Downwind Month Glides On This Weekend With The Maui Paddleboard Race (But Who’s Gonna Win?)

Maui Paddle Championships (4)SIC Downwind Month keeps gliding along this weekend with another big race on Maui. The Maui Paddleboard Race, a slightly new spin on an historic event, is set to be one of the biggest (and probably the funnest) events of Downwind Month.

The 2014 Maui Paddleboard Race is actually a reincarnation of the original “Maui Paddle Championships” that ran from 2006 to 2013. It’s essentially the same event but with new organisers and a slightly new name. As far as the paddlers are concerned this is the same race. It’s on the same weekend it’s always been – the Sunday before Molokai 2 Oahu – and it’ll be held on the exact same course: The world famous Maliko Run. But the thing we all wanna know is: Who’s going to win this year?   → READ MORE

WATCH Livio Menelau Surf Maui’s Endless Bumps

Livio Menelau Maliko gulch downwinder MauiSIC Downwind Month: It’s when the paddling world heads to Hawaii in search of big bumps and endless glides.

Well after yesterday’s Maui 2 Molokai epic got us all fired up, here’s another cool clip for you to enjoy. This features one of the fastest downwind paddlers on the planet: Brazo-turned-Maui-boy (and SIC team rider) Livio Menelau.

Livio took 5th place in last weekend’s big crossing from Maui to Molokai, behind only the four superstars Connor, Kai, Dave and Travis. This was actually the 5th year in a row that Livio has finished top five at the M2M race. To say this guy is talented would be a mild understatement…   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Zane Schweitzer Wins (Yet Again) In Europe, Claiming Italy’s Adriatic Crown

Adriatic Crown SUP race ItalyEuro Tour. Week 9. Italy.

Zane Schweitzer continues his unbeaten streak in Europe, taking out the $10,000 Adriatic Crown in Italy. Zane beat his Starboard team mate and home favourite Leonard Nika to claim his 4th straight trophy on this year’s Euro Tour, having also saluted in Bilbao (Spain), Oleron (France) and Finland.

Click through for results and pics…   → READ MORE

This Aerial Video From Maui 2 Molokai Is Quite Literally Epic

Maui to Molokai M2M SUP race videoWe’re right smack bang in the middle of the grand spectacular that is SIC’s Downwind Month, when the world descends on the Hawaiian Islands to chase big bumps and endless glides.

Downwind Month is about having fun in the open ocean no matter how fast you go, though it does happen to feature a string of big, elite races as well. In a week and a half it’s the grand daddy: Molokai 2 Oahu, which we’ll be covering LIVE on July 27th. However last weekend saw another big channel crossing: Maui 2 Molokai, where Connor Baxter defeated the likes of Kai Lenny, Dave Kalama and Travis Grant to claim his 6th straight M2M crown.

And thanks to EPIC Aerial Productions, we can now enjoy the race from above…   → READ MORE

The “Showdown” Just Signed A Major TV Deal With CBS Sports Network; Aims To Push SUP Mainstream

Ultimate SUP Showdown (17)While the focus is on Hawaii throughout July thanks to SIC’s Downwind Month, the spotlight will continue to shine on the Islands deep into next month courtesy of one major event. From the 16th to 18th August we’re going to see one of the most competitive (not to mention most interesting) races of the year: Honolua Surf Co’s Ultimate SUP Showdown in Waikiki.

As we revealed a couple of weeks back, the Showdown is aiming to go next level in 2014: The prize money is top tier ($25k), the lineup of talent runs deep, the after party is expected to be something else and most paddlers I’ve spoken to were stoked on the novelty of Draft Day. However it seems the real story behind this event is a major TV deal that Showdown organisers signed last Friday with CBS Sports Network.   → READ MORE

Unreal Footage From Lake Tahoe (Race The Lake Of The Sky)

Race The Lake of the Sky videoHere’s a really good highlights reel from the massive Race The Lake Of The Sky event, which was held up at Lake Tahoe a few weeks back and attracted hundreds of paddlers from far and wide.

Race The Lake Of The Sky, aka the Feel Good Race Of The Summer, seems to be quickly becoming one of the races to attend. It has a grassroots vibe to it but still attracts plenty of elite talent. It’s kinda like California’s answer to the Carolina Cup.   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter Wins Maui 2 Molokai Ahead Of Kai Lenny, Dave Kalama And Travis Grant; Devin Blish Fastest Of The Women

Maui 2 Molokai Stand Up PaddleDownwind Month Glides on… Connor Baxter has just won the Maui 2 Molokai race yet again, beating an all star field and firing a shot across the bow ahead of the big one, Molokai 2 Oahu. This must be about the 6th or 7th time in a row that Connor has claimed the M2M title, however this year the win was more hard fought than ever. Connor edged out fellow Maui young gun Kai Lenny by a couple of minutes, while behind him was a who’s who of the downwinding world including Dave Kalama, Travis Grant and Livio Menelau.

