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HOLLOW - Pushing the Limits of Quality & performance!

Yes you read that headline correctly!

ONE has finished all Testing and the Cat is out of the Bag.

We have made what we believe to be a game changing construction - HOLLOW Carbon Molded

We have made it our mission with our Brand to bring you the Highest Quality, Strongest Boards, Lightest Boards on the market but also keeping it affordable.

The Finished Product is remarkable!

Light and Strong but also Perfection

What makes HOLLOW boards feel so different and why would you want this construction over a Foam core board?

A lucky few have already experienced our Hollow Storm ‘s in Australia and the feedback is exactly as we want from our customers that have demo’d one or been lucky enough to get one of these boards so far “WOW it’s like riding on AIR, it’s such a different feeling, it’s amazing” YEP we know, this is exactly want we want to bring to our customers. We want you to Love your board, love that feeling of flying on the water. Our Hollow construction gives you this experience.

Is it Tough? Yes Extremely Tough! Full Carbon,

Is it Lighter? YES to give you an idea the 14ft x 23” Storm 2.0 Dugout is coming out at 10kg finished

Is it Faster? YES, the shape is the same board as the standard Storm but it gives you the feeling of floating higher on the water, it’s flightier and catches any bumps with way less effort. The standard Storm is a amazing board the hollow is just the same but different!

Is it the same shape as my Current Storm 2.0? YES it is but just in Hollow Carbon Tech.

Is it way more Pricey to Buy? No, it will cost a little more than your normal Carbon race board but nothing crazy so make sure to contact your nearest ONE dealer for local pricing or if no local shop or importer contact us direct and we will be able to help you out any where in the world.

Will Hollow replace my foam core board? No and each construction have there place, the hollow construction just gives those who want nothing but the best a place to go. The regular carbon race boards are still amazing and if hollow was not a option they would be right at the top in all areas. Hollow has just opened a the door for those who are looking for that something different or those that might already be used to paddling hollow craft like skis and OC1.

As we have to Mold these boards we have available now to order from your shop or distributor now in …

14ft STORM 2.0 in 23” 24.5” 26” 28”

14ft EVO 2.0 in 22.5” 24” More bigger sizes are been worked on now. (EVO pro 2.0 to be released soon)

We will be adding all our Dugout Style boards to our Hollow construction line as time goes on. which will see our hollow line in Storms 2.0 , Evo Pro 2.0 , Edge Pro 2.0.

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We have been Testing our Hollow boards for a long time now including our Unlimited 17’11 Dugout with amazing results.

Another exciting thing is our Team rider Kenny Kaneko will be riding a 17’11 x 23” Hollow Unlimited for his Molokai to Oahu Race this year. This was the very first hollow board we made for ONE.

Australia will be one of the First countries to receive the Hollow STORM and EVO 2.0 this coming August, Hong Kong very soon and Canada has their first Hollow board arriving start of June and this board will be at the Gorge Paddle Challenge.

We feel moving towards this construction removes the need for FOAM core’s, Surfboard foam core’s inevitably is bad for the environment and long term (Talking many many years down the track) Foam will be frowned upon.

Hollow boards are nothing new and You could say there are already some brands trying their hand at this type of board, 1 brand in Europe also have made it successful but we at ONE want it available to the whole world. Everyone deserves this Level of Perfection in a Race board.

So be sure to contact us either Directly or Contact your Distributor now and find out when you can get your hands on a Hollow Board!

The first shipment of Hollow boards heading to Australia have almost SOLD out already!!! Ask anyone that has tried this construction from us and the response is amazing.

Slide Show Below….

As always you can choose your own colour combo should you not want our standard Blue, Red or Pink

As always you can choose your own colour combo should you not want our standard Blue, Red or Pink










Zamami - Kerama Blue Cup - Japan

ONE Video on Zamami - below


So this is going to have to parts to the blog, the first part is all about Zamami the island and the great event that they put on here and the second part will be a little on the future of this event. Yes there is a big SUP race here on this magical island! and if you haven’t been to it, you have to go!

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So lets get started on the really true positive and that is Zamami Island and it wonderful people, this is the 2nd time we have have been here and as you can see from the video this place is truely something magic. Zamami is a 1 hour fast ferry ride from Okinawa and as soon as you enter the islands water you can just tell how special this place is. 

