Australia’s Michael Booth has proven yet again that he’s the strongest distance race paddler on the planet, overpowering world number one Connor Baxter and Carolina Cup champion Titouan Puyo to claim the 18km event on day 2 here in St. Maxime, France, earning the overall ‘SUP Race Cup’ title and gaining an early advantage on the EuroTour Leaderboard in the process.
With beautiful blue skies and flat, glassy conditions greeting the assembled field of international stars, European dark horses and local contenders this morning (which stood in stark contrast to the cyclonic winds in Saturday’s beach race), this was always going to be Boothy’s type of race.
It was 12 months ago this weekend that the Starboard rider announced himself as the strongest distance racer in the world, and after a few disappointing results early in season 2017 he was clearly keen to reassert his dominance. → READ MORE
Australia’s Terrene Black has made it two from two on the APP Tour, mirroring her Maui result at the Japan Pro-Am after outlasting Fiona Wylde, Candice Appleby and Sonni Honscheid in a weekend of rollercoaster results and conditions that produced a virtual tie in the small but elite women’s field.
The result boosts Terrene into the ultra-exclusive ‘Top Five Club’ on the updated World Rankings, with the Japan Pro-Am scoring 38% on the women’s Race Index. → READ MORE
World number one Annabel Anderson and Sunova’s James Casey have taken out the weather-affected OluKai Ho’olaulea race on Maui this morning, winning the modified ‘beach race’ event at Kanaha after the standard Maliko downwind run was canceled for the second time in two days following wild and unsafe conditions.
With swirling winds and stormy weather continuing to lash the Hawaiian coast, OluKai organisers wisely opted for safety over tradition, keeping the event inside the reef at Kanaha Beach Park instead of sending competitors on what would have been a somewhat-treacherous ocean paddle from Maliko Gulch. → READ MORE
Zane Schweitzer has gone back-to-back at The Ultimate Waterman in New Zealand, defending the title he first won 12 months ago after a close battle all week with Australia’s Jackson Maynard and Brazilian Caio Vaz across the eight surfing, racing and strength disciplines. World number one Connor Baxter was fourth overall after taking out the SUP race for the third year in a row. → READ MORE
In brief: Michael Booth and Sonni Hönscheid have saluted on day two of the 5-star Maui Pro-Am after winning a long, hot, windless Maliko downwind run that tested the endurance and stamina of the small but highly elite field of assembled athletes.
Despite the relatively flat conditions, there was just enough texture on the water to break up any draft trains, with Boothy powering away from the field early and crossing the line about a minute clear of Connor Baxter. Mo Freitas was another minute further adrift in a strong performance that saw him claim the overall event crown. → READ MORE
The EuroTour has announced its final lineup for the 2017 European Summer of SUP, with one new addition to the popular circuit that now stretches 12 weeks and gives all paddlers a unified tour while offering the pros almost $100,000 in prize money.
After announcing its initial lineup last month, the 2017 EuroTour has added the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup to the schedule, which slots in at week #9, while the opening event in the Greek Islands has been brought forward a week and beefed up with prize money. → READ MORE
What a year it’s been for our sport, with great performances by incredible athletes at big events all around the world making for an exciting season of racing.
But who was the best? Who dominated all season long? Who were the standout stand up athletes this year? It’s time to reveal the Top 16 of 2016… → READ MORE
Connor 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
Although 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 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
One of the biggest races of
the year all time is happening in Hood River, Oregon, this weekend, with the 6th Annual Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge attracting an all-star lineup of international talent.
Click through for the full results… → READ MORE
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
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
Just 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 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
It’s another big weekend of SUP racing around the world, with the northern summer heating up and great events happening everywhere from Europe to California to Hawaii and plenty more places in between.
Can anybody catch Connor in Hawaii? And will the Italians continue their domination of the EuroTour podium? Let’s take a closer look… → READ MORE
Connor 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
Check 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
In 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
We’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.