Starboard’s Annabel Anderson takes us through the process of picking the perfect board for your surf, all-round cruising and racing needs.
Congratulations to Annabel Anderson for her second back to back victory in the 2014 Carolina Cup. In a battle against some of the best female racers in the world, Annabel was determined to get out front and never look back. In a grueling 13 mile race she battled JENNY KALMBACH (2nd) and LINA AUGAITIS (3rd) for the win.
Annabel completed the course in 2:49:13 seconds. Just 6 seconds in front Jenny and 12 seconds in front Lina.
We will have a full report from Annabel coming soon and you can check out more pictures, interviews, info and results at www.supracer.com.
You can catch Annabel crossing the US Mainland on her way to the Stand Up for the Cure, where she is an ambassador for the organization and for a great cause.
Congratulations to Finn Mullen for winning the Causeway Coast Surf Festival over Easter Weekend. Finn is on a roll winning his second straight SUP surf competition in Ireland.
Finn provides us with a full report of the event here and thanks to Peter Kosinski for the video.
Sun, surf smiles and sounds were the ingredients for success at the 2014 Causeway Coast Surf Festival at West Strand beach, Portrush, Northern Ireland. With temperatures in the high teens, clear skies and an equally sunny vibe, Surfers, Bodyboarders and Stand Up Paddleboarders from all over the island battled it out for the amazing trophies hand crafted by local surfboard shaper and famous surf photographer Conn Osborne and the prestigious Port rush Open titles on offer.
First heats in the crystal blue Atlantic waters were the SUP division which had the largest entry of the entire surf competition showing its fast growing popularity on the island. Showing his prowess early on was Starboard rider Ronan Oertzen, a former Irish Surfing Champion and recent passionate SUP convert, Ronan showed his trademark clinical surfing roots to advance to the semi finals and only narrowly miss out on a final placing. Also narrowly missing out was Dublin’s Dave Owens who blitzed his heats only to come up short by a fraction of points against his hard charging team mate Paul Byrne in the semis.
Other standouts were Owen Waters and local rippers Ollie Boyd and Tony Doherty who showed their knowledge of their home breaks to advance to the semis. When the scores were tallied though it was Tony with his smooth style and ability to pick off high scoring waves that made it to the final alongside Irish SUP racing Champion Peter Kosinski who booked his place with winning short board style moves and Finn Mullen who snagged a series of firsts in the closely fought semis and qualifying heats.
As the sun set and the DJ sets of the festival blasted out to the crowds on the boardwalk the scene looked much like a cold water California and competitors kicked back before heading to the festival’s Shore Shots Surf Film screenings to psych up for the next day and Finals time. Dawn broke with no change in the wall to wall sun but larger surf to test the competitors. A thirty minute final was called to give everyone the best chance to make the most out of the sets and chunky left and rights rolling in on the high tide.
After numerous beatings and some great paddling in the tricky conditions it was a Starboard 1, 2 of Finn Mullen first, Peter Kosinski second, local Tony Doherty third and Dublin’s Paul Byrne fourth in the SUP division. High flying current Irish Surfing Champion Gearoid McDaid took to the skies to win the Mens Surf division in one of the most explosive displays of aerial surfing ever seen in competition on the North Coast. Local legends John McCurry and Martin ‘TK’ Kelly took out the Longboard and Bodyboard divisions while Rossnowlagh Surf Club members Amy-May Garvey and Jack Scott took respective trophies in the Women’s and Youth categories.
Two days of non-stop fun, sun and surf all that was left was a huge thanks to Ger and Kirstie McAuley, Stevie Burns and Andrew Gaynor for all their hard work to make the event such a huge success and SUP addict and broadcaster Alan Simpson for the hilarious and potentially libellous event commentary !
The Starboard Team riders put on an outstanding display in both surf SUP and Racing in Abu Dhabi with Izzi Gomez stealing the show with her Grand Slam title. Izzi won the women’s surf title. This is the first Grand Slam title for Izzi as she only started competing in the race division in Abu Dhabi.
Zane Schweitzer was another surprise as he ended up in 2nd in the sprint races and 3rd overall for racing. This propelled Zane into a 3rd place standing for the Grand Slam.
