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Stand Up Paddle Sports™ | SurfingSports™ BLOG



StandUp Paddle Sports™ has the largest, and best, selection of SUP's in the UNIVERSE at our retail store and showroom in Santa Barbara, CA. (MAP)

We showcase only the best standup paddle boards, standup paddles, & paddle accessories available. Check out our industry leading SUPsports ® standup paddle boards.

THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF QUALITY...VALUE...PERFORMANCE...& AUTHENTICITY...
TOPPED WITH THE BEST SERVICE THAT WILL GET YOU STOKED FOR LIFE ®...MAHALO...

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Hammer SUP Series

There’s quite a buzz going on with our Hammer SUP Series…the stoke is spreading like wildfires out of control…Canada to Brazil…Washington to Central America…California to Maine…Illinois to Texas…and, all points in-between…word is out that Da Hammer is the best all around, all waters SUP on the world market…the ultimate magic carpet ride…no matter where, what, or how you ride!

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All of our boards are actually ridden by our in-house SUP test team…first hand rider knowledge gives our board designer a leg up on other companies that just slap a surfboard shaping legend’s name on their products…when he doesn’t even do standup…;-)

Da Hammer creator, WARDOG®, putting pedal to the metal with an 8’11″ Hammer in a remote Central American zone…one of the best short board rippers in this area ended up buying it from him…

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Friday, July 11th, 2014

Summer Afternoon

Those two words just go together…;-)

A few pics from a relaxing Summer afternoon SUP surfing sesh in Central America on his …

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WD carving with gear that is dialed in…WARDOG® Designs 9’2″ Stoke carbon…bamboo CoreFlex quad fins…and, perfect power and paddle flex with the SUP SPORTS ® carbon SUP paddles…plus, Mahiku Activewear knee protection…;-)

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Monday, July 7th, 2014

Hammer Testimonials

Another great Stoked for Life ® Hammer customer testimonial…this one is from Jason on his new 8’5″ Hammer…

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First session on my new 8’5 Hammer — LOVE THIS BOARD!!

Here’s the story… I’ve been on an ARK 11’6 for almost 4 years now… I call it the SS Santa Monica because it is a battle ship.

So I did demo the board – but there were no waves… all I could tell on my test drive was that it was incredibly stable — the 8’11 I took out felt just like my 11’6!!

That actually made me nervous to buy it… would a board that feels like an 11’6 surf any better? But I’d seen all the photos posted, read all about why mini simmons, and egg shapes, how nose concaves and double v in the tail all work to create a sick ride so I snagged the 8’5 on faith.
IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

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My very first drop on a waist high wave was super fun – NOTHING like my old battle ship– super light and lively underfoot, but still so stable on the takeoff… In fact I stuck all but maybe 1 take off, which was at the end and I was just super tired and PS – by that point the kites were out — so pretty damn choppy.

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Best moment of the day – I was coming down the line – and a long boarder was paddling up and over — I was headed right for him and I just thought “turn” and next thing I knew I was going the other way!

Back out in the line up – he says “man – I thought you didn’t see me and I was going to get run over, and then you threw such a sick cutback – that was amazing!”

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Sick cutback? That was actually first cutback on the Hammer and truth be told, first one not harnessed into my kite! WOOP!

Second best moment – super late in the day, not enough juice left in my arms but went for this pretty tall wave because I was perfect position and nobody anywhere near it. But because of how choppy and windy — and so tired — I kinda hesitated but my buddy is shouting “get in get in” — so I step hard on the nose and it looks too steep…. I’m going to get pitched for sure!

But nope! As soon as I feel the board take off, I scoot back and honestly I think the board just knew what to do cause next thing I know I’m still up and the white water is chasing me!! WHA???

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Once again this was all on my very first session — so coming down from a monster of an 11’6 I literally had 0 need to re-learn anything or adjust to this board. Love at first drop.

STOKED FOR LIFE!

Jason Kadlec (Los Angeles, CA)

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Best All Around SUP

The best all around SUP on the market is hands down the Hammer…

Our designer, WARDOG ®, putting an 8’11″ Hammer thru the paces…click image below for more board models…

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Deb paddling the 8’11″ Hammer at a beautiful flatwater venue on vacation in Central America…

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Best glide, stability, tracking, maneuverability, performance, and value per inch!

The 8’11″ in the above pics was set up as a quad + 1 with our bamboo Coreflex fins…lots of options to dial it in for the particular rider and conditions…

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

Summer Fun

WD and Deb are down in Latin America having some Summer fun…and, doing R&D on the next round of amazing water toys that will get you
STOKED FOR LIFE ®

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

SUP Adventures

Aloha…now that Summer is officially here, it’s a great time to get out there for some SUP adventures…grab some of the killer SUP gear that we have been cranking out and get out there…what are you waiting for?!?!

WD hitting the race track on gear that can be trusted to get you there and back…

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Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Two Tone Carbon SUP Boards

More pics of our two tone colored carbon SUP boards finish options on our WD…Stoke…Mahalo…& One World SUPsports ® production SUP models…

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The 8’6″ x 31″ WD in Lime Green two tone carbon finish…

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

SUP Boards, SUP Paddles, & SUP Fins

Click on images below to view our extensive line of high quality SUP boards, SUP paddles, & SUP fins…best bang for the buck SUP products on the water…

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NEW! Two tone carbon color finish options on our WD…Stoke…Mahalo…& One World production SUP models…

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The following boards appearing below are for sale…boards go fast around here…so current inventory is always subject to availability…please call or email the shop if you are interested in them…

Check out our Ultra-Premium carbon, high performance carbon standup paddle boards…Cooperfish style…
Artisan quality made in the 805…California, USA…

These are Stokes…8’10″ x 32″ @ 15.7#…9’2″ x 32″ @ 17.1#…light, tight, strong & bright!!!

