Coreban | SUP | Stand Up Paddle Boarding http://coreban.com Stand Up Paddle Boarding Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:58:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Kings’ USA SUP Tour : WEEK ONE – HOOD RIVER, OREGON http://coreban.com/usa-sup-tour-week-one-hood-river-oregon/ http://coreban.com/usa-sup-tour-week-one-hood-river-oregon/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:05:52 +0000 http://coreban.com/?p=7690 […]

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USA SUP Tour : WEEK ONE – HOOD RIVER, OREGON

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!

 

ALOHA!

Tom & Tarryn King #SUPKings

 

 

 

 

 

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2015 South African Stand Up Paddle boarding Champs http://coreban.com/2015-south-african-stand-up-paddle-boarding-champs/ http://coreban.com/2015-south-african-stand-up-paddle-boarding-champs/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:24:52 +0000 http://coreban.com/?p=7574 […]

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Here’s a wrap of the UnderArmour South African Stand Up Paddle boarding Champs 2015.

Coreban cleaned up, with Justin Bing who reigned supreme in the Open Men’s.
Other winners were Nathan van Vuuren (Kids), Chelsea van Rooyen (Social ladies)and Kim du Venage (Divas) – all Coreban Team riders

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Durban SUP Pro July 2015 – Thomas & Tarryn King http://coreban.com/durban-sup-pro-july-2015-thomas-tarryn-king/ http://coreban.com/durban-sup-pro-july-2015-thomas-tarryn-king/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:58:22 +0000 http://coreban.com/?p=7557 […]

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A video showing the Durban SUP Pro July 2015.

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Nicaragua sup adventure with the lbs florida crew http://coreban.com/nicaragua-sup-adventure-with-the-lbs-florida-crew/ http://coreban.com/nicaragua-sup-adventure-with-the-lbs-florida-crew/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:12:32 +0000 http://coreban.com/?p=7532 […]

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In January 2015 a couple of our LBS crew decided to take a surf trip to Nicaragua, tossing around ideas and locations.  We settled on playa Montelimar, which was an all inclusive resort on the pacific side of Nicaragua, that had its own private break in the backyard.  It seemed best for the various levels of surfers on the trip.  When the dates were set, we announced our departure to our big local crew, and one by one, they started to jump on board.  Usually when one says they are going on a surf trip, it is with 5, 8, maybe 10 friends.   We went from 4, to 10, to 18, to 26 and ended at 32 people.  Granted, some didn’t surf, some were newbies, some were little groms, and some are pros, so it made for an interesting mix!

As the weeks came closer and anxiety set in, we would check the forecast by the hour.  Day after day the forecast looked great.  4-6 ft and clean off shore winds.  Everyone was pumped.  Until about a week before, when we checked the forecast, it was calling for 15 foot swells and a hurricane off the coast, heading north to Mexico…

A few arrived before the main crew and were sending pics of some giant waves, but huge closeouts.  Disappointment set in, but hopes were still high.

The day came to leave, and 26 of us boarded the same plane!  Have you ever been on the same plane with 25 of your best friends??? This was epic.

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When we landed our two vans were awaiting outside the airport, one for us and one for the 20 board bags we had.  We jammed all our bags in and on top of this van and sent it off in front of ours just incase it tipped over or boards came flying out!

We pulled up to the resort at 3am, and got about 2 hours of sleep before the anxiety kicked in and we headed out for dawn patrol.

The first three days were insane.  The nice, south swell that usually cruises by this break, was meeting with the north rebound from the hurricane and smashing into a gnarly straight on 15 foot pound.  A few of us managed to get our surfboards to the outside and catch a nice few, fast drops before the closeouts.  The water was an orange brown color from the storm churning up all the dirt.  The first day, my longboard was hit by a lip and buckled,  luckily I had backup, and also my Coreban platinum, although the first three days it was near to impossible to paddle out a SUP.

