Fernando Stalla is a master of the ocean who has competed at the highest level in SUP racing and surfing for years, and who is now enjoying his isolation days spearfishing and living the Tahitian life with his wife and daughter.
It was great to catch up with an old friend and talk about travel, children and the desire to have more fun on the water. We also reminisced about the Battle of the Paddle, Payette River Games and mythical “Beach Flags World Tour” — plus spicy margaritas in Sayulita 😉 → READ MORE
What happened at the Carolina Cup? How does Fernando Stalla describe the current level of competition in the sport? And does Mo Freitas actually train? 🤔 All this and more on the latest ROGUE_RECAP with the crew from Rogue SUP
Rogue, one of stand up paddling’s original super brands, is set to make a serious comeback under the umbrella of a rejuvenated Boardworks team, with the latter using the might of its parent company Confluence Outdoor to re-launch as a major player in the SUP industry.
Both of these brands were household names in the paddling community during the heady days of SUP (circa 2011-2015), however both have also been fairly quiet over the past couple of seasons as the industry in general has plateaued and gone through a sizable shakeup. But with the backing of kayak behemoth Confluence and a revamped management crew led by Rogue founder Rick Karr, the Boardworks/Rogue team are looking to jump straight back into the ring and reclaim their former status. → READ MORE
Fernando Stalla, Bicho Jimenez and Erika Benitez have tentatively booked their tickets to Fiji following strong performances at Mexico’s National Titles over the weekend.
The “Seleccion Mexicana De SUP” event was held in the paddleboarding mecca of Sayulita, a rather appropriate venue for an ISA World Championship national qualifier given that the town hosted the previous ISA Worlds exactly 12 months ago this week. → READ MORE
In case you need some mid-week motivation, or if you just want an entertaining trip down memory lane, watch this four and a half minute montage from Quickblade, which features some of the biggest names and events in stand up paddling accompanied by a couple of iconic speeches from the wider sporting world.
Simply titled “Train Hard. Go Fast. Have Fun.” – the official mantra of QB Paddles – the clip is an interesting look back at the past eight years of not only one of the sport’s most iconic brands, but of the sport itself → READ MORE
This season has flown by, with a blur of big races and random stand up paddling adventures spread across the globe. And one brand that really likes to go on an adventure (and film it in style) is Rogue. → READ MORE
Check out the results from the latest SUP race in Tahiti, aka the land of a thousand dark horses. Tahiti is home to some of the strongest paddlers on the planet, and it’s fast becoming home to a solid little domestic race circuit as well. On the weekend it was the Rautirare Festival in the paddling mecca of Mataiea, a small village just up the road from the world-famous Teahupoo. → READ MORE
Check out this rad little clip from the Payette River Games, which comes from the fun-loving crew over at Rogue SUP.
The video features Rogue team riders Fernando Stalla and Josh Riccio in action, along with some guy throwing an axe, Chuck Patterson munching sand, log rolling, beach volleyball and plenty of people drinking beer and having a good time in general. In other words: Does a pretty good job of summing up what the Payette River Games are all about. → READ MORE
Starboard duo Connor Baxter and Fiona Wylde have taken out the inaugural St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup, triumphing in challenging conditions in Week 2 of the Euro Tour.
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
Check out this great little interview with full-time stand up paddler and part-time Tarzan body double, Fernando Stalla.
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
Some cool shots from the latest round of the Mexico SUP Tour.
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
Fernando Stalla has taken out the latest round of the Mexico SUP Tour, finishing ahead of Bicho Jimenez in what looked to be a pretty scenic race.
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
The last stop of the US SUP Tour race series was held in Huntington today. With solid little waves and an elite crew that are in town for Battle Month, the event offered up some pretty good action.
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.
SUP racing is apparently alive and well in Connecticut (above New York/below Boston) with over a hundred paddlers turning out for the Soundsurfer Waterman’s Challenge on the weekend.
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