Friday, December 17, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Stand Up Paddle Christmas Cards
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We hope you'll have lots of fun using these top-quality cards to share your love of SUP with friends and family this holiday season!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Each design has a classic yet current feel - the result of ardent research by the Premiere Paddle Surf design team, headed by Sean Cook, who is a stand up paddler himself.
In search of visuals that would resonate with SUP enthusiasts, the team gained access to archived photographs of early watermen like Duke Kahanamoku and spent hours pouring over books at the Surfing Heritage Museum in San Clemente, California. They also sought inspiration from their everyday surroundings to give the designs a fresh, exciting, up-to-the-minute quality. “We incorporated images we see every time we’re on the water - like paddlers backlit by the sun,” says Cook. For further refinement, prominent stand up paddle athletes were invited to offer feedback.
Friday, November 19, 2010
|Dave Eveland Surfing at Otter Rock|
“Winter swells on the Oregon coast can be huge with 20' and larger not uncommon,” says Stand Up Paddle Flatwater founder Randall Barna. “It can be pretty dangerous,” says Central Oregon Community College Surf Club president Shelby Merrick. “I don’t recommend it for people who are new to surfing.”
For more information about surfing the Oregon Coast, visit the Oregon Surf Guide.
Happy Thanksgiving to our Fantastic SUP Community!
Please be sure to check out our Stand Up Paddle Gift Guide -
From stocking stuffers to show stoppers, you'll find SUPer gifts for everyone on your list!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The 6th Annual Nelcott Reef Big Wave Classic took place on Tuesday, November 2nd in Lincoln City, Oregon. For the second year, it was a paddle-in event rather than a tow-in event. For the first year, it included a women’s division - the first women's big wave event. One of the stops on the Big Wave World Tour, this year’s event was held in the biggest conditions ever surfed at Nelscott Reef. Waves were 40 foot plus! Kohl Christensen took first place in the men’s division, and Kealla Kennelly won the women’s division.
Yesterday I saw the raw power of nature like never before. The Nelscott Reef 2010 big wave event erupted the biggest waves ever surfed in Oregon. Ron Hill and I got there just as they were launching the first sleds and it was pandemonium. The surge was so high it was picking up those logs that are left up top of the sand (since the last huge storm) and pushing them all around the beach like toothpicks.
The guys in the first sled to go out were very brave and garnered a new level of respect as watermen and sled operators. The walls of whitewater were so high and there were so few opportunities to get out that watching the sleds was as interesting as watching the surfing.
The waves were 40’+ and indescribable. The weather was perfect and comfortable in T-shirts. Light offshore winds made a spindrift off the top of the waves that was as high as the waves were tall. When the break exploded, it was as high as both!
Once the surfers were out there they paddled in to catch the waves. We were amazed that they managed to do this, the skill level unreal! Most of the drops were totally vertical. Positioning and wave selection were critical. Fewer waves were ridden than in a tow-in contest but each ride got more respect. Most of the boards where rhino-guns 10' to 11' with big, thick stringers and multiple fin combinations.
The peak to the south of the contest zone was A-frame and even bigger. Several non-contest tow-in crews were working it and also put on a good show.
I'm glad I had the opportunity to witness such an epic day!
Check out this video of Big Wave World Tour Director Gary Linden talking about the Nelscott Reef Event:
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The most appealing aspect of SUP for kids however, is the fun factor. “My favorite thing is when the water is like glass and you can see things underneath you,” says 10-year old Grace Towle who paddles regularly in California's San Francisco Bay. Towle also appreciates the cross training value of SUP. “It helps me develop arm and belly strength,” she says. “I can use those in swimming, rock climbing, and horseback riding.”
7-year old Amanda Kardol who paddles regularly in the Columbia Gorge enjoys being able to spend time on the water without coming in contact with river reeds, which she isn’t a fan of. “I feel safe on my board. I can float all alone up there without touching the green stuff,” she says. Amanda’s 5-year old sister Olivia hasn’t started stand up paddling herself but says she loves riding along on the nose of her mom's board.
Besides Stand Up Paddle Journal Junior of the Year Slater Trout, other up and coming SUPer stars include:
17-year old Zane Schweitzer of Maui, a windsurfer who has finished impressively in several international SUP surf and race events.
