Category Archives: SUP

Fully Committed

Chris Bertish is all about big wave surfing and ultra distance SUP By Neil Pearlberg Chris Bertish will be the last person to brag about how he won the 2010 Mavericks Invitational in some of the biggest and heaviest surf ever. Or that his victory came right after an exhausting 48 hour journey from South Africa Continue Reading »

Event Profiles: Riding Bumps

SUP and Prone Paddleboard Racing Inspires Thousands By Matt Wright Stand up paddling (SUP) is all the rage these days. To many, SUP is a “lifestyle sport” that has become the trendy thing for soccer moms to do when they are not shuttling their kids between games. Although soccer moms and other casual enthusiasts may Continue Reading »

Paddling Mendocino

Words and photos by Chuck Graham A dense ceiling of dewy overcast hovered above a redwood forest canopy, while the steady flow of Big River ran beneath me toward the icy Pacific. My carbon fiber paddle gently sliced through the glassy river, creating the only breach in silence as I followed the flight of an Continue Reading »

Three SUP Events!

These not to be missed SUP races bring the spirit of aloha and a challenge for all ages! 1. JAY RACE June 22 • Capitola Many of the top paddlers in the world will come to compete at this year’s 12th Annual Surftech Jay Race. Prone paddlers, stand up paddlers and multi-sport athletes from Continue Reading »

Ride That Board

For Surfing or SUP, a successful learning experience comes down to a few basic elements By Ed Guzman • Photos courtesy of Club Ed Surf School OK, so you want to learn how to ride a wave on a surfboard or cruise around on a SUP. What is the best way to get started? First Continue Reading »

Shape of the Future

When it comes to SUPs, Bob Pearson is all about having fun and getting exercise By Neil Pearlberg Bob Pearson of Arrow Surfboards is shaping the future of the surf industry. Since 1966 he has built over 75,000 boards, all adorned with the famed Arrow logo, and the man’s renowned love of the ocean and Continue Reading »

Long Distance SUP

Endurance Paddler Jodie Nelson Digs Deep for a Good Cause By Elizabeth Glazner It’s not likely that Jodie Nelson will be traveling with a whale when she paddles her SUP from San Clemente to Baja. But still, the former pro surfer wouldn’t mind another close encounter with a friendly Cephalopod. Nelson, 35, received publicity two Continue Reading »

Stand Up and Deliver

Founder of Yuba Bikes becoming a dominant SUP racer Story and Photos by Pete Gauvin If you’re keen on starting a bike company but want to be able to get out on the water at a moment’s notice, it’s hard to imagine many places better than the Sausalito waterfront. Benjamin Sarrazin doesn’t have to imagine. Continue Reading »

What’s Up with SUP Yoga?

For athletes, the benefits go beyond the studio By Pete Gauvin It wasn’t until I met Leigh Claxton that I understood why yoga on stand-up paddleboards is not just some contrived, photogenic exercise fad having its 15 minutes. True, SUP yoga is the convergence of the hottest sport on water and the ever-popular big tent Continue Reading »

Fire and Water

For elite racer Seth Springer, stand-up paddling helps balance his firefighting career Story and photos by A.J. Johnson Seth Springer’s enthusiasm is outwardly visible, his smile comes quick and when you get him talking about his passion, it doubles. That passion is stand up paddling. At a touch under 6 feet, he is athletically built, Continue Reading »


A Colorado transplant gets his feet wet and more in his first – if not the first – “SUPathlon” By A.J. Johnson For the past 10 years I lived in the Denver area and during that time I did a lot of several types of athlons: triathlons, duathlons, aquathalons and even winter and summer biathlons. Continue Reading »

The SUP Tsunami

Though it began in the ocean, the growing wave of standup paddling stretches well beyond the beach By Pete Gauvin For decades, surf culture has spread inland far from its salty origins through the deepest channels of pop culture — marketing, media and movies. But apart from fashion, and offshoot sports like skateboarding and snowboarding, Continue Reading »

Chuck Patterson: Alpine Aquaman

Whether surfing or skiing off cliffs, stand-up racing or filming great whites, this homegrown California waterman is in his element By Pete Gauvin If such a thing as a California Action Sports Hall of Fame existed, Chuck Patterson would win unanimous induction on the first ballot. Then the committee would need to go out and Continue Reading »

Jamie Mitchell Shocks the Stand Up Paddling World

Surftech’s Jamie Mitchell wins the Battle of the Paddle in record time Australian Jaime Mitchell is the reigning eight time champ of the grueling Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race heldevery July. Known in elite paddleboard circles for his prone paddling prowess, Mitchell recently took his paddling act to his feet at Doheny Beach, California for Continue Reading »

Behind the Swell of Stand-Up Paddling

In the blush of first light, on the island of Moloka’i, a conch shell bellows from the shores of Kaluako’i Beach. The kahuna has blessed the gathering of paddleboarders and their crews, bidding them good luck and a safe passage. The sound of his shell horn breathes life into the still morning. On cue, dozens of men, and a handful of women, charge into the surf for the annual Moloka’i to Oah’u Paddleboard Race. Their goal: To reach the southeast shore of Oah’u in as little time as possible.

From Molokai with Music

Ryan Pingree carries his board up the beach after finishing the grueling 32-mile Quiksilveredition Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race, Sunday, July 30, 2006, at Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii. He paddled for six hours, 51 minutes and 21 seconds, after leaving Molokai.