The Top 12 Of 2012


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

TUESDAY TRIVIA: Jamie Mitchell Special Edition

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.

Get Inspired: Jamie Mitchell’s “Decade Of Dominance” Available To Buy On DVD Today

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

2012 Tahoe Nalu Video Recap (A Little Late, But Worth The Wait)

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 Talks Paddling On Fox Sports Australia

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

Sneak Peek: Jamie Mitchell’s Decade of Dominance Coming To DVD (Reserve Your Place In Line)

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

Jamie Mitchell’s Decade Of Dominance Australian Premiere

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

Team Australia Announced For ISA Worlds In Peru

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

[VIDEO] The 2012 Battle Of The Paddle Comes Full Circle…

Chris Aguilar from Soul Surf Media came out with the very first video of the 2012 Battle of the Paddle. Just a few hours after the Elite Race wrapped up, Chris had released an awesome clip of the action that went on to collect 5,000 plays.

Now he’s back with the full-length version, featuring plenty of SUP racing action from the Bop, as well as interviews with Candice Appleby, Jamie Mitchell, Morgan Hoesterey, Daniele Guidi, Alison Riddle, Joe Bark, Sofia DeWolfe, Kimberly James, and Anthony Vela (and some random guy in a blue hat…).

[RESULTS] Battle Of The Paddle 2012

What a crazy weekend.. the 2012 Battle of the Paddle has come to a close, but competitors, spectators and fans will be talking about this event for months and years to come.

There were so many highlights and memorable moments. From Danny Ching reclaiming his crown, to Annabel Anderson announcing herself as the new women’s champion, to a bunch of stoked young groms charging like crazy. They call the Battle of the Paddle “Super Bowl of SUP” for a reason…

We’ll have a full weekend recap soon, but in the meantime relive the action with the complete results from the 2012 Battle of the Paddle…   → READ MORE

Battle Of The Paddle 2012: Eight Days To Doheny…

How’s this classic shot from the 2011 Battle of the Paddle? Connor Baxter, Jamie Mitchell and Danny Ching all surfing the same wave in. These guys made an early break from the rest of the field and were virtually in a race of their own. Interestingly enough, this pic shows the exact finishing order (Connor was 1st, Jamie 2nd, Danny 3rd).

It’s almost time to do it all again. The world’s best are starting to arrive in Southern California and the 2012 Battle of the Paddle @ Dana Point is only eight days away…   → READ MORE

[VIDEO] Quickblade’s Mitchell, Terrell, And Kosterlitz Hit Utah (And Some Awful Golf Shots)

Check out Team Quickblade’s roadtrip to Utah, hosted by Jamie Mitchell and starring Jim Terrell and Chase Kosterlitz.

The adventure features a stop at the H2O Overdrive Summer Series SUP Race (where JM finished 2nd behind Danny Ching and in front of a dozen of the world’s best), a bit of SUP carnage on the river and some absolutely dreadful golf swings (don’t give up the paddling just yet boys!). Click through to watch the full clip…   → READ MORE

[PHOTOS] Check Out The Intense Action From Day 1 @ The Gorge Paddle Challenge

The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is happening all this weekend at Hood River, Oregon. Yesterday was the Course Race and today is the Downwinder.

As we’ve been saying all week this is one of the most competitive SUP races of the year, with a good chunk of the world’s top paddlers in town. Yesterday didn’t disappoint, with young gun Kai Lenny taking victory in the Course Race ahead of Jamie Mitchell, while Candice Appleby was too strong in the women’s (>>> full race results).

But if you weren’t lucky enough to be in Oregon to witness the action then don’t worry. Local SUP store Gorge Perforance was on hand and took some awesome shots of the action. Click through for the highlights…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Naish Gorge Paddle Challenge: Kai Lenny, Candice Appleby Dominate

The 2012 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge has just wrapped up at Hood River, Oregon, in spectacular fashion. The stacked field of paddlers and awesome race conditions have helped this go down as one of the best SUP racing events of the year.

With $18,000 in prize money on the line, a virtual “who’s who” of the stand up paddle world battled it out for this year’s Gorge Paddle Challenge. Just making the Top 10 in this event would be as impressive as a podium spot in almost any other SUP race around the world. Click to see the full results   → READ MORE

Road Trippin’

What have the world’s best Stand Up Paddlers been getting up to the past week? For the elite Team Quickblade, including Jamie Mitchell, Chase Kosterlitz, Matt Becker, Candice Appleby, Fernando Stalla, Tucker Ingalls and Jim Terrell, it’s been a 24 hour road trip from L.A. to Oregon. All in the name of SUP racing.

Click through to check out the Instagram pics of their adventure…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP Festival

The Quiksilver Waterman Collection’s $10,000 Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP Festival has just wrapped up, with Candice Appleby and Jamie Mitchell dominating the weekend.

The event was a massive success with a tonne of elite Stand Up Paddle racing talent making the trip to Lake Tahoe. Click through for the full race results and pics from the Long Distance and Survivor SUP races.   → READ MORE

Ta-Hoe Nalu Preview: $10,000 Prize Purse + 10x World Champ

Lake Tahoe is hosting yet another elite Stand Up Paddle race this weekend, with the 2012 Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP Festival kicking off tomorrow night. According to our uber list of SUP races, the Tahoe Nalu is a five-star event, featuring a $10,000 prize purse and plenty of elite talent.

The Festival includes an Open Race, Distance Race and best of all, a knockout Survivor Race; the main sponsor this weekend is Quiksilver Waterman Collection and they’re bringing the awesome race format to Tahoe.   → READ MORE

[VIDEOS] H2O Overdrive Summer Series

Take a look at some of the action from last weekend’s H2O Overdrive Summer Series Elite Race in Park City, Utah.

Danny Ching defeated Jamie Mitchell and a star-studded field to win the men’s elite race, while Brandi Baksic narrowly beat Candice Appleby in the women’s. Click through to see all the action…   → READ MORE

Exclusive: Jamie Mitchell To Host Royal SUP Clinic In Monaco

Jamie Mitchell is set to host a Stand Up Paddle clinic in Monaco next month after receiving a personal invitation from the principality’s royal family.

The event will be presented by the newly formed Princess Charlene Foundation and is scheduled for the 25th of August. The 10x World Champ and one of his Surftech team-mates will be flown in to give a special SUP master-class on some of the world’s most famous beaches.   → READ MORE