Meet Antonio de la Rosa of Spain, the guy who’s just started a 2,200km (1,367 miles) paddle around the Arctic. → READ MORE
Ok so this was definitely the most entertaining race of the EuroTour so far; The Red Paddle Co “XL Race For Glory” at the Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge here in the beautiful Basque Country yesterday.
Forty paddlers. Five giant inflatable paddleboards. One crazy fun sprint race. → READ MORE
Highlighting that the EuroTour isn’t just about serious, elite racing, it’s also about having a damn good time, Red Paddle Co. has signed on as the official inflatables partner, with the British brand set to feature their boards in a series of fun races at every stop.
In addition to the main events, each leg on the 14-week Tour will feature Red Paddle Co races on both the 10’6 whipper snapper boards and those big, beautiful, 17ft “XL Ride” behemoths. → READ MORE
Dave Kalama and friends taking over Maui on the aptly-named “Invader” giant inflatable stand up paddleboard from Imagine Surf. → READ MORE
When it comes to performance, inflatable stand up paddle boards are fast closing the gap on their carbon fibre cousins. Inflatables have proven themselves worthy (or even superior) alternatives on the rivers and in the humble world of recreational paddling, but the hardest nut to crack has definitely been the race board market.
Perhaps that’s about to change… → READ MORE
Inflatables are closing the gap on hard boards. They’ve already taken over in the rivers and have eaten into a huge chunk of the touring market, but even in the elite domain of racing, inflatables are rapidly improving. While the carbon fibre machines still have an edge, brands such as Red, Starboard and Mistral are all investing heavily in new inflatable stand up paddle board technology. → READ MORE
The lucky paddler filming the show is Lyndon Chandler, and this all went down at Tahuna Beach, which sits on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island just after new year’s. → READ MORE
So I spotted this shot of Dave Kalama on Instagram a couple of days ago. He’s standing in front of what looks to be a ridiculously oversized inflatable stand up paddle board, and he’s got that very subtle grin on his face that you just know means one thing: Fun.
Dave and Imagine Surf have just launched the “Invader” big SUP, an inflatable board that can carry up to 10 riders at once. The Invader is 17 feet long, 58 inches (almost 5 feet) wide and 1,213 litres in volume. → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Welcome to “Inflation Nation” — the new home of inflatable stand up paddling. From inflatable race news to reviews to epic video views, Inflation Nation will cover every angle of the inflatable SUP world.
Whether it be pioneering new SUP racing locations, debating the future of the sport or just doing crazy stuff that no traditional board could possibly handle, inflatables are starting to play a serious role in the sport of stand up paddling. So in 2016 and beyond, we’re going to be giving this side of the sport a lot more coverage. → READ MORE
The Countdown to Idaho is on. In just under a month, a whole stack of the world’s best paddlers will descend on the sleepy little hamlet of Cascade, Idaho, for a long weekend of festivities on and off the water.
The Payette River Games, scheduled for June 19-21, is set to be a pretty big show this year. We’ve already listed it as one of the “Majors” for 2015, and I know that more than half the world’s top names will be in Idaho for the showdown. Throw in an exclusive TV broadcast deal with CBS Sports and I think it’s safe to say Payette will be one of the highlights of 2015. → READ MORE
Bart is currently on a round-the-world trip with photographer Franz Orsi, visiting and paddling in some of the most remote destinations on earth. The world tour includes stops in Micronesia, Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Istanbul, and finally to Mexico, where Bart will meet up with the rest of the paddling world (and compete) at the ISA World Champs. → READ MORE
Meet the world’s first self-inflating stand up paddleboard: The SipaBoard. Launched today on Kickstarter by a group of Slovenian entrepreneurs, the Sipa SUP board is probably the most technologically advanced stand up you’ve ever seen.
Sipa includes a smorgasbord of technical novelties, however its most unique feature is the “SipaDrive” system. This is the motor that powers the self-inflation during setup, then fits snugly into the center of the deck and can be used as a mini little jetski motor to help propel you along out on the water. → READ MORE
Remember that underground stand up paddle race we announced a couple of months ago? The Bat Race. It was set to happen on a lake inside a cave under the earth in Switzerland, which instantly gave it the title of “World’s Most Unique SUP Race.”
Well it happened on the weekend. And it was rather spectacular… → READ MORE
Stand Up Paddle Polo, or just SUP Polo, is a new sport being introduced by Starboard that does exactly what it says: Combines water polo with stand up paddling. → READ MORE
Everyone’s favourite bizarro pro surfer Jamie O’Brien and friends charging solid Sunset on a ridiculously oversized inflatable SUP board. Sunset isn’t usually a wave you mess around with, but then again JOB doesn’t really do anything by the book. → READ MORE
However today I came across a press release that made me stop and take notice. And while I won’t copy & paste the whole thing, I am more than happy to talk about what seems to be an awesome (and very much needed) new product.
Today, Red Paddle Co. – one of the original inflatable board brands – released the Titan Pump, a dual-chamber, badass-looking invention that promises to pump up your inflatable stand up paddle board twice as fast. → READ MORE
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This video is awesome. Watch Starboard superstar Titouan Puyo and his good friend Vincent Verhoeven pack their inflatable SUPs on a light aircraft and fly out to the magic “Ile des Pins” (Isle of Pines).
The island is part of the South Pacific outpost of New Caledonia and sits a short flight away from the main atoll. Ile des Pins is nicknamed “l’île la plus proche du paradis” which roughly translates to The Closest Island To Paradise. Watch the clip above and you’ll see why. → READ MORE
The 11 Cities is a unique race. First: It’s long. Very long. Over 200 kilometres all said and done. Second: It’s held across five days, in five different stages. It’s like the Tour de France of SUP.
It’s an amazing event and one that you should definitely add to your bucket list. The SUP 11 City Tour is long. It’s painful. You’ll hate it. You’ll love it. You’ll make great friends. Lasting memories. Sore muscles. Big smiles. You’ll test yourself physically. You’ll test yourself even more so mentally. Oh and your hands will be full of calluses. → READ MORE
We’ll have a full recap of this crazy/painful/amazing/awesome event soon, but in the meantime here are the final standings from the solo divisions. You can also relive the week-long live blog, including daily recaps and photo highlights. → READ MORE