Connor Baxter ended up 2nd in the Race division just behind Kai Lenny and we saw Iballa Moreno reach 2nd in the women’s surf Sup division and Sean Poynter in 2nd for the men’s SUP surf division.
All-in-all a fantastic showing for our Starboard team. Congrats to all who participated!
Connor is off to compete next in the Carolina Cup, Zane is attending Stand Up for the Cure, then he will pack up and head to the Carribean Island of St Croix for the Coconut Cup. The Surf Tour takes a break and will resume in CA.
Starboard team rider Dan Gavere, takes us through the features and benefits of the 2014 Astro Stream Inflatable board. dan help design this board specifically for whitewater SUP conditions. Check out more of our inflatables and full range of boards here: www.star-board-sup.com.
Congratulations to Connor Baxter for winning the long distance portion of the Stand UP World Tour event in Abu Dhabi. Connor fought hard to maintain his lead by out paddling Kai Lenny to the finish. This is Connor’s second straight victory following his outstanding performance in Brazil.
Starboard’s Zane Schweitzer is clearly showing he is a force to be reckoned with on the racing scene as he came in 3rd in the distance, just seconds behind Kai and in front of many of the top racers from around the world.
In the women’s division, winner of the SUP surf event, Izzi Gomez, showed off her racing skills and after her performance in the distance, she is now in the lead to win the Grand Slam at Abu Dhabi.
We congratulate all of the Starboard racers for a great showing!
Tune in for an update as we await the results of the sprint races.
( photographer : Matty Schweitzer )
An outstanding performance from all our Starboard Team Riders in Abu Dhabi over the weekend, with Young Phenom, Izzi Gomez, backing up her win from Brazil with a first place finish in the wave pool event of the Stand UP World Tour.
Izzi had a hard fought battle with teammate Iballa Moreno (2nd), who showed off some of her best surfing skills and earned a 2nd place finish.
The win by Izzi secures her standing in first place on the World tour, not a bad feat for a 14 year old!
In the men’s action it was Sean Poynter from Starboard, who consistently earned some of the highest scores in the pool. Sean went up against Kai Lenny in the finals and came up just short for the title and landed in 2nd on the podium.
We congratulate the entire Starboard SUP Surf team!
As the surf Tour takes a break in the action we will wait for the results of the race series as we look for Connor Baxter to continue his winning streak from Brazil. Good luck to all our racers competing in the beautiful landscape of the Abu Dhabi Desert.
(Photographer : Matty Schweitzer)
Congratulations to Starboard Team Riders Iballa and Daida Moreno (Morenotwins) for securing 6 episodes on Epic TV, which is a great platform for extreme sports. The Moreno twins will be featured for their World Champion Windsurfing skills as well as their talents on Stand Up Paddle Boards.
You can check out their newly released trailer here:
And Be sure to tune in here for all six episodes.: http://www.epictv.com/?header_b=1
Also learn more about Iballa and Daida here: https://www.facebook.com/morenotwins
Congratulations Connor Baxter for another outstanding performance and for winning the first leg of the Stand Up World Series. Connor took both the sprint and the long distance races to become the overall winner of the Brazil event. Teammate Zane Schweitzer, also had a stellar performance in both the sprint and the long distance by coming in 4th in each. However, due to a change in the scoring by the SUWS, Zane ended up 6th overall. Congrats to all the Starboard Riders!
Connor is on his way to Abu Dhabi and will be sending a recap soon… please check back for an update from Connor.
For now here are a video recapping the long distance race.
Thanks to the Stand Up World Series for the image and video.
2014 Alagoas Pro Grand Slam: Sweep Wins
The 2014 Brazil Grand Slam was a huge success. Not only was it awesome to be in Brazil, seeing competitors and friends we hadn’t seen in a long time but the weather and scenery was great. Thanks to the race organizers for putting on an outstanding event. It started off with the surfing and I didn’t do as well as I would have liked to but I was stoked to make one heat. Congratulations to Caio Vaz on a solid win.
I had a whole week to rest and get ready for the two days of hard racing with the sprint then the distance races back to back. It was fun to look around the town. Zane Schweitzer and I gave a clinic to some of the local water athletes. That was great too.
