It was looking good the whole week. The wind had been firing every day since Sunday, especially on Tuesday when it was seriously cranking and several guys set personal bests. So expectations were high for tonight’s 3rd race in the latest PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series here in Cape Town, South Africa.
The wind had been gusting over 30 knots since Tuesday, at times hitting 38-40 knots. That’s an 8 out of 12 on the Beaufort scale. That’s strong, even by our standards… → READ MORE
The 2014 WPA Paddle Championships is happening today at St. Pete Beach in Florida, with a couple of big names going for the cash and plenty of locals trying to keep up.
Following the Battle of the Paddle tradition, this afternoon (Saturday) sees the Elite Course Race while tomorrow it’s the Distance Race. Right now it’s just after 1pm on Saturday and the main event is
just about to hit the water (with the likes of Danny Ching and Chase Kosterlitz starting as favourites) so check back shortly to see how it all went down. UPDATE: The event is over, click through for full results… → READ MORE
Check out these awesome images from San Francisco’s Battle of the Bay, which went down on the weekend and enjoyed some pretty epic scenery as a backdrop.
There are some great shots of the ruins on Alcatraz Island as well as the grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are also a few very good angles that show just how bumpy it can get in San Fran (and apparently this was a “calm” day by the Bay’s standards). → READ MORE
While a bunch of the young guns were duking it out in Huntington this weekend, up in San Fran it was the 4th annual Battle Of The Bay.
Saturday saw the 8.5 mile distance race, which took competitors around the iconic Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Completing the 8.5 mile loop the quickest was Chase Kosterlitz, who came home ahead of his two road trip buddies and Coast Guard rescuees, Arthur Daniel and Belar Diaz. Over on the women’s side it was Canada’s Shannon Bell taking the win ahead of Halie Harrison and Jen Fuller. → READ MORE
You may not have noticed if you were tuned to SUPracer.com, but there were actually races happening somewhere other than in the Netherlands on the weekend.
The biggest was Round The Rock in Seattle, a well known race and a staple of the Pacific North West SUP community. Held just outside Seattle, Washington, the main event at Round The Rock is a 13 mile loop of Mercer Island. It’s a long, flat race that attracts large numbers and some serious talent every year.
This year that talent included Canada’s Lina Augaitis and Floridian-turned-Californian Chase Kosterlitz. The two flatwater machines were in fine form, taking out their respective 14′ divisions and also “sweeping” the event in general. → READ MORE
Here’s a fun little clip showing just how awesome it is when you get a good downwinder in the Gorge. Very film noir.
Thanks to Arthur Daniel for sharing – the Frenchman has been hanging out in Oregon with Chase Kosterlitz and Belar Diaz (the other two guys in this vid) and scoring plenty of great runs down the famed Columbia River Gorge at Hood River. → READ MORE
Chase Kosterlitz has won the SUP Salmon Classic in Washougal, Washington today.
A good chunk of the crew from last weekend’s massive Gorge Paddle Challenge stayed in the area for the Salmon Classic, which was less than an hour up the road. Chase was too strong in the 8 mile race – haven’t ID’d who got second but I know Brett Saguid beat home a Superman-style Belar Diaz for third place. → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week 8. France…
The NSP Euro Tour continues to roll on. What was supposed to be a seven week voyage around Europe has turned into a two and a half month-long odyssey. The traditional European summer racing season is mid May til the end of June, but this year it’s gonna stretch right through to the beginning of August.
Euro Tour: Encore we’re calling it. → READ MORE
We’re less than 48 hours until one of the biggest events of the year: The Lost Mills race in Germany.
With a formidable lineup of talent and a unique flat water course, the 2014 Lost Mills is going to be a big race. We’ll have live updates on Saturday as the race unfolds, but in the meantime let’s take a look at the course itself. → READ MORE
So the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race was held earlier today and won by Shae Foudy and Jamie Mitchell. Jamie took out the men’s 5.5 mile distance race just six seconds ahead of Chase Kosterlitz, with the two surfing the same wave to the shore before one last sprint through shallow water to the line.
Jamie won. With his surf life saving background and incredible fitness, Jamie is near impossible to beat in shallow water running.
The whole sequence was eerily similar to *that* finish up at Lake Tahoe a couple of years ago. However today’s finish in Santa Monica reminded me even more of another race…
A different kind of race. THE Race…. → READ MORE
Jamie Mitchell and Shae Foudy have taken out the Pier Paddleboard Race in Santa Monica today, beating home a solid field of paddlers in what is fast becoming an iconic event in SoCal.
The Santa Monica Pier Paddle is the race responsible for *that* photo sequence in 2013, when the event was run in very solid surf and carnage was the order of the day. JM, a big wave surfer by trade, probably would have fancied his chances even more if there was a similar swell for this year’s race, however conditions appeared to be a lot mellower and more welcoming for paddlers today.
Click through for full results and pics from the Pier… → READ MORE
Chase Kosterlitz has defended his crown at a race in Florida for the umpteenth time, taking out Saturday’s Florida Cup race in St. Pete Beach. Chase was quickest around the 10 mile Tampa Bay course, finishing three minutes clear of the very talented Ryan Helm.
