No Limits: Jamie Mitchell’s Survivor Race at Huntington Set to Be “Open Board Class”

Huntington Beach drone aerial viewIn what is a rather bold, unique and also very exciting move, Jamie Mitchell has opted for an “open board class” in the pro division of his Quiksilver JM Survivor Race, a highly-anticipated new event that’s happening at Huntington Beach on Sunday August 14. This means competitors can paddle whatever they like with absolutely no restrictions on board length.

12’6, 14, 18, 10 ft… Whatever you like. I think it’s a great move. It not only gives the paddlers more freedom, it’ll also encourage shapers to experiment with new board designs that are tailor-made for specialty surf racing events such as this.    → READ MORE

Great Highlights from Greece as Leo Nika and Susak Molinero Win Week 9 of the EuroTour

EuroTour Greece On Board FestivalCheck out this great highlights reel from the Greece’s On Board Festival, held last weekend in the historic city of Marathon as Week 9 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Italy’s Leonard Nika and Spaniard-turned-Italian-local Susak Molinero took out the wins, with Eric Terrien continuing his strong return to form and dark horse Paolo Marconi rounding out the men’s podium.   → READ MORE

Snakes & Ladders: Volatile World Rankings Update after 7 Races Dropped and 3 New Events Added

World Rankings for Stand Up Paddling
As we reach the halfway point of the year, there’s been a major shakeup on the SUP Racer World Rankings, with seven races from 12 months ago expiring and being dropped this week, while three new events were added. Having 10 different races come and go in a single week makes this by far the most volatile leaderboard update ever…

Indeed, the men’s Top 100 resembles a game of Snakes & Ladders, with many paddlers rising or falling by a long way. There’s a few particularly unlucky athletes, such as Arthur Arutkin, who enjoyed a stellar performance in Germany but still dropped three places. That’s partly due to the tight race for the top 15 spots, but also because Arthur drops his 3rd place result from the 39.5% Barcelona World Series event from 12 months ago (the event didn’t return this year).

There’s even more carnage on the women’s Top 50. The same seven races were dropped from the women’s rankings this week, however there was only one elite-level race to replace them, the SUP World Cup. Check out the latest SUP Racer World Rankings to see where everyone’s currently at.

Registration for the Pacific Paddle Games Is Open (and It’s Going to Close Early…)

Pacific Paddle Games 2016 registrationThere’s just something about stand up paddlers and last minute event registration. It seems that every year, at just about every big event, almost every paddler leaves it right til the last minute to register. It’s a headache for event organisers, especially at big events with knockout heat formats that need to be seeded, such as the Pacific Paddle Games.

So to make things flow smooth on race day, this year PPGs organisers are cutting off event rego two weeks before the racing actually begins. No registering on the eve of the race or even in the week leading up to it, and certainly no signing up to race at the beach on the morning of the event.   → READ MORE

Meet the Pioneering Paddlers of the Yukon River Quest, the Epic 715km (444 Mile) Adventure Race That Begins Tomorrow

Yukon River“The last unknown is the sleep deprivation – there are many stories of paddlers seeing dancing bears, people walking on water, trees on fire and hearing strange voices.”

That’s Bart de Zwart talking about the Yukon River Quest, an extraordinary race that stretches for 715km (444 miles) through the Canadian wilderness. The 2016 edition begins in less than 24 hours, and for the first time ever stand up paddlers have been allowed to enter.   → READ MORE

Highlights from Week 8 of the EuroTour in Namur

Happy Summer SUP race Namur stand up paddle boardingGreat little highlights reel from the Happy Summer SUP Race in Namur, Belgium, where Jeremy Teulade upstaged a small but elite field of emerging European contenders to claim Week 8 of the EuroTour.

The Frenchman beat home Norm Weber from Germany, Davide Ionico from Italy, along with compatriots Martin Letourneur and Boris Jinvresse, while Petronella van Malsen upset Amandine Chazot in the women’s.   → READ MORE

SUP World Cup: Connor Baxter, Sonni Hönscheid Win Overall as Michael Booth Conquers the German Super Lap

Germany SUP World Cup paddle boardingConnor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid have claimed victories at the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup here in Germany today, overcoming an elite field and a rollercoaster of wild and beautiful weather to claim the overall wins at the seaside town of Scharbeutz.

Connor sure did it the hard way though: After finishing runner-up to Casper Steinfath in yesterday’s sprints, the Starboard superstar once again had to settle for 2nd place today, with Michael Booth conquering this afternoon’s 10km ‘Super Lap’ course race. But with Casper slipping back to 4th today and Boothy having a shocker on Saturday, Connor snuck to the top of the overall event standings, and in doing so took home the lion’s share of the $25k prize purse.   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 8: Frenchman Jeremy Teulade Narrowly Wins the ‘Happy Summer’ Race in Namur

Jeremy Teulade stand up paddle boardingFrenchman Jeremy Teulade has claimed Week 8 of the EuroTour for Team Starboard, out-sprinting Norm Weber (Siren), Davide Ionico (Fanatic), Martin Letourneur (Hobie) team mate Boris Jinvresse, compatriot Joseph Gueguen (Nah Skwell) and home country hero Joep van Bakel (Fanatic) after almost an hour and a half of tight, flat water racing in the Belgian city of Namur to win the Happy Summer SUP Race.

Click through for full results…   → READ MORE

Downwind Month Is Almost Here, and Maui 2 Molokai (M2M) Is Set to Be One of the Real Highlights

Connor Baxter M2MWe’re less than a month away from one of the real gems on the international calendar, the classic Maui 2 Molokai SUP race in Hawaii that’s often rated as the greatest downwind run on the planet.

As part of the traditional “Downwind Month” in Hawaii, M2M is set for Saturday July 16th this year, and it’s also looking set to attract a pretty solid field.   → READ MORE

The Racing Never Ends in Europe: This Weekend It’s the SUP World Cup in Germany and EuroTour in Belgium

Hamburg SUP World Cup 2013 GermanyAfter a great week of competition at the EuroSUP championship in Lacanau, it’s straight into the next round over here in Europe, with the seemingly-endless European Summer of SUP continuing on to Germany and Belgium this weekend.

Up on the north coast of Germany we’ve got the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup, an iconic event that dates way back to 2009, and which will see many international names on the line including Connor Baxter, Michael Booth, Jake Jensen, Casper Steinfath, Sonni Hönscheid and Fiona Wylde. Meanwhile just over the border in Belgium we’ve got Namur’s annual Happy Summer SUP Race, which is Week 8 of the EuroTour.    → READ MORE

The Euros: Highlights from the Long (and Very Hot) Distance Race in France

EuroSUP paddle boarding videoCheck out this great highlights reel from the final day of competition here at the EuroSUP championship in Lacanau, where Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana starred for Team France in the long (and hot) distance race.

In total, France won five out of the six gold medals on offer, along with four silver medals in what was an absolutely dominant performance from the host nation.   → READ MORE

On the Lighter Side of the News: Paddle Board Boxing

paddle board boxing videoAnd now for something completely different: Novelty-sized boxing on a novelty-sized paddle board. Quite possibly the craziest/whackiest/funniest thing ever filmed on a SUP.

I don’t know what I just watched, but I can’t stop watching…   → READ MORE