WATCH: Another Downwind Gem from Jeremy Riggs and the Maui Crew

maui-paddleboarding-video-downwindJust a few days after posting footage of that awesome Kihei downwinder, Jeremy Riggs and friends were back at it again earlier this wek, cruising along Maui’s south shore from Kealia to Makena on some jealousy-inducing bumps.

The course from Kealia to Makena (which is basically a ‘Kihei Run’) isn’t as famous as Maui’s legendary Maliko Run on the north shore, but as you can see from the footage above it can be just as much fun.    → READ MORE

James Casey and Kelly Margetts Join ‘Sunova’ as a New Race Team Is Born

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Sunova has officially signed top international athletes James Casey and Kelly Margetts alongside designer Marcus Tardrew, with the Aussie trio helping establish a new race team and completing the long list of new year’s athlete team changes in the process.

With roots in Australia but now based in Thailand, Sunova’s entry comes as the racing scene witnesses a major shakeup, with some of the top teams dropping off while several new boutique brands quickly rise through the ranks.   → READ MORE

Full Results: Danny Ching, Jade Howson Win the Hanohano Race as 350+ Paddlers Take Over San Diego’s Mission Bay

Hanohano paddle boarding raceIn brief: Danny Ching and Jade Howson have taken out the 2017 Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge in San Diego’s Mission Bay.

While Chuck Glynn edged out Thomas Maximus in the unlimited fight for line honours, Mr. 404 won the battle of the 14 footers after leading home Chase Kosterlitz, the Brown Blurrr Dave Boehne, and his young team mate Noa Hopper. Danny also won the 9 mile outrigger race…   → READ MORE

Race Board Stats: 14′ Dominates with 78% Market Share vs. 12’6 (Finally a Common Standard?)

battle-of-the-brands-pacific-paddle-gamesThere’s been a very passionate (but rather boring) debate raging in the SUP racing community over the past few years, with various athletes, brands and event organisers arguing endlessly amongst themselves over a simple foot and a half of foam that’s almost indistinguishable to the casual observer.

To say I’m a little tired of the whole 12’6 vs 14′ board class debate would be an understatement – I think we should be discussing far more important topics such as how to grow grassroots participation and make elite races more exciting – but I was recently asked by a few big events to produce some numbers on 12’6 vs 14, so here they are.    → READ MORE

The WPA Launches ‘World SUP Tour’ Featuring 11 Major Regional and International Races

Carolina Cup paddleboard race 2016 (4b)The World Paddle Association (WPA) has just announced the 12-race World SUP Tour, a new international series that aims to bind many of the sport’s biggest standalone events.

The World SUP Tour (WST) will include three of the ‘majors’ – Carolina Cup, Gorge Paddle Challenge and Pacific Paddle Games – along with nine regional events in six countries.   → READ MORE

Extended Highlights from the GlaGla Race

GlaGla-paddleboarding-race-videoHere’s the full length edit from last weekend’s big GlaGla Race, where over 300 paddlers enjoyed one of the coldest but most beautiful events on the calendar.

Thanks to the organisers for creating such a crazy fun race. Save the date for next year’s race: January 20th, 2018.   → READ MORE

Watch Jeremy Riggs’ Downwind Dream Run on Maui’s South Shore

maui downwind stand up paddleboarding videoTake a ride along Maui’s south shore with Jeremy Riggs and watch as the downwind guru scores a dream downwinder on the Kihei Run.

With a wind advisory forecasting 50 knots, Jeremy joined his friends and fellow downwind experts Randy Royse and Devin Blish for a memorable session.   → READ MORE

Epic Drone Footage from the 350-Strong ‘GlaGla’ Race

GlaGla-paddleboard-race-FranceTake a look at this unreal footage from yesterday’s big GlaGla Race in the French Alps, where Martin Letourneur, Leo Nika and Olivia Piana led a field of over 300 paddlers around a very cold but very beautiful Lake Annecy.

The sight of hundreds of paddlers charging off the start line is absolutely amazing   → READ MORE

Watch: The Red ‘Dragon’ Unleashed in the French Alps

Red-Dragon-paddleboarding-videoCheck out this awesome drone footage from today’s GlaGla Race here in the French Alps, featuring the crazy 22ft inflatable from Red Paddle Co known as the Dragon.

In case you haven’t been following this story over the past few months, the ‘Dragon’ is a 22ft long behemoth that’s been designed for a unique style of teams racing.    → READ MORE