Saturday, February 24, 2007

Lanikila Race

Mahalos to the Lanikial Outrigger Canoe Club for hosting and opening their race to Stand Up Paddle Surfing.

This morning's race weather was great, especially after the nasty victory at sea episode yesterday. It was a small field for the Stand Up Paddle Surf Class but eh at least we had one. Vic for Malibu was there, I represented the San Clemente tribe and there was one other Stand Up Paddle Surfer whose name I never got, he showed up last minute to give us one class, mahalos. As for the Stand Up Paddle Surf equipment; Vic had a Surftech 12 footer (Ron House shape), I paddle surfed Ron's standamaran and the other Stand Up Paddle Surfer was on a Bark 16 footer.

The course was 5.5 miles, mostly in open water. I clocked in somewhere around one hour six minutes, then Vic on the stock 12 footer, then the 16 foot Bark board. There will be Stand Up Paddle Surf race pictures posted on soon and I'm working on an area to post official races results.

Paddle with Aloha.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Couple days in the harbor

The last couple days there hasn't been much surf. Luckily Stand Up Paddle Surfing doesn't require surf, just a little imagination. The past couple days I've been playing on the flat water in Dana Point Harbor and wandering out to sea around buoys. It's been good, working on my stroke and practicing pivot turns.

I created a little course using the shoal and mooring buoys. I sprint to the buoys and then pivot turn around them alternating the direction of my turns with every buoy. It's something different to keep up the skills in between swells. I even started to switch-stance my pivot turns to see if I can stay dry.

"They" say rain for the next couple of days. Sounds like a good time to work. Paddle with Aloha.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Standamaran Day

No racing this weekend so I took the standamaran for a little paddle. As far as the racing aspect of Stand Up Paddle Surfing the standamaran has got to be the fastest board out there. Ron House dreamed this up and shaped and all I have to say is it moves. I paddled out of Dana Point Harbor and took off more than a minute and a half off my time for almost a mile. So I did some sprints and cruised out to the green buoy. (Note to self...lots of boats on a beautiful and warm Saturday afternoon makes for lots of choppy chop.)

On my way in a met Marty and let him take the standamaran out for a cruise. He came back with the same comments...straight and fast. We talked a little and he jumped on his Stand Up Paddle Surfboard for a afternoon paddle. Looks like some surf on call for Monday.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Kidz of the Coast

To go along with we'll have to think of a Kidz of the after today's happening at Dana Point Harbor. Actually I guess it began with B-rad and his son down at kaulapapa's this morning. As I was finishing up a 2hr punini paddle as they jumped in the water. As they began their Stand Up Paddle Surf sesh the tide looked to be a little more nalu friendly and it looked to be a good start for them.

OK back to the habor. Let's see if I can remember who all was there; E.J. had just finished his paddle as we started to show up, Ron and Jane House, Tracey and Blue, Drew, Maria and Dillion, Rick was there. Cindy was a first timer Stand Up Paddle Surfer and paddled the loop at the harbor with everyone. A couple guys that met up with Ron to talk about ordering Stand Up Paddle Surfboards showed up a took one for a quick paddle, Jim and Armondo. I ran into an old friend and her kiddies and another friend from our Home Groups. I was a great time down in the still water. That is one of the great things about the's so ohana centered. So check out more photos from today at and click on da shots.

Much Aloha to all those who we met today. See you on the water.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine Punini

Sounds like a special valentine dinner dish

This morning was left over wind swell-storm bump with a little high tide mixed in. While catching waves is always a great time while Stand Up Paddle Surfing, I'd have to say that getting to the waves was a little more fun today.

There wasn't any one spot that seemed to be "going off" this morning. The wind was off-shore for most of the morning. It was a little better 20 minutes north via paddle of kaulapapa's. Kyle and I had a couple swim workouts racing the board to the rocks. We adopted a new stance, the "Hoku". Kyle nailed the "Hoku on the Nose". We'll have to get pictures of it eventually.

I met a couple other Stand Up Paddle Surfers. Tom, Mark good meeting you both. See you guys in the h20.

Paddle with Aloha.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

The 12th Annual Hal Rosoff Classic

What a race. Mahalos for you guys putting on this race. They welcomed the Stand Up Paddle Surf class with Aloha. Thanks for your support.

We had a good amount of Stand Up Paddle Surfers enter this event. I think I counted 18-19. One of course being our honorary keiki, Dana girl. All of us did the 5 mile short course. Kyle finished first on Ron House's standamaran. Jim Terrel came in second on a stock board. B-rad took third on Ron House's coastal cruiser, I snagged up fourth place on a stock board and fifth went to Lyle all the way from San Fran on a stock board.

