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New Web Site here Next week!

Please keep shopping here until our new, fresh,more mobile friendly web site is live sometime next week!
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Gorge Give Away!!

Ok Paddlers, Gorge Downwind Champs is almost here! Save your purchases until Gorge week and come see us at the Ocean Paddlesports/Fenn/Vaikobi Big Black Tent!!

For every $100 spent at our mobile store (everything you need to paddle safe, fun, comfortable and good looking), you will get a raffle ticket. At the end of the week we will draw the winner of a Brand New CARBONOLOGY SPORT BOOST(Hybrid Layup)!
Any surfski purchases(even those of you on the list already) will get 10 tickets if you pay for your surfski before the drawing.

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A big thank you to Hein at Carbonlogy Sport in South Africa for getting into the mix this year and hope to see him out here next year!
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Massive shipment in time for the GORGE!!

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Also got some Cool Funky Pants, order here and we will send you pictures of the patterns available in your size. Get first choice before we sell out at the GORGE in JULY.

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Paddling Stoke!!

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Check out Austin Kieffers "Unoffical Race Report"
Austin Race Report

Read DJs SoCal Paddling Weekend
DJ and So Cal!


Hano Hano Race Recap by Austin Kieffer

HanoHano Race, San Diego

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After putting in a miserably cold first month of training in Seattle, the Hanohano Race in San Diego was a welcome slice of sun and summer weather. The race consisted of an 8.5km flat water short course and a 12.5km ocean long course with only an hour of rest between. With a handful of fast doubles and the reigning surfski Surf Lifesaving World Champ, Tim Burdiak, on the registration list, I was fired up for a challenging day of racing.

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The short course started off fast! The local sprint club had come out in force and they roared off the line, pulling the pack for a blistering first kilometer (km). After that, things began to settle down and Tim, a K2, and I managed to break away from the pack. We tussled for two more km, probing each other for weaknesses, until I got an inside line on a turn and made my move. Early I know, but the other two boats were forced wide by the turning radius of the K2. I made the most of the gap and immediately put the hammer down. After about a 5 minutes, I checked over my shoulder and saw that the other boats had opted to work together to reel me in rather than chase me down immediately. Game on. To spare you the boring details, the rest of the race was a head down time trial to keep a lead that I only just managed to hold all the way to the finish.

After an hour respite, a few protein bars, and some time in the sun, it was time for the long course. Most of the field (plus some new fast doubles) lined up for the second portion of the Hanohano Race. The hour-long course in the ocean didn’t offer much in the way of helpful downwind, but there was plenty of chop to keep you on your toes. I opted for a more conservative start, not knowing how I would fair in the chop after so long away from the ocean. Right off the line I found myself surrounded by two of the fast doubles I had spotted on start list. When I managed to pulled away from them, I thought I was out in front, but I was sorely mistaken. Two boats (Tim and a new double captained by Rich Sprout) had taken a much deeper line and while they weren’t necessarily on a direct course to the turn buoy, they were a good 200m ahead. It took everything I had to reel in Tim by the first turn buoy (about a third of the way into the race) and for the next few km I pulled out my bag of tricks to work my way past him. We had quite the battle in the chop, his nose staying just ahead, but when general confusion finally lined up in a tiny section of downwind, I made my move. I inched ahead and worked every wave I could to open up a gap. Then I set my sights on the next rabbit, chasing down the leading double. Try as I might (and convinced i ate a lung in the process), the illusive double was able to hold me off and finish just 15 seconds ahead, claiming the overall Hanohano title.

All in all, it was an incredible day of racing and a wonderful way to kick off my 2017 season. Cant wait to be back in sunny So Cal for the NAC Race in two weeks time. Happy paddling and good luck with the early season training, wherever you are (even if that means you are sensible and are cross-training indoors). OPS News item image

Hayden Hemmens, Rich Sprout, Tim Burdiak, Patrick Hemmens, Austin Kieffer

GORGE DOWNWIND PADDLING FESTIVAL, July 17, 2017

If you are planning to race and need a rental ski, please email me ASAP. We can only transport 20-25 skis and we have rented just about half already. Prices range for $200-$400 for the week.. FENN and Carbonology skis available. OPS News item image

Big Christmas Outrigger SALE

Galea Allwave OC-1 Full Carbon vacuum $3000

Oracle Duo Hybrid Vacuum OC-2 $3000 OPS News item image

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2177 Rural Lane
Costa Mesa, California
USA 92627
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