Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Kai Lenny just won the final event of the Stand Up World Tour at Honoli’i Beach Park on the island of Hawaii. Kai’s dream became a reality with this contest; winning each heat from beginning to end. Heat after heat, Kai’s strength and confidence grew, showing the crowd his potential. By winning the first SUP World Wave title ever, Kai Lenny joins the legends of water sports.

“I’m really stoked,” said Kai. “It feels great because I worked my whole life to achieve this goal; but I still have so much to learn. It’s only the beginning and I want to be ready for next year.”

At the beginning of the year, Kai was not selected to compete in the first event at Sunset Beach. He was given a last minute wildcard and as one of the youngest contestants he wanted to prove that he belonged amongst his watermen peers. Kai ended up winning that first event and followed the circuit to France, Tahiti, Brazil and eventually back to Hawaii, where he was crowned the World Champion of SUP.

Kai also loves to give back to the community. Today he offered his prize money to ‘Na Kama Kai’, the non-profit organization founded by his Oxbow team mate and ASP 2010 World Champion, Duane DeSoto. Na Kama Kai’s mission is to empower youth by creating, conducting and supporting ocean-based programs, specifically targeting ocean awareness & safety in order to increase the capacity of youth in the community through cultural & environmental education. This organization represents Kai’s values as a waterman.

In the Hawaiian language “Kai” means “Ocean”. This name seems to have shaped the destiny of our young waterman. Kai’s enthusiasm and passion for the ocean is without limits. Born on the island of Maui, Kai is naturally gifted in all kinds of board sports; excelling in Windsurfing, SUP, Kitesurfing, Surfing, Longboarding and Tow-in. Only 18 years-old, Kai has already earned the respect of Laird Hamilton.

Kai is an outstanding waterman who lives according to the rhythm of the ocean, using different boards each day. He simply cannot resist spending time in the ocean, playing with the waves, constantly adapting his equipment to suit each days’ particular conditions.

Kai explains, “I wake up at 5:15 in the morning to go surfing until 7:30, I study from 8 to 12:30, then I go windsurfing or kiting, whichever is better. Then I go surfing or stand up in the late afternoon.  I have a great life.  I love to go to bed early.”

Attention all San Francisco Stand Up Paddlers, come on out Sunday Dec 11 for the Race 2 of the Blue Rush Board Sports Winter series.  Race right on the bay area’s scenic Richardson’s Bay.  Easy parking and only $20 entry fee including a free shirt!  Registration begins at 8:00am race at 9:00am.

Blue Rush Board Sports BOGA Paddle Boards

We are super stoked to have NorCals largest dedicated SUP store feature BOGA paddle boards.  Blue Rush Board Sports is located in the heart of Sausalito, Marin, a paddle boarding mecca of the bay area.  The shop features passionate/dedicated owners and a line up of Jimmy Lewis, Starboard, C4 and BOGA Paddle Boards all within about 50 ft of the SF Bay.  Demos are available right outside the door and they host races in the bay with low entry fees, good aloha and competitive paddling.  Go check them out and tell them you want to demo a BOGA Paddleboard.

Any Irons Dies

The world of competitive surfing is mourning Andy Irons, a three-time world champion and one of Hawaii’s best-ever big-wave riders, who was found dead Tuesday in a Dallas hotel room.

His death is being investigated as a possible methadone overdose, according to Honolulu’s Star Advertiser.

Irons, 32, had been suffering from dengue fever, a tropical illness whose symptoms include severe headaches and joint pain. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday. Results of toxicology tests to determine the exact cause of death could take 60-90 days.

Irons, the world champion from 2002 to 2004, had just returned to competitive surfing after a year off. He had been on his way home to Hawaii on Tuesday after withdrawing from a contest in Puerto Rico.

The surfing world reacted with shock to the news of his death. “The kind of surfing he did was so creative and so different from any other surfer,” pro surfer Evan Valiere told the Star Advertiser. “He was real fluid, but real powerful at the same time. When he was on, I don’t think anybody could match him.”

Valiere said news of Irons’s death spread quickly Tuesday on Kauai, where he grew up. “Nobody could believe it,” he said. “You expect somebody like that to live forever.”

Covewater Paddle Board Shop

One of the great things about SUP is the variety of boards available and how different they all feel.  When designing the BOGA brand of boards I demo’d many styles from Naish, C4, PSH, SurfTech and many more.  All great boards and all provided a really unique feeling. One place that offers demos of many of these boards is Covewater  Paddle Board shop in Santa Cruz, CA.  Unlike some shops that only rent soft top Lairds, this place is stocked with PSH boards, Naish’s etc that you can rent and surf locally just 5 minutes away at some of NorCals best breaks.

