Jake Jensen and Karla Gilbert took out Currumbin SUP Club’s inaugural “Downwind Challenge” on Queensland’s Gold Coast yesterday, with the five dozen assembled paddlers enjoying a great downwinder from the iconic Snapper Rocks north to Tallebudgera, a run of approximately 11kms (6.8 miles).
Organisers were blessed with strong southerly winds on race day, which whipped up plenty of bumps along this famous local run and made for some very fast times. → READ MORE
Larry Cain has won Tennessee’s 31 mile Chattajack race, aka the “Inland Molokai”, for the third year in a row, outlasting Bart de Zwart in a repeat of last year’s result to claim victory in 5 hours, 14 minutes.
After the 2015 race was decided in a sprint to the line, the 1984 Olympic canoeing Gold Medalist broke free well before the finish to secure a big win, coming home 11 minutes clear of his Starboard teammate. → READ MORE
Bart de Zwart has continued to cement his reputation as one of the
craziest most inspiring paddlers in the world, taking out the 92km Great Glen Paddle in Scotland last weekend and setting yet another ultra long distance race record in the process.
To put the race in perspective, Bart won in 10 hours 50 minutes, which was a record fast time for this course; some of the other paddlers were out there for 15 or 16 hours.
Click through to read Bart’s race recap… → READ MORE
Titouan Puyo won the 14′ French Downwind Championships last week, edging out fellow world-beater Arthur Arutkin and a new name to watch, Clément Colmas, to claim the Presqu’ile Paddle Race.
Titou showed vintage form in the moderate downwind conditions, pulling away from the field to win by a clear margin. The event followed the popular new “Double Downwind” format, with a run on Saturday and another on Sunday before times were combined to produce the overall results. → READ MORE
Check out this interesting little interview with the newly crowned world number two and PPGs giant killer Michael Booth, where he talks about some of the reasons behind his meteoric rise through the ranks over the past twelve months.
After a stellar run in Europe and a string of big results elsewhere on the circuit, Boothy announced himself as the distance paddler with a commanding victory in the Pacific Paddle Games six mile race, aka the most competitive event of all time. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter took out the much-hyped Red Bull Heavy Water event in San Francisco last week, surviving the solid waves at Ocean Beach to edge out arch-rival Kai Lenny and pick up a record $20,000 prize.
Zane Schweitzer crossed in third to make it a clean sweep for the Maui Boys, with Casper Steinfath having to settle for fourth place. → READ MORE
Here’s an inspiring little clip that Quickblade posted a couple of weeks ago, featuring adaptive paddlers Jonas Letieri and Tom from San Francisco, who have both overcome the odds to enjoy the world of stand up.
Via QB’s resident filmmaker Chris Aguilar, the clip chronicles the trip to San Fran to score a downwind run. → READ MORE
Mike Jucker from Stand Up Magazin is back with another great behind-the-scenes race recap, this time from the World Series race on Maui, which saw some entertaining conditions for the surf race at Ho’okipa.
When you can’t get to a race, I feel these sort of vlogs give you a better insight than the standard short/sharp recap clips that events put out these days. Mike blends a good mix of race footage, personal commentary and interesting interviews with the athletes themselves. → READ MORE
Although the season has started winding down after the high of Doheny earlier this month, the racing season never really ends these days… There were a bunch of events around the world in late October, and we’ve still got the Worlds next month before Aussie Downwind Week and the Paris Crossing in December.
Over on Maui last week, Kai Lenny and Fiona Wylde took late-season wins at the World Series event, edging out a small but elite field in fun conditions that saw both a Maliko downwind run and a surf race at the windsurfing mecca of Ho’okipa. → READ MORE