“Train Hard. Go Fast. Have Fun.” – Quickblade’s Motivational Trip Down Memory Lane

Quickblade Train Hard Go Fast Have FunIn case you need some mid-week motivation, or if you just want an entertaining trip down memory lane, watch this four and a half minute montage from Quickblade, which features some of the biggest names and events in stand up paddling accompanied by a couple of iconic speeches from the wider sporting world.

Simply titled “Train Hard. Go Fast. Have Fun.” – the official mantra of QB Paddles – the clip is an interesting look back at the past eight years of not only one of the sport’s most iconic brands, but of the sport itself   → READ MORE

WATCH: Aerial View of the 2016 OluKai Ho’olaule’a on Maui

Olukai paddle race videoCheck out this awesome aerial footage from the 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a, which was held Saturday on Maui and from which Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid emerged victorious against an all-star field.

The OluKai Ho featured another massive turnout this year, with over 300 paddlers once again hitting the world famous Maliko downwind run on Maui’s north shore. Connor once again claimed the title (for a record fifth year in a row), while Sonni claimed her maiden win.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Connor Baxter Wins 5th Straight ‘OluKai’ Crown, Sonni Hönscheid Claims Women’s Title

OluKai paddle race Maui
Connor Baxter has won his 5th straight OluKai title, defeating an all-star cast of the world’s best downwind paddlers in near-perfect conditions on Maui this afternoon.

After going into the race as red hot favourite – Connor has won every edition of this event stretching back to 2012 – the world number one relished the excellent downwind bumps on the famous Maliko run to finish in a time of 47 minutes, 41 seconds, while Mo Freitas put in a commanding performance to claim the runner-up spot.   → READ MORE

Heads Up: Registration for the ‘Chattajack’ Race Opens at Midnight Tonight (…and It Usually Sells Out Pretty Quick)

Chattajack paddle race TennesseeJust a friendly public service announcement: Registration for the 2016 Chattajack race, the grueling, 31 mile “Inland Molokai” voyage through the Tennessee River Gorge, opens at midnight tonight.

And you better be quick: Last year the rego sold out in just a few days, putting Chattajack in exclusive company alongside the likes of Molokai and the Paris Crossing — races that sell out soon after they open.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Vinnicius Martins, April Zilg Win Florida’s Key West Classic

Key West Classic paddleboard raceVinnicius Martins from Brazil has taken out the 19th Annual Key West Classic in Florida today, conquering the grueling 12 mile course to defeat Kelly Margetts and Larry Cain.

The JP Australia team rider rebounded from a disappointing finish at Carolina last week, crossing the line ahead of Kelly, who finished top five at Carolina and was our pre-race Key West favourite, and Larry, who was the two-time defending champion at this event.   → READ MORE

Kai Lenny Pushes the Boundaries by Unveiling New Hydrofoil Race Board

Kai Lenny stand up paddle foil boardWhile all eyes are on Maui this weekend to see who will triumph in the 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a, Kai Lenny made us temporarily shift focus after dropping this crazy little nugget on Instagram a few hours ago.

That’s Kai somewhere along the Maliko run (the venue of this weekend’s big race) on what can only be described as a mutant hydrofoil race board.   → READ MORE

Preview and Predictions: OluKai and Key West Set to Headline Another Big Weekend of Racing

OluKai race Connor BaxterWe’re still coming down from the high of Carolina, but there’s no time to rest as the paddling world heads straight into another big weekend of racing. From the Key West Classic in Florida to the big downwind showdown on Maui, there will be plenty of results to keep track of on Saturday.

Here’s a quick preview and a few not-so-bold predictions…   → READ MORE

OluKai 2016: 48 Hours Til the Big Downwind Showdown on Maui

Olukai downwind race paddleboarding Maui HawaiiExactly 48 hours til the big downwind showdown on Maui: The 8th Annual OluKai​ Ho’olaule’a on the world famous Maliko run.

Will Connor Baxter make it five in a row? Or can Travis Grant give him something to chase? Will the local guns fire? Kalama, Riggs, Menelau, Riccio, Kerbox – there’s no shortage of downwind talent on Maui. Will Kai Lenny lineup for his first race of the season? And will Travis Baptiste continue his tradition of punching above his weight from the stock class this year? Also keep a very close eye on Aussie boys Matt Nottage and James Casey to do some real damage.   → READ MORE

47 Awesome Photos That Tell the Hidden Stories of the 2016 Carolina Cup

Carolina Cup 2016Carolina is done and dusted for another year, however I think we’ll be talking about this race for a while yet.

The 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech had a bit of everything, from the all-star cast of world renowned athletes to the fresh faced dark horses looking to make a name for themselves. Throw in an unexpected swell that caused a bit of chaos at the start, and you had one hell of a race around Wrightsville Beach.   → READ MORE

Congratulations Titouan Puyo, Annabel Anderson — Champions of the 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup (FULL RESULTS)

Carolina Cup
Titouan Puyo and Annabel Anderson have triumphed over an all-star field of paddlers to claim the 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup here in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, with the infamous Elite Graveyard Race living up to its reputation by serving competitors a challenging mixture wind, waves and currents across 13 miles of ocean and flat water racing.   → READ MORE

Larry Cain’s Methodical Review of the 2016 Starboard All Star

Larry Cain stand up paddleBoss Man’s note: This is a guest post from Larry Cain, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist in sprint canoe, veteran stand up paddler, champion racer and one of the most respected and methodical teachers of paddling on the planet, as anyone who follows his excellent training blog will know. Larry will be competing at the Carolina Cup next weekend for Team Starboard, and is soon launching the sport’s first specialist online coaching club, Paddle Monster.

This week Larry’s given us a very in-depth review of the 2016 Starboard All Star…   → READ MORE

The Dark Horses: 16 Paddlers to Watch in 2016

James Casey stand up paddleboardingThese are exciting times for the world of stand up paddle racing, with fresh faces and new names set to energise the sport and shake up the world rankings this year.

With dozens of world class athletes crossing over from other sports and a new generation of hungry juniors eager to prove themselves, I believe we’re on the verge of a new wave of elite paddling talent. So with the first major race of the season just six days away, it’s time for a bit of crystal ball gazing to predict who will make the biggest leap up the leaderboard in 2016.   → READ MORE

Why the Carolina Cup Is Your Best Chance to Learn Directly from the Pros

Carolina Cup paddleboard raceThe Carolina Cup isn’t just a race. The annual pilgrimage to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina signals not only one of the largest, most competitive and most significant events on the international calendar, it’s also probably your best opportunity to learn from some of the world’s fastest and most talented paddlers.

The Carolina Cup isn’t just a race, it’s a true festival of paddling, and one of the best features of the festival are the clinics.   → READ MORE