RESULTS: Kai Lenny, Candice Appleby Win Huntington As The World Series Looks To 2016

Huntington Beach stand up paddlingKai Lenny and Candice Appleby have each performed a clean sweep of the Huntington Beach Pro here in California this weekend. The event, part of the Waterman League’s Stand Up World Series, attracted a solid group of top young guns to one of the most iconic beaches in the world for two days of entertaining racing.

Kai triumphed over the usual suspects, with Mo Freitas and Casper Steinfath filling the top three spots in both the distance and sprint disciplines and Connor Baxter finishing fourth overall, while Candice made freakishly light work of the small women’s field where Fiona Wylde and Shakira Westdorp gave her the toughest resistance.   → READ MORE

Danny Ching’s Team 404 Signs One Of America’s Top Prospects Noa Hopper

Noa Hopper 404 stand up paddlingBig signing for Team 404 this week, with Noa Hopper, one of America’s top prospects, joining Danny Ching’s green machine to bolster an already impressive lineup.

Noa joins Danny, Tahitian dark horse Niuhiti Buillard and Molokai hero Travis Baptiste to form one of the most impressive lineups in the sport.    → READ MORE

Introducing Battle of the Brands

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Welcome to Battle of the Brands: A new way to analyse the best-performing race teams in the sport.

We thought it’d be intriguing to extend the SUP Racer World Rankings and look beyond just the individual athletes. So, inspired by the Formula One Constructor’s Championship, we created Battle of the Brands to rank the world’s best race teams.

Check out the first ever Battle of the Brands Leaderboard to see who’s on top.

History! Sort Of… Surfing Recommended For 2020 Olympic Games But No Room For SUP (At Least Not Yet)

Surfing in the Olympic GamesHistory has been made today, with surfing one of five sports officially recommended for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. However the news is bittersweet for the stand up paddling community: Only shortboarding has been approved for inclusion, with no room for SUP racing on the program.

Click through for the full story…   → READ MORE

Quickblade Pays Tribute To The Awesome Payette River Games

Payette River Games SUP videoThe Payette River Games may have been put on ice for now, but the memories will last a lifetime. The 2015 event was a classic, and now you can relive the event with this great recap from Quickblade Paddles.

The clip, courtesy of Pat Myers, has plenty of insights from the QB athletes, including Shakira Westdorp, Kelly Margetts, Anthony Vela, Chase Kosterlitz and Candice Appleby, plus a very special mention for Jonas Leteiri, a double amputee from Brazil who inspired everyone in Idaho with his skill, spirit and determination.   → READ MORE

The ISA Lands Stand Up Paddling On The Doorstep Of The Olympic Games

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Will stand up paddling ever become an Olympic sport? The answer is, potentially, much closer than you think.

The long, slow crawl up the Olympic mountain has become a steady walk in recent months, with a flurry of activity turning the prospect, which only a year ago seemed like a fanciful dream, into a genuine possibility. While there are still many obstacles to overcome, the International Surfing Association (ISA) is a lot further along the mountain path than most paddlers realise.

So with that in mind, I thought it well past time for SUP Racer to post an update on the ISA’s bold quest for Olympic acceptance, and their support for the development of stand up paddling in general.   → READ MORE

Epic Photos From The Japan Cup As SUP Continues To Grow In The Land Of The Rising Sun

stand up paddling Japan Cup 4Results are in from the Japan Cup, which was held in the surfing town of Chigasaki on the weekend to continue a big run of events in the land of the rising sun this month.

Fiona Wylde dominated the women’s event, while Mo Freitas, Toby Cracknell, James Casey and Daniel Hasulyo all got a spot on the men’s podiums, with the weekend split between an 18km distance race and the always-entertaining Jamie Mitchell Survivor Race.   → READ MORE

The Paris Crossing: World’s Biggest SUP Race Sells Out All 400 Entries In Just 26 Minutes

2014 Paris Crossing stand up paddle raceRemember that big race in Paris each December? Where hundreds of paddlers brave the dark, freezing conditions of the European winter for a rare chance to paddle down the River Seine, through the heart of the French capital, past the Eiffel Tower and all? Well it’s happening again this year, but don’t bother signing up: Registration just sold out in less than an hour.

Entries for the 2015 Paris Crossing, which is part of the big “Salon Nautique de Paris” boat show, opened up at 6pm local time on Tuesday, September 15th. By 6:26pm there were 400 paddlers signed up and a sign on the official Facebook page saying “Sold Out.”   → READ MORE

Unique New Teaser Clip Gets Us Even More Excited About The Pacific Paddle Games

Pacific Paddle Games SUP videoThe countdown to what is surely going to be the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games, is in full swing. In just three weeks’ time, we’ll see virtually all of the world’s best paddlers descend on the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California, for one very big weekend of racing.

We already know about the record prize purse of $55,000, a unique new race format and the full on live webcast, all of which suggest this could become the best event of the year, but this week the crew dropped a very cool little promo clip to get us even more excited.   → READ MORE

Payette River Games Put On Hold, May Not Return In 2016

Mo Freitas stand up paddlingIn what can only be described as a major bummer, the Payette River Games, one of the biggest, best and most beloved SUP races on the calendar, has been put on hold and may not return in 2016.

After the 2015 edition was held a few months ago, where Mo Freitas and Rebecca Giddens triumphed and the exciting spectacle was televised on CBS Sports, organisers decided they couldn’t continue financing and organising the event without additional corporate support.   → READ MORE

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Candice Appleby, Kai Lenny Win The Hayama Pro In Japan

stand up world series japanResults 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.

Click through for the final standings…   → READ MORE

Major Move: Candice Appleby Joins The Infinity “Speed Freaks” Racing Team

Candice Appleby Infinity SUPSo 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