With brands from all over the world testing and launching videos of their new SUP ranges for 2018 it looks like Loco SUP had a good test trip with their team in Fuerteventura. Great waves were there to greet Ollie Laddiman, Simon Dunton and Joe Thwaites.
Riding big boards in less than average conditions is great for your general SUP surf skills and can be a lot of fun too. Board 360º, fin first take offs and head stands all promote great board skill, balance and control. Starboard waterman Zane Schweitzer is a master at having fun on the water.
If you haven’t tried any of these moves yet, fin first take offs like Zane’s at 0:47sec is a great manoeuvre to start with, and looks pretty cool too!
Tips for the fin first take off;
Paddle onto the wave standing up towards the nose of the board, so the back of the board and fins are out of the water out the front (otherwise the fins will catch).
Use small and less powerful strokes, because the board will want to turn if you put too much power in.
Let the wave pick you up (maybe catch it later than normal).
When on the wave lean back and keep the tail/fins up, trimming the board with your body weight and feet.
To turn the board back around, lean forward, let the fins engage in the water and get ready for the board to spin back to its normal direction.
When learning a bigger board will make it easier.
Give it a go next time and remember to mix it up, anything goes on a big board in small surf… but we will leave the paddling out backflips to Zane!
There are some amazing female SUP athletes competing at the worlds highest SUP level. But there aren’t that many that can compete at the top level in both surf and race disciplines. Fiona Wylde is one of the most all rounded female waterwomen in the world, and she isn’t just a pretty face. Fiona can take on some of the biggest waves and the fastest paddlers in the world. And we do like a girl who knows her gear! Fiona gives us a run through of the kit she has been using in 2017…
Photo : Matty Schweitzer
Name: Fiona Wylde Age: 20 Weight: 125lbs Height: 5’3″ Home Country: USA Main SUP Discipline: SUP Race and Surf No. of Boards in Quiver: 14 boards between SUP race, SUP surf, shortboard, longboard, windsurf, and inflatables.
Board name and when used: I’ve had the pleasure of riding and working with Starboard for the last three years and the thing that I am most excited about is the variety in their board line. I have quite a few boards spread between all the disciplines that I compete in and those I partake in just for fun! But yes, the weather conditions greatly effect what board I use.
When it comes to racing, the first decision is weather to paddle a 12’6″ or 14′. Typically the race decides that question for you, but for training or just going for a paddle, sometimes it is nice to mix things up and paddle different boards. If I am going for a long distance paddle, 10 miles or more, it is pretty common of me to paddle with a 14′ just to get the sensation of a longer board. However I very much prefer paddling a 12’6″. I am not a very big person, so its easier for me to turn, surf and simply maneuver a 12’6″. I absolutely LOVE the Starboard Allstar! This is the all-around board that you can use for flat water, for surfing, or downwinding, and it is my favorite! If conditions are absolutely perfect and glassy, then perhaps I will use the Starboard Sprint, but you can pretty much bet to find me on the Allstar. It makes traveling easy having one go-to board, and I am confident that whatever water conditions occur on race day, I will have a board that can handle it. I ride the All-star that is 23.5″ wide, but its important to get a board that is the right size for your body size and your ability level.
For surfing my go to board is the 7’2″ Pro Model. This board is perfect for an all around board. It’s stable if the conditions get choppy. It’s quick, so if you’re in point-break-style waves, you can accelerate down the line, and this year the rails are much sharper, so turns are much more precise than in previous models.
When I am monkeying about on a whitewater river I go for the Stream or the X-Stream. All the boards in this line are uber durable, and expected to be smushed up against rocks and take a beating, which is so nice to not have to worry about damaging your board when you are in a whitewater river. Instead you can just focus on staying upright! 🙂 They’re also super stable with quite a bit of nose rocker compared to Starboard’s other inflatables, so i’s easier to get into whitewater paddling and start progressing more quickly.
Like I said before, the coolest part about being on a team like Starboard is the versatility that I am fortunate enough to have with my equipment. I’s a pleasure to be working closely with them to bring you amazing boards and paddles so everyone can have fun on the water.
Paddles: I use the Bolt series for racing and the Enduro series for surfing.
For racing, I use a Medium for short distance sprints. This helps me get as much power out of my stroke initially, transferring directly to speed. However, this can be a bit too much torque for someone my size during a 10+ mile paddle so I prefer to use a Small blade during those longer distance events. This helps keep my shoulders and the rest of my body fresher without taking away any performance.