Part of the motivation to make the BOGA bullet came from my demo of the Naish Mana, a good board once on the wave but I felt it was a sluggish  paddler, making it hard to catch waves and slow to get out into the sets.  So thanks to shops like Covewater, both board shapers and board riders alike can check out what works and what doesn’t for their particular styles. Covewater Paddle Surf shop in Santa Cruz, a cool resource for NorCal paddlers.

Not a day goes by that I am not thrilled about the awesome sport of stand up paddle boarding.  I have many hobbies, but for me SUP is the ultimate family sport.  I was the first in my family to paddle board but it didn’t take long to get the wife and kids on boards also.  Once they tried it they got the paddle board bug too.

At the Tahoe Nalu race in Lake Tahoe (a great place to SUP) I was stoked on the all the good aloha towards the kid racers.  All the pros went into the water during the kids SUP race to assist and it was really cool to see.  Racers such as Chuck Patterson took pictures with the kids, chatted with fellow kid races and made the kids race a huge success.  It was awesome to see.  If you have kids get them out on the water and on a board, they will love it.

Boga Paddle Boards 2011

The BOGA team is proud to announce the arrival of our 2011 line of boards.  We have a full line of stand up paddle boards for every SUP discipline, from a 9.2 ripper to a 12.2 cruiser. All our boards are E11 constructed with reinforced nose, tail and rail wrap for added strength.  All boards come with a top of the line polished EVA diamond pad, 11ft leash, dual leash plugs, handle, air vent, and high quality glass FCS fins.  Carbon Fiber Paddles and padded board bags are available at super low prices when purchased with a board.  Boards are going fast, contact us for sales or  demo information and get on a BOGA board today.

Technology: High Density lightweight EPS/HD Glass reinforced stepping area with a combination of Glass fibers laminated in Single Phase Vacuum bagged process with full rail wrap.

kelly Staler - Portugal

Kelly Slater wins the Rip Curl Pro Portugal at Supertubes, putting together another amazing performace. “I’ve never had a result in Portugal, finally got one.”

SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Thursday, October 14, 2010) –Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1, has collected his 44th elite tour victory, besting current ASP World No. 2, Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, to take out the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in glassy three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves at Supertubos.

Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal played a vital role in the hunt for the 2010 ASP World Title and was privy to some of the most high-performance surfing the world has ever seen.

Although composed and relatively under-the-radar throughout the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Slater struck stealthily in the Final, locking in two solid backhand waves in the shifting conditions, and staving off a late charge from the young South African.

“It was actually a pretty slow Final with neither of us getting any waves of consequence,” Slater said. “I was trying to stay busy but neither of us could get a solid wave. I actually nearly ended up reaching my wave maximum out there so I kind of had to slow down and try to wait for waves that mattered. Jordy (Smith) has all the talent in the world and he’s capable of getting a score at any time. It wasn’t over until the horn blew.”

En route to an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title, the iconic Floridian moves one step closer to clinching, with a strong possibility of doing so in the upcoming event.

“It’s obviously a very big deal for me,” Slater said. “If it happens, it will be a major accomplishment for me in my life. I’m fortunate to have an amazing circle of friends around me: my girlfriend Kalani, Belly (Stephen Bell), Travis (Lee) and a bunch of others. Today’s win puts me another step closer and we’ll see what happens in Puerto Rico.”

Smith fought valiantly throughout the 40-minute Final, posting the highest single-wave score of a 7.10 of a 10 for a backhand Superman air, but was unable to find a worthy backup score.

“I guess I felt a little out of rhythm in the Final,” Smith said. “I was able to notch up one good one, but couldn’t find a backup. That’s the way it goes sometimes. I’m still happy with the result and the way my year has gone so I’m just staying positive and we’ll see how we end up.”

The last one remaining in the hunt for the 2010 ASP World Title, Smith acknowledges the tall feat that lies ahead and is philosophical when discussing the remainder of the season.

“I’ve had a blast here in Portugal,” Smith said. “We’ve had some really fun waves. I was stoked to be in the Final with Kelly (Slater). I’m stoked to be in the race still with him. He’s someone I’ve looked up to my whole life and it’s an honor to be up there in the rankings next to him. I’m looking forward to the next event and hope we get some more fun wedges.”

Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, reigning ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 3, bowed out of Rip Curl Pro Portugal competition in Round 3 of competition, and with Slater’s victory today, has also bowed out of the 2010 ASP World Title Race.

The 2010 ASP World Title Race will head towards Puerto Rico for the next stop on the ASP Dream Tour.

Jeremy Flores (FRA), 22, matched his best result of the year today, posting an Equal 3rd at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Unable to overtake a rampaging Smith in their Semifinal bout, Flores remained content with his result, moving from 20th to 15th on the ASP World Title Race rankings.

