Inspirational: Bart De Zwart, Joanne Hamilton-Vale and 14 Other Bold Paddlers Conquer the 547km “MR340” Race in Missouri

Missouri River MR340 paddle raceBart de Zwart, Joanne Hamilton-Vale and 14 other bold stand up paddlers have survived extreme heat and a serious lack of sleep to conquer the MR340, a 547km (340 miles) race along the Missouri River.

With just 16 days rest following his epic conquest of the Yukon River, Bart continued his series of ultra long distance events – aka the world’s longest SUP races – by winning the 11th annual MR340, a race he described as the toughest he’s ever done.   → READ MORE

MR340: Bart de Zwart and 20 Other Brave Paddlers Are About to Race 547km Across Missouri

Bart de ZwartBoss Man’s note: It’s only been 16 days since Bart de Zwart became the first ever SUP champion of the almighty Yukon River Quest, the 715km (444 mile) voyage through the Canadian wilderness, yet he’s already on to his second race of the ultra long distance season, the 547km (340 mile) “MR340” in Missouri, which begins tomorrow morning (Tuesday 19th).

On the eve of the race, here’s what the Starboard team rider had to say about his next epic challenge…   → READ MORE

Yukon River Quest: Bart de Zwart’s Fascinating Insights into the World’s Toughest SUP Race

Yukon River Quest paddle raceWhat’s it like to paddle 55 hours through the Canadian wilderness, at race pace and with virtually no sleep? Just ask Bart de Zwart, winner of last week’s Yukon River Quest.

Bart, the first ever stand up paddle champion of the world’s longest annual paddle race, has just returned to civilisation, and now you can read his interesting insights into this truly epic voyage.   → READ MORE

Meet the Pioneering Paddlers of the Yukon River Quest, the Epic 715km (444 Mile) Adventure Race That Begins Tomorrow

Yukon River“The last unknown is the sleep deprivation – there are many stories of paddlers seeing dancing bears, people walking on water, trees on fire and hearing strange voices.”

That’s Bart de Zwart talking about the Yukon River Quest, an extraordinary race that stretches for 715km (444 miles) through the Canadian wilderness. The 2016 edition begins in less than 24 hours, and for the first time ever stand up paddlers have been allowed to enter.   → READ MORE

James Casey, Sonni Hönscheid Win the Wet & Wild Bluesmiths Paddle Imua Benefit Race on Maui

Paddle Imua race MauiFresh of her victory at the big OluKai race last weekend, Sonni Hönscheid has taken out the 5th Annual BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua charity race on Maui, as heavy rains turned the usual sunny downwinder into a bit of a grind. Australian James Casey, who also finished on the OluKai podium, took out the men’s race ahead of local expert Jeremy Riggs.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Bart de Zwart and Franz Orsi’s Round the World SUP Odyssey

stand up paddle world tourIf you only watch one short film about a round the world paddling odyssey today, make it this one. Last year, endurance race champion Bart de Zwart and photographer Franz Orsi took off on a rather incredible journey. Spanning five continents and countless adventures, this is surely one of the greatest paddle expeditions ever…   → READ MORE

Watch the 11 City Tour in All Its Grand Glory

SUP-11-City-Tour-videoIf you’re not too busy for the next 47 minutes and 58 seconds, sit back and watch this very good (and very comprehensive) recap of the 11 City Tour.

Courtesy of indie filmmaker Greg Fulks, this reel does a great job of capturing the spirit of the 11 Cities, one of the longest and toughest races in the sport. The 2015 edition was a particular challenge, with brutal winds and piercing rain hammering competitors at certain points (we’ll never forget the morning of stage 2…).   → READ MORE

444 Miles: The Yukon River Quest Is Now Open to Stand Up Paddlers

Yukon River QuestSo who’s up for a long distance race? I mean a really long distance race? I’m not talking about Chattajack or Molokai. Those aren’t even a warm-up. And the 11 Cities? C’mon, you can do that in 24 hours…

If you really want a challenge then a new event has just been crowned the “World’s Longest (Annual) SUP Race” – the Yukon River Quest in the far north of Canada. At 715kms (that’s 444 miles), the Yukon River Quest is less of a race and more of a downright mission through the sub-Arctic wilderness.   → READ MORE

Bart De Zwart’s Grueling 31 Mile Paddle through the Scenic Tennessee Countryside (Chattajack Recap)

Chattajack race TennesseeBoss Man’s note: This is a guest post from Bart de Zwart, probably the most famous “endurance athlete” in the world of stand up paddling. Bart is famous for his extreme expeditions across the globe, as well as regularly competing in the longest races on the planet.

