Sonni Honscheid and Daniel Hasulyo have won the Kerama Blue Cup on Japan’s Zamami Island

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Congratulations @sonnihoenscheid and @danielhasulyo for taking out the Kerama Blue Cup on Zamami Island in Japan! πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅πŸ†πŸŽ‰ The Starboard duo tamed the tough conditions in the 18km distance race to claim their second set of Asia Tour victories in the past seven days (they both saluted last weekend in Taiwan as well). Home nation heroes @kenny_kaneko (ONE) and young gun Rai Taguchi (@raisupokinawa; SIC) filled the men's podium, while @takayo_yokoyama and @kate_bakersup (ONE) took second and third behind the all-conquering German πŸ™Œ Full results from the 1km, 3km, 6km and 18km races up on the "Kerama Blue Cup" Facebook #zamami #paddleleague (photo credits: @sehsa / @sineshine1989)

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Titouan Puyo and Fiona Wylde won the French downwinder in VendΓ©e

Titouan Puyo and Fiona Wylde have surfed their way to victory in week 3 of the EuroTour, claiming the VendΓ©e Gliss Event on France’s west coast.

Titou out-surfed fellow Frenchman Arthur Arutkin and week 2 winner Michael Booth to even the score with the Aussie powerhouse at one European win apiece.

Meanwhile, Hood River hero Fiona Wylde felt right at home in the bumps, coasting clear to defeat Sunova’s Amandine Chazot and Maui wunderkind Annie Reickert en route to her second French win in seven days.   → READ MORE

The Paddle League Manifesto

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"The Paddle League is for the kids, the pros and the average joes. It's for the grassroots and the mass starts. It's for the dark horses and golden buoys. It's for the sprints, the ultras, the BOPs and the bumps. It's for the events, the fans, the media and the brands. It's for the future."⁣ ⁣ "The Paddle League is for the sport."⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ …we're inviting you to read The Paddle League MANIFESTO where we share our vision for the future of stand up paddling. We're also revealing some of the new projects we're building and the reasons why we're so excited about the future of this great sport πŸ€™β£ ⁣⁣ Read the full manifesto on paddleleague.com (link in bio)⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #paddleleague #forthesport

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The Paddle League is for the kids, the pros and the average joes. It’s for the grassroots and the mass starts. It’s for the dark horses and golden buoys. It’s for the sprints, the ultras, the BOPs and the bumps. It’s for the events, the fans, the media and the brands. It’s for the future.

The Paddle League is for the sport.

What should the future of stand up paddling look like? Take a look at The Paddle League Manifesto to find out why we believe stand up paddling is an open sport that should be promoted in an open way. There’s a good glimpse of what The League will look like in 2019 and beyond…

Azur Paddle Days: Fiona Wylde, Michael Booth claim victory in France

Starboard superstars Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde have started their summer seasons in style, saluting at the “Azur Paddle Days” EuroTour event in Villefranche, France this afternoon.

Boothy edged out regular sparring partner Titouan Puyo by about 10 seconds after an hour of paddling, while Titou’s team-mate from NSP, Ty Judson, was close behind in third. Martin Vitry took top honours for the home team in fourth, while Carolina runner-up Bruno Hasulyo had to settle for fifth in a sign of how tough the summer clashes are going to be.   → READ MORE

Casper Steinfath’s “Skagerrak” is a fascinating film about life that happens to include some paddling

There’s a scene about five minutes into the movie “Skagerrak” where Casper Steinfath lists all the good and bad things he learned from his bold yet unsuccessful attempt to paddle from Denmark to Norway in the winter of 2017. The bad column has 16 entries including hypothermia, “crazy conditions” and being better prepared if he loses consciousness in the middle of a cold, dark ocean.

The “good” column has one entry, and it’s trivial at best.

This sets the tone for the young Dane’s second attempt at the infamous “Skagerrak Strait” in early 2018 – where he again aims to be the first person to paddle the 140km of open ocean that separates these Scandinavian neighbours (and again, in winter).

But rather than simply chronicling a daring yet straightforward adventure, this “story of redemption” transcends the physical act of paddling and delves much deeper in the life of Casper and those around him; the film becomes a search for a reason why we do the things we do in life.   → READ MORE

Why I’m going to Kyiv, not Carolina…

It’s race day in Carolina. In just a few hours, many of the world’s top athletes and hundreds of weekend warriors will hit the water for a major celebration of the sport in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

The Carolina Cup is a classic race filled with classic performances that have produced countless classic stories. But while I’ve enjoyed writing many of those stories over the years, for the first time in half a decade I’m going to be following the event from afar.

Carolina has been one of my favourite stops on the international circuit. I raced the Graveyard in 2014 before returning to live stream the main event in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. I’ve had a lot of fun, met a lot of cool people and made a lot of fond memories in Wrightsville.

Now it’s time to move on.   → READ MORE

Bart de Zwart: Paddling through Vanuatu (and going back in time)

Another loud explosion. We looked at each other with a mix of excitement and fear, and we wondered what was waiting for us at the top…

We were hiking the ridge of Mount Yasur on the island of Tanna, one of 83 outposts in the South Pacific that form the nation of Vanuatu. Yasur is one of the world’s few active volcanoes considered “safe” to view up close; we were still two hoars from the top but already the mountain was making thunderous, frightening sounds.

As we walked, I reflected on how we had gotten to that point…   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo and Yuka Sato have claimed the Air France Paddle Festival in Tahiti

Congratulations Titou and Yuka. Full report to follow…

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Congrats Yuka and Titou for winning a very long, very hot race in Tahiti today! Massive effort from both of you πŸ’ͺπŸŒ΄πŸ’¦ Special mention to 15-year-old @keoni_sulpice who was just 11 seconds behind "Silk" after more than two hours of tough paddling, as well as @oliviapiana who finished runner-up despite having to borrow a board at the very last minute πŸ™Œ Actually… anyone that even finished the 24k grind deserves a medal – that looked draining! πŸ˜…πŸ™ˆ Thanks a lot to @seychellesup for joining me on the @paddleleague live stream commentary, hope you all had as much fun watching at home as we did in the booth! 😁 Such a pleasure to work with the amazing crew from TNTV (plus The League's in-house producer @trev_sup) to showcase this epic event. See you next year, Tahiti! πŸ‡΅πŸ‡«πŸ™ @airfrance @tahitinuitelevision

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