I love stats. I love looking at them, analysing them and creating them. I love it even more when somebody takes my stats and expands upon them. And that’s exactly what Quickblade did when they posted an analysis of the SUP Racer World Rankings on their blog, highlighting the paddle brand of choice for the top athletes in the sport.
It’s no secret that Quickblade has one of the most impressive lineups of athletes on its team: Travis Grant, Candice Appleby, Dave Kalama, Casper Steinfath, Shakira Westdorp, Jamie Mitchell and Kelly Margetts, just to name a few, all use Jim Terrell’s famous designs religiously. → READ MORE
Less than 72 hours til the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games. I get the feeling this event is going to elevate the stand up paddling world to a new level, and while this is the inaugural edition of the PPGs, the race is happening at the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point California, the place it all began way back in 2008.
Speaking of taking it back to the beginning: Quickblade. The QB team have been around since day one of the sport. Literally. Jimmy Terrell made one of Laird Hamilton’s first paddles over 10 years ago, while the Mad Scientist was himself part of the very early SUP races back in 2006 and 2007. → READ MORE
The Quickblade V-Drive paddle made a lot of noise upon its release earlier this year. With its unique double-dihredal design, the Dave Kalama-inspired paddle instantly became a must have among the elite and amateur paddling community alike.
Some even hailed it as a game changer. Well now in this new video, Kalama and Quickblade’s Mad Scientist Jim Terrell do a hard-hitting (pun intended) analysis of that claim… → READ MORE
I’ve just finished a great few days in Japan, which included a stop at the All Japan SUP Championships. What an incredible trip… Japan has definitely discovered SUP racing and is taking full advantage of their vast amounts of water to explore and have fun.
I was so moved and excited to see all the smiling faces of so many people who have all recently discovered this great sport of ours… → READ MORE
The Surf To Sound event is happening this weekend in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina (home of the Carolina Cup) and we’ve just finished the racing on day one. In the 6.5 mile “Surf To Sound Challenge” it was Jessica Rando defeating April Zilg in the women’s race, while Tommy Buday took out Larry Cain in the men’s.
The weekend isn’t finished just yet though: Today’s race will be followed with tomorrow’s 9 mile flatwater challenge. However I think the most interesting takeaway from the weekend is the background of the top two men’s finishers today: They’re both former Olympians in the sport of high knee canoeing… → READ MORE
I was very lucky to get my hands on one of the most eagerly-anticipated new paddles recently: The Dave Kalama inspired “V-Drive” paddle from Quickblade Paddles.
As luck would have it, I was on the same flight as Quickblade founder Jim Terrell (as well as Danny Ching, Thomas Maximus and Chance Fielder) from LAX to Puerto Rico last month. We were all heading to the Paddle Royal event and, as luck would also have it, I had no paddle with me while Jimmy just happened to have two, both of them new, secret prototype models. → READ MORE
As a SUP pioneer, downwind king and occasional guest pot-stirrer, Dave Kalama needs no introduction. The man was there from day one of modern-day stand up paddling and has more experience in this sport than just about anyone else on the planet. Dave is also a keen tinkerer and innovator, constantly working on new types of equipment to make himself and others go faster and further on the water.
Dave Kalama has also had a long association with another pioneer of the sport, Jim Terrell from Quickblade Paddles. The two recently collaborated to create a unique new design called the Dave Kalama “V Drive” paddle. Click through to see what it’s all about… → READ MORE
Jim Terrell: Four-time Olympian. Quickblade Paddles founder. Equipment (and technique) pioneer. Forward thinker. The Mad Scientist of SUP…
Well now Jimmy has a new feather to put in his crowded cap: The only paddler in the world to have competed in every single Battle of the Paddle Elite Race.
All nine of them… Six in California, two in Hawaii and now one in Brazil.
From that first ever Battle of the Paddle way back in 2008 (where he got 5th) through to Dana Point 2013, as well as side trips to the 2x Battle of the Paddles Hawaii and his recent adventures in Brazil, Jim Terrell is the only paddler that’s been on the start (and finish) line of every single Elite Race. → READ MORE
Less than 24 hours until the Battle of the Paddle Brazil hits the water… Less than 24 hours until the first ever BOP outside the USA gets underway…
With the main event site a hive of last minute activity today, the Mad Scientist (Jimmy Terrell), Tarzan (Fernando Stalla) and myself headed off in search of an adventure. There was a strong Southerly side-wind blowing across the main beach, so we decided to drive South to the next headland and see if we could find our first Brazilian downwinder. This is how it went… → READ MORE
After all the recent excitement and buzz around the Battle of the Paddle, and then the World Series Finals, it’s good to slow it down for a moment and watch something that just makes you appreciate not only SUP racing, but stand up paddling in general…
Here’s a vid from last month’s Great Lakes SUP Classic in Holland, Michigan, where the Larry Cain and Jimmy Terrell showed that older guys have still got it, while the whole event showed that SUP racing still has a soul.
