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23Jul/14Off

CAMP DAVID SUP World Cup 2014 Highlight Clip

Zwei Tage lang kämpften 28 Profis aus 14 Nationen um wichtige Ranglistenpunkte und ein Preisgeld von 25.000 USD. 58 Amateure paddelten in Fun-Races um den Sieg und ein Preisgeld von 3.975 Euro.

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23Jul/14Off

Starboard’s Connor Baxter Takes 1st, Zane Schweitzer 4th in Germany!

Starboard's Connor Baxter Takes 1st, Zane Schweitzer 4th in Germany!

Congratualtions to the entire Starboard Racing Team as they place 5 out of the top 10 finishes in Fehmarn, Germany over the weekend. Connor Baxter came in 2nd in the sprints on Saturday, narrowly behind Kai Lenny and then on Sunday he poured it on, winning the distance event. This giving him the overall win.

Zane Schweitzer who had already secured the European Cup Championship, finished 4th in the sprints and 3rd in the distance to end the final competition in 4th place.

Dylan Frick (7th), Leonard Nika (8th), and Roman Frejo (9th) rounded out the top 10 for Starboard.

Before the boys head home to Maui for the M2M race this weekend, Zane was able to provide a final recap from Germany here:

Fehmarn was my last big trip and contest before heading home after a long trip in Europe! I left from Barrika Surf Camp in Basque Country, Spain, and arrived to Hamburg with Florian and Carsten there waiting for me! We drive up together to Fehmarn island where we worked setting up the Starboard booth and site. This event was set up huge, and so amazingly. Live music, BMX park and expo on the beach, Slack line expo, SUP clinics, Celebrity signing and private SUP lessons, great food and beer for all the visitor and spectators and a massive event to appeal to a large number of people and create positive awareness of the sport!

The first night in Fehmarn I camped out on the beach inside the Starboard tent, it was actually surprisingly comfortable, I snagged some futon cushions and bean bags from the lounge area and it made for a comfortable sleep!! When I woke up that next morning we taught Stand up paddle clinics to the public and celebrities, then had the charity relay race! It was a blast! All the athletes starting flowing in by now and it’s always good meeting up with the crew and friends when following the tour!!

For the weekend of competition I had a nice hotel room and good company, I was excited for the sprint races the next day!
In the sprints I was feeling great! Hitting the beach in first all the way to the Final. Unfortunately for me I had a bit a bad start with a small collision with Jake Jensen, and that made me miss a few stokes throughout off my rhythm; all it takes is missing 1 stroke to lose first position in these races lately with such strong competition. I ended up finishing 4th position which I wasn’t too impressed with.. But I learned a lot and it made me hungry for the next days Distance race.

In the morning we woke up to honking 25-30knots on onshore wind and wind swell close to a meter high, making for a very challenging day of racing ahead of us on the 10km course. The event organizers made a awesome decision to take advantage of the weather and conditions and change the long distance course to somewhat of a down-winder! It started with 1km side onshore wind up the coast, then 4km downwind, followed by 2 laps of a 2km course that was half straight up wind and half downwind.. It was a tough course and race but made for a really diverse course.
With Connor in the lead by a good amount most of the race, I was just behind Kai Lenny and Jake Jensen. Close to half way through the race I passed Kai and Jake and was sure to finish in 2nd! On the last downwind leg before the sandy and deep water run through the beach
finish Jake came from behind and was battling me all the way to the first shallow sandbar, where he out ran me with his taller, long legs and fast run through the deep water, finishing with a near photo-finish m a meter in front of me through the beach run finish line.. But I was still super stoked to have gotten 3rd and beat Kai Lenny, one of my strongest competitors!

I really wanted to finish top 2 in this one and come home with another big victory but I had to settle with a 4th place overall finish!

After the races Connor and I immediately started packing up and getting ready for our flight home the next morning! Maui Bound!!!

On my route back home I had 15 hours in Bilbao to pick up my suit case and other things and squeeze in a SUP Session out at Sopelana before heading on my next flight back home!! It was actually super fun and off course it felt great to get back in the surf and ride my InZane Starboard 7’1″!

Grateful for the last 2 months of travels, it’s been amazing! Thank you to everyone who have been following me and supporting me on my journeys! Special Mahalo to everyone who I met along the way for all the help when I was lost, for accommodation when I needed a place to stay, lending me equipment and gear to race on when airlines lost mine and most importantly for all the Aloha and hospitality! I have learned so much this trip and have had some of my best results yet in my #StandUpPaddle #Racing Career, and I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s love and support!

