2016 Gorge Paddle Challenge Dates Announced

Gorge Paddle Challenge SUP raceWe’ve just gotten word of the dates for the 2016 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, one of the biggest and most beloved races on the international circuit.

If you’ve never been to this race then you really should mark it on your calendar for next next year. It’s a great race but it’s also held an amazing location, with the host town of Hood River definitely one of the cooler little parts of the world to hang out for a week.   → READ MORE

Team Spain Set for 2016 Worlds as Roman Frejo, Susak Molinero Win the National Titles

Stand Up Paddling national titles in Spain (3)One of the ISA regulars, Team Spain, has selected its squad in anticipation of the 2016 Worlds. Starboard’s Roman Frejo and Jimmy Lewis’ Susak Molinero were the big winners at the 2015 Campeonato de España de Sup y Paddleboard, aka the Spanish National Titles for SUP and Paddleboard, which were held in the picture postcard town of Baiona recently.

Click through for recap and results…   → READ MORE

Chattjack Announces Dates for 2016 (Don’t Miss Out This Time…)

Chattajack stand up paddleboard raceJust days after the 2015 event wrapped up, the Chattajack paddleboard race has already announced its dates for next year.

ChattaJack is a 31 mile race journey of epic proportions through the beautiful Tennessee wilderness. But don’t let the beautiful imagery fool you: This race is brutal. The course record for the main 14′ division, set by Larry Cain this year, is just a couple of minutes under 6 hours. It’s long. It’s tough. It’s basically the Inland Molokai…   → READ MORE

WATCH: Inside the World’s Greatest Paddling Team

EDT va'a Tahiti outrigger canoe paddlingIf your knowledge of the paddling world ends when the words “stand up” are dropped from the equation, probably not. But if you’ve ever spent five minutes in the world of outrigger canoeing (or its Tahitian equivalent, va’a), the name “EDT” instantly conjures up images of a team filled with mythical ocean warriors that win virtually every race they enter.

If you’re interested to know more about these warriors, you can now watch this great little documentary that’s full of insights into how Team EDT trains and competes, and why they’re just so damn good.   → READ MORE

Noa Ginella’s Tour Notes: Behind the Scenes with the Young Guns of SUP

Noa Ginella Tour Notes SUP videoCheck out this great little behind-the-scenes clip from everyone’s favourite SUP freesurfer/indie film maker, Noa Ginella.

The reel includes a who’s who from the world of the “young guns” – incl. Kai Lenny, Kody Kerbox, Connor Baxter, Mo Freitas, Tucker Ingalls and Riggs Napoleon – as they battle it out at the Huntington Beach Pro and just basically kinda enjoy life in general. Oh and it also features Kai taking an ice bath (so that’s the secret).   → READ MORE

Touring through Tahiti with Team Riviera

stand up paddling tahiti videoIn case you needed even more motivation to visit the paddling wonderland known as Tahiti, check out this recap of Team Riviera’s recent trip to the island.

Surfing perfect waves, paddling race boards through perfectly clear, turquoise-coloured lagoons, and generally just enjoying life in paradise. Sign me up.   → READ MORE

Larry Cain Wins Tennessee’s 31 Mile “Chattajack” Race in Record Time

Chattajack stand up paddleboard raceOlympic gold medalist Larry Cain has won the 2015 Chattajack race, crossing the line in a course record of 4 hours 58 minutes, just seconds ahead of Bart de Zwart and Mike Tavares. In the women’s, 11 City Tour heroine Seychelle Hattingh crossed side by side with Kimberly Barnes to claim equal first.

Chattajack is unofficially known as the Inland Molokai because of its grueling length (31 miles) and the fact it sells out almost every year. The 2015 edition sold out in record time.   → READ MORE

Extended Highlights from the Japan Cup

Japan Cup stand up paddling race videoHere’s the extended edit from last month’s Japan Cup, featuring highlights from what ended up becoming quite an entertaining affair.

A nearby typhoon whipped up a solid swell and sent it straight to the host beach in Chigasaki, which provided that magic ingredient for a good SUP race: Waves.   → READ MORE

Battle of the Brands Gets a Slight Bump (and Travis Grant Gets a Team Mate)

Vincent Verhoeven stand up paddle FranceThere’s been a slight bump to Battle of the Brands Leaderboard following the World Series Finals @ Turtle Bay on the weekend. This year’s event didn’t attract as many top names as the Pacific Paddle Games a week earlier, so there has only been minimal movement on the leaderboards today.

After a smaller than expected turnout, this year’s World Series Finals @ Turtle Bay scored 30.5% on our Race Index. That’s a fall from the 45.0% it scored in 2014, which meant there were approximately 50% less points on offer for the athletes this time around.   → READ MORE

Post-Turtle Bay Changes to the World Rankings: Jake Jensen Out of the Top 10, Arthur Arutkin In

Arthur Arutkin and Jake Jensen Fanatic SUPFollowing the unofficial “season ending” race on the weekend, the World Series Finals at Turtle Bay in Hawaii, there’s been a bit of movement on the SUP Racer World Rankings.

Though, interestingly, it was actually those who didn’t race at Turtle Bay that reaped the biggest rewards. That includes Titouan Puyo, who jumps back into the top 5, and Arthur Arutkin, who makes his debut in the exclusive top 10 club at the expense of Fanatic team mate Jake Jensen.   → READ MORE

Travis Grant and Kenny Kaneko Tame the Wild Oceans of Japan (PHOTOS)

Kumano Stand Up Paddle Race JapanTravis Grant has taken out Japan’s “Kumano SUP Marathon” for the second year in a row, with the current world number two holding off an impressive Kenny Kaneko in wild ocean conditions.

In what looked to be a beautiful sunny day in a very picturesque part of the country, the pro divisions were sent out of the protected Atashika Bay and into the open ocean. Once outside, they paddled along a rugged coastline of jagged cliffs and small islets that were getting slammed by swells, creating a backwash effect that looked either a whole lot of fun or an absolute nightmare (depending on how wide your board was).   → READ MORE

Mo Freitas, Bailey Rosen Win the Battle of the Bay

Mo Freitas stand up paddling in San FranciscoIn brief: Mo Freitas and Bailey Rosen have taken out the annual race around San Francisco’s iconic Alcatraz Island, also known as the Battle of the Bay. Mo swept both the 8.5 mile round the island loop and the shorter course race, with Bailey matching the double in the women’s.

Other stand outs were young Frenchman Martin Letourneur, who gave Mo the stiffest competition…   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo Wins the (14′) French Championships; Arthur Arutkin Runner-Up

Titouan Puyo stand up paddlingThe first of two French Championships were held this weekend, with world #6 and vice-captain of Team Starboard Titouan Puyo taking out the 14′ national title ahead of world #11 Arthur Arutkin.

Held in picturesque Presqu’Île de Crozon, the event featured two days of racing that included a “fun” (but by all reports, still very competitive) surf race along with the main title event, the 15km distance race.   → READ MORE

Final Results from Turtle Bay as Kai and Connor Show They’re Still the Top Young Guns (Updated)

Stand Up World Series Turtle BayThe unofficial “last big race of the season” (with apologies to Paris and Perth) is happening in Hawaii this weekend, with the fourth and final stop of the 2015 World Series going down at Turtle Bay on Oahu’s North Shore.

Numbers are down this year compared to last, with just four women and 17 guys competing in the distance race today, something of an anti-climax to last weekend’s Pacific Paddle Games. But while it lacks the numbers compared to other international events, Turtle Bay still has plenty of talent, with Connor, Kai, Casper and half a dozen other top ranked paddlers all at Turtle Bay this weekend.   → READ MORE