We awoke this morning to news that the ICF’s upcoming championship event in Portugal has been canceled after a successful legal challenge from the ISA’s national affiliate in the country. It’s a disappointing outcome that has been met with a mix of disbelief and ambivalence from a SUP community that is now thoroughly sick and tired of the political saga being waged between these two Olympic federations.
The battle between the ICF (International Canoe Federation) and ISA (International Surfing Association) has been well publicised over the past 18 months ever since the canoe world launched a late bid to become the Olympic governing body of stand up paddleboarding. But while politics are a natural (though unfortunate) part of any sport, this saga is becoming utterly ridiculous.
What started out as a political dust-up between two organisations on the fringe of our sport has become an all-out propaganda war that risks engulfing the community. And the first casualty is going to be the sport itself.
The ICF and ISA are acting like selfish parents going through a messy divorce and arguing over custody of an adopted child. Nobody is asking what the child actually wants, and neither parent realises that their “child” moved out of home years ago anyway.
It’s classic paddletics, and enough is enough… → READ MORE
Here’s a great look at the Rei de Búzios, one of Brazil’s longest-running SUP races and something of a preview for this year’s ISA Worlds.
While we’re a little late in posting the vid (it went up two months ago), it’s worth taking a second look now because it’s not only a cool edit, this clip also previews what is [potentially] going to be the course for this year’s gold-medal marathon race in late November. → READ MORE
In brief: Brazil has made an almost perfect start to the 2017 Pan American Surf Games in Peru, an “ISA Worlds of the Americas” style event that also acts as a warm-up for the 2019 PanAm Games.
Young gun Guilherme dos Reis took gold just ahead of team mate Vinnicius Martins in yesterday’s beach race, while Lena Ribeiro Guimarães made it a double victory for Brazil in the women’s and Aline Adisaka picked up a bronze to put all four SUP racing team members on the opening podium of the event. → READ MORE
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