Very interesting to look at today’s result in relation to the Molokai 2 Oahu race coming up in two weeks (and which we’ll have live coverage of). Today’s Maui 2 Molokai could be a bit of a form guide for the big one: All five of the top guys from today will be back in action on the 27th.   → READ MORE

“World’s Funnest Downwinder” Set For Tomorrow As SIC’s Downwind Month Glides On

Maui 2 Molokai SUP RaceMaui 2 Molokai. It sounds a lot like Molokai 2 Oahu. And it is. Many miles of paddling across an open ocean channel from one Hawaiian island to another. Only difference is: Maui 2 Molokai is actually fun.

Known as the little brother of M2O, the M2M doesn’t have the same level of prestige but certainly trumps it’s older sibling when it comes to conditions. While Molokai 2 Oahu is usually a grinding affair, the Maui 2 Molokai race almost always scores an epic downwind run.   → READ MORE

Showdown: Draft Day

Ultimate SUP Showdown (20)As we revealed last week, Honolua Surf Co’s Ultimate SUP Showdown is set to go next level in 2014, with a prize purse that rivals the Battle of the Paddle and an elite invitation list that’ll make it one of the single most competitive races we’ve ever seen. Danny, Travis, Connor, Kai and five dozen others from the top echelons of stand up paddling. For the first time outside the BOP, we’re going to see all the big guns go head to head.

The Showdown is an elite, invite-only event and one of its coolest features are the personal invitations that each athlete will receive from the chief organiser, Boyd Jeffery. Let’s call it Showdown: Draft Day.   → READ MORE

SUPAA On Race Starts: Let’s Make Them More Fair

Battle of the Paddle Elite Race startThe start of a SUP race can make or break your day on the water. In elite racing, falling off your board at the start means you’re instantly behind. It’s not much fun seeing the top guns sprint away while you’re clambering to get back on. Unless you’re a very strong paddler, your race could be over quite literally before it begins.

Sometimes a bad start is entirely the paddler’s fault. Too nervous, inexperienced or whatever the reason may be. However far too often it’s not the paddler’s fault at all, which makes things that much more frustrating. I’ve seen quite a few races where, to put it politely, the starts sucked.    → READ MORE

Payette River Games: More Carnage On The River (aka Team Boardworks Goes To Idaho)

Payette River Games Idaho river SUP raceAnother week, another cool edit from the Payette River Games. From the moment this race was announced we knew it’d produce some awesome highlights and it certainly delivered. Carnage On The River we nicknamed it.

And this clip from the Boardworks crew might just be the best one yet. While we’ve seen a bunch of very slick highlight reels from Idaho over the past couple weeks, those all focused on the myriad of festivities on offer in Cascade. This one however is almost entirely SUP (which in my very biased opinion was the big highlight of the weekend… except for maybe the axe throw… definitely the axe throw).   → READ MORE

WATCH: Downwind Fun On Maui With Jeremy Riggs And Co.

maui downwind videoMaui. The ultimate downwind playground. Endless bumps blowing like clockwork along a picture perfect coastline and ridden each day by the world’s foremost downwind masters.

Well now that it’s officially Downwind Month, it’s a good time to have a closer look at this unique part of the paddling world. We don’t want to only cover the big races with SIC Downwind Month, we also wanna take a look at what makes downwinding so much fun. And nothing highlights that fun better than these clips from Maui local, SIC team rider and all around good guy Jeremy Riggs.   → READ MORE

Euro Tour Week 8: Gaetan And Chase Battle In La Baule But Miss France (x2) Steals The Show

Miss France SUPEuro Tour. Week 8. France…

The NSP Euro Tour continues to roll on. What was supposed to be a seven week voyage around Europe has turned into a two and a half month-long odyssey. The traditional European summer racing season is mid May til the end of June, but this year it’s gonna stretch right through to the beginning of August.

Euro Tour: Encore we’re calling it.   → READ MORE

Mo Freitas Takes Out The Da Hui Race As Downwind Month Starts Rolling

Da Hui RaceOne of the biggest and longest-running paddleboard races in the world was held in Hawaii today: The 36th Annual Da Hui Race on Oahu’s North Shore. The event is also the first race of SIC Downwind Month and from all reports the wind was blowing and the bumps were rolling today.

Da Hui’s “Independence Day Race” is held each year on the 4th of July and always attracts hundreds of paddlers but this year was surely a record: 338 stand up paddlers and over 600 in total (across the SUP, prone and outrigger divisions).

Click through for pics and full results from all the action on the North Shore today…   → READ MORE