Boss Man’s Bold Predictions (aka “Who’s Going to Win Gold in Cold Hawaii on Saturday?”)

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It’s time to hand out some more gold medals here at the ISA Worlds in Denmark, with the ‘beach race’ finals set for Saturday in what should be an absolutely cracking afternoon of racing as 30 men and 24 women prepare to whip their way around the technical course at Vorupør.

And you can watch the whole show LIVE right here from 12 noon local time.

But who’s going to win gold in Cold Hawaii? It wouldn’t be SUP Racer without a few bold (and not so bold) predictions, so we’ve tried to randomly guess accurately predict the exact finishing order of the top 15 men and top 12 women   → READ MORE

ISA Worlds: Aussie Shakira Westdorp and Brazilian Luiz Diniz Win SUP Surfing Gold

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Shak goes back-to-back: Australia’s Shakira Westdorp has defended her surfing gold medal here at the ISA Worlds in Denmark, repeating her heroics from Fiji 12 months ago to give Team Australia 1000 valuable team points after outlasting France’s Justine Dupont.

Brazil’s unheralded new superstar Luiz Diniz took out the men’s final after surfing in a different league all day, with Aussie Harry Maskell falling just one step short of giving the Aussies a golden double. Interestingly: Brazil, Australia and France all featured surfers in both the men’s and women’s finals.    → READ MORE

ISA Worlds: Who Qualified for the Beach Race Finals? (FULL RESULTS + VIDEO)

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Check out the full results from today’s “Beach Race” qualifying heats here at the ISA Worlds in Cold Hawaii, Denmark.

It was an interesting day on the water here in Cold Hawaii: things started off a little slowly in the early heats, where some of the top names seemed to be safely cruising through and the action was a little ho-hum, but it certainly finished with a bang during the highly-entertaining “Super Repechage” round.    → READ MORE

Host Nation Hero Casper Steinfath and Slovenian Pocket Rocket Manca Notar Win Sprint Gold on Day 3 in Denmark

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Home nation hero Casper Steinfath has produced a fairytale finish to the Copenhagen leg of the 2017 ISA Worlds here in Denmark, storming home in the 200 metre sprint final to claim gold in front of a vocal home crowd.

Slovenia’s Manca Notar was the women’s champion after outlasting Frenchwoman Amandine Chazot and America’s Jade Howson.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Highlights from a Big Saturday in Denmark

ISA-stand-up-paddleboarding-world-championship-video-day-2Take a look at this great highlights reel from today’s festivities here in Denmark thanks to the crew from Starboard.

In case you were hiding under a rock all day, you’d already know that Bruno Hasulyo and Annabel Anderson claimed the first gold medals of the event after conquering the big, long, grinding 18km race around the opera house.   → READ MORE

Hungarian Hero: Bruno Hasulyo Beats World’s Best to Win ISA Marathon Race from Connor, Titou and Brother Daniel (UPDATED)

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Hungary’s Bruno Hasulyo has officially announced himself as one of the sport’s best athletes after claiming the marathon race here at the ISA Worlds in Copenhagen today, holding off Hawaii’s Connor Baxter in an exciting finish to a very tough and hugely competitive 18km grind.

After showing hints of greatness over the past two years, this is clearly the biggest win to date for Bruno, while it’s also a very well deserved reward for one of the most-dedicated and hardest-training athletes on the circuit.

The win was made all the more sweet after Bruno’s bother Daniel, who helped set the early pace, crossed the line in 4th place, behind France’s Titouan Puyo, to claim the copper medal for Hungary and give both the team and family an historic podium double.   → READ MORE

Annabel Anderson Claims First Gold of the ISA Worlds in Denmark Ahead of Sonni, Olivia and Fiona (UPDATED)

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Annabel Anderson has won the first gold medal of the 2017 ISA Worlds in Denmark, putting on a vintage performance to break away from a large, elite field in this morning’s 18km marathon event to earn 1000 valuable team points for New Zealand.

