Our friends from SurfDock in Ireland have sent over this stand up paddle video which made us all gather round the office computer and go "woah". Usually it takes Laird Hamilton or Blane Chambers pulling into a huge heaving South Pacific barrel to make us drop everything, but this is very cool.
SUPGlobals man in Chile and Naish rider Arnaud Frennet takes us on board for a weekend of Stand Up Paddle surfing in Arica. Luckily he took along his camera to catch the action.
Arica is known here as the Capital of Stand Up Paddling and this is mainly due to its great conditions which are more agreeable than in the rest of Chile (a bit warmer)but also because you can find there waves for everyone, and for every level of rider. You’ll see on the video images from Chinchorro, a very easy beach with safe small waves that the « Ariqueños » surf every day just like you’d go for your daily jogging! Very cool atmosphère.
There are also more serious waves of course for more experimented like « La Isla » & « El Brazo » just a few meters from the Nautic Club and its restaurant where the families would be enjoying their time in a very familiar way.
John Zapotocky 91 Years Young and the History of Stand Up Paddling
You may be forgiven for thinking that stand up paddling is a new sport, that has probably been around for 4 or 5 years right? Wrong, in fact the roots of our sport go right back to the man who bought surfing to the world, Duke Kahanamoku. How do we know this? Because the man that is the Godfather of stand up paddling, John Zapotocky learn't from the Duke.
The Waterman's League Stand Up Paddle Surf Sunset Beach Pro was eventually won by Maui local Kai Lenny, and some excellent video footage has been surfacing from the event showing how, on day two, how hard and shifty the waves were.
Ivan van Vuuren takes us through the new Coreban Fusion 9ft Stand Up Paddle board. It looks like a nice board and I hear a rumour that there will be a UK distributor of this South African/Hawaiian based brand. The board is 9ft x 29 1/2 wide x 4 1/2 thick. It has a volume of 148 L.