I only use a small blade on the Enduro when I am surfing. This gives me plenty of power to catch the wave and for me to be able to paddle back out, without having too big of a blade to get in my way when I am surfing.
Favourite Leash: I use the Dakine Kainui Team 7 1/4″ when I am surfing with my 7’1″. If you are using a longer board, or a shorter board, it’s important to get the right size leash for the length of your board, and to make sure it is the right thickness.
Favourite Fins: I am so proud to have signed with Black Project SUP and we have already been working on some pretty incredible fins! My favourite race fin is the Tiger 20, which has been working so well in every condition. I am really impressed with how well this fin crosses over between flat water and downwinders and surfing. It’s easy to control, tracks well, and doesn’t feel like you have any drag. It’s a very smooth fin.
For surfing, I am really enjoying the Bernd Roediger signature model. These fins are built for bigger waves that have more of a wall to drive into, which are my favourite kind of waves. These fins carry a ton of speed and help you get your board on rail to carve through those big turns… which in my opinion, is the best feeling in surfing! 🙂
Iballa Ruano Moreno is a name well known in not only the SUP world but the windsurf world too. Growing up on Pozo in the Canary Islands alongside her equally talented twin sister Daida, the Moreno Twins have been enjoying the sea from a young age. Now a professional SUP surfer and windsurfer, and with an easily recognisable powerful surfing style Iballa is definitely one of those waterwomen that girls (and guys!) aspire to! She has a rack of SUP surfing podium results to her name including this years Spanish and the European SUP surfing champion. And she is also the current windsurf World Champion in waves. Together with her sister Daida they have been World Champions 26 times between 1999-2016! The Moreno Twins have definitely had their fair share of podium finishes!
SUPboarder caught up with Iballa in the next ‘Who’s riding what?’ feature, to talk SUP kit. ..
Photo : Gwen Marche
Photo : Mario Entero
Name: Iballa Ruano Moreno Age: 39 Weight: 61kg Height: 1,73cm Home Country: Spain-Canary Islands. Pozo Izquierdo Main SUP Discipline: SURF No. of Boards in Quiver: 5
7’2 68L Starboard Pro Model: Perfect for small and medium surf. Glassy Conditions. I use this board the most. 7’5 Pro Model: Love this board when its bigger surf over head and a little choppy.
7’7 Pro Model: For bigger surf than over head.
12’6×24 and 14’x23 allstar: For race training when there is no surf. Paddles: 2. I use an Enduro paddle for SUP surfing. And a BOLT 38 for SUP racing as it’s a little more flexible for my weight. Favourite Leash: 7 foot Favourite Fins: Maui Ultra fin set up. New models for SUP. Sponsored by : Starboard, ANFI, Volkswagen and Maui Ultra Fins.
After the video releases over the last few weeks from Benoit Carpentier, it was only a matter of time before we would see travel buddy Kai Bates’s side to their recent trips from around the globe. And just like Benoit’s videos the riding is well worth a watch.
Benoit Carpentier and friend Kai Bates are off again on another adventure. This time it’s Indonesia that will take a thrashing from the boys!
If like us you are starting to get a bit jealous of these boys jet-setting and surfing some of the best waves around the world. It’s good to know they are still flying economy class! They’ve got to have a tough time some where on the trip!
With thousands of surf and paddle spots being enjoyed all around the world, it’s sometimes hard to find waves away from other paddlers. But if you really search you will find, just like Oxbow ambassador and waterman Ludovic Dulou did when he headed to West Africa. With its warm winter climate and empty peaks it looks like he found a dream destination off the beaten track.
If you haven’t come across SUP surfer Roger Saunders aka… Dogman surfing, then this will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect… smooth lines and flowing turns on normal sized boards. No super small matchstick boards for Dogman. He’s always worth a watch and when he teams up with film maker Dan O’Sullivan from SUP Surf Sessions you can guarantee there’s always going to be a funny side to the video!
