Full coverage of the Battle of the Paddle Stand Up Paddle event, aka the biggest SUP race in the world.
The Battle of the Paddle (or “BOP”) has been held in California in 2008. The inaugural event was the first major SUP race in the world and helped fuel the global growth of the sport.
Get the latest Battle of the Paddle news below…
Well that was freakishly good timing.
Just a few hours after we posted our First Look at the 2014 Battle of the Paddle Course Maps, the crew from Riviera Paddlesurf finished uploading their special new video: A preview of the BOP’s new venue at Salt Creek.
The Riviera guys, along with everyone’s favourite man-child Chuck Patterson (plus a few other big names) recently took their boat, boards and drone camera to Salt Creek to inspect the area. On what looked to be a perfect sunny day (is it ever not summer in SoCal?), the gang captured some amazing shots and cool insights about the place we’re all gonna be hanging out on the first weekend of October.
In short: Everyone seems pretty excited about the new venue. Looks like a beautiful beach and has the potential to host an all time race if conditions play along. → READ MORE
So it looks like the Battle of the Paddle crew updated the official event website a couple of days ago. Finally. That old design had been around for years aaaages and was getting very stale… The new BattleOfThePaddle.com design looks fresh, clean and makes the event way easier to navigate. But even if you’re not a design snob like me, today’s news isn’t totally irrelevant: With the updated site design comes a lot of new info about this year’s race, including a first look at the 2014 BOP course maps.
As we announced a few months back, the 2014 Battle of the Paddle is at Salt Creek, moving a few miles up the coast and away from its traditional home at Doheny. The new location has generated plenty of debate, with a focus on how organisers would deal with Salt Creek’s heavier surf.
The new venue of Salt Creek isn’t the only major change though, with radically redesigned Elite Race, Open Race and Distance Race courses on offer. Let’s take a closer look at what we can expect on the first weekend in October… → READ MORE
Australia’s Shakira Westdorp was the best all-round athlete at the ISA Worlds in Nicaragua. No question. An amazing performance, where she scored four medals across both surfing and racing, showed just how strong this humble paddler is and what could be in store if Shak ever wanted to take racing seriously.
After reaching the final of her preferred SUP surfing, the Aussie defied expectations to claim silver in the distance and then go one better in both the short course and team relay. As Shak said in her own words: “I came here to win the surfing but ended up winning the race… Can’t believe it!”
So now how about the Battle of the Paddle? → READ MORE
After months of rumours, whispers and behind the scenes negotiating, it’s now official: The 2014 Battle of the Paddle will not be at its traditional home of Doheny State Beach, but instead will move five minutes north to Salt Creek.
The Battle of the Paddle California, which for the past six years has been the biggest race of the season and the only race that’s been able to attract virtually all of the world’s best, will also be on a new weekend this year: October 4th & 5th, one week later than its usual last-weekend-in-September time slot. → READ MORE
Remember the big fuss about drug testing at the Battle of the Paddle this year? It caused quite a debate when the news was announced a few months back, but since the event finished we haven’t heard a whole lot about how it went and, more interestingly, what the actual test results were…
And while there’s been no formal announcement, we’ve learned that the official results are in and can confirm NO athletes tested positive. Every athlete passed. That’s obviously very good news for the BOP event and the sport of SUP racing in general – the last thing a sport this young needs is a drug scandal. → READ MORE
This is a public service announcement for all die-hard Stand Up Paddlers… Put a hold on your bookings for Dana Point in September 2014: Next year’s Battle of the Paddle California has not yet set its exact dates and may actually be moving away from the traditional “last weekend in September” time-slot.
In a sport that has more event changes, postponements and cancellations than a nervous bride, the Battle of the Paddle California is generally one race that locks in its date more than twelve months ahead. That’s not the case right now though, as the organisers are still working (or rather, battling) with the local authorities to get the right weekend set in stone.
The event is definitely happening, no question, it’s just a matter of which weekend. For the past few years it’s been held the last weekend in September, which has given paddlers a rock to anchor their entire season around. But next year it might have to move… → READ MORE
Jim Terrell: Four-time Olympian. Quickblade Paddles founder. Equipment (and technique) pioneer. Forward thinker. The Mad Scientist of SUP…
Well now Jimmy has a new feather to put in his crowded cap: The only paddler in the world to have competed in every single Battle of the Paddle Elite Race.
All nine of them… Six in California, two in Hawaii and now one in Brazil.
From that first ever Battle of the Paddle way back in 2008 (where he got 5th) through to Dana Point 2013, as well as side trips to the 2x Battle of the Paddles Hawaii and his recent adventures in Brazil, Jim Terrell is the only paddler that’s been on the start (and finish) line of every single Elite Race. → READ MORE
Brandi Baksic and Fernando Stalla have made a clean sweep of the first ever BOP Brazil, winning both the Elite and Distance races ahead of some strong local talent that included Luiz Guida, Vinicius Martins, Joseph Cerdas and Barbara Brazil. → READ MORE
Riviera has released a video for every single Battle of the Paddle California, stretching right back to the inaugural event in 2008. Every year they do a great production that captures the vibe of the BOP and 2013 is no different…
So watch this snappy little three and a half minute clip from Dana Point last month to see plenty of race footage and just get a good feel for the event in general (oh and you’ll get to enjoy some pretty sweet door-surfing skills…). → READ MORE
Another day, another post about Battle of the Paddle carnage… We saw some great Hammer Buoy photos yesterday, but now here are a couple of videos showing the same sequence.
