Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The 23rd Annual Santa Cruz Surf Kayak Festival was a major success this past weekend. Every year, kayak surfers and wave ski enthusiasts from around the world head to Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, CA, to put on a show for their fellow competitors, comrades and passer-byers walking along west cliff. Paddlers are blessed to have Steamer Lane to themselves for three whole days and always make the most of it.
This year’s contest was a bit different than the last 22 years, though. This was the first year that a Stand Up Paddle Division was added to the slate of events. 3 Elite heats were on tap and another 2 of Intermediate SUP were scheduled for the contest. And the stand up paddlers didn’t dissapoint.
The first heats of the Elite SUP division started kicked off the 23rd SCSKF under gray skies and knee to waist-high surf. As the day wore on, the sun came out but the surf was dropping. Competitors were keeping their fingers crossed that rumors of an incoming swell would come true and the surf would increase. Although the surf conditions may not have been ideal, entusiasm was running at all-time highs.
Saturday, the weather was deteriorating with the waves. The wind was slowly picking up throughout the day and the temperature was dropping. Elite and Intermediate SUP heats were ran in the afternoon. Despite the lacking surf, the competitors were still able to show their stuff on the water to spectators lined along the cliffs. With the wind blowing onshore, we were all holding out hope that a new swell was coming in. The surf forecast for Sunday was constantly monitored in hopes that the contest site would get hit with the 3–6 ft waves they were reporting.
Sunday morning came with people eager to see what the surf was doing. The contest start was delayed an hour to continue to let the tide drop. Even with the high tide, the surf was noticeably bigger. The second heats of the Intermediate division kicked off at the B Site and as time passed by, the waves continued to show more and more throughout the day. When it was all said and done for the Intermediate competition, local Sherriff, Joe Clark paddled his way to the 1st ever Intermediate SUP Championship at the SCSKF. Sherriff Clark paddled the 11’6 Takayama Ali’i to victory. Right behind him was Surftech’s National Sales Manager, Ty Zulim, also surfing the Ali’i model.
Later in the afternoon, at the optimal tide, the Elite SUP Championship Heat paddled out. The surf had started to show chest to head-high waves with a few overhead sets rolling in. Spectators lined the cliffs in anticipation of the show they were about to see. There was a lot of hype surrounding the championship heat and for good reason. Chuck Patterson and Bryce Saemon of Dana Point, local shaper Ward Coffey, and Surftech’s General Manger John Griffith were competing for the first ever Elite Championship. A 20 minute “warm-up” before the heat was scheduled were finalists and ousted competitors were carving up the building surf. The spectators in attendance were witnessing a real treat.
After 20 intense minutes the heat was over and the crowd acknolwledged what they had just witnessed with a roar of applause. The finals did not disappoint and there was a real buzz about the spectators as to who they thought would take home the crown.
Elite SUP Championship Heat Results:
1st Place — Chuck Patterson 64 points
2nd Place — John Griffith 62 points
3rd Place — Bryce Saemon 57 points (owning the tiebreak)
4th Place — Ward Coffey 57 points
The 24th Annual SCSKF is already being planned. Mark your calendars for MARCH 26th — 28th.Share on Facebook
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Join us at the IntraCoastal SUP Cup in Wrightsville, NC, May 16th 2009. If you were lucky enough to attend Coastal Urge’s
1st annual Cold Stroke Classic, then you know what a fine race they put on. Over $4,500 in prizes, including a Laird Tuflite SUP,
will be given away. 3 different race divisions offered… Fun for the whole family. For more information, visit Coastal Urge or the IntraCoastal SUP Cup Race website.
In case you did miss the Cold Stroke Classic, check out the video of race day:Share on Facebook
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The 1st annual Northern California Dealer Conference was a huge success. Current and potential dealers throughout Northern CA visited our Santa Cruz headquarters for a tour of the facilities, Surftech and SUP history lessons and to be the first to hear about what’s in store for the future of Surftech and Stand Up Paddling. Once the “boring stuff” was out of the way, everyone headed to the harbor to spend a few hours on the water on our current SUP models and some new prototypes.Share on Facebook
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Perfect Wave Surf Shop in Kirkland, Washington, put together this great SUP promo video. If you haven’t seen it yet, you NEED to check it out.
You can also check out their website, www.PerfectWave.com for more information on their SUP program.
