Jeff Chang’s Molokai OC 1 Adventure…

Its always enjoyable doing the channel because its a chance to think about nothing else for hours except accomplishing the task at hand while enjoying the beauty of the ocean. There is a bit of suffering (I’m sure there is lot more suffering for those racing to place or win) but there are also moments of extreme clarity as your body responds to changes in how it burns fuel and creates energy. It requires almost constant focus except when you are awakened by things like a dolphin playing with you and crossing your bow, whales jumping, or flying fish buzzing in front of you. Then you are reminded of how amazing this place is that God created for us.

This year there was no wind! At the start and the days up to the race I was very disappointed because I was so looking forward to surfing the canoe all the way across. You can catch and surf every little bump and its way faster than a standup. At the start the boat wakes did provide some interesting little rides and from 1/3 to 1/2 channel there were actually some swells to ride but from halfway to Sandys it was pretty lake like. Once at Sandys there were tiny bumps to ride and my boat captain Cory said there was wind at our back but I did not feel it. Cory took me on a great line. As you can see he made a course correction where I was heading too south. A knowledgeable captain is key. I was aiming for Kokohead for most of the race but you can see how the current pushed me north then the slight wind pushed me south. I know it was a good line because I passed about 5 boats that were south of me as we went from Allen Davis to Hanauma. I got a great wave at China Walls that took me all the way to poles and it was high tide so you could surf all the way in without worrying about the reef. So it was a pretty successful day, I got a good workout, and it was another great experience.

It’s like the Maliko…only smaller.

What is 12’6 Long, 27.5″ Wide and Yellow all over???

Karen’s new present from Jimmy Lewis on Maui.

Karen's new toy...

Jimmy Lewis is currently producing a new 14′ Downwind board called the Maliko that is pretty popular. So popular in fact, that we haven’t even seen one in person yet and we already have an order for one. Karen has been looking for her perfect 12’6 for awhile now, and her search ended today when she unwrapped her new 12’6 custom board that Jimmy sent her. She wanted a board that is low profile and doesn’t get blown around easily by side wind, light and easy to carry, and most importantly…FAST!

it's fun to have friends in high places...

Have fun on your new board Karen!

Holiday Sale-A-Bration This Weekend at Wet Feet Hawaii!!!

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!!!

Free SUP Clinic, Saturday December 11

Come join Morgan Hoesterey, Jenny Kalmbach, and Nicole Madosik in Hawaii Kai for a free SUP Clinic on Saturday, December 11 from 9am to 11am. Bring your board and your friends and come spend a few hours talking paddling with us!

Holiday Shopping Ideas

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…

Racerback tanks from Sweet Waterwear

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.

Board Protection Kit

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.

Gift Certificates

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.

Standup Paddleboards

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!

Standup Paddle Training Groups with Wet Feet Hawaii

Here is our official flyer for our upcoming training groups. The groups will be a great way to get into shape and will be a good way to meet other paddlers. If you would like more information, or would like to sign up, call the shop at 808-373-7873 or come by and see us!

Free Rentals with Canned Food this Week!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!  To celebrate, we are offering free standup paddleboard rentals when you participate in our canned food drive.  All canned food will benefit the Hawaii Food Bank.

6 cans of food= Free half day rental
10 cans of food=Free full day rental
14 cans of food=Free 24 hour rental

Please bring in cans of food that you would be happy to eat if you were to receive them.  If you would like to reserve a board, you can come into the shop, or you can give us a call at 808-373-7873 and we will be happy to put you on the list.  Thanks in advance for your support, and we can’t wait to see you in the shop!

Happy Thanksgiving from Wet Feet!

Get Ready for the SUP Race Season with Wet Feet!

With the new year comes a new season of racing.  The Holiday Burn Off race hosted by Pa’a officially starts off the Honolulu race scene on January 8th.  (For a complete list of Hawaii races along with races around the world, check out www.allsupraces.com).

For may people, the races are intimidating.  We get a lot of people coming in to the shop saying that they are afraid to do the races because they feel they aren’t ready to paddle out that far, aren’t fast enough, or fit enough.  In a effort to get everyone ready to have a safe and fun race season, Wet Feet has put together a few training groups to get everyone ready to get out there and paddle.

Spring Training Group:

January 8 – March 5, 2011

8 weeks:  3 one hour sessions per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to prepare for the upcoming race season.

Workouts include:
*Stretching and flexibility on land
*Strength and conditioning for SUP
*Race practice and paddling technique

Race Season Readiness Training Group

March 5- May 29, 2011

12 Weeks,  3 one hour sessions per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to get into shape for the race season

Training programs include:
*Weekly workout schedules provided via e-mail
*Emphasis on speed, agility, technique and endurance
*Workouts will get longer and more intensive each week leading up to a taper for the Battle of the Paddle Hawaii
*Ultimate goal is to be race ready

Program will feature:
*Speed:  Pairing up with people of like speed to add friendly competition to the training program.  Learn what it feels like to race instead of just paddling hard.
*Strength and Flexibility:  Dryland training to strengthen muscles used in padding and flexibility for warm up and recovery
*Agility:  Board handling work including turns, bumps, and crowds.
*Technique:  Paddling technique for efficiency, turning technique and footwork
*Endurance:  Long weekend paddles to increase endurance

Give us a call at the shop 808-373-7873 for pricing and more information