I had a great time at the last Glide Camp in Madison, Wisconsin. I met some great members of the Madison paddling community. The scenery was beautiful. The guys at Paddleboard Specialists can hook you up with everything you need for your SUP. Looking forward to my next one in Hood River, OR.

 

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Red Nose Number Two

After a few years of riding 24′ wide boards on the Maliko run, I decided it was time to test my limits again. I’ve always enjoyed being in the shaping bay and having input on the boards I’m riding. I’m privileged to have that option living here on Maui. However, it’s always risky to change things like the rocker, bottom contours, lengths, widths and thickness. I’m lucky to know great shapers that are always happy to talk about board designs and characteristics. Once the board is shaped, the waiting game begins. I’m always questioning myself wondering if I went too narrow, too thick, or made too many changes, but that’s all just part of the fun. Being involved with the build and the mysteries that come along with it adds a lot of excitement to getting a new board. Red Nose Number Two was shaped at SIC Maui by Amir Arbel and she’s a beauty.

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Love the personal touch!

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SIC Active Steering System

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Here we go.

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Thanks for the ride Randy!

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Ready for take off.

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More stable than I thought. Whew!

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Catching little bumps and gliding like crazy!

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Feeling good! Ready for Maliko!!

Thanks to the crew up at the SIC Maui factory for an amazing board and thanks to Lina Augaitis and Randy Royse for the pics!

 


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Mark Raaphorst built a new camera mount that we connected to the back of a SIC race board. I teamed up with Livio Menelau to take it out for a test run. We paddled from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor riding wind swells on hollow, light weight SIC V1 Bullets with built in active steering systems.


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Basic exercises that can be practiced in flat water on a stand up paddle board. This video covers bracing and steering with the paddle. Both of these skills will come in handy on a downwind run.


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Exploring the open ocean water off the coast of Maui’s north shore on a 14′ Bullet from SIC made for downwind surfing. The wind was calm and the swell was just starting to arrive.


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