Watch the Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup LIVE on The Paddle League

The countdown to Carolina is almost complete: Watch the Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup LIVE from 10am Saturday as the second stop of The Paddle League World Tour lights up Wrightsville Beach.

The race will be streamed live on The Paddle League Facebook page from 10am Saturday local time…

10am Saturday in North Carolina

= 7am Saturday in California
= 4am Saturday in Hawaii
= 4am Saturday in Tahiti
= 9am Saturday in Peru
= 11am Saturday in Brazil
= 3pm Saturday in the UK
= 4pm Saturday in South Africa
= 4pm Saturday in France
= 9pm Saturday in Thailand
= 10pm Saturday in Western Australia
= 11pm Saturday in Japan
= midnight Saturday night in Eastern Australia
= 1am Sunday in New Caledonia
= 2am Sunday in New Zealand

Meet the Commentary Dream Team Calling the Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup for The Paddle League on Saturday

We’re just 48 hours out from race day at the Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup here in the sleepy-hollow-turned-paddling-mecca that is Wrightsville Beach.

With its mix of elite superstars and everyday paddlers combined with a festival setup and early-season “reunion” atmosphere, Carolina is always a special stop on the circuit. This year, however, the cake’s got a nice little cherry on top in the form of The Paddle League World Tour, which aims to give the sport a solid foundation and help support/elevate these classic races such as Carolina–the events that act as true pillars of our sport.

Replay of our “Fireside Chat” with Team NSP and Surftech (Carolina Cup preview)

As the countdown continues to this weekend’s big Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, we just finished our “Fireside Chat” Facebook Live stream with the NSP/Surftech crew here in Wrightsville Beach.

Watch a full replay above to hear from two-time defending champ Titouan Puyo, Molokai hero Travis Grant, last week’s giant-killer Marcus Hansen and the legend Joe Bark, then tune in for the race day livestream from 10am Saturday.

Alpine Lakes Tour: Awesome Highlights from the “Very Flat Race”

The Alpine Lakes Tour in France has once again delivered on the double: a great event and a great recap video.

The Tour, which begins each year with the almighty GlaGla Race and includes the epic “BAT Race,” continued on the weekend with the aptly-named Very Flat Race, which takes place on placid Lake Aiguebelette in the French Alps.

This year’s event was dominated by the Teulade Brothers, while the day also featured the epic Red Dragon showdown (we’ll be at the Dragon World Championship at the end of August).

Carolina Week: The “Road to Wrightsville” Is Almost Complete

The Road to Wrightsville is almost complete, with the 8th Annual Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup and second stop of The Paddle League World Tour just days away.

The paddleboarding world is currently making its annual pilgrimage to sleepy Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and we’ll be there all week to take you behind the scenes.

So stay tuned for previews, insights and interviews from this festival of paddling, then sit back and watch the big dance LIVE on The Paddle League at 10am Saturday. Click through to find out when to tune in around the world…   → READ MORE

Air France Paddle Festival: Watch highlights from paradise.

Great highlights from the first stop of The Paddle League World Tour, where Marcus Hansen and Sonni Honscheid produced memorable victories and hundreds of paddlers enjoyed a swelteringly-hot day on the water.

If you’re having trouble loading the video on mobile, click here to watch directly on Facebook.

Sonni Hönscheid Tames the Tahitian Sun to Defend Her Air France Paddle Festival Title

German powerhouse Sonni Honscheid has flexed her muscles and shown she’s a genuine contender for The Paddle League World Title this year, dominating the women’s field in sweltering conditions to claim back-to-back Air France Paddle Festival titles in Tahiti.

Sonni broke the field in the opening 10 minutes and paddled solo right around the 24km course, setting up a clean sweep of the podium for Team Starboard as Japanese dark horse Yuka Sato finished and impressive third and the gutsy Fiona Wylde outlasted Olivia Piana to claim third.   → READ MORE

Air France: Marcus Hansen Produces Stunning Comeback to Defeat Michael Booth and the Tahitian Warriors at First Stop of The Paddle League World Tour

Marcus Hansen has announced himself as a genuine contender on the international stage, producing a stunning comeback for Team NSP to overpower Starboard’s Michael Booth and defeat a big field of Tahitian Warriors at the Air France Paddle Festival.

As the first stop on The Paddle League World Tour, the 5th Annual Air France race drew a strong international crowd to compete against the Tahitians, and the battle royale didn’t disappoint. With weather that can only be described as too good, paddlers were met with mercilessly-hot blue skies, light winds and high humidity for a challenge that tested both physical and mental limits.

But in the end it was Marcus who conquered the torture chamber, saluting in an event that produced several rollercoaster stories.    → READ MORE

The Paddle League: Full replay of the Air France Paddle Festival

Watch a full replay of the epic Air France Paddle Festival in Tahiti, first stop of The Paddle League World Tour.

Latest from The Paddle League: We’re partnering with 50 races in 25 nations to help unify the sport.

The Paddle League is today revealing “stage two” of its plan to help unify the sport, with the key announcement being the addition of 41 regional events to the existing 9 majors, which creates a combined platform of 50 independent races in 25 nations that we’re hoping will be the start of a new era in stand up paddling.

After announcing the The Paddle League World Tour in January, which includes “Majors” such as the Air France Paddle Festival, Carolina Cup and Gorge Paddle Challenge, the addition of these 41 “Regionals” completes the first wave of Season 2018.   → READ MORE