WATCH: Aerial View of the 2016 OluKai Ho’olaule’a on Maui

Olukai paddle race videoCheck out this awesome aerial footage from the 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a, which was held Saturday on Maui and from which Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid emerged victorious against an all-star field.

The OluKai Ho featured another massive turnout this year, with over 300 paddlers once again hitting the world famous Maliko downwind run on Maui’s north shore. Connor once again claimed the title (for a record fifth year in a row), while Sonni claimed her maiden win.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Connor Baxter Wins 5th Straight ‘OluKai’ Crown, Sonni Hönscheid Claims Women’s Title

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Connor Baxter has won his 5th straight OluKai title, defeating an all-star cast of the world’s best downwind paddlers in near-perfect conditions on Maui this afternoon.

After going into the race as red hot favourite – Connor has won every edition of this event stretching back to 2012 – the world number one relished the excellent downwind bumps on the famous Maliko run to finish in a time of 47 minutes, 41 seconds, while Mo Freitas put in a commanding performance to claim the runner-up spot.   → READ MORE

Preview and Predictions: OluKai and Key West Set to Headline Another Big Weekend of Racing

OluKai race Connor BaxterWe’re still coming down from the high of Carolina, but there’s no time to rest as the paddling world heads straight into another big weekend of racing. From the Key West Classic in Florida to the big downwind showdown on Maui, there will be plenty of results to keep track of on Saturday.

Here’s a quick preview and a few not-so-bold predictions…   → READ MORE

Zane Schweitzer Crowned ‘Ultimate Waterman’ in New Zealand

Zane Schweitzer Ultimate Waterman New ZealandIn brief: Zane Schweitzer has taken out the Ultimate Waterman event in New Zealand, triumphing over Danny Ching, Connor Baxter and a handful of other elite ocean athletes in this multi-sport, invite-only specialty event.

Now in its second year, the Ultimate Waterman combines everything from SUP racing to outrigger to longboarding, and is held at various locations around New Zealand.    → READ MORE

2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Start List Revealed, Set to Be Most Competitive Channel Crossing Ever

Molokai to Oahu paddle raceThe start list for the 2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships has just been revealed, with the men’s solo stand up paddle division attracting the most competitive field in the event’s 20 year history.

Top ranked athletes including three-time champ and world number one Connor Baxter, two-time champ and world number two Travis Grant, number three Danny Ching, and number four Kai Lenny will be racing across the Ka’iwi Channel (aka the “Channel of Bones”) on Sunday, July 31st.   → READ MORE

PHOTOS: World’s Top SUP Athletes Surfing Crazy Big Waves in the Off-Season

Jamie-Mitchell-big-wave-surfingWhat are some of the world’s top SUP athletes doing in the off season? What they love most: Surfing big waves.

Jamie Mitchell, Kai Lenny, Mo Freitas, Connor Baxter, Zane Schweitzer and 7-time OluKai champion Andrea Moller were just some of the stand up paddlers to feature recently in a string of historic big wave sessions.    → READ MORE

New Zealand’s “Ultimate Waterman” Event Scores $1.2 Million Funding

Connor Baxter Stand Up PaddlingNew Zealand’s ‘Ultimate Waterman’, the event that attempts to crown the best all-round “waterman” in the world while also showing off the country’s beautiful coastline, is going next level next year, with organisers securing funding of $1.2 million.

As first spotted by The Inertia, the Ultimate Waterman organisers announced the new funding at their 2016 public launch yesterday.   → READ MORE

Noa Ginella’s Tour Notes: Behind the Scenes with the Young Guns of SUP

Noa Ginella Tour Notes SUP videoCheck out this great little behind-the-scenes clip from everyone’s favourite SUP freesurfer/indie film maker, Noa Ginella.

The reel includes a who’s who from the world of the “young guns” – incl. Kai Lenny, Kody Kerbox, Connor Baxter, Mo Freitas, Tucker Ingalls and Riggs Napoleon – as they battle it out at the Huntington Beach Pro and just basically kinda enjoy life in general. Oh and it also features Kai taking an ice bath (so that’s the secret).   → READ MORE

Battle of the Brands: Casper Steinfath, Kody Kerbox Elevate Team Naish to #2 Ranking

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On the back of very strong performances at Doheny, Casper Steinfath and Kody Kerbox have helped elevate Naish to the #2 ranking on our Battle of the Brands Leaderboard.

Showing the kind of strength and consistency that have made him a perennial podium-getter over the past few seasons, Casper finished third in the distance race and second in the surf race at the Pacific Paddle Games, only narrowly missing out on the overall championship title.    → READ MORE

Connor Baxter, Candice Appleby Win the Pacific Paddle Games

Pacific Paddle Games doheny waves carnage
Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby have won the inaugural Pacific Paddle Games at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California.

