NSPC Inaugural Comp  // Event
22 February 2011
Summer was in the air. A warm, humid morning, light offshore winds and two feet of NE swell. The crew from Newcastle Stand Up Paddle Board Club (NSPC) were kicking off their inaugural club competition. The comp's fruition was five months of hard work by a dedicated club committee establishing all that was needed for the club to be successful; sponsors, membe ... [ more ]

The Cloudy Comp  // Event
13 February 2011
There are two main things on a contest director's mind in the week leading up to an event - waves and weather. Well there are a lot of other things too, but everything else is controllable - membership lists, rego forms, heat sheets, pens, rash shirts, flags, food, drinks, prizes, etc, etc. Waves and weather are not controllable and therefore create consi ... [ more ]

Busting the Southerly  // Session
06 February 2011
I was crapping myself, no ... literally. I wasn't sure if it was the anticipation of the wild conditions we were about to endure or the fact that I was still suffering from a shocking stomach bug that I'd had for the last 24 hours. Sorry, probably too much information, hey? Let's start again... The windscreen wipers were on high as I drove along the coast ... [ more ]

Pacifica Twilighting  // Event
04 February 2011
Yet another great evening greeted the participants of the first Pacifica Twilight Time Trials for 2011. With the biggest starting list to date, the two divisions were sequentially started, right on time, and the bustling for the first buoy began. The loop around Mona Vale Basin consisted of a side-wind leg, a nice calm leg along North Point and then a gre ... [ more ]

Last Day  // Session
31 December 2010
The beach on a beautiful, warm morning with great waves, clean water and light off-shore winds is always going to be crowded in a bustling metropolis. Add to that, a day that is dead smack in the middle of the Christmas holiday period and it's going to get downright ridiculous. The last day of 2010 on the Northern Beaches was just like that. I'd been out ... [ more ]

Getaway  // Editorial
04 January 2010
Don't you just love getting away? Packing up the boards and hitting the road (or air), destined for some far away, SUPing utopia. Maybe it's to a place you go every year where you know the waves will be good, maybe it's to that mystical place that you've been told stories about of perfect waves wrapping along a pristine point or maybe it's to somewher ... [ more ]

Stand Up Medicine  // Editorial
20 December 2009
I woke up the other morning at 3:00am with an excruciating pain in the middle of my back. I didn't know what to do. I could hardly move. After three wakeful hours, I tried to get up. I was lying on my stomach so I carefully wriggled my legs off the edge, then slowly spun around a bit and lowered myself down until I was kneeling beside the bed. Then very pain ... [ more ]

Mambo Madness  // Event
30 November 2009
Thursday I awoke at 4:30am for our scheduled 5:30am departure. We ended up leaving at 5:27am which I was super stoked with as it can often take much longer than expected when you have a wife and a couple of rug-rats to contend with. I originally wanted to leave at 3am but was secretly glad they had talked me out of that as I was quite tired enough as it w ... [ more ]

Kieren Taylor  // Interview
27 November 2009
After hearing about his impressive win at the Roar Industries comp on the Gold Coast, Australian Paddle Surfer tracked Kieren down at the 2009 Mambo Merimbula Classic where he was living out of his van with his dog. We didn't see Kieren all that often out in the surf over the weekend but when we did, his silky smooth style sure turned a few heads. Whe ... [ more ]

Living the Stoke  // Session
18 November 2009
At the beginning of 2009 Rob Pirie realised it had been 4 years since his last surf trip to the Mentawai Islands and the crew was due for a new surfing adventure to somewhere different without the crowds and tourist infrastructure. With the new attitude that you can surf anything on a SUP, the search was on for a remote location and it wasn't long before Rob ... [ more ]
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