Danny Ching has just signed up for the solo SUP division of the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, setting the stage for perhaps the most competitive channel crossing ever.
Danny’s confirmation means we could be in for an all-star battle royale this year, with Molokai 2013 potentially featuring Danny Ching vs. Connor Baxter vs. Dave Kalama vs. Travis Grant vs. Kai Lenny.
Add in the likelihood of gun paddlers such as Scott Gamble, Jeremy Riggs and Livio Menelau being in the race, and we should be set for an absolute cracker… → READ MORE
Time for some new-race-board-spy-photo fun…
One of the most eagerly anticipated (and slightly overdue) new SUP race boards is the unlimited Naish Javelin, which would replace the old 17′ Glide and extend Naish’s latest range of Javelin boards from 12’6 and 14′ all the way up to the unlimited class.
Well we finally got to see the Naish Javelin LE-17 in action, as Kody Kerbox and Kai Lenny paddled the board in yesterday’s big OluKai race. Click through to see it close up… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller have won the 2013 OluKai SUP Race on Maui, holding off an elite field of paddlers to defend their respective titles.
Dave Kalama was 2nd in the men’s race with Kai Lenny in third, while Talia Gangini was the next best female paddler. Click through for the FULL RESULTS… → READ MORE
If you’ve already watched the Stand Up World Series Brazil SUP Sprint Race video that we posted below, you’ll know that Connor Baxter is in fine form right now.
On Saturday he took out the SUP Sprints and then just to make the result certain, Connor backed it up with an impressive victory in Sunday’s Long Distance race. After 12km of tight racing, the Starboard superstar sprinted away at the end to win ahead of Kai Lenny and Casper Steinfath. → READ MORE
Some great highlights out of the Ubatuba Grand Slam Sprint Racing that went down in Brazil on the weekend. If you’ve seen the results from the Stand Up World Series Brazil, you’ll know that Connor Baxter made it a clean sweep, taking out both the sprint and distance events. But the way in which he did it was pretty impressive…
We all know Connor Baxter is fast, but just look at the way he sprints clear of Kai Lenny and the rest of the field at the 2:57 mark. And that’s the end of the race, when by all rights he really should be tired. Apparently not. Thanks for making us all feel really slow Connor… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has defeated arch rival Kai Lenny to claim the Ubatuba Grand Slam in Brazil, the second event of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Connor took out both the Sprint Race (Saturday) and Long Distance Race (Sunday) to make it a clean sweep and establish an early lead in the World Series rankings.
Young gun Mo Freitas continued to rise through the ranks, claiming third in the Sprints against a string of in-form paddlers that included Zane Schweitzer, Kody Kerbox and Casper Steinfath. Mo then backed it up with a fourth in the distance event to take third place overall. Click through for results and pics… → READ MORE
Some more great footage from last weeks’s Aragas Magallanes Paddle Challenge. This is the clip of Day 2, which featured the sprint races and the crowning of the overall event champion.
After Kai Lenny won Day 1 in Patagonia, his arch rival Connor Baxter had all the work to do. The Starboard superstar stepped it up though, taking out the sprint race and setting up a tie-breaker showdown with Kai. Click through to see what happened next… → READ MORE
Check out some crazy footage from last week’s Aragas Magallanes Paddle Challenge in the beautiful wilderness of Patagonia, where paddlers were literally dodging icebergs as they raced.
This is the video of Day 1, when Kai Lenny knocked off Connor Baxter in the Distance Race and newly-crowned ISA World Champ Casper Steinfath came home in third. Click through to watch the full clip… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has just WON the inaugural Aragas Magallanes Paddle Challenge, defeating his arch rival Kai Lenny in the beautiful wilderness of Patagonia, Chile.
Connor didn’t have it all his own way though, with Kai taking out the Long Distance race on Day 1 of this $20,000 event, which also serves as the first stop of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. Wearing the yellow jersey after his victory last year, Kai battled with Connor right across Lago Gray (“Grey Lake”), the epic, iceberg-filled host of yesterday’s race. But despite Connor leading early, the young Naish star was able to break away in the final stages of the 13 mile race to take the win and start the 2013 Series the same way he finished 2012.
This weekend’s SUP racing enjoyed an insanely cool backdrop (pun intended), with glaciers, icebergs and steep mountains rising up all around the paddlers. So click through for more photos of the action plus the full race results… → READ MORE
We’ve just found out the dates of the 2013 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge (CGPC). This proved to be one of the highlight events of the 2012 SUP Racing season, so we can expect plenty of action again this year. This year the Gorge Paddle Challenge SUP race will be held over the weekend of August 17th & 18th in Hood River, Oregon.
Announcements regarding prize money and race formats will be coming soon, so we’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear more. The massively successful Positively Kai kids SUP clinic is also returning. After attracting 200 eager young SUP groms last year, the Positively Kai event will once again be held the day before the race (Friday 16th August). → READ MORE
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
First look at Kai Lenny’s new line of Stand Up Paddle fins. The young gun from Maui has teamed up with, who else, Maui Fin Company to launch his signature line of Kai Lenny SUP Fins.
MFC have been making windsurfing fins since the late 80′s, though this looks like their first foray into Stand Up Paddling. The Kai Lenny SUP Race Fins range includes the “BOP Race Fin” and “Downwind Race Fin” models.
Click through for more info… → READ MORE
Kai Lenny’s whirlwind tour of Australia has wrapped up, but the young Maui gun snuck in one more race before he left. On Sunday it was the Jetty To Jetty SUP Race in Adelaide, South Oz.
