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Kickass local photographer and videographer Greg Panas recently made the trek to the surf media capital of the world, San Clemente, California. Home to Surfing Magazine and The Surfer's Journal (with Surfer Magazine a short jaunt north), the small town halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles has some of the most legendary surf breaks in the country, hallowed names like Trestles, San Onofre, T-Street, Linda Lane and 204, long the stuff of bucket list breaks for the non-Pacific Coast surfer.

Along with the camera gear, Panas brought his trusty Makai Project handplane along for the trip, hoping to catch a few waves between sessions. The resulting photos are nothing short of spectacular: clean micro barrels with open lines and plenty of room to carve. The sequence below is a hollow little left, complete with body-surfer smiling for the camera as he sets up shop in the greenroom, enjoying the ride!

Thanks for sharing the photos Greg, these things are sick!

To check out Greg's portfolio, visit gregpanas.com.

Handplane at Trestles - Greg Panas Photography

headed left on a Makai Project handplane - Greg Panas Photography

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In the green room - sliding into the barrel on a handplane - Greg Panas Photography

barrel closing in - San Clemente, California

Ride Over - San Clemente green room, closed door policy - Greg Panas Photography


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Be part of the revival with the Pacific 16

You can check out the gallery of the process below, and find information about purchasing the kit here.

The latest launch from the Makai Project shop is merging ancient Polynesian tradition with modern technology and design for something we like to call the Pacific 16. In partnership with multi-hull building legend, Michael Bell of Offshore Catamarans, this versatile 16’ sailing canoe is the perfect way to connect with the deep blue.Completely demountable, the Pacific 16 sailing canoe has been designed to construct/breakdown in minutes, while every component—main hull, ama, mast and crossbeams, as well as rigging—fits on top of standard car roof racks, i.e. No trailer, no boat slip, no boat ramp, no problems.

This outrigger canoe can be built and launched anywhere, from the beach to the riverbank, and every body of water in-between. Completely customizable, the Pacific 16 can be built to suite your personal wants and needs. Looking for a double-hulled cruiser? You got it. Want a trimaran, why not? Using a combinations of hulls and amas (the smaller hull), rigging and propulsion source, the Pacific 16 can be built up into five distinct vessels: Paddle Surf Outrigger Canoe, Motored Outrigger Canoe; Sailing Outrigger Canoe, Catamaran (two main hulls), Trimaran (two amas, one main hull), allowing for the boat to grow with your skill level and boating needs.

Revival

The Pacific 16 is part of the outrigger canoe revival, borrowing and enhancing on techniques from the ancient Polynesians. We intend to bring that revival to the east coast, offering a very simple way to experience what it's like to enjoy the water while only hearing the sound water splitting the hull.

This outrigger is a modern take on the ancient Samoan tacking outrigger canoe. It consists of two hulls, the main larger canoe and the smaller outrigger (called an ama). This style of canoe dates back over a thousand years. T hese sailing canoes were used to explore the Pacific at a time where only paddling existed; this revolution is akin to the invention of the wheel in Asia and Europe.

Composition

Originally, the canoes were built from island materials such as plaited leaf sails, island woods, and organic webbing. The Pacific 16's hulls are built from glass-reinforced and carbon fiber-reinforced polymers, and the sail is made from Dacron/Polytarp.

Rigging

The Pacific 16 supports a varied number of setups, some lighter, some heavier, but can be adjusted to suit your style. Looking for a lighter, more casual setup? Go for a polynesian/sunfish style. Looking for a more aggressive ride? Go with a larger sail offering more surface area for the wind without a boom. The kit includes one rigging option. Michael Bell, will work with you in order to find the right fit for you.

Specs

  • Ultra-light Composite Construction
  • Total Dimensions: 16’ long x 12’ wide
  • Main hull: 16’ L x 23” H x 27” W (two dry lockers)
  • Ama: 14’ L x 15” H x 8” W
  • Crossbeams: 12’ aluminum tubing
  • Mast: 12’
  • Rigging: Options Vary
  • 7' x 7' trampoline/net
  • 3 aluminum benches: 8'
  • Under 200 lbs Total Weight with Rigging
  • 600lbs capacity
  • Outboard Motor Capability
  • 100% Demountable
  • All components fit on Standard Roof Racks
  • Build-up/Break-down within 45 minutes

The Process


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Wood Species Description

From exotic to domestic, we use a number of wood species in our layup designs for both our skateboards and handplanes. Ranging in color, look and strength, each has a unique characteristic that brings added dimension to the board's aesthetic. 

