Peter Durham Product Manager BIC SUP

How do BIC sport manage to keep their manufacturing in France ? How exactly are their Stand Up Paddle, surf and windsurf boards developed and then mass-produced ?... You'll find the answers in our interview with a key figure/post within BIC Sport, Product Manager Peter Durham, also Product Chief for the SUP range. He's the orchestrator of every board's evolution, from the first design sketches all the way to releasing the finished product.

By Laurent Nevarez/SUP Mag 

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The destiny of Gérard Dabbadie

He is undoubtedly the most famous of all French shapers. Over the last twenty years, when he started working with BIC, hundreds of thousands of boards have borne his name. Despite this success, this shaper has always kept a low profile. An encounter with a heavyweights of shaping worldwide. A portrait by Romain Ferrand

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T-20  for the Morbihan Paddle Trophy!

The 23rd and 24th of June will see the 5th running of the BIC Sport/Ouest France Morbihan Paddle Trophy at St Goustan, in the legendary Golfe de Morbihan. This mass gathering of Stand Up Paddlers is as popular as the level is high, each year seeing more and more enthusiasts of the discipline taking part, and the event is now established as the second biggest of the season.

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18
May.2018
The Green wave

Indefatigable travellers, board fanatics, and eco-warriors, Manu Bouvet and Carine Camboulives, along with their two young daughters, recently made the journey to Sao Tomé & Principe, two tiny islands off the west coast of Africa, bringing home another incredible travelogue of their adventures. From the vantage point of their stand up paddle boards, they help us understand the true beauty of our planet, and the dangers that threaten it.

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TOUGH TEC Technology, one year on...

Making its appearance in 2017, TOUGH TEC thermoformed technology, combining a solid polystyrene core wrapped in a polyethylene skin, has sparked something of a revolution in the windsurf and stand up paddle markets ...

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THE RAPA NUI EXPERIENCE

Have you ever wondered just how far the tentacles of our modern plastic society have spread? Carine Camboulives and Manu Bouvet met up with the Race For Water Odyssey on Easter Island, a round-the-world expedition that aims to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the ocean. On these distant shores, they learnt a lot about the fragility of our planet’s seas.

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Techno PLUS European Championship - YOG qualifier for Europe

130 windsurfers from 27 countries have gathered in Mondello, Sicily for the Techno293Plus European Championships. The event being a Youth Olympic Qualifier for Europe has attracted some top talent, not only from Europe, but also Asia, South and North America wanting to test their skills against the best.

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The new wave of iranian surf

Iranian surf culture is starting to swell as people take to the waves. Farid from Tehran learned to surf in Ramin, a village in the southeast corner of Iran on the Gulf of Oman ...

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SUP Yoga? The perfect hat-trick: physical, mental and spiritual well-being!

On the ride again" is a regular feature written by Carine Camboulives and Emmanuel Bouvet for the Adrenaline Team blog. BIC Sport brand ambassadors, they're on a permanent quest for new experiences and are both seriously into their Stand Up Paddle Yoga, whether it's at home in France, or on a stretch of water in some far-flung corner of the world on their travels. In the latest chapter, they share some of their secrets and experiences, and offer some basic rules to help you get the most out of this simple, enjoyable and regenerative new sport.

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01
Mar.2018
SUP in New York

40km paddle racing in New York. The Teulade brothers/boys accepted the challenge,preparing in the minutest detail for the race. They even had a plan for winning it, but that was counting without an incredible comeback by Kai Lenny. Here's the story...

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Youth Olympics Games Qualifier for South America

The South American qualification tournament for the Youth Olympic Games has kicked off in style. The 23 windsurfers from 7 countries, who have come to Paracas, Peru for the regatta have not been let down. The sun, the wind, the atmosphere – an unbeatable combination for a perfect week of racing.

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2018 OXBOW TEAM : racers, riders an watermen

True to the spirit of the brand, the Oxbow team comprises a group of passionate young French ambassadors, high-level riders and watermen seeking new thrills and a lifestyle that keeps them in contact with the ocean. Their aim: to have fun discovering new spots and new sensations.

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Russell Coutts: Getting back to the basics

The principle aim of the Russell Coutts Sailing Foundation is to introduce children to the joys of sailing and to help each participant to grow in character and personal confidence. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck caught up with Russell Coutts for an update.

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A voyage of discovery with the Teulade brothers

Last September, the Teulade brothers, Jeremy and Ludovic, went to explore the magnificence of the Crystal Coast in North Carolina. With more than 135km of wild, varied coast including the Outer Banks islands, and Cape Hatteras, it seemed like the perfect place to test the latest developments in Oxbow’s SUP board range...

