The countdown is on. In just 10 days’ time, the majority of the world’s best paddlers, along with hundreds of weekend warriors, beginners, industry insiders, media folk, and fans of the sport in general, will descend on the sleepy hollow of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, for the 2016 Carolina Cup.
Over the years, the Carolina Cup has grown from a regional contest into one of the world’s largest, most competitive and most significant stand up paddle events. But it’s about so much more than just the racing… → READ MORE
Check out this amazing aerial video from the Aloha Spirit Festival, which was held in Ilhabela, Brazil a couple of weeks ago.
Is it just me, or were drones invented solely for the purpose of making SUP racing look awesome? → READ MORE
Yet another downwind video from Jeremy Riggs, yet another reason for us to be jealous of anyone that lives on Maui.
Jeremy, aka Paddle With Riggs, met up with Livio Menelau and friends for a classic Kihei run the other day, with the boys scoring some pretty epic bumps by the looks of it. → READ MORE
The first ever Atlantic SUP crossing has begun. Just hours ago, Frenchman Nicolas Jarossay started his 4,690km (2,915 miles) journey, which will see him paddle his 21ft board all day every day for the next 2-3 months as he makes his way across the Atlantic from Cape Verde (off the north west coast of Africa) to the Caribbean island of Martinique.
Nicolas departed Cape Verde at noon on Sunday under sunny skies, with a stiff breeze at his back helping propelling his very long (and very heavy) board out into the wide open expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. If all goes to plan, the next time he sees land will be at the end of June… → READ MORE
In brief: Danny Ching and Shae Foudy have won the 2016 Mongoose Cup in Dana Point, California, showing solid early season form ahead of the first big race of the season in Carolina later this month.
Danny made it a clean sweep of the event, with the 404 front man taking out both the 14′ and 12’6 time trials as well as the main event, the “Sport of Kings” sprint race. On the women’s side, Shae made it two from two for Team Riviera by claiming both the 12’6 time trial and the sprints. → READ MORE
In brief: Ryan Helm has taken out the 8th Annual Rincon Beachboy stand up paddleboard race in Puerto Rico, narrowly edging out Josh Riccio for the second week in a row to make it a clean sweep in the Caribbean.
I chatted with Josh after the race and he said it was a great event with a great turnout of stoked paddlers. He had a close battle with Ryan the whole way, switching the lead a couple of times before Helm picked up a bump and paddled clear in the closing stages. → READ MORE
In brief: Tahiti’s Niuhiti Buillard and hometown world number one Annabel Anderson have taken out the 2016 King & Queen of the Harbour race in Auckland, New Zealand.
The annual SUP and surfski race is billed as a downwinder, however this year the water was almost dead flat, making it an absolute grind along the 23km course between Auckland and Waiheke Island… → READ MORE
The 2016 EuroTour lineup has been finalised, with one new race being added to the original baker’s dozen that was announced in January. All up there are now 14 races in 14 weeks across 10 countries, along with $87,000 in combined prize money that many of the world’s best paddlers will be fighting for.
The 2016 EuroTour, presented by Starboard, kicks off in Portugal in early May, then stretches across the entire continent from France to Finland, Portugal to Poreč and plenty of other awesome summer destinations in between, before wrapping up in the UK in early August. → READ MORE
Check out this clip of local paddler Maximo Trinidad, who got a little more than he bargained for while surfing Corner’s Beach in Jupiter, Florida yesterday. Maximo had his GoPro running when a shark smashed into the side of his board just after he took off on a wave, sending him tumbling and producing the classic response of “Holy shit!!”
Hats off to Maximo – he got straight back on his board and paddled out for another wave, apparently unphased by an encounter that probably would’ve sent most people scrambling for the shore. → READ MORE
If you’re a little tired of reading those boring, overly-technical product brochures that talk about stand up paddle board design in some foreign language, you might appreciate this new clip from Starboard.
Instead of using those standard old “cross cut” diagrams that show what’s inside a board, Starboard decided to parody Iron Chef (I think?) in order to show you exactly how their “carbon sandwich” boards are made. → READ MORE
In brief: Ryan Helm has taken out the 3rd annual “Coconut Cup” on the Caribbean island of St. Croix, edging out Josh Riccio and a bunch of adventurous paddlers who clearly enjoyed a paradisaical holiday with a race on the side.
In what can only be described as a “Destination Race,” the Coconut Cup included both a downwinder and a course race, with Floridian-turned-Sayulita-local Ryan making it a clean sweep of the weekend. → READ MORE
In brief: Michael Booth has won yet again, taking out the latest race in Australia to cement his rising reputation as the name to watch on the international scene this year.
Boothy took out both the course race and the downwinder at the Terrigal Haven SUP Classic, an event that was seemingly organised last minute but still attracted a few of Australia’s finest talents. Finishing runner-up in each race was Saucy Jack Classic champion James Casey, while Team Australia’s Toby Cracknell picked up a couple of thirds. → READ MORE
Just a quick heads up: The International Surfing Association has made a slight change to the 2016 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Fiji.
The original dates for the 2016 ISA Worlds, which was announced two weeks ago, were set for November 5th-13th, however it’s now been locked in for November 12th-20th. All national teams were notified of the change this week. → READ MORE
How could we ever forget? The 2014 Battle of the Paddle at Salt Creek was one for the history books.
Not only did it produce some of the craziest
destruction derby SUP racing footage we’ve ever seen, it was also turned out to be the last ever BOP. A fitting farewell for the event that almost single-handedly gave rise to the sport of stand up paddleboard racing. → READ MORE
The EuroTour made the big announcement last week that Starboard has signed on as presenting sponsor for 2016, giving Europe’s premiere racing series a major boost.
The 2016 EuroTour features 13 races across 13 weeks, spanning the breadth of the continent from Croatia to Cornwall, France to Finland and plenty of other cool destinations in between.
The Tour begins in early May and wraps up in late July (see the full 2016 Euro Tour schedule on the, with the “headline acts” appearing in late May/early June. → READ MORE