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Harbor Docks Charities Announces Changes to Cobia World Championships
By: Eddie Morgan   

First Ever Stand-up Paddle Board Division; New Weigh Station in Pensacola

Cobia fishing’s premier tournament, the Cobia World Championships, is adding a new twist for 2013. The tournament, which has taken place at Destin’s Harbor Docks Restaurant for over 20 years, has partnered with Bote Boards, to introduce a Stand-Up Paddle Board Division. The angler who lands the largest cobia on a paddle board during the tournament will be awarded a new BOTE Board donated by the Destin store.

“Fishing on S.U.P.s is rapidly increasing in our area, and across the nation,” says Eddie Morgan, Tournament Director, “since cobia migrate just off the beach in our waters, they are a perfect species to target on a paddle board. Catching a large one on a board will be quite the challenge, but people are catching sailfish on them, so why not cobia?”

The Cobia World Championships is also announcing a partnership with Pensacola’s Outcast Bait & Tackle, thus allowing boats fishing the tournament to weigh their catch at the Pensacola tackle shop. Traditionally, boats have been required to weigh their catch at the official weigh station at Harbor Docks, essentially making the tournament exclusive to Destin boats.

“Most of the best cobia fishermen in the world fish are out of either Destin or Pensacola,” Morgan said, “adding a scale at Outcast allows more of those fishermen to compete against each other for the right to be the World Champion.”

The 2013 Cobia World Championships will kick off on Friday, March 22 at 6:00 pm at Harbor Docks Restaurant, the first day of fishing will follow on March 23 and the tournament will end on May 5, 2013. A representative for the Cobia World Championships will be in Pensacola at Outcast’s tournament kickoff party on March 21 to register boats wishing to fish the tournament.

Along with the new S.U.P. World Championship division, boats may also compete for the Overall World Championships, Ladies World Championships, Donut Hole Junior World Championships, Most fish Caught 50 Pounds and Over, and a division for smaller vessels, the 28’ and Under World Championships.

Harbor Docks Restaurant will also serve host to the Crab Cruncher Classic cobia tournament. The weekend tournament will take place at Harbor Docks from Thursday, April 11, 2013 through Sunday, April 14, 2013, with top cobia fishing teams converging on the Destin Harbor to compete for a total purse well over $200,000.

The Cobia World Championships and Crab Cruncher Classic serve as Harbor Docks Charities’ main fundraisers for their 19th Annual Take-A-Kid Fishing Day, held Sunday, November 3, 2013. In 2012, the tournaments combined to pay out over $155,000 in cash and prizes and raised over $15,000 for the 18th Annual Take-A-Kid Fishing Day.

“Our goal is to treat 500 underprivileged children to a memorable day of fishing aboard some of Destin’s finest charter boats. People don’t realize that many local children have never even seen the gulf,” Morgan added, “We just want to take them fishing.”

Formerly known as Rally for Recreation (founded in 1986), Harbor Docks Charities hosts numerous fundraising events throughout the year including the Cobia World Championships and Crab Cruncher Classic fishing tournament as well as the Caddyshack Classic Golf Tournament and Harbor Docks Charity Auction.

Visit www.cobiaworldchampionships.com

 
Outdoor Girl Introduces Vehicle Roof Rack Lift Assist System for Stand-Up Paddleboards
By: Outdoor Girl   

Outdoor Girl, a Colorado-based manufacturing company, has introduced its first product in the Outdoor Girl Rack System (OGRS) line. The company’s lift assist system for stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) was designed by women paddle enthusiasts who grew tired of struggling to load heavy, unwieldy boards onto a vehicle roof-top carrier. The OGRS’s hydraulic lift assist allows the average woman to easily load and transport her equipment by herself. The board is loaded at waist level, then hydraulics aid in lifting it up onto the vehicle’s roof.

Two gals, two paddle boards, two cars, zero racks and two fast-paced lives. Outdoor Girl is the brainchild of two busy single women who are executives and moms, Alicia Svaldi and Heidi Hostetter, who bought paddleboards during the summer of 2012. They fell in love with the sport, and started spending more and more time on the water. They also discovered the trials and tribulations that come with transporting large, awkward equipment like paddleboards.

The Outdoor Girl Rack System idea was born on a lake, while paddling away while discussing business and families. What if women could transport their gear more easily? How much more quickly would the sport of stand-up paddle boarding grow, and how much healthier would society be? The Outdoor Girl Rack System empowers users to get out there and live their adventure.

This first product in the Outdoor Girl Rack System is a lightweight aluminum mechanism designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA at the company’s Arvada, Colorado facility to load and carry stand-up paddleboards. It features a hydraulic assist unit to make loading and unloading a board onto or off of a vehicle rooftop rack system safe, fast, easy, and convenient. Adapters are available to fit the product to any brand-name rooftop vehicle rack.

This is the first in the Outdoor Girl Rack System not only because of the founders’ interest in paddleboarding, but also because SUP is currently one of the fastest growing activities in the nation. Future OG products will accommodate kayaks and canoes.

