We’re back with Day 2 of the Battle of the Paddle Brasil. After Mo and Candice’s heroics yesterday, this morning sees the Long Distance Race plus Team Relays. → READ MORE
Kai Lenny vs Slater Trout: Who will get to 60,000 Instagram followers first? And is this the most important SUP race of the year?
I think so…
There’s so much at stake: Pride. Glory. The fleeting attention of thousands of iPhone-wielding teenage girls. → READ MORE
It was looking good the whole week. The wind had been firing every day since Sunday, especially on Tuesday when it was seriously cranking and several guys set personal bests. So expectations were high for tonight’s 3rd race in the latest PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series here in Cape Town, South Africa.
The wind had been gusting over 30 knots since Tuesday, at times hitting 38-40 knots. That’s an 8 out of 12 on the Beaufort scale. That’s strong, even by our standards… → READ MORE
Cape Town, South Africa may just be the best/worst kept secret in the world of stand up paddling. This part of the world scores firing winds on a regular basis and is home to one of the best downwind runs you could imagine. Cape Town also plays host to the PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series, one of the most prolific and longest-running local races series I know of.
Well if you want an insight into downwinding in South Africa, check out this great full length feature that just got released… → READ MORE
I’ve just finished a great few days in Japan, which included a stop at the All Japan SUP Championships. What an incredible trip… Japan has definitely discovered SUP racing and is taking full advantage of their vast amounts of water to explore and have fun.
I was so moved and excited to see all the smiling faces of so many people who have all recently discovered this great sport of ours… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Japan is one of the new frontiers in the world of stand up paddling. They have a fast-growing, super stoked paddling community that features some serious talent. I predict 2015 will see a lot of elite international talent heading to the Land of the Rising Sun to compete…
On the weekend it was the locals’ turn to shine, as we saw the national titles and a spot on Team Japan for the 2015 ISA SUP World Championship in Mexico up for grabs. Here’s a recap and photos thanks to the event organisers. → READ MORE
The Hawaiki Nui is a three-day, Tour de France-style challenge that sees the best teams from Tahiti and the surrounding islands battle it out alongside half a dozen international crews.
Pretty much the only place where outrigger canoeing is more popular than in Hawaii is in French Polynesia. Over there, outrigger isn’t just a sport, it’s quite literally a way of life. The top teams are paid to train & compete and no matter what the world throws at them they’re pretty much unbeatable. → READ MORE
I’m down here in beautiful Florianopolis getting ready for next weekend’s Battle of the Paddle Brasil. This country has an amazing ocean culture and stand up paddling is really starting to take off around here. The Battle will be one of the highlights, however the BOP is only one of many races in this part of the world.
Last weekend another SUP race was held in Rio de Janeiro, though it certainly wasn’t your standard event… As part of the crazy, multi-sport adventure race known as Rocky Man, several of Brazil’s finest (and a few international stars) paddled around Rio’s Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. → READ MORE
Working with the Orange County-based Paddle Academy, SIC’s Grom Search will select one boy and one girl to join their Junior Development Team. The idea is to find two smart, focused, up-and-coming youngsters that wanna further develop their stand up paddling skills and get a glimpse into what being a pro SUP’er is all about. → READ MORE
Yes, it’s basically an ad for Lahui Kai, but it’s also got some great insights from one of the most respected paddleboard shapers in the world. Click through to watch… → READ MORE
On Saturday I had the good fortune of being in Miami for Stand Up For The Cure, an annual charity SUP event that’s raised over $300,000 (and will soon be raising a lot more) to support the Susan G. Komen foundation’s fight against breast cancer.
Hundreds of paddlers, from total beginners to experienced athletes, showed up at the Miami Yacht Club to support and promote a good cause. The concept is fairly straightforward: You register, pay $30 or $40, get a pink shirt and go for a paddle.
The local SUP community turned out in force, Zane Schweitzer, Brennan Rose, Thomas Maximus and Oahu’s surfing supremo, Kala Alexander, were all there to lend support, while Riviera Paddlesurf offered an endless selection of boards if you didn’t have your own. → READ MORE
Some quality footage in there (love the sequence at the 1:12 mark) highlighting just how tricky conditions were for competitors. → READ MORE
That gives us exactly 181 days to prepare for one of the grandest events on the racing calendar. 181 days to see if any nation can stop Australia from winning a fourth straight title. 181 days to see just how crazy of an after-party the Mexican team can throw on their home turf. → READ MORE
UPDATE: We’ve just wrapped up the second and final day of competition, with Arthur Arutkin making it a clean sweep of the event. The 17-year-old took out both yesterday’s long distance event and today’s course race. Click through for full results/recap/photos… → READ MORE