Return to Hood River: Gorge Paddle Challenge Announces Dates for 2017

2017 Gorge Paddle ChallengeAfter the massive showdown that was The Gorge 2016, the crew from Hood River have wasted no time in setting dates for next year’s big gathering in Oregon.

The 2017 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge will be happening on the weekend of August 19 & 20, and I have no doubt it’ll again be one of the biggest, most competitive and funnest races on the calendar.   → READ MORE

Kenny Kaneko Outlasts Kai Lenny and Casper Steinfath in Hong Kong to Claim Maiden International Victory

Hong Kong stand up paddle board raceKenny Kaneko has gatecrashed the Naish party in Hong Kong, defeating the superstar duo of Kai Lenny and Casper Steinfath, along with world number two Mo Freitas and the hero from Hood River, Bernd Roediger, to claim his maiden international race victory at the 2nd annual Hong Kong International SUP Championship on Sunday.

In challenging conditions, with a mix of flat water, sidewind, upwind and downwind that saw most of the field either retire or get pulled from the 21km (13 mile) elite course due to time limits, Kenny crossed the line in 2 hours, 28 minutes and 28 seconds, giving the SIC team rider a big win ahead of Kai (2:34:48) and Casper (2:36:26). Bernd was 4th, while Mo was a mid-race retirement.    → READ MORE

173 Great Photos from the Gorge Paddle Challenge

Gorge Paddle Challenge SUP Race Hood River Oregon

The 2016 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge was definitely one for the history books, with a massive turnout of elite and amateur athletes enjoying superb conditions in the paddling mecca of Hood River, Oregon.

And now, thanks to the excellent work of Jen Gulizia from Gorge-Us Photography, you can get a close up look at how the epic Double Downwinder went down yesterday. Go straight to the official Gorge Facebook page to view all 173 photos. Above: Connor Baxter, Bernd Roediger and Mo Freitas were the stand out performers.

Gorge Paddle Challenge Preview and Predictions (This Is One STACKED Field…)

Fiona Wylde stand up paddling Hood River OregonWow, the Gorge is going to be STACKED this weekend…

We always knew the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge would be a big deal — it’s one of the few “majors” in the sport after all, and it always attracts a solid field, but this year it’s seriously gone next level.

But who’s going to win?   → READ MORE

Gorge Paddle Challenge Update: A Note about the World Rankings

Gorge Paddle Challenge SUP RaceAnother week, another big race. After the excitement of the JM Survivor Race in Huntington just a few days ago, it’s time for another big showdown this weekend, with the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge set to be one of the best and most competitive events of the season.

There’s a huge lineup of talent hanging out in Hood River for the 6th annual edition of this iconic event, and with such a high level of competition on the start line, there’s bound to be plenty of movement on the SUP Racer World Rankings come Monday morning.   → READ MORE

And the Winner Is… Denmark — ISA Worlds Heading to Europe for the First Time in 2017

ISA Stand Up Paddleboarding World Championship Denmark 2017

After months of speculation and anticipation, it’s official: Denmark is set to become the first European nation to ever host the ISA Worlds, with the land of Vikings confirmed as the location of the 2017 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in a major announcement today.

In a clear nod to its Olympic ambitions, the ISA chose to announce Denmark 2017 during the Rio Games, and even went as far as sending Denmark’s most famous paddling export and ISA Vice President, Casper Steinfath, to Brazil for an Olympic-themed photo opp to coincide with the big news.   → READ MORE

Battle of the Nations: Hawaiians Overtake the Aussies, Brazil Surges Back into the Top 10

Battle of the Nations stand up paddling
We’ve just updated the Battle of the Nations leaderboard with all the big results from the past six weeks, including the awesome JM Survivor Race in Huntington on Sunday.

While the almighty Team USA is still out on top of our country-vs-country world rankings, thanks mainly to their supreme dominance on the women’s side of the sport, it’s a very tight battle between the Aussies and Hawaiians for the number two spot, with Mo Freitas’ heroics at Huntington helping the Islands overtake their Green & Gold rivals.

This week also sees the Brazilians storm back into the top 10 where we all know they belong, while there’s been plenty of movement in the bottom half of the table as well. Check out the full Battle of the Nations leaderboard to see which nations have been enjoying the summer the most, then get ready for more changes following the 6-star Gorge Paddle Challenge this weekend…

New Recruit Toby Cracknell Gives Team Infinity a Boost up the Battle of the Brands Leaderboard

Jamie Mitchell Survivor SUP

We’ve just updated the Battle of the Brands leaderboard with all the main results from the past six weeks, including the epic JM Survivor Race at Huntington yesterday.

While the big three remains the same – Starboard, NSP and Naish – there’s a new challenger near the top of the table, with Infinity jumping +2 spots to number four courtesy of some heroics from gun new recruit Toby Cracknell (who finished runner-up to Mo Freitas yesterday).

Check out the full Battle of the Brands leaderboard to see which other teams have had a good summer, and check back again next week — we anticipate plenty more changes following the 6-star Gorge Paddle Challenge.

The World Rankings have been updated with results from the Quiksilver JM Survivor Race.

Stand Up Paddling World Rankings SUP

We’ve just updated the SUP Racer World Rankings with results from the big Quiksilver JM Survivor Race, and there’s been plenty of movement on the Top 100 and Top 50 leaderboards.

The biggest move comes from Survivor superstar Mo Freitas, who jumps +3 spots this week to slide into the world number four ranking, just a single point behind world number three Titouan Puyo. Survivor Race runner-up, Toby Cracknell, jumps a whopping +13 spots to a career-high world ranking of #14. Toby’s result means Australia now occupies 7 of the top 14 spots in the world.

On the women’s side, the hero of Huntington, Shae Foudy, jumps a couple of places and is now knocking on the door of the top 5. Check out the full World Rankings to see who else jumped up this week…

Mo Freitas, Shae Foudy Conquer the Quiksilver JM Survivor Race @ Huntington Ahead of All-Star Field (Full Results/Live Stream Replay)

JM Survivor Race 2016

Mo Freitas has proven yet again that he’s one of the best paddlers in the world, outlasting an all-star field to claim the JM Survivor Race as part of the Quiksilver Waterman’s Festival at Huntington Beach today.

After several rounds of short, fast, intense racing in the signature “Survivor” format, Mo triumphed over one of the most-competitive lineups we’ve seen all year, with the hugely impressive Aussie and freshly-minted Infinity team rider Toby Cracknell finishing a close runner-up ahead of a who’s who of the sport.   → READ MORE