Bocas Del Toro, Panama
Panama's Caribbean coast is ripe with adventure opportunities. The area around Bocas Del Toro is especially unique, comprised of numerous islands, it's linked together by tiny waterways. Boat is the primary mode of transportation, but for explorations sake, Hawaiians Koby Kerbox and Noa Ginella brought their stand-up paddle boards. Scoring epic surf and scenery, the argument could be made there's no better way to soak in the area.
Making The Drop
When it comes to surf of unusual size and power, stand-up paddle boards are earning their spot in lineups around the world. From this first exploratory mission in Panama to more familiar waves like Jaws and Mavericks, the use of a paddle is proving invaluable for getting getting into big waves.
Afternoon runner, Ginella in trim and at speed at a little spot called Paunch.
Rollin' On The River
Laced with small waterways, the Bocas Del Toro region is best explored via boat. But Ginella and the crew quickly learned that being on a SUP afforded even more access.
Hot 'n Glassy
The dream realized.
If they were in Florida exploring this bayou would mean going full speed on a fan boat, but down south things take on a more casual pace.
Off The Bottom
Playful surf and brilliant blue water, it's the stuff every surf trip should be made of.
That's A Paddlin'
With only the dense, tropical jungle as witness, Kerbox and crew ditched the crowds, reveling in getting lost along Panama's wild Caribbean coastline.
Not only a talented distance paddler, but Ginella is also on the cutting edge of performance paddling. With tail slides like this on a board not much longer than your average shortboard, he's helping take the sport to the next level.
Breaking New Ground
While Silverbacks has been surfed for a number of years, it wasnt until Kerbox showed up that somebody tempted fate on a SUP. Needless to say, it won't be the last time.
Paddling out at Silverbacks, Kerbox wasn't sure what to expect. The wave is powerful and there's a lot of water moving around it, which makes lining up tricky. But with the added horsepower of a paddle, Kerbox was eventually able to put himself in the spot.
Wrap It Up
From a technique standpoint, a good carve means finding an axis point and wrap around it. Laying the paddle into it, Ginella takes it back to the power source.
For the most part, transportation on this trip consisted of either water taxies (i.e. boats) or stand-up paddle boards. Kerbox, channel crossing.
Paddling's good and all, but occasionally a little portaging is necessary. Kerbox dodges snakes, mosquitos and other jungle creatures as he explores the overland route.
Up In The Trees
When they say the jungle has eyes this might be what they mean. With all kinds of different species of monkeys dwelling in the canopy, there's a sense that you're always being watched ... but in a good way.
Warm water and afternoon glass combine to make for ideal conditions for Kerbox, who put both his back foot and paddle to good use on this playful left-hander.