May 27, 2015

The BLUESMITHS Maui Slalom kicks off the 2015 Maui Race Series

Dan Ellis lays it down in preparation. Photo: Franck Berthuot

If you like high-speed downwind windsurfing racing, there is only one place to be this weekend: The BLUESMITHS Maui Slalom Race at Kanaha Beach Park. It’s the first event in the legendary 5-part Maui Race Series

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May 14, 2015

Bluesmiths Paddle Imua 2015: Film Trailer & Full Event Report

So here it is: The official, more in-depth, more photo-centric post on what was an incredible event this last weekend.

It started small three years ago, but with 200 paddlers last weekend it feels that Bluesmiths Paddle Imua Benefit Race is fast on its way to becoming a world-wide calendar event for the paddle sports community.

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May 10, 2015

Paddle Imua 2015 Presented by Bluesmiths: Wind, Sun and 200 Stoked Paddlers

Bluesmiths' Loch Eggers lines up at Maliko Gulch

The 4th annual Paddle Imua Ohana Festival is a wrap. 200 Paddlers from multiple disciplines gathered yesterday at the legendary Maliko Gulch to compete in a downwind run to the Hawaiian Canoe Club at Kahului to benefit the island’s children with special needs.

Jeremy Riggs

Sonni Hönscheid

The conditions for this year’s downwinder saw epic winds of 20+ knots generating solid wind swell combined with a late season north swell that provided endless opportunities to catch those long glides all the way to Kahului Harbor where flower leis and a cheering, enthusiastic crowd awaited all participants.

Event Winner, Andrea Moller

Congratulations to all of the competitors and a very special congratulations to Bluesmiths ambassadors Andrea Moeller who took top podium in the Women’s Unlimited SUP class and Sonni Hoenscheid in a close second with Devin Blish in third.

Bluesmiths' Jeremy Riggs & Waterman Dave Kalama battle it out

On the Men’s side it was once again pioneering waterman Dave Kalama who was a class of his own with Bluesmiths’ Jeremy Riggs in second and Livio Menelau in third.

In the 14 foot no rudder Stand-up class we saw local boy Travis Baptiste killing it coming in side-by-side with Jeremy Riggs. Naish’s kody Kerbox took second in that class and Robert Teriitehau in third.

The OC-1 category saw Felipe Gomes taking top honors and Kingi Gilbert sprinting through the finish in second separated by just a split second to Ryan Murphy in third. In the mixed OC-2 discipline it was the team of Kristin Doughety/Lee Moyers who came in just a minute ahead of team Wendy Giblin/Michael Giblin. The Surfksi’s saw Michael Owens flying in ahead of Eric Rohozinski. 

The full results of the race are available here: RESULTS HERE

We’ll be posting a full event write-up soon, with photos and stories but just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to the competitors and EVERYONE involved in this event: the crew at Imua Family Services, the organizing committee, the co-chairs, the volunteers, the Hawaiian Canoe Club and ALL the sponsors.

Mahalo and Aloha

The Bluesmiths Crew

Photos: Franck Bertuot and Julia Schweiger

May 07, 2015

Paddle Imua 2015 Presented by Bluesmiths Crafted Waterwear

Andrea Moller, winner of Paddle Imua 2014

It's happening again for the fourth time. Paddle Imua 2015, Presented by Bluesmiths Crafted Waterwear in collaboration with  Maui's incredibly tight ocean community, will take place this Saturday May 9th. Everyone is welcome!

We have said this before, but if you are on Maui, it is hard to think of a reason not to attend this Maliko event.

Here is our “complete and official” guide to why you must attend this race –

  1. You’ll paddle with the best in the world (and you never know, you might just beat them). 

  2. The Maliko Run is possibly the most famous downwind run in the world: It’s on every paddler’s bucket list.

  3. It’s ALL for the benefit of Maui’s children with special needs.

So there it is folks: world class paddling combined with a world class cause and supported by Maui’s world class ocean community.

PADDLERS REGISTER HEREwww.PaddleImua.com

If you are not a paddler, please join us for an 'Ohana Festival at the Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului.

Sonni Hönscheid paddles for the line at HCC in Imua 2014
Dave Kalama and Junya McGurn exit Maliko 
Expert downwind paddler Jeremy Riggs paces himself.
Connor Baxter wins Paddle Imua 2014
Aloha everyone and see you on the water.
John & The Bluesmiths Crew
Paddle Imua Presented by Bluesmiths is organized by Imua Family Services, hosted at the legendary Hawaiian Canoe Club and supported by volunteers statewide and in the Maui community.
April 23, 2015

Graham Ezzy / Aloha Moments

It's guys like Graham Ezzy for whom we build product, not because he is one of the best windsurfers in the world (he actually is), but because he embodies everything that drives us to spend our lives in the ocean.

Graham is an incredibly talented rider, but his overriding commitment to re-rethink and re-consider what is possible in the sport on an almost daily basis is compelling. In fact, that drive to progress is what he lives for. It is exactly that kind of spirit that drives us to build better gear for what we do in and out of the water, day-in, day-out.

Mahalo, Graham. We are stoked to have you testing our gear.

Graham is wearing BLUESMITHS Spartan Ocean Shorts in Lava Red.

April 03, 2015

Paddle Imua 2015, Presented by Bluesmiths Crafted Waterwear

It’s happening for the fourth time, and we are incredibly excited once again to be the presenting sponsor.

On May 9th Maui’s ocean community will pull together once again in a unique way.

