If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Buy ‘Em: The Amazing Story Of Kai Lenny’s Secret Plan To Win Molokai

Kai Lenny Molokai SUPKai Lenny really wants to win Molokai. He really, really wants to win. So much so that he and his sponsors went to extraordinary lengths to achieve greatness this year.

To understand this story is to understand how incredibly driven, determined and insanely competitive Kai Lenny is. It’s a story of winning at all costs. But it’s also a story of mutual respect and admiration between two incredible ocean athletes, as you’ll discover at the end.   → READ MORE

19 Awesome Photos That Tell The Story Of Molokai 2 Oahu

Molokai 2 Oahu wavesMolokai 2 Oahu is the most prestigious race in the world. The 32 mile crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel (aka the Channel of Bones) is steeped in history, with each new edition producing countless heroic stories both in front of and behind the scenes. And this year’s race probably created more highlights than ever before…

With brutally slow conditions out in the channel and overhead surf to greet paddlers near the finish line, Molokai 2015 will be remembered for a long time to come. Now that the dust has settled, I’ve been looking back at some of the amazing photos from this year’s classic race and wanted to share a few of the best.    → READ MORE

The Story Behind Travis Grant’s Magic Molokai Board

Travis Grant Molokai 2 OahuOne of the biggest talking points around Molokai this year was boards. And no board has raised more curiosity than the winning stick of Travis Grant, so I wanted to take a closer look at this “Magic Molokai Board” and find out what makes it so special.

Travis, who is clearly the best paddler in the world right now regardless of what the current rankings say, unleashed one of the all-time greatest performances to claim his second Molokai 2 Oahu crown on Sunday.    → READ MORE

Zane Schweitzer Tops The Podium At The Party In Italia

Italia Surf Expo SUP RaceZane Schweitzer has won the 2015 Italia Surf Expo SUP Race, saluting against a small but very elite field of European stars in what looked to be a festival atmosphere.

Zane didn’t actually win either of the two races on the weekend – the distance and the sprints – however his pair of runner-up performances was enough for the overall event title ahead of Casper Steinfath and Leo Nika.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games Announces World Record Prize Purse Of $55,000

Pacific Paddle Games doheny californiaYesterday, SUP the Mag announced their inaugural Pacific Paddle Games will offer athletes a prize purse of $55,000. In what can only be described as massive news, this instantly makes the Pacific Paddle Games the richest event in stand up paddling history.

Set for October 10th & 11th at the “spiritual home” of SUP racing – Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California – the PPGs are expected to be one of the biggest races of the year. Probably the biggest.   → READ MORE

Molokai 2 Oahu: Travis Grant And Sonni Honscheid Triumph In Grueling Conditions

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Travis Grant and Sonni Hönscheid have just won the most prestigious race of the year: The Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships in Hawaii. Travis claims his second title in three years to stamp himself as one of the greatest paddlers in the sport, while Sonni Honscheid deserves she belongs up there with the best after going back-to-back.

With some of the slowest and most grueling conditions in recent memory (there was virtually no wind at all), Travis outlasted Kai Lenny and Lincoln Dews for the men’s solo unlimited crown, while Sonni held off an impressive Annabel Anderson, who took second place over the line despite paddling a stock 14 footer.    → READ MORE

Molokai: Are You Ready?

Molokai 2 Oahu SUP race video 2014The countdown to Molokai is almost complete. In less than 48 hours, 200 odd paddlers will be standing on the beach on Molokai staring out into a big wide ocean. They’ll be squinting their eyes trying to make out the silhouette of Oahu in the distance. On a clear day you can just see it.

Between them and the finish line is the biggest challenge in the world of paddleboarding: The 32 mile Ka’iwi Channel, aka the Channel of Bones.   → READ MORE

Bad Date: Australia’s Campaign For The 2016 ISA Worlds Is Already In Trouble

Team Australia ISA World Stand Up Paddle ChampionshipThe 2016 ISA World Championship is still a good 8-10 months away, however some of the medals may have already been decided. That’s because Australia, the winningest nation in ISA history, just changed the dates of its National Titles to a weekend where virtually all its best paddlers will be overseas.

The Aussie Titles, the event solely responsible for deciding Australia’s team for the Worlds, was originally set for mid-November. However a few weeks ago the national governing body, Surfing Australia, brought the event forward to October 11th-15th. The same weekend as the big Pacific Paddle Games…   → READ MORE

Paddleboarding In The CrossFit Games

prone paddleboarding CrossFit GamesThis isn’t entirely stand up paddling news, but I thought it was pretty cool all the same: Prone paddleboarding is part of the 2015 CrossFit Games, which are happening right now in LA.

The CrossFit Games, also known as the Olympics for people who do 580 pull-ups before breakfast, run July 21-26 with paddleboarding one of the first events on the schedule.    → READ MORE

Results And Photos From The San Clemente Ocean Fest

stand up paddleboard racingOne of the long-running staples of the SoCal racing scene, the San Clemente Ocean Fest, was held on the weekend. Despite the unseasonably strange weather, a good chunk of the local paddling community came out for what looked to be a fun weekend of racing.

The weather was so bizarre that Day 1 was actually put on hold due to lightning strikes, however when the event resumed on Day 2, paddlers were met with clear blue skies and some solid little waves that made for super fun racing.   → READ MORE

WATCH: America’s Cup Hero Jimmy Spithill’s Molokai Insights

Molokai to Oahu stand up paddleboard raceThe most prestigious race of the year, Molokai 2 Oahu, is only six days away. We’ll be previewing the big race all week, including a look at the contenders for the men’s and women’s crown. We’ll also have live coverage and mid-channel updates from the lead boats on race day.

But to warm up for Molokai Week, here’s a throwback to last year’s race. Bluesmiths produced this great feature on Jimmy Spithill, who competed in the 2014 Molokai solo.    → READ MORE

Changes To The World Rankings Leaderboard Following Maui 2 Molokai

SUP Racer World Rankings mWe’ve just updated the SUP Racer World Rankings to include results and points from the Maui 2 Molokai race. The M2M scored 21.5% on the men’s Race Index this year (down slightly on last year), but unfortunately didn’t qualify at all for the women’s World Rankings.

Check out our Maui 2 Molokai recap for more analysis of the latest Leaderboard changes, where Aussie Matt Nottage was the big mover. Then check back through the week for a preview of how Molokai 2 Oahu could impact the World Rankings Leaderboard – Molokai is set to score very high on the Race Index and will therefore have a big impact on the rankings.

In the meantime you can view the updated SUP Racer World Rankings Top 100 Men and Top 50 Women.   → READ MORE

Travis Grant, Terrene Black Win The Cline Mann Memorial Race, Tune Up For Molokai

Travis Grant OluKai raceAnd so Downwind Month continues. At the same time Connor Baxter was winning his sixth straight Maui 2 Molokai race on Saturday, one of his key rivals in ocean racing, Travis Grant, was dominating the Cline Mann Memorial Paddleboard Race over on Oahu.

Perhaps it was symbolic that Connor crossed the line first on Molokai while Travis won on Oahu, as these guys are the two favourites for next weekend’s Molokai 2 Oahu showdown. Connor has won three of the past four M2O showdowns, while Travis is the 2013 champion and went very close to beating Connor twelve months ago.   → READ MORE