“It’s been a good contest for me for sure,” Flores said. “I’ve been readjusting my approach to surfing and focusing on the things that work best for me. I think it helped a lot here in Portugal and I’m stoked with moving up on the rankings. Hopefully I can get some more good results before the year is out.”

Chris Davidson (AUS), 33, took it to Slater in the Semifinal bout, putting the champ on the ropes until Slater pulled out an incredible Alley-Oop 360 for a 9.33 in the dying minutes to take the heat. Davidson’s Equal 3rd at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal marks his best result of the season, moving him from 17th to 13th on the ASP World Title Race rankings,

“What can you do when the King (Slater) pulls something like that?” Davidson said. “All I could do was salute him. It’s been a good event for me, and I felt like I surfed pretty well against Kelly, but when he goes and pulls a 360 Alley-Oop on a nothing wave, it’s hard to fight back. Hopefully someone can throw a wrench in the works and send the title race down to Pipeline.”

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1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 13.33
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.43

SF 1:Kelly Slater (USA) 16.03 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.20
SF 2:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.00 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.57

QF 1:Chris Davidson (AUS) 9.50 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 7.50
QF 2:Kelly Slater (USA) 15.24 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.56
QF 3:Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.17 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.67
QF 4:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.70 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.50

Heat 1:Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.84 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.94
Heat 2:Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.10 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.83
Heat 3:Owen Wright (AUS) 13.40 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.73
Heat 4:Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.00 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.16

ASP WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Portugal):
1.Kelly Slater (USA) 58,000 pts
2.Jordy Smith (ZAF) 48,750 pts
3.Mick Fanning (AUS) 41,250 pts
4.Taj Burrow (AUS) 34,000 pts
5.Adrian Buchan (AUS) 33,750 pts

Danny Ching Wins Stand Up Paddle Race

Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle attracts huge crowd to Doheny Beach

The Third Annual Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle California, October 2 and 3, saw an action-packed weekend of stand-up paddle (SUP) events at Doheny Beach this as a huge field of paddlers took to the water in what has become the biggest SUP festival and exposition in the world. With 863 entries and about 10,000 spectators on the beach the Battle of the Paddle California was center-stage for worldwide SUP athletes, enthusiasts and fans.

“SUP has grown exponentially since the first Battle of the Paddle as one can see from this year’s huge turnout. It’s really hard to say when the growth will slow down but I don’t think it will ever phase out,” said Rainbow Sandals Marketing Director Pat Huber. “We are honored to sponsor such a great event. In addition to sponsoring it, we built it and designed a race like no other in this world. We do it solely because we believe SUP is good for the family as it is something most everyone can do. It has brought a lot of families closer together, including our own.”

From young beginners, to elite racers to those just curious to see what the world of SUP has to offer, the expo offered either something to see or a competition venue for everyone.

The Elite races saw fierce competition as some of the world’s most fit athletes gave it all they have in a quest for SUP glory in front of a live audience of thousands and the countless more tuned into the live feed webcast across 60 countries. The 5-mile course included a technically challenging 4-lap buoy circuit with 100-yard beach sprints in between.

San Clemente’s Candice Appleby and Brandi Baksic exchanged the lead position a number of times during the Women’s Elite race. In the end it was Appleby (1:10:31) who pulled ahead to take the win and the $2,500 prize. Runner-up Baksic (1:11:03) earned $1,250 and third place finisher Jenny Kalmbach (1:13:20) was awarded $1,000.

In Men’s Elite competition it was Danny Ching of Redondo Beach (57:45) who came away with the win and the $5,000 prize. Ching battled fiercely with nine-time world paddleboard champion and last year’s winner Jamie Mitchell of Australia. Mitchell came in second with a time of 59:36 and took home $3,500. Slater Trout of Maui finished third with a time of 1:00:39 and $2,500 for his efforts.

On Sunday Ching made a second visit to the winner’s podium and added another $1,100 to his weekend take when he emerged victorious in the 10-mile distance race from Dana Point to the San Clemente pier and back. Ching was the field leader throughout the race in the 18-foot paddleboard division and finished with a time of 1:02:19. San Clemente’s Rob Rojas (1:02:59) came in second, followed by Chuck Patterson (1:03:52) of Dana Point in third.

Ching’s two wins in Dana Point topped off a great year for him as he also won both events back in June at the Battle of the Paddle Hawaii.

“[Battle of the Paddle is an] unbelievable event! If you look at it last year it was huge and this year is even bigger—the largest in the sport. This event draws all the best guys,” said event winner Danny Ching. “I love Dana Point! I’m from the area and this is one of the most fun places to hang out. It’s family oriented, with good surf and sunshine.”

Big fun with BOGA friends.