#M2O: Post-Molokai Reflections (and Photos) from 38 of the World’s Best Paddlers

Molokai 2 Oahu Kai Lenny Travis GrantThe boards are back on the rack, the boats are back in the harbour and the trophies are up on the mantelpiece. Molokai-2-Oahu is done for another season, however the memories from this year’s epic will live on forever. The most prestigious race in the world certainly lived up to its hype this year, with the 20th annual crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel proving to be the fastest, most competitive and most exciting edition yet.

I could wax lyrical about this storied event, however nobody says it better than the paddlers themselves, the ones who were actually out there battling in the Channel of Bones for pride and glory. So to give you a better insight into what M2O really means, here’s a selection of post-Molokai reflections from the world’s best paddlers…   → READ MORE

Post-Turtle Bay Changes to the World Rankings: Jake Jensen Out of the Top 10, Arthur Arutkin In

Arthur Arutkin and Jake Jensen Fanatic SUPFollowing the unofficial “season ending” race on the weekend, the World Series Finals at Turtle Bay in Hawaii, there’s been a bit of movement on the SUP Racer World Rankings.

Though, interestingly, it was actually those who didn’t race at Turtle Bay that reaped the biggest rewards. That includes Titouan Puyo, who jumps back into the top 5, and Arthur Arutkin, who makes his debut in the exclusive top 10 club at the expense of Fanatic team mate Jake Jensen.   → READ MORE

ISA Worlds: Can Team South Africa Reclaim Their Former Glory In Mexico?

South Africa stand up paddling teamWe’ve got more ISA team news for you today, with South Africa introducing a solid all round lineup.

The South Africans (who actually announced this team last month) have been a star performer in past editions of the Worlds, famously finishing runner-up to Australia in 2013 after a third place finish in 2012. This year they return with a full squad and in search of former glory…   → READ MORE

Downwind Dash Meets King Of The Air (Plus A Cameo From Robby Naish)

downwind stand up paddle raceThis week the wind gods played along and we managed to run Race #3 of the new PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash series.

Last week the forecast looked epic, however on the day it all went pear and the Downwind and the Red Bull King of the Air kite event had to be called off. Though as a great consolation, Robby Naish was in town and came down to the beach for a “paddlers meet and greet” to make up for the lack of wind!   → READ MORE

Lighter Winds But Bigger Swells For Race #2 Of The PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash

SUP downwind raceAfter last week’s blistering start to the 2015 PRIMI Naish Downwind Series, this week’s edition served up a more modest 15-20 knots but also some solid swells at the finish.

Just over 50 paddlers (31 SUPs and 21 surf skis) took to the course. Among the group was Dylan Frick and Mishka Steyn, two stalwarts of the Downwind Dash series who made a welcome return this week. Waves were manageable at the start and once again it was Ethan Koopmans who dominated…   → READ MORE

Third Time Lucky As South Africa’s Downwind Dash Continues To Roll Down The Cape

Downwind SUP RaceLast Wednesday night, January 21st, marked Week #3 in the new edition of the ten week PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series. And *finally* we had some well-timed wind here in Cape Town.

Dodgy Wind Guru forecasting and borderline calls by organisers had seen the past two Wednesday nights pass by without a race, despite there being some (arguably iffy) winds. We’ve actually been downwinding 4-6 times a week for the past couple of months, however the wind had been frustratingly absent on Wednesday race nights.   → READ MORE

South Africa’s Downwind Dash Gets Feisty: Wind, Waves And A Broken Board

Tarryn Kyte's SUP race boardRace #4 in the October to December 2014 edition of Cape Town’s long-running PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash series was one for the books.

It had been blowing 30 knots all day with a solid 2.5m swell, which provided quite a spectacle for this week’s downwinder. The start of these races is all about timing the sets and the first group of starters did just that – if you are a fan of carnage that is…   → READ MORE

Ethan Koopmans Breaks The Cape Town Downwind Race Record

Ethan Koopmans stand up paddler South AfricaIt was looking good the whole week. The wind had been firing every day since Sunday, especially on Tuesday when it was seriously cranking and several guys set personal bests. So expectations were high for tonight’s 3rd race in the latest PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series here in Cape Town, South Africa.

The wind had been gusting over 30 knots since Tuesday, at times hitting 38-40 knots. That’s an 8 out of 12 on the Beaufort scale. That’s strong, even by our standards…   → READ MORE