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Review: Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel
By: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine   
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It's one thing to drink have a sports drink and go for a quick paddle around the lake or across the harbor, it's a totally different animal to push your body to the point where hydration, electrolytes and caloric intake are critical, not just to perform at your peak level, but also to keep you out of the hospital in extreme conditions.

 

Taking Tailwind Nutrition to the extreme is what we decided to do when they sent us a package with two bags of Endurance Fuel. Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine editor, Nate Burgoyne, is an ultra distance runner and decided to fuel his latest race, the Peacock 100k (62 mile) trail race with Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel and this is his review. Whether you're doing sprint stand up paddle races, crossing the 32 mile Molokai Channel, running and cross training, this review is for you. 

 

"Aloha gang! I was stoked when the package of Tailwind Nutrition arrived. Why? In needed a new solution to a serious problem. I had recently completed a 30 mile trail race in the steep and humid mountains of Oahu and despite alternating drinking coconut water, a Pedialyte-style electrolyte drink, and water paired with salt supplements, when I crossed the finish, I was dehydrated and cramping hard. With a 62 mile race coming up soon, I definitely had to make a change, and I hoped that Tailwind Nutrition would help.

 

Hydration and electrolytes were on my mind as I was totally puzzled about why my body had not hydrated properly, especially since I was just weeks away from a race that would be more than twice as long in hotter conditions with more elevation. After doing my homework on Tailwind, I decided that I'd fuel my next race with their Endurance Fuel.

 

There are three elements that any endurance athelete does his or her best to balance during prolonged physical activity: water, salt, and calories. If any of those goes out of whack, then cramping, fatigue, dehydration, and death can occur.  

 

Tailwind has helped solve the problem of balancing water, salt and calories by combining them into one product. In the past, I would need to take water in my hydration pack for liquid, salt pills in a pocket for electrolytes, and food, bars, etc, in another pocket for calories. As my body called for one or the other, I would fish out what's needed and take it.

 

There are two challenges with the old school way of fueling the body for both runners and stand up paddlers. First, to fish out salt pills or food, requires the use of one or both hands. A runners needs to slow down, especially if on a trail to avoid tripping, and a stand up paddler needs to stop paddling thus slowing progress.  Second, as you fatigue, you may not notice that you're lacking in a critical nutritional need until it's too late, or you may feel so fatigued that you can't be bothered to take the time to get what you need and may decide to simply push through the problem and hope you make it to the end, futher complicating your need.

 

Tailwind claims their product is 'All you need, all day. Really,' putting everything in your hydration pack so you can leave the gels, bars, etc., at home. I found this to be the case. 

 

I ran for about 19 hours over 62 miles (100k), 17,300 feet of cumulative elevation gain and 17,300 feet of cululative elevation loss, in the heat of the day and into the night, fueled primarily by Tailwind. 

 

For most of the race, I added approximately 1 scoop of Tailwind for every 10 ounces of water in my pack. There were times when I felt I needed more calories, and put a more concentrated solution in a water bottle, and there were times toward the end of the race when I felt that I needed a more diluted ratio.

 

How did it go? Very well. I experienced zero cramping and felt alert throughout the race. Hydration was not a problem. What I was drinking, my body was using. In the latter hours of the race, I needed to drink more, but I was not concerned about my electrolyte balance because Tailwind was doing the thinking for me. When it was time to refill my hydration pack, the only decision I had to make was how much Tailwind I wanted in my pack until the next aid stop. Very easy.

 

Did I also eat? Hey after, running for hours on end, I couldn't resist the BLT sandwiches they had at an aid station and every once in a while I had a handful of potato chips to put a little roughage in the system (plus I love potato chips), but I could have done without them.

 

When the race was over, I was not totally depleted. The following days, I experienced no cramping or soreness of muscles. I'm not sure if I can attribute all of that to Tailwind but I'm sure it helped. Typically after a long race, my body craves massive amounts of food and water over the following days, but I didn't find that to be the case this time. I just went about my normal eating and drinking patterns and felt great.

