Aerial Highlights from the Showdown in San Sebastian (EuroTour)

San Sebastian paddleboard race videoCheck out this great little highlights reel from last weekend’s San Sebastian Paddle Tour in the beautiful Basque Country, where Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana claimed Week 6 of the EuroTour.

Despite the bumpy and challenging conditions, this was certainly one of the best events of the Tour so far…   → READ MORE

Battle of the Nations Leaderboard Update

Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race 6We’ve just updated the Battle of the Nations leaderboard with recent results from Europe and California.

Thanks to strong gains from Titouan Puyo, Martin Letourneur, and San Sebastian champ Olivia Piana, Team France moves ahead of NZ into fourth. Plenty of other teams gained points this week, so check out the full country-by-country contest…

Battle of the Brands Leaderboard Update

Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race 4Following a couple of big weeks in Europe and the showdown in Santa Monica, we’ve updated the Battle of the Brands leaderboard to show you which race teams are on a tear and which are trailing off.

NSP holds onto the #2 spot ahead of Naish, however Starboard has extended its already-massive lead at the top of the table. Thanks to Danny Ching and Noa Hopper’s heroics at the Pier, Team 404 is +1 this week and could easily move higher in the coming weeks, while the Infinity Speed Freaks can smell a top 4 spot.

World Rankings: San Sebastian, Santa Monica Update

World Rankings for Stand Up Paddling

The Top 100 and Top 50 leaderboards have been updated following the showdown in San Sebastian and the paddle battle at the Pier.

Danny Ching has started creeping back up to the top territory where he belongs, while Boothy continues his meteoric rise towards the top five. Slater Trout returns to form, with his Infinity team mate Giorgio Gomez joining him in knocking on the door of the top 20. Italy’s Leo Nika has proven to be a top 10 contender over the past month, while Californian young gun Noa Hopper busts into the top 30 for the first time.

Plenty of movement on the women’s rankings as well, so check out the latest SUP Racer World Rankings to see who’s in form and who’s on fire…

EuroTour Leaderboard: San Sebastian Update

San Sebastian paddleboard race 2016We’ve just updated the EuroTour Leaderboard with results from the wild and bumpy showdown in San Sebastian, which, with its unique course, challenging conditions and amazing host city, proved to be one of the standout events of the Tour so far.

After victory in San Sebastian, Titou has locked in a top three spot, while the increasingly impressive Leo Nika from Italy will be hard to remove from the top four. Connor Baxter is still on top of the table, and the door is probably shut for his only challenger, Michael Booth, who missed a chance to overtake his Starboard team mate in San Sebastian. But while the top spots are virtually sealed, further down we’ve got battles aplenty in the race for the top 10 and top 20 as we head to Croatia, Belgium, Greece, Finland, Italy, Portugal and the UK.

On the women’s side, Sonni is pretty much unbeatable, despite eight weeks of the Tour still remaining (the biggest points were on offer during the “Headline” events over the past month). The 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard continues on into Week 7 with the primo paddling destination of Poreč, Croatia, where once again the likes of Connor and Boothy will battle it out for points, prize money and personal pride.

Pacific Paddle Games Organisers Listen, Reconsider, and Agree to Remain “Anything up to 14” for Men (12’6 for Women)

Pacific Paddle Games Stand Up Paddleboarding RaceAfter initially deciding to downsize this year’s elite race to 12’6, the organising team behind the 6-star Pacific Paddle Games has reconsidered and will now remain an “Anything up to 14 ft” race for men (12’6 for women), restoring some balance to the wider sport and perhaps bringing us a step closer to finally resolving the distracting saga that is the “board class debate”.   → READ MORE

Danny Ching Edges Slater Trout, Shae Foudy Tie-Breaks Candice Appleby to Win the Tommy Bahama Pier Paddle in Santa Monica (Updated)

Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race Danny Ching has triumphantly returned to the racing scene after a brief hiatus, claiming the Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival at Santa Monica Pier this afternoon after edging out Slater Trout and a strong field in a day of highly-entertaining racing.

