Now Mozambique doesn’t really spring to mind when you think of SUP meccas, in fact it’s one of the last places you’d imagine the sport taking off. But it seems the country has a lot going for it: beautiful coastline, enthusiastic locals and a pioneering Californian named Tim Warner. → READ MORE
The clip features some great angles of the race action, a few glimpses of what makes the Gorge so much fun, along with words from Rogue’s Maui boy Josh Riccio and new ambassador Brian Meyer. → READ MORE
Courtesy of Quickblade Paddles, the clip pays homage to Trav’s amazing run of results this year, all of which he achieved using the Quickblade “Trifecta” paddle that he helped Jim Terrell design. → READ MORE
There are big changes to the World Rankings following an incredible weekend of racing up in the Gorge. We have a new world number one, a top 10 debutante, several bolters and dozens of other +/- movers on the Men’s Top 100 Leaderboard.
Click through for our full analysis of the latest changes… → READ MORE
Wow… What a weekend of racing we’ve just witnessed. We’ll have a full recap from the 2015 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge up shortly, but in the meantime here are the results from the Elite Races and changes to the World Rankings (the Gorge had a massive impact on the Men’s Top 100 Leaderboard). → READ MORE
SUP the Mag has just announced a few more details about their inaugural Pacific Paddle Games, which is set to take over California’s Doheny State Beach (aka the “spiritual home” of SUP racing) on October 10th & 11th and may very well be the biggest race of the year.
While we already know the PPGs will give out the largest prize purse in the history of the sport, now we know a bit more about how the action on the water will look. → READ MORE
Some really cool water angles in there, along with running commentary that gives us some insights into what was an extremely tough channel crossing this year. → READ MORE
Vincent Verhoeven has just taken out the latest race in France, claiming the 16km (10 mile) downwinder on the weekend. Held in Morbian, a region in the northwest province of Brittany that’s home to a good chunk of France’s top paddlers, Vincent ran away in the light bumps to claim victory after 1 hour 35 minutes.
A few of France’s top names were missing, however Vincent overcame a couple of very experienced rivals in Greg Closier and former Team France representative Gaetan Sene. → READ MORE
Last weekend Fiona Wylde, Werner Paddles and Big Winds hosted the first ever “Paddle With The Pros” session in Hood River, with the aim of getting more paddlers out on the water and sharing the stoke of stand up.
Hood River has become a real mecca for paddling. It’s home to the big Gorge Paddle Challenge (coming up next week), along with the original junior training program, Big Winds’ “JET” (Junior Elite Team), of which Fiona herself is a graduate. → READ MORE
The race was won by Travis Grant and Titouan Puyo, who split the honours in the Beach Race and Distance Race, while Euro Tour champ Sonni Honscheid dominated the women’s races. → READ MORE
We’re now halfway through the international stand up paddling “season,” which loosely runs from April to October (with a couple of outposts in December). Carolina, OluKai, the Worlds, the Euro Tour, Payette and Molokai have already been run and won, while we’ve still got the Gorge Paddle Challenge, Pacific Paddle Games and a few World Series races to look forward to.
So because we’re halfway through the year, I thought it’d be a good time to analyse the best paddlers of 2015 so far. → READ MORE
Why? Because it’s been exactly 12 months since the 2014 Ultimate SUP Showdown was held, which means it’s now time for that event to be purged from the system. And considering it was the second highest scoring race of 2014, the Showdown’s removal has had a big impact on the Men’s Top 100 and Women’s Top 50 Leaderboards. → READ MORE
Watch Jeremy Riggs and friends cruise down the coast of Maui on what is probably the world’s most famous downwind run: Maliko. Countless bumps, endless glides and no shortage of smiles from the crew. → READ MORE
Twelve days and counting til one of the biggest races of the year: The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon. It’s set to be a classic, with a sizeable chunk of the world’s top international paddlers joining a big group of local and domestic wildcards for an awesome weekend of racing.
The Gorge is a top event, not only because of its unique conditions (inland downwinder) but also the great local paddling community and the laidback vibe of Hood River in general. It’s definitely one of my favourite stops on the international calendar. → READ MORE
Check out the results from the latest SUP race in Tahiti, aka the land of a thousand dark horses. Tahiti is home to some of the strongest paddlers on the planet, and it’s fast becoming home to a solid little domestic race circuit as well. On the weekend it was the Rautirare Festival in the paddling mecca of Mataiea, a small village just up the road from the world-famous Teahupoo. → READ MORE