In less than three weeks, sleepy little Hood River, Oregon will be taken over by dozens of the world’s best paddlers. The 2015 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is set for August 22nd and 23rd, and it’s shaping up to be one of the best races of the year.
Hood River is a special place. This long-time paddling mecca is home to the unique Columbia River Gorge, aka the world’s largest wind tunnel, which produces one of the best downwind runs on the planet despite being 150 miles inland. There’s a huge local paddling crew, while the town itself is an awesome little spot to hang. → READ MORE
In exactly one month from today, I’ll be standing on the water in the Dutch town of Leeuwarden, enjoying my final few moments of normality before the horn blows to signal the beginning of the world’s longest stand up paddle race. I’ll be surrounded by 100 odd paddlers who share a similar penchant for pain and suffering.
The SUP 11 City Tour is a unique race… → READ MORE
Kai Lenny really wants to win Molokai. He really, really wants to win. So much so that he and his sponsors went to extraordinary lengths to achieve greatness this year.
To understand this story is to understand how incredibly driven, determined and extraordinarily competitive Kai Lenny is. It’s a story of winning at all costs. But it’s also a story of mutual respect and admiration between two incredible ocean athletes, as you’ll discover at the end. → READ MORE
Molokai 2 Oahu is the most prestigious race in the world. The 32 mile crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel (aka the Channel of Bones) is steeped in history, with each new edition producing countless heroic stories both in front of and behind the scenes. And this year’s race probably created more highlights than ever before…
With brutally slow conditions out in the channel and overhead surf to greet paddlers near the finish line, Molokai 2015 will be remembered for a long time to come. Now that the dust has settled, I’ve been looking back at some of the amazing photos from this year’s classic race and wanted to share a few of the best. → READ MORE
One of the biggest talking points around Molokai this year was boards. And no board has raised more curiosity than the winning stick of Travis Grant, so I wanted to take a closer look at this “Magic Molokai Board” and find out what makes it so special.
Travis, who is clearly the best paddler in the world right now regardless of what the current rankings say, unleashed one of the all-time greatest performances to claim his second Molokai 2 Oahu crown on Sunday. → READ MORE
Zane Schweitzer has won the 2015 Italia Surf Expo SUP Race, saluting against a small but very elite field of European stars in what looked to be a festival atmosphere.
Zane didn’t actually win either of the two races on the weekend – the distance and the sprints – however his pair of runner-up performances was enough for the overall event title ahead of Casper Steinfath and Leo Nika. → READ MORE
Yesterday, SUP the Mag announced their inaugural Pacific Paddle Games will offer athletes a prize purse of $55,000. In what can only be described as massive news, this instantly makes the Pacific Paddle Games the richest event in stand up paddling history.
Set for October 10th & 11th at the “spiritual home” of SUP racing – Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California – the PPGs are expected to be one of the biggest races of the year. Probably the biggest. → READ MORE
Travis Grant and Sonni Hönscheid have just won the most prestigious race of the year: The Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships in Hawaii. Travis claims his second title in three years to stamp himself as one of the greatest paddlers in the sport, while Sonni Honscheid deserves she belongs up there with the best after going back-to-back.
With some of the slowest and most grueling conditions in recent memory (there was virtually no wind at all), Travis outlasted Kai Lenny and Lincoln Dews for the men’s solo unlimited crown, while Sonni held off an impressive Annabel Anderson, who took second place over the line despite paddling a stock 14 footer. → READ MORE
The countdown to Molokai is almost complete. In less than 48 hours, 200 odd paddlers will be standing on the beach on Molokai staring out into a big wide ocean. They’ll be squinting their eyes trying to make out the silhouette of Oahu in the distance. On a clear day you can just see it.
Between them and the finish line is the biggest challenge in the world of paddleboarding: The 32 mile Ka’iwi Channel, aka the Channel of Bones. → READ MORE
The countdown to Molokai continues.
In less than three days, several of the world’s best paddlers will tackle what is arguably the single most prestigious challenge in our sport: The 32 mile crossing from Molokai 2 Oahu. → READ MORE
The 2016 ISA World Championship is still a good 8-10 months away, however some of the medals may have already been decided. That’s because Australia, the winningest nation in ISA history, just changed the dates of its National Titles to a weekend where virtually all its best paddlers will be overseas.
The Aussie Titles, the event solely responsible for deciding Australia’s team for the Worlds, was originally set for mid-November. However a few weeks ago the national governing body, Surfing Australia, brought the event forward to October 11th-15th. The same weekend as the big Pacific Paddle Games… → READ MORE
Now here’s a story. There’s this guy in France that wants to paddle across the Atlantic ocean. Totally unsupported. All 4,000 kilometres of it. That’s 2,485 miles, or in layman’s terms: A bloody long way.
TotalSUP has the full story but the basics are… → READ MORE
This isn’t entirely stand up paddling news, but I thought it was pretty cool all the same: Prone paddleboarding is part of the 2015 CrossFit Games, which are happening right now in LA.
The CrossFit Games, also known as the Olympics for people who do 580 pull-ups before breakfast, run July 21-26 with paddleboarding one of the first events on the schedule. → READ MORE
One of the long-running staples of the SoCal racing scene, the San Clemente Ocean Fest, was held on the weekend. Despite the unseasonably strange weather, a good chunk of the local paddling community came out for what looked to be a fun weekend of racing.
The weather was so bizarre that Day 1 was actually put on hold due to lightning strikes, however when the event resumed on Day 2, paddlers were met with clear blue skies and some solid little waves that made for super fun racing. → READ MORE
The most prestigious race of the year, Molokai 2 Oahu, is only six days away. We’ll be previewing the big race all week, including a look at the contenders for the men’s and women’s crown. We’ll also have live coverage and mid-channel updates from the lead boats on race day.
But to warm up for Molokai Week, here’s a throwback to last year’s race. Bluesmiths produced this great feature on Jimmy Spithill, who competed in the 2014 Molokai solo. → READ MORE