Connor Baxter Won the Red Bull Heavy Water Event in San Fran (and Pocketed $20,000)

red-bull-heavy-water-sup-raceConnor Baxter took out the much-hyped Red Bull Heavy Water event in San Francisco last week, surviving the solid waves at Ocean Beach to edge out arch-rival Kai Lenny and pick up a record $20,000 prize.

Zane Schweitzer crossed in third to make it a clean sweep for the Maui Boys, with Casper Steinfath having to settle for fourth place.   → READ MORE

Kai Lenny and Fiona Wylde Won the World Series Finals on Maui

stand-up-world-series-mauiAlthough the season has started winding down after the high of Doheny earlier this month, the racing season never really ends these days… There were a bunch of events around the world in late October, and we’ve still got the Worlds next month before Aussie Downwind Week and the Paris Crossing in December.

Over on Maui last week, Kai Lenny and Fiona Wylde took late-season wins at the World Series event, edging out a small but elite field in fun conditions that saw both a Maliko downwind run and a surf race at the windsurfing mecca of Ho’okipa.    → READ MORE

Zane and Connor Just Took the Foil Boarding Craze to a Bizarrely-Awesome New Level

stand-up-paddle-hydrofoil-sup-foil-board-videoZane Schweitzer and Connor Baxter have just taken the hydrofoil craze to a bizarrely-awesome new level, showing off their freakish talents at the Starboard dealers meeting in San Diego the past couple of days.

First up, Zane getting some lift courtesy of a windsurf tow-in behind Connor yesterday afternoon, which I thought that was impressive enough, but what they did the next morning was beyond epic…   → READ MORE

Kai Lenny WINS Molokai-2-Oahu, Outlasts Travis Grant to Set New Course Record; Sonni Hönscheid Overpowers Annabel Anderson to Claim Third Straight Title

Molokai 2 Oahu 2016 results

Kai Lenny has achieved one of his biggest goals in life, claiming the prestigious Molokai 2 Oahu title after outlasting defending champ Travis Grant in a four hour epic, setting a new course record and further cementing his reputation as one of the all-time greats.

After a see-sawing battle across the Channel of Bones, Kai triumphantly crossed the line in a time of 4:07:41, half a minute ahead of Connor Baxter’s 2014 benchmark. The downwind bumps were solid but not exactly all-time, however favourable currents, a hungry lineup of elite talent and the superstar on a yellow board helped make this a record-breaking year.   → READ MORE

Molokai “Preview & Predictions” — Who’s Going to Win the Most Prestigious Race of the Year?

Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard race
We’re just over 24 hours away from the most prestigious race of the season, and what a race it’s shaping up to be. The 20th annual crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel between Molokai to Oahu is already destined for the history books, but a record level of talent and a few last-minute twists should ensure we’ll be talking about this one for many years to come.

The Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, aka M2O or just simply Molokai, has become the ultimate event of the international stand up paddle racing season. The race has taken on an almost mythical status over the years, and it’s surely one of the toughest trophies in the sport to get your hands on. Becoming a Molokai champion makes you an instant hero, while many paddling legends have built their reputations by conquering this epic, dangerous, thirty-two mile stretch of open ocean between these two imposing Hawaiian islands.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Insights and Highlights from the Maui2Molokai Race

Maui 2 Molokai paddleboarding videoJust in case you couldn’t make it to Hawaii on the weekend, here’s a great clip from Saturday’s big Maui2Molokai race, aka M2M, featuring some insightful athlete interviews and plenty of endless downwind glides.

The 7th annual channel crossing from Maui to Molokai saw Connor Baxter extend his record winning streak — he has, quite incredibly, won every single edition of this event — while Devin Blish claimed her second crown in the space of 24 months.   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter Outlasts Travis Grant and Matt Nottage to Win Seventh Straight Maui2Molokai; Devin Blish Claims Women’s Title

Connor Baxter Maui 2 MolokaiConnor Baxter has won a record seventh-straight Maui 2 Molokai (M2M) title, narrowly edging out Travis Grant in one of the fastest ever channel crossings, and setting up a mouth-watering clash at the major Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O) showdown later this month.

Connor finished in a time of 2:58:51, less than two minutes ahead of Travis, with conditions firing in the middle part of the course but stormy weather preventing it from being an all-time downwinder.    → READ MORE

SUP World Cup: Connor Baxter, Sonni Hönscheid Win Overall as Michael Booth Conquers the German Super Lap

Germany SUP World Cup paddle boardingConnor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid have claimed victories at the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup here in Germany today, overcoming an elite field and a rollercoaster of wild and beautiful weather to claim the overall wins at the seaside town of Scharbeutz.

Connor sure did it the hard way though: After finishing runner-up to Casper Steinfath in yesterday’s sprints, the Starboard superstar once again had to settle for 2nd place today, with Michael Booth conquering this afternoon’s 10km ‘Super Lap’ course race. But with Casper slipping back to 4th today and Boothy having a shocker on Saturday, Connor snuck to the top of the overall event standings, and in doing so took home the lion’s share of the $25k prize purse.   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 7: Awesome Aerial Highlights from Croatia

SUPer Surfers Challenge Porec Croatia paddleboarding raceCheck out this great highlights reel from the SUPer Surfers Challenge in picture-postcard Poreč, where Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde scored big wins for Week 7 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Poreč sure looks like a mighty fine place to go paddling (oh and how cool is that floating playground…).   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 7: Michael Booth, Fiona Wylde Claim Big Wins in Croatia (Updated)

Paddleboard race Porec CroatiaIn brief: Starboard team mates Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde have taken out Week 7 of the EuroTour, claiming big wins at the SUPer Challenge in picturesque Poreč, Croatia this afternoon.

