Minnesota Eric is Stoked for Life ®

Minnesota Eric is Stoked for Life ®

We recently built our long time client, Eric, a custom 9’5″ x 34″ Hammer SUP with mast track, Deep Tuttle box for a Maliko GoFoil…and, extra tie-down points for side handles and fishing/touring…etc…

Here’s a couple of pics and a killer customer testimonial that he sent us yesterday after it taking out to his local…

Stoked for Life®

Such a great day from End of Session

6/24/17
Subject: Hammer arrived!

Board arrived packed like King Tut’s Mom’s Cat – whatever that means. Good job you guys, No way it could be damage when care like that is taken during packing.

I got the board out today and took some pics for you guys to use however you want in promo or wall of fame or whatever. Hopefully my little story captures the excitement and stoke I feel today 🙂

Thank you Warren, Ian, Al, Nic, Deb and the rest of the SurfingSports Team. Stoked For Life!

After many years off the water, at first imposed by physical injury, then by a crazy ride down and back out of the dark hole of chemical addiction, I got lucky and reconnected with Wardog at SUP Sports he is a long distance friend of space and time , and mentor from my earlier water sports days. Wardog and Team SurfingSports are so much more than a random dealer on the internets, hucking stuff on the cheap. They care.

Wardog, Ian, Al and all at Team SurfingSports worked with me through the concept and design stage of this do it all Swiss army knife board (inspired by Wardog’s beast). Then kept me apprised as the rest of the artisans applied their magical hands and tools along the way on this 9’5” x 34” Hammer. From the front tie-downs for my fishing box onto the windsurfing mast that sits just ahead of the deep Tuttle box for the Go Foil Maliko to the back tail of the board peppered with fin boxes.

I am so stoked to be able to ride and learn on this new ride. I want to share that stoke with you and encourage you to what I have done with the help of Team SurfingSports; Build your own dream that connects you to the water and wave beneath your feet 🙂

Aloha to all, Live Life Now!

Eric S, Minnesota, USA

Stoked for Life®

UPDATE: July 4, 2017

Happy 4th all!

Got the Hammer to finally fly with 6.2 Charge and NO WHITECAPS – holy crap.
Just wanted for little puffs with texture, point off wind and PUMP with body and sail until you start to hear the “hummmmm” then LIFTOFF – Game changing!

I got numerous flight that seemed to last forever but when they were over I wanted MORE 😉
I suspect they were a few hundred yards each fully flying. I was able to adjust my feet a bit and play with the sail trim, sheeting has a big affect on attitude (climb,dive) as well as foot pressure.

I found a spot that worked for me was my back foot in surf stance just in front of front mast bolt with toes a bit outboard and front foot variable but left of centerline for sure. Got a Surface white nose guard on yesterday but no crashes, All landings were beautifully sweet even with a foil breach, just plopped me back down tail first and I sailed away with boom still in hand. Learning so much so quickly, the mind will have to catch up to the body but I think having a few flights on a Slingshot Alien Air and 15 inch mast Hover Glide was VERY helpful so I knew what the feeling would be like, just WAY different controlling pitch with the rig rather than the sail.

I wouldn’t say really harder, just different. Heading back out to the spot again today, wind is suppose to be about 10-15 tops. I can almost guarantee a fun session in these conditions with the 6.2, Hammer ArmyKnife and Maliko Go Foil Thanks Everyone for helping fuel my stoke! and Deb, I briefly mentioned you in my other email.

I’ve been a big fan of yours over the years in all the pictures Wardog posts of your sailing, surfing and paddling adventures!

