After more than 24 hours of non-stop paddling, Bart de Zwart has just reached the halfway point in the 715km (444 mile) Yukon River Quest, a truly epic paddle race that’s happening in the Canadian wilderness this week.
Bart made it to the mandatory rest point at Carmacks (which is actually not even quite halfway) about an hour ago. Right now he’ll be stretching, eating, hydrating, and preparing for a quick sleep before getting back out on the water. He’s already been paddling for 24 hours and 37 minutes (non-stop!), and after the mandatory 7 hour break, he’ll have another 25-35 hours of paddling in front of him, depending on conditions and how his body is feeling. Bart isn’t planning to stop again until the finish line… → READ MORE
There’s just something about stand up paddlers and last minute event registration. It seems that every year, at just about every big event, almost every paddler leaves it right til the last minute to register. It’s a headache for event organisers, especially at big events with knockout heat formats that need to be seeded, such as the Pacific Paddle Games.
So to make things flow smooth on race day, this year PPGs organisers are cutting off event rego two weeks before the racing actually begins. No registering on the eve of the race or even in the week leading up to it, and certainly no signing up to race at the beach on the morning of the event. → READ MORE
“The last unknown is the sleep deprivation – there are many stories of paddlers seeing dancing bears, people walking on water, trees on fire and hearing strange voices.”
That’s Bart de Zwart talking about the Yukon River Quest, an extraordinary race that stretches for 715km (444 miles) through the Canadian wilderness. The 2016 edition begins in less than 24 hours, and for the first time ever stand up paddlers have been allowed to enter. → READ MORE
So this is what Jacko’s “Super Lap” race format looks like in action.
Michael Booth takes a shortcut on lap 3 of the 10km course race at the SUP World Cup yesterday, instantly bringing the contest to life. Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Great little highlights reel from the Happy Summer SUP Race in Namur, Belgium, where Jeremy Teulade upstaged a small but elite field of emerging European contenders to claim Week 8 of the EuroTour.
The Frenchman beat home Norm Weber from Germany, Davide Ionico from Italy, along with compatriots Martin Letourneur and Boris Jinvresse, while Petronella van Malsen upset Amandine Chazot in the women’s. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid have claimed victories at the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup here in Germany today, overcoming an elite field and a rollercoaster of wild and beautiful weather to claim the overall wins at the seaside town of Scharbeutz.
Connor sure did it the hard way though: After finishing runner-up to Casper Steinfath in yesterday’s sprints, the Starboard superstar once again had to settle for 2nd place today, with Michael Booth conquering this afternoon’s 10km ‘Super Lap’ course race. But with Casper slipping back to 4th today and Boothy having a shocker on Saturday, Connor snuck to the top of the overall event standings, and in doing so took home the lion’s share of the $25k prize purse. → READ MORE
Frenchman Jeremy Teulade has claimed Week 8 of the EuroTour for Team Starboard, out-sprinting Norm Weber (Siren), Davide Ionico (Fanatic), Martin Letourneur (Hobie) team mate Boris Jinvresse, compatriot Joseph Gueguen (Nah Skwell) and home country hero Joep van Bakel (Fanatic) after almost an hour and a half of tight, flat water racing in the Belgian city of Namur to win the Happy Summer SUP Race.
Click through for full results… → READ MORE
We’re less than a month away from one of the real gems on the international calendar, the classic Maui 2 Molokai SUP race in Hawaii that’s often rated as the greatest downwind run on the planet.
As part of the traditional “Downwind Month” in Hawaii, M2M is set for Saturday July 16th this year, and it’s also looking set to attract a pretty solid field. → READ MORE
After a great week of competition at the EuroSUP championship in Lacanau, it’s straight into the next round over here in Europe, with the seemingly-endless European Summer of SUP continuing on to Germany and Belgium this weekend.
Up on the north coast of Germany we’ve got the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup, an iconic event that dates way back to 2009, and which will see many international names on the line including Connor Baxter, Michael Booth, Jake Jensen, Casper Steinfath, Sonni Hönscheid and Fiona Wylde. Meanwhile just over the border in Belgium we’ve got Namur’s annual Happy Summer SUP Race, which is Week 8 of the EuroTour. → READ MORE
Check out this great highlights reel from the final day of competition here at the EuroSUP championship in Lacanau, where Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana starred for Team France in the long (and hot) distance race.
In total, France won five out of the six gold medals on offer, along with four silver medals in what was an absolutely dominant performance from the host nation. → READ MORE
And now for something completely different: Novelty-sized boxing on a novelty-sized paddle board. Quite possibly the craziest/whackiest/funniest thing ever filmed on a SUP.
I don’t know what I just watched, but I can’t stop watching… → READ MORE
France’s Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana have triumphed in the long distance race here at the Oxbow EuroSUP Championship in Lacanau this afternoon, repeating their gold medal performances from Monday’s course race to seal a memorable week for the host nation.
Under blazing-hot blue skies, Titou edged out his very impressive young compatriot Arthur Arutkin, while the Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, once again had to settle for third in what was a mirror of Monday’s podium. → READ MORE
Discover the unique world of ultra long distance stand up paddle racing with four-time 11 City Tour champion and all-round SUP explorer Bart de Zwart… → READ MORE
In brief: Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana have made it a golden start to the Oxbow EuroSUP Championships for Team France, claiming victories in the men’s and women’s course races respectively, with Arthur Arutkin finishing a close runner-up to make it a clean sweep for the host nation.
With small waves but plenty of wind making for a bumpy race here in the surf mecca of Lacanau, Olivia proved far too strong for the other women, paddling clear to win by three minutes from the rapidly-improving Susak Molinero (Spain) and the always consistent Marie Buchanan (England). → READ MORE
Check out this great highlights reel from the SUPer Surfers Challenge in picture-postcard Poreč, where Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde scored big wins for Week 7 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.
Poreč sure looks like a mighty fine place to go paddling (oh and how cool is that floating playground…). → READ MORE