Sunday, November 22, 2009

Roar Industries SUP Challenge

Roar Industries Ultimate SUP Challenge - Gold Coast Qld

With a North Easterly Wind the conditions were not the best for a SUP Surf comp at Currumbin Alley so it was moved to Southport Spit.

Taj meeting his hero / idol James Billy Watson
Final Surfing Results
Kieren Taylor
James Billy Watson
Jamie Willems
Paul Jackson

Paddling Results
Troy Pease 10'
Mick Debetta 11'
C4 Guy 10' 2
Woogie Marsh 8' 10
James Billy Watson 8'11

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Movember see a very busy month for us at Kia Kaha Canoes & Paddles. With Racing manufacturing and trying to grow a Mow, we are jammed packed with things to do.
First Relay race of the OC1 season in Seaway to Seaway Gold Coast Relay I have my best friend coming over from NZ to partner up with me. We will be racing on a Pahoa Tiger Canoe kindly lent to us by Harvie. Looking forward to the race but conditions are changing and it looks like it might be a flat glassy race this year.

Just arrived for me is my 14ft Naish Glide - Looking forward to getting this one finally out on the water after a delay in delivery we finally can start our new adventure of Downwind tours and training session.

The Idea for this is to get more people out into the Blue Horizon paddling boards or Canoes. We have already started Early Morning training session at Lions Park Noosa Heads - Monday Wednesday & Fridays will see those how show up some great fitness training, proper technique and skills while paddling either in the Surf, flat water or on the Blue Horizon.

21st is the Roar Industries Ultimate SUP Challenge - this year has seen a name change from the Honolua to Roar Industries. This is a great event and I am hoping my new board is ready!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Session Savers

I would like to introduce you to Session Savers Energy Bars. This little energy packed bars are the best to train on and work with.

Top Quality Ingredients

We pride ourselves on only using the freshest available 100% certified organic ingredients in our bars.

Perfect Balance

The ingredients have been carefully chosen and balanced for moderated sugar delivery to the bloodstream, thus preventing the dreaded “rush and crash”. Session Saver gives prolonged energy delivery and can be taken over longer periods as it is a “whole food”.

The bars are prepared at low temperatures that do not destroy many active enzymes and nutrients in the ingredients. Our production process removes the enzyme inhibitors allowing the body to assimilate the available nutrients rapidly.

Sports Tuned

Session Saver energy bars are a great tasting, high performance, all natural energy bar.

Designed for surfers and excellent for all endurance sports. We are committed to organic whole foods, delivering a fuel your body can truly use.

Dietician Approved

Session Saver has been chosen by dietitians to assist their clients with their weight loss programs. Helps curb hunger and cravings providing an excellent snack or meal replacement.

Quality Snack Food

Session Saver acts as a low GI food source giving a sweet taste with no sugar rush, highly suitable for kids of all ages! Works as a great instant energy picker-upper .

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Kia Kaha Spring into Spring Special

Purchase the New Kia Kaha Tahitian Paddle with Full Paddle Cover for $330.00
Freight Free in Australia

Purchase the MK Hybrid Paddle with Full Paddle Cover for $330.00
Freight Free in Australia

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bluewater Players

New to Noosa & Stockiest of Kia Kaha Paddles

The Bluewater Players - Paddle Boards emporium

Check out the new shop at

Shop 3A
11 Sunshine Beach Road
Noosa Heads

August Specials

The Month of August we are taking care of Kia Kaha Paddles

All Outrigger Stock paddles come with a Full length Paddle stretch Cover.

August Special $295.00 Normally $340.00

Sunday, July 12, 2009

SEQ OC1 OC2 Race Series 2009

Race Dates of the SEQ OC1 OC2 Race Series 2009

Race 1- 22nd August at Hervey Bay hosted by Kia Puna.
Race 2- 12th September.Place and host TBC.
Race 3- 26th September at Mooloolaba hosted by Mooloolaba.
Race 4- 17th October at Noosa hosted by Noosa
Race 5- 31st October at Bramble Bay (Shorncliffe) hosted by Panamuna.
Race 6 (Final)- 14th November. Greenmount to Southport (TBC) hosted by Outrigger Australia. This will be a relay race.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Kia Kaha Stock Take Clearance

Financial End Of Year Stock Take Clearance

Be in Quick these will not last

MK Hybrid Outrigger Paddles
Priced to Clear

Tahitian Blades

Kahuna Steers Blades

Iti Steers Blades

All Priced to Clear

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Australian Titles will this year be decided for the first time in the rapidly growing and now well established discipline of Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Surfing.

