November 30, 2015

Places to Surf Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding is becoming more and more well-known these days. Even though it might not be easy to find a location that supports the sport, it will be soon with its increasing popularity. You don’t need an out of control set of waves to enjoy paddle boarding. Sometimes the more docile locations are more appealing. Whether you are looking for a peaceful break from your normal paddling conditions, or if you are just starting to explore paddle boarding as a hobby, these locations around the world would be ideal!

  1. Oahu, Hawaii: Sunset Beach is the place to go for surfing and paddle boarding. Summer months are calmer and you will be able to paddle for about four miles. This renowned beach is great for experienced and novice paddle boarders depending on the time of year. It is beautiful and a once in a lifetime experience!
  2. Santa Cruz, California: Steamer Lane is a great place in Northern California for paddlers of all experience levels. You may even get to take a peek at some of what nature has to offer. You will find yourself in one of two salt marshes that are left in California. Otters, seals, and birds of all kinds can be seen if you look hard enough!
  3. Nayarit, Mexico: Sayulita is a peaceful territory that many paddlers choose to try. It is warm and has a lot of beautiful sceneries to take in as you paddle through the calm waters. Novice and experienced paddlers alike pick this destination over and over again. Relaxation is in the air!
  4. Cape Town, South Africa: Blouberg is a warm slice of heaven for paddle boarding! There are various types of waves and gorgeous views to take in as you paddle along with the calm breeze blowing by you.
  5. Perth, Australia: Cottesloe Beach is a must see for tourists with their paddleboards (or rentals)! It is halfway between the business district and the suburbs and has amazing views and water. The waves may seem a bit intimidating at first, but you will surely enjoy yourself.

These are just a few of the many great locations available globally. If you have the opportunity to go to any of the above spots for paddle boarding, you will have a great fun filled experience to talk about for many years to follow. You may even end up going back for more! There are many hidden treasures to choose from, you just Cottesloe Beach have to dig deep enough.


Paddle Types

When you are hiking, you want to most comfortable boots that will perform as needed and last through multiple hikes. You want the ones that won’t let you slip and will keep you on your feet. The same can be said for your paddle when you are paddle boarding. The right paddle will make your time spent more enjoyable and will keep you on the water longer! You need the right fit for the water you are encountering and the way that you paddle. Different grips and lengths are available, along with various types of material.

Paddles can be made from wood, fiberglass, carbon fiber, plastic, and aluminum. Wood is used to create the whole paddle or the blade itself. It is pretty light weight and is warm to the touch. They are constructed beautifully and any paddle boarding enthusiast would be happy to own one. Fiberglass is used for shafts and blades. It is rigid and light, allowing for exceptional performance. It is also low cost. The most lightweight and the most durable material is carbon fiber. This type of paddle will not allow your arms to tire as easily and is ideal for longer trips. Plastic and aluminum paddles are inexpensive, but they are heavier and you will become tired quicker.

If you are planning on paddling for long periods of time, or more often than the occasional paddler, you will benefit by getting a fiberglass or carbon fiber paddle. Their lighter weights will have you gliding through the water with ease, and your arms won’t feel like jelly after.

For occasional paddlers, plastic and aluminum paddles might work for you. They are heavier, but they are also more affordable for those that aren’t planning on making it a daily activity.

Additionally, be sure to pick a paddle that is 8-10 inches taller than you are for maximum comfort! You don’t want to stress your back or hurt your arms while paddling, and this is the way to prevent it.

Take into consideration all aspects when picking your paddle. Where are you going to be paddling? What is the distance you plan on paddling? How strong are your arms? How tall are you? All of these things need to be considered when picking the right paddle. Your first experience may determine whether or not you are going to do it again, so make it a good one!

October 12, 2015

Garden of Life & 27 North Paddle

Hello 27 North Family,
We hope you are enjoying your transition into fall weather. We know you die hard SUP fanatics will not let a temperature change keep you off of the water just because the calendar says October. Stay liquid and keep paddling!

