FULL RESULTS: Connor Baxter Wins 5th Straight ‘OluKai’ Crown, Sonni Hönscheid Claims Women’s Title

OluKai stand up paddleboard race Maui
Connor Baxter has won his 5th straight OluKai title, defeating an all-star cast of the world’s best downwind paddlers in near-perfect conditions on Maui this afternoon.

After going into the race as red hot favourite – Connor has won every edition of this event stretching back to 2012 – the world number one relished the excellent downwind bumps on the famous Maliko run to finish in a time of 47 minutes, 41 seconds, just a few minutes outside the course record he set in last year’s flawless conditions.   → READ MORE

Heads Up: Registration for the ‘Chattajack’ Race Opens at Midnight Tonight (…and It Usually Sells Out Pretty Quick)

Chattajack paddle race TennesseeJust a friendly public service announcement: Registration for the 2016 Chattajack race, the grueling, 31 mile “Inland Molokai” voyage through the Tennessee River Gorge, opens at midnight tonight.

And you better be quick: Last year the rego sold out in just a few days, putting Chattajack in exclusive company alongside the likes of Molokai and the Paris Crossing — races that sell out soon after they open.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Vinnicius Martins, April Zilg Win Florida’s Key West Classic

Key West Classic paddleboard raceVinnicius Martins from Brazil has taken out the 19th Annual Key West Classic in Florida today, conquering the grueling 12 mile course to defeat Kelly Margetts and Larry Cain.

The JP Australia team rider rebounded from a disappointing finish at Carolina last week, crossing the line ahead of Kelly, who finished top five at Carolina and was our pre-race Key West favourite, and Larry, who was the two-time defending champion at this event.   → READ MORE

Kai Lenny Pushes the Boundaries by Unveiling New Hydrofoil Race Board

Kai Lenny stand up paddle foil boardWhile all eyes are on Maui this weekend to see who will triumph in the 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a, Kai Lenny made us temporarily shift focus after dropping this crazy little nugget on Instagram a few hours ago.

That’s Kai somewhere along the Maliko run (the venue of this weekend’s big race) on what can only be described as a mutant hydrofoil race board.   → READ MORE

Preview and Predictions: OluKai and Key West Set to Headline Another Big Weekend of Racing

OluKai race Connor BaxterWe’re still coming down from the high of Carolina, but there’s no time to rest as the paddling world heads straight into another big weekend of racing. From the Key West Classic in Florida to the big downwind showdown on Maui, there will be plenty of results to keep track of on Saturday.

Here’s a quick preview and a few not-so-bold predictions…   → READ MORE

OluKai 2016: 48 Hours Til the Big Downwind Showdown on Maui

Olukai downwind race paddleboarding Maui HawaiiExactly 48 hours til the big downwind showdown on Maui: The 8th Annual OluKai​ Ho’olaule’a on the world famous Maliko run.

Will Connor Baxter make it five in a row? Or can Travis Grant give him something to chase? Will the local guns fire? Kalama, Riggs, Menelau, Riccio, Kerbox – there’s no shortage of downwind talent on Maui. Will Kai Lenny lineup for his first race of the season? And will Travis Baptiste continue his tradition of punching above his weight from the stock class this year? Also keep a very close eye on Aussie boys Matt Nottage and James Casey to do some real damage.   → READ MORE

47 Awesome Photos That Tell the Hidden Stories of the 2016 Carolina Cup

Carolina Cup 2016Carolina is done and dusted for another year, however I think we’ll be talking about this race for a while yet.

The 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech had a bit of everything, from the all-star cast of world renowned athletes to the fresh faced dark horses looking to make a name for themselves. Throw in an unexpected swell that caused a bit of chaos at the start, and you had one hell of a race around Wrightsville Beach.   → READ MORE

Congratulations Titouan Puyo, Annabel Anderson — Champions of the 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup (FULL RESULTS)

Carolina Cup
Titouan Puyo and Annabel Anderson have triumphed over an all-star field of paddlers to claim the 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup here in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, with the infamous Elite Graveyard Race living up to its reputation by serving competitors a challenging mixture wind, waves and currents across 13 miles of ocean and flat water racing.   → READ MORE

The Dark Horses: 16 Paddlers to Watch in 2016

James Casey stand up paddleboardingThese are exciting times for the world of stand up paddle racing, with fresh faces and new names set to energise the sport and shake up the world rankings this year.

With dozens of world class athletes crossing over from other sports and a new generation of hungry juniors eager to prove themselves, I believe we’re on the verge of a new wave of elite paddling talent. So with the first major race of the season just six days away, it’s time for a bit of crystal ball gazing to predict who will make the biggest leap up the leaderboard in 2016.   → READ MORE

Why the Carolina Cup Is Your Best Chance to Learn Directly from the Pros

Carolina Cup paddleboard raceThe Carolina Cup isn’t just a race. The annual pilgrimage to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina signals not only one of the largest, most competitive and most significant events on the international calendar, it’s also probably your best opportunity to learn from some of the world’s fastest and most talented paddlers.

The Carolina Cup isn’t just a race, it’s a true festival of paddling, and one of the best features of the festival are the clinics.   → READ MORE

The Incredible Story of Nicolas Jarossay’s Abandoned Attempt to Paddle Across the Atlantic Ocean

Nicolas Jarossay Stand Up Paddle TransatlantiqueLast weekend, Frenchman Nicolas Jarossay boldly attempted to become the first person to stand up paddle across the Atlantic Ocean, however his brave voyage ended almost as soon as it began, with equipment failure forcing him to be rescued in rather dramatic fashion.

The 4,690km (2,915 miles) solo, unsupported crossing was expected to take 70-80 days, with Nicolas departing from Cape Verde (off the north west coast of Africa) and hoping to reach the Caribbean island of Martinique by the end of June. But instead of almost 5,000kms, Nicolas made it just 50kms before his historic crossing (and almost his life) ended in an instant.   → READ MORE

Tahoe’s Beloved “Race the Lake of the Sky” Postponed Until 2017

Race The Lake of the Sky SUP Lake TahoeRace the Lake of the Sky, one of the largest and most beloved events in the world of stand up paddling, has officially been put on hold for this year but will return in the summer of 2017.

Event founder and organiser Chris Brackett announced the news this morning, which will be met with disappointment from the hundreds of paddlers that made the annual trek to enjoy a huge festival of paddling surrounded by Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty.   → READ MORE

The Carolina Cup: 10 Days Til the First Major Race of the Season

Carolina Cup stand up paddleboard raceThe countdown is on. In just 10 days’ time, the majority of the world’s best paddlers, along with hundreds of weekend warriors, beginners, industry insiders, media folk, and fans of the sport in general, will descend on the sleepy hollow of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, for the 2016 Carolina Cup.

Over the years, the Carolina Cup has grown from a regional contest into one of the world’s largest, most competitive and most significant stand up paddle events. But it’s about so much more than just the racing…   → READ MORE