It’s Gorge Week.

Mo Freitas
 
We’re only five days away from one of the biggest races of the year: The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon. And with an all-time lineup of athletes plus the famous Gorge downwind conditions, we’re set for a cracking showdown next weekend.

Stay tuned all week for daily coverage leading up to our signature race-day Facebook Live stream (on both Saturday and Sunday) alongside the crew from Quickblade Paddles.

Round Island Challenge: It sure took a while, but we finally made it around the island of Jersey.

Jersey-Round-Island-Challenge-paddle-raceWell that was certainly an adventure: 7 hours, 19 minutes and 1 broken body later, I (finally) crossed the line to complete the 2017 Jersey Round Island Challenge late on Sunday afternoon.

Massive thanks to all the organisers and volunteers for putting on such a great challenge – a mammoth, 32-mile odyssey designed to raise money for the Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation – and to all the local paddlers for making it such a fun adventure (plus a special thank you to everyone that followed my saga of an Instagram story during the race!).

Congratulations to PJ Simmons and Marie Buchanan for blitzing it on the time sheet (PJ went sub-six hours). Stay tuned for a full recap of this great event tomorrow, and pencil it in on your calendar for next season: September 1st, 2018.   → READ MORE

Next Stop… Jersey (the island) for a 34-mile charity race: The ‘Round Island Challenge’

Jersey

Before heading to Oregon for the massive Gorge Paddle Challenge next week, I decided I needed one last European summer adventure. So when the local paddlers from the island of Jersey* invited me over for a race called the ‘Round Island Challenge’ I was seriously considering it.

It sounded like a real adventure: Paddling 55kms (34 miles) non-stop around an island steeped in history. However, when they explained it was all to raise money for a very worthy charity, I decided that my lack of training and general fear of endurance competition was no excuse. Next stop: Jersey.   → READ MORE

Go Behind the Scenes at Molokai with Mike Jucker

Here’s another great vid from stand up paddling’s resident vlogger, Mike Jucker from Stand Up Magazin, who takes us behind-the-scenes at the most prestigious race of the year: the epic channel crossing from Molokai to Oahu.

Highlights from Yesterday’s Epic Channel Crossing in Hawaii