Watch the Gorge Paddle Challenge LIVE on The Paddle League

The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge: It’s almost show time… (photo credit: Gorge-Us Photography)

We’re just hours away from the major showdown in the Gorge, where virtually all of the world’s top paddlers and hundreds of amateurs & juniors have converged for a massive week of paddling. And you can watch the whole thing LIVE on The Paddle League.

Saturday sees the iconic “Double Downwinder” along the famed Columbia River Gorge, while Sunday is the Grom Races, open races and course races. The “Double Down” is definitely the one to watch–with such a strong field and such a famous course, it’s sure to be a cracker of a race, so tune in over on The Paddle League Facebook page from around 11:15am local time Saturday morning.

Here’s when to tune in around the world…

11:15am Saturday Oregon
= 8:15am Saturday Hawaii
= 11:15am Saturday California
= 1:15pm Saturday Peru
= 2:15pm Saturday East Coast USA
= 3:15pm Saturday Brazil
= 7:15pm Saturday UK
= 8:15pm Saturday France/Spain/Italy
= 8:15pm Saturday in South Africa
= 1:15am Sunday in Thailand
= 3:15am Sunday in Japan
= 4:15am Sunday in Australia
= 5:15am Sunday in New Caledonia
= 6:15am Sunday in New Zealand

The Paddle League will also be live streaming the course races from 12:15pm Sunday (so just add one day and one hour to all the times above)

RACE START TIMES:
11:15am — Live stream goes on air
11:20am — Foil race start
11:30am — Women’s Double Down (first run)
12:00pm — Men’s Double Down (first run)
12:20pm — Men’s Open Downwinder
12:30pm — Women’s Open Downwinde
2:00pm — Women’s Double Down (second run)
2:30pm — Men’s Double Down (second run)

 

OPINION: The “ICF / ISA” Olympic saga has become a propaganda war, and the real loser is the sport.

We awoke this morning to news that the ICF’s upcoming championship event in Portugal has been canceled after a successful legal challenge from the ISA’s national affiliate in the country. It’s a disappointing outcome that has been met with a mix of disbelief and ambivalence from a SUP community that is now thoroughly sick and tired of the political saga being waged between these two Olympic federations.

The battle between the ICF (International Canoe Federation) and ISA (International Surfing Association) has been well publicised over the past 18 months ever since the canoe world launched a late bid to become the Olympic governing body of stand up paddleboarding. But while politics are a natural (though unfortunate) part of any sport, this saga is becoming utterly ridiculous.

What started out as a political dust-up between two organisations on the fringe of our sport has become an all-out propaganda war that risks engulfing the community. And the first casualty is going to be the sport itself.

The ICF and ISA are acting like selfish parents going through a messy divorce and arguing over custody of an adopted child. Nobody is asking what the child actually wants, and neither parent realises that their “child” moved out of home years ago anyway.

It’s classic paddletics, and enough is enough…   → READ MORE

“The hardest paddle I’ve ever done” — 8 days, 1 hour and 42 minutes in the Yukon wilderness.

As paddlers were standing on the shores of Molokai last Sunday morning, staring out at Oahu in the distance and preparing for one of the most challenging races of the year, Bart de Zwart and Ike Frans were taking their final strokes along a very different, much less fabled but far more difficult course.

On Sunday morning Alaska time, just 45 minutes before the start of Molokai2Oahu, Bart and Ike crossed the line to win the Yukon 1000, a mind-boggling race through some of the most remote territory on the planet. They’d been paddling since early Saturday …of the previous week.

After 8 days, 1 hour and 42 minutes, Bart and Ike won the world’s longest canoe race, an epic, 1609 kilometre-long adventure that stretches from Canada’s Yukon territory across the U.S. border into Alaska. The “race” (perhaps *odyssey* is a more fitting description) is an extraordinary test of both physical and mental strength, with competitors paddling 18 hours per day and almost zero human interaction except for their single team mate.   → READ MORE

MOLOKAI: Travis Grant, Terrene Black conquer the “Channel of Bones” on historic day in Hawaii

Travis Grant has outlasted Hawaii’s Connor Baxter to defend his Molokai-2-Oahu title and claim a fourth crown in the world’s most prestigious paddleboard race, while fellow Aussie Terrene Black has saluted for the second time after overpowering three-time champ Sonni Honscheid in a fantastic battle across the infamous ‘Channel of Bones’.   → READ MORE

Molokai PREVIEW: Who’s going to win the most prestigious race of the year?

And just like that, it’s the end of July. Where has this season gone? It seems like only yesterday we were freezing in the French Alps and getting ready to launch The Paddle League. Now it’s the end of July, the season is well over half done, and it’s suddenly time for the big one: Molokai.

The 32-mile, open-ocean channel crossing between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu has grown to become the most prestigious (and arguably: most challenging) race in the sport of paddleboarding, whether that be standing up or laying down. And this year is set to be a cracker, with a stacked field and promising conditions lining up to create a monumental showdown for this six-star specialty event.

Race day is Sunday, but in the meantime, here’s a quick look at the top contenders for this year’s Molokai crown.   → READ MORE