Chase Kosterlitz Wins Battle Of The Bay As San Fran Turns It On (UPDATED)

Battle of the Bay Stand Up Paddle Race San FranciscoWhile a bunch of the young guns were duking it out in Huntington this weekend, up in San Fran it was the 4th annual Battle Of The Bay.

Saturday saw the 8.5 mile distance race, which took competitors around the iconic Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Completing the 8.5 mile loop the quickest was Chase Kosterlitz, who came home ahead of his two road trip buddies and Coast Guard rescuees, Arthur Daniel and Belar Diaz. Over on the women’s side it was Canada’s Shannon Bell taking the win ahead of Halie Harrison and Jen Fuller.   → READ MORE

Downwinding In the Gorge

hood river gorge downwind stand up paddle videoHere’s a fun little clip showing just how awesome it is when you get a good downwinder in the Gorge. Very film noir.

Thanks to Arthur Daniel for sharing – the Frenchman has been hanging out in Oregon with Chase Kosterlitz and Belar Diaz (the other two guys in this vid) and scoring plenty of great runs down the famed Columbia River Gorge at Hood River.   → READ MORE

Ryan Helm Goes Back To Back At The Rincon Beachboy, Over 300 Paddlers Raise Cash For Charity

Rincon Beachboy Stand Up Paddleboard raceRyan Helm has taken out the Rincon Beachboy SUP race in Puerto Rico for the second year running today, as over 300 paddlers hit the water for a record-breaking 6th annual event.

Ryan finished the 8 mile (12.8km) elite course in just under 1 hour and 10 minutes, though crossing the line just 30 seconds back was rising Californian dark horse, Sean Pangelinan. Mexico’s Javier Jimenez, who trains with Ryan and Fernando Stalla down in Sayulita, showed his fighting spirit to steal third overall on his 12’6, while “local guy” Bill Kraft finished 4th overall to take one for the islands. Over in the women’s race it was Helm’s Riviera teammate, Helga Goebel, proving too strong, beating not only all of the women but almost two-thirds of the men as well.

The 2014 Rincon Beachboy set a new record with a massive 310 competitors (from as young as 4 right up to 72 years old) descending on Puerto Rico’s west coast for the race. The event also helped raise $6,000 for charity, while the top guys and girls got to share in $16,000 cash prize money (which we were assured was paid out on the spot). This race has flown under the radar a little bit in the past, but it sounds like a massive, well organised event so I’m sure it’ll attract a stellar crowd next year. Could this be the Caribbean’s answer to the Carolina Cup?   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Lanakila Classic

Lanakila Classic Stand Up Paddling RaceThe latest stop of the SoCal Race Series, the Lanakila Classic, was held in Redondo today. In a repeat of the previous SoCal race (Hal Rosoff) it was Thomas Maximus taking line honours on his unlimited board and Spaniard-turned-Californian Belar Diaz beating the locals to claim the competitive 14 foot class.

The Spaniard has been on a bit of a roll lately and will no doubt be looking to turn that form into a medal at the upcoming ISA Worlds in Nicaragua.

Meanwhile over in the women’s race it was Brandi Baksic all the way, with the San Clemente local finishing five minutes clear. However the pic of the day belongs to Rob Rojas’ son Conrad, who clearly gave it all as he crossed the line (see above).   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Hundreds Of Paddlers Hit Newport For Annual Hal Rosoff Classic

2014 Hal Rosoff Classic NewportHundreds of paddlers hit the water in Southern California yesterday for the annual Hal Rosoff Classic, a much loved race based out of the iconic Newport Aquatic Center. The 2014 edition featured close to 150 stand up paddlers and taking line honours on his unlimited was Thomas Maximus.

Meanwhile in the battle of the 14 footers, Spaniard-turned-SoCal-resident Belar Diaz put in an impressive performance on the brand new Fanatic Falcon flatwater design to claim 1st, ahead of Sean Pangelinan in a sprint to the line. Taylor Rambo and Rob Rojas filled the minor 14′ placings for Team Riviera while Karl Ring was the fastest of the 12’6 board class.   → READ MORE

Who’s Running The Show? SUP Athletes Association Reveals Board Of Directors

Stand Up Paddle Athletes AssociationOn Monday we asked “what” is the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association. Well now we know “who” it is as well, with the initial Board of Directors line up revealed. And it’s not too shabby…

The new organisation, which aims to promote the sport by giving the athletes a collective voice, will be helmed by: both of the reigning Molokai-2-Oahu Champions, National Champions, State Champions, European Champions, SUP adventure record holders as well as perhaps the most well-traveled SUP athlete in the world.

In case you missed our story yesterday or have completely avoided Facebook the past 24 hours (seriously, every three seconds I see new “such and such likes SUPAA” pop up in my news feed), here’s the elevator pitch (this is the group’s official “Mission Statement”):   → READ MORE