We have some exciting news for a few of our team riders to help them stay healthy and on the top of their training routine. Garden of Life based out of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida has been so kind to sponsor Kieran and Fisher Grant as well as yours truly as product ambassadors towards achieving “extraordinary health”. Garden of Life has combined the best products found in nature and applied the highest level of science to come up with a line of products that are undoubtedly the best you can buy. As you may (or may not know) there is a direct correlation between nutrition, exercise and health. We quote “raw, whole food nutrition, from organically grown sources, is more beneficial for health than isolated nutrients. When coupled with exercise, a diet that includes the consumption of raw, live foods, particularly those containing probiotics, enzymes and products of their fermentation, is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle”.


So, what does this mean? Well… first, take a look at and learn about the extensive line of healthy products and where they are available near you. GOL has made a commitment to our athletes and we will in turn make a commitment to explaining the benefits of the products our athletes consume from Garden of Life. In other words, we learn and achieve our healthy lifestyle goals and success together. We see the Grant Brothers as a prime example of how healthy living, a strict training routine and a sharp mind can help you get you to your goals. As for myself, a “middle aged” multi-business owner, competitor and family man with a very little free time, the benefits of GOL products will be immediate. I know, you see a good deal of people pushing sponsored products online mainly because they get free things and have to tell you all about it! Truth be told, I would not talk or type about it if I did not believe in it and the same goes for our riders on 27 North. We do not want our riders talking up our paddles if they do not truly believe in the brand. Same goes for me! Long story short, we are extremely excited about this.


Stay tuned for more information by all means make sure you are following 27 North as well as Garden of Life on social media for a ton of useful information:


Garden of Life
Kieran Grant
Fisher Grant
The Grant Boys

ESSC Stop #1 2015 - Dollman Beach

Eastern SUP Surf Circuit (ESSC) Stop #1 …. An EPIC day!



As most of the surf world has heard, Florida is still in the midst of historic prolonged swell (as we type). We had a horrible summer aside from a few pulses and background small trade wind swells that typically zero in on central and north Florida. For south Florida, it was about 3 months of beyond flat conditions that more than likely made for the most productive 90 days of work surfers have ever accomplished in the region. Since September 22nd, not so much! Florida has had swell after swell back to back to back with predominately off shore winds the entire time. Truly unheard of for the Florida. If you live here you know the drill …. not as good as the swell cast says, small clean surf in the am, wind rotates and comes onshore as early as 10:00 am and then blown out by 2:00 pm on most swells. Since 9-22-15, we are in the “love” part of our “love-hate” Florida surf relationship. We love Florida right about now!


The original date of ESSC stop #1 was set for Saturday, September 12th in Jupiter, FL. This date immediately posed a problem. No hurricane in our swell window = now waves in early September. September is a transition month for south Florida as one would expect. We get excited about hurricanes in our swell window as well as the start of cold fronts and low pressure systems to our north later in the month. In other words, September always brings hope!  More than hope was needed for the weekend of September 12th/13th in Jupiter. The ocean was flat, flat and flat and the wind was off shore! Long story short, ESSC postponed and on standby until the ocean wakes up! Well, true to the calendar, the first day of fall brought our first “real” swell and it has not let up since. As a sponsor of the ESSC, we received a call from contest director Hans Wagner on September 29th and I sensed the excitement in his voice. Hans said ….  “What do you think about getting the season kicked off the weekend of October 3rd/4th?” I responded “hurricane offshore and favorable winds, no brainer” This was of course short notice but as surfers and seeing as most of the sponsors are surfers, my input was that I am sure most will find a way to clear the schedule of previous obligations and make it a go.


As a Jupiter, FL based company we desperately hoped for the first stop of the ESSC to be in our backyard for many reasons. The first being selfish, we could sleep in a bit after surfing so much as of late. The second reason is not so selfish … when Jupiter is on, it’s ON! We monitored the swell pretty much hour by hour on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd. We knew that just 25 miles up coast, the swell was firing and we had a great back up plan if Jupiter was not producing the goods. As of 6:00 pm on October 3rd, Jupiter was not what we had hoped for. It was 2-3’ long lines, offshore wind and pretty much closing out. It was contestable for sure, but scoring potential was limited for sure. The call was made to move up coast to Jensen Beach and what a call it was. As we arrived at Dollman Beach, Jensen Beach, FL we knew that contest director Hans Wagner was spot on. 4-6’ with occasional 2-3’ overhead sets and light offshore winds. Score!