We stayed in the Okinawa resort and for us as soon as we arrived the owners meet us at the ferry dock and took us to our accommodation which is nice and neat and perfect for your time on the island. We came to Zamami for the Kerama blue cup which is a Stand up paddle race in some of the most perfect waters you will ever see. The race it self is super well run and open to all levels they have a 18km, 6km, 1km and lots of kids races. The 18km race can be tough and will throw a bit of everything at the paddlers but for 2 hours you will get to paddle in some of the clearest waters on this Earth and around some of the best little islands you will ever see. The race can throw up all kinds of conditions but can be either glassy flat or have a bit of everything so be prepared as it can get tough!!

FULL MOVIE ABOVE and as you will see it is Worth coming not just for the Race but to enjoy this place.

The race is amazing but really only a small part of why you would come here and once the race is done the time to really enjoy the island begins! The events after party's are super fun and watching the locals who many just raced now get on stage and preform in their local music and dance is something very special and a must if you come for the event. The Race itself is highly organised as you would except by Japanese and caters for all racers, Long distance and Shorter distance. Get ready to race the Japanese as they are tough and don’t give up at all as most international riders find racing here.

With the event over the time to explore the island some more starts and, as you can see in the video getting around is super easy as you just jump on a bike and go for it, everything is super close and within a short walk or shorter bike ride. Swimming with the turtles is 5 mins from where you sleep and if you pick the right time of day it's almost guaranteed you will see them. 

The FOOD on Zamami is amazing it's just a matter of finding a hidden little gem which they are really on pretty much every street and you will be in food heaven!! So many places to eat and drink along with some western food choices too but you should eat local as it really is amazing.


One of the real special things about Zamami is the people and this is the one part that not everywhere has and just how nice every person is it is a place where everyone smiles and just enjoys life 100% of the time and for most people coming here it is good to see and makes any troubles one might have in the real world just seem pretty small. 

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Ok so part two of this blog is about the future of this event, the event here has been running for 3 years now and was only ever put in to run for 3 years and if the event grew then it would possibly be run for many more years to come. The first year was fairly small but a still a good turn out for a very unknown event the 2nd year had very good growth as the word had spread so a lot of top riders wanted to come and the prize money was also very good the word from year 1 had spread which was perfect!! now we come to year 3 and numbers were down and this is not what the event wanted to see as it thinks about if it should keep running or if it should invest the locals people money else where. 

So why did the numbers drop one may ask and can it be fixed? Well the numbers dropped i feel for many reasons and i am going to try my best to go through some of these here and also offer a solution. 


With many saying the sport of SUP racing is dying it would be easy to just say that this is just part of that and oh well it was great while it lasted but this is not the case and not the case by a long shot!! In reality it is the complete opposite and the smaller numbers are due to just to many events and maybe a slightly wrong direction pushed by the race itself. 

With the race being quite a long way to go for many top riders and also so many other big events on at the same time getting top riders here is always going to be a little hard, most of the top riders will go to where the most money is and at this time of year that is Europe for the Euro tour so thinking that it is possible to get more than 10 or so top level riders is really just not possible to sustain in to the future and this has showed this year. 

The answer for this event is easy and it does not need the top riders to make it work it needs the everyday paddlers it needs the families who want to take their sup family on a trip to a event where they can race but also have a amazing time away together, it needs the paddlers who just love paddling as this is what this place is amazing for. 

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Just having top riders is cool at a event but if the money is better somewhere else the chances are they will follow where as the people who just love to paddle will come because of the destination and not just because of the race. 

One only has to look at the APP events over the years and how they come and go as they only try and please one area of riders, with a event like Zamami that has so much to offer and could really appeal to the more broader average riders this is where the future is and then this event could really be something special that is around for many years to come!!  





So who is up for Kerama Blue Cup 2020? We will be back. Thank ONE Japan and Kenny Kaneko for your help during this Trip .

Let's Talk Race Board Constructions...

LET’S TALK Race CONSTRUCTIONS….

We are always pushing ourselves at ONE to only bring you the best gear, have a read below as we have a pretty cool release coming soon.

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STORM

ULTRALIGHT

So as you will notice at ONE ocean sports we have a few different constructions and we thought now would be a good time to explain a little about each and where each constructions strength and weakness are. 


