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Green Surf Festival Brings SUP & Sustainability

From 14-16 July 2017, Noli, Italy will host the Green Surf Festival. Three days dedicated to SUP, surf & sustainability with the aim of reconnecting people back to nature, and giving all festival goers the inspiration, motivation, and most importantly, the tools to preserve & protect their environment.

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6 Amazing Places To Paddle Board In Japan

Although small in size, Japan is one place that has no shortage of places to stand up paddle board (SUP). As a nation completely surrounded by water there are endless opportunities to grab your SUP and find the perfect place to get on the water. Professional paddle boarder and Starboard SUP Dream Team athlete Tomo Murabayashi calls Japan home and has given us some insight to six amazing places to paddle board in Japan.

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APP World Tour World Title Update

After three events on the APP World Tour the World Title races have started heating up for racing, surfing and overall titles. Here is breakdown of the title races so far:

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How To Get Out Of A Wave On Your Paddle Board

As much as getting into a wave is important to SUP surfing, getting out of a wave can be just as critical. Knowing the ways to get out of a wave can help you avoid running into objects, get you back out to the lineup quicker, and instill more confidence in your agility among the waves.

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Greek National Team Selected at Agios Nikolaos on SUP 2017

Once again Agios Nikolaos was the host of the greatly anticipated stand up paddle boarding event of Agios Nikolaos On SUP organized by the Municipal S.A. Company of Agios Nikolaos, the Culture and Sports Organization of Agios Nikolaos, H.S.S.A. and the Sailing Club of Agios Nikolaos. At this year's event the 2017 Greek National Team was selected for competition later this year at the ISA World SUP Championships in Denmark.

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5 Basic SUP Yoga Poses For Beginners

Dashama Gordon is one of the leading voices in the SUP Yoga movement and together with her sponsor Starboard SUP, Dashama has come out with a series of SUP Yoga tutorials where she shares some standup paddle board yoga tips. If you're interested in trying SUP Yoga, here are a few basic poses to get you started.

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APP World Title Race Intensifies At Japan ProAm

Enoshima Beach provided the perfect backdrop for world-class racing. With strategy, endurance and ocean knowledge all playing into equation for the Contenders, the World's best stepped up to the challenge.

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Champs Emerge at 2nd Annual SUP Polo Tournament

In the UK, there is a growing number of SUP Polo enthusiasts and on the 23rd April, the second annual SUP Polo competition was organised by the Blue Chip Sup Club at the Guildford Lido, in the UK.

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Athletes Prepare for Intense Competition at Japan Pro-Am

With a full schedule of entertainment to come this weekend from the Trump Wetsuits Japan Pro-Am presented by Hawaiian Airlines, it all starts on Friday at 4pm Japan time with an Opening Event at Enoshima Beach consisting of a Nation's Parade and Hawaiian style Opening Ceremony.

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The Common Misconception of Stance

Recently while at the beach and during retreats I’ve noticed a common error in people paddle surfing in the line-up: their stance. Stance in the line-up is one of the main important items we teach at our SUP ‘n’ Surf Retreats. Why?

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New Course, New Champions At OluKai Ho‘olaule‘a 2017

The 9th Annual OluKai Ho‘olaule‘a made event history as Kanaha Beach Park was the start and finish of this prestigious paddling race. Australia’s James Casey and New Zealand’s Annabel Anderson took home victories in the Elite SUP Divisions.

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Thunderbird Paddling Festival Bringing Fun To Lake Tahoe

With the summer stand up paddle (SUP) season coming in full swing there’s no better place than Lake Tahoe to participate in a fun and scenic race. Coming to the Lake Tahoe shores on June 10, 2017, the Thunderbird Paddling Festival provides the perfect mix of racing and fun that is great for the whole family to enjoy.

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How To Pick Your SUP Surf Break

In episode four of Sean Poynter’s How-to SUP series, Sean gives us tips on how to choose your SUP surf break. Here are Sean’s tips:

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Carolina Cup 2017 Predictions

The Carolina Cup has consistently been a major paddle boarding event that attracts both elite and amateur athletes from around the globe. Attendance records are broken year after year and the event has become the place where standup paddlers come to test their grit and compete against the best in the World. 2017 is expected to be another record-breaking year and with the caliber of athletes in attendance there will be no shortage of excitement. Here are our predictions for how the event will unfold in 2017.

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Frenchman Wins All-Waterman in Wrightsville SUP Surf Pro-Am

World-class competition with excellent weather and surf conditions ruled this weekend’s 2017 Hobie and Salt Life SUP Surf Pro-Am in Wrightsville Beach. After back-to-back qualifying heats and intense finals competition, Martin Letourneur from Saint-Malo, France, captured the coveted and overall performance trophy, the Haywood Newkirk, Sr. All Waterman Award.

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Best Standup Paddle Boards 2017

After personally paddling, weighing, and thoroughly testing 70+ boards, our expert staff has selected the best standup paddle board 2017 models. These are designated by the "A" grade and organized by categories (inflatable, all-around, touring, etc).

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5 Tips To Improve Your SUP Race Performance

Want to know the key to success when it comes to performing well during a stand up paddle race? Look no further because we've aggregated improvement tips from some of the best SUP racers on the planet. Stepping up your game and performing at a higher level takes more than just a lot of time on the water. Here are the top 5 tips on how you can improve your performance during a SUP race.

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The Ultimate Waterman 2017 is Crowned

For the second year in a row, Maui’s Zane Schweitzer has been crowned The Ultimate Waterman, prevailing in a test of skill, strength and spirit that has seen eight athletes tackle eight disciplines in nine days, throughout the Southland region of New Zealand.

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Heated Battles Rule the Day at 2017 Air France Paddle Festival

For its 4th consecutive year the Air France Paddle Festival has delivered a spectacular show. Spirits were high, the crowd came in full force and competition was fierce. With the new venue, a maxed out 8k amateur race and extra fun added this year it’s easy to claim this has been the best year yet. It wasn’t all fun and games though as the weather this year was both your worst enemy and best friend.

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APP World Tour’s Japan Pro-Am Scheduled for May

Hosted at an all new venue for 2017, the beautiful Enoshima Beach in the Kanagawa Prefecture just south of Tokyo, the Japan Pro-Am presented by Hawaiian Airlines will take place from the 5th - 7th May, as the World's very best athletes descend upon this picturesque seaside town for a battle to remember.

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Cystic Fibrosis Kids Hit the Water With The Ultimate Watermen

Athletes will put preparation for the start of The Ultimate Waterman briefly on hold on Friday, March 31st, as they team up with Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand, the Mauli Ola Foundation from Hawaii, and the Southland Boardriders Club to offer a unique experience for children living with CF.

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Starboard Touring Zen

Price: $1,099 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 11'6", 12'6', 14'

About the board: The Touring Zen is an inflatable board great for paddlers of all skill levels. Primarily designed with touring in mind the board is great for paddling mid-range distances up to 3-5 miles max. It has some nice looks with a mix of bold colors, blues and greens that are very eye-catching. This paddle board is easy to carry being that it weighs slightly over 23 lbs and the glide feels fast which is very surprising since inflatables aren’t usually fast. The board comes with a tool-less FCS II fin which is a perk and also has an FCS adaptor on the deck of the board which is unusual to have on an inflatable. The board has premium features at an affordable price thus deserving Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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5 Tips To Improve Paddle Stroke

In stand up paddle boarding, having a good paddle stroke is crucial to seeing results and improving skill level. Many of stand up paddling's top athletes stress that the paddle stroke is one of the most important, if not the most important, tool to master when paddling. We caught up with many of stand up paddling's best athletes to get some tips on how to have a great paddle stroke. See what they had to say...

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Starboard Freeride

Price: $1,999 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All-around/Touring
Weight: 26.4 lbs Sizes: 11'2", 12'2"

About the board: The Freeride is a stable, non-inflatable board that is suited for intermediate-skilled paddlers. It has some really nice looks featuring beautiful Australian Pine and with pops of color. This paddle board is pretty easy to carry since it’s only 26.4 lbs and the glide feels fast. And although the width is a bit narrower at 29 inches, it does feel very stable when paddling. The board is best suited for mid-range paddling between 3 and 5 miles. A premium look and feel give the Freeride a well-deserved “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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2017 Spring Paddle Boarding Gear Guide

The sun is starting to shine, ice is melting and spring is starting to peek it’s head around the corner. With temperatures rising and waterways defrosting into lakes and rivers again, it’s time to start getting geared up and ready to get back on the water and out of the winter hibernation. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, accessories, and of course boards for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2017 Spring paddle boarding season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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8 Takeaways from the Hawaiian Leg of the 2017 APP World Tour

With the Hawaiian leg of the 2017 APP World Tour coming to a close there were some important facts to be aware of after the events wrapped up. The early leaders were named, the double-threats to look out for and more were discovered. Here are eight takeaways

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How To Improve Performance In SUP Yoga

Need help improving your SUP Yoga skills? We’ve sat down with Dashama Gordon, a Starboard ambassador, and one of the leading voices in the SUP Yoga movement to give us a few tips on how to advance yourself in SUP Yoga. Here are her tips:

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Starboard Drive

Price: $1,299 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All-around
Weight: 19.1 lbs Sizes: 10'5"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, all-around inflatable board to paddle short distances then the Drive from Starboard is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Deluxe construction which is highly durable for an inflatable. Because of the width being 30 inches the board is stable and it has 1.81 lbs per foot weighing only 19.1 lbs total. Its shape makes the Drive an all-around board that can be used by everyone and it’s designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Retailing at $1,299, the board is among the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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The Fastest Man on a Paddle Board?

Connor Baxter is making a name for himself in water sports. The twenty-two-year-old Maui-born waterman is fast becoming recognized as stand up paddle boarding’s elite male athlete, owning an impressive list of first-place finishes, including winning the overall 2016 APP World Tour title.

Australian Surf Ironman Joins The Ultimate Waterman

At just 24, Jackson Maynard has overcome more than most people have to deal with in a lifetime. The Australian has battled back from three life-threatening health issues to forge a career as a surf ironman, and is now about to take on perhaps his greatest test in the water.

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NZ SUP Nationals 2017 To Showcase World Class Talent

Come and join the Kiwis 11-12 March 2017 for the NZ SUP Nationals, New Zealand's premier SUP event, featuring a two-day festival of Stand Up Paddle board racing that brings together paddlers from all over the country and the world.

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APP World Tour Prepares for Finals Day at 2017 Sunset Beach Pro

With just the quarters thru final remaining for the Men's division and just the Final left for the women here at the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro, tension is mounting as we build up to what promises to be a spectacular final day of action at Stop #1 of the APP World Tour.

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Tips To Improve Your SUP Surf Performance

Now that you’re hooked to the feeling of riding waves you’re probably ready to step it up and start improving your skills. We’ve gathered tips and advice from some of the top SUP surfing pros from around the globe to help guide you towards your goal of becoming a better stand up paddle surfer.

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Mexican Big Wave Star to Tackle The Ultimate Waterman

Carlos ‘Coco’ Nogales is used to being challenged on a grand scale, but Mexico’s big wave surfing ace is expecting his first visit to New Zealand to provide as tough a test as any he’s faced in the water.

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Competition Heats Up At Sunset Beach Pro 2017

Blue skies, clean conditions and high performance surfing was the order of the day on Day 3 of the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro, as we completed the repecharges for both Men & Women, as well as Round 3 of the Men, and Semi Finals for the Women.

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New World Record Set for Distance Paddled in 24 Hours

23-year-old Floridian Robert Norman is a relative newbie to the stand up paddle (SUP) world only having been introduced to the sport two short years ago but he just accomplished a monster of a task earning the new Men’s and Overall World Record for distance paddled in 24 hours.

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APP World Tour At Sunset Beach Kicks Off In Perfect Waves

After one of the more challenging days filled with heavy cloud cover, rain and challenging conditions on the opening day, the opposite was the case yesterday at the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro, with clear blue skies and groomed, beautiful surf for what was to be an epic day of competition for both Men & Women.

