Fernando Stalla, Georges Cronsteadt Win In Tahiti

Fernando Stalla paddlerCheck 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

WATCH: Rogue’s Epic Edit From The Payette River Games

Payette River Games videoCheck 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

Connor Baxter, Fiona Wylde Win The St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup, Week 2 Of The Euro Tour (UPDATED)

Charging back to shore during the short, sharp Survivor race (photo: Starboard SUP UK)
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

ISA Worlds: Team Mexico’s Full Lineup Revealed (It’s Sayulita vs The World)

ISA stand up paddle world championships team MexicoWith 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

60 Seconds With Fernando Stalla: The Worlds, The BOP, And… Tinder

Fernando Stalla stand up paddlingCheck 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

WATCH: Rogue’s Bicho And Stalla Prepare To Take On The World In “Sayulita Fever”

Stand Up Paddling video Rogue SayulitaCheck 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

Fun Times In Sayulita

Stand-Up-Paddling-Sayulita-MexicoWe’ve just wrapped up the 2015 Punta Sayulita SUP Classic, where the local world beaters have shown that Team Mexico will be a force to be reckoned with at the upcoming ISA Worlds.

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

PHOTOS: The Mexico SUP Tour Hits Cancun

Mexico Stand Up Paddle TourSome 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

Mexico Selects Team To Defend Home Turf At 2015 Worlds

Fernando Stalla SUP mexicoLast week Mexico hosted its annual championship event, with a year’s worth of bragging rights and an all important spot on the national team up for grabs.

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

Fresh From A Triathlon, Fernando Stalla Wins The Latest Round Of The Mexico SUP Tour

Mexico SUP Tour stand up paddle boardingFernando 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

Zane And Fiona Win At Huntington As The Blue Crash Helmets Return

US SUP Tour Huntington Beach stand up paddle raceThe 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 Reigns Supreme On The River, Takes The Payette River Games Title From Defending Champ Benjamin Sarrazin And An All-Star Cast; Candice Appleby Best Of The Women

Payette River Games 2014 results

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

Fernando Stalla And April Zilg Win The Soundsurfer Race In… Connecticut

Soundsurfer Challenge stand up paddle raceSUP 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

Cool Pics From The Latest Stop Of The U.S. SUP Tour

US SUP TourSome cool pics from the second stop of the 2014 U.S. SUP Tour, which was held at Hermosa on the weekend. Unlike the previous Tour stops, this one skipped the surf contest and was a pure racing event.

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] Georges Cronsteadt, Lina Augaitis Too Strong In Sayulita

Punta Sayulita ClassicResults 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

Battle Of The Paddle Brazil: 1 Day To Go (aka 29 Random Photos From ‘Friday Fun Day’)

Battle of the Paddle BrazilLess than 24 hours until the Battle of the Paddle Brazil hits the water… Less than 24 hours until the first ever BOP outside the USA gets underway…

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

[RESULTS] Fernando Stalla Cleans Up At San O (U.S. SUP Tour)

US SUP Tour San Onofre 2013Rogue 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

[RESULTS] Slater Trout, Brandi Baksic Claim Santa Monica Pier Paddle In Macking Surf

Santa Monica Pier PaddleCheck out the full results from Saturday’s Santa Monica Pier Paddle Festival, which was held in very solid surf and won by Slater Trout and Brandi Baksic.

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