Highlights from last week’s epic “BAT Race” aka paddling on an underground lake in Switzerland. Bucket list.
As the countdown to the world tour continues, The Paddle League pre-season wraps up this weekend with a “March Madness” triple-header covering California, France and New Zealand.
While the Air France Paddle Festival in Tahiti (April 7) marks the first “major” race of the six-month long international season and stop #1 on the world tour proper, there are plenty of points and podiums up for grabs all year long. → READ MORE
It’s been another big few weeks in the world of stand up paddling, with superstar injuries, surprising upsets and a big international season led by The Paddle League set to begin shortly.
Catch up on the major headlines with the Rogue Recap, and get set for a big year on and off the water. And as always, big thanks to Rogue SUP for the support.
As the fading daylight glimmered silently behind distant mountains, Casper Steinfath paddled into the small Norwegian city of Kristiansand just before 8pm local time on Sunday to complete an epic voyage of adventure and redemption, one that took almost 20 hours and covered a mighty stretch of water first crossed by his Viking forebears over a thousand years ago.
Twelve months after falling agonisingly short, Casper conquered the “Viking Crossing” of the Skaggerak strait that separates his home country of Denmark and its northern neighbour, Norway. Battling freezing conditions but aided by mercifully light winds and blue skies, Casper set out at 1am Sunday morning and paddled non-stop for about 19 hours before reaching land in Norway. → READ MORE
I had a chat with my fellow Paddle League co-founder Kelly Margetts yesterday to share why we’re so excited about season 2018…
In an surprise announcement that will probably come as no surprise to those who know her best, world number one Annabel Anderson has revealed she won’t be defending her Carolina Cup title this year, opening up the women’s field at one of the biggest races in the world as the New Zealander takes an indefinite hiatus to recover from injury and re-evaluate her priorities.
Following a career-best season in 2018, where she managed to break her own lofty records and finish the year with an astonishing 300+ points (a number I thought was virtually impossible to achieve when I created the world rankings system — the “Unicorn Club” we call it), Annabel spent the southern summer chasing her other passion: mountain bike racing.
Annabel doesn’t do anything by halves whether it’s on or off the water, so the fact she suffered a serious injury, while not great to hear, is no surprise to hear. The tenacious Kiwi had a heavy mtn bike crash a couple of months ago that she’s still recovering from, while the five-time Carolina Cup champion and reigning PPGs title holder has had many niggling injuries throughout her career that have started to catch up. → READ MORE
In brief: The Carolina Cup, one of the top-rated majors on the international circuit and a true pillar of our sport, has landed Quiksilver Waterman as title sponsor for the 2018 edition in what is a great sign not only for the event but our sport in general.
Beginning in 2011, Wrightsville Beach has grown in an absolute mecca for the paddling community. Hundreds of paddlers descend on Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina every April for the week-long festival, and it’s become a must-do event no matter whether you’re a title-contending superstar or a first time member of the racing fraternity. → READ MORE
James Casey isn’t just one of the world’s best ocean paddlers, the reigning OluKai champ and downwind master is also pretty handy on a foil board.
“Jimmy” doesn’t mind traveling either, so this year he’s teamed up with Sunova to create an epic series of videos in some of the most iconic locations. Last month he was foil surfing Waikiki, this month the Sunova rider is flying past the Sydney Opera House and under Australia’s best-known bridge. Where to next? 🤔
If you’re wondering what that board is: it’s this one.
Every stage of the amazing Alpine Lakes Tour is unique, and Saturday’s race in Switzerland was absolutely no exception. After the massive GlaGla Race was held on Lake Annecy in the snowy depths of winter, the second event took place on another alpine lake. But this one was a little more protected from the elements…
Sitting about 50 metres below the surface, Saint-Leonard is the largest underground lake in Europe, which creates a very special setting for the very special BAT Race. Competitors on Red Paddle Co inflatables race through near-darkness around a cave that’s 250 metres long but only about 10-20 metres wide. → READ MORE
There must be something in the water in New Caledonia.
The small, semi-autonomous Pacific island nation with a population of just 278000 (98.85% smaller than Australia’s) took home an incredible four of the top five men’s spots in yesterday’s Down Under Double Downwinder.
Inspired by their pioneering superstar Titouan Puyo, a new generation of New Caledonian paddlers are emerging on the international stage with under-18s Noic Garioud and Clement Colmas continuing their meteoric rises. → READ MORE