Below is a listing of the wood we use. Both domestic and exotic, each species brings something unique to the equation. Click on the image or name to get a description of each wood species, including its Janka scale rating (wood hardness test measured in pounds-force), to give you a better idea of what's going into our products.

For those designing a custom board, all the images are of sealed wood, so to resemble the finished product as close as possible. However, every piece of wood is different, with unique and varying qualities and characteristics in each, so look may vary. 

If you don't see a particular species you would like use in a custom deck, email us at sales [at] makaiproject [dot] com. And be sure to check in often, we are constantly tinkering with different wood species and techniques.


Bamboo - Vertical and Horizontal Exotic Wood

Bamboo

Black Palm - Exotic Tropical Wood from Southeast Asia

Black Palm

Bocote - Exotic Wood Species Used for Longboard Skateboards

Bocote

Bubinga - Tropical Hardwood

Bubinga

Canarywood - Exotic Tropical Hardwood

Canarywood

Hard Maple - Curly and Birdseye Maple - Domestic Hardwood

Hard Maple

Hawaiian Koa - Tropical Hardwood

Hawaiian Koa

Mahogany - Honduran Mahogany - Brown Tropical Hardwood

Mahogany

Marblewood - Serpentwood - Tropical Hardwood with Yellow and Red Swirls

Marblewood

Padauk - Bright Red Tropical Hardwood

Padauk

Poplar

Purpleheart - Bright Purple Tropical Hardwood

Purpleheart

Red Oak - Domestic Hardwood - Sustainable Wood Species

Red Oak

Spanish Cedar - Tropical hardwood from Central America

Spanish Cedar

Walnut - Domestic Hardwood

Walnut

Wenge - Exotic Wood from Africa

Wenge

Yellowheart - Tropical Hardwood

Yellowheart

Zebrawood - Striped Hardwood from Africa

Zebrawood





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Available at...

Looking to find one of Makai Project’s skateboards and/or handplanes in a brick and mortar? Head to one of these local surf shops and get your ride today:

Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. - Jupiter, Florida

Blueline Surf & Paddle Co.

Located in Jupiter along A1A, just across the street from Guanabanas Restaurant, this is the place for all your paddleboard needs, from sales, rentals, yoga and guided tours. A family-owned kind of joint, the vibe is laid back and friendly—they also carry a few of our boards too! Check them out, good peeps.

Blueline Surf & Paddle Co.

997 Florida A1A

Jupiter, FL33477

561-744-7474


Locals Surf Shop - Jupiter, FloridaLocals Surf Shop

The go-to surf shop in Jupiter, the name states it all for this shop—its all about the locals. With a large selection of surf, skim and skateboards, not to mention all your apparel needs, this is one of the best spots to grab a ride, kicks and new duds. Jimmy and the crew also carry a selection of our skateboards and handplanes too, so get to getting.

Locals Surf Shop

4050 US Hwy. 1, Suite 304

Jupiter, FL33477

561-624-6006


p.b. Boys Club Surf Shop - Palm Beach, Floridap.b. Boys Club

A Palm Beach original, Rick and p.b. Boys Club has been fitting groms and pros with boards and accessories since 1993. With a huge selection of just about everything—surfboards, skateboards, handplanes, clothing and apparel, and tons of beach fun—a stop at p.b. Boys is a must when headed to beach in central county. Check out the wide selection of Makai Project handplanes and get on it.

p.b. Boys Club

307 South County Road

Palm Beach, FL33480

561-832-9335

Interested in carrying some Makai Project product? Want a custom run with your own personal label?

Send us an inquiry at sales@makaiproject.com and we can hash out the details.


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ArtiGras 2015 | The Art of the Ride

After a successful run at the 2014 edition of the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival in Jupiter, taking home the blue ribbon for the Emerging Artists, we will be returning to the festival in 2015 for the event’s thirtieth running. More than 80,000 art lovers are expected to join the fun, perusing the tents of 300 artists exhibiting their work. Art in just about every medium will be on display and available for purchase, while an array of activities and entertainment is slated to give the place a fair like atmosphere.

ArtiGras Fine Arts Fesitval

This year, we will be stepping up our game, moving from the Emerging Artist coral, joining the main thoroughfare of artists along main street – booth #128, right along University Blvd. in the shadow of Roger Dean Stadium . The new location means more people moving through the tent, which means more people to show what the Makai Project woodshop is up to. And since last year, it has been loads. We’ll be debuting a plethora of new product at ArtiGras this February, so be sure to check us out. Here’s a primer of what’s to come:

Makai Project handplanes - the Flying Fish & Fat Minnow handplanes

For the handplanes, we’ll be introducing our newest model, the Flying Fish (left), alongside our versatile Fat Minnow model. There will also be plenty of accessories for those handplanes, from bags to display wracks, so check us out.

