Meet the *new* New Zealand beach race champion, Tara Hope.

Last week’s Hoe Toa Paddle Championships in New Zealand produced plenty of great moments, but perhaps the greatest was seeing dark horse Tara Hope claim the beach race national title after battling all the way to the line with top 10 international athlete and overall event champion Penelope Strickland in the beach race.

The understated Kiwi – virtually unknown on the international scene before last weekend – took the points for Team NSP and was clearly thrilled with her victory, one that even she admitted was a little unexpected. It’s always cool to see new names reaching the podium, so we had a chat with Tara post-race to get her thoughts on the victory and paddling in general.   → READ MORE

ROGUE_RECAP_ep.03: The Paddle League Pre-Season Wrap

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From Santa Cruz to the South of France, here are the headlines that made waves this week.

Hoe Toa Highlights Reel: Here’s How It Looked in New Zealand Today

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Rapid fire recap of the Hoe Toa Paddle Champs in New Zealand today, where Lincoln Dews upset the Kiwis and Penelope Strickland took out the women’s race in some pretty nice downwind conditions. The Paddle League pre-season event wraps up tomorrow with the beach race.

New Zealand, Northern California and the new one in France: The Paddle League pre-season wraps up this weekend

As the countdown to the world tour continues, The Paddle League pre-season wraps up this weekend with a “March Madness” triple-header covering California, France and New Zealand.

While the Air France Paddle Festival in Tahiti (April 7) marks the first “major” race of the six-month long international season and stop #1 on the world tour proper, there are plenty of points and podiums up for grabs all year long.   → READ MORE