It’s been almost a month since I posted any news on SUP Racer.
That’s the longest break I’ve taken in the seven years I’ve been running this site. I’ll talk about why next week, but for now let’s get this show back on the road. Because the reason why SUP Racer exists is to give you an honest look at what’s happening in this great, whacky, wild, rollercoaster sport of ours.
(I think the word “honesty” has been sorely lacking from our sport in general recently. That’s also another topic for next week, but for now here’s what’s happening the past 24 days: The 12 biggest stories, in no particular order…)
Instead of Brekkie Bites, consider this as your Breakfast Banquet. → READ MORE
Take a look at this great recap from the big downwind showdown on the weekend, the Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut, where 140 paddlers from Australia and around the world enjoyed an afternoon of bump riding and beers in Western Australia.
While it wasn’t all-time conditions, it was certainly a solid downwinder, particularly towards the end of the 24km course when the wind picked up and the glides really started running. Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Team NSP’s Titouan Puyo has taken out the Stand Up Surf Shop ‘King of the Cut’ race in Western Australia, earning a clean sweep of Downwind Week after victory at The Doctor last weekend and cementing his reputation as one of the world’s greatest downwind paddlers.
In an incredible 1-2 finish for New Caledonia, 15-year-old dark horse Clement Colmas stunned Australia’s finest to claim the runner-up spot less than a minute behind his compatriot and half a minute ahead of defending champ and Starboard team mate Matt Nottage. → READ MORE
As the headline act of Aussie Downwind Week, the Stand Up Surf Shop’s King of the Cut is Australia’s premiere ocean race. In fact it’s probably the most prestigious downwind race in the world outside of Hawaii and Oregon, and this weekend we’ll see virtually every top Aussie paddler¹ and a few international guns chasing glides off the coast of West Oz in search of the crown.
With half a dozen guys that could realistically win it and a dozen contenders for the top five, this year’s King of the Cut is going to be an unpredictable and hotly-contested encounter. To add to the script, we’ve also got Angie Jackson aiming for a third-straight title in the women’s race. → READ MORE
After a year that feels like it started half a decade ago, we’re finally about to bring the curtain down on season 2016, with the ‘last big weekend of the year’ set to feature points races in Paris and Perth and a torturous specialty event in Tahiti.
Here’s a quick at what’s in store over the next couple of days… → READ MORE
In one of the more interesting stories behind the news this week, it seems the Quickblade Trifecta paddle has taken the first trifecta of its own, with the top three guys at The Doctor race in West Oz on the weekend – Titouan Puyo (NSP), Marcus Hansen (NSP) and Lincoln Dews (JM) – all using the famous blade.
It’s hardly the first time Team QB has swept the podium – they’re the winningest paddle brand by a solid margin – but any time they’ve made a clean sweep of a big race in the past, it’s always been with a mixture of their current flagships, the V-Drive and the Trifecta. → READ MORE
Titouan Puyo has just won ‘The Doctor’ race in Perth, edging out NSP team mate Marcus Hansen in the opening event of “Aussie Downwind Week” after more than two and a half hours of flat, hot and grueling ocean paddling.
Titou completed the 28km (17.4 mile) crossing from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach in a time of 2 hours 32 minutes, just over a minute ahead of Marcus.
Click through for the full results… → READ MORE
Australia’s Matt Nottage took out the ‘Male Breakthrough Performer’ award at the SUP Awards in Dana Point on Thursday night, however in a truly Aussie twist, he wasn’t there to accept his award after succumbing to jet lag and falling asleep before the show even started (in his defense he only arrived in California Thursday morning).
Though perhaps even more memorable was Toby Cracknell, sporting a fresh new mullet, getting on stage to make the acceptance speech on behalf of his good mate. → READ MORE
Great highlights reel from last weekend’s big King of the Cut downwind race in West Oz, which was won by Matt Nottage and Angie Jackson.