Boothy continued his summer-long rivalry with Connor Baxter, however this time there were no close finishes — the Aussie crossed the line more than two minutes clear of the Hawaiian. The Hasulyo Brothers, Bruno and Daniel, finished 3rd and 4th to continue their rapid rise through the ranks and give Starboard a clean sweep of the top four spots, while France’s Martin Letourneur rounded out the top five for Team Hobie.   → READ MORE

EuroTour Leaderboard: San Sebastian Update

San Sebastian paddleboard race 2016We’ve just updated the EuroTour Leaderboard with results from the wild and bumpy showdown in San Sebastian, which, with its unique course, challenging conditions and amazing host city, proved to be one of the standout events of the Tour so far.

After victory in San Sebastian, Titou has locked in a top three spot, while the increasingly impressive Leo Nika from Italy will be hard to remove from the top four. Connor Baxter is still on top of the table, and the door is probably shut for his only challenger, Michael Booth, who missed a chance to overtake his Starboard team mate in San Sebastian. But while the top spots are virtually sealed, further down we’ve got battles aplenty in the race for the top 10 and top 20 as we head to Croatia, Belgium, Greece, Finland, Italy, Portugal and the UK.

On the women’s side, Sonni is pretty much unbeatable, despite eight weeks of the Tour still remaining (the biggest points were on offer during the “Headline” events over the past month). The 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard continues on into Week 7 with the primo paddling destination of Poreč, Croatia, where once again the likes of Connor and Boothy will battle it out for points, prize money and personal pride.

EuroTour Week 5: Connor Baxter Edges out Michael Booth and Leo Nika in Bilbao; Seychelle Hattingh Overpowers Fiona Wylde

Bilbao
Connor Baxter has won the 2016 Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge here in the Spanish Basque Country, edging out Starboard team mates Michael Booth and Leo Nika in a frantic sprint to the line that can only be described as intense.

After 14kms of high-paced paddling here at Week 5 of the EuroTour, Connor waited right until the end to make his move, edging past Boothy and Leo in the final few hundred metres to claim his second win of this year’s Tour.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Connor Baxter Is The “Fastest Paddler on Earth” (incl. Side-by-Side Showdown with Trevor Tunnington)

Connor Baxter Fastest Paddler On Earth VideoHow fast can you paddle 200 metres? Not as fast as Connor Baxter…*

Although the main event at the Lost Mills was the 18km distance race on Saturday, the sideshow event, the 200m time trial on Friday afternoon, threw up its fair share of action as well, including a heartbreaking fall and a return to the top for the 2013 champion.   → READ MORE

UPDATED: Michael Booth, Sonni Hönscheid Triumph at the Big “Lost Mills” Race in Germany

Lost Mills
Michael Booth and Sonni Honscheid have claimed the prestigious “Lost Mills” race in Europe, defeating an all-star lineup at the fourth and largest stop of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Sonni’s victory makes it five wins in five weeks, a streak that stretches right back to last month’s OluKai race on Maui, while Boothy’s triumph reinforces his meteoric rise and growing reputation as one of the men to beat on the international scene this year. Suddenly, the Aussie has gone from a dark horse to having a target on his back.   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter and Seychelle Hattingh Crowned “Fastest Paddlers on Earth” at the Lost Mills in Germany

Fastest Paddler On Earth paddleboard raceStarboard’s Connor Baxter and Mistral’s Seychelle Hattingh have claimed the “Fastest Paddler On Earth” time trial event here on Day 1 of the Lost Mills event in Germany, out-sprinting an all-star field to claim early bragging rights ahead of tomorrow’s main event.

Others to impress included Boris Jinvresse, Jake Jensen, Noa Hopper, Manca Notar and Amandine Chazot.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Highlights from the SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime (EuroTour Week 3)

Video St. Maxime SUP Race Cup 2016Check out the full highlights reel from the French Riviera, where the 7th Annual SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime marked Week 3 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Most of the footage focuses on the 15k distance race on Sunday, where Michael Booth paddled away from the all-star field to announce himself as a genuine contender on the world stage.    → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 3: Michael Booth Surges to Victory on Day 2 in St. Maxime; Baxter, Hönscheid Win Overall

Michael Booth St Maxime EuroTour
Australia’s Michael Booth has officially ditched his “dark horse” label, winning the long distance race here in St. Maxime with a commanding performance that saw him finish a minute clear of Connor Baxter, Titouan Puyo and Steeve Teihotaata.

Boothy broke the elite field at around the 4km mark and paddled for more than an hour on his own to claim a memorable victory. Click through for a full recap, overall results and replay of the live stream…   → READ MORE

If Foiling Is the Future of Downwinding, the Future Is Almost Here: Starboard ‘Go Foil’ Boards Available in August

Stand Up Paddle foil boarding videoYou’ve probably seen the crazy videos doing the rounds of Facebook the past few weeks. Foil boarding. Some say it’s the future of downwinding. Well if it is, the future is almost in your hands…

Starboard has teamed up with Go Foil, the team that brought this futuristic new form of stand up paddling to life, to bring these awesome toys to market. Both the surfing and downwinding foil boards will be available to buy in August, though only in limited numbers.   → READ MORE