APP World Tour

Summary of our posts about the APP World Tour (Association of Paddlesurf Professionals)

What did ‘Red Bull Heavy Water’ look like from the beach? This clip give us a different angle (and fresh insights).

Here’s a great clip showing that crazy event up in San Francisco from a slightly different angle.

While the Red Bull Heavy Water highlights video has already racked up 50,000 views, that first edit was mainly just “paddle porn” that didn’t really tell much of a story about the race itself. This video from Clay Island certainly does.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Raw Footage from the Red Bull Heavy Water Extravaganza

Raw footage from the 2017 Red Bull Heavy Water event in San Francisco via the Red Bull Content Pool.

“It Was F#$%ing Nuts!!” Casper Steinfath Goes Full Viking Mode to Win the Crazy ‘Red Bull Heavy Water’ Race in San Francisco

Red Bull Heavy Water

“It was f#$%ing nuts! I’ve never felt so alive and focused in my life…”

That’s how Casper Steinfath described today’s epic Red Bull Heavy Water race to me shortly after he triumphantly crossed the line in San Francisco Bay, with the Danish Viking surviving massive surf at Ocean Beach to claim victory in what is surely the craziest SUP race ever witnessed.

Casper picked up a record $20,000 prize money after beating home a small but all-star field of paddlers, many of whom didn’t even finish after the event lived up to its name and delivered arguably the biggest waves ever seen in a SUP race.    → READ MORE

Terrene Black, Connor Baxter Win a Rollercoaster Weekend in Japan

Connor BaxterAustralia’s Terrene Black has made it two from two on the APP Tour, mirroring her Maui result at the Japan Pro-Am after outlasting Fiona Wylde, Candice Appleby and Sonni Honscheid in a weekend of rollercoaster results and conditions that produced a virtual tie in the small but elite women’s field.

The result boosts Terrene into the ultra-exclusive ‘Top Five Club’ on the updated World Rankings, with the Japan Pro-Am scoring 38% on the women’s Race Index.   → READ MORE

Japan Pro-Am: Heat Draws and Live Stream for the Second Stop of the APP Tour

Japan APP Paddle board raceIn brief: SUP Racer is currently off the grid (sort of) exploring Iceland in support of the Starboard.Blue initiative, but while the site will be a little quiet over the next few days, there’s still plenty of racing happening around the world this weekend.

The most elite event this week is happening just south of Tokyo: The Japan Pro-Am will feature more than a dozen top ranked young guns and a few local dark horses keen to cause an upset. This is the second of six racing events on the 2017 APP Tour following the Maui Pro-Am back in May, and you can watch it live all weekend.   → READ MORE

Maui Pro-Am: Boothy and Sonni Take Day Two Honours; Mo Freitas and Terrene Black Win Overall (Updated Full Results)

Michael BoothIn brief: Michael Booth and Sonni Hönscheid have saluted on day two of the 5-star Maui Pro-Am after winning a long, hot, windless Maliko downwind run that tested the endurance and stamina of the small but highly elite field of assembled athletes.

Despite the relatively flat conditions, there was just enough texture on the water to break up any draft trains, with Boothy powering away from the field early and crossing the line about a minute clear of Connor Baxter. Mo Freitas was another minute further adrift in a strong performance that saw him claim the overall event crown.   → READ MORE

The APP Tour starts this weekend on Maui, but good luck picking the winners.

Maui Pro-AmThe 2017 APP Tour kicks off this weekend, with the Maui Pro-Am marking the first of six racing stops for the Waterman League’s much hyped new global circuit that replaces the old Stand Up World Series.

A strong lineup of talent has descended on Maui for this five-star event, with the men’s side in particular looking set to be uber-competitive.    → READ MORE

World Rankings: Here Are SUP Racer’s Star Ratings for Season 2017 (aka the Biggest Races in the World This Year)

Pacific Paddle Games

Two weeks ago, I sent out a survey to each of the world’s top-ranked paddlers asking which events they’d be competing in this year. The goal was to paint a picture of the biggest races in the world, which I think is not only an interesting insight for everyone in the sport to analyse, it also helps me to set clear ‘star ratings’ that will produce an ever more accurate World Rankings leaderboard.

Here are the results…   → READ MORE

The WPA Launches ‘World SUP Tour’ Featuring 11 Major Regional and International Races

Carolina Cup paddleboard race 2016 (4b)The World Paddle Association (WPA) has just announced the 12-race World SUP Tour, a new international series that aims to bind many of the sport’s biggest standalone events.

The World SUP Tour (WST) will include three of the ‘majors’ – Carolina Cup, Gorge Paddle Challenge and Pacific Paddle Games – along with nine regional events in six countries.   → READ MORE

The Waterman League Announces Final Schedule for Its 2017 ‘APP World Tour’ (the New ‘Stand Up World Series’ with Big New $$)

red-bull-heavy-water-stand-up-paddle-race-san-franciscoThe Waterman League has announced the final schedule for its bold new APP World Tour, the rebranded version of the old Stand Up World Series that comes with a lot of new hype alongside a major new investment round that may finally see the League fulfill the ambitious vision it’s been working towards for more than half a decade.

After a determined but under-funded five years that saw the World Series run on a shoe-string and often encounter financial difficulties, the Waterman League has landed a multi-million dollar investment from a Hong Kong-based private equity firm that will give them a fresh new start and secure the elite circuit for at least the next few years.   → READ MORE