 

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The first three days were proof that no matter how much you planned for a great trip with clean glassy waves, sometimes Mother Nature throws you a curve ball, but instead of disaster we took it as a challenge to push ourselves in tough conditions.  Good news for us, it was sand bottom, so charge away!

The trip undoubtedly brought amazing scenery and nature.  Every day we were greeted with songs of millions of birds while taking that dawn patrol walk down to the beach.

When we weren’t in the water we were exploring the land and climbing the rocks that surrounded the area.  We spent the days until sunset in the fresh air, and when the sun went down we danced the night away together, sat on each others bungalow porches and told amazing stories.

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As we woke up on day four, we were finally greeted with calm off shore winds and semi glassy swell, somewhat still bumping with the north mix, but nonetheless more manageable.  The orange water cleared up and the sun came out.

I grabbed my Coreban platinum and headed out.

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The swell was still very consistent so timing was important, but after a short paddle I was out and ready to catch some party waves!  This was one of the first times I was able to ride my Coreban in some ‘real’ waves, and man was it fun!  It held onto some steep drops and was lightening fast.

We logged about nine hours each day in the water over the next two and a half days, most of us only taking a break to eat.  Everyone was stoked.  It was finally not a hassle to paddle out, the newbies were able to make it out and practice catching waves (some who caught the biggest waves of their life as of yet),you could get a SUP out without too much trouble,

and the waves were endless.

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The sky finally cleared and the sun became viciously hot, but luckily when you have a crew of 32, there are some ‘survivor types’ out there.  A couple of the crew, headed by Coconut Dave, ventured off and grabbed palm fronds, and broken stalks and created a shade tent that lasted for the remainder of the four days!

One afternoon we took a break and ventured into a small fishing town for lunch to hang with the locals.  It was really cool to see how they trailered their boats out of the water, by rolling huge rollers down to the shore, lifting the boat on it and about 8 guys would push the boat and rollers up the sand to park.  Talk about man power.  We ate some awesome fresh ceviche and drank some ice cold beers and then hit the afternoon session to close out the day.

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The second to last day one of our crew members took her fin to the head and had to take a short trip to get some stitches, but there’s nothing a bag and some duct tape couldn’t fix to get her back in the water for the last day of wave!

As the last day approached, we took it all in.  Everyone was out by 5am in the water.  We surfed under the hot sun all day, ate some amazing fresh food, made toasts to each other and of course sang happy birthday to Bob!  The waves were finally perfect and no one wanted to leave, but reality was calling.

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We all packed, and once again jammed our boards into a small little van and packed in.  Laughter and the scent of sunblock and salt, filled the midnight bus to catch our red eye.  This time, even the local Nicaraguan driver was laughing with us, as we made friends with him throughout the trip.

We made it safe and sound to the airport and all 26 of us crashed out on the floor while waiting to board the plane.

 

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As we all boarded and took our seats, while the plane was backing up and going over the safety rules, they ended it with “and we want to welcome aboard the LBS crew”.  Cheers echoed through the plane, and we all glanced around and smiled…

32 South Florida surfers, 15 foot hurricane swell, one broken board, a set of stitches in a head, and memories to last a life time.

Now onto the next trip!

– Victoria Burgess

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Thundafund for the SUP World Tour 2015 – Tom & Tarryn King http://coreban.com/tom-tarryn-king-thundafund-for-the-sup-world-tour-2015/ http://coreban.com/tom-tarryn-king-thundafund-for-the-sup-world-tour-2015/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:53:51 +0000 http://coreban.com/?p=7517 […]

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Tom & Tarryn King aim to fly the SA flag on the Stand Up Paddle Board World Tour 2015!

It’s every sportsperson’s dream to represent their country in the sport they love! Tom & Tarryn King have this opportunity! With your help they can be the first South Africans to compete on the Stand Up Paddle Board World Tour 2015.

The expenses that stand in their way include entry fees, plane tickets, visa’s and accommodation for the 6 stops on the tour. Every little bit counts towards getting them onto the winner podiums!