Athletes of all abilities and from multiple disciplines will be paddling the ten miles from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor and the finish line at the Hawaiian Canoe Club.

The great thing about this event is that it’s for the benefit of Maui’s children with special needs. This means it draws everyone and you’ll likely paddle with the biggest names in the sport like Andrea Möller, Sonni Hönscheid , Dave Kalama and Loch Eggers to name but a few.


If you are a paddler or ocean enthusiast, please come and either paddle or join the ‘Ohana festival!

Learn more here: www.paddleimua.com and remember to Follow Paddle Imua on Instagram and on Facebook for more updates.

Happy Easter, everybody!

Aloha and mahalo,

John Smalley
Ocean Tester & Founder, Bluesmiths

December 31, 2014

Making it Count in 2015: Lessons from Hawaiian Waterman Loch Eggers

If Loch Eggers was a professional investor, one might be forgiven for thinking he took a leaf out of Warren Buffet’s book:

“Put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket.”

On this particular day in late 2012, about a mile off Maui’s North Shore, Loch sat patiently fifty yards deeper than anybody and caught just two waves that entire session. This is one of them.

Like Loch on this day and on this wave, let’s make 2015 count!

Mahalo to all of our friends, customers and followers for all of your support.

Happy New Year everybody!

Aloha,
John & BLUESMITHS, Maui

Date: Winter 2012
Location: Undisclosed. Maui, Hawaii
Photo: Darrell Wong
Ocean Athlete: Loch Eggers

December 18, 2014

“A Quantum Leap” Forward - Everett Potter on The Kanaha Hydrophobic Shirt

When someone as high profile and refined as legendary travel expert Everett Potter passes such judgment on one of your products, you take it seriously!
 
That’s why we are relieved (but not totally surprised!) to hear that they found the Kanaha Hydrophobic Ocean Shirt ‘to be "A QUANTUM LEAP" forward.
 
‘It breathes, it keeps the demon rays at bay and it’s dry before you know it. All while looking pretty damn stylish’.

Pretty high praise indeed… Great also to hear that the hydrophobic, loose fit properties of the Kanaha stop that ‘binding’ feeling of traditional rash shirts, which end up making you ‘feel like a seal’…
 
For the full review click here  
To Buy click here  
Thanks so much to the team at www.everettpotter.com. We are really happy you loved the Kanaha!

Happy Holidays. Stay dry, stay warm, stay protected.

Aloha, Bluesmiths

December 12, 2014

PADDLE IMUA Presented by BLUESMITHS Crafted Waterwear - May 9th, 2015

Our “complete and official” guide to why you must attend this race –

  1. You’ll paddle with the best in the world (and you never know, you might just beat them).
  2. The Maliko Run is possibly the most famous downwind run in the world: It’s on every paddler’s bucket list.
  3. It’s a chance to do the double: Combine the trip to Maui with The Olukai Race. That’s the weekend before - May 2 & 3, 2015.
  4. It’s ALL for the benefit of Maui’s children with special needs.

So there it is, folks: world class paddling combined with a world class cause and supported by Maui’s world class community.

www.paddleimua.com

Paddle Imua Presented by Bluesmiths is organized by Imua Family Services, hosted at the legendary Hawaiian Canoe Club and supported by volunteers statewide and in the Maui community.

Aloha everyone,

Bluesmiths

December 08, 2014

Men's Journal Gear of the Year: The Kula Windpro Hoodie

"ELEVATES THE SWEATSHIRT TO NEAR PERFECTION" MEN'S JOURNAL

We are proud to announce that the Kula Windpro Hoodie has just won Men’s Journal Gear of the Year 2014!
 
To hear that The Kula “elevates the sweatshirt to near perfection” is a huge compliment. The crew at Men's Journal “test and torture” thousands of products every year and really know their stuff!

Following from the success of the Spartan Ocean Shorts, this is the second time we have won Men’s Journal Gear of the Year, and it’s a real honor to be one of just three apparel items to make the 2014 list.
 
READ WHAT MEN’S JOURNAL HAS TO SAY HERE
 
BUY THE KULA HOODIE HERE

WHY WE BUILT THE KULA

Designed in Maui to be the go-to garment for all conditions and all environments, The Kula is cut from wind, water and abrasion resistant Polartec WindPro fabric. It’s trimmed with stretch nylon from Shoeller of Switzerland and tailored for urban and ocean use. It’s also Made in Canada.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE KULA HERE

To celebrate, with the purchase of a Kula Hoodie this week and whilst stocks last, we are offering a FREE Bluesmiths Embroidered Shield Cap in Black with our signature Blue Shield.

Simply add The Kula to your cart and in the "Add a note" box at checkout, please let us know your size preference - either “S-M” or “L-XL”.

 

ACT FAST as stocks are limited.

 

Men's Journal Pop-Up Store in New York 

If you are in New York, the Men's Journal Gear Lab is featuring The Kula and the other winning products in their Pop-up Store.

The 2014 Men's Journal Gear Lab Collection is located at 4th Street and Broadway in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village. They are open seven days a week: 10 AM to 7 PM Thursday, December 4 - Wednesday, December 17. THIS WAY TO LEARN MORE.

So, big thanks to Men's Journal for again reviewing our gear. To win a second Gear of the Year is simply incredible.

Happy Holidays and see you on the water!

Aloha,

John Smalley

Ocean Tester & Founder, BLUESMITHS
john@bluesmiths.com

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