The ‘Top 17 of 2017’ – These guys were the best paddlers in the world this year.

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SUP Racer quietly celebrated its 6th birthday a couple of weeks ago (time flies), and if one thing has defined this site over the past half a dozen years it’s the world analysis.

I love analysing this sport. It all began with one of the earliest posts on the site: The Top 11 of 2011. That story got a lot of attention and helped kickstart SUP Racer as we know it, and from there it followed with year-end “best of” lists in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And now it’s time for the Top 17 of 2017…   → READ MORE

Arthur Arutkin, Susak Molinero Win the Paris Crossing as 700 Paddlers Brave Freezing Weather to Celebrate the Sport

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In brief: France’s Arthur Arutkin and Spaniard Susak Molinero have won the world’s largest SUP race, as 700 paddlers braved zero-degree weather today to participate in the bucket list adventure that is the Paris Crossing.

Arthur won a photo finish with defending champ Bruno Hasulyo, while the Viking Casper Steinfath was just seconds behind. Susak was a clear winner in the women’s, with Frenchwoman Melanie Lafenetre claiming the runner-up spot.

But the real result from today’s race was the number of paddlers on the start line…   → READ MORE

Daniel Hasulyo Takes 11 City Tour Title from Brother Bruno; Brazil’s Lena Ribeiro Hangs on to Claim Women’s Crown (UPDATED)

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Daniel Hasulyo has shown that both of the Hasulyo Brothers are world beaters, matching brother Bruno’s heroics in Denmark by destroying the individual time trial on the final day of the 2017 SUP 11 City Tour presented by Mistral to claim victory in one of the toughest races on the planet, and in doing so give Team Starboard back-to-back 1-2 finishes in what was a grueling race even by 11 Cities standards.

Italy’s rising dark horse Martino Rogai was third, while Tahitian va’a superstar Rete Ebb finished the week strong for Team Mistral by picking up a third in the time trial that saw him take fourth overall.

Brazil’s Lena Ribeiro came home third in today’s 27km race against the clock, however the Brazilian had done enough hard work early in the week to maintain her lead all the way to the finish. Lena edged out her Mistral team mate Petronella van Malsen, with the home nation hero accepting the runner-up spot for the second year in a row.   → READ MORE

Next Stop… The Netherlands for the Epic “11 City Tour” Five Day Stage Race (UPDATED)

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We’re currently on the road from Denmark to the rural Dutch province of Friesland for one of the most epic and challenging events of the year: the five day, five stage, 200km SUP 11 City Tour.

To long-time readers of SUP Racer, the 11 Cities needs no introduction. It’s one of the classics on the calendar, offering bold competitors a challenge that is as much a mental test as it is a physical one.

Now in its 9th year, that mental test gets even tougher with the introduction of individual time trials, which will cement this race’s reputation as the “Tour de France of SUP.”   → READ MORE

Hungarian Hero: Bruno Hasulyo Beats World’s Best to Win ISA Marathon Race from Connor, Titou and Brother Daniel (UPDATED)

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Hungary’s Bruno Hasulyo has officially announced himself as one of the sport’s best athletes after claiming the marathon race here at the ISA Worlds in Copenhagen today, holding off Hawaii’s Connor Baxter in an exciting finish to a very tough and hugely competitive 18km grind.

After showing hints of greatness over the past two years, this is clearly the biggest win to date for Bruno, while it’s also a very well deserved reward for one of the most-dedicated and hardest-training athletes on the circuit.

The win was made all the more sweet after Bruno’s bother Daniel, who helped set the early pace, crossed the line in 4th place, behind France’s Titouan Puyo, to claim the copper medal for Hungary and give both the team and family an historic podium double.   → READ MORE

Boothy Overpowers Connor, Bruno and Titou to Punctuate His EuroTour Dominance; Olivia Piana Goes Back-to-Back

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In brief: Michael Booth has firmly cemented his reputation as the strongest paddler on the planet, with the Aussie powerhouse taking out the showdown in San Sebastian this afternoon to make it four wins in the past five weeks and cement his spot on top of the 2017 EuroTour Leaderboard

