Danny Ching, Candice Appleby Set To Headline Team USA At The Worlds In May

Danny Ching ISA World ChampionshipsDanny Ching and Candice Appleby are set to compete at the ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship for the first time, headlining a very strong Team USA lineup. The duo will be joined in Sayulita, Mexico by 2014 team members Slater Trout and Chuck Glynn.

This is a huge boost for not only Team USA but the ISA Worlds in general.

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New Era In Board Design For Starboard And Connor Baxter

Stand Up Paddle race board testingEarlier this month I had the pleasure of spending a week at Starboard International HQ just outside Bangkok. I traveled to Thailand (at my own expense I should add) to see what the latest was from one of the world’s premiere race brands. Just so happened that world #1 Connor Baxter was in town at the same time, testing out prototypes and fine tuning what appears to be a new direction for the Starboard race team.

In between exploring the city’s colourful nightlife, inventing a new style of racing and inventing a whole new sport in general, I found time to chat with Connor about this new era.   → READ MORE

Travis Grant Topples Titouan Puyo At The NBS Race In New Caledonia

Travis Grant downwind stand up paddlingTravis Grant toppled Titouan Puyo at home in New Caledonia last weekend, taking out the Downwind/Beach Race double at the NBS Race.

These two guys are a couple of the world’s premiere bump riders. While you may think “Connor” and “Kalama” when you think downwind supremos, Travis and Titou are both firmly on the top level as well. These guys have a sixth sense for reading the ocean, and if the wind is blowing and the bumps are running, you’ll struggle to keep them in sight.   → READ MORE

The Aussies Unite To Support Harry’s Paddle (And Boost The SUP Racer World Rankings)

Harry's Paddle stand up paddle raceComprehensive results, recap, photos and video from Harry’s Paddle, a major charity race that took place in Stockton, New South Wales on the weekend. It looks like it was a fantastic event that will go down as one of the biggest and best in Australia’s SUP racing history.

The weekend attracted enough elite talent to qualify for the SUP Racer World Rankings, which saw a dozen Aussies make a jump up the Top 100 men’s leaderboard.   → READ MORE

Fun Times In Sayulita

Stand-Up-Paddling-Sayulita-MexicoWe’ve just wrapped up the 2015 Punta Sayulita SUP Classic, where the local world beaters have shown that Team Mexico will be a force to be reckoned with at the upcoming ISA Worlds.

Javier “Bicho” Jimenez took out today’s distance race to back up his runner-up finish in Saturday’s Elite Race. Bicho swapped 1-2 finishes with expat Ryan Helm…   → READ MORE

One Of The Five ‘Majors’ Just Got Even Bigger: Payette River Games Secures TV Broadcast Deal

Payette River Games stand up paddlingAs if a $50,000 prize purse and the title of “Funnest event of the year” weren’t already enough of a drawcard, now we’ve all got one more reason to register for the 2015 Payette River Games: An exclusive broadcast deal with CBS Sports Network.

Race organisers recently signed an agreement with the cable channel that will see the PRGs given the full post-production treatment and an exclusive airing slot in July.   → READ MORE

What Are Four Of The World’s Top Ranked Paddlers Doing In New Zealand This Week?

Connor Baxter Stand Up PaddlingResults are in from one of the more exclusive SUP races on the calendar: The Ultimate Waterman, an invite-only event that’s been happening in New Zealand all this week. The competition, which sees 8x elite ocean athletes descend on the country for six days of surfing and paddling, is a made for TV style production that attempts to crown the best all-round ocean athlete.

It has the backing of major companies such as Red Bull and looks to be a fairly high-end affair. And lucky for us, half of the competitors are stand up paddlers.   → READ MORE

Bumps For Days… Watch Josh Riccio’s Epic Hawaiian Downwinder

Josh Riccio Downwind Stand Up Paddling HawaiiDownwind season is just around the corner. Just in case you needed any extra motivation to go downwind paddling in Hawaii, watch this awesome highlights reel from the 2014 Maui 2 Molokai race.

The clip features one of the most under-rated paddlers on the planet, Josh Riccio, who surfed his way to victory in the M2M stock class last year.    → READ MORE

Highlights From The Rum Run In The Cayman Islands

stand-up-paddling-cayman-islandsCheck out this cool highlights reel from the “Rum Run” race, which went down in the Cayman Islands back in January and was won by Chuck Glynn. Looks like a pretty rad spot to go stand up paddling.

It also looks like there’s a growing scene of early season SUP races in the Caribbean…   → READ MORE

Candice Appleby, Mo Freitas Win The Santa Cruz Paddlefest

Santa Cruz PaddlefestMo Freitas and Candice Appleby have been crowned King and Queen of the Santa Cruz Paddlefest after taking out the elite SUP race and performing strongly in the surfing event as well.

The 29th Annual Paddlefest was held from Friday to Sunday and mixed SUP racing, SUP surfing and some oldschool kayak surfing as well. Not sure how that all fits but it did look like it was a super fun weekend, and the event featured many of the sport’s most recognisable faces.   → READ MORE

World’s Most Unique SUP Race? Results & Photos From The ‘Bat Race’ – Held On An Underground Lake In Switzerland

Bat Race 8Remember that underground stand up paddle race we announced a couple of months ago? The Bat Race. It was set to happen on a lake inside a cave under the earth in Switzerland, which instantly gave it the title of “World’s Most Unique SUP Race.”

Well it happened on the weekend. And it was rather spectacular…   → READ MORE

Plenty Of Waves And Wetsuits At Latest Round Of The Swell Beach Race Series

Winter Stand Up PaddlingResults and photos from the latest round of the Swell Beach Race Series, France’s long-running, always-entertaining and usually-freezing-cold SUP race tour held in the province of Brittany biannually.

As always there was a lot of neoprene on display as a few dozen brave souls battled cold water and some solid waves to complete the 5 lap, 7km race. Coming out on top was young gun Arthur Daniel…   → READ MORE

Racing In Lanes: Video/Results From The Australian Flatwater SUP Fest

Stand Up Paddling in rowing lanesThe 2nd annual Australian Flatwater SUPFest was held in Sydney this weekend, with competitors from across the country (and a few from overseas) racing down the Olympic rowing/kayak course at Penrith. The 200m, 1,000m and 5,000m SUP races were held as a sideshow during Australian Canoeing’s National Sprint Titles event…   → READ MORE

Lost Mills 2015: Big Additions To Europe’s Most Classic Race

The Lost Mills Stand Up Paddle Race
In exactly 12 weeks from today, a good chunk of the world’s best stand up paddle athletes will come together in one of the more obscure SUP racing hot-spots: A lake in the middle of the Bavarian countryside.

Germany’s “Lost Mills” International SUP Race, now in its 4th year, has become one of the most prestigious stand up paddle events outside the USA. Last year was an absolute classic and this year, with the backing of the new Euro Tour and a host of very interesting upgrades, the Lost Mills looks set to be an absolute cracker.   → READ MORE

100 Day Countdown: The $50,000 Payette River Games

Brittany-Parker-river-standup-paddlingToday marks the 100 day countdown to one of the biggest/richest/funnest races of the year: The Payette River Games.

Held in the last-place-you-would-imagine-as-a-SUP-mecca – Cascade, Idaho – the PRGs are part SUP race, part lumberjack tournament and part festival on the river in a beautiful, mountainous countryside. This is one of the most truly unique events on the SUP calendar. It’s also probably the funnest…   → READ MORE