Eric from Minnesota

Yesterday’s 4th of July setup (Aerotech Charge 6.2 and Boom from Surfing Sports dot Com circa 2003 🙂

WARDOGMinnesota Eric is Stoked for Life ®

Foiling Lopez Lake

Foiling Lopez Lake

Wanted to see how the shorter mast and wing profile on the Kai GoFoil flies under windsurf sail power (5.5m2) on my 8’5″ Hammer WindSUP board…was pleasantly surprised how controlled it was when wind foiling Lopez Lake…at least as long as I kept the front wing in the water…;-)

Will be interesting to see how Alex’s windsurf foil differs when it comes out…most likely longer mast…my Horue wind foil’s mast is 1m2 long……

I flew the Horue on an Exocet Turbo Boost slalom board…could have had a 5.0m2 up during that sesh…too much wind…kind of a white knuckler…;-)
With normal windsurf gear I probably would have been on a 6.2m2 fully powered up…on a later sesh, I put up a 5.0m2…and, gathered more insight…even though the wind got swirly and cycled up and down…but, it’s starting to come together…

Foiling Lopez Lake

Foiling Lopez Lake

Foiling Lopez Lake

Foiling Lopez Lake

Wind foiling is a challenging and humbling sport…but, I can’t wait to get back up on that bucking bull…;-)

 

 

WARDOGFoiling Lopez Lake

Made In America SUP Boards

Made In America SUP Boards

American made SUP boards have always been great…but, we’re making them GREATER and BIGLIER!!!

The first in several batches of custom Made In America SUP boards have arrived at the shop this week…with a bunch more arriving in the next couple of days…

Here’s a 10’3″ Mahalo for Michele…double sided bamboo with leopard skin rails…one of the most stunning SUP boards that we have ever seen…an 11’11” One World Surfari for local paddler Steve…11′ x 40″ Hammer for Ron up in Michigan with traditional flag of Scotland…also, finished an 11’6″ x 40″ wide Hammer for Brent up in Michigan…something in the water to grow them boyz bigly…on the other end of the spectrum we just finished a 7’11” WD for Mike in Maine…and, an 8’6″ WD for Scott in Malibu…as well as a 9’3″ x 33″ all carbon Hammer for repeat Hammer SUP client Steve from Santa Cruz…and, a gorgeous double sided blonde bamboo 8’11” hammer for Duke…

Eric up in Minnesota is getting this beautiful 9’5″ x 34″ Hammer with mast track for windsurfing and a Tuttle box for foiling as well as tiedowns for fishing…and, our friend Chris in Alaska ordered this 8’11” x 35.5″ Hammer…he is a long time long boarder who is tackling his Parkinson’s Disease head on by getting a board custom made with extra stability…can’t wait to see pics of him shredding the waves at his place down in Costa Rica…

Made in America SUP boards

Made in America SUP boards

Made in America SUP boards

Made in America SUP boards

Made in America SUP boards

Made in America SUP boards

Made in America SUP boards

Made in America SUP boards

Made in America SUP boards

Made in America SUP boards

Made in America SUP boards

Made in America SUP boards

Made in America SUP boards

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Memorial Country Campout

Memorial Day

Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend…
Memorial week camp out in North Santa Barbara County…805 country in the California Republic…

Just getting home from an epic camping trip to Jalama country…enjoying unfettered freedom in the protective shadow of Vandenberg AFB…thank you service members!

Empty glassy waves…phenomenal caramel colored sunsets…beach walks that went on for miles…food and good times were off the hook…neighbors gifting us home made tamales…Deb finished her book…hardly anyone at the campground until late Friday…must have been the Slenderman sighting…;-)

Nice south swell the last couple of days with clean and glassy conditions…just me on my 9’2″ Stoke and a couple of pretty hot short board rippers in the water…

Memorial Day

Stoke SUP

Stoke SUP

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

A mother and her autistic son enjoying a caramel colored sunset after playing in the water…

WARDOGMemorial Country Campout

California Custom SUPs

California Custom SUPs

A couple of new carbon California custom SUPs underway…

Steve and Jeff up in Santa Cruz have ordered up 9’3″ x 33″ and 9’5″ x 32″ Hammers…

California Custom SUPs

California Custom SUPs

Local SB paddler, Steve, is getting an 11’11” x 31″ One World Surfari…

California Custom SUPs

Michele up in San Jose has ordered a 10’3″ x 33″ Mahalo ECOBOARD with leopard skin rails and bamboo top and bottom…

