Jake Jensen Knocks off Nottage and Boothy to Win the Currumbin Downwind Challenge

ben-tardrew-one-stand-up-paddle-boardsJake Jensen and Karla Gilbert took out Currumbin SUP Club’s inaugural “Downwind Challenge” on Queensland’s Gold Coast yesterday, with the five dozen assembled paddlers enjoying a great downwinder from the iconic Snapper Rocks north to Tallebudgera, a run of approximately 11kms (6.8 miles).

Organisers were blessed with strong southerly winds on race day, which whipped up plenty of bumps along this famous local run and made for some very fast times.    → READ MORE

UPDATED: Michael Booth, Sonni Hönscheid Triumph at the Big “Lost Mills” Race in Germany

Lost Mills
Michael Booth and Sonni Honscheid have claimed the prestigious “Lost Mills” race in Europe, defeating an all-star lineup at the fourth and largest stop of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Sonni’s victory makes it five wins in five weeks, a streak that stretches right back to last month’s OluKai race on Maui, while Boothy’s triumph reinforces his meteoric rise and growing reputation as one of the men to beat on the international scene this year. Suddenly, the Aussie has gone from a dark horse to having a target on his back.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: James Casey, Angie Jackson Show Promising Early Season Form to Win the Saucy Jack Classic

Saucy Jack Classic stand up paddle raceJames Casey and Angie Jackson took out the 2016 Saucy Jack Classic in New South Wales, Australia last weekend, defeating an elite field to show they’ll be real contenders on the international circuit this season.

The Saucy Jack weekend (formerly “Harry’s Paddle”) was split into three separate races this year: The BOP race, the knockout sprints, and the 10k “Harbour Hustle” distance race. Points were combined from each to produce the overall event standings, and with seven of the world’s top 35 ranked men on the start line, including four of the top 15, it was always going to be a tough one to win.    → READ MORE

Karla Gilbert, Michael Booth and Toby Cracknell Win at the Noosa Festival of Surfing (Updated)

Noosa Festival of Surfing stand up paddling raceResults and photos are in from the weekend’s festivities up in Noosa. Congratulations to Karla Gilbert on the clean sweep, while Michael Booth will be shaking his head that he missed out on the double after a rather chaotic finish in the men’s BOP race. But congratulations to Toby Cracknell for climbing back up to the top of the podium.

Click through for full results…   → READ MORE

Contender: Michael Booth Wins the Forster Island Paddle Festival

Forster Island Paddle FestivalIn brief: Michael Booth has taken out the Forster Island Paddle Festival in Australia, beating a quality field and proving once again he’ll be a top 10 contender on the world rankings leaderboard this year.

Boothy won both the 10K and BOP races, with top 20 world ranked athletes Matt Nottage, Jake Jensen and Beau O’Brian sharing the minor placings.   → READ MORE

The Wind in West Oz: King of the Cut Highlights Reel

King-of-the-Cut-downwind-SUP-videoGreat highlights reel from last weekend’s big King of the Cut downwind race in West Oz, which was won by Matt Nottage and Angie Jackson.

Via Reflex Films, this clip does a good job of showing just how fun the bumps are in this part of the world.   → READ MORE

Matt Nottage, Angie Jackson Win the ‘King of the Cut’ Downwind Showdown in West Oz

Downwind stand up paddle race
Matt Nottage has proven he’s one of the best ocean paddlers in the world for the second week in a row, taking out today’s King of the Cut downwind race, presented by Stand Up Surf Shop, in triumphant fashion.

The emerging young gun defeated world number two Travis Grant, Jake Jensen, defending champ Beau O’Brian and a who’s who of the Aussie paddling scene. To cap it off, Nottage also narrowly beat home the top unlimited paddlers, giving him the 14′ and line honours double.   → READ MORE

Matt Nottage Defeats Travis Grant and Beau O’Brian to Win ‘The Doctor’ in West Oz

The Doctor paddle race Western AustraliaMatt Nottage has shown he’s one of the best ocean paddlers in the world right now, defeating world number two Travis Grant, defending champ Beau O’Brian and a dozen more international level athletes to win The Doctor ocean race as part of Aussie Downwind Week.

The unheralded youngster, who recently joined Team Starboard, outlasted his compatriots after more two hours of racing, with Trav crossing the line just 17 seconds behind Matt, while Beau a further 33 seconds adrift. Trav was leading for much of the race but faded about half an hour from the finish, while Matt powered home in what he described as the race of his life.   → READ MORE

Noa Ginella’s Tour Notes: Behind the Scenes with the Young Guns of SUP

Noa Ginella Tour Notes SUP videoCheck out this great little behind-the-scenes clip from everyone’s favourite SUP freesurfer/indie film maker, Noa Ginella.

The reel includes a who’s who from the world of the “young guns” – incl. Kai Lenny, Kody Kerbox, Connor Baxter, Mo Freitas, Tucker Ingalls and Riggs Napoleon – as they battle it out at the Huntington Beach Pro and just basically kinda enjoy life in general. Oh and it also features Kai taking an ice bath (so that’s the secret).   → READ MORE

Battle of the Brands Gets a Slight Bump (and Travis Grant Gets a Team Mate)

Vincent Verhoeven stand up paddle FranceThere’s been a slight bump to Battle of the Brands Leaderboard following the World Series Finals @ Turtle Bay on the weekend. This year’s event didn’t attract as many top names as the Pacific Paddle Games a week earlier, so there has only been minimal movement on the leaderboards today.

