Written by Administrator
Monday, 02 December 2013 22:06
Naish International is extremely excited to announce that surfing and shaping legend Gerry Lopez has joined their design team. The Hawaiian born shaper, now residing in Bend Oregon, will work alongside Robby Naish, Michi Schweiger, Randy Naish, and the rest of the Maui Hawaii based development team in continuing to advance their board designs into the future.
Already an industry leader, Naish is extremely excited about this new partnership. “Gerry is a perfect fit with our brand,” says Naish President Robby Naish. “He has a style both personally and professionally that’s a perfect fit to ours, is very methodical in his approach to board design, and brings with him unquestionable knowledge and know-how. We are very much on the same page in terms of how a board should look, feel, and perform. ”
“It is both a privilege and an honor to have this opportunity to join Robby and the Naish team.” Gerry Lopez adds. “Shaping has always been my foundation and in my mind, is what allowed me to have the success I enjoyed while surfing [the] Pipeline as well as at other places throughout Hawaii and Indonesia. While I’ve had a lot of publicity for the surfing part, my shaping is little known outside of Hawaii. Because we go back a long ways, Robby does know how seriously I take board building and design. We became friends when I was finding new horizons in wavesailing and Robby was skyrocketing to supreme mastery of that exciting sport. We shared the same ground level intro into tow-in surfing and SUP. So it is with tremendous excitement and some small trepidation [knowing the host of talent I will be shaping for] that I find myself added to the mix in this great company and with this fine team. As in all things, I will endeavor to ‘keep paddling.’ “
Gerry will begin the partnership by working closely with multiple SUP wave and racing world champion Kai Lenny this winter, starting with his big wave surfboards. As a Jaws paddle-in regular and an alternate in this year’s Eddie Aikau Invitational at Waimea Bay, Kai is excited to work with Gerry. “I already have the best SUP boards in the world” says Kai, who just signed a new five-year sponsorship agreement with Naish. “And this pretty much guarantees that we will take my boards to the next level!! I couldn’t think of a better fit with the Naish brand. I’m super stoked to be able to be working with Gerry Lopez… he’s an absolute legend!”
With an international team of professional athletes in SUP, kitesurfing, and windsurfing, there is a constant development and testing process at Naish. Gerry will add value to all of these sports, both in the shaping room and on the water… sharing his stoke for boardriding with both Naish’s team riders and customers around the globe.
Naish International, a division of Nalu Kai Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes industry leading stand-up paddle, kitesurf, and windsurf equipment. With its development team based in Maui, Hawaii, Naish products are sold in over fifty countries around the world.
About Gerry Lopez:
Gerry Lopez (born November 7, 1948) is an American shaper, surfer, journalist, and film actor.
Lopez was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, grew up in East Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, and attended Punahou School and became the Hawaii State Surfing Champion at age 14.
He was widely recognized as the best tube rider in the world, and was nicknamed “Mr. Pipeline”. He won the Pipeline Masters competition in 1972 and 1973, which has since been named the Gerry Lopez Pipeline Masters.
Lopez played an important role in the industry of commercial surfboard manufacturing. He started the Lightning Bolt Surfboards brand of high performance shortboards. Every surfer in the ’70s wanted one.
Lopez and a few friends are credited with validating Indonesia and nearby areas as a comprehensive surf destination, starting with the long, ultra shallow reef tubes at Uluwatu in Bali as well as G-Land, and he still finds himself being lured back to the same waves some 40 years later. As he is in Hawaii and around the globe, Lopez is revered as a legend in Indonesia where he has mentored many young local surfers.
Gerry, at 65, is fitter than most men half his age. He practices yoga daily, is an excellent snowboarder, surfs, and is passionate about SUP both in flat water and in the waves. He has been shaping surfboards for most of his life and still finds more joy in the art of designing boards than in just about anything else.
Lopez has also worked as an actor. In 1982, he co-starred in the film Conan the Barbarian with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other film appearances include Big Wednesday (1978), North Shore (1987), and Farewell to the King (1989). He has also appeared in numerous surfing documentaries, including Five Summer Stories (1973), Tales From The Tube, Step Into Liquid (2003), and Riding Giants (2004). He is an ambassador for Patagonia clothing company, Maui Jim and Rainbow Sandals and authored a book called Surf Is Where You Find It.
Lopez now lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife Toni and their son, Alex.
Written by Administrator
Sunday, 13 October 2013 20:18
When most people think of Las Vegas, thoughts of slot machines, black jack and the roll of the dice usually run through their minds.