Surfing Australia announced the inclusion of the Open SUP division into the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival to be run at Port Macquarie during August.

Globally, Stand Up Paddle Surfing has grown in popularity incredibly over the past three years with an abundance of surfers, longboard and shortboard surfers, including a stand up paddleboard in their essential quivers and many dedicating themselves 100% to this discipline.

“The quality of Stand Up Paddle surfers emerging throughout Australia and the world is exciting and there’s many past and present champions of the sport of surfing now very competent and devoted Stand Up Paddle surfers” said Surfing Australia Chief Executive Officer Andrew Stark.

“Take the two finalists at the recent Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Joel Parkinson and Adam Robertson, both often seen in the line up riding waves on Stand Up Paddleboards, and then look at past champions like Luke Egan, Tom Carroll and Simon Anderson, all keen riders” added Stark.

“Stand Up Paddle Surfing has established itself in our sport and we are delighted to incorporate it into our Australian Surfmasters this year – the inaugural champion will take a special place in surfing’s history!”

Judging criteria for the Stand Up Paddle surfers have been formulated by the International Surfing Association with an emphasis on use of paddle in performance surfing and radical manoeuvres. The criteria will shortly be available through via

Twelve surfers will make up the division this year, three from host state NSW, two from Qld, Vic, SA and WA and one from Tasmania.

The Country Energy Australian Surfing Festival, which incorporates the Oxbow Australian Longboard Titles along with the Australian Surfmasters will run from August 16 through to August 29 as a mobile event through the surf rich region surrounding Port Macquarie.

Alexandra Winter Classic

It was small! and held at the Maroochydore River Mouth just south of Pin cushion Island.

The finalist were:
Dane Wilson - Red - Laguna Bay
Keahi de Aboitiz - Blue - Laguna Bay
Damian Coltard - White - 
Woogie Marsh - Yellow - Laguna Bay

Having 3 Noosa Heads Beach Boy members in the final was a great achievement.  

Final results
1st Keahi de Aboitiz
2nd Woogie Marsh
3rd Dane Wilson
4th Damian Coltard

Photos & Video to follow

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Outrigger Marathon Nationals at Mooloolaba

This weekend the Mooloolaba Outrigger Canoe Club, is hosting the National Titles for the first time since 1999.  It has won the right to host the event for the next three years.

About 900 paddlers from more than 150 clubs across Australia will come to the Coast for the event, which has competitors aged from 12 to 71 competing.

"Outrigging is a very social sport and it's also very challenging," Lisa said. "My paddling career has been longer than my swimming career.  It's addictive."

President of the Mooloolaba OCC, said the opportunity to host the Nationals three consecutive years was very exciting.

"We've organised it so it bookends the Mooloolaba triathlon. It will really help boost local business."

"I've got my fingers crossed the Weather will clear by the weekend, but at the moment everything is going ahead as scheduled."

Monday, March 30, 2009

Malfunction SUP Surfing

The Malfunction SUP Surfing was Sponsored by Ron House & Green Line.

Results from the event:
James 'Billy' Watson 1st
Woody Jack 2nd 
Woogie Marsh 3rd
Ray Greaves 4th
Nathan Myers 5th
Noel Graham 6th

Semi Final Draw
Billy before his semi Final heat
Woogie Before his Semi Final Heat

Final Places
(L - R)Dave Mc Carthy from Green line, Ray Graves 4th, Nathan Myers 5th, Noel Graham 6th, Woogie Marsh 3rd, Woody Jack 2nd, Billy Watson 1st, Ron House From Ron House, Presenter

