This year Wet Feet is teaming with Blue Planet to bring you a bigger and better WPA National Race. The course is 7 miles downwind from Sunset Beach to Haleiwa Alii Beach along the famed 8 mile miracle coastline at 12 noon. This race provides WPA ranking points to entrants so they can compare themselves to other SUP paddlers across the US. Da Kine stepped up this year and became title sponsor and every age group winner will receive an $80 Da Kine Waist Hydration Pack as a prize. Don’t miss this big event. There is still time to sign up online: http://wetfeetblueplanetsurfrace.eventbrite.com or you can enter race morning on the beach from 9am to 11am. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
This short video shows what we do every weekend running our trailer to shuttle paddlers to do the 8.5 mile Hawaii Kai downwind run. Stay tuned for videos of the run itself and tips on bump riding
12’6 Dennis Pang Custom $1,695
12’6 Dennis Pang Wide Tail Custom $1,595
12’6 Jimmy Lewis $1,395
12’6 Starboard Carbon “The NEW” $2,200
12’6 Spencer Custom Downwind Surf (aqua) $1,200
17’6 Bark Unlimited with Rudder (red) $2,800
8’10 SUP Love bamboo quad/five $950
8’11 Joe Blair 2+1/thruster $795
10’0 Caldwell quad/five $795
17’12’l Surtech Laird Woody $1,400
Despite the windy conditions, we had two happy customers this morning after the successful completion of their standup paddle lesson.
Lynn and Fran came to us with little experience and were paddling around the marina in no time.
One tip that we have really found helpful for stand up paddle beginners is simply to relax. When learning to standup paddle, it is so important to keep your knees soft and your back straight. Also make sure that you are centered on the board. If your feet are too far forward on the board, it forces the nose of the board into the water, making the board less stable. If you are too far back on the board, the tail sinks under and the board becomes squirrely and difficult to maneuver.
Keep in mind that most boards these days come with a built in handle that is relatively centered on the board. If you are unsure about where to put your feet, look for the handle as a rough guideline. The arch of your foot should be lined up with the handle if you are centered on the board correctly.
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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!!