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International SUP Star Jan Sleigh to Take Part in Weymouth Ecover Blue Mile
By: Sports Environment   
South West-based international stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rider Jan Sleigh says he’s relishing the prospect of taking on the public and fellow pros at the Ecover Blue Mile in Weymouth on 27-28 July.

Jan, who lives in Newquay, rides for Naish at events around the world and is taking part in the UK’s first ever Naish One SUP Race Series. The series is part of the Ecover Blue Mile, which brings together experienced pros and people trying SUP and kayaking for the first time.

The event – which is raising money for the Marine Conservation Society – kicks off the 10-day Dorset Festival of Sport, exactly a year on from the start of the Olympic 2012 sailing events in Weymouth.

Jan says there should be great racing for people to see – and compete in: “The Weymouth event is exciting because it’s a one design race format - everyone is using the Naish One 12'6 inflatable, which means there is a level playing field in terms of equipment. The racing will come down to fitness, technique and determination - with maybe water conditions and weather on the day playing a part. And it's great that the racing is part of the Blue Mile.”

Jan, 44, is also an international windsurfer and took up SUP In 2007: “I have competed on and off since then - mainly doing wave riding events, but also the odd race including the first SUP World Cup in Germany, a down winder in Hawaii, and a few UK events, including the gruelling 20 mile race at Brighton’s Paddle Round The Pier Festival and a Blue Mile event in London.
 
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2013 YOLO Board Relay Series Competition Remains Close Midway Through the Season with Only Two Races
By: YOLO Board   
Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. (July 12, 2013) – The 2013 YOLO Board Race Series is underway for the summer season with top teams only mere points between standings. The second race of four wrapped on June 13th, with area stand up paddlers stacking points for their respective teams. With only two relays to go, overall standings are as follows:

Women

1) Blonde Bettys: Stacey Troy, Lin Cunningham, Misty Green (40)

2) Grayton Coast Properties: Linda Gudnason, Kitty Taylor, Kelly Murzynsky (36)

3) Miss Gingerdots: Tina Sutton, Ashley Brammer, Parker Brammer (32)

 

Men

 

1) Team GUSU: Dave Leach, Garrett Fletcher, Jake Stepp (40)

2) SWFD - Donations for Danny: Rick Talbert, Carl Hohenstein, Alan Sainz (34)

3) Coastal Paddle Co: Kevin Cook, Justin Labrato, Jacob Timba (32)

 

Next Level

 

1) Destin Real Estate: Jessica D'Aleo, Justin Cook, Matt Wise (40)

2) GUSU: Bernadette Leach, Matt McDonald, Trapper Chechak (36)

3) Table Five: Laura Talbert, Phil McDonald, Steve Reeves (32)


Cheer on your favorite teams when the series continues on Thursday, July 18th at the WaterColor BoatHouse on Western Lake at 5:30pm, presented by Destin Real Estate Company. Winners of the 2013 Relay Series will be determined on August 8th at the last race of the year at WaterColor BoatHouse.

*To view complete overall race standings for the first two relays, please visit www.yolorace.com.

 

For more information regarding YOLO Board, please call 850.622.5760 or visit www.YOLOBoard.com.

 
Product Review: Girls4Sport ThermaGuard Top
By: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine   

Remember going out to stand up paddle and surf on a beautiful spring morning – clean waves stretching from left to right, the air crisp with a slight bite to it, and the sun shining bright?  It’s too warm to wear your wet suit top so you go out in just your regular swimwear.  Then just twenty minutes into your epic surf session, you start to shiver.  You catch a few more waves before your lips are blue and you can’t control your shaking.  You’re just too cold to continue.

 

This has happened to me too many times to admit.   I am one of those skinny girls who freeze in 60 degree weather.  That’s why when I heard of Girls4Sport’s short sleeve Thermaguard , I was excited to put it to the test.  I wore it the first day of real spring waves here on the North Shore of Oahu, when the air was still nippy, but too warm that I knew I would roast in my winter wet suit top.  Although the short sleeve Thermaguard is thin like a regular rash guard top, it is made to keep you warm.  On this spring day, I slipped into the water and surfed for an hour and a half – no longer being forced by shivers to come in early! 

 

Awesome.

 

As far as the construction, I enjoy the higher neck design.  It is loose and not constricting, and it offers a bit more warmth while preventing water from coming inside. The hem on the bottom is lower on the front and back, with a higher cut along the sides (think baseball uniform cut). Girls4Sport also have a long sleeve Thermaguard, which I would imagine would be ideal in fall days when the water and air is even colder than the spring.