CARBON SKIN: 

This is as it sounds and is a thin carbon skin over a foam core, we use this construction on a lot of the race boards as we can get good weights and still keep good overall strength in the board. It allows us to make a very stiff race board and a board that has a great feel. Probably one of the downsides is it can be a bit fragile to hard knocks and with only quite a thin skin it can ding. We at ONE do Carbon skin boards in a range of levels with Standard Carbon and Ultralight. 

The models we use carbon skin technology (Standard and Ultralight) on are…. 

14ft & 12’6ft STORM

14ft & 12’6ft EVO PRO

UNLIMITED


MOLDED BOARDS:

PVC SANDWICH

Over the years we have been bringing into the ONE line up the PVC sandwich boards, this construction we feel is one of the best on the market it offers very high strength to weight ratios and also allows for a very responsive flex in the boards. Race boards we offer “3” different constructions in the PVC sandwich, Listed below

Where the molded PVC boards really stand out is durability they can handle the knocks far better and one of the reasons we use this construction so much is the strength we get when taking these boards into the waves


PVC/WOOD :

This is a PVC wrapped top and rails with a wood bottom in a full epoxy glass layup, this is a little heavier than the other constructions but every thing else stays the same so you still get one of the best shapes in a very tough construction. 

DYNAMIC :

This is a fully wrapped PVC boards with a epoxy half carbon to half glass mix, this construction is really the best of both worlds giving amazing durability and a weight that is equal to most top brands full carbon boards if not even lighter. 

ELITE :

Now this is the top end it is FULL PVC wrapped and Full carbon board it offers the best in weight to strength that the market has. 

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14ft EVO 2.0

14ft EDGE 2.0

Molded in 3 Levels of Construction

Boards in the MOLDED PVC construction are

14ft EDGE 2.0 series

14ft EVO 2.0 Series

All production SURF sup's

All production foil and crossover foil boards

Touring boards

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NEW AND NOW SLOWLY BEEN RELEASED:

HOLLOW!!!!

Yes that’s right this is something we have been working on now for a while and feel the time is right to now slowly start introducing the NEW ONE HOLLOW technology.

Right now we only have 2 models in the Hollow tech but this will expand as we slowly build new molds. 

Why hollow? well do you want a advantage over your competitor then this will be why!

“Lighter stronger and stiffer are just the start!”

Having most of the boards weight right under the standing area and reducing the swing weight in the nose, getting a board that feels so alive under your feet that nothing comes close this is HOLLOW. 

Who is hollow for? I guess its first target is the racer the person who wants the best, it will not be a board at the budget end but will be a board for those who want high end quality it will be the board you buy when you want it to out last everything else.

For those that already paddle Skis or any kind of hollow craft this will give you that feeling that you might have lacked when trying standard stand up paddle race boards.

So what are the down sides to hollow? Well one of the biggest down sides is you have to make a mold so changing shapes all the time is not possible and this is why we are bringing them in over time. We have started with our 14ft STORM series and will be adding sizes as we go, we have chosen boards that have been tested and proven to be race winning boards that also are user friendly. This has been part of the ONE goal from the very start and our main objective is to make fast boards but to keep them super user friendly so that the normal person can paddle and feel super comfortable on and this will continue right though our whole line up.

So what boards are made hollow right now?

Right now we have the following ready to go.

14 x 23 STORM 2.0 (Wider Sizes are being worked on NOW)

17'11 x 23 Unlimited

I know what you are thinking and these are just for the pros and top end racers and yes they are but these were the test shapes and the ones we have been able to put the hours into, we are now looking at expanding the 14ft STORM “HOLLOW” line with the wider sizes so if you are interested please contact us so we can get some feed back on the perfect widths to make!!

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FINAL NOTE - Keep an Eye Out for ONE Team Rider Kenny Kaneko at this years Molokai 2 Oahu as he will be racing on a 17’11 x 23” HOLLOW Unlimited.

We hope this has given you a little more insight into what we here at ONE are about!!

Paddle Care...

Buying a paddle, what to look out for and how to look after it.

So you have got your board sorted and now need the other piece of your Stand up paddle quiver which is the paddle. So how do you know what to get and what is right for you? well below is a guide of what paddle for what condition and what kind of paddling each paddling is suited to. 

