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
Watching 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
Just 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 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 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
It’s another big weekend of SUP racing around the world, with the northern summer heating up and great events happening everywhere from Europe to California to Hawaii and plenty more places in between.
Can anybody catch Connor in Hawaii? And will the Italians continue their domination of the EuroTour podium? Let’s take a closer look… → READ MORE
After 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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In 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
As we drove from Helsinki Airport north into the Finnish countryside, and as the city buildings gave way first to regional towns and then to nothing at all, I wondered: Why on earth are we coming here for a SUP race?
By the end of the week I didn’t want to leave… → READ MORE
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
Time 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
One 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
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
In 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
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