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Easy Rider SUP Safari

Wow – What a trip.
The First annual Easy Rider SUP Safari to Southern California was a great time.
Here are a few highlights and some photos from the trip.
First two days were spent at the Action Sport Retailer trade show in San Diego.
Although I have been to this show many, many times it was great to see the show through the eyes of someone new to that world.

Starboard had a great booth with a whole bunch of the brand new boards for 2010.
Gaute from Starboard hand carried over many of the new boards that are still in the prototype stage.
The new Short board is a surf machine – made of a super secret carbon lay up – it weighed in at just over 10 pounds – insane.
The Surf Race was there in the new Brushed Carbon construction – it is a 12′ board that is well under 20 pounds – equally insane.
Also there was the AST construction of The NEW race board – – it’s design is taking SUP race boards to a whole new level.

After the Trade show we toured some surf shops, as the weather in “Sunny San Diego” was anything but.
We did manage a good couple of hours out flat water paddling on Mission Bay – where we all switched boards many times.

Then is was up the coast to do some surfing.
We got one good day in at Santa Monica and one awesome day just south of Santa Barbara.

Many great meals, a bunch of drinks and a ton of great conversation made it a fantastic trip.

Thanks to Scott for Trident for setting up the boards, to Gaute from Starboard for a ton of great information, to Wardog from Surfing Sports in Santa Barbara for guiding us, to Delmer for having someone other than my brother to talk to 🙂 and to Declan from Trident for his visa card!

Start planning for next year – I have a ton of great ideas!


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