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I'm helping out a bit to organize the first officially CSA/ISA sanctioned Surf SUP contest on Canadian soil. We are working hard to make sure the event is top notch and it would be great to see some Stand Up Zone faces make the trip.

Press Release: Tofino, BC, July 3, 2014 - Tofino Paddle Surf is excited to announce the First Annual Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational, with the support of sponsors, friends, and volunteers. The fun, competitive event invites talented and committed standup paddle surfers in Canada and beyond to shred the waves in Tofino on October 25 & 26, 2014. Qualifying surfers are stoked, educated, and part of our epic and growing international SUP community!

The Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational will run as a two day event in Tofino, using a classic heat/judging panel format, and have open pro menís, amateur and a women's divisions, for this yearís contest. It's all for fun and community and we'll be throwing in a body surf expression session for anyone who's interested and just all-around loves being in the waves!

We are proud to announce that this event is sanctioned as the official Canadian Surfing Associations Qualifying Event for representation at the 2015 ISA World SUP Games for both men and women's divisions.

The awards banquet will be held on Sunday evening, October 26 and into the night.
If you are interested in participating, sponsoring, or volunteering for the event or would like more info, please feel free to contact us at contest@tofinopaddlesurf.com

Look forward to hearing from you! See you on the beach Saturday, October 25 & 26, 2014!

Press contact:
Catherine Bruhwiler cath@tofinopaddlesurf.com 250 255 1997

For further Information please visit www.contests.tofinopaddlesurf.com or www.tofinopaddlesurf.com

Check out the facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1507391306144970/

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General Discussion / Has anyone done a US SUP Tour event?
« on: July 10, 2014, 08:55:34 PM »
I'm thinking about travelling down to compete in the contest at Zuma, wondering if anyone has some feedback how the events are.

Thanks!

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Gear Talk / 2014/2013 7'7" Pro vs 2012
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:51:33 PM »
Just in case anyone wanted to see where the volume drop came from and what else changed.

Aside from the durability issues I'm experiencing, despite the 6L loss in the volume the 2014 is surprisingly more stable. However, with the lower stance in the water and the lower rocker up front, you have to be a bit more careful and tail heavy paddling into a wave to make sure you don't pearl out before you even get going as it tends to want to submarine. The thinner rails occur down low as you can tell from the photos and give noticeably more speed, drive and bite. The flatter rocker up front is noticeably quicker. In chop it is more stable as the board trips up less, however in current it is less stable than the 2012 as the lower volume allows it to sink and catch easier on opposing current rather than float on top. At first I really did not like the dead feeling of the flat deck on my front foot while on a wave, however, you adapt to it quite quickly and end up relying more on your rear foot to engage the rail. The only major disadvantage is here though, because of the flat deck your front foot is less effective at controlling speed wobble on really fast waves. If you get on a throwy just overhead and bigger wave at a spot like Lanes, the wobble and chatter is much harder to control than it is on the rounded deck of the 2012. This is in spite of the thinner rails being buried deeper. Of course on the 2014 you are also going faster because of said thinner rails, so the trade-off seems well worth it. All-in-all I haven't used my 2012 since and it will become the back-up board.

For reference I am 6'1" and 185-190 lbs + a 5/4 wetsuit unless I am lucky enough to be on Maui or cruising with Cardiff Sweeper in Encinitas.

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Gear Talk / Starboard 2014 Carbons - Overly Fragile or just mine?
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:58:18 PM »
I picked up a 2014 7'7" Pro in Carbon last month on Maui, and back home on the water the other day I noticed the thing has dents everywhere (especially on the top of the nose near the upper part of the rails) despite the fact that I bag and baby it. Looking at it at home tonight, I can actually dent the surface just about anywhere just by poking it with my finger or by squeezing the rail with my hand. Comparing it to my 2012 7'" Pro in Carbon which doesn't have a single dent after 150 or so sessions this just seems weird. Same story with the 8' Pro in Carbon I had before that, plenty of use, even lent it to several friends, not a single ding or dent. I know they changed their layup a bit for 2014, so I wonder if they have just gone really light or if my board is defective?

Anyone having a similar experience?

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General Discussion / SUP Like a PRO
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:21:22 PM »
Sorry if this has already done the rounds...