 

What about the flavor? I drank primarily lemon, orange and combined the two sometimes. I didn't really experience flavor fatigue although at one refill I mixed lemon with berry and that was really tasty. That may be my magic combo right there. I would have had more of that blend but I only had one sample back of the berry flavor. You really won't go wrong with any of their flavors. They taste clean and wash clean out of a hydration pack. 

 

What's my conclusion? Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel is an excellent product that I will definitely be fueling future races with. The taste is clean, it's easy to use, no sugar spikes or crashes, and has the calories and electrolytes to keep your body balanced. I'm always experimienting with nutrition but this one will definitely be a regular for me personally. I recommend it to anyone looking for a worry-free training and race fuel."

 

EXCITING NEWS: 10% Off Tailwind Nutrition Challenge: Tailwind has introducted the "Tailwind Challenge" through their website. Order a Tailwind Challenge pack (4 big bags at a 10% discount) to train and race with for a specific race. If the product "doesn't blow you away," they will refund your race entry fee for a refund.

 

For more information and to order Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel go to www.tailwindnutrition.com .  

 

 

 

 
Race Against Skin Cancer This Saturday 2/22 in Waikiki
By: Xcel Wetsuits   
The 2nd Annual Race Against Skin Cancer is a 2.4 mile course from Kaimana Beach (Sans Souci) to Duke Kahanamoku Beach (Fort DeRussy). SUPers of all levels are encouraged to participate and support the Xcel - University of Hawai'i Cancer Center partnership to fight skin cancer in Hawaii and beyond.

2nd Annual Race Against Skin Cancer
Saturday, February 22, 2014 • Schedule of Events
  • 7:00 - 8:30am: Check in and on-site registration
  • 8:45am: Safety briefing
  • 9:00am: Race start
  • Finish Line: Awards presentation, prize drawing, and more
 
How to Register
Online pre-registration remains open until midnight on Friday, February 21. Pre-registration is recommended to secure a sun protective Xcel Ventx race t-shirt and a discounted entry fee.

Racers may also register on site on race day. Cash only entry fees will be accepted and race t-shirts will be first come first serve.

Awesome Prize Drawing
All finishing racers receive automatic free entry into the event's finish line drawing for prizes generously donated by sponsors, which include:
  • A 2-night stay at Turtle Bay Resort;
  • SUP boards by Surftech and C4;
  • Surf and SUP accessories by Dakine;
  • Maui Jim sunglasses, Vertra sunscreen, and much more.
 
About Xcel
Recognized globally and trusted locally, Xcel is a core wetsuit brand engineering innovative product for all conditions. Founded in 1982 on the North Shore of O'ahu, Hawai'i, Xcel draws upon its authentic watersports heritage and technical design expertise to deliver superior quality, construction, and fit. To learn more about Xcel, please visit xcelwetsuits.com.

About the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center
The University of Hawai'i Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute designated center in Hawai'i and the Pacific. The Center's mission is to reduce the burden of cancer through research, education, and patient care with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural, and environmental characteristics of Hawai'i and the Pacific. To learn more, please visit uhcancercenter.org.
 
Race Against Skin Cancer This Saturday 2/22 in Waikiki
By: Xcel Wetsuits   
The 2nd Annual Race Against Skin Cancer is a 2.4 mile course from Kaimana Beach (Sans Souci) to Duke Kahanamoku Beach (Fort DeRussy). SUPers of all levels are encouraged to participate and support the Xcel - University of Hawai'i Cancer Center partnership to fight skin cancer in Hawaii and beyond.

2nd Annual Race Against Skin Cancer
Saturday, February 22, 2014 • Schedule of Events
  • 7:00 - 8:30am: Check in and on-site registration
  • 8:45am: Safety briefing
  • 9:00am: Race start
  • Finish Line: Awards presentation, prize drawing, and more
 
How to Register
Online pre-registration remains open until midnight on Friday, February 21. Pre-registration is recommended to secure a sun protective Xcel Ventx race t-shirt and a discounted entry fee.