The stage was set for an epic day based on conditions and the level of the competitor’s year over year has become a spectacle to watch. The ESSC draws men and women from age 15 up to low 60’s. The divisions range from “Futures” which is essentially groms & teens, women, men’s open, men’s masters (over 40 yrs. old) and “toes on the nose” which is a classic longboard style division. The judges have a tremendous amount of judging experience (some with ASP experience) and dedication to judging the progression of the sport which included the parallel to the WSL (World Surf League) SPF (speed, power and flow).

It is safe to say that all that participated at ESSC stop #1 feel a sense of accomplishment having being there on October 4th at Dollman Beach. The level of the athletes and conditions were beyond expectations and the way in which contest director Hans Wagner and emcee Mike Grant moved through the heats was like a well-oiled machine. The judging was on point and aside from a couple of rain squalls, we all walked away with a giant grin and the photos to rub it in to those who did not make it. Our riders and ambassadors knocked it out of the park with great results. We lost count on how many riders are using our Pro Surf Kevlar and Innegra paddles and we thank all of you for the “SUPport”. Here are a few noteworthy 27N results: (for a complete list of results see ESSC Facebook page)



Kieran Grant-27N/ECP SUP 1st place men’s open

Fisher Grant-27N/ECP SUP 2nd place men’s open

Rob Bitzkowski 27N/Sharpe SUP semi-finals (6th) men’s open



Heather Wilcox-27N 1st place women’s open

Sierra Groth -27N/Rogue SUP 4th place women’s open

Kristen Moyer 27N 6th place women’s open



Mike McGann 27N/Sharpe SUP 2nd place men’s masters



Zeke Bitzkowski 27N/Sharpe SUP 4th place Futures




Fisher Grant-27N/ECP SUP 1st place

Kieran Grant-27N/ECP SUP 2nd place

Rob Bitzkowski-27N/ECP SUP 4th place



 Once again, well done ESSC! We are proud to be a sponsor of this great contest circuit and cannot wait for stop #2 and stop #3. Stay tuned for Facbook updates under “Eastern SUP SURF Circuit” and “ESSC” for announcements. We will of course pass on any information on our social media accounts:

“27N” Facebook @27north Instagram


Check out some of the great photos done by Claudete Fagundes of Florida Paddleboards, Juno Beach



Mike McGann – 27 North USA

M2M Maui to Molokai 27 mile with Josh Riccio

Words from a paddle professional 8-6-2014
Team 27 North USA
Josh Riccio-Team Rider

Mahalo & Aloha
Just want to thank you for reading my blog about my preparation and experience of crossing the 27mile Pailolo Channel between Maui and Molokai and the 32mile Ka’iwe channel between Molokai and Oahu. I’m always happy to talk story and share my experience and knowledge when it comes to Surfing, SUP, or the Ocean in general and encourage anybody to reach out to me with any questions they may have.

Maui 2 Molokai
The Pailolo channel is the body of water between West Maui and East Molokai. When the trade winds are blowing the 27mile Maui 2 Molokai Race starting from Honolua Bay, Maui and finishing at Kaunakakai, Molokai offers some of the best downwind conditions in the world. As physically demanding as the Maui to Molokai race is, it’s my favorite race and especially one I hope to get a good result at. Last year was my first time doing the race and I was really stoked to get 3rd place in the 14’ stock class, but really wanted to better that result this year and all the training I was doing leading up to the M2M made me confident that I had a strong chance to win the 14’ stock class.

This year I committed to doing both the Maui 2 Molokai and Molokai 2 Oahu channels, so I really wanted to increase the distance I paddled in my weekly training, and really push my body physically and mentally to prepare myself for these two endurance races. Training for me this year started in March right after the US SUP tour in Huntington Beach. I’m very fortunate to live on the Island of Maui, and have consistent, easy access to excellent downwind conditions. Once a week I’d do (2-3) 10 mile Maliko runs, followed by 20-30 minutes of core and leg exercises, usually with a day of rest afterwards. The goal was to push myself really hard one day a week to prepare the body and mind by simulating the muscle and the mental fatigue you experience during these races especially in the Molokai 2 Oahu race. About 2-3 days a week I’d do a 7mile paddle on the Westside of Maui ½ of it going upwind against the trade winds, followed by 20-30 minutes of core and leg exercises. I do a 3 mile run ¼ of it being uphill about 2-3 times a week year round to always keep the lungs healthy and clear. I surf when there are waves and get a pretty good workout teaching surf and sup lessons, so I definitely factor in and credit surfing and teaching lessons as part of my training, and they both help keep me physically fit. Some weeks I would surf more and paddle less, or go for a run instead of a paddle to keep training fun, I always try to stretch daily to keep my muscles loose and listen to my body and give it rest so it can recover and push harder.