Kai took the win ahead of Fanatic’s Paul Jackson, who paddled well but could never recover after a botched start, while Steve Morrison rounded out the podium. Jacko’s wife (and fellow Fanatic team rider) Angie Jackson took out the women’s race, which saw a solid turn out of 22 competitors. All up there were close to 100 paddlers in the event, which is a good sign for SUP racing in South Australia. Click through for the full race results… → READ MORE
As you’ve no doubt heard, Kai Lenny took out the 2012 Stand Up World Series championship by winning the Finals @ Turtle Bay last month.
If you watched our Kai Lenny interview the other day, you would’ve heard how committed the young Maui charger was to winning. Now you can get another look at the event with the latest episode in Red Bull’s awesome series, Positively Kai.
Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Wanna get some insights into the mind of Kai Lenny? Watch the video above and find out why the young champ is so passionate about SUP racing, what drives him to be a faster paddler and why he actually hasn’t always been a big fan of the sport…
Kai is currently on a whirlwind Naish promo tour in Australia, and this morning the Maui all-star dropped by the Gold Coast for a packed SUP training session with the Currumbin crew. It’s not everyday you get a world champ in your home-town, so we made the most of it and grabbed some quality camera time with Kai.
Watch the video above to find out why Kai loves SUP racing, and make sure to check back next week for Part 2 of The Kai Lenny Interview. → READ MORE
Kai Lenny has just taken out the Narrabeen Downwind race, which was event #4 of the 2012 Sydney Ocean Series.
On day two of his whirlwind Aussie promo tour, the newly minted SUP World Series champion overcame a determined local field to claim victory on the modified course. The event was originally set to be an 18km downwinder, but unfavourable winds forced organisers to set up an impromptu circuit race instead.
Click through for the full results and a recap of the action… → READ MORE
Fresh from claiming the Stand Up World Series Championship a few weeks back, Kai Lenny is hitting Australia this week for a promo tour.
As part of a trip organised by his main sponsor, Naish, the new all-star of SUP racing will be hitting Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast over the next ten days, with plenty of Stand Up Paddling on the menu.
If you’re in Aus then click through for more details and find out exactly when & where you can rub shoulders with the boy wonder. → READ MORE
As you’ve no doubt seen, read, and heard already, Kai Lenny wrapped up the 2012 Stand Up World Series championship title after an all-conquering performance during the Finals @ Turtle Bay. Now you can relive Kai’s stellar year with a recap of the 2012 Series, including an interview with the new World Series champ.
Click through to watch the action… → READ MORE
Watch Kai Lenny’s latest adventure, which centres around the 2012 Battle of the Paddle at Dana Point, where the Maui young gun paddled better than anyone (…except Danny Ching).
Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Watch the action from the Stand Up World Series Finals @ Turtle Bay on the weekend. Yesterday we showed you the Distance Race video, and now it’s time to watch the carnage from the Knockout Sprints that were held on Sunday.
In a photo-finish, Kai Lenny made it a double victory by narrowly beating Slater Trout (2nd), Casper Steinfath (3rd) and Zane Schweitzer (4th). Meanwhile Annabel Anderson was too strong in the women’s race. Check out the full results from the SUP World Series Finals or simply click through to watch the video… → READ MORE
Take a look at the SUP race action from the Stand Up World Series Finals that went down @ Turtle Bay on the weekend. Click through to see all the pics… → READ MORE
As you’ve no doubt heard already, Kai Lenny just wrapped up the 2012 Stand Up World Series Championship after winning the Finals @ Turtle Bay. So how does it feel? Pretty bloody good apparently…
Here’s Kai’s latest Instagram shot, with the caption:
“The most epic week of my life so far! Turned 20 last Monday, paddled perfect big Jaws on Tuesday and Wednesday won the long distance race from Turtle Bay to Haleiwa on Saturday and won the Sprint Race on Sunday. Finally clinched my first SUP Race World Title to top it off!!! Yeah the best week of my life!” → READ MORE
Check out the action from the Stand Up World Series Finals that went down on the weekend @ Turtle Bay (Oahu, Hawaii).
As you can see from the race results, this was Kai Lenny’s weekend. The young gun took out both the Distance Race and Sprint Race to claim the combined victory, plus he also sealed the 2012 Stand Up World Series Championship title… → READ MORE
The 2012 Stand Up World Series wrapped up in pretty awesome fashion on the weekend, with solid swell delivering plenty of action for the Stand Up World Series Finals @ Turtle Bay (Hawaii).
Kai Lenny dominated the weekend, taking out both Saturday’s Distance Race as well as Sunday’s Knockout Sprints. Though the Maui young gun didn’t have it all his own way in the sprints, with the final coming down to a four-way sprint to the line and a photo finish. Young Danish charger Casper Steinfath snatched 2nd in the sprints to finish third overall, which, considering the big name paddlers he was racing against, was one of the performances of the event.
You can check out the early RESULTS from the Stand Up World Series Finals but to get an idea of how epic the conditions were, take a look at some of these pics… → READ MORE
The Stand Up World Series Finals have just wrapped up @ Turtle Bay on Oahu’s North Shore (Hawaii). Saturday was the Long Distance race from Turtle Bay to Haleiwa, while today it was the awesome “Paddlecross” Knockout Sprint races.
This was the final event of the inaugural Stand Up World Series, with Kai Lenny and Connor Baxter coming into the weekend battling it out for the overall 2012 Series victory.
Kai drew first blood on Saturday, chasing down Connor Baxter to win the Distance Race by almost two minutes. Things were a little less predictable in Sunday’s Sprint Races though, with a solid swell producing plenty of waves (and carnage). But despite the conditions and the talent that was on display, Kai Lenny managed to take out the win for the second day in a row. Kai snatched first place in a four-way photo finish to make it a double victory this weekend. Click through for the full race results… → READ MORE