[UPDATED] Angie Jackson, Zane Schweitzer And Casper Steinfath The Best In Bilbao As The Euro Tour Rolls On

Bilbao SUP Challenge SpainIt’s week #4 of the Euro Tour and this weekend we’re in the awesome city of Bilbao, Spain for another big race: The Bilbao World SUP Challenge. The action wrapped up just moments ago and it was Zane Schweitzer and Angie Jackson who claiming the overall event titles.

This event attracted a pretty solid lineup of talent; I’d say there were around 15 paddlers competing who would be on the top level internationally. Set right near the iconic Guggenheim Museum, the event involved sprint racing on Saturday before a 13km cruise through the city on Sunday.

Here’s how it all went down.   → READ MORE

UPDATED ST. MAXIME RESULTS: Eric Terrien, Titouan Puyo and Sonni Hönscheid Fire In France (SUP Race Cup)

Sainte MaximeAnd that’s a wrap from St. Maxime.

After two days of great racing, Eric Terrien has held onto his crown as the King of France, but only just… Titouan Puyo (aka Ti2) has shown he’s an international star and that his win in Nicaragua was definitely no fluke. After a horror start, the New Caledonian almost chased down Eric in Saturday’s downwind/upwind/sidewind Beach Race, while today the tables were turned with Titou coming home first ahead of Leo Nika and Eric.

Sonni Hönscheid showed great form to make it a clean sweep of the women’s field, beating home Manca Notar in both the 7km Beach Race and 17km Distance event. Click through for full results, pics and recap from the French Riviera…   → READ MORE

Eric Terrien, Sonni Honscheid Win The Port Adriano SUP Race In Beautiful Mallorca, Spain (UPDATED RESULTS)

Port Adriano SUP Race MallorcaDay one of the 2014 NSP Euro Tour started with perfect sunny conditions here on beautiful Mallorca, Spain. With a strong field lining up against a backdrop of sandy beaches, colourful and jagged cliffs, imposing islands and turquoise waters, I knew we were in for a great weekend of racing.

The Port Adriano SUP Race is split in two: Long Distance on Saturday and knockout sprint son Sunday. In this morning’s distance race it was France’s Eric Terrien who took the victory, ahead of a very determined Leonard Nika from Italy. Leo set the pace for most of the 13km around the islands outside the luxury Port Adriano, however Eric was too strong in the final 500 metres. Sitting in the lead group of four the whole race and eventually coming home for a very impressive third was former champion Czech marathon canoer, Branislav Sramek, who out-sprinted Austria’s Peter Bartl to the line.   → READ MORE

ISA Worlds Day 7: Titouan Puyo Breaks An All Star Field To Win The Distance Gold. What An Epic Race…

ISA Worlds Men's Distance (12 a)Holy shit… what a race.

Day 7 saw the men’s distance event here at the 2014 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship. After the women’s race gave us a glimpse of this unique and exotic course, I had the feeling we could be in for a classic showdown today. And the guys certainly didn’t disappoint…

With a deep field of talent lining up at 9am for the 18km grind around Lake Nicaragua, and with the wind blowing strong enough to become a major factor, conditions were set for an intense battle. Click through for a full recap, results and pics of the action…   → READ MORE

Eric And Ti2 Warm Up For Nicaragua By Going One-Two In France

Eric Terrien SUP FranceIn a sign that French national team selectors got their men’s racing picks spot on, Eric Terrien and Titouan Puyo have gone one-two at the Jade Paddle Race in France, just days before they jet off to Nicaragua to represent their nation.

It was a fitting victory for Eric as the race was held in his childhood hometown of La Plaine sur Mer. With waves, wind and what looks to be very cold water, the BIC team rider out-lasted a classy field that featured several of France’s finest paddlers. Eric finished half a minute clear of Titou (or simply: “Ti2″) while one of France’s original stand up paddle racers, Greg Closier, finished a very close third.   → READ MORE

Eric Terrien Wins In France Before Jetsetting Across The Atlantic

Raid Paddle Race Eric TerrienEric Terrien has won another SUP race in France, surprising absolutely nobody but showing he’s in good form ahead of a big month on the road. Eric took out the Raid Paddle Race yesterday in the west coast city of Vannes, pushing his new (and very uniquely coloured) 12’6 race board clear of a strong field, eventually finishing half a minute in front of rising star Arthur Daniel. Eric’s original French sparring partner, Gaetene Sene, was third and the rehabilitated Greg Closier claimed fourth.