Lets start with the very basic.

Alloy paddle:

This is your price point paddle and in a lot of cases this might be a paddle that is in a package. These paddles do work but they are not something you would want to paddle to very far with. 

They make great paddles for the kids as they are quite tough as far as knocks go. 

UPSIDES.

*Cheap

*Tough against knocks and being dropped on the ground

DOWNSIDES.

*Terrible to paddle with

*They bend if loaded up to much

*They sink once the foam inside gets water logged

*As most of the alloy paddles are adjustable they also seize up if not washed out every time you use they, if they seize you will not get them apart again.

Overall if it was free you would take it for the kids but really try and stay away from Alloy where possible.

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Mid Range paddles:  

These are most likely a carbon/glass mix in the blade and shaft. You will find these are great as a touring style paddle and can hold up against the knocks a little better than a high end full carbon paddle but this does come at a cost. 

With the Glass/carbon mix in the shaft most of these paddles have a very soft flex which might be ok if you are a very light paddlers or just cruising along but if you really put the power down then they can over flex which is bad two ways, one is it takes all the power out of your stroke and two higher chance of breaking the more it flexes.

UPSIDE

*price is midrange, so a bit easier on the wallet.

*Better than Alloy in that they are much lighter and good for touring or just general paddling

*Can be tough against knock and drops

DOWNSIDE

*Can be to flexi

*No good for distance paddling

*Not really good for stronger or heavier paddlers

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Full Carbon:

So here we are at the TOP END paddles the ones that make you shiver when the guy in the shop tells you the price, so are they worth it or is it just a over kill and a waste of money? Well 100% it is worth it as long as we are talking about good top end paddles that have done real development then you will real feel the difference. 

A nice full carbon paddle is super light they will have some flex but not to much (this can vary a bit as well depending on brand) and after going for a paddle where over a 8km distance you might do 2000 strokes plus your body will 100% thank you for spending that little bit more. 

UPSIDE

*Light

*Can be very nice on the body if you get one with the right amount of flex to stiffness ratio

*Very strong(more on this later)

*Very efficient at getting power from the rider to the paddle to get the board moving

DOWNSIDE

*Cost

*Can be fragile(more below on this)

*Maybe not so great for the kids as a play paddle

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So i touched on the Full carbon paddles and how they are very strong but - there is a BUT, to a point so here is what i mean for this. 

If you look after your paddle and make sure you don’t knock the shaft around don't drop it on the ground or just throw it in the back of the ute then it should just about last forever but if you are rough with it or somehow give it a hard knock then it could break very easy the next time you paddle it. Carbon is very strong right up until it gets a fracture and then it will break on they point with hardly any force. 

Paddles have warranty’s like any product and if there is something wrong with the paddle it should show on the very first few strokes you take, if you have been paddling for a week or month or a year and then it just breaks for no reason you will find in 99% of cases that you might have damaged it in a previous session or when you accidentally dropped it on the ground it your rush to the waves.


Remember Paddles VERY rarely break for no reason!!!

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Happy Paddling , Foiling and look after your Paddles

Our Pick TOP 3 Downwind and Flat Water must do Races around the World…..

Our Pick of the TOP 3 Downwind and Flat Water must do Races around the World…. and if you haven’t done any on our List below well we suggest you do

Down Wind

  1. Gorge Paddle Challenge - Hood River USA

  2. Maui to Molokai - Hawaii

  3. King of the Cut - Perth Australia

Flat Water

  1. 11 Cities Tour - Holland

  2. Bilbao - Spain

  3. Gla Gla - Lake Annecy France

So you want to get a bucket list of Fun races to get to? Not sure where to start or what ones to choose? We have done some work for you. As we have been to pretty much most of the major races and events around the world.

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Now if it’s max fun and Downwind your after then you can’t go past the 3 on our list.

