Pacific Paddle Games: HEAT DRAWS for the Men’s Pro Surf Race on Friday Morning

Pacific Paddle Games
We’re just minutes away from the start of the biggest race of the year, the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life, and with virtually every single top ranked paddler on the planet here on the beach in Dana Point, California, we’re in for a big show starting at 10:30am today (Friday).

The boards are stickered up, the paddles are primed, and the fins are sharp and ready. The only thing left now is to study the heat draws and find out who is battling whom in the sudden death qualifying heats.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: Watch the Biggest Race of the Year with the VMG Blades Facebook Live Stream on Friday Morning

Pacific Paddle Games live webcast
Only 24 hours til the fun and games begin…

The 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life kick off on Friday morning, and you can watch the biggest race of the year as it happens with our Facebook Live stream powered by VMG Blades, where you can catch all the action of the men’s surf race heats.

Click through to get the Friday-Sunday schedule…   → READ MORE

Matt Nottage Won ‘Breakthrough Performance of the Year’ at the SUP Awards (…but fell asleep before the show even started)

Matt NottageAustralia’s Matt Nottage took out the ‘Male Breakthrough Performer’ award at the SUP Awards in Dana Point on Thursday night, however in a truly Aussie twist, he wasn’t there to accept his award after succumbing to jet lag and falling asleep before the show even started (in his defense he only arrived in California Thursday morning).

Though perhaps even more memorable was Toby Cracknell, sporting a fresh new mullet, getting on stage to make the acceptance speech on behalf of his good mate.    → READ MORE

Zane and Connor Just Took the Foil Boarding Craze to a Bizarrely-Awesome New Level

stand-up-paddle-hydrofoil-sup-foil-board-videoZane Schweitzer and Connor Baxter have just taken the hydrofoil craze to a bizarrely-awesome new level, showing off their freakish talents at the Starboard dealers meeting in San Diego the past couple of days.

First up, Zane getting some lift courtesy of a windsurf tow-in behind Connor yesterday afternoon, which I thought that was impressive enough, but what they did the next morning was beyond epic…   → READ MORE

Goodbye Australia; Hello California

new-caledonia-aerial-photoWe’re just days away from the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games, and right now virtually the entire paddleboarding world is descending on Dana Point in southern California.

SUP Racer included.

Because after missing out on a few of my all-time favourite races over the past six weeks (JM, the Gorge and 11 Cities), I couldn’t miss this one…   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: One Week.

Pacific Paddle Games Party Wave
We’re just one week away from the biggest race of the year, the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life. With virtually all of the world’s best paddlers expected on the start line, this year’s PPGs are shaping up to be one of the most-competitive showdowns our sport has ever seen.

SUP Racer will heading stateside on Sunday, so we’ll be there on the beach at Doheny for the whole show; keep an eye out for more Pacific Paddle Games previews, predictions and insights over the coming days.    → READ MORE

A Brief History of Dave Kalama

dave-kalama-history-stand-up-paddleboarding-videoWatch this very interesting short film about the life of the man, the myth, the legend, Dave Kalama.

Apart from being at the forefront of the SUP movement, Kalama could also list the following on his extensive resumé: alpine skier, pro windsurfer, big wave tow-surfing pioneer, high-level paddle coach, WSL commentator, TEDx talker, and father.

While his humble, laid-back nature means he doesn’t always have the Instagram reach of some of the other big-name paddlers, Dave is definitely one of the all-time most respected guys on the water. Whenever he speaks, people listen.   → READ MORE

This Whitewater Highlights Reel from Team Badfish Is Totally Badass

whitewater stand up paddle boardingNeed a little excitement to start your day? This highlights reel from Team Badfish should do the trick.

With everything from big whitewater runs to river surfing to sliding down a glacier, and featuring the likes of whitewater SUP pioneer Spencer Lacy and river surfer Brittany Parker, if this two and a half minutes of footage doesn’t inspire you to head for the mountains and go paddling, I don’t know what will.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games Countdown: 10 Days ’til the Biggest Race of the Year (10 Things to Know)

Pacific Paddle Games
The countdown is on: We’re only 10 days away from the biggest race of the year, the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life, which is shaping up to be the sport’s showcase event once again this season.

So with just 10 days to go til the big dance at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California, here are 10 things you need to know about the PPGs…   → READ MORE

Bart de Zwart Overcomes Rain, Fog and Fatigue to Conquer Canada’s 220km Muskoka River X Adventure Paddle Race. Again.

Muskoka River X
The undisputed king of ultra long distance paddling, Bart de Zwart, has done it again. Not long after his victories in the Yukon (715km) and Missouri (547km), and literally straight off the back of his 200+ km effort in the Netherlands last week, Bart has just taken out the Muskoka River X race in Ontario, Canada. Again.   → READ MORE