Battle of the Bay: Annabel Anderson, Connor Baxter Victorious in Iconic San Francisco

Battle of the Bay
Annabel Anderson and Connor Baxter have highlighted their respective world number one statuses here at today’s 7th Annual Battle of the Bay in San Francisco, claiming this morning’s race around iconic landmarks Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge before backing up with victories in this afternoon’s beach race.

Here are the overall results. Check back in the morning for a full recap and some stellar photos of the scenic course…   → READ MORE

Full Results: Mo Freitas Defeats Josh Riccio in Photo Finish to Claim the Big ‘Rincon Beachboy’ Race; April Zilg Women’s Champ

Rincon-Beachboy-paddleboard-race-Puerto-Rico-8Mo Freitas and April Zilg have taken out the 2017 Rincon Beachboy as 340 paddlers descended upon postcard perfect Puerto Rico for the 9th Annual edition of this classic race.

After just over an hour of paddling, Mo edged out the in-form Josh Riccio in a photo finish as hundreds of spectators lined the beach, while Aussie veteran Kelly Margetts held off young Frenchman Martin Letourneur by a similarly narrow margin in the fight for third; Garrett Fletcher rounded out the top five podium after outlasting Ryan Helm.   → READ MORE

‘Most Under-Rated Paddler’ Josh Riccio Joins French Brand F-One for Season 2017

Josh RiccioJosh Riccio, one of the most under-rated paddlers on the planet, has joined the F-One team for season 2017, as the French-based brand seeks to become more active in the racing scene to compliment its established presence in the SUP surfing world.

Based on Maui, Josh is one of the most talented guys on the water and mixes it with the best in all conditions.

Still ranked top 30 in the world despite a light schedule last year, he excels in the open ocean and has won the stock Maui2Molokai race several times.   → READ MORE

#M2O: Post-Molokai Reflections (and Photos) from 38 of the World’s Best Paddlers

Molokai 2 Oahu Kai Lenny Travis GrantThe boards are back on the rack, the boats are back in the harbour and the trophies are up on the mantelpiece. Molokai-2-Oahu is done for another season, however the memories from this year’s epic will live on forever. The most prestigious race in the world certainly lived up to its hype this year, with the 20th annual crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel proving to be the fastest, most competitive and most exciting edition yet.

I could wax lyrical about this storied event, however nobody says it better than the paddlers themselves, the ones who were actually out there battling in the Channel of Bones for pride and glory. So to give you a better insight into what M2O really means, here’s a selection of post-Molokai reflections from the world’s best paddlers…   → READ MORE

WATCH: Insights and Highlights from the Maui2Molokai Race

Maui 2 Molokai paddleboarding videoJust in case you couldn’t make it to Hawaii on the weekend, here’s a great clip from Saturday’s big Maui2Molokai race, aka M2M, featuring some insightful athlete interviews and plenty of endless downwind glides.

The 7th annual channel crossing from Maui to Molokai saw Connor Baxter extend his record winning streak — he has, quite incredibly, won every single edition of this event — while Devin Blish claimed her second crown in the space of 24 months.   → READ MORE

Aussie Domination: Karla Gilbert and Jackson Maynard Win the Maui Jim OceanFest in Hawaii

Maui Jim Ocean FestIn brief: Australia has dominated the 2016 Maui Jim OceanFest, with Jackson Maynard and Karla Gilbert claiming the men’s and women’s titles respectively, while Travis Grant and Kelly Margetts also enjoyed stand out stand up performances.

Jackson and Karla were the defending champions coming into this year’s event, with the Queensland duo going back-to-back at Maui’s iconic Ka’anapali Beach. The all-round theme of the Maui Jim OceanFest – the event combines SUP, swimming, prone, OC-1 and surfski – heavily favours the Australians, who dominate the parallel world of surf life saving (lifeguard racing).   → READ MORE

Results/Video from the Rincon Beachboy as Ryan Helm Wins Again in the Caribbean

Rincon Beachboy Stand Up Paddle Board race

In brief: Ryan Helm has taken out the 8th Annual Rincon Beachboy stand up paddleboard race in Puerto Rico, narrowly edging out Josh Riccio for the second week in a row to make it a clean sweep in the Caribbean.

I chatted with Josh after the race and he said it was a great event with a great turnout of stoked paddlers. He had a close battle with Ryan the whole way, switching the lead a couple of times before Helm picked up a bump and paddled clear in the closing stages.   → READ MORE

Ryan Helm Edges Out Josh Riccio to Win in the Caribbean (Coconut Cup)

Coconut Cup stand up paddleboard raceIn brief: Ryan Helm has taken out the 3rd annual “Coconut Cup” on the Caribbean island of St. Croix, edging out Josh Riccio and a bunch of adventurous paddlers who clearly enjoyed a paradisaical holiday with a race on the side.

In what can only be described as a “Destination Race,” the Coconut Cup included both a downwinder and a course race, with Floridian-turned-Sayulita-local Ryan making it a clean sweep of the weekend.   → READ MORE

The Showdown Purge: 12 Months After The Second Biggest Race Of 2014, Changes To The World Rankings

Ultimate SUP Showdown 2014Despite there being no big races this weekend there have still been a few changes to the SUP Racer World Rankings.

Why? Because it’s been exactly 12 months since the 2014 Ultimate SUP Showdown was held, which means it’s now time for that event to be purged from the system. And considering it was the second highest scoring race of 2014, the Showdown’s removal has had a big impact on the Men’s Top 100 and Women’s Top 50 Leaderboards.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Rogue’s Epic Edit From The Payette River Games

Payette River Games videoCheck out this rad little clip from the Payette River Games, which comes from the fun-loving crew over at Rogue SUP.

The video features Rogue team riders Fernando Stalla and Josh Riccio in action, along with some guy throwing an axe, Chuck Patterson munching sand, log rolling, beach volleyball and plenty of people drinking beer and having a good time in general. In other words: Does a pretty good job of summing up what the Payette River Games are all about.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Rogue’s Awesome Edit From The Carolina Cup

Carolina Cup Stand Up Paddleboard race video 2015Check out this awesome little highlights reel from the Carolina Cup. Courtesy of the Rogue SUP crew, this clip does a great job of capturing the intensity of the infamous Graveyard Race.

Very sharp edit. That slow-mo sequence at 0:20 looks like a bunch of ancient warriors about to charge into battle…   → READ MORE

Bumps For Days… Watch Josh Riccio’s Epic Hawaiian Downwinder

Josh Riccio Downwind Stand Up Paddling HawaiiDownwind season is just around the corner. Just in case you needed any extra motivation to go downwind paddling in Hawaii, watch this awesome highlights reel from the 2014 Maui 2 Molokai race.

The clip features one of the most under-rated paddlers on the planet, Josh Riccio, who surfed his way to victory in the M2M stock class last year.    → READ MORE