Danny Ching has just signed up for the solo SUP division of the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, setting the stage for perhaps the most competitive channel crossing ever.
Danny’s confirmation means we could be in for an all-star battle royale this year, with Molokai 2013 potentially featuring Danny Ching vs. Connor Baxter vs. Dave Kalama vs. Travis Grant vs. Kai Lenny.
Add in the likelihood of gun paddlers such as Scott Gamble, Jeremy Riggs and Livio Menelau being in the race, and we should be set for an absolute cracker… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Connor Baxter won yesterday’s massive OluKai SUP Race on Maui in impressive style, finishing clear of Downwind King Dave Kalama, arch rival Kai Lenny and a stack of other elite paddlers. The win gives Connor back-to-back OluKai titles and continues his stellar form in the first half of 2013, where he’s been virtually unbeatable.
Connor was kind enough to share his thoughts after the win, so click through to hear from the champ himself… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller have won the 2013 OluKai SUP Race on Maui, holding off an elite field of paddlers to defend their respective titles.
Dave Kalama was 2nd in the men’s race with Kai Lenny in third, while Talia Gangini was the next best female paddler. Click through for the FULL RESULTS… → READ MORE
SUP the Mag has done a great short, sharp interview with Connor Baxter, who’s been on fire so far in 2013.
Connor chats about his return to form after battling illness all last year, as well as the state of the Stand Up World Series (which just had a great event in Brazil), but there’s also a question everyone wants to know the answer to: Why don’t guys like him and Kai Lenny race against paddlers such as Danny Ching more often? → READ MORE
Seems like it’s Connor Baxter day here on SUPracer.com…
Connor has just cleaned up at the Ubatuba Grand Slam SUP races in Brazil, where the young Maui charger took out both the Sprint and Long Distance races during the second event of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. The victory, along with that in Chile last month, gives Connor an early lead over rivals such as Kai Lenny, Zane Schweitzer, Mo Freitas, Kody Kerbox and Casper Steinfath in the World Series rankings.
So what’s it like to be one of the fastest stand up paddlers on the planet? Find out with Connor’s personal race recap from Brazil… → READ MORE
If you’ve already watched the Stand Up World Series Brazil SUP Sprint Race video that we posted below, you’ll know that Connor Baxter is in fine form right now.
On Saturday he took out the SUP Sprints and then just to make the result certain, Connor backed it up with an impressive victory in Sunday’s Long Distance race. After 12km of tight racing, the Starboard superstar sprinted away at the end to win ahead of Kai Lenny and Casper Steinfath. → READ MORE
Some great highlights out of the Ubatuba Grand Slam Sprint Racing that went down in Brazil on the weekend. If you’ve seen the results from the Stand Up World Series Brazil, you’ll know that Connor Baxter made it a clean sweep, taking out both the sprint and distance events. But the way in which he did it was pretty impressive…
We all know Connor Baxter is fast, but just look at the way he sprints clear of Kai Lenny and the rest of the field at the 2:57 mark. And that’s the end of the race, when by all rights he really should be tired. Apparently not. Thanks for making us all feel really slow Connor… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has defeated arch rival Kai Lenny to claim the Ubatuba Grand Slam in Brazil, the second event of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Connor took out both the Sprint Race (Saturday) and Long Distance Race (Sunday) to make it a clean sweep and establish an early lead in the World Series rankings.
Young gun Mo Freitas continued to rise through the ranks, claiming third in the Sprints against a string of in-form paddlers that included Zane Schweitzer, Kody Kerbox and Casper Steinfath. Mo then backed it up with a fourth in the distance event to take third place overall. Click through for results and pics… → READ MORE
Here’s Connor Baxter’s personal recap of the recent Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational event, which was held in the United Arab Emirates and featured both SUP racing and SUP surfing.
The young gun was on fire all week, very narrowly missing a spot in the surfing final before blitzing some big names to claim the SUP sprints. So click through to hear what Connor thought about his days in the desert… → READ MORE
Watch highlights from the third and final day of the 2013 Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational, where Connor Baxter and Olivia Piana took out the SUP sprint races.
