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

FULL RESULTS: Beau O’Brian, Angie Jackson Win ‘King Of The Cut’ To Claim Aussie Downwind Week Double

King of the Cut (4)Beau O’Brian and Angie Jackson have taken out the Aussie Downwind Week Double, winning today’s King of the Cut race to go with their respective victories at The Doctor last weekend.

Once again Beau defeated Travis Grant to claim the win, this time by a slightly wider margin (1 minute 23 seconds). Actually the men’s podium was identical to what we saw seven days ago, with Jake Jensen finishing 3rd again.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Aussie Titles Highlights

Australian Stand Up Paddle Titles CurrumbinCourtesy of Surfing Australia, here are a couple of very slick little videos from the Aussie Titles. The event wrapped up on the Gold Coast yesterday, with Beau O’Brian, Karla Gilbert and Toby Cracknell taking out the wins and staking claims for a spot on Team Australia 2015

First up the Technical Course Race (is it just me, or do we need a more exciting name for this event?) and then we’ve got the Marathon Race recap.   → READ MORE

Jake Jensen, Beau O’Brian And Karla Gilbert Win The Queensland State Titles

Queensland state titles stand up paddlingThe 2014 Immerse SUP & Paddle Festival (aka the Queensland State SUP Titles) is happening this weekend at the paddling mecca of Currumbin.

The QLD State Titles are a lead in for the Aussie Titles in a couple of months time, which will decide who represents the three-time-champion Team Australia at 2015 ISA Worlds. Click through for results plus video of both the BOP-style and long distance races…   → READ MORE

Team Australia’s Lineup For 2014 ISA World Champs Revealed (And It’s Mighty Impressive…)

Boxing Kangaroo flagWe’re exactly five months out from the 2014 ISA World Champs in Nicaragua but we already know which paddlers could potentially be holding up the team trophy on the final day of competition. Despite 25-30 different nations expected to head to Nicaragua next year, all eyes will be on the mighty Team Australia, who are two-time defending champs and already hot favourites for a three-peat in my book.

Well today we got wind of who made the cut for this elite squad and there are a couple of surprises: Namely the fact that Australia has opted to take four different guys in the SUP racing department. And they’re four very formidable names…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Australian SUP Titles: Lincoln Dews, Jake Jensen And Karla Gilbert Put Their Hands Up For Nicaragua

2013 Australian Stand Up Paddle TitlesThe Australian SUP Titles have just wrapped up on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with most of the country’s finest paddlers on display and looking for a spot in next year’s ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship.

After two solid days of racing, Lincoln Dews and Jake Jensen have split the wins on the men’s side of the draw, while former Ironwoman Queen Karla Gilbert made it a clean sweep in the women’s, as the trio of elite paddlers put their hands up for a seat on the plane to Nicaragua 2014.   → READ MORE

Jake Jensen Wins Island Challenge, Continues Winning Streak

Island Challenge Stand Up Paddle raceJake Jensen has continued his recent winning streak, taking out the Island Challenge SUP race on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast this weekend. Fresh from his victory over Connor Baxter, Kai Lenny and co at the World Series Finals last month, the young gun notched up another victory for his new team (Fanatic) by holding off a fit and fast Lincoln Dews. Meanwhile the dark horse of the women’s BOP in California recently, Karla Gilbert, was unchallenged in the women’s race.   → READ MORE

[VIDEO] Interview With Former Ironwoman Queen And SUP Racing Dark Horse, Karla Gilbert

Video Karla Gilbert Stand Up Paddle boarderGood little interview with one of the fastest women on the water, who you may never even have heard of (though you’ll definitely know the name if you’re from Australia…).

After a record-setting career as her country’s most dominant ever IronWoman (aka Surf Life Saving races, which are a big, big deal in Australia) in the late 90’s and early 00’s, Karla Gilbert retired from ocean racing for several years before jumping back into racing 18 months ago with SUP.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Lincoln Dews, Karla Gilbert Dominate Queensland State Titles

2013 QLD Stand Up Paddle titlesTake a look at the results from the 2013 Queensland State SUP Titles, which were held on the Gold Coast this past weekend. Young gun Lincoln Dews dominated the men’s racing, taking out both the 17km Distance Race and the BoP-style Technical Race ahead of his new Lahui Kai racing team manager Kelly Margetts. Meanwhile Karla Gilbert was similarly impressive in the women’s, claiming both races and booking a spot in the Aussie Titles later this year.   → READ MORE

Travis Grant, Karla Gilbert Win Australia’s “12 Towers” Ocean SUP Race

Travis Grant - 12 Towers SUP RaceThe Gold Coast, Australia has probably produced more elite paddlers than any other spot in the world. Just some of the names that call the Coast home include Jamie Mitchell, Travis Grant, Kelly Margetts, Jake Jensen, Paul Jackson, Beau O’Brian… You get the point. It’s got a lot of SUP talent.

So when a race is held on the Gold Coast, it instantly comes with an international standard of competition. Today it was the 2nd annual 12 Towers Ocean SUP Race, which went from the world famous Kirra Point up North to Burleigh Heads. The local guns were joined by plenty of other elite paddlers from around Australia to produce an awesome event, so click through to see what happened…   → READ MORE

Karla Gilbert – One Of Australia’s Greatest Ocean Athletes – Joins Team Naish

One of Australia’s greatest ocean athletes of all time, Karla Gilbert has signed with Naish to revive her racing career in the sport of SUP. From the mid 90’s to the early 2000’s Karla was near unbeatable in the sport of surf life saving, stringing together several national and world championship titles in her trademark white swimsuit.

If you’re not familiar with the sport, one of the most prominent disciplines in surf life saving is prone paddle boarding, which is of course very similar to SUP racing in terms of athletic requirements. We’ve already seen several paddlers make the jump from prone to SUP: Jamie Mitchell, Candice Appleby, Jake Jensen and many more of the world’s elite developed their paddling talents laying down, and now Karla Gilbert looks set to add her name to that list.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Ocean Addicts Power Of The Paddle: Kelly Margetts Goes Back-To-Back (UPDATED)

Check out the results from the Ocean Addicts Power of the Paddle SUP race that was held today at Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The event had a knockout BoP-style format, which, combined with the good conditions made for a super fun race.

In the women’s race, former Ironwoman Queen Karla Gilbert was in a league of her own, while in the men’s race defending champion Kelly Margetts went back-to-back, holding off a persistent challenge from Jake Jensen.

Click through for results, video and plenty of pics of the action…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Aussie SUP Titles

The 2012 Australian SUP Titles have just wrapped up at Port Macquarie, New South Wales. Yesterday saw the 20km “Marathon Race” downwinder, while today (Monday) was the BoP-style “Technical Course Race”.

There was plenty at stake for the paddlers, with a spot on Team Australia and a trip to the 2013 ISA World SUP Championships up for grabs. Click through to see who booked their ticket…   → READ MORE