There was little time for Eric to celebrate though; today he starts his travel to Brazil where he’ll compete in the World Series opener next week. After that it’s straight to Abu Dubai for the All Stars event, before a brief pit-stop at home and then another trans-Atlantic flight, this time to Nicaragua where in early May he’ll be representing France for the third straight year at the ISA Worlds.   → READ MORE

Who’s Running The Show? SUP Athletes Association Reveals Board Of Directors

Stand Up Paddle Athletes AssociationOn Monday we asked “what” is the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association. Well now we know “who” it is as well, with the initial Board of Directors line up revealed. And it’s not too shabby…

The new organisation, which aims to promote the sport by giving the athletes a collective voice, will be helmed by: both of the reigning Molokai-2-Oahu Champions, National Champions, State Champions, European Champions, SUP adventure record holders as well as perhaps the most well-traveled SUP athlete in the world.

In case you missed our story yesterday or have completely avoided Facebook the past 24 hours (seriously, every three seconds I see new “such and such likes SUPAA” pop up in my news feed), here’s the elevator pitch (this is the group’s official “Mission Statement”):   → READ MORE

France’s Finest Battling For A Trip To Nicaragua (UPDATE: Eric Terrien, Titouan Puyo And Celine Guesdon Secure Their Spots)

2014 French Stand Up Paddle teamRemember how France decided to go all out in selecting their team for the 2014 ISA Worlds? In addition to their National Titles five weeks ago, the governing body (French Surf Federation) organised a week-long series of racing and training that’s essentially a second (and final) round of qualification to decide who flies to Nicaragua next May.

Ten of the best paddlers in France (and, by extension, ten of the best in Europe and even some of the very best in the world) will be battling it out over the next five days in a series of short and long distance races. A win is worth zero points, 2nd place = 2 points, 3rd place = 3 points, and so on… Each paddler’s best four out of six results (four races this week plus the two races from last months Nationals) are tallied up and then the two guys / one girl with the lowest score will be invited to compete for Les Bleus in Nicaragua.   → READ MORE

Paddle Royal Title Comes Down To The Wire: Danny Ching And Lina Augaitis Win While Jake Jensen And Eric Terrien Impress

Eric Terrien wins Paddle RoyalDanny 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

Dark Horses Upset And Young Guns Fire Before Eric Terrien Gets His Title @ French National Champs

Championnats de France Stand Up Paddle 2013At the same time as the Aussie SUP Titles were happening in Queensland on the weekend, on the other side of the world there was another elite battle taking place, with glory, bragging rights and a trip to the 2014 ISA World Champs on the line there as well.

The French National SUP Titles (“Championnats de France Stand Up Paddle”) have just wrapped up and produced plenty of SUP racing action as well as a couple of interesting surprises. Held in the picturesque town of Carnet on the South of France, the championships featured the best paddlers from one of the strongest SUP nations there is.

The talent pool is France is runs deeper than probably any other nation outside the “Big 3″ (Cali/Hawaii/Aus) so this was always going to be a tough event. However nobody would have predicted these results. On the opening day, hot favourite and undisputed king of French stand up paddle racing, Eric Terrien, was defeated by the unheralded Titouan Puyo in the 18km Distance Race, while young gun Arthur Arutkin also crossed the line ahead of the reigning champ. Eric would have his revenge on day two though, with a sweet victory in the Beach Race ensuring he still has one foot in the door on the plane to Nicaragua.   → READ MORE

WATCH: The World’s Straightest (And Perhaps Most Unique) SUP Race Course

Corinth Canal Stand Up Paddle raceHere’s a very cool vid from the recent Stand Up Paddle race on the Corinth Canal in Greece, where Eric Terrien defeated Casper Steinfath in the battle between Europe’s two fastest men. The “Hellenic SUP Cup: Isthmus Speed Crossing” (as the event was offcially known) was essentially a drag-race, as the course stretched out in a 6km straight line along the historic Corinth Canal.

