On Gratitude… (aka “Everyone Loves The Payette River Games”)

Payette River Games thank youStand up paddle racing is a strange sport sometimes. We’re so young and immature, and growing at such a pace, that we often fail to see what’s right in front of us. In a mad dash to reach the future before it’s ready, we lose sight of what’s really important.

Debate and disagreement can be healthy, even vital parts of our sport, however we should never forget what really matters most: Gratitude and positivity. In the world of stand up paddling, especially on the elite side of the sport, I believe we often forget to say thank you to the ones who deserve to hear it most.    → READ MORE

Payette River Games Preview: Who’s Going To Conquer The River And Claim The Bounty? (24 Hours To Go…)

Jeramie VaineWe’re just 24 hours away from one of the biggest, richest and funnest races of the year: The Payette River Games.

Part race, part festival, part party on the river in the Idaho countryside, the PRGs are a unique and highly entertaining spectacle. The main attraction is the stand up paddling (with its record $50,000 prize purse), however there are plenty of other highlights on the schedule…   → READ MORE

Fiona Wylde: “My Diagnosis”

Stand Up Paddler Fiona WyldeThis is a graduation story. I think of graduation as a time in life when something comes to a close, and looking back you smile about all the successes and failures that got you there. And once you’re done looking back, you look forward to a set of bright doors that are beckoning to be unlocked, with new opportunities and new experiences behind each one.

So by the time my high school graduation day came around, I already had my eyes on the future in excited anticipation to see what was in store for me with stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing and life as a whole.

Then everything suddenly changed…   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Mo Freitas, Shae Foudy Win The Santa Monica Pier Paddle

Santa Monica Pier PaddleMo Freitas and Shae Foudy have taken out the 2015 Santa Monica Pier Paddle, after a strong lineup of elite and amateur paddlers lit up the iconic paddleboarding venue on Saturday.

Annabel Anderson triumped over Candice Appleby in the five miler, however the short, sharp SUP Cross provided a bit of an upset…   → READ MORE

Following Week 3 Of The Euro Tour, Big Updates To The World Rankings

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Following a string of big events in Europe over the past few weeks (aka The Euro Tour​), we’ve seen plenty of changes to the Top 100 Men / Top 50 Women World Ranking leaderboards.

Connor Baxter​ stays firm at world number one, amassing a total of 241.00 points from his best five results. Connor has actually competed in 17 of the biggest races in the world over the past 12 months, however only a paddler’s best five results count towards their total.    → READ MORE

Mighty Fine Highlights Reel From The St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup (Euro Tour)

St. Ives stand up paddle race videoNow this is how you do a highlights video. Watch this great clip from the St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup, which went down in Cornwall last week and was won by Starboard duo Connor Baxter and Fiona Wylde.

As part of the 2015 Euro Tour, the St. Ives race attracted a handful of big names to the south west tip of the UK, where competitors battled through a windy distance event and an entertaining survivor race.   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter And Sonni Hönscheid Conquer The Lost Mills (Full Results, Photos, Recap)

Lost Mills
Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid have just won the 2015 Lost Mills International SUP Race, beating an all star field and establishing a commanding lead on the Euro Tour Leaderboard in the process.

After 18km of long, hot, draining paddling, with a blazing Bavarian sun beating down on competitors, it was the superstar from Starboard who outlasted one of the most elite fields ever seen outside the USA.   → READ MORE

Euro Tour: Travis Grant, Sonni Honscheid Win France’s SUP Race Cup (UPDATED)

Sainte Maxime SUP Race Cup
Travis Grant and Sonni Honscheid have triumphed at the SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime, France, after an all star field lit up Week 2 of the Euro Tour.

Travis took control of the event after dominating Saturday’s course race, before holding on for a close second place behind Titouan Puyo in Sunday’s 17km event. That handed Trav the overall event title based on combined times, and also delivered a full bag of points for the Euro Tour Leaderboard.    → READ MORE

Connor Baxter, Fiona Wylde Win The St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup, Week 2 Of The Euro Tour (UPDATED)

Charging back to shore during the short, sharp Survivor race (photo: Starboard SUP UK)
Starboard duo Connor Baxter and Fiona Wylde have taken out the inaugural St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup, triumphing in challenging conditions in Week 2 of the Euro Tour.

After paddlers were greeted with glorious sunshine here in Cornwall this morning, the British weather gods did their thing and introduced a combination of overcast skies and howling winds before the race started. That left competitors battling a long distance course that included both upwind and downwind legs, which made for a see-sawing battle among the top contenders.   → READ MORE

Week 2 Of The Euro Tour: Plenty Of Big Names Battling From From St. Ives To St. Maxime

St Ives Bay Cornwall Celtic Cup Stand Up Paddle RaceIt’s Week 2 of the Euro Tour, with a split round set to showcase events in both France and the UK this weekend.

Cornwall in the south of England will host the inaugural St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup, while over on the French Riviera we’ve got St. Maxime’s long-running SUP Race Cup. Between these two races, we’ll see a dozen or more of the world’s best paddlers match up against a bevvy of local chargers.   → READ MORE

Payette River Games: New Course, New Boards, And Everything Else You Need To Know About PRG15

Payette River Games SUP CrossThe Countdown to Idaho is on. In just under a month, a whole stack of the world’s best paddlers will descend on the sleepy little hamlet of Cascade, Idaho, for a long weekend of festivities on and off the water.

The Payette River Games, scheduled for June 19-21, is set to be a pretty big show this year. We’ve already listed it as one of the “Majors” for 2015, and I know that more than half the world’s top names will be in Idaho for the showdown. Throw in an exclusive TV broadcast deal with CBS Sports and I think it’s safe to say Payette will be one of the highlights of 2015.   → READ MORE

100 Days Til The 11 Cities

SUP 11 City Tour Bart de Zwart Peter BartlToday is a rather special day. Monday, May 28th marks the 100 day countdown to the 2015 SUP 11 City Tour, one of the most brutal/amazing races in the world.

For the uninitiated, the SUP 11 City Tour (or just “11 Cities”) is a five-day, 200km race around the Dutch countryside. Meandering its way through the canals and lakes of the “Friesland” province, the 11 cities has become a classic fixture on the international calendar.   → READ MORE