(Just don’t get sidetracked by their Bikini of the Month section…)Share on Facebook
Friday, March 13, 2009
Josh Mulcoy’s TL2 surfboards have been a three way collaboration between Josh, Bill “Stretch” Riedel, who’s been refining Josh’s shapes for over 15 years and Randy French at Surftech. TL2 construction makes Josh’s boards perform to his standards, and equally important, to take the beatings that surfing, kiting and traveling put his boards through. Recently one of the major surf mags basically said that P.U./Poly boards are the best of what’s available to surfers right now, so we caught up with these three for some Q & A.
“FLEX, FLOAT,WHATEVER…ALL THAT MATTERS IS
HOW THEY RIDE, YA KNOW? I MEAN, I’M NOT
GONNA RIDE IT IF IT DOESN’T WORK.”
When did you start riding Stretch epoxy Boards?
I started riding for Stretch when I was about 18 and I’ve been riding for him ever since. The epoxy boards were pretty much the reason I got started with him and they just keep getting better and better.
Your Surftech boards, what do you like about ‘em?
I travel a lot and always take my TL2s with me cause they don’t break down and they last a really long time. They have similar characteristics to the custom epoxy boards that I get from Stretch. That’s a hard thing to find, to be able to just go to the rack and grab a board and know that it’s going to work as good or better than anything else.
So how much do you really ride the Surftechs?
This board right here has been on two trips to Mexico, it’s been to the Tuamotus and up to Canada twice. I’ve had this board for about six months and pretty much surf it everyday. It still rides like new and if you look at it, it’s in good condition. I just got back from a trip to Mainland Mexico with my dad and pretty much rode this board the entire trip. I mean the waves were from 2 feet and kinda fun to 6 feet and perfect and I rode the TL2 in every condition there was and it worked great. Guys were tripping out cause I rode the board all the time.
For most guys who are working day jobs and not livin’ the dream getting paid to travel the world and surf like you are, TL2s & Tuflites are pretty expensive boards. Do you think they’re worth the extra dough?
I think when you go into a shop and you see the price tag of a Tuflite or a TL2 and it’s a bit more than some other boards you have to realize that you’re going to get a lot more life out of the these boards. They just last a lot longer than your normal board would. The TL2s last about as long as maybe three or four regular poly boards. So you’re definitely going to get your money’s worth.
Yeah. If you were riding P.U. boards, how many would you break a year?
Depends on whether I was just surfing or surfing and kiting. If I was kiting, I could pretty much break a P.U. board everyday. Kiting is definitely harder on a board cause you’re always standing on it and you’re putting so much pressure on the deck. What’s crazy is I’ve yet to break a TL2, kiting or surfing!
Well there’s at least four times the craftsmanship and handwork involved in a Tuflite or TL2 board than in a PU board. Surftech boards are the farthest thing from a “pop-out”. When I build a custom composite board like a Tuflite, I have to charge more than two grand for one, mainly because of how labor intensive they are to make and the materials cost more. The people that call them pop-outs just don’t really know anything about building composite boards. There are lots of new people trying to build composite epoxy surfboards (since Clark Foam closed) but I chose to go with Surftech because Randy’s been perfecting the technology for more than 14 years and has got it dialed.Share on Facebook
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Join us at Rusted Moon Outfitter’s 6th Annual Moon River Weekend Canoe & Kayak Sale, where we’ll be holding Stand Up Paddle clincs and demos May 9th, 10th and 11th.
Try a new model you’ve never paddled before or come by to paddle your favorite board. For more information or directions, click here.Share on Facebook
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
With ugly, wet weather outside and the ocean doing it’s best impression of Victory at Sea, we’re locked indoors today.
What better way to fight the doldrums than with photos of good weather and surf?
Ty Zulim making music on the new 10′ Gerry Lopez SURF MUSIC model…
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
We caught some pics of NFL All-Pro Linebacker Junior Seau’s recent SUP session. Seau has made a living chasing down opposing runningbacks
over the past decade. Its good to see that when he’s not sacking quarterbacks, he sacking a few waves on his 12’1 Laird.Share on Facebook
Monday, March 2, 2009
At Makaha Beach every February, surfers from around the world get together and enjoy 2 weekends of wave riding at Buffalo’s Big Board Surfing Contest. Surfboards, stand up boards, canoes, bully boards, paipos, and the latest addition of the Alaia boards are all used as watercraft. The old-style Hawaiian surfboard is basically a plank of wood with a rounded nose, a square tail, and no fins… the young Makaha Beach kids were ripping on these boards!!! They were getting barreled, doing floaters and 360s! Buffalo’s Big Board Contest is real test of skills for watermen and waterwomen who often enter multiple divisions. All finalists received prizes of surfboards, stand up boards, bully boards, and paddles. Make your plans now for next February!!!
Photos courtesy of Teene Froiseth
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