Friday, November 30, 2007

BlueLine noserider

I have been lagging on the photo of this board so here it is. The board, including the rails is wrapped in Texalium.Texalium is an aluminum weave in the regular fiberglass that makes the board bomb proof and it also looks cool. A lot of work went into this board. The only problem with wrapping the rails with Texalium is that it made the board heavy due to the fact that the rails had to be wrapped in another layer of fiberglass to hold the Tex down. I have another one getting glassed right now and I left the Tex off the rails this time. The board should be about 8 pounds lighter. OUT.


Spencer checking the concave on the BlueLine 10' 2' noserider.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Nash 10' 6" Tri-Fin

I took this board out for the 2nd time today and let me tell you it kicks ass!! Turns great and drives down the line. I just might have to get one. Nash also has an 11' 6" and coming soon a 9' 6" Tri ripper!!. The boys in Maui now how to make them work. To see more go to

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Ryan dropping in on a nice looking wave. Once again showing us his SUP skills.

Carbon Cruiser

I was down at the Beach House yesterday checking out this 12' Kauai Boys carbon SUP board. Super light and big $$$$$.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

BlueLine 11'

The boyz getting busy with the finishing touches on my 11' SUP. We now have three boards in the water (10', 10' 2", and 11') and three more being glassed for the local surf shop. When I decided to get back into the surf biz the surf shop here in town had ZERO SUP boards. Now by the time I get my boards in the shop they have about 20 in stock and have sold over 40 SUP boards. Things are happening way to fast!!!!


No surf in Santa Barbara the past few days so all I can add today is a pic of my dog "40" (aka "40 Cent") kicking it on the couch. The last of the Thanksgiving gang left for home today so things will get back to nomal around here. It should be a good winter and I look forward to seeing all the SUP guys riding some big fast waves. Santa Barbara is a great place to live, visit and SUP surf. I/we have plans in the near future to add some SUP events to this area. This will include SUP surf contests, distance racing and group fun paddles.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


My long time friend Spenser Kellogg from iShapes watching one of my SUP boards come to life. I design the boards on a CAD program and have them buzzed out. Back about 10 years ago I hand shaped all my surfboards and let me tell you that "Da Machine" is the way to go. The biggest problem I have now is working with the new EPS foam. Back when I was shaping by hand the Clark foam was like molding butter. This new EPS stuff is like trying to finish shaping a styrofoam ice chest from Vons.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Pappa Jerry

Jerry Shalhoob, local icon and long time Santa Barbara surfer, kite surfer and windsurfer showing his skills on this wave. Jerry is 65 years old and is showing no signs of slowing down. Jerry was one of the first guys in Santa Barbara to standup paddle. He spends a lot of time at his house in Maui and saw the locals doing it years before it hit the mainland. Thanks Jerry for turning us on here in SB to a great sport.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Pt. Conception

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Jumping in the water at Pt. Conception for the 46 mile paddle back to Santa Barbara. Check out the light house in the background. This point is known for being really rough and nasty year round. The paddle back took us 12 hours and we all had a blast. We did this to raise money for a friend that had terminal cancer. He passed away shortly after. It was an honor to be a part of this event and I was so happy to help his family.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Some more California heat

Most folks I know ask me if we actually catch waves on our big ol SUP boards. Sometimes we do, I say with a grin. They have no idea what they are missing. My friend Steve busting a move at an undisclosed local break.

Michael Robertson

A few people have asked me about the surf pics. Who took the shots and what kind of camera they ask? Well if you look at my early posts, you know, the blurry and fuzzy ones, I took those with my Pentax Optio. It's a small waterproof pocket camera. The clear nice pics were taken by Michael Robertson. He has a big fancy expensive camera and he learned how to use it at Brooks. You can see more of his stuff at I might be able to dig up a few more SUP picks by Michael. If so I will post them.

Sporting some wood

Two of these paddles belong to my kids and one is my back up. Two are made from wind surfing masts and outrigger paddles. The other is made from fiberglass and a wood pole. These worked much better than using an old canoe paddle our an aluminum boat oar.

Old School?

Just two short years ago most guys here in SB were using the 12' "Soft Tops" for SUP. These bad boys are only 26" wide and not very thick. Using one was like tryting to balance on a 9 year old's surfboard after drinking a few beers. Actually I did try that once but that's another story. We also used paddles made from outrigger paddles and wind surfing masts. Our boy Ryan shown here in the pic is still using the Soft Top and homemade paddle and making it look good. Hey Ryan, when you're ready to upgrade, there has been a lot of progress in the SUP boards and paddles the past two years. It's unbeliveable how far this sport has come in that very short time!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Storm window

"-We'll rail on through to surf and tangair and on down by the sea-The moon she shines the midnight ocean goin down the line-Gavioty, Govioty, O Gavi-oty, Singin and drinkin wine-Camarilla, Camarilla,Where Charley Parker went mad. We'll roll on to L.A-O midnight, midnight, midnight ghost, rollen down the line. Saint Terese Sainte Terese, don't you worry, We'll make it on time, down that midnight line..............Jack Kerouac.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Steve "StyleMaster" Marsh

Not bad for an old fart eh!! And to think we just got into this sport for some flat water exercise.

Sooooo Smooth!!

It doesn't get any glassier than this. Nuff said!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

California Gold

It's easy to forget about all the sore shoulders, ribs and pulled muscles you get from paddle surfing when you score a day like this.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007