Ric Burnley
Pau Hana’s new Ricochet material takes a beating.

I was walking through the 2015 Outdoor Retailer Summer Marketplace tradeshow when I heard a terrible crash coming from the Pau Hana booth. I raced to the scene of the bang and crash expecting to see expensive SUPs laying in ruin. Instead, I saw Todd Caranto, Pau Hana owner, slamming a bowling ball into a Big EZ SUP. The stunt was a demonstration of the strength and integrity of Pau Hana’s new Ricochet material. Todd explained that the composite material only adds a pound to the board, but provides 800 pounds per square inch impact protection. Todd will be able to use the material with all Pau Hana models without drastically changing the way he makes the boards. This makes the boards tough enough for touring, fishing or…bowling…

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Ric Burnley
“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.


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