Some people call it the Scandinavian Molokai. Others simply call it “Strokes”. In only 3 years the phenomena known as Strokes has become the flagship Open Ocean race event in Northern Europe. This weekend saw the 3rd annual edition take place across 44 kilometers of wild Open Ocean from Sealand to Jutland in my home country of Denmark.
Strokes was the idea of Danish “SUP Madman” Folke Nørgaard, who felt we needed a big Open Ocean SUP race in Northern Europe. He was very inspired by the Molokai 2 Oahu race and wanted to do something similar here… → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week #… (I dunno, I’ve lost count). Italy.
I know it sounds crazy, but there was actually a SUP race happening somewhere other than Hawaii on the weekend. While Connor, Travis, Sonni, Jenny and co. were battling it out across the Ka’iwi Channel, all the way over in Rome, Italy there was a very solid crew competing at the Italia Surf Expo’s SUP Challenge.
Despite going up against a talented string of Euro boys, as well as Aussie whipper snapper Jake Jensen, in the end it was the Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, taking out the crown and capping off a memorable summer of racing in Euro land. → READ MORE
It’s week #4 of the Euro Tour and this weekend we’re in the awesome city of Bilbao, Spain for another big race: The Bilbao World SUP Challenge. The action wrapped up just moments ago and it was Zane Schweitzer and Angie Jackson who claiming the overall event titles.
This event attracted a pretty solid lineup of talent; I’d say there were around 15 paddlers competing who would be on the top level internationally. Set right near the iconic Guggenheim Museum, the event involved sprint racing on Saturday before a 13km cruise through the city on Sunday.
Here’s how it all went down. → READ MORE
And that’s a wrap.
The 2014 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship has officially come to a close. Congratulations to Team Australia for making it three in a row, though everybody who competed this week deserves a round of applause. Massive event and a lot of fun here in Nicaragua.
As exciting as it was to watch the powerhouse nations put on a show, it was just as good to witness how many emerging paddleboard nations there are. Over 200 athletes from 27 nations came to Nicaragua, and as ISA President Fernando Aguerre point out after the event, this is quickly becoming the ISA’s biggest event in terms of countries competing. It’s a very good sign for the future of the sport.
Thank you for the hospitality Nicaragua. See you somewhere next year… But in the meantime here’s a full recap, results and pics of the final day, plus my takeaways from the event in general. → READ MORE
The Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, recently joined the local Naish crew in Greece to complete an epic crossing of the Aegean Sea. The Greek Islands odyssey started on Paros and went 35 kms (22 miles) across the open sea to the world famous Mykonos (that island with all the cool white buildings/perfect blue water).
The Viking, looking very viking-ish with his new beard, summed up the crossing as “special” and sounded pretty stoked to share the experience with a diverse group of local paddlers, who ranged from stoked out groms to Greek national champions. → READ MORE
Remember how we mentioned that the ISA was off to Turkey, Casper Steinfath in tow, to promote SUP to the Olympic world at some big sports conference? Well that happened yesterday.
Along with International Surfing Association President Fernando Aguerre, Casper showed the gathered Olympic dignitaries what stand up paddling actually is with a brief but enthusiastic demonstration during the SportAccord convention. Granted it was held in a luxury hotel pool, which is a long way from the Ka’iwi Channel or the beach at Dana Point, but I’m sure the novelty value alone would have made everyone in attendance stop and take notice. And no doubt that was the main point of the whole exercise: Spread some basic awareness to those in power. → READ MORE
A small but elite field of young talent has launched the 2014 Stand Up World Series in Brazil this weekend, with Connor Baxter drawing first blood by making it a clean sweep of both the Sprint and Long Distance races. Meanwhile on the women’s side it was Angie Jackson all the way, with the reinvigorated Aussie proving too strong for a select group of local and international paddlers.
The Connor/Kai rivalry, the recurring theme of the 2013 Series, returned on Day One of the Alagoas Pro, with the two superstars battling all the way to the finish line in the sprints. Connor got the win by half a second, while one wave behind was Aussie Jake Jensen, a paddler that I (and many others in Australia) have tipped to be one of the World Series title contenders this year. Coming home 4th was Zane Schweitzer, while rounding out the top 5 in the sprints was the Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath. → READ MORE
Remember that big article we posted last week about Stand Up Paddling in the Olympics? And about how the International Surfing Association (ISA) was doing a lot of work behind the scenes to push for surfing and SUP racing to be in the Games one day?
Well, here’s a specific example… Early next month, reigning ISA Gold Medalist and modern-day viking, Casper Steinfath, will join ISA President Fernando Aguerre in Turkey, where they’ll be pushing the cause of surfing and SUP racing to the head honchos of the Olympic movement at the big SportAccord conference.
But what exactly is SportAccord? And why should fans of SUP racing even care? → READ MORE
The Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, has showed strong early season form by claiming the Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup in Dana Point yesterday. While the Mongoose Cup draws hundreds of paddlers and is more about celebrating the sport of SUP in general, rather than just being a pure race, the focus was on the sprint race final after Casper created the photo of the day with his lightning start.
Looking like he was holding a hover board instead of a SUP, Casper fired off the line and never looked back, crossing the line ahead of the speedy dark-horse Sean Pangelinan (expect to see that name more this year…). Filling the minor places were young gun Noa Hopper and Frenchman Greg Closier, who seems to spend as much time in California as he does in France. → READ MORE
Next time you can’t be bothered waking up for training or making it down to support your local SUP race, watch this video. This highlights reel of the 2013 Danish National Titles appeared online last week and shows just how much more hardcore the paddlers in the colder parts of the world really are.
