Less than 72 hours til the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games. I get the feeling this event is going to elevate the stand up paddling world to a new level, and while this is the inaugural edition of the PPGs, the race is happening at the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point California, the place it all began way back in 2008.
Speaking of taking it back to the beginning: Quickblade. The QB team have been around since day one of the sport. Literally. Jimmy Terrell made one of Laird Hamilton’s first paddles over 10 years ago, while the Mad Scientist was himself part of the very early SUP races back in 2006 and 2007. → READ MORE
And so Downwind Month continues. At the same time Connor Baxter was winning his sixth straight Maui 2 Molokai race on Saturday, one of his key rivals in ocean racing, Travis Grant, was dominating the Cline Mann Memorial Paddleboard Race over on Oahu.
Perhaps it was symbolic that Connor crossed the line first on Molokai while Travis won on Oahu, as these guys are the two favourites for next weekend’s Molokai 2 Oahu showdown. Connor has won three of the past four M2O showdowns, while Travis is the 2013 champion and went very close to beating Connor twelve months ago. → READ MORE
Stop whatever you’re doing right now and watch this awesome Carolina Cup edit.
It’s only two and a half minutes long but if you’re not super stoked to grab your board & paddle and get on the water by the time you’re finished, there’s something wrong with you. → READ MORE
As a 10x winner of the epic Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard race, BOP champion, multiple ISA Gold Medalist and big wave surfing hero, Jamie Mitchell has won his fair share of battles in the ocean.
However Jamie’s next contest is set to happen off the water, as the Aussie looks to take his boutique ‘JM Paddleboards’ brand to the next level.
Click through for the full story… → READ MORE
So the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race was held earlier today and won by Shae Foudy and Jamie Mitchell. Jamie took out the men’s 5.5 mile distance race just six seconds ahead of Chase Kosterlitz, with the two surfing the same wave to the shore before one last sprint through shallow water to the line.
Jamie won. With his surf life saving background and incredible fitness, Jamie is near impossible to beat in shallow water running.
The whole sequence was eerily similar to *that* finish up at Lake Tahoe a couple of years ago. However today’s finish in Santa Monica reminded me even more of another race…
A different kind of race. THE Race…. → READ MORE
Jamie Mitchell and Shae Foudy have taken out the Pier Paddleboard Race in Santa Monica today, beating home a solid field of paddlers in what is fast becoming an iconic event in SoCal.
The Santa Monica Pier Paddle is the race responsible for *that* photo sequence in 2013, when the event was run in very solid surf and carnage was the order of the day. JM, a big wave surfer by trade, probably would have fancied his chances even more if there was a similar swell for this year’s race, however conditions appeared to be a lot mellower and more welcoming for paddlers today.
Click through for full results and pics from the Pier… → READ MORE
Jamie Mitchell has continued to work his way back into the racing scene, putting on a vintage display to comfortably win the Davenport Downwinder on the weekend, an event hosted by the Ghostryders paddling club out of Santa Cruz.
Not only did JM win the race, he did it on a 12’6 while most of the field were on 14 footers. Equally impressive was Morgan Hoesterey, who won the women’s race on a 12’6 and beat 90% of the men’s 14′ field while she was at it.
The 5th edition of this iconic regional race scored some very nice downwind conditions, with the wind firing along the 16 mile course in Northern California. The race starts at Davenport Landing and heads south, finishing beside the Santa Cruz pier. Over 120 paddlers took part across the SUP, prone, outrigger and surfski divisions. → READ MORE
Woah… What a race. That was 13 miles of pain. I’m hurting.
Congrats to Danny Ching for muscling his way through this one and to Annabel Anderson for coming out on top despite a huge push from Jenny and Lina. Danny has now won this event three years in a row while Annabel has gone back to back in her first two attempts.
Click through for full results from all the races. → READ MORE
The SoCal SUP community came out in force on the weekend to support some good racing and a good cause. The 2014 Stand Up For Clean Water event was held at Malibu and featured a who’s who of the paddling world, as well as one very large inflatable SUP.
Hundreds of paddlers turned up for the 5 mile, 1 mile and relay races, with all proceeds going to the LA Waterkeeper charity, which is part of the Waterkeeper Alliance and promotes the restoration of local beaches. We’re just waiting on the official results to come through and we’ll have them updated below. In the meantime enjoy some great pics of the action thanks to OnIt Pro. Seriously, how many tens of thousands of race pics have these guys taken over the years? They Facebook’d 1,497 photos from this weekend alone. I kid you not: → READ MORE
So what do the world’s best SUP racers get up to in the off season? Train on their new 12’6″ prototypes? Practice their buoy turns? Do lots of dips & lunges? Well if your name is Jamie Mitchell, Matt Becker, Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter, Chuck Patterson, Dave Kalama or any of the other SUP racers who clearly have a screw loose, the answer is: Hell no, let’s go surf stupidly large waves instead.
I guess after six months spent grinding across flat lakes, surfing 12’6 race boards on 2 foot waves and riding bumps in the ocean that don’t even break, you might as well take it to the extreme opposite end of the scale, right? → READ MORE
There are less than 48 hours until Battle… 48 hours until the world’s best line up at Doheny for the sixth annual Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle California.
However… not ALL of the world’s best paddlers will be on the start line this year. As happens every year, a few of the top names are out for one reason or another. This year that little group just so happens to include three past Elite Race champions…
This isn’t necessarily major news on its own, as we said, this happens every year. However with the recent Battle of the Paddle drug testing announcement, we thought it prudent to put this out ahead of time and make it clear why each of these athletes are pulling out, lest there be any sneaky whispers on the beach come race time. So take a deep breath: Here are the paddlers you won’t be watching compete in the Elite Race on Saturday afternoon. → READ MORE
What a difference twelve months makes.