We didn't get much pictures of the action but we got some random ones. There was a couple wahine-kine Stand Up Paddle Surfer. Girls we need more pictures from you ladies for

I met with a couple of race directors and it seems that their going to be setting up "unlimited" and stock classes for Stand Up Paddle Surf entries. The Dana Point race coming up will for sure have it.

And a quick Hawaiian howzit to Dominic over at Island Four Cast, nice meeting you. See you at kaulapapa's.

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Friday, February 9, 2007

Aloha Friday

Is there ever a bad day when Stand Up Paddle Surfing. I paddled out solo from kaulapapa early and cruised north. Being Friday and all the talk about the surf these past couple days the water was crowded early. I bypassed all the crowds and paddled up to one of my favorite spots. I got there and caught a couple warm up waves and decided to continued north. It didn't seem to be working like it was earlier this week so I cruised a little south. On my way this little left started to show so I stayed there for the next hour and had clean lefties all by myself. A couple laydown guys saw how much fun I was having and tried joining me. They could paddle into the nalus and called it a morning.

I headed back to kaulapapa's way of the deep water. I paddled way out to sea and made a line back into the line up. As I got closer there were five other Beach Boy Style surfers. I caught a nice open water swell into the crowd and caught a couple waves with everyone. Ron House, Dennis, Norm, and couple guys I didn't get a chance to meet. B-rad paddled out as I was headed in.

While I was packing up to start my day. Jimmy the paddle maker, showed up with a couple of his friends, Pat and one other guy. They all paddled out as the wind died down for a while. I talked with Kyle later when he got down there and the wind had picked back up blowing the wrong way.

So tomorrow's race is in Newport Beach at the Newport Beach Aquatic Center. Races start at 9am and the fees are $20.00. Check out the calendar for more known events. If you know of something not on it, email me and make sure we post'em. See you in da mornin'

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Stand Up Paddle Surfing at Makaha

This is a quick 3 minute video of Stand Up Paddle Surfing at Makaha. Check out more info at

Paddle with Aloha

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Why No Stand Up Paddle Surf Today

Today I was so busy I don't know if I found a leash or if I'm missing a dog. And my wonderful wife had a blond moment (meant in love) and backed our car into the garage door before it was finished going up, trapping the car in the garage. Between my responsibilities in my real estate business, Internet business and my new garage repair business, today was a dry day.

However, if I were to Stand Up Paddle Surf I would have been caught in this. Check out what the day started to look like as the clock struck four.

Monday, February 5, 2007

100 Nalu Punini

Punini Stand Up Paddle Surf is where you enter the water in one place and cruise the coast up and down surfing breaks as you paddle. So Kyle and I hit the water at dark this morning and surfed Punini style north. Catching waves to your destination is the only way to go. As the sun was coming up we caught some waves just north of the bay. Had some fun left and right peelers. As the crowd started to fill in, (3 more guys) we punini up north some more. We dialed in at the next couple breaks and surfed there for the majority of the three hour session.

Kyle was just north of me catching some juicy little nuggets. Two guys south, I was on this wave machine the whole time. Long, long right sliders all to myself. I catch one, paddle back, catch one, paddle back, catch one... I'd say this is where the majority of the 100 nalus came from.

Working our way back south we stopped in at all those other spots. The tide changed up and one section had some real juice to it for the day. Some fast little wedges. We paddled back to kaulapapa's through the sea of attitudes and caught a couple last waves with fellow revolutionized Stand Up Paddle Surfers Ron and Tracy. The beginning to another beautiful day. Thank you Lord!

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Superbowl Sunday Line-Up

Early morning Stand Up Paddle Surf session, dawn patrol, pre-shoreline. Ron House, Chris, Dennis and some others out doing the high tide slide. Not much to talk about. Paddling hard for the soft nalus. Practiced some of the pivot turns and not falling in. See you on the water in the morning. Watching the superbowl and looking down at the water it looked like a great day all day for Stand Up Paddle Surf.

Kaulapapa's at dark thirty for a pre surf paddle.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Aloha Friday

High tide- off shore- peaking swell-two Stand Up Paddle Surfers- shake well and serve. Dennis and I had some fun waves this morning regardless of the high tide funk. That's the thing with Stand Up Paddle Surfing, Beach Boy Surfing, He'e Nalu whatevers you like say... no matters how the waves stay, it's good fun.

The wind switched and slowly started creeping up and we pau for the day. I'm looking at it from my office window and the wind is onshore, steady, but the ocean looks friendly. Go and play it's Aloha Friday.

Paddle with Aloha, or stay one kook!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

EZ Harbor Paddle

Haven't been in the water since Saturday's Stand Up Paddle Surf race in San Diego. I had an opportunity to get a cruise in down at Dana Point Harbor this afternoon. Amidst the stormy weather it was calm enough to make a lap around marina. Nothing much to it...just felt good to be on the glassy water.