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
The 2013 Carolina Cup was huge. Hundreds of paddlers descended on Wrightsville Beach, including many of the world’s best, to instantly make this one of the races of 2013.
In the end it was Danny Ching who stole the show in the men’s Elite Race, while Annabel Anderson put in a similarly impressive display on the women’s side. However one performance that shouldn’t be unnoticed is that of Eric Terrien, the consistently-underrated Frenchman who got closer to Ching than anyone.
Sure, Danny Ching finished four minutes clear, which is an awesome effort against this sort of talent, but the race for second sounds like it was a fascinating tactical battle. So click through to hear Eric’s insights into the gruelling 12.5 mile “Graveyard” race at the Carolina Cup… → 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
SUP Racing is growing super fast in Europe, with hundreds of events throughout the year in pretty much every single country. And nowhere is it bigger than in France, home to many of the races and most of the leading paddlers in Europe.
Next month we’ve got the big SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime, which kicks off six major weeks of SUP racing on the Continent, but in the meantime there are plenty of other races happening. Last weekend it was the Jade Paddle Race in Brittany, an event organised by European #1 Eric Terrien’s family. As always there were plenty of keen paddlers on the start line, and, as always, Eric Terrien reigned supreme (though Gaetene Sene certainly put up a fight). Check out some great pics of the action plus full race results and recap… → READ MORE
France’s Swell Beach Race Series continued yesterday, with European #1 Eric Terrien making his series debut and showing straight away that he’s still the King of SUP Racing in his home country. The air looked cold.
The water looked cold. Yet there were still almost 40 die hard SUP racers out in the water, including almost all of France’s top guys. As well as Terrien there was also international elite paddlers such as Gaetene Sene, winner of the first two events Greg Closier, and young gun Arthur Daniel. So click through for full race results, plus some great photos of the action… → READ MORE
What a race… On Day 2 of the ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship here in Miraflores, Peru, the Long Distance race delivered excitement, drama and a clean sweep of the Gold Medals for Team Australia.
This was one of the most exciting SUP races I’ve ever seen, period, and is easily the most entertaining Distance Race our sport has ever witnessed. So click through for the full race recap as well as results, photos and video of the action. → READ MORE
Australia made it a clean sweep, with Jamie Mitchell, Angie Jackson, Brad Gaul and Jordan Mercer all taking Gold. Though one of the stories of the day was young Casper Steinfath (Denmark) who finished just a metre behind Mitchell and almost stole the glory.
CLICK THROUGH to see the early results then come back later for full results, photos and video from Miraflores. We’ll also have a full recap of the incredible action in a few hours. This was one epic race… → READ MORE
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
France has just unveiled a super strong lineup for the 2013 ISA SUP World Champs in Peru. The SUP racing side of the team features Eric Terrien, Yoann Cornelis and Olivia Piana.
Eric is one of the best paddlers in the world and Olivia is fast moving through the ranks on the women’s side. Throw in the highly under-rated Yoann Cornelis and you’ve got a pretty good combination. → READ MORE
Eric Terrien has taken out today’s Nautic SUP Paris Crossing, capping off another year of domination in Europe. Gaetan Sene claimed second place in the main event, the Elite Distance Race (on his namesake the River Seine, no less), with Yoann Cornelis claiming third in the Distance and 2nd overall. Meanwhile Faustine Merret, Manca Notar and Sonni Hönschied dominated the women’s division.
Conditions were close to freezing, with the temperature hovering around 4°C (39°F) as the paddlers took to the water just after sunrise. There were plenty of wetsuits, booties, gloves and beanies on show. The 12km course stretched up and down the famous river, with competitors gliding under historic bridges and even going past the Eiffel Tower at one point. Over 200 paddlers braved the cold for what must have been one of the largest ever SUP races in Europe. → READ MORE
In case you somehow haven’t heard, the $20,000 Paddle Royal was held on the weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with Danny Ching and Candice Appleby taking home the cash and bragging rights (check out the finalised Paddle Royal race results).
From all reports it was an awesome weekend: a very well organised event with great racing and in a kickass location. You can get a taste of what the paddlers were enjoying in this clip from Saturday’s Distance Race. This shows the massive line of paddlers heading around the first turning buoy, not long after the start of the 8.5 mile race. Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Danny Ching and Candice Appleby have just taken out the 2012 Paddle Royal. Saturday saw the 8 mile distance race, while Sunday was the sprint races. Results were combined to produce the overall event champions.
