We’re right smack bang in the middle of the grand spectacular that is SIC’s Downwind Month, when the world descends on the Hawaiian Islands to chase big bumps and endless glides.
Downwind Month is about having fun in the open ocean no matter how fast you go, though it does happen to feature a string of big, elite races as well. In a week and a half it’s the grand daddy: Molokai 2 Oahu, which we’ll be covering LIVE on July 27th. However last weekend saw another big channel crossing: Maui 2 Molokai, where Connor Baxter defeated the likes of Kai Lenny, Dave Kalama and Travis Grant to claim his 6th straight M2M crown.
And thanks to EPIC Aerial Productions, we can now enjoy the race from above… → READ MORE
Downwind Month Glides on… Connor Baxter has just won the Maui 2 Molokai race yet again, beating an all star field and firing a shot across the bow ahead of the big one, Molokai 2 Oahu. This must be about the 6th or 7th time in a row that Connor has claimed the M2M title, however this year the win was more hard fought than ever. Connor edged out fellow Maui young gun Kai Lenny by a couple of minutes, while behind him was a who’s who of the downwinding world including Dave Kalama, Travis Grant and Livio Menelau.
Very interesting to look at today’s result in relation to the Molokai 2 Oahu race coming up in two weeks (and which we’ll have live coverage of). Today’s Maui 2 Molokai could be a bit of a form guide for the big one: All five of the top guys from today will be back in action on the 27th. → READ MORE
One of the highlights of this year’s Carolina Cup was hearing Dave Kalama speak on the eve of the race. The big guy shared a story from his 2009 Molokai campaign, which didn’t end the way he wanted it but still taught him a very good lesson about quitting (or in Dave’s words “Being a whiny little bitch”).
It’s a little longer than the usual SUP edit, but definitely worth paying attention til the end. Watch above and enjoy. And remember: No matter how many excuses you can come up with, you don’t get in that boat… → READ MORE
I was very lucky to get my hands on one of the most eagerly-anticipated new paddles recently: The Dave Kalama inspired “V-Drive” paddle from Quickblade Paddles.
As luck would have it, I was on the same flight as Quickblade founder Jim Terrell (as well as Danny Ching, Thomas Maximus and Chance Fielder) from LAX to Puerto Rico last month. We were all heading to the Paddle Royal event and, as luck would also have it, I had no paddle with me while Jimmy just happened to have two, both of them new, secret prototype models. → READ MORE
So what do the world’s best SUP racers get up to in the off season? Train on their new 12’6″ prototypes? Practice their buoy turns? Do lots of dips & lunges? Well if your name is Jamie Mitchell, Matt Becker, Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter, Chuck Patterson, Dave Kalama or any of the other SUP racers who clearly have a screw loose, the answer is: Hell no, let’s go surf stupidly large waves instead.
I guess after six months spent grinding across flat lakes, surfing 12’6 race boards on 2 foot waves and riding bumps in the ocean that don’t even break, you might as well take it to the extreme opposite end of the scale, right? → READ MORE
As a SUP pioneer, downwind king and occasional guest pot-stirrer, Dave Kalama needs no introduction. The man was there from day one of modern-day stand up paddling and has more experience in this sport than just about anyone else on the planet. Dave is also a keen tinkerer and innovator, constantly working on new types of equipment to make himself and others go faster and further on the water.
Dave Kalama has also had a long association with another pioneer of the sport, Jim Terrell from Quickblade Paddles. The two recently collaborated to create a unique new design called the Dave Kalama “V Drive” paddle. Click through to see what it’s all about… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: This is a guest post by Dave Kalama on the current debate around equal prize money for men and women in Stand Up Paddle races. There’s already been a lot of suggestions about this but recently the top women came together to have their say.
Before you read Dave’s comments let’s get some background. The top female paddlers recently sat down at the Gorge Paddle Challenge to debate the future of the sport from their perspective. A lot of the biggest names in women’s SUP racing were there and a lot of issues were covered, but the main topic was prize money. The general consensus was that women should receive equal prize money because: Gender equality is important, women train just as hard as men and women race the same courses as men.
