Team Australia’s Lineup For 2014 ISA World Champs Revealed (And It’s Mighty Impressive…)

Boxing Kangaroo flagWe’re exactly five months out from the 2014 ISA World Champs in Nicaragua but we already know which paddlers could potentially be holding up the team trophy on the final day of competition. Despite 25-30 different nations expected to head to Nicaragua next year, all eyes will be on the mighty Team Australia, who are two-time defending champs and already hot favourites for a three-peat in my book.

Well today we got wind of who made the cut for this elite squad and there are a couple of surprises: Namely the fact that Australia has opted to take four different guys in the SUP racing department. And they’re four very formidable names…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Australian SUP Titles: Lincoln Dews, Jake Jensen And Karla Gilbert Put Their Hands Up For Nicaragua

2013 Australian Stand Up Paddle TitlesThe Australian SUP Titles have just wrapped up on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with most of the country’s finest paddlers on display and looking for a spot in next year’s ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship.

After two solid days of racing, Lincoln Dews and Jake Jensen have split the wins on the men’s side of the draw, while former Ironwoman Queen Karla Gilbert made it a clean sweep in the women’s, as the trio of elite paddlers put their hands up for a seat on the plane to Nicaragua 2014.   → READ MORE

Aussie Beau O’Brian Wins Tahoe Fall Classic

Beau O'Brian SUP Race Lake TahoeResults are in from yesterday’s Tahoe Fall Classic, where Aussie Beau O’Brian took out the 22 miler to continue his solid pre-Battle form. Ben Sarrazin and Rob Rojas filled out the 14 foot podium while Gail Vento dominated the women’s race.

The Fall Classic was the third and final leg of the 2013 Tahoe Cup, following on from the Donner Lake and Jam From The Dam races.

Beau isn’t the most well known name here in the States, though everyone back home in Australia knows how strong the guy is. At 29 years of age, Beau is in his prime and, in my opinion, a very strong pick for the BOP podium (top 10) and a chance for the top 5. So keep your eye on Beau in a couple of weeks but for now click through to check out full results from Lake Tahoe…   → READ MORE

Kai Lenny, Annabel Anderson Win The SUP World Cup In Hamburg (FINAL RESULTS)

Camp David SUP World CupKai Lenny and Annabel Anderson have taken out the Camp David SUP World Cup in Hamburg, Germany, defeating a solid international field to claim stop #5 of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. It was a clean sweep for both Kai and Annabel, as the stars took out Saturday’s Sprints and Sunday’s Distance Race by clear margins. The battle for second was tight however, with Casper Steinfath, Beau O’Brian and Leonard Nika tied after the two races, while Angie Jackson just managed to take second place from young gun Manca Notar.

Full results are in so click through to see how it all went down in Germany…   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Connor Baxter, Annabel Anderson Win Oleron (Stand Up World Series France)

Connor Baxter WINS OleronThe latest results from the Oleron Island Stand Up Paddle Challenge, which is the French leg of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Plenty of the pros are in this one, including Connor, Kai, Eric, Chase, Jacko, Beau, Jake, Casper and Annabel.

The event has just wrapped up and again it’s Connor Baxter taking the overall victory ahead of rival Kai Lenny. Click through to see the FULL RESULTS…   → READ MORE

SUP Race Cup: Travis Grant Claims Distance Race And Overall Title On Day 2, Edging Past Beach Race Winner Connor Baxter

2013 SUP Race CupTravis Grant and Connor Baxter have dominated the 2013 SUP Race Cup, which drew a stacked field of 100 paddlers to St. Maxime, France and marked the official start of the unofficial European SUP Racing Tour presented by NSP.

This event was a tale of two days; on Saturday the winds were apocalyptic and the Beach Race turned into a survival paddle, while Sunday was much calmer (and warmer), producing an epic Distance Race.

The field was absolutely stacked, as many of the world’s best paddlers in Europe for the next few weeks, but in the end it was the favourites Travis and Connor who filled the top two spots on both days. Click through for the full results and race recap…   → READ MORE

Travis Grant Wins NSW State Titles, Keeps Unbeaten Streak Alive

Travis Grant and his new NSP SUP race board (© Alain Teurquetil)Travis Grant has taken out the Southern Cross SUP Festival (aka the NSW State Titles), claiming both the Distance and Technical Course races in Port Stephens this weekend.

Beau O’Brian, Dave Kissane and Kelly Margetts offered plenty of competition, but Trav held them off on both days to keep his 2013 unbeaten streak alive. Click through for full results…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Beau O’Brian Wins Inaugural “Harry’s Paddle” SUP Race

Harry's Paddle SUP RaceCheck out the (belated) results from the recent “Harry’s Paddle” SUP Race, which was won by Beau O’Brian and Neelie Brown. The inaugural Harry’s Paddle, a charity event, was held in Newcastle, Australia a couple of weeks back and drew a determined field of local and interstate paddlers. The 2014 edition has already been pencilled in on the SUP Race Calendar and is set to be a big event, so keep your eye out for Harry’s Paddle next year.