Before any paddle I do whether it is training or racing, I always like to be well hydrated, and have some solid fuel to run off of, usually I’ll eat lots of Pasta the night prior to or 4 hours before. If I don’t have enough time to fill up on carbs I’ll normally eat lots of bananas with a protein bar, which is typically what I do before my daily training workouts. I always try to make sure I have about 30grams of protein in a mixer with water and a banana 10-20 minutes after I race or train to help with muscle recovery. For the Maui 2 Molokai race I ate pasta the night before and then drank a huge banana, peanut butter, and protein smoothie the morning of the race. I also had a 6oz. bottle filled with a cocktail of Hammer Nutrition energy, endurance, and electrolyte supplements which I sipped about every 20-30 minutes followed by some water out of my 100oz. water pack I wore on my back. I felt like my nutrition leading up to the Maui 2 Molokai race and supplements I used during the race really helped my body perform at its best. I really encourage everyone who races SUP especially distance races to experiment and see what nutrition supplements work best for you.

The conditions for the race were ideal with a steady 15-25mph ENE trade-wind which served up some nice bumps from the start at Honolua Bay all the way to the finish at Kaunakakai Wharf. Last year I battled Paul Jackson from Australia all the way across the channel on our 14’ stock boards where I finished just a minute behind him, although we jokingly agreed to avoid each other in the channel before the race, we ended up right next to each other within the first ¼ mile of the race, we battled and leaped frogged each other for about 5 miles when Paul managed to get a really nice run on me and get about a 400 yard gap. I managed to push and make up the gap over the next 5 miles, so at about mile 10 Paul Jackson and I were side by side pretty much riding the same bumps. Once I caught up to Paul I started pushing as hard as I could (110%) for about 2 minutes then rest for 1 minute(80%), then push again for 2 then rest for 1, during each resting time I would look back to see how Paul reacted and if he was pushing to close the gap, or unable to match my pickups. After about 3 pickups I could tell I was gaining a nice lead on Paul and the rest of the 14’ class, so for the last 15 miles I just kept my head down and kept pushing as hard as I could to keep my lead, and focused on catching every bump big or small that came my way until I reached the finish line. I really felt like I found a great rhythm with the 2minute push and 1minute rest interval, which allowed me to really connect some bumps and gain a healthy lead without completely gassing out to early. I’m really happy that I finished the race in a time of 3:37:21 over 5 minutes faster then 2nd place, to accomplish what I set out to do in March and have all my training payoff makes this my sweetest SUP victory yet.

Aloha, Josh Riccio
27 North USA

@joshriccio Instagram

@joshriccio12 Twitter

We at 27 North USA would like to thank Josh Riccio for taking the time to write this blog. Josh is a dedicated athlete and we could not be more proud to have Josh represent our company. Josh currently rides for Rogue SUP, 27 North USA paddles and a growing list of sponsors.

27 North USA

July 27, 2014

27 North Ambassador Program - 35% off

27 North USA has established our unique Ambassador Program. As our paddle compnay continues to grow we want loyal paddlers and brand ambassadors to grow with us. Who is a perfect candidate for the Ambassador Program?


 1. A SUP surf, SUP race or SUP touring addict

 2. One who promotes a healthy lifestyle

 3. A social media maven who will promote the brand and the sport in a positive and consistent manner


What are the benfits of being a 27N Ambassador? An Ambassador will receive a 35% discount on an order that is purchased through our web site. 27 North will provide you with your own personal discount code. Once your code is issued, you have 10 days to take advantage of the savings. We will renew your discount code every year based on your continuing status as paddle addict and as well as actively promtoing SUP on social media.


Please take the time to look at social media for more information on high performance and recreational paddles.

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Send an email to explaining why you are a perfect fit for our ambassador program. Feel free to include photos and your SUP accomplishments. We look forward to hearing from you!

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