Thursday, March 19, 2009

NFoS SUP Final Photos

Back Beach NFoS SUP Final place getters
L-R Woogie Marsh 5th, James Billy Watson 2nd, Dane Wilson 1st, Keahi de Aboitiz 3rd, Matt Lumley 4th.
Woogie & Dane heading out for the final 
Woogie trying to get the most out of the wave

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Team Rider Dane Wilson Wins Back Beach SUP NFoS 2009

Dane Wilson recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast and he has looked right at home at the GSI Noosa Festival of Surfing.  Dane made the most of the some tiny waves in the Back beach Noosa Stand Up paddle Pro final at First Point, recording 16.25 points with his best two rides to beat Burleigh Heads' James Billy Watson (15.35)

Dane has been living at Peregian Beach for the past six months, after moving North from Cronulla, and said it was the shift that inspired him to take up the Stand up Paddle side of Surfing.  "Since I've been here on the Sunshine Coast, I have really dedicated myself to Stand Up Paddling," the former pro long boarder said.  "It's such a perfect location to be a Stand up Paddling surfer and I'm now right into it.  To win this event is unbelievable. The whole festival is held in the highest regard worldwide and for Stand up Paddling in Australia, this is the biggest and best event.  It's a special feeling to have won."

Filling out the placing in the final were Keahi de Aboitiz (Qld), Matt Lumley (Vic) Woogie Marsh (QLD) & Noel Graham (NSW).

Final Results
1. Dane Wilson (QLD) Board G & S Paddle Kia Kaha
2. Billy Watson (QLD) Board Honolua Paddle C4
3. Keahi de Aboitiz (QLD) Board Laguna Bay Paddle Kia Kaha
4. Matt Lumley (VIC) Board PSH Paddle Kialoa
5. Woogie Marsh (QLD) Board Laguna Bay Paddle Kia Kaha
6. Noel Graham (NSW) Board Naish

Saturday, March 7, 2009

SUP with Toddlers

Chris de Aboitiz as locals know, is the talented Stand Up Paddler Surf Guy that paddles with his dog Lani.  Chris along with another talented local Woogie introduced SUP Surfing to Noosa 4 years ago and adding to his SUP Session: Chris has now teamed up with Jodie Marsh to create sessions specifically tailored for Women & Toddlers.
As most mothers with toddlers know, exercising is difficult the best of times. Stand Up Paddler Surfing not only keeps mum in shape but the toddlers love being on the Noosa River.  Jodie offers Sessions for the Noosa Heads Lions Park Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. These sessions include a total body workout on the board including stretching, exercise and yoga to tone mothers post baby body.  Jodie will also focus on teaching both the mothers and toddlers water awareness, tidal reading and how to determine wind direction - all essential information for the Stand up Paddler.

Jodie Marsh is a sport passionate mum who has been working in the sports performance & training field for the last 10 years.  Jodie has a passion for Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Active Kids.  Jodie holds a Degree in Sports & Recreation , a Diploma in Applied Sports Studies both gained at AUT in NZ and a Certificate in Sports & Leisure gained at BOP Polytechnic NZ.

Jodie's Focus will be on stroke correction, circuit training on the Stand Up Paddle Boards, Nutrition & Performance Feed back, all which is needed for setting up and refining high performance training goals.

With two Kids of her own she can understand the limited time parents have to pursue their own sporting goals - with these new classes she hopes to help mothers achieve a balance in fitness and lifestyle, while the kids are having fun and learning water awareness.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pure Light 5 km SUP Paddle - NFoS

Two weeks out from the Pure Light 5 km SUP Paddle

Start to sharpen things up - thinking about speed out of the blocks and speed to get into or onto peoples board wash.

Sub- Phase: High resistance acceleration on board
Training Theme: High aerobic Speed

Small bungie around board to create drag - this could be a leg rope dragging in the water behind the board.
Drills & Skills are important so make these a center point in your warmup & cool down

Warm up: 
10 mins - normal paddle focus on technique & power at catch of the stroke

6 x 10 meters 2 mins Rest Interval (RI) 100%
4 x 12 strokes 60 secs RI - (12 strokes on the same side) 100%

Cool down:
2 x 5 min easy paddles 60 sec RI
Kick Turns
Walking the boards
Rodeo Turns

New Group Session for Stand Up Paddle Surfing Australia

Welcome to The Stand Up Paddle Surfing Australia Group Classes.

