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There’s a massive range of boards on the market but surf SUPs generally fall into 3 main categories – longboard surf SUP 9′-11′, traditional surf SUP 7′-10′ and the shorter stubby nose surf SUPs 6′-8′. Before buying a surf SUP it’s important to consider the style of riding you’re wanting to achieve, alongside your paddling ability and the local conditions you’re most likely to be surfing in. This will then help you decide which type of surf SUP is best suited for you… longboard, traditional or stubby?

We always like seeing top riders using boards you can actually buy in the shops. Not a custom board that is sprayed up to look like a production board!
In this video, it’s great to see French champ Arthur Arukin SUP surfing the new 2018 Fanatic ProWave 7’6”. OK, it’s the smallest board in the Fanatic range at 80 litres in volume and many riders may not be interested in ridings boards that small. But it’s important the brands put work and RnD into the smaller boards in their range, so that the better shapes and RnD can be pushed into the bigger boards in their range too in the future.

Going on a SUP adventure with a few buddies to some far off destination might not be for everyone. But if you’ve ever had that feeling of wanting to get out there and paddle somewhere new this video from Ryan Salm and friends is for you. Paddling Norway’s beautiful Lofoten Archipelago is a SUP adventure heaven… just pack a drysuit!

If you want to get into doing SUP adventures check out Will’s video blogs of SUPing across Scotland.

All is not well in paradise… / Voyage of Te Mana #4

The islands in the South Pacific are known as a slice of paradise, with their golden sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. And as Jess & Nick sail, SUP and surf their way through Polynesia their blogs and photos has us green with envy. But unfortunately as Jess explains ‘all is not well in paradise.’…

So far our photos have shown nothing more than tranquil anchorages, glorious beaches lined with palm trees, and of course the never ending clear turquoise water with its beautiful fishes and coral. And for the most part this is reflective of what surrounds us as we sail our way through the Pacific. But we think it’s important to also mention some of the not so idyllic aspects we are seeing on our voyage.

Having sailed past our fair share of ever present water bottles (we even managed to snag a stray thong/flipflop in our outboard prop?!), we’ve also found many other assorted plastics whilst beachcombing deserted windward shorelines, where the pretty shells have been by far outnumbered by the presence of discarded plastics. From microplastics (small pieces of plastics that have been broken down by the wind/waves/sun into brightly coloured flecks that look tasty to fish and birds) to macroplastics (anything from toothbrushes, shavers, plastic toys, soles of Nike runners, plastic netting and ropes, and of course plastic bags and bottles/lids of all shapes and sizes), we have seen it all (without looking hard). And it’s a little disturbing to say the least.

Of course this is not news to any of us. We all know that the production and our consumption of plastic is unsustainable, and that its life cycle will outlive all of us by thousands of years. And thanks to the internet we’ve all seen images of seabirds and fish that have died from ingesting too many microplastics, and have most probably heard of the floating island of rubbish that has formed in the north west region of the pacific… entirely out of ocean plastics and other debris. It’s as if our society is binging on plastic, and unsuccessfully trying to find the right diet to get things back under control. And it’s not easy, as any dieter will attest. It requires behavioral change and that is hard, even harder when there are no immediate personal repercussions for having to do it.

I’m a great example. On land I would always try to remember my reusable shopping bags at the supermarket, but sometimes I’d forget, and no biggie… because in lucky country Australia they give you plenty of free plastic bags anyway (thankfully it sounds like this is about to change!). And coffee cups… I’ve got a keepsake cup somewhere, but it would not always be with me when I wanted to order a takeaway. And as our rubbish and recycling in Australia all gets whisked away nicely by the garbos each week anyway, its hard to actually gauge what level of rubbish and plastic waste we’re really creating. Out of sight, out of mind. But on a boat things are a little different. There are no garbos, there is no wheelie bin down the driveway, there is just our little boat which is both our floating home and our rubbish tip. Which means we have to think a little more about what we are consuming and how we deal with it.

Food is obviously our biggest consumption onboard, and with all organic matter fed to the fishes, we are left to store and then correctly dispose of our waste plastics, glass, cans and paper/cardboard. So far we’ve seen varying degrees of recycling programs on some of the more developed islands, to the burning of piles of plastic amongst the palm trees in more remote areas. But before we left Australia we had also started thinking about what (nonedible) consumables we would need whilst onboard. Already overflowing with surfboards and SUPs (lets not even get started on the toxic foams and synthetic resins used to make these toys) it really wasn’t much. But a supply of tropical surf wax, some polarized sunnies to make sure we can see the reefs whilst navigating, swimwear, and sun protection to stop us returning as sultanas were really all we thought we were in need of.

