The Japan Cup stand up paddle race in Chigasaki, Kanagawa on September 19 & 20, 2015

Fiona Wylde, Lincoln Dews sweep the SUP Japan Cup as 300+ paddlers hit the surf in Chigasaki

World number number two Lincoln Dews and number three Fiona Wylde have each produced a clean sweep in Chigasaki, surviving the challenging combination of an international field and typhoon swell to claim the 300-strong Mynavi SUP Japan Cup and earn another 40x Paddle League points along the way.

Fiona first vanquished home-nation hero Yuka Sato in the 10K challenge on Saturday, before the Starboard Dream Team rider backed it up with a clean sheet in Sunday’s Survivor Race to take a big chunk of the gender-equal $27,000 prize purse.

Meanwhile Lincoln, up against half a dozen all-star internationals and plenty of dark horse locals, cemented his favouritism for next month’s season-ending showdown in California after claiming both days.    → READ MORE

Michael Booth and Yuka Sato Win The Japan Cup; Matt Nottage and Kenny Kaneko Pick Up Podium Spots

The Japan CupIn brief: Michael Booth has defended his Japan Cup title on the black sands of Chigasaki this weekend, overpowering a small but elite field of internationals that raced alongside hundreds of weekend warriors in one of Japan’s biggest paddle events.

Boothy was too good for compatriot and PPGs podium-getter Matt Nottage, who continued his meteoric rise over the past few months with a solid runner-up finish to give Starboard yet another 1-2 result. Local hero Kenny Kaneko rounded out the men’s podium for Team JP after the results were mirrored in both the 18km marathon and knockout Survivor race.    → READ MORE

World Rankings: Here Are SUP Racer’s Star Ratings for Season 2017 (aka the Biggest Races in the World This Year)

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Two weeks ago, I sent out a survey to each of the world’s top-ranked paddlers asking which events they’d be competing in this year. The goal was to paint a picture of the biggest races in the world, which I think is not only an interesting insight for everyone in the sport to analyse, it also helps me to set clear ‘star ratings’ that will produce an ever more accurate World Rankings leaderboard.

Here are the results…   → READ MORE

The Japan Cup, Day 2: Annabel Anderson, Mo Freitas Claim the Survivor Race

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Annabel Anderson and Mo Freitas have claimed lucrative wins on the second and final day of the Mynavi Japan Cup here in Chigasaki.

Under grey, drizzly skies, which stood in stark contrast to Saturday’s draining hot sun, Mo surged to victory on the final, 10-man lap of the short, sharp survivor course, holding off the Aussie quartet of James Casey, Michael Booth, Toby Cracknell and Matt Nottage. Hometown hero Kenny Kaneko finished just outside the money in sixth.   → READ MORE

Asia’s Most Lucrative Race, The Japan Cup, Is Coming Up Next

Japan CupThe past 31 days have seen a string of massive races light up the second half of the season, with Molokai, the JM Survivor Race at Huntington and the Gorge Paddle Challenge giving us plenty of great stories, highlights and leaderboard shake-ups.

But now that we’re in the middle of a three week lull, let’s take a breather and have a look at what’s coming up next. While the next major isn’t for another month – the Pacific Paddle Games – next week we’ve got two big races that’ll showcase two very different versions of our sport.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Mo Freitas’ Epic Paddle Journey Through Japan

Mo-Freitas-stand-up-paddling-JapanIf you’ve ever thought about paddling in Japan but needed a little more inspiration to book your trip, or if you just want to sit back and enjoy 7 minutes of SUP magic, watch this video.

Mo Freitas, one of the best paddlers in the world right now, did a solid tour of Japan late last year. And by the looks of it, he had a mighty fun time.   → READ MORE

Extended Highlights from the Japan Cup

Japan Cup stand up paddling race videoHere’s the extended edit from last month’s Japan Cup, featuring highlights from what ended up becoming quite an entertaining affair.

A nearby typhoon whipped up a solid swell and sent it straight to the host beach in Chigasaki, which provided that magic ingredient for a good SUP race: Waves.   → READ MORE

Epic Photos from the Japan Cup as SUP Continues to Grow in the Land of the Rising Sun

stand up paddling Japan Cup 4Results are in from the Japan Cup, which was held in the surfing town of Chigasaki on the weekend to continue a big run of events in the land of the rising sun this month.

Fiona Wylde dominated the women’s event, while Mo Freitas, Toby Cracknell, James Casey and Daniel Hasulyo all got a spot on the men’s podiums, with the weekend split between an 18km distance race and the always-entertaining Jamie Mitchell Survivor Race.   → READ MORE

“The Japan Cup” Set To Elevate Land Of The Rising Sun To The International Stage

Japan-Cup-Chigasaki-Mt-FujiThere’s a big new race happening in Japan this September that I’m really getting excited about. The Japan Cup will be happening on September 19 & 20 and looks set to feature a big cash prize purse and host of international talent that should help establish the nation as a legitimate, international SUP racing destination.

Set in the famous surf town of Chigasaki and with the iconic Mt. Fuji in the background, The Japan Cup will be a two-day festival of surf racing, distance racing, open races, kids races and a mini SUP expo. Or in other words: It’ll be the Japanese equivalent of the Battle of the Paddle.   → READ MORE