The 2014 WPA Paddle Championships is happening today at St. Pete Beach in Florida, with a couple of big names going for the cash and plenty of locals trying to keep up.
Following the Battle of the Paddle tradition, this afternoon (Saturday) sees the Elite Course Race while tomorrow it’s the Distance Race. Right now it’s just after 1pm on Saturday and the main event is
just about to hit the water (with the likes of Danny Ching and Chase Kosterlitz starting as favourites) so check back shortly to see how it all went down. UPDATE: The event is over, click through for full results… → READ MORE
After tallying up the results from seven of the biggest races of the year, Annabel Anderson and Danny Ching have come out on top in the inaugural SUP Champions Tour.
Billed as having the world’s best paddlers at the worlds biggest/most important events, the Champions Tour was created to encourage the elite guys and girls to compete more than just once a year (i.e. not only at the Battle of the Paddle).
The Tour was also designed to “give back” to the events that have helped grow the sport (such as the Carolinas and the Gorges). → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up the 2014 Battle of the Paddle here at Salt Creek, California. What a weekend… Action. Drama. Heroics. But most all: Carnage.
Yesterday’s Elite Race saw some of the most exciting stand up paddle racing ever, with a solid south swell rolling into the BOP’s new home of Salt Creek and creating some very memorable moments. Today’s Distance Race was a little mellower, however the performances were just as strong.
Click through for the full results plus the archive of our LIVE BLOG, which includes play-by-play from the racing and plenty of shots of the carnage… → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up the second and final day of the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, with Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson dominating an all-star field in what will surely be remembered as one of 2014’s best events.
After their respective victories in Saturday’s Course Race, the Starboard duo made it a clean sweep by claiming today’s unique “Double Downwind” event. With the winds lighter than usual for the Gorge (but much better than we’d feared last night), the elite field battled their way up the Columbia Gorge in back-to-back downwind runs. The majority of the world’s top athletes were on show today, which gave us some intense racing and a great spectacle (especially from my vantage point out on the media boat). → READ MORE
Race The Lake of the Sky. Lake Tahoe, California. It’s the Feel Good Race Of The Summer and this year attracted hundreds of paddlers for a massive, grassroots celebration of the sport we love.
Saturday saw over 300 paddlers race in the El Dorado 5 miler while Sunday was the big one: The 14 mile Emerald Bay distance race, which featured more than 150 serious competitors.
To the surprise of nobody, Danny Ching swept the weekend, winning both the 5 and 14 mile races. The 404 front man was never seriously challenged in the 14 foot class, at one stage looking like he might even keep pace with the Unlimited leaders as well. Kai Lenny had been due to race, however he was a last minute withdrawal due to injury. Click through for the results… → READ MORE
Remember how Danny Ching blitzed an all-star field to win the Lost Mills time trial in Germany last week? Well here’s the video.
Thanks to the German SUP Mag, you can now watch Danny’s crazy performance as he sprints like a man possessed across the 200 metre “Fastest Paddler On Earth” time trial race course, setting what is surely a new world record in the process.
Despite the event featuring over a dozen of the world’s fastest guys, Danny crushed it. The 404 front man averaged over 15km/h to stop the clock at 47.60 seconds, almost three seconds ahead of defending champ Connor Baxter (who himself produced what would have probably otherwise been a record). → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week #6. Germany.
Eric Terrien has just won the 2014 Lost Mills, repeating his heroics from twelve months ago to claim victory ahead of a star-studded field. In a race that more than lived up to the hype, Eric won by three minutes from Danny Ching and Connor Baxter, while behind them were another dozen of the world’s very best paddlers.
This was an incredibly competitive race – perhaps the single most-elite SUP race ever held outside the States – and it didn’t disappoint. → READ MORE
Woah… What a race. That was 13 miles of pain. I’m hurting.
Congrats to Danny Ching for muscling his way through this one and to Annabel Anderson for coming out on top despite a huge push from Jenny and Lina. Danny has now won this event three years in a row while Annabel has gone back to back in her first two attempts.
Click through for full results from all the races. → READ MORE
So who wants to get on a SUP podium? Now’s probably a good time to have a crack at it, because the five best paddlers in the world are all carrying injuries and are all officially out of action at the moment.
In what is an amazing yet unfortunate coincidence, Connor Baxter, Travis Grant, Danny Ching, Kai Lenny and Georges Cronsteadt – aka the top five guys in our Top 13 of 2013 list – have all suffered problems at the same time. Fortunately for these five guys (and unfortunately for everyone else) it’s the off season right now, meaning there aren’t really any big races that you could jump in on and magically gain five positions on the leaderboard.
The SUP racing “season” (if such a thing exists in our sport) roughly runs for seven months between mid-March to mid-October. All these guy got injured in late 2013, giving them a few months to recover and get back in shape before the big races start rolling again.
The injuries for Travis and Georges are the most serious, with up to six months recovery time, while the others should be back within a month or two. Though it’s worth noting that all these injuries were NOT caused by the normal stresses of Stand Up Paddling; they mostly happened while free surfing, except for Georges, who was just plain out of luck during the Battle of the Paddle. So here’s wishing the world’s finest a speedy recovery. But what exactly happened? Here’s a closer look… → READ MORE
Danny Ching and Lina Augaitis have taken out the 2013 Paddle Royal in Puerto Rico after an incredibly tight second day of racing. Danny claimed the overall victory by winning the final round of racing on Day Two, ending the hopes that both Aussie young gun Jake Jensen and Frenchman Eric Terrien had of flying home with the $7,000 winner’s prize.
