Connor Baxter Won the Red Bull Heavy Water Event in San Fran (and Pocketed $20,000)

red-bull-heavy-water-sup-raceConnor Baxter took out the much-hyped Red Bull Heavy Water event in San Francisco last week, surviving the solid waves at Ocean Beach to edge out arch-rival Kai Lenny and pick up a record $20,000 prize.

Zane Schweitzer crossed in third to make it a clean sweep for the Maui Boys, with Casper Steinfath having to settle for fourth place.   → READ MORE

Kai Lenny and Fiona Wylde Won the World Series Finals on Maui

stand-up-world-series-mauiAlthough the season has started winding down after the high of Doheny earlier this month, the racing season never really ends these days… There were a bunch of events around the world in late October, and we’ve still got the Worlds next month before Aussie Downwind Week and the Paris Crossing in December.

Over on Maui last week, Kai Lenny and Fiona Wylde took late-season wins at the World Series event, edging out a small but elite field in fun conditions that saw both a Maliko downwind run and a surf race at the windsurfing mecca of Ho’okipa.    → READ MORE

Kenny Kaneko Outlasts Kai Lenny and Casper Steinfath in Hong Kong to Claim Maiden International Victory

Hong Kong stand up paddle board raceKenny Kaneko has gatecrashed the Naish party in Hong Kong, defeating the superstar duo of Kai Lenny and Casper Steinfath, along with world number two Mo Freitas and the hero from Hood River, Bernd Roediger, to claim his maiden international race victory at the 2nd annual Hong Kong International SUP Championship.

In challenging conditions, with a mix of flat water, sidewind, upwind and downwind that saw most of the field either retire or get pulled from the 21km (13 mile) elite course due to time limits, Kenny crossed the line in 2 hours, 28 minutes and 28 seconds, giving the SIC team rider a big win ahead of Kai (2:34:48) and Casper (2:36:26). Bernd was 4th, while Mo was a mid-race retirement.    → READ MORE

And the Winner Is… Denmark — ISA Worlds Heading to Europe for the First Time in 2017

ISA Stand Up Paddleboarding World Championship Denmark 2017

After months of speculation and anticipation, it’s official: Denmark is set to become the first European nation to ever host the ISA Worlds, with the land of Vikings confirmed as the location of the 2017 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in a major announcement today.

In a clear nod to its Olympic ambitions, the ISA chose to announce Denmark 2017 during the Rio Games, and even went as far as sending Denmark’s most famous paddling export and ISA Vice President, Casper Steinfath, to Brazil for an Olympic-themed photo opp to coincide with the big news.   → READ MORE

SUP World Cup: Connor Baxter, Sonni Hönscheid Win Overall as Michael Booth Conquers the German Super Lap

Germany SUP World Cup paddle boardingConnor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid have claimed victories at the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup here in Germany today, overcoming an elite field and a rollercoaster of wild and beautiful weather to claim the overall wins at the seaside town of Scharbeutz.

Connor sure did it the hard way though: After finishing runner-up to Casper Steinfath in yesterday’s sprints, the Starboard superstar once again had to settle for 2nd place today, with Michael Booth conquering this afternoon’s 10km ‘Super Lap’ course race. But with Casper slipping back to 4th today and Boothy having a shocker on Saturday, Connor snuck to the top of the overall event standings, and in doing so took home the lion’s share of the $25k prize purse.   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana Dominate (Again) for Team France at the Euros

EuroSUP stand up paddleboarding race 1France’s Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana have triumphed in the long distance race here at the Oxbow EuroSUP Championship in Lacanau this afternoon, repeating their gold medal performances from Monday’s course race to seal a memorable week for the host nation.

Under blazing-hot blue skies, Titou edged out his very impressive young compatriot Arthur Arutkin, while the Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, once again had to settle for third in what was a mirror of Monday’s podium.   → READ MORE

Golden Day for the Host Nation at the EuroSUP Championships in France

Titouan Puyo and Arthur ArutkinIn brief: Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana have made it a golden start to the Oxbow EuroSUP Championships for Team France, claiming victories in the men’s and women’s course races respectively, with Arthur Arutkin finishing a close runner-up to make it a clean sweep for the host nation.

With small waves but plenty of wind making for a bumpy race here in the surf mecca of Lacanau, Olivia proved far too strong for the other women, paddling clear to win by three minutes from the rapidly-improving Susak Molinero (Spain) and the always consistent Marie Buchanan (England).   → READ MORE

Updates to the World Rankings following Big Races in Japan and Tahiti (plus ISA Worlds Dropped)

Stand Up Paddling World Rankings SUP
Following the 4-star Victoria Cup in Japan and the 2-star Air France Paddle Festival in Tahiti, there have been some big changes to the SUP Racer World Rankings.

The big movers this week: Victoria Cup champ Casper Steinfath leapfrogs Mo Freitas, Kai Lenny and Danny Ching Lenny into the #4 spot, his highest ever world ranking. Steeve Teihotaata debuts in the Top 100 at #52 following his victory over Titouan Puyo and the titans of Tahiti on Saturday, while runner-up Rete Ebb is another big mover.

