Rob Casey is the owner of SUP school Salmon Bay Paddle in Seattle, co-founder for the PSUPA and is the author of two paddling guides.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Take a 2hr Dave Kalama Klinic in Seattle, April 28th..

On Thursday morning, April 28th, you can learn from one of the best - Dave Kalama. In town for a day, Dave will be teaching a 2hr klinic on Lake Union. Cost is $100 per person. Time: 9am.

Contact Urban Surf in Seattle to sign up:

Dave's Blog - Packed full of info on paddling, surfing, and life:

Friday, March 11, 2011

Pure Stoke - Surfer at Night off Bainbridge Island, WA

Posted on Facebook 3/11

Bainbridge Conversation » Blog Archive » Police blotter: Surfing on a dark, stormy night

This week, a surfer was spotted off the Bainbridge shore during a nighttime storm. Police raced out to help him, but the surfer assured officers he was not only in no distress, but quite happy.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Loss of our friend and fellow paddler Ellen Debondt

Friend and fellow paddler Ellen Debondt lost her life Sunday in a head on collision with a drunk driver on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Angeles, WA. A little over a year ago, Ellen and her husband Ken moved from Seattle to a house perched on a cliff above the amazing surf break Crescent Beach and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The couple were known for being organizers of the La Push Pummel since the late 90's, and were very active in mtn biking, hiking, sea kayaking, whitewater, surf kayaking, and more recently SUP. Ken, an artist, shaped Ellen's first SUP and shapes his own wave skis (as well as for friends too). Ellen's background as nurse had her helping folks in need with cancer and in both PA and Seattle. The woman who hit Ellen was a repeat offender with prior alcohol related incidents adding to this senseless loss.

An account has been set up at Sound Community Bank for Ken DeBondt, contributions can be made in Ken's name, account 10544240. Contributions can be made at any Sound Community Bank branch or send checks to the Port Angeles branch. Contact Tammi Hinkle for any questions or info relating to this account,

Updated Memorial Services Info:

Date: Saturday, March 19
Traditional Hawaiian Water Ceremony

Time: 2:00pm
Location: Crescent Bay, Salt Creek Rec Area, Port Angeles, WA

We will gather at Crescent Bay for a traditional Hawaiian water ceremony where we will celebrate Ellen’s life with a gathering on the water with family and friends. If you just want to watch from the beach, you’re more than welcome. If we can make a circle like this, we’ll be very happy!

Date: Sunday, March 20
Ellen DeBondt Memorial Service

Time: 1:00pm
Location: Salt Creek County Park

For questions or more information, please contact:
Kate Whitman

Cell: 206-227-0031

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

VIDEO: Surfers clash with stand up paddlers on Hawaii waves

Surfers vs Stand Up Paddleboarders.

Apparently thats what it has come to at the increasingly crowded East Hawaii surf spots, like Hilo Bay and Honolii.

Recently, the Big Island Safe Surfing Alliance approached the state to impose “reasonable restrictions” on a relatively new watersport that has exploded in popularity: stand up paddleboarding.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources called an informal public meeting on Wednesday in Hilo, where both sides sounded off.

With an advantage of mobility over traditional surfers, S.U.P. surfers have been accused of wave-hogging by the traditional surfing crowd. All surfers and SUPers seemed to agree that there has been an overall lack of etiquette on the water.

At the meeting, an equally large group of standup paddle boarders spoke out to defend their sport.

Mayor Billy Kenoi was there for the start of the meeting, and suggested that the next time the two sides get together, it should be at the beach and not in a conference room. MORE...

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