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
Following a couple of big weeks in Europe and the showdown in Santa Monica, we’ve updated the Battle of the Brands leaderboard to show you which race teams are on a tear and which are trailing off.
NSP holds onto the #2 spot ahead of Naish, however Starboard has extended its already-massive lead at the top of the table. Thanks to Danny Ching and Noa Hopper’s heroics at the Pier, Team 404 is +1 this week and could easily move higher in the coming weeks, while the Infinity Speed Freaks can smell a top 4 spot.
Danny Ching has triumphantly returned to the racing scene after a brief hiatus, claiming the Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival at Santa Monica Pier this afternoon after edging out Slater Trout and a strong field in a day of highly-entertaining racing.
In the women’s event, Shae Foudy successfully defended her Pier Paddle title after a very close contest with Candice Appleby. Click through for the full recap, results and some awesome photos of the action… → READ MORE
How fast can you paddle 200 metres? Not as fast as Connor Baxter…*
Although the main event at the Lost Mills was the 18km distance race on Saturday, the sideshow event, the 200m time trial on Friday afternoon, threw up its fair share of action as well, including a heartbreaking fall and a return to the top for the 2013 champion. → READ MORE
Thanks to the crew at SUP the Mag, here’s the trailer for the new paddleboard movie “Chasing Gold,” which follows Team USA’s quest to win the 2015 ISA Worlds in Mexico.
Prior to the 2015 World Championship, Team Australia had famously never been beaten at this event. That all changed on the golden sands of Sayulita beach though, with the Americans bringing their A-team and dominating the week to bring home the team trophy. → READ MORE
In brief: Danny Ching and Shae Foudy have won the 2016 Mongoose Cup in Dana Point, California, showing solid early season form ahead of the first big race of the season in Carolina later this month.
Danny made it a clean sweep of the event, with the 404 front man taking out both the 14′ and 12’6 time trials as well as the main event, the “Sport of Kings” sprint race. On the women’s side, Shae made it two from two for Team Riviera by claiming both the 12’6 time trial and the sprints. → READ MORE
In 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
The 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
In brief: Danny Ching has just taken out his local race, the Lanakila Classic in Redondo Beach, California, ahead of a couple of his 404 team mates.
Danny took the 5 mile win (on a 12’6 no less) shortly after he’d saluted in the 9 mile OC-1 race. Danny’s 404 protégé Noa Hopper finished runner-up, half a minute behind his team boss but almost a minute ahead of third-place Anthony Vela. Another fluro green rider, Ryland Hart, came home 4th. → READ MORE
In brief: Chase Kosterlitz and Danny Ching have earned victories at the Hal Rosoff Classic in Newport Beach, California, as over 150 paddlers came out for the 20th annual edition of this SoCal stalwart event. Other standout performers included Danny’s 404 team mate Ryland Hart, Chuck Glynn and Anthony Vela.
In the women’s, Shae Foudy made it a double win, taking out both the ‘Board Race’ and ‘Short Course’ events, with her SoCal sparring partner and definite name to watch, Erika Benitez, picking up a pair of silvers. → READ MORE
Danny Ching and Erika Benitez have taken out the 2016 Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge in San Diego’s Mission Bay, with 500 paddlers showing up on a crisp morning for this classic, early season race.
The Infinity speed freaks Dave Boehne & Slater Trout took line honours on their tandem SUP, while Rob Rojas snuck across for second over the line on his unlimited. But in the main battle of the 14 footers, Danny narrowly edged out his new team mate Noa Hopper, with Chase Kosterlitz, Chuck Glynn, Chance Fielder and Gabriel Beauchesne Sevigny all just seconds behind. → READ MORE
One of stand up paddling’s most colourful and entertaining characters, Dave Boehne, has joined Danny Ching’s team at HippoStick Paddles.
Boehne will pair Ching’s carbon creations with his own craft – the Infinity SUP boards he’s become famous for shaping – and forge a partnership between two of SoCal’s (and the world’s) best ’boutique’ brands. As a bonus, we also get to hear Boehne in full rap mode, click through to watch… → READ MORE
New 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
If you still haven’t had your fill of crazy, chaotic, carnage-filled imagery from the inaugural Pacific Paddle Games, you’ll enjoy this clip.
Watch Buzzy Kerbox give us a play-by-play recap of the main event at the PPGs… → READ MORE
It’s taken us a few days to come down from the high that was D-Day at Doheny, but now that the dust has settled and dings have been repaired, it’s time to sign off on this amazing event by posting the full and final results from the 2015 Pacific Paddle Games.
Click through for the full results, plus changes to the SUP Racer World Rankings… → READ MORE
Here’s a great little gallery from what looks to be a fantastic event. The 3rd annual Beyond The Shore Paddlefest was held at Redondo Beach, California last weekend, with a few very big names and a lot of stoked out weekend warriors enjoying a fun day on the water.
There was distance racing, sprint racing and kids racing. There was a free clinic with Danny Ching, and even a world record SUP yoga attempt. → READ MORE
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
Big signing for Team 404 this week, with Noa Hopper, one of America’s top prospects, joining Danny Ching’s green machine to bolster an already impressive lineup.
Noa joins Danny, Tahitian dark horse Niuhiti Buillard and Molokai hero Travis Baptiste to form one of the most impressive lineups in the sport. → READ MORE
The countdown to what is surely going to be the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games, is in full swing. In just three weeks’ time, we’ll see virtually all of the world’s best paddlers descend on the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California, for one very big weekend of racing.
We already know about the record prize purse of $55,000, a unique new race format and the full on live webcast, all of which suggest this could become the best event of the year, but this week the crew dropped a very cool little promo clip to get us even more excited. → READ MORE
There are big changes to the World Rankings following an incredible weekend of racing up in the Gorge. We have a new world number one, a top 10 debutante, several bolters and dozens of other +/- movers on the Men’s Top 100 Leaderboard.
Click through for our full analysis of the latest changes… → READ MORE