Equipment Equality: The Gorge Announces “up to 14 ft” for Women

One of the most iconic events (and funnest weekends) on the calendar, the Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, has taken the initiative to give women the same opportunities as men by embracing the “up to 14 ft” board class.

Beginning with the 2018 edition on August 18/19, both men and women will be gliding down the famous Columbia River Gorge on race boards up to 14 feet in length–an announcement that many leading athletes have applauded.

This positive move follows the lead of fellow major the Carolina Cup, which recently changed the women’s Elite Graveyard Race from 12’6 up to 14 in line with the men, and it reinforces Hood River’s position as one of the most important stops of the season.   → READ MORE

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GlaGla Race: Tom Auber, Melanie Lafenetre Make It a French Double as 494 Brave Paddlers Create a Grand Spectacle in the Alps

How many paddlers can you count? 🧐🤔 The GlaGla Race was so big that this angle doesn't even show half the field. Almost 500 paddlers signed up to brave the freezing cold waters of Lake Annecy today, making the "GlaGla" one of the biggest races on the planet. Between the record field and the incredible backdrop of the French Alps, it was an amazing spectacle. Thanks to everyone that tuned in to our live stream, congrats @tomauber and @melanie_lfntr for claiming victory, and well done to everyone that completed this crazy adventure. Add the 2019 GlaGla Race to your bucket list… ❄️🏔️ @alpinelakestour @redpaddleco #glaglarace #paddleboarding #cantfeelmytoes #standuppaddle #frenchalps #redpaddleco (photo: Alexis Fernet)

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Tom Auber and Melanie Lafenetre have won the 2018 GlaGla Race, as hundreds of paddlers braved the freezing cold French Alps to produce one of the largest races our sport has ever seen.

Tom claimed victory for the home nation after a frantic finish with Leo Nika — it was a literal photo finish, which is heartbreaking for Leo as it repeats the exact same scenario from 12 months ago. Italian Martino Rogai was just behind in third after pushing hard over the final kilometres, while Molokai hero Travis Grant had to settle for fourth place following a high-paced sprint to the line. The lead quartet stuck together for almost the entire 14km race, with Federico Esposito and Yanis Maire the only ones who could stay within shouting distance.

In the women’s it was all Melanie, with the 17-year-old from St. Maxime opening a commanding lead early and never looking back.

But the real story from this year’s GlaGla adventure was just how many paddlers stood on the start line. With just under 500 paddlers signed up for this crazy, cold water classic, the GlaGla is officially one of the biggest (by one measure it’s the #2 race in the world right now).

Full results from the short distance and long distance over on the official timing site.

You can also watch a full replay of our GlaGla Race Facebook Live stream.

A massive “merci beaucoup” to Benoit and the crew from the Alpine Lakes Tour, as well as title sponsor Red Paddle Co, for helping make this amazing event happen. See you back in the French Alps in January 2019!

LIVE STREAM: Full replay of the 2018 “GlaGla Race” direct from the freezing cold French Alps

Full replay of the 2018 GlaGla Race, where a record 494 paddlers took part in this freezing but very fun adventure in the French Alps.

Congrats to Tom Auber and Melanie Lafenetre for taking the wins, and well done to everybody that finished (that was COLD).

Thanks to the whole team from the Alpine Lakes Tour and title sponsor Red Paddle Co for making this epic event happen — add the “GlaGla” to your 2019 bucket list!

Here’s why GlaGla is the first “points race” of season 2018 (we’re making big changes to the World Rankings this year)

We’re only 24 hours from the first big race of season 2018: The GlaGla Race in the French Alps. But the “GlaGla” isn’t just the first big race of the year, it’s going to be one of the biggest races of the year, period.

The humble GlaGla has become something of a stand up paddling phenomenon. Held in a quiet corner of France in the freezing cold depths of winter, this amazing race has officially become one of the biggest in the world after a record 494 paddlers signed up for the 2018 adventure.

Measured by the number of stand up paddlers on the same start line, the GlaGla would now rank as the #2 race in the world behind only its compatriot the Paris Crossing. Extraordinary.   → READ MORE