WATCH: Pioneering The Art Of Stand Up Paddling In… Mozambique?

Mozambique stand up paddling SUPI stumbled upon this video a couple of weeks ago that showed stand up paddling in, of all places, Mozambique.

Now Mozambique doesn’t really spring to mind when you think of SUP meccas, in fact it’s one of the last places you’d imagine the sport taking off. But it seems the country has a lot going for it: beautiful coastline, enthusiastic locals and a pioneering Californian named Tim Warner.    → READ MORE

WATCH: Rogue Recap Of The Gorge Paddle Challenge

Gorge Paddle Challenge videoWatch this great highlights reel from the Rogue crew’s trip to Hood River last week.

The clip features some great angles of the race action, a few glimpses of what makes the Gorge so much fun, along with words from Rogue’s Maui boy Josh Riccio and new ambassador Brian Meyer.    → READ MORE

This Awesome Video Pays Homage To Travis Grant (And Quickblade Paddles)

Quickblade Trifecta Paddle Travis GrantWatch this awesome tribute to the one of the greatest paddlers on the planet, Travis Grant.

Courtesy of Quickblade Paddles, the clip pays homage to Trav’s amazing run of results this year, all of which he achieved using the Quickblade “Trifecta” paddle that he helped Jim Terrell design.    → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games Announces New Race Format + Live Webcast

Battle of the Paddle SUP race chaosSUP the Mag has just announced a few more details about their inaugural Pacific Paddle Games, which is set to take over California’s Doheny State Beach (aka the “spiritual home” of SUP racing) on October 10th & 11th and may very well be the biggest race of the year.

While we already know the PPGs will give out the largest prize purse in the history of the sport, now we know a bit more about how the action on the water will look.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Inside Molokai With Team Kerbox

Molokai 2 Oahu stand up paddle race videoWatch this great Molokai 2 Oahu recap from Kody Kerbox and his dad Buzzy, aka Team Kerbox.

Some really cool water angles in there, along with running commentary that gives us some insights into what was an extremely tough channel crossing this year.   → READ MORE

Vincent Verhoeven Wins The Latest Downwind Race In France

Vincent Verhoeven stand up paddle FranceVincent Verhoeven has just taken out the latest race in France, claiming the 16km (10 mile) downwinder on the weekend. Held in Morbian, a region in the northwest province of Brittany that’s home to a good chunk of France’s top paddlers, Vincent ran away in the light bumps to claim victory after 1 hour 35 minutes.

A few of France’s top names were missing, however Vincent overcame a couple of very experienced rivals in Greg Closier and former Team France representative Gaetan Sene.   → READ MORE

Fiona Wylde And Werner Paddles Host ‘Paddle With The Pros’ In Hood River

Fiona Wylde stand up paddlingLast weekend Fiona Wylde, Werner Paddles and Big Winds hosted the first ever “Paddle With The Pros” session in Hood River, with the aim of getting more paddlers out on the water and sharing the stoke of stand up.

Hood River has become a real mecca for paddling. It’s home to the big Gorge Paddle Challenge (coming up next week), along with the original junior training program, Big Winds’ “JET” (Junior Elite Team), of which Fiona herself is a graduate.   → READ MORE

Extended Highlights Reel From The SUP Race Cup

SUP Race Cup in st. maxime franceHere’s an extended summary from the 2015 SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime, France’s classic event that was part of the new Euro Tour this summer.

The race was won by Travis Grant and Titouan Puyo, who split the honours in the Beach Race and Distance Race, while Euro Tour champ Sonni Honscheid dominated the women’s races.   → READ MORE

Mid-Year World Rankings: Travis Grant Is Number One (And There’s A Flaw In The System)

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And just like that, it’s August. This year has flown by. Seems like only yesterday we were getting excited about the first major race of the year, the Carolina Cup. That was four months ago.

We’re now halfway through the international stand up paddling “season,” which loosely runs from April to October (with a couple of outposts in December). Carolina, OluKai, the Worlds, the Euro Tour, Payette and Molokai have already been run and won, while we’ve still got the Gorge Paddle Challenge, Pacific Paddle Games and a few World Series races to look forward to.

So because we’re halfway through the year, I thought it’d be a good time to analyse the best paddlers of 2015 so far.   → READ MORE

The Showdown Purge: 12 Months After The Second Biggest Race Of 2014, Changes To The World Rankings

Ultimate SUP Showdown 2014Despite there being no big races this weekend there have still been a few changes to the SUP Racer World Rankings.

Why? Because it’s been exactly 12 months since the 2014 Ultimate SUP Showdown was held, which means it’s now time for that event to be purged from the system. And considering it was the second highest scoring race of 2014, the Showdown’s removal has had a big impact on the Men’s Top 100 and Women’s Top 50 Leaderboards.   → READ MORE

Maliko For Lunch: More Downwind Goodness From Jeremy Riggs On Maui

maliko downwind stand up paddling videoWell now if this video doesn’t get you amped to grab your gear and go for a paddle, I’m not sure what will.

Watch Jeremy Riggs and friends cruise down the coast of Maui on what is probably the world’s most famous downwind run: Maliko. Countless bumps, endless glides and no shortage of smiles from the crew.    → READ MORE

Countdown To The Gorge: Relive Last Year’s Classic With This Great Highlights Reel

Gorge Paddle Challenge stand up paddle videoTwelve days and counting til one of the biggest races of the year: The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon. It’s set to be a classic, with a sizeable chunk of the world’s top international paddlers joining a big group of local and domestic wildcards for an awesome weekend of racing.

The Gorge is a top event, not only because of its unique conditions (inland downwinder) but also the great local paddling community and the laidback vibe of Hood River in general. It’s definitely one of my favourite stops on the international calendar.   → READ MORE

Fernando Stalla, Georges Cronsteadt Win In Tahiti

Fernando Stalla paddlerCheck out the results from the latest SUP race in Tahiti, aka the land of a thousand dark horses. Tahiti is home to some of the strongest paddlers on the planet, and it’s fast becoming home to a solid little domestic race circuit as well. On the weekend it was the Rautirare Festival in the paddling mecca of Mataiea, a small village just up the road from the world-famous Teahupoo.    → READ MORE