Battle Of The Paddle: Five Big Names That *Won’t* Be Racing This Weekend…

Battle of the PaddleThere 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

The Redemption Of Kosterlitz

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

Battle Of The Paddle 2013: 100 Days And Counting…

Jamie Mitchell's JM100
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

Europe, Day 7: We’re In The Middle Of Nowhere In Germany

Double trouble...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

Thanks For The Epic Week England…

It was a bit chilly...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

[RESULTS] Jamie Mitchell Victorious In The Battle Of The Thames

Battle of the ThamesSaturday’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

Jamie Mitchell Returns To The Motherland, UK Racing And Clinics Set For This Weekend

Jamie Mitchell UK Tour 2013All 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

Carolina Cup: On The Road With Team Quickblade

Carolina Cup video - QuickbladeGo 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, Annabel Anderson Win The 2013 Carolina Cup In Style (UPDATED RESULTS)

Danny Ching Carolina Cup SUPDanny 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

Paddling Around “The World” With Jamie Mitchell

SUP Paddle Around The WorldIt’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

Video Highlights From The Abu Dhabi Sprints

Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational SUP RaceWatch 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

[RESULTS] Connor Baxter Claims The Abu Dhabi All-Stars Sprints, Zane Schweitzer Wins Overall

Abu Dhabi All-Stars SUP Race 2013
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

Surfing In The Desert…

SUP at Wadi AdventureSo 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

Lost Mills Updates: Prize Money, Paddlers And New Race Formats (Jamie Mitchell’s Survivor Race Comes To Europe)

Lost MillsOne 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

ISA World Champs Final Day: Team Australia Wins (Even More…) GOLD!

Dylan Frick and Kelly Margetts
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

ISA World Champs Long Distance Race: Drama, Excitement And Plenty Of Gold For Australia

ISA World Champs Distance Race - Casper and Jamie
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] 2013 ISA World SUP And Paddleboard Championship In Peru (UPDATED)

ISA Peru World Champs - Distance SUP RaceRESULTS 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

ISA World Champs In Peru: Day 1 Recap & Photos + Day 2 Schedule

ISA SUP Peru 2013 - Live WebcastThe 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 from 8am Peru time…   → READ MORE

Jamie Mitchell Wins Prestigious “Waterman Of The Year” Award

Jamie Mitchell Surfing Australia awardsAfter 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