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Who Will Be The Ultimate Waterman In 2017?

Eight of the world’s best will return to New Zealand in April to compete for the coveted title of The Ultimate Waterman. Now into its third year, this unique event will push the athletes to the brink as they travel and compete in some of the most challenging, yet spectacular conditions in New Zealand.

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APP World Tour Breakdown - What To Know

Get the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro preview, logistics for the new APP World Tour for both Surfing and Racing events, and find out how you can participate in the events and compete at the highest level.

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Starboard Touring Elite

Price: $1,999 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 27.9 lbs Sizes: 10', 11'6", 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable touring board to paddle mid to long range distances then the Touring Elite by Starboard is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board has the Starlite construction which is durable and has both positives and negatives. Due to its width of 29 inches the board is somewhat stable. The board has 2.79 lbs per foot and weighs a total of 27.9 lbs which is slightly heavy for only a 10ft board. Its shape makes the Touring Elite a touring board best for intermediate paddlers designed with touring in mind. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for recreational paddling between 3 to 10 miles max. Retailing at $1,999, the board is among the high-price point boards but is among the best of what the brand has to offer.

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SUP Surfing Mistakes To Avoid

Mistakes are inevitable, they happen to the best of us so in order to give you a jumpstart and get you some insight on what you should avoid while SUP surfing we’ve chatted with some of the best in the business to give you some tips. Check it out:

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SUP Foiling on the Big Island

As Starboard SUP ambassadors Donica and Abe Shouse have gotten their hands (and feet) on Starboard’s new GoFoil SUP foiling boards and have gotten some awesome photos and videos of their time experimenting with their new gear. In the video above watch Donica and Abe play with their foils.

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Starboard All Star

Price: $3,399 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 26.4 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, premium race board to paddle in all conditions then the All Star from Starboard is worth a look. This stand up paddle board (SUP) comes in the Carbon Sandwich construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its narrow 24.5 inch width the board is very unstable however, the board is very lightweight for a 14’ paddle board having only 1.86 lbs per foot, weighing a total of 26.4 lbs. Its shape makes the All Star a board designed primarily for SUP racing. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for advanced paddlers to be used for all kinds of racing (downwind, flatwater, choppy, etc.). Retailing at $3,399, the All Star is among the high-tier price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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APP World Tour Announces Athletes for 2017

The newly formed Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) announces a big-name line-up for its 2017 APP World Tour, an amalgamation of the Stand Up World Series and the Stand Up World Tour.

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5 Tips For First Time SUP Racers

When preparing for your very first SUP race it's important to be prepared and know what to expect from your first experience. To give you some insight on what you need to do to get ready for your first paddle board race, we caught up with some of the best SUP racing pros out there to get you some tips. Here are the top five tips for first time SUP racers:

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Starboard Sprint

Price: $3,399 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 26.1 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very fast, non-inflatable, premium race board to paddle in sprint races then the Sprint from Starboard is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Carbon Sandwich technology which is durable and has its ups and downs. Because of the extremely narrow width of 21.5 inches the board is incredibly unstable, however, with 1.86 lbs per foot weighing 26.1 lbs total the board is very lightweight for a 14ft board. Its construction and shape combined best fit the Sprint for sprint racing on flatwater. Retailing at $3,399 the board is among the premium price point but is exactly that: a premium board designed to win.

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5 Reasons Tahiti Is The Perfect Place To Paddle Board

We all dream of an exotic vacation packed with relaxation, sunshine, and the warm water of the tropics. We see photos of crystal-clear water with beautiful mountainous backdrops and think to ourselves what it would be like to be in a place that perfect. Tahiti is a place where these dreams and thoughts are a reality. We here at Supconnect agree that Tahiti stands out as one of the ideal places to paddle board. Here are five reasons why:

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Tips For SUP Surfing Beginners

Want to add in some excitement to your SUP routine and start SUP surfing? We’ve talked to some of stand up paddling’s best surfers and asked them to share their top tips for beginners.

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Pipeline SUP Invitational Returns In January

After a spectacular showdown at Pipeline and Backdoor in 2016 that saw Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) put on an impressive display of skill and bravado to take the win, 2017 sees the return of the prestigious Stand Up Paddle component of the Backdoor Shootout in memory of Duke Kahanamoku.

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Top Mistakes To Avoid In SUP Yoga

Dashama, a Starboard ambassador, is one of the leading voices in the SUP Yoga movement and we’ve picked Dashama’s brain for some Standup Paddle Board Yoga Tips. Here is what she had to say about what mistakes to avoid in SUP Yoga.

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What To Avoid On A SUP Expedition

Adventure is one of the perks of SUP and it’s what keeps us all coming back for more. But, it’s not always as easy and fun as it looks. Things can and likely will go wrong at some point and no-one knows this better than some of SUP’s most experienced adventure paddlers Bart de Zwart and Gabriel Gray. In order to avoid these same unfortunate experiences, we caught up with these two to get some tips on what to avoid when on a SUP expedition of your own. Check it out:

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How To Stay Stoked In A Crowded Lineup

It’s true that today’s broad surfing community holds a varied and often questionable understanding of surfing etiquette. Add a few individuals with entitlement issues, a couple more with a lack of common courtesy and respect and we have a recipe for a potential bummer of a surf session. Here’s a few thoughts on how to stay stoked through the lineup.

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King & Queen of the Cut Crowned

Over 130 international, interstate and local competitors gathered for the World’s fastest downwind paddle race, the King of the Cut Race on Sunday, December 4, 2016 in Mandurah, Western Australia. Near perfect conditions blew in for the 24-kilometre race with southerly winds at 18 to 20 knots.

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Fiji ISA Reduces Environmental Impact

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to highlight the legacy that the 2016 Fiji ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship, has left on the sports of SUP and Paddleboard as well as the host country of Fiji.

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What To Do Before Your First Downwinder

Downwind paddling on a stand up paddle board (SUP) is one of the funnest ways you can choose to ride your SUP. But, downwinders are harder than they look. One of the most decorated downwind paddlers in the world, Maui’s Connor Baxter, gives us some tips on what you need to know before attempting your first run.

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2016 Holiday SUP Gift and Gear Guide

Can you believe 2016 is coming to an end?! With the gift-giving holidays right around the corner, it's time to think about getting something awesome for the SUP'er in your life so here at Supconnect, we've put together a gift/gear guide of the newest and coolest items to have recently hit the shelves and racks on the SUP market.

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Australia Reclaims Gold At Fiji ISA

Australia reclaimed the Team Gold Medal and Waikiki-Peru World Team Champion Trophy at the fifth edition of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Australia had won the team title at the first three editions of the event after losing to Team USA at the 2015 edition in Sayulita.

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Medals Awarded At Pumping Cloudbreak

Fiji’s premiere wave, Cloudbreak, woke up from a slumber and greeted the world’s best SUP surfers with a massive swell on the penultimate day of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.

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King Of The Cut Attracts Big Names

Australia’s Michael Booth (Starboard) has won the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP Championship, a 17km marathon race from Cloudbreak to Musket Cove in Fiji. Booth will be heading back home to Western Australia shortly to compete in the world’s fastest downwind SUP race, the Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut.

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Ladies Distance Medals Awarded In Fiji

Women SUP and Paddleboard racers took center stage in dramatic fashion on the fifth day of 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship with hotly contested 17km Distance Races.

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Fiona Wylde Rips Down Under

Fiona Wylde is a double threat in stand up paddling. Not only does she find herself in the leading pack in just about every race she enters but she also charges and rips on the waves.

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Distance Medals Awarded At Fiji ISA

With the stunning visual backdrop of Fiji’s natural island beauty, day four of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship saw Australia’s Michael Booth and New Zealand’s Sam Shergold emerge victorious in the divisions of SUP and Paddleboard, respectively, in an exhilarating 17km race from Cloudbreak to Musket Cove in Fiji.

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A Brief Guide To UK SUP

There’s a thriving stand up paddle boarding scene in the UK. Every year participation numbers increase exponentially and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. But what can you expect if you decide to hit up this ‘green and pleasant land’ for a spot of sweeping? Tez Plavenieks gives a whistle stop location overview from across the pond.

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ISA Fiji 2016 Begins to Crown Champions

Four World Champions were crowned on the third day of competition at the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, as the Finals of the SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races ran in the pristine waters of Fiji’s world-renowned outer reef, Cloudbreak.

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SUP Surfing Kicks Off At Fiji ISA

Over the weekend the world’s best men and women stand up paddle (SUP) surfers took to the water and showcased their talent at the famous wave of Cloudbreak, a shallow and powerful reef located in the open ocean off the Fijian island of Viti Levu.

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26 Nations Confirmed To Compete In Fiji ISA

The 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship is set to kick off on Saturday, November 12, in the tropical paradise of Fiji when the Opening Ceremony inaugurates the competition in Port Denarau. All 26 National SUP and Paddleboard Teams featuring 244 athletes have announced their rosters to compete in the SUP Surfing, SUP Racing and Paddleboard Racing disciplines for the week of competition to come.

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Fiji ISA Aims at Carbon Neutrality

The International Surfing Association (ISA) and the Local Organizing Committee for the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, Tourism Fiji, have set a new standard in sustainable practices by aiming to make the competition, which will take place from 12-20 November, carbon neutral.

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SUP, Surf & Sibling Rivalries At The 2016 Tofino SUP Championships

The mini-grom beat the grom as sibling rivalry returned to the 3rd annual Tofino Paddle & Surf Championships, October 21 to 23. A 13-year-old Finn Spencer beat out his 15-year-old older brother Jeffery to win the men's Pro Stand Up Paddle surf division, claiming the national title. And for the first time, prize money - $200.

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Connor Baxter Claims Victory In Red Bull Heavy Water & Secures 2016 World Title

The first ever Red Bull Heavy Water stand up paddle board race saw optimal weather conditions with sunny skies and challenging conditions of 6-8ft waves in San Francisco on Wednesday. 15 of the world’s best watermen were tasked to a grueling 12km (7.5 miles) battle of athleticism, with the ultimate victor Connor Baxter, 22, of Maui, HI, crowned Champion of Red Bull Heavy Water.

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Fiona Wylde Dominates Maui And Wins First World Title

Fiona Wylde has secured her first World Title with a dominant performance on Maui for the 2016 World Series Finals. After an impressive performance in the long distance race on Saturday, Fiona didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to compete alongside the men in the Open Surf exhibition, which she did and as always, made her presence felt.

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Starboard Brand Video | 2017

Take a look at Starboard’s 2016 SUP Brand video that was recently released. Take a sneak peek at the 2017 innovations and products hitting the market soon.

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Red Bull Heavy Water Gets The Green Light To Run

Red Bull Heavy Water is officially in the green light phase. This weather window schedules the event for Tuesday, October 18, with Wednesday, October 19 as the alternate day in San Francisco Bay.

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Hydrofoils, Drones & Zane Schweitzer

While in town for the biggest week in SUP in North America Zane Schweitzer, his brother Matty, and the entire Starboard crew gathered at Mission Bay in San Diego, California and later in Dana Point for the Pacific Paddle Games. The week was filled with hydrofoil demonstrations, SUP racing, SUP surfing, beautiful sunsets, and of course nothing but pure fun in and on the water.

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Baxter & Appleby Conquer Field (Again) At 2016 Pacific Paddle Games

Standup paddling’s biggest weekend of the year culminated Sunday with the dramatic final rounds of the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life. With the biggest prize in standup paddling on the line, the world’s best paddlers put on a show that will be talked about for months. At the end of the day, it was Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby who were crowned overall champions at #PPG2016 for the second year in a row – each taking home a cool $8,000.

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Competition Heats Up On Day 2 At 2016 Pacific Paddle Games

Cloudy skies gave way to brilliant sunshine as Day Two of the Pacific Paddles Games presented by Salt Life got underway Saturday morning. With Youth, Open, Pro Junior and Pro racers all hitting the water, it was a jam-packed day of paddling action at Doheny State Beach.

