Coreban | SUP | Stand Up Paddle Boarding Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:20:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SUPing in Huntington Beach – Justin Bing Wed, 21 Oct 2015 08:01:28 +0000 […]

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SUPing in Huntington Beach – Justin Bing

Some small but fun waves at Huntington Beach during the HB Pro 2015. #Coreban
Song: John Butler Trio, Livin in the city

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Pacific Paddle Games Dana Point 2015 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 13:51:28 +0000 […]

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After a long successful day competing in Ventura, it was time to get ready for the biggest SUP race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games Dana Point 2015. We packed up our things and headed 4 hours back down the coast, to spend the night in Huntington Beach. When registering online a few days before, we were warned that there was going to be big swell and that PFD’s and leashes were advised!

Another early morning, as we loaded up the race boards and headed to Dana Point. The parking lot was full, as thousands of people moved in and out of the venue. We lugged the boards down to the site, where it looked as though a massive festival was about to happen. A huge tower structure with gazebos lined the beach for a mile. SUP athletes and enthusiasts gathered from far and wide to test their skills on the biggest stage and retailers gathered to show off their merchandise.

We stood and watched the earlier heats, where the amateur open men’s division had over 100 participants, while the grom division also had loads of super talented kids, some as young as 8 years old braving the solid swell but not before strapping on their helmets for safety.

As the day got hotter and hotter, we began to prepare for our races. I was up in heat 1 with another 25 of the best paddlers in the world. After our repo charge exit in Huntington during the sprints, we weren’t expecting too much. But we did pay $250 to enter so we were sure going to give it our all and show the world SA’s talent!

We drew our random lane numbers and lined up at the start with the crowds gathering on either side as if it were some kind of gauntlet. I drew number 16 and lined up in my lane next to Danny Ching, arguably the world’s fastest paddler, but can he run I thought? There was a 25m sprint to the waters edge… that would be my chance to get ahead if there ever was one. The siren sounded and off we went, as I found myself in front of the pack. It’s really tough on the cardio to go from a 25m sprint run into a 100m-sprint paddle. I found myself being caught very quickly in the paddle to the outside buoy. I hung with the top group for a while before getting caught up in the chaos on the buoy turns. The top 10 advanced and I came in 11th. Luckily there was a repo charge round to give me another shot!



Tom’s heat was up next and with no one really giving him a chance, there was nothing to lose. Back on the more familiar 14 foot race board, which we definitely felt more comfortable on. Another stacked heat, as Tom didn’t have the best start. But with some tactical buoy turn techniques to avoid the chaos, he found himself coming in just behind Connor Baxter, much to our disbelief! He finished 3rd in his first heat, taking out some of the biggest names in Stand Up Paddleboarding. This definitely motivated Tarryn and I to go even harder in our heats.



Tarryn was up next on her Coreban 12’6. She had a great start, but got caught in the waves and found herself in the back half of the race. She needed to finish 10th to advance to the final and was sitting 13th  for the majority of the race. Missing a couple of crucial waves, Tom and I were pulling our hair out. She dug deep to catch the most important wave, that helped her join the other 2 girls fighting for qualification. Some of the waves were running for over 150m, so if you could time getting on to one of these, you could save a lot of energy and make up a couple places. It was down to a sprint finish, one that we knew Tarryn would have the legs for, as she left the other 2 girls in her dust, to narrowly earn her spot in the final!



I had one more repo charge heat to get through. They shortened the course, as the sun was going down and they needed to get through more rounds. I had no energy left but pushed on, after all the mess I found myself on a wave with 15 guys that would determine semi final qualification. I made the sprint up the beach just ahead of the pack, super relieved to qualify for the semi finals the next day.

Day 2 and the swell was still pumping. It was time for the 6 mile long distance course. We were glad that it was early in the day as it wasn’t too hot yet. It was a water start, which was manic, with so much water moving around. It was hard work finding a draft, but once on, there was no giving up. The front pack sped off at a ridiculous pace, so I had to settle for a draft further back. A bit of swell movement provided a bit of relief, linking up some fun runs along the way. It was a super tight finish for the men’s and woman’s race. Danny Ching, after leading most of the race, was pipped by Connor Baxter with a sprint finish to the line. The ladies saw the top 5 girls coming in on the same wave, after 6 miles, with 2 of the girls falling and Candice Appelby winning the sprint up the finish. Having waves in a race definitely makes for entertaining viewing.


