Bruno Hasulyo Powers to Victory as 600 Paddlers Invade Paris; Susak Molinero Women’s Champ (Updated Results)

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Bruno Hasulyo has just won the 2016 Paris Crossing race in the heart of the French capital, with the reigning 11 City Tour champion breaking a strong field early and paddling clear to cement his reputation as a flat water powerhouse. In the women’s race, Spaniard Susak Molinero ended the season on a winning note by claiming the title ahead of Frenchwoman Amandine Chazot.   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo Crowned King of the Cut, 15-Year-Old Clément Colmas Stuns Top Aussies to Finish 2nd; Karla Gilbert Takes Women’s Title

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Team NSP’s Titouan Puyo has taken out the Stand Up Surf Shop ‘King of the Cut’ race in Western Australia, earning a clean sweep of Downwind Week after victory at The Doctor last weekend and cementing his reputation as one of the world’s greatest downwind paddlers.

In an incredible 1-2 finish for New Caledonia, 15-year-old dark horse Clement Colmas stunned Australia’s finest to claim the runner-up spot less than a minute behind his compatriot and half a minute ahead of defending champ and Starboard team mate Matt Nottage.   → READ MORE

‘King of the Cut’ Preview and Predictions: Can the Aussies Retain Their Title or Will Titou Sweep Downwind Week?

King of the Cut stand up paddle race Western AustraliaAs the headline act of Aussie Downwind Week, the Stand Up Surf Shop’s King of the Cut is Australia’s premiere ocean race. In fact it’s probably the most prestigious downwind race in the world outside of Hawaii and Oregon, and this weekend we’ll see virtually every top Aussie paddler¹ and a few international guns chasing glides off the coast of West Oz in search of the crown.

With half a dozen guys that could realistically win it and a dozen contenders for the top five, this year’s King of the Cut is going to be an unpredictable and hotly-contested encounter. To add to the script, we’ve also got Angie Jackson aiming for a third-straight title in the women’s race.   → READ MORE

The Last Big Weekend of the Year: Paris, Perth and Pain in Paradise

Paris-Crossing-stand-up-paddleAfter a year that feels like it started half a decade ago, we’re finally about to bring the curtain down on season 2016, with the ‘last big weekend of the year’ set to feature points races in Paris and Perth and a torturous specialty event in Tahiti.

Here’s a quick at what’s in store over the next couple of days…   → READ MORE

Team SUP Racing: The Future?

11 City TourI’ve always been fascinated by the idea of team racing in sports that are otherwise an individual pursuit.

For example, I never really understood the Tour de France growing up and in turn never much cared for it. But after watching it closely one summer and understanding how it all works, I came to be fascinated by the spectacle. And there’s surely nothing more fascinating in the Tour de France than the teams.

So why don’t we see the same thing in SUP racing?   → READ MORE

Trifecta for the Trifecta; Team QB Sweeps the Podium in West Oz

Quickblade TrifectaIn one of the more interesting stories behind the news this week, it seems the Quickblade Trifecta paddle has taken the first trifecta of its own, with the top three guys at The Doctor race in West Oz on the weekend – Titouan Puyo (NSP), Marcus Hansen (NSP) and Lincoln Dews (JM) – all using the famous blade.

It’s hardly the first time Team QB has swept the podium – they’re the winningest paddle brand by a solid margin – but any time they’ve made a clean sweep of a big race in the past, it’s always been with a mixture of their current flagships, the V-Drive and the Trifecta.   → READ MORE

Foil Master: Kai Lenny Goes Downwinding on a Shortboard

Kai Lenny foil surfingYou know those kind of people that do something great and then sit back, relax and enjoy the afterglow? Kai Lenny is not one of those people.

The superstar of SUP seems to have hit after hit these days. Just a week after scoring one of the most talked about SUP racing videos of the year via his freakish performance in Fiji, Kai is already back home on Maui creating more internet-breaking clips. This time he’s dropped the paddle but it’s still fairly close to the world of stand up paddling: Downwinding the Maliko run. The twist? Kai does it on a shortboard…   → READ MORE

Vote for Travis Grant in the World Paddle Awards

Travis Grant unlimited stand up paddleboardTravis Grant is up for a gong at the 2016/2017 World Paddle Awards, and now you can vote and help give this humble Aussie champion some of the recognition he deserves in the wider paddling world.

Trav, who now calls Oahu home, has certainly stamped his name in the history books after winning races all round the world over the past few years. But nowhere has he stamped it stronger than in his adopted home of Hawaii, in particular around the almighty Molokai 2 Oahu race.   → READ MORE

Titou Takes out ‘The Doctor’ Race in West Oz Ahead of NSP Team Mate Marcus Hansen; Angie Jackson Claims Third Title

Marcus Hansen and Titouan PuyoTitouan Puyo has just won ‘The Doctor’ race in Perth, edging out NSP team mate Marcus Hansen in the opening event of “Aussie Downwind Week” after more than two and a half hours of flat, hot and grueling ocean paddling.

Titou completed the 28km (17.4 mile) crossing from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach in a time of 2 hours 32 minutes, just over a minute ahead of Marcus.

Click through for the full results…   → READ MORE