The famous Canal, which was completed in 1893 and is now a popular tourist boat ride (it’s far too narrow for modern shipping vessels), was closed down for two hours to let the 129 competitors paddle what looks to be one of the most amazing SUP race courses in the world…   → READ MORE

Eric Terrien Defeats Casper Steinfath To Claim World’s Straightest SUP Race @ Greece’s Hellenic SUP Cup (UPDATED)

Hellenic SUP Cup GreeceThe two fastest stand up paddlers in Europe (and the world) right now, Frenchman Eric Terrien and the Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, have dominated today’s Hellenic SUP Cup race in Greece.

Stretching along the historic Corinth Canal, the race attracted over 120 eager locals, who were no doubt keen to paddle one of the most interesting SUP race courses in the world as well as rub shoulders with two guys that are helping put Europe on the SUP racing map. Today’s race – the “Isthmus Speed Crossing” – was the fifth and final leg of the 2013 Hellenic SUP Cup, the third annual running of the series.

Terrien came home 1st with Casper in 2nd, the Frenchman no doubt pleased to get one back on the young Dane who has had an absolute stellar year (ISA Worlds, BOP, World Series) and is seriously threatening Eric’s long-held title of European #1.   → READ MORE

Kai Lenny, Annabel Anderson Win The SUP World Cup In Hamburg (FINAL RESULTS)

Camp David SUP World CupKai Lenny and Annabel Anderson have taken out the Camp David SUP World Cup in Hamburg, Germany, defeating a solid international field to claim stop #5 of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. It was a clean sweep for both Kai and Annabel, as the stars took out Saturday’s Sprints and Sunday’s Distance Race by clear margins. The battle for second was tight however, with Casper Steinfath, Beau O’Brian and Leonard Nika tied after the two races, while Angie Jackson just managed to take second place from young gun Manca Notar.

Full results are in so click through to see how it all went down in Germany…   → READ MORE

Eric Terrien’s Molokai Board Test

Eric Terrien's Molokai Stand Up PaddleboardBIC SUP team rider, European #1 and “gutsiest performance of the year” nominee Eric Terrien has unveiled his new prototype board for this year’s Molokai-2-Oahu.

The Frenchman showed off his new design, created by BIC head shaper Patrice Remoiville, in La Plaine Sur Mer, France this week. Like most brands, BIC doesn’t sell a production Unlimited board, but Eric is a big fan of Molokai and wanted to paddle his own board next month. Eric finished 6th at Molokai 2012 and despite perhaps the most competitive Molokai field ever set to battle across the Kaiwi Channel, should be right up there again on July 28th.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Connor Baxter, Annabel Anderson Win Oleron (Stand Up World Series France)

Connor Baxter WINS OleronThe latest results from the Oleron Island Stand Up Paddle Challenge, which is the French leg of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Plenty of the pros are in this one, including Connor, Kai, Eric, Chase, Jacko, Beau, Jake, Casper and Annabel.

The event has just wrapped up and again it’s Connor Baxter taking the overall victory ahead of rival Kai Lenny. Click through to see the FULL RESULTS…   → READ MORE

SUP Race Cup: Travis Grant Claims Distance Race And Overall Title On Day 2, Edging Past Beach Race Winner Connor Baxter

2013 SUP Race CupTravis Grant and Connor Baxter have dominated the 2013 SUP Race Cup, which drew a stacked field of 100 paddlers to St. Maxime, France and marked the official start of the unofficial European SUP Racing Tour presented by NSP.

This event was a tale of two days; on Saturday the winds were apocalyptic and the Beach Race turned into a survival paddle, while Sunday was much calmer (and warmer), producing an epic Distance Race.

The field was absolutely stacked, as many of the world’s best paddlers in Europe for the next few weeks, but in the end it was the favourites Travis and Connor who filled the top two spots on both days. Click through for the full results and race recap…   → READ MORE

BIC Wins Outside Magazine Gear Of The Year Award, SUP Edges Closer To The Mainstream

BIC One Design SUP Race BIC SUP has won a Gear of the Year award from Outside Magazine, claiming the prize with their “Wing” range, which includes the 12’6″ Wing ACE-TEC SUP race board.

BIC SUP, a brand once known for it’s tough, all-round recreation boards, is getting more and more serious about SUP racing. The brand is home to Eric Terrien, one of the fastest stand up paddlers in the world, and launched a One Design SUP race series last year as well. BIC also signed well-known SUP identity Nikki Gregg just last month.   → READ MORE