It was semi-final time and the crowd on the beach was just getting bigger. Both Tom and I were just stoked to make the Semi’s and anything more would be a bonus. Top 15 would advance to the big final, so we knew we had a small chance. With 30 paddlers on 14 foot boards, all aiming for the same buoy, there was bound to be destruction. Using Tom’s advice for buoy turn strategy in the surf and avoiding the destruction, I found myself just having to hang on in the straight sections as this is where the top paddlers made up their ground. After avoiding boards and paddlers, I looked up on the wave in and on either side of me was Danny Ching and Connor Baxter. I just had to hold on to the wave to qualify for the final. Even though I had qualified, I took to a sprint finish as this would probably be my only chance to beat these paddlers as I came in at second infront of Danny and the remaining paddlers.


Toms semi was next and after looking a bit wobbly at the start, he fought his way back in to the front group making up a lot of ground going out through the waves where a lot of guys were falling and wobbling he stood solid and cruised in to the leading pack. Coming in on a family wave, it came down to another sprint up the beach where he powered up the soft sand to join me in the final. We were both frothing on making the finals of the biggest SUP race event of the year. We had definitely worked hard for it!



The ladies final was next and consisted of 3 laps. After a full day of paddling, this was going to be hard, especially going at a racing pace the entire time. Tarryn had a great start as they started the girls on a set, she managed to hold on through the white water and get to the backline. Candice and Annabel sped off in a league of their own, as they exchanged the lead back and forth the entire race. Tarryn locked into a bomb wave, half way through the heat, as she rounded the outside buoy. Heading across the bay, she went to the wrong buoy and had to backtrack to round the correct buoy. She paddled her guts out and finished a respectable 10th and that would mean she would finish 10th overall. After her long distance result, 10th at the biggest event of the year, with the biggest names in the sport is quite an achievement!




30 paddlers gathered for the Mens grand final at the PPG 2015. Tom and I drew numbers 29 and 30, and lined up on the outside lanes, next to Casper Steinfath of Denmark. Another crazy start! As we headed around the outside buoy, I saw a wave approaching and decided to wait, while a couple of the paddlers tried to beat the wave to the inside turning buoy. Next thing 23 guys were all on one wave, a record number of paddlers on a single wave in a race! As we all had to head to one buoy, boards were crossing over, people falling off and getting tangled up. I remember holding my paddle in one hand and using my other hand to cover my head as I got hit in the head 3 times by different buoys. Taking on a “bos kak” stance that not even a 20 foot wave at Dungeons could knock me off I made it to the buoy with another 4 guys remaining on the wave.





The 3 laps felt like a long distance race, as your lungs are burning and muscles start to seize up after a long weekend of paddling. I missed one important wave, by getting caught inside as it stood up on the reef. These races are all about who can make the least amount of mistakes. On the day that person was Mo Freitas who came out on top in a dominant performance and a much-deserved win!



I finished 30th overall, with Tom finishing 35th. Connor Baxter took the overall win in the men’s, while Candice Appelby continued her dominant performance in woman’s Stand Up Paddleboardng, taking a $11000.00 cheque along with her overall win!

What an amazingly well run event, one that every Stand Up Paddleboarder should tick off their bucket list! We’ll definitely be back next year.



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C-Street SUP Classic : USA SUP Tour, Ventura Paddle Surfing Championships 2015 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:11:47 +0000 […]

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After the World SUP tour event at Huntington Beach, we were all stoked with our results and feeling like our surfing had improved, after mixing it up with the worlds best. We heard that there was a US SUP event happening, a couple miles down the coast near Santa Barbara at a surf spot called C- Street. We decided to make the mission down the coast, after hearing that there was also some dollars up for grabs and the wave looked super fun, after looking at some pictures online. We took a slow cruise along the coast, soaking up the scenery along the Pacific Coast Highway. We stopped off at the famous Malibu, where the wave runs forever, perfect for a SUP or Longboard. Unfortunately the line up had about 50 people on it, so we decided to drive on.

Heading into Santa Barbara and up the mountain where Chris Gudzheut greeted us from Carbonerra paddles. He set us up with a place to stay for 2 nights and showed us around the town. There are some really cool restaurants and pubs along the main stretch, it’s definitely one of my favorite towns in America.

We drove down to C- Street early the next day to check out the waves. What an awesome set up. We pulled up into the car park where the wave ran with different sections from the top of the point, all the way down, about a 1km stretch of waves – broken up along the point. We quickly waxed up and were out there. There were a couple really good longboarders out there as the wave was also ideal for that kind of board. Most of the guys hadn’t seen SUP’s that small and were really impressed with our surfing and how we were able to stand on such small boards.




