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Joe Blair 12-6 – Interview

[singlepic=5418,125,188]In follow up to my previous post, I was able to hook up with Joe Blair for an interview on his all new 12rsquo;6" race board. He shared his philosophies on why the board works, why it's so different than others and all in the normal Blair style. Check out the interview and hear more of his thoughts.#160;#160; Transcript:Evan Leong: Wersquo;re here with Joe Blair, wersquo;re going to talk about the new 12rsquo;6rdquo; race board that he just shaped up, something that wersquo;ve been talking about for probably 4 months and finally we got it.(0:00:13.8) Why donrsquo;t you explain a little bit of what yoursquo;re thinking when you made this board, because it looks way different than any of the other boards that Irsquo;ve ridden. The nose is different, the bottom looks different, and the whole thing is different.Joe Blair: (0:00:28.0)Well one of the things I put into it is, looking at the surfboards all the kids are riding today and they all have full concave bott...

7 MIN2008 DEC 9
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Joe Blair 12-6 – Interview

Morgan Hoesterey: Female Stand Up Solo Unlimited Division of Quiksilver Edition Molokai Race

[singlepic=5115,188,125]After finishing 4th at the recently concluded Molokai Paddleboard race, I had a chance to talk to Morgan Hoesterey, the only female paddler for the SUP solo unlimited division. Morgan said that her stint in this race was just to step up to the challenge; she never expected anything from it. Using a 14rsquo; board without rudder, Morgan would definitely go for one with rudder in next yearrsquo;s race. In her first solo attempt in this event, she said it was an incredible feat but it was all worth it. The reason-ldquo;It was a goal I set for myself so I was just trying really hard to finish it.rdquo; I give Morgan a lot of credit. I lasted about 20 minutes in the Molokai Channel and 8 hours seems like torture. She also has overcome some pretty scary health challenges...a tumor in her leg while still in college. Check out the interview.#160;#160; [gallery=183]#160; Transcript:Evan Leong: This last downwinder, when you train normally?Morgan Hoesterey: Well kind o...

10 MIN2008 NOV 27
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Morgan Hoesterey: Female Stand Up Solo Unlimited Division of Quiksilver Edition Molokai Race

Dennis Pang Interview: Stand Up Paddleboard Tips and Techniques from the Pros

In my recent interview with Hawaii born international shaper/surfer, Dennis Pang, I got a chance to know the guy whorsquo;s more than just your average shaper. Dennis talks about his SUP race creation for Tropical Blends ndash; the 17rsquo;6rdquo; custom race board that Guy Pere won rode to win the 2009 Duke's Oceanfest.Dennis said he goes for these types of boards for distance and endurance because of its inertia. And this is why hersquo;s been doing a lot of custom boards lately. I personally agree with him because from my experience, the heavier boards have more momentum, though you have to put more muscle to initiate it. My take on this is that, since I started doing the distant runs, I notice that Irsquo;ve been burning a lot of calories. So, if yoursquo;re up to gaining something from doing cardio stuff and losing weight, take Dennisrsquo; advice: ldquo;go distance paddling, read the water and take advantage of Hawaiirsquo;s ocean.rdquo; For a preview of Dennisrsquo; 18 year-c...

44 MIN2008 NOV 22
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Dennis Pang Interview: Stand Up Paddleboard Tips and Techniques from the Pros

Joe Bark Interview – Board Previews and Tips

I did this interview with Joe Bark last month over the phone. I just learned about Joe while getting more and more into the SUP distance paddling arena. Joe is famous for his paddleboards and is now expanding into stand ups. He's got a new 14' SUP racer coming out from Surftech in the future and we got the scoops in advance. I haven't gotten any date for the board release but it hopefully will be by Q1 2009.Transcript: (Scroll down to listen to the interview)Evan Leong: What's the Surftech one going to be in your words?Joe Bark: Just a really good all around board, whether it's dead flat or really good bumps in any direction and it's stable, and it seems to penetrate through the chop but it runs really good and just a really good board. (0:00:23.) I think we were just real lucky on it.Evan Leong: It's 14' by what?Joe Bark: It's 29frac12;" or 29"+ and has really responsive rocker on it and releases nice, with just tiny bumps, so tiny and you're catching them. Even xxxx (0:00:53.4). J...

