The most notable change is Beau O’Brian leapfrogging Zane Schweitzer and Casper Steinfath to move inside the Top 10. Following his win, which was one of his best 5 results from the past 12 months, Beau is now ranked #9 in the world. However with two big races next weekend set to count for ranking points, there are plenty more changes to come before the end of the year.
Incredibly, after more than 2 hours of ocean paddling, the two downwind experts hit the beach at the exact same time. Beau was quicker up the beach though, out-sprinting the former Molokai-2-Oahu champion to the line. → READ MORE
It’s only 1 minute, 45 seconds but shows pretty much everything from the weekend (except for the epic Beach Flags tournament, which is strangely absent…). → READ MORE
This Saturday, 29th November, sees the start of what will probably be the biggest week of SUP racing Australia has ever seen. In the space of eight days, Western Australia will play host to four different ocean races. It’ll also play host to pretty much all of Australia’s finest paddlers plus a bunch of elite internationals. While Hawaii is home to Downwind Month in July, this could be Australia’s answer: Aussie Downwind Week.
Australia has always been an anomaly in the SUP racing world: The land down under has produced a solid chunk of the world’s elite athletes, however its racing scene is a relative minnow compared to what’s happening in California/Florida/Hawaii/Europe/etc. But that could change with the following four events lining up in a row for the first time: → READ MORE
Talia Decoite (née Gangini) is one most-reconisable young women in the sport. She won the 2012 Molokai-2-Oahu race and has been a fixture at most of the big events since she was a youngster. → READ MORE
A new stand up paddling event has just been announced for Florida in 2015. Part SUP race, part holiday, part eco-sustainability-weekend, the Ft. DeSoto Paddle Roundup and Shore Explore has only just been revealed but already this race is looking promising…
Florida seems to be the new mecca for stand up paddling. While the sport largely grew out of California and has since flourished in places like Europe and Hawaii, I don’t think anywhere gets bigger numbers to more races than Florida. The state is already home to several good races and now there’s another one to look forward to. → READ MORE
The Battle of the Paddle Brazil has come and gone for another year. This year’s event, in the new location of Florianopolis, was a helluva lotta fun. We had sun. We had waves. We had crowds. We had Beach Flags…
Congratulations to Mo Freitas and Candice Appleby for their elite wins, and thanks again to the organisers for looking after us and pulling off a major event. Floripa is a beautiful part of the world and I can’t wait to come back next year. → READ MORE
Click through for results, pics, video and to relive the live blog play-by-play. Oh and congratulations to Stalla for very narrowly edging me out in the epic main event: The Beach Flags Showdown. → READ MORE
Kai Lenny vs Slater Trout: Who will get to 60,000 Instagram followers first? And is this the most important SUP race of the year?
I think so…
There’s so much at stake: Pride. Glory. The fleeting attention of thousands of iPhone-wielding teenage girls. → READ MORE
Cape Town, South Africa may just be the best/worst kept secret in the world of stand up paddling. This part of the world scores firing winds on a regular basis and is home to one of the best downwind runs you could imagine. Cape Town also plays host to the PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series, one of the most prolific and longest-running local races series I know of.
Well if you want an insight into downwinding in South Africa, check out this great full length feature that just got released… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Japan is one of the new frontiers in the world of stand up paddling. They have a fast-growing, super stoked paddling community that features some serious talent. I predict 2015 will see a lot of elite international talent heading to the Land of the Rising Sun to compete…
On the weekend it was the locals’ turn to shine, as we saw the national titles and a spot on Team Japan for the 2015 ISA SUP World Championship in Mexico up for grabs. Here’s a recap and photos thanks to the event organisers. → READ MORE
I’m down here in beautiful Florianopolis getting ready for next weekend’s Battle of the Paddle Brasil. This country has an amazing ocean culture and stand up paddling is really starting to take off around here. The Battle will be one of the highlights, however the BOP is only one of many races in this part of the world.
Last weekend another SUP race was held in Rio de Janeiro, though it certainly wasn’t your standard event… As part of the crazy, multi-sport adventure race known as Rocky Man, several of Brazil’s finest (and a few international stars) paddled around Rio’s Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. → READ MORE
Working with the Orange County-based Paddle Academy, SIC’s Grom Search will select one boy and one girl to join their Junior Development Team. The idea is to find two smart, focused, up-and-coming youngsters that wanna further develop their stand up paddling skills and get a glimpse into what being a pro SUP’er is all about. → READ MORE
Yes, it’s basically an ad for Lahui Kai, but it’s also got some great insights from one of the most respected paddleboard shapers in the world. Click through to watch… → READ MORE