When it comes to performance, inflatable stand up paddle boards are fast closing the gap on their carbon fibre cousins. Inflatables have proven themselves worthy (or even superior) alternatives on the rivers and in the humble world of recreational paddling, but the hardest nut to crack has definitely been the race board market.
Perhaps that’s about to change… → READ MORE
Dark water, gale force winds, big surf, and three excited kids in thick wetsuits paddling out in stormy seas. The opening scenes from “Standing On Water,” Casper Steinfath’s new SUP movie that premieres in the U.S. this week, set the stage for a fascinating, hour-long journey into the life of stand up paddling’s most unlikely champion. → READ MORE
The 2016 stand up paddle race season is starting to take shape, and today another key piece of the puzzle falls into place. The new look EuroTour has just been announced, with new races, new countries and a whole bunch of cool new features set to make Europe the place to be this summer.
The EuroTour is a collection of standalone races spread across Europe from May to July, offering a unified platform to help the events, the athletes, the brands and the local paddling communities grow the sport from the grassroots up. And this season, the Tour is set to be bigger (and better) than ever… → READ MORE
In what can only be described as a ‘massive’ move, NSP has just signed world-beater Titouan Puyo, pairing him with world number two Travis Grant to instantly give the team one of the best lineups in the sport.
Formerly with Starboard, Titou has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past two seasons. He shot up to #5 on the SUP Racer World Rankings last year, and I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t become #1 in the future… → READ MORE
Check out this great little clip from a new year’s downwinder in Brisbane, Australia.
That’s NSP’s own Dale Chapman wearing the GoPro, paddling the 17’10” unlimited that he helped bring to life along with NSP designer Alain Teurquetil. This is the exact same model board that Travis Grant paddled to victory in Molokai last year… → READ MORE
In a world first, Google has used a stand up paddler to help bring its Street View imagery to new corners of the world. Brazilian world champ Caio Vaz took part in the special project this week, paddling around Gunabara Bay to help Google in their quest to map out all of the Olympic venues ahead of the 2016 Games in Rio.
Google has been getting more and more ambitious with its Street View project in recent years, employing these portable mapping backpacks everywhere from Stone Henge to the inside of an A380. However this is definitely the first time a SUP has been used for the project. → READ MORE
Inflatables are closing the gap on hard boards. They’ve already taken over in the rivers and have eaten into a huge chunk of the touring market, but even in the elite domain of racing, inflatables are rapidly improving. While the carbon fibre machines still have an edge, brands such as Red, Starboard and Mistral are all investing heavily in new inflatable stand up paddle board technology. → READ MORE
While the crew in Carolina were freezing their butts off and the Californians were enjoying a crisp morning at the Hanohano on Saturday, over in France there was yet another cold water race taking place.
The ‘GlaGla’ race, now in its third year, celebrates both the extremes of French winter and the beautiful scenery of the alpine lakes. → READ MORE
The 2016 race season is starting to wind into gear, and while the majors don’t begin for another three months, there’s barely a single weekend free between now and December. The race calendar is already looking tight, and it’s only going to get tighter as hundreds more events get announced in the next month or two.
We’ve been adding dozens of events to the Rogue Race Calendar over the past few days, and over the next week or two we’ll add dozens more. There are now 215 races… → READ MORE
Danny Ching and Erika Benitez have taken out the 2016 Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge in San Diego’s Mission Bay, with 500 paddlers showing up on a crisp morning for this classic, early season race.
The Infinity speed freaks Dave Boehne & Slater Trout took line honours on their tandem SUP, while Rob Rojas snuck across for second over the line on his unlimited. But in the main battle of the 14 footers, Danny narrowly edged out his new team mate Noa Hopper, with Chase Kosterlitz, Chuck Glynn, Chance Fielder and Gabriel Beauchesne Sevigny all just seconds behind. → READ MORE
In exactly three months from today, a big chunk of the world’s top athletes, along with hundreds of amateur and first time paddlers, will be standing on the sand at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, for the first ‘major’ of the season: The Carolina Cup.
Carolina has become famous for not only attracting the Travis Grants, Danny Chings and Annabel Andersons of the world, but for also drawing in hundreds of weekend warriors and first timers from near and far. Now in its 6th year, Carolina is not just a race, it’s a festival. → READ MORE
If you’ve visited the Rogue Race Calendar in the past few days you probably noticed a few changes. Firstly, there’s a very cool new Rogue photo/ad covering the whole background (if you’re viewing on desktop). But secondly, and most importantly, there’s a big difference in the sixth and final column on the calendar…
The star ratings. → READ MORE
If you only watch one short film about a round the world paddling odyssey today, make it this one. Last year, endurance race champion Bart de Zwart and photographer Franz Orsi took off on a rather incredible journey. Spanning five continents and countless adventures, this is surely one of the greatest paddle expeditions ever… → READ MORE
In case you needed any reminder that Cape Town is an all-time downwind hot-spot, check out this macking clip from last week.
Cape Town is famous for its windy conditions, but this looked like a particularly good day, with winds gusting up to 35 knots. You know it’s going to be a good run when you can hardly carry your board down the beach… → READ MORE
Well so much for the off season. Just like that, the SUP racing calendar has fired back up, with this weekend playing host to three great races across three different time zones.
From San Diego to North Carolina to the Caribbean to France, Saturday is going to be a busy one.
Here’s a quick preview of each race… → READ MORE