Inspirational: Bart de Zwart, Joanne Hamilton-Vale and 14 Other Bold Paddlers Conquer 547km “MR340” Race

Missouri River MR340 paddle raceBart de Zwart, Joanne Hamilton-Vale and 14 other bold stand up paddlers have survived extreme heat and a serious lack of sleep to conquer the MR340, a 547km (340 miles) race along the Missouri River.

With just 16 days rest following his epic conquest of the Yukon River, Bart continued his series of ultra long distance events – aka the world’s longest SUP races – by winning the 11th annual MR340, a race he described as the toughest he’s ever done.   → READ MORE

Noli SUP Race: Awesome Aerial Highlights from a Great Week on the Italian Riviera

Noli SUP Race videoWatching this footage reminds me just how much fun we all had in Italy last weekend, where the 11th stop of the EuroTour, the Noli SUP Race, surprised us with some of the most beautiful scenery of the entire summer.

The race was won by Leo Nika (who becomes the winningest athlete of the 2016 Tour) and Susak Molinero (who equals Sonni Honscheid’s 3x wins), however Noli was more than just a race, it was a destination.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Insights and Highlights from the Maui2Molokai Race

Maui 2 Molokai paddleboarding videoJust in case you couldn’t make it to Hawaii on the weekend, here’s a great clip from Saturday’s big Maui2Molokai race, aka M2M, featuring some insightful athlete interviews and plenty of endless downwind glides.

The 7th annual channel crossing from Maui to Molokai saw Connor Baxter extend his record winning streak — he has, quite incredibly, won every single edition of this event — while Devin Blish claimed her second crown in the space of 24 months.   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter Outlasts Travis Grant and Matt Nottage to Win Seventh Straight Maui2Molokai; Devin Blish Claims Women’s Title

Connor Baxter Maui 2 MolokaiConnor Baxter has won a record seventh-straight Maui 2 Molokai (M2M) title, narrowly edging out Travis Grant in one of the fastest ever channel crossings, and setting up a mouth-watering clash at the major Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O) showdown later this month.

Connor finished in a time of 2:58:51, less than two minutes ahead of Travis, with conditions firing in the middle part of the course but stormy weather preventing it from being an all-time downwinder.    → READ MORE

Leo Nika, Susak Molinero Win Week 11 of the EuroTour in Beautiful Noli, Italy

Noli SUP Race Italy stand up paddleboardingIn brief: Leo Nika and Susak Molinero have taken out Week 11 of the EuroTour in beautiful Noli, Italy, with a strong field of Europeans enjoying one of the most picturesque stops of the tour so far.

Leo made the most of the moderate breeze to pull away in the final few kilometres, crossing the line almost a minute clear of his compatriot and runner-up Paolo Maroconi, with Frenchman Martin Letourneur finishing third a further half a minute adrift. Jeremy Teulade was impressive in 4th, while Martino Rogai rounded out the top five.   → READ MORE

Fiji Update: ISA Says “No” to Gender Equality at 2016 Worlds, Will Reconsider in 2017

Candice Appleby ISA WorldsAfter the debate about women’s participation in stand up paddling reached its zenith last month, and with suggestions that the ISA World Championship event should take a lead on the issue, the International Surfing Association has voted against introducing gender equality at the Worlds in Fiji, and will instead consider adding more women to their showcase event in 2017.

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Titouan Puyo Defeats Eric Terrien and Martin Letourneur to Win France’s Summer Cup

Summer Cup stand up paddleboarding race FranceIn brief: Titouan Puyo, Olivia Piana and Amandine Chazot have claimed victories at the “Summer Cup” in La Baule, France, with a strong lineup of the nation’s finest paddlers headlining the 6th annual edition of this beach festival.

Saturday’s course race was a tight affair, with Titou snatching the win by just four seconds from an in-form Eric Terrien, while Martin Letourneur was right on their tail all the way to the line.   → READ MORE

Yukon River Quest: Bart de Zwart’s Fascinating Insights into the World’s Toughest SUP Race

Yukon River Quest paddle raceWhat’s it like to paddle 55 hours through the Canadian wilderness, at race pace and with virtually no sleep? Just ask Bart de Zwart, winner of last week’s Yukon River Quest.

Bart, the first ever stand up paddle champion of the world’s longest annual paddle race, has just returned to civilisation, and now you can read his interesting insights into this truly epic voyage.   → READ MORE

King of the Cut: The Countdown to Australia’s Premiere Ocean Race Is On…

King of the Cut paddleboard race videoTime to start getting excited for Australia’s premiere ocean race, the 2016 King of the Cut in Western Australia, which, as the promo clip above highlights, offers paddlers the chance to experience one of the best downwind runs on the planet.

Billed as the “Ultimate Downwinder Downunder,” the King of the Cut has established itself as one of the (if not the) most prestigious races in Australia over the past few years. The 24km course just south of Perth is considered one of the finest downwinders going round, with the event seeming to score excellent conditions every year.   → READ MORE

ISA Worlds in Fiji: Racing Locations Confirmed; Surfing Set for Cloudbreak (Includes Map)

Tavarua Island Fiji aerial photoOne of the most eagerly anticipated SUP events in recent memory got one step closer today, with the ISA confirming key locations for the 2016 World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, which is happening in Fiji from November 12-20.

While we’ve known the Worlds were heading to Fiji ever since the big announcement in March, nobody knew exactly where the racing was happening. Now we do.   → READ MORE

Da Hui Race: Aussies James Casey and Terrene Black Claim the Opening Round of Hawaii’s Downwind Month

Da Hui Paddleboard Race North Shore OahuIn brief: Australia’s James “Jimmy” Casey has made it a winning start to Downwind Month in Hawaii, taking out the Da Hui Independence Day Race on Oahu’s North Shore.

Jimmy led home a flotilla of Aussies, with Kelly Margetts finishing runner-up ahead of fellow Green & Gold Toby Cracknell. North Shore local Andrew Logreco was the top Hawaiian in 4th, followed by Bullet Obra who scored 5th overall on his 14 footer.    → READ MORE

No Limits: Jamie Mitchell’s Survivor Race at Huntington Set to Be “Open Board Class”

Huntington Beach drone aerial viewIn what is a rather bold, unique and also very exciting move, Jamie Mitchell has opted for an “open board class” in the pro division of his Quiksilver JM Survivor Race, a highly-anticipated new event that’s happening at Huntington Beach on Sunday August 14. This means competitors can paddle whatever they like with absolutely no restrictions on board length.

12’6, 14, 18, 10 ft… Whatever you like. I think it’s a great move. It not only gives the paddlers more freedom, it’ll also encourage shapers to experiment with new board designs that are tailor-made for specialty surf racing events such as this.    → READ MORE

Great Highlights from Greece as Leo Nika and Susak Molinero Win Week 9 of the EuroTour

EuroTour Greece On Board FestivalCheck out this great highlights reel from the Greece’s On Board Festival, held last weekend in the historic city of Marathon as Week 9 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Italy’s Leonard Nika and Spaniard-turned-Italian-local Susak Molinero took out the wins, with Eric Terrien continuing his strong return to form and dark horse Paolo Marconi rounding out the men’s podium.   → READ MORE