Outdoor Girl was recently granted a provisional patent for its product, and will be exhibiting at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City this week. The Outdoor Girl Rack System is coming to vehicle roofs and shorelines near you in the summer of 2013.

About Outdoor Girl

The Outdoor Girl Rack System is designed to help the average, active, outdoor girl who just wants to get to and fro, quickly and easily, confident that her equipment is safe and secure during transport. Outdoor Girl was built on the vision of: Providing women with the liberation of easily transporting their gear; manufacturing its products in the USA; and supporting efforts to cure cancer. Outdoor Girl: for the girl that cares about her rack. For more information, visit http://www.outdoorgirl.us or call (303) 517-6541. You can also find Outdoor Girl on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/outdoorgirl.us.

 
Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer Coming Saturday, February 9
By: XCEL   

O'AHU, HAWAI'I - Pre-registration continues for the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer presented by the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center, a standup paddle race Saturday, February 9 benefiting skin cancer awareness.

A fast sprint along O'ahu's Waikiki shoreline, the short-course race from Kaimaina Beach to just beyond Fort DeRussy is designed to encourage paddlers of all levels to come out and support the cause.

The first-time event is the latest initiative in the ongoing partnership between Xcel and the UHCC to fight skin cancer in Hawai’i and beyond. All event proceeds benefit the UHCC, which celebrates its new world-class, 150,000 square foot Cancer Center grand opening in late February. Free skin cancer screenings, open to all, will be given at the finish line by the Hawai'i Skin Cancer Coalition.

All race finishers receive automatic entry into the event's random prize drawing at the finish line, with prizes including:

A 2-night, ocean view stay at the Parc Waikiki hotel
iBlowfish inflatable surfboard and SUP paddle by C4 Waterman
SUP board by Surftech
North Shore surf/SUP guided day tour and personal surf/SUP video package courtesy of Ty Gurney Surf School and 83 East Video Productions
Sunglasses from Maui Jim
Prize packs and gift certificates from Island Sole, Kona Red, and Vertra

Always a good time, C4's multi-paddler SUPsquatch inflatable SUP will also make an appearance.

Presented by the UHCC, the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer is made possible through the generosity of event sponsors, including the Friends of the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center, Standup Paddle Magazine, the Parc Waikiki hotel, C4 Waterman, Surftech, Kona Red, Vertra, Island Sole, Ty Gurney Surf School, and 83 East Video Productions. Hawaiian Water Patrol will provide world-class water safety. Timing and online registration will be provided by Pacific Sports Events and Timing.

Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer Schedule of Events

8:00 – 9:30am: Check in and on-site registration
9:45am: Safety briefing
10:00am: Race start
Finish Line: Awards presentation, raffle prize drawings, free skin cancer screenings, and more

REGISTER ONLINE

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 Hawaii Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center in Hawaii 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 Hawaii and the Pacific. To learn more, please visit uhcancercenter.org.

 
Surf Diva Boutique nominated for Women’s Retailer of the Year by SIMA
By: Surf Diva   

The ladies of Surf Diva Boutique are thrilled to be nominated for the Surf Industry Manufacturer's Association (SIMA) Women's Retailer of the Year. “We are so stoked to be recognized by the surf industry as one of the Top 5 Retailers in the United States. It's a huge honor for Surf Diva and everyone who has supported us along the way,” said Coco Tihanyi, Co-owner and Retail Buyer.

“Besides being the original surf school for women, we feel that our most important achievement is how our customer feels when she walks through our door. She immediately knows that she is in a girl surfing sanctuary, owned and operated by women, for women.” says Izzy Tihanyi, Founder and Co-owner.

Surf Diva features a unique mix of beach fashion with women's surf apparel such as Surf Diva SUPs by Focus SUP Hawaii, Hurley, DC, Quiksilver, Roxy, Vans and Sanuk as well as lines such as L*Space, Nixon, Deuce, Toms, Ocean Minded, and Surf Monkey.

Surf Diva also has a strong community commitment, supporting environmental and local programs. Last year Surf Diva became the leading retailer for the San Diego Junior Lifeguard uniform program. “Working with the community to make our beaches cleaner and safer is a priority for us,” said Izzy.

The criteria for the SIMA Image Awards nomination is: Awarded to the specialty retailer that featured the best selection, product mix and merchandising in the women’s category between January 1 and September 1, 2012.

