Duna Gordillo was just five years old when Jenny Kalmbach won the 2008 Battle of the Paddle, an event that kickstarted modern SUP racing. This week, the two women will verse each other at the ISA Worlds in Puerto Rico where the clear theme is a battle of generations.
Duna, now aged 19 and representing the increasingly-powerful Team Spain, has been one of the standout performers on the European circuit this season and heads to Puerto Rico a serious medal contender after taking junior silver at the last ISA Worlds in El Salvador 2019. Jenny, more than double the young Spaniard’s age at 39, hasn’t raced competitively in years and by her own admission only started training on a race board again 12 weeks ago. But there’s no substitute for experience in surf racing, so if we get some waves then anything’s possible.
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We’re just over 24 hours away from the most prestigious race of the season, and what a race it’s shaping up to be. The 20th annual crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel between Molokai to Oahu is already destined for the history books, but a record level of talent and a few last-minute twists should ensure we’ll be talking about this one for many years to come.
The Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, aka M2O or just simply Molokai, has become the ultimate event of the international stand up paddle racing season. The race has taken on an almost mythical status over the years, and it’s surely one of the toughest trophies in the sport to get your hands on. Becoming a Molokai champion makes you an instant hero, while many paddling legends have built their reputations by conquering this epic, dangerous, thirty-two mile stretch of open ocean between these two imposing Hawaiian islands. → READ MORE
In case you need some mid-week motivation, or if you just want an entertaining trip down memory lane, watch this four and a half minute montage from Quickblade, which features some of the biggest names and events in stand up paddling accompanied by a couple of iconic speeches from the wider sporting world.
Simply titled “Train Hard. Go Fast. Have Fun.” – the official mantra of QB Paddles – the clip is an interesting look back at the past eight years of not only one of the sport’s most iconic brands, but of the sport itself → READ MORE
The start list for the 2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships has just been revealed, with the men’s solo stand up paddle division attracting the most competitive field in the event’s 20 year history.
Top ranked athletes including three-time champ and world number one Connor Baxter, two-time champ and world number two Travis Grant, number three Danny Ching, and number four Kai Lenny will be racing across the Ka’iwi Channel (aka the “Channel of Bones”) on Sunday, July 31st. → READ MORE
Today saw the release of the 2015 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships official start list. And it’s looking mighty stacked.
Some people were worried the new lottery system – introduced this year to deal with unprecedented demand – would thin out the field for the 19th annual edition, however I can safely say this will be the most competitive M2O of all time. → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up the 2014 Battle of the Paddle here at Salt Creek, California. What a weekend… Action. Drama. Heroics. But most all: Carnage.
Yesterday’s Elite Race saw some of the most exciting stand up paddle racing ever, with a solid south swell rolling into the BOP’s new home of Salt Creek and creating some very memorable moments. Today’s Distance Race was a little mellower, however the performances were just as strong.
Click through for the full results plus the archive of our LIVE BLOG, which includes play-by-play from the racing and plenty of shots of the carnage… → READ MORE
We’ve just finished an incredible Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, where Connor Baxter has narrowly reclaimed the crown from defending champ Travis Grant in what was an amazing race…
After a tight contest early – where the top five favourites of Connor, Scott, Kai, Dave and Travis were all within shouting distance – it became a two-man duel in the last five or six miles before Connor eventually broke free to win in record time. Coming home strong was Scott Gamble for 3rd, with Kai Lenny relinquishing an early lead to settle for 4th. Travis Baptiste put in an absolutely extraordinary effort to finish 5th overall on his 14 footer, just seconds behind Kai and half a minute in front of Dave Kalama.
On the women’s side it was a superhuman effort from Germany’s Sonni Hönscheid, who led for most of the crossing to defeat the determined Jenny Kalmbach. → READ MORE
Chase Kosterlitz has defended his crown at a race in Florida for the umpteenth time, taking out Saturday’s Florida Cup race in St. Pete Beach. Chase was quickest around the 10 mile Tampa Bay course, finishing three minutes clear of the very talented Ryan Helm.
It was an impressive performance from Chase, who has showed similar early season form at last month’s Carolina Cup. The big guy from Florida (who recently moved to San Diego) hasn’t lost in his home state since 2011. Not a bad track record. So while he’s yet to crack the podium at his non-preferred BOP Elite Race, if there’s ever a hard, grinding, long distance race, you’d be a brave punter to bet against Chase finishing near the front of the pack.
Meanwhile Jenny Kalmbach, who hosted a couple of technique clinics across the weekend, was too strong in the women’s, coming home ahead of East Coast warrior Helga Goebel. → READ MORE
And that’s a wrap.
The 2014 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship has officially come to a close. Congratulations to Team Australia for making it three in a row, though everybody who competed this week deserves a round of applause. Massive event and a lot of fun here in Nicaragua.