After a smaller than expected turnout, this year’s World Series Finals @ Turtle Bay scored 30.5% on our Race Index. That’s a fall from the 45.0% it scored in 2014, which meant there were approximately 50% less points on offer for the athletes this time around.   → READ MORE

Post-Turtle Bay Changes to the World Rankings: Jake Jensen Out of the Top 10, Arthur Arutkin In

Arthur Arutkin and Jake Jensen Fanatic SUPFollowing the unofficial “season ending” race on the weekend, the World Series Finals at Turtle Bay in Hawaii, there’s been a bit of movement on the SUP Racer World Rankings.

Though, interestingly, it was actually those who didn’t race at Turtle Bay that reaped the biggest rewards. That includes Titouan Puyo, who jumps back into the top 5, and Arthur Arutkin, who makes his debut in the exclusive top 10 club at the expense of Fanatic team mate Jake Jensen.   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter And Sonni Hönscheid Conquer The Lost Mills (Full Results, Photos, Recap)

Lost Mills
Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid have just won the 2015 Lost Mills International SUP Race, beating an all star field and establishing a commanding lead on the Euro Tour Leaderboard in the process.

After 18km of long, hot, draining paddling, with a blazing Bavarian sun beating down on competitors, it was the superstar from Starboard who outlasted one of the most elite fields ever seen outside the USA.   → READ MORE

Euro Tour: Travis Grant, Sonni Honscheid Win France’s SUP Race Cup (UPDATED)

Sainte Maxime SUP Race Cup
Travis Grant and Sonni Honscheid have triumphed at the SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime, France, after an all star field lit up Week 2 of the Euro Tour.

Travis took control of the event after dominating Saturday’s course race, before holding on for a close second place behind Titouan Puyo in Sunday’s 17km event. That handed Trav the overall event title based on combined times, and also delivered a full bag of points for the Euro Tour Leaderboard.    → READ MORE

The Aussies Unite To Support Harry’s Paddle (And Boost The SUP Racer World Rankings)

Harry's Paddle stand up paddle raceComprehensive results, recap, photos and video from Harry’s Paddle, a major charity race that took place in Stockton, New South Wales on the weekend. It looks like it was a fantastic event that will go down as one of the biggest and best in Australia’s SUP racing history.

The weekend attracted enough elite talent to qualify for the SUP Racer World Rankings, which saw a dozen Aussies make a jump up the Top 100 men’s leaderboard.   → READ MORE

Jake Jensen, Shakira Westdorp Win The Noosa Festival Of Surfing BOP Race

Stand-Up-Paddling-Race-Noosa-Festival-of-SurfingShakira Westdorp and Jake Jensen have taken out the Battle of the Paddle-style SUP race at the Noosa Festival of Surfing today. With 70 paddlers lining up and conditions perfect, this looked like it was a classic race.

Small 1-2ft waves, light winds and blue sunny skies made for a fun but hard fought contest. Jake, currently ranked #4 in the world, came home to take the win just ahead of rising talent James Casey, while his older brother, Jayden Jensen, was less than half a minute adrift in 3rd.    → READ MORE

Results, Recap From Australia’s Largest Ever SUP Race – The Forster Island Paddle Festival

Forster Island Paddle Festival SUP raceWe’ve just wrapped up the largest SUP race ever held in Australia. The Forster Island Paddle Festival attracted hundreds of stand up paddlers for a weekend of sprint, surf and flat water racing.

With close to 250 competitors all up, this would be Australia’s biggest ever SUP race in terms of participation (by a long way). The level of competition didn’t exactly match the Battle of the Paddle, however there were still quite a few well known, world ranked paddlers on show. The strongest performances came from Angie Jackson, Titouan Puyo, Paul Jackson, Karla Gilbert, Jake Jensen and Celine Guesdon.    → READ MORE

FULL RESULTS: Beau O’Brian, Angie Jackson Win ‘King Of The Cut’ To Claim Aussie Downwind Week Double

King of the Cut (4)Beau O’Brian and Angie Jackson have taken out the Aussie Downwind Week Double, winning today’s King of the Cut race to go with their respective victories at The Doctor last weekend.

Once again Beau defeated Travis Grant to claim the win, this time by a slightly wider margin (1 minute 23 seconds). Actually the men’s podium was identical to what we saw seven days ago, with Jake Jensen finishing 3rd again.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Beau O’Brian Narrowly Defeats Travis Grant @ “The Doctor” – Angie Jackson Women’s Champ

The Doctor Ocean Race Perth Western AustraliaBeau O’Brian has just taken out The Doctor downwind race in Perth, Western Australia, beating home Travis Grant in a near photo finish and taking a major win that has been some time in the coming.

Incredibly, after more than 2 hours of ocean paddling, the two downwind experts hit the beach at the exact same time. Beau was quicker up the beach though, out-sprinting the former Molokai-2-Oahu champion to the line.   → READ MORE