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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. 

The Famous Kerama Blue Waters

The Famous Kerama Blue Waters


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 .

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