‘Last Commentator Standing’ — SUP Racer will attempt an endless live stream of next week’s Last Paddler ultra marathon

In brief: SUP Racer is teaming up with the organisers of Last Paddler Standing to live stream the “best new race format we’ve seen in years” when the event debuts in Sarasota, Florida next week (3 December).

Given this event ie expected to run as long as 36-48 hours, we’re still working out exactly how this is going to happen, but the goal is to have an endless live stream of the entire race. I’ll be producing the live stream remotely from Australia while Kristin Thomas will be commentating from the start/finish line. We aim to have plenty of on-screen graphics so you can tune in and out over the weekend and easily see how many laps have been completed + how many paddlers are still left standing.

I think Last Paddler Standing is going to be a pretty epic race so hopefully this live stream will give you a little window into the most innovative race format to hit SUP racing in years.

More details to follow…

SUP for Debate: Surf racing vs flat water — what’s the future of our sport?

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I joined Mike from Stand Up Magazin on Facebook Live for another rapid fire debate about the direction our sport is taking.

Surf racing vs. flat water… it’s almost a philosophical question about what it means to be a stand up paddler.

Take a watch above and feel free to leave a comment over on the original Facebook stream

Thailand confirmed as host for 2023 ICF Worlds

In brief: The International Canoe Federation will host its SUP World Championships in Thailand next year. The host city is Pattaya, and while dates aren’t set it’ll likely be November.

This was already leaked a month ago but now it’s official.    → READ MORE

ISA Worlds: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (live show replay)

I had a chat with Mike from Stand Up Magazin for a quick analysis of the ISA Worlds in Puerto Rico — both the good and the bad.

Should we make these live debates a weekly thing?

If the ISA Worlds were like the Olympics, Team USA would be on top of the medal table

I was fascinated by the Olympic medal table as a kid. I recall following it quite obsessively during the first Summer Games I watched live on TV, Barcelona ’92, and long before we had Wikipedia I scoured encyclopaedias (remember those?) with historical medal tallies dating back a hundred years. Who could forget the 1912 games when Sweden almost topped the table and Australia & New Zealand competed under the united “Australasia” flag?

This might explain why I’ve always maintained an unofficial medal table for the ISA Worlds. Given the ISA’s obsession with the Olympics – it’s essentially the whole reason for their existence – I’m surprised they don’t keep a table of their own, but that just means I get to nerd it up and do a little photoshopping.

So I now present you with the unofficial 2022 ISA Worlds medal table. (And I strongly emphasise the word “unofficial” — Team France are still the actual champions, I don’t question that, and Team Spain are the actual vice champions. This medal table is just a fun little novelty.)   → READ MORE

TEAM FRANCE CROWNED ISA CHAMPIONS, SPAIN VICE-CHAMPIONS


 
Final day in Puerto Rico: Team France claimed gold in today’s mixed team relay to cement their spot on top of the team standings. Featuring Melanie Lafenetre on the women’s SUP leg and anchored by superstar Noic Garioud – who won his fourth medal of the championships – France vanquished their rivals to claim a second overall ISA title (matching their result at the last ISA Worlds in El Salvador 2019).

Featuring their new hero Shrimpy on the anchor leg, Team Japan capped off their epic week by winning the relay silver to jump ahead of Brazil into 4th on the overall leaderboard — easily their best ever result at the Worlds.

Spain finished their extraordinary ISA campaign with a bronze in the relay that saw them jump ahead of star-studded Team USA to claim a well-deserved second place on the team standings. The United States could have held on for the team silver but were DQ’d and lost all their relay points after missing a flag on the beach run.

Click here for the complete results sheet from each event.