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
The 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
The 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 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 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 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
Kai Lenny wasn’t the only one to score a major victory at the Stand Up World Series Finals the other week. New Zealand’s Annabel Anderson also went though that event undefeated to claim the inaugural Stand Up World Series Championship title. Annabel has been on a tear all year, and not just in the Stand Up World Series: Her season culminated in a double victory at the Battle of the Paddle last month. → READ MORE