Talia & Nakoa Decoite Officially Join Team Riviera

Talia Decoite Battle of the PaddleRiviera Paddlesurf officially welcomed Talia & Nakoa Decoite to their team today, with the always-smiling couple joining a fast growing lineup of athletes paddling for the SoCal brand.

Talia Decoite (née Gangini) is one most-reconisable young women in the sport. She won the 2012 Molokai-2-Oahu race and has been a fixture at most of the big events since she was a youngster.   → READ MORE

Announcing The Ft. DeSoto Paddle Roundup And Shore Explore: Part SUP Race, Part Holiday, Part Eco-Weekend

Ft. DeSoto Park stand up paddlingA new stand up paddling event has just been announced for Florida in 2015. Part SUP race, part holiday, part eco-sustainability-weekend, the Ft. DeSoto Paddle Roundup and Shore Explore has only just been revealed but already this race is looking promising…

Florida seems to be the new mecca for stand up paddling. While the sport largely grew out of California and has since flourished in places like Europe and Hawaii, I don’t think anywhere gets bigger numbers to more races than Florida. The state is already home to several good races and now there’s another one to look forward to.   → READ MORE

88 Cool Photos From The Battle Of The Paddle Brazil

Battle of the Paddle Brazil (12)The Battle of the Paddle Brazil has come and gone for another year. This year’s event, in the new location of Florianopolis, was a helluva lotta fun. We had sun. We had waves. We had crowds. We had Beach Flags…

Congratulations to Mo Freitas and Candice Appleby for their elite wins, and thanks again to the organisers for looking after us and pulling off a major event. Floripa is a beautiful part of the world and I can’t wait to come back next year.   → READ MORE

Battle Of The Paddle Brazil: Mo Freitas, Candice Appleby Make It A Clean Sweep (While Fernando Stalla Steals The Beach Flags)

Battle of the Paddle Brazil (62)
Done. That was a fun weekend. Congratulations to Candice Appleby and Mo Freitas for making it a clean sweep of the event, with fighting efforts from Bicho Jimenez, Fernando Stalla and Laura Quetglas.

Click through for results, pics, video and to relive the live blog play-by-play. Oh and congratulations to Stalla for very narrowly edging me out in the epic main event: The Beach Flags Showdown.   → READ MORE

Ethan Koopmans Breaks The Cape Town Downwind Race Record

Ethan Koopmans stand up paddler South AfricaIt was looking good the whole week. The wind had been firing every day since Sunday, especially on Tuesday when it was seriously cranking and several guys set personal bests. So expectations were high for tonight’s 3rd race in the latest PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series here in Cape Town, South Africa.

The wind had been gusting over 30 knots since Tuesday, at times hitting 38-40 knots. That’s an 8 out of 12 on the Beaufort scale. That’s strong, even by our standards…   → READ MORE

WATCH: Full Length TV Feature On Downwinding In Cape Town

Cape Town Downwinder stand up paddle boardingCape Town, South Africa may just be the best/worst kept secret in the world of stand up paddling. This part of the world scores firing winds on a regular basis and is home to one of the best downwind runs you could imagine. Cape Town also plays host to the PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series, one of the most prolific and longest-running local races series I know of.

Well if you want an insight into downwinding in South Africa, check out this great full length feature that just got released…   → READ MORE

Jim Terrell Visits The Land Of The Rising Sun

Stand Up Paddleboarding in JapanI’ve just finished a great few days in Japan, which included a stop at the All Japan SUP Championships. What an incredible trip… Japan has definitely discovered SUP racing and is taking full advantage of their vast amounts of water to explore and have fun.

I was so moved and excited to see all the smiling faces of so many people who have all recently discovered this great sport of ours…   → READ MORE

Kenny Kaneko And Takayo Yokoyama Win The All Japan SUP Championships

All Japan SUP Championships 2014Boss Man’s note: Japan is one of the new frontiers in the world of stand up paddling. They have a fast-growing, super stoked paddling community that features some serious talent. I predict 2015 will see a lot of elite international talent heading to the Land of the Rising Sun to compete…

On the weekend it was the locals’ turn to shine, as we saw the national titles and a spot on Team Japan for the 2015 ISA SUP World Championship in Mexico up for grabs. Here’s a recap and photos thanks to the event organisers.   → READ MORE

Hawaiki Nui Va’a: Travis Grant And The Unbeatable Outrigger Paddlers Of Tahiti

Hawaiki Nui Va'a outrigger canoe race TahitiIf the Battle of the Paddle is the Super Bowl of SUP, then Tahiti’s Hawaiki Nui Va’a race is the Super Bowl of the outrigger canoe world.

The Hawaiki Nui is a three-day, Tour de France-style challenge that sees the best teams from Tahiti and the surrounding islands battle it out alongside half a dozen international crews.

Pretty much the only place where outrigger canoeing is more popular than in Hawaii is in French Polynesia. Over there, outrigger isn’t just a sport, it’s quite literally a way of life. The top teams are paid to train & compete and no matter what the world throws at them they’re pretty much unbeatable.   → READ MORE

Mo, Vinni And The Animal Warm Up For BOP Brasil With The Rocky Man Race

Stand Up Paddle Rio de JaneiroI’m down here in beautiful Florianopolis getting ready for next weekend’s Battle of the Paddle Brasil. This country has an amazing ocean culture and stand up paddling is really starting to take off around here. The Battle will be one of the highlights, however the BOP is only one of many races in this part of the world.

Last weekend another SUP race was held in Rio de Janeiro, though it certainly wasn’t your standard event… As part of the crazy, multi-sport adventure race known as Rocky Man, several of Brazil’s finest (and a few international stars) paddled around Rio’s Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.   → READ MORE

SIC Maui Announces ‘Grom Search’ To Find And Develop Tomorrow’s Champion Paddlers

SIC Grom SearchLast week the crew at SIC annnounced a cool new initiative: The SIC Maui Grom Search.

Working with the Orange County-based Paddle Academy, SIC’s Grom Search will select one boy and one girl to join their Junior Development Team. The idea is to find two smart, focused, up-and-coming youngsters that wanna further develop their stand up paddling skills and get a glimpse into what being a pro SUP’er is all about.    → READ MORE

Brian Szymanski Talks About His New Boards

Brian Szymanski Stand Up Paddleboard shaperWanna know how/why a 12’6 looks like a 12’6? Then check out this great clip featuring SUP ATX/Lahui Kai head shaper Brian Szymanski.

Yes, it’s basically an ad for Lahui Kai, but it’s also got some great insights from one of the most respected paddleboard shapers in the world. Click through to watch…   → READ MORE

Sea Of Pink In Miami As Stand Up For The Cure Begins To Expand

Stand Up For The Cure stand up paddle event MiamiOn Saturday I had the good fortune of being in Miami for Stand Up For The Cure, an annual charity SUP event that’s raised over $300,000 (and will soon be raising a lot more) to support the Susan G. Komen foundation’s fight against breast cancer.

Hundreds of paddlers, from total beginners to experienced athletes, showed up at the Miami Yacht Club to support and promote a good cause. The concept is fairly straightforward: You register, pay $30 or $40, get a pink shirt and go for a paddle.

The local SUP community turned out in force, Zane Schweitzer, Brennan Rose, Thomas Maximus and Oahu’s surfing supremo, Kala Alexander, were all there to lend support, while Riviera Paddlesurf offered an endless selection of boards if you didn’t have your own.   → READ MORE