The sport of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a fun, easy and a great way to spend time with the family, friends or a great way to team build with your company.
You can be standing up paddle board, checking out the sea life, laughing with your friends, basking in the sun and having the best time ever! The Inn of the Beachcomber is the South Coast Headquarters for Starboard and Naish Stand Up Paddle Boards. 25 February, 2011 : - Look for a Stand Up Paddle Event this year at the Pistol River Wave Bash in Gold Beach Oregon June 16th through the 19th!
Rapids, wildlife and great food are just a few of the reasons to consider booking a trip on the world famous Rogue River Jet boats. There have been a lot of shark sightings of two Great White Sharks in Manhattan Beach at El Porto all summer long. This past week was a big week for me because I completed my first stand up paddle board race at the Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle. We got to the race and there was a drop off spot for our boards while we drove another 1-2 miles to park our car. By the third loop I was ready to be done but my only goal was to finish and my only competition was myself and I kept going.
Simon and Turbo compete in eight of the toughest races in the world – in only five months on the Esquire Network series BOUNDLESS. Bundoran itself is famous for “The Peak”, a world class point break in the middle of the town. The long range forecast promised big swell and light wind, and in the end delivered on its promises, with all the main surf breaks firing. The weekend comprised of two disciplines, a Technical Race of 4.5k, to be held on the Saturday, and the Marathon Race of 22k, which was held on the Sunday. Starting early on Saturday morning, the competitors arrived at Bundoran Main Beach to be greated by 6-foot breakers that were pounding the shore.
7 racers set off through some serious surf with a powerful rip and side swell ricocheting off the head land to the right of the bay. By the 3rd lap, the swell had built a couple of foot and some large double overhead bombs rolled through to the spectator’s amusement.
Experience allowed Bundoran local Emmet O’Doherty (Surftech, SupDude) to surf all the way in and take 2nd place, with Peter “Speedboat” Kosinski (Starboard, Surfdock) taking 1st. For me, after a disappointing start I was placing 5th, however some lucky wave rides on the 2nd lap saw me jump 2 places, and maintain my 3rd position to the finish. In 4th position was David Mangan (Starboard), 5th was Keith Gorman (Naish, Surfdock), 6th, Mark “It hurts to breathe” Gaul, 7th Patrick Crawford. On Sunday it was the 22km Marathon starting from Streedagh Beach in County Sligo (a beach that almost made my top 5),  following the coast northwards around Mullaghmore, past County Leitrim, and round through into Bundoran Main Beach, in County Donegal. There were a lot of nerves & excitement amongst the competitors, partly due to the long distance but also due to the exposed nature of the course. Everyone was stoked to be partaking in such an amazing paddle and to witness the breath-taking scenery of the north-west coast from such a different perspective.
Luckily, the weather was ideal with a good tail wind and great visibility, perfect conditions for a SUP marathon.
All competitors were given the safety briefing, and it was mandatory to have leashes, buoyancy aids, mobile phones, and hydration packs.
As we set off, the first few kilometres there was very little distance between any of the competitors. Peter Kosinski chose a tight line close to shore, which gave him a bumpier ride and meant he had to avoid some of the massive reef breaks. David Mangan and Emmet were following closely but Keith and I started to edge away as we came to the headland. The leg from Streedagh to Mullaghmore was pretty much straight downwind, and as we got further out to shore the wind swell picked up and you could ride some bumps.
The scenery was spectacular, especially rounding Mullaghmore with the  castle in the background, and massive waves crashing onto the rocky outcrops, which made for constant noisy rumble for the entire paddle. Big 4 metre rollers were coming from left to right (which meant I fell in a few times) and there were lots of weird currents and rips affecting the paddle round the point, which made for a bumpy ride. I was feeling strong rounding the head and after catching some wind chop I was gaining on Keith, my friend and Dublin paddle partner. After clearing the point, I was level with Keith, and the water turned to perfect glass, and from then on it was a straight race to Bundoran. My beloved board (Jimmy Lewis Blade II) excels in flat water so I stepped forward, engaged the nose and upped the tempo.
With 10k to go, Bundoran still looked very far away but it was possible to see the sand dunes of Tullan Strand and the blue roof of the swimming pool to get your bearings.
I was still increasing the distance between myself and Keith, but over my right shoulder I saw another racer, David Mangan making a late charge with 5k to go. At this stage of any long distance race, mental as well as physical exhaustion sets in, and it becomes increasingly hard to concentrate on your stroke, foot position, and board trim.