We missed this when it was released last week, but better late than never. Watch it. Now. It’ll make you wanna go race, or even just go for a fun and relaxing paddle… Oh and it’s also got a Sufjan Stevens soundtrack. What more do you need? → READ MORE
Larry Cain took out today’s Great Lakes SUP Classic in Holland, Michigan, defeating Jimmy Terrell and a whole stack of local paddlers to prove once again that he’s an ageless robot sent to earth to humiliate paddlers half his age.
Cain, an Olympic Gold Medalist and now proud Quinquagenarian, defeated fellow Olympian Terrell by two minutes over the six mile course. The two former C1 sprint canoe champs outclassed a local field in what was described as a great, feelgood SUP race. → READ MORE
Early results are in from the 6th Annual Easy Rider SUP Cup in Edmonton, Canada, which saw a 15km down-river race and an indoor SUP surfing contest. Quite possibly the only SUP contest held in a mall…
Team Quickblade cleaned up, with the Mad Scientist himself, Jim Terrell, taking out the men’s race, while Italian QB team rider Silvia Mecucci took out the women’s.
Runner-up in the men’s was Olympic Gold Medalist Larry Cain, which made for a fitting 1-2 given the history Jim and Larry share in the world of sprint canoeing. → READ MORE
Go behind the scenes at Team Quickblade HQ with the Candice Appleby, Anthony Vela, Riggs Napoleon and the Mad Scientist himself, Jim Terrell.
There’s not a single scene where they’re actually paddling, but it’s always interesting to see what the stars of SUP racing get up to behind the scenes. This was actually supposed to be a technical chat with Candice and Anthony about the sport, but it quickly turned into a random discussion of healthy bodies, minds, and funky gym moves… → READ MORE
Go behind the scenes at the 2013 Carolina Cup with Team Quickblade’s Jamie Mitchell, Matt Becker and the Mad Scientist himself, Jim Terrell. Check out how the guys spent their first day (including almost missing their flight) as they arrived in North Carolina early to prepare for one of the biggest races of the year.
I’ve had the pleasure of travelling with these three in the past and it’s always good times when they’re around, so click through to watch the full clip… → READ MORE
Here’s a good look behind the scenes of the Hal Rosoff Classic and its host venue, the Newport Aquatic Center, which is a bit of a landmark in the SoCal paddling scene.
With the Mad Scientist of SUP leading the way, take a look at what this well-loved race is all about as well as what makes a place like the NAC tick. This video isn’t full of intense SUP racing action, but it’s a pretty cool story nonetheless so click through to watch… → READ MORE
Another great clip by SUP filmmaker extraordinaire Chris Aguilar for the Bark crew. This one gives a bit of insight into the philosophy of famous Stand Up Paddle board shaper Joe Bark and one of his chief testers, Quickblade’s Jim Terrell.
Turn up at any SUP race in the U.S. and chances are you’ll see a LOT of Bark boards. Joe has created a well-known and well-loved brand and as you can see in this video, he’s not resting on his laurels either. Click through to watch… → READ MORE
The 2013 Orange Bowl Paddle Championship is only a few days away, and it looks like a pretty stacked field will be kicing off the 2013 SUP racing season down Miami way. 2012 event champions Candice Appleby and Danny Ching will be there, chasing the $3,500 first place prize (for both men and women) and the chance to kick-start their 2013 racing campaigns.
Miami’s Orange Bowl SUP race is timed to coincide with the massive Surf Expo in Orlando. The annual trade show attracts every major SUP brand, with team riders often joining in to help promote their sponsors, meaning that a good portion of the world’s best paddlers are in town this week. → READ MORE
More great stuff from Jim Terrell and the Quickblade team, with another instalment of Lunch With Jimmy. In the second episode of the series, Jimmy chats about paddle shafts; how they work, why they’re stiff and when they break.
If you take your paddling seriously, this is the kinda stuff you wanna know. And either way, who can resist that cheesy intro music… → READ MORE
More great stuff from the Quickblade Paddles team. In the first episode of Lunch With Jimmy (love the title), Jim Terrell explains the difference between planing and displacement hulls in stand up paddleboards. Using a ketchup bottle…
If you take your SUP racing seriously, this is essential info, so click through to watch the full clip… → READ MORE
Jim Terrell, the founder of Quickblade Paddles, is known as the “Mad Scientist of SUP” for a reason. The 4-time Olympian has been experimenting with SUP paddle design longer than anyone, which is probably why the QB brand is so well respected around the world.
But it’s not just equipment that Jim loves to analyse and improve, he’s also extremely adept at breaking down the paddle stroke technique, showing not only why it works, but how to make it better. So if you want to paddle more efficiently (and faster) then watch the video above as Jim Terrell breaks down the Stand Up Paddle stroke technique. You’ll even get to find out what “Yaw” means… → READ MORE