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.
2013 YOLO Board Relay Series Competition Remains Close Midway Through the Season with Only Two Races
By: YOLO Board
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:
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)
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)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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."
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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