shaft with size ranges from 68-72, 72-80 and 74-82.

C4 has a new race paddle called the XPR It has a "flex tip" carbon kevlar blade which provides "kick" and the weave gives it a distinct look so it is easily distinguished from the other C4 paddles. The blade has a lot of dihedral which in combination the the 8.5 inch width provides plenty of power but with control so you it doesn't pull you off balance during the stroke and there is less tendency to bang the rail. Evan from the stand up paddle blog was able to stay with me at the Coast Guard race using the C4 XPR paddle in the "Battle of the Pake". Don't let this guy fool you with his humble posts.”.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Food Drive Race on Novemer 22nd

Put on by PA`A Hawaii to make some room for the stuffing and get together with paddling ohana for a fun race day. At the same time, they’ll be collecting canned goods to help out those who aren’t so fortunate to make their Thanksgiving a little better.

Registration: 7:30am - 9:00am Hawaii Kai Boat RampCourse: Hawaii Kai to Kaimana (May change due to conditions)

Vessels: OC1, OC2, SS1, SUP

Divsions: OC1 — Open, Masters 40+, Masters 50+ OC2 — Open SS1 — Open SUP — Open

Entry: $25 + at least one canned goodLunch and Awards to follow at Kapiolani Park

Go to to also see some upcoming 2009 events