The Paddle Royal is a $20,000 SUP race in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which has attracted many of the world’s best paddlers. Other standout performances came from Eric Terrien, Ryan Helm, Paul Jackson and Chase Kosterlitz in the men’s division, while Angie Jackson and Gail Vento podium’d on the women’s side. Click through for the full results + pics → READ MORE
The 2012 SUP Race rankings for Europe have been released. Unbeknownst to many paddlers outside of Euro-land, there’s actually a dedicated organisation helping to run a lot of the races in that part of the world. It’s kind of like the WPA for Europe. Though while the U.S. has the ambitiously-named World Paddle Association, Europe has the more logically-titled “European SUP Association“.
Here are some quick stats to put the 2012 EuroSUPA season in perspective… → READ MORE
There were some seriously solid waves hitting the coastline of Crozon, on France’s West Coast, which meant plenty of chaos and carnage. This video is from the “Beach Race”, which was basically a Battle of the Paddle-style race in-and-out through the surf. → READ MORE
The 2012 “Championnat de France SUP Race” (aka the French National SUP Race Championships) took place this weekend in Crozon-Morgat on France’s West coast. The event was part of the Presqu’île (“Peninsula”) Paddle Race and the results will help decide who scores a spot on Team France for the 2013 ISA World SUP Championships in Peru.
Click through to see who won… → READ MORE
There were so many highlights and memorable moments. From Danny Ching reclaiming his crown, to Annabel Anderson announcing herself as the new women’s champion, to a bunch of stoked young groms charging like crazy. They call the Battle of the Paddle ”Super Bowl of SUP” for a reason…
We’ll have a full weekend recap soon, but in the meantime relive the action with the complete results from the 2012 Battle of the Paddle… → READ MORE
Solid 4-5ft waves were rolling through all day, turning most of the races into a battle for survival. Anthony Vela won the “hero of the day” award for his fearless, Superman-inspired attack on the set of the day. Check out Vela’s heroics plus plenty of other great pics → READ MORE
The awesome Surf Race To Victory series wrapped up today at Huntington Beach. Plenty of pros have arrived in town ahead of the Battle of the Paddle, so there was a very solid level of competition. Plus with a decent swell pulsing along the coast, there was also a LOT of carnage…
Several of the world’s best lined up for the knockout sprint format and were looking uber-stylish the event’s signature blue crash helmets. Kody Kerbox, Connor Baxter, Byron Kurt and Brennan Rose took out the first round heats, with Kerbox looking in very good form. On the women’s side it seemed to be a battle between Candice Appleby and Morgan Hoesterey, with the pair trading victories in the first couple of rounds. → READ MORE
The Stand Up World Series continued in Florida on the weekend, with the Cocoa Beach Paddle Classic. There were plenty of pros in town for the event, and the East Coast gave them a warm welcome with a solid swell making the racing exciting.
Check out this highlights clip from Day 1, featuring the Long Distance race that was won by Connor Baxter (with Kai Lenny 2nd and Eric Terrien 3rd). → READ MORE
It was a star-studded field, with plenty of pros (many of whom were in Florida for last week’s big surf trade show in Orlando) chasing the World Series points and prize money.
Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny renewed their rivalry in yesterday’s distance race, with Connor taking the honours to reverse the result from Chicago. However in Sunday’s sprints, Connor was knocked out in the semis while Kai took the win, giving Kai Lenny the overall victory and bumping Connor down to third place for the weekend, behind Fernando Stalla. Click through for more… → READ MORE
12’6″ vs. 14′, 14′ vs Unlimited, Multiple board classes vs one class races, “One Design” SUP races. What’s fair? What’s not? What’s exciting? What’s boring? What’s good for the future of SUP racing? What’s not? A lot of talk. But talking is just that, talking. It’s not paddling (and it’s nowhere near as fun). So at the risk of armchair SUP racers taking over the discussion, someone has stepped in to call time out.
Here is European #1 Eric Terrien’s Facebook response to the debate. Trust a Frenchman to put it eloquently. → READ MORE
The French outfit, best known in the SUP racing scene for sponsoring European #1 Eric Terrien, will be debuting their one design SUP race series at next week’s surf trade show in Orlando, Florida.
All competitors in BIC One Design SUP races will use the exact same board: the new 12’6″ Wing. Each event will also feature the same course (roughly 800m long), with races consisting of short, knockout-style, one-lap sprints. → READ MORE
2012 has already seen a massive amount of Stand Up Paddle racing action. Everywhere from California to Carolina, Germany to the Gold Coast, Hawaii to … well, you get the point. Lots of SUP races.
But who have been the stand out performers? Who’s been paddling like crazy and consistently making the podium? Click through for all the juicy details… → READ MORE