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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.

 

Information and Registration

 

Host hotel Reservations

 

Media photos, logos, and race interviews

 
Major Milestones Reached for the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association
By: SUPIndustry.org   

On September 24 and 25, Stand Up Paddle Industry Association members gathered at Aliso Creek Golf Course for our first SUP-IA SUMMIT. 

 

Fifty people from SUP businesses around the United States and from as far as Germany, France and Australia joined in two days of networking, discussion and debate about the Stand Up Paddle Industry. Guest speakers, panel lead discussions and quite few drifting conversations saw us touch base on a range of topics from the growth and development of SUP, youth involvement, water access, government regulation, safety, and the Olympics. 

 

From the Introduction session, the unifying nature of Stand Up Paddle resonated, many participants shared the motivation for the development of their SUP business: Most companies driven by the inclusive nature, health benefits and the feeling of paddling for the first time. Overwhelmingly their attendance at the event was based on their desire to see the sport flourish. 

 

Summits do not happen without planning and a lot of help. We were lucky enough to have some fabulous speakers and panel Members: Anthony Vela, Chase Kosterlitz and Chris Parker lead our Events and Racing panel and Brody Welte, Julie Roach, Byron Kurt, Chris Stec and Tania Nesbitt all contributed to our Certification & Safety Panel.  Don Meek from Engine focused on available technologies which can dramatically assist businesses of all sizes and provided a glimpse of future technologies that could rock our world.  Both Matt Collins of Tax & Financial Group as well as Gary Sirota & Seyamack Kouretchian from Coast Law Group shared business insights in break out sessions in Financial Planning & Ecommerce respectively.

 

Anthony Scaturro, CEO of Flow Sports, provided great insight into the rise and decline of Windsurfing and Snowboarding, pointing out the power of an industry association to set the ‘tone’ of sport and generated a fantastic discussion about the brand image of “Stand Up Paddling”. Mark Capper from Kompas Strategies shared with us about next steps in market research.

 

Beautiful lunches served on the patio, an open industry party, generously sponsored by Kona Brewing and a members only dinner provided a great chance for manufacturers, retailers, event planners, media, instructors and athletes to meet and socialize.

 

The outcomes from the Summit saw universal agreement that the growth of the sport, the support of youth and grass roots events, access to water and the ability of the Industry Association to be a proactive driver of the sport were all vital to the ongoing success and sustainability of the sport. 

 

As a result a number of committees were formed covering SUPIA Growth and Funding, SUPIA Youth Initiative (Initial Focus: Grant) and SUP Resources (Initial Focus: Access), SUP Best Practices (Initial Focus: Safety Guidelines) A number of members have already volunteered their time to these committees. 

 

Thanks you to all of you able to attend: Michael Aguirre /Standup Paddle West, Peter Byrne/SPZ Sports, Kelly Byrne /Time to Play Fitness, Tyler Callaway /FCS SUP, Mark Capper /Kompas Strategies, Paul Cherry /VestPac, Michelle Clarke /Full Moon Paddleboard, Bill Cochrane /Nalu SUP & Surf, Matt Collins /Tax & Financial Group, Matt  Friedman /SUP Think Tank, Ryan Guay /Boardworks, Deb & Matt Johnston /Suplove, Tom Jones /SPZ Sports, Braly Joy /SIC Maui, Rick Karr /Rogue SUP, Seyamack Kouretchian /Coast Law Group, Mark Kelly /Global Surf Industries, Brad Kingsley /SIC Maui, Chase Kosterlitz, Byron Kurt /WPA, Eric & Suzanne Lair /SUP Oklahoma, Joe & Jordan Lapekas /Lake Powell Paddleboard, David Lester, Andrew Mencinsky /Paddle Events Management, Mike Muir /Riviera, Tania Nesbitt /ASI, Andre Niemeyer /SupConnect, Christopher Parker /SUPRacer, Darren Petterson /Knee Deep Living, Brad Rambo /Riviera, Eveline & Christian Relling /SUP Shop, Julie Roach /H2yO, Anthony Scaturro /SIC Maui, Gary Sirota /Coast Law Group, Chris Stec /ACA, Sean Sweet /Sweet Waterwear, Kristin Thomas /SUPIA, Josh & Lori Vajda /Precision Paddleboards, Dan Van Dyke /Seventy Percent Plus, Anthony Vela /Performance Paddling, Brody Welte /Paddlefit, Diane Wenzel /Westwind Sailing

 

If you have a stand up paddle business, please join SUPIA and leverage the power in the numbers to further advance your company’s success in this great sport of ours.

 

More information is being released regularly. Please sign up for a newsletter on our website www.SUPIndustry.org and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About SUP Industry Association

 

SUPIA is the Trade Organization of all Stand Up Paddle businesses: Manufacturers, Retailers, Service Providers, Media, Sales Reps, Distributors, Suppliers, etc. SUP Industry Association will strive to move Stand Up Paddling forward in a positive direction, while improving each members individual business.

 

In their first 10 months since formation, they already count membership at almost 15 businesses representing 7 countries and 31 states.

 

For more information, please visit

http://www.SUPIndustry.org

 
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