Here’s the official vid from the 2013 “Nautic SUP Paris Crossing” race, which was won by Leonard Nika and Marie Buchanan on the weekend and saw over 300 paddlers brave the cold for a chance to paddle through the heart of the French capital.
Conditions were freezing but the sights were rather spectacular… one for the bucket list maybe? → READ MORE
While much of the stand up paddling community had their eyes fixed on Puerto Rico the past couple of days, there was actually another major race happening on the other side of the Atlantic. The annual “Paris SUP Crossing” attracts hundreds of paddlers to the River Seine, the waterway that flows through the heart of the French capital, for a cold but spectacular weekend of racing.
With reigning champion Eric Terrien battling Danny and Jake at Paddle Royal, the door was left open to some of Europe’s other leading lights, with Italy’s Leo Nika stepping it up to claim the win ahead of some serious French talent that included new national champion Titouan Puyo and racing stalwart Gaetene Sene. Meanwhile Marie Buchanan was too strong in the women’s event, taking out rising Euro star Manca Notar. → READ MORE
Danny Ching and Lina Augaitis have taken out the 2013 Paddle Royal in Puerto Rico after an incredibly tight second day of racing. Danny claimed the overall victory by winning the final round of racing on Day Two, ending the hopes that both Aussie young gun Jake Jensen and Frenchman Eric Terrien had of flying home with the $7,000 winner’s prize.
Danny had all the work to do after finishing third in yesterday’s Long Distance Race and left it until the very last minute to fight his way back into the lead. Coming into the final round of racing, which consisted of a 200m straight-line sprint, Danny was sitting third on the overall points leaderboard, one point behind Eric and two behind Jake. The reigning champ basically had to win the last race and hope Jake didn’t get second. And that’s exactly what happened, allowing Danny to leapfrog his two close rivals and walk away with the title.
Click through for results, recap and pics from Puerto Rico… → READ MORE
We’re exactly five months out from the 2014 ISA World Champs in Nicaragua but we already know which paddlers could potentially be holding up the team trophy on the final day of competition. Despite 25-30 different nations expected to head to Nicaragua next year, all eyes will be on the mighty Team Australia, who are two-time defending champs and already hot favourites for a three-peat in my book.
Well today we got wind of who made the cut for this elite squad and there are a couple of surprises: Namely the fact that Australia has opted to take four different guys in the SUP racing department. And they’re four very formidable names… → READ MORE
Here we are in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the “Last Big Race Of The Year” aka Paddle Royal. After taking the red eye from LAX with the Mad Scientist (and randomly bumping into Danny Ching, Thomas Maximus and Chance Fielder as we were all about to board) we were picked up at the airport by the event organisers (who’ve gone out of their way to look after the athletes at this event) and taken to the luxury hotel that’s right beside the start/finish line.
We’re in for a big weekend of racing: Not only have a dozen or more of the world’s finest descended on the island, but the unique format of Paddle Royal will see not one but FIVE different races decide the overall event title.
Paddle Royal starts on Saturday with the epic Long Distance race, before we finish on Sunday with four different short-medium distance course and sprint races. Points from all five races are combined (with the distance race being counted twice) and each paddler’s worst result is dropped before the final rankings list is produced. This means that to win the overall crown and take the lion’s share of the $26,000 prize purse, a paddler has got to be an all rounder. But who’s going to step up? Here’s who I think will win… → READ MORE
A fresh bout of wind rocked up just in time for the 5th race of the PRIMI Naish Downwind series – 15-22knots and a 2-3ft wave made exit and paddling a breeze. Everyone got through the breakers unscathed and in start one it was Rory Smyth who shot out of the blocks and got a great start. Mishka Steyn also featured prominently as the first group set off for the finish in Big Bay in fine fashion.
Second start was again dominated by Dylan Frick who paddles hard and fast from the very first stroke. Ethan Koopmans didn’t give Dylan too much rope this time and these two set off on a battle royal never before seen on our downwinders. The two followed each other on every run so they at one point where way off line and even offered a glimmer of hope for the pursuit team of Peter Petersen, Joshua Robertson and Brad Adams – it remained all but a glimmer and never more…. The Bertish brothers, Greg and Chris were absent due to injury and other commitments, while Ivan van Vuuren was a non-starter as the wind did not exceed 25knots….This left the battle for the lead entirely to Dylan and Ethan and opened up opportunities for the lower placed paddlers to make their mark. → READ MORE
Remember when BIC launched their “One Design” SUP race series last year? The idea was to develop a standardised race format that could be emulated on any body of water anywhere in the world, and be used as a way to get newbie paddlers hooked on the sport (and sell a few BIC boards in the process). The courses would be the same at every race, but even more importantly every competitor would be paddling the exact same board: BIC’s 12’6 WING design.