See you in the water!

Aloha and Mahalo,
Zane Kekoa Schweitzer

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14Jul/14Off

Maui-2-Molokai – Connor Baxter Wins 6th Consecutive Year

Maui-2-Molokai - Connor Baxter Wins 6th Consecutive Year

Congratulations Connor on your 6th consecutive M2M Championship! Here is a recap from Connor on the event.

RECAP BY CONNOR:

The 2014 Maui-2-Molokai World Cup Championships was a great event. We all got up early – 5:00am – so that we could gas up the boat and get over to Mala Wharf to launch our boat. My dad, mom, sister and girlfriend were all on the boat to cheer me on.

The race started at Honolua Bay at 10 o’clock on the dot. When the horn blew Kai, Dave, Livio, Travis and I – as well as the rest of the competitors all stood up and started paddling towards Molokai. There were 76 competitors this year – which was fantastic.

This crossing is a 27 mile race to Kaunanakai town on Molokai. For the first hour we have to get across to Molokai – then for the last two hours we get to go straight down the coast along Molokai. This is my favorite part of the race because you get to catch a lot of great glides that go very far. In the beginning Kai, Travis, Dave and I were all pretty much together and then I caught a perfect swell and put a little gap on everyone. From this point on I didn’t turn around and just kept the power on – catching glide after glide.

Next thing you know I had a very comfortable lead and knowing that I have a lot of races coming up I let off some of the power off and just started surfing the bumps. I was in the zone and kept a good pace going for the last 13 miles down the coast to the harbor. When I finally saw the harbor entrance I knew I had the win, but I hadn’t noticed Kai gaining on me. So my dad, mom, sister and girlfriend started yelling to paddle harder. So I shifted into overdrive and put the power on for the last 5 miles. It was high tide so I decided to go on the inside through the reef – which was smart but very risky. I had a few moments where I hit my fin and had to jump on the nose of my board. I kept the lead with a solid two minutes ahead of Kai. Dave Kalama was third, Travis Grant fourth and Livio Menelau fifth.

My time was 3 hours and 4 minutes – only 9 minutes off my official record time set of 2 hours 55 minutes. Not bad considering the conditions were not as epic as that year.

I am super stoked to win this crossing again for my 6th time in a row. I now have a good feeling that this is my race and my goal is to win it for many more years to come.

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. Great Event!! Thanks Rodney!

Aloha,
Connor Baxter

Photos by Karen Baxter and Ashley Baxter

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24Jun/14Off

Lost in Lost Mills: Starboard’s Zane Schweitzer Recap

Lost in Lost Mills: Starboard's Zane Schweitzer Recap

What a a Race… What a finish… and What lessons learned. Many of the top SUP racing athletes from around the world descended on Lost Mills, Germany to crown a fastest paddler on earth and to see who would become this years Champion of one of the most exciting events on the European racing circuit. As you can read from Starboard’s Zane Schweitzer, the event was full of surprises and gutsy finishes.

Congrats to Eric Terrien for staying on course and to Danny Ching (2nd), Connor Baxter (3rd), Beau O’Brian (4th), Leonard Nika (8th), Dylan Frick (13th) and Zane Schweitzer (14th), for not giving up and coming from 200 meters behind to finish strong!

A full recap can be found here:
http://www.supracer.com/2014-lost-mills-results/>http://www.supracer.com/2014-lost-mills-results/

More from Zane here:
The “LOST” Mills! Where do I start!? …. I am sure you have already heard but we really all got LOST.

Having Barrika Surf Camp as my European home base in the Basque Country has been perfect. There has been big SUP Races every weekend here in Europe and its been a great place to relax and train for the European Tour, as well as catch some fun waves surfing every day!! After Oleron I spent the week training and relaxing for The Lost Mills Race in Germany, I was super excited for this event since guys like Connor Baxter, Danny Ching, Georges Cronsteadt and Chase Kosterlitz were going to be there; a truly elite group of paddlers who don’t attend much Waterman League World Race Series events.