This is a Class designed to incorporate ladies of all ages and backgrounds who wish to:
  • Increase Fitness
  • Improve Core Development
  • Enjoy Regular Exercise Activity
  • Cross Train
  • Stay Fit
  • Health & Well-being
Ladies Core Fitness Group:
Monday / Wednesday / Friday
8:30 am Set Up with 9:00 am Start

The number of sessions may vary depending on the individual

90 min Group Session
AIM: To improve stroke technique through the use of competitive stroke development and co-ordination drills / skills.  This level also caters for the mature SUPer who wishes to stay fit and healthy, cross- train or compete at a  SUP Paddling event.

Mum's & Toddlers:
8:30 am Set up with 9:00 am Start

This is a new group with one session per week now available:

60 min Group Session
AIM: To cater for the Mum's with one water wise toddler who wish to stay fit and healthy, improve stroke technique, mobility & fitness with a group of similarly situated Mum's in a more social, leisurely and enjoyable environment.

Contact Chris for bookings:
0412 175 217

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Unwritten Rules of Surfing

As a member of the surfing tribe, it is of great importance that you obey the unwritten rules of surfing at all times.  These rules have been handed down from generation to generation because they are based on safety and common sense, and because they promote a community- based fellowship among all surfers. By obeying these rules, you will help to keep Noosa or anywhere an enjoyable place to surf!

  • The person closest to the breaking part of the wave has priority and right of way.  Exception: If someone is up and riding, getting onto the wave behind that person does not give you right of way. In other words, the first person on a wave has priority and right of way.
  • The person farthest out or waiting longest has priority and right of way. Exception: If someone is consistently paddling out to the farthest spot and catching wave after wave while others wait, that is call wave hogging and the persons' priority is revoked.
  • When conditions are fairly low-key, the first person who paddles for a wave or calls for it as priority and right of way. Do not expect this to apply in crowded conditions.
  • Do not drop in. Dropping in is taken off on a wave in front of someone who is already up and riding it.  (If you are a thoroughly competent surfer, you may be able to take off on a sectioning wave when there is someone already on it, but only if that person is a great distance behind you, you are 100% certain that the person will not be able to make the section, and you will in no way interfere with the flow of that surfer's ride. When there is any doubt, DONT DROP IN.)
  • When caught inside, if you need to get past a wave that someone is riding, always paddle behind them on the white water side. Yes, you will probably get stuffed for the sake of someone else's ride, but it is far better to tumble around in white water than to be hit by a board. (Never assume a surfer will sacrifice his ride to avoid hitting you, as some may not care and others may not see you.) Do not paddle in front of someone unless you are ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that you will be at least 20 feet in front of them.
  • Do not kick out, bail out, or release your board in a manner that puts other surfers at risk.
  • Give respect to gain respect.
  • Give away a sweet wave to somebody you don't even know. This will make you an automatic member of the GROUNDSWELL SOCIETY, an organisation dedicated "To every surfer who gives someone else the wave when they didn't have to."
On a Right Hand breaking wave "Y" surfer has the right of way while "X" surfer is breaking the rules by dropping in.

On a Left Hand Breaking wave "Y" surfer has the right of way while the "X" surfer is breaking the rules by dropping in.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Stand Up and be Counted

The 2009 Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing will open with a 5 Km Stand Up Paddle Board Race from Loins Park to First Point. The Course, which includes the still waters of the Noosa River, a crossing of the Noosa Bar and a Triangular Course around Laguna Bay, will showcase a traditional Hawaiian water sport that has enjoyed a tremendous surge in popularity in the past few years as a fitness activity.

The First-light Stand up Paddle Race will be held from 3pm on March 15, immediately before the festival's official Hawaiian opening ceremony and blessing of the waters.  Festival Director Phil Jarratt said he expected to be flooded with entries, after forms were posted on the festival website on the weekend.

"With $1000 cash and prizes on the line over three divisions, some paddlers are going to be taking this very seriously, " he said.  "BUt our main goal is to have a fun event and a great spectacle to launch the festival. Sunday 15 is designated 'water-man's day' and we'll be having some amazing exhibition and celebrity events leading into the First-light SUPS."