There were plenty of other changes this week, so check out the latest World Rankings for more. Further compounding the leaderboard changes: The 2015 ISA Worlds just hit its 12 month expiration date, which means it was dropped from the rankings database this week.

Casper Steinfath, Angie Jackson Victorious at the Victoria Cup vs. All-Star Field (FULL RESULTS)

Angie Jackson and Fiona Wylde Casper Steinfath and Angie Jackson have taken out the sprint races on day two of the 4-star Victoria Cup in Japan, and in doing so have claimed the overall event titles ahead of an all-star field.

Casper, third in yesterday’s distance race, channeled his inner viking and raw, explosive speed around the short course to salute ahead of many of the world’s best.   → READ MORE

“Train Hard. Go Fast. Have Fun.” Quickblade’s Motivational Trip Down Memory Lane (2008-2016)

Quickblade Train Hard Go Fast Have FunIn case you need some mid-week motivation, or if you just want an entertaining trip down memory lane, watch this four and a half minute montage from Quickblade, which features some of the biggest names and events in stand up paddling accompanied by a couple of iconic speeches from the wider sporting world.

Simply titled “Train Hard. Go Fast. Have Fun.” – the official mantra of QB Paddles – the clip is an interesting look back at the past eight years of not only one of the sport’s most iconic brands, but of the sport itself   → READ MORE

“And for my next trick…”

Stand Up Paddle surfing videoJust in case you were getting bored with your standard training routine, here’s a new challenge for you: One-legged race board surfing.

This rad little vid comes via Casper Steinfath, aka the Danish Viking, who’s clearly enjoying his pre-season training camp on Maui.   → READ MORE

Film Review: The Story of Casper Steinfath’s Unorthodox Life in ‘Standing On Water’

Casper Steinfath Standing On Water SUP MovieDark water, gale force winds, big surf, and three excited kids in thick wetsuits paddling out in stormy seas. The opening scenes from “Standing On Water,” Casper Steinfath’s new SUP movie that premieres in the U.S. this week, set the stage for a fascinating, hour-long journey into the life of stand up paddling’s most unlikely champion.   → READ MORE

COPENCOLD HAWAII: Denmark Launches Bid to Host 2017 ISA Worlds, Bring Championships to Europe for the First Time

Denmark has just launched its bid for the 2017 ISA Worlds, aiming to become the first European nation to host the world championship event.

With the country’s most famous SUP export, Casper Steinfath, leading the charge, Denmark announced the “COPENCOLD HAWAII” project today, promising to deliver a unique mix of urban and country locations for the international paddling community.   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo Outlasts Casper Steinfath to Win the 500-Strong ‘Paris Crossing’ (Full Results)

Titouan Puyo has outlasted Casper Steinfath to claim back-to-back Paris Crossing titles, as 500 paddlers hit the River Seine today for the largest SUP race in the world.

Titou and Casper broke away early after a hectic start, taking advantage of the choppy conditions thrown up by the lead boats to gap their fellow contenders. The pair worked together and extended their lead over the entire 13.8km course, before Titou finally pulled clear in the final few hundred metres to win by 11 seconds.   → READ MORE

Battle of the Brands: Casper Steinfath, Kody Kerbox Elevate Team Naish to #2 Ranking

Casper Steinfath Kody Kerbox Naish
On the back of very strong performances at Doheny, Casper Steinfath and Kody Kerbox have helped elevate Naish to the #2 ranking on our Battle of the Brands Leaderboard.

Showing the kind of strength and consistency that have made him a perennial podium-getter over the past few seasons, Casper finished third in the distance race and second in the surf race at the Pacific Paddle Games, only narrowly missing out on the overall championship title.    → READ MORE

Connor Baxter, Candice Appleby Win the Pacific Paddle Games

Pacific Paddle Games doheny waves carnage
Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby have won the inaugural Pacific Paddle Games at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California.

After an amazing weekend of racing, Connor just edged past Casper Steinfath for the overall win, with a heroic Mo Freitas in third after he blitzed it in the course race final. Meanwhile Candice made it a clean sweep of the women’s ahead of Annabel Anderson and Fiona Wylde.

Click through to for the full recap, results, webcast replay and all the other good stuff from this amazing weekend of racing…   → READ MORE

Zane Schweitzer Tops The Podium At The Party In Italia

Italia Surf Expo SUP RaceZane Schweitzer has won the 2015 Italia Surf Expo SUP Race, saluting against a small but very elite field of European stars in what looked to be a festival atmosphere.

Zane didn’t actually win either of the two races on the weekend – the distance and the sprints – however his pair of runner-up performances was enough for the overall event title ahead of Casper Steinfath and Leo Nika.   → READ MORE

What You Missed In… Finland: Casper Wins In The North

Stand Up World Series SUP raceThis is part of our “What You Missed In…” series that we’ll be running today, where we update a bunch of races that we failed to cover over the past few weeks.

After the Stand Up World Series finally got started in Barcelona last week, the franchise leapt straight over to Finland for event number two, the Sieravuori SUP Masters, on July 3rd & 4th.   → READ MORE