Duna Gordillo was just five years old when Jenny Kalmbach won the 2008 Battle of the Paddle, an event that kickstarted modern SUP racing. This week, the two women will verse each other at the ISA Worlds in Puerto Rico where the clear theme is a battle of generations.
Duna, now aged 19 and representing the increasingly-powerful Team Spain, has been one of the standout performers on the European circuit this season and heads to Puerto Rico a serious medal contender after taking junior silver at the last ISA Worlds in El Salvador 2019. Jenny, more than double the young Spaniard’s age at 39, hasn’t raced competitively in years and by her own admission only started training on a race board again 12 weeks ago. But there’s no substitute for experience in surf racing, so if we get some waves then anything’s possible.
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Fernando Stalla, Bicho Jimenez and Erika Benitez have tentatively booked their tickets to Fiji following strong performances at Mexico’s National Titles over the weekend.
The “Seleccion Mexicana De SUP” event was held in the paddleboarding mecca of Sayulita, a rather appropriate venue for an ISA World Championship national qualifier given that the town hosted the previous ISA Worlds exactly 12 months ago this week. → READ MORE
And just like that it’s December.
This season has flown by, with a blur of big races and random stand up paddling adventures spread across the globe. And one brand that really likes to go on an adventure (and film it in style) is Rogue. → READ MORE
Travis Grant and Sonni Hönscheid have drawn first blood in the battle for Europe, winning the Port Adriano SUP Race on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Mallorca today.
Travis saluted ahead of Connor Baxter and Titouan Puyo, while Sonni was too strong for Susak Molinero and Ane Zulaika. Click through for recap, results, photos and videos from Week 1 of the Euro Tour. → READ MORE
Danny Ching has just won gold in the Men’s Distance Race here at the 2015 ISA Worlds, giving Team USA a critical lead in the team standings against arch-rivals Team Australia and Team Hawaii. After two of the most entertaining hours of racing we’ve seen in a long time, Danny claimed the win just ahead of local hero Bicho Jimenez. → READ MORE
With the ISA Worlds just four days away, here’s the first look at the home team. As hosts of the 4th annual ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, Team Mexico will have more incentive than ever to perform well, and will have the local crowd 100% on their side as they do battle with over two dozen other nations.
Though interestingly, Team Mexico could just as accurately be named Team Sayulita… → READ MORE
Check out this awesome little highlights reel from the Carolina Cup. Courtesy of the Rogue SUP crew, this clip does a great job of capturing the intensity of the infamous Graveyard Race.
Very sharp edit. That slow-mo sequence at 0:20 looks like a bunch of ancient warriors about to charge into battle… → READ MORE
Check out a rad clip from the recent Punta Sayulita SUP Classic down Mexico way. This great edit, titled Sayulita Fever, shows off Rogue’s dynamic duo Fernando Stalla and Javier “Bicho” Jimenez as they compete in their hometown event.
These guys are looking in fine form ahead of the ISA Worlds in May, which will see the rest of the world descend on their backyard. → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up the 2015 Punta Sayulita SUP Classic, where the local world beaters have shown that Team Mexico will be a force to be reckoned with at the upcoming ISA Worlds.
Javier “Bicho” Jimenez took out today’s distance race to back up his runner-up finish in Saturday’s Elite Race. Bicho swapped 1-2 finishes with expat Ryan Helm… → READ MORE
Some cool shots from the latest round of the Mexico SUP Tour.
Featuring well-known names such as Fernando Stalla, Bicho Jimenez, Ryan Helm and Shelby Dela Rosa Taylor, the Mexico SUP Tour was created last year to help grow the sport of stand up paddling in Mexico. The ten-stop Tour started back in October and runs right through to July, hitting pretty much every major corner of the country. → READ MORE
A few days ago I posted a clip that proved very popular. It was a quick edit of last weekend’s Painkiller Cup, an exotic-looking team relay held in the paradise that is the BVIs, aka the British Virgin Islands (it’s somewhere in the Caribbean apparently).