22 MIN2008 SEP 25
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Joe Bark Interview – Board Previews and Tips

Mark Raaphorst Interview – F-14, F-16 and New SUP Race Boards

Last month I interviewed Maui based shaper and surfer Mark Raaphorst, and he discussed the differences between the F14 and F16's along with other boards being used for downwinder stand up paddling. I shared with him my experience using the F16 while doing a downwinder and how the board became faster when it filled with water. He also gave some really good insight into downwind racing. I learned a lot.Transcript: (Scroll down to listen to the interview)Evan Leong: You guys have a new F-14 coming out right?Mark Raaphorst: YesEvan Leong: You know I look it up in the internet, it said that it's 20 lbs. vs. the 28 lbs. for the 16'. Is that accurate?Mark Raaphorst: No. That's 16' is around 26-27 lbs. (17:20). So it's gonna be around 20 or 21 lbs. People can have it with or without steering. It's gonna be an optional steering kit in there, and so the hard board (00:27:6) is the pounds, so without the steering is probably be around 20-21 (lbs.) and with the steering 22 (lbs.).Evan Leong: Wh...

30 MIN2008 SEP 22
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Mark Raaphorst Interview – F-14, F-16 and New SUP Race Boards

Surf Icon, Donald Takayama: The Talk Story

[singlepic=4854,188,125]I got a chance to interview the legendary Donald Takayama over the phone. At 65, Donald Takayama is still going strong. He started his career of making boards at age 11, became a shaper, surfer and still proves to be the master of style and technique. Takayama discusses his board designs, quality, and craftsmanship which led him to the aloha spirit of manufacturing. He muses over his innovations and high performance surfboards, and the reasons why he continues to create boards which he personally engineers from choice of wood on to the entire production process.Donald discusses the quality, style and design of his boards which led him to the surfboard manufacturing industry with Surftech. Initially using redwood to build his own, Takayama now has engineered all the boards using his 56 years of surfboard building experience, with genuine shapes and designs. Takayama also touched his life, near death experience and how he re-surfaced to being the surf icon that...

37 MIN2008 SEP 20
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Surf Icon, Donald Takayama: The Talk Story

Joe Blair Stand Up Board Touch Up Tips

Here's a short video clip of Joe Blair helping me touch up my board. The part with the spray paint is from a repair needed from hitting the reef and busting out my fin box. I got the board fixed but didn't get any color at their suggestion. Needless to say, it looked ugly on the bottom.When Joe was on Oahu in March he looked at it and his shaper instinct forced him to fix it. He went and found the matching color in spray paint and I shot a quick video of him doing the touch up.(click thumbnail to launch video)

7 MIN2008 AUG 2
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Joe Blair Stand Up Board Touch Up Tips

DaKine Downwind Paddle Leash

[singlepic=4465,188,125]DaKine came out with a coiled stand up paddle leash designed for downwind runs or touring. The coils have a larger diameter than others I've seen and used and the leash cord is thicker.This is a dedicated downwind or touring leash because it stays nicely out of the water but if you wiped out on a wave with it the chances of it balling up are pretty high.I've been trying out different leashes for downwinders lately after trying a really short (6 feet I think) leash on Todd Bradley's C4 Vortice XP. I really liked that because when I fell off it was easy to pull the board back.The downfall to a short leash is that if you don't fall away from the board there's a good chance of hitting it like I did before while surfing. I've also tried another coiled leash I got from Wet Feet and that was really good until I tried surfing with it and it became a huge ball. I was able to unravel it after but I haven't had good results with coiled leashed in the surf yet.What I rea...

