Meet the Pioneering Paddlers of the Yukon River Quest, the Epic 715km (444 Mile) Adventure Race That Begins Tomorrow

Yukon River“The last unknown is the sleep deprivation – there are many stories of paddlers seeing dancing bears, people walking on water, trees on fire and hearing strange voices.”

That’s Bart de Zwart talking about the Yukon River Quest, an extraordinary race that stretches for 715km (444 miles) through the Canadian wilderness. The 2016 edition begins in less than 24 hours, and for the first time ever stand up paddlers have been allowed to enter.   → READ MORE

Final Results from the SUP 11 City Tour as Steeve Teihotaata, Seychelle Hattingh Crowned Grand Champions

SUP 11 City Tour 2015The 2015 SUP 11 City Tour is done, and what a crazy rollercoaster it was. Congratulations to Steeve Teihotaata and Seychelle Hattingh for reigning supreme, though everybody that completed this year’s race deserves huge credit.

Click through for the final standings and full recap from this crazy adventure…   → READ MORE

The Isle Of Jersey Dons The Neoprene As Local ‘Winter Series’ Continues

Stand Up Paddling on JerseyFrance wasn’t the only place with a bit of cold water racing action on the weekend. Yesterday, the British Isle of Jersey hosted the 6th round of their Winter Series, with a small but hardy band of paddlers donning the neoprene (I even spotted a couple of dry suits in there) and braving the elements.

Jersey, which is actually much closer to the France than the UK (geographically speaking), is something of a mini mecca for stand up paddling. It has a great local scene with dedicated paddlers and race organisers, and we always see a few of the Jersey crew at the Euro races with a smile on their face.   → READ MORE

859 Days Later: Finally Has A New Facebook Cover Photo Facebook cover photo
It only took me two and a half years, but the Facebook cover photo has finally been changed.

As you will see, highlighted by the fact that I’m about to write 1,200 words on a topic most would suggest doesn’t even warrant a simple caption, I take my cover photos seriously. Like the exchange of flags between host cities at the Olympic Games closing ceremony or the inauguration of a new President, the changing of our Facebook cover photo is a weighty subject.   → READ MORE

DONE. The SUP 11 City Tour Is Finished – Get The Full Results, Pics And Recap From This Crazy / Painful / Awesome Race

11 city tour of friesland stand up paddling
The 2014 SUP 11 City Tour is DONE. What a crazy adventure that was. Congratulations to Bart de Zwart for reclaming his crown and showing he’s still the king of endurance paddling.

We’ll have a full recap of this crazy/painful/amazing/awesome event soon, but in the meantime here are the final standings from the solo divisions. You can also relive the week-long live blog, including daily recaps and photo highlights.   → READ MORE

Greg Closier Wins On The Island Of Jersey, Which Looks Like A Pretty Cool Spot To Paddle…

Stand up Paddling on Jersey islandJersey. No, not that Jersey, Jersey the island. The one that’s part of the UK and lies just off the coast of France.

Well apparently Jersey has a pretty darn good SUP scene. I’ve already met quite a few paddlers from the channel isle on my travels, especially at some of the Euro races, though now we get a great glimpse at what the races are like on Jersey itself.

Frenchman Greg Closier made the short trip across to the island on the weekend, where he battled against the locals to claim the Heritage Paddle Race, an historic event that dates right back to the 60s.    → READ MORE