Click through for results and photos…   → READ MORE

Travis Grant, Karla Gilbert Win Australia’s “12 Towers” Ocean SUP Race

Travis Grant - 12 Towers SUP RaceThe Gold Coast, Australia has probably produced more elite paddlers than any other spot in the world. Just some of the names that call the Coast home include Jamie Mitchell, Travis Grant, Kelly Margetts, Jake Jensen, Paul Jackson, Beau O’Brian… You get the point. It’s got a lot of SUP talent.

So when a race is held on the Gold Coast, it instantly comes with an international standard of competition. Today it was the 2nd annual 12 Towers Ocean SUP Race, which went from the world famous Kirra Point up North to Burleigh Heads. The local guns were joined by plenty of other elite paddlers from around Australia to produce an awesome event, so click through to see what happened…   → READ MORE

Somebody Call A Doctor!

The Doctor SUP Race Video 2013Some great footage from The Doctor SUP race that was held last weekend in Perth, Western Australia and won by Travis Grant, with Beau O’Brian a very close runner up.

How’s the sprint at the start from Lincoln Dews, Beau and Travis? Not bad for a distance race (…were they aware there was another 27kms to go?). Click through to watch   → READ MORE

Travis Grant, Angie Jackson Win “The Doctor” (UPDATED)

The Doctor SUP RaceAustralia’s premiere SUP race, “The Doctor”, was held today near Perth, Western Australia. Most of the country’s best paddlers were in action, chasing $5,000 in cash plus the all important bragging rights for the next 12 months.

Crossing the line first was World Champ Travis Grant, followed half a minute later by fellow Gold Coaster Beau O’Brian. Young Lincoln Dews was next, making it an all Queensland podium. Click through for FULL race results, including times…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Battle Of The Bay (UPDATED)

The Battle of the Bay SUP race has just wrapped up for another year. Aussie Beau O’Brian was the big winner this weekend, taking out a double victory by winning both Saturday’s Course Race and Sunday’s Distance Race. Paul Jackson scooped two second places, while Jim Terrell put in a strong performance in Sunday’s Distance Race to claim third in the overall combined results.

Meanwhile in the women’s it was Krisztina Zur with the double, taking out the overall title ahead of Angie Jackson and Julianne Brackett. Click through for full results from the Battle of the Bay…   → READ MORE

[VIDEO] Aussie SUP Titles

Check out some great footage from the “Marathon Race” at last weekend’s Australian SUP Titles. The race was won by Beau O’Brian and Angie Jackson, who have pencilled themselves in for a spot on Team Australia, which is heading to the 2013 ISA World Stand Up Paddle Championship next February.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Aussie SUP Titles

The 2012 Australian SUP Titles have just wrapped up at Port Macquarie, New South Wales. Yesterday saw the 20km “Marathon Race” downwinder, while today (Monday) was the BoP-style “Technical Course Race”.

There was plenty at stake for the paddlers, with a spot on Team Australia and a trip to the 2013 ISA World SUP Championships up for grabs. Click through to see who booked their ticket…   → READ MORE

Jacko’s Gym, Day Three (Who Likes Hills?!)

Have you been keeping up with Jacko and his SUP race training squad so far this week? Hope so, coz it’s time for Day Three of Jacko’s Gym!

Today we’re working on paddling technique in the morning, before a brutal cardio session in the arvo. Click through for the full workout (if you’re feeling up to it) and find out how you can become a faster SUP racer.   → READ MORE

Introducing “Jacko’s Gym”: A Hardcore SUP Race Training Regime

We’re stoked to have Fanatic International’s Paul “Jacko” Jackson on board as our new guest columnist!

Jacko’s an elite international SUP racer and he’ll be sharing his intense training routine all this week here on Jacko and his crew are stepping up their Stand Up Paddle race training ahead of the Battle of the Paddle, so follow the adventure if you’re striving to win more SUP races or just want to paddle faster.

Click through for the first installment of Jacko’s Gym…   → READ MORE

[VIDEO] Queensland SUP Titles

Here’s some action from the 2012 Surfing Queensland SUP & Ocean Paddle Festival (aka the State SUP Titles) held on the Gold Coast last month.

Click through to watch some of Australia’s finest SUP racers in action…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Queensland State SUP Titles (UPDATED/VIDEO)

Check out results of the 2012 Queensland State SUP Titles from the weekend, which was a qualifier for the Australian National Titles.

Queensland boasts a massive concentration of paddling talent and so this race enjoyed an international standard of racing. Click through for full results and pics…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Creek To Creek SUP Race (Australia)

Check out the results from the 2012 Creek To Creek SUP Race, held Sunday 20th May on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Recent Waikiki Paddle Festival finalist Paul Jackson took out the overall victory on a 12’6″, with Dylan Magee 2nd and Beau O’Brian 3rd in the stock class.

Andy Davies took out the 14′ division and Matt Carter was the fastest Unlimited.

On the women’s side, Angie Jackson won the 12’6″ class and Alison Fullagar took out the 14′.

Click through for full results, race recap and photos.   → READ MORE