PPGs Preview: 15 Things You Need To Know About The Pacific Paddle Games

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We’re counting down the final hours til the biggest race of the year. On Saturday and Sunday, virtually all of the world’s best paddlers will descend on the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, for a massive two days of racing at the inaugural Pacific Paddle Games

Although it’s the first ever PPGs, the buzz around the event is all time. It’ll probably set a new standard for our sport, and no matter what happens it’ll definitely set the stage for a classic race, with a unique combination of big talent, big prize money and big conditions set to light up Southern California this weekend.   → READ MORE

Beyond The Shore: Ching, Margetts And A New Name To Watch

404 SUP - Beyond the Shore Paddlefest - Danny Ching and Ryland HartHere’s a great little gallery from what looks to be a fantasticΒ event. The 3rd annual Beyond The Shore Paddlefest was held at Redondo Beach, California last weekend, with a few very big names and a lot of stoked out weekend warriors enjoying a funΒ day on the water.

There was distance racing, sprint racing and kids racing. There was aΒ free clinic with Danny Ching, and even a world record SUP yoga attempt.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: Last Minute Training With The Lahui Kai Boys

Pacific Paddle Games video 2015 Lahui KaiCheck out this great little clip from the Lahui Kai team, with their small but ultra elite squad going through its final paces at Doheny yesterday.

Featuring the hero of the Gorge Paddle Challenge and noted beer drinker, Kelly Margetts, along with whipper snappers Lincoln Dews and Jayden Jensen, this minute-long vid should get you just that little bit more amped for what is set to be a massive weekend.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Team Quickblade Previews The Pacific Paddle Games

Quickblade Paddles Pacific Paddle GamesLess than 72 hours til the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games. I get the feeling this event is going to elevate the stand up paddling world to a new level, and while this is the inaugural edition of the PPGs, the race is happening at the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point California, the place it all began way back in 2008.

Speaking of taking it back to the beginning: Quickblade. The QB team have been around since day one of the sport. Literally. Jimmy Terrell made one of Laird Hamilton’s first paddles over 10 years ago, while the Mad Scientist was himself part of the very early SUP races back in 2006 and 2007.   → READ MORE

Quickblade Presents SUP Racer’s Coverage Of The Pacific Paddle Games

Doheny State Beach stand up paddle raceThe countdown to Doheny is on. Over the past few days, paddlers from across the country and around the world have been descending on Southern California for the last major race of the season.

This weekend, the Pacific Paddle Games, aka BOP 2.0, is set to take over the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, for what looks set to be the grandest race of the year.   → READ MORE

Battle Of The Brands: BOP-pocalypse Edition

Battle of the Brands FBIf you’ve checked SUP Racer any time in the past 24 hours, you couldn’t have missed the giant mushroom cloud that signaled the biggest ever change to the World Rankings. It was the BOP-pocalypse: The day when the 2014 Battle of the Paddle got dropped from the rankings database, which caused unprecedented destruction on the Top 100 and Top 50 Leaderboards.

But it wasn’t just the individual athletes that took a hit in the BOP-pocalypse, almost all of the elite international race teams saw their points annihilated as well.    → READ MORE

The BOP-pocalypse: Massive Changes To The World Rankings As We Finally Say Goodbye To The Battle Of The Paddle

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Twelve months ago to the day, we were standing on the shore of Salt Creek beach watching some of the most spectacular, carnage-fueled racing in the history of stand up paddling. The 2014 Battle of the Paddle was an epic event. Not only for the all-time conditions but also the all-time field of competitors, which gave it a massive weighting on the SUP Racer World Rankings.

But when the BOP announced earlier this year that it wouldn’t be returning, it set in motion a ticking time bomb known as the BOP-pocalypse, with almost all of the top paddlers set to lose a big bag of points on the day the Battle was removed from the rankings system. That day is today…   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Kai Lenny, Candice Appleby Win Huntington As The World Series Looks To 2016

Huntington Beach stand up paddlingKai Lenny and Candice Appleby have each performed a clean sweep of the Huntington Beach Pro here in California this weekend. The event, part of the Waterman League’s Stand Up World Series, attracted a solid group of top young guns to one of the most iconic beaches in the world for two days of entertaining racing.

