Paddling for the new ‘ONE’ race team, Jake stormed home to finish almost a minute clear of Titou (NSP), while Starboard teammates Boothy and Beau were locked in a near photo finish for third. The big surprise came from 14-year-old New Caledonian Noic Garioud, who out-shined several seasoned veterans to finish top five. → READ MORE
While the northern hemisphere is receiving record snowfalls, the summer racing season is well underway in Australia, and coming up over the next two weekends we’ve got two of the biggest and longest-running events in the country: The 12 Towers ocean race on the Gold Coast and the Noosa Festival of Surfing a few hours north on the Sunshine Coast.
Queensland is arguably the richest breeding ground of talent in the world of paddleboarding (with apologies to Maui). The state is home to the likes of Michael Booth, Jake Jensen, Kelly Margetts, Beau O’Brian, Matt Nottage, Trevor Tunnington, Lincoln Dews, Paul Jackson, Angie Jackson, Karla Gilbert and several other world class prospects, while Travis Grant and Jamie Mitchell also called the Gold Coast home before relocating to Oahu a few years ago. → READ MORE
One of the many things I love about our sport is that it’s constantly evolving – every year we see new athletes and events revitalising the world of stand up paddleboarding with fresh energy and excitement – but while it’s great to have so much activity around the world, it can be hard to keep track of the biggest races and best athletes.
That’s why I created the SUP Racer World Rankings and Race Index¹ a few years ago, because in a sport as fragmented as ours, I wanted a way to measure both the world’s best paddlers and most competitive events. And even though it’s just one part of a much larger ecosystem, I’m pretty happy with the impact the World Rankings have had over the past few years.
But just like the rest of the sport, the rankings system is constantly evolving. Last year I introduced star ratings, and in ‘Season 2017’ I’m taking things a step further. → READ MORE
Surfing USA has taken a big step forward by announcing the inaugural USA Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championships, which will act as the team trials for the Stars & Stripes as they march towards the ISA Worlds in Denmark later this year.
Set for the weekend of June 16th-18th in Oceanside, California, the Championship represents the start of a new era for the 2015 world team champions, with the selection for the national squad previously being a loosely organised affair that was often met with criticism from some athletes who felt they never had a shot at proving themselves worthy. → READ MORE
In brief: Florida’s Robert Norman has broken the official world record for longest distance paddled on a SUP within 24 hours, completing 108 miles in an all day, all night effort that eclipsed the current standing of 106 miles set by Seychelle Hattingh just over 12 months ago.
Just like Seychelle’s effort, the performance was monitored by the Guinness World Records company, which helps make it “official” (Robert’s record is still waiting final approval but seems to have passed the criteria). → READ MORE
Josh Riccio, one of the most under-rated paddlers on the planet, has joined the F-One team for season 2017, as the French-based brand seeks to become more active in the racing scene to compliment its established presence in the SUP surfing world.
Based on Maui, Josh is one of the most talented guys on the water and mixes it with the best in all conditions.
Still ranked top 30 in the world despite a light schedule last year, he excels in the open ocean and has won the stock Maui2Molokai race several times. → READ MORE
Industry leader Quickblade Paddles has partnered with sports tracking device maker Motionize to produce the QB Smart Paddle, a new training tool that represents the next step in Quickblade’s long-standing commitment to innovation in the world of stand up paddle boarding.
This new paddle, which sees a Montionize device embedded inside an adjustable QB race shaft, tracks metrics such as distance per stroke and number of strokes per side. Some of the kayak-based training gadgets already offer something similar, but what makes the QB Smart Paddle apart unique is that it also measures the angle of your paddle shaft and blade on every stroke, which should give you a greater insight into how efficiently you’re paddling. → READ MORE
Supremely talented young gun Kody Kerbox and endurance champion Seychelle Hattingh have joined SIC for season 2017, with the Hawaiian and Floridian bolstering the team after a string of departures last month.
After several years of competing alongside the world’s best, including some big results at events including the Gorge Paddle Challenge, Kody had more or less retired from the elite side of the sport last year to focus on his studies. But this new deal with SIC will see him get back on the race circuit, at least to some extent. → READ MORE