39 s2008 JUN 21
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DaKine Downwind Paddle Leash

Kialoa Shaka Puu Stand Up Paddle (Part 3)

[singlepic=2861,188,125] Dave Chun of Kialoa Paddles answers questions about paddling technique, paddle design and performance, his all-new Shaka Puu paddle, and general concerns about the stand up paddle surf culture. Dave also talks about choosing the right paddle, which all boils down to intuition that tells what type of paddle is best for the stand up paddle surfer.We get to learn more about paddles and why design and performance are always relative to individual surfers.The is the third and last installment of the Shaka Puu three-part series where Dave mentions that "paddle design is a compromise".(click thumbnail to launch video)Evan Leong: hellip;from the Shaka Puu, the bottom is really flat. You donrsquo;t put any dihedral whatsoever on that. Whatrsquo;s your thought on that? Does it still track straight?Dave Chun: I think dihedrals are good. I think paddles without dihedrals are good. I never try to make the ultimate paddle. All paddle designhellip; all design is a compromi...

5 MIN2008 JUN 18
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Kialoa Shaka Puu Stand Up Paddle (Part 3)

Kialoa Shaka Puu Stand Up Paddle (Part 2)

[singlepic=2860,188,125] Dave Chun of Kialoa Paddles answers questions about paddling technique, paddle design and performance, his all-new Shaka Puu paddle, and general concerns about the stand up paddle surf culture. Dave also talks about choosing the right paddle, which all boils down to intuition that tells what type of paddle is best for the stand up paddle surfer.We get to learn more about paddles and why design and performance are always relative to individual surfers.In this video, Dave looks at the dimensions of the Shaka Puu paddle and talks briefly about the absence of data that could help in determining which paddle is right for the individual. Right now, he Dave says, the best way to find out what type of paddle is ideal for the surfer is to go out and try different designs and see what suits best.(click thumbnail to launch video)Evan Leong: Mel Puu is a big dude, so he is using, even this paddle at 8 and frac34;, it seems a little bit wide when you look at the normal d...

5 MIN2008 JUN 15
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Kialoa Shaka Puu Stand Up Paddle (Part 2)

Latest Episodes

Joe Blair 12-6 – Interview

[singlepic=5418,125,188]In follow up to my previous post, I was able to hook up with Joe Blair for an interview on his all new 12rsquo;6" race board. He shared his philosophies on why the board works, why it's so different than others and all in the normal Blair style. Check out the interview and hear more of his thoughts.#160;#160; Transcript:Evan Leong: Wersquo;re here with Joe Blair, wersquo;re going to talk about the new 12rsquo;6rdquo; race board that he just shaped up, something that wersquo;ve been talking about for probably 4 months and finally we got it.(0:00:13.8) Why donrsquo;t you explain a little bit of what yoursquo;re thinking when you made this board, because it looks way different than any of the other boards that Irsquo;ve ridden. The nose is different, the bottom looks different, and the whole thing is different.Joe Blair: (0:00:28.0)Well one of the things I put into it is, looking at the surfboards all the kids are riding today and they all have full concave bott...

7 MIN2008 DEC 9
Comments
Joe Blair 12-6 – Interview

Morgan Hoesterey: Female Stand Up Solo Unlimited Division of Quiksilver Edition Molokai Race

[singlepic=5115,188,125]After finishing 4th at the recently concluded Molokai Paddleboard race, I had a chance to talk to Morgan Hoesterey, the only female paddler for the SUP solo unlimited division. Morgan said that her stint in this race was just to step up to the challenge; she never expected anything from it. Using a 14rsquo; board without rudder, Morgan would definitely go for one with rudder in next yearrsquo;s race. In her first solo attempt in this event, she said it was an incredible feat but it was all worth it. The reason-ldquo;It was a goal I set for myself so I was just trying really hard to finish it.rdquo; I give Morgan a lot of credit. I lasted about 20 minutes in the Molokai Channel and 8 hours seems like torture. She also has overcome some pretty scary health challenges...a tumor in her leg while still in college. Check out the interview.#160;#160; [gallery=183]#160; Transcript:Evan Leong: This last downwinder, when you train normally?Morgan Hoesterey: Well kind o...

