Ever wondered what SUP racing would look like in black & white? Well look no further than this vintage clip from 1949, which shows a bunch of Australian surfers charging in and out of the waves on plywood paddleboards.
This footage is eerily similar to what we saw at the Battle of the Paddle Salt Creek earlier this month. I guess paddleboarding hasn’t changed so much in 65 years… → READ MORE
And just like that, the 2014 season is almost over. While there are still a few big races left before New Year’s, many of us are already looking ahead to the 2015. That means it’s time for a big update to the Rogue SUP Race Calendar.
Whether it’s a six-star international epic or a local beach race with your mates, we want every single SUP race in the world listed on the Rogue SUP Race Calendar. So check out the current schedule of races and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of any races we’re missing…
Here’s a nice clip looking back at the 2014 Kainalu XT race series in Tahiti. The KXT series is a prelude for the big Ironmana race that’s happening in early December, an event this video gives us a nice insight into.
The “Ironmana” race isn’t really a race though, it’s more of a brutal, triathlon-inspired, multi-day event that just happens to be held in a ridiculously beautiful location (the paradisiacal island of Bora Bora). Paddlers will be tested across three disciplines – stand up, prone and swimming – with overall times combined. → READ MORE
Check out these awesome images from the 2014 Chattajack paddle race, which was held in Tennessee on the weekend.
The event, which I say we nickname the Inland Molokai due to the painful similarities it shares with Molokai-2-Oahu (the course is close to 32 miles, there’s no help from the current and the last two miles were into a headwind…), winds its way down the incredibly-scenic Tennessee River Gorge. → READ MORE
A couple of solid highlight reels from the Battle of the Rock race that was held on Jersey last month.
Seems like Jersey is becoming a bit of a paddling hub these days (we’re talking about the isle of Jersey, not the American Jersey…). The island has a strong local race series, some epic downwind conditions and is now seeing some of the international names come over and compete. → READ MORE
Japan’s Tomoyasu Murabayashi (or just “Tomo”) has won today’s LMA Magic Race in New Caledonia, with the wind turning on to produce a cracking downwind run.
Tomo held out the experienced locals for just over two hours to cross the line in a time of 2:01:14, which was a minute quicker than Franck Muller. Click through for the full results and more pics… → READ MORE
Fernando Stalla has taken out the latest round of the Mexico SUP Tour, finishing ahead of Bicho Jimenez in what looked to be a pretty scenic race.
The latest round of the Tour was held in Zihuatanejo, with Mexico’s two highest-ranked holding off the field of challengers. The duo have now further staked their claim for a spot on Team Mexico at next year’s ISA Worlds… → READ MORE
Gaetan Sene has taken out the “City Race” in La Torche, a side event to the SUP surfing world tour event that’s happening in France this week.
With most of the surfing internationals sitting out the race, it was a four-way battle to the line between the talented French trio of Gaetan, Arthur Arutkin and Greg Closier, as well as Italy’s Leonard Nika. → READ MORE
In a further sign that he’s one of the best ambassadors our sport has, the International Surfing Association (ISA) today announced Casper Steinfath as their new Vice-President
At the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in Peru (where the ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games are currently happening), Casper was voted in as a Vice President along with five-time Olympic windsurfer and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Barbara Kendall, while the charismatic, energetic, bow-tie-wearing Fernando Aguerre was re-elected as President.
I caught up with the humble young champion on Skype moments ago to find out exactly what being an ISA Vice President actually means. Click through for the full interview… → READ MORE
Results from today’s Chattajack race in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The race has only just finished but it looks like Larry Cain has taken out the 14′ class and overall line honours ahead of Mike Tavares.
We’ll try and round up the full results for you asap. UPDATE: Full results now available.
The Chattajack race winds along the Tennessee River Gorge and the course is supposedly 31 miles, however many a GPS have nudged closer to 32. That’s the same length of the Molokai-2-Oahu race. Combine that with the fact Chattajack also has a strong prone division racing at the same time as the SUPs and I say we call Chattajack the Inland Molokai. → READ MORE
The 2014 WPA Paddle Championships is happening today at St. Pete Beach in Florida, with a couple of big names going for the cash and plenty of locals trying to keep up.
Following the Battle of the Paddle tradition, this afternoon (Saturday) sees the Elite Course Race while tomorrow it’s the Distance Race. Right now it’s just after 1pm on Saturday and the main event is
just about to hit the water (with the likes of Danny Ching and Chase Kosterlitz starting as favourites) so check back shortly to see how it all went down. UPDATE: The event is over, click through for full results… → READ MORE
Check out this cool little clip from Greece, where the 4th Annual Isthmus Speed Crossing went down on the weekend.
The race takes paddlers through the historic Corinth Canal, which is a long, deep cut through a peninsula that’s famous for ushering through cruise ships that literally squeeze through with inches to spare. Stand up paddleboards are a slightly better fit though, with 147 paddlers competing on Sunday in what is essentially a 5.8km (3.6 miles) drag race. → READ MORE
Had enough of watching the highlights from Salt Creek? Of course you haven’t…
Here’s another Battle of the Paddle highlights reel, this time from the Boardworks crew. It has cool music. It has drones. And it has some great carnage footage at the 2:35 mark… → READ MORE
Titouan Puyo has made a clean sweep of the Presqu’île Paddle Race in France, taking out both the downwind and beach race on the weekend.
Titou, the reigning ISA Distance Race World Champ, showed once again that he’s an absolute machine in the bumps, finishing the 16km run three minutes clear of his rivals. Those rivals included many of France’s finest, such as rising star (and Battle of the Paddle ‘Most Inspirational’ award winner) Martin Letourneur, Vincent Verhoeven, Gaetan Sene and Greg Closier (who was runner-up in the 12’6 class). → READ MORE
I’ve just finished a brief but amazing trip to Japan, a place with so much spirit, so much generosity and so much potential to become a major SUP destination. It was unreal.
After hanging out with the NSP Japan guys for a couple of days, which included some amazing food and ridiculously generous hospitality, the main part of the trip was in the small but beautiful town of Kumano, which sits on the Pacific Ocean side of the country just a few hours south of Osaka. → READ MORE