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Starboard SUP Moving Towards Sustainability

In the 2016 Annual Starboard Dealer Meeting held during the first half of this week in San Diego, California, Starboard not only introduced their new products and what to expect for 2017 but also they showcased their move towards becoming a more sustainable company and to make their contribution to keeping our oceans and waterways clean.

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Day One At 2016 Pacific Paddle Games Goes Off Without A Hitch

Picturesque weather and a solid south swell greeted paddlers on Friday morning as the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life kicked off at Doheny State Beach. With a record-breaking prize purse of $60,000 up for grabs, anticipation levels were high as the world’s best paddlers began their quest for victory at standup paddling’s biggest race of the year.

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World's Best SUP Racers To Compete For Biggest Prize In Paddling This Weekend

The world’s best paddlers are set to compete at the second annual Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life this weekend (Sept. 30 to Oct. 2) at Doheny State Beach. With a $60,000-prize purse on the line, the most money ever offered in paddling, it’s no surprise that ALL of the top professionals in the world are en route to Southern California this week from around the globe.

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2016 Fall Paddle Boarding Gear Guide

Seasons are a-changin' and the cooler weather and fall colors will be making their way to your oceans and waterways in no time. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2016 Fall SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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Supconnect Announces 2016 Editor's Choice Awards Winners

After two months of deliberations and intense evaluations we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Supconnect Editor's Choice Awards. After nominating 30 or so men, women, groms and blogs per category, and an abundance of brands and shops in the stand up paddle industry we've finally narrowed down the extremely talented pool of nominees to the final chosen winners.

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How To Analyze Your Surf Break

Sean Poynter is one of the best stand up paddle surfers in the world, so when he stops to give some surf advice, you be sure to listen. In Episode 5 of Sean's new 'how-to' series, Sean explains how to analyze your surf break. Sean gives us a list of a few things to keep in mind. See what he had to say…

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2016 Red Bull Heavy Water Holding Period Now Open

As an official stop in the 2016 Stand Up World Series, Red Bull Heavy Water has started the holding period as of September 1st. The holding period will guarantee 40 of the world’s best SUP athletes waves over 10ft. on an open course that stretches 12km (7.5 miles), starting at Ocean Beach and finishing just past the Golden Gate Bridge.

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WeSUP Introduces Thailand Locals To SUP

WeSUP is born by the group of Thai SUP enthusiasts, who are deeply enthralled by stand-up paddling or SUP. Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is the fastest growing sport across the world and WeSUP wants to push on it and aim to be the leading SUP Sport guide in Thailand.

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Connor Baxter Sweeps The 2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge

The 2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge was a huge event with heavy competition. It was the largest contingent of elite competitors getting together at one event for this entire year - in both the men’s and women’s fleet. Here, Connor Baxter recaps the weekend and his win at the event.

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The Butterfly Effect Hosts Third Annual Event in North Lake Tahoe, California

The Butterfly Effect is continuing its 2016 BE World Tour with the third annual Butterfly Effect California event and a variety of activities, all to promote women in water sports and to bring awareness to this year’s charity, Boarding for Breast Cancer Foundation and their mission that advocates early detection and a healthy, active, and sustainable lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention.

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Connor Baxter Recaps The 2016 Quiksilver JM Survivor Race

The 2016 Quiksilver Survivor Race was a huge success - with very tough competition. It was a one day event and had the survivor format - which is the hardest race format for short sprints. Here, Connor Baxter recaps the event from his perspective. Take a look...

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2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge Athlete Highlight: Fiona Wylde

Werner Paddle's Team rider Fiona Wylde, has either won or found herself on the podium the last three years at this world class course race/downwind race combo. This season she is a threat to take the crown again after a strong season that she's here sitting ranked 3rd in the world. Watch, as she takes you to her "happy place," training in her home town of Hood River Oregon.

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5 Tips To Help You Have A Successful SUP Race

With the Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge only days away and the Pacific Paddle Games right around the corner we thought it best to supply you with some tips that can help you have a successful race come race day. We checked in with the best-of-the-best stand up paddle boarding pros including Naish's Kai Lenny, Boardworks' Slater Trout, Chuck Patterson, Starboard's Connor Baxter, SIC Maui's Lina Augaitis and Annabel Anderson to name a few. We took what they had to say and came up with 5 tips to help you have a successful race.

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Fiona Wylde, Bernd Roediger & Kai Bates Score Winter Swell In Australia

After a six-week stretch of traveling for races in Asia and Europe Starboard SUP and Werner Paddles athlete Fiona Wylde decided to take a little vacation to Australia with with boyfriend and fellow professional stand up paddler Bernd Roediger (Naish) and to meet up with good friend Kai Bates (Fanatic). While there, the trio scored really fun surf and had a blast out of the water too.

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Connor Baxter Attacked By Shark While SUP Foiling

While on a Maliko downwind run off the coast of Maui, Hawaii with friends Zane Schweitzer and Alex Aguera, Connor Baxter found himself in a very scary situation. While on his Starboard SUP foil, Connor Baxter was attacked from behind by a 10 foot tiger shark.

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Starboard Introduces "Pocket Of Plastic" Challenge

As stand up paddle boarders it is our duty to do our part to keep the oceans and waterways that we play in clean. With that in mind, the folks at Starboard are starting the “Pocket of Plastic” challenge with the goal for everyone to pick up trash when out on the water.

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River SUP Top Mistakes

Stand up paddling on the river is tough. It’s one of the most technical avenues of paddle boarding and there are a lot of mistakes that rookies, and even sometimes experienced paddle boarders make. Here, pro stand up paddler and SUP river expert Dan Gavere lists some of the top mistakes made by river SUP rookies. Check it out:

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Kai Lenny & Sonni Hönscheid Win The 2016 M2O In Record Breaking Year

2016 was one of the most exciting years ever in the 20 years that the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships has been held. This year saw record breaking performances in both stand up paddling and prone paddle boarding and the field of athletes to compete was packed with standouts. This year Kai Lenny and Sonni Hönscheid claimed victory for the stand up paddlers.

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Elite Field Set For 20th Anniversary Molokai-2-Oahu

When the last athlete crosses the finish line on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O), two decades of outstanding performances and personal accomplishment will be recorded by a lineage of the world’s strongest paddle boarders. Presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager, the 2016 event welcomes a host of athletes from 16 countries who will test their navigational skill and athletic strength across 32-miles of open ocean in the disciplines of stand-up (SUP) and prone paddle boarding.

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Bart De Zwart Sets New Record At 2016 MR340 Race

Legendary long distance stand up paddler Bart de Zwart just finished up the MR340, a 340-mile paddling race on the Missouri River, and he just set the new record for fastest time, beating the previous record by a whopping 10 hours! Here he recaps the race and how he got to the finish.

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Iballa Moreno Spring Sessions At Home

Stand Up World Tour star and Starboard SUP athlete Iballa Moreno has been enjoying her downtime at home in the Canary Islands. From windsurfing to stand up paddle surfing Iballa has it all and she’s all about having fun in the water. Check out this new edit Iballa just released of her spring sessions at home.

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First Annual Noli SUP Race Attracts Large International Field Of Athletes

The 11th stop of the EuroTour presented by Starboard brought us to beautiful Noli, Italy. With its breathtaking cliffs that come straight out of the sea and the old medieval town literally sitting on the beach Noli proved to be the perfect setup for the first stop of the EuroTour Italian leg.

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Connor Baxter Wins 7th Straight Victory At 2016 Maui 2 Molokai

Connor Baxter just won his 7th straight victory at the 2016 Maui-2-Molokai race over the weekend making history as he extends the longest winning streak in the men’s sport. Not only has Connor never lost this race, but nobody else has ever won it. Connor took out the inaugural event as a scrawny teenager at 15-years-old back in 2010, and he has triumphed every year since. Hear all about the win from Connor himself here.

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Shakira Westdorp Winter SUP Sessions In Australia

It’s no secret by now that Shakira Westdorp is one of the best female SUP surfers in the world. She’s got loads of talent and a big bag of tricks. Heck, she even makes it looks easy (which it isn’t).  With it being in the middle of winter in Australia, Shakira decided to escape the busy lineups in her hometown of northern New South Wales and head 100km’s south to find a couple uncrowded beach breaks. Check out the video from her little trip here.

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How To Paddle Through Waves

Paddling through the waves on your paddle board can be a difficult task if not done properly. Luckily, two-time International Surfing Association (ISA) World Stand Up Paddleboard Surf Champion, Sean Poynter, gives us tips on how to successfully paddle through whitewater. Read his tips below.

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All Star Showdown – The 2016 All Star Vs. The 2015 All Star

Olympic Gold Medalist Larry Cain dives deep and does a showdown to see whether the 2016 All Star from Starboard SUP is as fast as the 2015 model in flat water. Here, Larry gets pretty techy and gets deep into his testing methods and how he came to his conclusion. Check it out…

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Starboard SUP 2016 Inflatable Touring Range

Maximizing glide and stability, the inflatable Touring stand up paddle boards from Starboard are designed to carry supplies and accessories for all adventures with it's bungee-tie downs, multiple FCS inserts and a paddle holder on the tail. Check them out on this cool sup trip in the incredible settings of Tofino, Canada!

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Trash Hero, Starboard & WeSUP Team Up To Clean Bangkok

Did you ever think collecting trash could be so much fun? With the help of over 200 people, the areas of Bang Phli, around Wat Laung Por Toh Temple and the surrounding river were cleaned. 2,500kg of trash was collected, filling one and a half garbage trucks!

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SUPKids Head To Noli SUP Race

After a successful launch on World Oceans Day and joining the Starboard SW Tiki Tour across California, Arizona & New Mexico, the SUPKids team are heading to Noli, Italy to run the first European SUPKids training program. They’ll be joining forces with the Noli SUP Race to run a 2-day training program for the founding SUPKids Delivery Centres in Europe. The training will take place on the 13 & 14 July, prior to the official start of the Noli event.

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Connor Baxter Recaps His Victory At 2016 SUP World Cup

The 2016 SUP World Cup in Scharbeutz Germany was a huge event. There was a huge crowd on the beach and a stacked field of competitors. After five weekends of racing in Europe, it was finally coming to an end as this was my sixth and final event in Europe for the summer.

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Baxter & Honscheid Win In Dramatic Fashion In Germany

After ratings leaders Fiona Wylde and Casper Steinfath took victory in the Sprints during harsh weather on Saturday, Sunday cleared up and provided excellent conditions for the distance race where Michael Booth and Sonni Honscheid pushed through to take the win. After the two races Connor Baxter and Sonni Honscheid claimed the overall win for the second stop of the Stand Up World Series.

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Summer SUP Fun On A Longboard Shape

Supconnect contributor Haywood Newkirk dives into teaching us all about longboard shapes on our stand up paddle boards and how to get started sup surfing on one. Check it out!

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2016 Summer Paddle Boarding Gear Guide

Whip out your boardshorts and bikinis, it’s summer time! Nothin’s better than summer and we’re so stoked that our favorite time of the year is finally here. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2016 Summer SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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Top 5 Beginner Mistakes to Avoid

We all make mistakes, especially as a beginner in anything new that we try. Stand up paddle boarding is no different and as one of the fastest growing sports in the world, there are tons of newbies that are participating in the sport on a daily basis. To help these newbies from committing the same mistakes that we've all fallen victim to, here are some of the top mistakes to avoid as a beginner paddle boarder.

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Red Bull Heavy Water Announced As Addition To 2016 Stand Up World Series Circuit

Red Bull Heavy Water, arguably the most intense stand up paddling event in the world, is announced as part of the 2016 Stand Up World Series circuit, with an event window from September 1 to 28. The location will guarantee 40 of the world’s best SUP athletes, waves over 10ft. high, and consist of an open course that stretches 12km (7.5 miles), starting at Ocean Beach and finishing just past the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Scene Is Set For Dramatic Showdown At 2016 SUP World Cup

The German stop on the Stand Up World Series has long been a gold standard for the sport of Stand Up Paddling, with a unique festival atmosphere, thousands of spectators and show to remember featuring the World's very best athletes. In 2016, the bar will be set even higher, as Mercedes-Benz has stepped up as a Title Partner and the event will be hosted in an exciting new venue that will bring the event to life for athletes and spectators alike.