The overwhelming feeling from everyone was a sense of achievement, not only in racing a gruelling course, but also from finishing such a long distance safely. A massive well done to all the competitors, and Emmet O’Doherty from SUP Dude for holding the event. September 26, 2013 by The Editors Leave a Comment GLOW Paddle Board Session This Saturday Night at the SM Pier! This Saturday Sept 28t from 7pm -3am is GLOW an all night artistic expression session featuring illumination inspired artists.
Check out the city of Santa Monica’s glow website here to get a better idea about the event. Poseidon Paddle and Surf shop will be coordinating a Glow Stand Up Paddle Board night paddle during the event from 9pm-10pm.  Poseidon will provide glow in the dark sticks to attach to paddles and boards.

My parents and I headed out to Newport Aquatic center around 9am to rent some SUPs for the morning. It was a gray morning that broke way into a beautifully crisp blue sky once the marine layer retreated.
Half of the experience is just enjoying the scenery and the other half is being efficient with the paddle.
After about an hour and only one fall on my dads behalf (he hit a mud bank), the wind started to kick up, so we called it a day. When I first began writing this piece, I started off thinking it would be super easy to pick the 5 best Stand Up Paddling Wave Spots in Ireland due to the hundreds (if not thousands) of spots to choose from. With this in mind, the below 5 are chosen as spots for all SUP surfers, from beginner upwards. The Causeway Coast, in Northern Ireland, is a 4800 mile stretch of rugged coastline, boasting many beach breaks and reefs.
East Strand is sometimes known as “East the Beast”… in the winter it can produce double over head monsters. When it’s flat, you can paddle around the rocky coast line, exploring the many caves and inlets. Rossnowlagh is my all-time favourite spot, and is as famous for its place in Irish surf history as it is for its waves. Rossnowlagh is also famous for the “Intercounties Surf Championship”, which has been running since 1969, and is by far the biggest surfing party in the country. Strandhill is another famous beach break, and like all west coast beaches is surrounded by many reef and point breaks.
Nestled at the foot of Ireland’s table mountain, Ben Bulben, spectacular scenery surrounds you, and it is always somewhere to check when you’re on the hunt for waves. Situated right beside the main beach, like Rossnowlagh & Strandhill it has a bustling surf school trade. The area is spoiled with many additional reef breaks north and south, and when it’s flat, you can visit the Burren or the Cliffs of Moher, which, in addition to their astonishing beauty, are also famous for “Aileens”, a massive wave that has gained world attention over the last few years. Traditionally, all surfing activity in Ireland is based on the west coast, with it being battered daily by Atlantic Ocean swells and storms.
But for those living on the east coast of the country, the Dublin Ferry Wave is something of phenomenon. On a given day as many as 20 SUP surfers can be seen awaiting the incoming craft, tracking the boats on their smartphones, ready to pounce when the waves magically appear. Each boat generates 3 or 4 waves and allows east-coast based surfers to get some surfing practice without driving to the west coast.
The ferry wave continues to be used daily and was used as a mid-week surf training spot for the members of the Irish SUP team prior to the 2012 SUP world championships in Peru.
Last week I (Lindsay) went camping with my family out at Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu, CA. After we took the paddle boards for a spin, I tried catching a wave in the ankle high lineup only to be told that Stand Up Paddle Boarders aren’t allowed in the lineup at Leo Carrillo. The story behind GOSUPGEAR is a garage full of SUP gear and friends asking over and over where do I find a good used board to get started paddling? The app is all about finding SUP gear nearby at your local shop or connecting local paddlers down the street.
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Paddle boarding offers an amazing experience of which the likes could be compared to walking on water!
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Got off the phone with Charlie Burwell at Pacific Boardsport the Naish board distributer and Naish is committed to bring down some demo boards and jump start the contest.
They can range in size from little to small and they don’t want to gnaw on humans or bite your legs off. I was holding it in my hand but I think next time I want to duct tape my Go Pro Camera to my paddle to get some more interesting views.
When you are surfing, you are sitting on your board with your legs in the water and you can’t see a thing. The event was held at Dana Point Harbor, CA and was a fun filled weekend for event participants and spectators alike.
We live about an hour away so we strapped our boards on the car and headed to the OC for the Battle of the Paddle.
