UPDATE #2: The Gorge Paddle Challenge LIVE BLOG has started… Head on over and follow the racing in the Gorge as it happens.
The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge (or just the Gorge race) is happening this weekend in Hood River, Oregon. And it’s going to be one of the biggest races of the year…
Awesome lineup of competitors. Awesome race conditions. Awesome race format. Awesome event. Almost every big name in the sport will be at the Gorge this weekend to enjoy the trademark downwind conditions and feel good vibe. It’s going to be an event to remember.
And now, thanks to the support of Quickblade Paddles and the all star organising team behind the event, you can follow the Gorge Paddle Challenge all weekend with our LIVE BLOG. → READ MORE
The Ultimate SUP Showdown definitely impressed. A well run event, a deep field of big names, top level prize money paid out (in cash) at the lavish awards ceremony and, best of all, a whole bunch of unique innovations.
Some of those innovations worked very well (loved the Formula 1-style starting grid, the excellent treatment of the athletes and the next level TV production), while others misfired.
However there was one innovation that stood out above the rest, at least from my perspective perched up in the judging tower overlooking the action: The “Y Race” … → READ MORE
Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson have just won Honolua Surf Co.’s Ultimate SUP Showdown here in Waikiki, Hawaii. The Starboard duo proved yet again they’re the best, defeating an all-star lineup to claim one of the biggest races of the year.
After two full days of world-class surfing and racing action, it all came down to the 15-minute ‘Showdown’ grand finale, a slalom race in the surf that featured a who’s who of the paddling world.
Living up to their superstar status, Connor edged ahead of Kai Lenny to claim the Showdown finale race, with Danny Ching, who had to fight through the pack after being relegated to the second starting row, coming home third.
The action has literally just finished so click through for the results… → READ MORE
UPDATE: The Showdown (and our live blog) have now finished. Massive congratulations to Annabel Anderson and Connor Baxter, your 2014 Ultimate SUP Showdown CHAMPIONS.
Get the full Ultimate SUP Showdown RESULTS, including a recap of the action and some pics from today. Or you can just relive our live coverage below to see how it all went down… → READ MORE
I didn’t really wanna write this post. It’s Saturday night. I’m in Waikiki. I could be out having fun… Instead, I’ve been sitting here in my hotel room for hours, pouring over the start list for tomorrow’s Ultimate SUP Showdown, running scenario after scenario through my head and trying to figure out how on earth I’m going to make any meaningful predictions in an event that includes so many talented paddlers and that features such variable, unpredictable racing conditions.
The two-day Showdown starts tomorrow morning. It’s the event we’ve all been waiting for. Following weeks and weeks of major news about major things, finally it’s down to the serious stuff: The action on the water.
But who’s it gonna be? This is such a stacked field… → READ MORE
Andrew Logreco and Morgan Hoesterey have taken out today’s Hawaii Paddleboard Championships, aka the Duke Race, as part of Duke’s OceanFest here in Waikiki.
With the Ultimate SUP Showdown just 24 hours away there are a whole stack of world beaters in town. Most of the pros chose to sit out today’s super hot, 9 mile downwinder from Hawaii Kai to the beach at Waikiki, however there were still a few big guns on the start line.
Despite paddling a board five feet shorter than most of his rivals, it was Logreco who took out the line honours. The North Shore lifeguard, one of the true characters of stand up paddling… → READ MORE
Mo Freitas has taken out the Shonan Chigasaki Pro in Japan ahead of Aussie trio Paul Jackson, Toby Cracknell and Beau O’Brian. Chase Kosterlitz rounded out the top five while Bart de Zwart finished sixth. Despite a relatively small field in the women’s event, Angie Jackson continued to show her strength with a very dominant display.
On day one’s sprint race, it was all Mo Freitas, however on day two’s distance race, Mo had to settle for runner-up behind a very impressive Paul Jackson from Australia. Jacko mastered the tricky upwind/downwind conditions, finding bumps and a couple of well-timed waves to win comfortably. → READ MORE
In case you needed any extra motivation to get out there and paddle today, here’s a very cool video from a very nice part of the world. Watch this clip to get an aerial view of downwinding in New Caledonia, the South Pacific island paradise that’s home to world beater Titouan Puyo.
