OnIt ProPaddling Community News Matt Chebatoris June 10, 2018 News Headlines from around the paddling community American Express Joins Parley in Effort to Combat Marine Plastic Pollution American Express (NYSE: AXP) and Parley, an organization focused on combating marine plastic pollution, today announced a collaboration to raise awareness of this issue with Card Members, business partners and colleagues. As part of the effort, American Express announced plans to launch the first-ever American Express Card manufactured primarily from recovered plastic found in the oceans and on the coasts. Additionally, American Express is committing to reduce the use of single-use plastic within its operations globally. Read! Surfski Demo Day in Newport Beach, California Have you wanted to try surfski, but never had the chance? Now is the time! Our friends at Ocean Paddlesports are hosting a free demo day at North Star Beach (next to the NAC) on Saturday, June 16th. Come out and try the exciting sport of surfski paddling on the gentle waters of the Newport Back Bay. The Ultimate SUP Surfing Clinic Join our good friends from Infinity SUP for a week in Costa Rica surfing and shredding amazing waves, making new friends and learning from the best in the business. If you only take one SUP surfing clinic in your life, the Infinity SUP Skills Camp is the one. Dates for 2019 are as follows: Week 1: February 23 – March 2, 2019 Price: $3,490 To Confirm: 50% deposit — WEEK 1 PAYMENT LINK Here’s what’s included. Week 2: March 2 – 9, 2019 Price: $3,490 To Confirm: 50% deposit — WEEK 2 PAYMENT LINK Here’s what’s included. Stay Dry, Stay Warm Wind and water are the enemy when it comes to maintaining optimum body temperature for peak performance when training across all seasons. Enter Vaikobi’s new VDRY range of super lightweight shells, designed to protect your body from the elements while controlling body temperature to ensure maximum performance. I’m a big fan of Vaikobi’s range and have reviewed a number of their products here on PaddleXaminer. Stay tuned for an exclusive look at Vaikobi’s VDRY gear in the coming months. Not willing to wait for my take, jump online and order yours today at Vaikobi.com Articles you may have missed Are you a recreational paddler planing on taking part in your first event? Perhaps you’re curious about SUP, but confused by all the options? We’ve got a few articles which may help demystify the sport. In Is Bigger Really Better: 12’6” Boards Vs. 14 Footers Ian Berger examines the differences and benefits of two popular SUP board lengths. Maybe you’ve wanted to try SUP surfing, but were not sure where to begin. Five Things All New SUP Surfers Should Know is a good resource based on my own personal experience as a paddle surfer. We also have a beginner’s guide for new standup paddlers: How to Choose Your First SUP. What about surfski? Yeah those funny looking sit on top kayaks popular around the world. Surfski paddling is kind of like soccer in that it is immensely popular everywhere, but the United States. Like soccer, the tide is slowly changing and there are now a number of retailers offering “skis” and they are turning up at more and more multi-discipline paddling events. If it sounds like something you might be interested in getting into, take a look at Slide Into Surfski for a Sleek Paddling Experience for my first impressions on the popular paddle sport. Paddling events on the horizon 16 June: 17th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race and Jay’s 40th Birthday – Santa Cruz, CA 23 June: Morehead Paddlefest 2018 – CAVE RUN LAKE, KY 23 June: Iron Outrigger Championships – San Diego, CA 23-24 June: Santa Monica Pier 360 Ocean Sports Beach Festival – Santa Monica, CA Is your event on our calendar? If not, drop us a line at: email@example.com Listings are free! Comments Matt ChebatorisMatt is a former national security professional and lifelong adventurer. He has published material on a variety of topics in the foreign policy arena and created PaddleXaminer™ as a platform to share his enjoyment of paddling with others. When not on the water, Matt can be found hiking along rugged mountain trails in the California wilderness. Matt resides in Los Angeles and is a member of the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club in Redondo Beach, California.