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SUP boards, wing boards, prone boards, complete and interchangeable foil setups and a big range of wings...

My friend Tiago went on a FREAK mode this week!

First he pulled a wingfoil dock start:

And then, he went for the 2 minutes dock start challenge but actually made it for 2.30 minutes!

He was using the new Axis Foils 1150 wing, big pump machine!

My friend Tiago Campos on a wingfoil session this week at Douro River, in Porto, Portugal.

He was using the Ozone WASP 4 meters, Axis Foils 1000 front wing and SIC Mako Foil 6'5 (he's loving the board!).

Gear Talk / Infinity Blurr v2 (with a comparison to the B-Line)
« on: July 09, 2019, 07:44:31 AM »
After a few months of surfing with the Infinity Blurr v2 here is some notes on the Infinity SUP Blurr v2.

First of all, I distribute Infinity in Portugal. I've been a huge fan of the brand back since 2012 when I inadvertedly entered the shop in Dana Point during a road trip through the Pacific Coast Highway in California (from Dana Point to San Francisco). I entered the shop looking for an used surfboard (to fit inside the car) and was amazed by the SUP boards there. At that time we didn't had access to quality SUP boards (or small boards) in Portugal.

I'm 1,80 m, 73 kilos and 42 years old. Most of the time I surf with a 4/3 wetsuit. My previous board was the Infinity B-Line 7'11 x 27" with 85 liters. It was already a big step down in volume for me (10 liters) but I was amazed at how stable the board was (widish tail, larger nose but still pointy and almost paralel rails mid-section). The B-Line helped me progress my surfing skills to a new level and by the time I sold it I had the board complety dialed and was surfing better than ever.

When Infinity launched the Blurr v2 it was a natural step to progress to this board and to lower my volume and width even more even if I had to sacrifice stability, so I got the Blurr v2 7'8 x 25.5" with 79 liters.

My first impressions were: it looked like a surfboard (very narrow) and was extremely light. My B-Line had an excellent construction; after 2 years use I sold the board almost brand new: no scratches (the paint doesn't scratch if you hit it with the paddle), no dings whatsoever, and still light with a surfboard-like flex and coil. The Blurr has most of the same characteristics, with a slightly different construction. The paint doesn't scratch either, but since it has black rails it will leave a small mark (but no paint chips) if you hit it with the paddle. Deck pad is also similar: light, water-tight and very grippy (sometimes both boards would flip 60? standing only on a rail while waiting for a wave and I would still recover from that due to having my feet almost stuck to the deck pad (you can see some details of the pad on the photos). Fins are also great quality (carbon and fibreglass). The B-Line comes with 5 fins (quad or thurster with Future fin boxes and US central box) and the Blurr only has 3 fins (and boxes) since it works much better on thrusters (while the B-Line excels with quads). Only downside on the fins is that they are very sharp and sometimes I'm afraid the board flips after hitting the lip and I land on the fins. I'm waiting for the new Black Project fins for Future boxes to be available to change them and surf careless.

In terms of shape (and comparing to the B-Line), the Blurr has a surfboard-like outline, with very pointy noise, a wing pin tal and very thin rails while maintaining volume due to the stepped rails. The stepped rails are no novelty and have been used by a few shapers for a long time. What I noticed is that for me it helped a lot with the stability and floatation while preserving really thin rails. In terms of stability having ridden the Blurr 7'8 x 25.5 (79 L), the Blurr 7'11 x 27.5" (90 L) and the B-Line 7'11 x 27" (85 L) and the B-Line 7'7 x 26" (78.8 L), both models have similar stability despite the differences in terms of outlines (the B-Line being the more stable outline) and this is where in my opinion the stepped rails came in hand, because while standing the board will sink the rails leaving but will leave the deck outside of the water (or most of it depending on your weight-volume ratio), being less prone to be affected by chop or wind, but giving enough flotation to help in stability.

Despite the jump I did in terms of volume and width I was able to find my balance in a short period even in messier conditions. On my first session I had a tough time standing up, but once up it wasn't very hard to keep my balance and to catch waves. On my second session I already started standing up from the beach and from then on I was always progression. When I had a neck injury (not related to surfing) and was away from surfing for 2 months I had to adapt again to the board. But I did one session with the Blurr 7'11 x 27.5 (90 L) in very messy conditions (chop, short period, rebound from the harbour wall and backwash from the beach and also rip current) and it was very stable. After surfing with a 25.5 board, the 27.5 width seemed very large for me.

