Fresh from reclaiming his 11 Cities title in the Netherlands last week, Bart de Zwart has chalked up yet another crazy endurance record: Winning the solo SUP division at the Muskoka River X race in Canada on the weekend. His winning time: 18 hours, 23 minutes. Yep…
Billed as the Longest Single Day Paddling Expedition In The World, the Muskoka River X sees competitors journey 130kms (80 miles) within a maximum time frame of 24 hours. It’s held in the middle of nowhere and the weather was so brutal this year that 46% of competitors failed to finish… → READ MORE
Jay Wild has defeated Ben Sarrazin, Brennan Rose and a host of local talent to claim the Tahoe Fall Classic at Lake Tahoe. This was the third and final stop of the 2014 Tahoe Cup race series, which also saw the Donner Lake and Jam From The Dam events.
Rob Rojas took line honours on his unlimited, making it a clean sweep for the series, however in the battle for the Elite 14′ title it was a close one between Jay and Ben. After 22 miles and over 4 hours of grueling, flat water paddling, Jay crossed the line just a couple of minutes ahead. → READ MORE
It only took me two and a half years, but the SUPracer.com Facebook cover photo has finally been changed.
As you will see, highlighted by the fact that I’m about to write 1,200 words on a topic most would suggest doesn’t even warrant a simple caption, I take my cover photos seriously. Like the exchange of flags between host cities at the Olympic Games closing ceremony or the inauguration of a new President, the changing of our Facebook cover photo is a weighty subject. → READ MORE
The last stop of the US SUP Tour race series was held in Huntington today. With solid little waves and an elite crew that are in town for Battle Month, the event offered up some pretty good action.
After a few rounds of racing (and countless buoy turn carnage pics), coming out on top were Zane Schweitzer and Fiona Wylde. Zaniac edged out Mo Freitas, Bicho Jimenez and Fernando Stalla, while Fiona Wylde was too good for Shae Foudy, Candice Appleby and Halie Harrison. → READ MORE
Dust off your skimpy beach outfits and brush up on your Portuguese: The Battle of the Paddle Brazil is set to return bigger and better this year.
The 2014 Battle of the Paddle Brazil (or Battle of the Paddle Brasil for the purists) will be happening on the weekend of November 22nd & 23rd. Prize money has been ramped up to $25,000 and the whole event is moving south. → READ MORE
Very nice video recap of last week’s Round The Rock race in Seattle. The event featured around 300 paddlers and the main event, the 13 mile loop around Mercer Island, was dominated by Chase Kosterlitz and Lina Augaitis.
This clip comes from the crew at Sunplay.com, who also gave us that great Payette edit, the awesome video from Carolina as well as the Dave Kalama Speaks film. → READ MORE
Unless you were living on Mars, under a rock, with your fingers in your ears all last week, you would have heard about a little race called the SUP 11 City Tour that went down in the Netherlands.
The 11 Cities is a unique race. First: It’s long. Very long. Over 200 kilometres all said and done. Second: It’s held across five days, in five different stages. It’s like the Tour de France of SUP.
It’s an amazing event and one that you should definitely add to your bucket list. The SUP 11 City Tour is long. It’s painful. You’ll hate it. You’ll love it. You’ll make great friends. Lasting memories. Sore muscles. Big smiles. You’ll test yourself physically. You’ll test yourself even more so mentally. Oh and your hands will be full of calluses. → READ MORE
After all the fanfare in the lead up to last month’s event, we’ll soon get to see exactly what the Ultimate SUP Showdown looks like on TV. The hour-long broadcast on CBS Sports Network – one of the Showdown’s main selling points – is happening in just 10 days.
So if you weren’t on the beach in Waikiki last month and wanna see how it all went down (and if you live in the States…), you don’t long to wait: The Showdown will air on CBS Sports Network Sunday 21st September @ 3pm East Coast, 12 noon California and 9am in Hawaii.
This TV broadcast is absolutely critical to the entire Showdown model. The organisers are literally betting everything on this first broadcast being a success: The plan is to have CBS (or any of their competitors) frothing over the coverage and wanting to order a multi-stop, full broadcast tour for next year. → READ MORE
One of the hardest/funnest/craziest races I did last year was the Water Warrior event at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. It was part SUP race, part army obstacle course, part torture chamber.
The racing involved everything from sprinting in and out of the waves, climbing up and down sand pits, ascending (and quickly descending) giant inflatable slides in the middle of the water course, scaling cargo net walls and a bunch of other challenges that organisers Chuck Patterson and the Riding Bumps crew invented for their own sadistic pleasure. → READ MORE
On the weekend of the 15th – 17th of August we saw the 4th annual edition of the Danish SUP Surf and Beach Race Championship. The location being Klitmøller (aka Cold Hawaii) on the west coast of Denmark, which offers great conditions for both surfing and paddling. The local surf club NASA and the community once again created a nice atmosphere and it will definitely be a weekend for the history books, with wild epic conditions and happy people.
Approximately 40 people were ready for battle in the surf contest and the Beach Race. As a new discipline, this year also saw the first Danish National Prone championship. Watch out Australia haha! → READ MORE
Another great clip from the SIC crew, this time capturing the spirit of their recent trip to Hood River for the Gorge Paddle Challenge.
As always it’s a very nice little production and features the team’s host of stars, including Georges Cronsteadt, Livio Menelau, Scott Trudon, Andrea Moller, Devin Blish, Sonni Honscheid and Lina Augaitis (yes, SIC had quite the entourage up in Oregon). → READ MORE
You may not have noticed if you were tuned to SUPracer.com, but there were actually races happening somewhere other than in the Netherlands on the weekend.
The biggest was Round The Rock in Seattle, a well known race and a staple of the Pacific North West SUP community. Held just outside Seattle, Washington, the main event at Round The Rock is a 13 mile loop of Mercer Island. It’s a long, flat race that attracts large numbers and some serious talent every year.
This year that talent included Canada’s Lina Augaitis and Floridian-turned-Californian Chase Kosterlitz. The two flatwater machines were in fine form, taking out their respective 14′ divisions and also “sweeping” the event in general. → READ MORE
The 2014 SUP 11 City Tour is DONE. What a crazy adventure that was. Congratulations to Bart de Zwart for reclaming his crown and showing he’s still the king of endurance paddling.
We’ll have a full recap of this crazy/painful/amazing/awesome event soon, but in the meantime here are the final standings from the solo divisions. You can also relive the week-long live blog, including daily recaps and photo highlights. → READ MORE
Here’s a fun little clip showing just how awesome it is when you get a good downwinder in the Gorge. Very film noir.
Thanks to Arthur Daniel for sharing – the Frenchman has been hanging out in Oregon with Chase Kosterlitz and Belar Diaz (the other two guys in this vid) and scoring plenty of great runs down the famed Columbia River Gorge at Hood River. → READ MORE
Check out this cool little mini documentary about Talia Decooite and her Molokai mission this year.
It’s a very well-produced, six minute clip that offers some great insights into the epic race that is Molokai 2 Oahu. → READ MORE