Team Starboard reigns supreme: Masterclass from Michael Booth, Fiona Wylde in the Greek Islands

Team Starboard super duo Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde have claimed this week’s EuroTour race with emphatic victories against both a strong field and a draining hot sun in the Greek Islands.

Boothy claimed the ‘Corfu Emerald Cup’ to bounce back from his big mistake at last week’s battle of Bilbao and put an exclamation mark on his status as the world’s strongest paddler, while Fiona was a little too strong for Italian wildcard and rising star Caterina Stenta.   → READ MORE

EuroTour update: Amandine Chazot and Tom Auber have won the downwinder in Spain

Spain’s Laura Quetglas (photo: @eurotoursup)

In brief: Tom Auber and Amandine Chazot have claimed the latest round of the EuroTour in the north-east of Spain. The French duo saluted at the Cap de Creus SUP Challenge in a great downwind run a couple of hours north of Barcelona.

Tom’s toughest challenge came from compatriot Martin Vitry, while last week’s third-place finisher Vinni Martins repeated his result after out-sprinting Martin Letourneur and Ty Judson in the final hundred metres.

Amandine triumphed over fellow Frenchwoman Olivia Piana, while Laura Quetglas hit the podium for Team Spain for the second week in a row. It was another big showing from the junior girls out of the Spanish island of Mallorca, with young training team-mates Duna Gordillo, Sonia Caimari and Sonia Hurtado all hitting the top 10.

Follow The Euro Tour for more coverage. Here are the early results…

WOMEN’S TOP 10
1st: Amandine Chazot (FRA) Sunova/QB
2nd: Olivia Piana (FRA) Rogue
3rd: Laura Quetglas (ESP) Starboard/QB
4th: Melanie Lafenetre (FRA) Infinity
5th: Susak Molinero (ESP) RRD
6th: Noelani Sach (GER) NSP
7th: Duna Gordillo (ESP) F-One/QB
8th: Sheila Sirvent (ESP) Starboard/QB
9th: Sonia Caimari (ESP) SIC/QB
10th: Sonia Hurtado (ESP) Starboard/QB

MEN’S TOP 10
1st: Tom Auber (FRA) Fanatic
2nd: Martin Vitry (FRA) SIC/QB
3rd: Vinnicius Martins (BRA) JP
4th: Martin Letourneur (FRA)
5th: Ty Judson (AUS) NSP
6th: Ludovic Teulade (FRA) Oxbow/QB
7th: Enzo Bennett (TAH) 425
8th: Bruno Hasulyo (HUN) Lightboard
9th: Boris Jinvresse (FRA) Sunova/QB
10th: Kelly Margetts (AUS) Sunova/QB

Live stream replay: Watch the EuroTour ‘World SUP Festival’ in Costa Blanca, Spain

Full replay of SUP Racer’s EuroTour live stream at the World SUP Festival in Costa Blanca, Spain, where Ty Judson and Olivia Piana were victorious.

Thanks for everyone that tuned in to watch! It was great to be back on the microphone. And a special thank you to Quickblade Paddles and VMG Blades for supporting our European Summer of SUP and making this whole show possible.

We experimented with a new “split-screen” format this week. Definitely still got a few things to iron out, but I think it was a creative step in the right direction and a great way to (finally) be able to give women equal coverage.

We’ll be back with another live stream in San Sebastian on June 1st, followed by Bilbao (June 8th), Corfu (June 15th), Crete (June 22nd) and Prague (July 6th).

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EuroTour: Ty Judson and Olivia Piana have won the ‘World SUP Festival’ in Spain

In brief: Team NSP’s Ty Judson has put on an ocean paddling masterclass to claim the World SUP Fetival in Costa Blanca, Spain. The humble young Australian broke away early on the 15km crossing between the small island of Tabarca back to the mainland, finishing over a minute clear of determined duo Enzo Bennett (Tahiti/425) and Vinni Martins (Brazil/JP).

Brazilian dark-horse (though I think he’s officially graduated from that title) Guilherme dos Reis took fourth while his brother-from-another-mother David Leao won the junior division. Frenchman Ludovic Teulade, fresh off a record-attempting six-hour downwinder across the Mediterranean, rounded out the top five in a strong field of around 200 paddlers.

Team Rogue’s Olivia Piana bounced back from a 3rd and 4th place finish in the past two EuroTour events to claim a strong win, with only Susak Molinero (Spain; RRD) able to stay within sight of the powerful Frenchwoman. Italy’s Caterina Stenta (RRD) was impressive in third.

The event was highlighted by a surge in junior participation, with 15-year-olds Anna Tschirky (Switzerland; F-One) and Duna Gordillo (Spain; Starboard) both finishing top 10 in the women’s main event, while the short-course Grom Races featured over 50 future champions in a bright showing for the sport.