The clip, filmed earlier this year, features Titou along with fellow Frenchie Vincent Verhoeven → READ MORE
Honolua Surf Co.’s Ultimate SUP Showdown has been one of the most eagerly-anticipated SUP events of the year: Big names, top level prize money and a major TV deal with CBS.
Part surfing, part racing, the Ultimate SUP Showdown is gonna be big. Danny vs Travis vs Connor vs Kai vs Zane vs another couple dozen of the world’s best. And that’s just on the men’s side.
The women’s Showdown is shaping up to be one of the most competitive events of the year. Although the invite-only field is small (48 men and 16 women), the names are anything but: Annabel, Jenny, Candice, Sonni, Lina, Shakira. Good luck picking that one. → READ MORE
Hands up if you wanna see the best young paddlers surfing and racing around the world in a non-stop, action-filled stand up paddle movie?
There have been some great SUP movies before now, but most of them focus on the “history” of SUP and its origins. Apart from slices of the H2O movies and some cool shorts from guys like Dave Boehne and Kai Lenny, there hasn’t really been a stand up paddle movie that focuses entirely on action. Until now.
In a generation of Red Bulls and GoPros, this movie was crying out to be made… → READ MORE
The Canadian duo of Lina Augaitis and the Cyril Burguire took out the Lobster SUP Cup on the weekend. Held in Penobscot Bay, Maine, the Lobster Cup has one of the coolest names and perhaps the raddest logo of any SUP race going round.
In what looked to be a typically-picturesque New England weekend, with sunny blue skies and beautiful surrounds, more than 50 paddlers hit the water for the two days of racing. → READ MORE
So I’m doing the SUP 11 City Tour this year…
Yes, that SUP 11 City Tour. One of the most difficult (and by far the longest) races in the world of stand up paddling. Five days, 220 kilometres (136 miles) and lots and lots of pain. I’m not entirely sure I know what I’m getting myself into here, but I’m really excited about the challenge and adventure that awaits on September 3rd.
And now thanks to the support of Mistral SUP and the SUP 11 City Tour organising team, I’m going to give you an inside look at just how awesome/fun/challenging/crazy/painful this great race really is. → READ MORE
As we mentioned late last year, Stand Up Paddling in Japan is taking off. The country boasts a fast-growing SUP scene that, given the size of population, economy and history in the ocean sports world, holds more potential than just about any other nation.
We’ve already seen Team Japan in action at the ISA Worlds, while there are literally hundreds of awesome downwind runs in Japan just waiting to be explored. The Land of the Rising Sun also has an established culture of surfing and windsurfing, both of which are very strong foundations for a thriving stand up paddleboarding community. There have already been hundreds of local SUP races and a handful of events featuring international paddlers, however next weekend sees Japan’s most lucrative international event to date: The $20,000 Shonan Chigasaki Pro. → READ MORE
Flat water SUP races. They’re everywhere. They can be held just about anywhere and just about any paddler can safely and easily compete. Flat water racing is a big reason why stand up paddling is growing so far across the world. However there’s just one catch: It’s pretty darn boring for all but the most hardcore of SUP fans.
Yet given how vital a role it plays in our sport, it’s worth exploring ways to make it more fun and exciting not only for spectators but also the paddlers themselves. There have been some good attempts so far: Jamie Mitchell’s “Survivor” format springs to mind, while Race The Lake of the Sky’s awesome SUP Cross start gates are another. But a new idea coming out of the Gold Coast, Australia could be the best one yet.
Enter the Super Lap. → READ MORE
So the SUP Athletes Association wants to get a clearer picture of stand up paddling around the world. To do that, they wanna hear from you: SUPAA has just opened up a big survey that’s billed as the world’s first global SUP survey. And you can be a part of it.
But who wants to do a survey, right? All that time reading and clicking when you could be looking at photos of Chuck Patterson on Instagram instead. So as an irresistible sweetener, SUPAA is throwing in a few prize packs that contain some very cool gear. → READ MORE