Matt Willett and his golden retriever Hunter received the loudest cheers of any competitors. Plus if Instagram and Facebook are any measure, the two were the clear winners of the event. The shot below was the most liked pic of the entire Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge… → READ MORE
There’s a great little interview with Connor Baxter, some cool race footage and a slice of music that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Dutch coffee shop… → READ MORE
We’re still coming down from the high that was the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. It was an awesome weekend of racing and one that everyone assembled at Hoodriver Waterfront Park won’t soon forget.
We’ve just wrapped up the second and final day of the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, with Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson dominating an all-star field in what will surely be remembered as one of 2014′s best events.
After their respective victories in Saturday’s Course Race, the Starboard duo made it a clean sweep by claiming today’s unique “Double Downwind” event. With the winds lighter than usual for the Gorge (but much better than we’d feared last night), the elite field battled their way up the Columbia Gorge in back-to-back downwind runs. The majority of the world’s top athletes were on show today, which gave us some intense racing and a great spectacle (especially from my vantage point out on the media boat). → READ MORE
UPDATE #2: The Gorge Paddle Challenge LIVE BLOG has started… Head on over and follow the racing in the Gorge as it happens.
The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge (or just the Gorge race) is happening this weekend in Hood River, Oregon. And it’s going to be one of the biggest races of the year…
Awesome lineup of competitors. Awesome race conditions. Awesome race format. Awesome event. Almost every big name in the sport will be at the Gorge this weekend to enjoy the trademark downwind conditions and feel good vibe. It’s going to be an event to remember.
Thinking of heading up to Oregon for this year’s Gorge Paddle Challenge? Well now you’ve got twice as much reason to make the trip, because organisers have revealed this year’s GPC will feature not one but TWO downwind runs, with the awesomely-titled “Double Downwinder” race set to make its debut. In what is perhaps a world first, this year’s Gorge race will feature back-to-back runs on the famous Hood River downwind course, with both times counting towards the overall event rankings.
The “Double Downwinder” is exactly what it sounds like: You finish one downwinder, hop on the shuttle bus back to the start line and do it all over again. I’ve never heard of a SUP race holding two consecutive downwinders but when you’ve got conditions as good as the Gorge then it makes a whole lotta sense. Everyone goes there for the downwinding, so why not give people more of what they want? → READ MORE
Check out some awesome shots from the 2013 Gorge Paddle Challenge that was held in Hood River, Oregon on the weekend and won by young guns Kody Kerbox and Fiona Wylde.
These pics are from the Course Race on Day Two and include everything from determined faces and fast starts to some very fit athletes and a VERY stoked young lady.
Click through for the full gallery… → READ MORE
Kody Kerbox and Fiona Wylde have taken out the 2013 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon ahead of a stacked local and international field. Kody beat some big names in Georges Cronsteadt and Slater Trout, while local surprise packet Fiona Wylde put in a commanding overall performance to knock off the likes of Andrea Moller, Candice Appleby and Jenny Kalmbach.
Click through for the full results… → READ MORE
We’re getting into the serious part of the SUP racing season now. Six weeks out from the BoP and things are starting to heat up, with this coming weekend set to be the biggest single two days of Stand Up Paddle racing all year long.
From San Fran and Oregon to Hamburg, Germany, three big SUP races will feature a huge chunk of the world’s elite paddlers plus a huge chunk of prize money. Here’s what’s happening… → READ MORE
We’ve just found out the dates of the 2013 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge (CGPC). This proved to be one of the highlight events of the 2012 SUP Racing season, so we can expect plenty of action again this year. This year the Gorge Paddle Challenge SUP race will be held over the weekend of August 17th & 18th in Hood River, Oregon.
Announcements regarding prize money and race formats will be coming soon, so we’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear more. The massively successful Positively Kai kids SUP clinic is also returning. After attracting 200 eager young SUP groms last year, the Positively Kai event will once again be held the day before the race (Friday 16th August). → READ MORE
Check out some slick action from last month’s Naish Gorge Paddle Challenge in Oregon, which was dominated by young gun Kai Lenny.
In the latest installment of Positively Kai, we get some insights into what it takes to win an elite SUP race. Kai took out both the Elite Course Race as well as the downwinder, beating an absolutely stacked field that included the likes of Connor Baxter and Jamie Mitchell. Click through to watch the full video… → READ MORE
Check out this shot of Connor Baxter playing a bit of “Frogger” at the Gorge Paddle Challenge Downwind Race on Sunday.
Connor wasn’t the only SUP racer dodging the windsurfer/kitesurfer crowd either, just check out these shots of Kai Lenny and Dave Kalama. Oh and there was a massive log ship passing by at one point as well, just for good measure… → READ MORE
If you’ve taken a look at SUPracer.com at any point in the past five days, you couldn’t have missed our coverage of the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. The event was massive. It drew one of the most elite fields of any SUP race this year, and with conditions turning it on, became an instant classic.
Saturday saw a hard-fought Elite Course Race while Sunday produced strong winds for an epic Downwind Race. Talia Gangini, fresh from winning Molokai in record time, was one of the favourites for the Downwinder. The young Maui paddler delivered, putting in a strong performance to claim second place, behind only Candice Appleby.
However Talia didn’t make the podium, she didn’t even get an official place. All she got was a DQ next to her name… → READ MORE
Gives you a good idea of how awesome the conditions were. In the foreground you’ve got the 40 odd Elite paddlers, with the 100+ from the Open Race (which started 5 minutes later) in the background. → READ MORE
As we’ve been saying all week this is one of the most competitive SUP races of the year, with a good chunk of the world’s top paddlers in town. Yesterday didn’t disappoint, with young gun Kai Lenny taking victory in the Course Race ahead of Jamie Mitchell, while Candice Appleby was too strong in the women’s (>>> full race results).
But if you weren’t lucky enough to be in Oregon to witness the action then don’t worry. Local SUP store Gorge Perforance was on hand and took some awesome shots of the action. Click through for the highlights… → READ MORE
The 2012 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge has just wrapped up at Hood River, Oregon, in spectacular fashion. The stacked field of paddlers and awesome race conditions have helped this go down as one of the best SUP racing events of the year.
With $18,000 in prize money on the line, a virtual “who’s who” of the stand up paddle world battled it out for this year’s Gorge Paddle Challenge. Just making the Top 10 in this event would be as impressive as a podium spot in almost any other SUP race around the world. Click to see the full results → READ MORE
Kai Lenny’s “Positively Kai Grom SUP” paddle clinic/SUP race drew an estimated 200 kids to Hood River yesterday, smashing the record for the highest number of stoked groms ever seen at a SUP race.
Only a few days ago we asked if the Tahoe Nalu Grom Races set a new “Kids’ SUP Racing” record after they had 41 paddlers aged 12 years & under competing. Well if that race was maybe a record, this one *definitely* is. → READ MORE
The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is happening this weekend and looks set to be one of THE biggest SUP races of 2012.
There’s $18,000 in prize money up for grabs, which has attracted an absolute tonne of the world’s best stand up paddlers. Here’s just a few of the stars that are racing @ the Gorge:
Jamie Mitchell, Kai Lenny, Chase Kosterlitz, Talia Gangini, Slater Trout, Chuck Patterson, Candice Appleby, Fernando Stalla, Anthony Vela, Jim Terrell, Matt Becker, Tucker Ingalls, Dave Kalama, Noa Ginella, Jay Wild, Jenny Kalmbach, and the list goes on… → READ MORE
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