The EuroTour kicked off in Eilat, Israel on the weekend; Bruno Hasulyo and Amandine Chazot were victorious

In brief: The 2019 EuroTour kicked off in Israel on the weekend, with Bruno Hasulyo and Amandine Chazot taking out the Eilat SUP Tour in the south of the country.

Bruno’s win was his first outing since joining Team Lightboard (the new boards looking pretty solid). The Hungarian world-beater outlasted local dark horses Itzik Horesh and Liran Machlev.   → READ MORE

Well that’s interesting: The ICF just announced a $50k World Championship in China; “Your move, ISA.”

Pigeons, meet cat.

Just when we were enjoying a nice little break from the usual politics (or “paddletics”), the ICF has gone and lobbed a grenade at the ISA as the two international federations continue their bizarre fight for Olympic control of our sport.

Earlier today, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) confirmed it’ll be hosting its first ever “Stand Up Paddling World Championship” in Qingdao, China later this year.

Yes, China. The same country that hosted the International Surfing Association (ISA) SUP World Championship just three months ago.

There’s so much to dig into here that I don’t even know where to begin…   → READ MORE

“Trade Week” 2019: Who’s paddling for who this season?

The pre-season shuffle is virtually complete with nearly a dozen athletes changing teams ahead of the international race season.

I call it “Trade Week” in honour of the big sporting leagues (NBA, AFL, etc) that have set periods each year where players can be poached by rival teams. SUP athletes aren’t really “traded” per se, but hey, never let the truth get in the way of a catchy title ;-)   → READ MORE

SIC takes over from Naish as title sponsor in Hood River

New name, same great event.

SIC has been announced as new title sponsor of the famous downwind showdown in Hood River, taking over from Naish and guaranteeing the future of one of the most beloved events on the calendar.

The event is now officially known as the SIC Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge.   → READ MORE