St. Maxime: Boothy Overpowers Titou and Connor to Claim Overall Title; Sonni Too Strong for Olivia and Candice (EuroTour Week 3)

Michael BoothAustralia’s Michael Booth has proven yet again that he’s the strongest distance race paddler on the planet, overpowering world number one Connor Baxter and Carolina Cup champion Titouan Puyo to claim the 18km event on day 2 here in St. Maxime, France, earning the overall ‘SUP Race Cup’ title and gaining an early advantage on the EuroTour Leaderboard in the process.

With beautiful blue skies and flat, glassy conditions greeting the assembled field of international stars, European dark horses and local contenders this morning (which stood in stark contrast to the cyclonic winds in Saturday’s beach race), this was always going to be Boothy’s type of race.

It was 12 months ago this weekend that the Starboard rider announced himself as the strongest distance racer in the world, and after a few disappointing results early in season 2017 he was clearly keen to reassert his dominance.   → READ MORE

When/Where/How to Watch the ‘SUP Race Cup’ Facebook LIVE Stream from St. Maxime, France (EuroTour Week 3)

St Maxime SUP Race CupWe’re here in Sainte Maxime on the iconic French Riviera for the 8th Annual SUP Race Cup, one of the longest-running races on the planet and the third stop of the 2017 EuroTour.

With a beautiful location (St. Maxime is just across the bay from the famous St. Tropez), an absolutely stacked field (check out the names below) and almost a decade of history and prestige, we should be in for a cracking weekend of racing.

And you can watch all the action from your front row seat with our Facebook LIVE stream Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.   → READ MORE

Get Set for Six Weeks of Summer Showdowns: The EuroTour ‘Prime’ Events Start This Weekend in St. Maxime

SUP Race CupAnd just like that, it’s summer.

With the sun starting to shine and the weather warming up across the Continent, the ‘European Summer of SUP’ officially begins this weekend with France’s classic, long-running SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime lighting up the French Riviera.

While the 2017 Tour has already had two regional stops, the big guns are only just starting to arrive, which means the EuroTour ‘Prime’ level races begin now. And you’ll be able to watch it all from a front row seat with SUP Racer’s signature Facebook Live streams.   → READ MORE

Bruno Hasulyo, Petronella van Malsen Win Week 2 of the EuroTour in Namur, Belgium

Euro-Tour-Namur-Belgium-paddle-boardingIn brief: Bruno Hasulyo (Starboard) and Petronella van Malsen (Mistral) have taken out week 2 of the EuroTour in the Belgian city of Namur, saluting at the Happy Summer SUP Race over a small but enthusiastic field.

Bruno took the win ahead of Italian duo Martino Rogai (Team Infinity) and Bruno Capparella (BIC), showing solid form that suggests he’ll be a genuine contender against the superstars in the six-week run of EuroTour ‘Prime’ events that begin next week in St. Maxime, France.    → READ MORE

Leo Nika, Penelope Strickland Win Week 1 of the EuroTour in the Windy Greek Islands

StarboardStarboard duo Leo Nika and Penelope Strickland have taken out the first stop of the 2017 EuroTour, saluting at the ‘Agios Nikolaos on SUP’ festival in epic downwind conditions on the beautiful Greek island of Crete.

Leo, the winningest athlete from the 2016 Tour, came home in 1:29:56 to defeat compatriot Paolo Marconi (RRD) by almost 2 minutes, while Federico Esposito made it a clean sweep of the podium for the Italians after finishing third.    → READ MORE

EuroTour 2017: The European ‘Summer of SUP’ Starts This Weekend in the Greek Islands

Agios Nikolaos, Crete, GreeceAnd just like that, it’s summer.

Well, almost. The traditional barometer of the Summer of SUP, the EuroTour, gets an early start this year on the paradisaical Greek island of Crete, where this weekend’s “Agios Nikolaos on SUP” festival will transform the postcard-perfect town of the same name into the first of 12 Tour stops.

There’ll be a race somewhere in Europe virtually every weekend between now and the end of July, with the local heroes, European stars and international heavyweights battling it out in what is arguably the funnest part of the season.   → READ MORE

World Rankings: Here Are SUP Racer’s Star Ratings for Season 2017 (aka the Biggest Races in the World This Year)

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Two weeks ago, I sent out a survey to each of the world’s top-ranked paddlers asking which events they’d be competing in this year. The goal was to paint a picture of the biggest races in the world, which I think is not only an interesting insight for everyone in the sport to analyse, it also helps me to set clear ‘star ratings’ that will produce an ever more accurate World Rankings leaderboard.

Here are the results…   → READ MORE

The EuroTour Announces Final Schedule for 2017: 12 Weeks, 12 Races and a $100k Summer Holiday in Europe

Michael Booth St Maxime EuroTourThe EuroTour has announced its final lineup for the 2017 European Summer of SUP, with one new addition to the popular circuit that now stretches 12 weeks and gives all paddlers a unified tour while offering the pros almost $100,000 in prize money.

After announcing its initial lineup last month, the 2017 EuroTour has added the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup to the schedule, which slots in at week #9, while the opening event in the Greek Islands has been brought forward a week and beefed up with prize money.   → READ MORE

The EuroTour Unveils Its Schedule for the 2017 European Summer of SUP

2017-euro-tour-supWith the snow starting to fall and the water starting to freeze in Europe, now is a good time to start dreaming of some warm water paddling. Well to help out, the EuroTour has just released its schedule for the 2017 European Summer of SUP.

The EuroTour, which is half ‘race series’ and half ‘European summer holiday’, is one of the funnest parts of the season. From France to Finland, Crete to the Canary Islands and plenty more places in between, the Tour combines racing and traveling into one big cultural adventure.    → READ MORE

“Winngingest” Athletes in Europe: Leo Nika, Susak Molinero Claim Penultimate Stop of the EuroTour

Adriatic Crown stand up paddleboarding raceIn brief: Leo Nika and Susak Molinero have saluted in Week 12 of the EuroTour, claiming the Adriatic Crown in Marrotta, Italy to cement their respective statuses as the winningest athletes of this year’s European summer.

Others to impress at Marotta this weekend were runners-up Jeremy Teulade and Amandine Chazot, along with the other top five guys Giordano Capparella, Boris Jinvresse and Martino Rogai, all of which are rising prospects on the European scene.   → READ MORE

Noli SUP Race: Awesome Aerial Highlights from a Great Week on the Italian Riviera

Noli SUP Race videoWatching this footage reminds me just how much fun we all had in Italy last weekend, where the 11th stop of the EuroTour, the Noli SUP Race, surprised us with some of the most beautiful scenery of the entire summer.

The race was won by Leo Nika (who becomes the winningest athlete of the 2016 Tour) and Susak Molinero (who equals Sonni Honscheid’s 3x wins), however Noli was more than just a race, it was a destination.   → READ MORE

Leo Nika, Susak Molinero Win Week 11 of the EuroTour in Beautiful Noli, Italy

Noli SUP Race Italy stand up paddleboardingIn brief: Leo Nika and Susak Molinero have taken out Week 11 of the EuroTour in beautiful Noli, Italy, with a strong field of Europeans enjoying one of the most picturesque stops of the tour so far.

Leo made the most of the moderate breeze to pull away in the final few kilometres, crossing the line almost a minute clear of his compatriot and runner-up Paolo Maroconi, with Frenchman Martin Letourneur finishing third a further half a minute adrift. Jeremy Teulade was impressive in 4th, while Martino Rogai rounded out the top five.   → READ MORE