But is that the best way to approach it? Click through to read Dave’s response plus his own idea for how to make prize money fairer between men and women. Dave has been around since day one of stand up paddling (literally) and has competed in the ocean for over 30 years, so it’s safe to say he’s got a fair bit of knowledge when it comes to this sort of thing. → READ MORE
Early results are in from the 6th Annual Easy Rider SUP Cup in Edmonton, Canada, which saw a 15km down-river race and an indoor SUP surfing contest. Quite possibly the only SUP contest held in a mall…
Team Quickblade cleaned up, with the Mad Scientist himself, Jim Terrell, taking out the men’s race, while Italian QB team rider Silvia Mecucci took out the women’s.
Runner-up in the men’s was Olympic Gold Medalist Larry Cain, which made for a fitting 1-2 given the history Jim and Larry share in the world of sprint canoeing. → 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
Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller have won the 2013 OluKai SUP Race on Maui, holding off an elite field of paddlers to defend their respective titles.
Dave Kalama was 2nd in the men’s race with Kai Lenny in third, while Talia Gangini was the next best female paddler. Click through for the FULL RESULTS… → READ MORE
More SUP adventures with episode #2 of Dave Kalama’s Stand Up Travelling series. Today’s video features a quick look at the Imagine flat water race board designs as well as a pretty stoked Jamie Mitchell, who finds out last minute that he’s off to Fiji with Dave.
Not a bad life really. → READ MORE
Watch this cool little insight into the world of one of SUP’s most famous faces, Dave Kalama.
Dave hit Fiji last September and spent a day in California on the way. Training with Jamie Mitchell and reminiscing about learning to surf at Newport Beach was on the cards, so click through to watch… → READ MORE
It’s that time of year again, when we look back at twelve whole months of Stand Up Paddle races and decide who the top performers were.
The Top 12 of 2012 attempts to rank the world’s elite Stand Up Paddlers based on their performances over the past twelve months. That’s no easy feat: There are a LOT of good SUP athletes out there. In fact we had a short-list of 35 guys when we were trying to calculate our Top 12, and honestly, almost all of them could have been squeezed onto the final list if we slightly moved the criteria one way of the other.
But who made the final list? And who scored the #1 spot? Click through to find out… → READ MORE
Check out Dave Kalama, Connor Baxter and the SIC crew showing off on Maui.
Some amazing aerial footage and awesome downwind conditions… who else wants to go for a paddle right now? → READ MORE
Check out results and some of the action from the 5th Annual Easy Rider SUP Cup, held in Edmonton, Canada on the weekend.
Dave Kalama was in town, with the big guy holding one of his famed Kalama Klinics on Friday before taking home the race win on Saturday. The big guy didn’t have it too easy though, having to battle local Mike Darbyshire all the way for the victory. Meanwhile Diane Wenzel was the quickest of the women. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has won the 2012 Molokai-2-Oahu SUP race in a record time of 4hrs 13mins, defending his 2011 victory and shaving almost a quarter of an hour off his own race record. → READ MORE
The 7th annual Naish Paddle Championships were held today on Maui, with plenty of the world’s best SUP racers tackling the famous Maliko Downwind Run.
Young gun Kai Lenny took out the overall victory just seconds ahead of the man himself, Dave Kalama, while Andrea Moller won the women’s race. Click through for full results, pics and video… → READ MORE
The 2012 Triple Crown of SUP wrapped up on Saturday with the Maui to Molokai race. Epic conditions made for some awesome SUP racing and incredibly fast finishing times.
Connor Baxter was first over the line after somehow maintaining an avg speed of 9.1mph for almost three hours… → READ MORE
Big news: One of the biggest and most respected names in the world of Stand Up Paddling, Dave Kalama, has joined the team at Imagine SUP. Though the Maui legend isn’t just going to be riding their boards though, he’s actually gone and gotten himself the fancy title of “VP of Design & Innovation”. That sounds pretty major.
The big guy joins the team @ Imagine immediately and will unveil a couple of new SUP surfboard designs later this year. Sounds like he’s only on the SUP Surfing side of things for now, but let’s hope he adds his ideas to their line of SUP Race Boards as well. Kalama has been a leading SUP racer for years, especially in downwind and open ocean racing. → READ MORE
Here’s the follow up to 10x World Champ Jamie Mitchell’s Maui-Downwinder-Gone-Wrong video.
Helicopter rescues and injuries… not your average paddle session.
Click through to watch → READ MORE