Racers may also register on site on race day. Cash only entry fees will be accepted and race t-shirts will be first come first serve.

Awesome Prize Drawing
All finishing racers receive automatic free entry into the event's finish line drawing for prizes generously donated by sponsors, which include:
  • A 2-night stay at Turtle Bay Resort;
  • SUP boards by Surftech and C4;
  • Surf and SUP accessories by Dakine;
  • Maui Jim sunglasses, Vertra sunscreen, and much more.
 
About Xcel
Recognized globally and trusted locally, Xcel is a core wetsuit brand engineering innovative product for all conditions. Founded in 1982 on the North Shore of O'ahu, Hawai'i, Xcel draws upon its authentic watersports heritage and technical design expertise to deliver superior quality, construction, and fit. To learn more about Xcel, please visit xcelwetsuits.com.

About the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center
The University of Hawai'i Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute designated center in Hawai'i and the Pacific. The Center's mission is to reduce the burden of cancer through research, education, and patient care with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural, and environmental characteristics of Hawai'i and the Pacific. To learn more, please visit uhcancercenter.org.
 
YOLO Board Fosters Community Outreach with Special Olympics Florida
By: YOLO Board   

Since its inception, YOLO Board has strived to give back to the community through establishing relationships and exposing people to the sport of standup paddleboarding (SUP) with local, regional and national outreach efforts. The company has recently expanded its relationship with Special Olympics Florida and is discovering the new program to be mutually inspiring for the athletes, coaches and the YOLO Board team. Through the relationship, YOLO Board now provides a YOLO Yak and paddle to each county in the state that currently has a SUP registered training program and offers orientations where YOLO Board team members gather with area athletes for one-on-one instruction.

 

“Through our relationship with YOLO Board, not only have our athletes discovered a passion for standup paddleboarding, but they have also developed true friendships,” said Sherry Wheelock, President and CEO of Special Olympics Florida. The 501 (c)(3) charitable institution helps people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public's awareness of their capabilities and needs.

 

YOLO Board enthusiast and South Florida resident Ruth Holland played a key role in introducing the company to the Special Olympics Florida organization. “As a career special educator and Special Olympics volunteer, I began thinking about the freedom that standup paddleboarding has given me and wondered how to share that feeling with my students and the Special Olympics athletes I work with,” explained Holland. “If I could gain more confidence as a 50-something teacher, then imagine what paddling would do for my special needs friends and students. I knew that YOLO Board and SUP would not only benefit our athletes, but that they would represent the ‘You Only Live Once’ spirit in all that they did on and off the water.”

 

YOLO Board currently hosts athlete orientations at YOLO Board Adventures Sandestin for both Special Olympics Florida-Walton County and Special Olympics Florida-Okaloosa County to provide preliminary instructional courses. The orientations are designed to teach the athletes a new skill in a confidence building environment that they can apply to other disciplines and areas of their lives. Coaches enjoy getting to know each athlete and learning more about their personal stories and goals.

 

“Seeing the pure joy that standing up on the water for the first time can provide was both refreshing and inspirational to me on a personal level,” adds Jeff Archer, co-founder of YOLO Board. “We are honored to be able to work with these athletes and expose them to new experiences and new channels to express their natural abilities. The positive impact of working with the athletes provides our staff is an immeasurable experience.”

 

To learn more about YOLO Board, please visit www.YOLOBoard.com, call 850.622.5760 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Stay up-to-date on all the latest YOLO Board happenings on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About YOLO Board

 

“YOLO Board didn’t invent standup paddling or its boards….but its savvy, marketing-driven approach has, despite the sport’s West Coast roots, made the Santa Rosa Beach, FL-based company an industry leader,” said Entrepreneur magazine. YOLO Board, LLC., is a leading designer, marketer and distributor of standup paddleboards, equipment, lifestyle apparel and accessories. Since 2007, the community-minded brand (aptly named for the lifestyle mantra “You Only Live Once) has been committed to manufacturing a variety of quality boards suited to fit any paddler, from the recreational novice to the elite pro racer. Rentals, lessons, corporate and team building packages and seasonal community race events are available through YOLO Board Adventures Sandestin as well as their flagship store in Miramar Beach, featuring the unique “try before you buy” lake experience.  Other retail locations include Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, San Diego, California, and a growing number of distributors nationwide. For more information, visit www.YOLOBoard.com or call 850.622.5760.