Up early on Friday morning, where the first heat was scheduled to start at 7am. We got down there and were greeted by the strongest offshore I’d experienced since arriving, we even put on a jersey for the first time, which didn’t last very long as the hot Californian sun soon showed its face. Tom was up in the first heat and nailed it, going to town on a couple waves all the way to the beach. No one knew who we were besides a couple world tour competitors so it was cool to turn some heads from heat 1! My round 1 heat was next, waiting for a set wave I took off, only to be dropped in on by one of the locals all the way to the beach. It was tricky trying to clear the water for the event but as the day went on, they started heading further down the point. I managed to win my first heat.




Tarryn was competing in the open men’s and ladies divisions to increase her chances of some dollars! She had a great first heat, making the guys super nervous. On her way in though, she got caught up on the reef as the tide continued to drop and got cut up quite badly. Doctor Tom was on call to sort it out though.

Round 2 was an interesting one and saw team TK having to surf against each other. It was probably the best I’ve ever seen Tom surf before with a lot more than some dollars on the line. Tom and I continued to advance through the rounds, where the Semi Finals were a man on man format, allowing for you to be more selective in which waves to take off on. Tom came up against a fierce local competitor where he narrowly lost out as the crosshore started to pick up. Tarryn’s ladies final was up next and with her cuts bandaged up, she was out there! Caroline from France was ripping throughout the event and would be a tough competitor to overcome. Tarryn rose to the challenge and connected 2 good waves to the beach in tricky conditions, giving her the open ladies win in the end.






My man on man final against local, Dave Figlioli, was on. It was a super slow start with not many waves coming through. I managed to get a good wave after about 7 minutes into the final. I struggled to back it up, as I saw Dave take off on a few good waves further down the point. I watched the massive clock on the beach counting down as I saw a set approaching, paddling my arms off to get into the wave with 10 seconds to go, it lined up to the beach and enabled me to secure the win.

It was a super fun event in some great waves. It was cool to hang out and SUP with some new frothers and obviously take home some dollars to keep us on the road for a bit longer. Off to Dana Point we headed, for the biggest SUP race event of the year!





C-Street SUP Classic : USA SUP Tour, Ventura Paddle Surfing Championships 2015

Words by Coreban Team rider Justin Bing

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Stand Up World Tour : Huntington Beach 2015 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:39:17 +0000 […]

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I arrived in California 0n the 23rd of September after 2 days of aircon, cramped seating and horrible airline food. I was really happy to be in California and to be greeted by what initially looked like 2 Mexicans, but was just team TK, that had been soaking up the hot Californian sun for the last month.




Jumping into the truck (big American car), which had enough space for a 14 foot race board and required a step ladder to get in to, we headed down the highway to Huntington Beach, while catching up on the last month’s events and competition while living and traveling the US. We lucked into an awesome spot, walking distance from the contest site for a really good price, considering the rand/ dollar exchange rate at the moment. I got my hands on a local craft beer for the evening, but just one as it was the same price as a 6 pack back home and was all my wallet could afford, it didn’t compare to a Bings Bru.

Up at the crack of dawn, we jumped on our bicycles with our boards on the bike trailer and headed to the beach for my first surf. The water was warmer than Durban and conditions were super glassy. Some fun peaks all the way down the beachfront, we managed to find a peak to ourselves and had some super fun waves until the predictable afternoon onshore came up.

Preparing myself for the wildcard trials, I got a message that I’d been given a wildcard into the main event. This was a relief as the wildcard trials were stacked and the waves were predicted to be small meaning that anyone could win. The wildcards were decided in tiny conditions and included, multiple Longboard world champ Colin McPhillips and Mexican small wave expert, Felipe Rodriguez, who went on to take out Mo Freitas in his first round heat.

My heat was the 2nd last of round 1 and with slow conditions, I knew it would be crucial to get an early wave. Up against current world number 2, Zane Schweitzer and Frenchman Alex Deniel. Alex lead through most of the heat with some mid range scores, I took the lead midway through the heat but it was Zane who managed to narrowly clench the win in the end.