At number 3 we have King of the Cut - Perth Australia

Race Length - 25km (16 miles)

Race Conditions - Open Indian Ocean Swells

KOTC week will be close to the best week of your life downwinding. Clear Warm Ocean waters and the Seabreeze blows every single day, in fact after 4 days straight of wind and doing double downwind runs you need to take a break. This place will wreck you if you don’t pace yourself. Held in the coastal town Mandurah which is about 1 hour drive south of Perth and the Airport you will find yourself based here all week. It’s pretty cheap so if you are on a budget there are all types of accomodation to book. All week you will see all paddle crafts playing on the 12km run from Falcon bay to Mandurah. Know your limits with this place thou, remember this is the Indian Ocean and there is nothing between Perth and South Africa and it can be a wild section of open ocean. The Perth SUP crew are great and will welcome you with open arms. Mandurah On the Western Australia Coastline you will find nothing but amazing White sandy beaches with hardly anyone around, be warned the Sun here will Burn you. After your week here you will leave feeling Sun and wind Burnt and especially Salty. Enjoy!

It has a very easy put in and take out with very little swell ever being a problem. You will get some of the fastest runs of your life here and very well worth getting to!

Contact - https://www.facebook.com/Kingofthecut.Perth.Australia/

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At number 2 Downwind Race we have put Maui to Molokai - Hawaii

Race Length - 42km (26 miles)

Race Conditions - Inter Island Crossing between Maui to Molokai Ocean Swells

M2M has to be on very single Downwind Paddles Bucket List, it’s truly amazing and fun. Clear Waters and crossing between the 2 islands is something you will remember forever. The scenery is like nothing else when you get closer to Molokai, sort of makes you forget any pain you might be feeling at the halfway point. Keep in mind these crossing is bigger swells and you really have to have confidence in yourself before you even line up at the start line. The rewards is amazing once you finish at the tiny little boat shed and entrance to molokai boat harbour, you actually are hard pressed to see it and paddlers have been known to go straight passed it. Once finished you pretty much pack up and load up your boat ride back across the channel to maui. All done in 1 massive day. Or you can choose to stay overnight and do the Molokai race which is just the last half of the M2M which is also amazing. Good thing is you can choose to just do the big one M2M or make it huge weekend do the next day aswell.

A big bouns with this event is the lead up week or weeks if you are lucky enough as you will want to base your self on Maui and while here you can take advantage of the maliko run which in it's own right is one of the worlds best Down wind runs, If you are into any kind of downwinding then this is paradise.

Contact - https://www.facebook.com/maui2molokai/

At number 1 (Top Spot) you just can’t go past Gorge Paddle Challenge - Hood River USA

Race Length - Double DW 22km (13.5 miles) Elites or Single DW run for Opens

Race Conditions - Gorge with Current Against Wind situation

As far as races, community and conditions go you really can’t top Hood river. This amazing little town along the edge of the Columbia gorge is about 1 hour drive inland from Portland airport. Amazingly enough you can be driving out along the Columbia and there might not be a breath of wind but as you drive further into the amazing gorge you will start to see White Caps and then as you come up to Hood river you will see the most amazing site of a Sea of White Caps like nothing you have seen before. The Perfect Learners Spot right up to Elites races. There is a reason most of the World's Top Downwind Races spend at least 3 to 4 weeks in Hood River before the event, it’s FUN. If there is no wind (Rare) there is also a huge amount of hiking, white water or mountain biking fun to be had.

The Gorge can also have a serious side, so we must stress the fact to make sure you have all your safety equipment on whilst DW in Hood river or you might find yourself meeting the local water sheriff. On it’s day in the Gorge it will blow your mind, endless groomed bumps and you will surf left to right the whole way. The gorge is unique in the way the current runs towards the ocean but wind is a funnel effect, so you have wind against current. If there was ever a Downwind race you wanted to be apart of then this one has to be the top of your list asap.

Why have we put this at number 1? well it's just the ease of use for all levels, yes number 2 and 3 might be faster and bigger but just as a spot that is super freindly to all levels then Hood river comes out on top. Not to forget the awesome Brewery’s in town, there is nothing like having a Big Burger or Pizza and Beer at one of the many great Brewery’s in Town after a huge day Downwinding on the Columbia.

Contact - https://www.facebook.com/events/256175368560233/



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So Downwind isn’t your thing but you want to get to some top Flat water Grind races, well we have picked the top 3 we think represents a Good time and good racing.