To Show your Support Follow this link : Thundafund for the SUP World Tour 2015

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COREBAN CALIFORNIA RANGE – Words by Ivan van Vuuren http://coreban.com/coreban-california-range-words-by-ivan-van-vuuren/ http://coreban.com/coreban-california-range-words-by-ivan-van-vuuren/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:34:38 +0000 http://coreban.com/?p=7509 […]

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From my first look at the new Coreban California Range I was quite taken back by all of the “traditional” longboard elements that had been added. This was a massive leap from where we had started all those years ago.

The Coreban California Range has many noticeable features including a deep spoon in the nose, overly pinched rails and the flattest Rocker I have ever seen. Obviously these elements work well on a traditional longboard, but the big question was, could they translate to a SUP with the added volume and width needed? I had my concerns initially, but the feedback from Tom King and Justin Bing was so positive that I was keen to jump on a board and try it out for myself!!

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While attending SA long boarding champs, our focus was on longboard surfing, but what better place to test the new Coreban California Range. The world famous Cape St Francis. A right hand point break venue that had been featured on both Endless Summer movies. A perfect time to test the “California” board in waves known and revered for longboard surfing.

 

The board of choice was the 9’0’ x 29.5” x 4.25” 138 l, and I opted for a 2 + 1 fin set up. This Board was designed and developed in a collaboration between Coreban and the legendary Californian Shaper Wayne Rich.

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I jumped off the rocks and could immediately see what all the fuss was about. Stability and ease of paddling was the first highlight. With a flatter deck, I was able to plant my feet firmly on the board. This allowed for a more comfortable posture and with that, an added sense of stability and confidence. I immediately noticed the flatter rocker, which allowed for a faster glide, getting me into the waves far easier than I was used to. I was also able to get into the waves a little quicker and in-turn position myself and set my line earlier.

 

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The ride itself offered a smooth aquaplane sensation, with the single concave into double allowing for some extra speed and glide. Being in longboard mode from the contest, I cross-stepped to the nose to see how this would function. The pintail allowed the tail to “stick” in the wave while I got up on the nose, allowing for long, easy nose rides. The intention of this board is to obviously offer more of a traditional long boarding ride, rather than high performance turning. In the same breath, don’t be fooled by the pin tail, which still allows for good off the lip bashes and on the face turns.

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What I really enjoyed most about the V2 was the “all-round fun” that the board was created for. Fin-first take offs, switch-foot drop knee rides and all round longboard moves while still feeling totally comfortable and stable.

 

After a few hours of stylin’ fun, it was time to head back for my heat in the longboard contest, the great thing being, that I felt that I had just ridden a longboard SUP board which actually enhanced my surfing.

What better way to have fun than with a board that is both SUP and longboard in one package  – California here we come!

 

Aloha

Ivan

IVAN VAN VUUREN is the founder of Coreban and lived in California and Hawaii for many years before returning to his native country South Africa, where he continues to make waves in board development.

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ISA WORLD SUP CHAMPS 2015 – Words By Tarryn King http://coreban.com/world-standup-and-paddleboard-championship-2015-by-coreban-team-rider-tarryn-king/ http://coreban.com/world-standup-and-paddleboard-championship-2015-by-coreban-team-rider-tarryn-king/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 13:29:13 +0000 http://coreban.com/?p=7493 […]

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This year I was honored to represent South Africa for the second consecutive year at the ISA World SUP Champs 2015 being held in Mexico.

This year, we had an extremely strong team and I knew we would do really well. We had Dylan, Ethan, Wade, Josh, Mishka and myself for the racing side of things, Anna and Jayden for the prone. Anna won a silver medal at the 2013 ISA world games in Peru :) Tom, Justin and myself were the surfers on the team, and last but not least, we had Candace (manager), Gary (coach), James and Ken (medical&nutitional support).

