Why the Carolina Cup Is Your Best Chance to Learn Directly from the Pros

Carolina Cup paddleboard raceThe Carolina Cup isn’t just a race. The annual pilgrimage to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina signals not only one of the largest, most competitive and most significant events on the international calendar, it’s also probably your best opportunity to learn from some of the world’s fastest and most talented paddlers.

The Carolina Cup isn’t just a race, it’s a true festival of paddling, and one of the best features of the festival are the clinics.   → READ MORE

Payette River Games Set To Be Even Bigger In 2015 As Dan Gavere Comes On Board To Create ‘Humbling’ Course Designs

Payette River Games 2015One of the funnest races of 2014 was the Payette River Games up in Cascade, Idaho. Part-SUP race, part-festival, part-lumberjack tournament, the event has been a fresh and unique addition to the crowded racing calendar. And next year it’s going to be even better.

As you can see from the teaser clip above, the 2015 Payette River Games will be happening from June 19-21. This year’s edition was a great event, however I chatted with the organisers recently and it sounds like they’re really stepping it up next year. One of the big changes is Dan Gavere coming on board (pun intended) as the new Race Director and course designer…   → READ MORE

Dan Gavere / Drone / Microphone (Day 2)

Gorge Paddle Challenge downwind videoDan Gavere returns with his drone and microphone to give us a look at Day 2 of the Gorge Paddle Challenge.

There’s a great little interview with Connor Baxter, some cool race footage and a slice of music that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Dutch coffee shop…   → READ MORE

Dan Gavere Takes His Drone And His Microphone To The Hood

Gorge Paddle Challenge videoWe’re still coming down from the high that was the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. It was an awesome weekend of racing and one that everyone assembled at Hoodriver Waterfront Park won’t soon forget.

But if you couldn’t make it to Oregon in person and the Gorge Paddle Challenge photos and results aren’t enough, here’s some early video highlights of the action.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] GoPro Mountain Games Give Us A Preview Of What To Expect In Idaho

GoPro Mountain Games SUP CrossLooks like a bunch of all-star paddlers were in Vail, Colorado on the weekend for the GoPro Mountain Games. The event featured a couple of interesting SUP races: the downriver sprint and the SUP cross, both of which gave us a glimpse of what’s in store at the big Payette River Games next week.

Spencer Lacy and Haley Mills took out the destruction derby that was the SUP Cross, while Kai Lenny showed he’s one of those annoyingly “good-at-freakin-everything” kind of athletes, taking out the downriver sprint ahead of Mike Tavares. Over in the women’s sprint, Gillian Gibree was the quickest.   → READ MORE

ISA World Champs: Nikki Gregg, Dan Gavere To Lead All Star Webcast Commentary Team

Nikki Gregg SUPSo the ISA’s Paddleboard World Championship is only a week away. From the 24th of Feb to 2nd of March, paddlers from all around the world – as far away as Sweden and South Africa – will descend on Miraflores, Peru for the week-long competition. This event will be one of the highlights of the 2013 SUP racing calendar and will have more diversity & team spirit than any other paddleboarding race.

One other thing the ISA Worlds will have is an expert webcast commentary team: Nikki Gregg and Dan Gavere, two of the best-known figures in our sport, have accepted an invitation to jump in the announcers booth and entertain SUP fans around the world.   → READ MORE

Dan Gavere Wins North Carolina’s Cold Stroke Classic

Dan Gavere has just taken out the 2013 Cold Stroke Classic in North Carolina. Although he’s perhaps more famous for jumping off big waterfalls with a paddle in his hand, Dan Gavere is actually a pretty damn fast racer. He beat 416 other people at the Battle of the Padde Open Race back in September and this weekend was in Wrightsville Beach to put on a clinic (both literally and metaphorically).

The Cold Stroke Classic enjoyed great conditions this year (after famously being held in brutal winds in 2012) and attracted over 120 Stand Up Paddlers, proving once again that North Carolina is a bit of a hotspot for SUP racing (the Carolina Cup is held in the same area).   → READ MORE