11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The “SUP 11 City Tour”

11 City Tour Stand Up Paddle raceAfter an awesome week in Hood River, where I got to watch the world’s best paddlers up close, I’m now sitting at the airport getting ready to board another plane.

Next stop: Amsterdam. From there I’ll travel a few hours out into the Dutch countryside to the province of “Friesland” and the city of Leeuwarden. That’ll be my home base for the next five days as I prepare for the craziest SUP race I’ve ever attempted: The SUP 11-City Tour.

The 11 cities is a 200km (125 mile) stage race held over five days. It’s long. It’s tough. And I have no idea why I agreed to do this. But I believe it’s going to be one hell of an adventure…   → READ MORE

Dan Gavere / Drone / Microphone (Day 2)

Gorge Paddle Challenge downwind videoDan Gavere returns with his drone and microphone to give us a look at Day 2 of the Gorge Paddle Challenge.

There’s a great little interview with Connor Baxter, some cool race footage and a slice of music that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Dutch coffee shop…   → READ MORE

Dan Gavere Takes His Drone And His Microphone To The Hood

Gorge Paddle Challenge videoWe’re still coming down from the high that was the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. It was an awesome weekend of racing and one that everyone assembled at Hoodriver Waterfront Park won’t soon forget.

But if you couldn’t make it to Oregon in person and the Gorge Paddle Challenge photos and results aren’t enough, here’s some early video highlights of the action.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge – Annabel Anderson, Connor Baxter Sweep An All-Star Field In Hood River

Gorge Paddle Challenge results 2014 day 2

We’ve just wrapped up the second and final day of the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, with Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson dominating an all-star field in what will surely be remembered as one of 2014′s best events.

After their respective victories in Saturday’s Course Race, the Starboard duo made it a clean sweep by claiming today’s unique “Double Downwind” event. With the winds lighter than usual for the Gorge (but much better than we’d feared last night), the elite field battled their way up the Columbia Gorge in back-to-back downwind runs. The majority of the world’s top athletes were on show today, which gave us some intense racing and a great spectacle (especially from my vantage point out on the media boat).   → READ MORE

19 Beautiful Photos Of Stand Up Paddle Racing On Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Nalu SUP race Lake TahoeCheck out this great gallery of images from last weekend’s Tahoe Nalu race up at Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe always has and always will be one of the most scenic places in the world to go paddling. Although the Nalu race has lost some of its elite shine from past years, it still attracts a healthy crowd of racers. This year that crowd included French whipper snapper Arthur Daniel, who had a crazy fast start in the race last weekend.   → READ MORE

[VIDEO] Arthur Daniel’s Crazy Fast Start In Tahoe

Arthur Daniel stand up paddlerHere’s a lesson in how to break the field within the first 10 seconds of a race.

Arthur Daniel was clearly in no mood for a draft fest at last weekend’s Tahoe Nalu Paddle Festival. The young Frenchman sprinted off the line, using the choke stroke to gap the field immediately. That was a gap that would never be closed… This video shows Arthur’s start perfectly: Watch how quickly the other guys fade into the background.   → READ MORE

Quickblade Presents LIVE COVERAGE Of The Gorge Paddle Challenge (One Of The Biggest Races Of The Year)

Gorge Paddle ChallengeUPDATE #2: The Gorge Paddle Challenge LIVE BLOG has started… Head on over and follow the racing in the Gorge as it happens.

The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge (or just the Gorge race) is happening this weekend in Hood River, Oregon. And it’s going to be one of the biggest races of the year…

Awesome lineup of competitors. Awesome race conditions. Awesome race format. Awesome event. Almost every big name in the sport will be at the Gorge this weekend to enjoy the trademark downwind conditions and feel good vibe. It’s going to be an event to remember.

And now, thanks to the support of Quickblade Paddles and the all star organising team behind the event, you can follow the Gorge Paddle Challenge all weekend with our LIVE BLOG.   → READ MORE

The “Y Race” – The Unique New Format That Was The Highlight Of The Showdown

Y Race stand up paddle courseThe Ultimate SUP Showdown definitely impressed. A well run event, a deep field of big names, top level prize money paid out (in cash) at the lavish awards ceremony and, best of all, a whole bunch of unique innovations.

