WORLD RANKINGS: Beau O’Brian Moves Inside The Top 10, But Get Ready For More Changes Next Weekend

Stand Up Paddle World Rankings - 2014 November
Following the action at The Doctor on the weekend, we’ve seen some slight movement in the SUP RACER WORLD RANKINGS.

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.

You can jump straight to the latest Stand Up Paddle World Rankings or click through and get some interesting insights on the latest round of updates…   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Beau O’Brian Narrowly Defeats Travis Grant @ “The Doctor” – Angie Jackson Women’s Champ

The Doctor Ocean Race Perth Western AustraliaBeau O’Brian has just taken out The Doctor downwind race in Perth, Western Australia, beating home Travis Grant in a near photo finish and taking a major win that has been some time in the coming.

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

Watch The Battle Of The Paddle Brazil In 2 Minutes

Battle of the Paddle Brazil videoIf you’re the type of paddler that can’t sit still for more than two minutes, this little promo video from last weekend’s Battle of the Paddle Brasil should suit you nicely.

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

“King Of The Cut” Set To Headline Biggest Ever Week Of Racing In Australia (It’s Aussie Downwind Week!)

King of the Cut stand up paddleboard raceThis 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 & Nakoa Decoite Officially Join Team Riviera

Talia Decoite Battle of the PaddleRiviera Paddlesurf officially welcomed Talia & Nakoa Decoite to their team today, with the always-smiling couple joining a fast growing lineup of athletes paddling for the SoCal brand.

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

Announcing The Ft. DeSoto Paddle Roundup And Shore Explore: Part SUP Race, Part Holiday, Part Eco-Weekend

Ft. DeSoto Park stand up paddlingA 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

88 Cool Photos From The Battle Of The Paddle Brazil

Battle of the Paddle Brazil (12)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

Battle Of The Paddle Brazil: Mo Freitas, Candice Appleby Make It A Clean Sweep (While Fernando Stalla Steals The Beach Flags)

Battle of the Paddle Brazil (62)
Done. That was a fun weekend. Congratulations to Candice Appleby and Mo Freitas for making it a clean sweep of the event, with fighting efforts from Bicho Jimenez, Fernando Stalla and Laura Quetglas.

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

WATCH: Full Length TV Feature On Downwinding In Cape Town

Cape Town Downwinder stand up paddle boardingCape 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

Kenny Kaneko And Takayo Yokoyama Win The All Japan SUP Championships

All Japan SUP Championships 2014Boss 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

Mo, Vinni And The Animal Warm Up For BOP Brasil With The Rocky Man Race

Stand Up Paddle Rio de JaneiroI’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

SIC Maui Announces ‘Grom Search’ To Find And Develop Tomorrow’s Champion Paddlers

SIC Grom SearchLast week the crew at SIC annnounced a cool new initiative: The SIC Maui Grom Search.

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

Brian Szymanski Talks About His New Boards

Brian Szymanski Stand Up Paddleboard shaperWanna know how/why a 12’6 looks like a 12’6? Then check out this great clip featuring SUP ATX/Lahui Kai head shaper Brian Szymanski.

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