When I arrived to Lost Mills it seemed to be it was going to be a great weekend, all kind of activities at the event site and plenty of people around. I met with the Starboard Rep, Roland, after trying to find my way through the Metro train system, getting lost on the way from the airport! (This might have been a fore shadowing of what was to happen haha) Roland set me up with a 2014 14’ x 24” Sprint for the event and a paddle to borrow.. Once again I was riding equipment I was not familiar with but still was feeling strong and confident to finish well. The first day of racing was the 200 meter time trial sprints, each person raced on their own, one at a time, which was a trip, something I have never tried before so I was excited to give it a go! It was a really tough race because there was a lot of inconsistent wind; some competitors got strong downwind gusts and others didn’t, and this actually had a big effect on the times! I ended up finishing in 7th place, just 1 second away from being in the top 3, the times were so close!! This event was not part of the Champions tour points but it was a great race and good fun. Saturday’s distance event was the big race that counted for the points and prize money. Some of the competitors like George Constead and Chase Kosterlitz chose not to race in the 200meter sprints to save their energy for the distance..

I was hungry for this 18km distance race, I’ve really been liking the long distance competitions lately and felt confident I could finish top 3 or 4 in this event! The energy at the start of the race was really cool, probably close to 100 paddlers and everyone was stoked up! At the start it was close to a sprint pace for the first kilometer, separating the packs and defining the draft groups. I was up in the top of the pack in the leading train off to the side of Danny Ching, Connor Baxter, and Jake Jensen for most of the way down the lake, about the first half of the race. What makes this race real tricky is the 200 meter beach run with the 14 foot boards around the damn, and this really winded a lot of the competitors including myself!! After the first beach run, we came to the end of the lake, close to where we are supposed to turn around and head back up. But this is where we all had a very unpleasant surprise.. The top 20 or so lead paddlers turned at the wrong buoy and we didn’t realize it untill we probably paddled about 200-400 meters off course.. Casper and Pual Jacson (Jacko) notice our mistake when they turned their shoulder and saw that Eric Terrain’s train way in the back was continuing in the opposite direction.. They whistled at us and we all just stopped paddling for what seemed like a minute and we were all baffled.. Then it was back to reality when some of us decided to continue fighting to catch up and others decided to finish the race with a leisure paddle after being bummed with our loss in time and at least 40 positions.. My biggest mistake was obviously not knowing the course and trusting the best paddlers in the world to know it, but none of us had it right.. My next mistake I made was delaying a bit too long after we realized we had been lead off course, I should have right away flipped around and motor boated towards Danny and Connor because they had been firing their way back towards the right direction.. I hesitated, because I was confused, before following them again. It felt like NasCar passing so many people, I have never in my life of racing seen so many people in front of me, but I was able to make up a lot of ground and go from top 3 to around 50th place and then back up to the top 15.. It was a really long sprint picking off train group by train group to gain our ground back and I was leading a train of a big pack of racers back up to the top train, but after sprinting an extra 500 meters to gain ground, what really killed me was the second 200 meter beach run… Every step I took my legs were cramping sucking my knees up to my chest and I had to force each step back to the ground… When I got to the water I lost a big gap on the lead train so again I had to work so hard to catch up to them, but it wasn’t over.. I called for my Starboard team mate Dylan Frick who was now just behind me from the last big train to pull to my lead so I could draft him for a bit and drink some water and wait for my legs to stop cramping!! By the time I found my next wind to push, the top 5 or so had really pulled away from making their own train and we got stuck for a while picking off people in the 2nd train, but it was just too late as the finish line was coming closer and closer.. I ended up finishing in 14th overall and definitely was not stoked, but I was proud of all of us paddlers in the top that went the extra mile and pushed hard to make up our ground from our mistake.. Most distance races for safety concerns and for Athletes peace of mind will have an escort boat to make sure everyone is on the right course and is safe, but they did not have an escort boat at the Lost Mills event and this was the only thing that I thought was a big mistake for the event, because it cost some of the worlds best paddlers their race. And there was even more drama for Chase Kosterlitz and Georges Cronsteadt. When they crossed they approached the finish line they dropped their board and PADDLE. The rules state you must carry your paddle across the finish line at every race so Chase had to run back and get his paddle and cross the line again giving up at least 2 positions, but George was either to exhausted, or just was too frustrated after all the drama of the race and just didn’t go back to get his paddle and recross the finish line so even though he crossed in the top 10 spots, he was disqualified. Another lesson learned: Learn from us, learn the course, and remember your paddle across the finish line!!! Haha

Once we finished there was huffing and puffing, people throwing up , everyone complaining about not having an escort boat, and all kind of hum bug towards the event directors for this. But at the end of it all we were all laughing it off and chalked it off as a very important lesson well learned after a few beers and some Vitargo.. Huge congrats to Eric Terrien on his second Lost Mills win, he raced smart and fast! And of cours congratulations to Danny Ching, Connor Baxter and Beau O’Brian for not hesitating for a second to turn around and continue fighting and make it all the way back up to the top 5 after our big mistake that lead us way off course! Good Work boyz!!!!! Next year we’ll know the course.