As exciting as it was to watch the powerhouse nations put on a show, it was just as good to witness how many emerging paddleboard nations there are. Over 200 athletes from 27 nations came to Nicaragua, and as ISA President Fernando Aguerre point out after the event, this is quickly becoming the ISA’s biggest event in terms of countries competing. It’s a very good sign for the future of the sport.
Thank you for the hospitality Nicaragua. See you somewhere next year… But in the meantime here’s a full recap, results and pics of the final day, plus my takeaways from the event in general. → READ MORE
Woah… What a race. That was 13 miles of pain. I’m hurting.
Congrats to Danny Ching for muscling his way through this one and to Annabel Anderson for coming out on top despite a huge push from Jenny and Lina. Danny has now won this event three years in a row while Annabel has gone back to back in her first two attempts.
Click through for full results from all the races. → READ MORE
It seems like 2013 has been the Year of Debate in the Stand Up Paddling world. From drafting to board classes to prize money to world championships and pretty much every little topic in between, informal talks, public discussion and downright heated arguments have become the norm.
SUP racing is at a crossroads; it’s gone from a small, novelty, niche sport into something bordering on the mainstream, with close to a thousand races around the world each year and a new breed of paddlers enjoying full-time careers on the water. And it’s this explosive growth that is fueling the debate, as different organisations and differing opinions jockey for control and attention, with influence on the future of the sport a reward.
So far we’ve heard a lot of talk and some serious action, but it’s mainly come from the male athletes. That changed recently however, with the Gorge Paddle Challenge in Oregon attracting one of the strongest fields of female paddlers we’ve seen outside the BOP, and one of the leading, Candice Appleby, using the chance to roundup the top female talent for a serious debate. → READ MORE
All hail the new King and Queen of the Ocean: Travis Grant and Terrene Black both caused dramatic upsets at the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships today, beating home local favourites in one of the most exciting SUP races we’ve ever seen and claiming Australia’s first ever M2O Stand Up Paddleboard World Titles in the process.
The pair led an Aussie clean sweep of the event, with Brad Gaul and Jordan Mercer winning the men’s and women’s Prone Paddleboard World Titles respectively. What a race… what a performance by the Aussies… Click through for full race results plus a recap and photos of the action. → 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
If you caught our coverage of the 2012 Hennessey’s World SUP Champs in Cabo, you would have noticed that Jenny Kalmbach put in a massive performance to take out the Distance Race title.
But not only did Jenny dominate the women’s division (she was over five minutes ahead of Candice Appleby, who you might have heard of), she also did very well against the men.
Jenny finished 6th out of 72 total starters (and was only 30 seconds away from grabbing 4th). But even more impressive is the fact that the women were paddling 12’6″ boards, whereas the men were racing 14 footers… → READ MORE
The 2012 Hennessey’s World SUP Championships are under way in Cabo, Mexico right now. Several of the world’s finest are in town to duke it out for the $16.5k in cash prizes and title of WPA World Champ. Saturday was the 11 mile P2P (Punta Gorda to Palmilla) Distance Race, while Sunday sees the 4 mile Elite race.
The Distance Race was taken out by Chase Kosterlitz and Jenny Kalmbach. Chase narrowly beat home Fernando Stalla, while Jenny blitzed the women’s field (and most of the men’s). Stalla took revenge in the Elite Race though, claiming the victory as well as the overall championship title after Kosterlitz finished 3rd, behind Ryan Helm. Click through for full results… → READ MORE
Check out this awesome sequence of Jenny Kalmbach and Brandi Baksic at the Battle of the Paddle last weekend.
This was the end of Sunday’s Distance Race. After 1 hour and 46 minutes of paddling, Jenny and Brandi were neck and neck as they shared a wave towards the shore (and the final sprint up the beach to the finish line). Annabel Anderson and Candice Appleby had already finished, so these two were battling it out for 3rd place and the final prize money spot. Click through to see the full sequence… → READ MORE
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
Here are the full results from the Tahoe Fall Classic, the 22 mile SUP race that was held on Lake Tahoe last weekend. This was the third and final Tahoe Cup race for 2012 (after the Donner Lake and Jam From The Dam races).
Rand Carter was the overall winner, crossing the line on his unlimited board in a time of 3 hrs 35 mins 20 secs. Adam Freeman was 2nd over the line and the first of the 14 footers, less than a minute ahead of young gun Mo Freitas. Meanwhile Hawaii’s Jenny Kalmbach dominated the women’s race. Kalmbach finished an impressive 8th overall, beating not only all of the other women but also 90% of the men. Click through for full results… → READ MORE
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
Connor Baxter has won the 2012 Molokai-2-Oahu SUP race in a record time of 4hrs 13mins, defending his 2011 victory and shaving almost a quarter of an hour off his own race record. → READ MORE