Countdown to Carolina: Get Excited for This Year’s Race by Watching Quickblade’s Brilliant Edit from 2015

Carolina Cup Stand Up Paddleboard race video 2015We’re just over a week away from the first major race of the season, with dozens of the world’s best and hundreds of weekend warriors set to wake up the sleepy hollow of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina for the 7th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup on Saturday April 22nd.

We’ll bring you the race LIVE next Saturday with our Carolina Cup Facebook Live Stream presented by Quickblade Paddles, and between now and then we’re going full Carolina Central with daily updates and insights ahead of the big dance.   → READ MORE

A Brief History of the Carolina Cup: Here’s Every Champion (and Podium-Getter) from 2011-2016

Carolina CupThe Countdown to Carolina is officially underway, with almost all of the world’s best paddlers getting ready to hop on a plane to Wilmington, North Carolina for the 7th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup aka the first major race of the season.

This year’s event is set to be the most competitive yet, with an absolutely stacked field of elite talent joining hundreds of amateur paddlers for a major festival of stand up paddling.    → READ MORE

Countdown to Carolina: 10 Days ’til the First Major Race of the Season

Carolina Cup

The annual pilgrimage to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina is about to begin again with the first major race of the season just 10 days away.

Featuring a mammoth 7-star rating and virtually all of the world’s top paddlers, the 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup is going to be next level. Connor, Boothy, Mo, Travis, Titou, Danny, Georges, the list goes on and on…   → READ MORE

Alpine Lakes Tour, Stage 2: The Teulade Brothers Dominate a “Very Flat Race” in France

Alpine-Lakes-Tour-paddleboarding-videoFollowing the massive success of the GlaGla race back in January, the second stage of the 2017 Alpine Lakes Tour took place on the weekend at Lake Aiguebelette (no, I can’t pronounce it either) in the French Alps.

Aiguebelette is a famously quiet lake in a nature reserve where the wind hardly blows and motorboats are forbidden, which makes for dead flat water conditions. It’s actually famous for its rowing events with the world championships taking place here a couple of years ago.    → READ MORE

Full Results: Mo Freitas Defeats Josh Riccio in Photo Finish to Claim the Big ‘Rincon Beachboy’ Race; April Zilg Women’s Champ

Rincon-Beachboy-paddleboard-race-Puerto-Rico-8Mo Freitas and April Zilg have taken out the 2017 Rincon Beachboy as 340 paddlers descended upon postcard perfect Puerto Rico for the 9th Annual edition of this classic race.

After just over an hour of paddling, Mo edged out the in-form Josh Riccio in a photo finish as hundreds of spectators lined the beach, while Aussie veteran Kelly Margetts held off young Frenchman Martin Letourneur by a similarly narrow margin in the fight for third; Garrett Fletcher rounded out the top five podium after outlasting Ryan Helm.   → READ MORE

Yoann Cronsteadt Upsets Tahiti’s Finest to Win Air France Paddle Festival; Sonni Hönscheid Women’s Champ (Full Results)

Air-France-Paddle-Festival-TahitiIn brief: Yoann Cronsteadt has upset the titans of Tahitian stand up paddling to claim the 2-star Air France Paddle Festival ahead of his well-known brother Georges and fellow internationals Steeve Teihotaata and Rete Ebb, while Sonni Honscheid has saluted in the women’s race.

Click through to see the full results from Tahiti…   → READ MORE

Zane Schweitzer Defends His ‘Ultimate Waterman’ Crown in New Zealand

Zane-Schweitzer-ultimate-watermanZane Schweitzer has gone back-to-back at The Ultimate Waterman in New Zealand, defending the title he first won 12 months ago after a close battle all week with Australia’s Jackson Maynard and Brazilian Caio Vaz across the eight surfing, racing and strength disciplines. World number one Connor Baxter was fourth overall after taking out the SUP race for the third year in a row.   → READ MORE

Last Week: ‘Speed Freak’ Slater Trout Triumphed in Santa Cruz; Fiona Wylde Women’s Champ

Slater-Trout-paddleboardingIn brief: Slater Trout took out the 2-star Santa Cruz Paddlefest ahead of a small but highly competitive field last week, with the Infinity ‘Speed Freaks’ team rider returning to the top of the podium and showing early form ahead of a big race season to come.

The move sends Slater back inside the exclusive top 20 club on the World Rankings.   → READ MORE