Results are in from today’s massive Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge race down in Mission Bay, San Diego. The Hanohano race, now in its 19th year, is one of the real gems on the racing calendar and always draws a big crowd. This event seems much more about having fun and getting out on the water than any kind of serious elite competition. It’s one of those great community races that give our sport such a great foundation.
The Hanohano always attracts a stellar crowd, however this year may have been a new record as 440 paddlers hit the Short Course (including over 300 on Stand Up Paddle boards). → READ MORE
The first real post I ever did on SUPracer.com was the Top 11 of 2011. It was three years ago last week that I first tried to rank the world’s best paddlers in order – not an easy task in a sport as fragmented as stand up paddle racing.
I probably got things a little more accurate with the Top 12 of 2012 and again with the Top 13 of 2013. However those “power rankings” were always based as much on my gut feeling as any real stats, so 18 months ago I set about building a far more accurate and reliable ranking system… → READ MORE
A brief post just appeared on SUP ATX’s Facebook page and confirms what we all suspected: That the world’s undisputed #1 woman is joining the Lahui Kai race team.
After announcing her departure from long-time sponsor Starboard last week, Annabel Anderson officially joins the Lahui Kai team today and will be paddling the new Brian Szymanski-shaped race boards in 2015.
Click through for details… → READ MORE
World #1 Annabel Anderson has today announced she’s leaving the Starboard team. The New Zealander just put up a lengthy guest post on DistressedMullet.com, where she reflects on four years of victories, memories and pushing the limits of performance.
The only paddler to win the Battle of the Paddle “Double/Double” title and long-time tormenter of male paddlers writes on the theme of change, noting how maintaining the status quo is like “treading water.” → READ MORE
After tallying up the results from seven of the biggest races of the year, Annabel Anderson and Danny Ching have come out on top in the inaugural SUP Champions Tour.
Billed as having the world’s best paddlers at the worlds biggest/most important events, the Champions Tour was created to encourage the elite guys and girls to compete more than just once a year (i.e. not only at the Battle of the Paddle).
The Tour was also designed to “give back” to the events that have helped grow the sport (such as the Carolinas and the Gorges). → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up the 2014 Battle of the Paddle here at Salt Creek, California. What a weekend… Action. Drama. Heroics. But most all: Carnage.
Yesterday’s Elite Race saw some of the most exciting stand up paddle racing ever, with a solid south swell rolling into the BOP’s new home of Salt Creek and creating some very memorable moments. Today’s Distance Race was a little mellower, however the performances were just as strong.
Click through for the full results plus the archive of our LIVE BLOG, which includes play-by-play from the racing and plenty of shots of the carnage… → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up the second and final day of the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, with Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson dominating an all-star field in what will surely be remembered as one of 2014’s best events.
After their respective victories in Saturday’s Course Race, the Starboard duo made it a clean sweep by claiming today’s unique “Double Downwind” event. With the winds lighter than usual for the Gorge (but much better than we’d feared last night), the elite field battled their way up the Columbia Gorge in back-to-back downwind runs. The majority of the world’s top athletes were on show today, which gave us some intense racing and a great spectacle (especially from my vantage point out on the media boat). → READ MORE
Woah… What a race. That was 13 miles of pain. I’m hurting.
Congrats to Danny Ching for muscling his way through this one and to Annabel Anderson for coming out on top despite a huge push from Jenny and Lina. Danny has now won this event three years in a row while Annabel has gone back to back in her first two attempts.
Click through for full results from all the races. → READ MORE
As if Annabel Anderson’s trophy cabinet wasn’t full enough already, the Kiwi has gone and won yet another trophy. Or two. This time the awards weren’t from a race though, yet probably did more for her (and the sport’s) image than any SUP podium ever could.
The double-defending BOP champ took out the Sportswoman Of The Year and Overall Sportsperson Of The Year awards at the Central Otago Sports Awards last night. While nobody outside New Zealand has any idea where Otago is, think of it this way: It’s kinda like winning a trophy that says “You’re the best athlete in Southern California, period.” → READ MORE
As if winning every SUP race she enters wasn’t enough, Annabel Anderson has proved once again that she’s not human, this time by crossing New Zealand’s treacherous Cook Strait on her Stand Up Paddleboard. In what must have seemed like her own version of Molokai, Annabel’s crossing took almost four hours and included some heavy slices of ocean.