Handcrafted Skatebaords from Makai Project at ArtiGras

On the skateboard front, we will be rolling out with a bounty of longboards and kicktail cruisers, both from new presses, coming in four different shapes. The boards are pretty boss, with our classic double veneer styling, and veneers paired with graphics and art by Rainy Sun Design.

Brass Ring Game from Makai Project - The Tuna Toss

New this year, a few “for the home” fun with a Makai twist. For those who have a tab to settle, try our Brass Ring game in two fun designs: Surfboard and Tuna. The perfect addition to the home bar/den/patio, the brass ring is a functional piece of art that is sure to get the conversation going.

AirPlant Sculptures from Makai Project - ArtiGras

For the green thumb, we will also have a few living sculptures on offer. Our Air Plant Art pairs the beauty of exotic wood with air plants for a unique, minimalist look that makes for a great addition to the home.

  • For those looking for a deal, we’ll have a closeout special on a handful of skateboards and handplanes at sale prices. Just give us the password—howdy—and we’ll show you the goods at the backdoor deal.
  • And last but not least, we’re going to give away a handplane folks! Stop by our booth, fill out the form, and you’re on your way. Enjoy the Ride!

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Pacific Outrigger Sailing Canoe | The Most Versatile Boat in the Surf

The latest launch from the Makai Project shop is merging ancient Polynesian tradition with modern technology and design for something we like to call the Pacific Outrigger. In partnership with multi-hull building legend, Michael Bell of Offshore Catamarans, this versatile 16’ sailing canoe is the perfect way to connect with the deep blue.

Perfect for all sailing levels—from land-lubbing novices to old crusty salts—the rigging, weight and design make for a fun, safe and fast ride. Made with the highest quality fiberglass-epoxy composite, the Pacific Outrigger is über-light, like 175lbs total weight light, and super-strong. Its low draft—two feet with leeboard engaged—allow for sailors to cruise into the shallowest of flats and mangrove-fringed eyelets, while its wide berth—12’—makes for a comfortable ride that can accommodate up to 600lbs.

Truly versatile, the Pacific Outrigger can be used as a sailing vessel; add an outboard to putt around the ditch; or breakdown the rigging and bust out the elbow grease for some good old paddle power. The hull shape, lightweight design and construction makes the Pacific Outrigger the perfect outrigger surfer, easily taking overhead sets with speed and ease (also a great way to get to those way outside breakers—load the boards, paddle out, drop anchor and enjoy the surf).

Completely demountable, the Pacific Outrigger sailing canoe has been designed to construct/breakdown in minutes, while every component—main hull, ama, mast and crossbeams, as well as rigging—fits on top of standard car roof racks, i.e. No trailer, no boat slip, no boat ramp, no problems.

This outrigger canoe can be built and launched anywhere, from the beach to the riverbank, and every body of water in-between. Completely customizable, the Pacific Outrigger can be built to suite your personal wants and needs. Looking for a double-hulled cruiser? You got it. Want a trimaran, why not? Using a combinations of hulls and amas (the smaller hull), rigging and propulsion source, the Pacific Outrigger can be built up into five distinct vessels: Paddle Surf Outrigger Canoe, Motored Outrigger Canoe; Sailing Outrigger Canoe, Catamaran (two main hulls), Trimaran (two amas, one main hull), allowing for the boat to grow with your skill level and boating needs.

Inquire for kit pricing.

For more information, drop Michael Bell an email here.


Specs:

  • Ultra-light Composite Construction
  • Total Dimensions: 16’ long x 12’ wide
  • Main hull: 16’ L x 23” H x 27” W (two dry lockers)
  • Ama: 14’ L x 15” H x 8” W
  • Crossbeams: 12’ aluminum tubing
  • Mast: 12’
  • Rigging: Options Vary
  • 7' x 7' trampoline/net
  • 3 aluminum benches: 7'6”
  • Under 200 lbs Total Weight with Rigging
  • 600lbs capacity
  • Outboard Motor Capability
  • 100% Demountable
  • All components fit on Standard Roof Racks
  • Build-up/Break-down within 45 minutes

Kits include: Main hull, ama, crossbeams, one rigging option, mast, trampoline, benches, rudder, leeboard, stainless steel hardware, transportation rack, instruction manual.