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Who’s in the Stand Up Paddle Shaping Room Prepping for a Smoking North Shore Winter? PDF Print E-mail
By: Nate Burgoyne, Editor   
Friday, 18 September 2009
Every winter on the North Shore of Oahu introduces a new quiver of stand up paddle boards to the lineups and this yea will be no exception. With recent swells, inklings of what the swell forecast has in store are hinting at a promising season of high performance wave riding.

Who’s going to provide the equipment for this Hawaiian winter? Let’s have a look at a few companies that are in the shaping room: Naish, Paddle Surf Hawaii, C4 Waterman, and Surftech.

Naish has been a somewhat silent force turning out some extremely progressive equipment. They have 4 series’ of stand up paddle boards ranging from traditional longboard shapes to race boards. On the ticket for this winter, keep your eyes open for Naish Hokua Series stand up paddle boards. With a 9’3”, 9’6”, and rhino-chasing 11’6” available, it’ll be show time for these signature wood veneer sandwich construction boards. Keep an eye on Naish and check out their equipment at .

Paddle Surf Hawaii has always been a driving force in the progression of equipment right from the beginning. Rumor has it that shaper, Blane Chambers, is spending long hours in the shaping room turning out the next generation of high performance equipment. Over the last year, PSH expanded its 9’3” Ripper series to include 9’6” wide, 9’8”, 9’10”, and 12’ guns. Aaron Napoleon won the Ku Ikaika Big Wave Challenge two years ago on a Paddle Surf Hawaii board. If the waves come again this year, PSH equipment is sure to be found in the lineup. More at .

C4 Waterman set to raise the bar with their new Sub-Vector series. The original 9’3” Sub-Vector has recently welcomed its siblings, the 9’6” and 10’0” Sub-Vectors to the tropical waters of Hawaii. The new models have a narrower outline and have been thinned out for speed and control. With Dave Parmenter in the shaping room and Brian Keaulana with C4 team riders on the R&D, these stand up paddle boards are sure to make their mark in performance surfing this winter. Check the equipment at .

“Mr. Pipeline” Gerry Lopez recently released a 10’0” Surftech production stand up paddle board. Mr. Lopez knows performance, and looking at the specs on his new model, the 4” thick and 28” wide outline are looking like another recipe for success in performance surfing. Not to be ignored is the 8’11” Lil Darling also coming from the Lopez lineup. As one of the first full production sub-9’ stand up paddle boards, extreme maneuverability and radical lines are waiting to be drawn. More at .

While these are 4 companies that are positioning themselves for a benchmark winter, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Oxbow, Everpaddle, Robin Johnston, Pau Hana, Blair, Infinity, and many other companies and local shapers have shapes just waiting to shred it up on a glassy wall. Check back soon for more.
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Nick Electric Radiant Floor Heat
September 24, 2009

In Winter we require a certain level of experience and specialized equipment to protect ourselves from cold. As we use different equipment when we go out,even we need to plan in the house too.

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