”You gotta love a fine autumn morning. The light, crisp, chill of the offshore air on your skin. The sun peering over the horizon, dazzling your eyes with a promise of the warmth to come, your ears filled with the distinctive sounds of Sparrow farts bouncing off the hills. Ah… the serenity!” Dan O’Sullivan SUP Surf Sessions
Waterman Bernd Roediger has always had a thing for kit, whether it be windsurf, surf or SUP. Back in the early days (like when he was fifteen!) there were always photos of him riding boards of all different shapes and sizes. Keen to ride new and exciting kit, Bernd found his path linking with Naish and from then on he has increased his yellow quiver to an impressive size! Bernd’s love for using all types of kit, old and new, reminds us to try everything we can get our hands on, learn from it and have fun on the way! So let’s catch up with Bernd Roediger in the fourth ‘Who’s riding what?’ SUPboarder feature, to talk SUP kit …
Photo : Brian Bielmann
Photo: Fish Bowl Diaries
Name: Bernd Roediger
Home Country: U.S.A.
Main SUP Discipline: Surfing!
Number of boards in quiver: Good golly how much time do you have? Haha! Since joining Naish, a year ago, I’ve been… accumulating boards! Of course I use a lot of equipment just to compete on the APP World Tour, considering the range of conditions this year!
You’ve got your average conditions, the beach breaks that require a 7’0” x 23”, a 7’3”x 22 3/4” for more hollow surf. Then if the conditions get big, I have a 7’8”x22 3/4 (deep breath). However, as soon as you add Sunset Beach into the tour, then your quiver blows up. Suddenly you have an 8’4”, 8’10”, and 9’4” gun quiver for the massive slopes, add on a Peahi Gun, 10’4”. Of course Naish doesn’t stop there! They’ve got a 6’8” Raptor that rides like a dream in small surf, especially finless! We make a great nose riding longboard in the 10’0″ Nalu, and the 9’0” Inflatable Mana is perfect for inland waterway adventures! Finally, Foiling is taking off, so I’ve got my 6’8″ SUP foilboard on hand! Pheeew, man when you list it all off, it sounds kinda crazy, I guess really I’m just grateful to Naish for giving me the opportunity to ride so many different boards. To come to know the different faces of surfing.
“If I could give any kind of board advice, it would be to try everything and anything you can. There is no such thing as a bad board, each and every piece of foam out there is a beautiful poem written by someone passionate enough to see it through till the end. No matter what it feels like as a whole, there’s probably a verse in there that will resonate with you. That will guide you to the next board and help you build an idea of what you like and don’t like. Because surfing is a totally subjective sport, and you can’t succeed by following others, that spirit is championed by free-thinking paddlers. So consider your equipment to be a personal adventure, that hopefully never ends as you continue to learn and feel.”
Photo : Amorphia Photography
Photo : Fish Bowl Diaries
Well for surfing I use an adjustable paddle! With all the boards that I use, I need to adapt to different buoyancies, which change the amount of space between the surface of the water and your body. Likewise, different board lengths can also alter your stoke. Not to mention the simple fact that each board requires a unique style of riding, you may need approach a turn in a way that requires a shorter or longer paddle. For example, riding my Raptor, finless, means staying really low and relying on the rail for grip, so my paddle has to be short, like up to my chin. If I’m riding my 8’10” gun in larger surf, the object of the game is to get into the wave, to have almost a race-paddle stroke! My paddle can go up to six inches above my head as I progress through bigger and bigger waves. Ultimately, paddle height is totally up to personal preference, and those preferences might change as you progress, or pursue a certain style of riding.
“I definitely recommend my Naish Kevlar Vario, its just our normal wave paddle with a vario-top that doesn’t fill with water or twist around, thanks to the channels laid into the shaft. I was, admittedly, a skeptic of the adjustable paddle. But as the paddles have gotten better, and my applications for different heights have grown more eccentric and wider in range, I’ve come to love them!”
Favourite Leash: 7’0”x1/4” Kainui Team Leash from Dakine
Favourite Fins: My signature set from Black Project Fins works pretty good, although I like pretty much everything!
Sponsored by: Naish, Dakine, Quiksilver, Black Project Fins.
To follow Bernd and find out more about his kit check out his Facebook and Instagram (bernd_roediger)
The 5th edition of the IRISHSUP Surf Classic recently took place in the beautiful Co Sligo in Ireland, and once again conditions and the comp did not disappoint. A great turnout, great waves and a great craic was had by all! SUPboarder catches up with event organiser Paul Byrne, and SUPboarder co-founder Will Rogers shares his first IRISHSUP Surf Classic experience. It certainly sounds like an event not to be missed next year for all abilities …
Over the past 5 years this event has grown and grown to become not only the premier Surf SUP contest in the UK and Ireland, but a truly international event with competitors present from not only the Republic and Northern Ireland, but also England, Wales, Scotland, Germany, France and even Brazil!!!!