While that first video was a brief highlights reel of the weekend, we now have the full recap video. And this clip makes the Painkiller Cup look like even more of a Bucket List race… → READ MORE
Check out this quick little recap of Saturday’s “Painkiller Cup” race in the British Virgin Islands.
Definitely one of the more exotic events on the SUP race calendar, the Painkiller Cup is a 14 mile inter-island relay, where three-person teams battle it out for the $5,000 winner’s cheque. The 2015 champs were Team Mexico, featuring Shelby Dela Rosa Taylor, Ryan Helm and Bicho Jimenez. → READ MORE
Team Mexico have taken out today’s Painkiller Cup, one of the more exotic races on the annual calendar. Held in the Caribbean paradise of the British Virgin Islands, the Painkiller Cup is a three-a-side relay covering 14 miles. The race starts at Trellis Bay on “Beef Island” and finishes on the isle of Jost Van Dyke at the Soggy Dollar Bar.
The victorious Team Mexico was an all-Sayulita affair, with Ryan Helm, Shelby Dela Rosa Taylor and Javier ‘Bicho’ Jimenez leading the race from start to finish. → READ MORE
Last week Mexico hosted its annual championship event, with a year’s worth of bragging rights and an all important spot on the national team up for grabs.
Mexico is of course host for the 2015 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, which gives extra significance to these results. This is a rare chance for paddlers to represent their nation while playing host to the rest of the paddleboarding world at the same time. → READ MORE
The last stop of the US SUP Tour race series was held in Huntington today. With solid little waves and an elite crew that are in town for Battle Month, the event offered up some pretty good action.
After a few rounds of racing (and countless buoy turn carnage pics), coming out on top were Zane Schweitzer and Fiona Wylde. Zaniac edged out Mo Freitas, Bicho Jimenez and Fernando Stalla, while Fiona Wylde was too good for Shae Foudy, Candice Appleby and Halie Harrison. → READ MORE
Race The Lake of the Sky. Lake Tahoe, California. It’s the Feel Good Race Of The Summer and this year attracted hundreds of paddlers for a massive, grassroots celebration of the sport we love.
Saturday saw over 300 paddlers race in the El Dorado 5 miler while Sunday was the big one: The 14 mile Emerald Bay distance race, which featured more than 150 serious competitors.
To the surprise of nobody, Danny Ching swept the weekend, winning both the 5 and 14 mile races. The 404 front man was never seriously challenged in the 14 foot class, at one stage looking like he might even keep pace with the Unlimited leaders as well. Kai Lenny had been due to race, however he was a last minute withdrawal due to injury. Click through for the results… → READ MORE
The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race (or just the “Pier Paddle”) is happening this Saturday in Californian’s iconic beachside town.
Steeped in a colourful and interesting history, the Pier Paddle seems to be fast becoming one of Southern California’s best races. It’s gained some serious attention in the past year or two and the sequence below certainly helped.
The 2014 edition looks set to be the biggest and best yet. We’ll keep you posted with all the results and pics on Saturday, but while we’re waiting let’s relive one of the classic moments from the 2013 event. → READ MORE
Some cool pics from the second stop of the 2014 U.S. SUP Tour, which was held at Hermosa on the weekend. Unlike the previous Tour stops, this one skipped the surf contest and was a pure racing event.
Fresh from his medal in Nicaragua, Captain America was back on show and took out yet another Tour victory. Slater came home first in the Elite Course Race ahead of another one of those young-guys-who-both-surf-and-race-annoying-well, Zane Schweitzer. Rounding out the top four was the Mexican duo of Javier Jimenez and Fernando Stalla, who actually competed for their country against Slater in the ISA Worlds earlier this month. → READ MORE
Check out the full results from Saturday’s Santa Monica Pier Paddle Festival, which was held in very solid surf and won by Slater Trout and Brandi Baksic.
Surviving the carnage and finishing runner-up in the 5.5 mile race was Team Mexico star (and official Rogue SUP Race Calendar pin-up boy) Fernando Stalla, just seven seconds behind Slater.
However the most memorable moment award went to Javier Jimenez, who got run down by an absolute monster set during the team relay… → READ MORE