Posts Categorized: News

Best Surfboard For Beginners

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Got the surfing bug? So you caught your first wave and you are stoked on surfing!  Or maybe you just stumbled across a surf mag laying around a friends house and you just couldn’t pry your eyes from the pages. However it happened for you, you’ve been bitten by the bug, and like most who’ve… Read more »

A Long Distance Paddleboard Adventure Down the Ottawa River

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Adventure with a twist No distance is too far for Paul Gauvreau, who ventured on a long distance paddleboard journey of 800 miles over the course of 42 days. Paul conquered the entire Ottawa River with his paddleboard, all the supplies needed, and a hunger for adventure. Paul’s family had a history of venturing the… Read more »

Hurricane Irma Coming Your Way?

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  The thought of hurricane Irma coming our way is more than concerning.  It’s safe to say that the majority of the country is anxious on what it’s damage could be. Hurricane Irma has already been called “one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever”. It’s rumored that it could possibly create a new level… Read more »

2017 Hurricane Season

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Hurricane season is known for bringing large swells to our coasts. Surfers crave this time of the year, as it’s perfect for catching a great wave. The season runs from June to the end of November. Although it has been a pretty calm season thus far, all of that has changed in the past few… Read more »

Sea Paddle NYC 2017

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    What is the Sea Paddle NYC? The Sea Paddle NYC is a worldwide SUP charity event that serves as the Surfers’ Environmental Alliance primary fundraiser. The 25-mile race was established in 2007 and takes place in one of the largest cities of the world, New York City. The race includes both Prone and… Read more »

River Surfing on a Tuna

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River surfing made possible River surfing on a Tuna is Each board is for adrenaline junkies! And when surfing river waves, each board could tell its on story.  From the waves it glides on, to the rider, all factors come together to give it character. We build our boards to tell the story you wish,… Read more »

Border Crossing…on a SUP

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  Ever thought about border crossing on a paddleboard? Probably not. The boundaries of extreme sports these days are being pushed to limits never even thought possible less than a decade ago. From big wave surfing to moto surfing, the dreams and accomplishments of these extreme athletes are tremendous. In pursuit of following the wake of… Read more »

Ocean Lover Personal Safety

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As the spring season approaches, some beach goers are beginning to wonder if this season will bring about as many shark encounters as we’ve seen in the recent past. From black and white color schemed boards and suits to electronic deterrent devices, there are legitimate worries that entrepreneurs and scientist alike are trying to put to… Read more »

An ancient practice being revived

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Canoes. These primitive forms of waterway travel were once an integral part of survival in coastal communities since the dawn of time. Hollowed out tree trunks served as a fishing vessel, hunting vehicle, and human transportation. This age old practice is now being looked at in a new light. Canoe paddling is now seen as… Read more »

Colonial Cup Finishes

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Innovation is the name of the game. It is what drives us forward and forces us to evaluate what works, and what doesn’t. Some innovations stand the test of time while others fail immediately. We know we have designed a board that will be a trend setter for all of those in our wake. This… Read more »

The Masonboro Bateau

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The Masonboro Bateau vessel                       We unveiled the latest project, The Masonboro Bateau, at the Carolina Cup and had great feedback!!  The paddle powered vessel equipped with music, cup holders, dry bag/cooler, fishing poles holders,  and phone holder gave the Bateau an even greater custom… Read more »

Tribute To Wooden Boards: Balsa Guns

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A tribute to surfings heritage. Balsa guns were built and ridden back in the day by big wave surfers and craftsmen like Pat Curren on the very first forays into the unknown at big wave spots like Waimea and Makaha. The technique of hand chambering each section of the board prior to finishing shaping was… Read more »

In The News

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If you have not heard already, a nine-foot female great Great White shark washes up at Crystal Pier this week.  We know they are out there but it was quite unusual to see one wash up at Wrightsville Beach.  It seems like it has been one of those years.  Shark attacks in North Carolina, Mick Fanning attacked… Read more »

Reflecting On The Holidays

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Thanksgiving weekend is the official start to the Holiday season.  How did you spend your Holiday weekend?  Here in Southeastern North Carolina, I would have to speak for us all…It was one of the most epic, I have seen in years.  Perfect weather, waves, family and friends all coming together to celebrate and reflect on… Read more »

A Wetsuit Time Of Year

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The temperatures dropped quite a bit this week here in Southeastern North Carolina this week.  Time to start thinking about a new Wetsuit or pull yours out from the back of the closet.  Your local Surf Shop or Surfline’s 2015 Wetsuit Buyers guide is a great place to start shopping for that new wetsuit.  There are a… Read more »

This Just Happened

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November 16th. Neoprene, much like polyurethane for surfboards, has been an integral part of the surf experience for decades. Today, Patagonia announced it figured out a way around it. “Neoprene is nasty stuff, but for a long time we had no alternative,” said Patagonia’s Hub Hubbard. The press release goes onto say that the new suits will reduce traditional neoprene C02… Read more »