Yet the city of “sins and lost wages” has another side, 20 miles on the outskirts is an oasis in the desert in a town called Henderson.
Here paddlers have a man-made waterway to themselves and this weekend’s fall season 72-75 degree air temp was combined with
mild humidity. Glassy calm waters, became home to paddlers from South Africa, Canada, Slovenia, Bahamas, France, Australia,
Switzerland, Japan and the United States including a local contingent of Vegas paddlers.
Welcome to Lake Las Vegas
Aloha and welcome to the N1SCO Sprint World Championships. The venue, a resort on a man made lake located on the beautiful
grounds of the Hilton Resort includes a launch dock, spectator viewing area, competitor area complete with several restaurants,
coffee bar and of course, Lake Las Vegas, a reservoir in the resort community and an ideal place to flat-water paddle that stretches
for 5 miles to the north making for a great SUP inland training ground.
Naish Race Director Chuck Patterson giving instructions
With the Saturday international field of competitors, the mood was relaxed and mellow and as Naish race director
(former world champion) Chuck Patterson gathered the sprint racers for pre-race briefing to mesh the language
barrier from the nine representing countries, while Sabine Schindlbauer scurried behind the scenes getting heats rolling
throughout the entire day.
600 meter open
Said Naish marketing manager Michi Schweiger about the inaugural event, “The N1SCO Championship is
not about bringing down your fastest board and comparing equipment, it’s about everyone having a good
time on the water while riding the same Naish inflatable 12’6”.”
Ethan Koopmans from South Africa had a great weekend.
“Connecting the cultures by water and just going out there with no pressure to race on
the best board”, he continued, “Racers came over from different countries by winning qualifiers and
airfares from their respective countries for the opportunity to be in Las Vegas.”
South African Ethan Koopmans, winner of the morning 600m race and the short sprint
Such was the case for young Ethan Koopmans from Western Province, South Africa. Koopmans
first had to qualify by winning races in Cape Town then headed to the European Championships in St. Moritz in
Switzerland earlier this year. Saturday he dominated both the 200 and 600-meter sprints followed by Switzerland’s Dani Reinhart.
Womens Double Sprint race winner Manca Notar from Slovenia
For European champion Manca Notar, from Slovenia, a double win was just a follow
up to her European Championship domination as she stayed far ahead of the women’s field with Japanese
champion Yoshimi Yatani runner-up respectively in both divisions.
Sprint leading the pack from South africa Ethan Kopmans with Denmarks - in second
Not only were the international paddlers stoked and happy to be here, so was the SUP community here at the Lake.
Kathy Holesapple, who moved to Lake Las Vegas 3 years ago, and also runs her Paddle To The Core
retail store and rental, fitness business represented the local of competitors while making the top ten in the women’s
200 meter sprints while placing it to seventh in the 600 meter.
Dani Reinhart from Switzerland runner-up
As Naish team rider Jerry Bess, who flew over from Hawaii and had to manually hand pump
as many as 15 boards on Friday afternoon said, “The concept of a 1 board format gave
everyone the same opportunity to compete and win. I’m having fun here even though my thing is not sprints,
and this flat water course is perfect for the format.”
Desert Paddle Mirage
Look for this format to grow throughout the world of the Naish N1SCO.
200 M Short Sprint Race (Top 10)
1.Ethan Koopmans (South Africa)
2.Dani Reinhart (Switzerland)
3.Franck Le Ven (France)
4.Taka Yatani (Japan)
5.Yann Nguyen (France)
6.Raphael Ziegler (Switzerland)
7.Jerome Weder (Switzerland)
8.Jeff Sargent (USA)
9.Gustavo Yacaman (Slovenia)
10.David Coburn (USA)
Mens Sprint final
1.Manca Notar (Slovenia)
2.Yoshimi Yatani (Japan)
3.Teressmarie Tucker (USA)
4.Nici Reinhart (Switzerland)
5.Kathryn Naoumidis (Autsralia)
6.Judy Shasek (USA)
7.Megan Ahn (USA)
8.Tie -Nicole Epp (Switzerland)
8.Tie- Jenny Gomez (USA)
8.Tie- Dannon Foster (Bahamas)
8.Tie- Kathy Holesapple USA)
Womens Short Sprint Final.