Round 2 I came up against Australian Keahi de Abboitz in a man-on-man heat. The waves turned on and it was a back and forth tussle for first place as we exchanged wave for wave. He got a 7 early on, followed by an 8.33 while I put together to high 7’s. I managed to utilize my priority to keep him off a few waves and stop him from getting the score in the end. It was one of the highest heat totals in the end and I was super stoked to move on to round 3. My Coreban Platinum, with the prominent double concave went really well in these conditions, flying over the flat sections and making the inside connections easily.



This meant that the round 3 match up, would be an all South African affair, as Tom and I would match up in our first man on man heat. Unfortunately the waves weren’t great, as the tide was full high and the waves were breaking about 10 meters from the sand. We managed to get a few waves and I lead up until a few minutes left, where Tom got the score he needed to advance through to round 4.




Poenaiki Raioha from Tahiti ended up taking the event win, with some high scoring waves in the final. He was definitely the stand out of the event and deserved winner as he was throwing his tail around with ease and power. Caio Vaz from Brazil was the overall winner and crowned the 2015 Stand Up World Tour champion, after placing 2nd in both 2013 and 2014.

The ladies winner was once again Izzi Gomez who also secured her 2nd consecutive world title at Huntington Beach.

It was decided at this event, that this would be the last event for the year on the Stand Up World Tour with big plans for the tour in 2016.

We’re off to the Pacific Paddle games at Dana Point, for what’s deemed to be the biggest SUP race of the year with huge prize money!



Stand Up World Tour : Huntington Beach 2015

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The Outer Atolls, Maldives – by Greg Bertish Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:56:02 +0000 […]

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Like my brother Conn once said, “Taking SUPs on a surf charter, is like having a Swiss Army knife when you go camping”.
Add it to your stash of surfboards and its like having a multi tool of wave riding vehicles for all conditions. Maybe it’s because I’ve surfed all my life, and ‘surfing only’, gets a little boring when you’re riding perfect waves with just your mates. I like to have options, ride different boards on different waves, and basically just have fun trying and testing different boards, fins and set ups. It adds a whole other level to wave riding and it opens up exploring the islands and coral reefs from a boat as well. I just love the extra technicality of SUP’ing quality tropical waves.

I was super keen to try out the new Corby prototype Coreban sup. The model I took along was the 7.2 x 27.7 , and at 4.6 kg, it was the most amazing travel companion, and fitted into my traveller board bag with both my surfboards. All three boards with bag and all my extra surf gear weighed in at under 20 kg.
The big test of these new little snub nosed boards would be in the hollow and barreling waves of the southern Maldives. I was super keen to give them a go and hopefully get some solid waves and even some barrels.


After some long haul flights via Dubai and Male, we skipped an hour further south on a small local flight. Then it was paradise personified.
Our floating home was the Hariyana, a 90 foot charter boat that’s sole purpose is chasing down waves.

These outer atolls, are the most southern atolls in the string of over 1000 Islands that make up the Maldives, and theoretically they are the least surfed and explored. I wanted to find out for myself…

I was joining a bunch of “boys” in their late 30’s and mid 40’s. Many of these guys are players in the financial world, but they are surfers too. In fact these guys averaged 7 hrs a day in the water and it was inspirational. We chased waves all over the islands, scoring lefts and rights and uncrowded tropical barrels. I surfed my brains out, and then I SUP’ed a few epic sessions as well. We never surfed with another surfer, and only ever saw one other charter boat.

My only SUP buddy on this trip was the infamous Francois “Fanis ” Finlay. And boy did he step up to the plate again. As we could only fly on the small island planes with boards under 8 foot, Francois was riding his Coreban 8.0 vibe. He took this board to the limits, surfing solid 6 foot plus barrels and riding way beyond the levels this little fun board was designed for. SHARING-WAVES
Riding the vibe with a thruster set up, he was locking into and surfed some of the heaviest and biggest waves of the trip. In fact most of them.
I think he tallied up more waves on that little vibe, than most of us rode in total, together.


The little 7.2 Corby punched well above its weight too. I found it so stable, for its size and getting into waves was super easy. It rode fast and high, and came off the bottom with speed and control, specially when ridden as a quad.
My Coreban 7.11 Platinum is definitely my go-to-board in these hollow tropical waves, but after riding the Corby, I’m ready to mix it up a bit more. I want a shorter SUP I can travel with and that can tick all the box’s. I think I’m gonna go about 7.5 by 28 in the Corby and I recon that will kill two birds with one stone. Covering small mushy waves, right up to hollowed waves in the overhead range too. It’s the perfect travel companion and can even be ridden as a longboard, surfboard in smaller waves too. In fact Francois (at 100 kg) had a Jol surfing the Corby as a surfboard on one occasion.