With Nick’s background in sustainable materials science we started searching to see if there were products out there that best fit our needs whilst also having an environmental conscience. It was refreshing to find there were companies and entrepreneurs starting to do things differently who more than fit the bill. And needless to say in this process I’ve learnt a lot about a whole bunch of things I can’t believe I’d never really considered before! So here is a run down of what we found after much research into our consumable options, and hence I’d like to introduce our Friends of Te Mana:

Surf Wax

Before looking into this I hate to say I’d never really thought much past the smell of my surf wax…However it turns out the majority of surf waxes available on the market that are made with petrochemical by-products and ingredients that are non-biodegradable, non-sustainable, non-renewable, synthetic, and toxic to the marine environment. Already aware and alarmed by this, Graham and his small family owned and operated business from Lennox Head – Tree Hugger All Natural Surf Wax – produce high quality surf wax that is 100% biodegradable and petrochemical free. And, their wax still smells pretty darn good!

Sunglasses

And I definitely hadn’t thought about the production chain behind my sunglasses… Entrepreneurs Ryan and Rob had however and started Norton Point via a kickstarter campaign in 2015. Based on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in the US, they have developed the first line of sustainable and socially conscious eyewear made from recovered high density polyethylene (HDPE) ocean plastics from the canals and coastlines of Haiti. For every pair of glasses they sell they are committed to cleaning up one pound of plastic from the ocean. They also give back 5% net profit to global clean up, education, and remediation practices. We think that’s pretty impressive, and they’ve definitely succeeded in making us ‘sea plastic differently’.

Swimwear

Having owned my fair share of bikinis over the years, my only real concern with them up until now had been finding a pair that stayed on whilst surfing… I’d never really considered that most swimwear is made from petroleum derived nylon or synthetically produced polyester, or that more environmentally friendly alternatives might be available. Designed by the lovely Fiorella and made using locally based manufacturing in Sydney, Seapia’s beautiful swimwear not only stays on amazingly well with surfing and jumping off boats (not even a little bit of indecency), but by using Econyl fabric (made from recycled fishing nets) and waterbased inks they are (aside from a pair of coconuts) as ocean friendly a bikini as you can get (and far more comfortable).

Sun Protection

Although a little off the topic of plastics, but still relevant to the ocean and our ever increasing awareness of what we’re doing wrong to it… Sunscreen. Good old sunscreen is harmful for many of the little critters in coral reefs?… How did I not know this already?!… Oh wait… I forgot we don’t care about reefs in Australia. The majority of sunscreens on the market contain oxybenzone (among other things), which has been shown to be harmful to coral reefs. But Sydney based Chris and Kieren from Little Urchin thankfully know better and have developed a reef safe and eco friendly natural sunscreen that is good for us fair skinned humans, as well as being good for the ocean. They use zinc oxide as the active ingredient, which has been shown to be safe for the marine environment, as well as a whole load of other natural ingredients that I can actually pronounce. Also using zinc oxide (combined with other natural organic ingredients coconut oil, beeswax, olive oil, cocao powder and butter – that make it smell delicious!) Sun and Earth Natural Zinc is a small business from Byron Bay’s Hinterland that are helping to keep our snozzes and lips extra protected without using any nasties that can harm the reefs we are surfing over.

So there you have it. It doesn’t take much to start thinking a little differently about how and what you consume, and thankfully there are a growing number of companies out there already one step ahead.

Consume wisely… the ocean will thank you.

Words : Jess Cunningham ( Voyage of Te Mana)

So… next time you go to the shops, think about the impact what you’re buying will be having on the environment. And if it’s not good… think again! We are all responsible for the plastics and toxins polluting our oceans. And we can all do something about it by thinking more carefully about what we use and buy. Lets support the great companies around the globe doing their bit to help clean up our oceans. 

Incase you missed Jess and Nicks previous articles you can read them here

A SUP warm up doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time. SUP athlete and fitness trainer Phil McCoy shows us a great simple warm up, that just requires some space and your paddle.

‘I have put together a WARM UP for SUP video that includes lower, upper body and core exercises. You should aim to repeat this 3 times, working on mobility and the control of movements.’ – Phil McCoy.

Look out for more of Phil’s fitness tips on SUPboarder soon.

