Beyond The Shore: Ching, Margetts and a New Name to Watch

404 SUP - Beyond the Shore Paddlefest - Danny Ching and Ryland HartHere’s a great little gallery from what looks to be a fantastic event. The 3rd annual Beyond The Shore Paddlefest was held at Redondo Beach, California last weekend, with a few very big names and a lot of stoked out weekend warriors enjoying a fun day on the water.

There was distance racing, sprint racing and kids racing. There was a free clinic with Danny Ching, and even a world record SUP yoga attempt.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: Last Minute Training with the Lahui Kai Boys

Pacific Paddle Games video 2015 Lahui KaiCheck out this great little clip from the Lahui Kai team, with their small but ultra elite squad going through its final paces at Doheny yesterday.

Featuring the hero of the Gorge Paddle Challenge and noted beer drinker, Kelly Margetts, along with whipper snappers Lincoln Dews and Jayden Jensen, this minute-long vid should get you just that little bit more amped for what is set to be a massive weekend.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Team Quickblade Previews the Pacific Paddle Games

Quickblade Paddles Pacific Paddle GamesLess than 72 hours til the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games. I get the feeling this event is going to elevate the stand up paddling world to a new level, and while this is the inaugural edition of the PPGs, the race is happening at the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point California, the place it all began way back in 2008.

Speaking of taking it back to the beginning: Quickblade. The QB team have been around since day one of the sport. Literally. Jimmy Terrell made one of Laird Hamilton’s first paddles over 10 years ago, while the Mad Scientist was himself part of the very early SUP races back in 2006 and 2007.   → READ MORE

Quickblade Pays Tribute To The Awesome Payette River Games

Payette River Games SUP videoThe Payette River Games may have been put on ice for now, but the memories will last a lifetime. The 2015 event was a classic, and now you can relive the event with this great recap from Quickblade Paddles.

The clip, courtesy of Pat Myers, has plenty of insights from the QB athletes, including Shakira Westdorp, Kelly Margetts, Anthony Vela, Chase Kosterlitz and Candice Appleby, plus a very special mention for Jonas Leteiri, a double amputee from Brazil who inspired everyone in Idaho with his skill, spirit and determination.   → READ MORE

Race The Lake: Danny Ching, Annabel Anderson And The Entire Sport Triumph At Tahoe

Race The Lake of the Sky 2015Last weekend saw one of the biggest and most beloved races in America light up South Lake Tahoe: The 2015 edition of Race The Lake of the Sky.

In what has become a true festival of stand up paddling, Race The Lake again attracted hundreds of competitors to one of the most scenic paddling destinations on the planet. As in years past, the crowd was an interesting mix of first timers, weekend warriors and a few very high profile international stars of the sport.   → 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

Battle Of The Brands: How Quickblade And Lahui Kai Won The 2014 Battle Of The Paddle

Stand up paddling race boardsThe Battle of the Brands. The BOB. It’s the one race a year where virtually all the major brands come together to duke it out for glory, bragging rights and market share.

Our sport (and our industry) is a bit like the Wild West right now: We’re growing so fast that new board and paddle manufacturers are popping up every week. But who’s staking the strongest claim?

I decided to run the numbers and see which boards and paddles the elite guys and girls are choosing today. While throwing a bunch of adrenaline-fueled paddlers into macking surf at Salt Creek isn’t exactly a scientific study of what brand makes the best gear, it does give us an indication of the current landscape. And either way, it’s kinda fun to dig into the stats…   → 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

[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 Wins NSW State Titles, Keeps Unbeaten Streak Alive

Travis Grant and his new NSP SUP race board (© Alain Teurquetil)Travis Grant has taken out the Southern Cross SUP Festival (aka the NSW State Titles), claiming both the Distance and Technical Course races in Port Stephens this weekend.

Beau O’Brian, Dave Kissane and Kelly Margetts offered plenty of competition, but Trav held them off on both days to keep his 2013 unbeaten streak alive. Click through for full results…   → READ MORE

ISA World Champs Long Distance Race: Drama, Excitement And Plenty Of Gold For Australia

ISA World Champs Distance Race - Casper and Jamie
What a race… On Day 2 of the ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship here in Miraflores, Peru, the Long Distance race delivered excitement, drama and a clean sweep of the Gold Medals for Team Australia.

This was one of the most exciting SUP races I’ve ever seen, period, and is easily the most entertaining Distance Race our sport has ever witnessed. So click through for the full race recap as well as results, photos and video of the action.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] 2013 ISA World SUP And Paddleboard Championship In Peru (UPDATED)

ISA Peru World Champs - Distance SUP RaceRESULTS are just coming in from the dramatic Long Distance Race here at the 2013 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Peru…

Australia made it a clean sweep, with Jamie Mitchell, Angie Jackson, Brad Gaul and Jordan Mercer all taking Gold. Though one of the stories of the day was young Casper Steinfath (Denmark) who finished just a metre behind Mitchell and almost stole the glory.

CLICK THROUGH to see the early results then come back later for full results, photos and video from Miraflores. We’ll also have a full recap of the incredible action in a few hours. This was one epic race…   → READ MORE

The Top 12 Of 2012

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

Team Australia Announced For ISA Worlds In Peru

Surfing Australia has just announced the team that’s heading to Peru next February, in defence of the ISA World SUP Championship title the Aussies won earlier this year.

The SUP Racing side of the team consists of 10x World Champ (and ISA Distance Race champion) Jamie Mitchell, Australian Technical Course Champion and #4 at the recent Battle of the Paddle, Kelly Margetts, and the Aussie women’s champ, Angie Jackson.   → 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