February 25, 2015

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Newsletter January and February 2015

Aloha Kahuna board riders! January has been full of fun and excitement at Kahuna Creations. This time of year is all about getting out and board riding. We wish all of our adventurous 'ohana the best riding ever in 2015.

Fresh New Kahuna Creations Logo

The shield is depicted on the beloved Hawaiian Kahili Flag. It represents the symbol of the flag that was burned and destroyed by the invaders of the islands. The surfing symbol represents the Ki'i Pohaku petroglyphs carved by the ancient hawaiian board riders. Kahuna Creations pays tribute to those whom started it all. The silhouette of the Hawaiian Islands represents the love we all share for Hawaii. The circle circumscribed on the logo depicts the circle of life and how our love for board riding runs through the beloved Hawaiian Islands. The Spirit of Aloha runs deep in all of us...Long Live Hawaii!

Kahuna Creations New Video: The Longboard Life

Northern California has never looked so good. We had an awesome time shooting this video highlighting our master crafted longboards. Board rider Chase Wilson was the featured rider in "The Longboard Life" production. This video showed the versatility of our boards which were used to bomb hills, longboard dance, cruise, and surf the street.

Surf Expo January 2015

Another year means another awesome trip to Orlando, Florida to show off Kahuna Creations longboards and Kahuna Sticks. Everyone was stoked to come see us in Orlando for the January 2015 Surf Expo. The Shaka Longboard Series appeared for the first time at the Surf Expo and received a warm welcome by retailers and industry insiders alike.

As always we were one of the most talked about products at the show and once again made an appearance in the Surf Expo recap video at 0:50.

 

The Crowds Award

Kahuna Creations is stoked to start the year strong with The Crowds Award from ShopsWindows.com! Kahuna Creations takes the win out of the ‘Sport, Surfing & Skateboarding’ category for our lineup of Longboards and Land Paddles.

Kahuna Creations was recognized for making solid boards since 2004; being called master longboard crafters and inventors of the Land Paddle.

ShopsWindows.com describes Kahuna Creations as an establishment that “provides surfers all over the world with an alternate way to surf on land”. Kahuna Creations loves being a part of the worldwide surfing community and is proud to accept The Crowds Award.

Shop of the Month - Ohana Fun Company

Our Shop of the Month is the Ohana Fun Company! As kindred Hawaiian spirits, “ohana” is the Hawaiian word for ‘family’, and representing Ohana, is Matthew Morphy of Carpinteria, California, who loves sharing the spirit of Land Paddling with friends and family.

“I gave Kahuna Sticks to my family years ago and it was a pleasure to bring them into our new store, Ohana Fun Company. They are literally ‘fun for the entire family’ and have re-invigorated me with skateboarding,” says Morphy. “Our customers love the idea of Land Paddling, and bring their love of ocean sports to the streets on Kahuna Creations' longboards."

Thank you Ohana Fun Company, and happy riding!

SUP Chicks Valentine's Day Event

Kahuna Creations had the pleasure of spending this Valentine's Day with the beautiful women of the SoCal SUP Chicks.  It was an early morning down at the Bahia Resort in Mission Beach San Diego, as the ladies headed out for their morning paddle.  Upon their return to the shore they were met by Kahuna Creations with a whole array of long boards and Kahuna Sticks for them to demo.

Southern California SUP Chicks

The women could not resist the calling of the Kahuna Stick and immediately went from water to land and begin land paddling around. It was so much fun to see the women ripping around the parking lot and killing it with the Kahuna Stick.  Big smiles were shared all around, as some riders basked in the nostalgia of getting back on a longboard.

Couldn't have asked for a better way to spend Valentines Day.  We even got one member's 4 year old daughter, Lylie, cruising around with a Kahuna Stick and longboard. Adorable! Can't for next year!

Kahuna Creations is Taking Off in Chile

Kahuna Creations is getting major international exposure teaming up with Johnny Rockets and Toro Santo in the upcoming Tarp Surfing Kahuna Creations Video.

We are anxiously waiting for the release of the epic tarp wave surfing video, but until then we can recall the previous video that Johnny Rockets Chile produced promoting Kahuna Creations.

