The Tahitians Are Coming: Niuhiti Buillard Wins The Manuia 404 Beach Race/Distance Race Double Against World Class Opposition

Manuia 404 Stand Up Paddle Board Race in TahitiRemember the name “Niuhiti Buillard” because you’ll probably be hearing it a lot more in the future. The 22-year-old Tahitian has just taken out the Beach Race/Distance Race double here at the Manuia 404 SUP Race in Tahiti today. And against some world class opposition I might add.

Starting alongside big name stars such as Danny Ching and Georges Cronsteadt, along with a host of frighteningly-talented local dark horses, Niuhiti absolutely blitzed it. And there were more great performances from a host of other potential world-beating locals that barely rate a mention internationally. Yep, the Tahitians are coming…   → READ MORE

Fast Winds And Fast Times For Cape Town’s Downwind Dash Finale

Sean Avni Stand Up Paddle SantaAfter last week’s feisty downwinder saw wind, waves and a broken board, this week’s fifth and final race in the Oct-Dec edition of the long-standing PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash series here in Cape Town, South Africa was another cracker.

Excellent 20-34 knots greeted the 38 paddlers at the start-line on Wednesday night, with a 15 second, 2 metre swell threatening to cause havoc once again.   → READ MORE

Dave Kalama, Jim Terrell And The Quickblade ‘V-Drive’ Paddle: Game Changer?

Dave Kalama Jim Terrell Quickblade V Drive PaddleThe Quickblade V-Drive paddle made a lot of noise upon its release earlier this year. With its unique double-dihredal design, the Dave Kalama-inspired paddle instantly became a must have among the elite and amateur paddling community alike.

Some even hailed it as a game changer. Well now in this new video, Kalama and Quickblade’s Mad Scientist Jim Terrell do a hard-hitting (pun intended) analysis of that claim…   → READ MORE

South Africa’s Downwind Dash Gets Feisty: Wind, Waves And A Broken Board

Tarryn Kyte's SUP race boardRace #4 in the October to December 2014 edition of Cape Town’s long-running PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash series was one for the books.

It had been blowing 30 knots all day with a solid 2.5m swell, which provided quite a spectacle for this week’s downwinder. The start of these races is all about timing the sets and the first group of starters did just that – if you are a fan of carnage that is…   → READ MORE

13 Awesome Aerial Photos That Reveal The Beauty (And Hide The Pain) Of Bora Bora’s “Ironmana” Race

Ironmana paddle race Bora Bora
Last week I was privileged to spend a week on Bora Bora – the iconic island getaway that everybody is familiar with from every single travel show ever. Though it wasn’t sipping cocktails and relaxing on the beach, instead my time on the island was a series of punishing ocean races known as the Bora Bora Liquid Festival, aka Ironmana.

The Ironmana race is painful – at times downright miserable – but also oddly rewarding. It also didn’t hurt when you’re in absolute paradise. So to give you an insight into the beautiful chaos of Ironmana, here are 13 awesome aerial photos that tell the story of the event.    → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo, Casper Steinfath Victorious In Paris As 400 SUPs Invade The River Seine (FULL RESULTS + RANKINGS UPDATE)

parisTitouan Puyo, Casper Steinfath and Celine Guesdon have dominated the 2014 Paris Crossing, as a record 400 stand up paddlers invaded the iconic River Seine on Sunday. In what will surely go down as the single biggest race of the year, Titou won the distance event while Casper took the pool sprints and the overall title.

The main event, the iconic long distance race that includes a passage right by the Eiffel Tower, started just after dawn on a crisp but clear winter’s day in the French capital. Right from the start Titou and Casper broke away and were never challenged. Kai Lenny started strong but clearly wasn’t in his element, unable to keep the pace of the main chase pack that was being led by French SUP stalwart Gaetan Sene.   → READ MORE

FULL RESULTS: Beau O’Brian, Angie Jackson Win ‘King Of The Cut’ To Claim Aussie Downwind Week Double

King of the Cut stand up paddle race Western AustraliaBeau O’Brian and Angie Jackson have taken out the Aussie Downwind Week Double, winning today’s King of the Cut race to go with their respective victories at The Doctor last weekend.

