It’s been almost a month since I posted any news on SUP Racer.
That’s the longest break I’ve taken in the seven years I’ve been running this site. I’ll talk about why next week, but for now let’s get this show back on the road. Because the reason why SUP Racer exists is to give you an honest look at what’s happening in this great, whacky, wild, rollercoaster sport of ours.
(I think the word “honesty” has been sorely lacking from our sport in general recently. That’s also another topic for next week, but for now here’s what’s happening the past 24 days: The 12 biggest stories, in no particular order…)
Instead of Brekkie Bites, consider this as your Breakfast Banquet. → READ MORE
In brief: The quest for the inaugural Paddle League World Title has been reignited following an intense day of racing at the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup in sunny Scharbeuz, Germany, with Lincoln Dews and Olivia Piana unseating the established powerhouse duo of Michael Booth and Sonni Honscheid to claim memorable victories in front of a big local crowd.
In what was surely the most exciting race of the year in both the men’s and women’s fields, Lincoln outlasted Boothy in a tug-of-war for the ages, while Olivia overpowered the home-nation hero in the second half of the 10km race to put a hold on Sonni’s World Title victory parade. → READ MORE
2018 SUP World Cup (FULL REPLAY)
FULL REPLAY of the VMG Blades live stream here at the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup in sunny Scharbeutz — the 7th stop of The Paddle League World Tour and week 9 of The Euro Tour. Thanks for watching!
Posted by The Paddle League on Sunday, July 1, 2018
Full replay of The Paddle League’s VMG live stream from the SUP World Cup in sunny Scharbeutz, Germany.
Watch the SUP World Cup LIVE on The Paddle League thanks to VMG Blades
The seemingly-unstoppable Sonni Hönscheid stands on the brink of history at home in Germany this weekend, with the Starboard Dream Team rider set to clinch The Paddle League World Title if she’s victorious on Sunday afternoon.
After a barnstorming Season 2018 that’s already included wins in Tahiti, Carolina, Hawaii, Japan and France, Sonni can close the door on the title race with a win at the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup in Scharbeutz. → READ MORE
Short little highlights reel (and a few interviews) from the super fun kids race in Bilbao last weekend. Always so inspiring to see the next generation having fun on the water!
BILBAO from above (DRONE footage)
Stunning footage from Bilbao thanks to our friends at Rapid SUP
BACK STORY: Rapid is a new brand from Ukraine, and the guys drove 3000km to be part of the events in Bilbao and Hossegor. Five minutes into the race in Bilbao their drone hit a bridge and crashed into the river; everyone assumed it was lost forever, but they found some goggles, went swimming and miraculously recovered the drone and the raw footage. Thanks for the extreme commitment to getting the shots, guys!
Posted by The Paddle League on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Stunning footage from Bilbao thanks to our friends at Rapid SUP.
Back story: Rapid is a new brand from Ukraine, and the guys drove 3000km to be part of the events in Bilbao and Hossegor. Five minutes into the race in Bilbao their drone hit a bridge and crashed into the river; everyone assumed it was lost forever, but they found some goggles, went swimming and miraculously recovered the drone and the raw footage from the murky depths. Now that’s some serious dedication…
In brief: Michael Booth has flexed his muscles once again, breaking and then holding off an ultra-strong field of international talent to claim the fifth stop of The Paddle League World Tour and week 7 of the EuroTour here in the Basque city of Bilbao.
Boothy won the Iberdrola Bilbao SUP Challenge to cement his spot on top of the world rankings, however his compatriot Lincoln Dews gave the champ a fright with a lightning fast final two kilometres that saw him break away from the 11-man chase group and get within shouting distance of the powerhouse. But in the end Boothy’s lead was simply too big, which made it a race for second that Linc deservingly won. → READ MORE
Full replay of the 2018 Iberdrola Bilbao WORLD SUP Challenge: the fifth stop of The Paddle League World Tour and week 7 of The Euro Tour. Thanks for watching live, and see you next week in Hossegor!
The European Summer of SUP is seriously heating up, with the biggest three weeks of the year set to begin this weekend in the Basque Country of Spain.
The EuroTour and The Paddle League have been collaborating all summer long, and starting Saturday be sailing on the the peak as 3x back-to-back majors take center stage: Bilbao, Hossegor and Germany. → READ MORE
ROGUE_RECAP ep.08: San Sebastian with Mo Freitas
Special guest Mo Freitas joins this week's Rogue Recap straight from the shores of San Sebastian. Find out what Mo thought of the big EuroTour race PLUS what has Rogue SUP been cookin' up for this year's Molokai crossing?
Posted by SUP Racer on Sunday, June 10, 2018
We’re joined by superstar Mo Freitas for this week’s Rogue Recap direct from the shores of San Sebastian. Find out what Mo thought of this week’s EuroTour showdown PLUS what Rogue has in store for this year’s Molokai crossing…
Week 6 of the EuroTour definitely delivered the goods, with San Sebastian turning on a fun, challenging and highly entertaining 12km race around this scenic seaside city that tested the competitors through a mix of flat water, waves and open ocean bumps.
The men’s showdown was once again an ocean battle between Paddle League ratings leader Michael Booth and number two seed Titouan Puyo, while the women’s event saw something of an upset as Sonni Honscheid accepted her first defeat of the season at the hands of Olivia Piana. → READ MORE
#thefuture: KIDS' RACE in Costa Blanca (EuroTour Spain)
It's always so inspiring to see the next generation of paddlers stoked and smiling! The kids' race @ The Euro Tour / World SUP Festival Costa Blanca event last weekend was the biggest of the year Special mention goes to Laura Quetglas, Manuel Simoncelli and the whole crew from the island of Mallorca that have created the best junior paddling program in Europe. Here's to #thefuture! (cc: QuickBlade Paddles)
Posted by The Paddle League on Thursday, June 7, 2018
It’s always so inspiring to see the next generation of paddlers stoked and smiling! The kids’ race @ The Euro Tour / World SUP Festival event in Costa Blanca last weekend was the biggest of the year — here’s a quick little look at the action.
Special mention goes to Laura Quetglas, Manuel Simoncelli and the whole crew from the island of Mallorca that have created the best junior paddling program in Europe (the “Red Shirts” are the junior Mallorca army). Here’s to #thefuture!
Highlights from a wet’n’ wild ride in Costa Blanca on the weekend. Get set for another big ocean race in San Sebastian next weekend…