10 MIN2008 NOV 27
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Morgan Hoesterey: Female Stand Up Solo Unlimited Division of Quiksilver Edition Molokai Race

Dennis Pang Interview: Stand Up Paddleboard Tips and Techniques from the Pros

In my recent interview with Hawaii born international shaper/surfer, Dennis Pang, I got a chance to know the guy whorsquo;s more than just your average shaper. Dennis talks about his SUP race creation for Tropical Blends ndash; the 17rsquo;6rdquo; custom race board that Guy Pere won rode to win the 2009 Duke's Oceanfest.Dennis said he goes for these types of boards for distance and endurance because of its inertia. And this is why hersquo;s been doing a lot of custom boards lately. I personally agree with him because from my experience, the heavier boards have more momentum, though you have to put more muscle to initiate it. My take on this is that, since I started doing the distant runs, I notice that Irsquo;ve been burning a lot of calories. So, if yoursquo;re up to gaining something from doing cardio stuff and losing weight, take Dennisrsquo; advice: ldquo;go distance paddling, read the water and take advantage of Hawaiirsquo;s ocean.rdquo; For a preview of Dennisrsquo; 18 year-c...

44 MIN2008 NOV 22
Comments
Dennis Pang Interview: Stand Up Paddleboard Tips and Techniques from the Pros

Joe Bark Interview – Board Previews and Tips

I did this interview with Joe Bark last month over the phone. I just learned about Joe while getting more and more into the SUP distance paddling arena. Joe is famous for his paddleboards and is now expanding into stand ups. He's got a new 14' SUP racer coming out from Surftech in the future and we got the scoops in advance. I haven't gotten any date for the board release but it hopefully will be by Q1 2009.Transcript: (Scroll down to listen to the interview)Evan Leong: What's the Surftech one going to be in your words?Joe Bark: Just a really good all around board, whether it's dead flat or really good bumps in any direction and it's stable, and it seems to penetrate through the chop but it runs really good and just a really good board. (0:00:23.) I think we were just real lucky on it.Evan Leong: It's 14' by what?Joe Bark: It's 29frac12;" or 29"+ and has really responsive rocker on it and releases nice, with just tiny bumps, so tiny and you're catching them. Even xxxx (0:00:53.4). J...

22 MIN2008 SEP 25
Comments
Joe Bark Interview – Board Previews and Tips

Mark Raaphorst Interview – F-14, F-16 and New SUP Race Boards

Last month I interviewed Maui based shaper and surfer Mark Raaphorst, and he discussed the differences between the F14 and F16's along with other boards being used for downwinder stand up paddling. I shared with him my experience using the F16 while doing a downwinder and how the board became faster when it filled with water. He also gave some really good insight into downwind racing. I learned a lot.Transcript: (Scroll down to listen to the interview)Evan Leong: You guys have a new F-14 coming out right?Mark Raaphorst: YesEvan Leong: You know I look it up in the internet, it said that it's 20 lbs. vs. the 28 lbs. for the 16'. Is that accurate?Mark Raaphorst: No. That's 16' is around 26-27 lbs. (17:20). So it's gonna be around 20 or 21 lbs. People can have it with or without steering. It's gonna be an optional steering kit in there, and so the hard board (00:27:6) is the pounds, so without the steering is probably be around 20-21 (lbs.) and with the steering 22 (lbs.).Evan Leong: Wh...

30 MIN2008 SEP 22
Comments
Mark Raaphorst Interview – F-14, F-16 and New SUP Race Boards

Surf Icon, Donald Takayama: The Talk Story

[singlepic=4854,188,125]I got a chance to interview the legendary Donald Takayama over the phone. At 65, Donald Takayama is still going strong. He started his career of making boards at age 11, became a shaper, surfer and still proves to be the master of style and technique. Takayama discusses his board designs, quality, and craftsmanship which led him to the aloha spirit of manufacturing. He muses over his innovations and high performance surfboards, and the reasons why he continues to create boards which he personally engineers from choice of wood on to the entire production process.Donald discusses the quality, style and design of his boards which led him to the surfboard manufacturing industry with Surftech. Initially using redwood to build his own, Takayama now has engineered all the boards using his 56 years of surfboard building experience, with genuine shapes and designs. Takayama also touched his life, near death experience and how he re-surfaced to being the surf icon that...

