One of the key players in stand up on Hawai’i is Master Shaper and Legendary Waterman, Terry Chung. Terry graciously provided some time to be interviewed and share his opinions and experiences with SUP. His surfing is fast and precise and has been applied to not only stand up boards but also traditional, tow in, kiting and foil boards. His SUP board designs have been trimmed down in size over the past several years with refinements in rails, tail, rocker, fins and the addition of computer aided design to allow for consistent reproductions.
He wants his SUPs to work like a shorter more manueverable board but still allow for the advantages an SUP offers, which are numerous. The most critical advantage he says is not missing waves since the sets can been seen coming much sooner than in the prone position. Once he’s set himself up for the choice wave he can than intimately observe the face as well as the water in front of it to better prepare for what will be happening down the line. Once he’s up and riding his smooth railed, quad fin, rounded pin 9’6″ allows for radical turns while maintaining speed and providing confidence. The blanks he uses are lighter EPS foam.
He says due to Clark Foam’s closing SUPs have been refined at a rapid rate due to everyone looking for other alternatives or blowing blanks themselves as Terry does his own. He believes the shorter boards have come about due to the fast and powerful waves found on Hawai’i. Shorter boards in the Islands are necessary to make the waves and not get hurt or killed in the process. He understands different SUP boards need to be applied when surfing various waves and regions throughout the world just as you would when picking the right board for your own local breaks. When going stand up on a smaller, mushier wave a longer board which will efficiently utilize it’s own inertia is required.
Taking from his foil board riding experience he uses quad fins which forces the water to speed off the board while helping in lighting fast turns. He believes the carbon fiber blades are the way to go as they’re lighter than the wood versions which helps with fatigue, banging your board when switching paddling sides as well as with the forward flex it provides during wave catching. Terry shared more with me about SUP which will be presented in the film so stay tuned to the on going production blog as more will be learned in the Islands as well as from other regions throughout the States, such as California and Florida.