600 M Distance Sprint Race (TOP TEN)
1.Ethan Kopmans (South Africa)
2.Dani Reinhart (Switzerland)
3.Jerry Bess (Hawaii)
4.Franck Le Ven (France)
5.Taka Yatani (Japan)
6.Yann Nguyen (France)
7.Jerome Wender (Switzerland)
8.Raphael Ziegler (Switzerland)
600m finish with Ethan Koopmans from South Africa (1st) and Switzerland's Dani Reinhart (2nd)
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 21:04
We’ve been WOOED! By invitation, they asked us to experience WOOED and we accepted. Based in San Francisco, California, WOOED is a company that builds new and innovative “wood” sunglasses and accessories. Grown from the seed that their products are designed by nature and provides people with a unique experience to be re-connected with nature in their daily life. The WOOED team’s love for life, travel, outdoor pursuits and the environment are expressed in these glasses. They are committed to sustainability, excellence and you as a consumer.
We found these sunglasses unique and stylish, handcrafted from sustainably grown bamboo. They have polarized lenses and are 100% UVA/UVB. I personally liked the spring-mounted plunger style hinges that hug your face but not so hard that they give you a headache. When I lean forward they don’t fall instantly off and they are super lightweight on the bridge of your nose. The other and one of the most important features WOOED has is, they float. So if you’re paddling and they fall off you are not going to lose your money at the bottom of the lake, river or ocean. Should give you enough time to reach calmly down and retrieve them. Price Range isn’t bad either- starting at $95. and ranging as high as $195. Plus they have free and fast shipping but don’t take our word for it, follow the link and check it out for yourself.
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:35
The simplest way to attach lights to a Stand Up Paddle Board
Santa Clarita, CA (August, 30th 2013) – Pau Hana Surf Supply LLC continues to lead the way incorporating technological advances into it's stand up paddle board designs. Pau Hana Surf Supply and NOCQUA Adventure Gear have collaborated on a new way to attach LED light technology to SeaMount equipped Stand Up Paddle Boards. SeaMount, created by Pau Hana, is a simple and robust way to screw anything down to a SUP. The NOCQUA 2000 by NOCQUA Adventure Gear is an innovative, waterproof LED lighting system designed to make SUP paddling at night an unforgettable experience. Easy to install – and remove – the system includes two waterproof lighting tracks, a 12V lithium ion battery pack and charger along with everything needed to bring 2000 lumens of light paddling.
Working together, Pau Hana founder Todd Caranto and NOCQUA founder Billy Rossini, created an elegant solution for quickly attaching the 2000 lumen light bars to the bottom of SUPs without a harness. Todd explains, "It's 'Plug N Play', no tools are required and it only takes moments to be on the water and paddling in full light mode". The Nocqua compatible SeaMount is only available on Pau Hana boards and will be featured on three of its 2014 board models, the Big EZ, the Big EZ Angler fishing board, and the Lotus yoga board. Nocqua light systems and the Pau Hana boards are available through the Pau Hana authorized dealer network. The Pau Hana Nocqua ready boards will be unveiled and available to ride at the upcoming Surf Expo in Orlando Florida, Sept 5th - 8th 2013 at Orange County convention center. Nocqua Adventure Gear is a great partner and this partnership reflects our desire to collaborate with companies that share our vision of innovation for recreation and fun.
About Pau Hana Surf Supply LLC
Pau Hana Surf Supply is a minority-owned business founded in 2006 in Santa Clarita, CA by Asian Pacific Islander Todd Caranto (Filipino American).Pau Hana, [pronounced: pow HAH-nah], is a Hawaiian phrase that means “Work is over.” “Pau Hana Time” encapsulates the spirit of play and good times with friends and family.To that end, Pau Hana Surf Supply is a design and manufacturing company that builds equipment for that purpose. Athlete and board designer Todd Caranto, researches, designs, builds, rides, and tests all of its stand up paddle boards, adhering to a rigorous iterative development strategy. Because after the work is done, Pau Hana time is all about the ride.
About Nocqua Adventure Gear
NOCQUA Adventure Gear is more than a family of products designed for paddlers and water sports enthusiasts…it is also a collection of attitudes and experiences derived from our interactions with other people and the world around us – especially on and under the water.
The NOCQUA 2000 LED lighting system, reveals the wonders of being on the water at night in a way that simply cannot be experienced in the daylight hours. The thrill of being on the water under the stars, the connection with marine life below and a viewing experience like never before!
NOCQUA 2000 is easily adjusted to attach to any SUP, kayak or canoe. Great for group outings, NOCQUA 2000 provides a unique experience to a casual paddle, paddle for exercise, fishing, studying the environment or collecting photos and video.