17-year old Kai Lenny, winner of the 2010 Stand Up World Tour.
12-year old Riggs Napoleon, the youngest person to cross the Molokai channel on a stand up paddle board (or any non-motorized watercraft).
17-year old Kialoa team rider Bobbie Cooper of Britain.
17-year old SUPBend team rider Isabella Barna who consistently finishes among the top in Pacific Northwest SUP events.
Check out this video of prominent young British SUP athlete Bobbie Cooper with her Kialoa Pipes Paddle:
Check out this video of Riggs Napoleon, mid-way through the 2010 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddle Race:
To help your child develop balance, strength, coordination and water skills through SUP, check out Stand Up Paddle Flatwater's excellent ramge of kids' stand up paddle boards.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Don't miss out on our fall specials!
Many premium SUP boards
are discounted for a limited time only!
Monday, October 25, 2010
A couple of weekends ago Stand Up Paddle Flatwater introduced members of Central Oregon Community College’s newly formed surf club to stand up paddling on the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon. All participants agreed that, although less intense, flatwater SUP provides a connection to nature akin to that experienced surfing.
“It’s like you’re walking on water,” says club president Shelby Merrick. “The world of deadlines and trivial concerns that our society amplifies -- being out on the water removes you from all that.”
Stand Up Paddle Flatwater will support the COCC Surf Club by providing discounts to members. The shop is also a place for surfers to pick up gear they’ll need when they do get to go surfing like booties, ear plugs, and wax.
We're offering special fall pricing on many premium SUP boards
for a limited time only!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
The Surftech Blacktip is a great intro board. It performs well. It’s super-durable. And most importantly, it’s extremely affordable - $749 out the door with a paddle and a leash!
The Blacktip is a board we can feel good about selling… and you can feel good about buying. Here’s why:
- It’s manufactured by Surftech, a company known for its fine craftsmanship, revolutionary construction methods, and overall commitment to excellence.
- It has a stiff core and three stringers to prevent the buckling and flexing that's a big problem with other soft boards.
- With its damage-resistant bumpers and water-barrier seal, the Blacktip is ultra-durable.
- The thoughtfully designed shape delivers very good stability and speed for the price.
- The strength and durability factor make it a fantastic choice for the rapidly growing number of whitewater SUPers.
- With its smooth nose rocker, the Blacktip is a blast in small surf.
- It’s great for kids – very difficult to damage.
- It’s nice to have on hand for family and friends.
- It’s super-light and very easy to transport.
We’re thrilled that Surftech has released a quality board at such a friendly price point! Come on in and check it out. Or buy the Surftech Blacktip now at our secure online store. Free shipping. No sales tax.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Please join us on Thursday for a special family-friendly evening promoting art, music, and well-being. All proceeds benefit Family Access Network (FAN)!
Hosted by the wonderful Anjou Spa and Salon, the Fall Harvest will feature:
delicious hors d’oeurvres and a no host bar by Typhoon!
work by local artists Sarah Mikolowsky, Kaycee Anseth, and K. Cyr
music by DJ Lucius
coupons from Stand Up Paddle Bend
All attendees will receive a $10 gift card to Anjou and be entered into a raffle for prizes donated by CHOW, Angelina Organic Skincare, Lone Pine Coffee Roasters, Stand Up Paddle Bend, and other great local businesses. You need not be present to claim your prize, which means even if you can't make it to the event you can still win something great! Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door – available at Anjou, Typhoon! and Bo Restobar. Ask about group rates.
FAN is a network of community partners dedicated to ensuring that all children in Deschutes County have access to basic-need services so that they can attend school ready to learn. FAN is unique in Oregon in that it provides Family Advocates in all Deschutes County Public Schools.
What: Fall Harvest for Family Access Network
Where: Anjou Spa and Salon, 225 NW Oregon Ave, Suite 3
When: Thursday, October 7th, 6:00p.m. - 9:30p.m.
Why: a great cause, wonderful food and drink, a chance to win awesome prizes from fantastic Bend businesses!
Contact: Anjou Spa, 541.382.1138.