Visit Phil’s website here : www.philmccoyfitness.com

ION 4/3mm ladies Trinity Amp & mens Onyx Amp – £259/€319/$375*

Wetsuits come in all shapes, sizes and price tags. In this new SUPboarder review we look at 2 performance wetsuits from ION. Both ladies and mens suits are 4mm thick in the body/legs and 3mm on the arms, making them the ideal suits for water temperatures 13-20 °C or 55-65°F. These suits are super supple which makes them ideal for paddlers who want comfort as well as warmth high on their priority list. If you ‘re looking to have one wetsuit that does it all, the Trinity Amp or Onyx Amp could just be it.

Visit the ION website for more details about these wetsuits and their full range. www.ion-products.com

*All prices are approx due to current ex-change rates.

One of the coolest videos we’ve seen shot from a drone. Perfect glass like conditions were there to greet the river surfers of the Mascaret (tidal bore) wave in Gironde/France.

Looks like the SUP is now out numbering the kayak and surfboard, becoming the number one tidal bore riding craft.

Filmed by Antoine Sautarel.

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As the weather turns colder and the evenings get darker, it makes you remember those good summer SUP sessions. Looks like French SUP surfer Delphine Macaire had a good season with some perfect waves in France.

But remember… for us in the northern hemisphere it may be getting colder but winter is the time when you can be rewarded with those perfect paddling conditions. Enjoy!

Sometimes SUP challenges aren’t just about getting from A and B. The challenge starts way before you even step foot on the water… whether it’s getting fit, planning the route, or deciding on your kit, these are all small challenges that need to be ticked off the list before embarking on the bigger challenge. But if that’s not enough, what about making your own SUP to use on your challenge too?!!

Making a wooden SUP yourself isn’t on most peoples SUP challenge ‘to do list’ however afew years ago Scott Mestrezat from Michigan, USA decided to do just that. Buying a wooden SUP kit and then building it in a friends hanger was the start of Scott’s challenge. Scott who had for a long time daydreamed in his office about embarking on a long distance, human-powered expedition, eventually found the courage and inspiration to get his dream underway. Scott decided on a 14′ wooden SUP kit (from Chesapeake Light Craft) and allowed himself only afew weeks to make it between work and moving his lifes belongings into storage, before heading off on his trip.

Scott’s challenge… to SUP the length of the Missouri River.

Scott set off on his SUP on the 7th June 2013, carrying all his gear onboard, camping and staying with friends old and new along the way. He had no idea how long it would take him but he had one goal… to paddle the full length of the Missouri River.

“During the summer of 2013 I paddled a home-made, wooden stand up paddleboard the length of the Missouri River. I set off from Three Forks, Montana and arrived in St. Louis 2400 miles and 107 days later. The trip was just as much about capturing the unique encounters and amazing landscapes as it was paddling” says Scott.

Scott is not only passionate about SUP. He’s also a passionate photographer so captured his experiences along the way, and shared them on his blog at www.missouririversup.com. On his return Scott spent the first few months editing together a documentary of the trip – Big Muddy Moose which is available to buy on DVD via his website.

“The trip is a constant reminder to the value of my own time and ability to just figure things out. It lasted less than four months but held the experiences of several “normal” years. Above all I’ll remember the amazing sights, extraordinary people along the way and support of family and friends.”

Scott completed his epic paddle 4 years ago, but it’s still one of the best complete challenges we’ve heard about at SUPboarder.

If you’ve got a SUP challenge that you’ve been daydreaming about, why not turn it into a reality. Get planning and go for it… you can be sure the memories will last a lifetime

With the world going hydro foil mad in 2018,  lets not forget how much you can do, and how much fun you can have on a race board. Dave Boehne takes out one of his Infinity race SUPs for a morning paddle and catches waves early and gets some endless glides. Just like a SUP foil except you can paddle up a river and race it at the weekend too.

Red Paddle Co have just released their 2018 brand video. This video is set to inspire you to paddle and explore your world. Inflatable SUP brand Red Paddle Co have been pioneering the iSUP world since 2008 and it looks like the 2018 range is bigger and better than ever. With boards from multi person race boards to all round family fun 10’6”s, Red Paddle Co have got it covered.

Press release : Red Paddle Co

The world’s number one inflatable paddleboard brand Red Paddle Co, have released their latest brand video, ‘It’s Time’. After recently unveiling their latest collection of industry leading inflatable paddle boards, this video is a rallying cry to paddlers all over the world to get out and explore their world.

During the world premiere at the inaugural Dragon World Championships on the 28th October, Head of Marketing, Charlie Green said “Red Paddle Co customers are united by their irrepressible desire to explore. No matter how big or small your adventure, take your board with you and then simply unpack, inflate and explore.”

