We just loaded up the new Black Project Paddle SURGE Pro…It looks really nice, new thinner shaft for lighter swing wight. The Surge is among the lightest wave paddles (if not the lightest) available.
A SUP paddle designed to help you catch more waves & surf them better
Surge Wave Paddle Overview
Available 82 and 77 sq in blade sizes
Available in Premium Carbon and 100% Carbon
Reduced Diameter Shaft
Weight from 380 grams
Design in Maui. Tested worldwide… you will see a few around North County San Diego
82 sq in
77 sq in
Premium CArbon-Medium Flex
Premium Carbon-Soft Flex
FIJI CONFIRMED TO HOST ITS FIRST EVER ISA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AS ISA CONTINUES DRIVE FOR GLOBAL EXPANSION
The International Surfing Association (ISA) has today confirmed that the 2016 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championshipwill be hosted in Fiji - the first time that an ISA event will be held in the Pacific island chain, further highlighting the global growth and expansion of SUP Surfing and Racing.
SUP, the fastest growing outdoor activity according to the Outdoor Industry Association, has boomed in popularity in recent years. The 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Fiji, which will run from 5-13 November, will be the 5th edition of the event after previous Championships were held in Peru (2012 & 2013), Nicaragua (2014) and Mexico (2015).
The 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship featured 27 National Teams and 260 athletes - a sharp increase from the first edition in 2012 which hosted 17 nations and 105 athletes, meaning participation has more than doubled since the event's inception.
At the 2015 competition, which featured the highest level of international talent in the event's history, Team USA put on a dominant performance to earn the Club Waikiki-Peru ISA World Team Champion Trophy, breaking Team Australia's three-year reign as World Champions.
Gerry Lopez Selected as Honoree at The Boardroom's Icons of Foam Tribute presented by US Blanks
Six shapers will replicate a classic Lopez design in a shape-off
Del Mar, Ca., December 10, 2015 -- -- The Boardroom International Surfboard Show will honor Gerry Lopez during the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off presented by US Blanks. The Boardroom, a consumer show which brings together the surf manufacturing industry and focuses on surfboards, fins, wetsuits, technology and surf culture, takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds May 14-15, 2016.
"It seems my life has always been closely connected with surfboards as well as surfboard design. I am thrilled to be an Icons of Foam honoree," said Gerry Lopez. "The list of past honorees is legendary. To be included with the likes of Diff and RB is really cool, as well as very humbling, since both were mentors to me when I started building my own boards."
"We are excited to have Gerry Lopez as this years' Icons of Foam honoree. Lopez is an incredible craftsman, shaper, surfer and human being," underlines Scott Bass, executive director of The Boardroom. "Gerry has picked a crew of shapers from varying generations to compete and in so doing is bridging the past with the future."
Six shapers: (two-time defending champion) Roger Hinds, Tom Eberly, Ward Coffey, Ron House, Ryan Burch, and Ryan Lovelace will be asked to replicate a classic Lopez design within the 1.5 hour time allotment.
"US Blanks is once again proud to be a part of the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off and to honor shaping legend, surfing legend, and lifestyle legend Gerry Lopez is a no-brainer," said Jeff Holtby of US Blanks. "Gerry's contributions to design and innovation have certainly left a profound and lasting mark on the industry and on surfers worldwide."
ICONS OF FOAM TRIBUTE TO THE MASTERS presented by US BLANKS
Honoree Winning Shaper
2007 Mike Diffenderfer Ricky Carroll
2008 Bill Caster Ricky Carroll
2009 John Bradbury Marc Andreini
2009 Dick Brewer Pat Rawson
2010 Renny Yater Wayne Rich
2010 Simon Anderson Matt Biolos
2011 Doug Haut Ward Coffey
2011 Carl Ekstrom Wayne Rich
2012 Mark Richards Ricky Carroll
2013 Rich Price Stu Kenson
2013 Terry Martin Matt Calvani
2014 Ben Aipa Roger Hinds
2015 Rusty Preisendorfer Roger Hinds
2016 Gerry Lopez TBD
Along with surf contest judge and board salesman Jack Shipley, Gerry Lopez opened the first Lightning Bolt Surfboards outlet in the summer of 1970. Mentored by boardmaking guru Dick Brewer, Lopez had been shaping for three years, and his boards were in demand. Bolt went on to become the decades' biggest and best-known surf company. He was one of the first to stay in the tree-house camp at Grajagan in Java; he later said that he actually preferred the long tubes of Grajagan to the shorter, thicker, more intense waves at Pipeline. Lopez moved to Maui during this period, where he continued to shape surfboards under his own Gerry Lopez label.