Written by Administrator
Friday, 23 August 2013 12:12
Recap of Event by Connor
The 2013 Ultimate SUP Showdown was a huge success. This event took place on Oahu and it was a part of the famous Duke Kahanamoku Event. This event was alittle different in the sense that when I signed up I was in both the surf part and the race part. All the competitors had to compete in both the race and surf - which made it a fun day at the beach.
This event had some of the best racers and surfers from all over - Travis Grant, Jamie Mitchell, Fernando Stalla, Zane Schweitzer, Chuck Patterson, Matt Becker, Riggs and Aaron Napoleon, Candice Appleby, Vanina Walsh, Kai Sallas, Mo Freitas, Noa Ginella - and lots more!
Going into the event, I was more focused on winning the race events, but of course I wanted to do good in the surfing. I surfed first and the waves were super small and inconsistent. I was on my Starboard Pro 7'4" x 26" and it was working great when the waves did come. I only caught a couple waves and tried my hardest to make it through but ended up not making it, but it just gave me more energy to put in the race side.
For the race there were four 8 man heats - with 4 racers advancing. The sprint course was pretty short, but we got to go in and out though the surf, which made it fun. In my first heat I didn't give it my all, but enough to come in first.
How they ran the contest was pretty interesting. First surfing round one - then round one of racing then back to surfing for round two - and so on. Since I got knocked out of the surfing I got to stretch and relax. But as soon as it was my turn to race again, I was pumped up and ready to go. In my next heat I had a perfect start and was in the lead from the get go. I let off the gas a little since I still had two more races. I went around the course and made a little mistake coming around the buoy but readjusted and got right back up to the front. Coming into the finish I was in second right next to third. I knew I just had to be in the top 4 to make it into the finals, so I let off a bit and ran up the beach.
Finals Start - from right to left: Connor, Fernando, Travis, Mo, Riggs, Zane
Hitting the water
The next heat was the finals for racing. And the top three got prize money. The finals for the surfing also had the same prize money for the top three.
But - this was not the end of the event.
After the finals - then the top 8 male & top female surfers and the top 8 male & top female racers went into a bigger and longer sprint race called the Ultimate Showdown. This is where the big money is at and everyone is going to go all out. But - I'll get back to this race - I am getting ahead of myself!
So - for my final heat with the top 8 racers - I made sure I had a good starting position and wasn't going to let the gas off. So when the horn blew I ran down the beach and jumped on to my board. I sprinted as hard I could. Travis was right next to me as we rounded the first buoy. Coming into the next one Travis and I caught a wave and collided and I tried to stay up and managed not to fall. I rounded the buoy and didn't look back. I kept paddling as hard as I could and caught a little bump which kept me in the lead. Next thing I knew I was running up the beach in first place. Winning a $1000!
So now - up next was the Showdown and the possibility of being $5,000 richer.
Start of the Ultimate Showdown - 18 competitors
Connor & Travis coming to the beach
They changed the course to a W course and it was longer then before. All 16 of us guys and the 2 girls lined up and were ready to go. When the horn blew I ran down the beach and jumped on my board, but I jumped a little early and hit my fin in the sand and almost fell in the water. But I saved myself and got to my feet and got back up to the front. Travis and Zane were in the front when we rounded the first buoy. It stayed like this until the second to last buoy. Travis was first them I turned in second. Going to the last buoy I paddled my hardest and passed Travis. I stayed ahead of him - and caught a small wave - and then he paddled hard and caught the same wave. I kept paddling all out until I hit the beach and ran up in first place. I was super stoked on my victory.
There were 2 award ceremonies. One was at the beach - where we got our big checks.
The second awards was super special. There was a RED CARPET with photographers for us when we entered the banquet - which was at Jimmy Buffets Restaurant in Waikiki. Fantastic Food. The event organizer, Boyd Jeffrey gave out special trophies and plaques to thank everyone that helped with the event - along with cash & trophies for the winners. Everything about this event was number 1.
Awards at Jimmy Buffets Restaurant - thanking everyone!
I want to thank my sponsors for all their support – Starboard, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Rainbow Sandals, Futures Fins, Dakine, Trident Sports, GoPro, OnIt Pro, Waterman’s Sunscreen, Igloo Coolers, Sunrite Maui, Hammer Nutrition, iDcard, EFX and Hi-Tech Sports.
Award and Cash!
Also a big Mahalo to all the event organizers, sponsors and volunteers. Boyd - you did an awesome job!
Photos: Karen Baxter
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