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T 293 Youth Olympic Games Asian Qualification

12 races completed over 4 competition days, in an unusually windy Singapore. There were 3 qualification places in both men's and women's Youth Olympic Games windsurfer event being contested by 11 Asian nations - with the 12th country...

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O'pen BIC , focus on 2018

Following a brilliant 2017 season that included a magnificent World Championships on Lake Garda, and a Euro Challenge progressing strongly on all fronts, the 2018 vintage is already looking to be even more promising : a World Championships in sunny Barcelona and already 3 recognised rounds of Euro Challenge.

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A highly promising 2018 year

2017 draws to its close in a very positive way for Techno 293 OD, and its new sister class, Techno PLUS, which had an unbelievably high entry at its inaugural stand-alone World Championships and was officially recognized internationally by World Sailing. Two key elements that give Techno 293 OD a highly promising future and a great 2018 season!

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The Trinidad celebrates its 10th anniversary

After launching their first range of kayaks, including the celebrated Bilbao, Tobago and Ouassou, that marked the start of the 2000s with their totally innovative design, BIC Sport has now unleashed a second, brand new kayak series. This new range of boats has a simpler design, all conceived and built in the unique BIC Sport style...

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Italians triumph at Youth Olympic Games venue

From 13th to 17th of November San Isidro Sailing Club in Buenos Aires hosted the 2017 South American Windsurfing Championships. The event was a great chance for the Techno293 Plus sailors to test the venue of the Youth Olympic Games in 2018.

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The video of the BIC Techno 293 World Championships

The Techno 293 World Championships which were taking place in Salou (Spain) from 21st to 29th October have come to an end with another day of exciting racing. For 338 athletes from across 30 countries it will be a week to remember!

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O’pen Tour/Euro Challenge 2017 : testing conditions at the final round !

The final round of O’pen BIC Tour, from 28th – 30th October at La Grande Motte in the south of France, was a fitting climax to the 2017 season, with some strong conditions and a talented field of 66 racers from France, Spain and Italy. It was not just the final round of the 2017 O’pen Tour, but also the end of the 2017 Euro Challenge.

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The wind has come to Salou

Day five of racing at the Techno293 World Championships was completely different to anything the competition had seen before, and that allowed a different set of sailors to take advantage of the changed conditions.

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T293 World Championships: Evolving safety

Racing is essencial, fun is important. But most important for all is the safety of all 338 kids here. For that BIC Techno 293 One design class is using very sophisticated electronic systems to make sure at the end of each day all are back ashore safe. Light wind kept most of the competitors on the beach today with only U17 boys racing.

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T293 World Championships: Here we go!

The 2017 Techno293 World Championships have finally kicked off and everyone is excited to show off what they are here to do.

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Just a week to go to the Techno293 World Championships in Salou, Spain!

The Techno293 World Championships are the chance for talented youngsters from around the world to test themselves against the best as they’ll go head to head with over 330 athletes in Salou, Spain between the 21st and 28th of October.

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O’pen BIC Euro Challenge Rimini

The second round of the 2017 O’pen BIC Euro Challenge, which took place in Rimini in the principality of San Marino, was a full-house in every respect, setting a new record for the number of participants at this Challenge tour, started in 2016. More than 100 (101) competitors made the trip over...

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Pacific Paddle Games : BIG UP TO MARTIN!

On Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October, the legendary Pacific Paddle Games took place. This international competition held this year in California at Dana Point is very much the unofficial World Championships of Stand Up Paddle Race. All the big specialists in the discipline were present, including a number of Frenchies, among them the Teulade brothers and Martin Vitry, racing for the Oxbow team.

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A KIWI GRAN SLAM ON World Championship 2017

The curtain falls on the O'pen BIC 2017 World Championships which was held in the waters in front of Circolo Vela Arco. Starting from July 31st the event brought to Lake Garda’s Trentino's shores no less than 187 young athletes competing to earn the title of O'pen BIC World Champion.

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O’pen BIC World Championships - day 2

Twelve nations are in Circolo Vela Arco, by the famous lake Garda, Italy, represented by almost two hundred young sailors competing in the O'Pen Bic World championship until the end of the week.

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TECHNO 293 European Championships 2017

12 races in great conditions, wind averaging from 12 – 16 kts each day. Exciting and media friendly with the M course sailed for the first time in a high stake Techno 293 event.

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BIC TECHNO 293+ Worlds 2017 Highlights

167 sailors from 31 countries participated in the Techno 293 Plus World Championships in Quiberon France – the first of the qualification events for the Youth Olympic Games.

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T293+ World Championships: 31 countries on the start line

The Techno+ World Championships, taking place from the 15th to 20th July in France at the French National Sailing and Water Sports Centre on the Atlantic coast, got underway in fine style this weekend, with the traditional parade of all the national teams, followed by the opening ceremony...

