The Majors: The World’s Five Biggest SUP Races (Plus: Predicting The Top 25 “Most Significant” Races Of 2015)

Major Stand Up Paddle Races
I asked the question last week: “What do we call the biggest races in stand up paddling?” The Majors? The Grand Slams? The Classics?

In a sport as fragmented and disorganised as SUP racing, I think it would be great to recognise and celebrate the big, standalone events that support and develop both the community and industry. To help promote them with a collective theme that highlights their significant contribution to the sport.

I say we call them the Majors, and these are the races that I think qualify. The five biggest races in the world this year are…   → READ MORE

The Alpine Lakes Tour: Another Contender For World’s *Most Beautiful* Race Series

Alpine Lakes TourWell that took all of about five minutes.

Last night I threw out the question: Is this the world’s most beautiful SUP race series? in reference to the SUP Alps Trophy. However as soon as I posted the story to Facebook I was reminded of another tour that’s just as beautiful. Perhaps even more beautiful. The Alpine Lakes Tour.   → READ MORE

Is This The World’s Most Beautiful SUP Race Series?

SUP Alps TrophyThere are a lot of SUP races around the world but I don’t think too many are as beautiful as these. The SUP Alps Trophy, held high in the mountains of Europe, has just released its schedule for the new year and promises another stunning season of breathtaking scenery alongside serious racing.

The SUP Alps Trophy debuted in 2014 and quickly garnered a reputation for producing some of the finest imagery in the sport…   → READ MORE

Team GB Announces Squad For The Worlds

ISA Stand Up Paddle world championship NicaraguaWell I guess this is the week for Euro news. Great Britain’s SUP Team has just announced the squad for Mexico 2015, with an extended lineup of paddlers heading to Sayulita to do the Union Jack proud at the 4th edition of the ISA Worlds.

The large racing side of the team will be captained by one of the UK’s most experienced paddlers in Ollie Shilston, with a total of six British paddlers competing in the two SUP racing events.    → READ MORE

UK SUP Releases Schedule For 2015 National Race Series

Battle of the Thames 2013If you’re in the UK or close to that part of the world, here’s a great race series for you to support. UK SUP Clubs have just released their schedule for 2015, with eight races around the UK between April and October. Each event is hosted by a different club in a different part of the country.

UK SUP Clubs, or just UK SUP, was started over a year ago to bring together the various clubs from around the United Kingdom and give some clarity to an otherwise fragmented racing scene.    → READ MORE

The Isle Of Jersey Dons The Neoprene As Local ‘Winter Series’ Continues

Stand Up Paddling on JerseyFrance wasn’t the only place with a bit of cold water racing action on the weekend. Yesterday, the British Isle of Jersey hosted the 6th round of their Winter Series, with a small but hardy band of paddlers donning the neoprene (I even spotted a couple of dry suits in there) and braving the elements.

Jersey, which is actually much closer to the France than the UK (geographically speaking), is something of a mini mecca for stand up paddling. It has a great local scene with dedicated paddlers and race organisers, and we always see a few of the Jersey crew at the Euro races with a smile on their face.   → READ MORE

Wind, Waves And Cold Water As France’s Swell Beach Race Series Returns

Stand Up Paddle race FrancePics and results from today’s race over in France. This was stop #2 of the latest Swell Beach Race Series, an excellent, long-running tour on France’s west coast that always attracts some very talented and very enthusiastic paddlers.

Despite the freezing conditions (there’s a lot of neoprene in these photos), which wouldn’t have been helped by a stiff breeze, there were close to 50 paddlers out on the water in the picturesque village of Saint Michel en Grève.    → READ MORE

WATCH: Giant Inflatable SUP Madness In Hawaii

supsquatch inflatable stand up paddle boardIn case you’re the one person on Facebook that hasn’t already seen this clip, here it is.

Everyone’s favourite bizarro pro surfer Jamie O’Brien and friends charging solid Sunset on a ridiculously oversized inflatable SUP board. Sunset isn’t usually a wave you mess around with, but then again JOB doesn’t really do anything by the book.   → READ MORE

Now That’s A Pump: Red Paddle Co. Unleashes The ‘Titan’ To Get Inflatable Paddlers On The Water Faster

Stand Up Paddleboard Inflatable SUP Pump The TitanI don’t usually respond to random sales pitches that drop in my inbox. I get 100s of offers every week but I’m a total snob about which news makes it onto SUPracer.com.

However today I came across a press release that made me stop and take notice. And while I won’t copy & paste the whole thing, I am more than happy to talk about what seems to be an awesome (and very much needed) new product.

Today, Red Paddle Co. – one of the original inflatable board brands – released the Titan Pump, a dual-chamber, badass-looking invention that promises to pump up your inflatable stand up paddle board twice as fast.   → READ MORE

Throwback: To When Nobody Knew What A Race Board Should Look Like (And Chuck Was The Terminator…)

Battle of the Paddle 2008In the world according to Instagram, Thursday is a day of reflection. It’s when we go memory-lane tripping and look back on some of our fondest times.

Throwback Thursday is basically just an excuse to post cool pics and vids from ages ago (plus fill a hole on a slow news day…). And what could be cooler than Chuck Patterson sporting a pair of Terminator-style sunnies as he races his way to a $10,000 prize in the first ever Battle of the Paddle?! Throwin’ it way back to 2008…   → READ MORE

I Like This Board: Starboard’s Inflatable “Racer” Leads The Charge Of Next Gen Blow-Ups

Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard Starboard SUPHere are a few pics of one of my favourite new boards: The aptly-named “Racer” inflatable from Starboard (no wonder I like it, it’s the SUP Racer board ;).

I got to play around with the brand new 12’6 version a few months ago in Spain, while last month in Tahiti I spent virtually the entire week on the 14 footer. And I think this “Racer” is leading the charge for a new generation of blow-up paddleboards.   → READ MORE

UK Enduro Paddler Ryan James Joins Team Mistral

Ryan James Mistral SUPRyan James, one of the UK’s fastest paddlers, has just signed to the new look Mistral team.

Ryan has been a staple on the British and Euro racing circuit for the past four or five years, having crossed over from an elite-level triathlete career. The Brit has some amazing cardio strength that sees him perform well in the long distance events – he finished runner-up in the 11 Cities a couple of years back for example.   → READ MORE

Who’s Coming To Carolina? (And How Good’s Your Eyesight..?)

Carolina Cup high resSo for the past week I’ve been tossing up which events should be listed as the most significant races of 2015. The “Majors” if you will.

But while I continue to twist my mind around trying to produce something close to a definitive list, I already know one race that’ll definitely be on there: The Carolina Cup.   → READ MORE

Into The Unknown

Salt Creek Battle of the Paddle Race
 
The mesmerising look of focus and determination, mixed with nerves and trepidation, as the world’s best paddlers take their first step off the line…   → READ MORE