Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I did my first SUP bombing run on Nor Cal. This was just a trip to soften up the targets for the next raid. There was a lot of interest in my boards and I got out and surfed some really fun overhead beach break. Yes, I got my ass handed to me on some inside shore pound and a local asked me if I had a barn to store my board in!! Over all it was a fun trip an I hope to be back up in a couple of weeks. OUT.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
This Saturday May 17th at Ledbetter Beach/Shoreline Cafe. Ron House/Gerry Lopez/ Quickblade paddles/Kona bikes demo. Party at Shoreline Cafe at 5:00pm. Bring your squid lid and grab your paddle and head to the beach. All day deal. OUT.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Home boy Wayne sporting his new home made SUP fishing rig at Ledbetter beach. He made me promise that I wouldn't make fun of him when posting this pic. No way dude! That rig is cool. You can catch a wave while trolling for halibut and then kick back and grab a beer out of the ice chest while carving a bottom turn! I want one damn it! OUT.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Everyone's an SUP expert all of a sudden in So Cal. Funny how that works. I'd just like to give a shout out to all the original Santa Barbara SUP crew. That would be guys like Jerry "T-Bone" Shalhoob, Steve "Stylemaster' Marsh, Warren "Wardog" Thomas and Mark Ingalls. Oh I'm sure I left out a few but you know who you are. Just remember that it's all about having fun and there are a boat load of boards to choose from now. Pick the board that works for you and go have a good time. Some of us might capitalize on the sport and make a few bucks and that's cool too. Pop out boards, hand laid glass boards. Decisions decisions. Whatever works just go surf it and have fun. OUT.
Monday, May 12, 2008
My buddy Earl took my Gerry Lopez 9'6"+27 1/2" demo board out today for a spin around Ledbetter. He came back an hour later and plunked down the cash and bought one for himself. What's so unusual about this? Well, Earl weighs in at a healthy 205 pounds. 205 POUNDS on a 9'6" by 27 and a half inch wide SUP board! On the flip side a light weight chick the other day that has never been on a SUP board bought the Lopez 9'6" and had no problem on it. No excuses to not go small now. Big Earl (solid muscle mind you) and small light rookie chick can hang with the small board. OUT.
FYI...keep your eyes peeled when cruising the 101 between Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara for the above Lopez SUP board. I let my neighbor take it to Santa Cruz on Sunday and somewhere on the way home Sunday night it blew off of his freaking truck. No I'm not joking and he feels like a giant ass! He paid up and I now have a new one but it would be cool to find out where it ended up.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
SUP demo Saturday May 17th at Ledbetter Beach. Come see and ride Ron House and Gerry Lopez SUP boards. Jim Terrell from Quickblade paddles will be there to show off his top of the line SUP paddles as well. We will also be teaming up with Kona bikes so you can check out and test ride some bad ass mountain bikes. Yup, that's right. This will be a SUP and mountain bike demo on the beach. Buckle up your chin straps, grab your paddle and head down to the beach Saturday May 17th. OUT.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Ron House, Jerry Lopez and Quickblade paddle demo on Saturday May 17th at Ledbetter beach Santa Barbara. Demo from 9:00am till dusk. Party at Shoreline Beach Cafe at 5:00pm. If your not familiar with the area just look for the Shoreline Cafe at the beach. Test boards and ask questions. I am working on having Kona bikes there as well so you can try out a trick Kona mountain bike after your paddle. Sounds like a damn good time to me!! See ya there. OUT.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Never did a SUP race and never stepped foot on a SUP race board so I thought it might be fun to do the Hennessey River Race. It was billed as an 18 mile river race down the mighty Colorado River. I got up at 4:00 AM Thursday morning and drove down to San Clemente and picked up Kyle Mochizuki and Ron House. We left San Clemente around 1:00 PM and arrived at The Golden Nugget in Laughlin, Nevada around 6:00 PM. As we pulled in the parking lot I asked the guys "How can the race be 18 miles when the sign says 26 miles to Needles? Maybe the river is more direct?" We did some last minute work on Kyle's 18 foot race board in the Nugget parking lot then we ate dinner and hit the sack. Woke up Friday morning and headed to the starting line. This was when I first realized that these guys take this racing stuff serious!! I also realized that my one water bottle and no food was not enough to keep a race pace for 18 miles. So I bummed a Goo pouch from Kyle and off we went. First the knee guys take off, then the stock SUP guys and then the unlimited guys (us). I soon realized that my bottle of water and goo pack was not even close to what I needed to haul ass for 18 miles. As it turned out, the race was 28 miles long and I was drinking river water at about the 20 mile mark to keep going. The river water tasted like gas from all the Jet Skis and drag boats that haul ass up and down with dudes smoking cigarettes and drinking shit loads of Budweiser while trying to keep there mullets out of their eyes. All in all it was a super fun race and a super good time floating down 28 miles of the beautiful Colorado River. I will for sure do this race next year and come totally prepared for the distance with lots of food and water on board. Now I am just waiting for that gnarly feeling when the amoebas from the river water start partying in my stomach. OUT.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
The 18 mile......28 mile paddle board race down the Colorado river. It was fun. The boards above are Ron House SUP racing boards. The white one is 18' and the yellow is 16'. I used the 16 footer and it is fast! Much more on the next post about the race and how an 18 mile race turns into a 28 mile race. OUT.