The 12 biggest stories from the past 24 days

It’s been almost a month since I posted any news on SUP Racer.

That’s the longest break I’ve taken in the seven years I’ve been running this site. I’ll talk about why next week, but for now let’s get this show back on the road. Because the reason why SUP Racer exists is to give you an honest look at what’s happening in this great, whacky, wild, rollercoaster sport of ours.

(I think the word “honesty” has been sorely lacking from our sport in general recently. That’s also another topic for next week, but for now here’s what’s happening the past 24 days: The 12 biggest stories, in no particular order…)

Instead of Brekkie Bites, consider this as your Breakfast Banquet.   → READ MORE

Fiona Wylde, Lincoln Dews sweep the SUP Japan Cup as 300+ paddlers hit the surf in Chigasaki

World number number two Lincoln Dews and number three Fiona Wylde have each produced a clean sweep in Chigasaki, surviving the challenging combination of an international field and typhoon swell to claim the 300-strong Mynavi SUP Japan Cup and earn another 40x Paddle League points along the way.

Fiona first vanquished home-nation hero Yuka Sato in the 10K challenge on Saturday, before the Starboard Dream Team rider backed it up with a clean sheet in Sunday’s Survivor Race to take a big chunk of the gender-equal $27,000 prize purse.

Meanwhile Lincoln, up against half a dozen all-star internationals and plenty of dark horse locals, cemented his favouritism for next month’s season-ending showdown in California after claiming both days.    → READ MORE

MOLOKAI: Travis Grant, Terrene Black conquer the “Channel of Bones” on historic day in Hawaii

Travis Grant has outlasted Hawaii’s Connor Baxter to defend his Molokai-2-Oahu title and claim a fourth crown in the world’s most prestigious paddleboard race, while fellow Aussie Terrene Black has saluted for the second time after overpowering three-time champ Sonni Honscheid in a fantastic battle across the infamous ‘Channel of Bones’.   → READ MORE

Molokai PREVIEW: Who’s going to win the most prestigious race of the year?

And just like that, it’s the end of July. Where has this season gone? It seems like only yesterday we were freezing in the French Alps and getting ready to launch The Paddle League. Now it’s the end of July, the season is well over half done, and it’s suddenly time for the big one: Molokai.

The 32-mile, open-ocean channel crossing between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu has grown to become the most prestigious (and arguably: most challenging) race in the sport of paddleboarding, whether that be standing up or laying down. And this year is set to be a cracker, with a stacked field and promising conditions lining up to create a monumental showdown for this six-star specialty event.

Race day is Sunday, but in the meantime, here’s a quick look at the top contenders for this year’s Molokai crown.   → READ MORE

Highlights from the Inaugural Sunova Super-Duper International Invitational Masters Series Pro-Am FUN RACE in Thailand…

RACE REPLAY: The Inaugural Super-Duper SUNOVA Open Invitational Pro-Am FUN RACE!

It was a truly historic day for SUP at the recent "INAUGURAL SUPER-DUPER OPEN INVITATIONAL PRO-AM FUN RACE" in Thailand. Sit back and enjoy the spectacle with Sunova Surfboards …and turn up the sound for some bonus commentary from Boss Man

Posted by The Paddle League on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

 
We sure had some fun at the Sunova dealer meeting in southern Thailand last month!

Is this the future of SUP racing? Hmm… 🤔

The King and Queen Are BACK: Connor Baxter, Sonni Honscheid Win Grueling OluKai Ho’olaule’a on Maui (RESULTS)

Connor Baxter and Sonni Honscheid have reclaimed their OluKai crowns in tough conditions on Maui today, with light winds and big seas providing a mighty challenge for both competitors and organisers of the 10th Annual Ho’olaule’a, the third stop of the 2018 Paddle League World Tour.

Connor held off a four-pronged Aussie invasion to defeat defending champ James Casey, perennial OluKai bridesmaid Travis Grant, dark horse Ty Judson and ocean master Matt Nottage to secure his sixth OluKai belt and restart his World Title campaign after disappointing results in Carolina and Tahiti.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Sunova’s James “Jimmy” Casey is Foiling Around the World

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James Casey isn’t just one of the world’s best ocean paddlers, the reigning OluKai champ and downwind master is also pretty handy on a foil board.

“Jimmy” doesn’t mind traveling either, so this year he’s teamed up with Sunova to create an epic series of videos in some of the most iconic locations. Last month he was foil surfing Waikiki, this month the Sunova rider is flying past the Sydney Opera House and under Australia’s best-known bridge. Where to next? 🤔

If you’re wondering what that board is: it’s this one.

Lincoln Dews, Angie Jackson Win the Sydney SUP Festival as the Aussie Summer Season Kicks Off

Lincoln Dews has started the season in fine form, knocking off James “Jimmy” Casey and half a dozen other top-level athletes to claim the “Pittwater Classic” at the Sydney SUP Festival on the weekend and prove he’ll be a threat on the international stage again this season.