Some of those innovations worked very well (loved the Formula 1-style starting grid, the excellent treatment of the athletes and the next level TV production), while others misfired.

However there was one innovation that stood out above the rest, at least from my perspective perched up in the judging tower overlooking the action: The “Y Race” …   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter Defeats Kai Lenny, Annabel Anderson Defeats Candice Appleby To Claim The Ultimate SUP Showdown

UltimateConnor Baxter and Annabel Anderson have just won Honolua Surf Co.’s Ultimate SUP Showdown here in Waikiki, Hawaii. The Starboard duo proved yet again they’re the best, defeating an all-star lineup to claim one of the biggest races of the year.

After two full days of world-class surfing and racing action, it all came down to the 15-minute ‘Showdown’ grand finale, a slalom race in the surf that featured a who’s who of the paddling world.

Living up to their superstar status, Connor edged ahead of Kai Lenny to claim the Showdown finale race, with Danny Ching, who had to fight through the pack after being relegated to the second starting row, coming home third.

The action has literally just finished so click through for the results…   → READ MORE

Danny? Travis? Connor? Kai? Zane? Annabel? Jenny? Shak? Candice? Sonni? Let’s Play “Showdown Roulette” (Or: How Am I Supposed To Predict This?!)

Ultimate SUP Showdown predictionsI didn’t really wanna write this post. It’s Saturday night. I’m in Waikiki. I could be out having fun… Instead, I’ve been sitting here in my hotel room for hours, pouring over the start list for tomorrow’s Ultimate SUP Showdown, running scenario after scenario through my head and trying to figure out how on earth I’m going to make any meaningful predictions in an event that includes so many talented paddlers and that features such variable, unpredictable racing conditions.

The two-day Showdown starts tomorrow morning. It’s the event we’ve all been waiting for. Following weeks and weeks of major news about major things, finally it’s down to the serious stuff: The action on the water.

But who’s it gonna be? This is such a stacked field…   → READ MORE

Andrew Logreco Wins The Duke’s OceanFest Downwind Race… On A 12’6

Andrew Logreco Oahu Stand Up PaddleboarderAndrew Logreco and Morgan Hoesterey have taken out today’s Hawaii Paddleboard Championships, aka the Duke Race, as part of Duke’s OceanFest here in Waikiki.

With the Ultimate SUP Showdown just 24 hours away there are a whole stack of world beaters in town. Most of the pros chose to sit out today’s super hot, 9 mile downwinder from Hawaii Kai to the beach at Waikiki, however there were still a few big guns on the start line.

Despite paddling a board five feet shorter than most of his rivals, it was Logreco who took out the line honours. The North Shore lifeguard, one of the true characters of stand up paddling…   → READ MORE

Mo And Jacko Win In Japan

Paul Jackson Stand Up Paddling in JapanMo Freitas has taken out the Shonan Chigasaki Pro in Japan ahead of Aussie trio Paul Jackson, Toby Cracknell and Beau O’Brian. Chase Kosterlitz rounded out the top five while Bart de Zwart finished sixth. Despite a relatively small field in the women’s event, Angie Jackson continued to show her strength with a very dominant display.

On day one’s sprint race, it was all Mo Freitas, however on day two’s distance race, Mo had to settle for runner-up behind a very impressive Paul Jackson from Australia. Jacko mastered the tricky upwind/downwind conditions, finding bumps and a couple of well-timed waves to win comfortably.   → READ MORE

Epic Downwinder On The Island Of Jersey

Downwind stand up paddleboardingThe North coast of Jersey is rugged. Very rugged. There are unforgiving rocky shores and very few safe landing spots. It’s a wild coast, however it does provide one of the best and longest downwind runs on the island.

A few have us have done this run once or twice in the past but conditions have never been perfect – wind direction is absolutely critical as is the tidal flow. But on Sunday August 10th, conditions were lining up for one of the most epic downwinders in Jersey’s history…   → READ MORE