"You Deserve Summer, But Until Then Kahuna Creations Will Take You There."

Board Rider of the Month - Tati Coco

Kahuna Creations Board Rider of the Month Tati Coco

Hails from: Southern Spain

We are so excited this month to talk to the very rad Tati Coco! Tati is a language teacher, but also sees herself as an explorer, and loves to travel and live in a lot of different countries. She has been riding Kahuna boards for two years now, and rocks the Bombora/Kahuna Stick set up. Coco says she rides all the Kahuna boards, and also really loves the Black Wave drop deck board.

When faced with set backs to riding, Tati has come back with optimism and pure love for boarding. Coco says, “I had just learned to ride, and the second day I went straight to the hospital with a big surgery on my wrist”. Sports were out of the question for the next seven months. “After that, lots of people told me that skating was not for me, but for teenagers.” Tati says she overcame criticism, got back on the board and learned to ride and start doing little tricks. That’s what it’s all about.

Now she expects to keep pushing the envelope on board riding, “with time and perseverance.” Coco explains, “I just love to ride anywhere and discover new spots.”

February 12, 2015

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4 Reasons Why Paddleboarders Need to Land Paddle with Kahuna Creations!

Have you felt the stoke of cranking back on your board, laying out your paddle, and feeling your entire body glide? When you capture the thrill of either stand-up paddleboarding or Kahuna Creations land paddling you finally feel alive. I have been land paddling for 12 years and paddleboarding for 9. Land Paddling got me into stand-up paddleboarding, and it’s amazing how much the two sports parallel each other. Not only does Land Paddling feel like stand-up paddleboarding, it actually conditions your body for paddleboarding in very unique ways. Here’s how:

 

Reason 1. The perfect workout

Riding a longboard equipped with a Kahuna Stick gives you a complete, all-body workout. It’s a workout you can modify at your own will. You want a killer, muscle ripping workout? Try racing up hills. You want a mild, light workout? Coast down any beach boardwalk or bike trail, keeping at a moderate pace.

 

All these workouts transition into paddleboarding. You’re building your core, arms, chest, and back. You may not expect it, but you also work your legs. Most people are shocked that after a solid Land Paddle ride, their legs are sore. Whenever you ride, there is so much up-and-down, side-to-side movement that your legs are fully strengthened.

 

But wait for my favorite part of the Kahuna workout: the abs. With both Land Paddling and stand-up paddleboarding there is a tremendous amount of ab work, since you are essentially doing a million sit-ups to propel yourself (especially if you’re in good form). HOWEVER, when you are riding the street, you have a lot more force going downward than you do on the water. What does that mean? Your abs are forced to work harder in a downward motion on land than in the water. This downward force transfers into ripped abs. Not only does it give you more power for paddleboarding, it gives you an insane six pack.

 

Reason 2.  Balance

I’ve been shocked at how bad 90% of the world’s balance is. However, almost everyone can Land Paddle without any problem. Trust me. I have literally taught tens of thousands of people how to longboard with a Kahuna Stick. Most people are hesitant to start riding, but when they step foot on a board, I usually can’t get them off. Once people start riding, they turn, carve, and dramatically improve their balance. It helped me get my balance nailed down, which totally helped me learn to surf and paddleboard the waves.

 

Reason 3.  Endurance

I will always remember my first big paddleboard race. I felt like I was about to give up the ghost and die. Every muscle fiber in my body was pounding to get my paddleboard to move. What was my problem? Well there were two. First I am going to go ahead and blame my gear. I was using a paddle a bit too short, and the board I was supporting was a demo board that I only used during the race. You might be able to guess my second problem: I didn’t prepare. Like at all. I paddled the course with my paddleboard ahead of time, but I didn’t do any type of endurance training. That’s where the Kahuna Stick comes in. If you’re anything like me, you can’t get to the water every day. BUT concrete isn’t hard to find. Land Paddle for a few miles as hard as you can, and watch your endurance shine. Work yourself as often as possible, and you’ll be crushing it on a stand-up paddleboard.

