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Stand Up Paddles: Do I Need a Dihedral Blade? PDF Print E-mail
By: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine   
Thursday, 12 June 2008

    Paddles come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own strong points. For many stand up paddlers in the market for a new paddle, the first question one asks is dihedral or not? A dihedral paddle has a spine on the blade giving the power-side of the blade a peaked contour. C4 Waterman and Werner both have dihedral blades. The alternative is a traditional flat blade such as a those produced by Kialoa or Quickblade. In this article you find a quick review of some of the pros and cons of each so you can make a more educated purchase for you next paddle.

 

    The theory behind the dihedral blade is increased stability throughout the stroke. As your paddle enters the water, it the dihedral spine creates a path for the blade and causes the water to shed off both sides of the blade to prevent fluttering. 

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BOARD REVIEW Part II (In Surf): Surftech and Infinity Surfboards Latest Release PDF Print E-mail
By: Nate Burgoyne   
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
ImageWe were blessed with 3-4’ waves on the South Shore this weekend. Along with spending some time at the China Uemura Wahine Classic, I had the opportunity to take the 11’ Kuku Hoe stand up paddle surfboard out in some Oahu South Shore surf to see how it performed in the waves. I tested the board in the slightly steeper inside section waves where the water is more shallow, the face is steeper and the ride down the line is faster. I recently gave my flat water review of the board and now it’s time for the in-the-surf follow up. I had a mixed experience on the board and this is my report.

   The paddling speed in the surf was as I had anticipated from my flat-water review of the board, smooth and quick. The board had plenty of glide and was sufficiently stable in the lumpy shorebreak. With the blunt nose, I had my doubts about its ability to punch through the whitewater, however, the board carried it’s momentum through the foam and was very stable. This held true even through waist-shoulder high whitewalls that I felt were likely to buck me off. The board has some weight to it and I’m sure that this contributes to its smooth water-punching capability.
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BOARD REVIEW (On Flat-Water): Surftech's 11'0 Wingnut Stand Up Paddle Surfboard PDF Print E-mail
By: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine   
Friday, 06 June 2008

Image    Surftech's Tuflite technology had given birth to yet another stand up paddle surfboard by one of the greatest of master shapers, Robert August. The 11'0 Wingnut is features a slightly pulled in nose and tail and a 2 + 1 fin setup.  Although the waves were non-existent when we took it out, we spent quite a bit of flat water time on the board and this is our report.

 

    First off, a little background on the shaper, Robert August and rider, Wingnut. Raised in Huntington Beach, California, Robert August is one of the most notable American surfboard shapers. His public fame began around the time he appeared along with Mike Hynson in what may be the most famous surf film in history, Endless Summer. August has been surfing since the 1950s and to this day continues to shape and charge the waves.

 

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The Big Board Schlepper: Stand Up Paddle Board Carrier PDF Print E-mail
By: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine   
Thursday, 29 May 2008

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The Big Board Schlepper
    If the walk to the water's edge is going to be a long one, the Big Board Schlepper may have its place in your arsenal of stand up paddle accessories. This is the only non-nonsense board carrier that we know of that you can use to take your stand up paddle surfboard to the water's edge and easily take the carrier with you instead of hiding it in the bushes or locking it to a tree. We put the Big Board Schlepper to the test and here's our report.

 

    What is it? The Schlepper is basically an adjustable, over the shoulder board carrier to help you get your stand up paddle surfboard from home to the beach without having to balance it on your head or shoulder. It features an extra thick shoulder pad, paddle carrier, quick release clips, quick adjusting velcro, and a brilliant waist pack to take the Schlepper with you while your out on the water. There's no question that BetterSurfThanSorry.com put a lot of time and thought into the design of the product.
 

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BOARD REVIEW (On Flat Water): Surftech and Infinity Surfboards Latest Release PDF Print E-mail
By: Editor Nate Burgoyne   
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Image    Steve Boehne has and extensive background in shaping big boards. At the Surf-n-Sea demo day over Memorial Day weekend, I seized the occasion to paddle out on the 11' Kuku Hoe stand up paddle surfboards produced by Surftech. At 175 lbs, the 11' Infinity/Kuku Hoe Nose Rider stand up paddle surfboard left me impressed. The Surftech-Inifinity production boards are hot off the press and have yet to appear on Surftech website so I had to at least take one for a paddle. It was a flat water paddle out, however, after sinking the nose and tail, I feel that I general idea of how the board might perform in surfing conditions.

 

 

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Insider's Look: The coveted new Paddle Surf Hawaii popout quiver PDF Print E-mail
By: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine   
Saturday, 24 May 2008
Image Paddle Surf Hawaii has an impressive quiver of some of the most advanced stand up paddle surfboards available today. We got an inside look at the latest PSH equipment. The PSH molded boards are light, strong, and extremely durable. They feature FCS side fins and high-strength one-piece center fin boxes able to withstand the heavy torque that high performance surfing demands. In this article you’ll find a no-nonsense review of the latest PSH popout production quiver.

9’3” Ripper (9’3” x 28 3/8” x 4 ¼”): “This board is a ripper. That’s what it’s for,” says the shaper himself. The pulled in nose and double barrel concave leading to a diamond tail, combined with more pronounced rocker, makes this board a truly advanced piece of equipment. Can it handle bigger surf? PSH rider Stewart Ferriman has picked this as his board of choice. At 190 lbs., he has been seen charging solid 8-10’ (15-20’ faces) waves on Oahu’s North Shore. You may be taking off “under the hook,” but late take-offs are what comes with a smaller board if you’re charging big waves.
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