The 12 biggest stories from the past 24 days

It’s been almost a month since I posted any news on SUP Racer.

That’s the longest break I’ve taken in the seven years I’ve been running this site. I’ll talk about why next week, but for now let’s get this show back on the road. Because the reason why SUP Racer exists is to give you an honest look at what’s happening in this great, whacky, wild, rollercoaster sport of ours.

(I think the word “honesty” has been sorely lacking from our sport in general recently. That’s also another topic for next week, but for now here’s what’s happening the past 24 days: The 12 biggest stories, in no particular order…)

Instead of Brekkie Bites, consider this as your Breakfast Banquet.   → READ MORE

King of the Cut: Jake Jensen Dethrones Titouan Puyo, Angie Jackson Overpowers Karla Gilbert to Win Australia’s Biggest Race

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In brief: Jake Jensen and Angie Jackson have claimed victories at the Stand Up Surf Shop “King of the Cut” downwind showdown in Western Australia this afternoon, defeating a star-studded cast of ocean masters to give Team ONE a double victory.

Jake was too fast for defending champ and downwind dynamo Titouan Puyo, while last weekend’s Doctor winner James Casey hit the podium once again with another classy performance. Michael Booth and Molokai hero Travis Grant rounded out the top five in a field that featured most of Australia’s best, a few international guns and dozens of weekend warriors enjoying WA’s famous conditions.   → READ MORE

Aussie Titles: Boothy, Lincoln, Angie and Karla Earn Victories (and an Invite to the 2018 Worlds)

Australian SUP Titles Gold Coast 2017In brief: Lincoln Dews has taken out the second race of the Aussie Titles on the Gold Coast today, winning the beach race ahead of James Casey and yesterday’s marathon champ Michael Booth to secure a spot on Team Australia for the fifth time in six years.

It was pretty close between the top three guys all the way, but Linc showed why his runner-up finish at the PPGs beach race was no fluke to add another national title to his collection. Yesterday’s runner-up, Matt Nottage, was kept down in fifth after the unheralded Ty Judson snuck onto the top four podium with a determined effort.   → READ MORE

Noosa: Lincoln Dews Claims the Beach Race, Boothy Narrowly Beats Titou for the Overall Title; Kate Baker Defeats Karla Gilbert

Noosa-Festival-of-Surfing-2017World number two Michael Booth has started Season 2017 much the same way he finished 2016, claiming this weekend’s 3-star Noosa Festival of Surfing after a see-sawing battle with Team NSP’s Titouan Puyo and the highly under-rated (and under-ranked) Lincoln Dews.

The human machine from Team Starboard lived up to his reputation as the world’s strongest distance racer by claiming Saturday’s 14km race, however Titou showed he’ll once again be a favourite in every event he enters after an impressive and somewhat unlucky performance.    → READ MORE

Full Results: Jake Jensen Defeats Titou, Boothy and Beau to Win The 12 Towers Ocean Race in Australia; Karla Gilbert Claims 5th Straight Title

Jake JensenJake Jensen has taken out the 6th Annual 12 Towers Ocean Race this afternoon, defeating Titouan Puyo, Michael Booth and Beau O’Brian in firing downwind conditions on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Paddling for the new ‘ONE’ race team, Jake stormed home to finish almost a minute clear of Titou (NSP), while Starboard teammates Boothy and Beau were locked in a near photo finish for third. The big surprise came from 14-year-old New Caledonian Noic Garioud, who out-shined several seasoned veterans to finish top five.   → READ MORE

The ‘Top 16 of 2016’ — The Finest Female Athletes in the World of SUP Racing

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After revealing the Top 16 Men of 2016 yesterday, now it’s time to analyse the best-performing women.

It’s been an interesting season for the women’s sport, with some absolutely incredible performances from amazing athletes in exciting races. But at the same time there’s been a noticeable lack of growth in participation at the elite level relative to the men, which makes producing an accurate world rankings and authoritative power rankings somewhat difficult.   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo Crowned King of the Cut, 15-Year-Old Clément Colmas Stuns Top Aussies to Finish 2nd; Karla Gilbert Takes Women’s Title

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Team NSP’s Titouan Puyo has taken out the Stand Up Surf Shop ‘King of the Cut’ race in Western Australia, earning a clean sweep of Downwind Week after victory at The Doctor last weekend and cementing his reputation as one of the world’s greatest downwind paddlers.

