2010 Starboard SUP Catalog Online

View the entire 2010 Starboard Catalog online or download it to keep forever.

http://www.star-board-sup.com/2010/download/catalog/2010_starboard_sup_catalog.php

View online above or download from the Star-Board-SUP website

http://www.star-board-sup.com/2010/download/catalog/

SUP Surfing.co.uk

Surfing the River Thames – SUP in the City

Stand Up Paddling in the City.

London

“You’ll never buy bottled water claiming to be fresh from the River Thames!! While maybe not the cleanest water way in the world there is something special about it. Tower Bridge, London Bridge and Big Ben, the list of things to see is endless and what better way to see them than from the water. Tourists lean over the railings to see what you are doing and you are the talk of the town as you paddle past. Stay out of the way of the big tourists boats and watch for strong rips around the bridges, do that and you’ll have an amazing paddle. SUP is taking me on journeys I never thought possible……”

John Hibbard

Stand Up Paddle Surfing UK / SUP-Surfing.co.uk

Info & Pictures from Starboard SUP http://www.star-board-sup.com

Team Starboard Dominates UK Stand Up Paddleboard Championships

Last weekend saw the final event of the BSUPA National SUP champs held in brilliant sunshine at Watergate Bay with record entry numbers. We are pleased to say that Starboard riders filled the podium in all disciplines. Just check out this list of trophies our riders took home this weekend

1st Unlimited Racing – Ryan James (Starboard K15)
2nd Unlimited Racing – Nick Watt (Starboard K15)
3rd Unlimited Racing – Matt French (Starboard K15)

1st 12’6″ Racing – Mark Slater (Starboard Surf Race)
3rd 12’6″ Racing – John Hibbard (Starboard Surf Race)

1st Women’s Racing – Marie Buchanan (Starboard Pin)

2nd Mens Surf – John Hibbard (8’5″ Pocket Rocket)

1st Women’s Surf – Marie Buchanan (8’5″ Pocket Rocket)

Overall event Champion John Hibbard, winning the Watergate Waterman title for 2010

At the beginning of the year we formed a Starboard Race Team. The sole mission of the team was to support and develop the racing side of SUP in the UK. Events were getting less than 20 and sometimes less than 15 entrants. We knew there was scope to grow racing, it just needed some nurturing and some education of paddlers. Most people were scared off due to the perceived elitist nature of racing. Pushing this preconceptions aside we developed a team of paddlers who represented a broad spectrum of paddler from Olympians through to first time competitors.

The race team has been an outstanding success. Not only have Starboard riders been on the podium at every race this year we have also seen race entry numbers grow to 40-50+ in a few short months.

Racing is an easily accessible part of the sport and the winter will not be stopping the fun. The U.K community itself has developed the Frostbite race series – a number of race events to be held over the winter. Paddlers don’t need a race board to start with and everyone is really friendly.

Find out more info about the event one of the Frostbite series HERE http://standuppaddlesurf.co.uk/sup-events/view/52/5

Starboard Stand Up Paddle Boards UK

Starboard and Red Air Stand UP Paddle Boards / SUP-Surfing.co.uk

SUP: The fastest growing trend in surfing

From the The Globe and Mail, an article on the latest craze SUP Surfing!

SUP: The fastest growing trend in surfing

CONOR MIHELL

CALIFORNIA— From Saturday’s Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 1:10PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 3:28PM EDT

Joe Carberry hardly assuages my Ontario boy fears of surfing in shark-infested waters when he tells me the two-metre-long Great White is nicknamed “Fluffy.”

Carberry, a few other locals and I, the lone Canadian, are about to hit the water for a late-afternoon session at San Onofre State Beach near San Clemente, located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, for my first crack at stand-up paddleboard (SUP) surfing.

Read more http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/sup-the-fastest-growing-trend-in-surfing/article1768955/

Red Air 10’6 Stand Up Paddle Board

The Red Air Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board : Length – 10’6 : Width – 29″

No storage space? Small car? Travel a lot? The Red Air Board is for you.

The Red Air brings inflatable SUP technology at an affordable price. Built using the world’s leading inflatable technology this concept is a sure fire winner for anybody looking for a highly portable design.

Perfect to stash on board a boat or for taking on holiday. Weighing at only 12kgs there is still plenty of baggage allowance left! Its lighter and easier to carry than most solid boards.

The Red Air comes complete with a pump.

Many people who have witnessed the Red Air board express how this does not appear at all like an inflatable item, it has the look and feel of a rigid board due to the internal sub structure which prevents any kind of bulging, even when inflated to over 15psi

They are so so durable and as such used the world over for schools and renting who say they are far more durable than the solid models which need constant repairs.

Stand Up Paddle Surfing Wiki

WIKI : Stand up paddle surfing, or SUP, is a surface water sport, a variant of surfing where the surfer uses a paddle to move through the water while standing on a surfboard. Stand up paddle surfing is derived from its Polynesian roots. The Hawaiian translation is Ku Hoe Heʻe Nalu; to stand, to paddle, to surf, a wave.

 

History

The popularity of the modern sport of SUP has its origination in the Hawaiian Islands.[1] In the early 1960s the Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. This is where the term “Beach Boy Surfing” originates, another name for Stand Up Paddle Surfing. In the early 2000s Hawaiian surfers such as Dave Kalama, Brian Keaulana, Archie Kalepa and Laird Hamilton started SUP as an alternative way to train while the surf was down. As the years went on they found themselves entering events such as the Moloka’i to O’ahu Paddleboard Race and Mākaha’s Big Board Surfing Classic. Now you can find Stand Up Paddle Surfers in many of the Outrigger and Paddleboard races as participants within their own division.

One difference between the modern idea of surfing and SUP is that the latter does not need a wave. In SUP, one can paddle on the open ocean, in harbors, on lakes, rivers or any large body of water. One of the advantages of Stand Up Paddle Surfing is the angle of visibility. Because of the standing height over the water one can see both deeper into the water and further across the surface of the water, allowing better visualization of features others lower above the water may not be able to see, whether it is the marine life in the harbors, lakes and coves or the incoming swells of the ocean marching on the horizon.

Small wave Surfing on the Red Air inflatable SUP – video

A YouTube Video from: The great Captain Tricko – well known NZ ‘one man band’ artiste, and a very keen stand up paddleboarder, now cruises around North Island on his extremely small motorscooter, with his Red Air packed up on the back, looking for waves and nice places to go surfing or paddlesurfing.

Red Air Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards available from SUP Surfing UK