Moral of the story. Go to the outer atolls. Surf your brains out with a handful of mates.
And make sure you take a SUP or two, cos it’s just so much fun!


For more travel information give Greg a Shout and check out his travel website :

The Outer Atolls, Maldives


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The King’s USA SUP Tour : WEEK Four & Five – Huntington Beach Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:00:27 +0000 […]

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IMG_5062The King’s USA SUP Tour : WEEK Four & Five – Huntington Beach

ALOHA everyone.

Hope we haven’t kept you waiting in suspense for too long these last two weeks…

Since we last chatted, we have caught many waves, met many friendly people and met up with fellow Coreban team rider Justin Bing who has now joined.

Week 5 on our SUP tour was fairly slow and we had the opportunity to spend time down at the Huntington beach pier, Sup’ping and filming each other in the mornings, then getting out the sun through the middle of the day and finishing it off with some training, running or cycling.



Week 6 and things started getting busier, with more people arriving for the contest. Monday morning was an early surf followed by a 20km cycle on our 1950’s Schwinn original bikes to the trace office (it’s a super cool little gadget that gives you a lot of information regarding your turns and general surfing performance).

Tuesday we were up early for another dawnie and then headed of to LAX to collect our COREBAN team mate and friend Justin Bing. We borrowed a big American van and did the 1 hour drive through LA traffic to collect him and finished the day at the HB farmers market…which brings us to one of the most thrilling days we have had – 6 Flags magic mountain roller coaster park.


This place is unbelievable! The roller coasters are massive, long, fast and breath taking! Our first one was the X2, you start backwards and then flip around on the outside of the track whilst going at some ridiculous speed with some big g-forces. It is hard to explain the thrill of these roller coasters in writing, so be sure to check out our next video episode for some cool video footage.

The rest of the week has been surfing and checking in with the Stand Up paddle board world tour crew, as well as opening function and general prep for the contest.

Next blog entry will be the happenings from the first day of competition right through until the last day of racing.

Thank you for all the support!


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The King’s USA SUP Tour : WEEK FOUR – HUNTINGTON & SAN DIEGO Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:08:47 +0000 […]

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This week has been so hot it’s almost unbearable to be outside. There has been a lot of consistent swell so at least we have had plenty of time in the water…..We are both loving our Coreban Platinum 7’4’s, they are going so well in every condition.


We moved into our new little flat much closer to the beach in downtown Huntington. Makes a difference when you don’t have to pay R70 for parking when you go for surf.


We headed down to Trestles for the WSL event and saw some incredible surfing, which was amazing to watch and learn from the best male and female surfers in the world. It was well worth the 35minute walk in 35-degree weather. Let’s just say it was HOT!


On Saturday we drove down to San Diego, which is about a 1h40min, drive from Huntington, as we had entered the Revolt Summer Series contest. It was a great event with multiple disciplines; short boarding, long boarding and Sup’ing. We got there around 10am and there were beautiful glassy 2-3ft waves. By the time we surfed, it was 1ft, low tide and onshore L non-the-less we made the most of it. Tarryn came 2nd and Tom took first place. He surfed like a pro and really deserved that title. San Diego is very different to Huntington, quite an old city and only 30minutes from the Mexican border.


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We hope you’re enjoying our updates and following us on facebook.


Keep ripping


Team TK

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The King’s USA SUP Tour : WEEK THREE – HUNTINGTON Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:11:52 +0000 […]

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Hey Guy’s,

So this week has been a great week. Lots and lots of training and some really good waves.

Every day this week we have managed to get some solid time in the water filming and coaching each other. It always helps, when you watch yourself surf. So watch out for a nice little clip soon.

On our rest day we acted like complete tourists and hit the busy streets of Hollywood, hoping to spot some celebs, no such luck i’m afraid. We did a hop-on hop-off tour of the Walk of fame (stars boardwalk), Hollywood sign, Rodeo drive, Beverley Hills and even the extremely popular celebrity lunching spot, The Ivy.

After walking A LOT and acting like the ultimate tourists in this massive concrete jungle, we couldn’t wait to go for a swim in the ocean and be back at the beach, one day of craziness was more than enough.

We were lucky enough to stay with friends, Maria and Erik for the week. They were dying to try Stand Up Paddle boarding, so we took them down to Huntington Harbor and showed them the ropes. Both coming from sporty backgrounds, had no problem learning and were pro’s on the water in no time. Later that evening Tom and I did some training in Newport Harbour while the sun was setting.

