Heads Up: 2014 Battle Of The Paddle California Dates Are Not Yet Set…

Battle of the Paddle CaliforniaThis 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 Sets New Record: Only Paddler To Compete In Every Single Battle Of The Paddle

Jim Terrell Stand Up PaddlerJim 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

[VIDEO] 2013 Battle Of The Paddle Highlights Reel

Battle of the Paddle video 2013Riviera 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

WATCH: Video Footage Of That Crazy Hammer Buoy Crash

Battle of the Paddle Hammer BuoyAnother 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

Battle Of The Paddle: Four Awesome ‘Hammer Buoy’ Carnage Shots

Battle of the Paddle hammer buoyAs 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

Battle Of The Paddle Video Highlights

Battle of the Paddle videosOur 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

Relive The Battle Of The Paddle With Our Live Coverage Archive

Battle of the Paddle 2013If 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

Post-Battle Hangover…

Battle of the PaddleThe 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

Starboard Presents The 2013 Battle Of The Paddle LIVE COVERAGE

Battle Of The Paddle LIVE Webcast
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

Who’s Going To Win?

Battle of the Paddle predictions
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

Battle Of The Paddle: Five Big Names That *Won’t* Be Racing This Weekend…

Battle of the PaddleThere 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

Candice Appleby: “Why I’m Not Racing The Battle Of The Paddle This Year”

Candice Appleby Battle of the PaddleBoss 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

Battle Ground: Close Look At The BOP Elite Race Course

The Battle of the Paddle Elite Race course mapThree 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

Oh Is There A SUP Race This Weekend…? Four Days And Counting ‘Til The BOP

Battle of the Paddle
Four days and counting… Holy crap. How did that sneak up? Feels like it was only yesterday that we announced Tiki Racing Month, relived the carnage of the infamous Hammer Buoy, took a trip down memory lane, had some fun with numbers, announced a massive new addition to this year’s event and… well, you get the point. We’ve been giving you daily BOP updates all month long in anticipation of the year’s biggest race, but now, suddenly, the race is about to be ON!

At 9am on Saturday morning, on the fabled shores of Doheny State Beach (its name already etched into SUP racing folklore) the 2013 Battle of the Paddle – the sixth edition of the California BOP – will hit the water for two days of insanely competitive and, hopefully, extremely FUN Stand Up Paddling action.

Four days to go… So it’s a good time to reveal exactly what we’ll be giving you with this whole “LIVE COVERAGE OF THE BOP” that we’ve been trumpeting all month.   → READ MORE

Battle Of The Paddle Drug Testing: It’s Just The Beginning

Battle of the Paddle drug testingThere’s a great post over on RidingBumps.com (which you should totally be following by the way) that gives some perspective on the recent Battle of the Paddle drug testing announcement.

The jist of the article is this: What the Battle of the Paddle is doing is great and will definitely elevate the sport, however it’s only the beginning. In-competition testing should be backed up with random, out-of-competition follow-up testing, though on the other hand that’s an extremely expensive process that stand up paddling probably isn’t ready for. It’s a great read and offers some solid education for paddlers, most of whom would have very little idea about how the USADA/WADA anti-doping process actually works.   → READ MORE

The Road To The Final: Battle Of The Paddle Elite Race Heat Draws

Battle of the Paddle Elite RaceWe’re just five days away from the biggest race of the year, the 2013 Battle of the Paddle at Dana Point, California. On Saturday 28th September the best of the best will line up on the shores of Doheny State Beach for the main event: The Elite Race.

This is the one race of the year that attracts the best talent and the most attention. The bragging rights that go along with an Elite Race title are unmatched. And that’s because it’s such a super hard race to win… Not only do you have to beat the world’s best in the Elite Race Final, but you have to qualify just to even get to the start line.

For the past two years the BOP has been using qualifying heats to manage the size of the Elite Race field. Everyone from Danny Ching to your weekend warrior lines up in the morning heats, but only the top 70 odd paddlers will make it through to the prestigious final in the afternoon. It’s always interesting to watch the Elite Race heats and see who’s in form, who’s playing it safe and who’s firming as a dark horse bet.   → READ MORE

It’s Coming… Eight Days Til Battle (Here’s The Full BOP Schedule)

Battle of the PaddleEight days and counting til the big one: The 2013 Battle of the Paddle California. We’ve already looked at the carnage and the chaos of the buoy turns, taken a trip down memory lane and announced some big changes for to the format for this year. But now let’s take a look at the event itself with the official Battle of the Paddle schedule.

Not exactly the most exciting post you’ve ever read on SUPracer.com, but fairly important all the same. So here’s everything you need to know about next weekend…   → READ MORE

Battle Of The Paddle Raises Prize Money, Slightly, To Set New Bar As “Most Lucrative SUP Race”

Battle of the Paddle Prize MoneyBattle of the Paddle organisers have upped the prize money for this year’s race ever so slightly, with line honours bonuses for both men and women in the Distance Race pushing the total prize purse of the world’s most lucrative SUP race to a new level.

The final prize purse at the 2013 Battle of the Paddle will stand at $26,950, after an extra $1,750 was added to the Distance Race. Traditionally it’s been set at $25k, which has been a benchmark many other events have strived to match (but which none have exceeded) over the past five years.   → READ MORE