California Custom SUPs

California Custom SUPs

Here’s a couple of boutique quality California built boards that you can buy off of the racks…
8’10” x 32″ WD @ 15#…9’5″ x 31″ Hammer @ 17#…10’3″ x 31″ Mahalo @ 18.5#…

California Custom SUPs

California Custom SUPs

California Custom SUPs

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Hammer SUP Action

Hammer SUP Action

A couple of more clips of Hammer SUP action in sports sequence mode…

This one is Al and WD on California built carbon/hybrid 8’11” Hammers…

This is one of Big Will on a production carbon 9’5″ x 33″ Hammer…he’s 6’5″ @ 250#…

Here’s another new 4K sports mode sequence clip with Big Will putting his 9’5″ x 33″ Hammer SUP through some paces at a California point break…
Pretty cool to watch such a big guy surf this board so smoothly and confidently at full throttle…even catching back up to the face after getting passed by…

I’m further up the point on my rasta 8’11” Hammer that I ended up selling to an ex-pro surfer down in Central America…

Here are a couple of clips featuring some 8’11” & 9’5″ Hammer SUP action on an adventure south of the border down in the Baja…

Stay tuned for more…so don’t touch that dial…;-)

WARDOGHammer SUP Action

Earth Friendlier SUPs

Earth Friendlier SUPs

Our latest batch of earth friendlier SUPs built with more sustainable raw materials like recycled foam…SUPer Sap bio-resin…bamboo…etc…

The “Ballis-Tech” (ballistic) cloth used in the glassing process has strengths similar to kevlar…
A stronger built board is a greener board…and, the customization options allow our clients to create truly one of a kind boards…

We can finally spill the beans about “Jill”…the lucky recipient of the gorgeous California built Mahalo skull ECO Board SUP from New York…

The lucky person is Jill Martin…contributor to NBC’S Today show and sportscaster for the New York Knicks…surprise SUP birthday gift from her boyfriend…we’re stoked to help make this happen!

Here’s another Mahalo ECOBOARD…this one is heading to Florida for Dayna…graphic design by her husband Christian…

Earth friendlier SUPs

Earth friendlier SUPs

A few more Earth Day ECOBOARD SUPs…
Custom Hammer SUP models for Matt in Hawaii…Scott in California…and, Pat in Ecuador…all built here in California with earth friendlier sustainable raw materials…

Earth friendlier SUPs

WARDOGEarth Friendlier SUPs

Hammer SUP Surfing

Hammer SUP Surfing

Not only is the Hammer SUP a great flat water paddling SUP board…it can really shake a leg when it comes to surf from knee high to double overhead…

Hammer SUP Surfing

Hammer SUP Surfing

Hammer SUP Surfing

Hammer SUP Surfing

Hammer SUP Surfing

Hammer SUP Surfing

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Stoked For Life ® SUP Paddlers

Stoked For Life ® SUP Paddlers

The journey of 1000 Stoked For Life ® SUP board clients begins with stoke!

It’s that time of year…Spring has sprung…we’re here to help put the stoke in your stroke!!!

Use that tax return to get STOKED FOR LIFE ®

WARDOGStoked For Life ® SUP Paddlers

GoFoil Surf Foil Session

GoFoil Surf Foil Session

Here’s another SUP GoFoil surf foil session…
Small waves on California’s Gold Coast with a Hammer and a Kai GoFoil…

GoFoil Surf Foil Session

GoFoil Surf Foil Session

GoFoil Surf Foil Session

GoFoil Surf Foil Session

Zen and the art of foiling…

GoFoil Surf Foil Session

Catch a wave on a foil and you are definitely sitting on top of the world…until you get bucked off…;-)
Surf foiling in small waves is actually kinda tame compared to wind foiling in high winds…which has to be right up there with bull riding at times…;-)

Once you are up and flying, it feels like Mission Accomplished!

Journey of 1000 miles begins with a single small step…or, your first big wipeout…;-)

That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind…Neil Armstrong…

“In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream”…Alien (1979)…
(insert sound of one hand clapping…)

WARDOGGoFoil Surf Foil Session