The live webcast is over. Check out the recap and results up above, or click through to watch a full replay of the live stream. → READ MORE
Casper, third in yesterday’s distance race, channeled his inner viking and raw, explosive speed around the short course to salute ahead of many of the world’s best. → READ MORE
I want to share some changes we’re making to both the SUP Racer World Rankings and our Race Calendar, which will hopefully make the sport easier to follow for the the fans, the brands, the events, the sponsors, and, most importantly, the athletes themselves.
The basic goal is to give the international race season a bit more structure, while also evolving the rankings system to ensure it’s as accurate and interesting as possible. → READ MORE
Prior to the 2015 World Championship, Team Australia had famously never been beaten at this event. That all changed on the golden sands of Sayulita beach though, with the Americans bringing their A-team and dominating the week to bring home the team trophy. → READ MORE
The 2016 Worlds are set to be a very interesting event, not only because of the extraordinary location, but because several nations could be sending stronger teams than they did last time round. → READ MORE
Fresh off his world-beating win at the Carolina Cup, Titouan Puyo is set to tackle the titans of Tahiti this weekend, with the big Air France Paddle Festival providing an international showcase for what is arguably the strongest paddling nation on the planet.
Titou will certainly have his work cut out for him though, with the NSP and Quickblade team rider lining up against the likes of Georges Cronsteadt and a dozen ultra dark horse contenders that know these waters like the back of their hand. The event will be webcast live on Saturday, and with over 300 paddlers pre-registered it should be a great showdown. → READ MORE
Highlighting that the EuroTour isn’t just about serious, elite racing, it’s also about having a damn good time, Red Paddle Co. has signed on as the official inflatables partner, with the British brand set to feature their boards in a series of fun races at every stop.
In addition to the main events, each leg on the 14-week Tour will feature Red Paddle Co races on both the 10’6 whipper snapper boards and those big, beautiful, 17ft “XL Ride” behemoths. → READ MORE
This weekend is another double header, with the 20% Air France Paddle Festival in Tahiti and the 40% Victoria Cup in Japan. → READ MORE
In brief: Italy’s Leonard Nika, one of the revelations of last year’s European summer series, and Spain’s Laura Quetglas have won the Port Setubal SUP Race in Portugal, the opening stop of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.
With a large, unseasonal storm front driving strong winds and heavy rain, the first stop of the 2016 Tour turned into a gritty battle that featured a strength-testing stretch of brutal upwind paddling. → READ MORE
In brief: Arthur Arutkin has taken out the “Double Downwinder” event at the Grand Prix Guyader regatta in France over the weekend. Arthur made it a clean sweep of a very competitive field, winning both Saturday’s and Sunday’s downwinders to continue his solid early season form.
A rejuvenated Eric Terrien, the former king of European paddling, turned back the clock to take the runner-up spot → READ MORE
The future of the sport was on show in SoCal over the weekend, with the 2016 Quickblade Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta presented by Infinity providing a platform for the next generation of paddling pros to battle it out.
The 4th annual edition of this great event attracted a very talented group from far and wide, with competitors flying in from as far away as Hawaii, Australia, Japan, Peru and Brazil.
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The “Seleccion Mexicana De SUP” event was held in the paddleboarding mecca of Sayulita, a rather appropriate venue for an ISA World Championship national qualifier given that the town hosted the previous ISA Worlds exactly 12 months ago this week. → READ MORE
Fresh of her victory at the big OluKai race last weekend, Sonni Hönscheid has taken out the 5th Annual BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua charity race on Maui, as heavy rains turned the usual sunny downwinder into a bit of a grind. Australian James Casey, who also finished on the OluKai podium, took out the men’s race ahead of local expert Jeremy Riggs. → READ MORE
Here’s a quick preview of what’s in store the next few days — check back on Sunday to catch all the results… → READ MORE
In case you need some mid-week motivation, or if you just want an entertaining trip down memory lane, watch this four and a half minute montage from Quickblade, which features some of the biggest names and events in stand up paddling accompanied by a couple of iconic speeches from the wider sporting world.
Simply titled “Train Hard. Go Fast. Have Fun.” – the official mantra of QB Paddles – the clip is an interesting look back at the past eight years of not only one of the sport’s most iconic brands, but of the sport itself → READ MORE