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
Watch highlights from the third and final day of the 2013 Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational, where Connor Baxter and Olivia Piana took out the SUP sprint races.
Conditions were tricky thanks to strong winds and a massive sandstorm, but that didn’t stop the Maui gun from taking the win ahead of Jamie Mitchell, Zane Schweitzer and Paul Jackson. Meanwhile Olivia Piana was too strong in the women’s, finishing ahead of Manca Notar. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has just taken out the SUP Sprints @ the 2013 Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational, winning the final ahead of Jamie Mitchell. Zane Schweitzer was 3rd and Paul Jackson 4th.
Rounding out the final was Kody Kerbox in 5th, Fernando Stalla 6th, Noa Ginella 7th and Benoit Carpentier 8th. Meanwhile Olivia Piana claimed the women’s race with young gun Manca Notar in 2nd. Click through for more… → READ MORE
So we’re out here in the United Arab Emirates for the Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational, which is a specialty event combining the Stand Up World Series (racing) and Stand Up World Tour (surfing).
For the past couple of days we’ve been hanging out in Abu Dhabi with the stars of SUP, taking in the crazy sights of this crazy city as well as getting in a few practice paddle sessions in the very refreshing water (Abu Dhabi is HOT).
But today we trekked out about an hour into the desert to the smaller city of Al Ain, which is the home of “Wadi Adventure”. Wadi is a kickass water park that has what is probably the best wave pool in the world. It’s also smack bang in the middle of the desert and has one of the coolest backdrops of any wave in the world: There’s a big, dry, desert mountain rising up just metres behind the wave pool, giving this place an other-worldy kind of feel and providing an awesome contrast to the water below. → READ MORE
One of the events I’m really looking forward to this year, the Lost Mills International SUP Race, just keeps getting better, with organisers today announcing new races, bigger prize money and even more international paddlers heading to Europe at the end of May.
The Lost Mills is happening from the 27th May – 2nd June in Germany. There’s $21,950 in cash prize money on the line, a further $11,000 in prizes (including an epic $6.5k Breitling) and an awesome location out in the Bavarian countryside. All of which has combined to attract a stacked lineup of Stand Up Paddle racing talent from across Europe and around the world… → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up an incredible final day of competition here at the 2013 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Miraflores, Peru. After a week of epic SUP racing, SUP surfing and prone paddleboard events, there were still five more Gold Medals up for grabs today.
Just like we’ve enjoyed all week, the final events of the Championship delivered action, excitement and their fair share of drama. Australia were the big winners, finishing the week with 8 out of 11 Gold Medals plus the overall team championship trophy, with Denmark, USA and Brazil taking the other three victories.
We’ve got some great photos of the action, race results and a full recap of the day, so CLICK THROUGH for more… → READ MORE
What a race… On Day 2 of the ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship here in Miraflores, Peru, the Long Distance race delivered excitement, drama and a clean sweep of the Gold Medals for Team Australia.
This was one of the most exciting SUP races I’ve ever seen, period, and is easily the most entertaining Distance Race our sport has ever witnessed. So click through for the full race recap as well as results, photos and video of the action. → READ MORE
RESULTS are just coming in from the dramatic Long Distance Race here at the 2013 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Peru…
Australia made it a clean sweep, with Jamie Mitchell, Angie Jackson, Brad Gaul and Jordan Mercer all taking Gold. Though one of the stories of the day was young Casper Steinfath (Denmark) who finished just a metre behind Mitchell and almost stole the glory.
CLICK THROUGH to see the early results then come back later for full results, photos and video from Miraflores. We’ll also have a full recap of the incredible action in a few hours. This was one epic race… → READ MORE
The 2013 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship is now under way here in Peru. After yesterday’s very colourful opening ceremony, athletes from the 23 competing nations hit the water this morning for the start of the SUP surfing competition.
Tomorrow the action really gets going though, with the first of the SUP and prone races set to decide four separate individual Gold Medallists. The big Long Distance race gets going at 11am local time (that’s 8am California, 5pm France and 3am the following day in Sydney). So click through to see photo highlights from the opening day, as well as the full schedule for the very exciting Day 2. Then stay tuned tomorrow for the live webcast here on SUPracer.com from 8am Peru time… → READ MORE
After a massive twelve months of endless SUP races and chasing ridiculously large waves around the planet, 10x paddleboard World Champion Jamie Mitchell has just taken out the “Waterman of the Year” award at the Australian Surfing Awards.
