Hands up who wants to be a faster and stronger stand up paddler? Stupid question, right? But while the answer is obvious, how many of us actually focus on our SUP training? The training we need in order to become better paddlers and competitors.
Well if you want to step your paddling up a notch but aren’t sure where to begin, Chase Kosterlitz and the SUP Athletes Association have just released an ebook titled “SUP Training The Smart Way – The Ultimate Guide To Stand Up Paddle Training And Racing”. And it’s pretty impressive. → READ MORE
A quick little throwback to last year, when Dave Kalama delivered an entertaining and motivational speech about his near-death experience surfing big waves in the early days of Jaws.
The story doesn’t have anything to do with SUP racing, but Dave is one of stand up paddling’s true pioneers and this is one of the best speeches you’ll hear about living in the ocean. There’s some great wisdom at the end there, so watch it right through and enjoy. → READ MORE
The paradisiacal waters of Tahiti have long been known to produce the world’s strongest paddlers. The island nation totally dominates the world of outrigger canoeing, and increasingly their paddle warriors are discovering the joys (and opportunities) that come with standing up.
But while Tahiti is home to many great stand up paddlers, what it’s missing is a great stand up race… → READ MORE
Meet the world’s first self-inflating stand up paddleboard: The SipaBoard. Launched today on Kickstarter by a group of Slovenian entrepreneurs, the Sipa SUP board is probably the most technologically advanced stand up you’ve ever seen.
Sipa includes a smorgasbord of technical novelties, however its most unique feature is the “SipaDrive” system. This is the motor that powers the self-inflation during setup, then fits snugly into the center of the deck and can be used as a mini little jetski motor to help propel you along out on the water. → READ MORE
PaddleFit announced a new partnership with Dave Kalama last week, which will see the SUP legend become even more involved in the group as it expands its training accreditation programs around the world.
Kalama, who needs absolutely zero introduction, is becoming more and more active off the water these days. → READ MORE
Today saw the release of the 2015 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships official start list. And it’s looking mighty stacked.
Some people were worried the new lottery system – introduced this year to deal with unprecedented demand – would thin out the field for the 19th annual edition, however I can safely say this will be the most competitive M2O of all time. → READ MORE
Ryan Helm and Gail Vento have taken out the 2015 Rincon Beachboy SUP Race in Puerto Rico, as over 300 paddlers descended on the island for another classic event.
Now in its seventh year, the Beachboy has gained a reputation of being a massive community race, with hundreds of local, Caribbean and quite a few international paddlers of all ages coming out for the show. → READ MORE
We’ve got more ISA team news for you today, with South Africa introducing a solid all round lineup.
The South Africans (who actually announced this team last month) have been a star performer in past editions of the Worlds, famously finishing runner-up to Australia in 2013 after a third place finish in 2012. This year they return with a full squad and in search of former glory… → READ MORE
As a 10x winner of the epic Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard race, BOP champion, multiple ISA Gold Medalist and big wave surfing hero, Jamie Mitchell has won his fair share of battles in the ocean.
However Jamie’s next contest is set to happen off the water, as the Aussie looks to take his boutique ‘JM Paddleboards’ brand to the next level.
Click through for the full story… → READ MORE
Continuing the seemingly non-stop news cycle of ISA World Championship team announcements, today I’d like to introduce you to Team Netherlands.
Hailing from one of the lesser-known but still very vibrant paddling nations, the Dutch crew will be small in number but big in heart. Anchoring the squad is everybody’s favourite crazy endurance paddler, Bart de Zwart, Martijn van Deth and Emma Reijmerink. → READ MORE
The long train to Sayulita made yet another stop today, with Team Spain jumping on board carrying a full squad that may just give a few of the more famous paddling nations a run for their money.
The SUP racing division is a mix of youth and experience, with Pepe Oltra making a return along with one of the top women’s performers from 2014, Laura Quetglas. They’ll be joined by youngster Jurgi Zulaika, who took out part of the national titles race last week. → READ MORE
When it rains, it pours. On the back of recent announcements from the USA/Hawaii/Australia/New Zealand, we’ve now got the final lineup for another major contender at the ISA Worlds: Team France.
France is one of the strongest paddling nations in the world, period. They’ve long been the powerhouse of Europe, while their athletes often mix it with the best on the world stage. A full-strength Team France would probably be the biggest threat to the ruling triumvirate (Australia/US/Hawaii). But despite some big names in the 2015 squad, the French team is lacking in one critical area. And this highlights a wider problem with the ISA World Stand Up Paddle And Paddleboard Championship… → READ MORE
The ISA team announcements keep rolling in, with New Zealand the latest to throw their hat in the ring for the Showdown In Sayulita.
There’s plenty of talent in this lineup, with the Kiwis a serious contender for the overall Team Champions top four podium. → READ MORE
And the pieces continue to fall into place for the ISA World Championship puzzle: The mighty Team Australia has just confirmed its lineup for next month’s showdown in Sayulita, and as usual it’s looking very solid.
After Team USA and Team Hawaii recently revealed stellar lineups, the pressure will be on Team Australia more than ever as they seek to retain the title they’ve never lost. → READ MORE
In what is a major step forward for the event, we can now confirm that Team Hawaii will compete at the ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship for the first time this year. After missing the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Championships, the Hawaiians have assembled a very strong lineup for the 2015 Worlds to be held in Mexico next month.
Led by current world #1 Connor Baxter and fellow superstars Zane Schweitzer and Mo Freitas, Team Hawaii will start one of the instant favourites when the festivities kick off in Sayulita on May 10th. → READ MORE