Kiteboarding the waves at home

Winter always brings good waves and strong clearing winds. Normally we never get strong enough winds to kite in the waves on small kites, so when it’s going off, you better be on it. I mounted another Go

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fun off the lip with only one other guy out.

 

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bottom turn, aiming for another big snap..
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banging the corner
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high speed carve.

Pro water proof camera to the nose of my kite board and got a couple cool shots.

 

 

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Go Pro camera board mount

Super stoked to be working with Go Pro cameras. These are the best compact, wide angle, water proof, cameras out that shoot 55 minutes of video or 1800 photos.

then you just run home and download the goods directly to your computer, edit and see the magic..

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Off the lip
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Strands afternoon at the ramp.

 

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Digging deep
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floater, lip slide, all in good fun..

 

 

 

2008 Battle of the Paddle

 

Gerry Lopez and Sparky used their vision and love for stand up paddling and created one of the largest events in the history of stand up paddling today.

 

I had been traveling and competing in SUP surfing and race events all Summer and just came back from a SUP surf event in Mexico at Puerto Escondido fighting a flew bug with only 2 weeks to train and prepare for this event. It took everything I had to stay focused on training, which consisted of a 2 hour paddle and beach run before sunrise, work and then another 2 hours of paddling and running just before dark for a 1o day haul. I got to try my race board for the first time the day before the big race. The day of the race; I was a bundle of nerves and I kept myself tucked away from all of the cluster to stay in the zone.

At the start of the race we all lined the beach side by side for a beach start and as the gun went off we all charged the on coming waves looking for a hole shot. The wind was cranking like I have never seen, making the condition super challenging and exactly what I was hoping for. I some how squeezed around the first buoy holding the lead for 3 laps where “T Bear” passed me and as we rounded the up wind mark we battled side by side down wind; where ‘T” slipped and fell and I kicked it in 5th gear and never looked back. paddling into the beach and running towards the finish line; the crowd was electric making it one of the most epic accomplishments of my career as an athlete.

Thanks to all my sponsors, family and friends and to Sparky, Gerry lopez, Barrett tester and everyone who made this event  such a huge success..

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Chuck leading the charge at the first buoy

 

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you can see how close it was rounding the first buoy

 

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beach run with one more lap to go
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winning in your home town in front of all your friends and family means everything...

 

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showing respect to "T Bear" for pushing me so hard.
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With the Visionaries of the BOP, Gerry Lopez and Sparky
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Stoked that my little brothers did so well, TJ and Bryce Saeman

 

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The icing on the cake...
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The best day ever...

 

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Much respect to the best watermen who charged so hard. much Aloha to Thiebert Lucia and Aaron Napolean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puerto Hobie SUP guns

Finally got a couple SUP guns from Hobie for Puerto Escondido. Super stoked how these boards worked in the tube and the pounding surf.

It’s always great to ride a new board that works insane in epic conditions. It’s all part of R & D and pushing the sport of SUP to the next level..

10'3 SUP gun
Going deep, no matter what...

 

10'3 SUP gun
loving it...

 

10'3 SUP gun
easy does it...

 

 

 

 

 

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10'3 Sup gun
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10'3 x 27" SUP gun

 

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Taking the 10'3 gun through it's paces in fun Puerto conditions

 

 

 

ASR tradeshow 2008

Action Sports retailer trade show, formally known as the surf industry trade show is always a good time to rub elbows with your sponsors, talk story with friends and see your heros.

this a great time to thank your sponsors for their support and talk about next years game plan on promoting the brand and competing and introducing newly tested product for the consumer. Always good times..

Kialoa paddles booth
hanging with my Kialoa paddle sponsor; Dave and Meg Chun and Mel Pu'u
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Hanging with good friend and top waterman, Dave Kalama
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Hanging with sponsor's, On It and Clay Feeter of The Stand Up Journal
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Hanging with Erik from On It and Buttons Kauakalani