Dave Kalama’s Bold Proposal For The Future Of SUP Racing

Dave Kalama SUPBoss Man’s note: Dave Kalama is one of the visionary pioneers of this great sport. He’s been around since the early days and is always playing around with new ideas and concepts, recently creating a one of the most innovative new paddles on the market.

Well now Dave has turned his sights to the world of stand up paddle race boards (and racing) in general. The big guy has a very unique and interesting idea that would radically alter the SUP racing landscape, but which could solve a few fundamental problems the sport faces.

Have a read through Dave’s guest post and then leave a comment at the bottom – we’d love to hear your thoughts on this one.   → READ MORE

Countdown To Molokai

Molokai 2 Oahu Stand Up PaddleIn case you hadn’t heard, there’s a little race happening in Hawaii this weekend…

The uber-prestigious Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships are just a few days away and in case you weren’t already excited enough, here’s a cool little teaser clip to get you in the mood…   → READ MORE

Greg Closier Wins On The Island Of Jersey, Which Looks Like A Pretty Cool Spot To Paddle…

Stand up Paddling on Jersey islandJersey. No, not that Jersey, Jersey the island. The one that’s part of the UK and lies just off the coast of France.

Well apparently Jersey has a pretty darn good SUP scene. I’ve already met quite a few paddlers from the channel isle on my travels, especially at some of the Euro races, though now we get a great glimpse at what the races are like on Jersey itself.

Frenchman Greg Closier made the short trip across to the island on the weekend, where he battled against the locals to claim the Heritage Paddle Race, an historic event that dates right back to the 60s.    → READ MORE

WATCH: The “Victory At Sea” Race

Maui Paddleboard Race Victory At Sea videoLast Sunday’s Maui Paddleboard Race was an instant classic. Courtesy of a gnarly storm that ripped through the north shore of Maui Saturday night, Maliko Gulch was almost unrecognisable on Sunday morning. The race was very nearly called off but fortunately it wasn’t, because for the 100 brave souls that ventured out there were some epic memories on offer.

The race quite literally became Victory At Sea. I’m sure you’ve already seen the pics but now here’s the video of it all. Thanks to Buzzy Kerbox, who was on the ski following his son Kody, we get an inside look at the race…   → READ MORE

WATCH: Great Recap Of The Payette River Games (aka The Festival Of Carnage On The River)

We’ve already seen a bunch of cool videos from the Payette River Games (aka “The Grand Festival Of Carnage On The River”), however this one is the most all-encompassing edit yet. This clip isn’t 100% SUP, but it does highlight perfectly just how big and varied this amazing event really is.

Some great angles of world class paddlers trying to navigate the rapids at Kelly’s Whitewater Park, the humbling host venue for the PRGs located in the little country town of Cascade, Idaho. The sequence at the 1 minute 56 second mark in particular was a familiar pain felt by many of us that weekend…   → READ MORE

How To Break Your Paddle

SUP paddle breakVery cool video from the Quickblade crew showing one common reason for a paddle breaking, featuring the Mad Scientist himself and a couple of doomed paddle shafts.

Paddle manufacturers often get the line “The shaft just broke while I was paddling…” when a customer makes a return. Well unless you’ve got a cheap China knock off, it’s pretty rare that your carbon fiber shaft will “just break” on its own. However if the paddle has taken a beating before you get on the water, then there’s a chance it’ll snap when you take a hard stroke. It may seem like you “just broke it paddling” but the answer usually lies somewhere else.   → READ MORE

Kaeo Abbey, Sonni Hönscheid Win The Maui Paddleboard Race (aka Victory At Sea)

Maui Stand Up Paddleboard raceSIC Downwind Month glides on. While everybody has their eyes on next weekend’s headline act, Molokai 2 Oahu (which we’ll be covering live), today it was the traditional M2O warm-up event, the Maui Paddleboard Race.

This race is the classic Maliko Downwind Run that paddlers know and love, but after a week of great conditions the ocean didn’t exactly play along today. Downwind Month quite literally became Victory At Sea.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Connor Baxter Defeats Kai, Jake And Zane To Win The ‘SUP World Cup’ In Germany

Germany SUP World Cup FehmarnEuro Tour. Week 10. Germany. This weekend it was off to the northern German island of Fehmarn, where the “SUP World Cup” kicked off (see what we did there?) with a small but elite field of talent on display. Saturday saw the sprints while Sunday it was the long distance race, with combined results determining the overall event placings. Despite the small field, there were still a few seriously big names battling it out this weekend.

In Saturday’s sprints the Kai/Connor rivalry clicked into gear straight away, with the two young superstars locked in a duel right to the line. Kai narrowly took the honours on day one, however Connor had other ideas for the distance race on day two.   → READ MORE

CB10: Is Connor Baxter Creating The Next Decade Of Dominance With Maui 2 Molokai?

