Chris Dunn, CEO of Surftech announced today that Surftech and NSP have joined forces in a distribution agreement for the United States that will commence on July 14th, 2015. The transition moves NSP away from their current distribution partner in move that will expand their reach in the US market. Although the details of the new partnership are still being formalized, the companies will share many of the core administration functions allowing for more efficiency in the field and allowing both brands to scale more rapidly in the market.
“This is an exciting new time for Surftech. It’s our objective to continue to present US retailers with a complete line of high quality surf and SUP retail products. NSP has an excellent product array that compliments the Surftech family of brands and is in no way duplicative.” Chris Dunn CEO of Surftech “The two brands together present an extremely powerful retail combination, one we are excited to a part of moving forward.”
“This change is in the best interest of NSP and its customers,” said Chris Chamberland, NSP Brand Manager. “We are so excited about the next chapter in the evolution of NSP and having a greater input into how NSP will be presented to retailers and consumers.” Operating under its core brand beliefs of Nature, Science, and Passion – NSP will continue to evolve to offer boards that meet the demands of everyone – from beginner through to athletes at the top of their game.
Both NSP and Surftech foresee no disruption to supply of product to retailers during the changeover. Sales contacts and information will be supplied in the days ahead. As two of the largest designers and suppliers of Surf and Stand Up Paddleboards globally, Surftech and NSP offer a diverse range of boards and brands to suit every level and discipline of surfer and stand up paddler.
Surftech, “The original board manufacturing company,” was founded in 1989 in Santa Cruz, California by Randy French. A pioneer of composite technologies, Surftech was the first company to introduce composite manufacturing to the surfing, paddling and SUP industry. Surftech’s business model has always been about board builders giving them a way to scale and expand their businesses with a seamless solution that complimented their existing lineups. In the early 90′s, Surftech partnered with a world-class international factory that matched their commitment to excellence, providing unparalleled capabilities, strong environmental practices, unmatched craftsmanship and most importantly couldscale to meet demand.
To the SUP & Paddleboard Community,
After nine amazing Battle of the Paddle events in California and Hawaii we are saddened to announce that the Rainbow Sandals will not be hosting the event for 2015.
The BOP has enjoyed incredible growth since it’s inception, however, the economics of producing the event have become overwhelming and unsustainable for Rainbow Sandals, Inc.
Please know that the BOP has been an amazing journey and experience for everyone involved.
We thank all past competitors, sponsors and exhibitors for the tremendous support and participation. In addition, we want to acknowledge all local permitting agencies and safety personnel for allowing us to have such an event and making it safe for everyone to compete.
And lastly, we want to express genuine gratitude to all volunteers and event staff for your generous service and effort making the BOP one of the greatest water sporting events ever.
We sincerely appreciate everyone’s love and support in this great endeavor and look forward to seeing you out on the water soon.
Jay “Sparky” Longley and Gerry Lopez
Supporting the King of Sport Foundation
Dana Cove Park (Baby Beach), Dana Point, CA
(Dana Point, CA) – The sixth annual Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup to benefit the Sport of Kings Foundation will be held Saturday April 18, 2015 at Dana Cove Park (Baby Beach), Dana Point Harbor. Please join Mickey and his friends for a special fundraiser and a great day of paddling fun. Mongoose Cup activities include Sport of Kings Races, Dana Point Harbor One Mile Time Trail (SUP & Pone), “Luck of the Draw Relays”, Prone Paddleboard Sprints, Waterman Expo, SUP Yoga and a delicious BBQ too.
The event is a great opportunity to learn new paddling skills & techniques, checkout the latest in paddling & surfing products and enjoy the camaraderie of racing with friends.
New this year will be the Dana Point Harbor One Mile Time Trail open to SUP and prone paddleboarders (12’6″ & 14′ SUP, 12′ & 14′ prone paddleboard). There will also be a return to the very popular “Sport of Kings SUP Races” and “Luck of the Draw” Relays. These very exciting races test the agility and paddling skills of competitors on a very short and close to shore course. The competition is thrilling to racers and spectators alike. All start positions and relay teams to be selected randomly.
Mongoose Cup Schedule
7:30am: Event Registration opens
9:00am: Paddle Parade with Mickey Munoz
9:30am: One Mile Time Trail
10:00am: Clinics Open-Adaptive Paddling, SUP Yoga, Racing & paddling Skills
11:00am: Kids & Juniors SUP Races
12:15pm: Paddleboard Sprints
1:00pm: Sport of Kings Races
2:30pm: Luck of the Draw Relays
|ONE WEEK TO GO:
THE CHALLENGE IS COMING
Thank you so much for being a part of the 2015 12th Annual Shark Bite Challenge. We are stoked to continue the tradition, and look forward to another great event.
We have some updates for you:
#1 NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.
Can you believe that this little, grass roots event can’t handle lines on the beach? Nope we can’t. Be sure to register online before the race or at our Welcome Party.
#2 RACE FEES
This event features individual races on Saturday and Outrigger Canoe races on Sunday. We also have clinics, demos and vendors galore! Oh, and don’t forget about our parties!!!
Click HERE to see our schedule of events.
#4 DAY OF RACE PARK ENTRY
If you name is on the race roster, you will be given free entry to the park. Gates open at 8 a.m. We cannot let you in early, sorry.
#5 LEASHES AND PFD’s ARE MANDATORY
Thank you for wearing protection.
Thank you, again, for being a part of the Shark Bite Challenge. We look forward to seeing you all real soon!
Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) produced some of the best surfing of his #SUWT career to score the highest heat total of the competition so far. A 9.77 and a 8.33 (total: 18.1) in Round 1 of the #SunsetBeachPro was clearly the stand out score of the day. The Maui youngster showed he has an excellent array of talent and composure to score highly in any conditions.
Starboard teammate Sean Poynter also looked at home with the wind adding another dimension for the athletes to cope with. A solid 13.26 score (6.93 & 6.33) saw the Californian progress to Round 3 and continue his hunt for a third successive win on the #SUWT after his back to back wins in France & Morocco at the end of last season.
Poenaiki Raioha (F-One) continues where he finished at the end of last season and dominated his heat here at Sunset. A 13.5 score (6.67 & 6.83) saw him snatch the third highest score on Day 2. The young Tahitian, who finished 4th on tour last year, gave the audience watching on the beach a display of powerful surfing, with some critical turns and stylish manoeuvers: he will definately be one to watch this year.
Another young talent putting on a phenomenal performance in today’s tricky conditions was the young Peruvian talent, Sebastian Gomez. As son of Jose Gomez, a big wave surfing legend in Peru, it is clear that his father’s talent did not bypass young Sebastian, as he posted one of the highest single wave scores of the event so far. Watch out for Sebastian in Round 3 when competition resumes.
Keahi De Aboitiz (JP-Australia) returning from a broken leg that caused him to miss the final two #SUWT 2014 events, scored a solid 11.74 (6.67 & 5.07) to advance through to Round 3. In a stacked Heat 5 of Round 1, Keahi found the right waves and made the most of them with some precision cut backs. While he did advance through American Matt Becker could not match the Australians dominance as Keahi looks strong going into Round 3.
Fellow Australian Beau Nixon (Naish) put on some last minute heroics in his round 1 heat, jumping from 4th to 1st with a 6.1 & 7.33 to advance through to Round 3.
Current #SunsetBeachPro Champion Caio Vaz (Art in Surf) looked comfortable in Round 1 finishing 1st (12.2) in heat 12.
Meanwhile his brother, Ian Vaz (Art in Surf) needed the second round repechage to progress but pulled it off with some style, scoring the second highest heat total of the day (7.1 & 7.4) 14.5.
Kainoa Texeira (7.17) & Yuri Daberkow (13.9) both took out their second round repechage heats and Leco Salazar (New Advance) finished with the highest second place finish (11.4) to progress into the third round.
Caroline Angibaud has long been a serious threat on the Stand Up World Tour, with her best result to date until this 1st event on the 2015 season being the La Torche Pro France at the end of last year, where she finished runner up to Izzi Gomez (Starboard).
However, today at Turtle Bay, Caroline came into her own, putting on a string of impressive performances throughout the day, culminating in what looked to be a disastrous heat for the talented French surfer, failing to get a notable wave for the first 17 minutes of the heat.
It was at this point, with just 8 minutes to go in the 25 minute final, that Caroline dug deep and posted a 6.77, only to find a worthy back up score in the closing seconds of the final heat to take the well deserved win here at the Turtle Bay Pro, stop 1 of the 2015 Stand Up Wortld Tour.
“I was tired of missing waves and bummed that I hadn’t caught any waves with just eight minutes left on the clock. So I just went for it and I can’t believe I came out with the win”.
Shakira Westdorp (Starboard) is certainly not unknown in the stand up paddle world, having proven herself over the years as an impressive Racer and Surfer. However, the Turtle Bay Pro was her first event on the Stand Up World Tour, and she stepped up to the challenge immaculately, dominating her way through the heats to make it all the way to the Final.
WIth just a minute to go of the Final heat, it seemed as though it was going to be her victory, having led the heat from the outset. However, Caroline’s buzzer beater was enough to surpass Shakira, leaving her to have to settle for 2nd place – an incredible achievement nontheless and a clear sign of things to come from this talented athlete from down under.
Izzi Gomez (Starboard) has been on one of the most amazing rolls over the past year, as she secured 4 out of 5 wins in 2014 to secure the World Title. However, Turtle Bay has proved to be somewhat of a challenge for Izzi these past two years, as she failed to show the kind of dominance she has elsewhere.
More determined than ever, the newly crowned World Champion took to the water today with focus and drive: the goal, to secure the one win that eluded her in 2013 & 14: the Turtle Bay Pro.
Despite an impressive performance from start to finish that took her all the way to the Finals and saw her post the highest single wave score for the women from today, Izzi was unable to find the scores she needed in the Finals to take the win, having to settle for 3rd place.
Although it wasn’t the victory she was hoping for, there is no doubt that Izzi remains a major threat and the person to beat here on the 2015 Stand Up World Tour.
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It is that time of year again, and the Stand Up World Tour will kick off at the end of next week with the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro, followed by the Sunset Beach Pro on the 10th February out here on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore.
Coming into its 6th year, Sunset has never failed to provide a magical start to the year, as the best of the best come together at this iconic North Shore wave to do battle at the first stop of the World Championship season.
For Sunset, an opening event at Turtle Bay Resort on the 9th from 5pm will lead to a first possible start on the 10th morning at 8am HST, with what is set to be one of the most exciting Trials events yet. It will all be brought to you LIVE at www.watermanleague.com, so make sure to stay tuned for the real time updates on facebook as Sunset will dictate whether we go each day or not. The holding period for SUnset will run from the 10th – 18th February.
Here is a taste of what we have in store at this years prestigious Sunset Beach Pro: CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TEASER