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The summer Techno 293 international events

After 2016’s record-breaking season for numbers of participants at both the World Championships in Torbole, Italy, and at the European Championships in Sopot, Poland, the Techno class braniacs took the ambitious decision to separate the two classes, Techno 293 OD and Techno 293+,...

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O’pen BIC 2017 World Championships

Meanwhile, the O’pen BIC World Championships is making its final preparations at the Arco sailing club in Italy ! From 31st July to 5th August, this extremely busy sailing centre on Lake Garda will welcome the very best O’pen BIC skippers on the planet.

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America’s Cup Endeavour O’pen BIC

With the backdrop of America’s Cup 35, thirty-two O’pen BIC sailors, ages ten to fifteen, participated in the America’s Cup Endeavour O’pen. The kids and parents represented ten different nations from around the world, and hailed the event as the “experience of a life time”.

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35th America’s Cup

The 35th America’s Cup match is now set between Emirates Team New Zealand who will challenge Oracle Team USA. While the Challenger and Defender Teams are preparing themselves for the ultimate sailing contest, 32 youngsters, representing 10 countries, ...

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Fanning ou l’impossibilité d’une Ile

In total contrast to all modern means of transport, the Kwai, one of the last remaining sail-powered transport schooners. is the vital supplies link for the La Ligne island chain, lost in the vast empty expanse of the Pacific Ocean. It also carries passengers to and from the islands, continuing the essential service of assuring contact with the rest of the world.

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BIC Sport signs agreements with the SIC brand

BIC Sport (France) reaches agreement with FLOW Sports, Inc. (USA) for the worldwide rights to operate, market and sell SIC (Sandwich Island Composite) stand up paddle board products.

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Techno 293 season calendar

The 2016 season was marked by a record number of participants at the World Championships at Torbole, Italy, and at the European Championships in Sopot, Poland. With 474 riders lining up for the Worlds, and taking into account the rapid progression of the new Techno+ class, the decision has been taken to separate the Techno 293OD and Techno 293+ events this year, with their World Championships on different dates and at different venues.

 

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New Technology TOUGH-TEC

BIC Sport has been well known for years for offering reliable and long lasting watersports products. However, we are always striving to make stronger, lighter and better boards for our customers.

After years of experience and research in molding, we are proud to release in 2017 a ground-breaking technology. TOUGH-TEC construction is another big step forward ...

 

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Happy New Year 2017

Wishing everyone an excellent 2017 with a maximum number of unforgettable watersport sessions. We hope your year has already started in great style!

Our entire 2017 product range can be viewed on line, and the 2017 vintage is rich with promise, plenty of new toys in all categories.

 

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Release of a new Oxbow SUP Range

The two companies, OXBOW, the leading French surfwear brand, and BIC Sport, the world leader in Stand Up Paddle equipment, are delighted to announce their partnership agreement for the manufacturing and marketing of a complete range of OXBOW-branded STAND UP PADDLE boards. Designed by OXBOW, the range will be manufactured and distributed in France worldwide by BIC Sport, available as from March 2017.

 

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Results of the SUP Paris Crossing 2016

It's 5:30 a.m. It's still dark and all of Paris is asleep. Actually, not all of it. 600 stand up paddle fans were gathered at the Paris Salon Nautique at portes de Versailles. The participants gradually came to life as each donned their neoprene and lycra in order to participate in the world's largest stand up paddle race!

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T293 and T293 Plus World Championships

Du 22 au 30 Octobre, le lac de Garde a été le magnifique théâtre des Championnats du Monde BIC Techno 293 OD et BIC Techno 293 Plus à Torbole, en Italie. Une compétition acharnée pour une édition record de 474 participants, originaires des 5 continents (une première), qui a fait de ce Championnat du Monde le plus grand événement monotype de l’histoire du Windsurf.

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T293 and T293 Plus World Championships Mid-Way

'I think the windsurfing movement is growing everywhere in all the world’.
That’s the opinion of windsurfing legend and four time Olympic medallist Allesandra Sensini who was at the opening of the T293 and T293 Plus World Championships in Torbole, Italy. It’s hard to argue with her, either, given the quality of competition which has already graced Lake Garda through the first half of those championships.

 

 

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BIC Techno 293 OD World’s 2016

The 500 world’s very best young windsurfers at Garda Lake on BIC Techno 293 OD

The world’s very best young windsurfers are set to descend upon the Northern shore of Lake Garda between the 22nd and 29th of October, as the tenth annual BIC Techno293 World Championships touch down in Torbole, Italy, along with the BIC Techno 293 Plus World Championships.

 

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Results for Carrot Cake Logo design Contest

On the occasion of the release of the Surf by Superfrog gamme,TheCarrot Cake,many of you proposed a logo to accompany the board.
Discover all the creations of many participants and especially the winner logo...

