There’s a great little interview with Connor Baxter, some cool race footage and a slice of music that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Dutch coffee shop… → READ MORE
We’re still coming down from the high that was the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. It was an awesome weekend of racing and one that everyone assembled at Hoodriver Waterfront Park won’t soon forget.
We’ve just wrapped up the second and final day of the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, with Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson dominating an all-star field in what will surely be remembered as one of 2014′s best events.
After their respective victories in Saturday’s Course Race, the Starboard duo made it a clean sweep by claiming today’s unique “Double Downwind” event. With the winds lighter than usual for the Gorge (but much better than we’d feared last night), the elite field battled their way up the Columbia Gorge in back-to-back downwind runs. The majority of the world’s top athletes were on show today, which gave us some intense racing and a great spectacle (especially from my vantage point out on the media boat). → READ MORE
Lake Tahoe always has and always will be one of the most scenic places in the world to go paddling. Although the Nalu race has lost some of its elite shine from past years, it still attracts a healthy crowd of racers. This year that crowd included French whipper snapper Arthur Daniel, who had a crazy fast start in the race last weekend. → READ MORE
Arthur Daniel was clearly in no mood for a draft fest at last weekend’s Tahoe Nalu Paddle Festival. The young Frenchman sprinted off the line, using the choke stroke to gap the field immediately. That was a gap that would never be closed… This video shows Arthur’s start perfectly: Watch how quickly the other guys fade into the background. → READ MORE
UPDATE #2: The Gorge Paddle Challenge LIVE BLOG has started… Head on over and follow the racing in the Gorge as it happens.
The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge (or just the Gorge race) is happening this weekend in Hood River, Oregon. And it’s going to be one of the biggest races of the year…
Awesome lineup of competitors. Awesome race conditions. Awesome race format. Awesome event. Almost every big name in the sport will be at the Gorge this weekend to enjoy the trademark downwind conditions and feel good vibe. It’s going to be an event to remember.
The Ultimate SUP Showdown definitely impressed. A well run event, a deep field of big names, top level prize money paid out (in cash) at the lavish awards ceremony and, best of all, a whole bunch of unique innovations.
Some of those innovations worked very well (loved the Formula 1-style starting grid, the excellent treatment of the athletes and the next level TV production), while others misfired.
However there was one innovation that stood out above the rest, at least from my perspective perched up in the judging tower overlooking the action: The “Y Race” … → READ MORE
Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson have just won Honolua Surf Co.’s Ultimate SUP Showdown here in Waikiki, Hawaii. The Starboard duo proved yet again they’re the best, defeating an all-star lineup to claim one of the biggest races of the year.
After two full days of world-class surfing and racing action, it all came down to the 15-minute ‘Showdown’ grand finale, a slalom race in the surf that featured a who’s who of the paddling world.
Living up to their superstar status, Connor edged ahead of Kai Lenny to claim the Showdown finale race, with Danny Ching, who had to fight through the pack after being relegated to the second starting row, coming home third.
The action has literally just finished so click through for the results… → READ MORE
UPDATE: The Showdown (and our live blog) have now finished. Massive congratulations to Annabel Anderson and Connor Baxter, your 2014 Ultimate SUP Showdown CHAMPIONS.
I didn’t really wanna write this post. It’s Saturday night. I’m in Waikiki. I could be out having fun… Instead, I’ve been sitting here in my hotel room for hours, pouring over the start list for tomorrow’s Ultimate SUP Showdown, running scenario after scenario through my head and trying to figure out how on earth I’m going to make any meaningful predictions in an event that includes so many talented paddlers and that features such variable, unpredictable racing conditions.
The two-day Showdown starts tomorrow morning. It’s the event we’ve all been waiting for. Following weeks and weeks of major news about major things, finally it’s down to the serious stuff: The action on the water.
But who’s it gonna be? This is such a stacked field… → READ MORE
With the Ultimate SUP Showdown just 24 hours away there are a whole stack of world beaters in town. Most of the pros chose to sit out today’s super hot, 9 mile downwinder from Hawaii Kai to the beach at Waikiki, however there were still a few big guns on the start line.
Despite paddling a board five feet shorter than most of his rivals, it was Logreco who took out the line honours. The North Shore lifeguard, one of the true characters of stand up paddling… → READ MORE
Mo Freitas has taken out the Shonan Chigasaki Pro in Japan ahead of Aussie trio Paul Jackson, Toby Cracknell and Beau O’Brian. Chase Kosterlitz rounded out the top five while Bart de Zwart finished sixth. Despite a relatively small field in the women’s event, Angie Jackson continued to show her strength with a very dominant display.
On day one’s sprint race, it was all Mo Freitas, however on day two’s distance race, Mo had to settle for runner-up behind a very impressive Paul Jackson from Australia. Jacko mastered the tricky upwind/downwind conditions, finding bumps and a couple of well-timed waves to win comfortably. → READ MORE
In case you needed any extra motivation to get out there and paddle today, here’s a very cool video from a very nice part of the world. Watch this clip to get an aerial view of downwinding in New Caledonia, the South Pacific island paradise that’s home to world beater Titouan Puyo.
The clip, filmed earlier this year, features Titou along with fellow Frenchie Vincent Verhoeven → READ MORE
Part surfing, part racing, the Ultimate SUP Showdown is gonna be big. Danny vs Travis vs Connor vs Kai vs Zane vs another couple dozen of the world’s best. And that’s just on the men’s side.
The women’s Showdown is shaping up to be one of the most competitive events of the year. Although the invite-only field is small (48 men and 16 women), the names are anything but: Annabel, Jenny, Candice, Sonni, Lina, Shakira. Good luck picking that one. → READ MORE