The captain of Australia’s defending-champion team for next week’s SUP World Champs in Peru, Mitchell took at the award in Sydney tonight at a flashy event to honour Australia’s rich surfing culture. Click through to hear The Captain’s thoughts about winning this prestigious award… → READ MORE
More SUP adventures with episode #2 of Dave Kalama’s Stand Up Travelling series. Today’s video features a quick look at the Imagine flat water race board designs as well as a pretty stoked Jamie Mitchell, who finds out last minute that he’s off to Fiji with Dave.
Not a bad life really. → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: This is another great post by Steve West, author of Stand Up Paddle: A Paddler’s Guide. Steve will be sharing his unique insight into paddleboarding here on SUPracer.com each week, so check out his latest entry to find out what Waikiki in 1929 has to do with Stand Up Paddling in 2013. → READ MORE
It’s that time of year again, when we look back at twelve whole months of Stand Up Paddle races and decide who the top performers were.
The Top 12 of 2012 attempts to rank the world’s elite Stand Up Paddlers based on their performances over the past twelve months. That’s no easy feat: There are a LOT of good SUP athletes out there. In fact we had a short-list of 35 guys when we were trying to calculate our Top 12, and honestly, almost all of them could have been squeezed onto the final list if we slightly moved the criteria one way of the other.
But who made the final list? And who scored the #1 spot? Click through to find out… → READ MORE
Jamie Mitchell has just released his new paddleboarding movie Decade of Dominance on DVD, so to mark the occasion we’re running a very special edition of TUESDAY TRIVIA. For the next 24 hours you’ve got a shot at winning an autographed version of this great new film. All you have to do is answer one simple question: “How many times has Jamie Mitchell paddled from Molokai to Oahu?” Simple enough, right? If you reckon you know the answer then head on over to our Facebook page and leave your answer.
Jamie Mitchell’s new paddling movie “Decade of Dominance” has just been released on DVD. The film charts JM’s quest to win a 10th straight Molokai-2-Oahu World Paddleboard Championship title and features the likes of Dave Kalama, Gerry Lopez, Kelly Slater and Rob Machado.
Winning the World Title 10x years in a row is pretty incredible; I’m trying to think of another athlete who’s achieved anything close to that… So if you want to get inspired then head over to the official Decade of Dominance site and grab your limited edition DVD. → READ MORE
Here’s a great clip of the 2012 Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP race, which was won by Jamie Mitchell and Candice Appleby.
It’s not the quickest video edit we’ve ever seen (the event was in August; this video got released a few days ago) but it was worth the wait. This is the event where Jamie Mitchell famously came from behind in the distance race to beat Chase Kosterlitz to the line – by running. Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Jamie Mitchell is back home this week for the Australian Premiere of Decade Of Dominance, his new movie about going for a record 10th straight Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championship title.
The Decade of Dominance premiere is happening this Saturday on the Gold Coast (click here for details) but in the meantime JM has been on a bit of a promo jaunt, including a stop off at the Fox Sports studios in Sydney yesterday. Click through to check out the full interview, including a recount of the time Jamie was getting tailed by a massive shark halfway across the Molokai Channel… → READ MORE
10x paddleboard World Champ, big wave charger and former Battle of the Paddle winner, Jamie Mitchell is about to release his new movie on DVD. He’s also giving you a sneak peek at it for the next few days.
The movie is called “Decade of Dominance” and follows Jamie’s path towards a 10th straight Molokai-2-Oahu title. I was lucky enough to see the premiere of this film in Hawaii earlier in the year. It’s a great story not just about JM’s Molokai career, but also about the spirit, passion and characters that make this such an amazing (and insane) paddle race. → READ MORE
If you wanna see what it’s like to race across the 32 mile Molokai Channel, and win, 10 years in a row, and you’re in Australia… then here’s your chance. Jamie Mitchell’s “Decade of Dominance” is having it’s Aussie premiere in a couple of weeks on the Gold Coast.
No it’s not about SUP, it’s a paddleboarding movie, but there’s still plenty of Stand Up Paddle action (including a few classic lines from Dave Kalama). And besides, it’s the 10x World Champ we’re talking about, what else do you need to know…
The premiere is being hosted at the Gold Coast Turf Club, and rumour has it the Captain will be doing a sprint down the track against a race horse. There’ll also be a charity auction with schwag from the likes of Joel Parkinson, who completed the 2012 Molokai-2-Oahu race race and has donated some very cool stuff… → READ MORE
Surfing Australia has just announced the team that’s heading to Peru next February, in defence of the ISA World SUP Championship title the Aussies won earlier this year.
The SUP Racing side of the team consists of 10x World Champ (and ISA Distance Race champion) Jamie Mitchell, Australian Technical Course Champion and #4 at the recent Battle of the Paddle, Kelly Margetts, and the Aussie women’s champ, Angie Jackson. → READ MORE