I spent some time on the water with Kody Kerbox and Zane Schweitzer. Matty Schweitzer kept snapping great photos and getting the hang of flying the drone.
Saturday started off with the sprint races. It was a simple course of racing out, back in through some surf then back out to a crucial buoy turn and then an all out sprint straight into the finish line. I was in the last heat so I had a good look at how everyone was paddling. When it was my turn I knew what I had to do.
I took that heat as a warm up and just paddled as hard as I needed to. I got first in that heat which put me in the quarters. I rested up and drank water while I waited for my next heat.
This time I had Zane Schweitzer and Jake Jensen in the heat with me so I knew it was going to be a little harder. I didn’t let thoughts get to me, I needed to focus on the race I knew I could do. When the horn blew I ran down the beach and jumped on my board. It was a clean start – I felt good. We all were paddling hard. It wasn’t long until we all knew we were all going to make it so we slowed it down.
I came in first again and got ready for the semi finals. I thought the quarters were tough but the semi finals were even more stacked. Butterflies get us all about this time, but I had my eyes on Gold and that was all that mattered. I got to the water and on my feet as quickly as possible. We all knew we had to save something for the finals – just the same this heat required some hard paddling. I stayed in first the whole time and came across the finish line with a comfortable lead.
I had a good amount of time between the semi finals and the finals so I just got in the zone. I was ready to win it. We all lined up – there was an amazing amount of talent on that start line – no time to think about that. Then the horn blew and I was a bat out of hell. I hit the water and didn’t look back. I made the first buoy turn in 1st place and then sprinted to the next one. I was almost there and then Kai Lenny caught a freak wave from an incoming swell and he pulled up next to me. Thank goodness I had the inside. I wiped around that buoy and just sprinted out to the next one. I opened a good gap on Kai and just keep paddling.
I turned the last buoy and now I had a good lead on Kai. Then all of a sudden along came another freak wave – Kai caught it and we rode it to the beach together. I still felt strong. I jumped off my board and sprinted up the beach as fast as possible. That final push was all it took and I crossed the line in first place. Jake Jenson (Fanatic) and Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) were right on our heels, with Jake just getting the better of Zane on the home straight to take 3rd and Zane, 4th. In 5th, it was the Casper Steinfath (Naish)
I was super stoked but I knew it there was one more race to go. So I got a bunch of food in me and a bunch of sleep so I was ready for day two – the distance race.
The distance race consisted of an up winder, a downwinder and a flat water paddle. I was stoked about that because that is what I train in everyday. Everyone lined up and was ready for action. All I was thinking about was first place and strategizing what was needed. The best is to have a perfect start, so when that horn blew I what I had to and got into a good pace. I didn’t paddle too hard up wind to the first buoy but when we got about 100 meters from it I shifted gears and pulled into the front. That felt great. I turned that upwind buoy and knew I could make some ground on everyone on the downwinder. So that was the plan. I didn’t look back until I got all the way to the beach and turned the inside buoy.
I took a quick look and noticed I had a good gap on everyone. It still wasn’t in the bag – no way! I got into my hard pace and kept my head down. I kept this pace for the flat water and back up wind to the out side buoy. I held everyone off. The final sprint was just the way I like it – down wind down to the finish. By the time I got to the beach the work I’d done was what I needed. There was a huge gap in between 1st and 2nd. I was super stoked on my two 1st place finishes. Now to the next stop.
I want to thank my sponsors for all their support – Starboard, Dakine, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Rainbow Sandals, Futures Fins, Virus Sportswear, Trident Sports, GoPro, OnIt Pro, Waterman’s Sunscreen, Garmin, Igloo Coolers, Hammer Nutrition, iDcard, Sunrite Maui, and Hi-Tech Sports.
Also a big Mahalo to all the event organizers and volunteers.
Check out Sonja Lauren in Finland as she shows us how easy it is to unpack, inflate and ride the Starboard Astro Fun board. You can easily carry the board on your back, open the side zipper of the new Astro bag and inflate in minutes. Thanks to Timi Hellman for the great footage and to our Distribution Partners, Rautio Sports / Rautio Tools, for putting this together.