Conditions were tricky thanks to strong winds and a massive sandstorm, but that didn’t stop the Maui gun from taking the win ahead of Jamie Mitchell, Zane Schweitzer and Paul Jackson. Meanwhile Olivia Piana was too strong in the women’s, finishing ahead of Manca Notar. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has just taken out the SUP Sprints @ the 2013 Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational, winning the final ahead of Jamie Mitchell. Zane Schweitzer was 3rd and Paul Jackson 4th.
Rounding out the final was Kody Kerbox in 5th, Fernando Stalla 6th, Noa Ginella 7th and Benoit Carpentier 8th. Meanwhile Olivia Piana claimed the women’s race with young gun Manca Notar in 2nd. Click through for more… → READ MORE
So we’re out here in the United Arab Emirates for the Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational, which is a specialty event combining the Stand Up World Series (racing) and Stand Up World Tour (surfing).
For the past couple of days we’ve been hanging out in Abu Dhabi with the stars of SUP, taking in the crazy sights of this crazy city as well as getting in a few practice paddle sessions in the very refreshing water (Abu Dhabi is HOT).
But today we trekked out about an hour into the desert to the smaller city of Al Ain, which is the home of “Wadi Adventure”. Wadi is a kickass water park that has what is probably the best wave pool in the world. It’s also smack bang in the middle of the desert and has one of the coolest backdrops of any wave in the world: There’s a big, dry, desert mountain rising up just metres behind the wave pool, giving this place an other-worldy kind of feel and providing an awesome contrast to the water below. → READ MORE
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know by now that Connor Baxter won the Aragas Magallanes Paddle Challenge in Patagonia last week, getting one back on his rival Kai Lenny and taking an early lead in the 2013 Stand Up World Series rankings.
Well you’ve seen the results, checked out the awesome photos and watched the video highlights, but now here’s your chance to hear the full event recap in Connor’s own words… → READ MORE
Some more great footage from last weeks’s Aragas Magallanes Paddle Challenge. This is the clip of Day 2, which featured the sprint races and the crowning of the overall event champion.
After Kai Lenny won Day 1 in Patagonia, his arch rival Connor Baxter had all the work to do. The Starboard superstar stepped it up though, taking out the sprint race and setting up a tie-breaker showdown with Kai. Click through to see what happened next… → READ MORE
Check out some crazy footage from last week’s Aragas Magallanes Paddle Challenge in the beautiful wilderness of Patagonia, where paddlers were literally dodging icebergs as they raced.
This is the video of Day 1, when Kai Lenny knocked off Connor Baxter in the Distance Race and newly-crowned ISA World Champ Casper Steinfath came home in third. Click through to watch the full clip… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has just WON the inaugural Aragas Magallanes Paddle Challenge, defeating his arch rival Kai Lenny in the beautiful wilderness of Patagonia, Chile.
Connor didn’t have it all his own way though, with Kai taking out the Long Distance race on Day 1 of this $20,000 event, which also serves as the first stop of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Wearing the yellow jersey after his victory last year, Kai battled with Connor right across Lago Gray (“Grey Lake”), the epic, iceberg-filled host of yesterday’s race. But despite Connor leading early, the young Naish star was able to break away in the final stages of the 13 mile race to take the win and start the 2013 Series the same way he finished 2012.
This weekend’s SUP racing enjoyed an insanely cool backdrop (pun intended), with glaciers, icebergs and steep mountains rising up all around the paddlers. So click through for more photos of the action plus the full race results… → READ MORE
Looks like Starboard could be working on the ultimate unlimited board to give its star paddlers the edge in Hawaii. The video (see below) shows what is apparently an 18′ Starboard Ace prototype in the shaping bay. Up until now, Starboard (and almost all major SUP board manufacturers) have largely ignored the “Unlimited” market. There are simply too few races focusing on the unlimited board class. There’s also very little money to be made from 16-20 ft boards that are difficult to make, expensive to buy and a pain to transport.