Once again Beau defeated Travis Grant to claim the win, this time by a slightly wider margin (1 minute 23 seconds). Actually the men’s podium was identical to what we saw seven days ago, with Jake Jensen finishing 3rd again.   → READ MORE

LIVE BLOG: Bora Bora Liquid Festival / Ironmana (aka Four Days Of Pain In Paradise)

Bora Bora Liquid Festival prone paddleboardingUPDATE: Event is finished so the live blog has been wrapped. Thanks to the Stephan Lambert and the rest of the organising team for the week of punishing racing in what can only be described as an absolute paradise. The Ironmana is definitely a bucket list race that you need to experience first hand.

Congratulations to every competitor that toughed it out, particularly the overall Ironmana 2K14 champions Tamarua Cowan and Morgan Hoesterey. That was a brutal week. You can click through to relive the live blog, aka my daily descent into madness…   → READ MORE

We’ve Now Got 400+ Races In The “Results by Riviera” Archive

Stand Up Paddle Race Results by RivieraSince started in late 2011, we’ve posted the results from of hundreds of Stand Up Paddleboard races around the world. From the Battle of the Paddle to your local beach race. From California to Croatia, Florida to France and everywhere in between, it’s been amazing to watch the sport spread so quickly round the globe.

And now, after a flutter of activity in November, we’ve passed the 400 mark. You can find all of these races on our Results by Riviera page, which lists every race result we’ve ever published.    → READ MORE

Great Photos From Perth’s Fig 2 Fig Social Paddle (aka The “Down-Learner-Winder”)

Fig 2 Fig stand up paddling Perth Western AustraliaCheck out this stack of great pics from yesterday’s “Fig 2 Fig” social paddle in Perth, Western Australia.

The Fig2Fig was the 2nd event in West Oz’s week-long festival of paddling, which we’ve unofficially dubbed Aussie Downwind Week.

The Fig 2 Fig is more of a social paddle than any kind of serious race. While some try and finish the course as quick as possible, the event is mainly designed to get newer paddlers hooked on the joys of ocean paddling.    → READ MORE

WORLD RANKINGS: Beau O’Brian Moves Inside The Top 10, But Get Ready For More Changes Next Weekend

Stand Up Paddle World Rankings - 2014 November
Following the action at The Doctor on the weekend, we’ve seen some slight movement in the SUP RACER WORLD RANKINGS.

The most notable change is Beau O’Brian leapfrogging Zane Schweitzer and Casper Steinfath to move inside the Top 10. Following his win, which was one of his best 5 results from the past 12 months, Beau is now ranked #9 in the world. However with two big races next weekend set to count for ranking points, there are plenty more changes to come before the end of the year.

You can jump straight to the latest Stand Up Paddle World Rankings or click through and get some interesting insights on the latest round of updates…   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Beau O’Brian Narrowly Defeats Travis Grant @ “The Doctor” – Angie Jackson Women’s Champ

The Doctor Ocean Race Perth Western AustraliaBeau O’Brian has just taken out The Doctor downwind race in Perth, Western Australia, beating home Travis Grant in a near photo finish and taking a major win that has been some time in the coming.

Incredibly, after more than 2 hours of ocean paddling, the two downwind experts hit the beach at the exact same time. Beau was quicker up the beach though, out-sprinting the former Molokai-2-Oahu champion to the line.   → READ MORE

Watch The Battle Of The Paddle Brazil In 2 Minutes

Battle of the Paddle Brazil videoIf you’re the type of paddler that can’t sit still for more than two minutes, this little promo video from last weekend’s Battle of the Paddle Brasil should suit you nicely.

It’s only 1 minute, 45 seconds but shows pretty much everything from the weekend (except for the epic Beach Flags tournament, which is strangely absent…).    → READ MORE

“King Of The Cut” Set To Headline Biggest Ever Week Of Racing In Australia (It’s Aussie Downwind Week!)

King of the Cut stand up paddleboard raceThis Saturday, 29th November, sees the start of what will probably be the biggest week of SUP racing Australia has ever seen. In the space of eight days, Western Australia will play host to four different ocean races. It’ll also play host to pretty much all of Australia’s finest paddlers plus a bunch of elite internationals. While Hawaii is home to Downwind Month in July, this could be Australia’s answer: Aussie Downwind Week.

Australia has always been an anomaly in the SUP racing world: The land down under has produced a solid chunk of the world’s elite athletes, however its racing scene is a relative minnow compared to what’s happening in California/Florida/Hawaii/Europe/etc. But that could change with the following four events lining up in a row for the first time:   → READ MORE