Molokai Queen Sonni Hönscheid Joins Team Starboard

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Major news today as three-time Molokai champion Sonni Hönscheid departs Team SIC and signs with Starboard for season 2017.

I just chatted with Sonni and here’s what the current world number three (and talented artist) had to say about the move:   → READ MORE

Let’s Call It The ‘Beach Race’

ISA Stand Up Paddle World ChampionshipYou’d be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of paddleboarding than yours truly, yet even I’ll admit ours isn’t always the most exciting sport to watch. Not all races need to be “exciting” – that’s certainly not the sole measure of success – though some events clearly are trying to build showcase spectacles that appeal to mainstream audiences/sponsors and help push our sport new heights.

And the race format that seems to be the biggest crowd pleaser is the short course tech race, that special type of race that involves plenty of buoy turns and which tests a paddler’s skill, strength, strategy and fitness. But while these races are often fun to watch, they’re sorely lacking one important thing: A good name.    → READ MORE

Big Boards in Barbados: Red Paddle Co Announces the ‘Dragon World Championships’ Teams Challenge in October

Red Paddle CoHands up if you want to go paddling in Barbados.

Red Paddle Co, the world’s leading inflatable brand, has today announced what might just be the funnest weekend of the year: The inaugural Dragon World Championship, a season-ending headline event for Red’s new four-a-board teams racing concept that will be hosted on the paradisaical Caribbean island from October 28-30.   → READ MORE

Japan’s #1 Kenny Kaneko Joins Team JP Australia

Japan’s top ranked paddler and best-known international export, Kenny Kaneko, has joined JP Australia, continuing the wave of team changes among top athletes in the new year.

Kenny’s new colours, which he announced on Instagram this morning, follows on from Jake Jensen’s move to ONE last week and comes as several other top riders are getting ready to reveal their new stripes for season 2017.   → READ MORE

Next Stop… Lake Annecy, France for the Massive ‘GlaGla Race’ in the Snow-Covered Alps

gla-gla-race-stand-up-paddlingThe New Year brings with it fresh new excitement and anticipation, so today I’m starting a new feature called ‘Next stop…’ that’ll focus on the races I’m really excited about traveling to and being part of in 2017.

Over the coming weeks and months, I’m going to highlight some of the awesome international events that offer paddlers incredible experiences. And my first stop in the new year is Lake Annecy, France for the GlaGla Race on Jan 21.   → READ MORE

Jake Jensen Joins Team ONE as Boutique Aussie Brand Looks to Punch Above Its Weight in Season 2017

jake-jensen-paddleboardingONE SUP has just announced the signing of top paddle athlete Jake Jensen, a major pick up for a boutique brand that’s aiming to punch above its weight and give the powerhouse brands some stiff competition.

Jake joins ONE team riders (and brand co-founders) Paul and Angie Jackson as the Australian-based squad looks to compete against the well-estsblished international race teams in season 2017.   → READ MORE

The ‘Top 16 of 2016’ — The Finest Female Athletes in the World of SUP Racing

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After revealing the Top 16 Men of 2016 yesterday, now it’s time to analyse the best-performing women.

It’s been an interesting season for the women’s sport, with some absolutely incredible performances from amazing athletes in exciting races. But at the same time there’s been a noticeable lack of growth in participation at the elite level relative to the men, which makes producing an accurate world rankings and authoritative power rankings somewhat difficult.   → READ MORE

The ‘Top 16 of 2016’ — The Best Paddlers in the World This Year

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What a year it’s been for our sport, with great performances by incredible athletes at big events all around the world making for an exciting season of racing.

But who was the best? Who dominated all season long? Who were the standout stand up athletes this year? It’s time to reveal the Top 16 of 2016…   → READ MORE