With a $50,000 cash prize purse, a host of cool events on and off the water and an expected influx of elite talent, the PRGs are shaping up to be one of the biggest and best events of the year. → READ MORE
To France now, where apparently freezing cold temperatures and icy alpine waters are no deterrent to the hardcore local paddlers. Over 100 competitors braved the winter conditions for the “GlaGla” Race on Saturday, with cold water, snow and some rather breathtaking scenery making this a very unique and interesting event.
The GlaGla Race – named for the sound your teeth make (in French at least) when they’re chattering in the freezing cold – drew paddlers to Lake Annecy… → READ MORE
Starboard, probably the world’s strongest and most elite stand up paddling team, have just launched a new series: Team Tiki Talks. It’s basically an interview with one of their team riders each month.
And first up is Sean Poynter.
Although Poynter is a SUP surfer by trade he’s also a very handy racer. Sean Poynter is also one of the sharpest guys on tour, so it’s always good to hear his insights. → READ MORE
Results are in from today’s massive Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge race down in Mission Bay, San Diego. The Hanohano race, now in its 19th year, is one of the real gems on the racing calendar and always draws a big crowd. This event seems much more about having fun and getting out on the water than any kind of serious elite competition. It’s one of those great community races that give our sport such a great foundation.
The Hanohano always attracts a stellar crowd, however this year may have been a new record as 440 paddlers hit the Short Course (including over 300 on Stand Up Paddle boards). → READ MORE
A few days ago I posted a clip that proved very popular. It was a quick edit of last weekend’s Painkiller Cup, an exotic-looking team relay held in the paradise that is the BVIs, aka the British Virgin Islands (it’s somewhere in the Caribbean apparently).
While that first video was a brief highlights reel of the weekend, we now have the full recap video. And this clip makes the Painkiller Cup look like even more of a Bucket List race… → READ MORE
As the march towards Sayulita gathers pace, more and more teams are announcing their lineups for the 4th annual ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship.
This week it was Team Canada’s turn in the spotlight, with the Great White North announcing a full squad battle it out in Mexico way from May 10-17. And the lineup looks mighty competitive… → READ MORE
If you’re a fan of Larry’s blog like I am, you’ll know the Canadian regularly posts some deep insights into SUP stroke technique and race training in general. When you consider this guy is a former Olympic champion, school teacher and current top-level coach, you know you’ve found someone who can help you paddle faster. → READ MORE
The Gold Coast duo, regular fixtures in the big events at home and abroad, are easily the most successful husband and wife paddling team and racked up some impressive results in 2014. → READ MORE
The Payette River Games, one of the five major SUP races of 2015, will see two big changes this year: New courses and new boards.
While the 2015 website and registration won’t be opening until next week, I just chatted with the organisers and got a sneak peek at what’s in store for the 3rd annual edition of this big event. → READ MORE
IF you’ve been following our coverage of IRONMANA, you’d know this event is something very unique. The Ironmana is part SUP race, part prone race, part swimming race, part torture chamber, part holiday in paradise. → READ MORE
Definitely one of the more exotic events on the SUP race calendar, the Painkiller Cup is a 14 mile inter-island relay, where three-person teams battle it out for the $5,000 winner’s cheque. The 2015 champs were Team Mexico, featuring Shelby Dela Rosa Taylor, Ryan Helm and Bicho Jimenez. → READ MORE
This shot (courtesy of PhotoCPL) was taken at Piha Beach about an hour west of Auckland, where the racing was part of Surfing New Zealand’s national championships. Starboard’s superstars Connor Baxter, Zane Schweitzer and Sean Poynter, who are in NZ this month for a pre-season training camp, took the chance to join the locals in what must surely be SUP racing’s equivalent of Code Red conditions. → READ MORE
Team Mexico have taken out today’s Painkiller Cup, one of the more exotic races on the annual calendar. Held in the Caribbean paradise of the British Virgin Islands, the Painkiller Cup is a three-a-side relay covering 14 miles. The race starts at Trellis Bay on “Beef Island” and finishes on the isle of Jost Van Dyke at the Soggy Dollar Bar.
The victorious Team Mexico was an all-Sayulita affair, with Ryan Helm, Shelby Dela Rosa Taylor and Javier ‘Bicho’ Jimenez leading the race from start to finish. → READ MORE
In this the 7th annual edition of the Classic, line honours went to a very dominant April Zilg in the women’s and Corey Taylor in the men’s. Karen Wilson and Jeremy Whitted the runners-up in the 7 miler, which is held in the same neighbourhood as the major Carolina Cup that’s coming up in less than 100 days. → READ MORE
As the first major SUP race of the season, the Carolina Cup is shaping up to be a true classic this year. With a unique mix of top-level stars, weekend warriors and first timers, the sleepy, seaside hamlet of Wrightsville Beach will be transformed into a SUP mecca in the last week of April. → READ MORE