Thought the season was over? The season is never over… Here Are Four Big Races Still To Come In 2014

Bora Bora Liquid Festival Tahiti (3)So you thought the SUP racing season was over huh? Nope… The SUP racing season is never over.

While the Battle of the Paddle may have come and gone for another year, there are still plenty of big stand up paddle races left to run before New Year’s.

From Perth to Paris, Bora Bora to Brazil, here are four of the biggest…   → READ MORE

Battle Of The Brands: How Quickblade And Lahui Kai Won The 2014 Battle Of The Paddle

Stand up paddling race boardsThe Battle of the Brands. The BOB. It’s the one race a year where virtually all the major brands come together to duke it out for glory, bragging rights and market share.

Our sport (and our industry) is a bit like the Wild West right now: We’re growing so fast that new board and paddle manufacturers are popping up every week. But who’s staking the strongest claim?

I decided to run the numbers and see which boards and paddles the elite guys and girls are choosing today. While throwing a bunch of adrenaline-fueled paddlers into macking surf at Salt Creek isn’t exactly a scientific study of what brand makes the best gear, it does give us an indication of the current landscape. And either way, it’s kinda fun to dig into the stats…   → READ MORE

Breakfast Of Champions: Behind The Scenes With The Young Guns Of Stand Up Paddling

Riggs Napoleon stand up paddleHere’s not another standard SUP video…

Go behind the scenes with the young guns at Turtle Bay, where they recently gathered for the final event of the 2014 World Series and were met by the first solid swell of the Hawaiian winter. Artfully shot + edited by Noa Ginella, this is a cool little insight into what the best young paddlers do when they’re not on the water (serious athletes all the way).    → READ MORE

We Have A Winner: Introducing The Starboard ‘STARSHIP’

Starboard STARSHIP inflatable stand up paddle boardRemember that big, crazy, giant, oversized new inflatable stand up paddle board from Starboard? The one that’s 18 and a half feet long, 60 inches wide and comfortably fits eight paddlers?

Well now it has a name: STARSHIP.

Together with TotalSUP.com and Starboard, we came up with a contest to name the board earlier this month. In a sign of just how popular this blow up monster is going to be, there were about 1,200 different names submitted by over 600 different people around the world.   → READ MORE

Payette River Games Set To Be Even Bigger In 2015 As Dan Gavere Comes On Board To Create ‘Humbling’ Course Designs

Payette River Games 2015One of the funnest races of 2014 was the Payette River Games up in Cascade, Idaho. Part-SUP race, part-festival, part-lumberjack tournament, the event has been a fresh and unique addition to the crowded racing calendar. And next year it’s going to be even better.

As you can see from the teaser clip above, the 2015 Payette River Games will be happening from June 19-21. This year’s edition was a great event, however I chatted with the organisers recently and it sounds like they’re really stepping it up next year. One of the big changes is Dan Gavere coming on board (pun intended) as the new Race Director and course designer…   → READ MORE

A Very Slick Battle Of The Paddle Edit (Including The New Sport Of ‘SUP Limbo’)

Battle of the Paddle SIC video stand up paddlingWhile there have been endless Battle of the Paddle highlight reels in the past week, a new clip out today is one of the slickest yet. Created by Chainsaw Productions for the SIC crew, the video shows Team SIC training at Salt Creek on the eve of the Battle before getting down to business in the Elite Race.

Takes a little while to get going but there’s some awesome race footage near the end. I love the impromptu game of SUP limbo at the 3:34 mark…   → READ MORE

[VIDEO] Channel Crossing Downwinder In Tahiti

stand up paddle board downwind tahitiIf you’re dreaming of paddling in a faraway land then check out this downwinder video from the SIC Tahiti crew.

While stand up paddling videos from Tahiti usually feature perfectly crisp water and endless blue skies, this clip shows a stormy, open ocean channel crossing from the island of Mo’orea to the main island of Tahiti.   → READ MORE

Lina Augaitis’ Rollercoaster Ride: Nine Days, Four Races, Two Memorable Victories

Lina Augaitis stand up paddlerIt’s been a wild nine days for Lina Augaitis, with victories in California and Hawaii punctuating what has been a big year for the Canadian in general.

Lina quit her job twelve months ago to pursue the dream of being a professional athlete and she hasn’t held back. Barely a race went by this year that she wasn’t a part of: From Florida to Nicaragua to California to Oregon to Europe to Hawaii, the SIC team rider was racking up the frequent flyer miles and stocking up her trophy cabinet.

Several standout performances at the inland races helped build on Lina’s reputation of being one of the fastest women in flat water. Only problem is… the biggest race of the year isn’t held in flat water. The biggest race of the year is the Battle of the Paddle. And this year the BOP was the complete opposite of flat.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Kai Wins The Finals @ Turtle Bay, But Connor Baxter And Lina Augaitis Win The 2014 World Series Titles

Stand Up World Series Turtle BayThe final event of the 2014 Stand Up World Series is happening this weekend has just wrapped up on the North Shore of Oahu. Based out of Turtle Bay, which sits just down the road from famed breaks such as Waimea, Sunset and Pipeline, the World Series Finals will see a very small but hyper-elite band of young guns battle it out in what could be some very interesting conditions.

One week after the all-time, wave-fueled carnage at Salt Creek, the surf at Turtle Bay looks set to throw up another chaotic weekend of racing. Yesterday the North Shore was tipping a solid 10-12 ft plus (20 ft faces) and while the swell is expected to slightly dip today and tomorrow, I’m confident there will be some entertaining chaos to enjoy.   → READ MORE

Annabel Anderson, Danny Ching Win The 2014 Champions Tour

SUP Champions Tour Danny Ching Annabel AndersonAfter tallying up the results from seven of the biggest races of the year, Annabel Anderson and Danny Ching have come out on top in the inaugural SUP Champions Tour.

Billed as having the world’s best paddlers at the worlds biggest/most important events, the Champions Tour was created to encourage the elite guys and girls to compete more than just once a year (i.e. not only at the Battle of the Paddle).

The Tour was also designed to “give back” to the events that have helped grow the sport (such as the Carolinas and the Gorges).    → READ MORE

Video Interview: Connor Baxter Responds To The Battle Of The Paddle/Kai Lenny ‘Handlegate’ Incident

Connor Baxter Kai Lenny Battle of the PaddleHere’s a very interesting post-Battle interview with Connor Baxter, which includes a lengthy discussion about *that* incident with his arch-rival Kai Lenny. The young Maui superstar lays it out very open and honest, taking us through exactly what happened and giving us his blunt assessment.

You should watch the whole clip but basically: Connor admits he was wrong, accepts responsibility for his actions, even apologises for setting a bad standard for the young spectators on the beach. However Connor also doesn’t hold back in accusing Kai of being a dirty racer, even using the word cheating to describe what happened.   → READ MORE