 

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After traveling for 52 hours we finally arrived in Sayulita, Mexico! We were greeted by 35 degree weather, with 100% humidity! It was HOT!! The South African ambassador had organized rental cars from VW, which were waiting for us upon arrival, with the aircon on at full force, Thank you Mr Ambassador. We then travelled for 45 mins to the grand Palladium 5 star resort where we met the Hawaiian team, who were also staying there. This resort was unbelievable, we had 5 different restaurants and a buffet to choose from for breakfast, lunch and supper, amazing pools and beaches, and lets not forget a fun, A frame peak, right on our doorstep! This place was amazing!

Our trip got off to a rocky start with NO race boards getting to Mexico.

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Our next mission was to beg, borrow and steal some race boards for us to use! The next day we drove for 20 mins to the little town of Sayulita, it is the most gorgeous little town with the happiest, friendliest people. Our first stop was check in with the ISA officials and then, off to stand up paddle Mexico where we managed to find some race boards for team SA to use, thanks Shelby :)

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After getting over jet lag and settling in, it was finally time for the contest to start :) we had a couple days of surfing where Tom, Justin and Myself all made it through to the next round and then the long distance races took place. Ethan, Josh , Mishka, Anna and Jayden all did exceptionally well considering they were all on borrowed boards and it was like 100 degrees! Anna won us a SILVER medal, we are so proud. The next day was surfing, we all hung on another day :) then the technical. Wade and Dylan paddled like machines, the pace on this 6km course is ridiculous! I also managed to hang in there and enjoyed the technical race.

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The next day was a crucial day for the surfers as the competition was getting closer to finals and everyone that was left in the competition was exceptionally good. Tom and Justin got knocked into the repo rounds and just couldn’t find the waves they needed to advance through to the next round. Did I mention the waves were 1ft slop?! I hung in a bit longer and fought my way through to the semi finals, I lost in the last 5seconds and missed the grand final by 0.33!!! It was a tough heat and very emotional, but you learn from your mistakes.

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The last and final day was great.  Anna and Jayden were both in the final for the prone technical, We had Dylan in the final heat for the technical races, and team South Africa was also in the final for the team relay. Anna had a slow start which pushed her back a couple of spots and unfortunately missed a medal by a couple of meters. Jayden had an extremely good race and finished strong. Dylan had a bit of a rocky start and fell back, he managed to paddle like a machine and gain a couple of spots, well done Dyl. The team relay is the best part of the event and always so much fun, we all paddled our hearts out and loved every second of it, finishing 5th.

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Team South Africa finished 7th overall at the ISA World Champs 2015. We all had the most incredible time and learnt so much from this experience. Our coach, manager and medical support were unbelievable, they were on the beach every single day, all day, cheering us on, encouraging us, making sure we kept hydrated and were ready to take on our competitors.

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Another thank you has to go out to EVERYONE that was back home following every single second of the event. Sending messages, Facebook status’, phone calls and emails. You guys are amazing and really kept us going!

Last but not least a massive thank you to my sponsors, I would not be able to do this without you,

Coreban stand up paddle boards, Roxy South Africa, Holdfast, Xpression on the beach, Overboard Africa, surfersskin and onit pro!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Aloha!

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Bowien van der Linden – wave sessions at Muizenberg Cape Town http://coreban.com/bowien-van-der-linden-muizenberg/ http://coreban.com/bowien-van-der-linden-muizenberg/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 07:56:55 +0000 http://coreban.com/?p=7482 […]

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Coreban Team Rider Bowien van der Linden is living the dream –  “Sun Beats Down” by Splendid

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Downwind run Cape town- Coreban Dart Pro vs V1 http://coreban.com/downwind-run-cape-town-coreban-dart-pro-vs-v1/ http://coreban.com/downwind-run-cape-town-coreban-dart-pro-vs-v1/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:46:11 +0000 http://dev.coreban.com/?p=6784 […]

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Downwind run Cape town on a Coreban Dart Pro vs a V1.

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The Water Boy http://coreban.com/the-water-boy/ http://coreban.com/the-water-boy/#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 09:50:20 +0000 http://dev.coreban.com/?p=4993 […]

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Some great behind the scene shots with the Water Boy. Great talent to check out!

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