Comparing the Blurr and the B-Line surfing, both are very oriented performance boards (Dave Boehne and Kay Lenny prefer the Blurr and Izzi and Giogrio Gomez are fans of the B-Line). In my opinion the B-Line is a slightly faster and looser board (you can throw the tail easier), and the Blurr gives you more control on turns and enables you to stay closer to the pocket of the wave and to put an extra pressure on your turns. The main difference for me in on lip moves or closeouts; with the Blurr and it's very thin and pointy nose I can just hit a closeout or a big foam section and stick almost all my landings (the nose of the B-Line would catch more water). With both boards you can use more power surfing. I feel that both boards are very light under my feet and I feel the flex of the board harnessing the power on the bottom-turns to release it after when I hit the top of the wave. All my previous boards felt more like a SUP under my feet and I didn't feel the flex while doing turns (being very stiff).

Both boards come in several sizes and volumes to accommodate riders of all sizes and levels, so you don't need to be a lightweight or super fit guy to surf one of these boards.

B-line:7'4 x 23" (70 L)
7'7 x 26" (78.8 L)
7'11 x 27" (85,4 L)
8'2 x 29" (101 L)
8'5 x 30" (115 L)
8'8 x 31" (125,5 L)

Blurr v2:
7.5 x 24.5 (72 L)
7.8 x 25.5 (79 L)
7.11 x 27.5 (90 L)
8.2 x 29.5 (109 L)
8.5 x 30.5 (121 L)
8.8 x 31.5 (132 L)
8.11 x 32.5 (142 L)

SUP Gear Reviews / Newly Acquired / On Order / My dream quiver
« on: June 09, 2019, 08:22:18 AM »
My dream quiver:
SIC Maui Bayonet 17’1 FAST
SIC Maui RS 14’0 x 23”
SIC Maui RS 14’0 x 26” Air-Glide
Infinity SUP Blurr v2 7’8 x 25.5”
Infinity SUP Tombstone Foil 6’6 x 26”
Infinity Surf Tombstone 5’2
SIC Maui Darkhorse Surf 5’8
Axis Foils S-Series Complete Foil (mast 75, front wing 920, rear wing 440)
Axis Foils S-Series front wing 820
Black Project SUP Hydro 83 Pro Carbon
Black Project SUP Surge 82 Texcarbon
Black Project SUP Ohana 84 3 piece
Black Project SUP Tiger Fin
Black Project SUP Sonic Fin

And more on their way (SIC Maui Carver 7’6 Surf, Black Project SUP Hydro 83 Texcarbon, Black Project Maliko v3 Fin, Axis Foils 900 front wing, Axis Foils 1000 front wing)   ;D

Sessions / A week of great waves for SUP Surf in Portugal (video)
« on: February 01, 2019, 04:48:48 AM »

The year started with some clean waves in Portugal (the footage is from near Porto, in Northern Portugal), and I tried to make the best of it.
Boards: Infinity SUP 7'11 x 27" and New Deal 10'0 x 29"
Paddle: Black Project SUP Surge Paddle 82

SUP General / 10 ft of pure fun - Infinity New Deal (video)
« on: January 23, 2019, 07:11:33 AM »

Disclaimer: I'm the Portuguese distributor for Infinity (and other great SUP brands, like SIC and Black Project...)
I've recently had the chance to get my hands on a Infinity SUP New Deal 10'0 x 29" (139 L) and totally loved it. So much fun!
I had already tried this board before but only in a short session and not so fun waves. This times I did a couple of sessions in small but perfect conditions (it was a great week in Portugal, too bad supthecreek had an ankle injury).

The New Deal is the perfect example of a performance SUP Longboard (available in different sizes, widths, and volumes), and of course it surfs very differently from the common all-rounder or even intermediate level SUP. That's doesn't mean that in it's wider widhts and bigger volumes, this isn't a great board for someone trying to progress their abilities, since it's much easier to control, trim, manouver than a regular SUP.

