Category Archives: Ocean

Updates: First-Ever Solo Transatlantic SUP Expedition

Updates on the First-Ever Solo Transatlantic SUP Expedition Attempt Planned to Launch January 2016. 38-year-old French firefighter planning first-ever solo SUP expedition across Atlantic, Africa to Caribbean


Meet Nicolas Jarossay—38-year-old French paddler, firefighter and soon to be the first person to attempt an unsupported crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, via SUP.

In January 2016, Jarossay plans to paddle 2,485 miles (4,000 kilometers) from the northwest coast of Africa to the French island of Martinique in the Caribbean, with only his gear, provisions, a very unique standup paddleboard and a deep, lionhearted sense of adventure. He expects to paddle an average of 33 miles (53 kilometers) each day, estimating the voyage will take a total of roughly 75 days to complete.

Read more about his planned journey on supthemag.com.

The following two updates from Jarrossay’s Facebook page seem to show that his mission was a failure for this season. It looks like he’s had some great innovations in his custom board, but will need to continue to work on his design for a future attempt!

Top left!!! This is it nicolas jarossay raced home this afternoon from the port of praia for the first attempt of the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean In Stand-up paddle and lonely. After spending the night in the bay of praia aboard his boat (moored to a sailboat of a group of French), Nicolas was able to finish taking his marks on board of the new board by being calm in the middle of the water. It’s so serene he raced for his crossing there’s a few minutes and is now almost out of sight of the technical team that had remained in Cape Verde. In the evening, visuals will enrich this information. Thanks to one and all to follow this adventure.

Nick Jarrosay's Transatlantic SUP
Nick Jarrosay’s Transatlantic SUP

Press Release sup transatlantic, Monday, 11 April 2016.
Nicolas took the sea Sunday 10 April by favorable weather conditions. For a reason, which is still undetermined at this stage, the system of rudder has suddenly broken and has exposed the boat through the middle to a flood. The boat capsized. All attempts to put her back afloat are in vain and then more and more exhausting.
The continuing deterioration of the situation (exhaustion, hypothermia, night) has made unfortunately inevitable the outbreak of the distress beacon. The chain of relief could be mobilized in an orderly manner, in a context of great modesty of resources available in Cape Verde, severe technical constraints, and admirable dedication of rescuers. Nicolas is safe and sound.
In collaboration with the embassy of France, he organises itself to regain the hexagon. The analysis of technical reasons that have been an obstacle to this first attempt will soon be committed. Nicolas wishes to express its appreciation to the rescuers, including the coast guard Cape Verdeans.

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Gear Spotlight: Otentik Sunshade

We meet up with Ella at Surf Expo this year and got to talking. She was working the Otentik booth with a really cool product. The Otentik Sunshade is a simple, lightweight and quick way to get out of the sun while enjoying the outdoors. I instantly thought of 100s of different occasions I could have used this sunshade while camping, paddling, relaxing at the beach or just in the backyard around the pool.

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Otentik is a young Israeli start up, specializing in developing innovative lifestyle solutions. One of our recent and most useful products we have come up with is Otentik’s Sunshade. The product was released in2011, with great success around the world. No doubt the best solution for the beach: fast and easy to set up, lightweight and the most efficient protection from the sun.

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The Idea to develop Otentik occurred to us when we saw Parasol flying away on a windy afternoon at the beach. It took two years and several prototypes to find the ideal solution. The Otentik Sunshade’s user friendly design employs sand bags instead of stakes and can be used on any terrain. The sunshade is available in different colors, is light weight and easy to carry.

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The ease of use and versatility of this product lead to the development of the brand, Otentik. The Sunshade, and Otentik lifestyle, goes with us practically everywhere. It is a must have product for all the outdoors lovers. CLICK HERE to visit their website and read all about Otentik.

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Otentik Sunshade easy set up

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BIC Sports Receives Men’s Journal Gear of the Year Award.

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12’6 SUP AIR INFLATABLE PADDLEBOARD NOTED FOR PERFORMANCE AND INNOVATIVE FEATURES

BIC Sport is excited to announce and honored to receive the 2014 Men’s Journal GEAR OF THE YEAR award for the 12’6 SUP AIR inflatable paddleboard. The board was tested by Men’s Journal gear test team and chosen as one of the “best tools, toys and tech” for 2014 for its innovative features and performance.

Shaper Patrice Remoiville, working closely with the BIC SUP team in Europe and North America, designed the 12’6 SUP AIR (together with the rest of the SUP AIR range) to perform more like traditional rigid boards than typical inflatables.

Dubbed by Men’s Journal as the “Go anywhere SUP”, the 12’6 was lauded for its exceptional rigidity and a “smooth, stable and relatively fast ride”. They also noted the innovative use of a “high-performance removable fin like the one found on regular SUPs” which is universally compatible with other fins for easy replacement or customization.

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2014 Battle of the Paddle Begins!

The 7th annual Battle of the Paddle starts up today at it’s new location, Salt Creek Beach. It’s one of the biggest SUP races out there with lots of things happening throughout the day.

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With 4′-5′ surf predicted for the weekend, today’s Elite Race will be thrilling to watch as they battle their way through the surf zone during 4 separate laps. Relax and listen to music throughout the day while checking out the grand Expo in your spare time.

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If today wasn’t enough SUP fun, stick around for a second day that will host the Distance races and kids races with some more great music. If you’re in the area and Love to SUP, this is the place to be!

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2014 Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is proudly sponsored by: Kona Brewing Company, Riviera PaddleSurf, Dana Point Resorts, Go Pro, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Tommy Bahama, Patagonia, Hobie Surf Shop, Duke’s Restaurant, Northern Trust, City of Dana Point, Waikoko, Kind Bar, and Flips.

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LOCAL RIDER PROFILE: Trisha Hlastawa

Vermont SUP connected up with a local paddler yesterday at Oakledge Park in Burlington, VT for some fun on the water and unexpected surf on Lake Champlain.

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Rider: Trisha Hlastawa
Age: 24 years young
Hometown: Norwich, CT but currently living in South Burlington, VT
Board: Naish Alana 9’5″

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Where is your favorite place to paddle?

I love to surf but coming at sunset and paddling on the lake is one of the best things ever.

Now you just got back from Cape Cod, How was the surf?

I went to Orleans, MA in the Nauset Beach area. The surf wasn’t that good but got better yesterday and today. (7/15 & 7/16)

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Why Paddleboarding rather than Kayaking?

I do not like sitting down! I like moving around as much as possible and paddleboarding give me the freedom to do that. I can walk all over it, I can do headstands on it, I can do yoga on it, there’s a lot of possibilities.

 

What would you tell a first time SUPer?

Be patient is the first thing. Not everyone will get it right away. Try to go somewhere totally calm to start is recommended. That way you can focus on your balance and not which way the waves are going. Coming here to Oakledge [Park] is really fun when it’s super calm which is most of the time in the summer.

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Whats the next step? Where do you want to go, What do you wanna do?

I wanna do some touring on a paddleboard, I have a touring board and I wanna travel and go to some cool places where you can look down [into the water] and see all kinds of things. Not sure where but I gotta get myself out there.

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What’s your #1 vacation spot you want to go and paddle?

Ohhh… Hawaii…?  Probably!

Make sure to follow all of Trisha’s photos on her Instagram page: @thsurfsnow

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