Check out this cool edit from the recent GlaGla SUP Race in the Alps. The cold water event attracted over 100 paddlers to Lake Annecy, which is in the freezing cold but incredibly beautiful mountains of eastern France.
The term “GlaGla” is apparently derived from the sound your teeth make when they’re chattering in the cold. And the race certainly lived up to it’s name: Winners had to stand on a podium covered in snow & ice while pretty much everyone was wearing either a wetsuit or even a drysuit. Yes, it was bloody cold. → READ MORE
Dates for the 2015 Battle of the Paddle Brazil have been confirmed: We’re heading back to the land of acai and skimpy bikinis on the weekend of November 21 & 22.
Once again we’ll be in the beautiful southern city of Florianopolis, where the traditional Elite Race and Distance Race combo will cap off a five day SUP festival. → READ MORE
The growth of kids SUP racing over the past year or two has been massive, with junior racing divisions rapidly expanding and more and more brands creating specialised equpiment for grommies. One of those brands is Werner, who today announced the new ‘Prodigy’ SUP paddle designed for kids aged 7 to 13.
The ‘Prodigy’ is actually the third Werner SUP paddle designed for kids, however it appears to be their first high performance design (i.e. really good quality) aimed at the micro chargers of the SUP world. → READ MORE
Fanatic has just released a giant inflatable SUP, the Fly Air XL, to join the fast-growing market for oversized, inflatable stand up paddle boards.
The Battle of the Bohemeths I guess you could call it… → READ MORE
Check out this awesome video of Manca Notar showing off the fledgling sport of SnowSUP at home in Slovenia.
As we showed last week, Manca lives near some very beautiful mountains and loves to make the most of cold winter conditions, which this YouTube clip highlights perfectly. → READ MORE
The Queen of the BOP, Candice Appleby, announced her departure from long-time sponsor Surftech yesterday. This morning the reason why became clear, with the revelation she was joining the Infinity team in search of a SUP surfing world title.
Candice, winner of a record 6x Battle of the Paddle Elite Races (3x California, 2x Hawaii, 1x Brazil), has one of the most recognisable names in the sport and will be a huge addition to the Infinity squad, where she’ll join her boyfriend Anthony Vela as well as superstar Slater Trout and Infinity boss man Dave Boehne. → READ MORE
Dimitri Georges and Stephanie Jeaunneaux have taken out the 5th edition of Ze Caribbean Race in Guadeloupe, a five hour, open ocean epic held annually in Guadeloupe.
The distance and course of Ze Caribbean Race are very similar to the famous Molokai-2-Oahu race in Hawaii. The crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel between Molokai and Oahu is 32 miles, while the Ze Caribbean Race advertised as 33 → READ MORE
The official dates (and teaser poster) for Ironmana 2K15 have just been released, with the world’s toughest SUP race set to return to Bora Bora from December 1st-6th. That gives you exactly 304 days to train, of which you’re going to need every single one.
For the uninitiated, Ironmana is part race, part adventure, part spiritual journey through your own mind as you put your body through a series of punishing tests in the most paradisaical setting imaginable. → READ MORE
Some cool shots from the latest round of the Mexico SUP Tour.
Featuring well-known names such as Fernando Stalla, Bicho Jimenez, Ryan Helm and Shelby Dela Rosa Taylor, the Mexico SUP Tour was created last year to help grow the sport of stand up paddling in Mexico. The ten-stop Tour started back in October and runs right through to July, hitting pretty much every major corner of the country. → READ MORE
Registration has just opened for the 2015 Payette River Games, probably one of the funnest, most exciting (and definitely THE richest) stand up paddle races in the world.
With a $50,000 cash prize purse, a host of cool events on and off the water and an expected influx of elite talent, the PRGs are shaping up to be one of the biggest and best events of the year. → READ MORE
To France now, where apparently freezing cold temperatures and icy alpine waters are no deterrent to the hardcore local paddlers. Over 100 competitors braved the winter conditions for the “GlaGla” Race on Saturday, with cold water, snow and some rather breathtaking scenery making this a very unique and interesting event.
The GlaGla Race – named for the sound your teeth make (in French at least) when they’re chattering in the freezing cold – drew paddlers to Lake Annecy… → READ MORE
Starboard, probably the world’s strongest and most elite stand up paddling team, have just launched a new series: Team Tiki Talks. It’s basically an interview with one of their team riders each month.
And first up is Sean Poynter.
Although Poynter is a SUP surfer by trade he’s also a very handy racer. Sean Poynter is also one of the sharpest guys on tour, so it’s always good to hear his insights. → READ MORE
Results are in from today’s massive Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge race down in Mission Bay, San Diego. The Hanohano race, now in its 19th year, is one of the real gems on the racing calendar and always draws a big crowd. This event seems much more about having fun and getting out on the water than any kind of serious elite competition. It’s one of those great community races that give our sport such a great foundation.
The Hanohano always attracts a stellar crowd, however this year may have been a new record as 440 paddlers hit the Short Course (including over 300 on Stand Up Paddle boards). → READ MORE
A few days ago I posted a clip that proved very popular. It was a quick edit of last weekend’s Painkiller Cup, an exotic-looking team relay held in the paradise that is the BVIs, aka the British Virgin Islands (it’s somewhere in the Caribbean apparently).
While that first video was a brief highlights reel of the weekend, we now have the full recap video. And this clip makes the Painkiller Cup look like even more of a Bucket List race… → READ MORE
As the march towards Sayulita gathers pace, more and more teams are announcing their lineups for the 4th annual ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship.
This week it was Team Canada’s turn in the spotlight, with the Great White North announcing a full squad battle it out in Mexico way from May 10-17. And the lineup looks mighty competitive… → READ MORE