 

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Big up to both of them for their determination and tenacity!

Billy Besson and Marie Riou eventually managed to finish 6 rounds of racing in the Nacra 17 class at the Rio Olympic Games, despite Billy's injury. Victim of a disc hernia just before the Games, he nevertheless managed to race all the rounds despite being in considerable, continuous pain. He was particularly handicapped in the heavier winds (where he's normally unbeatable), but still managed 1st, 1st and 3rd place finishes on the day when the wind was lighter and more stable. Big up to both of them for their determination and tenacity in the face of such adversity!

 

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Techno 293+ European Championship 2016

Biggest windsurfing club in Europe, place we all love for the atmosphere, hospitality and challenging sailing conditions will host another big event again. Worlds biggest windsurfing class BIC TECHNO 293 is coming to SOPOT for BIC Techno 293 Plus and BIC Techno 293 One design European championships. See you all in Poland.

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The biggest World Championships in the history of O'pen BIC

The 2016 O’pen BIC World Championships 2016 took place from 18 to 23 july at the ENVSN (National Sailing and Water Sports School) at Quiberon in France. This World Championships was the biggest in the history of O'pen BIC, which celebrated its 10th birthday this year. 205 competitors from 15 different countries raced from 18 to 23 july.

 

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02
Jun.2016
Dare to explore

Paddling out to the peak in the early morning, walking through the woods in search of a new break, EARTH SURF is much more than just surfing. It is a way of life, where exploration and adventure prevail on performance under the spotlight. It is bringing you back to the essence of free surfing. Take this whole journey as an escape from the outside world, fun and relaxing, Deep into Nature.

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26
Apr.2016
Ecoride Gold

BIC Sport wins the Ecoride Gold Medal for the second Year Running.

 

 

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BIC Surf trip Tenerife

The BIC SURF Team had chosen Tenerife (Canary Islands) for the video shooting of 2016 BIC SURF and SUPERFROG product ranges. The Franco-Spanish team discovered the island, its beautiful landscapes and clear waves, guided by its locals from the Surf Club Tenerife. From surf spots in the middle of green mountains in the North to windy little harbors of the South, the Team never stopped moving and surfing to bring you back the very best of Tenerife in this trip video.

 

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14
Apr.2016
Deep down in Egypt

While walking on the Ho'okipa sand, a mythical spot on the north coast of Maui (Hawaii), Carine and Manu met. Over the years, this couple has established a travel diary worthy of Captain Cook .

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The SUP Earth Biscayne 12'6

In december 2015, at the annual Observeur du Design gala evening, held at the famous and prestigious "Cité des Sciences" de La Villette, Paris, BIC Sport received the Etoile du Design award for the SUP Earth Biscayne 12'6. Its innovative concept, materials used in its construction, and its excellent design, convinced the jury at this, the 17th annual Prix de l'Observeur du Design.

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08
Apr.2016
Surfing Galicia

A look at the motivations and passion for SUP Surfing with BIC SUP ambassadors Connor Bonham, Matt Hite, Casi Rynkowski and Jimmy Blakeney as they surf and explore in Barbados on the new 2016 Wave Pro Surf series. 

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08
Apr.2016
Why we SUP ?

A look at the motivations and passion for SUP Surfing with BIC SUP ambassadors Connor Bonham, Matt Hite, Casi Rynkowski and Jimmy Blakeney as they surf and explore in Barbados on the new 2016 Wave Pro Surf series. 

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It's been a good start to the season for Alexis Deniel

Alexis Deniel came to participate in the first round of the World Tour, which was played in Hawaii. At the end of this competition that brought together the world's best in this discipline, he delivered his first impressions to the Telegram newspaper. "Its the end of the competition for me in Hawaii, on Sunset Beach on the North Shore. Tough conditions this year, with the El Nino phenomenon that gave us big and beautiful waves worldwide, and Hawaii was no exception with waves between 3 and 6 m. I've had a good debut season on this legendary spot; with the support of my family, this has been a wonderful experience. I came in eighth over all, after beating Leco Salazar, 2014 World Champion, in the first round. At the material level, I felt more comfortable with my new board (BIC SUP Wave Pro) , which was more adapted to my style and above all very efficient. With many thanks to the support of my partners and the city of Perros-Guirec (FRANCE), I will contend in another round of the Sup World Tour, after the summer, in California."

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23
Sep.2015
CHANGING SKIN

Last month, Carine Camboulives, Manu Bouvet and their 2 daughters left their Maui home for a coastal village of Chile for a 6 month house exchange and SUP adventure. Between the endless point-breaks and the mountain lakes there is a new life to embrace and an experience to share.

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