In an incredible 1-2 finish for New Caledonia, 15-year-old dark horse Clement Colmas stunned Australia’s finest to claim the runner-up spot less than a minute behind his compatriot and half a minute ahead of defending champ and Starboard team mate Matt Nottage.   → READ MORE

Jake Jensen Knocks off Nottage and Boothy to Win the Currumbin Downwind Challenge

ben-tardrew-one-stand-up-paddle-boardsJake Jensen and Karla Gilbert took out Currumbin SUP Club’s inaugural “Downwind Challenge” on Queensland’s Gold Coast yesterday, with the five dozen assembled paddlers enjoying a great downwinder from the iconic Snapper Rocks north to Tallebudgera, a run of approximately 11kms (6.8 miles).

Organisers were blessed with strong southerly winds on race day, which whipped up plenty of bumps along this famous local run and made for some very fast times.    → 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: James Casey, Angie Jackson Show Promising Early Season Form to Win the Saucy Jack Classic

Saucy Jack Classic stand up paddle raceJames Casey and Angie Jackson took out the 2016 Saucy Jack Classic in New South Wales, Australia last weekend, defeating an elite field to show they’ll be real contenders on the international circuit this season.

The Saucy Jack weekend (formerly “Harry’s Paddle”) was split into three separate races this year: The BOP race, the knockout sprints, and the 10k “Harbour Hustle” distance race. Points were combined from each to produce the overall event standings, and with seven of the world’s top 35 ranked men on the start line, including four of the top 15, it was always going to be a tough one to win.    → READ MORE

Karla Gilbert, Michael Booth and Toby Cracknell Win at the Noosa Festival of Surfing (Updated)

Noosa Festival of Surfing stand up paddling raceResults and photos are in from the weekend’s festivities up in Noosa. Congratulations to Karla Gilbert on the clean sweep, while Michael Booth will be shaking his head that he missed out on the double after a rather chaotic finish in the men’s BOP race. But congratulations to Toby Cracknell for climbing back up to the top of the podium.

Click through for full results…   → READ MORE

Michael Booth Wins Again in Oz, Claiming the Cyclone-Affected “12 Towers” Downwind Race

12 Towers SUP RaceIn brief: Michael Booth has just taken out the “12 Towers” race in Australia for the second year in a row, defeating Lincoln Dews and Ben Tardrew to extend his winning streak and cement his status as the world’s #1 dark horse.

The Starboard team rider and defending Australian champion took the win on an epic downwind course, after wild weather on the Gold Coast forced organisers into a late change of venue that turned out to be a blessing in disguise.    → READ MORE

Australian Champions Crowned as Team Green & Gold Looks to the 2016 ISA Worlds

Michael Booth stand up paddlingAustralia’s quest to regain the ISA Worlds team trophy it lost in Mexico has officially begun. This week, Surfing Australia hosted the Australian SUP Titles on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with the short course and distance races going down at the mecca of paddling known as Currumbin.

There’s probably a higher concentration of paddling talent in Australia than any other nation, so the country’s national titles generally attract a more competitive field than many international events around the world. And while a few of the big names were missing this week, the start line still looked pretty solid.   → READ MORE

Michael Booth, Karla Gilbert Win The 12 Towers Ocean Race

12-towers-stand-up-paddleboard-raceAfter the original date in February was postponed thanks to Cyclone Marcia, the 12 Towers race was held today in far more inviting conditions. This was the 4th annual running of the 12 Towers, which has become the biggest race on the paddling-rich but event-starved mecca of Queensland’s Gold Coast.

A few of the top names were missing but there was still some very strong talent in the field, including one of the fastest ocean racers in the world, Beau O’Brian and the Ironwoman Queen Karla Gilbert. However it was a couple of upstarts that took the top two spots…   → READ MORE

The Aussies Unite To Support Harry’s Paddle (And Boost The SUP Racer World Rankings)

Harry's Paddle stand up paddle raceComprehensive results, recap, photos and video from Harry’s Paddle, a major charity race that took place in Stockton, New South Wales on the weekend. It looks like it was a fantastic event that will go down as one of the biggest and best in Australia’s SUP racing history.

The weekend attracted enough elite talent to qualify for the SUP Racer World Rankings, which saw a dozen Aussies make a jump up the Top 100 men’s leaderboard.   → READ MORE

Results, Recap From Australia’s Largest Ever SUP Race – The Forster Island Paddle Festival

Forster Island Paddle Festival SUP raceWe’ve just wrapped up the largest SUP race ever held in Australia. The Forster Island Paddle Festival attracted hundreds of stand up paddlers for a weekend of sprint, surf and flat water racing.

With close to 250 competitors all up, this would be Australia’s biggest ever SUP race in terms of participation (by a long way). The level of competition didn’t exactly match the Battle of the Paddle, however there were still quite a few well known, world ranked paddlers on show. The strongest performances came from Angie Jackson, Titouan Puyo, Paul Jackson, Karla Gilbert, Jake Jensen and Celine Guesdon.    → READ MORE