The philosophy behind this event is to come together and surf in a friendly fun environment, while enjoying catching up and having the craic, and the event certainly delivered that!!!
The base for the weekends antics was The Beach Bar, in Aughris, Co Sligo. Darren and his staff provided the perfect base for all athletes. Bed and Breakfast, van parking, food and drink, all right beside our contest site for the weekend.
There were 72 entries across the following categories:
10ft and bigger.
Friday night kicked the event off with a judges workshop for all to attend. This event is unique in that it asks the surfers to judge as well as compete under the watchful eye of an experienced head judge. This allows the unique insight as to what judges are looking for and what scores higher than what!!!
Saturday morning the contest started at 9.30am and ran with heat back to back until 7pm. The surf gods were looking on us and provided world class conditions. The waves were shoulder to head high, with light offshore winds. The skill level of the surfers did not disappoint. Ireland saw extremely high level of competition to match anything around the world. Here’s some drone coverage of the contest site which was recorded by chance and had nothing to do with the contest, pity there wasn’t some of the surf action. Sligo was looking tropical!!!
The surf and the contest was only a small part of what this weekend was all about. It was great to meet new friends, and catch up with old ones. Share tales of woe, and have a few laughs. Obviously, this would never happen without the kind support of our sponsors:
Sunova Surfboards, Academy of Surfing Instructors, Mauka Lodge in Portugal, Mama Johnsons and the Strand Bar in Strandhill, Pure Magic Kitesurfing, C-Skins wetsuits, Surfears, Dirty Dog Eyewear, Atlantic Coast Lifeguards, CoCo Ridge Coconut Water, Huku Blalance boards, SUPBoarder Magazine and finally the Wild Atlantic Soap Co.
Finally, a massive thank you to Dave Owens, my sidekick in the planning and running of this event, without whom I couldn’t do it…thank you Davo!!!
Words : Paul Bryne
For years, the IRISHSUP classic has been blessed with epic conditions. Perhaps lucky, but then again perhaps Ireland makes its own luck with its countless beaches and reefs meaning that it turns stormy atlantic swells into epic waves a lot of the time.
My trip to this event was very special….. firstly, scoring the unreal Easky reef for several days before the competition and meeting many of my friendly fellow competitors in the line up put a huge smile on my face. The Irish SUP Surfing scene is incredibly friendly, inclusive and energetic and as the weekend progressed I met more and more great people.
Keeping with tradition the conditions for the event were incredible. Perfect waves, brilliant sunshine and a light offshore breeze. Event director Paul made a perfect call for the competition location meaning the conditions catered for all. First timers enjoyed perfect waves and experienced well travelled international competitors were in awe of Irelands waves.
What makes this competition different is that its rider judged, a concept that works really well. Kicked off with a judging workshop integrated into the Friday night social followed by great mentoring of judges by the head judge throughout the event meant that everyone could attend this event and come away with not only a competition place, but some great development in their understanding of how to be a better competition surfer.
Not only can you rip it up on your performance SUP in this event, but it also has a longboard category which is a must for all other events – a great way to ensure competitors get more time on the water. Added to that, the first timers category ensured the event remained accessible to everyone. There really was smiles all round!
A stand out highlight of this event was its social – the Beach Bar catered for all 72 competitors in a really great, socialble sit down meal, which was followed by drinks, music, more drinks and finally dancing on the tables. For most competitors attending events is as much about the people you meet as the competing, and the Irish craic did not disappoint!
I would highly recommend this event, its been a great experience, as a competitor, judge and media partner. I integrated the event into a mini Irish SUP SURF adventure and as I sit writing this on the ferry back to the UK, watching the sun set over the emerald isle I can’t quite believe how many amazing waves, great people, stunning beaches, wild coastlines and fantastic Guinness has been squeezed into my week!
