Fortune was on my side twice yesterday. First of of all, we had an epic morning surf session in 4-5' Hawaiian Scale surf with some of the North Shore boys. When I arrived t the beach there were about 10 stand up paddlers spread across several breaks, all surfing with aloha and respect.
Kialoa's Meg and Dave Chun and the Shaka Pu'u
I paddled to an out-of-the way reef to find the Paddle Surf Hawaii crew having a memorable session. It was good times, laughing, playing, and clean, uncharacteristically powerful waves for this time of the year. "This is what it's all about right here," said Blane Chambers.
The PSH boys told me that the new molded PSH popouts were being released tomorrow and that I could come in for a sneak peek. I couldn't resist and just after 3:00 pm, I was there. The boards are killer and include the 10'6" Blane rode in the Ku Ikaika. But, enough on that...there's an article to come.
While I was there, I ran into stand up paddle gurus Meg and Dave Chun of Kialoa Paddles. It was the first time I had met Meg in person and, as always, it was a pleasure to see Dave again. Dave and Meg are some of the most sincere and down to earth people I've met in the industry.
As I spent time with Meg and Dave, it quickly became clear how straight forward they are about what they are doing and that they are truly working to provide the best they can to the industry. Their research and development is ongoing as they are continually looking for feedback from top surfers who use their paddles. Meg and I were chatting for a while and she was telling me about how through their marketing their goal is to create paddles of such advanced design that they are naturally in demand.
They don't focus on hard core sales pitches and gimmicks to promote their products, but rather, they would prefer that the paddle speak for itself. In an increasingly competitive stand up paddle market, sticking to their guns with product development and the natural evolution of their equipment is a credit to the integrity of the company. Meg and Dave, once again it was a pleasant surprise to meet up with you again. Enjoy the rest of your trip. I look forward to crossing paths with you guys again.
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And for those of you who are wondering about the new PSH popouts. We've got an article almost complete outlining the complete 5 board popout quiver. So stay tuned.