 
Rogue Stand Up Paddleboards Hires a Vice President of Sales and Marketing
By: Rogue SUP   

Rogue Stand Up Paddleboards (Rogue SUP) has recently hired Ty Zulim as the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With over a decade of experience in the surf and stand-up paddle industry, Zulim brings in-depth sales expertise and worldwide retail contacts to Rogue. Zulim’s position at Rogue SUP is effective immediately and he will oversee all sales and marketing for Rogue’s extensive offering of boards, paddles, and accessories.

 

“We are super excited to have Ty on board,” says Rick Karr, founder and president of Rogue SUP. “Ty has been with some powerful brands and was the first sales manager in the SUP industry. His relationships and industry knowledge will take Rogue to an even bigger audience and will help us support our customers.”

 

Zulim started at Surftech well before the first SUP board was ever built. He was instrumental in taking SUP away from the ocean and into the inland market.  Most recently he was the Global Sales manager for C4 waterman and spent two years expanding the company’s board offerings and improving distribution.

 

“I am very excited to be working with Rick and the Rogue Team,” said Zulim. “The brand is very dedicated to technology and R&D. They have an incredible shaper, and are hand shaping and testing new materials daily. What I really love is that the Rogue Team is on the water daily , which shows their genuine passion for SUP.”

 

About Rogue SUP

Founded in 2008, Rogue Stand Up Paddleboards is focused on the design, development and production of quality stand up paddleboard products for surfing, flatwater racing, cruising and rivers.  Rogue SUP offers a wide range of paddleboards for beginners to experts, as well as an extensive line developed especially for women.  Rogue SUP currently distributes its products throughout the U.S., Canada, France, Scandinavia, Romania, and Turkey.  For more information on Rogue SUP visit: http://www.roguesup.com/

 
Kate Lewis and Larry Cain Return for NC Surf to Sound Challenge
By: ncPressRelease   

Wrightsville Beach, N.C. - Elite North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge Champions Kate Lewis (2011) of New Bern, and Larry Cain (2011-12) of Canada, return to Wrightsville Beach for fall-season competition this weekend. Joining the champs are contenders from South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, the Virgin Islands, and paddleboarders spanning the state of North Carolina.

 

Jarrod Covington, named 2013 All Waterman by WBLA, will serve as race director for NC Surf to Sound Challenge and the East Coast Paddle Surf Championship, Nov. 15-17, at Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

 

"We are excited about Surf to Sound Challenge and the Paddle Surf Championship because of the perfect paddling weather Wrightsville Beach has this time of year," says Covington. "Conditions are usually good with warm water and brisk, refreshing air temperatures."

 

Top SUP and watersports vendors will be on site Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.till 6 p.m. for the Waterman Expo. Demos for the public will be provided by major board and paddle companies including Naish, Kialoa Paddles, Surftech and Hobie.  

 

The North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge, a Series Event sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, features a 6.5-mile elite ocean course, an intermediate 4-mile harbor loop in Banks Channel, prone division categories in both races, and a free Kid's Race for ages 12 and younger.

 

Following Saturday's races, Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time elite champion Larry Cain will offer an SUP clinic focused on training technique (drills, using resistance, technique workouts) and race skills, preparation and strategy. The clinic is open to the public with on-line registration. 

 

New this year is the East Coast Paddle Surf Championship on Sunday, Nov. 17. Jo Pickett, recently appointed women's coach for the 2014 Eastern Surfing Association All-Star Team, will coordinate judging.

 

Blockade Runner Beach Resort, celebrating 50 years, is home of the North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge.

 

Proceeds benefit Friends of the Reserve, Masonboro Island.

 

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