Today we heard the swell was up and the guys were out at Newport wedge. We watched for about 2hours and saw some of the gnarliest wipeouts, was very cool.




We have just moved into our new spot closer to Huntington beach and are waiting for Coreban team mate Justin Bing to join us


Have an epic week, ALOHA!



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The King’s USA SUP Tour : WEEK TWO – SAN FRANCISCO TO HUNTINGTON BEACH Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:36:37 +0000 […]

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Hey Guy’s,


So last week was a very interesting week. We left Hood river on Wednesday and began our long drive down to California with two Coreban race boards and 4 Coreban Platinum wave SUP’s tied to our roof, without roof racks so you can only imagine what our car looked like driving down the highway.


We were hoping to get to San Francisco Wednesday night, but we had been driving for 13hours and were STILL 4 hours away. It was getting really late and we were both super tired, so we decided to stop at Motel8. It was the first motel we had seen in the little town we were passing through and just needed to rest our heads for a coupe of hours, before we continued our journey. Lets just say, Tarryn didn’t sleep much that night, she slept with a hoodie on and on top of the blankets. The room smelt like it hadn’t been opened up since 1862. Needless to say, we were up early and on the road again.


Arriving in San Francisco and being greeted by the exquisite Golden Gate Bridge, is something everyone needs to experience. We spent the afternoon cruising around the city and doing a couple of touristy things like Madam Tussauds, Fisherman’s Wharf and catching the iconic, San Francisco trams. The next day, we were super keen to wet our gills and get into the big blue, so we headed down to Half Moon bay, home of the famous Maverick’s. By chance, we came across a SUP store, not just any SUP store, but Jeff Clarke’s SUP store. We were lucky enough to meet Jeff and chat to him for a while. He pointed us in the direction of some small glassy waves at inner Maverick’s. That was an afternoon we will never forget, thanks Jeff


We left San Francisco the next day, to continue our journey to Huntington Beach, California. This was still another 7 hours in the car. Santa Cruz was on the way down and we couldn’t help but stop to check the surf at Steamer Lane. It was a very quick visit, as we needed to get to Huntington Beach that evening. We ended up taking the worst way in the world and got stuck on the windiest road for 4 hours going at 30miles p/h !!! Our 7 hour trip turned into 9.5hours. Eventually we arrived in Huntington Beach, later that night. It was an incredible experience driving from one state to another down the westcoast of America!


Stay tuned for next week’s blog

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The Kings’ USA SUP Tour : WEEK ONE – HOOD RIVER, OREGON Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:05:52 +0000 […]

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Lets catch up with South African Coreban team riders Tom & Tarryn King, on their USA SUP Tour.

Week one and the first stop is The Hood River, Oregon :



America has been our home for 8days and we have already learnt so much……like flying Business class on a 13hour flight IS the only way to fly, THANK YOU Emirates


We landed in Seattle and spent our first night there. On Wednesday we were up early and heading for some epic downwinds in Hoodriver, Oregon. We had 5 Paddleboards strapped to our rental car without roofracks, just our trusty Holdfast tiedowns. The 3hour trip turned into a 5hour scenic drive with lots of trucks hooting and overtaking, I don’t think we went over 40miles/h.


We woke up on Thursday morning to honking 40knot wind and epic downwind conditions. We did a double downwind that day and then proceeded to do another epic one on Friday too J 37.5km of downwind in TWO days!!!! EPIC! We both had turns testing a new Coreban Prototype 12’6 / 24.5, and where stoked at how it went. Being a Flat-water board it’s performance in the Downwind Conditions where all time, we where both super stoked after two Days of Epic Runs!



Saturday consisted of a 9km course race, in 35degree weather, thick smoke from a nearby fire and what felt like a 100 buoy turns. We went in strong and finished the course not far behind the worlds best.

Sunday was the double downwind, the wind was non existent with a slight headwind at times. The lack of wind forced the organizers to make the double DW a single. Thank goodness! I (Tarryn) was quick out the blocks and took the lead to the first buoy. Everyone got into single file and I managed to hang on to the lead train, for the first couple of miles. In the end I slipped back and ended the race with a solid 14th. Tom put in a great effort and finished the race with a smile.

Today we went white water SUP’ing with some fellow competitors and had the best time. We will be leaving Hood River this week and heading down to California, so stay tuned!



Tom & Tarryn King #SUPKings






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