Looks like the Speed Freaks just got a little freakier.
After a few subtle hints on Instagram and some relentless prodding of its team boss, our local sources have confirmed another major “Trade Week” move: Izzi Gomez is joining her brother Giorgio and the rest of the Freaks at Team Infinity.
And just to make it unofficially official, we also got our hands on a preview of the “Welcome to the Team” photo shoot that’s been happening down in SoCal the past couple of days. → READ MORE
And just like that, a cold water race on a quiet lake in the middle of the French Alps has become one of the largest stand up paddle events on the planet.
The 2018 edition of the GlaGla Race is going to be huge. The event has already attracted over 450 paddlers, including Molokai hero Travis Grant, and the contest is still 10 days away. There’s an outside chance it’ll hit 500 participants by race day (January 20th), which would put the GlaGla Race in ultra-rarefied territory that only 3 or 4 other events have ever reached. → READ MORE
World number three and Pacific Paddle Games vice-champion Olivia Piana has signed with Tahitian-born brand 425 Pro, departing Starboard to help spearhead one of the newer teams alongside the legendary Georges Cronsteadt.
This is a huge pick up for the ‘425’ stable, which was formed in Tahiti a couple of years ago and is now based out of Bali. Olivia has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks after returning to the sport 24 months ago, with France’s finest finishing season 2017 ranked number three in the world after scoring second place at the PPGs. Her massive year also included podiums in Carolina and Denmark plus a string of victories on the EuroTour. → READ MORE
After a solid week of speculation, Mo Freitas has officially joined Team Rogue for season 2018 as the OG performance brand continues its comeback inside an expanded and revamped Boardworks family.
The news will formally be announced later today after one of paddling’s greatest all-round talents recently concluded his search for a new home following a departure from Focus in December. → READ MORE
We’re just under two weeks away from the first big race of the seasons, the GlaGla Race in the freezing cold French Alps, and what a showdown it’s shaping up to be. Over 430 paddlers have signed up to brave the chilly waters of Lake Annecy on January 20th, and SUP Racer will be there with special guest Travis Grant to live stream the whole show on Facebook.
The GlaGla Race is also the first “points race” of season 2018, something you’ll be hearing a lot more about next week. But until then, enjoy this awesome aerial look back at last year’s event (and head over to glaglarace.com if you want to register and join the adventure).
After weeks of speculation, Mo Freitas today confirmed he’s signed with a new brand after leaving Team Focus at the end of 2017, opening up the delicious speculation about his plans for season 2018 in what is fast becoming a busy little trade week (see: Lenny, Kai).
While the exit out of Focus isn’t a huge shock, Mo’s next move is sure to be one of the biggest pre-season stories of the year. No other guy ranked top 10 (possibly not even top 20) is due to change teams in the off-season, and even if they did they’d be lucky to get half the interest from rival brands that Mo has surely received over the past month or two. → READ MORE
2018 is only hours old, but we’re already gearing up for the first big race of the season. And by big, I mean BIG.
One of my funnest adventures of 2017 was a last-minute trip to the French Alps to experience a truly unique stand up paddling event: The GlaGla Race. Held on the near-freezing waters of beautiful Lake Annecy and surrounded by tall, snow-capped peaks, the GlaGla Race is part-race/part-adventure, and this year it’s expected to attract more than 400 brave competitors to this chilly corner of France. → READ MORE
Let the speculation begin… → READ MORE
Yesterday we looked at the fastest men on the water, now it’s time to cap off the year with a look at the quickest ladies.
It was a big year for women’s racing with several athletes hitting the podiums for the first time to inject some fresh storylines into an aging saga. There was also the unmissable #ipaddleforequality movement in October, which aims to give women a more equal share of the prize money purse and which briefly broke stand up paddling’s little corner of the internet. → READ MORE