Add This To Your Calendar Right Now: Carolina Cup Announces Dates For 2016

Carolina Cup stand up paddle race 2015Whip out your calendar and pencil tattoo in these dates right now: The 2016 Carolina Cup is happening from April 19-24.

Race day will be Saturday April 23rd, however the Carolina “festival” will run from Tuesday to Sunday, with clinics, demos, movie premieres and all the other associated festivities making for six straight days of paddling goodness.   → READ MORE

Riviera’s Beautiful ‘Race The Lake’ Highlights Reel

Race The Lake of the Sky Riviera Lake Tahoe videoWhat do you get when you combine one of the world’s funnest and most beautiful paddling destinations, one of the world’s biggest and most beloved races, and a drone?

You get Riviera’s “Race The Lake of the Sky” highlights reel, obviously.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Full Replay Of The Payette River Games Cable TV Broadcast

Payette River Games CBS TV broadcast replayWell this is a nice treat. Just days after the Payette River Games had its momentous world premiere on CBS Sports Network, the event organisers have given us an early Christmas present: You can watch a full replay of the broadcast online. Right here, right now.

Click through to watch…   → READ MORE

Following A Massive Month Of Racing, Big Changes To The World Rankings

Stand Up Paddle World Rankings 1
Following the completion of the Euro Tour, the massive Payette River Games and a string of other international-level events, there’s been plenty of movement on the SUP Racer World Rankings. Click through for our detailed analysis of the latest changes to the Men’s Top 100 and Women’s Top 50 Leaderboard…   → READ MORE

What You Missed In… Hawaii: Mo Freitas, Terrene Black Win The Independence Day Race

Da Hui Paddle Race OahuThis is part of our “What You Missed In…” series that we’ll be running today, where we update a bunch of races that we failed to cover in the past few weeks.

The Independence Day Race: Now in its 37th year, it’s safe to say this event is now an annual tradition on Oahu’s iconic North Shore. The race, part downwind race, part day out at the beach, attracted over 400 paddlers once again this year. But finishing on top of the pile was Mo Freitas, who’s probably still on a high after his beyond-epic win at the Payette River Games a couple of weeks prior.    → READ MORE

What You Missed In… Finland: Casper Wins In The North

Stand Up World Series SUP raceThis is part of our “What You Missed In…” series that we’ll be running today, where we update a bunch of races that we failed to cover over the past few weeks.

After the Stand Up World Series finally got started in Barcelona last week, the franchise leapt straight over to Finland for event number two, the Sieravuori SUP Masters, on July 3rd & 4th.   → READ MORE

What You Missed In… Spain: Connor Continues His European Domination

Barcelona Stand Up World SEriesThis is part of our “What You Missed In…” series that we’ll be running today, where we update a bunch of races that we failed to cover in the past few weeks.

After a string of delays and cancellations, the 2015 Stand Up World Series finally got started in Barcelona two weeks ago (June 27/28), with Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby proving too strong for the well assembled field of elite athletes.   → READ MORE

The Verdict: Payette River Games On CBS Sports (Good? Bad? Totally Awesome?)

Payette River Games CBSIn case you’ve been living under a rock the past week, you’d know that Saturday was the world premiere of the Payette River Games on CBS Sports Network.

I was up in Idaho last month and got to witness the PRGs in all their glory. In person, the 2015 Payette River Games was an awesome spectacle. Not only is it one of the most well organised races in the world, the PRGs are definitely one of the most exciting to watch. It’s perhaps the most exciting race in the world of SUP racing. So buoyed by the real world excitement and emotion, I was very interested to see how Payette would look on the small screen…   → READ MORE

The Euro Tour: Final Rankings, Recap And Insights From The European Summer of SUP As Connor Baxter And Sonni Honscheid Claim The Crowns

Port Adriano SUP Race FB
Belatedly, and with apologies for the delay, the final Euro Tour Leaderboard has been revealed. Following last week’s season-ender in Namur, which concluded eight races in six weeks across seven different nations, the rankings have been updated. Below is an extended recap of the entire “European Summer of SUP” adventure, including the top performers at each race and the overall Top 10 on the Euro Tour Leaderboard. Read through it and relive the memories if you have time, or if not just skip straight to the Euro Tour Leaderboard to see the final rankings from Europe 2015.   → READ MORE

Why Laird Hamilton’s Naked Photo Shoot For ESPN Is Kind Of A Big Deal For SUP

laird hamilton naked stand up paddling espnAnd now for something completely different: Laird Hamilton stand up paddling naked with his wife and former Olympian Gabby Reece.

In what’ll surely be one of the most-liked Instasups of the year, Laird and Gabby recently posed for ESPN’s famous “Body Issue” magazine, which hits newsstands tomorrow but has been breaking the internet all week.   → READ MORE

Europe Is Coming

Lost Mills stand up paddling race in GermanyOne of the major casualties of SUP Racer’s recent “With apologies…” mini-hiatus was Europe.

Over the past few weeks there’s been virtually non-stop racing action in Euro land. From the Euro Tour to the World Series to a hundred other local races in every corner of the continent. The European summer of SUP is alive and well, not that you’d know it from reading our patchy coverage recently.   → READ MORE

REMINDER: Payette River Games Premieres On CBS Sports Network This Saturday

Payette RIver Games CBS Sports NetworkThis Saturday will be a momentous day for the sport of stand up paddling, though most of the top athletes won’t even get their feet wet. Instead, they’ll be crowded round the telly, tuning in for the world premiere of the Payette River Games on CBS Sports Network.

The Payette River Games, or PRGs, offer perhaps the single most entertaining spectacle in our sport, so I’m pretty damn excited to see how it looks on the small screen.

WATCH: Rogue’s Epic Edit From The Payette River Games

Payette River Games videoCheck out this rad little clip from the Payette River Games, which comes from the fun-loving crew over at Rogue SUP.

The video features Rogue team riders Fernando Stalla and Josh Riccio in action, along with some guy throwing an axe, Chuck Patterson munching sand, log rolling, beach volleyball and plenty of people drinking beer and having a good time in general. In other words: Does a pretty good job of summing up what the Payette River Games are all about.   → READ MORE

WATCH: A Stand Up Paddle Race Story (Chase Kosterlitz’s “Race The Lake of the Sky” Edit)

Stand Up Paddle racing videoNow here’s a different race recap video for you. Watch Chase Kosterlitz tell the story of his weekend up at Race The Lake of the Sky, his last race before wife Sarah gives birth to their first child (and one he performed pretty solidly in).

This isn’t your standard, full-of-action-shots kind of edit. Definitely a little unique. But everyone always sees what happens on the water so I think it’s cool to look behind the scenes and get some insights from one of the best.   → READ MORE

Race The Lake: Danny Ching, Annabel Anderson And The Entire Sport Triumph At Tahoe

Race The Lake of the Sky 2015Last weekend saw one of the biggest and most beloved races in America light up South Lake Tahoe: The 2015 edition of Race The Lake of the Sky.

In what has become a true festival of stand up paddling, Race The Lake again attracted hundreds of competitors to one of the most scenic paddling destinations on the planet. As in years past, the crowd was an interesting mix of first timers, weekend warriors and a few very high profile international stars of the sport.   → READ MORE