SUP World Cup: Connor Baxter, Sonni Hönscheid Win Overall as Michael Booth Conquers the German Super Lap

Germany SUP World Cup paddle boardingConnor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid have claimed victories at the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup here in Germany today, overcoming an elite field and a rollercoaster of wild and beautiful weather to claim the overall wins at the seaside town of Scharbeutz.

Connor sure did it the hard way though: After finishing runner-up to Casper Steinfath in yesterday’s sprints, the Starboard superstar once again had to settle for 2nd place today, with Michael Booth conquering this afternoon’s 10km ‘Super Lap’ course race. But with Casper slipping back to 4th today and Boothy having a shocker on Saturday, Connor snuck to the top of the overall event standings, and in doing so took home the lion’s share of the $25k prize purse.   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 8: Frenchman Jeremy Teulade Narrowly Wins the ‘Happy Summer’ Race in Namur

Jeremy Teulade stand up paddle boardingFrenchman Jeremy Teulade has claimed Week 8 of the EuroTour for Team Starboard, out-sprinting Norm Weber (Siren), Davide Ionico (Fanatic), Martin Letourneur (Hobie) team mate Boris Jinvresse, compatriot Joseph Gueguen (Nah Skwell) and home country hero Joep van Bakel (Fanatic) after almost an hour and a half of tight, flat water racing in the Belgian city of Namur to win the Happy Summer SUP Race.

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Downwind Month Is Almost Here, and Maui 2 Molokai (M2M) Is Set to Be One of the Real Highlights

Connor Baxter M2MWe’re less than a month away from one of the real gems on the international calendar, the classic Maui 2 Molokai SUP race in Hawaii that’s often rated as the greatest downwind run on the planet.

As part of the traditional “Downwind Month” in Hawaii, M2M is set for Saturday July 16th this year, and it’s also looking set to attract a pretty solid field.   → READ MORE

The Racing Never Ends in Europe: This Weekend It’s the SUP World Cup in Germany and EuroTour in Belgium

Hamburg SUP World Cup 2013 GermanyAfter a great week of competition at the EuroSUP championship in Lacanau, it’s straight into the next round over here in Europe, with the seemingly-endless European Summer of SUP continuing on to Germany and Belgium this weekend.

Up on the north coast of Germany we’ve got the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup, an iconic event that dates way back to 2009, and which will see many international names on the line including Connor Baxter, Michael Booth, Jake Jensen, Casper Steinfath, Sonni Hönscheid and Fiona Wylde. Meanwhile just over the border in Belgium we’ve got Namur’s annual Happy Summer SUP Race, which is Week 8 of the EuroTour.    → READ MORE

The Euros: Highlights from the Long (and Very Hot) Distance Race in France

EuroSUP paddle boarding videoCheck out this great highlights reel from the final day of competition here at the EuroSUP championship in Lacanau, where Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana starred for Team France in the long (and hot) distance race.

In total, France won five out of the six gold medals on offer, along with four silver medals in what was an absolutely dominant performance from the host nation.   → READ MORE

On the Lighter Side of the News: Paddle Board Boxing

paddle board boxing videoAnd now for something completely different: Novelty-sized boxing on a novelty-sized paddle board. Quite possibly the craziest/whackiest/funniest thing ever filmed on a SUP.

I don’t know what I just watched, but I can’t stop watching…   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana Dominate (Again) for Team France at the Euros

EuroSUP stand up paddleboarding race 1France’s Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana have triumphed in the long distance race here at the Oxbow EuroSUP Championship in Lacanau this afternoon, repeating their gold medal performances from Monday’s course race to seal a memorable week for the host nation.

Under blazing-hot blue skies, Titou edged out his very impressive young compatriot Arthur Arutkin, while the Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, once again had to settle for third in what was a mirror of Monday’s podium.   → READ MORE

Golden Day for the Host Nation at the EuroSUP Championships in France

Titouan Puyo and Arthur ArutkinIn brief: Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana have made it a golden start to the Oxbow EuroSUP Championships for Team France, claiming victories in the men’s and women’s course races respectively, with Arthur Arutkin finishing a close runner-up to make it a clean sweep for the host nation.

