Synchronised paddling, anyone?
Carolina isn’t just about SUP: the outrigger canoes and surfskis took over on Sunday for another loop around the infamous Graveyard course.
Pictured above are Danny Ching, Ryland Hart, Georges Cronsteadt and Travis Grant in perfect formation. How good is that shot? You couldn’t set that up if you tried. → READ MORE
Full results from today’s epic Elite Graveyard Race here at the 2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach.
An amazing day of racing with so many incredible stories. SUPConnect has a great recap of the day’s action, while we’ll be sharing our insights over the coming days. For now, here are the full results including the all-important points for The Paddle League World Rankings. → READ MORE
In brief: Sonni Hönscheid has shown she’ll be very hard to stop in the hunt for The Paddle League World Title this season, taking out today’s Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup and recording her second straight victory after a similarly-dominant display in Tahiti two weeks ago.
Despite going up against one of the strongest women’s fields ever assembled, Sonni was in a class of her own today. She reeled in the fast-starting Fiona Wylde after the first mile before breaking away 30 minutes later and paddling the final eight miles solo. The German powerhouse crossed the line three minutes clear of impressive runner-up Olivia Piana while Fiona was all smiles in third.
There were fantastic performances right throughout the field, with most competitors describing the conditions as “fun” despite the grueling nature of the ‘Graveyard’ course. Strong north-east winds whipped up solid downwind bumps for the final three miles, with hometown hero April Zilg looking strong in fourth place and fast-finishing Seychelle rounding out the elite top five.
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In brief: Michael Booth has survived a nail-biting finish to win the 2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, outlasting fast finishes from Travis Grant and Mo Freitas after two hours of epic racing around Wrightsville Beach this afternoon.
Boothy powered home in the final three miles – which turned into a full downwind leg this year – to claim “The biggest win of my career so far” and redeem himself for a poor performance here 12 months ago as well as a very frustrating runner-up finish in Tahiti two weeks ago.
The win sends Boothy to the top of The Paddle League World Rankings and cements him as one of the clear favourites for this year’s world title.
The front pack of 18 guys stuck together for the first 10 miles of the race, with the pace fairly calm and mellow in the flat water back straights, however the field scattered in the final open ocean leg. Only Travis and Mo along with Titouan Puyo could match Boothy’s pace, however despite throwing everything at the Aussie powerhouse in the final minute, Trav and Mo had to settle for second and third respectively just a few seconds behind the winner.
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We’re just 48 hours out from race day at the Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup here in the sleepy-hollow-turned-paddling-mecca that is Wrightsville Beach.
With its mix of elite superstars and everyday paddlers combined with a festival setup and early-season “reunion” atmosphere, Carolina is always a special stop on the circuit. This year, however, the cake’s got a nice little cherry on top in the form of The Paddle League World Tour, which aims to give the sport a solid foundation and help support/elevate these classic races such as Carolina–the events that act as true pillars of our sport.
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As the countdown continues to this weekend’s big Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, we just finished our “Fireside Chat” Facebook Live stream with the NSP/Surftech crew here in Wrightsville Beach.
Watch a full replay above to hear from two-time defending champ Titouan Puyo, Molokai hero Travis Grant, last week’s giant-killer Marcus Hansen and the legend Joe Bark, then tune in for the race day livestream from 10am Saturday.
The Alpine Lakes Tour in France has once again delivered on the double: a great event and a great recap video.
The Tour, which begins each year with the almighty GlaGla Race and includes the epic “BAT Race,” continued on the weekend with the aptly-named Very Flat Race, which takes place on placid Lake Aiguebelette in the French Alps.
This year’s event was dominated by the Teulade Brothers, while the day also featured the epic Red Dragon showdown (we’ll be at the Dragon World Championship at the end of August).
The Road to Wrightsville is almost complete, with the 8th Annual Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup and second stop of The Paddle League World Tour just days away.
The paddleboarding world is currently making its annual pilgrimage to sleepy Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and we’ll be there all week to take you behind the scenes.
So stay tuned for previews, insights and interviews from this festival of paddling, then sit back and watch the big dance LIVE on The Paddle League at 10am Saturday. Click through to find out when to tune in around the world… → READ MORE
Great highlights from the first stop of The Paddle League World Tour, where Marcus Hansen and Sonni Honscheid produced memorable victories and hundreds of paddlers enjoyed a swelteringly-hot day on the water.
If you’re having trouble loading the video on mobile, click here to watch directly on Facebook.