Full results on the EuroTour site; full recap coming soon…

TOP 10 WOMEN
1st: Olivia Piana Rogue
2nd: Susak Molinero RRD
3rd: Catherina Stenta RRD
4th: Melanie Lafenetre Infinity
5th: Susanne Lier F-One/QB
6th: Laura Quetglas Starboard/QB
7th: Noelani Sach NSP
8th: Sheila Sirvent Starboard/QB
9th: Anna Tschirsky F-One/QB
10th: Duna Gordillo F-One/QB

TOP 10 MEN
1st: Ty Judson NSP
2nd: Enzo Bennett 425
3rd: Vinnicius Martins JP
4th: Guilherme dos Reis SIC
5th: Ludovic Teulade Oxbow
6th: Giordano Bruno SIC
7th: Paolo Marconi RRD
8th: Kelly Margetts Sunova/QB
9th: Federico Esposito Infinity/QB
10th: Liran Machlev NSP

Viking vlog: Behind-the-scenes at Casper Steinfath’s “Skagerrak” premiere

We’ve just finished a fun little trip to Denmark for the premiere of Casper Steinfath’s new film Skagerrak. If you’ve read my review, you’ll know I was already really impressed with this movie, but to see it on the big screen made it even more powerful.

And of course, it was Denmark, so the whole trip was a fun adventure!

Watch Casper’s Viking Vlog for a little behind-the-scenes edit of the weekend, including a little cameo from yours truly and SUP Racer’s new partner-in-crime, Trevor Tunnington. Not shown: Trevor’s epic dancefloor victory at the after-party

Sonni Honscheid and Daniel Hasulyo have won the Kerama Blue Cup on Japan’s Zamami Island

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Congratulations @sonnihoenscheid and @danielhasulyo for taking out the Kerama Blue Cup on Zamami Island in Japan! 🇯🇵🏆🎉 The Starboard duo tamed the tough conditions in the 18km distance race to claim their second set of Asia Tour victories in the past seven days (they both saluted last weekend in Taiwan as well). Home nation heroes @kenny_kaneko (ONE) and young gun Rai Taguchi (@raisupokinawa; SIC) filled the men's podium, while @takayo_yokoyama and @kate_bakersup (ONE) took second and third behind the all-conquering German 🙌 Full results from the 1km, 3km, 6km and 18km races up on the "Kerama Blue Cup" Facebook #zamami #paddleleague (photo credits: @sehsa / @sineshine1989)

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Titouan Puyo and Fiona Wylde won the French downwinder in Vendée

Titouan Puyo and Fiona Wylde have surfed their way to victory in week 3 of the EuroTour, claiming the Vendée Gliss Event on France’s west coast.

Titou out-surfed fellow Frenchman Arthur Arutkin and week 2 winner Michael Booth to even the score with the Aussie powerhouse at one European win apiece.

Meanwhile, Hood River hero Fiona Wylde felt right at home in the bumps, coasting clear to defeat Sunova’s Amandine Chazot and Maui wunderkind Annie Reickert en route to her second French win in seven days.   → READ MORE

The Paddle League Manifesto

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"The Paddle League is for the kids, the pros and the average joes. It's for the grassroots and the mass starts. It's for the dark horses and golden buoys. It's for the sprints, the ultras, the BOPs and the bumps. It's for the events, the fans, the media and the brands. It's for the future."⁣ ⁣ "The Paddle League is for the sport."⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ …we're inviting you to read The Paddle League MANIFESTO where we share our vision for the future of stand up paddling. We're also revealing some of the new projects we're building and the reasons why we're so excited about the future of this great sport 🤙⁣ ⁣⁣ Read the full manifesto on paddleleague.com (link in bio)⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #paddleleague #forthesport

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The Paddle League is for the kids, the pros and the average joes. It’s for the grassroots and the mass starts. It’s for the dark horses and golden buoys. It’s for the sprints, the ultras, the BOPs and the bumps. It’s for the events, the fans, the media and the brands. It’s for the future.

The Paddle League is for the sport.

What should the future of stand up paddling look like? Take a look at The Paddle League Manifesto to find out why we believe stand up paddling is an open sport that should be promoted in an open way. There’s a good glimpse of what The League will look like in 2019 and beyond…

Azur Paddle Days: Fiona Wylde, Michael Booth claim victory in France

Starboard superstars Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde have started their summer seasons in style, saluting at the “Azur Paddle Days” EuroTour event in Villefranche, France this afternoon.

Boothy edged out regular sparring partner Titouan Puyo by about 10 seconds after an hour of paddling, while Titou’s team-mate from NSP, Ty Judson, was close behind in third. Martin Vitry took top honours for the home team in fourth, while Carolina runner-up Bruno Hasulyo had to settle for fifth in a sign of how tough the summer clashes are going to be.   → READ MORE