Maui 2 Molokai 2010CB10. Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as JM10, not yet anyway, but in a few years it may become a very popular term.

With his victory over Kai, Dave, Travis and Livio on the weekend, Connor Baxter has now won five straight Maui 2 Molokai titles. The event started in 2010 and Connor has won every single race. He owns this event. And if he can keep that domination going for another five years, he’ll equal Jamie Mitchell’s seemingly-untouchable 10x Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard titles (aka the Decade of Dominance).   → READ MORE

Downwind Month Glides On This Weekend With The Maui Paddleboard Race (But Who’s Gonna Win?)

Maui Paddle Championships (4)SIC Downwind Month keeps gliding along this weekend with another big race on Maui. The Maui Paddleboard Race, a slightly new spin on an historic event, is set to be one of the biggest (and probably the funnest) events of Downwind Month.

The 2014 Maui Paddleboard Race is actually a reincarnation of the original “Maui Paddle Championships” that ran from 2006 to 2013. It’s essentially the same event but with new organisers and a slightly new name. As far as the paddlers are concerned this is the same race. It’s on the same weekend it’s always been – the Sunday before Molokai 2 Oahu – and it’ll be held on the exact same course: The world famous Maliko Run. But the thing we all wanna know is: Who’s going to win this year?   → READ MORE

WATCH Livio Menelau Surf Maui’s Endless Bumps

Livio Menelau Maliko gulch downwinder MauiSIC Downwind Month: It’s when the paddling world heads to Hawaii in search of big bumps and endless glides.

Well after yesterday’s Maui 2 Molokai epic got us all fired up, here’s another cool clip for you to enjoy. This features one of the fastest downwind paddlers on the planet: Brazo-turned-Maui-boy (and SIC team rider) Livio Menelau.

Livio took 5th place in last weekend’s big crossing from Maui to Molokai, behind only the four superstars Connor, Kai, Dave and Travis. This was actually the 5th year in a row that Livio has finished top five at the M2M race. To say this guy is talented would be a mild understatement…   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Zane Schweitzer Wins (Yet Again) In Europe, Claiming Italy’s Adriatic Crown

Adriatic Crown SUP race ItalyEuro Tour. Week 9. Italy.

Zane Schweitzer continues his unbeaten streak in Europe, taking out the $10,000 Adriatic Crown in Italy. Zane beat his Starboard team mate and home favourite Leonard Nika to claim his 4th straight trophy on this year’s Euro Tour, having also saluted in Bilbao (Spain), Oleron (France) and Finland.

Click through for results and pics…   → READ MORE

This Aerial Video From Maui 2 Molokai Is Quite Literally Epic

Maui to Molokai M2M SUP race videoWe’re right smack bang in the middle of the grand spectacular that is SIC’s Downwind Month, when the world descends on the Hawaiian Islands to chase big bumps and endless glides.

Downwind Month is about having fun in the open ocean no matter how fast you go, though it does happen to feature a string of big, elite races as well. In a week and a half it’s the grand daddy: Molokai 2 Oahu, which we’ll be covering LIVE on July 27th. However last weekend saw another big channel crossing: Maui 2 Molokai, where Connor Baxter defeated the likes of Kai Lenny, Dave Kalama and Travis Grant to claim his 6th straight M2M crown.

And thanks to EPIC Aerial Productions, we can now enjoy the race from above…   → READ MORE

The “Showdown” Just Signed A Major TV Deal With CBS Sports Network; Aims To Push SUP Mainstream

Ultimate SUP Showdown (17)While the focus is on Hawaii throughout July thanks to SIC’s Downwind Month, the spotlight will continue to shine on the Islands deep into next month courtesy of one major event. From the 16th to 18th August we’re going to see one of the most competitive (not to mention most interesting) races of the year: Honolua Surf Co’s Ultimate SUP Showdown in Waikiki.

As we revealed a couple of weeks back, the Showdown is aiming to go next level in 2014: The prize money is top tier ($25k), the lineup of talent runs deep, the after party is expected to be something else and most paddlers I’ve spoken to were stoked on the novelty of Draft Day. However it seems the real story behind this event is a major TV deal that Showdown organisers signed last Friday with CBS Sports Network.   → READ MORE

Unreal Footage From Lake Tahoe (Race The Lake Of The Sky)

Race The Lake of the Sky videoHere’s a really good highlights reel from the massive Race The Lake Of The Sky event, which was held up at Lake Tahoe a few weeks back and attracted hundreds of paddlers from far and wide.

Race The Lake Of The Sky, aka the Feel Good Race Of The Summer, seems to be quickly becoming one of the races to attend. It has a grassroots vibe to it but still attracts plenty of elite talent. It’s kinda like California’s answer to the Carolina Cup.   → READ MORE