 3 Reasons Why Paddlingboarders Need to Land Paddle

This is my take on how Land Paddling helps you stand-up paddleboard. Both are killer sports that make you feel free. Whenever you step on a board, all your worries seem to melt away. Endorphins kick in as you’re getting your workout, and you experience the ultimate thrill of board riding.

Reason 4.  Fun!!

Land Paddling is so fun! Either way... riding by yourself or riding with family or friends, its a great way to get out and have a blast!

"There is something about board riding. When you ride, all your troubles vanish. Your mind and soul, for an instant, connect with something sacred. Our goal is to give everyone, of all ages, that feeling…Once you get it, no one can ever take it away."

Steve McBride, Founded Kahuna Creations in 2004

(Written by Kahuna Creations team rider: Cory McBride)

 

January 01, 2015

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Newsletter October and November 2014

New Website Launch (Check it Out)

We are stoked about our new website! Fully responsive and convenient to use for everyone. Feel free to tag your Instagram photos with #kahunacreations and your picture will appear in the gallery!

Battle of the Paddle

2015 Battle of the Paddle

The first weekend of October was stand up paddler’s paradise in Southern California. Rainbow Sandal’s Battle of the Paddle; the Super Bowl of competitive SUP, found its way down the West Coast at Salt Creek Beach. Two action-packed days of races brought some of the best riders from around the world into town, and of course Kahuna Creations as well.

Kahuna Creations took to the beach to teach the competitive SUP community about the amazing cross training benefits of land paddling. Paddlers of all ages loved the Kahuna stoke and excitement. The biggest names in SUP were on site, with a special guest appearance from SUP/surf legend Laird Hamilton. The venue was filled with amazing SUP attractions, physical therapy, art, and outdoor leisure booths to help ease the time between races. Between the energy and the beautiful beach, next year’s Battle of the Paddle 2015 at Salt Creek will be a must-attend.

Shop of the Month - Dive N Surf

November's Shop of the Month is Dive N Surf! Located in Redondo Beach California, Dive N Surf is one of the most popular surf shops in all of Southern California and is home to Body Glove. Dive N Surf has been in the surf business for almost 60 years! Kahuna Creations loves being a part of such an established shop.

Dive N Surf employee Alex enjoys a night riding session with the Shaka Surf Longboard and Haka Kahuna Stick. “It’s super smooth and fun to ride!” Alex says, excited for a land paddle break after work.


California natives, or any other riders cruising by the area, stop by Dive N Surf on 504 N Broadway, and come say hi to Tracy or any of the other friendly employees to check out the Kahuna selection.

Kahuna Snow Stick

With Winter on our heels, we have no intention of slowing down the adrenaline. Kahuna Creations is so excited for another year with the Kahuna Snow Stick. Last year we completely sold out of the Kahuna Snow Stick, and there has been even more growth and anticipation for this Winter season!
 


The Kahuna Snow Grip is used for snowboarding, and can be popped on any land paddling Kahuna Stick you already have, making it a functional, interchangeable piece of equipment year-round.

When the mountain levels out, snowboarders used to have to hop, jump, or kick off a binding just to get through the flat sections. With the Kahuna Snow Stick riders easily paddle through the flats and carve it up all over the mountain.
 
This is amazing for advanced snowboarders that want deeper carves. A Snow Stick also brings a world of entirely new possibilities in terrain parks. It makes cross-country snowboarding possible, and nothing beats the Kahuna Snow Grip to help newbie snowboarders keep their balance, none of which we’ve ever seen before.
 
This is another completely original sport by Kahuna Creations, but honestly, we can’t figure out why it hasn’t been done before. We worked with incredible engineers to create the perfect Snow Grip even in the worst snow conditions. Any snowboarder, new or advanced can appreciate the need for a Kahuna Snow Stick.

 

USC Annenberg TV Network Interview

Kahuna Creations appeared in a special feature on University of Southern California’s Annenberg TV Network during October. Reporter Isaac Moody was recently introduced to the land paddling craze and couldn’t help but share it with the USC community. The piece featured Kahuna Creation’s Hank Rubenstein ripping around the beautiful campus and teaching the community about the fitness benefits and fun of land paddling.

