Results are in from today’s massive Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge race down in Mission Bay, San Diego. The Hanohano race, now in its 19th year, is one of the real gems on the racing calendar and always draws a big crowd. This event seems much more about having fun and getting out on the water than any kind of serious elite competition. It’s one of those great community races that give our sport such a great foundation.
The Hanohano always attracts a stellar crowd, however this year may have been a new record as 440 paddlers hit the Short Course (including over 300 on Stand Up Paddle boards). → READ MORE
A few days ago I posted a clip that proved very popular. It was a quick edit of last weekend’s Painkiller Cup, an exotic-looking team relay held in the paradise that is the BVIs, aka the British Virgin Islands (it’s somewhere in the Caribbean apparently).
While that first video was a brief highlights reel of the weekend, we now have the full recap video. And this clip makes the Painkiller Cup look like even more of a Bucket List race… → READ MORE
As the march towards Sayulita gathers pace, more and more teams are announcing their lineups for the 4th annual ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship.
This week it was Team Canada’s turn in the spotlight, with the Great White North announcing a full squad battle it out in Mexico way from May 10-17. And the lineup looks mighty competitive… → READ MORE
Larry Cain, the Canadian Olympic gold medalist, ageless robot and SUP racing stalwart, is back with another look at the art of stand up paddling technique.
If you’re a fan of Larry’s blog like I am, you’ll know the Canadian regularly posts some deep insights into SUP stroke technique and race training in general. When you consider this guy is a former Olympic champion, school teacher and current top-level coach, you know you’ve found someone who can help you paddle faster. → READ MORE
Aussie globetrotters Paul and Angela Jackson have officially departed long-time sponsor Fanatic.
The Gold Coast duo, regular fixtures in the big events at home and abroad, are easily the most successful husband and wife paddling team and racked up some impressive results in 2014. → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Manca Notar is one of the rising stars on the women’s race scene. Hailing from the small European nation of Slovenia (it’s located next to Italy and Austria…), 18-year-old Manca is one of the nicest and most enthusiastic paddlers you’ll ever meet.
I remember first chatting to Manca at the 2012 Lost Mills, where she was probably the smallest but most determined paddler in the race. Since then she’s gone from strength to strength. Recently I spotted some beautiful images of Manca paddling in the depths of winter at home in Slovenia, so I asked the Red Bull and Naish team rider if she’d share some insights into her unique (and very scenic) training regime… → READ MORE
Well it looks like one of the best events on the calendar just got even better.
The Payette River Games, one of the five major SUP races of 2015, will see two big changes this year: New courses and new boards.
While the 2015 website and registration won’t be opening until next week, I just chatted with the organisers and got a sneak peek at what’s in store for the 3rd annual edition of this big event. → READ MORE
If you want an insight into how crazily awesome the IRONMANA race/adventure/week in paradise really is, watch this half hour film from last month’s epic event on Bora Bora.
IF you’ve been following our coverage of IRONMANA, you’d know this event is something very unique. The Ironmana is part SUP race, part prone race, part swimming race, part torture chamber, part holiday in paradise. → READ MORE
Check out this quick little recap of Saturday’s “Painkiller Cup” race in the British Virgin Islands.
Definitely one of the more exotic events on the SUP race calendar, the Painkiller Cup is a 14 mile inter-island relay, where three-person teams battle it out for the $5,000 winner’s cheque. The 2015 champs were Team Mexico, featuring Shelby Dela Rosa Taylor, Ryan Helm and Bicho Jimenez. → READ MORE
Check out this epic image from yesterday’s beach race in New Zealand, where apparently macking surf and board-breaking conditions are greeted with a “lets-get-on-with-it” shrug of the shoulders.
This shot (courtesy of PhotoCPL) was taken at Piha Beach about an hour west of Auckland, where the racing was part of Surfing New Zealand’s national championships. Starboard’s superstars Connor Baxter, Zane Schweitzer and Sean Poynter, who are in NZ this month for a pre-season training camp, took the chance to join the locals in what must surely be SUP racing’s equivalent of Code Red conditions. → READ MORE
Team Mexico have taken out today’s Painkiller Cup, one of the more exotic races on the annual calendar. Held in the Caribbean paradise of the British Virgin Islands, the Painkiller Cup is a three-a-side relay covering 14 miles. The race starts at Trellis Bay on “Beef Island” and finishes on the isle of Jost Van Dyke at the Soggy Dollar Bar.
The victorious Team Mexico was an all-Sayulita affair, with Ryan Helm, Shelby Dela Rosa Taylor and Javier ‘Bicho’ Jimenez leading the race from start to finish. → READ MORE
The Cold Stroke Classic lived up to its name once again, with chilly conditions greeting paddlers in Wrightsville Beach today.
In this the 7th annual edition of the Classic, line honours went to a very dominant April Zilg in the women’s and Corey Taylor in the men’s. Karen Wilson and Jeremy Whitted the runners-up in the 7 miler, which is held in the same neighbourhood as the major Carolina Cup that’s coming up in less than 100 days. → READ MORE
Last week I wrote a guest post about the Board Class Debate, which provided four potential philosophies SUP racing could adopt in the future with respect to any race board regulations. The article certainly created some debate among paddlers across the globe here on the site, on Facebook and the various stand up paddling forums. From these debates, several paddlers proposed many other alternative, novel or innovative solutions to this problem of fragmented board classes.
As a result, I have taken four of the consistent themes that I’ve seen and provided a response as a second part to my discussion: (1) SUP race classes based on weight, (2) Accounting for board specialisation, (3) Class to class handicapping and (4) Governance by traditions. → READ MORE
Time to start training: The 2015 Carolina Cup is just 100 days away.
As the first major SUP race of the season, the Carolina Cup is shaping up to be a true classic this year. With a unique mix of top-level stars, weekend warriors and first timers, the sleepy, seaside hamlet of Wrightsville Beach will be transformed into a SUP mecca in the last week of April. → READ MORE
I asked the question last week: “What do we call the biggest races in stand up paddling?” The Majors? The Grand Slams? The Classics?
In a sport as fragmented and disorganised as SUP racing, I think it would be great to recognise and celebrate the big, standalone events that support and develop both the community and industry. To help promote them with a collective theme that highlights their significant contribution to the sport.
I say we call them the Majors, and these are the races that I think qualify. The five biggest races in the world this year are… → READ MORE