Cook Strait is what separates the North and South islands of New Zealand and, according to Wikipedia, “is considered one of the most dangerous and unpredictable waters in the world.”
Or in other words: Just another standard training run for Annabel. → READ MORE
The 2014 New Zealand SUP Champs have just wrapped up at Ōhope Beach on the North Island, with two full days of racing deciding who the national champs are, who gets the bragging rights for the next 12 months and who has the potential to represent NZ at the upcoming ISA World Champs in Nicaragua.
Saturday featured a unique distance race, where paddlers were ferried 15km straight out into the ocean, lined up for the start and then hammered it straight back to land. It would have been perfect if the expected onshore wind came up, but instead it turned into a flatwater affair. However it’s still a pretty cool concept that, apart from the tricky logistics involved, I’d love to see replicated at other events. Meanwhile Sunday saw a BOP-style SUP race. → READ MORE
We’ve just finished two amazing days of SUP racing here at the Battle of the Paddle, with epic performances across both the Elite Races and Elite Distance Races producing perhaps the most memorable weekend in SUP racing history. Click through for full results and recap… → READ MORE
There are certain names that are synonymous with the Battle of the Paddle. Names such as Danny Ching, Candice Appleby, Jamie Mitchell, Travis Grant and Connor Baxter. These fine athletes have dominated the BOP and pushed the sport to new levels, while at the same time creating strong rivalries among themselves.
Rivalries are what make sport so enthralling. Federer vs Nadal. Slater vs Irons. England vs Australia. It gives individuals added motivation to perform while giving fans something extra to get excited about and cheer for. And now thankfully we have a few genuine rivalries in SUP racing as well.
So as part of our 24/7 coverage of the 2013 Battle of the Paddle in partnership with Starboard, today we’re looking at some of those rivalries up close… → READ MORE
The 2013 Stand Up World Series continues this weekend with the “AC Open” in San Francisco, which is part of the America’s Cup festivities. Some big names are in town, including Connor Baxter, Kai Lenny, Eric Terrien, Annabel Anderson, Kody Kerbox, Ryan Helm and Mo Freitas.
Again it was Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson dominating, though not without a fight… Click through for the results and photos: → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has taken out the Chicago World Paddle Challenge, claiming both the sprints and distance events to keep his 2013 Stand Up World Series unbeaten streak alive. Kai Lenny was 2nd in both races, while Zane Schweitzer and Jake Jensen finished equal third overall and were forced into a tie-breaker sprint-off. Meanwhile in the women’s event it was all Annabel Anderson, with the Kiwi claiming the double victory ahead of Aussie Angie Jackson.
Click through for full results and pics… → READ MORE
Kai Lenny and Annabel Anderson have taken out the Camp David SUP World Cup in Hamburg, Germany, defeating a solid international field to claim stop #5 of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. It was a clean sweep for both Kai and Annabel, as the stars took out Saturday’s Sprints and Sunday’s Distance Race by clear margins. The battle for second was tight however, with Casper Steinfath, Beau O’Brian and Leonard Nika tied after the two races, while Angie Jackson just managed to take second place from young gun Manca Notar.
Full results are in so click through to see how it all went down in Germany… → READ MORE
Cool little clip out of Tahiti, where the current fastest woman in the world, Annabel Anderson, has been based for the past few weeks, getting in plenty of training but also encouraging the local girls to get right into SUP.
From all reports the Kiwi has had a positive effect, with more and more women feeling comfortable hopping on a board after seeing Annabel match it with a lot of the guys on the downwind runs. Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Check out the highlights from the Bilbao World SUP Challenge. The event, held in Spain over the weekend as part of the 2013 Stand Up World Series, was dominated by Team Starboard, with Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer taking the top two spots in the men’s while Annabel Anderson put on her usual dominant display in the women’s.
Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Check out the race results (and some great photos) from the $20,000 Bilbao World SUP Challenge, which was held in Spain over the weekend.
It was Starboard’s weekend, with Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer going one-two in the men’s and Annabel Anderson dominating the women’s event. Click through for the full wrap… → READ MORE
Watch the action from the Oleron Island Stand Up Paddle Challenge (part of the Stand Up World Series) that went down in France on the weekend. Plenty of the world’s best were in town and were greeted with some hardcore conditions, as high winds and storms lashed the island and disrupted the racing.
The Long Distance was cut well short while the sprint races didn’t exactly look easy. So for the winners, Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson, it was even more well deserved than usual. Click through to watch… → READ MORE