One of the most underrated paddlers in the world, Josh Riccio, joins team Flying Fish

One of the most underrated paddlers in the world, Josh Riccio, has joined Team Flying Fish for season 2020 and beyond.

The Florida native, who spent much of his early paddling career honing his skills in Hawaii, announced the move on Insta last week.

The Florida-based board brand “Flying Fish” has gained a cult following over the past few years — the crew behind it have a distinctly grassroots-driven philosophy that shines through in both their hand-shaped boards and their hand-picked team of ambassadors. In many ways, Flying Fish embodies the theme of going “back to our roots” that I feel has been building in the SUP community over the past 18 months.   → READ MORE

Why the ‘11 Islands’ Tour of Thailand is probably the funnest “race” in the world

“Chris, do you want a beer?”

“Yeah, why not. It’s bloody hot out here.”

I was holding onto a rope and surfing behind the media boat when the race organiser threw me a beer. That’s an instant DQ in just about any other event (for so many reasons), yet it seemed oddly appropriate here. Because while I was technically in the middle of a “race,” the ‘SUP 11 Islands Tour’ is so much more than just a race that the term hardly applies.    → READ MORE

PREVIEW: Who to watch at the 2019 ISA Worlds in El Salvador

The International Surfing Association’s annual world championship – the second World Championshps this year following the ICF’s offering in China last month – is about to get underway in the emerging surf mecca of El Salvador, with 27 nations and about 15-20 big names set to compete alongside 100+ national reps that’ll no doubt be surfing or racing with pride.

However, with this event only announced last-minute, the 2019 ISA Worlds are just as notable for who isn’t there, with several top athletes and many of the usual ISA suspects missing from the lineup.   → READ MORE

Hood River legend and ‘Gorge Paddle Challenge’ founder Steve Gates has passed away

Steve Gates, founder of the Gorge Paddle Challenge and an inspiring figure for so many in his hometown of Hood River and beyond, has died at the age of 69 following a long battle with cancer that, while ultimately taking his life, never dented his signature enthusiasm and passion for his family, friends and the global community of paddlers that he inspired.

Steve passed away two nights ago surrounded by close family — he is survived by his wife Ginny and daughters Erin and Jodie.   → READ MORE

Paddlecast #004 – Paul “Jacko” Jackson

Welcome back to Paddlecast!

My guest today is one of the most experienced (and opinionated) paddlers on the planet. Over the past 15 years, Paul “Jacko” Jackson been a pro kiter, paddler, foiler, team manager, retail store owner and now co-founder of a board brand: ONE Ocean Sports, which is producing some of the most innovative race boards in the world.

In this episode, we had a good chat about building a board brand, the endless saga of Olympic paddletics and how to make racing more interesting and exciting…   → READ MORE

‘Chased by the Midnight Sun’ — the story of the Yukon River Quest — premieres early December

The Yukon River Quest — aka “715km of dehydration, hallucinations and days that never end” — is a mind-bogglingly crazy race experience that pushes paddlers beyond their known limits both physically and mentally.

So we decided to make a movie about it.

After I (and half a dozen other crazy adventurous stand up paddlers) spent three days paddling down 715 kilometres of a very long, very cold and very lonely river, we’ve put together an hour of interviews, insights, drone footage and delirious GoPro monologues to create ‘Chased by the Midnight Sun’ — the story of our “descent into madness.”

The film premieres on the 20th 25th of November soon right here on SUP Racer. I’m still going through the editing process, which has now officially taken longer than the race itself. Probably early to mid December. Hope you enjoy this little trailer while you wait…

The 2020 Yukon River Quest sold out in just 12 hours (but you can still join the waiting list)

The world’s longest annual paddle race, the Yukon River Quest in Canada, has sold out in what is surely a record time.

Registration for the 2020 edition, which isn’t happening til next June, opened up last night and immediately attracted a flood of entries. There were about 80 teams signed up within the first hour and 99 after two, with international paddlers staying up late or waking up very early to secure their spot.

The 125th and final team was registered around the 12 hour mark, which is almost twice as fast as last year’s registration blitz when the YRQ filled up in just over 24 hours.   → READ MORE

Ultra PSA: You’ve got about 24 hours to sign up for the 2020 Yukon River Quest

Public Service Announcement: Entries for the 2020 Yukon River Quest open this Friday (1 November) and are expected to fill up within hours.

So even though we’re still eight months from race day, if you’re considering entering this epic adventure then get ready to throw your hat in the ring within the next 72 48 24 hours.

UPDATE: ENTRIES OPEN   → READ MORE

Chattajack: Danny Ching breaks King Larry in Tennessee; Seychelle goes three-straight

In brief: Danny Ching has ended the long reign of Chattajack King Larry Cain after claiming victory in his first visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee over the weekend.

Danny took out the 31 mile “Inland Molokai” after an impressive 507 teams (including 236 SUPs) started the challenge. Larry, who went undefeated in Tennessee from 2014-2018, had to settle for third step on the podium after Danny and Frenchman Olivier Darrieumerlou (the 2018 11 Cities non-stop champion) pulled away in the final sprint to the line.

Seychelle picked up her fourth title (and third straight) after holding off Kim Barnes over the final 200 metres, with the duo having already broken pre-race favourite April Zilg mid-race. Seychelle and Kim actually earned “equal first” in this race way back in 2015.   → READ MORE