Will Rogers – SUPboarder co-founder
Sarah Gannon. (Ire)
Lucy Hamilton. (Ire)
Michaela Vonstein. (Ire)
Lois Crighton. (Ire)
Robert Sayer (Ire)
Marc Mestl (Ger)
Scott McGlashan (Eng)
Nevan O Connor (Ire)
Marcio Diaz. (Bra)
Ollie Laddiman (Wal)
Steve Laddiman (Wal)
Dave Owens (Ire)
Marcio Diaz (Bra)
Steve Laddiman (Wal)
Ollie Laddiman (Wal)
Francois Colossi (Fra)
To find out more about the IRISHSUP Surf Classic check out their facebook page.
Zane Schweitzer is one of those athletes that needs little introduction. He has grown up with SUP, and without a doubt helped SUP mature into what it is today. Pushing the limits with smaller boards and bigger moves, Zane is a true SUP innovator. Fresh after his massive second win of ‘The Ultimate Waterman’ event in New Zealand last week, Zane talks to SUPboarder about his kit and why he needs so many boards. I guess when you’re the words best waterman you can never have enough hey Zane!!
Photo : John Carter
Photo : Georgia Schofield
Name: Zane Kekoa Schweitzer Age: 23 Weight: 160lb / 72.5kg Height: 5’6 Home Country: USA Main SUP Discipline: Surf and Surf-Race/Technical Course Race No. of Boards in Quiver: Plenty… 17 boards, 2 boats, Surf Rescue Sled, Windsurf Rig, Dirtbike and RayVolt electric bike! Boards :
In SUP Surf I use the 2017 – 7’2 x 24″ Starboard InZane Pro Model for 80% of my SUP Surf sessions! It is my all-around go to board for all of the stops on the APP world tour, as works well in a diverse set of conditions! The other 20% I’m on a 10’6 Longboard style Starboard for small surf or a Pe’ahi gun!
– Starboard Zane Kekoa Schweitzer Signature model – 7’2″ x 24″ x 3.6″ x 68liters with interchangeable tail system.
The new outside fin placement combined with the diamond tail will give you much more drive and power in your all around surfing. In larger surf, the diamond tail improves control and drive from the bottom turn to top turn. For smaller gutless beach break waves which require high performance and release, just remove the tail and feel instantly the explosiveness it creates off the top turns from the sharp squash tail. Removing the tail option also creates a wider tail end for more speed down the line and consistency through flat sections.
Bottom Shape: “Mono-concave to slight V Tail.” We use inverted EVA deck pads to avoid waste, thus every second board will have a reverse colour combination from what is featured.
This board I use most sessions when Stand Up Paddle Surfing; from mushy knee high beach breaks, to quadruple overhead hollow reef breaks. It’s my most diverse board I have in my quiver for competition and most free surf sessions with the option between switching the tails and as well with years of R&D to perfect a shape I’m proud to share with the world!
– 6’9″ x 23 x 3″ Hyper Nut
This board is awesome for mushy, soft waves, especially waves with a “flat” face or sections. It’s built for speed and drive and it makes not-so-great waves fun!! Lately I have been using it for almost all my Hydrofoil sessions and am loving it! With the hydrofoil you don’t need nearly as much volume or board as you would be used to before, so smaller the better.
I also have a 7’2″ hyper nut in the photo. I use this board for teaching most of my Hydrofoil lessons and camps with Maui Sports Adventures!
– 12’6″ x 23.5 x 9″ x 261liters
This is my go-to race board on tour with the APP and as well for most of my SUP endurance/race/surf race sessions! It’s the fastest production board around. Especially for when I am traveling around the world on tour and can only bring one board; this is the one I trust to bring for very diverse and wide variety of conditions; from flat water, to choppy, Surf race to downwind, it excels as the board of choice if I could only choose 1!
-12′ and 14″ x 23.5 Starboard ACE for down wind specific events or events that are going in choppy, messy upwind/upswell waters.
This is the all time best board for upwind and downwind SUPing in the world. The ACE is known to destroy the field in upwind and upswell conditions and I love it for just that and also downwinding for sessions like the Maui Maliko run. Paddles:
– I use the Starboard Enduro S for sup surf, and when in big surf I might use an enduro M. For Race I’ve been mostly using the Starboard Bolt M Stiffness in 35! Favourite Leash: Revolwe Yulex Bio Based Surf Leashes Favourite Fins: InZane pro models with Black Fin Project Sponsored by : Starboard, Honolua Surf Co., Maui Jim Sunglasses, Cobian Footwear, Black Fin Project, Parley For The Ocean and Sustainable Surf!
To find out more about Zane, his travels and competitions check out his website and facebook page.