Posts Tagged: surf

2017 Carolina Surf Film Festival

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   The 2017 Carolina Surf Film Festival will be held in beautiful Wilmington N.C., October 13-14, at  Watermans Brewing Company. The festival will have something for everyone, including surf films, craft beer,  delicious food, giveaway prizes, music, and more! If you’ve never been to Watermans Brewing Company you’re in for a treat. Watermans Brewing recently opened and is ready… Read more »

Dreaming of the Caribbean Surf Season

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  Surf in the caribbean is just beginning as the end of summer is nearing on the east coast.  it’s safe to say, that it has us all dreaming of that perfect wave that the tropical clear waters provide! The surfing season in the Caribbean is  just gearing up as the temperatures fall in our… 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 »

Choosing a Board for Surf Travel

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  Summer doldrums interrupted by the occasional feathery swell can make us all a bit salty when we think about the lack of recent surf sessions. When daily checks of your preferred forecasting website yield nothing but the same old dismal results, one cannot help but to get online and see what flights are going… 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 »

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 »

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!    

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?

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 »

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 »

#2 Tom Blake

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  Is it too much to say that Tom Blake single handedly  transformed the sport of surfing from an ancient Polynesian practice into a 20th century lifestyle? It may be hard to find someone who does not agree with this statement because Tom Blake met the Duke himself, fell in love with surfing in the… Read more »

#3 Hobie Alter

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Another man on the fiberglass-and-foam surfboard building forefront is Hobie Alter, our #3 on the list of most well-known and influential surfboard shapers. Hobie was born and raised in Ontario, California and like others at the time, started shaping balsa wood surfboards in the early 1950’s. Once his parents grew tired of their front yard… Read more »

#4 Bob Simmons

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  Bob Simmons AKA, The Father of the Modern Surfboard. Simmons is credited for combining the use of a foam core and fiberglass to shape surfboards. He started shaping “new aged ” models in the 1940’s that introduced a faster board by adding concaves, aspect ratios, optimum weight, scoops, and kicked nose design elements. Most… Read more »

#5 Simon Anderson

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Simon Anderson has earned the number five spot on the most well-known and influential surfboard shapers list for his contributions to surfboard designs by creating the “thruster,” the first three-fin design in 1980. Simon was born and raised on the Northern beaches of Sydney and prior to shaping Simon was busy putting all his efforts… Read more »

#7 Steve Lis

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    Steve Lis has earned the spot of #7 on our most influential and well-known surfboard shapers list for his famous design, the fish. In 1967, in San Diego, California, Steve designed a 5’4″ blunt-nosed kneeboard in his garage. The board had a flat rocker and a split tail with twin fins. With fast… Read more »

#8 Mike Diffenderfer

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The 8th spot on the list of the most well-known and influential surfboard shapers goes to Mike Diffenderfer, aka The Diff, a North Shore pioneer. Mike shaped his first board in 1951 out of balsa wood. Showing a raw talent in wood board building, The Diff became known as one of the finest craftsmen in… Read more »

#9 The Campbell Brothers

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  The Campbell Brothers are famous for the “Bonzer” design in 1970, the first tri-fin board. The design had a long shallow, heavily canted fin set, opposed to what is now the traditional tri fin. They collaborated with Bing surfboards for a production run for a brief time through the early 70’s but were buried… Read more »

Teahupoo, Tahiti

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      Check out the most recent video>Teahupoo Pumping of Teahupoo going off these past few weeks! Known for the heavy, glassy wave breaking offshore, Teahupoo attracts some of the world’s best surfers during times like these…

Prone Paddle Boarding

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Prone paddle boarding is one of the toughest and most ocean-sensitive paddle sport. You know the feeling of a tough paddle out during a rough swell? Well imagine that, but for miles at a time like most of these prone paddlers do when racing. The sport is more popular on the shores of Hawaii and… Read more »

Hurricane Season Around the Corner

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Are you prepared for hurricane season this year? We all know how stoked East Coast surfer’s get nearing the end of the summer so this year be ready! If this upcoming hurricane season turns out anything like the last you will not want to miss the swell…          

Check it out…

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Check out here what is currently going on in the shop here> IB Paddle & Surf Video. We are busy making everything from custom surfboards, race paddle boards, to hand planes. Follow us on Instagram @ianbalding as well as on Twitter @IB_SUP_Surf to stay updated on everytihng happening with Ian Balding Paddle & Surf…

May Sale!