Danny had all the work to do after finishing third in yesterday’s Long Distance Race and left it until the very last minute to fight his way back into the lead. Coming into the final round of racing, which consisted of a 200m straight-line sprint, Danny was sitting third on the overall points leaderboard, one point behind Eric and two behind Jake. The reigning champ basically had to win the last race and hope Jake didn’t get second. And that’s exactly what happened, allowing Danny to leapfrog his two close rivals and walk away with the title.
Click through for results, recap and pics from Puerto Rico… → READ MORE
There are certain names that are synonymous with the Battle of the Paddle. Names such as Danny Ching, Candice Appleby, Jamie Mitchell, Travis Grant and Connor Baxter. These fine athletes have dominated the BOP and pushed the sport to new levels, while at the same time creating strong rivalries among themselves.
Rivalries are what make sport so enthralling. Federer vs Nadal. Slater vs Irons. England vs Australia. It gives individuals added motivation to perform while giving fans something extra to get excited about and cheer for. And now thankfully we have a few genuine rivalries in SUP racing as well.
So as part of our 24/7 coverage of the 2013 Battle of the Paddle in partnership with Starboard, today we’re looking at some of those rivalries up close… → READ MORE
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
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
Danny Ching has won the 2013 Carolina Cup at Wrightsville Beach, claiming his second straight title in emphatic style to cement his position as the world’s fastest stand up paddler. Danny opened up a big gap on the field and was well clear by the end of the 12.5 mile “Graveyard” Elite Race course, crossing the line exactly four minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
France’s Eric Terrien also paddled extremely well to claim 2nd ahead of an all-star cast that included Jamie Mitchell (3rd), Chase Kosterlitz (4th), Ryan Helm (5th) and Matt Becker (6th).
Meanwhile Annabel Anderson put on a dominant display to claim victory ahead of Jenny Kalmbach and Brandi Baksic. Click through for FULL RESULTS… → READ MORE
More Danny Ching goodness today with a fresh video that shows off the champ’s new “Hippostick” Paddles. We gave you a glimpse of Danny’s 404 SUP Race boards yesterday and here are the blades, so for all you aspiring Danny Chang fans out there, you’ve now got the full set. All that’s missing is the perfect technique that’s been honed over years and years of training… minor details.
Hippostick Paddles is a new brand that Danny formed last year with his dad, legendary California outrigger canoe paddler and long-time paddle maker Al Ching. The paddles have been spotted in the wild before, with Danny having dominated the Battle of the Paddle holding one of the prototype models. But now us regular paddlers can get in on the fun as well… → READ MORE
Riviera, along everyone’s favourite stand up paddler Danny Ching, have just released a bunch of videos showing off the new 404 SUP race board range. You can watch Danny give a tour of the new 12’6 Monster 2.0, the 14′ Zeedonk and its pin-tail cousin.
Let’s face it, Danny Ching could come out with a bathtub, call it a SUP race board, and he’d still sell a few (and we’d still post the video) because hey, it’s Danny Ching… but these boards do actually look pretty cool, so click through to see ‘em in all their glory. → READ MORE
Another great little Danny Ching clip from the Surf Expo via Distressed Mullet. Danny chats about the tweaks he’s made to his Stand Up Paddle stroke technique for the new year.
Danny’s going a little bit shorter and a little bit faster for 2013, with a focus on cadence (stroke rate). Click through to watch the video and hear all the details from the man himself… → READ MORE
The first big SUP race of 2013 has just wrapped up in Miami, Florida, with Danny Ching and Candice Appleby taking out the Orange Bowl Paddle Championship. Ryan Helm, Brennan Rose, Krisztina Zur and Bailey Rosen also made the podium in the Elite Race, while Fernando Stalla won the sprints.
Many of the world’s best were in town, thanks in large part to the big Surf Expo trade show over in Florida last week, so the starting list of competitors was very solid. → READ MORE
The always-on-it Distressed Mullet is currently roving the floor at the massive Surf Expo in Florida, catching up with the stars of SUP (many of whom are heading down the road to the Orange Bowl race on Sunday). Danny Ching is one of those stars, and the Mullet had a quick chat with the champ about his new line of SUP paddles: Hippostick.
The Hippostick paddles have been shaped based on Danny’s outrigger and SUP experiences. In case you weren’t aware; Danny isn’t just the best SUP racer in the world, he’s also a champion outrigger canoe paddler. He got that bug from his father, who’s had a long association with outrigger canoeing and has crafted OC paddles for years as well. The two have combined their SUP and OC knowledge to produce the new Danny Ching Hippostick SUP paddles (a nice ironic name for a guy as fast as Danny). → READ MORE
The 2013 Orange Bowl Paddle Championship is only a few days away, and it looks like a pretty stacked field will be kicing off the 2013 SUP racing season down Miami way. 2012 event champions Candice Appleby and Danny Ching will be there, chasing the $3,500 first place prize (for both men and women) and the chance to kick-start their 2013 racing campaigns.
Miami’s Orange Bowl SUP race is timed to coincide with the massive Surf Expo in Orlando. The annual trade show attracts every major SUP brand, with team riders often joining in to help promote their sponsors, meaning that a good portion of the world’s best paddlers are in town this week. → READ MORE