The shortboard revolution enshrined the tuberide as the ultimate surfing maneuver, and while Lopez was in the high-performance vanguard, ricocheting off the curl and doing hairpin cutbacks, he began to focus on riding as far back inside the wave as possible. Taking cues from Pipeline ace Jock Sutherland, Lopez taught himself how to take the simplest but deepest line through the tube, first making the near-vertical drop down the wave face, then turning and positioning himself beneath the curl with an absolute minimum of adjustments, and finally assuming a tranquil posture within the tube itself, knees slightly bent, arms and hands lowered, gaze steady. "One movement, one breath . . . very Zen," three-time world champion surfer Tom Curren said of Lopez's tuberiding at Pipeline. "Like an archer pulling back and letting the arrow fly."
The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association gave Lopez its Waterman Achievement Award in 1999, and the following year he was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame. Surfing magazine named Lopez their 2002 "Shaper of the Year." He was cited in 2004 as one of the 16 best surfers in history by Surfing; in 2009 Lopez ranked fourth in Surfer magazine's list of the "50 Greatest Surfers of All Time." * Encyclopedia of Surfing
About THE BOARDROOM
The history of our lifestyle is the history of the surfboard. Nothing has defined the surfing experience more than that on which we ride the waves. Nothing defines the surfer more than his (or her) surfboard. So much more than a tool, the surfboard has become a philosophical icon, a sacred craft, a culturally pervasive symbol of freedom, adventure and enduring youth. For more information visit www.boardroomshow.com
"NEVER GIVE UP” America’s Cup Winner Jimmy Spithill on the Molokai 2 Oahu Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Challenge
Maui, Hawaii - Bluesmiths announces the release of “Never Give Up” – a short documentary film about the experiences of James “Jimmy” Spithill in the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.
Jimmy Spithill needs no introduction. He is an accomplished Australian yachtsman and two-time winner of the America’s Cup as skipper of Oracle Team USA. With a well-earned reputation as a fierce competitor, it was no surprise to see Jimmy in the starting line-up of the most grueling stand up paddling race in the world – the Molokai 2 Oahu Stand Up Paddleboard Challenge.
"The Molokai is one of the ultimate tests in the ocean for a waterman and athlete to go through.", says Spithill.
“One of the biggest lessons I learned from the America’s Cup is that…….you never give up. It doesn’t matter how tough the situation looks…….., if you’re still in the race, you’ve got a shot. That attitude…..is exactly what the Molokai 2 Oahu race is all about.”
John Smalley, Founder of Bluesmiths, adds, “We are extremely proud that an athlete of the caliber of Jimmy Spithill, who could wear any gear in the world, chose Bluesmiths clothing during his SUP races. Our fit and fabric, combined with unique Hydrophobic water repellent technologies, create garments that not only feel great to wear, but also keep you drier, more protected and more comfortable on and off the water.”
Bluesmiths camera teams followed Jimmy to give some insight into his mindset and attitude before and during the 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu challenge.
Check out the short film at bluesmiths.com/nevergiveup
The Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championship (M2O) is one of the most grueling open ocean stand-up and prone paddling races in the world: 32 miles of heaving swells in an open ocean channel between two islands in the middle of the Pacific. The 2015 race is this next weekend.
BLUESMITHS is a small performance apparel company based in Maui, Hawaii manufacturing primarily in Canada. Obsessively detailed and passionate about making best in class clothing that is hard-working, hard-wearing and great-fitting. Two time winners of “Men’s Journal Gear of the Year”, Bluesmiths continues to innovate by making equipment that both ocean professionals and enthusiasts benefit from.
How do I choose my shaft? Here is some advice that Chris Freeman of Black Project Hawaii shared with us.
The first choice you will face is whether you want an adjustable paddle or a fixed paddle. If you want an adjustable then you will want to go for the EPIC Vario 95 Adjustable Carbon paddle, if you are looking for the elite performance of a fixed paddle then you will have three more options to consider.
When choosing your EPIC Pro 95 Premium Carbon paddle you are offered a choice of shaft stiffness and it is important to choose the optimal bend characteristics which match your unique set of variables. Our Premium Carbon shafts are made to a premium quality using the finest materials by skilled professionals in our USA based factory. There are a few things to consider and this post aims to empower you to make an informed decision. If in doubt please get in contact and we can discuss in detail and/or arrange a demo. Things to consider when choosing your Premium Carbon shaft;
If you have questions please get in touch, if you are ready to choose your next paddle go to the online store.