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Who’s riding what in 2017

Fiona Wylde - SUP

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…

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.

Fiona Wylde - SUP

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! 🙂

Sponsored by: Starboard SUP, Black Project SUP, O’Neill, Dakine, Olukai, Garmin

To find out more about Fiona Wylde check out her website and Facebook page.

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. ..

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

Photo : Alfredo Vera

Boards:
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.

To find out more about Iballa check out her website and Facebook page.

So come on girls… if Iballa can do it, you can too!

Who's riding what? - Connor Baxter / SUP race

If you don’t know who Connor Baxter is… well, he’s basically one of the fastest guys on a SUP ever! But Connor isn’t just into SUP and paddling fast. Connor has been competing on the water since the seriously young age of 8. First windsurfing, surfing and then at the age of 16 he started to focus his attention to the world of SUP. Connor loves SUP surfing as much as the loves SUP racing, but Connor’s impressive speed on a SUP led him to focus more on the SUP racing scene and his impressive results show just that. So we caught up with Connor baxter in the fifth ‘Who’s riding what?’ SUPboarder feature, to talk SUP kit …

Name: Connor Baxter
Age: 22
Weight: 165lbs
Height: 6’1″
Home Country: USA Maui, Hawaii
Main SUP Discipline: SUP Racing
Number of Boards in Quiver: 4 boards.

Image : John Carter

Boards:
I use the 12’6″ x 23.5″ allstar for every condition the day has to offer. Also it is my main board for train so I have to work a little harder.
I use the 14′ x 23″ allstar for so of the big events like PPG, Carolina Cup, Hood River and the Eurotour. This board works great in messy conditions giving you unbelievable stability and also will not let you down in the flat water. This board makes cruising very simple and effective.
I use the 14′ x 21.5″ sprint for flat water long distance. This board has a super parallel outline which gives it a great steady glide and speed. You can really just get into your rhythm and fly on this board.
Last but not least I have the 17′ x 24″ unlimited that is mainly for just compete on in Hawaii on the big channel crossings. If you are paddling in big open ocean and paddling over 3 hours this is great.
Paddles: I normally have two paddles with me. I have my 77 inch paddle with my medium bolt blade for my long distance races and trainings, then I use a 76 inch paddle with my large bolt blade for short sprints and interval trainings.
Favourite Leash:  SUP Coiled Leash from Dakine
Favourite Fins: Future Fins, Manta
Sponsored by : Starboard, Salt Life, Maui Jim, Futures and Harmless Harvest.

Follow Connor, his performance and adventures in 2017 via his Facebook and website

Who's riding what? - Bernd Roediger
Photo : Fish Bowl Diaries
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 …
Name: Bernd Roediger 
Age: 20
Weight: 160lbs
Height: 5’9″
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!  
Boards:
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.
Who's riding what? - Bernd Roediger
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.”
Paddles:
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!”
Who's riding what? - Bernd Roediger
Photo : John Carter
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) 

Who's riding what? - Zane Schweitzer Surf/Race

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!!

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!

SUP boards in photo; 2x 7’2″ x 24″ signature models, 2x hypernut boards rigged for hydrofoil, and 1x 12’6″ x 23.5 AllStar. The Bark 10’6″ x 20″ gun (white top and sunset fade from middle to bottom) is a surfboard but I also use it for SUP as well when surfing big waves like Peʻahi- aka Jaws.

– 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!

Starboard Zane Kekoa Schweitzer Signature model – 7’2″ x 24″ x 3.6″ x 68liters with interchangeable tail system. Photo : John Carter

– 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!

Photo : John Carter

To find out more about Zane, his travels and competitions check out his website and facebook page.

Who's riding what? - Keahi de Aboitiz

Who’s riding what in the world of SUP this year? In this mini series SUPboarder catches up with some of the top paddlers in the SUP world to find out what kit they’re using in 2017. This time we talk to SUP surfer Keahi de Aboitiz.

Keahi de Aboitiz is a waterman that needs very little introduction. He’s not only a professional SUP surfer but also a World Champion kitesurfer. Keahi has a huge skill level whatever board is under his feet! When Keahi came onto the SUP surfing scene he brought a fresh new style, that was a combination of power turns and aerials on every wave. Keahi has been working with JP-Australia for many years and has used his riding skills and knowledge to help develop the well shaped JP Surf Pro range that is on the market today. 

Name: Keahi de Aboitiz
Age: 24
Weight: 80kg
Height: 180cm
Home Country: Australia
Main SUP Discipline: Surfing
No. of Boards in Quiver: 4
Boards:
– JP Surf Pro 7’6” x 27” used mostly in smaller fun waves but good all round board as well. Good stability and easier to fit into the pocket in smaller waves due to the smaller length.
– JP Surf Pro 8’1” x 27”  used in bigger surf. Longer length means more stability and faster paddling due to overall length. More drive in bigger surf as well.
– Prototype JP Surf Pro 8’2” x 26” with rounded pin, used in much bigger surf. Extra length plus slightly narrower outline and rounded pin tail means more drive and hold in bigger waves. Perfect for waves like sunset and other big powerful waves.
– JP Surf Slate 7’2” x 26” used in fatter but wally conditions like mellow point breaks. Straight outline and parallel rails means a lot of speed and drive in fat conditions.
Paddles:
– 2x JP Carbon 83in2. I’ve always preferred the 60% carbon shaft as it allows more flex. The smaller blade is also great for acceleration in the surf.
Favourite Leash: NP 8ft SUP leash
Favourite Fins: JP R5
Sponsored: JP-Australia, Cabrinha, NeilPryde

Photos – Thorsten Indra

Keahi doing his thing! Video edit : SUP Surfing Sessions

To find out more about Keahi, his travels and competitions check out his website and facebook page. 

Dan Gavere - whitewater SUP

Who’s riding what in the world of SUP this year? In this mini series SUPboarder catches up with some of the top paddlers in the SUP world to find out what kit they’re using in 2017. First up is Whitewater SUP guru Dan Gavere…

When Dan isn’t going with the flow, he’s at the beach SUP surfing, competing or sharing his wealth of knowledge at SUP clinics around the world. Dan is super passionate about everything SUP, and has even developed a Starboard signature whitewater board range called the Stream. 

Name: Dan Gavere
Age: 47
Weight: 170lbs
Height: 5’10”
Home Country: USA
Main SUP Discipline: Whitewater
No. of Boards in Quiver: 5
Boards:
-Starboard Stream 9.6″ x 36″ for technical whitewater
-11′ x 34″ Stream Crossover for large volume whitewater and longer tours
Paddles:
70-77.5 inch adjustable Werner Legend for Whitewater (I like the adjustable paddle for different types of whitewater and the ability to adjust it longer for flat water sections and shorter for the rapids)
75 inch Werner Grand Prix with 85sq inch blade for flatwater and ocean racing (I like smaller blades for distance and flatwater racing as it does not tire me out as fast and also feels much healthier on the body)
Favourite Leash: Starboard Coil for whitewater combined with Astral Green Jacket PFD with rescue belt. The coil leash is great for whitewater as it doesn’t drag in the water and the rescue belt is important to be able to release the leash if my board gets caught or hung up on something.
Favourite Fins: Starboard Whitewater fins and River PH Fin
Sponsors : Starboard, Werner Paddles, Outside Van, Astral, Run Gum.

Whitewater photos by : Zach Mahones

To find out more about Dan and what he’s up to this year check out his website and facebook page.