2014 Battle Of The Paddle RESULTS: Candice And Kai Take The Elite Race, Lina And Danny Salute In The Distance

Battle of the Paddle Salt Creek 17
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

RESULTS: Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge – Annabel Anderson, Connor Baxter Sweep An All-Star Field In Hood River

Gorge Paddle Challenge results 2014 day 2

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

Carolina Cup: Danny Ching, Annabel Anderson Stand Victorious After 13 Miles Of Pain (UPDATED RESULTS)

Carolina Cup Graveyard Elite Race
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

Annabel Anderson Wins Yet Another Trophy, Gives SUP Yet Another Mainstream Promo

Annabel Anderson SUP techniqueAs 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

Annabel Anderson Does Her Own Molokai Just For Fun; Crosses New Zealand’s Treacherous Cook Strait On A 12’6

Annabel Anderson's Cook Strait crossingAs 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

[RESULTS] New Zealand SUP Champs

New Zealand SUP ChampsThe 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

Five Of The Greatest Rivalries At The Battle Of The Paddle

Connor Baxter, Jamie Mitchell, Danny ChingThere 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

[RESULTS] Connor, Annabel Win Stand Up World Series San Francisco

Stand Up World Series San FranciscoThe 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, Annabel Anderson Win Chicago World Paddle Challenge (UPDATED RESULTS)

Chicago World Paddle ChallengeConnor 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, Annabel Anderson Win The SUP World Cup In Hamburg (FINAL RESULTS)

Camp David SUP World CupKai 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

Annabel Anderson’s Tahitian Girl Power

Annabel Anderson Tahiti videoCool 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

Watch Highlights From The Bilbao World SUP Challenge In Spain

Video: Bilbao World SUP ChallengeCheck 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

WATCH: Photo/Video Recap From Oleron (World Series)

Oleron Stand Up Paddle race videosWatch 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

RESULTS: Connor Baxter, Annabel Anderson Win Oleron (Stand Up World Series France)

Connor Baxter WINS OleronThe latest results from the Oleron Island Stand Up Paddle Challenge, which is the French leg of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Plenty of the pros are in this one, including Connor, Kai, Eric, Chase, Jacko, Beau, Jake, Casper and Annabel.

The event has just wrapped up and again it’s Connor Baxter taking the overall victory ahead of rival Kai Lenny. Click through to see the FULL RESULTS…   → READ MORE

Annabel Anderson Signs On As Subaru’s New Brand Ambassador, Helps Push SUP Further Into The Mainstream

Annabel Anderson SubaruThe most dominant female paddler in the world right now, Annabel Anderson, has just signed on to be a brand ambassador for Subaru. After dominating practically every race she entered last year (culminating in her clean sweep of the BoP), Annabel has continued her form into 2013 by taking out the Carolina Cup as well as winning plenty of other races outright, ahead of not only the girls but often the guys as well.

It’s very cool to see elite racers getting rewarded with deals from non-SUP, mainstream brands, so click through for all the details…   → READ MORE

Danny Ching, Annabel Anderson Win The 2013 Carolina Cup In Style (UPDATED RESULTS)

Danny Ching Carolina Cup SUPDanny Ching has won the 2013 Carolina Cup at Wrightsville Beach, claiming his second straight title in emphatic style to cement his position as the world’s fastest stand up paddler. Danny opened up a big gap on the field and was well clear by the end of the 12.5 mile “Graveyard” Elite Race course, crossing the line exactly four minutes ahead of his nearest rival.

France’s Eric Terrien also paddled extremely well to claim 2nd ahead of an all-star cast that included Jamie Mitchell (3rd), Chase Kosterlitz (4th), Ryan Helm (5th) and Matt Becker (6th).

Meanwhile Annabel Anderson put on a dominant display to claim victory ahead of Jenny Kalmbach and Brandi Baksic. Click through for FULL RESULTS…   → READ MORE

Travis Grant, Annabel Anderson Win King Of The Harbour

King Of The Harbour SUP RaceTravis Grant has continued his 2013 winning streak, taking out New Zealand’s 25km King Of The Harbour SUP race on the weekend ahead of Beau O’Brian. Meanwhile reigning BoP Champion Annabel Anderson was just 12 minutes behind after two and a half hours, despite paddling a 12’6 vs the 14 footers of the men.

Click through for the complete results plus photos of the action from Auckland…   → READ MORE

Annabel Anderson’s 2012 Highlights

Annabel Anderson's 2012 Highlights
Annabel Anderson is one of the fastest SUP racers in the world. The New Zealander had an amazing 2012, winning pretty much every race she entered; not only against other women but often against the guys as well.

Besides dominating the Stand Up World Series (including a triump over most of France’s top men), by far the biggest result of Annabel’s year was the 2012 Battle of the Paddle in California. Annabel Anderson absolutely dominated the 2012 BoP, mirroring Danny Ching’s performance by winning both the Elite Race and the Distance Race. The tenacious Kiwi overcame injuries, crazy travel schedules and the previously undisputed Battle Queen to win both races by very convincing margins.

Now that 2012 has come to a close, Annabel has had time to reflect on a stellar year that saw her rise to the top of the SUP racing world, giving SUPracer.com an exclusive highlight reel of the year that was. Training, travelling, surfing, sailing, and of course, racing on her Stand Up Paddle board all around the world… In her own words, this is Annabel Anderson’s 2012.   → READ MORE