Fall Swell In The Water

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There has been a nice little run of waves here in Southeastern North Carolina.  Plenty of gliding going on the last couple days.  The crew here at the shop was on it and everyone scored some fun waves.  Warm air temperatures, great winds and warm water makes for some good times.  This is by far… Read more »

2015 Surf To Sound Challenge

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  Big weekend of racing here in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina this weekend, November 6th-8th.  The 2015 Surf To Sound is happening at the Blockade Runner beach resort.  There will be eventsgoing on all three days.  Come by our tent on Saturday the 7th between 8am – 4pm to order your next paddle or surfboard and take advantage of our… Read more »

Custom Board Fall Sale In Progress

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Our 2015 Fall Sale is in progress.  Get 10% off a Custom Surfboard or Standuppaddle board.  If you’ve been thinking about a new surf or SUP board, now is the time.  Go custom and get what you are looking for.  Be unique and stand out from the crowd on equipment that’s built just for you! #JustAddWater

Can you have a single board quiver?

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You can try to have one magic board that will make surfing fun in every type of condition… but truth be told; you will never find that magic board. Let’s say you shortboard- chances are, most days its going to be around waist high (if we’re lucky, eh East Coasters). Your typical grovler is going… Read more »

What’s New in the Shop?

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  To meet the demands of our ever growing customer base, Ian Balding Paddle & Surf has recently expanded. The shop has grown, with many key additions to help increase production- while still maintaining the highest quality. The shop is now equipped with separate glassing, shaping, and sanding rooms. Additionally, many new drying racks have… Read more »

Gearing For Summer: East Coast

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With temps in the 80’s and the humidity starting to crank, I’d say summer is upon us.  Having a long winter and virtually no spring has left many scrambling to look for the buried board shorts under the pile of sweaters.  This is the time to make sure you’re ready for a summer on the… Read more »

Wax, The Sticky Preference

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By far the cheapest, and one of the most important tools to surfing, surf wax has been used for almost 8 decades to keep the feet of surfers on their boards.   From the concept discovery by Alfred Gallant Jr. in 1935, surf wax has been transformed and refined to the wax bars we now have… Read more »

Sweetwater Boys Defend the Mid-Atlantic Title

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This past weekend, Kitty Hawk, NC saw eleven of the Mid-Atlantic’s strongest surf shop teams compete in Oakley’s Surf Shop Challenge.  With the sun shining and temperatures in the 70’s, the weather was picture perfect. However, chilly water and an inconsistent 1-3 foot swell made competition for the teams difficult; ultimately, the team with the… Read more »

Another Stoked Customer, Buccaneer’s Kicker, Connor Barth

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Connor Barth, kicker for the Buccaneers, will be heading out on the water with a new custom Epic Race board at 14 feet tall. After rupturing his achilles tendon, Conner came across the world of stand up paddling. As a great way to lightly start the rehabilitation process, Conner is now spending more time in… Read more »

The DR Surf Hut

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  Click on the video above to see some footage from a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, where we stayed in Benny B.’s well know surf hut on the north coast of the island. We explored every water sport we could during the 9 days spent there, such as kite surfing, stand up paddling,… Read more »

“Surf-Bathing” According to Mark Twain

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During my usual stumble through Surfer Magazine’s website, I found a great article by Rob Gilley about Mark Twain’s novel, Rouging It. We all know Mark Twain, mainly due to the forced reads by our high school literature teachers of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, but Roughing It has some how not made it on… Read more »

Surviving a Flat Winter Season

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  A nice winter get away to somewhere warm and tropical is always desired for those of us who have spent this cold, brutal winter covered in snow and ice. I am fortunate enough to be heading to the Dominican Republic with 3 guys, here from Wilmington, NC and meeting a handful of others there… Read more »

Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Contest

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This past Sunday Wrightsville Beach held it’s first SUP Surf Contest and it was phenomenal! We had 50 contestants enter the competition and the conditions couldn’t have been better. With such a successful event we hope this will not only become an annual event but start to spur more SUP surf contest on the East… Read more »

Surf To Sound Race 2013

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This weekend the annual Surf to Sound Race will be held it Wrightville Beach, NC. The paddlers will start in the ocean, paddle through the inlet, down the sound, and back to the starting point, completing 13 miles!! Then on Sunday  the SUP surf contest takes place, it will be an exciting weekend and definitely… Read more »

Quiver What??

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Share with us your quiver!! We all get stoked about something whether it be a collection of boards or a series of artwork you find inspirational….show us! To help get the ball going here is a few of ours… Boards Buds Wood Wood… Oh and more wood…

Anatomy of a Swell: Hurricane Sandy

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It has already been a year since Sandy created some of the best swells the East coast has seen and also left towns in shambles. Surfline put together a great recollection of the storm, touching on both the destruction and the stoke the storm brought. Check it out here>>http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/anatomy-of-a-swell-hurricane-sandy_103504/

Fall Sale!!