My day to day board is the Infinity B-Line 7'11 x 27" (85 L) and I'm 1,80 m and about 73 kg (I'm guessing...) and I surfed that exact spot on the days before with the B-Line. Trying to compare a bit, I can say that the New Deal is easier to control on bottom-turns and carves than the B-Line (I think the wing bat tail plays in in this case) and I can do the same type of turns I was doing on the B-Line but less aggressive, and as with the B-Line, the board doesn't lose speed on turns even in small waves. With it's refined and thin rails and lightweight (I think the weight is a key factor in manouvering a big board) the New Deal is shredding machine. I also tried a few more classic longboard moves (walking around on the board, dropknee, etc), but I'm not a longboarder so I didn't do any real hang fives but I want to get there!

Hope you enjoyed the video!

SUP General / SUP Race surfing at Douro River in Portugal
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:27:54 AM »
One of my favourite things is to surf with my race board. The other day I was ready for a race training and I saw that there were some long waves breaking inside the Douro River, in Porto (Portugal). It wasn't my first time doing that, but luckly I had my camera this time.
Board: SIC Maui RS 14'0 x 24.5"
Paddle: Black Project SUP Hydro Paddle 83

The ICF/ISA legal saga led to the World SUP championships organized by ICF being cancelled in Portugal. But the conditions are amazing here for downwind and there is going to be the Nelo Summer Challenge for surfski and other canoe sports, so some international athletes took advantage of the fact that the ICF paid for their vacations (SUP competitors were offered a refund or in alternative free accomodation and board at the hotel on the event venue).

So yesterday, the Nelo crew organized a transfer and a few trailers for everybody: 60 people, mostly top surfskiers and a dozen SUP athletes, a few from Portugal (myself and a couple of friends) and some international riders, being Olivia Piana the most well-knowned name. And today they did it again.

Conditions were epic, with 30 knots during most part of the 19 km run between Viana do Castelo and Esposende.

The crew as pretty stoked as you can see from the video of the arrival:

I filmed the downwind run but I borrowed a camera from one of the Spanish guys. When I get the footage, I'll post it here. Hope it recorded a few good bumps!

The cities of Porto and Matosinhos once more combine their efforts, with the help of Onda Pura, to organize another spectacular SUP event in Northern Portugal, that included the 2nd leg of Portuguese Technical Race Tour and National SUP Wave Tour, with pumping conditions.

Enjoy the video:

SUP General / Surfing with the new SIC Maui RS 14'0 (vνdeo)
« on: April 27, 2018, 08:12:12 AM »
Fun glides with the new SIC Maui RS 14'0 x 24.5'', in Matosinhos Beach, Portugal.

SUP General / Kai Lenny riding the new SIC Maui RS!!!
« on: April 10, 2018, 02:29:05 PM »
Kai Lenny and Izzi Gomez are in San Francisco doing a video to promote the APP World Tour event there. And surprise, Kai Lenny is riding the new SIC RS 14'0!
Also, nice board Izzi Gomez!

Photos are from the APP World Tour Instagram account:

Downwind and Racing / The Rocket Ship has landed in Portugal
« on: February 08, 2018, 10:47:33 AM »
Eat dust, Elon Musk!  ;D ;D ;D

The SIC Maui RS has landed in Portugal. Featured in this video: RS 12'6 x 25'', RS 14'0 24.5 and RS 14'0 x 26''

Gear Talk / SIC Maui 2018 catalog now online!
« on: October 27, 2017, 05:25:44 AM »
The new SIC Maui 2018 catalog is alreay online. The biggest news are the much expected RS and Bayonet. Also, a new line of more affordable boards called TAO for beginners, families and recreation. The Agent/Feelgood and Triton remain the same. And now the best part: prices go down! Especially on carbon race boards.

Full catalog on this link:

Gear Talk / SIC RS 2018
« on: September 27, 2017, 06:02:37 AM »
The new RS by SIC was offically unveiled in Europe last week, during the Paddlexpo (despite a few riders already competing with the board during the current season).

12'6 (23,5''; 25'' and 27'') and 14'0 (23''; 24.5''; 26'' and 28''). Pictured here is the 14 x 24.5''

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