Just last weekend he was at it again, paddling 31 miles down the Tennessee River Gorge for the annual Chattajack race. The Chattajack is fast becoming a big event on the calendar, with all 300 entries selling out in record time this year. Read Bart’s insights into this great race, then go and add it to your bucket list…   → READ MORE

Larry Cain Wins Tennessee’s 31 Mile “Chattajack” Race in Record Time

Chattajack stand up paddleboard raceOlympic gold medalist Larry Cain has won the 2015 Chattajack race, crossing the line in a course record of 4 hours 58 minutes, just seconds ahead of Bart de Zwart and Mike Tavares. In the women’s, 11 City Tour heroine Seychelle Hattingh crossed side by side with Kimberly Barnes to claim equal first.

Chattajack is unofficially known as the Inland Molokai because of its grueling length (31 miles) and the fact it sells out almost every year. The 2015 edition sold out in record time.   → READ MORE

SUP 11 City Tour Countdown: One Month Until The World’s Longest SUP Race Begins

SUP 11 City TourIn exactly one month from today, I’ll be standing on the water in the Dutch town of Leeuwarden, enjoying my final few moments of normality before the horn blows to signal the beginning of the world’s longest stand up paddle race. I’ll be surrounded by 100 odd paddlers who share a similar penchant for pain and suffering.

The SUP 11 City Tour is a unique race…   → READ MORE

Bart de Zwart’s Epic Round-The-World Odyssey (Part I)

Bart de Zwart stand up paddling around the worldIs it just me, or is Bart de Zwart one of the most inspiring guys in the world?

Bart is currently on a round-the-world trip with photographer Franz Orsi, visiting and paddling in some of the most remote destinations on earth. The world tour includes stops in Micronesia, Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Istanbul, and finally to Mexico, where Bart will meet up with the rest of the paddling world (and compete) at the ISA World Champs.   → READ MORE

2015 ISA Worlds: Meet Team Netherlands

Stand Up Paddling Netherlands HollandContinuing the seemingly non-stop news cycle of ISA World Championship team announcements, today I’d like to introduce you to Team Netherlands.

Hailing from one of the lesser-known but still very vibrant paddling nations, the Dutch crew will be small in number but big in heart. Anchoring the squad is everybody’s favourite crazy endurance paddler, Bart de Zwart, Martijn van Deth and Emma Reijmerink.   → READ MORE

I Like This Board: Starboard’s Inflatable “Racer” Leads The Charge Of Next Gen Blow-Ups

Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard Starboard SUPHere are a few pics of one of my favourite new boards: The aptly-named “Racer” inflatable from Starboard (no wonder I like it, it’s the SUP Racer board ;).

I got to play around with the brand new 12’6 version a few months ago in Spain, while last month in Tahiti I spent virtually the entire week on the 14 footer. And I think this “Racer” is leading the charge for a new generation of blow-up paddleboards.   → READ MORE

This Is How You Surf A Race Board…

Stand Up Paddle Race Board Surfing Boat WaveThis rad little clip has been doing the rounds of Facebook today. Click through to watch and you’ll see why.

It shows Brazilian paddler Marinho Cavaco putting on a masterclass in wash riding (or wake riding) behind a boat. This clip was filmed somewhere in Brazil, most likely Marinho’s home town of Sao Paulo. Though he’s not actually behind the boat, Marinho is surfing beside it…   → READ MORE

Bart de Zwart Sets Another Crazy Endurance Record: Wins The ‘Muskoka River X’ Race In 18 Hours, 23 Minutes

Bart de Zwart Muskoka River X raceFresh from reclaiming his 11 Cities title in the Netherlands last week, Bart de Zwart has chalked up yet another crazy endurance record: Winning the solo SUP division at the Muskoka River X race in Canada on the weekend. His winning time: 18 hours, 23 minutes. Yep…

Billed as the Longest Single Day Paddling Expedition In The World, the Muskoka River X sees competitors journey 130kms (80 miles) within a maximum time frame of 24 hours. It’s held in the middle of nowhere and the weather was so brutal this year that 46% of competitors failed to finish…   → READ MORE

859 Days Later: SUPracer.com Finally Has A New Facebook Cover Photo

SUPracer.com Facebook cover photo
It only took me two and a half years, but the SUPracer.com Facebook cover photo has finally been changed.

As you will see, highlighted by the fact that I’m about to write 1,200 words on a topic most would suggest doesn’t even warrant a simple caption, I take my cover photos seriously. Like the exchange of flags between host cities at the Olympic Games closing ceremony or the inauguration of a new President, the changing of our Facebook cover photo is a weighty subject.   → READ MORE