It was an impressive performance from Chase, who has showed similar early season form at last month’s Carolina Cup. The big guy from Florida (who recently moved to San Diego) hasn’t lost in his home state since 2011. Not a bad track record. So while he’s yet to crack the podium at his non-preferred BOP Elite Race, if there’s ever a hard, grinding, long distance race, you’d be a brave punter to bet against Chase finishing near the front of the pack.
Meanwhile Jenny Kalmbach, who hosted a couple of technique clinics across the weekend, was too strong in the women’s, coming home ahead of East Coast warrior Helga Goebel. → READ MORE
Woah… What a race. That was 13 miles of pain. I’m hurting.
Congrats to Danny Ching for muscling his way through this one and to Annabel Anderson for coming out on top despite a huge push from Jenny and Lina. Danny has now won this event three years in a row while Annabel has gone back to back in her first two attempts.
Click through for full results from all the races. → READ MORE
Chase Kosterlitz has officially signed with the BIC SUP team, as the brand continues its push into the racing side of SUP both in the U.S. and abroad. Between his constant race podiums and new role as head of the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association, Chase is one of the most visibile athletes in the sport and will no doubt be a great pick up for the BIC team.
The big guy has long been the leading paddler on the U.S. East Coast (though he’s actually in the middle of a move to San Diego right now) and in the past year or two has also been a strong contender for the role of fastest paddler on mainland USA who isn’t named Danny Ching. → READ MORE
On Monday we asked “what” is the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association. Well now we know “who” it is as well, with the initial Board of Directors line up revealed. And it’s not too shabby…
The new organisation, which aims to promote the sport by giving the athletes a collective voice, will be helmed by: both of the reigning Molokai-2-Oahu Champions, National Champions, State Champions, European Champions, SUP adventure record holders as well as perhaps the most well-traveled SUP athlete in the world.
In case you missed our story yesterday or have completely avoided Facebook the past 24 hours (seriously, every three seconds I see new “such and such likes SUPAA” pop up in my news feed), here’s the elevator pitch (this is the group’s official “Mission Statement”): → READ MORE
Danny Ching and Lina Augaitis have taken out the 2013 Paddle Royal in Puerto Rico after an incredibly tight second day of racing. Danny claimed the overall victory by winning the final round of racing on Day Two, ending the hopes that both Aussie young gun Jake Jensen and Frenchman Eric Terrien had of flying home with the $7,000 winner’s prize.
Danny had all the work to do after finishing third in yesterday’s Long Distance Race and left it until the very last minute to fight his way back into the lead. Coming into the final round of racing, which consisted of a 200m straight-line sprint, Danny was sitting third on the overall points leaderboard, one point behind Eric and two behind Jake. The reigning champ basically had to win the last race and hope Jake didn’t get second. And that’s exactly what happened, allowing Danny to leapfrog his two close rivals and walk away with the title.
Click through for results, recap and pics from Puerto Rico… → READ MORE
Chase Kosterlitz has won the 2013 Battle of the Bay, claiming the overall title ahead of Fanatic Teammate Jake Jensen on a time count back, after the two traded 1-2 finishes in the Distance and Course Races. Mo Freitas was third with Ryan Helm and Jay Wild rounding out the Top 5 in San Francisco. Meanwhile Lina Augaitis, fresh from her win in Tahoe last week, put on another great display to make it a clean sweep of the weekend.
Click through to see the full results…
The race has just finished, so we’ll update results as they become available… → READ MORE
What a difference twelve months makes.
This time last year Chase Kosterlitz was still licking his wounds after Jamie Mitchell literally stole victory at the 2012 Tahoe Nalu distance race.
After 90 minutes of back and forth dueling across beautiful Lake Tahoe, the race came down to a sprint to the line. In the closing stages, Chase was half a board length in front and probably thought he was about to, finally, defeat the 10x World Champion. With just metres to go Chase could almost taste the victory… He knew he was in front and just had to hold on for a few more seconds. Then, out of nowhere, Jamie Mitchell came storming past. Not on his board, but on his feet… → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up the second and final day of the Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP Festival here in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. Among epic scenery and hundreds of paddlers, it was Georges Cronsteadt from Tahiti who stood out, taking out both the Distance and Elite Races.
Meanwhile the women’s prizes were split between the impressive Canadian Lina Augaitis (Distance Race winner) and the always strong Morgan Hoesterey (Elite Race winner).
Yesterday saw the 10 mile Distance Race while today it was the Elite Race and overall it was a fun weekend. However there were a few sticky issues with the event organisation, including a particularly messy one with the prize money, but that will come out in the days to come. For now let’s look at how the results went down… → READ MORE
Some more great footage from last month’s III Deep SUP Race in Ville de Noja, Spain. While we had the highlights reel from the Beach Race the other day, this is the full video recap, including the Distance Race, Beach Race and interviews with the paddlers.
Click through to watch the full clip and then pencil in Noja on your 2014 racing calendar, looks like a great event… → READ MORE