At number 3 we have Gla Gla Race, Lake Annecy in France

Distance - Long and short Course options

Conditions - FREEZING COLD and Flat Water Lake

In the Freezing Cold 2018 they had 494 Paddlers!! Yes that’s right! Now this place is in Mid Winter and is snowing with Ice but yet there is something about this race that seems to get a lot paddlers including some of the World’s Elite. Well it could be the Scenery considering it is on a Lake surrounded by amazing mountains with Food and wine to Die for  with warm fires in your accommodation. This race is crazy but amazing! The water is a huge 4c (39F) so you have to paddle in a Drysuit cos if you do fall in, well then it’s race over. With an expected 900 paddles on the start line for the 2019 race we think there is something about this race that seems to attract people, we should probably all go do it once.

Contact - www.glaglarace.com

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Number 2 of our Flat water Races Bilbao - Spain

Distance - 14km (8.5miles)

Conditions - Summertime Spanish Heat, River water

Why? Well this race has been running a long time and also because it’s in one of the most wonderful old town Spanish cities on Earth. Inland race that runs right thru the centre of Old Town Bilbao, you will race between some of the oldest buildings in history and not to mention right past the Guggenheim museum. Spend a whole week here before the race exploring this amazing old town, eat of awesome spanish food, drink a coffee and watch it all unfold right in front of you. You fly straight into Bilbao airport and it’s an easy $15 Taxi ride to city centre where you will find the race is and there is plenty of Airbnb accommodations to book, or hotels. You won’t need a car as you can walk to everything. The FOOD well be ready to eat some and eat more!! The race itself normally get hundreds of people so what seems like a flat water race quickly turns into a wishwash bumpy river, so something to be ready for.   

Contact - https://www.facebook.com/BilbaoWORLDSUPChallenge/

Number 1 and TOP of our List - 11 Cities Race - Holland

Distance - 220km (137 Miles)

Conditions - Weather could be anything, Flat Water Canals Circuit

Well as far Flat Water races go this crazy race is a must for just at least once. This race will grab you in a Love Hate relationship, most people go back every single year. Be ready it’s LONG!!! Approx 45 km per day running one way through the canals in North Holland following the famous Dutch Ice Skating 11 Cities Tour Route. Staying on big Boats with fellow paddlers, so be ready to share rooms but enjoy plenty of laughs all together after a big day of racing. The race grows in numbers each year so that is saying something. Even though it’s a Flat water race you have to prepare yourself to Grind and it gets WINDY!!! So windy in fact on some of the bigger open sections you will find people on their knees with head down battling against it. This races is hard core and something you have to train for, the distance everyday will wear you down! Trust us Day 1 and 2 you will feel like ok this seems pretty easy hahaha, be warned by day 3 and 4 you wake up hardly being able to move hahahaha, Day 5 will definitely break you in some way but for some reason everyone just keeps going. The last 10km of this race on the final day are BRUTAL, for what seems like it takes forever but once you see that finish line after 5 days and 220km the pain goes! You’ve Made it! It’s a race personally myself did once and never went back, more so cos i was frekin scared! It’s HARD and l don’t like to fail but this race will test you to your wits end. I could go on and on about this race but you really just have to go do it yourself, just do it once.

Contact - https://www.facebook.com/sup11citytour/


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So the choice is yours to make. As l have experienced all but 1 of these races and i can highly recommend them all. All you have to now do is find one, train, commit to it and just go do it.

I hope you enjoy my Blog - Angela Jackson / One Ocean Sports

STORM 2.0 - Review

So what has changed with the Storm 2.0 ? Well here is an great little review. Take a read and make up your own mind

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You know what, I was bored.  I had surfed since I was 6 and I had been paddling for the best part of the last 10 years.  Paddling became my go to exercise and I was doing a big amount of Ks each week. But then, like other sports you needed boards for lots of stuff, flat water, general purpose, and ocean paddling.  


That sort of complexity alongside the fact that we had downsized our life from a massive house with a big garage to a smaller inner city apartment with limited storage really lead me to question the whole need to keep paddling.  But…. Because the there is always a But, Ange and Jacko rang me and said ‘hey we have the Storm 2 and we made some changes, do you want to grab one’.

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The only answer to that was ‘Absolutely’ so I packed up and went down to the shop to pick one up and drop off some other boards. I was lucky that both Ben (shaper) and Ange and Jacko were all there to walk me through the changes.  Are they ground-breaking? No, but the are subtle and do they make a difference – HELL YEA.