The world number one, who had to borrow a Starboard after her equipment was lost in transit, sat with the front pack on the first of four laps around this long but rather technical course in front of Copenhagen’s famous opera house. But as the field started to whittle on the second lap, Annabel put her foot down and broke away, paddling clear to win by two minutes in a time of just over two hours.

With the Kiwi setting a lone pace out front, the real race became the battle for the silver medal, with Starboard team mates Sonni Honscheid (Germany), Olivia Piana (France) and Fiona Wylde (USA) establishing themselves as the strongest contenders after the early draft train of 11 top women started splintering in the second half of the race.   → READ MORE

Boss Man’s Bold Predictions: Who’s Going to Win the 2017 ISA Worlds in Denmark?

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We’re set for a cracking weekend of racing here in Copenhagen, with dozens of the world’s top ranked paddlers on the start line for the 2017 ISA Worlds.

Throw in the new gender equality alongside a record 42 nations, and for the first time ever we’re going to have a big field of women alongside the men. There’s 70 guys signed up for Saturday’s 18km distance race along with 56 women, however only a handful will be in contention for the gold medal.

Here’s who I think will be fighting for the lead in Copenhagen tomorrow…   → READ MORE

Next Stop… Denmark: The ISA Worlds are only five four three two days away ON!

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The countdown to the big dance in Denmark is almost complete, with the 2017 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship just five four days away.

As we speak, paddlers from almost 40 nations are heading to Scandinavia to prep for the opening ceremony on Friday September 1st and the first day of competition on the 2nd. The ‘Big 5’ (Australia, France, Hawaii, the USA and New Zealand) will be joined by the usual suspects, however we’ll also see at least 10 debutante nations joining what will certainly be the biggest Worlds to date.    → READ MORE

The Lineup for Team USA’s Assault on the ISA Worlds in Denmark Is Confirmed

In brief: Candice Appleby has claimed victory in the Beach Race at the U.S. National Titles in Oceanside, Caliifornia this morning, earning herself a ticket to the ISA Worlds in Denmark later this year to represent Team USA and defend the gold medal she won in Fiji.

SoCal youngster Jade Howson upset world number three Fiona Wylde in a sprint up the beach to claim the runner-up spot.   → READ MORE

Team Mistral’s Junior Prospect James van Drunen Upsets the Veterans to Claim the Dutch National Titles, Book Ticket to Denmark

James van DrunenIn brief: James van Drunen and Emma Reijmerink have taken out the 2017 “Battle of the Coast” in the Netherlands–aka the Dutch National Championship event that serves as the qualifier for the ISA Worlds in Denmark later this year.

With strong winds in the coastal town of Zandvoort helping the event live up to its “Battle” name, James, the rising junior prospect from Team Mistral, took out both the beach race and downwinder ahead of seasoned veterans Bart de Zwart and Martijn van Deth, while Emma made it a clean sweep ahead of Petronella van Malsen.   → READ MORE

Olympic Tug of War: International Canoe Federation Challenges ISA’s Role as Stand Up Paddling’s Official Governing Body

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In a major development that could drastically alter the future direction of our sport, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) has challenged the long-standing assumption that the International Surfing Association (ISA) is the Olympic-level governing body of stand up paddling, staking a rival claim and forcing a gridlock that has left SUP communities in limbo and blocked a potential inclusion in the 2018 Youth Olympics.   → READ MORE

World Rankings: Here Are SUP Racer’s Star Ratings for Season 2017 (aka the Biggest Races in the World This Year)

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Two weeks ago, I sent out a survey to each of the world’s top-ranked paddlers asking which events they’d be competing in this year. The goal was to paint a picture of the biggest races in the world, which I think is not only an interesting insight for everyone in the sport to analyse, it also helps me to set clear ‘star ratings’ that will produce an ever more accurate World Rankings leaderboard.

Here are the results…   → READ MORE