With small waves but plenty of wind making for a bumpy race here in the surf mecca of Lacanau, Olivia proved far too strong for the other women, paddling clear to win by three minutes from the rapidly-improving Susak Molinero (Spain) and the always consistent Marie Buchanan (England).   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 7: Awesome Aerial Highlights from Croatia

SUPer Surfers Challenge Porec Croatia paddleboarding raceCheck out this great highlights reel from the SUPer Surfers Challenge in picture-postcard Poreč, where Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde scored big wins for Week 7 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Poreč sure looks like a mighty fine place to go paddling (oh and how cool is that floating playground…).   → READ MORE

Mirroring the ISA Worlds, ‘The Euros’ Officially Begin in Lacanau, France

EuroSUP European Paddleboarding Championships LacanauThe 2016 ESF European SUP Championships, aka EuroSUP, aka The Euros, officially began here in Lacanau, France today, with the opening ceremony giving the approximately 13 assembled nations a chance to fly their national flags before competition begins tomorrow.

The Euros, which are basically a European-only version of the ISA Worlds, are happening from Monday to Thursday in the laid-back surf mecca of Lacanau, and will feature short and long distance racing alongside SUP surfing.   → READ MORE

Arthur Arutkin, Olivia Piana Win the Oxbow SUP Challenge in Preparation for ‘The Euros’

Paddleboarding Arthur Arutkin, Leonard NikaArthur Arutkin (Fanatic) and Olivia Piana (Starboard) won yesterday’s Oxbow SUP Challenge at home in France, with the race acting as the official warm-up event for the inaugural “EuroSUP” championships (aka ‘The Euros’) that begin on Monday.

Arthur, who will be representing Team France here in Lacanau over the next week, edged out the former king of European paddling, Eric Terrien, who has enjoyed something of a return to form this season. Coming home third but very unlucky not to be any higher on the podium was Italian gun Leo Nika.   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 7: Michael Booth, Fiona Wylde Claim Big Wins in Croatia (Updated)

Paddleboard race Porec CroatiaIn brief: Starboard team mates Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde have taken out Week 7 of the EuroTour, claiming big wins at the SUPer Challenge in picturesque Poreč, Croatia this afternoon.

Boothy continued his summer-long rivalry with Connor Baxter, however this time there were no close finishes — the Aussie crossed the line more than two minutes clear of the Hawaiian. The Hasulyo Brothers, Bruno and Daniel, finished 3rd and 4th to continue their rapid rise through the ranks and give Starboard a clean sweep of the top four spots, while France’s Martin Letourneur rounded out the top five for Team Hobie.   → READ MORE

3.8 Reasons Why the ISA Should Embrace Gender Equality at the World Championships

ISA WorldsThe ISA World Championship has come a long way over the past four years, now ranking as one of the premiere events on the international calendar. But while there are a lot of positives, there are still many issues the ISA needs to address, and one in particular stands out: Women’s participation. Or lack of it.

At the ISA Worlds, men have twice as much opportunity to represent their nation as women, with each team allowed 2 men but only 1 woman per event.   → READ MORE

Surfing Legend Ian Cairns Resigns as Head Coach of Team USA

Team USA wins the ISA World Championship of Stand Up PaddleboardingAfter guiding Team USA to gold at the 2015 ISA Worlds in Mexico, Surfing America head coach Ian “Kanga” Cairns has resigned his position as stand up paddling head coach, effective immediately, to spend more time with his family.

The Australian surfing legend, who was a founder of the ASP (now the World Surf League) in the early 80s and also helped kickstart the NSSA in the late 70s, has been with Surfing America the past seven years.   → READ MORE

GoPro Mountain Games: Spencer Lacy Makes It a Clean Sweep in Colorado

2016 GoPro Mountain Games SUP CrossIn brief: Spencer Lacy has taken out the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, as the event showcased what is surely one of the most entertaining versions of our sport.

With the big Payette River Games on hiatus this year (and perhaps indefinitely), the Mountain Games represent arguably the biggest whitewater race on the calendar.   → READ MORE