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More killer images of these artisan 805 SUP’s in this GALLERY

Click on :: SERIES :: links below for more detail on each of our SUP board models…

WD SERIES™ :: STOKE SERIES™ :: MAHALO SERIES™ :: ONE WORLD SERIES™ :: CALIFORNIA BUILT CUSTOM SERIES :: HAMMER SERIES™ BOARDS

MORE DETAILED BOARD INFO OF OUR FULL LINE

HIGHLIGHTING MORE MADE IN USA SUP BOARDS FOR SALE…

OUR STAND UP PADDLE BOARD LIST CHANGES DAILY…SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY…
CALL THE SHOP OR EMAIL FOR BOARD(S) ON YOUR WISH LIST…

CUSTOM QUALITY…AT ONCE DELIVERY…CLICK ON IMAGES FOR MORE PRODUCT INFO…

PRICE INCLUDES PAD…CUSTOM FIN SELECTION…BIG WAVE RATED LEASH…SHWAG…

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143 Liters
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Hammer 10′ x 31″ x 4.4″
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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Sweet Annie

Nobody said aloha quite like Annie…she has touched countless lives in so many positive ways…from the scores of people greeted by her at our store…to the people on the beaches where she traveled up and down the West Coast for the last 14 years…

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Annie, was our shop SUPervisor and stoke monitor…

She has retired, leaving Molly in charge…and, is now hanging out with Mokie…Jalama was their favorite place in the country…

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Of course, her favorite band was Zac Brown

Sweet Annie
Can I stay with you a while
Cause this roads been putting miles
On my heart, Sweetheart,
Ive been livin in a fantasy
But one day Lightning will strike
And my bark will lose its bite
But dont give up on me
What will be will be

Sweet Annie.

Turn out the light
These hands that long to hold you
Fall all over you, all over again
Come a little closer so I can show you
My heart still beats fast for you
All over, and over again
… Oh …
Sweet Annie
Can I stay with you a while
Cause this roads been putting miles
On my heart, Sweetheart,
Ive been livin in a fantasy
But one day Lightning will strike
And my bark will lose its bite
But don’t give up on me

Sweet Annie.

- Zac Brown Band –

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Her buddy, Molly Claire, will have a new trainee shop greeter named “Katie Anne”…

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

SUP Heroes On CNN

With the help of a prosthetic device, and, Robyn Benincasa’s Project Athena Foundation…Alli Morgan accomplished a dream of standup paddling…and, several other adventurous dreams despite her medical setback…we are both stoked and humbled that she did it on one of our pink Mahalos…truly awe inspiring…

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May 16, 2014 San Diego, CA –

CNN has selected San Diego firefighter, Robyn Benincasa, as a CNN Hero.

Inspired by her own medical challenge of two total hip replacements, Benincasa started the non-profit Project Athena Foundation to help women who have had serious medical setbacks live their adventurous dreams as part of their recovery.

Project Athena Founder has helped Survivors live their adventurous dreams since 2007

May 16, 2014 San Diego, CA – CNN has selected San Diego firefighter, Robyn Benincasa, as a CNN Hero. Inspired by her own medical challenge of two total hip replacements, Benincasa started the non-profit Project Athena Foundation to help women who have had serious medical setbacks live their adventurous dreams as part of their recovery.

“I’m honored to be chosen a CNN Hero, but the Athenas (Survivors) who reach their recovery goal of a Project Athena adventure are the true heroes,” Benincasa said. “The mission of the foundation is to put Athenas in a position to inspire and amaze themselves – to be the very best they are today.”
Foundation grants (Athenaships) have enabled Athenas to make their dreams realities – like running a marathon on the Great Wall of China, hiking across the Grand Canyon, learning to surf in Costa Rica, riding a bicycle across Iowa, kayaking and cycling from Key Largo to Key West, or running their first 5k surrounded by friends and family. Funds from God/Goddess fundraisers on adventures and sponsor donations make the grants possible.

Project Athena not only provides training, equipment, gear, entry fees, and travel expenses – their Chief Inspiration Officers and coaches (also Survivors) participate alongside the Athenas to support them and celebrate their success. The group of Athenas pictured gathered recently for training. Alli Morgan, Albany, NY, Patricia Spiro, Hanford, CA and Mary Beth Villanueva, Carlsbad, CA joined Project Athena staff for training in the San Diego area.

Benincasa is a World Champion Adventure racer, ten-time Ironman finisher with two podium finishes at the Hawaii World Championships and holds three Guinness World Records. She also shares her inspiring perspective through her World Class Teams Teambuilding and Leadership keynotes.

CNN Hero is an honor awarded for making a difference in the world through extraordinary humanitarian contributions. CNN features new, or updated heroes weekly on air and online. In 2013 there were more than 50,000 nominations. The Top 10 are selected each fall and the Hero of the Year is chosen through online voting.

Project Athena

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