The Noosa Festival introduced an ocean paddle race last year, but Jarratt said the focus had been changed this year to make it more of a family event.

"Over this short but challenging course we're going to see a lot of mums, dads, kids and whole family groups having a go, and that's what our festival is really all about," he said.  Noosaville Surfboard shop owner and Stand Up Paddler Chris McCutchson will be one of those taking the race seriously and he has no doubt who will be the paddler to beat.  Despite international entries still to be confirmed he believers the surfer setting the pace will be Local Eugene "Woogie" Marsh who has been at the forefront of the sport's introduction here. McCutchson said Marsh, who is a four time World Outrigger Champion, was a powerful paddler who had excelled in long distance events since crossing over to the new discipline. "He's the power broker of paddling at the moment," McCutchson said.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Open Ocean Paddling Safety

I saw this on  the Wet Feet Blog and thought it would be good to repost it on here.

With the popularity of open ocean paddling increasing, all paddlers need to practice and communicate to others the importance of open water paddling safety measures. These include:
  • Always paddle with a partner stay within close proximity of on another
  • Always use a leash
  • Carry a cell phone in a waterproof case
  • Carry a whistle
  • Carry water
  • Practice sun protection with sunscreen, a hot or visor, eyewear, and a surf shirt.
Remember if you get in trouble, are falling a lot, or are having difficulty with the wind blowing you where you don't want to go you can always go on your knees & paddle or even prone paddle with your arms.  To prone paddle place the paddle blade under your chest with the shaft facing forwards.

The joys and benefits of distance paddling are boundless for those who have experience a good downwind run.  Lets make sure everyone can experience this without mishap.

While on a visit to the Sunshine Coast Tom Carrol had a SUP Surf out at Moffitts Beach

NFoS Week 2 Program Sessions

Week 2 

This week look at increasing your intensity by 10% with an increase in Duration by 10 minutes as well.

Skills & Technique are important as perfect practice makes perfect.

Important Points:
Some people mistakenly think that the closer they follow a programme, the better the chances of top performance.  This is in fact not true.  Listen to your body first, then look at the programme, and then decide how you will train for the day or week.

Without recovery there is not improvement.  Without improvement there is not increase in performance.  Recovery is very important.

Never try to catch up a missed work out.  If it is gone, it's gone.

If conditions are right for surfing, down hill runs use them when they happen - be flexible in your programme.

Be patient.  While this programme will help your performance it generally takes two to three build-ups to get everything running really smoothly.

Warm Ups & Cool Down's are very important take the time to do both of these correctly and your training session will run smoothly.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Noosa Festival Of Surfing 6 week Training Program

The Noosa Festival Of Surfing will be holding a 5 km paddle this year on the 15th March.

To help out with training and build up to the paddle here are some Training ideas and Programmes.

Strength & Condition Training
Hypertrophy Strength Power/ Muscle Endurance

Week 1:
Monday am: 
General Fitness - Bike/ Swim/ Run
Duration: 40 - 60 minutes

Monday pm:
Duration: 20 - 40 minutes

Tuesday am:
Specific Training: SUPB 
Duration: 40 - 60 minutes

Tuesday pm:
General Fitness - Bike /Swim /Run
Duration: 40 - 60 minutes

Wednesday am: Morning Off

Wednesday pm:
Specific Training: Skills Based
Duration: 60 - 90 mins

Thursday am:
General Fitness: - Bike / Swim / Run
Duration: 40 - 60 minutes

Thursday pm:
Specific Training: Distance
Duration 60 - 90 minutes

Friday am:
Specific Training: Surf

Friday pm: afternoon Off

Saturday am:
Sport Specific Training: Skills Based
Duration: 60 - 90 Minutes

Saturday pm:
Sport Specific Training: Surf
90 - 120 minutes

Sunday am:
Sport Specific Training: Skills Based
Duration: 40 - 60 minutes

Sunday pm: Afternoon Off

Email for specific Drills & Skill that you could be focusing on -
Specific SUPB Conditioning Programme that can be done at home to help with balance & Leg strength.