About Surf Diva

Quoted "The Starbucks of surf schools" by Newsweek Magazine, Surf Diva Surf School is owned by San Diegans Izzy Tihanyi and her twin sister, Coco Tihanyi, both awarded one of Inc. Magazines “Top 26 Entrepreneurs”. The Surf Divamission is to teach the sport and spirit of surfing in a fun and encouraging environment. Surf Diva is considered the reference of women’s surfing in the action sports industry and offers surfing and standup paddleboard (SUP) lessons year-round for women and men, girls and boys. Surf Diva has been featured in top media outlets including, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Today Show, The Los Angeles Times, O Magazine, Vogue, and MTV. In 2004 the Tihanyi sisters opened the The Surf Diva Boutique, which has been awarded Best Beachwear shop in San Diego by NBC A-list for 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 and has been nominated by the Surfing Industry Manufacturing Association as one of the top five US retailers in the Women's and Breakthrough categories in 2011. The shop is a proud member of the Board Retailers Association. The Surf Diva Surf School and Surf Diva Boutique are in La Jolla, California with surf school operations also in Costa Rica. Please visit www.surfdiva.com.

About SIMA

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers. Founded in 1989, SIMA, is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, educational programs and research. In addition, SIMA actively supports oceanic environmental efforts through its 501(c)(3) charitable environmental foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund. Please visit www.sima.com.

 
Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer
By: XCEL   

O'AHU, HAWAI'I - Xcel and the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center are excited to announce the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer, a standup paddle race along the iconic Waikiki shoreline to raise awareness for skin cancer.

The first-time event, to be held Saturday, February 9, 2013, is the latest initiative in the ongoing partnership between Xcel and the UHCC to fight skin cancer in Hawai’i and beyond.

Designed to encourage paddlers of all levels to participate for the cause, the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer course follows the popular Waikiki Roughwater Swim, with racers beginning at Kaimana Beach and paddling just outside of Waikiki’s world-famous surf spots to the finish at Duke Kahanamoku Beach.

Presented by the UHCC, the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer is generously supported by event sponsors including the Friends of the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center, Standup Paddle Magazine, the Waikiki Parc Hotel, Surftech, Kona Red, Vertra, Island Sole, C4 Waterman, Ty Gurney Surf School, and 83 East Productions. Hawaiian Water Patrol will provide world-class water safety. Timing and online registration will be provided by Pacific Sports Events and Timing.

Finish line festivities include free skin cancer screenings, raffle prize drawings, and the awards presentation for the top three finishers in each division (men’s and women’s; unlimited, 14’, and 12’6” and under).

Pre-registered racers are guaranteed an event t-shirt. All racers will also receive entry into the raffle drawing for big-ticket prizes donated by event sponsors.

Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer Schedule of Events

8:00 – 9:30am: Check in and on-site registration
9:45am: Safety briefing
10:00am: Race start
Finish Line: Awards presentation, raffle prize drawings, free skin cancer screenings, and 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 Hawaii Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center in Hawaii 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 Hawaii and the Pacific. To learn more, please visit uhcancercenter.org.

 
Gear Review: SK8Pole Skate Paddle
By: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine   

sk8pole250.pngWhen the waves are down and you're looking to satisfy the urge for some land stand up paddling with a skateboard, don't overlook the SK8Pole as an option for your skate paddle. SK8Pole sent us beautiful silver Sk8Pole a little while back. We've been putting it to the test and this is our review. We put the pole in the hands of men, women and children to discover the ways that SK8Pole shines. In this review we'll look at the product itself, performance and our overall impression. 

 

One of the stand out features of the SK8Pole are it's weight and size. You could take this thing anywhere. It's so incredibly light that you could stick it in a backpack or bag and barely notice it's there. Since it breaks down to just 33 inches, you won't be knocking things off the shelves when you take it indoors. For these reasons alone, it's the perfect pole for communting to school, work or wherever.

 

Typically, one of the greatest challenges with stand up paddles for the water that are adjustable, are complications with the adjustment mechanism. In the SK8Pole we found no problems at all. It was easy to adjust to the perfect length, we didn't experience any play in the joints where the adjustments take place, and the pole didn't collapse on itself as we were using it. In that respect we were pleasantly surprised. 

 

The handle is comfortable. The ball shaped handle will fit any hand comfortably and can be held from any direction. We didn't experience hand fatigue or blisters. The feel was very natural. 

 

The rubber pusher that touches the road is unique. Most stand up paddle skate poles have a solid rubber pusher at the end. The SK8Pole rubber pusher is softer and flexes. Placing the stick on the road feels comfortable secure. The only weakness we experienced in the design was if you are really pulling hard on the stick, as if you were racing for a pot of gold at the end of a sidewalk, the rubber pusher occasionally buckled at the flex part of the joint. With some adjustment in stroke, this was minimized. For the commuter or the recreational paddler, it would never be a problem. 

 

Our overall impression of the SK8Pole is that this is the ultimate commuter or recreational stand up paddle stick. Since it's fully adjustable, it's perfect for the kids and the parents. This is not the right stick for intense racing or fitness routines that calls for full power strokes, nor is it ideal for bombing down hills since the rubber pusher does not function as a brake. For skate paddling around town, to work, through the city, to the store or around campus, this pole is a beauty. It's clear that the reasarch and development team did their homework with this one and created a great product. And, with a price point of $49.95, you're can't go wrong. 

For pictures and additional info, go to www.sk8pole.com

 
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