37 MIN2008 SEP 20
Comments
Surf Icon, Donald Takayama: The Talk Story

Joe Blair Stand Up Board Touch Up Tips

Here's a short video clip of Joe Blair helping me touch up my board. The part with the spray paint is from a repair needed from hitting the reef and busting out my fin box. I got the board fixed but didn't get any color at their suggestion. Needless to say, it looked ugly on the bottom.When Joe was on Oahu in March he looked at it and his shaper instinct forced him to fix it. He went and found the matching color in spray paint and I shot a quick video of him doing the touch up.(click thumbnail to launch video)

7 MIN2008 AUG 2
Comments
Joe Blair Stand Up Board Touch Up Tips

DaKine Downwind Paddle Leash

[singlepic=4465,188,125]DaKine came out with a coiled stand up paddle leash designed for downwind runs or touring. The coils have a larger diameter than others I've seen and used and the leash cord is thicker.This is a dedicated downwind or touring leash because it stays nicely out of the water but if you wiped out on a wave with it the chances of it balling up are pretty high.I've been trying out different leashes for downwinders lately after trying a really short (6 feet I think) leash on Todd Bradley's C4 Vortice XP. I really liked that because when I fell off it was easy to pull the board back.The downfall to a short leash is that if you don't fall away from the board there's a good chance of hitting it like I did before while surfing. I've also tried another coiled leash I got from Wet Feet and that was really good until I tried surfing with it and it became a huge ball. I was able to unravel it after but I haven't had good results with coiled leashed in the surf yet.What I rea...

39 s2008 JUN 21
Comments
DaKine Downwind Paddle Leash

Kialoa Shaka Puu Stand Up Paddle (Part 3)

[singlepic=2861,188,125] Dave Chun of Kialoa Paddles answers questions about paddling technique, paddle design and performance, his all-new Shaka Puu paddle, and general concerns about the stand up paddle surf culture. Dave also talks about choosing the right paddle, which all boils down to intuition that tells what type of paddle is best for the stand up paddle surfer.We get to learn more about paddles and why design and performance are always relative to individual surfers.The is the third and last installment of the Shaka Puu three-part series where Dave mentions that "paddle design is a compromise".(click thumbnail to launch video)Evan Leong: hellip;from the Shaka Puu, the bottom is really flat. You donrsquo;t put any dihedral whatsoever on that. Whatrsquo;s your thought on that? Does it still track straight?Dave Chun: I think dihedrals are good. I think paddles without dihedrals are good. I never try to make the ultimate paddle. All paddle designhellip; all design is a compromi...

5 MIN2008 JUN 18
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Kialoa Shaka Puu Stand Up Paddle (Part 3)

Kialoa Shaka Puu Stand Up Paddle (Part 2)

[singlepic=2860,188,125] Dave Chun of Kialoa Paddles answers questions about paddling technique, paddle design and performance, his all-new Shaka Puu paddle, and general concerns about the stand up paddle surf culture. Dave also talks about choosing the right paddle, which all boils down to intuition that tells what type of paddle is best for the stand up paddle surfer.We get to learn more about paddles and why design and performance are always relative to individual surfers.In this video, Dave looks at the dimensions of the Shaka Puu paddle and talks briefly about the absence of data that could help in determining which paddle is right for the individual. Right now, he Dave says, the best way to find out what type of paddle is ideal for the surfer is to go out and try different designs and see what suits best.(click thumbnail to launch video)Evan Leong: Mel Puu is a big dude, so he is using, even this paddle at 8 and frac34;, it seems a little bit wide when you look at the normal d...

5 MIN2008 JUN 15
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Kialoa Shaka Puu Stand Up Paddle (Part 2)