In the women’s event, Shae Foudy successfully defended her Pier Paddle title after a very close contest with Candice Appleby. Click through for the full recap, results and some awesome photos of the action…   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 6: Titouan Puyo, Olivia Piana Triumph at the Wild and Bumpy ‘San Sebastian Paddle Tour’

San Sebastian Paddle TourTitouan Puyo and Olivia Piana have made it a clean sweep of the San Sebastian Paddle Tour for Team France, overcoming rough conditions and a strong field to claim Week 6 of the EuroTour here in the beautiful Basque Country.

TItou had a four-way battle with Michael Booth, Leo Nika and Connor Baxter, eventually pulling clear as he milked the messy bumps for all they were worth, with Boothy having to settle for second while an impressive Leo Nika claimed his second podium in the space of 8 days.

In the women’s, Fiona Wylde started strong early and led, however Olivia showed her strength in the flatter sections of the bit-of-everything course to storm away with the win.    → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana Qualify for Team France (ISA Worlds)

Team France Stand Up Paddleboarding 2016In brief: Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana have qualified for Team France and will represent their nation at both the ISA Worlds in Fiji later in the year, and also at the “Euros” in France later this month.

After an exhaustive selection process, Titou and Arthur triumphed over a deep and very talented field of France’s finest.   → READ MORE

Tommy Bahama Pier Paddle: California’s Finest Set to Do Battle at Santa Monica on Saturday

paddleboarding in the 1940sWe’re certainly in for a big weekend of racing… While the EuroTour continues on to San Sebastian, across the pond we’ve got one of California’s biggest and best events of the year: The Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival at Santa Monica Pier — aka the Pier Paddle.

Steeped in history, the Pier Paddle isn’t just a race, it’s a festival…   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 6: Preview of the Showdown in San Sebastian (plus the Live Stream Countdown)

San Sebastian Stand Up Paddleboarding raceAfter the easiest travel week of the summer, the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard continues on to Week 6, with tomorrow’s San Sebastian Paddle Tour set to be another entertaining (and highly competitive) showdown between the internationals and Europeans. And you can watch the whole thing LIVE with our EuroTour Starboard Live Stream presented by VMG Blades on Saturday morning.

Following the big battle of Bilbao last weekend, the Tour has stayed within the beautiful Basque Country for the next stop, moving just half an hour up the road to the awesome seaside city of San Sebastián (or “Donostia” as it’s known in the Basque language) — home to some of the finest pintxos on the planet.   → READ MORE

Starboard Goes Green, Partners with ‘Sustainable Surf’ to Promote More Environmentally Friendly Board Manufacturing

Starboard Sustainable SurfStarboard is really getting behind the World Oceans Day theme.

Wednesday morning they announced the collaboration with SUPKids, and then later in the day this piece came through to announce a new partnership with Sustainable Surf, which will see the 2017 Starboard range stickered with the “ECOBOARD” label that highlights the more environmentally friendly manufacturing Starboard has embraced…   → READ MORE

Facepalm: Pacific Paddle Games Flip Flops Back to 12’6, Adds Fuel to the Board Class Debate Just as the Fire Was Starting to Cool

Pacific Paddle Games facepalm
Just when we thought the board class debate was finally reaching a logical, unifying conclusion, the Pacific Paddle Games has gone and poured some more kerosene on the fire.

After officially announcing the 2016 event last week, the PPGs crew confirmed another key piece of the puzzle today: They’re flip-flopping back to 12’6 boards for the men’s event (for both the surf race and long distance), after having led the way with a move to 14 footers last year.

It’s a decision that will not only fail to fix the target issue (reducing carnage), it will also cause confusion for the rest of the sport and hold the community back from reaching any real sense of unity right when it was on the verge of doing so.

It’s a decision that can only be described as facepalm. But despite this, a logical solution is still within reach. Read on to find out what it is…   → READ MORE

Starboard Teams up with ‘SUPKids’ to Celebrate World Oceans Day

Starboard SUPKids World Oceans DayToday is World Oceans Day, which is, according to the official site, “a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.”

Sounds like a pretty good cause for the stand up paddling community to get behind, and that’s exactly what the crew at Starboard are doing this year, teaming up with the SUPKids program to help teach school kids about water safety, environmental education and of course, stand up paddling.   → READ MORE