Another loud explosion. We looked at each other with a mix of excitement and fear, and we wondered what was waiting for us at the top…
We were hiking the ridge of Mount Yasur on the island of Tanna, one of 83 outposts in the South Pacific that form the nation of Vanuatu. Yasur is one of the world’s few active volcanoes considered “safe” to view up close; we were still two hoars from the top but already the mountain was making thunderous, frightening sounds.
As we walked, I reflected on how we had gotten to that point… → READ MORE
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In a shock announcement, we reveal the international federation created in 1943 that will unify the ISA/ICF and guide SUP towards the Olympic Games…
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The South American Beach Games (“Juegos Sudamericanos de Playa”) are happening this week in Rosario, Argentina and for the first time the event includes stand up paddling–both racing and surfing.
Friday saw the sprints while Saturday was the marathon race, and as expected Team Brazil was clearly the dominant force. → READ MORE
A few days ago we learnt the Pacific Paddle Games was canceled. The official word is “postponed til 2020,” but nothing is confirmed for next year either. I’m guessing it’s gone for good. → READ MORE
The beauty of stand up paddling is that it’s a sport for everyone.
Very few sports let anyone stand on the same start line as the world’s best athletes and race the same course using the same equipment. SUP is pretty damn awesome in that respect. We’re like the Boston Marathon of the ocean.
But our sport is often not marketed that way… → READ MORE
After weeks of speculation, it’s official: The traditional season-ending showdown, the Pacific Paddle Games, has been cancelled.
The official status is “postponed til 2020,” not cancelled, but it’s definitely not happening this year and the future is fairly uncertain following the sale of event organiser SUP the Mag to a new parent company two months ago.
Is this the end of an era? → READ MORE
I built the SUP Racer World Rankings six years ago.
I had the idea even before I had this blog, scribbling down notes as far back as 2010. I started working on the current system in 2013, and a year later – on the eve of the infamous Battle of the Paddle @ Salt Creek – I launched the World Rankings for the paddling world to enjoy.
It’s definitely been a labour of love: The system took over a year to build and I’ve spent another 2,500 hours maintaining it, while the master spreadsheet now contains a mind-boggling 2.6 million cells of data (my eyes hurt just thinking about it). → READ MORE