In a race that had a bit of everything – flat water, open ocean, waves, downwind bumps – and which was described by most finishers as the funnest contest of the year, Boothy outlasted Connor Baxter and Bruno Hasulyo to salute for the third week in a row, while defending champ and early race leader Titouan Puyo fought hard in the second half after getting unlucky in the waves to eventually finish just off the podium but just ahead of Trevor Tunnington.   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 4: Connor Too Good for Boothy and Titou; Sonni Holds on against Olivia Piana in Hossegor (Updated Full Results)

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Connor Baxter has just won the Beach Race to make it a clean sweep of the weekend and claim the 2017 Hossegor Paddle Games overall title ahead of his key EuroTour rivals and fellow world-beaters Michael Booth and Titouan Puyo.

In the women’s, Frenchwoman Olivia Piana showed her true potential to take out the beach race ahead of yesterday’s winner Sonni Honscheid. But Olivia fell painfully short of the overall title, losing to Sonni by just 3 seconds on the tie-breaker time countback.   → READ MORE

St. Maxime: Boothy Overpowers Titou and Connor to Claim Overall Title; Sonni Too Strong for Olivia and Candice (EuroTour Week 3)

Michael BoothAustralia’s Michael Booth has proven yet again that he’s the strongest distance race paddler on the planet, overpowering world number one Connor Baxter and Carolina Cup champion Titouan Puyo to claim the 18km event on day 2 here in St. Maxime, France, earning the overall ‘SUP Race Cup’ title and gaining an early advantage on the EuroTour Leaderboard in the process.

With beautiful blue skies and flat, glassy conditions greeting the assembled field of international stars, European dark horses and local contenders this morning (which stood in stark contrast to the cyclonic winds in Saturday’s beach race), this was always going to be Boothy’s type of race.

It was 12 months ago this weekend that the Starboard rider announced himself as the strongest distance racer in the world, and after a few disappointing results early in season 2017 he was clearly keen to reassert his dominance.   → READ MORE

Bruno Hasulyo, Petronella van Malsen Win Week 2 of the EuroTour in Namur, Belgium

Euro-Tour-Namur-Belgium-paddle-boardingIn brief: Bruno Hasulyo (Starboard) and Petronella van Malsen (Mistral) have taken out week 2 of the EuroTour in the Belgian city of Namur, saluting at the Happy Summer SUP Race over a small but enthusiastic field.

Bruno took the win ahead of Italian duo Martino Rogai (Team Infinity) and Bruno Capparella (BIC), showing solid form that suggests he’ll be a genuine contender against the superstars in the six-week run of EuroTour ‘Prime’ events that begin next week in St. Maxime, France.    → READ MORE

Bangkok’s First Ever SUP Race (and the Potential for Thailand to Become a Paddling Mecca)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Bangkok Thailand (15)Bangkok hosted a landmark event last week, with the inaugural Chaophraya SUP Station Challenge showcasing the sport in Thailand’s capital for the first time, kickstarting SUP racing in a region that has all the potential to become a paddleboarding hotspot.

With strong support from international powerhouse brands Starboard and NSP, both of which are headquartered literally just around the corner, the event attracted close to a hundred paddlers including dozens of first timers.   → READ MORE

The ‘Top 16 of 2016’ — The Best Paddlers in the World This Year

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What a year it’s been for our sport, with great performances by incredible athletes at big events all around the world making for an exciting season of racing.

But who was the best? Who dominated all season long? Who were the standout stand up athletes this year? It’s time to reveal the Top 16 of 2016…   → READ MORE

Bruno Hasulyo Powers to Victory as 600 Paddlers Invade Paris; Susak Molinero Women’s Champ (Updated with Full Results)

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Team Starboard’s Bruno Hasulyo has won the 2016 Paris Crossing ahead of a record field of competitors, capping off a year that included victory at the prestigious 11 City Tour and cementing his reputation as a flat water powerhouse.

Following the spectacular sight of 600 paddlers – the most ever seen in a SUP race – standing on the start line in the heart of Paris at dawn, Bruno quickly broke away from the other contenders and never looked back, slowly but surely increasing his lead the entire way before crossing the line almost a minute clear.   → READ MORE

11 City Tour: Bruno Hasulyo, Seychelle Hattingh Conquer ‘The Ultimate Challenge’ in the Netherlands (UPDATED)

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Starboard’s Bruno Hasulyo (Hungary) and Mistral’s Seychelle Hattingh (USA) have conquered “The Ultimate Challenge” after five days and more than 200kms of (125 miles) of paddling through the Dutch countryside, winning the 8th Annual SUP 11 City Tour to add another chapter to the story of this unique and very special race.

