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

December 03, 2014

‘OUTSTANDING, DO-EVERYTHING OUTERWEAR’ : Practical Sailor Magazine Independently Tests our Kula Windpro Hoodie

The crew at Practical Sailor Magazine were so impressed with The Kula, our wind, water and abrasion resistant hoodie, that they rank it HIGHLY on their list of ‘outstanding, do-everything outerwear.

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November 28, 2014

Announcing The Lane Hydrophobic Shirt for Women

Built specifically to eliminate the chill associated with wet rash guards and loose fit water tees, our Hydrophobic Collection with NanoSphere is both unique and exclusive to Bluesmiths.

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November 26, 2014

Jamie Sterling - Movember GoPro North Shore Action

 

Jamie Sterling slicks out Movember in our Lava Red Spartan Shorts. Watch the video.....

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November 15, 2014

Why we build our gear

It's for days like this that we build our gear.

 

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October 20, 2014

Jimmy Spithill & The Historic Comeback in the 34th America's Cup

Photo: Franck Berthuot / BLUESMITHS

If you ever get chance to meet James Spithill, you should. He's certainly one of a kind. He'll talk you into believing you can do pretty much anything you set your sights on - and then he'll give you the co-ordinates to get it done. It's that sort of no-nonsense, never give-up approach anchored with a total respect for the ocean and the people involved that inspires us here at Bluesmiths. We spent some valuable time with Jimmy in the summer over the course of the Molokai to Oahu paddleboard world championships (which he also completed in very respectable time). More to come on that soon. In the meantime, here is Jimmy talking America's Cup and his crew's legendary victory in 2013. It's a must watch. He's also wearing a BLUESMITHS tee (which also inspires us).

 

 

Mahalo Jimmy, Red Bull & Oracle Team USA.

 

August 29, 2014

BLUESMITHS Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

 

We’d like to thank Shannon Falcone of Luna Rossa Challenge for the nomination to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We at BLUESMITHS gladly accept this to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. We hereby nominate Andy Church (Naish), Dean Wong (IMUA Family services) and Loch Eggers to participate!

What is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? We could explain it to you but Time magazine has done a really great, 1 minute video that explains all about it. So if you have a minute, have a watch HERE

And here is how you can donate to help find a cure for ALS:

US: http://www.ALSA.org

Canada: http://www.als.ca

Let's go!

August 18, 2014

SUP AWARDS - Voting for the 4th Annual SUP Magazine Awards has begun!

By now you can probably tell we are an ocean-obsessive bunch at Bluesmiths. A large part of what we make is credited to our friends and athletes who are equally driven in the ocean. We are indebted to them and extremely grateful for their support which makes it awesome to have so many of our ambassadors nominated for the 2014 SUP Awards!

The awards were created by SUP Magazine and recognize the absolute best that the sport has to offer. Categories include Top Male and Female PaddlersMovie of the Year, Top Expedition and Top Philanthropic Effort.

 

Long time friend, ambassador and recent Molokai2Oahu Paddleboard World Champion, Sonni Hoenscheid, has not only become a staple on the Maui downwind paddle scene but is also one of the politest, most respectful and most understated athletes there is and we are stoked she is nominated for SUP magazine's Top Female Paddler of the Year.

Fellow Bluesmiths ambassador Andrea Möller, also nominated in the Top Female paddler of the year category, is not only one of the world's best outrigger canoe (OC) and stand-up paddlers, she's also the first female ever to paddle into Jaws.

Another nominee in the Top Female paddler of the year category is Maui's Suzie Cooney. Suzie is one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic trainer, mentor and ocean athlete we know.


We are further thrilled to find BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua event in the list of nominees for Top Philanthropic Effort. Getting out on the ocean AND benefiting those in need: It's a guaranteed win-win.

It's a real shame we can't vote for all of the great athletes and causes listed! Follow the link to check them all out, learn more and cast your vote: SupTheMag.com.

Mahalo and aloha,

BLUESMITHS

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