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

Introducing The “Rogue SUP Race Calendar”

Rogue SUP Race Calendar
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

Surfing In The Desert…

SUP at Wadi AdventureSo we’re out here in the United Arab Emirates for the Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational, which is a specialty event combining the Stand Up World Series (racing) and Stand Up World Tour (surfing).

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

ISA World Champs Long Distance Race: Drama, Excitement And Plenty Of Gold For Australia

ISA World Champs Distance Race - Casper and Jamie
What a race… On Day 2 of the ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship here in Miraflores, Peru, the Long Distance race delivered excitement, drama and a clean sweep of the Gold Medals for Team Australia.

This was one of the most exciting SUP races I’ve ever seen, period, and is easily the most entertaining Distance Race our sport has ever witnessed. So click through for the full race recap as well as results, photos and video of the action.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] 2013 ISA World SUP And Paddleboard Championship In Peru (UPDATED)

ISA Peru World Champs - Distance SUP RaceRESULTS are just coming in from the dramatic Long Distance Race here at the 2013 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Peru…

Australia made it a clean sweep, with Jamie Mitchell, Angie Jackson, Brad Gaul and Jordan Mercer all taking Gold. Though one of the stories of the day was young Casper Steinfath (Denmark) who finished just a metre behind Mitchell and almost stole the glory.

CLICK THROUGH to see the early results then come back later for full results, photos and video from Miraflores. We’ll also have a full recap of the incredible action in a few hours. This was one epic race…   → READ MORE

Results & Pics: Copa Barracuda SUP Race (Everything Looks More Fun In Mexico)

Copa Barracuda SUP RaceTake a look at the SUP racing action from Mexico on the weekend, with the Copa Barracuda in Puerto Vallarta. Most of the paddlers from Mexico’s SUP Team were on show including international stars Ryan Helm and Fernando Stalla. In the 10k race it was Ryan who led the way, putting in a good few minutes on Fernando and the rest of the field to take out the victory.

Is it just me or does everything look more fun in Mexico..?   → READ MORE

Mexico Announces Strong Team For ISA World Paddle Champs

Mexico SUP TeamThe path to Peru and the ISA World Stand Up Champs continues to gather momentum, with another national team announcing their lineup of competitors today. Mexico has a strong paddling and surfing scene and its team could realistically take medals in any or all of the events next month in Miraflores.

The racing side of the team will be led by none other than Fernando Stalla, the current Hennessey’s World Champ and all around elite paddler. Fernando is a genuine threat in every race he enters, so look for him near the pointy end of the field during both the Short Course and Long Distance races. Fernando will be joined in the SUP races by Javier Jimenez and Veronica Nava.   → READ MORE

Fernando Stalla Claims Hennessey’s Title, Goes From :( to :) In 24 Hours

Fernando Stalla has just won the Elite Race at the 2012 Hennessey’s World SUP Championships in Cabo, Mexico. The victory, along with his 2nd place in yesterday’s Distance Race, was enough to give him the overall championship title ahead of Chase Kosterlitz and Ryan Helm.

So Fernando is a pretty happy guy right now, though only 24 hours ago he was totally disappointed with having to settle for 2nd. It’s fun being able to watch paddlers’ reactions to victory and defeat as they happen…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Hennessey’s World SUP Championships In Cabo, Mexico (UPDATE: Day 2 Results Available)

The 2012 Hennessey’s World SUP Championships are under way in Cabo, Mexico right now. Several of the world’s finest are in town to duke it out for the $16.5k in cash prizes and title of WPA World Champ. Saturday was the 11 mile P2P (Punta Gorda to Palmilla) Distance Race, while Sunday sees the 4 mile Elite race.

The Distance Race was taken out by Chase Kosterlitz and Jenny Kalmbach. Chase narrowly beat home Fernando Stalla, while Jenny blitzed the women’s field (and most of the men’s). Stalla took revenge in the Elite Race though, claiming the victory as well as the overall championship title after Kosterlitz finished 3rd, behind Ryan Helm. Click through for full results…   → READ MORE

EXPOSED: Team Quickblade’s Secret New SUP Race Training Techniques…

Jim Terrell and the Team at Quickblade Paddles are known around the world as one of the most successful Stand Up Paddle racing teams. Their roster boasts the likes of Jamie Mitchell, Candice Appleby, Chase Kosterlitz, Fernando Stalla and dozens more of the world’s finest.

But now in this SUPracer exlusive, we can reveal the secret, ultra-stealth new training techniques being deployed by the Mad Scientist, Jim Terrell, to give his team that extra boost when they paddle. The secret’s out… CLICK THROUGH TO WATCH   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Kai Lenny Wins Stand Up World Series @ Cocoa Beach

The Stand Up World Series continued this weekend in Florida with the Cocoa Beach Paddle Classic. Saturday saw the Long Distance SUP race while on Sunday it was the Knockout Sprints.

It was a star-studded field, with plenty of pros (many of whom were in Florida for last week’s big surf trade show in Orlando) chasing the World Series points and prize money.

Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny renewed their rivalry in yesterday’s distance race, with Connor taking the honours to reverse the result from Chicago. However in Sunday’s sprints, Connor was knocked out in the semis while Kai took the win, giving Kai Lenny the overall victory and bumping Connor down to third place for the weekend, behind Fernando Stalla. Click through for more…   → READ MORE

Road Trippin’

What have the world’s best Stand Up Paddlers been getting up to the past week? For the elite Team Quickblade, including Jamie Mitchell, Chase Kosterlitz, Matt Becker, Candice Appleby, Fernando Stalla, Tucker Ingalls and Jim Terrell, it’s been a 24 hour road trip from L.A. to Oregon. All in the name of SUP racing.

Click through to check out the Instagram pics of their adventure…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP Festival

The Quiksilver Waterman Collection’s $10,000 Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP Festival has just wrapped up, with Candice Appleby and Jamie Mitchell dominating the weekend.

The event was a massive success with a tonne of elite Stand Up Paddle racing talent making the trip to Lake Tahoe. Click through for the full race results and pics from the Long Distance and Survivor SUP races.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Hennessey’s US Championships

The Hobie & Hennessey’s U.S. Championships were held last Saturday @ Dana Point, with a whole bunch of international talent coming out to race.

Fernando Stalla won the 12’6″ class, while Brandi Baksic narrowly took out the women’s race ahead of Candice Appleby. In the battle of the 14 footers it was Ryan Helm who snatched the victory, just seconds ahead of Kody Kerbox and Slater Trout. Click through for full results…   → READ MORE