Showcasing the brand’s new line-up of class leading inflatable boards, this inspiring new video is a reminder of what paddle boarding is all about; friends, adventure, spontaneity, competition and above all else, fun.

“We live and breathe SUP” says Founder John HibbardWe’re dedicated to making boards that offer unrivalled performance. We spend just as much time outside the design studio as we do in it to ensure every part of the paddling experience is the best it can be.”

To support the release of this video, Red Paddle Co recently invited viewers to go ‘Beneath the Surface’ with an exclusive behind the scenes video. The video which features unseen footage from the photoshoot, offers a little more insight into what it takes to capture some of the awe-inspiring content.

For more information and to see all the latest designs head over to: www.redpaddleco.com

How to become a all rounded SUP surfer Feature image : Izzi Gomez Surf at Snowdonia by paulterry.co.uk/

We all know a good SUP surfer when we see one. Fast, flowing and dynamic, making it look easy. The size of the board that he/she is riding, is almost irrelevant really. A smaller board may turn faster and produce more spay but that isn’t everything in the world of surfing. 

Have a look at Roger Sauders aka Dogman in the video above. He makes his 10’ longboard and his 7’10’’ shortboard look good, with or without fins. Dogman is a great example of an all rounded surfer. He rides lots of different boards, in lots of different styles, in a load of different conditions. Bu doing this it certainly makes his overall riding better. It may sound funny that riding an 11’ big board in 1’ slop will help improve riding your chosen 8’ board in perfection – but it’s true!

So if you want to ride like some of the best all rounded surfers what can you do? Apart from quitting work, becoming a nomadic traveler and surfing every day, these are our realistic top tips to becoming an all rounded SUP surfer…

Boards, boards and more boards
Yes you guessed it. Ride as many different boards as possible. You maybe saying “easier said than done!” But getting your hands on different boards hasn’t necessary got to be about buying them.
-If you surf with a group of friends at the beach spend an hour or two on your next session swaping around kit. Remember it’s going to take you at least 6-10 waves to get used to the different feel of the board. You will be surprised how much different kit is available just in a small group of friends.
-Try kit from a shop or demo centre. Most shops have kit you can rent or demo. Here you are likely to find a bigger range of boards to use. Look after their kit and most shops will be more than happy to give you kit to try over and over again. After all, they will be hoping you fall in love with it and want to buy it! (which you may do!)
-Start to grow your own quiver/collection of boards. This may be the most expensive route but if you have a few boards already over time you can keep adding to them. And it saves having to worry about damaging someone else’s board too. A good section of boards to own would be;
9-11’ easy going bigger board (great for foot work and board trimming)
8-9’ stubby nose board (great to learn about speed generating in slow waves)
7-9’ performance surf shape (great for tuning turns and carving hard)
Between these boards you will have all surf conditions covered. And by buying your own boards you will get a really good feel for how they work, and be able to move on to the next level of knowing your gear by playing around with fins etc… or if like Dogman lack of!

Don’t just do the norm!
It’s so easy to slip into a routine when it comes to SUP surfing. Same board, same fin setup and same wave. Try and change something at least once a session. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Maybe move the centre fin forward or ride with only your side fins for the last 30mins. Changing one thing and keeping the others the same will give you enough continuity to let your muscle memory remember how it should feel, and try and adapt to the change. Whether it’s riding a different wave or understanding why your board feels different without fins, it all helps you to keep improving and pushing to becoming a more balanced SUP surfer.

Don’t be a condition snob 
This is one of the easiest things to do. SUP surfing isn’t always about perfect waves. Yes, we all love them and would pick them over rubbish waves if we had a choice. But going out when the conditions are far from perfect is a really good way to improve your surfing and understand your board. Surfing choppy conditions is not easy, and you might not catch many waves. But on your next session when the conditions are better you will find everything so much easier. It’s good to push your comfort zone a little.

Also get out on the flat water and practice some of the flat water techniques we covered in the SUP surfing skills on flat water / How to PRO video. This is a great way to improve your surfing even when there are no waves in sight!

Becoming more of an all rounded surfer is a sure way to become a better SUP surfer on your chosen size/style of board. Sometimes to improve on your new 8’5’’ you have to step back onto your old 10’5’’ occasionally to make you realise the new boards full potential.

How to become a all rounded SUP surfer Feature image : Izzi Gomez Surf at Snowdonia by paulterry.co.uk/Feature image : Izzi Gomez at Surf Snowdonia by paulterry.co.uk/


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