The idea of one design racing on water is nothing new, it goes back decades through sailing and windsurfing (where BIC Sports has plenty of experience). However one design SUP racing is still something of a novelty, with so far only BIC and Naish (with their inflatable N1SCO series) having taken it seriously. → READ MORE
It’s not just the last big race of the year, it’s the last big weekend of the year.
In what is perhaps the most exotic weekend for Stand Up Paddle racing ever, we’re going to see four races, in four corners of the globe (can a globe have corners?) and in four very cool locations: Puerto Rico, Paris, Tahiti, Mauritius. → READ MORE
Six days until the “last big race of the year” aka Paddle Royal in Puerto Rico. Six days until we see if Danny Ching can finish the year where he knows he belongs. Six days before we know if the King of Europe (Eric Terrien) can go one better than last year. Six days and we’ll see if Chase Kosterlitz can reclaim his crown from 2011. And only six days until the young guns Slater Trout and Jake Jensen try to spoil their party.
Exotic location. Cool race course. Stacked field of talent. Big prize money. Paddle Royal 2013 is going to be a very solid race and a fun way to end the year. We’ll be there in a few days to bring you all the action as it unfolds, but until then here’s another look back at last year’s epic, where Danny and Candice took the wins while Ben Thouard took some absolute classic photos from the air. → READ MORE
There was no news on SUPracer.com yesterday. And, apart from this (rather ironic) article, there will be no news today either.
Sometimes there are 10 good stories about stand up paddling breaking in a single day, sometimes there are none. Or no good ones at least. We could easily find 50 things to post on this site, every single day, without a doubt, however the quality of 95% of those would be very questionable. And we don’t do questionable quality on SUPracer.com. We only do quality, period.
So that brings us to Lei Day… It’s our symbolic message to remind you that we will never compromise your loyalty as a fan of this site by giving you anything less than the best. Lei Day… aka our commitment-to-not-copying-and-pasting-news-just-for-the-hell-of-it. → READ MORE
So… who loves Stand Up Paddling videos? (rhetorical question…) Over the past couple of years we’ve posted close to 200 of the finest SUP vids here on SUPracer.com (187 to be exact), including some absolute classics. Everything from Battle of the Paddle carnage clips to race highlights from helicopters to downright dreamy downwind sequences. Yes. Dreamy.
In short: We’ve posted a lot of awesome stand up paddle videos.
Well now, thanks to the support of SIC, you can find all of these great stand up clips in the one place. We call it the “Showreel” and it features every SUP video we’ve ever posted here on SUPracer.com. → READ MORE
Finally we got the wind to coincide with our weekly Wednesday night PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash – we’ve been doing 4-5 social downwinds a week for the month of November, but with no wind on Wednesdays it means this was the first race since October 23rd.
Click through for the full story… → READ MORE
The board class debate. Will it ever end? For now, no… because so many of the top paddlers, top race directors and top board manufacturers disagree about what standards we should have (if any), who should implement them, when they should be implemented and so on.
Well now there’s another article and it comes from a fairly authoritative source, SUP The Mag, perhaps the leading print publicaiton (and, increasingly, one of the leading websites) in the Stand Up Paddling industry. The mag’s head honcho, Joe Carberry, has just penned an editorial giving his take on the subject, including a shout out to the big guys and a blue sky proposal for restrictions to be aligned with a paddler’s weight. → READ MORE
The 2014 SUP Racing season is taking shape, with a lot of big events having already planted their flag with plenty of others in the final stages of locking in dates. We’re starting to see the birth of an actual “season” for the first time, with the majority of big events happening in the six month period between early April and early October.
We’re also seeing a mildly logical geographic flow of events forming, where big races in the same regions are being scheduled back-to-back. Nowhere is that more evident in Europe, which has long held big potential for the sport and is now finally coming out of its shell and making the Californias and Hawaiis of the world take notice. → READ MORE
There’s another great post over on RidingBumps.com that you should have already seen, but that I’m going to post here just in case you haven’t.
While the Aussies, Kiwis and Saffas gear up for a long hot Summer and the Hawaiians shrug their shoulders at the very slight change in seasons, those situated a little further North actually have a problem when it comes to training for Stand Up Paddling from December to February…
If you’re not fortunate enough to get year-round warmth then the Winter months can be pretty brutal on your SUP race training, and the further North you go, the worse it tends to get. So what do you do when it’s too cold for SUP race training on the water? The Riding Bumps crew have a few pretty handy tips… → READ MORE