Battle of the Bay: Annabel Anderson, Connor Baxter Victorious in Iconic San Francisco

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Annabel Anderson and Connor Baxter have highlighted their respective world number one statuses here at today’s 7th Annual Battle of the Bay in San Francisco, claiming this morning’s race around iconic landmarks Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge before backing up with victories in this afternoon’s beach race.

Here are the overall results. Check back in the morning for a full recap and some stellar photos of the scenic course…   → READ MORE

Kiwi Gold: Annabel Anderson Reinforces Status as World’s Best on Finals Day in Cold Hawaii; France’s Olivia Piana Takes Silver

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Annabel Anderson has once again cemented her status as the world’s best paddler after a powerful performance in the ‘beach race’ final here at the ISA Worlds in Cold Hawaii, Denmark today.

The Kiwi was too strong for Olivia Piana (silver for France), Terrene Black (bronze for Australia) and Fiona Wylde (copper for Team USA), matching her victory in last weekend’s marathon and earning Team New Zealand a second gold medal and valuable points on the leaderboard of nations.   → READ MORE

Annabel Anderson Claims First Gold of the ISA Worlds in Denmark Ahead of Sonni, Olivia and Fiona (UPDATED)

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Annabel Anderson has won the first gold medal of the 2017 ISA Worlds in Denmark, putting on a vintage performance to break away from a large, elite field in this morning’s 18km marathon event to earn 1000 valuable team points for New Zealand.

The world number one, who had to borrow a Starboard after her equipment was lost in transit, sat with the front pack on the first of four laps around this long but rather technical course in front of Copenhagen’s famous opera house. But as the field started to whittle on the second lap, Annabel put her foot down and broke away, paddling clear to win by two minutes in a time of just over two hours.

With the Kiwi setting a lone pace out front, the real race became the battle for the silver medal, with Starboard team mates Sonni Honscheid (Germany), Olivia Piana (France) and Fiona Wylde (USA) establishing themselves as the strongest contenders after the early draft train of 11 top women started splintering in the second half of the race.   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo, Annabel Anderson Claim the ‘Hot Lap’ on Day Two of the Gorge Paddle Challenge

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New Caledonia’s humble superstar Titouan Puyo has narrowly defeated Australia’s Lincoln Dews to claim the ‘Hot Lap’ race on day two of the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge here in Hood River, Oregon. World number one Annabel Anderson took out the women’s Hot Lap ahead of compatriot Penelope Strickland.

Click through for the full results…   → READ MORE

Downwind Domination: Bernd Roediger, Fiona Wylde Destroy International Field to Win the Gorge ‘Double Downwinder’

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Bernd Roediger and Fiona Wylde have put on a downwind masterclass here in Hood River, Oregon today, saluting at the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge presented by Starboard ahead of an ultra-competitive, international field of all-stars, young guns and and fresh new dark horses.

Click through for the recap and full results…   → READ MORE

Travis Grant Overpowers Connor Baxter to Win Epic Molokai Duel in Record Time; Penelope Strickland Stuns Favourites to Claim Women’s Crown

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Australia’s Travis Grant has claimed his third Molokai-2-Oahu championship title after overpowering world number one Connor Baxter in an epic duel across the infamous Ka’iwi Channel today, setting a new race record of 3:59:52 and cementing his status as a true legend of the sport after becoming the first paddler to ever break the mythical 4-hour mark.

After an almighty, see-sawing battle that lasted almost the entire 32 miles from Molokai to Oahu, Travis pulled away in the final kilometre to claim a victory that will become an instant classic in the history pages of our sport.   → READ MORE

8 Straight: Connor Baxter Overpowers Travis Grant and James Casey to Win ‘Maui 2 Molokai’ Yet Again; Annabel Anderson Women’s Champ

Connor BaxterConnor Baxter has overpowered an Travis Grant and James ‘Jimmy’ Casey to narrowly claim an historic eighth-straight Maui2Molokai title this afternoon, setting a new record for longest winning streak in the sport and continuing his extraordinary run as the only guy to ever win this race.

The world number one got pushed further than ever before though, with an in-form Travis leading for about the first 23 miles of the 26 mile (42km) crossing forcing Connor to dig deep in order to keep his unbeaten run alive. Jimmy was also applying the pressure on Connor, and the world number seven was still within sight of the champ as they finally hit the finish line on the south side of Molokai after just over three hours of paddling.   → READ MORE

James Casey, Annabel Anderson Win the Weather-Affected OluKai ‘Beach Race’ on Maui (RESULTS)

OluKai-2017World number one Annabel Anderson and Sunova’s James Casey have taken out the weather-affected OluKai Ho’olaulea race on Maui this morning, winning the modified ‘beach race’ event at Kanaha after the standard Maliko downwind run was canceled for the second time in two days following wild and unsafe conditions.

