When Casper Steinfath recently told me about a “new adventure” he was planning, I was already excited before he’d even shared the details. The Danish Viking is one of those guys who embodies the spirit of paddling I admire most — a desire to push oneself in the name of curiosity.
In the old days, Casper would have been setting sail on ships for distant lands. In modern times, those who yearn to explore must contend themselves with unfamiliar ways to experience places already on the map. And that’s exactly what The Great Danish Paddle is all about.
Over the next 40-50 days, Casper will paddle all the way around his home country of Denmark in a voyage of some 1400 kilometres (870 miles for the metrically challenged). Paddling 6-8 hours a day and camping most nights, Casper will circumnavigate the entire country. That’s like doing the 11 City Tour seven times back-to-back or 28 lengths of the Chattajack course without a day off. It’s bloody long. → READ MORE
Welcome back to the SUP Racer Daily Show — episode #278 features the European Summer of SUP and the Aussie *Winter* …plus Casper, Kyiv and the surprising return of a former champ. If you’ve got any questions leave a comment below, and tune in next week for more live updates from the world of paddling ✌
Casper Steinfath joins us from his isolated hometown of Klitmøller, Denmark (aka Cold Hawaii) to chat about hitting pause, crossing oceans and the excitement of marble racing. We also discuss Viking’s new gardening live show that’ll be hitting your screens soon 😜 → READ MORE
The “Danish Viking” Casper Steinfath has defended his Red Bull Heavy Water title in San Francisco today after surviving what is surely the gnarliest and most chaotic race the sport has ever seen.
The event certainly lived up to its name as the small but highly-elite band of competitors battled stiff headwind, strong ocean currents and 6-8ft waves. But the biggest obstacle was the fog, which rolled in mid-race and reduced visibility at the Ocean Beach finish line to virtually zero.
The athletes couldn’t even see the beach when they were turning the first outside buoy, nervously paddling like “gorillas in the mist” through one of the heaviest surf breaks in California. → READ MORE
We’ve just finished a fun little trip to Denmark for the premiere of Casper Steinfath’s new film Skagerrak. If you’ve read my review, you’ll know I was already really impressed with this movie, but to see it on the big screen made it even more powerful.
And of course, it was Denmark, so the whole trip was a fun adventure!
Watch Casper’s Viking Vlog for a little behind-the-scenes edit of the weekend, including a little cameo from yours truly and SUP Racer’s new partner-in-crime, Trevor Tunnington. Not shown: Trevor’s epic dancefloor victory at the after-party
There’s a scene about five minutes into the movie “Skagerrak” where Casper Steinfath lists all the good and bad things he learned from his bold yet unsuccessful attempt to paddle from Denmark to Norway in the winter of 2017. The bad column has 16 entries including hypothermia, “crazy conditions” and being better prepared if he loses consciousness in the middle of a cold, dark ocean.
The “good” column has one entry, and it’s trivial at best.
This sets the tone for the young Dane’s second attempt at the infamous “Skagerrak Strait” in early 2018 – where he again aims to be the first person to paddle the 140km of open ocean that separates these Scandinavian neighbours (and again, in winter).
But rather than simply chronicling a daring yet straightforward adventure, this “story of redemption” transcends the physical act of paddling and delves much deeper in the life of Casper and those around him; the film becomes a search for a reason why we do the things we do in life. → READ MORE
The post stirred up plenty of debate as it spoke to a growing sense of frustration from the paddling community that the two federations care more about political games than the actual sport. “Selfish parents going through a bitter divorce” was the analogy.
In the end, the question didn’t seem to be “ICF or ISA” but rather: Do we need an international federation at all? And should we even bother chasing the Olympics in the first place? Is all this political BS really worth it?
SUP always has and probably always will be self-governing, so why do we even need an international governing body? Unless we desperately want to be in the Olympics (and neither federation has made the case why that would be such an amazing thing), then I don’t think we need either the ICF or ISA at this point.
But regardless of your take on the matter, it’s only fair to hear from the federations themselves. So immediately after posting the story, I shared it with the higher-ups in both federations and invited them to respond to the community.
As the fading daylight glimmered silently behind distant mountains, Casper Steinfath paddled into the small Norwegian city of Kristiansand just before 8pm local time on Sunday to complete an epic voyage of adventure and redemption, one that took almost 20 hours and covered a mighty stretch of water first crossed by his Viking forebears over a thousand years ago.
Twelve months after falling agonisingly short, Casper conquered the “Viking Crossing” of the Skaggerak strait that separates his home country of Denmark and its northern neighbour, Norway. Battling freezing conditions but aided by mercifully light winds and blue skies, Casper set out at 1am Sunday morning and paddled non-stop for about 19 hours before reaching land in Norway. → READ MORE
Go behind the scenes at “boot Düsseldorf” aka one of the world’s biggest boat shows, which is held in Germany in the depths of winter each January.
The German-speaking vlogger turned Maui local, Mike Jucker, was on the scene and caught up with the likes of Bernd Roediger, Fiona Wylde, Casper Steinfath, Sonni Honscheid and Zane Schweitzer as some of paddling’s biggest names got stuck into the indoor wave pool and other assorted expo festivities.
As with all of Mike’s vlogs, this is well worth a watch if you want to go behind the scenes in our sport.
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.
Time to brush up on your “bom dia”s and “obrigado”s — the International Surfing Association has just announced the host nation for next year’s ISA Worlds: Brazil.
The 2018 championship event – the 7th annual edition of the Worlds – will be hosted in Brazil late next year with the dates “tentatively” set for November 23 – December 1. The venue is the postcard-perfect resort town of Búzios, which sits on the coast about an hour north of Rio de Janeiro and has a long history of hosting domestic SUP races. → READ MORE
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
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If you’ve wondered where SUP Racer has been the past week or so, you’ve had good reason to. For the past week, I’ve been about as far off the grid as I ever have.
Each year when the “season” wraps up after the PPGs, I try to get away somewhere new and avoid looking at the internet for as long as I possibly can. It’s a fun and effective way to refresh after seven straight months of non-stop traveling and reporting.
This year I was lucky enough to join Casper Steinfath and his viking brother at their crazy, remote hideaway somewhere along the west coast of America (the locals don’t like the exact location being advertised). It was a five hour hike from the nearest road out to their cabin. There was very little internet, and we could see no other form of civilisation for miles in any direction. Apart from Casper and his brother, the only other regular contact we had was with deer, coyotes and the occasional sighting of fresh bear tracks. We also had to dodge a few landslides here and there. It was a hell of a fun adventure.
But now we’re back in civlisation and ready to restart the news press. There are some very, very large announcements coming up in the coming days and weeks, so stay tuned as we get ready to sign off on season 2017 with a bang.
And if you want to see what else we get up to behind the scenes, follow @wheresbossman on Insta.
“It was f#$%ing nuts! I’ve never felt so alive and focused in my life…”
That’s how Casper Steinfath described today’s epic Red Bull Heavy Water race to me shortly after he triumphantly crossed the line in San Francisco Bay, with the Danish Viking surviving massive surf at Ocean Beach to claim victory in what is surely the craziest SUP race ever witnessed.
Casper picked up a record $20,000 prize money after beating home a small but all-star field of paddlers, many of whom didn’t even finish after the event lived up to its name and delivered arguably the biggest waves ever seen in a SUP race. → READ MORE