Time to brush up on your “bom dia”s and “obrigado”s — the International Surfing Association has just announced the host nation for next year’s ISA Worlds: Brazil.
The 2018 championship event – the 7th annual edition of the Worlds – will be hosted in Brazil late next year with the dates “tentatively” set for November 23 – December 1. The venue is the postcard-perfect resort town of Búzios, which sits on the coast about an hour north of Rio de Janeiro and has a long history of hosting domestic SUP races. → READ MORE
In brief: Lincoln Dews has taken out the second race of the Aussie Titles on the Gold Coast today, winning the beach race ahead of James Casey and yesterday’s marathon champ Michael Booth to secure a spot on Team Australia for the fifth time in six years.
It was pretty close between the top three guys all the way, but Linc showed why his runner-up finish at the PPGs beach race was no fluke to add another national title to his collection. Yesterday’s runner-up, Matt Nottage, was kept down in fifth after the unheralded Ty Judson snuck onto the top four podium with a determined effort. → READ MORE
France has highlighted yet again why it’s considered a powerhouse in the world of paddling, with the French National Titles showcasing an incredible depth of talent as a mix of superstars and young guns shared the podiums on the weekend.
Held in the Mediterranean town of Cap d’Agde, the 2017 edition of the “Championnat de France de Stand Up Paddle” produced four new champions, with Martin Vitry, Titouan Puyo, Melanie Lafenetre and Amandine Chazot sharing the spoils and staking a claim for a spot on Team France at the 2018 Worlds. → READ MORE
Team Australia has fended off a double attack to retain their overall teams title here at the ISA Worlds in Denmark, winning the relay on the final morning of competition to seal overall victory ahead of determined squads from France and New Zealand.
Quite fittingly, the top three placings in the team relay matched the final overall team standings, with Australia securing their fifth title in the six years of the ISA Worlds after a brave French attack fell agonisingly short, while New Zealand was also within striking distance all week but couldn’t quite close the gap. → READ MORE
You can now watch a full replay of the epic ‘beach race’ finals that went down here in Cold Hawaii today.
Relive the crazy finish to the men’s race, where Mo Freitas edged out team mate Connor Baxter in a photo finish, as well as the women’s showdown where Annabel Anderson put on a masterclass to claim her second gold. → READ MORE
Here are the overall team standings with only one event – the team relay – left on the schedule.
After the French were looking good for the team gold all week, defending champs Team Australia – the nation that has only ever lost this trophy once in the past five years – has edged ahead on the penultimate day of competition, thanks largely to the Green & Gold’s supreme dominance in the prone.
Click through to see the current standings… → READ MORE
Mo Freitas has surged to an extraordinary and quite emotional victory on finals day in Cold Hawaii following a “you couldn’t script this” photo finish with team mate and close friend Connor Baxter, as Team Hawaii plucked an incredible gold-silver result from an intense and exciting beach race here on the penultimate day of the 2017 ISA Worlds.
Mo battled hard the entire race to finally get a shot at Connor, who had controlled the tempo from the first buoy to the final lap of the gold medal decider along with defending champ Casper Steinfath, in the final 50 metres of this frantic and fast-paced affair. → READ MORE
Annabel Anderson has once again cemented her status as the world’s best paddler after a powerful performance in the ‘beach race’ final here at the ISA Worlds in Cold Hawaii, Denmark today.
The Kiwi was too strong for Olivia Piana (silver for France), Terrene Black (bronze for Australia) and Fiona Wylde (copper for Team USA), matching her victory in last weekend’s marathon and earning Team New Zealand a second gold medal and valuable points on the leaderboard of nations. → READ MORE
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
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
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
Click through to view Tuesday’s heat draws… → READ MORE
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
Take 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
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 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
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