In 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 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
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 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 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