The race went down in the little town of Klitmøller on Denmark’s west coast, which is affectionately known as “Cold Hawaii” due to the fact that a) it’s bloody freezing for most of the year, and b) the town is full of surfers, windsurfers and paddlers (not exactly common sports in Scandinavia). → READ MORE
Here’s a very cool vid from the recent Stand Up Paddle race on the Corinth Canal in Greece, where Eric Terrien defeated Casper Steinfath in the battle between Europe’s two fastest men. The “Hellenic SUP Cup: Isthmus Speed Crossing” (as the event was offcially known) was essentially a drag-race, as the course stretched out in a 6km straight line along the historic Corinth Canal.
The famous Canal, which was completed in 1893 and is now a popular tourist boat ride (it’s far too narrow for modern shipping vessels), was closed down for two hours to let the 129 competitors paddle what looks to be one of the most amazing SUP race courses in the world… → READ MORE
The two fastest stand up paddlers in Europe (and the world) right now, Frenchman Eric Terrien and the Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, have dominated today’s Hellenic SUP Cup race in Greece.
Stretching along the historic Corinth Canal, the race attracted over 120 eager locals, who were no doubt keen to paddle one of the most interesting SUP race courses in the world as well as rub shoulders with two guys that are helping put Europe on the SUP racing map. Today’s race – the “Isthmus Speed Crossing” – was the fifth and final leg of the 2013 Hellenic SUP Cup, the third annual running of the series.
Terrien came home 1st with Casper in 2nd, the Frenchman no doubt pleased to get one back on the young Dane who has had an absolute stellar year (ISA Worlds, BOP, World Series) and is seriously threatening Eric’s long-held title of European #1. → READ MORE
Kai 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
Check out the race results (and some great photos) from the $20,000 Bilbao World SUP Challenge, which was held in Spain over the weekend.
It was Starboard’s weekend, with Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer going one-two in the men’s and Annabel Anderson dominating the women’s event. Click through for the full wrap… → READ MORE
Not too many SUP racing fans had heard about Casper Steinfath a couple of years ago, at least not outside Europe. Then all of a sudden the Danish Viking went on a bender, recording one impressive result after another and picking up some serious attention (and sponsors) along the way.
Casper’s rise through the ranks shows no signs of slowing down either. He’s been in great form recently and just a couple of weeks ago signed with FCS, which will add another sticker to his board alongside those of Naish, Quickblade and Plasma.
So click through for all the details and to hear from the young Dane himself… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has defeated arch rival Kai Lenny to claim the Ubatuba Grand Slam in Brazil, the second event of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Connor took out both the Sprint Race (Saturday) and Long Distance Race (Sunday) to make it a clean sweep and establish an early lead in the World Series rankings.
Young gun Mo Freitas continued to rise through the ranks, claiming third in the Sprints against a string of in-form paddlers that included Zane Schweitzer, Kody Kerbox and Casper Steinfath. Mo then backed it up with a fourth in the distance event to take third place overall. Click through for results and pics… → READ MORE
Some more great footage from last weeks’s Aragas Magallanes Paddle Challenge. This is the clip of Day 2, which featured the sprint races and the crowning of the overall event champion.
After Kai Lenny won Day 1 in Patagonia, his arch rival Connor Baxter had all the work to do. The Starboard superstar stepped it up though, taking out the sprint race and setting up a tie-breaker showdown with Kai. Click through to see what happened next… → READ MORE
Check out some crazy footage from last week’s Aragas Magallanes Paddle Challenge in the beautiful wilderness of Patagonia, where paddlers were literally dodging icebergs as they raced.
This is the video of Day 1, when Kai Lenny knocked off Connor Baxter in the Distance Race and newly-crowned ISA World Champ Casper Steinfath came home in third. Click through to watch the full clip… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has just WON the inaugural Aragas Magallanes Paddle Challenge, defeating his arch rival Kai Lenny in the beautiful wilderness of Patagonia, Chile.
Connor didn’t have it all his own way though, with Kai taking out the Long Distance race on Day 1 of this $20,000 event, which also serves as the first stop of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Wearing the yellow jersey after his victory last year, Kai battled with Connor right across Lago Gray (“Grey Lake”), the epic, iceberg-filled host of yesterday’s race. But despite Connor leading early, the young Naish star was able to break away in the final stages of the 13 mile race to take the win and start the 2013 Series the same way he finished 2012.
This weekend’s SUP racing enjoyed an insanely cool backdrop (pun intended), with glaciers, icebergs and steep mountains rising up all around the paddlers. So click through for more photos of the action plus the full race results… → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up an incredible final day of competition here at the 2013 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Miraflores, Peru. After a week of epic SUP racing, SUP surfing and prone paddleboard events, there were still five more Gold Medals up for grabs today.
Just like we’ve enjoyed all week, the final events of the Championship delivered action, excitement and their fair share of drama. Australia were the big winners, finishing the week with 8 out of 11 Gold Medals plus the overall team championship trophy, with Denmark, USA and Brazil taking the other three victories.
We’ve got some great photos of the action, race results and a full recap of the day, so CLICK THROUGH for more… → READ MORE