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GoPro Mountain Games 2016 Recap & Results

The GoPro Games really outdid themselves with the stand up paddle events this year. The number of competitors was higher than any previous year having close to 100 SUP athletes registered for the event. They spiced things up with the start for the SUP Cross event and they kept the crowd on their feet with the SUP invitational event.

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Izzi Gomez’s Top SUP Surfing Trips

Ever wonder where the two-time women’s SUP surfing world champ loves to shred? Here, Izzi Gomez spills some insight on where her favorite places in the world are to go for a surf. Check it out:

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What To Expect At The 2016 GoPro Mountain Games

The very exciting and highly anticipated GoPro Mountain Games are this weekend and it’s going to be a weekend filled with thrills, spills and excitement as the perfect way to kick into gear for the summer SUP season. Here we dive into the games and describe the event location, courses and contenders! Check it out:

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Starboard Joins Sustainable Surf Ecoboard Project

In celebration of the United Nations designated World Oceans Day, nonprofit environmental organization Sustainable Surf is proud to announce that leading Stand Up Paddleboard & Windsurf brand, Starboard, has joined their ECOBOARD Project program as their newest partner.

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Starboard & SUPKids Teach Kids How To Take Care Of The Planet

This World Oceans Day sees the official launch of SUPKids, an educational program for 5-12 year olds designed to teach kids SUP, water safety & environmental education. Starboard & SUPKids are now rolling the program out globally, and looking for SUP schools, stores & athletes who would be interested in becoming SUPKids delivery centres.

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Spencer Brothers Experiment With SUP Foiling

With SUP Foiling getting a ton of hype right now, it’s only natural to see paddlers gravitate toward the new SUP crossover and want to dip their toes in the water and try it out. With pros like Naish's Kai Lenny and Starboard's Connor Baxter getting a ton of attention for their downwind SUP hydrofoiling adventures the groms who look up to them were eager to try the new craze as well.

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Starboard Introduces Line Of Go Foil SUPs

Go Foils are the latest and greatest trend on the water right now with stand up paddling and although it’s not the first time we’ve seen hydrofoiling mixed with stand up paddling, it’s now starting to blow up. The production team over at Starboard SUP has been working on incorporating the Go Foils into their product line and they’ve just started taking pre-orders for their surf and race boards.

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Europe Heats Up As SUP Racing Takes Over Germany

The Waterman League is proud to announce its return to Germany for the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup, stop 2 of the 2016 Stand Up World Series that will take place from the 24th - 26th June at the beautiful coastal town of Scharbeutz with $25,000 in prize money.

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Iballa Moreno & Vilayta Drs SUP Canary Islands

Starboard SUP team riders Iballa Moreno and Vilayta Drs just put together an edit from some recent swell they caught over in the Canaries. Perfect right handers if you as us! Have a look and enjoy!

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Connor Baxter Wins Long Distance Race In Japan & Takes 2nd Overall At Event

The 2016 Victoria Cup in Japan was a great event with one of the most stacked fields ever in the Stand Up World Series. The top 20 were chomping at the bit and hungrier then ever. The event kicked off on Friday with the long distance race - which I just barely made arriving the night before at 10:30pm. Read more…

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8 Things Zane Schweitzer Can’t SUP Without

We all love to stand up paddle (SUP), but what are the items that you just can’t SUP without? Could it be your iPod for listening to tunes? Could it be your favorite pair of sunglasses? Or could it be those pair of trunks or bikini that you love more than anything? Here, Starboard SUP Dream Team athlete Zane Schweitzer lists his eight things that he can’t SUP without.

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Top Athletes & Live Webcast Slated For 2016 Air France Paddle Festival

The 2016 Air France Paddle Festival kicks off this weekend and it’s expected to be epic. Top athletes in stand up paddle (SUP) racing have arrived in Tahiti and are preparing for what is to be an awesome day of racing not only in the South Pacific, but also, over the globe. Over 300 paddlers are expected to attend and participate in the event this year which breaks the participation record from last year’s event. Read more...

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Connor Baxter Describes His 5th Straight "Olukai" Crown

The 2016 Olukai Ho’olaule’a Event was not only in the most epic conditions, but it was a great way to dust off last weekends race. I got home on Monday after The Carolina Cup and the wind was cranking and I couldn't have been more stoked. I went for about five runs to make sure the gear and body was in check for one of the most incredible weekends.

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Connor Baxter Grabs 5th Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges At 2016 Olukai Ho’olaule’a

Maui did not disappoint for day two of the 8th annual OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa three-day ocean festival with local Connor Baxter and new women’s champion Sonni Hönscheid taking home the gender equal prize purse of $15,000. The prestigious eight-mile Stand Up Paddle (SUP) race saw over 325 of the world’s elite paddlers battle it out on the famous Maliko Downwind Run on Maui’s North Shore, the highest amount of contenders in this race to date.

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International Paddlers Come Together For 8th Annual Olukai Ho’olaule’a

The 8th annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a three-day ocean festival kicks off today, Friday, April 29th, on Maui’s North Shore with the second annual ‘Demo Day,’ offering locals and visitors the opportunity to meet with the pros, gain valuable last minute race tips and an opportunity to test out the latest boards and equipment. The 2016 OluKai Ho’olaule’a is set to be the biggest yet in the event’s history bringing together around 600 of the world’s elite paddlers to race the famous Maliko Downwind Run for the largest gender equal prize purse of $15,000.

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Catching Up With SUP Race Pro Connor Baxter

It’s been awhile since we’ve had the chance to chat with the choke stroke man himself, Mr. Connor Baxter. Connor is one of the best in the biz having won some of the biggest and most brutal races and has done so numerous times. We called up Connor just as he was arriving in North Carolina for the Carolina Cup and had a few words. Check it out…

Puyo & Anderson Dominate The 2016 Carolina Cup

Today kicked off the first big race of the 2016 stand up paddle race season and it was more exciting than ever. With an incredible start and lead changes throughout the majority of the race the action was intense from start to finish. In the end Tituoan Puyo and Annabel Anderson both claimed the victory for the 2016 Carolina Cup.

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World’s Best Paddlers Headed To Carolina Cup 2016

The time has come for the best stand up paddlers in the world to come together and face off yet again at the first major stand up paddle race of 2016, the Carolina Cup. Top athletes in the sport will be there including 3x women’s winner Annabel Anderson, Travis Grant, Candice Appleby, Danny Ching, Connor Baxter, Fiona Wylde and many, many more all going head-to-head aiming to conquer the grueling Graveyard Course.

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Starboard Introduces 2016 Summer Apparel Collection

For Summer 2016, Starboard Apparel continues to push Innovation Quality, producing Premium Technical Waterwear specifically for SUP, Windsurf and Surf. In doing so, they have created a collection of waterwear and lifestyle apparel to cater to your every need.

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3x Carolina Cup Champ Annabel Anderson Will Return For 2016 Race

"Yes, I can confirm that I will be back in Wrightsville Beach to have another crack at the Carolina Cup," said Annabel Anderson, three-time champion in the Cup's elite and grueling 13.5-mile Graveyard Race and top woman in the world in standup paddle board.

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Meet Northern California’s Rising SUP Star, Haakon Hoyer-Nielsen

Hailing from El Cerrito, California, Haakon Hoyer-Nielsen is rising the ranks in the stand up paddle (SUP) world in both SUP surfing and racing having become a podium regular in practically every event he attends. Haakon trains in the San Francisco Bay, has already finished his first Molokai 2 Oahu race, is a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, works year round as a lifeguard and consistently makes high honors as a sophomore at Saint Mary's College High School. Get to know this rising SUP star here:

What's In Starboard SUP’s Carbon Sandwich?

Ever wonder what makes up Starboard’s carbon sandwich? Here, Starboard plays off the popular TV show Iron Chef to demonstrate how their Carbon Sandwich construction is uniquely designed and created with more high quality materials compared to other boards on the market.

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SUP & Kiteboarding Join Forces In Asia

When anyone hears KTA (Kiteboard Tour Asia), they think kiteboarding, which is fair enough as that is what they have been spearheading in the Asia region and sometimes further since they were founded back in 2009. But, you could never accuse the KTA of becoming routine or following the norm and it seems they have done it again with their inclusion of stand up paddle racing.

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10 Questions With Aussie SUP Race Dark Horse, Michael Booth

Michael Booth is sneaking up the world rankings list and after joining Starboard SUP’s Dream Team roster he’s gained a huge support system which will likely help to transform this dark horse into a full blown threat at each and every event he enters. We caught up with Boothy (as he’s known to his friends) and asked him a few questions to learn more about his roots and where he plans on taking his SUP career. Have a look:

Action-Packed Trailer Released For The Progression Project

We can already tell by watching this short trailer that The Progression Project, a SUP Surfing film by PaddleWoo and Erik Antonson, is going to be a must-see. For this film, PaddleWoo assembled nine of the world's best paddle surfers in the Blue Zone of Costa Rica to document and define the current state of paddle surfing.

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Sean Poynter & Ian Cairns Hosting Ultimate SUP Surf Retreat

If you’re looking to step up your game in SUP surfing and you want to get away for a bit the SUP-Surf Retreat in Punta Mita, Mexico is exactly what you need. Hosted by SUP Pro Sean Pointer and surfing legend Ian Cairns, the retreat is based around a SUP surfing coaching and learning experience that mixes in a 5-star luxurious vacation experience.

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Hawaiian Zane Schweitzer Is Named The Ultimate Waterman 2016

22-year-old Zane Schweitzer has been crowned the 2016 Ultimate Waterman. Schweitzer, a late call up for 2016, was the most consistent surfer of the multi discipline event winning three of the seven disciplines contested. Today Schweitzer placed third in the 16km Stand Up Paddleboard Race which was enough to clinch the title over runner up Danny Ching (USA).

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Schweitzer Snatches Third Win And Overall Lead At The Ultimate Waterman 2016

Hawaiian athlete Zane Schweitzer has claimed his third discipline of the 2016 Ultimate Waterman in a thrilling head-to-head duel with defending champion Daniel Kereopa of New Zealand. The longboard discipline was held at Piha Beach, Auckland today in clean waves of less than 1.0m. Meanwhile, Danny Ching wins the Underwater Sprint and swim discipline pushing him into second.

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Power Surfing In Hawaii With Izzi Gomez

After coming off of a solid win at the 2016 Turtle Bay Women’s Pro Izzi is looking strong, confident and ready to win another world title. If you’ve ever questioned how and why young gun Izzi Gomez has already won two world titles, watch this video and you’ll immediately understand.

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Back To Back Wins For Hawaii’s Zane Schweitzer At The Ultimate Waterman 2016

Hawaiian surfer Zane Schweitzer has stung his Ultimate Waterman opponents with back-to-back wins, this time in the Standup Paddleboard Surfing discipline held in Southland today (Wednesday 16th March). Schweitzer remains in fourth place overall but still has his all-important double whammy discipline of Longboard to go.

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Santa Cruz Paddlefest 2016 Attracts Big Names And Epic Forecast

The 2016 Santa Cruz Paddlefest presented by Starboard is about to kick off this Friday, March 18th and the event is going to be epic. With an excellent forecast of head-high to overhead surf and an athlete list of BIG names in the sport, this event is going to be huge.

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Ching Wins Outrigger Canoe, Schweitzer Wins Prone At The Ultimate Waterman 2016

In the first discipline of the 2016 Ultimate Waterman event, Californian paddler Danny Ching (USA) dominated the 16 km Outrigger Canoe Race held at Takapuna Beach. The following day, Starboard SUP athlete Zane Schweitzer (HAW) paddled his way to a significant win in the Prone Paddleboard race held at Piha Beach, Auckland, New Zealand. See the recap of the two events so far…

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Ultimate Watermen and Mauli Ola Give Kiwi Kids A Water Blast

Smiles, surf and sun were prescribed to kiwi kids with Cystic Fibrosis today as The Ultimate Waterman kicked off its official events at Orewa Beach, Auckland. All eight international watermen who are here to compete in the multi-discipline surf competition took part in the one-on-one sessions with the kids aged between five and sixteen years old.