Stock Paddle for Sale

Brand New Outrigger Canoe Stock Paddle FOR SALE


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Kia Kaha OCP Club Colours

A Great way to make your team canoe look good with Club Colours

Match up Club Uniforms, Club Canoes & Now Club Coloured Paddles 

Kia Kaha Paddles Care

If you are serious about performance, only the best product will do.  Kia Kaha SUP / OC Paddles offer the best designs that are 100% carbon with specially designed T-bars, tapered shafts & Functional Blades.

Kia Kaha SUP / OC Paddles are strong, efficient, light, proven & Tested to withstand all types of conditions.  These are Stand Up  or Outrigger Canoe Paddles made by SUP / OC Paddlers.  A custom light wieght paddle which is the same paddle that is being used by: Maui Kjeldsen, Woogie Marsh, Conan Herbert, Dane Wilson, Mick Fanning, Simon Anderson, Trevor Hendy, Lisa Curry Kenny and many more water people from around the world.

Taking Care of your New Kia Kaha SU / OC Paddles
Over time, use, storage, transportation, water, and sunlight can break down the polyurethane coatings.  A deteriorated costing can lead to yellowing of the strong, but UV vulnerable epoxy blade.  Also, heavy use in rocky / sandy areas can gradually deteriorate the blade tip protection.  However, proper paddle care and maintenance can prevent this and mean the difference between a tool that remains beautiful and functional on the water and something completely different.

As expected, preventing damage is the best way to ensure your paddle serves you well for many years.  The double carbon with Uni-Carbon and resin reinforced blade is designed to hold up in difficult conditions.  However, rocks and sand can damage any paddle blade over years of use.  You should always try to avoid using the paddle to push the SUB or Outrigger canoe or pry it against rocks and sand.  This is a job for a push pole and not a Kia Kaha SUP / OC Paddle.

Even with great care in avoiding damage, it is often impossible to avoid all situations.  As stated above, the epoxy resin is very strong, but does not hold up well to UV rays and once the protected polyurethane wears down, the resin becomes vulnerable to sunlight. 

With Proper Care, your Kia Kaha SU / OC Paddle will last for years.  Kia Kaha carbon fiber SUP / OC Paddles are designed with sufficient reinforcements in the tip to allow small dings or chips to be sanded or filed out.  Blades that become blunt from hard use can also be sanded or filed.  By inspecting your paddles after each use and after a hard hit, you may be able to catch any damage early when repair is easy.  All Kia Kaha SUP / OC Paddles are made in three Pieces so a part can easily be replaced.

If you look carefully, you can see the solid carbon fiber edge that goes around your paddle blade.  You can sand or file this solid edge.  After the bottom edge is sanded a few times, it will be slightly thicker and more durable.

On the front face of all SU/ OC paddle blades towards the sides & bottom or small dots.  This is a normal result of manufacturing.  It will not affect paddle strength or performance.

Always protect your paddle from direct sunlight when it is not in use.  A paddle bag provides the best overall protection from ultraviolet light.  If you stow your paddle immediately after using it, you won't drive off without it - or over it.

Sand your paddle using wet sandpaper.

Keep the blade edges sanded or filed smooth.  Smooth edges gives you a clean, quiet entry and keep your paddle layers from coming apart.  Be careful not to sand through to the Balsa Core.  Exposing the Balsa Core to water can damage the core.

If you get a puncture, crack or hole in your paddle, dry the paddle.  Water will damage the core.  You need to get it repaired by a professional repairperson ASAP.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Kia Kaha MKSUP 8.5'

Our New Stand Up Paddle has been hitting the waves over the summer with some great results.

This is a very efficient blade with a good catch and clean release.

Dimensions of Paddle 8.5" wide, 16" long
and an 8-degree angle.

We have two different types of our tapered shafts
Full Carbon
Carbon Kevlar

Shaft lengths made to order.

These design currently out of stock.

We make all our Paddles locally on the Sunshine Coast - so have the ability to customize paddles to individuals. What a great way to pick your paddle out of the crowd.