Until the next one!! See you on the water!!


Photo credit: Ernstfried Prade/Lost Mills


Photo Credit: Peter Steinfath

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22Apr/14Off

Recapping Abu Dhabi World Tour and Series

Recapping Abu Dhabi World Tour and Series

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.


(Photographer : Matty Schweitzer)

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18Apr/14Off

Starboard’s Connor Baxter Wins, Zane Schweitzer 3rd in Abu Dhabi

Starboard's Connor Baxter Wins, Zane Schweitzer 3rd in Abu Dhabi

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 )

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7Apr/14Off

Starboard’s Connor Baxter Wins in Brazil

Starboard's Connor Baxter Wins in Brazil

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.

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20Feb/14Off

Starboard’s 2014 ALLSTAR Range Reviewed by Paddleboard Specialists

Starboard's 2014 ALLSTAR Range Reviewed by Paddleboard Specialists

Gary Stone from Paddleboard Specialists (one of our top dealers in the USA) has provided us with a review of the latest in Starboard’s Racing line, the 2014 Allstar.

The Allstar Series:
“It feels like you’re paddling downhill”

Creating a race board for the world’s fastest and most demanding race team in is a challenge. There is a legion of considerations when creating a versatile race board.

WHAT CREATED THE MAGIC IN THE 2014 ALL STAR?
Lower rocker for more speed, bottom contours that create lift to enable a board to go to glide, a nose that pierces rough seas and surf but also lifts so you don’t steer from the bow.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF TOP-SPEED RACING?
It’s a board that rounds a buoy fast and is quickest to go to glide, we call that “coming out of the hole. When you combine a sleek outline, complex concave bottom, independent rail and center rockers, round-to-tucked sharp rails and a volume distribution that creates a balance point, it allows the paddler to minimize displacement/disturbance and maximize their stroke. From that flawless balance point comes a board that allows you to paddle longer on one side, track through quartering wind to stay on the mark, run the bump, increase your stroke turn-over and hold top speeds with less effort.

Quote from Connor Baxter (the Fastest Paddler on Earth)
The All Star board is one of my favorite race boards for all conditions. It cuts through the water going up wind, side wind, and down wind. Also, competing in the waves, it punches through the break and surfs amazingly. The new shape is great – especially if you only want to buy one board for all your races – because it’s extremely versatile. The board is super-light and durable, which makes it super-fast. The cut out deck allows the rider to go on a narrower board and still feel comfortable. My favorite part of the new design is the tail, which is a big square shape that allows you to step to the tail and complete fast turns at buoys. Overall the new shape is, by far, a lot faster and you will find yourself winning way more races.~ Connor Baxter

For our full range of Starboard SUP’s please visit our website here: http://www.star-board-sup.com/2014/

If you’re in the USA and looking to demo or purchase the Allstar or any other Starboard SUP, please visit here: http://www.paddleboardspecialists.com/Starboard-SUP-Paddleboards/products/9/ and here: http://store.tridentsports.com/us/pc/Starboard-SUP-c2.htm

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26Nov/13Off

2014 Allstar Race Board

Check out Starboard’s new 2014 Allstar. It feels like you’re paddling downhill.
Some of the features include: sleek outline, thick block tail, recessed deck, drain holes, chop/wave piercing nose… All this in a single board which is great for downwinders and all-round conditions. More at www.star-board-sup.com

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11Oct/13Off

Astro Tandem Review by Distressed Mullet

Astro Tandem Review by Distressed Mullet

Everything is more fun when you can share it. Check out this week’s product review of the Starboard Astro Tandem Inflatable.

Thanks to Distressed Mullet for giving this board a try…
http://distressedmullet.com/starboard-astro-tandem-inflatable
It could make or break your relationship (kidding)

I paddled my first tandem board in Utah with Matt Lennert from Chicago. I was working through the 2014 Starboard race boards line when he said to hop on and try it. it takes practice. You have to paddle in sync. If you don’t, it’s herky jerky and for couples, it could be the end of your relationship. At first, I nicknamed it the “relationship killer.” I thought it might even be worse than a trip to Ikea. We went a hundred yards out and turned without falling in. I was uncomfortable. As we headed back, we got our rhythm and all of a sudden, it was fun. We caught a bump. It was a blast. Matt and I are still friends and I can see why the tandem division is growing.

See the full review at: http://distressedmullet.com/starboard-astro-tandem-inflatable

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