Monday, January 24, 2011


The DOCTOR SUP Race in Australia

Since a couple of days I am here in Western Australia for THE DOCTOR , Australia's premier SUP race. I met with Scott Mc Kercher, STARBOARD's main board designer and tester, who showed me around in Perth and Rottnest Island.
On the 22nd we left in the morning for Rottnest Island 15 km from the coast. At 1:00 pm
The race started for the Stand Up Boards. First a sprint to the first buoy then 11km slightly from the side and then the remaining 18 km straight form the back. The finish was in Sorrento.
Until last minute I was trying to decide between the ACE 12'6*25 or the RACE 12'6 *29. I decided for the RACE because it just catches a waves easier. The ACE is better in flat water.

Probably the RACE 12'6* 27 would have been my first choice but I would have been impossible to bring that board from Maui with the flight connections I had. But even the slightly wider one I was using is still very very fast.
The wind was a lot lighter then for casted. Everybody started off fast, to win the bonus $500 1-km sprint. Paul Jackson and I were the only ones who could catch on with the two 17 footers in front of us. But still just to fast for us to get to that first mark in 1st. When we got further out we started working the bumps and getting glides. Because of the light winds it was super hard to get a glide but your efforts were double rewarded when you did. After the 1/3 mark I caught up with Courtney on his 17 footer. So I kept working to stay close to Paul Jackson who was just ahead of me.
After 2hrs and 53 minutes I got to the finish in 2nd place with Paul still just 2 minutes ahead of me. It was a hard race and I gave everything.

Thanks to STARBOARD for their SUPER fast boards, Black Project fins, DAKINE and Kanaha Kai Maui.

Top 3, left to Right, Bart 2nd, Andy 3rd and Paul 1st
The water tasted so nice after the race

Jacco ( Paul) and me talking story after the race.
Next race in Margret River on Wednesday. In the mean time Scotty and I will be testing next years boards.

Aloha from Down Under

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Kona days and more SUP

After some Kona winds. It is light again. Still plenty of swells.
So lots of Stand Up in the outer reefs.
I am getting to know the new STARBOARD boards.

The Starboard 8'5"* 28.5 PRO is a fun little board for smaller waves. The board turns so fast, you can surf it and work it as a surfboard.

The Gun 10'3 x28.5 is made for the bigger days. Nice thin rails and lots of rocker. It is easier getting on the bigger waves because of it's length and it handles the speed because it is narrow and has the thin rails. If you want it to turn you step back and it makes nice, hard, controlled turns.

The Starboards are already light but the brushed carbon boards are super light. Not only nice to carry and to accelerate to get on the wave but specially with the top turns you feel a big difference.
I am really stoked.
Here is a little video of the last 3 sessions on the outer reefs, Tavares, Kuau and Outer sprecks.
Sometimes with Connor but mostly just by myself.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Glassy and wavy January 9

Just a few shots of today's action in Hookipa. It is a lot smaller but still very nicceeee.
Still a lot more waves coming. The wind died off though. Some Kona is expected for this week.

The swell is still very Northerly which makes everything different in Hookipa.

Some close outs

And some nice ones

Aloha from Maui

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Maui on Fire

The year just started but it started off with Hookipa on fire.
A squall gave us a perfect rainbow.
Here are some shots Jimmie Hepp made. He is every day in Hookipa and anywhere else on Maui making awesome shots.
Hookipa January 2nd 2011

Beautiful whale shot from Hookipa
Mark going off, just before he went on the rocks
Mark again, sailing very well , as always
Master Robby Naish with Kai Lenny
Here I Kind of lost my board, my bullet proof smack can withstand anything though

Aloha from Maui

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Happy New Year.
New years resolution, paddle harder, windsurf stronger and take care of the people around you.
We had many swells and light winds in December. So lots of Stand up surfing in Kaua, Outer Sprecks and Lanes.
But now the wind is back and we had an amazing day in Hookipa.
Here is a litte video of the new Starboard GUN 10'3 x 28.5" I just got in.
Yes our shop is full of the 2011 new Starboards.