Quickblade Pays Tribute To The Awesome Payette River Games

Payette River Games SUP videoThe Payette River Games may have been put on ice for now, but the memories will last a lifetime. The 2015 event was a classic, and now you can relive the event with this great recap from Quickblade Paddles.

The clip, courtesy of Pat Myers, has plenty of insights from the QB athletes, including Shakira Westdorp, Kelly Margetts, Anthony Vela, Chase Kosterlitz and Candice Appleby, plus a very special mention for Jonas Leteiri, a double amputee from Brazil who inspired everyone in Idaho with his skill, spirit and determination.   → READ MORE

WATCH: A Stand Up Paddle Race Story (Chase Kosterlitz’s “Race The Lake of the Sky” Edit)

Stand Up Paddle racing videoNow here’s a different race recap video for you. Watch Chase Kosterlitz tell the story of his weekend up at Race The Lake of the Sky, his last race before wife Sarah gives birth to their first child (and one he performed pretty solidly in).

This isn’t your standard, full-of-action-shots kind of edit. Definitely a little unique. But everyone always sees what happens on the water so I think it’s cool to look behind the scenes and get some insights from one of the best.   → READ MORE

Race The Lake: Danny Ching, Annabel Anderson And The Entire Sport Triumph At Tahoe

Race The Lake of the Sky 2015Last weekend saw one of the biggest and most beloved races in America light up South Lake Tahoe: The 2015 edition of Race The Lake of the Sky.

In what has become a true festival of stand up paddling, Race The Lake again attracted hundreds of competitors to one of the most scenic paddling destinations on the planet. As in years past, the crowd was an interesting mix of first timers, weekend warriors and a few very high profile international stars of the sport.   → READ MORE

How To Paddle Like A Pro: SUPAA’s Chase Kosterlitz Releases Supersized Race Training Guide

Stand Up Paddle race trainingHands up who wants to be a faster and stronger stand up paddler? Stupid question, right? But while the answer is obvious, how many of us actually focus on our SUP training? The training we need in order to become better paddlers and competitors.

Well if you want to step your paddling up a notch but aren’t sure where to begin, Chase Kosterlitz and the SUP Athletes Association have just released an ebook titled “SUP Training The Smart Way – The Ultimate Guide To Stand Up Paddle Training And Racing”. And it’s pretty impressive.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: The Hanohano Race Attracts Over 500 Paddlers (And OMG That Board..!)

World's longest SUP board The Ark HanohanoResults are in from today’s massive Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge race down in Mission Bay, San Diego. The Hanohano race, now in its 19th year, is one of the real gems on the racing calendar and always draws a big crowd. This event seems much more about having fun and getting out on the water than any kind of serious elite competition. It’s one of those great community races that give our sport such a great foundation.

The Hanohano always attracts a stellar crowd, however this year may have been a new record as 440 paddlers hit the Short Course (including over 300 on Stand Up Paddle boards).   → READ MORE

Ethan Koopmans Breaks The Cape Town Downwind Race Record

Ethan Koopmans stand up paddler South AfricaIt 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

RESULTS: WPA Paddle Champs – Danny Ching, April Zilg, Ryan Helm Take The Wins

WPA Paddle Championships SUP Race Florida 2014The 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

Awesome Images From San Francisco’s Battle Of The Bay

Battle of the Bay San Francisco stand up paddleboardingCheck 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

Chase Kosterlitz Wins Battle Of The Bay As San Fran Turns It On (UPDATED)

Battle of the Bay Stand Up Paddle Race San FranciscoWhile 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

RESULTS: Chase Kosterlitz, Lina Augaitis Sweep Round The Rock [UPDATED]

Chase Kosterlitz Round The RockYou 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

Downwinding In the Gorge

hood river gorge downwind stand up paddle videoHere’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, Fiona Wylde Win The SUP Salmon Classic

SUP Salmon Classic stand up paddle race washingtonChase 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: Gaetan And Chase Battle In La Baule But Miss France (x2) Steals The Show

Miss France SUPEuro 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

WATCH: An Inside Look At The Lost Mills Course (Paddle 18km In 80 Seconds)

Lost Mills videoWe’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

Jamie Mitchell vs. Chase Kosterlitz: The Race (With Apologies To Jerry Seinfeld)

Jamie Mitchell vs Chase KosterlitzSo 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, Shae Foudy Win The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race

Santa Monica Pier SUP Race 4Jamie 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, Jenny Kalmbach Reign Supreme In Florida

Chase Kosterlitz SUPChase 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

Carolina Cup: Danny Ching, Annabel Anderson Stand Victorious After 13 Miles Of Pain (UPDATED RESULTS)

Carolina Cup Graveyard Elite Race
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 Joins Team BIC

Chase Kosterlitz BIC SUPChase 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

Who’s Running The Show? SUP Athletes Association Reveals Board Of Directors

Stand Up Paddle Athletes AssociationOn 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