Flared up – Starboard Flare 101 review

For those in the know Vassiliki in Greece, while windy during the summer months, can be a little inconsistent in terms of how steady the breeze is. It’s easy to fall into the trap of going slightly bigger with your windsurfing kit to compensate. If you’re on the lighter side of the weight spectrum, happy to bog about and wait for the gusts or an instructor then maybe this isn’t an issue. When you want/need to maximise your water time, however, it’s a different ball game. Fast forward to the first session of our Vass trip and my immediate choice of sled was the biggest Flare in Starboard’s freestyle range, the 111.

With it’s high level of finishing and distinct electric green to carbon fade Starboard’s attention to detail shines through as always. Footstraps and pads appear top spec and adjustments are fairly easy and swift.

Starboard Flare 101 2015

As with all Starboard windsurf boards fitting the mast foot and UJ are extremely obvious with bold markings pinpointing optimised positioning – advanced sailors may still choose to experiment here though. A Taty Frans signature 20cm G10 fin sits in the back, which is milled to perfection.

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Windsurf, SUP, snowboard, skate, surfing and kayaking galleries

Over the last few years both my wife and I have had some fabulous experiences on the water, in the snow and sometimes on land. During the last few years we’ve managed to accumulate some OK pics, which I’ve curated below. Check ’em out…

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UK river surfing – mellow white water SUP

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Popped my river SUP cherry recently. You can see a short vid of the sesh here. Stay tuned for article coming in next issue of SUP Mag UK

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SUP Mag UK ventured off to deepest darkest Oxfordshire this weekend and hooked up with Dave Adams, Stephen Hale and his grom son Will. These two have been quietly pioneering river SUP in the UK and Will is almost certainly a star paddler of the future. We wanted to check out what UK river SUP is all about for ourselves.

At the same time the trip gave us an opportunity to see how the Pendleboard 9.6ft performed an environment the designers didn’t specifically have in mind.

Stay tuned for the accompanying river SUP article and Pendleboard review appearing in the next issue of SUP Mag UK.

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SUP Mag UK editor on SUPfm

Tez Plavenieks:

Check out this interview I did with Nick and Simon from SUPfm…

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SUP Mag UK editor Tez Plavenieks was recently interviewed by Nick and Simon from SUPfm. In episode number eight the guys chat to Tez about buying your first stand up paddle board – among a few other things. You can check out the podcast now by hitting up www.supfm.com/008-how-to-choose-your-first-sup-board-with-tez-plavenieks/

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There are loads more interviews on the SUPfm site – get even more stand up stoke by having a browse. Stay tuned for more over the next few weeks.

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Land SUP/paddling – surf style

It may not look particularly extreme but land paddling/SUPing (whatever you want to call it) – basically pushing yourself around on a longboard skateboard with a stick/pole/paddle – really does help improve paddling surfing. Riding ramps and skate parks really makes you focus on paddle placement and how to manoeuvre the board as you would on a wave.

Skate ramps are static so the opportunity of repeating similar movements, over and over, allow muscle memory skills to develop and be consolidated. This means when next out on the brine and confronted by swell your autopilot can be engaged and riding level increases.

Tez Plavenieks knocking one of teh top land SUP styleOff the top coming down 2

I appreciate this isn’t for everyone, and let’s be honest, hitting the concrete deck is far more painful than splashing into water. If you really want to develop your SUP surfing, however, then land paddling is definitely worth a look. In particular, trying to get up to the top of the ramp and turn on the most vert part is exactly the same feeling as a big lip hit on the water.

If the thought of stacking it turns you off then there’s always land paddle crusing which doesn’t result in so many bruises!

The March issue of SUP Mag UK features an in depth feature on land paddling – check it out: www.joomag.com/magazine/sup-mag-uk-lo-res-free-to-readers-march-2015-lo-res-free-issue/0712655001428518728?short

Thanks to Shoreham Beach Land Paddle and Land Paddle UK.

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Performance (short) stand up paddle surf boards

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Although summer’s now here in the UK it doesn’t mean the swell’s gone for good. In fact this early part of the season can be a good time to score superb conditions with much milder air temperatures. Even in high summer Mother Nature can smile favourably on us and deliver stunning waves. Let’s hope we get this more often than not in 2015.

Loco 7.4ft SUP Mag UK testing #2

With the above in mind here are a bunch of performance stand up paddle surf boards to help you tackle conditions when they turn on. These rip sticks also work well in slack surf and therefore have all round appeal and incredible versatility. You just have to decide which one’s right for you. Check out our write ups by hitting the links.

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Circle One 10.5ft (2015) all round SUP review vid

Tez Plavenieks:

Bit of fun in the sun…even warm enough in boardies (for me!).

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The last few days at SUP Mag UK test HQ have been glorious with plenty of early season sunshine. A few wavelets were lapping across the SUPer bank a few days ago so our ed decided to head out on Circle One’s 2015 10.5ft all round stand up paddle board. While not the most extreme conditions, what was on offer proved perfect for testing the 10.5ft and super fun. You can see from the footage that even a ripple will drive this baby forwards and it just keeps on gliding – with minimal paddling effort.

Catch the full write up in the next issue of SUP Mag UK…stay tuned.

You can check out more Circle One SUP gear here – www.circle-one.co.uk/products/paddleboards/

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