The great irony of all this is obvious: Starboard’s wonder boy, Connor Baxter, has largely made a name for himself in Hawaii’s unlimited downwind SUP races, in particular the Molokai-2-Oahu. To achieve this, Connor has had to ride an SIC Bullet with Starboard stickers, which has caused a bit of controversy in the past. I don’t see anything wrong with it myself, but I’m sure Starboard would love Connor to win the big Hawaiian SUP races on one of their own shapes. → READ MORE
It’s that time of year again, when we look back at twelve whole months of Stand Up Paddle races and decide who the top performers were.
The Top 12 of 2012 attempts to rank the world’s elite Stand Up Paddlers based on their performances over the past twelve months. That’s no easy feat: There are a LOT of good SUP athletes out there. In fact we had a short-list of 35 guys when we were trying to calculate our Top 12, and honestly, almost all of them could have been squeezed onto the final list if we slightly moved the criteria one way of the other.
But who made the final list? And who scored the #1 spot? Click through to find out… → READ MORE
Take a look at the SUP race action from the Stand Up World Series Finals that went down @ Turtle Bay on the weekend. Click through to see all the pics… → READ MORE
Check out the action from the Stand Up World Series Finals that went down on the weekend @ Turtle Bay (Oahu, Hawaii).
As you can see from the race results, this was Kai Lenny’s weekend. The young gun took out both the Distance Race and Sprint Race to claim the combined victory, plus he also sealed the 2012 Stand Up World Series Championship title… → READ MORE
The Stand Up World Series Finals have just wrapped up @ Turtle Bay on Oahu’s North Shore (Hawaii). Saturday was the Long Distance race from Turtle Bay to Haleiwa, while today it was the awesome “Paddlecross” Knockout Sprint races.
This was the final event of the inaugural Stand Up World Series, with Kai Lenny and Connor Baxter coming into the weekend battling it out for the overall 2012 Series victory.
Kai drew first blood on Saturday, chasing down Connor Baxter to win the Distance Race by almost two minutes. Things were a little less predictable in Sunday’s Sprint Races though, with a solid swell producing plenty of waves (and carnage). But despite the conditions and the talent that was on display, Kai Lenny managed to take out the win for the second day in a row. Kai snatched first place in a four-way photo finish to make it a double victory this weekend. Click through for the full race results… → READ MORE
What a crazy weekend.. the 2012 Battle of the Paddle has come to a close, but competitors, spectators and fans will be talking about this event for months and years to come.
There were so many highlights and memorable moments. From Danny Ching reclaiming his crown, to Annabel Anderson announcing herself as the new women’s champion, to a bunch of stoked young groms charging like crazy. They call the Battle of the Paddle ”Super Bowl of SUP” for a reason…
We’ll have a full weekend recap soon, but in the meantime relive the action with the complete results from the 2012 Battle of the Paddle… → READ MORE
How’s this classic shot from the 2011 Battle of the Paddle? Connor Baxter, Jamie Mitchell and Danny Ching all surfing the same wave in. These guys made an early break from the rest of the field and were virtually in a race of their own. Interestingly enough, this pic shows the exact finishing order (Connor was 1st, Jamie 2nd, Danny 3rd).
It’s almost time to do it all again. The world’s best are starting to arrive in Southern California and the 2012 Battle of the Paddle @ Dana Point is only eight days away… → READ MORE
The awesome Surf Race To Victory series wrapped up today at Huntington Beach. Plenty of pros have arrived in town ahead of the Battle of the Paddle, so there was a very solid level of competition. Plus with a decent swell pulsing along the coast, there was also a LOT of carnage…
Several of the world’s best lined up for the knockout sprint format and were looking uber-stylish the event’s signature blue crash helmets. Kody Kerbox, Connor Baxter, Byron Kurt and Brennan Rose took out the first round heats, with Kerbox looking in very good form. On the women’s side it seemed to be a battle between Candice Appleby and Morgan Hoesterey, with the pair trading victories in the first couple of rounds. → READ MORE
The Florida leg of the Stand Up World Series was held last weekend in awesome conditions at Cocoa Beach. Check out this clip from Day 2 featuring the Knockout Sprint races.
Looks like a tough (but very fun) day the office for our young pros! → READ MORE