Looks like a bunch of all-star paddlers were in Vail, Colorado on the weekend for the GoPro Mountain Games. The event featured a couple of interesting SUP races: the downriver sprint and the SUP cross, both of which gave us a glimpse of what’s in store at the big Payette River Games next week.
Spencer Lacy and Haley Mills took out the destruction derby that was the SUP Cross, while Kai Lenny showed he’s one of those annoyingly “good-at-freakin-everything” kind of athletes, taking out the downriver sprint ahead of Mike Tavares. Over in the women’s sprint, Gillian Gibree was the quickest. → READ MORE
What a crazy weekend.. the 2012 Battle of the Paddle has come to a close, but competitors, spectators and fans will be talking about this event for months and years to come.
There were so many highlights and memorable moments. From Danny Ching reclaiming his crown, to Annabel Anderson announcing herself as the new women’s champion, to a bunch of stoked young groms charging like crazy. They call the Battle of the Paddle “Super Bowl of SUP” for a reason…
We’ll have a full weekend recap soon, but in the meantime relive the action with the complete results from the 2012 Battle of the Paddle… → READ MORE
The 5th Annual Cape Cod Bay Challenge was held on Saturday. The CCBC has been paddled every year since 2008 and has raised hundreds of thousands for local charities (this year’s total alone will be pushing $500,000).
The course is a 34 mile crossing of Cape Cod Bay, and even though the CCBC is technically not a SUP race (paddlers are in a group for the whole crossing) the event is more than worthy of a spot on SUPracer.com. Plus it’s not like a 34 mile paddle is a walk in the park, race pace or not.
The 2012 Cape Cod Bay Challenge attracted 81 die-hard stand up paddlers, with “The Crossing” starting off early in the morning (in total darkness). Well known names of the sport, such as Waikiki Queen Gillian Gibree, joined locals to complete the marathon SUP crossing and raise money for a good cause. Click through to see how it went… → READ MORE
Danny Ching has defeated 10x World Champion Jamie Mitchell and as a host of other world class paddlers to win the “SUP Cup” Elite Race @ the 2012 H2O Overdrive Summer Series in Park City, Utah.
Ching finished 40 seconds ahead of Mitchell over the 5 mile course, while the rest of the Top 15 was a virtual who’s who of Stand Up Paddle racing (and this is despite the event being held the same weekend as Molokai…). Other top performers included Ryan Helm, who finished just seconds behind Mitchell, Jay Wild, Chase Kosterlitz, Rob Rojas, Byron Kurt, Thomas Maximus, Jim Terrell, and several other elite SUP racers. → READ MORE
Check out what the top stand up paddle pros had to say about the Waikiki Paddle Festival’s Survivor SUP Race on Saturday.
Featuring Gillian Gibree (1st), Travis Grant (1st), Danny Ching (2nd) and Jamie Mitchell (3rd). Click through to watch… → READ MORE
The Quiksilver Waterman Collection’s Waikiki Paddle Festival has just wrapped up. It was an epic event with awesome paddle racing all weekend.
The big winners from the weekend were C4′s Travis Grant (1st Survivor/3rd Long Distance) and Gillian Gibree (1st Survivor/1st Waterwoman Challenge).
Check out all the results, pics and videos from both Saturday and Sunday’s races. → READ MORE
The main event from this weekend’s Waikiki Paddle Festival, the Survivor SUP Race, has just wrapped up. This was one of the coolest SUP races I’ve seen, and I think most of the crowd agreed. It was like having five, short, sharp Battle of the Paddle races all in a row. We’ll have more details later, but here are the elite paddlers that made the final round…
Waikiki Paddle Festival – Survivor SUP Race RESULTS
1st: Travis Grant (C4 / Australia)
2nd: Danny Ching (404 / California)
3rd: Jamie Mitchell (Surftech / Australia)
4th: Connor Baxter (Starboard / Hawaii)
5th: Jake Jensen (Naish / Australia)
6th: Kelly Margetts (Lahui Kai / Australia)
7th: Paul Jackson (Fanatic / Australia)
8th: Slater Trout (Infinity Boardworks / Hawaii)
1st: Gillian Gibree (SUP Company / California)
2nd: Jenny Kalmbach (Naish / Hawaii)
3rd: Candice Appleby (Surftech / California)
4th: Angie Jackson (Fanatic / Australia)
5th: Terrene Black (C4 / Australia)
Get More Results: Waikiki Paddle Festival Final Race Results
The 2011 Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle Hawaii, took place on the 14 & 15 May 2011 at Waikiki Beach.
The main draw at every BoP is the Elite Race, where paddlers race in and out through the waves. It’s become one of the world’s most prestigious SUP races.
Defending champion Danny Ching came in as favourite. But the runner-up from BoP Hawaii 2010, Aussie Travis Grant, pushed Ching all the way and eventually broke free on the last lap for victory. Click through for full results from the BoP Hawaii Elite Race… → READ MORE