After establishing a big lead on the first stage, Bruno and his brother Daniel spent the next four days defending their advantage against reigning champ Steeve Teihotaata (Mistral/Tahiti), while Italian Martino Rogai (Jimmy Lewis) and New Zealand’s Marcus Hansen (NSP) were the other top five standouts.   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 7: Michael Booth, Fiona Wylde Claim Big Wins in Croatia (Updated)

Paddleboard race Porec CroatiaIn brief: Starboard team mates Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde have taken out Week 7 of the EuroTour, claiming big wins at the SUPer Challenge in picturesque Poreč, Croatia this afternoon.

Boothy continued his summer-long rivalry with Connor Baxter, however this time there were no close finishes — the Aussie crossed the line more than two minutes clear of the Hawaiian. The Hasulyo Brothers, Bruno and Daniel, finished 3rd and 4th to continue their rapid rise through the ranks and give Starboard a clean sweep of the top four spots, while France’s Martin Letourneur rounded out the top five for Team Hobie.   → READ MORE

World Rankings Update: Michael Booth Goes Top 20 after Strong Showing in St. Maxime

St Maxime SUP Race Cup EuroTourFollowing a fun weekend of racing on the French Riviera, we’ve seen a bit of movement on the SUP Racer World Rankings.

On the men’s Top 100 leaderboard, the machine of St. Maxime, Michael Booth from Australia, jumps +18 spots to crack the world’s top 20 for the first time. And he’s almost guaranteed to rise even further at the big Lost Mills showdown next weekend…    → READ MORE

The Dark Horses: 16 Paddlers to Watch in 2016

James Casey stand up paddleboardingThese are exciting times for the world of stand up paddle racing, with fresh faces and new names set to energise the sport and shake up the world rankings this year.

With dozens of world class athletes crossing over from other sports and a new generation of hungry juniors eager to prove themselves, I believe we’re on the verge of a new wave of elite paddling talent. So with the first major race of the season just six days away, it’s time for a bit of crystal ball gazing to predict who will make the biggest leap up the leaderboard in 2016.   → READ MORE

Thailand SUP Festival: The Hasulyo Brothers Lead the Way for Team Starboard in Phuket

Daniel and Bruno HasulyoAnd now to one of the more exotic races on the international calendar: The Thailand SUP Festival, which was held in Phuket last weekend and dominated by Team Starboard, and in particular their dark horse names-to-watch team riders, Bruno and Daniel Hasulyo.

Now in its 4th year, the Thailand SUP Festival brings stand up paddling to the tourist friendly resort town of Phuket. The race is, by all accounts, the largest stand up paddle event in the country, and this year it featured 70 competitors from around the country and overseas, a good sign for the sport in a country that has a lot of potential to become a SUP mecca.   → READ MORE

Watch the 11 City Tour in All Its Grand Glory

SUP-11-City-Tour-videoIf you’re not too busy for the next 47 minutes and 58 seconds, sit back and watch this very good (and very comprehensive) recap of the 11 City Tour.

Courtesy of indie filmmaker Greg Fulks, this reel does a great job of capturing the spirit of the 11 Cities, one of the longest and toughest races in the sport. The 2015 edition was a particular challenge, with brutal winds and piercing rain hammering competitors at certain points (we’ll never forget the morning of stage 2…).   → READ MORE

Epic Photos from the Japan Cup as SUP Continues to Grow in the Land of the Rising Sun

stand up paddling Japan Cup 4Results are in from the Japan Cup, which was held in the surfing town of Chigasaki on the weekend to continue a big run of events in the land of the rising sun this month.

Fiona Wylde dominated the women’s event, while Mo Freitas, Toby Cracknell, James Casey and Daniel Hasulyo all got a spot on the men’s podiums, with the weekend split between an 18km distance race and the always-entertaining Jamie Mitchell Survivor Race.   → READ MORE