So, first things first, to look at the board you can sort of see some little changes around the nose but you are sort of hard pressed to really tell what they are.  The high points are that they have moved around some volume and made some gentle changes to the bottom shape. These changes make a big difference to not only the handling but where you can use this board. It also means you can drop a bit in width to cover a whole lot of conditions

So, what has this meant to me?  Well, its my go to board now, in flat water, does this mean it will smash a dedicated flat water board, no, but its good enough to make flat water training fun (well as fun as grinding can be) it keeps up with most boards and lets you concentrate on the improvement of technique and cadence.   Does it mean that I can drop the need for my Edge Pro, probably not, but there is probably only about 3 times a year I would use a dedicated flat water board.

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In our normal bay sessions the board is a bloody joy, short chop and cross swell is sometimes a horribly complex place to have a fun little paddle around but the new Storm has really added to my confidence and so, let me really enjoy some really fun sessions basically surfing around the bay (and if you don’t believe me next time there is a Southerly, or something with a bit of East in it, wander down to Shornecliffe Pier and you will find me surfing the Pier, BIG FUN).  

When it comes to a downwinder, this is really where the board just shines.  I was, up until recently, on a 28 Storm 1, which is an incredible board for downwinding, stable, confidence inspiring.  For us, ahem, more generously proportioned crew it is a sports car, scaled up and ready to deliver. With the Storm 2 I am able to drop 2 inches down to a 26 wide and it is every bit as stable as my old 28, but hell is it fast.  It’s so quick, that my first downwinder I was finding myself behind the board as it just wanted to hunt bumps and go faster. Once, I worked out that there was a different gear this board had and I just needed to adapt a little. The outcome is a faster, more stable platform to play on.  

So, how has the new Storm changed things for me?  I have my stoke back now, I have less complexity in what board I am going to take and I know that pretty much unless I am doing flat water marathons or competition sprinting then I grab my Storm.  I can’t wait to grab the board and do a bay run, or to enjoy some ocean time and I am enjoying my paddling more than ever.


So, if you are in the market for a new board, you really should put this one on your list of boards to look at.  


SEE YOU ON THE WATER 😊

Greg C, Australia




Learning to Downwind Foil

So with the Downwind foil starting to get more and more poplar we thought we would run through a few tips that will really help to get you started. We will break it down from the very start and go in to what gear you will need what conditions you should start with and how to start. 

What level do I need to be to start downwinding? 

When it comes to Foil downwinding it requires a bit of practice in other areas to really make the most of it and to really get ahead of the learning curve. There are quite a few things to help speed up the process. 

1: Learn behind a boat as this will give you good foil balance, make sure you are letting go of the rope and just riding the wake and trying to go from one wake to another.

2: Get in the waves as this can really help, learning to catch a wave and then pump from one wave to another is a key part. Many times while DW foiling you need to transition from bump to bump so learning to stay up on the foil while not on a wave is good practice.

3: Pumping up in the flatwater, now this might not be something that everyone can achieve but is still something that should be practiced as it helps with timing and with a lot of foiling timing is a real key to success.  We will be releasing a how to Flatwater pump up soon so check it out as it might help for this.

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What conditions are best for learning? 

Conditions play a huge part in learning and picking the right days to go might be the difference between success and failure. 

1: Small swell with the wind straight behind you is the first part, you want small swell as it moves slower and when you are learning you will more than likely be on a bigger wing so if the swell is big and moving fast then these swells can out run the bigger foils and it can make it very hard to learn. 

Pick your Days to Learn, small surf like in Video above
2: Wind behind you and 20 knots plus is idea  as you will be mostly riding wind chop to start with. Having the wind behind you allows you to angle both ways across the swell with ease and takes away the only tracking one way which can be harder when learning. Having good solid wind also help with the getting up and creates more wedges in the ocean which we use to pump up on. 

If you time it right you can pump up without even really paddling but you have to really work on timing and picking the right bumps to go for.

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What gear do I need? 

This is also very important and you really have to sort the gear to the conditions you are learning in. 

Production Boards

Maybe a Custom?

Foils: When learning it is always better to be over foiled which means too big a foil as if you are under foiled you will spend way too much time just trying to get up as opposed to over foiled where it should be easier to get up and then once up its just learning to control what’s going on. Paddling a 5 to 7ft board is no fun over a long distance so being up on the foil is far more fun. 