This time last year Chase Kosterlitz was still licking his wounds after Jamie Mitchell literally stole victory at the 2012 Tahoe Nalu distance race.
After 90 minutes of back and forth dueling across beautiful Lake Tahoe, the race came down to a sprint to the line. In the closing stages, Chase was half a board length in front and probably thought he was about to, finally, defeat the 10x World Champion. With just metres to go Chase could almost taste the victory… He knew he was in front and just had to hold on for a few more seconds. Then, out of nowhere, Jamie Mitchell came storming past. Not on his board, but on his feet… → READ MORE
You can officially start getting excited: only 100 days until the 2013 Battle of the Paddle. 100 days until we return to the place where it all began: Dana Point, California. It’s the biggest race of the year. It’s the Super Bowl of SUP. In fact it’s the race that kick-started this whole sport..
The 2013 Battle of the Paddle is happening September 28th & 29th and as always will feature the very best Stand Up Paddle racers in the world. One of those is Jamie Mitchell, a former BoP winner and permanent fixture on the podium who this year wants to step things up a notch. Forget his 10x World Paddleboard Titles and “JM10″ …this is the JM100. → READ MORE
After driving through seven countries yesterday, we spent today prepping for the big Lost Mills event, which officially gets going tomorrow.
Jamie Mitchell and Rami Zur went off exploring the lake by foot, I picked up Jimmy Terrell from airport, the Fanatic crew, who’d spent the past couple of days in Italy, rolled into town late this evening, Travis Grant and Rico Leroy, fresh from their Summer snowboarding expedition (look out for the next episode of Trav’s Trippin’ tomorrow!) rocked up tonight, as did Bart and Connor, who spent this morning river surfing near Munich.
All in all there’s probably two dozen international paddlers holed out in the awesome “Strandhotel Seehof”, which is hosting the Lost Mills event and is located literally a stone’s throw from the start line of the races. → READ MORE
After an extended paddling holiday on Majorca and with a week to kill before the start of the European SUP Racing Tour (presented by NSP!) in France, I decided to accept a small, walk-on role in the theatrical extravaganza that was Jamie Mitchell’s UK Tour.
(aka The Adventures of Boss Man and The Captain: Team Apple Cider Edition)
Organised by the ever-industrious Steve West and his wife Mandy, we were set for a week of racing, clinics and movie screenings in London and along the South-West Coast. That part of the trip was great, but it was the random adventures on the side and all the new faces that really made the week.
Click through for the recap… → READ MORE
Saturday’s Battle of the Thames race (aka 100+ Hungry Locals Chase Jamie Mitchell Up And Down The River) was a great event. I turned up in the UK with no idea what to expect, so to see over one hundred eager paddlers on the start line was very impressive. London isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think SUP racing, but we don’t even get those kind of numbers in Australia…
Click through for full results, race recap and video of the action… → READ MORE
All along it was my mate Travis (Grant) who was to visit me up here in this antipodean northern outpost, the father-country from where many Aussies can track their heritages, either on account of free-will or on account Her Majesty’s pleasure. I’m not entirely sure which category Grant falls into, but when we both finally concluded that a better offer of racing in the Pyrenees contested a possible visit to the UK and the logistics involved were proving testing, he dumped me. I was inconsolable for a minute or two, but then within a few hours another equally dodgey Aussie character PMs me on FB and casually tells me the time is right for him to visit and what’s this Battle of the Thames London race all about? → READ MORE
Go behind the scenes at the 2013 Carolina Cup with Team Quickblade’s Jamie Mitchell, Matt Becker and the Mad Scientist himself, Jim Terrell. Check out how the guys spent their first day (including almost missing their flight) as they arrived in North Carolina early to prepare for one of the biggest races of the year.
I’ve had the pleasure of travelling with these three in the past and it’s always good times when they’re around, so click through to watch the full clip… → READ MORE
Danny Ching has won the 2013 Carolina Cup at Wrightsville Beach, claiming his second straight title in emphatic style to cement his position as the world’s fastest stand up paddler. Danny opened up a big gap on the field and was well clear by the end of the 12.5 mile “Graveyard” Elite Race course, crossing the line exactly four minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
France’s Eric Terrien also paddled extremely well to claim 2nd ahead of an all-star cast that included Jamie Mitchell (3rd), Chase Kosterlitz (4th), Ryan Helm (5th) and Matt Becker (6th).
Meanwhile Annabel Anderson put on a dominant display to claim victory ahead of Jenny Kalmbach and Brandi Baksic. Click through for FULL RESULTS… → READ MORE
It’s not every day you can say you paddled around The World, but last week Jamie Mitchell and I did just that.
It all started when we were in the United Arab Emirates for the Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational event. 10 Days In The Desert included a few days in Abu Dhabi and a couple at the Wadi Adventure wave pool. But after that we were free to explore, and what could be more fun to explore than the entire world?
After the All-Stars event wrapped up, Jamie and I headed for the giant playground that is Dubai. We had four days to kill in one of the whackiest places you could imagine, but after a couple of days enjoying the sights, the tastes and the interesting nightlife the city had to offer, all we wanted to do was go for a paddle.
We were itching for an adventure in the ocean… and it wasn’t hard to choose a course. → READ MORE