Saturday, June 11, 2011 Wet Feet and the Standup Paddle Association of Hawaii will host the WPA National Championships, a 7 mile race from Sunset Beach to Haleiwa. For more information, to register online or to download the entry form, visit:
We liked the idea of putting on a longer race on the North Shore and Sunset Beach to Haleiwa seemed perfect because its downwind and at 7 miles a little shorter than the Hawaii Kai run. This will provide a good challenge for accomplished paddlers yet stay within reach of those starting out racing since the water is not as rough as the Hawaii Kai run. We also wanted to start the race at noon since at all the North Shore races when we are getting the awards that is when the wind starts blowing! This race will also be a World Paddle Associaton sanctioned SUP race and is the Regional Qualifier for the Hennessey International Championships in September. This provides Hawaii Racers a chance to qualify for the Hennessey in Hawaii without having to qualify at the Hennessey July 9th National Championship Race. Hawaii racers can also earn points and compare themselves to other racers nationally in their division. Of course we also need to help a worthy cause and Defend Oahu Coalition was a natural because we are in their backyard and want to KEEP THE COUNTRY COUNTRY! You can get more infomation including course maps and instructions at http://www.wetfeethawaii.com/race.html and download an entry form or follow link to enter online. See you there!!
The Kanaka Ikaika Oahu Championships were held this past Saturday and our Wet Feet team did really well! Congratulations to our Race Readiness coach Jared Vargas for his first place finish, and to Anders Jonsson and Cory Lar Rieu for thier 3rd and 4th place finishes. For full results, visit http://www.kanakaikaika.com.
Come join us Saturday December 18 and Sunday the 19th for our Holiday Tent Sale! We will be offering special board and paddle packages, goodie bags with purchase of $150 or more, free gift with Maui Jim purchase, raffle prizes and more. Bring a friend or 6 and come by from 9 to 6 and get ready for the Holidays!!!
Do you have a hard-to-shop-for standup paddler in your life? If so, then we have good news for you. Wet Feet Hawaii has tons of holiday shopping ideas for you. Come on by the shop, and we will be happy to help you figure out something to get the person who seems to have everything. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions…
1. Sweet Waterwear.
Wet Feet is proud to carry Sweet Waterwear. Features of these tanks and paddleshirts include: UPF 50+, are quickdrying, are cut specifically with paddling in mind, and are very flattering. For a limited time, get a free Sweet Waterwear trucker hat with purchase of a paddleshirt.
2. Board Protection Kit
We all love our paddleboards and want to keep them looking nice for as long as possible. We have several products designed to keep your board looking like new. Rail savers by Puka Patch protect the rails from dings and chipped paint, while nose and tailguards by Surfco make sure that your board is safe during transport. Finally to protect your paddle, we have Paddle Guard Kits by Surfco.
3. Gift Certificates
Give the gift of fitness with certificates for our Spring and Race Season Training Programs. Gift Certificates are also available for our Molokai Training Group, our new Eco Tours and our Standup Paddleboard Rentals.
4. Standup Paddleboards
Want to make someone’s Holiday season? Nothing says “I Love You” like a new standup paddleboard. We carry several different models and manufacturers, including: Surftech, Boardworks (C4, Paddle Surf Hawaii), Starboard, Jimmy Lewis, and Blair among others. Come check out our in store inventory and see what we can do for you.
We wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season, and hope that we can help you pick out that perfect gift. Come by the shop to celebrate the Holidays with us!
If you have ever spent time in or on the water in Hawaii Kai, then Maunalua Bay has been a part of your life. For most of us paddlers, Hawaii Kai is one of the go to places for standup paddling. We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful place to paddle, and it is time for us to give back to the bay that gives so much to us.
Come and Volunteer to support Malama Maunalua in their effort to “Huki”(pull) invasive algae on Sat 11/6 at 9am. Sign up at the Wet Feet store & receive a gift certificate for a free 1/2 day SUP & Paddle rental at Wet Feet! Gift certificates will be given out after the “Huki”. Come sign up today!!!
The spread of invasive, non-native marine algae is one of the greatest threats to Hawai‘i’s coral reefs and other near shore marine ecosystems. Hundreds of alien species have been introducted to O`ahu over the past decades. Free from predation and other control measures that would be found where these species are naturally found, some of these alien species are able to take advantage of new conditions and grow rapidly. As alien algae spreads, it grows over and smothers coral reefs and native algal communities, killing extensive areas of native habitat. Lowered populations of reef fish, a result of unsustainable fishing pressure and poor habitat conditions, are unable to keep the algae in check.
Five species of alienmarine algae have shown this ability to grow and spread at alarming rates, outcompeting our native corals and limu, and so destroying native reefs. Of these five species of alien algae, three are devastating Maunalua Bay. Gracilaria salicornia (a relative to our native manauea), Acanthophora spicifera, and Avrainvillea amadelpha.
Removing alien algae from high priority coral reefs is essential to the survival of Hawaii’s reefs. Currently, Malama Maunalua is implementing a number of measures to address this quickly growing problem.
We have recently partnered with Malama Maunalua in their efforts to rid the bay of invasive algae. In addition to being a fun thing to do, stand up paddle is a great way to look after the environment, something that we really believe in here at Wet Feet.
Come in and see us in the shop for more information on Malama Maunalua, and for ways that you can get involved.