After a year that feels like it started half a decade ago, we’re finally about to bring the curtain down on season 2016, with the ‘last big weekend of the year’ set to feature points races in Paris and Perth and a torturous specialty event in Tahiti.
Here’s a quick at what’s in store over the next couple of days… → READ MORE
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of team racing in sports that are otherwise an individual pursuit.
For example, I never really understood the Tour de France growing up and in turn never much cared for it. But after watching it closely one summer and understanding how it all works, I came to be fascinated by the spectacle. And there’s surely nothing more fascinating in the Tour de France than the teams.
So why don’t we see the same thing in SUP racing? → READ MORE
In one of the more interesting stories behind the news this week, it seems the Quickblade Trifecta paddle has taken the first trifecta of its own, with the top three guys at The Doctor race in West Oz on the weekend – Titouan Puyo (NSP), Marcus Hansen (NSP) and Lincoln Dews (JM) – all using the famous blade.
It’s hardly the first time Team QB has swept the podium – they’re the winningest paddle brand by a solid margin – but any time they’ve made a clean sweep of a big race in the past, it’s always been with a mixture of their current flagships, the V-Drive and the Trifecta. → READ MORE
You know those kind of people that do something great and then sit back, relax and enjoy the afterglow? Kai Lenny is not one of those people.
The superstar of SUP seems to have hit after hit these days. Just a week after scoring one of the most talked about SUP racing videos of the year via his freakish performance in Fiji, Kai is already back home on Maui creating more internet-breaking clips. This time he’s dropped the paddle but it’s still fairly close to the world of stand up paddling: Downwinding the Maliko run. The twist? Kai does it on a shortboard… → READ MORE
Travis Grant is up for a gong at the 2016/2017 World Paddle Awards, and now you can vote and help give this humble Aussie champion some of the recognition he deserves in the wider paddling world.
Trav, who now calls Oahu home, has certainly stamped his name in the history books after winning races all round the world over the past few years. But nowhere has he stamped it stronger than in his adopted home of Hawaii, in particular around the almighty Molokai 2 Oahu race. → READ MORE
Titouan Puyo has just won ‘The Doctor’ race in Perth, edging out NSP team mate Marcus Hansen in the opening event of “Aussie Downwind Week” after more than two and a half hours of flat, hot and grueling ocean paddling.
Titou completed the 28km (17.4 mile) crossing from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach in a time of 2 hours 32 minutes, just over a minute ahead of Marcus.
Click through for the full results… → READ MORE
Check out this great little clip from the recent Surf Ocean Cup in Seoul, aka the 2nd Annual Korean National SUP Championships, which featured Casper Steinfath and over a hundred stoked out local paddlers.
This looks like one of those events that captures the essence of paddling and reminds us why we got into racing in the first place. Everyone is giving it their all on the water but they’re still smiling and having fun. → READ MORE
While the Aussies comfortably reclaimed the Team Champions Trophy at last week’s ISA Worlds in Fiji, giving them four titles in five years, there was another nation at this year’s championship event that was almost just as dominant and, at least by one measure, even more impressive.
Team France. → READ MORE
Kai Lenny is a certified freak.
Watch this video of Kai closing a massive gap against two world class paddlers on the anchor leg of the Fiji ISA Worlds team relay, earning his nation a gold medal and dethroning the previously unbeaten Australians. → READ MORE