With swirling winds and stormy weather continuing to lash the Hawaiian coast, OluKai organisers wisely opted for safety over tradition, keeping the event inside the reef at Kanaha Beach Park instead of sending competitors on what would have been a somewhat-treacherous ocean paddle from Maliko Gulch.   → READ MORE

Full Results: Titouan Puyo, Annabel Anderson Defend Carolina Cup Titles, Write New Chapter in SUP History

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Titouan Puyo and Annabel Anderson have defended their Carolina Cup titles after an extraordinary day of racing here in Wrightsville Beach, with Titou breaking away from an all-star field over the final mile to cement his reputation as one of the absolute finest paddlers on the planet, while Annabel won the duel with Fiona Wylde to claim her fifth-straight title and officially move up to ‘legend’ status.

In an extremely grueling race that had a bit of everything, Titou made the most of the difficult conditions by powering through the downwind section and helping control the pace in the brutal upwind legs, holding off the challenge from world number two Michael Booth, team mate Travis Grant, the Tahitian army and dozens more of the world’s best.   → READ MORE

By the Numbers: Annabel Anderson Doesn’t Just Win the Carolina Cup, She Destroys It

Annabel-Anderson-Carolina-Cup-paddleboardingWe’re only a week away from the first major race of the season, the West Marine Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

We’ll previewing the big event all week in the lead-up to our race day Facebook Live stream presented by Quickblade, but in the meantime let’s take a look at some more stats from the previous editions.   → READ MORE

A Brief History of the Carolina Cup: Here’s Every Champion (and Podium-Getter) from 2011-2016

Carolina CupThe Countdown to Carolina is officially underway, with almost all of the world’s best paddlers getting ready to hop on a plane to Wilmington, North Carolina for the 7th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup aka the first major race of the season.

This year’s event is set to be the most competitive yet, with an absolutely stacked field of elite talent joining hundreds of amateur paddlers for a major festival of stand up paddling.    → READ MORE

Annabel Anderson, Titouan Puyo Make It a Clean Sweep of the New Zealand Nationals

NZ SUP NationalsThe New Zealand Nationals wrapped up this afternoon in wild and woolly conditions, with Annabel Anderson and Titouan Puyo making it a clean sweep of the weekend by adding the beach race title to the distance crowns they picked up yesterday.

Once again it was Titou’s NSP team mate Marcus Hansen crossing the line in second place to be the fastest finishing Kiwi and therefore earning an invite to the 2017 ISA Worlds in Denmark. Trevor Tunnington finished third this afternoon to make the beach race a mirror image of Saturday’s podium.   → READ MORE

Here Are 10 of the Best Women on the Water in the World of Paddleboarding

Fiona-Wylde-paddleboardingIt’s International Women’s Day, and while we try and promote the women’s side of the sport as much as possible every day here at SUP Racer, we felt it was a good time to give the fastest females some extra credit.

So here it is, our Insta slideshow highlighting 10 of the best women on the water in the world of paddleboarding.   → READ MORE

The ‘Top 16 of 2016’ — The Finest Female Athletes in the World of SUP Racing

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After revealing the Top 16 Men of 2016 yesterday, now it’s time to analyse the best-performing women.

It’s been an interesting season for the women’s sport, with some absolutely incredible performances from amazing athletes in exciting races. But at the same time there’s been a noticeable lack of growth in participation at the elite level relative to the men, which makes producing an accurate world rankings and authoritative power rankings somewhat difficult.   → READ MORE

The Japan Cup, Day 2: Annabel Anderson, Mo Freitas Claim the Survivor Race

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Annabel Anderson and Mo Freitas have claimed lucrative wins on the second and final day of the Mynavi Japan Cup here in Chigasaki.

Under grey, drizzly skies, which stood in stark contrast to Saturday’s draining hot sun, Mo surged to victory on the final, 10-man lap of the short, sharp survivor course, holding off the Aussie quartet of James Casey, Michael Booth, Toby Cracknell and Matt Nottage. Hometown hero Kenny Kaneko finished just outside the money in sixth.   → READ MORE