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February On The North Shore With Fiona Wylde

Fiona Wylde has improved drastically in both her SUP surfing and racing in recent years and she’s a double threat out on the water. With help from her sponsors Starboard and Werner Paddles, Fiona is well on her way to a long and successful career in professional stand up paddling.

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2016 Spring Paddle Boarding Gear Guide

The sun is starting to shine, ice is melting and spring is starting to peek it’s head around the corner. With temperatures rising and waterways defrosting into lakes and rivers again, it’s time to start getting geared up and ready to get back on the water and out of the winter hibernation. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2016 Spring SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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Winter Whitewater SUP In Hood River, Oregon

On a sunny February day in northern Oregon, paddle boarders and kayakers meet on the Hood River. There is a camaraderie between river people. Water levels are up and the call for paddling the “backyard run” has been made. For many of these paddlers, this is a daily run. A short shuttle from the town of Hood River for 14 miles of continuous Class III+ whitewater hurdling down a forested canyon before its confluence with the Columbia River Gorge.

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Zane Schweitzer Three Peats At 2016 Master Of The Ocean

After a weeklong event here in Cabarete, Dominican Republic it is Hawaiian Zane Schweitzer who has just won the 2016 Master of the Ocean for the third consecutive year. Zane was on a tear all week and performed well across all four disciplines (SUP, Kite, Surf, Windsurf) earning him the title of Master of the Ocean for the third year in a row.

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Zane Schweitzer Charging In Maui & Tahiti

What do windsurfing, stand up paddle surfing and prone surfing have in common? Zane Schweitzer. Zane Schweitzer is an incredibly talented multisport athlete hailing from the island of Maui. Zane has grown up in the waters off the beautiful island and has grown to excel in a number of watersports including surfing, stand up paddling and windsurfing.

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Sunset Beach Provides Flawless Perfection On Day 2 Of 2016 Sunset Beach Pro

It was a day to remember at Sunset Beach on Sunday, as the World's best were able to get a taste of this iconic break at its very best. The morning greeted us almost flat, with no swell to speak of, but the buoys indicating a major swell on its way, meaning that the ocean was clean and groomed. By the time the swell started to show as we passed the 8am mark, it was clear we were in for something special.

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Michael Booth Dominates Forster Island

Congratulations to Starboard’s Michael Booth from Australia who dominated the Forster Island Paddle Festival last weekend.  Michael won the BOP and the 10km race portion of the event while coming in 3rd in the 200km sprints.

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Izzi Gomez Wins 2016 Turtle Bay Pro In An Action Packed Final

Congratulations to the 2x Stand Up World Tour Women’s World Champion, miss Izzi Gomez on winning the Stand Up World Tour season opener at the Turtle Bay Pro on the North Shore of Oahu. Izzi battled it out with fellow Starboard SUP teammate Fiona Wylde in an action packed final after a busy day of competition.

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Day 1 At 2016 Turtle Bay Pro Filled With Electrifying Performances And Epic Conditions

On Day 1 of the 2016 Turtle Bay Pro, the World's best women stepped up in clean overhead surf and beautiful conditions proved the star of today's action at the Opening Day of the Turtle Bay Pro and 2016 Stand Up World Tour. With a truly international field in attendance ranging from Australia, Japan and South Africa, to France, the Canary Islands, Brazil and of course the USA and Hawaii, Turtle Bay proved the consummate host with its completely unique and unparalleled amphitheater.

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Sailing, Racing & SUP Surfing In The British Virgin Islands

Check out the newest edit from SUP superstar Fiona Wylde and her recent trip to the British Virgin Islands where she met up with Quintin Chiapperino, Kieran Grant and Kennedy Grow for an epic adventure filled with SUP surfing perfect right-handers and racing to victory during the 2016 Painkiller Cup.

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Fiona Wylde, Quintin Chiapperino & Kieren Grant Win Pain Killer Cup

Congratulations to two of Starboard SUPs top US racers Fiona Wylde and Quintin Chiapperino along with Kieren Grant for winning the BVI Pain Killer Cup. The team spent four days on a catamaran cruising the islands, taking in the beautiful scenery and scoring the best wave in Tortolla before taking on the pain killer race.

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2016 Stand Up World Tour Season Opener Only Days Away

We are less than a week away from the kick off for the 2016 World Championship season, with the girls to do battle at Turtle Bay. With less than a week to go now until the 2016 Turtle Bay Pro, tension is mounting as the World's best female athletes prepare to do battle on Oahu's Fabled North Shore at Turtle Bay Resort.

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Iballa Moreno SUPs In Guanche Land

With the 2016 season for the Stand Up World Tour only weeks away from kicking off the first event, the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro, on the North Shore of Oahu, Starboard SUP athlete Iballa Moreno has been at home on the beautiful Canary Islands training and practicing for the season opener. And boy does she look ready.

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Shakira Westdorp SUP Surfing In Australia

Lookout 2016! Starboard’s Shakira Westdorp is coming in hot into the new year and with one thing on her mind: winning the Stand Up World Tour world title for 2016. Shakira had an incredible year in 2015 and placed second overall on the SUP World Tour and is looking to one-up herself this year.

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Fiona Wylde’s Top 10 SUP Destinations

At the ripe young age of 18-years-old, Starboard and Werner Paddles athlete Fiona Wylde has traveled the world and back again. In 2015 alone Fiona went to Japan, all over the mainland U.S., Europe, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and more, so to say she’s well traveled is an understatement. Seeing as she’s been all over the world and getting to stand up paddle in amazing places we wanted to get Fiona’s opinion of where her top SUP destinations are located. Check out what she had to say...

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10 Things You Need To Know When Planning A SUP Expedition

So you want to plan a SUP expedition but don’t know where to begin? We caught up with three accomplished stand up paddle (SUP) expeditioners: Boardworks athlete Gabriel Gray, Starboard athlete Bart de Zwart and C4 Waterman’s Jared Munch, who have all gone on a number of SUP expeditions over the years and we asked them to share their experience and insights on what you need to know when planning a SUP expedition.

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Bart de Zwart Releases World SUP Excursion Video

In 2015 SUP expeditioner Bart de Zwart set off on the trip of a lifetime where he traveled around the world in 27 days with friend and photographer Franz Orsi. The twosome flew around the world with inflatable SUPs from Starboard SUP to the corners of the world. Starting the trip off in the Pacific then heading to Asia, Africa, Europe and Central America, de Zwart and Orsi traveled to and met with remote civilizations with strong connections to the water.

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Paddle Boarding Tips From the Pros

At one point or another we've all been beginners to the sport of stand up paddling. As one of the world's fastest growing sports, paddle boarding is seeing more and more newcomers to the sport and every newcomer could use a few lessons and tips in the art of paddle boarding. We've talked to top pros in the sport and asked them to breakdown their top tips for beginners.

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Mo Freitas Wins 2016 Da Hui Shootout Pipeline SUP Invitational

Mo Freitas wins the Da Hui Shootout SUP Invitational in Memory of Duke Kahanamoku with a gutsy performance at Pipeline. Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) put on an impressive and fearless performance this morning at Pipeline to take the win at the Da Hui Shootout in Memory of Duke Kahanamoku.

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Top 10 SUP Videos Of 2015

Can you believe that 2015 has come and gone and we’re already paddling our way through 2016? 2015 saw tons of incredible videos featuring stand up paddle boarders from all over the world. We saw dolphins, whales, wipeouts, icebergs and more! Check out the Top 10 SUP videos of 2015…

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Top 10 SUP Topics Of 2015

2015 is coming to a close and it’s crazy to see how much has happened this year. From news of cancellations of major SUP events to viral videos and tons upon tons of tips and tricks, we’ve gathered together the top 10 SUP topics over the past year. So without further ado, check out the Top 10 SUP Topics that we've covered for 2015 below.

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Pipeline SUP Invitational Announces Invitees

The Waterman League is proud to announce the athletes selected for the Pipeline Invitational, together with alternates. With the focus on showcasing Hawaii born talent at what is Hawaii's most iconic wave, here is the shortlist of 10 athletes selected for the Pipeline Invitational in memory of Duke Kahanamoku.

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Australian All-Rounder Jamie Mitchell To Compete In The Ultimate Waterman

Australian Jamie Mitchell will line-up against the world’s best watermen in a quest to win the 2016 Ultimate Waterman title. Mitchell will join eight other athletes from around the world, including fellow countryman and waterman Mark Visser, in New Zealand from the 12-20 March, 2016. They’ll compete in eight surf disciplines to decide who is the best overall waterman.

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Winter Sunshine & SUP Surfing With Fiona Wylde

One of the most talented ladies in our sport has just released a new edit of her time spent on Maui, her home away from home. Starboard and Werner Paddles athlete Fiona Wylde is an amazing multi-sport athlete excelling in not only stand up paddle surfing and racing but she’s also an incredibly talented wind surfer as well.

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Paris Nautic SUP Crossing 2015 Video

In the days following the tragedies in Paris, many were unsure if the 2015 Nautic SUP Crossing in Paris, France would go on as planned. We’re happy to report that the iconic race did go on as planned and it was an amazing day on the Seine river. The highlights video from this event is in the video below, take a look and enjoy!

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Brand Ambassadors Wanted: Starboard SUP Looks To Fill 100 Ambassador Positions In The USA

Starboard SUP announced this week that they will be launching a new initiative – growing the National Grassroots Team Program in the USA by enlisting 100 new Brand Ambassadors. “We see a lot of potential in the US market,” said Starboard CEO and brand visionary, Svein Rasmussen, “…and it all starts on the front lines with passionate locals who, like us, want to take SUP to the next level".

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Supconnect Announces 2015 Supconnect Polls Winners

After a month-long period of nominating and voting for your SUP favorites of 2015 the final winners for the 2015 Supconnect Polls are here! So without further ado, here are the winners for the Supconnect Polls 2015.

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2015 Holiday SUP Gift & Gear Guide

Can you believe 2015 is almost over?! With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to think about getting something awesome for the SUP'er in your life so here at Supconnect, we've put together a gift/gear guide of the newest and coolest items to have recently hit the shelves and racks on the SUP market.

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Puyo & Guedson Dominate French SUP Championships

At the 2015 French National SUP Championships it was European powerhouses Titouan Puyo and Celine Guedson who took the 2015 championship. After a long weekend of racing, Puyo and Guedson slayed both the long distance race as well as the technical race for the men and women, giving the the two athletes an outstanding lead against their competitors and the overall victories for the event.

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Surf4Smile Introduces SUP To Madagascar

In August 2015, Starboard team athlete Benoit Carpentier along with the organization Surf4smile created by his brother Mathieu, his sister Alix and a few friends, went on a 10-day mission to Madagascar to meet one community of surfers on the east coast of the island. A main part of their mission was to conduct free screening tests (hepatitis, malaria, HIV and syphilis) and health care for the local population.

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SUP Basics: What’s Your Swim Score?

Simplicity is one of the attractive features of standup paddle boarding. When you feel that first glide and realize “Hey, I can do this,” it’s easy to believe that all you need is a board and a paddle, but when you’re standing alone on a platform floating two inches above the water, a few more things are required, because a paddling excursion on any water body can quickly turn into an in-water experience.

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Zane Schweitzer Paddles With Dolphin Pod

Last month before heading to neighboring island Oahu for the Stand Up World Series Finals, Zane Schweitzer noticed a pod of dolphins passing by directly out in the waters in front of his house.

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USA-Canada Rivalry Resumes At NC Surf To Sound Challenge

Every year in the men's division, and the past two years in the women's division, Canadians captured the top standup paddle board victories in the punishing 6.5-mile Surf to Sound Challenge. Now celebrating its' 5th anniversary, the family-friendly USA-Canada rivalry resumes in Wrightsville Beach, NC, November 6-8, 2015.

