‘Aussie Downwind Week’ Set to Light Up Western Australia; ‘King of the Cut’ the Headline Act

King of the Cut stand up paddle race Western AustraliaWhile the racing season has officially ended in Hawaii, California and pretty much everywhere else in the world, Australia’s summer of SUP has only just begun. And it’s going to start with a bang: Next week, Western Australia will play host to five downwind races in the space of just nine days, which collectively form Aussie Downwind Week.

Officially known as Wardan Marr Week (“wardan marr” means “sea breeze” in the local indigenous language), the highlights of Downwind Week are two of the biggest and best races in the country: The Doctor and the King of the Cut.   → READ MORE

Once Again, Downwind Master Jeremy Riggs Makes Us Jealous of Anyone That Lives on Maui

videos of stand up paddling in hawaiiJust in case it’s been more than a few days since you were last dreaming of a trip to Hawaii, here’s 4 minutes and 25 seconds of pure paddling perfection to set your mind wandering again.

This is another great stand up paddle video from Maui maestro (and downwind coach extraordinaire) Jeremy Riggs, who manages to travel down the famous Maliko run faster than just about anyone despite paddling at a lethargic cadence of around 10 strokes per minute.   → READ MORE

444 Miles: The Yukon River Quest Is Now Open to Stand Up Paddlers

Yukon River QuestSo who’s up for a long distance race? I mean a really long distance race? I’m not talking about Chattajack or Molokai. Those aren’t even a warm-up. And the 11 Cities? C’mon, you can do that in 24 hours…

If you really want a challenge then a new event has just been crowned the “World’s Longest (Annual) SUP Race” – the Yukon River Quest in the far north of Canada. At 715kms (that’s 444 miles), the Yukon River Quest is less of a race and more of a downright mission through the sub-Arctic wilderness.   → READ MORE

Champions of France: Titouan Puyo, Céline Guesdon Sweep National Titles, Look Ahead to 2016 Worlds

France SUP raceTitouan Puyo and Céline Guesdon are the undisputed champions of France, making a clean sweep of the national titles in St. Maxime this weekend. Titou and Celine both pulled off the double, winning Saturday’s course race before backing up a day later in the distance event.

France is one of the strongest paddling nations on the planet and the talent pool runs deep, which made the 2015 French Championships an extremely competitive affair. The 2015 Championnats de France de SUP Race act as the main selection event for the French team that will compete at next year’s ISA Worlds. The winners today go a long way towards securing a spot, with the final lineup decided next month during France’s traditional ‘Selection Week’ event.   → READ MORE

James Casey, Angie Jackson Win the Latest Battle in Australia

James Casey and Michael Booth Stand Up PaddlingJames Casey and Angie Jackson have won the inaugural Central Coast Saltwater Festival on Australia’s East Coast, edging out a star-studded field of world ranked and local dark horse paddlers. Sounds like the inaugural event was a big success, with a well organised weekend of racing, big prize purse and top level talent all supporting a great cause.

The event, which kind of popped up out of nowhere despite offering a near record prize purse for Australia ($16,500), attracted a who’s who of the Aussie SUP scene, with the weekend comprised of three different races.   → READ MORE

Recap/Photos from the Epic Corinth Canal Crossing (“World’s Straightest SUP Race”)

World's Straightest SUP RaceHere’s a full recap from the 5th annual Corinth Canal SUP Crossing, the final stop of this year’s Hellenic SUP Cup series in Greece.

This annual event is one of the most incredible-looking SUP races on the planet. A couple of years ago we nicknamed it the “World’s Straightest SUP Race” because the course is basically a 6km drag race from one end of the Corinth Canal to the other.

Just take a look at these photos… Definitely one to add to your bucket list.   → READ MORE

Watch: First Ever Korean SUP Racing Championships

stand up paddling in south koreaIn brief: Nice little clip from the recent stand up paddle race in Korea. Close to 100 paddlers came out for the inaugural Surf Ocean Cup, which acted as the first ever Korean National Championships.

From all reports, this event was the first major SUP race in the country.   → READ MORE

New Zealand’s “Ultimate Waterman” Event Scores $1.2 Million Funding

Connor Baxter Stand Up PaddlingNew Zealand’s ‘Ultimate Waterman’, the event that attempts to crown the best all-round “waterman” in the world while also showing off the country’s beautiful coastline, is going next level next year, with organisers securing funding of $1.2 million.

As first spotted by The Inertia, the Ultimate Waterman organisers announced the new funding at their 2016 public launch yesterday.   → READ MORE

Canadian Canoe Team Sweeps “Surf to Sound” in Foggy Wrightsville Beach

Surf To Sound stand up paddling race Wrightsville Beach NCTommy Buday Jr has won the Surf To Sound Challenge in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina today, as Canada’s canoe specialists swept the men’s podium.

In foggy conditions, Tommy defeated fellow Canadian Olympic representative Larry Cain in a reversal of the results from 12 months ago. Local gal April Zilg took out the women’s race, going one spot better than in 2014.   → READ MORE

Dates Confirmed for 2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Race, Paddleboarding’s “Pilgrimage to Mecca”

Molokai to Oahu Pule Hawaiian prayer circleThe season is winding down and the SUP world has already begun looking towards 2016, so we’re currently in the middle of rounding up dates for all of next year’s main events. And no date is bigger, or rather, no date is more prestigious than that of the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.

The M2O has taken on mythical proportions in recent years. The 32 mile crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel, aka the Channel of Bones, has become one of the pillars of the international racing season, while the winners become instant legends within the community.   → READ MORE

Where Will the 2016 ISA Worlds Be Held? Meet the 4x Potential Host Nations

ISA SUP World Championship
With the international SUP racing season all but over for another year, attention now starts turning to 2016. And one of the biggest events on the 2016 calendar will surely be the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.

Next year will mark the 5th annual edition of the ISA Worlds, and after a shaky start back in 2012 the event has quickly grown to become a fundamental pillar of the sport. But where exactly will the 2016 event be held? While the host nation hasn’t been locked in yet, here are the four possibilities…   → READ MORE

SUP Racing a Likely Starter in the 2017 World Beach Games

World Beach Games OlympicsStand up paddle racing is on the shortlist of sports for the inaugural World Beach Games, an event that’s designed to be the “Beach Olympics” when it launches in 2017. The event will be held at San Diego’s Mission Beach.

While this will be the first ever World Beach Games, meaning it’s hard to really judge how significant this news is (or how prestigious the event will be), it does seems like another vote of confidence for SUP’s Olympic ambitions.   → READ MORE

2016 Gorge Paddle Challenge Dates Announced

Gorge Paddle Challenge SUP raceWe’ve just gotten word of the dates for the 2016 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, one of the biggest and most beloved races on the international circuit.

If you’ve never been to this race then you really should mark it on your calendar for next next year. It’s a great race but it’s also held an amazing location, with the host town of Hood River definitely one of the cooler little parts of the world to hang out for a week.   → READ MORE

Team Spain Set for 2016 Worlds as Roman Frejo, Susak Molinero Win the National Titles

Stand Up Paddling national titles in Spain (3)One of the ISA regulars, Team Spain, has selected its squad in anticipation of the 2016 Worlds. Starboard’s Roman Frejo and Jimmy Lewis’ Susak Molinero were the big winners at the 2015 Campeonato de España de Sup y Paddleboard, aka the Spanish National Titles for SUP and Paddleboard, which were held in the picture postcard town of Baiona recently.

Click through for recap and results…   → READ MORE