After an amazing weekend of racing, Connor just edged past Casper Steinfath for the overall win, with a heroic Mo Freitas in third after he blitzed it in the course race final. Meanwhile Candice made it a clean sweep of the women’s ahead of Annabel Anderson and Fiona Wylde.

Click through to for the full recap, results, webcast replay and all the other good stuff from this amazing weekend of racing…   → READ MORE

The BOP-Pocalypse: Massive Changes to the World Rankings as We Finally Say Goodbye to the Battle of the Paddle

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Twelve months ago to the day, we were standing on the shore of Salt Creek beach watching some of the most spectacular, carnage-fueled racing in the history of stand up paddling. The 2014 Battle of the Paddle was an epic event. Not only for the all-time conditions but also the all-time field of competitors, which gave it a massive weighting on the SUP Racer World Rankings.

But when the BOP announced earlier this year that it wouldn’t be returning, it set in motion a ticking time bomb known as the BOP-pocalypse, with almost all of the top paddlers set to lose a big bag of points on the day the Battle was removed from the rankings system. That day is today…   → READ MORE

Candice Appleby, Kai Lenny Win the Hayama pro in Japan

stand up world series japanResults are in from Japan, where the World Series is holding the second of its four stops this year. The Hayama Pro has attracted an elite little group of the world’s best young (and a few not so young) paddlers, including Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter, Candice Appleby and Fiona Wylde.

Click through for the final standings…   → READ MORE

Mid-Year World Rankings: Travis Grant Is Number One (And There’s A Flaw In The System)

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And just like that, it’s August. This year has flown by. Seems like only yesterday we were getting excited about the first major race of the year, the Carolina Cup. That was four months ago.

We’re now halfway through the international stand up paddling “season,” which loosely runs from April to October (with a couple of outposts in December). Carolina, OluKai, the Worlds, the Euro Tour, Payette and Molokai have already been run and won, while we’ve still got the Gorge Paddle Challenge, Pacific Paddle Games and a few World Series races to look forward to.

So because we’re halfway through the year, I thought it’d be a good time to analyse the best paddlers of 2015 so far.   → READ MORE

The Showdown Purge: 12 Months After The Second Biggest Race Of 2014, Changes To The World Rankings

Ultimate SUP Showdown 2014Despite there being no big races this weekend there have still been a few changes to the SUP Racer World Rankings.

Why? Because it’s been exactly 12 months since the 2014 Ultimate SUP Showdown was held, which means it’s now time for that event to be purged from the system. And considering it was the second highest scoring race of 2014, the Showdown’s removal has had a big impact on the Men’s Top 100 and Women’s Top 50 Leaderboards.   → READ MORE

FULL RESULTS: Connor Baxter Wins Maui 2 Molokai For Record Sixth Straight Year

Connor Baxter Maui 2 Molokai M2MConnor Baxter has just won the Maui 2 Molokai race in Hawaii, further extending the longest winning streak in the history of men’s SUP racing. This was Connor’s sixth straight Maui 2 Molokai crown, dating back to the inaugural event in 2010.

With conditions on the famous downwind run milder than usual over the final five miles, Connor won in a time of 3 hours 13 minutes, nine minutes slower than his 2014 victory. Dark horse Australian Matt Nottage, a definite name to watch in the future, was runner-up while Brazil’s international star Vinnicius Martins took a very strong third place.   → READ MORE

What You Missed In… Spain: Connor Continues His European Domination

Barcelona Stand Up World SEriesThis is part of our “What You Missed In…” series that we’ll be running today, where we update a bunch of races that we failed to cover in the past few weeks.

After a string of delays and cancellations, the 2015 Stand Up World Series finally got started in Barcelona two weeks ago (June 27/28), with Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby proving too strong for the well assembled field of elite athletes.   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter, Fiona Wylde Win The St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup, Week 2 Of The Euro Tour (UPDATED)

Charging back to shore during the short, sharp Survivor race (photo: Starboard SUP UK)
Starboard duo Connor Baxter and Fiona Wylde have taken out the inaugural St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup, triumphing in challenging conditions in Week 2 of the Euro Tour.

After paddlers were greeted with glorious sunshine here in Cornwall this morning, the British weather gods did their thing and introduced a combination of overcast skies and howling winds before the race started. That left competitors battling a long distance course that included both upwind and downwind legs, which made for a see-sawing battle among the top contenders.   → READ MORE