Sumatra, Indonesia – Photo: Pete Frieden

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Teahupoo Through Slater’s Eyes – Ya think he knows a thing or two about this reef pass?

During a lay day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Kelly Slater hopped in a helicopter to give a bird’s-eye breakdown of Teahupoo (see the 12-second mark for the proper pronunciation). As expected, Teahupoo remains one of the most beautiful and downright terrifying waves on the planet, even from above. Between the narrow channels that cut […]

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Billabong Pro Tahiti: Day Two – Nine surfers sent packing

Another day of solid surf at the Billabong Pro Tahiti and with elimination on the line, the drama was kicked up a notch, despite slightly less heavy conditions as Day 1. Contest organizers were able to get nine heats in the can, meaning nine surfers were sent packing. Quite a few top seeds fell, including […]

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Hollow barrels and wipeouts continue at Teahupoo

Bede Durbidge: judges loved this new trick | Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Wipeouts and upsets marked the near conclusion of Round 2 at the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2014, in Teahupoo.

With six-to-eight foot barrels on offer, the world’s best surfers repeated the daily dose of tube riding performances.

Josh Kerr survived the first elimination round against fellow countryman Mitch Coleborn. Kerr put out a solid surf, with an excellent 8.83 for his first wave, and a nine-point for a long tube and narrow escape.

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Naish’s Ethan Koopmans secures 2nd at Stop #4 of the South Africa SUPSA Race Tour

August 16, 2014Stop #4 of the South African SUPSA Race Tour went down this weekend in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Over 60 paddlers, including a nice showing from Team Naish, participated across all divisions for a day they’ll never forget on the water.

Naish’s Ethan Koopmans and his Naish Javelin 14’0” LE continued to give Dylan Frick a race to the finish, although settled for 2nd place after a well-fought battle. It is an ongoing battle between Ethan and Dylan this season as these two continue to step it up at every race and the crowds can’t wait to see who comes out on top for Stop #5!

There are still two more stops to go for this 6 Stop Tour, so there’s plenty of action up ahead for Ethan as well as our other Naish Team riders.

Keep up the great work everyone!

Open Mens 2nd – Ethan Koopmans (Naish Javelin 14’0” LE)

Masters 1st – Peter Petersen (Naish Javelin 14’0” LE) 3rd – Dave Maxwell (Naish Glide 14’0”)

Mens Short Course 2nd – Grant Donald (Naish Glide 14’0”)

Ladies Short Course 1st – Maleen Hoekstra (Naish Glide 14’0”)

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Photos courtesy of Guy Bubb/SUPAFRICAMAG

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Naish’s Casper Steinfath defends his Title as the 2014 Danish SUP Surf and Racing Champion

August 16-17, 2014 - The 4th Annual Danish SUP Surf and Downwind Championship event took place this past weekend in Cold Hawaii, Denmark and Naish’s Casper Steinfath defended his two SUP titles on his new 2015 Naish Javelin 12’6” X26 LE and took the win, making this his 3rd Danish SUP Surf Title in front of his home crowd!

On Day 1, paddlers were greeted by 30 knots of howling wind for the Technical SUP Race and luckily, event organizers reacted quickly to the conditions and changed the course to a 7 km downwind run along the infamous “Rescue Road”. Casper hit top speeds of up to 32 km/h using his Naish Javelin 12’6” X26  LE and cruised into 1st with a time of 35 minutes. A few minutes later, Casper’s brother Peter came whistling around the corner in 2nd on his Javelin 12’6” LE.

On Day 2, conditions were near perfect for the SUP surfing event to take place in the bay of Klitmøller. Casper stepped up the competition on his new 2015 Naish Hokua 7’3” LE, ripping up the competition wave for wave one heat at a time, taking 1st in the Surf event. Congratulations again to Casper’s brother Peter who took 2nd in the event using the same Hokua 7’3” LE.

“It was a weekend of non-stop action here in Klitmøller for the Danish SUP Surf Championships! I am still recovering from all the action and catching up on what actually happened! All I know is that the conditions were EPIC and we all had too much fun competing for the Danish Titles. I am super stoked with my new Naish 2015 boards that helped me win the Danish SUP Surf Title yesterday against the many hungry and ripping Vikings! It was awesome to battle against my brother Peter in the final and I am happy to see the level of surfing keep going through the roof here in Viking-land.”

Congratulations!

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Photos courtesy of Nikolaj Jørgensen & Susanne Steinfath

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Kai Lenny wins the Surfing & Racing Events at the 2014 Ultimate SUP Showdown

August 16-18, 2014 - The Ultimate SUP Showdown just wrapped up after a weekend full of top-of-the-line surfing and racing with some of the best performers in the sport and Team Naish was in full effect!

Kai Lenny started out the event strong by taking advantage of the wave conditions and grasping 1st in the SUP Surf event on his Naish Hokua 7’3” LE and then also taking the victory in the SUP Race event on his Naish 12’6” Javelin LE. These top results easily qualified Kai for the highly televised and main event, the “Ultimate SUP Showdown” where the top paddlers from each event met up to put their skills to the test in a slalom course in the surf break. It was here that Kai battled it out stroke for stroke and finished in 2nd on his Naish Javelin 12’6” LE after catching a wave toward the second to last buoy to the finish line.

On the women’s side of things, Naish’s Jenny Kalmbach maintained a strong performance during the SUP Race event with a 2nd place finish and backed that up with a 3rd place finish in the Showdown event on her Naish Javelin 12’6” X26 LE.

Big ups also goes out to Riggs Napoleon for his 4th place finish in the Showdown event! Riggs continues to step up the competition in a plethora of events and this performance just solidified Riggs as another racer to keep your eyes on as the season progresses.

Congratulations Kai, Jenny and to all of our Naish Team members who competed at this world-class event!

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North Korea Open for Surf – Your dream of hitting North Korea’s beaches has come true

Good news. According to the Pyongyang Times, North Korea’s tourism authorities are offering surf tours to international guests during “this present bathing season.” The first tours ran from July 28th through August 6th. So far three areas are open for tourists: Songdowon, Lake Sijung, and Majon. A quick search of Google Earth shows that these […]

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Polaroid Cube challenges GoPro in the surf camera market

Polaroid Cube: small is beautiful

A new waterproof camera promises to challenge the GoPro domination. Meet Polaroid Cube, a tiny device with 124° wide angle lens and 1080p HD video.

Polaroid Cube hits the market in September 2014. It will be the smallest surf camera ever, standing at just 35mm (1.37 inches). With its six megapixel photo CMOS sensor, Polaroid’s Cube will compete directly with GoPro.

The brand founded in 1937 by Edwin H. Land became famous for the instant film cameras, but the digital revolution forced new adventures in photography and video.

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NYC Bans the Boogie – No bodyboarding allowed in the Big Apple

And you thought the war against bodyboarding was over in the ’90s. This past week, the New York City parks department banned bodyboards on all New York City beaches. The city declared bodyboards to be, officially in the eyes of the law, “flotation devices,” and for some reason, flotation devices are not welcome at the […]

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