Danny Ching Wins the 30th Annual Dana Ocean Challenge

In brief: Danny Ching has taken out the 30th annual edition of the classic Dana Ocean Challenge in Southern California, outlasting the unlimited of Rob Rojas and beating home young gun Tyler Bashor, French expat Greg Closier and Team USA rep Chuck Glynn.   → READ MORE

Watch These Adventurous Paddlers in Russia Turn an Ice Floe into a Giant Paddleboard

paddling-icebergs-in-russiaAnd now for something completely different: Paddling icebergs in Russia.

While we’ve seen similar things in the past, the adventurous crew from Stand Up Paddle Vladivostok have definitely been taking “iceberg surfing” to a whole new level this week, with dozens of paddlers joining in the fun of exploring the ice floes off the coast of this city in the Russian Far East.   → READ MORE

‘Battle of the Brands’ Set for a Big Upgrade

Carolina Cup paddleboard race 2016 (4b)One of the most popular features on SUP Racer is Battle of the Brands, our leaderboard of the world’s best race teams ranked according to the performances of their best athletes.

The name came from a single post I did after the 2014 Salt Creek BOP, where I gave a shout out to some of the teams that punched above their weight (the “Battle of the Brands at the Battle of the Paddle”).   → READ MORE

Chris Bertish’s Other Atlantic Crossing Record: Making Paddleboarding Front Page News

Chris-Bertish-Transatlantic-Paddleboard-CrossingChris Bertish set a monumental record last week by completing the first ever transatlantic crossing on a paddleboard after 93 days alone at sea.

But while his 6500km (4050 mile) voyage is clearly an extraordinary achievement, one that may never be matched, Chris set another “record” that’s almost just as impressive: making paddleboarding front page news around the world.   → READ MORE

Create Your Ultimate Adventure (and Win Some Awesome Gear) with Red Paddle Co

Red-Paddle-Co-adventure-paddleboardingSo who else wants to go on a paddleboarding adventure? If you dream of jumping on a board with all your gear, paddling off into the sunset with your best mate/partner/fellow adventurer and finding a deserted beach to camp out and explore, here’s your chance to get that dream trip kickstarted.

Inflatable pioneers Red Paddle Co. are in the middle of their “Create Your Adventure of a Lifetime” giveaway, where they’ll be kitting out a pair of lucky paddlers with not only top of the line paddle boards but also all the gear you’ll need for a real adventure on the water.   → READ MORE

Maui Pro-Am: Boothy and Sonni Take Day Two Honours; Mo Freitas and Terrene Black Win Overall (Updated Full Results)

Michael BoothIn brief: Michael Booth and Sonni Hönscheid have saluted on day two of the 5-star Maui Pro-Am after winning a long, hot, windless Maliko downwind run that tested the endurance and stamina of the small but highly elite field of assembled athletes.

Despite the relatively flat conditions, there was just enough texture on the water to break up any draft trains, with Boothy powering away from the field early and crossing the line about a minute clear of Connor Baxter. Mo Freitas was another minute further adrift in a strong performance that saw him claim the overall event crown.   → READ MORE

Annabel Anderson, Titouan Puyo Make It a Clean Sweep of the New Zealand Nationals

NZ SUP NationalsThe New Zealand Nationals wrapped up this afternoon in wild and woolly conditions, with Annabel Anderson and Titouan Puyo making it a clean sweep of the weekend by adding the beach race title to the distance crowns they picked up yesterday.

Once again it was Titou’s NSP team mate Marcus Hansen crossing the line in second place to be the fastest finishing Kiwi and therefore earning an invite to the 2017 ISA Worlds in Denmark. Trevor Tunnington finished third this afternoon to make the beach race a mirror image of Saturday’s podium.   → READ MORE

The APP Tour starts this weekend on Maui, but good luck picking the winners.

Maui Pro-AmThe 2017 APP Tour kicks off this weekend, with the Maui Pro-Am marking the first of six racing stops for the Waterman League’s much hyped new global circuit that replaces the old Stand Up World Series.

A strong lineup of talent has descended on Maui for this five-star event, with the men’s side in particular looking set to be uber-competitive.    → READ MORE

Molokai Hero Travis Grant Joins the ‘Paddle Monster’ Training Community as Expert Coach

Travis Grant unlimited stand up paddleboardTravis Grant, one of the most respected paddlers on the planet, has joined the Paddle Monster online training community as a specialist SUP and outrigger coach.

As the only paddler to ever win Molokai both standing up and sitting down, Trav is one of the very few people that can offer world class insights into both paddling disciplines…   → READ MORE