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By: Nate Burgoyne, Editor   
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Hello Gang,

    Nate Burgoyne here, Editor of Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine. 2008 was a rocking year for the industry and 2009 promises to be even better. The evolution of board and paddle designs combined with the ever increasing availability of equipment has made this Hawaiian born sport an international phenomenon. Many big wave surfers have become instantly hooked on this sport for the challenge that if brings and for the potential to push personal limits paddling in under their own power. All surfers are finding bliss in the leftover waves that the rest of the lineup passes up and are discovering surf breaks previously considered too far to access. Furthermore, flat water, lake and river paddlers are experiencing the thrill of walking on water hundreds of miles from the ocean. Additionally, the unparalleled low impact core workout or the sport has been embraced by men and women of all abilities.

    As I have been given glimpses here and there of the advances in specialized equipment, it boggles my mind. If we rewind 12 months, at look at boards alone, most were one-stick-quiver type boards. Although some of those shapes have stood the test of time and continue to be top notch performers, we are now seeing stand up paddle surfboards that have been designed for very specific conditions. Big wave guns, fitness boards, river boards, inflatable boards, shortboards, fishes and supertankers are all available for the discerning surfer. It seems to me that the continued evolution of board design is what we can all look forward to for 2009. If we look even further, in my estimation 2010 will bring about the advancement and refinement of fin placement and fin design.

    Finally, on behalf of Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine, I’d like to thank all of our loyal visitors for your feedback and contributions to the magazine. From the lake paddlers in the freezing waters of Michigan to the warm water surfers in Tahiti, you are what brings greatness to the sport. Be sure to share the stoke with others and practice good etiquette in the water. Wishing you a prosperous year.

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