WATCH: Riviera’s Dana Point Downwinder

stand-up-paddle-downwind-californiaAnother great vid from the Riviera crew. This one shows off their latest adventure: The Dana Point Downwinder from the harbour down south to San Clemente State Park.

The clip features everyone’s favourite protein powder spokesperson, Thomas Maximus, as well as the Riviera boys Taylor and Brandon Rambo. A couple of rising juniors (and names to watch) are also in there: Max Fleming and Daniel Russell.   → READ MORE

Jake Jensen, Shakira Westdorp Win The Noosa Festival Of Surfing BOP Race

Stand-Up-Paddling-Race-Noosa-Festival-of-SurfingShakira Westdorp and Jake Jensen have taken out the Battle of the Paddle-style SUP race at the Noosa Festival of Surfing today. With 70 paddlers lining up and conditions perfect, this looked like it was a classic race.

Small 1-2ft waves, light winds and blue sunny skies made for a fun but hard fought contest. Jake, currently ranked #4 in the world, came home to take the win just ahead of rising talent James Casey, while his older brother, Jayden Jensen, was less than half a minute adrift in 3rd.    → READ MORE

Feeling Lucky? Register For The Molokai Lottery

Travis Grant MolokaiWhile a lottery will probably annoy those who are always early with their entries, you can’t say it’s not fair. And when space sold out in just a few hours last year, something had to be done differently this time round.

In addition to the lottery, there will be “qualified” athletes that get a walk-up spot in the Ka’iwi Channel. Those include all previous M2O winners as well as top finishers in the 2014 race. There has always been something similar in place, with past champions afforded the respect of having a spot reserved for them no matter if the registration is full or not.   → READ MORE

“The Japan Cup” Set To Elevate Land Of The Rising Sun To The International Stage

Japan-Cup-Chigasaki-Mt-FujiThere’s a big new race happening in Japan this September that I’m really getting excited about. The Japan Cup will be happening on September 19 & 20 and looks set to feature a big cash prize purse and host of international talent that should help establish the nation as a legitimate, international SUP racing destination.

Set in the famous surf town of Chigasaki and with the iconic Mt. Fuji in the background, The Japan Cup will be a two-day festival of surf racing, distance racing, open races, kids races and a mini SUP expo. Or in other words: It’ll be the Japanese equivalent of the Battle of the Paddle.   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo, Celine Guesdon Win The ‘NRJ Pro Cup’ In Paradisaical New Caledonia

Stand-Up-Paddle-New-CaledoniaEveryone’s favourite dark horse (though I think he’s long since outgrown that label), Titouan Puyo, has won another couple of trophies at home in New Caledonia. The NRJ Pro Cup, held in New Caledonia’s famous turquoise coral reef lagoon, offered paddlers both a downwinder and course race in paradise.

Titou surprised nobody by claiming the downwinder on Saturday, before backing up in Sunday’s Beach Race for the double.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Arthur Arutkin, Krisztina Zur Win The Lanakila Classic In Redondo Beach

Lanakila-Classic-stand-up-paddling-raceOne of Europe’s leading paddlers, Arthur Arutkin, has taken out the annual Lanakila Classic in Redondo Beach today.

The SUP race was only 3 miles (5kms), however that didn’t stop Arthur opening up a solid gap, finishing a minute and a half ahead of Greg and four minutes clear of third-place Daniel Russell. On the women’s side it was new-mom and Olympic gold medalist Krisztina Zur, just under a minute ahead of rising star Shae Foudy.   → READ MORE

Could Thailand Become An International SUP Racing Destination?

stand up paddling ThailandResults and photos from the Invitational SUP Race held in Phuket, Thailand on the weekend. In what is quite possibly the country’s first serious, well-organised race, competitors headed to Bang Tao Beach in the famous resort town for a windless & sweltering day of stand up paddle racing.

While this is the first time I’ve ever reported on a Thai SUP race, I think the country actually has the potential to host a big international race in the future…   → READ MORE

Casper Steinfath Looks Ahead To Season 2015 (The Worlds, The Olympics And More)

Casper-Steinfath-interviewGreat interview with everyone’s favourite viking, Casper Steinfath, looking ahead to the 2015 season and beyond.

Some interesting comments about the ISA, the Olympics and unity among the athletes. I believe this last point in particular is hugely critical right now. The sport entering a new phase of growth that could bring a lot of excitement and potential but also the risk of splintering groups taking the sport in differing directions.    → READ MORE

Fun Waves (And A Few Wipeouts) For Stop #3 Of France’s Swell Beach Race Series

Stand-Up-Paddling-in-FranceThis weekend saw #3 of the 2015 Swell Beach Race Series, a long-running tour held in the French province of Brittany. France has always been the powerhouse of European SUP racing and the Swell Beach Race Series is one of the great local tours that helps drive the sport at the domestic level.

With Swell Beach Race stalwart Greg Closier on an extended trip to California, we’ve got a guest post from Martin Letourneur, who also happens to be the winner of today’s race. Martin is one of the leaders of the new wave of European SUP racing, where the juniors are really starting to step it up and take it to the older guard.    → READ MORE

Slater Trout Survives/Wins The Wild, Grueling “Dusi” Marathon Race In South Africa

Slater-Trout-Dusi-marathonSlater Trout has just completed – and won – one of the craziest paddle races on the planet. The Dusi Canoe Marathon in South Africa sees competitors race down river for up to six hours a day, through wild country and wild waters, for three days straight.

This year Slater took the SUP challenge and survived endless whitewater, wipeouts on the big rapids, crazy portages up and down jungle hills, an unexpected stretch of prone paddling, even some very tight fitting shorts. And he not only survived, he won, breaking the previous SUP race record by over an hour to set a new time of 14 hours, 19 minutes and 12 seconds down the 120km (75 mile) course.   → READ MORE

The Euro Tour: A New Race Series To Unify The European Paddling Community (And Help Settle The Board Class Debate?)

Lost-Mills-Stand-Up-Paddling-Race-GermanySome very cool news out of Europe today, with word of a new, unified tour coming together this summer that’s set to feature Europe’s biggest and best stand up paddle races.

Dubbed simply the Euro Tour, this new series aims to unify the region’s biggest events from mid-May til the end of June. Covering eight races across six straight weekends, the Euro Tour will hit six different countries and bring some much-needed structure to the fragmented racing scene in Europe.   → READ MORE

The Bat Race: The World’s First Underground SUP Event

Alpine Lakes Tour Bat Race in a caveYesterday I wrote an article about the beloved SUP 11 City Tour, where I labeled the famous Dutch stage race the “world’s most unique” stand up paddling event. Yet within just 24 hours I think we have a challenger to that title, because I’ve just gotten word of a new race in Europe that sounds beyond unique.

On March 14, Switzerland will play host to the world’s first underground SUP race. Yes, underground. As in, under the ground…   → READ MORE

Entries Open For World’s Most Unique And Special Race – The SUP 11 City Tour

SUP 11 City Tour - Day 4 - jOne of the most unique and special events on the racing calendar has just opened for registration. The SUP 11 City Tour, the single longest, and also one of the hardest SUP races on the planet will be happening again from September 2nd-6th, 2015.

Held in the Dutch province of Friesland, this five-day, Tour de France-style stage race is like no other stand up paddling event. Meandering its way through the canals between beautiful countryside and quaint little towns, the 11 Cities is a grueling but strangely addictive mental and physical challenge.   → READ MORE