The 2014 Maui Paddleboard Race (aka Victory At Sea) produced one of the gnarliest downwind races ever.
Last week’s event also spawned one of the greatest SUP racing photo albums I’ve ever seen.
The crew from 808photo.me were out in the water capturing the carnage and chaos. And what chaos it was. We saw the first round of photos last week, but then last night the 808 guys uploaded a stack of new pics, including one particularly epic wipeout sequence… → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week #… (I dunno, I’ve lost count). Italy.
I know it sounds crazy, but there was actually a SUP race happening somewhere other than Hawaii on the weekend. While Connor, Travis, Sonni, Jenny and co. were battling it out across the Ka’iwi Channel, all the way over in Rome, Italy there was a very solid crew competing at the Italia Surf Expo’s SUP Challenge.
Despite going up against a talented string of Euro boys, as well as Aussie whipper snapper Jake Jensen, in the end it was the Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, taking out the crown and capping off a memorable summer of racing in Euro land. → READ MORE
Unless you were camped out under a rock on Mars the past 72 hours, you would’ve heard about a little race in Hawaii called the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.
The 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu race was an instant classic. There was drama and heroics all round, highlighted perfectly by the intense battle between Connor Baxter and Travis Grant all the way to the finish. And now we have a first look at the official highlights reel: → READ MORE
We’ve just finished an incredible Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, where Connor Baxter has narrowly reclaimed the crown from defending champ Travis Grant in what was an amazing race…
After a tight contest early – where the top five favourites of Connor, Scott, Kai, Dave and Travis were all within shouting distance – it became a two-man duel in the last five or six miles before Connor eventually broke free to win in record time. Coming home strong was Scott Gamble for 3rd, with Kai Lenny relinquishing an early lead to settle for 4th. Travis Baptiste put in an absolutely extraordinary effort to finish 5th overall on his 14 footer, just seconds behind Kai and half a minute in front of Dave Kalama.
On the women’s side it was a superhuman effort from Germany’s Sonni Hönscheid, who led for most of the crossing to defeat the determined Jenny Kalmbach. → READ MORE
Welcome to SUPracer.com’s LIVE coverage of the 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships presented by the awesome folks over at SIC. UPDATE: It’s ON! The race has just started… click through for the live updates → READ MORE
The countdown to Molokai is almost over. In just 24 hours time, several dozen of the world’s best (and bravest) paddlers will line up on Molokai for a 32 mile battle across the Channel of Bones. Destination: Oahu. You can’t even see the finish line from the start, that’s how far this race is. It’s a serious test of physical and mental strength.
Speaking of things you can’t see: Predictions. This year the field is strong in both the men’s and women’s divisions, however there are no clear favourites. That makes my job exciting but very difficult. How do you pick a winner with so much talent, so much determination and so many variables in play? Well it wouldn’t be fun if it was easy, so without further ado, here are my 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu PREDICTIONS. → READ MORE
We’re less than 48 hours away from the 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships. On Sunday morning a few hundred brave souls will line up on the western shores of Molokai, staring out into the distance at a destination they can’t even see: Oahu.
One of those paddlers will be Travis Grant, the defending champion and one of the big favourites again this year. This guy is always humble and understated, however he knows a hell of a lot about the ocean and how to paddle across it very fast. Well now thanks to NSP you can get some pre-race insights from Trav, including interesting comments about how to approach the race and what to expect out in the middle of the channel. → READ MORE
In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a little race happening in Hawaii this weekend…
The uber-prestigious Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships are just a few days away and in case you weren’t already excited enough, here’s a cool little teaser clip to get you in the mood… → READ MORE
Jersey. No, not that Jersey, Jersey the island. The one that’s part of the UK and lies just off the coast of France.
Well apparently Jersey has a pretty darn good SUP scene. I’ve already met quite a few paddlers from the channel isle on my travels, especially at some of the Euro races, though now we get a great glimpse at what the races are like on Jersey itself.
Frenchman Greg Closier made the short trip across to the island on the weekend, where he battled against the locals to claim the Heritage Paddle Race, an historic event that dates right back to the 60s. → READ MORE
Last Sunday’s Maui Paddleboard Race was an instant classic. Courtesy of a gnarly storm that ripped through the north shore of Maui Saturday night, Maliko Gulch was almost unrecognisable on Sunday morning. The race was very nearly called off but fortunately it wasn’t, because for the 100 brave souls that ventured out there were some epic memories on offer.
The race quite literally became Victory At Sea. I’m sure you’ve already seen the pics but now here’s the video of it all. Thanks to Buzzy Kerbox, who was on the ski following his son Kody, we get an inside look at the race… → READ MORE
We’ve already seen a bunch of cool videos from the Payette River Games (aka “The Grand Festival Of Carnage On The River”), however this one is the most all-encompassing edit yet. This clip isn’t 100% SUP, but it does highlight perfectly just how big and varied this amazing event really is.
Some great angles of world class paddlers trying to navigate the rapids at Kelly’s Whitewater Park, the humbling host venue for the PRGs located in the little country town of Cascade, Idaho. The sequence at the 1 minute 56 second mark in particular was a familiar pain felt by many of us that weekend… → READ MORE
Very cool video from the Quickblade crew showing one common reason for a paddle breaking, featuring the Mad Scientist himself and a couple of doomed paddle shafts.
Paddle manufacturers often get the line “The shaft just broke while I was paddling…” when a customer makes a return. Well unless you’ve got a cheap China knock off, it’s pretty rare that your carbon fiber shaft will “just break” on its own. However if the paddle has taken a beating before you get on the water, then there’s a chance it’ll snap when you take a hard stroke. It may seem like you “just broke it paddling” but the answer usually lies somewhere else. → READ MORE
SIC Downwind Month glides on. While everybody has their eyes on next weekend’s headline act, Molokai 2 Oahu (which we’ll be covering live), today it was the traditional M2O warm-up event, the Maui Paddleboard Race.
This race is the classic Maliko Downwind Run that paddlers know and love, but after a week of great conditions the ocean didn’t exactly play along today. Downwind Month quite literally became Victory At Sea. → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week 10. Germany. This weekend it was off to the northern German island of Fehmarn, where the “SUP World Cup” kicked off (see what we did there?) with a small but elite field of talent on display. Saturday saw the sprints while Sunday it was the long distance race, with combined results determining the overall event placings. Despite the small field, there were still a few seriously big names battling it out this weekend.
In Saturday’s sprints the Kai/Connor rivalry clicked into gear straight away, with the two young superstars locked in a duel right to the line. Kai narrowly took the honours on day one, however Connor had other ideas for the distance race on day two. → READ MORE
CB10. Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as JM10, not yet anyway, but in a few years it may become a very popular term.
With his victory over Kai, Dave, Travis and Livio on the weekend, Connor Baxter has now won five straight Maui 2 Molokai titles. The event started in 2010 and Connor has won every single race. He owns this event. And if he can keep that domination going for another five years, he’ll equal Jamie Mitchell’s seemingly-untouchable 10x Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard titles (aka the Decade of Dominance). → READ MORE