Watch the beautiful chaos in all its glory below. This is why we love the BOP…
(I swear the Hammer Buoy is becoming more famous than most of the paddlers who go around it) → READ MORE
As our coverage of the 2013 Battle of the Paddle presented by Starboard winds down, it’s time to look back at some of the great images from the weekend. Whenever you say “great images and “Battle of the Paddle” in the same sentence, one thing jumps straight to mind: The Hammer Buoy.
That infamous buoy turn where so much drama happens, where so many boards have been broken, where so many races have been won & lost and where almost all the action shots from the BOP originate. Here are four of the best from 2013… → READ MORE
Our coverage of the 2013 Battle of the Paddle presented by Starboard is coming to a close, but it’s not going to end without a bang. Over the next 24 hours we’ll post up a whole bunch of videos, photos and insights from the BOP so that you can relive the action whenever you like.
And that starts now with some great highlight reels from the weekend… → READ MORE
If you visited SUPracer.com at any time in the past 30 days you would have found it very hard to miss our big “Starboard presents the Battle of the Paddle” promo, which culminated in our live coverage of the event all weekend. Thanks to the crew at Starboard SUP we were able to bring non-stop, play-by-play updates, commentary and pics from right on the beach at Dana Point all weekend long.
The site had over 40,000 hits in 48 hours from 136 different countries as fans of stand up paddling around the world followed the biggest race in the world. Well now, just in case you’ve got a spare hour or two on your hands, you can relive our entire live coverage of the 2013 Battle of the Paddle. → READ MORE
The 6th Annual Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle has come and gone. We won’t soon forget the heroics of Kai Lenny, Annabel Anderson, Travis Grant and a host of others who stepped it up this year, but for now let’s take a step back and let it all sink in.
SUPracer.com will be back later in the week with the best photos & videos of the BOP, as well as insights and reflections on what was a pretty epic weekend, though for now let’s take a breather for a day or two… → 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
It’s on! After a whole month of hype and anticipation, we’ve finally reached Battle day. In a few hours the world’s finest SUP racers will line up on Doheny State Beach to duke it out for $27k in prize money and some priceless bragging rights.
And, thanks to Starboard, you can follow the whole thing LIVE here on SUPracer.com… → READ MORE
The countdown is almost complete: 24 hours until the Battle of the Paddle Elite Race lights up Dana Point, California and we get to see who has bragging rights for the next 12 months.
Yes, it’s just a race and there are more important things than winning. But it’s still a race, which means somebody’s gotta win… Who will that be? Click through for some semi-bold predictions and find out who made the cut into the Fantastic Four, the Ten Contenders and the Fighting Fifteen… → READ MORE
There are less than 48 hours until Battle… 48 hours until the world’s best line up at Doheny for the sixth annual Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle California.
However… not ALL of the world’s best paddlers will be on the start line this year. As happens every year, a few of the top names are out for one reason or another. This year that little group just so happens to include three past Elite Race champions…
This isn’t necessarily major news on its own, as we said, this happens every year. However with the recent Battle of the Paddle drug testing announcement, we thought it prudent to put this out ahead of time and make it clear why each of these athletes are pulling out, lest there be any sneaky whispers on the beach come race time. So take a deep breath: Here are the paddlers you won’t be watching compete in the Elite Race on Saturday afternoon. → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Candice Appleby is a four-time winner of the toughest event in SUP racing: The Battle of the Paddle Elite Race. She has one of the most recognisable names in our sport and is always in contention at Dana Point (Candice has competed in every single BOP and her worst ever result is second…).
So needless to say a lot of fans were going to be watching Candice closely this weekend to see if she could regain her BOP crown. However, for reasons Candice explains below, that won’t be happening: The four-time champ has withdrawn from the 2013 Battle of the Paddle due to injury. Here’s the full story in Candice’s own words… → READ MORE
Three days and counting til the Battle of the Paddle…Three days until the world’s best converge on Doheny State Beach, Dana Point for the biggest SUP race of the year. While there will be 500 – 1,000 individual competitors racing across several different events on Saturday and Sunday, all eyes will be on Saturday afternoon’s main event, the Elite Race.
In terms of prestige and level of competition, this is the big one. The Elite Race is the single toughest race of the year to win, with paddlers from all around the world converging in Southern California to battle it out around the (in)famous M-shaped course. But if you’ve never seen the Battle of the Paddle in person you might be confused when paddlers throw up terms like “Hammer Buoy” and “The Chicane”… so let’s take a closer look at the BOP Elite Race course and see what’s in store this weekend. → READ MORE