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4th Annual Chattajack Race To Be Bigger Than Ever

The 4th Annual Chattajack paddle board and kayak race is set to go off this weekend and it's guaranteed to be a great race and bigger than ever. The Chattajack is a 31-mile SUP/Kayak race in Chattanooga, Tennessee with the Chattajack course running the length of the Tennessee River gorge.

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Candice Appleby Wins World Series Final On A Tie-Break, Kai Lenny Secures Overall Win For The Men

Candice Appleby finished the season unbeaten after another win, but she had to work hard here in Hawaii after being pushed all the way by the rising young star Fiona Wylde. For the men, it was ratings leader Kai Lenny who was able to secure his third Stand Up World Series Title after winning Stop #4 on the 2015 World Series with a win in the Sprint racing in a climatic finish at Turtle Bay Resort.

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World Series Finals Returns To Turtle Bay To Crown 2015 World Champions

It's that time of year once again, when the World's best Racers return to stand up paddling's birthplace in Hawaii for the climactic close to the 2015 World Championship season. It is only fitting that the World Championship Series should return to Hawaii to crown its Champions, and there is no better place than Oahu's fabled North Shore, and the unparalleled sporting arena that Turtle Bay Resort provides.

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Champions Crowned At The 2015 Pacific Paddle Games

The first annual Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life featured big waves, great weather and the world’s best paddling athletes. That combination made for a fantastically successful event. In the most important prize of the weekend, Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby captured overall titles earning them each a significant chunk of the history-making $55,000 prize purse.

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Zane Schweitzer Reviews The Starboard Avanti

Starboard team rider and SUP surf star Zane Schweitzer shows exactly how the Starboard stand up paddle board, Avanti, can be taken for a ride. Fast glide and ease into waves, the Avanti offers incredible stability.

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World's Best Stand Up Paddlers To Compete This Weekend At 2015 Pacific Paddle Games

The world’s best stand up paddle boarders are set to compete at the first-ever Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life this Saturday and Sunday at Doheny State Beach in the beautiful Dana Point, California. With a $55,000-prize purse on the line, the biggest prize ever offered in paddling, it’s no surprise that all the best in the world are en route to Southern California this week.

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Izzi Gomez Wins 2nd World Title At US Open Of SUP

Huntington Beach has become a memorable destination for the young Champion Izzi Gomez, having secured her first World Title here last year in advance of the final event, and once again this year, proving to be the place she secured her second title.

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Felipe Rodriguez Wins Trials & Main Event Kicks Off In Difficult Conditions

Felipe Rodriguez continued his impressive form yesterday to take the Trials win amidst World Class competition and challenging conditions. Seeming to revel in the smaller conditions Felipe was able to generate so much speed and link together dynamic and radical turns in the small Huntington Beach Surf.

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SUP US Open Kicks Off With World Class Surfing

While the surf was small, it was definitely clean and more than enough to deliver some World Class Surfing on Day 1 of the US Open of Stand Up Paddling over the weekend. With a truly international field of stellar athletes stepping up to do battle, the scene has been set for not only a climactic finish to the Trials, but a fiercely contested Main Event for the Men over the coming days.

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2-Day Self-Supported Expedition On The Muskoka River

World explorer and Starboard SUP ambassador Bart de Zwart just finished up a 2-day self-supported expedition race on the Muskoka River. Bart de Zwart took part in the Muskoka X Coureur de Bois challenge which he describes as a "race different from anything else." See his story from the race here.

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The Future Of Cold Water Paddling | Starboard Enters The SUP Suit Market

Starboard Apparel is proud to announce the release of the All Star SUP Suit, a brand that is part of the ongoing evolution of modern day water-sports as pioneers and innovators. Developed with the most advanced ultra flex technology on the market, this suit is set to change the way people paddle in cold water climates.

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4 Advanced SUP Yoga Poses For Experienced Paddlers

Once you learn and get comfortable with beginner and moderate SUP yoga poses, you should now be ready to challenge yourself and learn some of the more advanced poses. Dashama Gordon is one of the leading voices in the SUP Yoga movement and together with her sponsor Starboard SUP, Dashama has come out with a series of SUP Yoga tutorials where she shares some standup paddle board yoga poses. In this feature, Dashama walks through a few different advanced yoga poses that you can try out.

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Supconnect Announces 2015 Editor's Choice Awards Winners

After two months of deliberations and intense evaluations we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Supconnect Editor's Choice Awards. After nominating 30 or so men, women, groms and blogs per category, and an abundance of brands and shops in the stand up paddle industry we've finally narrowed down the extremely talented pool of nominees to the final chosen winners.

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5 Moderate SUP Yoga Poses For Intermediate Paddlers

Once you learn and get comfortable with beginner yoga poses, you should now be ready to take it up a notch and learn some intermediate poses. In this feature, Dashama goes over a few different moderate yoga poses to help you progress.

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Kai Lenny & Candice Appleby Reign Supreme In Japan

Kai Lenny and Candice Appleby take top honors at stop #2 of the 2015 Stand Up World Series at the Victoria Cup Hayama Pro. Check out the full report, photos and highlights courtesy of the Waterman League.

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Exploring The Stunning Sognefjord

Watch as Titus Kodzoman of SUPNorway and Sean White of WESUP explore the endless beauty of the Sognefjord. They saw sea-eagles and porpoise everyday, hundreds of perfect waterfalls, and a one-meter long salmon leaping along with many other exciting and beautiful joys that the Sognefjord has to offer.

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The Minds Behind Starboard's Award Winning Paddle Board, The 7'4" Pro

Want to know what goes into making a award winning paddle board? We caught up with none other than stand up paddle surfing pro Sean Poynter to get the scoop on the 7'4" Pro, the Starboard SUP that he's been working on for years, which by the way, just won the Supconnect Gear of the Year Award for best Surf SUP in the 2015 Supconnect Editor's Choice Awards.

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This Weekend's Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge 2015 Expected To Be Epic

The 5th Annual Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge scheduled for this weekend August 22-23, 2015 will feature a weekend of exciting Stand Up Paddle Board Racing. This event will draw recreational and professional competitors from around the world including the continental U.S., Hawaii, Canada, and Australia.

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São Jorge 2 Pico 2015 Race Sees Difficulties And Camaraderie

For the second consecutive year stand up paddle athletes crossed the channel between the islands of Pico and São Jorge. The SãoJorge2Pico race, an oceanic event between islands that integrates adventure, effort, navigation and concentration, was held this past July 11th, 2015.

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Fiona Wylde Shares The Stoke At "Paddle With The Pros" Event

Werner Paddle's stand up paddle athlete, Fiona Wylde, may be one of the most talented water women in the world. But what means the most to us is that she is one kindest, friendliest people you will ever meet. These and all of her positive traits were on display at a recent "Paddle with the Pros" clinic hosted by Big Winds in her home town of Hood River, Oregon.

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Sean Poynter Talks SUP Tips Series

Over the past 15 weeks professional stand up paddle surfer Sean Poynter has provided the world of stand up paddle boarding a series of tips for those looking to better their SUP surfing skills. Recently, Sean's tips have gone on a hiatus so we've reached out to him to see what he's been up to. Take a look:

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Starboard SUP Introduces 2015 Boardshort Line

Starboard Apparel’s new range of boardshorts for summer 2015 is the ultimate piece to wear this summer. Every summer has its story, so make sure this Summer's story is created wearing Starboard's range of boardshorts for men and women.

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Starboard SUP Tests New Wavepark, Surf Snowdonia

Before opening its doors to the public on August 1, 2015, Surf Snowdonia opened its doors to the Starboard SUP team to test out the manmade wave park. The Starboard SUP team went to the park to test its feasibility for SUP and to see what the local area had to offer.

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Honscheid and Grant Win 19th Annual Molokai To Oahu In Challenging Conditions

The 19th edition of the Molokai to Oahu Paddle Board World Championships (M2O) once again provided another exciting year of the legendary Ka'iwi Channel crossing on Sunday July 26, 2015. With surprise drop-outs and intense battles throughout the race, it was none other than Sonni Hoenscheid and Travis Grant who claimed the well-deserved victory in the harsh and challenging conditions.

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19th Annual Molokai To Oahu Paddle Board World Championships Pre-Event Breakdown

The 19th edition of the Molokai to Oahu Paddle Board World Championships (M2O) is ready to kickoff another exciting year of the legendary Ka'iwi Channel crossing on Sunday July 26, 2015. The 32-mile M2O race was first founded in 1997 and has grown from a grassroots challenge for local athletes to a world class event in prone paddle boarding and standup paddle boarding.

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How To Do A Frontside Top Turn On Your Stand Up Paddle Board

As you progress and further develop your surfing skills on your stand up paddle board, one trick to add to your bag is definitely the frontside top turn. The frontside top turn is likely one of the most performed maneuvers on a wave. Here, SUP surfing expert Sean Poynter helps you get more familiar with the process of it.

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European Cup Comes To A Close This Weekend In Rome

The Italia Surf Expo World SUP Challenge is to kick off this weekend as the prestigious European Cup Final at this unique beach festival. Following this event, the action will head to Brazil, Japan, California and Hawaii to close the season.

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2015 Payette River Games TV Broadcast

In case you missed the television broadcast of the 2015 Payette River Games you're in luck because we've got the video broadcast here for you! Watch this full replay of the Payette River Games TV broadcast that aired on CBS Sports Network.

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How To Do A Cross Bow Backside Turn On A Paddle Board

The Cross Bow backside turn is one that should be in everybody's repertoire as it's a really functional maneuver because of it's relatively quick execution and it's support in down-the-line surfing. Here, Sean Poynter gives us a breakdown on how to properly execute the Cross Bow backside turn on a paddle board.

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How To Do A Frontside Cutback On Your Paddleboard

Now that you've gotten comfortable getting in and out of the waves on your paddleboard and are a master at catching them, you're now ready to start progressing even further and adding some tricks into your bag. Starboard and FCS SUP athlete Sean Poynter lays out some tips on how to do a frontside cutback on your standup paddleboard. When doing a frontside cutback there are a few key motions that you need to do in order to successfully execute one and here, Sean lays them all out on the table. Here are his words of advice:

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Supconnect Awards 2014 Winners

Better late than never right? In preparation for the exciting launch of the 2015 Supconnect Awards, here we announce the winners for the 2014 Supconnect Awards. Now before diving into it, here are a few things to know about the Supconnect Awards.

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How To Get Back On Your Paddle Board After Falling

Falling off of your paddle board is going to happen at some point or another when paddle boarding. It can be troublesome to get back on your SUP after falling if done incorrectly. Luckily, we have SUP expert Sean Poynter to help us with a few tips on how to get back up after we've fallen. Here are some tips from Starboard SUP and FCS SUP athlete Sean Poynter:

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Payette River Games 2015 Wrap Up

After a wild three days of competing in Cascade, Idaho, the Payette River Games have wrapped up. As an event that attracts open ocean racers and world class surfers to river whitewater, PRG is a celebration of elite stand up paddling diversity. Read the wrap up and results from the 2015 PRGs here.

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Meet Aksel Kolstead, The Norwegian SUP Pianist

Aksel Kolstead is a SUP enthusiast who has helped to jumpstart the SUP movement in Norway. Aksel is an extremely accomplished pianist and composer who had his debut in Carnegie Hall in 2010. A few years ago Aksel was introduced to our wonderful sport of stand up paddling and he hasn't looked back. Since his introduction, Aksel has been working with top brands like Naish and Starboard helping to promote SUP in Norway. Read more…

Who To Watch For On The 2015 Stand Up World Series

With a wealth of talent and a winter of training under their belt, the performance level from the world's best is sky rocketing as we anticipate the tightest competition yet on the 2015 Stand Up World Series.

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Dan Gavere SUP White-water Master

Oregon based paddler Dan Gavere, a world-class kayaker, made the transition into a pioneer river and whitewater SUP master. Here, he sits down with team Starboard for the latest installation of Tiki Team Talk.

