July 22, 2015

"NEVER GIVE UP” America’s Cup Winner Jimmy Spithill on the Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O) Stand Up Paddleboard Crossing (SUP)

Every year, the world's best paddlers compete in The Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O) Paddleboard World Championships. The M2O is a grueling 32 mile open ocean paddle race across waters known as "The Channel of Bones". The race is so tough - that the simple act of completing it represents an achievement at the pinnacle of paddlesports.

We at Bluesmiths are announcing the release of "Never Give Up", a short documentary film about the experiences of James “Jimmy” Spithill in the 2014 Molokai.

Jimmy Spithill - Eyes on Oahu - Bluesmiths

Eyes on Oahu: Mid Channel

Jimmy Spithill needs no introduction. He is an accomplished Australian yachtsman and two-time winner of the America’s Cup as skipper of Oracle Team USA. His team's comeback victory in the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco is etched in sporting's hall of fame.

We met up with Jimmy at the famed Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki, Honolulu to talk story before heading to Molokai and filming the race back to Oahu. Amongst other things, we wanted to know what lessons he could bring from the America's Cup that would help him in The Molokai 2 Oahu. This is what Jimmy had to say:

"The Molokai is one of the ultimate tests in the ocean for a waterman and athlete to go through."

“One of the biggest lessons I learned from the America’s Cup is that......you never give up. It doesn’t matter how tough the situation looks......, if you’re still in the race, you’ve got a shot.

That attitude......is exactly what the Molokai 2 Oahu race is all about.”


 Teamwork: Expert Paddler and Jimmy's coach for the crossing, Scott Trudon, provides the fuel

Jimmy Spithill - Molokai to Oahu 2014 - Bluesmiths

Jimmy Spithill - Molokai to Oahu 2014 - Bluesmiths

Jimmy Spithill - Molokai to Oahu 2014 - Bluesmiths

Jimmy Spithill Finishes Molokai to Oahu 2014 - Bluesmiths

Watermen Jimmy Spithill & Dave Kalama

Watermen Jimmy Spithill & Dave Kalama 

Thanks to everyone involved in the production of this short film. In particular, thanks to Jimmy Spithill again for his time, encouragement, inspiration and support. For such a small brand like Bluesmiths, it is an honor to have Jimmy wearing our gear.

Big thanks also to:

Cathy Ryan - For making this happen
Scott Trudon & Ashley Akers - For all the help on and off the water
Molokai2Oahu - For the impeccable event organization
The Outrigger Canoe Club - For their hospitality
Giora Koren & Franck Berthuot & Nick Bicanic - For the great filming and editing
Ocean Paddler TV - For extra footage and the support
RedBull, Oracle Team USA & The America's Cup

We wanted to wish all of our friends the very best in the 2015 Molokai, especially Sonni Hoenscheid who is defending her 2014 win. Jimmy will not be racing this year due to racing commitments and is still recovering from a surgery. He just let us know he'll be back at the Molokai in 2016.

Mahalo,
John Smalley
BLUESMITHS Crafted Waterwear
Maui, Hawaii

June 20, 2015

Happy International Surfing Day!

Happy International Surfing Day, whatever your choice of craft.

This photo was taken by Darrell Wong in late 2012 on a spontaneous shoot off Maui, Hawaii. It represented one of the finest days of stand-up paddling we have ever had here in Maui. This glassy, and this far off-shore (about a mile). We waited about 10 years for this.

For us at Bluesmiths,

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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

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