Board Rider of the Month - Featuring Alex Foizer

This month’s featured Board Rider comes from Santa Catarina, Brazil! Alex Foizer is the owner of MONX Board Sports. He is a well-known advocate of Land Paddling, or as they call it in Brazil, “Street SUP”. Luckily, the Kahuna team has picked up just enough Portuguese to get to know Alex a little better.

Alex is a Jack-of-all-Trades in board sports, and can be found on any board, and of course land paddling. He loves long land paddling rides, and his sessions often go for an impressive 20 Kilometers.
 
“I use land paddling as training for endurance,” says Foizer “ I train for board sports and teach others to surf and stand up paddle out of the water with the Kahuna Stick.”

Alex spends his time with variations of surfing, and is always looking for new ways to contribute to these sports, especially in his Brazilian hometown.

“Street SUP is perfect” says Foizer, “It can also be great preparation for other sports. I teach others to Street Sup when learning to surf, kite surf, windsurf and wakeboard. It’s a great method of physical conditioning.”
 
Alex Foizer loves cruising through life with a board under his feet, Kahuna Stick in hand, and a smile on his face. Thanks for sharing the Kahuna love out in Brazil!

Kahuna Affiliate Program Launch

We partnered with Avantlink to launch our affiliate program. Now all of our loyal supporters that own a website, blog, or have a Facebook account can refer riders to Kahuna Creations and earn a commission.  Spread the Stoke and get paid when your friends make a Kahuna Creations purchase. (Become an Affiliate)

 

October 01, 2014

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Newsletter August and September 2014

Kahuna Board Riders,

School is back in session and fall is just around the corner. At Kahuna Creations we are soaking up the warm sun and getting our hoodies ready for beautiful fall rides. As the water starts to get colder, it's a perfect time to grab your Kahuna SUP style longboard and Kahuna Stick and enjoy a long land paddling session in the fall leaves. Spread the love and ride on!

Shaka Attack Warning: 

The New Shaka Surf™ is Here! We released the new Shaka Surf™ SUP style longboard this past month honoring the true Aloha Hawaiian Spirit. The ancient Hawaiian Pohaku petroglyphs are expertly woven into the motif, spreading the love of the Hawaiians. Master Board Shaper and artist, David Ray Gould, created the perfect board for both carving and land paddling!

Longboarding will never be the same after you unleash the Shaka. You will experience a true surf feel as you carve down the streets. The Shaka allows you to ride surf style and cross over to SUP style and land paddle!

The Shaka Surf™ is the third member of the Shaka family. Demand for this board has been off the charts, we're excited that everyone is loving the Shaka. 
  

Outdoor Retailer Show

Kahuna Creations was a big hit at the 2014 Outdoor Retailer show held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kahuna Creations was the buzz of the Show making several appearances in the show's highlight videos.


Retailers from Hawaii all the way to Isreal were stoked to get Kahuna Creations longboards and land paddles in their stores. And like always, everyone LOVED our boards and paddles!

 

Kahuna Pic of the Day

People are spreading the love and posting pictures from all over the world of our longboards and kahuna sticks. We are now highlighting a picture everyday from the Kahuna family! These pictures will be posted everyday to facebook with a shout out to the rider that posted it.Kahuna Pic of the Day We choose one fan picture a day from either Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and highlight that rider on all our social media channels.

 

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ABC 7 News Fitness | Los Angeles

Kahuna Creations and the sport of land paddling was highlighted on ABC 7 News Fitness in Los Angeles, California. Field reporter Lori Corbin decided to experience first hand why so many people are choosing land paddling as their preferred fitness program.

Meeting at Maui and Sons skate shop on the Venice Beach boardwalk, we explained the company's origins, fitness benefits, SUP cross training function, and how much fun our riders have.  

After the interviews Lori got on a board herself and filmed our weekly riders as they paddled around the boardwalk. 

It was so much fun to teach Lori who took to land paddling like a natural. After Lori finished up the piece we paddled off into the sunset for our weekly ride!

 

Outrigger Love for Land Paddling

The California outrigger community has been spreading the Kahuna love, inviting us to event after event where we introduce land paddling to the ocean paddlers. Members of this community are using land paddling as a cross-training for SUP paddleboarding and all rowing sports.

Outrigger Land Paddling Event