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What To Look For At The 2015 Payette River Games

It's here. The 3rd annual Payette River Games, with the largest prize purse in stand up paddling at $50,000, takes place this weekend at the famous Kelly's Whitewater Park in Cascade, Idaho. Here's what you can look for at this year's event…

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How To Properly Fall Off Your SUP

Falling off of our paddle boards is inevitable. It's part of the process, sometimes even part of the fun. There is however a right and a wrong way to falling off of our SUPs. Here, SUP expert and Starboard SUP athlete Sean Poynter teaches us how to fall off our SUP properly to avoid injury. See his tips and full video tutorial here.

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How To Ride The Line On Your Stand Up Paddle Board

So you've gotten the hang of catching waves on your SUP and now you're ready to start riding the line of the wave. SUP Surf expert Sean Poynter gives us a tutorial on how to do so. Here are Sean's tips on how to ride the line:

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Hönscheid and Baxter Take Out A Blazing Lost Mills SUP Race 2015

In a stacked field of 91 elite racers, Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid have won the 2015 Lost Mills International SUP Race, during Week 3 of the Euro SUP Tour. The race lasted 18km on an extremely hot day where endurance and training prior to the race made for a key factor in succeeding during this grueling race.

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Spring SUP Sessions With Iballa Moreno

Coming off of a Bronze medal at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships in Sayulita, Mexico, Starboard SUP's Iballa Moreno has released a new edit of her spring SUP surf sessions in Morocco and the Canary Islands. Iballa is riding her Starboard 7'4 Pro model.

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GPS Speedometer for SUP Racing Market

Maui-based performance instrument maker, Velocitek, has announced the release of the Makai, a board-mounted GPS speedometer and training tool for SUP.

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Zane Schweitzer Wins In An Exciting Finish At The SUP Sapinus Pro Tahiti 2015

It has been an amazing 3 days here in Tahiti with pumping surf, beautiful weather, and surrounded by the magical scenery that makes you feel like you are in a dream world, with today's action proving to be the perfect way to end the 2015 #SapinusPro. In the end, Zane Schweitzer secured a well deserved victory at the 2015 #SapinusPro Tahiti and moves into 2nd overall in the World Ratings.

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Australians Excel And Upsets Occur On Day 1 Of Sapinus Pro Tahiti

Another beautiful morning in Tahiti saw the 2015 #SapinusPro Main Event called on with the swell on the rise. Athletes were able to let loose in some unpredictable, but rippable surf. It was certainly a day for the Australians as all six of the crew from Down Under advanced through to Round 3.

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Sapinus Pro Tahiti Kicks Off To Exciting Action, Hawaiian Keali’i Mamala Wins Trials

After a 2 year hiatus from the beautiful Island Chain of Tahiti, the Stand Up World Tour marked its return to the islands today with the completion of the Air Tahiti Nui Trials of the 2015 #SapinusPro in great conditions. In the end, it was the Hawaiian, Keali'i Mamala who took the honors in a tightly contested final, picking off the best set waves and driving smooth, but powerful turns on his way to victory.

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How To Carry and Store Your SUP Leash

It's important to store your gear correctly so that you have a nice life span of your gear as well as having a benefit to your performance out in the water. Here, Sean Poynter gives us a few tips on how to properly store your leash when not in use. See Sean's tips below and his tips to keep in mind when storing your leash.

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Sapinus Pro Tahiti 2015 To Kick Off Next Week

Stop 2 of the 2015 Stand Up World Tour will kick off next week in the magnificent Tahitian island chain as the #SapinusPro is back. The Stand Up World Tour has a rich history in the islands since the launch of its Contenders exhibition back in 2009, and then the first full year of the Tour in 2010, as the #Sapinus Pro was born.

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ISA Gold Medalists Discuss Their Time In Sayulita

Newly crowned ISA Gold Medalists in SUP Race and Surf and also apart of Starboard's Dream Team, Connor Baxter, Izzi Gomez and Sean Poynter all take a minute to talk about their time in Sayulita and their thoughts on the competition at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships. See the interview below.

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How to Choose Gear for SUP Yoga

As one of the leading voices in the SUP Yoga movement Dashama Gordon knows a thing or two about Yoga and paddle boarding. Some of her credentials include: hosting Yoga and SUP Yoga retreats around the world; having her own SUP Yoga board made by Starboard; and being a contributor to several media outlets. To help others connect with this exciting new discipline and to help them grow through it, we’ve picked Dashama’s brain for some tips on choosing the right gear for SUP Yoga. Here is what she had to say.

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Bart de Zwart Explores Turkey During World SUP Excursion

Starboard SUP ambassador and SUP Extraoidenaire, Bart de Zwart, lands in Istanbul, Turkey on the second to last stop on his World SUP Excursion. While in Turkey, Bart discovers minarets, ships and Turkish delight. Read more from his blog below.

USA Claims Double Gold In SUP Surfing At ISA World Championship

The right-hand break of Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico offered consistent surf for the final day of SUP Surfing as part of the 2015 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship presented by Hotel Kupuri. 15-Year-Old Izzi Gomez and 25-Year-Old Sean Poynter showcase youth strength for Team USA by both winning a gold medal.

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River Walkers - A Film About White Water SUP

River SUP pros Dan Gavere, Corran Addison, Adam Cumming, Chris Emerick and Harmony Dawn star in a new film from Waterlust.org that dives into the exciting sport of White Water SUP.

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Bart de Zwart Visits Ethiopia On His World SUP Excursion

Starboard SUP ambassador Bart de Zwart recently set off on an incredible adventure around the world, what he calls 'The Ultimate Crossing.' During this excursion, Bart seeks to explore unseen places one normally wouldn't see or hear of, and he is exploring all of these places while on his SUP. His most recent stop took him to Ethiopia.

SUP Surfing Delivers Strong Start To 2015 ISA SUP Championships

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Surfing kicked off the week of competition at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship Presented by Hotel Kupuri on Monday, May 11 in Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Athletes showcased supreme style to both the spectators in the sand and the world via live webcast.

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Dan Gavere Scores At Lost Lake

Starboard SUP river guru Dan Gavere and Harmony Dawn score a blue bird morning paddle on a mirrored Lost Lake with Mt. Hood in the background. They are both paddling the Starboard All Star SUP.

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Bart de Zwart Hits Nepal During World SUP Excursion

After exploring the isolated island of Yap in Micronesia, SUP explorer Bart de Zwart heads to Nepal to continue his journey. During his stay in Kathmandu, Nepal, Bart experiences first-hand the recent earthquake that was devastating to the country. Read about his time in Nepal here:

World's Best Youth Paddlers To Compete In SupFiesta This Weekend

The world’s top young standup paddle athletes are coming to Huntington Beach, California for the sport’s most prestigious youth event.  With seven divisions of age group surf racing, seven divisions of age group sup surfing, and the Junior Pro Invitation sup surfing contest, it is going to be an action packed day of competition.

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How To Stand Up On Your Paddle Board

Episode 3 in SUP Surf Tips with Starboard and FCS SUP athlete Sean Poynter, Sean takes us through the steps on how to stand up on your stand up paddle board. See his tips here.

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This Weekend Kicks Off The 7th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a

Be part of the fun of the seventh annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a from May 1-3, 2015, bringing together the world’s elite stand up paddle (SUP) and OC1 and OC2 athletes to race the legendary eight mile ‘Maliko Downwind Run’ on Maui’s north shore.

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Zane Schweitzer: Master of the Ocean 2015

In February of this year, Starboard Athlete Zane Schweitzer took the Dominican Republic by storm and claimed his second consecutive Master of the Ocean title. Zane released this video of his time at the competition this year, watch the video and prepare yourself to be impressed.

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Mo Freitas: Crazy SUP Surfing In Hawaii

Mo Freitas is a major threat in the SUP world. He excels in both SUP racing and SUP surfing at the ripe young age of 18 years-old. The kid has talent, plain and simple. In the video below watch crazy SUP surfing from young Mo Freitas and Starboard's Giorgio Gomez in big and small waves at home in Hawaii and more.

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Grant and Anderson Conquer The Graveyard At 2015 Carolina Cup

Australia's Travis Grant and New Zealander Annabel Anderson took 1st Place in the Men's and Women's divisions of "The Graveyard" at the 2015 Carolina Cup. In its 5th edition, it is now becoming evident that if this is not the world's largest SUP Race (750+ Racers this year,) it is probably the most technical.

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What To Expect At The 5th Annual Carolina Cup

Tomorrow will be a day to remember. Tomorrow is the biggest day in stand up paddle racing so far this year in 2015. Tomorrow is the 5th Annual Carolina Cup. The Carolina Cup is the largest SUP event on the East Coast of the United States and arguably one of the largest if not the largest SUP events in the world. Here we breakdown the Carolina Cup and what to expect at this year's event.

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The Ultimate Crossing: Bart De Zwart's World SUP Excursion

Expedition, big wave, and long distance paddler Bart de Zwart has set off on a world-wide SUP excursion where he intends to visit the corners of the world to explore unseen places one normally wouldn't see or hear of, and he is exploring all of these places while on his SUP. As a part of the Starboard SUP Dream Team, Bart has had the chance to travel the world and experience many different cultures and places so this adventure will be one to add to the books.

Tips On Getting In The Water With Your Paddle Board

SAN DIEGO, California - In the second episode to debut from SUP Surf Tips with stand up paddle surfing expert Sean Poynter, Sean teaches us how to safely get you and your stand up paddle board in and out of the water. See Sean's Tips below:

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Sean Poynter's Day and A Half In Mexico

Perks of being a professional surfer? Getting to travel the world and follow fun swells is on the list for sure. Back in February, Sean Poynter snuck a quick trip down to Baja to surf perfect waves without the crowds of So-Cal. Watch and enjoy.

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How To Put Your Leash String and Leash On Your SUP

Sean Poynter, one of the world’s leading SUP Surf experts, has created a tutorial for the proper way of setting up your leash string on your board, and in addition, he shows us how to correctly put on a leash. Here SUP Surf Tips from Starboard SUP International Athlete, Sean Poynter.

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Connor Baxter: 2014 SUWS Champ

If Starboard SUP athlete Connor Baxter isn't a familiar name in your vocabulary already, prepare yourself because it should be. As the 2014 Stand Up World Series World Champion, Connor has a ton of momentum going into the 2015 season. With 3 out of 5 wins on the Stand Up World Series in 2014, twenty-one year old Connor Baxter was crowned 2014 Champion.

The Perfect Getaway: Bali SUP Surf Yacht Charters

In dire need of a vacay? Take a trip down to Bali and charter a yacht with SUP Bali Lombok Surf Charters. The combination of seasoned surf charter operators, experienced Stand Up Paddle guides & qualified SUP instructors has allowed packages to be created to tick all of the boxes & provide something more than just a surf trip.

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Benoit Carpentier's Moroccan Righthanders

tarboard SUP Athlete Benoit Carpentier competes on the highly competitive Stand Up World Tour alongside a large pool of talented standup paddle surfers. He recently released this beautiful video of his time during the Mirelift Pro in Morocco during the last event of the year last year in 2014 where fellow Starboard SUP teammate Sean Poynter took home the win.

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Izzi Gomez Shredding Hawaiian Waters

Izzi Gomez, the 2014 Women's SUP Surfing World Champ and one of Starboard SUP's top athletes, likes to think of Hawaii as a second home. Izzi just dropped this edit of a few of her sessions while in Hawaii over the winter and it's quite impressive to say the least. Take a look and see what we mean.

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Kereopa Takes the Lead After Another Win at The Ultimate Waterman

Another sizzling performance by New Zealand surfer Daniel Kereopa has seen him clinch back-to-back disciplines in The Ultimate Waterman driven by Subaru. Kereopa won the longboard discipline Thursday evening. The win, in Kereopa’s double whammy discipline, awarded him 2,000 vital points and catapulted him into the lead with one discipline remaining. Kereopa entered the water today ranked seventh of eight athletes.

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SUP Yoga Tips by Dashama

Dashama, a Starboard ambassador, is one of the leading voices in the SUP Yoga movement and we had a chance to catch up with her. To help others connect with this exciting new discipline and to help them grow through it, we’ve picked Dashama’s brain for some Standup Paddle Board Yoga Tips. Here is what she had to say.

