Welcome to our SUP 11 City Tour LIVE BLOG powered by Starboard.
The 11 City Tour is an incredibly unique/crazy/amazing race. Held over five days, competitors paddle 220kms through the countryside in “Friesland,” a province in the northwest of the Netherlands. It’s the longest SUP race in the world (it’s basically the Tour de France of SUP).
The 11 Cities is incredibly challenging both physically and mentally, but it’s also an awesome adventure. And now thanks to Starboard we’ll have daily insights, photos and results for you all week. Click through for our latest updates. → READ MORE
Early results are in from Japan, where the World Series is holding the second of its four stops this year. The Hayama Pro has attracted an elite little group of the world’s best young (and a few not so young) paddlers, including Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter, Candice Appleby and Fiona Wylde.
We’ll have a full recap/results/photos later – I’m pushing this post out in the few minutes I have spare this morning, before we begin stage 3 of the crazy SUP 11 City Tour here in the Netherlands. → READ MORE
So there’s some rather big news out of Southern California today: Candice Appleby, one of the most recognisable names in the sport of stand up paddling, is joining the Infinity Speed Freaks racing team.
Candice will start racing the Dave Boehne-shaped race boards immediately, in a move that instantly makes Infinity one of the more prominent race teams going round. In addition to Candice, the brand has long been home to champion paddler/bearded warrior Slater Trout, along with Anthony Vela and a host of promising juniors. → READ MORE
I stumbled upon this video a couple of weeks ago that showed stand up paddling in, of all places, Mozambique.
Now Mozambique doesn’t really spring to mind when you think of SUP meccas, in fact it’s one of the last places you’d imagine the sport taking off. But it seems the country has a lot going for it: beautiful coastline, enthusiastic locals and a pioneering Californian named Tim Warner. → READ MORE
Watch this great highlights reel from the Rogue crew’s trip to Hood River last week.
The clip features some great angles of the race action, a few glimpses of what makes the Gorge so much fun, along with words from Rogue’s Maui boy Josh Riccio and new ambassador Brian Meyer. → READ MORE
Watch this awesome tribute to the one of the greatest paddlers on the planet, Travis Grant.
Courtesy of Quickblade Paddles, the clip pays homage to Trav’s amazing run of results this year, all of which he achieved using the Quickblade “Trifecta” paddle that he helped Jim Terrell design. → READ MORE
There are big changes to the World Rankings following an incredible weekend of racing up in the Gorge. We have a new world number one, a top 10 debutante, several bolters and dozens of other +/- movers on the Men’s Top 100 Leaderboard.
Click through for our full analysis of the latest changes… → READ MORE
Wow… What a weekend of racing we’ve just witnessed. We’ll have a full recap from the 2015 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge up shortly, but in the meantime here are the results from the Elite Races and changes to the World Rankings (the Gorge had a massive impact on the Men’s Top 100 Leaderboard). → READ MORE
SUP the Mag has just announced a few more details about their inaugural Pacific Paddle Games, which is set to take over California’s Doheny State Beach (aka the “spiritual home” of SUP racing) on October 10th & 11th and may very well be the biggest race of the year.
While we already know the PPGs will give out the largest prize purse in the history of the sport, now we know a bit more about how the action on the water will look. → READ MORE
Watch this great Molokai 2 Oahu recap from Kody Kerbox and his dad Buzzy, aka Team Kerbox.
Some really cool water angles in there, along with running commentary that gives us some insights into what was an extremely tough channel crossing this year. → READ MORE
Vincent Verhoeven has just taken out the latest race in France, claiming the 16km (10 mile) downwinder on the weekend. Held in Morbian, a region in the northwest province of Brittany that’s home to a good chunk of France’s top paddlers, Vincent ran away in the light bumps to claim victory after 1 hour 35 minutes.
A few of France’s top names were missing, however Vincent overcame a couple of very experienced rivals in Greg Closier and former Team France representative Gaetan Sene. → READ MORE
Last weekend Fiona Wylde, Werner Paddles and Big Winds hosted the first ever “Paddle With The Pros” session in Hood River, with the aim of getting more paddlers out on the water and sharing the stoke of stand up.
Hood River has become a real mecca for paddling. It’s home to the big Gorge Paddle Challenge (coming up next week), along with the original junior training program, Big Winds’ “JET” (Junior Elite Team), of which Fiona herself is a graduate. → READ MORE
Here’s an extended summary from the 2015 SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime, France’s classic event that was part of the new Euro Tour this summer.
The race was won by Travis Grant and Titouan Puyo, who split the honours in the Beach Race and Distance Race, while Euro Tour champ Sonni Honscheid dominated the women’s races. → READ MORE
And just like that, it’s August. This year has flown by. Seems like only yesterday we were getting excited about the first major race of the year, the Carolina Cup. That was four months ago.
We’re now halfway through the international stand up paddling “season,” which loosely runs from April to October (with a couple of outposts in December). Carolina, OluKai, the Worlds, the Euro Tour, Payette and Molokai have already been run and won, while we’ve still got the Gorge Paddle Challenge, Pacific Paddle Games and a few World Series races to look forward to.
So because we’re halfway through the year, I thought it’d be a good time to analyse the best paddlers of 2015 so far. → READ MORE
Despite there being no big races this weekend there have still been a few changes to the SUP Racer World Rankings.
Why? Because it’s been exactly 12 months since the 2014 Ultimate SUP Showdown was held, which means it’s now time for that event to be purged from the system. And considering it was the second highest scoring race of 2014, the Showdown’s removal has had a big impact on the Men’s Top 100 and Women’s Top 50 Leaderboards. → READ MORE