 

I’ve now worn the Girls4Sport short sleeve Thermaguard throughout the spring season and it’s paid for itself over and over again in wave count that I would not have been able to catch without it!

 

Order and information at www.girls4sport.net .

 

Review by Heidi. Stand up paddle surfer and stand up paddle instructor in Hawaii at Rainbow Watersports

 
YOLO Board SUP Racer Kacie Wallace Completes Inspirational Journey
By: YOLO Board   

Wallace and Kimberley Sutton initiated the 300+ mile standup paddleboard journey along the North Carolina coast to promote ocean sustainability and reduction of the plastic footprint

 

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.  – YOLO Board elite racer Kacie Wallace along with friend and fellow SUPer Kimberley Sutton recently completed a nine-day paddle expedition highlighting the coastline of North Carolina. Partnered by the Ocean Recovery Alliance and YOLO Board, the intense journey began as a grassroots awareness campaign to promote ocean sustainability and the reduction of single-use plastics. Covering over 300 miles along the intracoastal waterway and Outer Banks from North Carolina’s border states of South Carolina to Virginia, supporters followed the mission with regular blog and social media updates.

 

“As an Ambassador for the Ocean Recovery Alliance, I am often looking for creative ways to promote ocean preservation and plastic waste reduction and elimination,” explained Wallace. “I am a North Carolina native and Kimberley now lives in Wilmington, and we are both passionate about preserving our home state’s beautiful coast. We felt that the Paddle for the NC Coastline would be a unique opportunity to document the state’s delicate ecosystem while raising awareness for the responsible management of plastic waste. An unexpected outcome of this journey was the overwhelming response and support we received from likeminded individuals, marinas and organizations that has inspired us to continue the campaign.”

 

The Ocean Recovery Alliance is an international organization dedicated to bringing together new ways of thinking, technologies, creativity and collaborations in order to introduce innovative projects and initiatives that will help improve the ocean environment. Wallace and Sutton paddled nearly 40 miles per day for nine days, with a brief hiatus in the middle to let a storm with small craft advisories pass through. Throughout the first few days, they received assistance from a support boat in order to customize their destinations to water and weather conditions. For the second half of the journey, they were on their own and carried daily provisions on their boards. They reached out to North Carolina marinas and parks along the way to educate and promote their mission.


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The N1SCO SUP European & World Championships are fast approaching!
By: Naish International   

The first and amazingly successful N1SCO race season is still going strong as we speak! Racers are lining up in preparation for the biggest races of all…the N1SCO SUP European and World Championships.

 

Event registration for the upcoming 2013 N1SCO SUP European Championships in Switzerland is officially open to all who are interested. Clear your calendar on August 24-25th and prepare to race on the beautiful waters of St. Moritz Lake. The winner of this overall event wins a trip to the N1SCO World Championships in Las Vegas!

 

Participants can register for the Switzerland race directly online at www.n1sco.ch.  Registration for the World Championships at Lake Las Vegas is open on www.n1sco.com. Information also available on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/160580470779635/

 
Surftech Announces Strategic Partnership with Cobra International
By: Surftech   
Santa Cruz, Calif. - Surf Technicians, LLC ("Surftech "), a leading innovator, designer and developer of the highest performing surf and stand-up paddle boards sold worldwide has announced today that it has taken a significant step to deepen its partnership with Cobra International, the world leader in composite fabrication.  
 
Surftech and Cobra share a long relationship which originated in 1990 when Surftech founder Randy French developed Tuflite composite construction with Cobra as his manufacturing partner. Since that time, the two partners have collaborated on several industry leading board technologies including, Softop, ULTRAFLX, Pro-Eite, TL2, Natural Composite and most recently Quantum Carbon construction.   

Today Surftech LLC and Cobra International announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Cobra will become a minority shareholder of Surftech. Under this new strategic partnership, the structure and management of Surftech will remain the same while Surftech will immediately benefit from increased financial and technical support from the industry's leading manufacturer.  

"Cobra has been Surftech's strongest partner and closest ally for more than twenty years. This newly deepened strategic partnership will give Surftech the support in product development and production ability to meet the strong demand for our boards we have today and grow into the future," said Surftech CEO Huntley Dornan. "Together, Surftech and Cobra are positioned to advance board building yet another step and to create world class innovative products for another twenty years, just as we have the past twenty."

 
 ABOUT SURFTECH
In 1989, Randy French, a leading surf and windsurf board shaper, founded Surftech to bring Tuflite, a dynamic, durable and lightweight board construction material, from the windsurf industry to surf. Today, in partnership with many of the world's leading board designers, Surftech offers a wide variety of high performance surf and stand-up paddle boards to customers worldwide.
 
 
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