Andrea Moller Wins 7th Straight OluKai Crown, Connor Baxter Makes It Four-In-A-Row Ahead Of Travis Grant And Dave Kalama

OluKai race Connor Baxter
Connor Baxter has won his 4th straight OluKai title, claiming a strong victory ahead of Travis Grant, Dave Kalama, Travis Baptiste and Danny Ching. Minutes after Connor crossed the line, Andrea Moller triumphed in the women’s race for an extraordinary 7th straight year, further extending the greatest winning streak in the sport of stand up paddling.

Click through for full results + the updated World Rankings…   → READ MORE

Battle Of The Paddle: Thank You For The Memories, Sparky

Battle of the Paddle SparkyWith the sudden, but not totally unsurprising announcement yesterday that Rainbow Sandals has cancelled the Battle of the Paddle (at least the 2015 edition, and most likely indefinitely), the SUP racing world is currently in a state of shock/mourning/confusion. But as the dust settles and the speculation begins, we shouldn’t lose sight of one thing. Our gratitude.

No matter what happens next, we should all be grateful to the Rainbow Sandals crew for what they’ve given us. The Battle of the Paddle has been an amazing ride and has given us timeless memories, memories that will never fade.   → READ MORE

Rainbow Sandals Just Cancelled The Battle Of The Paddle: Now What?

Battle of the Paddle has been cancelled
Just minutes ago, Rainbow Sandals head honcho Jay “Sparky” Longley sent the following email to the paddling community, announcing the cancellation of the 2015 Battle of the Paddle and putting the entire future of the iconic race in limbo.

Sparky and his Rainbows Sandals team created the BOP in 2008 and have largely funded it every year since. Literally overnight, the Battle became the biggest race in the sport and has only grown in stature since. The BOP is the one race a year that every elite paddler shows up at. It’s the Super Bowl of SUP.

The Battle of the Paddle has been the anchor that gives the entire SUP racing season a foundation, however suddenly that anchor has been lifted up and the sport cast adrift. Suddenly, there’s a very big hole in the racing calendar.   → READ MORE

OluKai Preview: Will Andrea Make It Seven Straight? And Can Anyone Catch Connor?

OluKai Ho stand up paddle race MauiWe’re still coming down from the high that was Carolina, however there’s no rest for the world’s best as we move straight into the next big race of the season. A solid group of stand up paddling’s top guys and girls have descended on Maui this week, where in 48 hours they’ll be hitting the famous Maliko downwind run for the 7th annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a.

Since the inaugural edition way back in 2009, OluKai has become one of the biggest, best and longest-running SUP races in the world. But can anyone stop Connor and Andrea from continuing their supreme dominance of this event?    → READ MORE

WATCH: Rogue’s Awesome Edit From The Carolina Cup

Carolina Cup Stand Up Paddleboard race video 2015Check out this awesome little highlights reel from the Carolina Cup. Courtesy of the Rogue SUP crew, this clip does a great job of capturing the intensity of the infamous Graveyard Race.

Very sharp edit. That slow-mo sequence at 0:20 looks like a bunch of ancient warriors about to charge into battle…   → READ MORE

SUP Racer World Rankings: Post-Carolina Analysis

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As expected, the SUP Racer World Rankings saw a lot of movement after the epic Carolina Cup on Saturday. Part race, part reunion, part festival of stand up paddling, the Carolina Cup has become one of the most significant and important events in our sport. It’s also one of the biggest gatherings of elite talent in the world.

Click through to see how it impacted the current World Rankings…   → READ MORE

Carolina Cup: Travis Grant, Annabel Anderson Win In Style As The SUP World Celebrates The First Major Race Of The Season

2015 Carolina Cup SUP results
Done. What an epic race that was. Congratulations to Travis Grant and Annabel Anderson – 2015 Carolina Cup CHAMPIONS. Massive effort from Danny Ching and Sonni Honscheid to claim the runner-up positions, and really any paddler in the Top 10/Top 20 deserves a medal. That was hectic out there.

Click through for full results and a full replay of the live webcast…   → READ MORE

Bart de Zwart’s Epic Round-The-World Odyssey (Part I)

Bart de Zwart stand up paddling around the worldIs it just me, or is Bart de Zwart one of the most inspiring guys in the world?

Bart is currently on a round-the-world trip with photographer Franz Orsi, visiting and paddling in some of the most remote destinations on earth. The world tour includes stops in Micronesia, Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Istanbul, and finally to Mexico, where Bart will meet up with the rest of the paddling world (and compete) at the ISA World Champs.   → READ MORE

60 Seconds With Fernando Stalla: The Worlds, The BOP, And… Tinder

Fernando Stalla stand up paddlingCheck out this great little interview with full-time stand up paddler and part-time Tarzan body double, Fernando Stalla.

The Rogue SUP team rider has a solid reputation for adding plenty of flair (and a few other things) to every SUP race he’s at. But Fernando is also one of the most talented guys on the water…   → READ MORE

WATCH: Recap (And Results) From The New South Wales State Titles

Stand Up Paddle board race New South WalesNice little recap of the BOP race at last weekend’s Ocean and Earth Southern Cross SUP Festival, aka the New South Wales State Titles. This event was the first qualifier on the pathway to the 2015 Aussie Titles, which ultimately decides who’ll represent Team Australia at next year’s Worlds.

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