World number one Annabel Anderson and Sunova’s James Casey have taken out the weather-affected OluKai Ho’olaulea race on Maui this morning, winning the modified ‘beach race’ event at Kanaha after the standard Maliko downwind run was canceled for the second time in two days following wild and unsafe conditions.
With swirling winds and stormy weather continuing to lash the Hawaiian coast, OluKai organisers wisely opted for safety over tradition, keeping the event inside the reef at Kanaha Beach Park instead of sending competitors on what would have been a somewhat-treacherous ocean paddle from Maliko Gulch. → READ MORE
And just like that, it’s summer.
Well, almost. The traditional barometer of the Summer of SUP, the EuroTour, gets an early start this year on the paradisaical Greek island of Crete, where this weekend’s “Agios Nikolaos on SUP” festival will transform the postcard-perfect town of the same name into the first of 12 Tour stops.
There’ll be a race somewhere in Europe virtually every weekend between now and the end of July, with the local heroes, European stars and international heavyweights battling it out in what is arguably the funnest part of the season. → READ MORE
We’re still coming down from the high of Carolina, but it’s already time for the next round of events as the paddling community disperses across the States and around the world for another big weekend of racing.
Some of the crew are headed south to Florida for the long-running Key West Classic, Maui’s downwind specialists are praying for wind at Saturday’s OluKai showdown, while the EuroTour is getting an early start over in the Greek Islands this weekend. But we’re headed north to Annapolis, Maryland to hang out with the crew from Capital SUP and check out one of the world’s fastest-growing regional events: The Bay Bridge Paddle. → READ MORE
Titouan Puyo and Annabel Anderson have defended their Carolina Cup titles after an extraordinary day of racing here in Wrightsville Beach, with Titou breaking away from an all-star field over the final mile to cement his reputation as one of the absolute finest paddlers on the planet, while Annabel won the duel with Fiona Wylde to claim her fifth-straight title and officially move up to ‘legend’ status.
In an extremely grueling race that had a bit of everything, Titou made the most of the difficult conditions by powering through the downwind section and helping control the pace in the brutal upwind legs, holding off the challenge from world number two Michael Booth, team mate Travis Grant, the Tahitian army and dozens more of the world’s best. → READ MORE