Little Island Surf Boards

Little Island lives at Bicheno, on Tasmania's sunny east coast.
(Check out the Google map for a closer view ..)

Give us a ring on 0418 300620 if you're coming to town and we can arrange to show you the range of boards in stock.

We may have the odd board or two in selected surf shops, ask if there's any near you.

Email us at:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Honey Girl Water Wear

Honey Girl Story
Honey Girl was founded in Hawaii in 1997, when it's first collection of Junior/Women swimwear and clothing was launched.

It all started when Louisa Hoover began designing swimsuits for herself and friends to wear surfing. "The fun part was testing the suits", remembers Louisa, who grew up on a boat in Waikiki just steps from her favorite home break "Kaisers" and knew the necessity of a good "surf suit".

Today Honey Girl can be found in over 100 of the best surf and swim shops throughout Hawaii, East Coast, West Coast, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Carribean.

To meet the high demand for matching Toddler & Tween line of swimwear, Louisa launched her first children's swimwear collection in 2000 for which her baby daughter (Chelsea) was her inspiration for a line that became Little Honeys. The Little Honeys collection offers swimwear and clothing for toddlers & girls ages 1 to 14.

At Honey Girl, we take pride in the construction, fit, and function of our swimwear, and use only high quality fabric and lining, as well as durable sewing (made in the USA). We hope you enjoy wearing Honey Girl as much as we enjoy designing them!

Contact Jodie direct if you would like your very own Bikini party showing at your place.

Also available Little Honeys

Australian Long Boarder Magazine

In the latest Australian Longboarder magazine there are great pictures of some of our team riders including Woogie brutalising the blade, Dane Wilson (Gordon & Smith), Chris DeAboitz (Stand Up Paddle Surfing Australia). Make sure you check it out!
Photo By the awesome Peter Aitchison.

2009 Events

Kia Kaha is planning to be at a couple of events to get us through the year.

February 2009
Bo Herbert Memorial Race
Tutukaka Northland
21st - 22nd Feb 2009
30 / 40 km

Check out link for more details

March 2009
Noosa Festival of Surfing
15th - 22nd March

All SUP events on the Sunday 15th March

More details on

March 2009
21st - 29th March

More Details

Honolua Distance Race
Snapper to Currumbin Alley

Honolua Surf Challenge
Currumbin Alley
November 2009

SEQ OC1, OC2 & SUP Series
October - December 2009

Australian OC1, OC2 & SUP Nationals
December 2009
Coffs Harbour

Kia Kaha Goals for 2009

We splashed out and got a Go Pro camera for Christmas and our hope is to bring you some great SUP & OC1 actions.

Goals for 2009:
Arrival of Wainui Canoes

Conan Herbert 2008 Molokai Channel

New Paddles which include:
Tahitian OC Paddle
Small water Steers Paddle

Honey Girl Water Wear Bikinis -

The Year that was

Well Kia Kaha had a busy couple of months with the increase of SUP paddle sales and interest from Shops on the Gold Coast & Melbourne.

Check out our shop list for more details on places you can find Kia Kaha MK SUP 8.5'

November was full with OC1 & SUP races with Kia Kaha giving away 11 vouchers at the final of the SEQ OC1 OC2 Series.

Mariana from Kaipuna OCC was the luck winner of the most improved paddle for the Series and walked away with a new MK OC 8.5 Paddle - we made a few changes for Mariana as she is still young with developing bones. The MK OC 8.5' has a FG shaft which has slightly more flex in it than the normal Hybrid OC paddle. With this type of shaft Mariana will be able to change it while she is growing.

December saw the OC1, OC2 & SUP Australian Long Distance Nationals held by Coffs Coast OCC. It was a fully packed weekend with the 8 km & 25 km races held on the Sunday.

Results from the SUP races
8 km
Sue Sheard - 14' Vortice
Jodie Marsh - 14' Penetrator

25 km
Woogie Marsh - 18' Penetrator
Paul Jackson - DC 17'
Jake Talbort - DC 16'
Simon Dodd - Vortice
Dale Chapman - DC 16'

All paddled a great race in testing conditions

for more results check out the Coffs Harbour -

Footage from the 25 km Race">