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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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