Some interesting comments about the ISA, the Olympics and unity among the athletes. I believe this last point in particular is hugely critical right now. The sport entering a new phase of growth that could bring a lot of excitement and potential but also the risk of splintering groups taking the sport in differing directions. → READ MORE
At the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in Peru (where the ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games are currently happening), Casper was voted in as a Vice President along with five-time Olympic windsurfer and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Barbara Kendall, while the charismatic, energetic, bow-tie-wearing Fernando Aguerre was re-elected as President.
I caught up with the humble young champion on Skype moments ago to find out exactly what being an ISA Vice President actually means. Click through for the full interview… → READ MORE
Results and recap from the racing half of the Huntington Beach Pro, which finished just moments ago. The event saw a very solid group of young stars hit Southern California for a serious warm-up ahead of the Battle of the Paddle.
This event was the penultimate stop of the always dramatic (quite often for the wrong reasons) Stand Up World Series and, with the BOP just two weeks away, was a great chance to see who’s in form heading into the biggest race of the year.
It was cool to see some powerful and determined performances from some very dedicated athletes, however the weekend belonged to Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby. → READ MORE
On the weekend of the 15th – 17th of August we saw the 4th annual edition of the Danish SUP Surf and Beach Race Championship. The location being Klitmøller (aka Cold Hawaii) on the west coast of Denmark, which offers great conditions for both surfing and paddling. The local surf club NASA and the community once again created a nice atmosphere and it will definitely be a weekend for the history books, with wild epic conditions and happy people.
Approximately 40 people were ready for battle in the surf contest and the Beach Race. As a new discipline, this year also saw the first Danish National Prone championship. Watch out Australia haha! → READ MORE
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
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
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
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
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
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