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Fall is upon us, which means cooler weather, more waves, and goodbye to the Summer crowds. It also means custom Surfboard and SUP savings!! $200 off your next custom SUP order and $100 off of any custom surfboard order!! Hurry… the first two orders get a BONUS- handmade, Cypress and Walnut bodysurfing handplane!!

Photoshopped or Not? Leave the picture alone…

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  The other day a photo taken in my home state NJ, yes I said it, I am from the Jersey Shore and proud, but anyways…this photo was brought to my attention because it was causing quite a stir on Surfline.com…check it out here> Ocean City New Jersey Bay Wave. So this photo obviously is… Read more »

ESPN 30 for 30 Eddia Aikau

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    For those of you who missed last nights 30 for 30 special on ESPN, they showcased someone from the sport of surfing…Eddi Aikau. Who could have been a better choice, right? It was a great documentary that summed up Eddie’s life, touching on all of his amazing accomplishments, including him being one of… Read more »

The Red Bull Illume Photo Contest

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“Red Bull Illume is the world’s premier international photography competition dedicated to the world of action and adventure sports. Its purpose is to showcase the most exciting and creative action sports photography on the planet as art and bring the public into the world of action sports.” So far they have gotten the finalist photos… Read more »

Ian Balding Greener Boards

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Another great article about Kelly Slater and his support for greener surf board here–> http://greenroomvoice.com/news/sima-encouraging-greener-surfboards/ Not only does Ian Balding Paddle and Surf support greener surfboard production but, we’ve been into these construction techniques for over ten years, and know that it performs. We’re glad to see this movement gaining some traction in a world where responsible, environmentally friendly techniques… Read more »

Billabong Pro Tahiti!

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  Check out the Billabong Pro Tahiti Contest streaming live HERE where the bet surfers in the world take on Teahupoo!    

Shark Week!!

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So with Shark Week being on all week some things are brought to the surface that goes deeper than just the fact that “we are entering into their world.” Shark week opens our eyes to the issues of overfishing and all the negative effects humans have on their environment…it’s great TV!

Stop GMO’s Justin Barca Pollution in Hawaii

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  Check out these articles and videos…surfer Justin Barca is taking it into his own hands to defend Hawaii’s land against GMO testing to produce better fruit and veggie growth. Pretty interesting stuff and worth the fight thanks to people like Justin who cares enough to do something about it! http://www.surfingmagazine.com/blogs/baby-take-it-off-dustin-barca-gmo-combatant/ http://hawaiiseed.org/interview-about-gmos-in-hawaii-with-dustin-barca-video/    

Hurricane Season!

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Yes…it is the most wonderful time of the year! Hurricane season is quickly approaching and we are starting to get a taste for bigger swell here on the East Coast. Check out the latest boards by Ian Balding Paddle & Surf @ianbalding.com or on Facebook! We are ready…are you?

Ian Balding Suggested Documentary: 180 Degrees South

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    For those of you who have not seen it yet, the documentary 180 Degrees South is spectacular! Following a man who decides to recreate the same trip the founders of Patagonia and North Face took 30 years ago and discovered North Face Mountain in Patagonia. Along the way he stops at Easter Island… Read more »

Joel Tudor’s Duct Tape Invitational

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         Joel Tudor, the grand master of style, started the Duct Tape Invitational to keep the old school style in surfing when shortboarding took over. This contest is host to the best longboarders from around the world, inviting only sixteen each year and traveling to some of the best breaks globally, The Duct Tape Invitational… Read more »

The Small Things in Life

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  Sometimes it’s the small things in the surfing/beach life that bring  stoke to your every day existence. Like a pair of fins and a handplane, or a paipo bodyboard and kicking out to get a few barrels. Or cross stepping down the street on a long skateboard. Don’t take these things for granted, or shun them because they… Read more »

Surfalorus

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  Presented by Cucalorus, Surfalorus is  surf film festival going on this weekend in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, N.C.! This is just the second time this festival is going on so make sure you make it out to at least one of the events. There will be a film showing each night and… Read more »

Custom Surfboards and Paddelboards

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Do not miss out on the latest designs by Ian Balding Paddle and Surf! Our boards are gaining recognition for the custom craftsmanship and unique design of our “crossover” models that are hitting the waves as surfable SUP boards.  Check out our website for our handcrafted boards.  We can help you in choosing the right… Read more »

8th Annual O’Neill Sweetwater Pro Am

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  This July 12th-14th Sweetwater is hosting the 8th annual Pro-Am contest here in Wrightsville Beach, NC! Get down there to see some good surfing and grab some freebies! There will be tons of vendors down on the beach and the contest will start at 8am, head to www.wblivesurf.com for more details on entering the… Read more »