HE DID IT! After 77 days and 5000km, Antonio de la Rosa has paddled the Pacific from California to Hawaii

Antonio de la Rosa has become the first person to paddle across the Pacific Ocean standing up. The Spanish adventurer completed his epic voyage from California to Hawaii when he stepped onto the dock of the Waikiki Yacht Club on the island of Oahu early Saturday morning — August 24th, 2019.

We’ll have to wait for confirmation of the precise distance, but the estimate is somewhere around 5000 kilometres or 3100 miles in 77 days.   → READ MORE

HE’S ALMOST THERE! Spanish adventurer only 100km from Hawaii after 75 days paddling across the Pacific Ocean

After an incredible 75 days and 4500km (~2800 miles), Spanish adventurer Antonio de la Rosa is less than 100km (~60 miles) from reaching land in Hawaii.

Antonio began his epic voyage in San Francisco 11 weeks ago — attempting the first-ever Pacific Ocean SUP crossing. The expedition is completely solo and unsupported…

And despite the extraordinary challenge, Antonio has been sharing entertaining video updates on Instagram every day. He’s expected to reach Waikiki on Saturday. Follow the GPS tracking map and give him a hero’s welcome if you’re on Oahu this weekend!

Venga, Antonio, venga!!

“Innovation isn’t dead” — ONE launches new ‘rocket ship’ flat water race board

Just when we thought race boards were starting to all look the same again, Aussie brand ONE Ocean Sports has come up with something else entirely.

ONE recently teased pics of a space-ship-inspired flat water race board on Instagram, and like an automaker showing off a crazy concept car at the Detroit Motor Show, this thing looks like it comes from the future.   → READ MORE

Paddlecast #002: Bart de Zwart (The Yukon Episode)

I’m very excited to share the second episode of Paddlecast with you today because it features my new favourite race – The Yukon River Quest – as well as a guy I’ve got the world of respect for, Bart de Zwart.

I sat down with the four-time Yukon champion and king of endurance paddling in Canada six weeks ago to record this conversation. We go into great detail (sometimes too much detail) to describe the physical highs and mental lows of this insane, 715km race.   → READ MORE

Starboard Sweep: Fiona Wylde, Connor Baxter claim victory at the Gorge

Connor Baxter and Fiona Wylde have made it a clean sweep for Team Starboard at the Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon today.

Fiona, the three-time defending champ, was once again unstoppable as her home course turned on the downwind conditions. Fiona’s fourth-straight DD crown cemented her reputation as not only the Queen of Hood River but also one of the most-talented bump-riders in the sport.

Click through for the full results…   → READ MORE

Paddlecast #001: Casper Steinfath

I’m excited to be starting this new project and look forward to sharing some interesting paddle stories with you. And I’m very excited that the first episode features my good friend Casper Steinfath.

“The Viking” is one of the most interesting characters in the sport. He’s an incredibly accomplished athlete but what he does off the water is even more impressive.    → READ MORE

SUP Racer is starting a new podcast called “Paddlecast”


Over the past eight years and more than 3,000 posts, SUP Racer has become one of the most-read destinations in the stand up paddling community.

But even through all those (often lengthy) articles, I feel like I’ve always had more to share.

The world of stand up paddling is an amazing place. There are so many interesting ideas, stimulating stories and colourful characters in this great community. But most of those voices aren’t being heard in an age of Facebook headlines and Instagram Stories where we rarely get to look beneath the surface.

So that’s why I’m creating a long-form podcast called Paddlecast.    → READ MORE

An ode to Greece…

We landed on the Greek Island of Corfu just before midnight.

We hadn’t booked a place to stay, but by 2am, and with the help of a friendly taxi driver, we had a room that slept four and a round of drinks with the owner of the local taverna.

And that pretty much set the tone for our week on the island.   → READ MORE

Canoe cash: $40,000 confirmed for inaugural “ICF Worlds” in China

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) recently confirmed a monster purse of 36,000 euros (about $40,000 USD or $60,000 AUD) for its inaugural SUP World Championships to be held in China from October 24-27.

Canoe & kayak’s global governing body has become proactive in its quest to promote SUP as a potential Olympic sport, which includes an ongoing legal battle with the International Surfing Association (ISA), however this is the first time we’ll see what they can actually produce on the water.    → READ MORE

The Olympic Sticker Debate: Why did Pan-Am paddlers have to hide their sponsors?

The Pan American Games were held in Peru this week. The event is known as the “Olympics of the Americas” and welcomed stand up paddlers for the first time in its 68-year history. The performances of Connor Baxter and Brazil’s Lena Ribeiro, the inaugural gold medalists in the Pan-Am Games surf race, presented SUP with a historic moment.

But while the presence of paddleboarding in an Olympic-style event is positive, one thing about the race seemed a little odd: “Why are the sponsors all covered up?”   → READ MORE