Courtesy of Surfing Australia, here are a couple of very slick little videos from the Aussie Titles. The event wrapped up on the Gold Coast yesterday, with Beau O’Brian, Karla Gilbert and Toby Cracknell taking out the wins and staking claims for a spot on Team Australia 2015
First up the Technical Course Race (is it just me, or do we need a more exciting name for this event?) and then we’ve got the Marathon Race recap. → READ MORE
Full results from the 2014 Australian SUP Titles, which was held this week at the paddling mecca of Currumbin on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
With a mix of course and distance racing, this week’s top performers will score an invite to the 2015 ISA Worlds. Click through to see who was in form… → READ MORE
So you thought the SUP racing season was over huh? Nope… The SUP racing season is never over.
While the Battle of the Paddle may have come and gone for another year, there are still plenty of big stand up paddle races left to run before New Year’s.
From Perth to Paris, Bora Bora to Brazil, here are four of the biggest… → READ MORE
The Battle of the Brands. The BOB. It’s the one race a year where virtually all the major brands come together to duke it out for glory, bragging rights and market share.
Our sport (and our industry) is a bit like the Wild West right now: We’re growing so fast that new board and paddle manufacturers are popping up every week. But who’s staking the strongest claim?
I decided to run the numbers and see which boards and paddles the elite guys and girls are choosing today. While throwing a bunch of adrenaline-fueled paddlers into macking surf at Salt Creek isn’t exactly a scientific study of what brand makes the best gear, it does give us an indication of the current landscape. And either way, it’s kinda fun to dig into the stats… → READ MORE
Here’s not another standard SUP video…
Go behind the scenes with the young guns at Turtle Bay, where they recently gathered for the final event of the 2014 World Series and were met by the first solid swell of the Hawaiian winter. Artfully shot + edited by Noa Ginella, this is a cool little insight into what the best young paddlers do when they’re not on the water (serious athletes all the way). → READ MORE
Remember that big, crazy, giant, oversized new inflatable stand up paddle board from Starboard? The one that’s 18 and a half feet long, 60 inches wide and comfortably fits eight paddlers?
Well now it has a name: STARSHIP.
Together with TotalSUP.com and Starboard, we came up with a contest to name the board earlier this month. In a sign of just how popular this blow up monster is going to be, there were about 1,200 different names submitted by over 600 different people around the world. → READ MORE
At the risk of tipping past Peak Battle, here’s one more clip from that epic weekend at Salt Creek.
This is the shortest Battle of the Paddle video you’ll ever watch, however despite being just 46 in length it contains some damn fine footage. → READ MORE
One of the funnest races of 2014 was the Payette River Games up in Cascade, Idaho. Part-SUP race, part-festival, part-lumberjack tournament, the event has been a fresh and unique addition to the crowded racing calendar. And next year it’s going to be even better.
As you can see from the teaser clip above, the 2015 Payette River Games will be happening from June 19-21. This year’s edition was a great event, however I chatted with the organisers recently and it sounds like they’re really stepping it up next year. One of the big changes is Dan Gavere coming on board (pun intended) as the new Race Director and course designer… → READ MORE
While there have been endless Battle of the Paddle highlight reels in the past week, a new clip out today is one of the slickest yet. Created by Chainsaw Productions for the SIC crew, the video shows Team SIC training at Salt Creek on the eve of the Battle before getting down to business in the Elite Race.
Takes a little while to get going but there’s some awesome race footage near the end. I love the impromptu game of SUP limbo at the 3:34 mark… → READ MORE
If you’re dreaming of paddling in a faraway land then check out this downwinder video from the SIC Tahiti crew.
While stand up paddling videos from Tahiti usually feature perfectly crisp water and endless blue skies, this clip shows a stormy, open ocean channel crossing from the island of Mo’orea to the main island of Tahiti. → READ MORE
It’s been a wild nine days for Lina Augaitis, with victories in California and Hawaii punctuating what has been a big year for the Canadian in general.
Lina quit her job twelve months ago to pursue the dream of being a professional athlete and she hasn’t held back. Barely a race went by this year that she wasn’t a part of: From Florida to Nicaragua to California to Oregon to Europe to Hawaii, the SIC team rider was racking up the frequent flyer miles and stocking up her trophy cabinet.
Several standout performances at the inland races helped build on Lina’s reputation of being one of the fastest women in flat water. Only problem is… the biggest race of the year isn’t held in flat water. The biggest race of the year is the Battle of the Paddle. And this year the BOP was the complete opposite of flat. → READ MORE
The final event of the 2014 Stand Up World Series
is happening this weekend has just wrapped up on the North Shore of Oahu. Based out of Turtle Bay, which sits just down the road from famed breaks such as Waimea, Sunset and Pipeline, the World Series Finals will see a very small but hyper-elite band of young guns battle it out in what could be some very interesting conditions.
One week after the all-time, wave-fueled carnage at Salt Creek, the surf at Turtle Bay looks set to throw up another chaotic weekend of racing. Yesterday the North Shore was tipping a solid 10-12 ft plus (20 ft faces) and while the swell is expected to slightly dip today and tomorrow, I’m confident there will be some entertaining chaos to enjoy. → READ MORE
After tallying up the results from seven of the biggest races of the year, Annabel Anderson and Danny Ching have come out on top in the inaugural SUP Champions Tour.
Billed as having the world’s best paddlers at the worlds biggest/most important events, the Champions Tour was created to encourage the elite guys and girls to compete more than just once a year (i.e. not only at the Battle of the Paddle).
The Tour was also designed to “give back” to the events that have helped grow the sport (such as the Carolinas and the Gorges). → READ MORE
Fancy a trip to Brazil? Here’s your excuse: Registration for next month’s Battle of the Paddle Brazil (or Brasil for the purists) is now open.
As we announced last month the 2014 Battle of the Paddle Brasil is in Florianopolis, a long way south of its inaugural home at Cabo Frio twelve months ago. The other big change this year? Prize money… → READ MORE