Colin McPhillips on the PaddleWoo Podcast

Erik Antonson
Erik Antonson
June 16, 2015


Why am I turning so weak and going so slow” – Colin McPhillips on shortboard surfing

If you are going to have more fun riding the front door off of your house, why not, give it a go” – Colin on close minded surfers

You can’t have too much power or too much strength on a standup.” – Colin

Colin McPhillips Show Notes:

  • 0:55 – Colin’s background in surfing, world titles, and intro to SUP surfing
  • 3:30 – Colin talks about his first SUP board, an 11’6”
  • 5:30 – First good wave at Dog Patch
  • 6:15 – Seeing surfing from the eye’s of a beginner
  • 7:15 – The fun of bettering yourself
  • 8:00 – How is the vibe in the water for SUP surfing in San Clemente
  • 8:30 – Trestles is off limits to SUPs.  Paddles are considered water vechicles
  • 10:40 – The feeling of surfing small waves with a paddle
  • 11:30 – For Colin McPhillips, SUP surfing is a family affair
  • 13:00 – ISA World SUP games, Dave Boehne, Sean Poynter
  • 13:50 – Colin’s thoughts on Mo Freitas and Ian Vaz’s boards
  • 15:50 – SUP surfing contest judging, paddle usage in surfing
  • 17:45 – Erik and Colin talk body size, strength and power in SUP surfing
  • 19:00 – SUP stigma in lineups, close minded surfers, what will it take for surfers to give it a try
  • 21:00 – Luke Egan and Rob Machado hop on SUPs, what top level surfers could do on a SUP if they really gave it a go
  • 22:00 – Erik’s bet to folks who give him a hard time in the water
  • 23:45 – Hobie Raw SUP boards.  Factory Sizes, Custom Orders, Longboard Series
  • 25:40 – What Colin is riding now, a custom 100L longboard SUP (9.0 x 3.75 x 27)
  • 27:20 – Colin won the Longboard division at Carolina Cup
  • 28:00 – New ideas on design, shorter, narrower longboard SUPs
  • 29:30 – Erik and Colin talk about how they met and how Erik got into SUP surfing
  • 30:50 – Erik talks his new board that just arrived, a 7.7 x 26 x 4 at 86L
  • 31:30 – Traction pads vs. wax, water temp, river mouths, rough decks
  • 32:40 – Paddles, cutting them shorter, 2 inches shorter than height, flex for surfing
  • 35:30 – Happy Birthday Colin, How long can you be a pro surfer, future plans, SUP gave Colin another career
  • 37:00 – Folks who just got into SUP for profit, the SUP bandwagon
  • 38:00 – Colin’s thoughts on SUP as a whole, 3 different sports
  • 39:30 – Everyone who gets on a SUP eventually wants to ride waves, it’s the best thing you can do
  • 41:00 – How old is SUP as a sport, how old is Paddle Enhanced Surfing as a sport
  • 43:00 – Thinning out rails on shorter, thicker boards
  • 44:00 – Where the current batch of pro SUP surfers came from, other sports, what will attract more surfers into the sport
  • 46:45 – Strength for SUP surfing vs shortboarding, kettlebells, leverage of the paddle
  • 49:00 – SUP surfing’s early days of choppy surfing, now athletes are starting to surf on the rail
  • 50:00 – When is Colin coming back down to Costa Rica to to run another camp?  June/July
  • 51:00 – Erik talks about being very scared at a local reef during the early May huge swell
  • 52:45 – Colin’s big wave board, the coastal cruiser
  • 53:45 – Colin’s closing thoughts, keep getting out there and having fun

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