Via Reflex Films, this clip does a good job of showing just how fun the bumps are in this part of the world. → READ MORE
Fresh off his King of the Cut crown, Australia’s Matt Nottage has jumped right up the Top 100 Leaderboard to claim a world ranking of 13th.
The new hero of Australian paddling, who defeated the likes of world number two and Molokai champion Travis Grant, defending King of the Cut champ Beau O’Brian and almost all of Australia’s best paddlers for the second week in a row, is +4 spots from his previous rank of 17th. Nottage also jumped +2 after his win at The Doctor a week ago, meaning he’s moved +6 in the span of just 7 days. → READ MORE
Matt Nottage has proven he’s one of the best ocean paddlers in the world for the second week in a row, taking out today’s King of the Cut downwind race, presented by Stand Up Surf Shop, in triumphant fashion.
The emerging young gun defeated world number two Travis Grant, Jake Jensen, defending champ Beau O’Brian and a who’s who of the Aussie paddling scene. To cap it off, Nottage also narrowly beat home the top unlimited paddlers, giving him the 14′ and line honours double. → READ MORE
Matt Nottage has shown he’s one of the best ocean paddlers in the world right now, defeating world number two Travis Grant, defending champ Beau O’Brian and a dozen more international level athletes to win The Doctor ocean race as part of Aussie Downwind Week.
The unheralded youngster, who recently joined Team Starboard, outlasted his compatriots after more two hours of racing, with Trav crossing the line just 17 seconds behind Matt, while Beau a further 33 seconds adrift. Trav was leading for much of the race but faded about half an hour from the finish, while Matt powered home in what he described as the race of his life. → READ MORE
While the racing season has officially ended in Hawaii, California and pretty much everywhere else in the world, Australia’s summer of SUP has only just begun. And it’s going to start with a bang: Next week, Western Australia will play host to six downwind races in the space of just 11 days, which collectively form Aussie Downwind Week.
Officially known as Wardan Marr Week (“wardan marr” means “sea breeze” in the local indigenous language), the highlights of Downwind Week are two of the biggest and best races in the country: The Doctor and the King of the Cut. → READ MORE
Beau O’Brian and Angie Jackson have taken out the Aussie Downwind Week Double, winning today’s King of the Cut race to go with their respective victories at The Doctor last weekend.
Once again Beau defeated Travis Grant to claim the win, this time by a slightly wider margin (1 minute 23 seconds). Actually the men’s podium was identical to what we saw seven days ago, with Jake Jensen finishing 3rd again. → READ MORE
Following the action at The Doctor on the weekend, we’ve seen some slight movement in the SUP RACER WORLD RANKINGS.
The most notable change is Beau O’Brian leapfrogging Zane Schweitzer and Casper Steinfath to move inside the Top 10. Following his win, which was one of his best 5 results from the past 12 months, Beau is now ranked #9 in the world. However with two big races next weekend set to count for ranking points, there are plenty more changes to come before the end of the year.
You can jump straight to the latest Stand Up Paddle World Rankings or click through and get some interesting insights on the latest round of updates… → READ MORE
Beau O’Brian has just taken out The Doctor downwind race in Perth, Western Australia, beating home Travis Grant in a near photo finish and taking a major win that has been some time in the coming.
Incredibly, after more than 2 hours of ocean paddling, the two downwind experts hit the beach at the exact same time. Beau was quicker up the beach though, out-sprinting the former Molokai-2-Oahu champion to the line. → READ MORE
This Saturday, 29th November, sees the start of what will probably be the biggest week of SUP racing Australia has ever seen. In the space of eight days, Western Australia will play host to four different ocean races. It’ll also play host to pretty much all of Australia’s finest paddlers plus a bunch of elite internationals. While Hawaii is home to Downwind Month in July, this could be Australia’s answer: Aussie Downwind Week.
Australia has always been an anomaly in the SUP racing world: The land down under has produced a solid chunk of the world’s elite athletes, however its racing scene is a relative minnow compared to what’s happening in California/Florida/Hawaii/Europe/etc. But that could change with the following four events lining up in a row for the first time: → READ MORE