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The Art of Stand Up Paddling Being Revised

In 2011, Falcon Guides published an instructional guide to SUP called The Art of Standup Paddling. The original had chapters on buying boards and paddles, water safety, etiquette and the history of standup paddling - where did it come from and where is it going?

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Team Starboard Profile

Meet Team Starboard as they prepare for a groundbreaking year on the Stand Up World Tour (SUWT) in 2015. With insanely talented athletes on their roster, Team Starboard is comin' in hot and heavy into the 2015 season.

SUP Polo, The Future of SUP?

Starboard SUP is proud to launch SUP Polo, a game that is predicted to steer the future of SUP as a team sport.

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Costa Rica SUP Yoga Retreat

Join world renowned yoga teachers Dashama Love and Amber Zuckswert for yoga, meditation, massage, and enlightening workshops that will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

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Stand Up World Series 2015 Schedule Update

Final details of this dramatic Grand Slam event in Brazil are still pending, with Official information to follow early next week. Also, updates for the European Cup, Chigasaki Pro, and more.

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Izzi Gomez Joins Go Pro Team

15 year-old current Women's Stand Up World Champ, Izzi Gomez, has just announced her addition to the Go Pro team. Go Pro, one of the leading forces in the action-sports world has an impressive roster of athletes and Izzi Gomez joining the team adds to their domination in their space.

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Master of the Ocean Day 2 Action

The second day of the 2015 Master of the Ocean started with a slight breeze and some nice swell; the sun came out early and strong, making conditions great for the semifinals of the surf and stand-up paddle categories for overall competitors in the morning.

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Kai Lenny Wins the 2015 Sunset Beach Pro

In a nail-biter of a final, Kai Lenny left it until his last two waves of the final to win the #SunsetBeachPro. In what proved to be testing conditions through the day, the waves turned on for the final heats of what was a dramatic close to the 2015 Sunset Beach Pro.

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Europe To Host First Annual SUP Conference

2015 will see the worlds first SUP and Surf Coaching and Development conference.  The aim is to professionally update existing coaches, share ideas and develop together regardless of existing affiliations or associations. It is a unique opportunity for not only coaches, schools, clubs and professionals to come together but also those looking to develop their skills.

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Sunset Beach Pro SUP 2015 Opens In Dramatic Fashion

The first stop of the 2015 Stand Up World Tour kicked off in big surf and light winds at the #SunsetBeachPro on the North Shore in Hawaii. After strong off-shore winds prevented organizers from running on the first two days of the waiting period, winds eased off and 10-15ft waves swell hit the North Shore of Hawaii. World Tour Director, Duane Desoto & Waterman League CEO Tristan Boxford gave the green light for the Trials to get underway here at Sunset Beach.

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Fiona Wylde Reports on SUWT Turtle Bay Event

Hear the thoughts of Werner Paddles-SUP team member, 17 year-old Waterwoman, Fiona Wylde, after just wrapping up her first big competition of the year with an awesome finish.

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Caroline Angibaud Wins Turtle Bay Pro

After sitting for 17 minutes with no waves ridden in the final heat, Caroline Angibaud managed a massive comeback to claim victory at stop 1 of the Stand up World Tour in Hawaii.

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Turtle Bay Women's Pro 2015 Event Preview

Now in its third year, the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro has provided a spectacular opening event for the Women’s World Tour, as the best of the best step up to do battle here on Oahu’s fabled North Shore.

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Sunset Beach Pro 2015 Event Preview

It is that time of year again, and the Stand Up World Tour will kick off at the end of next week with the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro, followed by the Sunset Beach Pro on the 10th February out here on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore.

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Tiki Team Talk With Sean Poynter

Starboard SUP just recently launched a new series called "Tiki Team Talk." The Tiki Talk is a close and exclusive interview with International Riders. This month they feature Sean Poynter.

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Top 10 SUP Videos of 2014

This year saw tons of incredible videos featuring stand up paddle boarders from all over the world. Check out the Top 10 SUP videos of 2014.

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2014 SUP Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays! It's time to get something awesome for the SUP'er in your life so here at Supconnect, we have put together a gift guide to help you decide what to get for your lover, mother, brother, sister, friend, or anyone for that matter.

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Connor Baxter Charges Jaws

On the last swell over in Maui, Starboard SUP athlete Connor Baxter was caught dropping into some bombs out at Jaws, showing just how versatile of a standup paddler he is.

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Iballa Moreno in the Canaries

Iballa Moreno, an international SUP athlete, just dropped this edit of her time in the Canaries SUP surfing some fun-looking waves on her Starboard SUP. Take a look!

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A Starboard Morning On Maui

The Schweitzer family goes out for a morning paddle on their Starboard SUPs. As the wind starts to pick up Zane throws a sail on his 10'5" Starboard SUP board with the windsurfing attachment!

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Full Story On Final Day Of SUWT Location X, Morocco

It was a picture perfect ending to what has been an amazing event here in Morocco as the last 4 battled it out in pristine groomed surf that saw the highest scores of the contest posted in the last 4 heats (semis, consolation finals and finals).

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Sean Poynter Wins Location X, Morocco

On the final day of competition in Morocco at the 2014 Location X, Sean Poynter took the win, making it two for two in back to back competitions.

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SUP Surfing - Things To Know

Ever wonder what you need to know when it comes to SUP surfing? Here are the top 4 essentials to know in SUP surfing according to Sean Poynter.

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Introducing The Starboard Nut

“Why is The Nut so good?…it’s all about the thin waist.” Check out Starboard SUP’s newest creation, “The Nut.”

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2014 Standup World Series Champions Crowned

At the last stop of the Standup World Series events,  mother nature once again ruled the weekend and left competitors wondering how the races and World Titles would unfold.

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Awesome Video Of 2014 BoP

Starboard SUP released an action packed video of this years 2014 Battle of the Paddle. It was very exciting with BIG Surf, Exciting Up's & Down's, and carnage left & right! Check it out! Film by Matty Schweitzer (Mat5o).

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2014 Battle Of The Paddle Delivers

The 2014 Battle of the Paddle happened over the weekend and it was nothing short of amazing. There was excitement, heartbreaks, board-breakage, and more as mother nature provided the event with amazing weather.

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Izzi Gomez And Connor Baxter Nab SUP World Titles

 At the second to last stop of the Stand Up World Tour and Stand Up World Series at the Huntington Beach Pro, Izzi Gomez and Connor Baxter won their first World Titles with some of the most progressive SUP surfing and racing we’ve ever seen.

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SUP Surfing With Justin Holland

Justin Holland is a quiet beast, that is, until he gets his toes in the water. He has been releasing a new edits and showing just what he is made of. Watch him shred in the video below.

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Baxter And Anderson Win Again!

At the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson came on top over a stacked field of competitors.

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Iballa Moreno Rips In Hawaii

Iballa Moreno is widely known as one of the best, if not the best female SUP surfer around. This video shows why. Watch and enjoy!

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Baxter And Anderson Win Ultimate SUP Showdown

The Ultimate SUP Showdown brought the biggest names in the SUP racing and SUP surfing scene together in one place to compete against each other to see who is the ultimate standup paddler.

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Help Make The SUP Movie A Reality

Witness the most progressive Stand-Up Paddling and SUP Surfing the World has ever seen in this groundbreaking new film by Poor Boyz!

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New Records And New Champions At 2014 M2O Race

Maui paddler Connor Baxter breaks own world record, Australia’s Jordan Mercer establishes a new legacy with most consecutive wins of any woman and LA’s Jack Bark sets new record in stock prone category.

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Zane Schweitzer Wins 3rd Event Of European SUP CUP

Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) puts on another impressive performance at Stop 3 of the European Cup presented by Starboard by winning the long distance race and placing 2nd in the sprints, earning him his 3rd straight win on the Cup. This result has made him now untouchable on the European Cup Ratings.

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Bilbao To Kick Off European Cup Series

Stop number one of the 2014 European Cup presented by Starboard will kick off this weekend in the beautiful Basque Country of Spain, as many of the World's best athletes descend upon the dramatic European City of Bilbao to do battle.

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Izzi Gomez - Mystical Wizard

Watch 'Mystical Wizard'  - an awesome video by Izzi Gomez, showcasing her travels through California, Brazil, Hawaii and Abu Dhabi.

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Sean Poynter Shreds On New Starboard SUP Pro

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SAN DIEGO, California - Sean Poynter gives viewers a demo and some insider info about the 2014 7'4 x 25.5" SUP Pro from Starboard, one of the featured models in their new Catalogue. 

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Supconnect Pre-Show for Battle of the Paddle is Today

TODAY IS THE DAY! Supconnect is pleased and excited to bring all of you an exclusive #SupconnectLive Pre-Show Webcast to take a closer look at the Battle of the Paddle, its competitors and current stand up paddle buzz!

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Zane Schweitzer Wins Gold in Abu Dhabi Style

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Zane Schweitzer is a man on a mission this year on the Stand Up World Tour.  By posting score after score in the 9 point range and even a 10 at the Abu Dhabi All Stars, he took home the overall win!

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Benoit Carpentier Signs with Starboard

Starboard is pleased to announce that Benoit Carpentier (Benoit CarpentierDOB: 15/02/1996) of Brest, France will join the 2013 International SUP Dream Team.  Photo Credit: John Carter

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Starboard Reunion Race Tour 2012

Part 2 of The Starboard Race Tour 2012 took place on Reunion Island last month in the Indian Ocean, East of Madagascar and has·a beautiful view of the higher mountain, “le piton des neiges”. ·The race brought both natives and tourists to view and enjoy the event.

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Connor Baxter on Training, Drafting, Stroke & Paddles

Just before the Battle of the Paddle 2012 Connor Baxter paid a visit to the Supconnect Headquarters to be a part of the Supconnect Live Show.  He shared his thoughts on training, drafting, stroke & paddles!  Watch and read about his tips and insight!

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Poynter Takes 2012 to a New Level

All one has to do is look at the official Sean Poynter website to know that he is quite a talent, and the proof is in the results.  Over the past year of contests, traveling and varied competitions Sean has racked up quite a list of accomplishments.  The most recent of which was being featured on the cover of "SUP International" magazine which just recently hit stands.

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Sean Poynter Wins Sapinus Pro 2012

Sean Poynter (Starboard) from the USA stormed to victory yesterday here at the Sapinus Pro presented by Air Tahiti Nui to secure his first win on Tour and place him comfortably on top of the world after round 3 of the 2012 Stand Up World Tour.  

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Nikki Gregg Launches Starboard SUP Fitness Model

Nikki Gregg released her Starboard stand up paddleboard fitness model just in time for Spring and Summer. With an extensive background in fitness and as one of the fountainheads of workouts on paddleboards, Gregg has developed a paddleboard that meets the various needs of those working out atop the water.

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SUP Tour: Bonga Perkins Edges Ahead of Kai Lenny

In one of the most dramatic and exciting Finals yet for the Stand Up World Tour, Bonga Perkins digs deep in the last minute of the heat to edge ahead of Kai Lenny (Naish) by the smallest of margins and take victory here at stop 1, the Sunset Beach Pro presented by Malibu and Starboard and in association with Maui Jim eyewear.

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Sunset Beach Pro Gets Off at Turtle Bay

The first day of the Sunset Beach Pro presented by Malibu and Starboard and in association with Maui Jim saw a beautiful day here at Turtle Bay Resort. It all started with an amazing Na Kama Youth Clinic.

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New Stand Up Paddle Gear at Surf Expo

Steve Sjuggerud, Associate Publisher of the Stand Up Journal, stops by last week's Surf Expo to check out the new gear on offer from the stand up paddle industry.

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Dave Muir Wins Sapinus Pro-Tahiti

Starboard's Dave Muir has just won the third leg of the Stand Up World Tour, the He'e Nalu TNTV Sapinus Pro. The Tahitian lego do the Standup World Surf Tour had some of the world's best on hand.

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