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MAY SALE!! $200 savings towards your custom SUP order in May, and $100 off your custom Surfboard… It’s springtime people! Are you ready for Summer?! Whether your into surfing, SUP surfing, or SUP racing… It’s time to get your orders in so your ready to get out on the water! Custom surfboards from performance shortboards… Read more »

Surf Photography

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  It is time we give a shout out the men and women behind the cameras. Surf photography is a true art form that takes great skill and a sharp eye. With the invention of water tight camera housing came endless possibilities for photographers. As surf photography evolved the competition to get the best shot… Read more »

North Carolina Barrier Islands

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      There is this irresistable draw to the North Carolina barrier islands that one may find themself experiencing, especially if you a fan of the water lifestyle. There are many of reasons why a typical waterman find themselve attracted to this region of country, one of the biggest is the surf. For being an East coast break… Read more »

A Deeper Shade of Blue

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  For those of you who have not seen Jack McCoy’s most recent surf film, A Deeper Shade of Blue, you are missing out! Jack McCoy has been filming surf documentaries for over 30 years and has produced over 24 featured films. He travels to some of the most incredible surf spots where he gets… Read more »

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    Headed to Tortola tomorrow…the “hidden” gem of the British Virgin Islands. One of the most beautiful set ups on earth! Catch you all later!

George Greenough

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This man is incredible…a true pioneer. He does everything! From innovative surf photography, wood working, surfboard designer, boat builder, and overall inventor. He  is a serious waterman with passion for the ocean and when it comes to taking his remarkable skills and applying to the sea the man is a genius! Check out his website… Read more »

Be Ready For Spring!

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Keeping the focus on performance… in all areas of custom board building. From a balsa handplane, to a 5’8″ shortboard, to a  7’9″ wave SUP, to a 14′ or 16′ carbon race board, and everything else in between, we’ve got you covered. Get your custom order in and be ready for Spring, which is right… Read more »

East Coast Surfing

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  Did you know that New Jersey was the first place surfing was introduced to on the east coast of America? Surprising, right… well this is a shout to all those surfers born and bread here on the east coast. It’s not that we get a bad rep (well maybe northerners do), but when it… Read more »

Chuck Petterson and Water Skiing

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Big wave surfer, stand up paddler, and long time skier, Chuck Patterson has taken the term “water skiing” to a whole new level, better yet he has taken extreme water sports to a new level. Back in 2010 Chuck’s name starting circulating in the SUP and surf world for a video that went viral where… Read more »

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I have always admired Wolfgang Bloch’s artwork, the simplistic and natural style is incredible. I have admired his innate ability to combine natural materials like wood with his paints and the outcomes are beautiful. Growing up in Ecuador, Bloch discovered the joys of surfing and was surrounded by coastal scenery that became inspiration for his… Read more »

Great White Tracking

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The thought of a shark in the water as your surfing or stand up paddling might always be resting in the back of your mind, but with new tracking technology this curiosity can now be satisfied. It’s no surprise that there are great whites off the East Coast, U.S., they have been there for years,… Read more »

Outer Banks, North Carolina

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  People travel thousands of miles to experience beautiful views and good surf. Places like The Outer Banks here in North Carolina are often forgotten and do not gain the recognition that it should worldwide. How many places in the U.S. alone are you able to sit on a beach and find yourself just feet away from… Read more »

The Gudauskas Brothers

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As a personal fan of the Gudauskas brothers, I wanted to share with everyone this great trio. Born and raised in San Clemente, California these boys have taken both competitive surfing and leisurely play to a new level. With unique style and pure love for the sport, these three are definitely worth keeping an eye… Read more »