It’s Back: The Water Warrior Race (aka Camp Pendleton’s Torture Chamber) Is On This Weekend

Water Warrior stand up paddle race camp pendletonOne of the hardest/funnest/craziest races I did last year was the Water Warrior event at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. It was part SUP race, part army obstacle course, part torture chamber.

The racing involved everything from sprinting in and out of the waves, climbing up and down sand pits, ascending (and quickly descending) giant inflatable slides in the middle of the water course, scaling cargo net walls and a bunch of other challenges that organisers Chuck Patterson and the Riding Bumps crew invented for their own sadistic pleasure.   → READ MORE

Team SIC Goes To The Gorge

Hood River Downwind Video Gorge Paddle ChallengeAnother great clip from the SIC crew, this time capturing the spirit of their recent trip to Hood River for the Gorge Paddle Challenge.

As always it’s a very nice little production and features the team’s host of stars, including Georges Cronsteadt, Livio Menelau, Scott Trudon, Andrea Moller, Devin Blish, Sonni Honscheid and Lina Augaitis (yes, SIC had quite the entourage up in Oregon).   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Chase Kosterlitz, Lina Augaitis Sweep Round The Rock [UPDATED]

Chase Kosterlitz Round The RockYou may not have noticed if you were tuned to, but there were actually races happening somewhere other than in the Netherlands on the weekend.

The biggest was Round The Rock in Seattle, a well known race and a staple of the Pacific North West SUP community. Held just outside Seattle, Washington, the main event at Round The Rock is a 13 mile loop of Mercer Island. It’s a long, flat race that attracts large numbers and some serious talent every year.

This year that talent included Canada’s Lina Augaitis and Floridian-turned-Californian Chase Kosterlitz. The two flatwater machines were in fine form, taking out their respective 14′ divisions and also “sweeping” the event in general.   → READ MORE

DONE. The SUP 11 City Tour Is Finished – Get The Full Results, Pics And Recap From This Crazy / Painful / Awesome Race

11 city tour of friesland stand up paddling
The 2014 SUP 11 City Tour is DONE. What a crazy adventure that was. Congratulations to Bart de Zwart for reclaming his crown and showing he’s still the king of endurance paddling.

We’ll have a full recap of this crazy/painful/amazing/awesome event soon, but in the meantime here are the final standings from the solo divisions. You can also relive the week-long live blog, including daily recaps and photo highlights.   → READ MORE

Downwinding In the Gorge

hood river gorge downwind stand up paddle videoHere’s a fun little clip showing just how awesome it is when you get a good downwinder in the Gorge. Very film noir.

Thanks to Arthur Daniel for sharing – the Frenchman has been hanging out in Oregon with Chase Kosterlitz and Belar Diaz (the other two guys in this vid) and scoring plenty of great runs down the famed Columbia River Gorge at Hood River.   → READ MORE

Greg Closier Wins The Swell Beach Race Series Finale In France

Swell Beach Race Series penfoul franceGreg Closier has notched up another victory in the long running and always entertaining Swell Beach Race Series in France. Closier came home half a minute ahead of rising star Martin Letourneur to claim the 7th and final race of the season at Penfoul Beach.

With its signature fun little waves and enthusiastic crowd of French paddlers, the Swell Beach Race Series ended the year as it began.    → READ MORE

Surfing The Gorge Sternwheeler (The Endless Bump…)

Columbia River Gorge Sternwheeler paddle surfingHere’s a cool little clip from Arthur Daniel that gives a first person view of the famous Gorge Sternwheeler wave in action.

This old boat cruises up and down the Columbia River Gorge at Cascade Locks, just up the road from Hood River, offering a virtually endless bump if you time it right. With it’s giant rolling wheel hanging off the back, this boat kicks out a massive wake that sets up half a dozen trailing waves.    → READ MORE

[VIDEO] Highlights From The Queensland State Titles

stand up paddle board race queenslandNice little recap of the QLD State Titles that were held on the weekend, including some footage from the BOP-style and distance races.

The State Titles are the first step to the National Titles in October, which will more or less decide who’ll be representing Team Australia at the Worlds next year.   → READ MORE

Chase Kosterlitz, Fiona Wylde Win The SUP Salmon Classic

SUP Salmon Classic stand up paddle race washingtonChase Kosterlitz has won the SUP Salmon Classic in Washougal, Washington today.

A good chunk of the crew from last weekend’s massive Gorge Paddle Challenge stayed in the area for the Salmon Classic, which was less than an hour up the road. Chase was too strong in the 8 mile race – haven’t ID’d who got second but I know Brett Saguid beat home a Superman-style Belar Diaz for third place.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Noa Ginella Gets Barreled On His Race Board

Noa Ginella surfing stand up paddle race boardTHIS is how you surf a race board.

Watch Noa Ginella ride a 12’6 better than most of us can surf an 8’6. These things are hard enough to turn, let alone get barreled on, but Noa made it look easy during the recent hurricane swell.

So thank you, Noa, for making the rest of us feel like kooks…   → READ MORE

Sneek? Hindeloopen?! Get To Know The SUP 11 City Tour (All 200kms Of It…) With These Interactive Course Maps

SUP 11 city tour course stand up paddle board raceWe’re just a couple of days away from the start of the 2014 SUP 11 City Tour… As that anxiety-inducing clock over there to the right suggests, we’re into the final countdown for the world’s longest/craziest/why-oh-why-did-I-agree-to-this SUP race.

Just over 200 kilometres (124 miles) of racing across five days. It truly is an epic adventure. Though with its maze of canals, endless green fields and place names that sound like they were plucked straight out of a Harry Potter novel (Sneek? Hindeloopen?!), the SUP 11 City Tour certainly takes some navigating.

So to give you an idea of exactly where we’ll be this week, here are the full, interactive course maps for the SUP 11 City Tour…   → READ MORE

Jake Jensen, Beau O’Brian And Karla Gilbert Win The Queensland State Titles

Queensland state titles stand up paddlingThe 2014 Immerse SUP & Paddle Festival (aka the Queensland State SUP Titles) is happening this weekend at the paddling mecca of Currumbin.

The QLD State Titles are a lead in for the Aussie Titles in a couple of months time, which will decide who represents the three-time-champion Team Australia at 2015 ISA Worlds. Click through for results plus video of both the BOP-style and long distance races…   → READ MORE

This Photo “Won” The Gorge Paddle Challenge

Stand Up Paddling with a dogWho won the Gorge race last week? Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson may have scored the biggest trophies and fattest prize cheques, however one competitor (or rather two) stood out above the crowd.

Matt Willett and his golden retriever Hunter received the loudest cheers of any competitors. Plus if Instagram and Facebook are any measure, the two were the clear winners of the event. The shot below was the most liked pic of the entire Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge…   → READ MORE

11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The “SUP 11 City Tour”

11 City Tour Stand Up Paddle raceAfter an awesome week in Hood River, where I got to watch the world’s best paddlers up close, I’m now sitting at the airport getting ready to board another plane.

Next stop: Amsterdam. From there I’ll travel a few hours out into the Dutch countryside to the province of “Friesland” and the city of Leeuwarden. That’ll be my home base for the next five days as I prepare for the craziest SUP race I’ve ever attempted: The SUP 11-City Tour.

The 11 cities is a 200km (125 mile) stage race held over five days. It’s long. It’s tough. And I have no idea why I agreed to do this. But I believe it’s going to be one hell of an adventure…   → READ MORE