We saw on the beach and watched the elites charge the loops of the course and maneuver their paddles in and out of the surf at one of the critical buoy turns. I spent so much time waiting around before my time start that I didn’t eat right before and that hurt me early on. On Wednesdays at 10pm, they have four days to train in Hawaii before competing against the world’s best in the “Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.”  To complete the course, the pair must paddleboard over 10-foot open ocean swells to cross the 32-mile Channel of Bones between Molokai and Oahu.
Donegal, in the North West of Ireland played host to leg 2 of the Irish National SUP Racing Tour on the 21st and 22nd of September 2013. Mark Gaul (Jimmy Lewis) unfortunately took a hard wipe-out and limped home with a cracked rib. Serious wipe-outs were had as the guys tried surfing their 12’6 race boards back into shore. Keith and I are roughly the same speed and we kept close together up to the half way point at Mullaghmore.
After a few kilometres I had put in a good effort and had increased my lead on Keith, with Peter Kosinski still 1 kilometre ahead.

For the last few kilometres, David and Keith were neck and neck and were battling it out fiercely.
I spotted a dolphin about 100 metres away and funnily that gave me a boost for the last few kilometres. Knowing that if either Keith or Dave caught a wave properly I was toast, I jumped back on the board only to be hit by another massive wave.
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The Back Bay was brimming with eager renters, most trying to SUP for the first time like my parents. Despite the (slightly) colder temperatures, the amount, quality and variety of waves available, as well as the relative lack of crowds, makes Ireland easily compete with the best spots around the world. Sligo was voted in the top 5 big of the biggest, heaviest & scariest waves in the world.
After a mere 30 seconds however, I then realized how hard it would be to choose between these spots, as all of them are so good! Portrush is the surf capital, with two breaks to choose from, East & West strand, each within walking distance of the town. Waves break up and down the two miles of pristine golden beach, and it is one of the most chilled-out places to surf in the country.
To those blessed to be living on the west coast (highly jealous), they are treated to some of the best conditions the world has to offer. Guaranteed waves, accurate to the minute, are generated by the various incoming ferries into Dublin port.
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I have been surfing most of my life but I’ve never been involved in any surf or water sport competition other than triathlons and open water swim races.
We weren’t really sure what to expect as neither of us had ever done anything like this before. We got our bib numbers, tags, and goodie bags and picked a spot on the beach to lay our boards and hang out before our race. I knew that the last 500metres were through the break zone and as we had all learned from the Technical Race, anything could happen.
I finally got back onto the board and managed to catch one of the smaller waves most of the way into shore, and pretty much crawled to the finish line, placing 2nd, exhausted but elated. I had just recently started my love affair with the whole SUP culture over summer vacation in Lake Tahoe. We paddled into the sprawling waters of the back bay, passing all types of birds, paddling over jumping fish and streaking through the paintings of the artists along the shore. Ireland is spoiled with miles of pristine beaches for those new to the sport, and even more miles of rugged coastline that can challenge the most expert SUP surfer. Leo Carrillo is a point break that breaks off a rock and it can get pretty competitive right there at the point.
Sometimes while surfing your legs might dangle in the water and brush up alongside one of these suckers. We were sitting on the beach with our mouths dropped open thinking we bit off more than we could chew. I took a few moments in-between to just sit, breathe and be thankful for the beauty and blessings that surround me.
Mechanically, its a great way to strengthen and use muscles that you might neglect otherwise. I imagine there’d be a lot more fights and accidents in the water if surfers and surf SUPers were out there on a big swell day. We’ve built a social commerce platform to help you reach customers at home on their PC, tablet or most valuable retail in the world their phone. We’ve been surfing for a long time and have never seen sharks in Manhattan Beach like this.
I already own 2 pairs of Rainbows (they are THE BEST) so I got my husband a pair in his size so he can be cool like me now. They had a blast and we will definitely return and bring the rest of the family with us, dogs and all.
For us we had a great time paddling around on the SUP, got a great workout, and helped introduce our youth to the awesomeness that is stand up paddle boarding.
One of my pairs is almost 10 years old now – I got them when I interviewed Sparky for a story in Transworld Business in 2003. It’s pretty great to pass the stoke and introduce the girls to the water at such a young age.
There was a fierce headwind and ocean chop during the first loop that was fierce at first but died down as the race went on and by the third lap the sun was out.

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