After a hectic start, Linc and Jimmy showed they were in a class of their own by controlling the second half of the race, before Linc pulled clear in the closing stages to finish the approximately-10km loop in 52 minutes flat.    → READ MORE

The ‘Top 17 of 2017’ – These guys were the best paddlers in the world this year.

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SUP Racer quietly celebrated its 6th birthday a couple of weeks ago (time flies), and if one thing has defined this site over the past half a dozen years it’s the world analysis.

I love analysing this sport. It all began with one of the earliest posts on the site: The Top 11 of 2011. That story got a lot of attention and helped kickstart SUP Racer as we know it, and from there it followed with year-end “best of” lists in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And now it’s time for the Top 17 of 2017…   → READ MORE

King of the Cut Race Highlights

Highlights from the big ‘King of the Cut’ downwind showdown in West Oz on the weekend, where Jake Jensen and Angie Jackson made it a clean sweep for Team ONE.   → READ MORE

King of the Cut: Jake Jensen Dethrones Titouan Puyo, Angie Jackson Overpowers Karla Gilbert to Win Australia’s Biggest Race

Jake Jensen

In brief: Jake Jensen and Angie Jackson have claimed victories at the Stand Up Surf Shop “King of the Cut” downwind showdown in Western Australia this afternoon, defeating a star-studded cast of ocean masters to give Team ONE a double victory.

Jake was too fast for defending champ and downwind dynamo Titouan Puyo, while last weekend’s Doctor winner James Casey hit the podium once again with another classy performance. Michael Booth and Molokai hero Travis Grant rounded out the top five in a field that featured most of Australia’s best, a few international guns and dozens of weekend warriors enjoying WA’s famous conditions.   → READ MORE

James Casey Outlasts Jake Jensen and Michael Booth to Win ‘The Doctor’ in Windy West Oz

The-Doctor-ocean-raceJames “Jimmy” Casey has shown once again why he’s considered a world-class open ocean paddler, taking out ‘The Doctor’ race in Western Australia in record time today ahead of Jake Jensen and Michael Booth.

Jimmy’s victory adds to his impressive run of results in Hawaii earlier this season, where he scored victories at OluKai and Maliko plus a podium finish at M2M. The Sunova team rider didn’t have it all his own way today though — he hit the beach just a minute clear of Jake, while Michael Booth was close all day to finish just another two minutes adrift.

All three of the boys finished under the magic two hour barrier.   → READ MORE

Aussie Titles: Boothy, Lincoln, Angie and Karla Earn Victories (and an Invite to the 2018 Worlds)

Australian SUP Titles Gold Coast 2017In 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

Travis Grant Overpowers Connor Baxter to Win Epic Molokai Duel in Record Time; Penelope Strickland Stuns Favourites to Claim Women’s Crown

Travis Grant

Australia’s Travis Grant has claimed his third Molokai-2-Oahu championship title after overpowering world number one Connor Baxter in an epic duel across the infamous Ka’iwi Channel today, setting a new race record of 3:59:52 and cementing his status as a true legend of the sport after becoming the first paddler to ever break the mythical 4-hour mark.

After an almighty, see-sawing battle that lasted almost the entire 32 miles from Molokai to Oahu, Travis pulled away in the final kilometre to claim a victory that will become an instant classic in the history pages of our sport.   → READ MORE

8 Straight: Connor Baxter Overpowers Travis Grant and James Casey to Win ‘Maui 2 Molokai’ Yet Again; Annabel Anderson Women’s Champ

Connor BaxterConnor Baxter has overpowered an Travis Grant and James ‘Jimmy’ Casey to narrowly claim an historic eighth-straight Maui2Molokai title this afternoon, setting a new record for longest winning streak in the sport and continuing his extraordinary run as the only guy to ever win this race.

The world number one got pushed further than ever before though, with an in-form Travis leading for about the first 23 miles of the 26 mile (42km) crossing forcing Connor to dig deep in order to keep his unbeaten run alive. Jimmy was also applying the pressure on Connor, and the world number seven was still within sight of the champ as they finally hit the finish line on the south side of Molokai after just over three hours of paddling.   → READ MORE

FPV Downwinder: Watch James Casey Effortlessly Glide along the South Side of Molokai

hawaii-downwind-stand-up-paddleboarding-videoWatch James Casey effortlessly glide along the south side of Molokai on his Sunova unlimited alongside fellow Aussie (and Sunova’s head designer) Marcus Tardrew.

Jimmy filmed this clip during the Molokai4Molokai race last Sunday, which was held a day after the M2Molokai Challenge where he and Marcus finished 1st and 2nd respectively. The M4M race goes along the south shore of Molokai island, a stretch of open ocean often described as the finest downwind run on the planet.   → READ MORE