Kai triumphed over the usual suspects, with Mo Freitas and Casper Steinfath filling the top three spots in both the distance and sprint disciplines and Connor Baxter finishing fourth overall, while Candice made freakishly light work of the small women’s field where Fiona Wylde and Shakira Westdorp gave her the toughest resistance.   → READ MORE

Danny Ching’s Team 404 Signs One Of America’s Top Prospects Noa Hopper

Noa Hopper 404 stand up paddlingBig signing for Team 404 this week, with Noa Hopper, one of America’s top prospects, joining Danny Ching’s green machine to bolster an already impressive lineup.

Noa joins Danny, Tahitian dark horse Niuhiti Buillard and Molokai hero Travis Baptiste to form one of the most impressive lineups in the sport.    → READ MORE

Introducing Battle of the Brands

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Welcome to Battle of the Brands: A new way to analyse the best-performing race teams in the sport.

We thought it’d be intriguing to extend the SUP Racer World Rankings and look beyond just the individual athletes. So, inspired by the Formula One Constructor’s Championship, we created Battle of the Brands to rank the world’s best race teams.

Check out the first ever Battle of the Brands Leaderboard to see who’s on top.

History! Sort Of… Surfing Recommended For 2020 Olympic Games But No Room For SUP (At Least Not Yet)

Surfing in the Olympic GamesHistory has been made today, with surfing one of five sports officially recommended for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. However the news is bittersweet for the stand up paddling community: Only shortboarding has been approved for inclusion, with no room for SUP racing on the program.

Click through for the full story…   → READ MORE

Quickblade Pays Tribute To The Awesome Payette River Games

Payette River Games SUP videoThe Payette River Games may have been put on ice for now, but the memories will last a lifetime. The 2015 event was a classic, and now you can relive the event with this great recap from Quickblade Paddles.

The clip, courtesy of Pat Myers, has plenty of insights from the QB athletes, including Shakira Westdorp, Kelly Margetts, Anthony Vela, Chase Kosterlitz and Candice Appleby, plus a very special mention for Jonas Leteiri, a double amputee from Brazil who inspired everyone in Idaho with his skill, spirit and determination.   → READ MORE

The ISA Lands Stand Up Paddling On The Doorstep Of The Olympic Games

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Will stand up paddling ever become an Olympic sport? The answer is, potentially, much closer than you think.

The long, slow crawl up the Olympic mountain has become a steady walk in recent months, with a flurry of activity turning the prospect, which only a year ago seemed like a fanciful dream, into a genuine possibility. While there are still many obstacles to overcome, the International Surfing Association (ISA) is a lot further along the mountain path than most paddlers realise.

So with that in mind, I thought it well past time for SUP Racer to post an update on the ISA’s bold quest for Olympic acceptance, and their support for the development of stand up paddling in general.   → READ MORE

Epic Photos From The Japan Cup As SUP Continues To Grow In The Land Of The Rising Sun

stand up paddling Japan Cup 4Results are in from the Japan Cup, which was held in the surfing town of Chigasaki on the weekend to continue a big run of events in the land of the rising sun this month.

Fiona Wylde dominated the women’s event, while Mo Freitas, Toby Cracknell, James Casey and Daniel Hasulyo all got a spot on the men’s podiums, with the weekend split between an 18km distance race and the always-entertaining Jamie Mitchell Survivor Race.   → READ MORE

The Paris Crossing: World’s Biggest SUP Race Sells Out All 400 Entries In Just 26 Minutes

2014 Paris Crossing stand up paddle raceRemember that big race in Paris each December? Where hundreds of paddlers brave the dark, freezing conditions of the European winter for a rare chance to paddle down the River Seine, through the heart of the French capital, past the Eiffel Tower and all? Well it’s happening again this year, but don’t bother signing up: Registration just sold out in less than an hour.

Entries for the 2015 Paris Crossing, which is part of the big “Salon Nautique de Paris” boat show, opened up at 6pm local time on Tuesday, September 15th. By 6:26pm there were 400 paddlers signed up and a sign on the official Facebook page saying “Sold Out.”   → READ MORE