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Heading O'er to Maui for 15 days in just under 2 weeks, flying Alaska. As per usual I am trying to interpret the ambiguous set of baggage rules.

Seems to me Windsurfing or Surfing gear is regular checked bagged if it is under 50 lbs and linear (L+W+H) 62", and $75 if it is over and up to 100 lbs and/or linear 115". The confusing part is of course is the linear inches bit.

Near as I can tell most 85L Windsurfing boards are about 89" x 23" x 4" or so for a total of 116". So it sounds like they allow windsurfing boards, but since no board is under what they allow they don't really allow it. Likewise with my 7'7" x 27" SUP i'll encounter similar issues.

Anyone done it recently and how did it work out?

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General Discussion / Anyone seen this one yet?
« on: July 06, 2013, 11:00:36 PM »
Excuse my ignorance if this has already done the rounds.


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Events / Gold Beach Challenge - June 18, Gold Beach, OR
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:23:29 PM »
I am surprised I haven't seen Ted post this already, but I guess there are banner ads here. It should be a great event in conjunction with the AWT stop in town which always brings in a good crew. Gold Beach is always a lot of fun and I look forward to heading down there every summer. Last year delivered epic conditions for the SUP contest and the AWT contest.

http://www.standuppaddleboarding.tv/goldbeachchallange2013.html

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Just curious.

I threw down number 28 today.

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General Discussion / Post your Bail shots!
« on: February 10, 2013, 08:25:21 PM »
This is a funny one from today, the board was ahead of me and for a moment everything felt dodgy.

Funny or Oh Sh-t!  Post em!


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The Shape Shack / Has anyone installed a Windsurf Attachment in a SUP?
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:41:26 PM »
I'm fairly skilled in the art of board repair, but my biggest problem is I can't figure out where to source the Attachment Bung! I've found mast tracks, but no bungs. Has anyone done this? How'd you do it, and where did you find parts?

Thanks!

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Gear Talk / Anyone have a Pocket Rocket with the Mast Attachment?
« on: January 21, 2013, 07:20:16 PM »
If so, can you measure how far back from the nose the mast attachment bung is and let me know please?

Thanks!

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Gear Talk / How small are the Pro's actually riding?
« on: January 11, 2013, 05:36:18 PM »
Now that a bunch of a us bigger guys are on the (second) smallest production pro-model starboards, it makes me think those guys can't possibly be riding their own production version boards. Why would they? Everything seems to point to maximum performance coming at the smallest possible volume that you can handle for your weight, and most of the top 3 starboard guys look to be about a buck-forty or so. Given that Cardiff and I are around 185 lbs, surely that should mean those guys should be on 68-70-ish Litre boards. Otherwise, that extra volume has to be a penalty, because I know our extra bulk makes sinking the extra volume and setting rails, or generally throwing it around a lot easier than if we were lightweights. Technique and talent probably helps make up some of that gap sure, but the question again is why bother if you can and should be able to go much, much smaller.

Anyone know?

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Technique / Effortless Standing Up Technique
« on: December 30, 2012, 02:51:02 PM »
I thought this was obvious, but I've shared it with a friend who tried it and thought it was a light bulb moment. So for all those out there:

During a long surf session, falling off, getting up, wash, rinse, repeat, the muscles start to get a bit tired. So next time you are out there try this instead of doing the ole' climb on, do a half push-up to knees, then another half push up to feet, then slowly standing up, all the while whilst trying to balance. Look for an incoming remnant wave, speed bump, outside peak or mellow foam, and be patient either on your knees or tummy or whatever, as the wave passes beneath you and picks you up, make sure your hands are planted on either side, and as the board falls off the backside of the wave just stand up. Thanks to a bit of physics the board tends to stay stuck to the water whereas your inertia from the rising wave sends you skyward and it all works out great. You'll be surprised how well this works, and since you aren't pressuring the rails one at a time (left foot, right foot), balance is easier and you'll probably be more successful, especially on a small board.

Hopefully that makes sense and good luck.

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General Discussion / Sunrise or Sunset Session?
« on: November 25, 2012, 09:45:35 PM »
Most of the guys I seem to surf with seem to be doing the sunrise thing lately. But every time I try, I just can't be bothered to actually make it out that early. Plus, here on the West Coast, what beats sitting on your board watching the sun go down as your session comes to a close?

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