Look at the conditions you are about to go out in as well for example if you lived in Hawaii you might learn on a smaller wing than say the guys on the East coast of Australia where winds are far lighter so they will need larger wings. 

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Mast heights:  At the start we were all using 60cm masts but now its 75-90cm masts and the longer masts really help as the bumps get bigger and you will breach far less with the longer masts. Please note that the longer masts can be a litter harder to get up with when first using them.

Boards:  Like in the beginning of the sport really any board will work and if you have to save money, just converting an old SUP can work but the more you get into it the more you realize the Downwind foil boards that are built for the job are far better.

You want to ride as short as you can where you are still comfortable to paddle around, if your board is too small and you cannot paddle it so well then you will find it hard to put enough power in to the paddle strokes to get you up and this will make life hard. Keeping the board nice and light also helps as does getting one with nice bevelled rails and the right amount of tail kick after the foil boxes.

 

All these little things can really add up and this can be the difference in how long it takes to learn.


Please check out the Video’s here and we hope that you learn something from them. You can also contact us at ONE Ocean Sports via the contact page and we will endeavour to help you out.

The first sessions in DW: Now this is from personal experience and the first few DW sessions can be frustrating so keep them short, we recommend no longer than 5km as it is pretty physical and if you are working hard to get up and stay up then by the end of 5km you probably will not have enough energy left to get up any more anyway. You will know when you can go longer but set goals of staying up for a certain distance, mine was getting to that 1km without coming down and once I got to this it all really just started to click. 

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Once it does click you can do 20km or longer at a very easy physical rate and it will go from something that was super hard to something very easy!!


Don't give up as the reward is well worth it as you will see in the video’s below and even though the first few times will be tough it will get easier and once it does it will be one of the greatest things you ever do!!







Flat Deck or Dugout Style Board?

Which Style do you need?

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So you are looking at a new board but are confused on a Dug Out style board or a more traditional Flat deck board, so in this write up we will break down the two and hopefully help clear up the difference between them. 

Flatdeck

This is your more traditional stand up paddle race board and what was mostly around in the early days of SUP racing. 

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PRO: 

  • Flat deck Stand up paddle boards allow for good movement on the deck of the board, this is very good for in the waves or having to step back and do fast kick turns. 

  • You never have to worry about the cockpit of the board filling up with water and waiting for it to drain out. 

  • Flat deck boards are easy to get back on if you happen to fall off. 

  • They are very good for Technical racing and any kind of beach racing where waves or transitions are involved. 


CON’S":

  • Centre of gravity is higher so in some cases you might have to ride a wider board to get the same stability as a dugout

ONE Flat Deck options consist of,

EDGE 2.0

EVO 2.0

Unlimited 17’7





Dugout boards

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PRO:

  • They have far Superior  water flow around the board as the higher side means the boards can roll around more with out getting water on the deck.

  • Allows the board to have more volume in different ways,

EG: the Storm 2.0 with the high volume nose and pin tail which makes a far dominate board for upwind and down wind and easy of use.

  • Can allow for more power to be applied to the paddlers stroke due to the extra stability of standing lower to the water. 


CON’S:

  • Can be slightly harder to get back into if you fall out. 

  • Can take water in inside cockpit if used in and out through the surf which is not ideal. 

ONE Dugout Style options are,

STORM 2.0

EVO PRO

EDGE PRO

Unlimited 17’11


Overall both styles of boards can be very good and in most cases the key is to look at the conditions you will be paddling  as one will stand out over the other. We feel for general paddling for speed and performance the dugout designs can out preform the flat deck boards in a lot of areas besides in wave situations and when it comes to DW the Dugout design can be far better making DW and upwind paddling much easier.

Both Style of boards have certain elements they excel.

Ask any professional paddler and more then likely they will advise you to have 1 of each, then you will cover all aspects of paddling and be ready for everything.

If you are still undecided as to which way to go make sure you contact your local ONE dealer or Distributor and they will also hopefully be able to assit with even more info on what might be right for you.

We hope this helps you in choosing between Dugout or Flat Deck style boards, or simply just get 1 of each then you are set.

Happy Paddling