After paddlers were greeted with glorious sunshine here in Cornwall this morning, the British weather gods did their thing and introduced a combination of overcast skies and howling winds before the race started. That left competitors battling a long distance course that included both upwind and downwind legs, which made for a see-sawing battle among the top contenders. → READ MORE
Danny Ching has just won gold in the Men’s Distance Race here at the 2015 ISA Worlds, giving Team USA a critical lead in the team standings against arch-rivals Team Australia and Team Hawaii. After two of the most entertaining hours of racing we’ve seen in a long time, Danny claimed the win just ahead of local hero Bicho Jimenez. → READ MORE
With the ISA Worlds just four days away, here’s the first look at the home team. As hosts of the 4th annual ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, Team Mexico will have more incentive than ever to perform well, and will have the local crowd 100% on their side as they do battle with over two dozen other nations.
Though interestingly, Team Mexico could just as accurately be named Team Sayulita… → READ MORE
The Rogue SUP team rider has a solid reputation for adding plenty of flair (and a few other things) to every SUP race he’s at. But Fernando is also one of the most talented guys on the water… → READ MORE
Check out a rad clip from the recent Punta Sayulita SUP Classic down Mexico way. This great edit, titled Sayulita Fever, shows off Rogue’s dynamic duo Fernando Stalla and Javier “Bicho” Jimenez as they compete in their hometown event.
These guys are looking in fine form ahead of the ISA Worlds in May, which will see the rest of the world descend on their backyard. → READ MORE
Javier “Bicho” Jimenez took out today’s distance race to back up his runner-up finish in Saturday’s Elite Race. Bicho swapped 1-2 finishes with expat Ryan Helm… → READ MORE
Featuring well-known names such as Fernando Stalla, Bicho Jimenez, Ryan Helm and Shelby Dela Rosa Taylor, the Mexico SUP Tour was created last year to help grow the sport of stand up paddling in Mexico. The ten-stop Tour started back in October and runs right through to July, hitting pretty much every major corner of the country. → READ MORE
Mexico is of course host for the 2015 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, which gives extra significance to these results. This is a rare chance for paddlers to represent their nation while playing host to the rest of the paddleboarding world at the same time. → READ MORE
The latest round of the Tour was held in Zihuatanejo, with Mexico’s two highest-ranked holding off the field of challengers. The duo have now further staked their claim for a spot on Team Mexico at next year’s ISA Worlds… → READ MORE
After a few rounds of racing (and countless buoy turn carnage pics), coming out on top were Zane Schweitzer and Fiona Wylde. Zaniac edged out Mo Freitas, Bicho Jimenez and Fernando Stalla, while Fiona Wylde was too good for Shae Foudy, Candice Appleby and Halie Harrison. → READ MORE
Fernando Stalla has just put on an incredible show to win the 2014 Payette River Games and claim the $10,000 winner’s prize ahead of defending champion Ben Sarrazin. Candice Appleby scores the same amount for being the quickest of the women.
That was an amazing end to an awesome weekend. Fernando waited until the final seconds of the final round of the final event to claim the overall victory, winning the SUP Cross with a spirited fight through the whitewater. His win in the SUP Cross A Final gave Fernando the overall victory by the narrowest of margins, with defending event champion and ultimate dark horse, Ben Sarrazin, just one point behind.
Click through for the early results… → READ MORE
One of those traveled a rather long way to get there, with Mexico’s Fernando Stalla taking out the elite 7 mile race ahead of Jeramie Vaine and Terry Kent. Over in the women’s April Zilg was too strong, paddling her 12’6 over the line in a time of 1 hour 27 minutes, which was faster than a lot of the guys in the 14′ division. → READ MORE
Fresh from his medal in Nicaragua, Captain America was back on show and took out yet another Tour victory. Slater came home first in the Elite Course Race ahead of another one of those young-guys-who-both-surf-and-race-annoying-well, Zane Schweitzer. Rounding out the top four was the Mexican duo of Javier Jimenez and Fernando Stalla, who actually competed for their country against Slater in the ISA Worlds earlier this month. → READ MORE
Results are in from the Punta Sayulita Classic in Mexico and it looks like the weekend belonged to Team SIC. Taking out both events (the Surf Race on Saturday and 10k Distance Race on Sunday) was Georges Cronsteadt of Tahiti, while teammate Lina Augaitis from Canada was too strong on the women’s side.
In the Surf Race, Georges was the only paddler to make it clean to the first buoy, as a set swept through the field right after the start. From there, the Tahitian big guy controlled the waves and the race to finish around half a minute clear. Sayulita locals Ryan Helm and Fernando Stalla filled the men’s podium, with Ryan overtaking Fernando on the sprint up the beach to the line. Meanwhile Shelby Dela Rosa Taylor and Kristin Thomas took second and third respectively on the women’s. → READ MORE
Brandi Baksic and Fernando Stalla have made a clean sweep of the first ever BOP Brazil, winning both the Elite and Distance races ahead of some strong local talent that included Luiz Guida, Vinicius Martins, Joseph Cerdas and Barbara Brazil. → READ MORE
With the main event site a hive of last minute activity today, the Mad Scientist (Jimmy Terrell), Tarzan (Fernando Stalla) and myself headed off in search of an adventure. There was a strong Southerly side-wind blowing across the main beach, so we decided to drive South to the next headland and see if we could find our first Brazilian downwinder. This is how it went… → READ MORE
Rogue SUP front man (and part-time calendar model) Fernando Stalla has won the 2013 U.S. SUP Tour at San Onofre this weekend, beating a small but classy field of paddlers to take the second leg of the inaugural Tour and cap off a string of wins in recent weeks for the Punta Sayulita ambassador.
Fernando has been on a tear lately; his victory in yesterday’s surf race comes on the back of a win in San Diego last week as well as the Hennessey’s U.S. Champs before that. Coming in second was Matt Becker, while Captain America Slater Trout rounded out the podium. Meanwhile in the women’s race it was Halie Harrison who handled the waves the best to come out on top. Click through for full results plus photos of the action from San O… → READ MORE
Surviving the carnage and finishing runner-up in the 5.5 mile race was Team Mexico star (and official Rogue SUP Race Calendar pin-up boy) Fernando Stalla, just seven seconds behind Slater.
However the most memorable moment award went to Javier Jimenez, who got run down by an absolute monster set during the team relay… → READ MORE
Today I’m stoked to announce that we’ve teamed up with Rogue SUP to bring you even more SUP racing goodness! Rogue becomes the official partner on our epic stand up paddle race calendar, which is now known as the Rogue SUP Race Calendar.
There are already close to 500 races listed for 2013, with more and more being added each day. The best part is we’re seeing races from all around the world; California to the Caribbean, Auckland to Abu Dhabi, Germany to the Gold Coast, France to … well, you get my point, there are a lot of races in a lot of countries, and we aim to list them all in the one spot for you.
So take a look at the new & improved calendar and find your next Stand Up Paddle race. → READ MORE
For the past couple of days we’ve been hanging out in Abu Dhabi with the stars of SUP, taking in the crazy sights of this crazy city as well as getting in a few practice paddle sessions in the very refreshing water (Abu Dhabi is HOT).
But today we trekked out about an hour into the desert to the smaller city of Al Ain, which is the home of “Wadi Adventure”. Wadi is a kickass water park that has what is probably the best wave pool in the world. It’s also smack bang in the middle of the desert and has one of the coolest backdrops of any wave in the world: There’s a big, dry, desert mountain rising up just metres behind the wave pool, giving this place an other-worldy kind of feel and providing an awesome contrast to the water below. → READ MORE