Almost twelve months ago to the day, back in January of 2014, we finally made the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association (aka SUPAA) a reality. Since then we’ve been working to positively impact the SUP racing experience by ensuring races are fun, safe and well organized.
We want to thank those who provided us with their support and feedback in our first year. In 2014 members from our board of directors and myself traveled through Europe, South America, Japan, Australia and the United States to teach SUPAA race official certification courses. We now have 30 certified race officials on 5 continents who will help promote the SUPAA mission in each of their paddling communities. → READ MORE
A lot has happened since I wrote my first featured blog post for SUPracer.com… In short: I got engaged, moved to California, helped launch the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association and signed with my new board sponsor, BIC SUP.
With the race season getting into full swing I arrived in Europe on Tuesday for three weeks of racing and to visit the BIC SUP headquarters in France.
This weekend I will be competing at the Lost Mills event in the Bavarian countryside of Germany. The event site is the last place you would ever expect to play host to one of the most competitive SUP events in the world. Miles off of the autobahn, lies an 18 km long man-made lake where stand up paddlers from over fifteen countries as far away as Tahiti and Australia, will battle it out in one of the most competitive races of the year. → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: I’m stoked to announce that Chase Kosterlitz is the latest pro to offer us insights into the world of professional stand up paddling. Chase joins an elite group of guest columnists here on SUPracer.com that includes Jim Terrell, Steve West, Dave Kalama, Bart de Zwart, Travis Grant, Peter Petersen and more.
Chase’s regular new column “Chasing The Dream” (see what we did there?) will give us a peak at what it’s like to travel around the world from race to race, chasing the adventure and all that comes with it, both good and bad. The big guy from Florida is one of the strongest paddlers in the world, dominating the East Coast and cementing his reputation as one America’s top performers. Chase also gets around: This year he raced across three different continents and found plenty of fun along the way. This… is his story. → READ MORE