Carolina Cup: Elite Start List plus Top 10 Predictions (…and a Full Replay of Our Live Preview Show)

Carolina-Cup-previewIt’s almost time.

We’re just 12 hours away from the first major race of the season, the 7th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup, with the dozens of the world’s best paddlers and hundreds of weekend warriors set to take over Wrightsville Beach tomorrow morning.

But if you couldn’t make it to North Carolina this year don’t worry: We’re going to bring you all the action with our Carolina Cup Facebook Live Stream presented by Quickblade Paddles from 10am Saturday.   → 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

Jake, Jacko, Angie and Kelly Win at the Sydney SUP Festival

Sydney-SUP-FestivalIn brief: Several of Australia’s top paddlers have enjoyed a solid pre-season hit out at the Sydney SUP Festival this weekend, with Jake Jensen, Paul Jackson, Kelly Margetts and Angie Jackson taking victories in three different events.

Jacko took out the opening, 8km race on Saturday afternoon ahead of his one team mate Jake and newly-minted Sunova team rider Kelly, while Jacko’s wife Angie was far too strong in the women’s.   → READ MORE

James Casey and Kelly Margetts Join ‘Sunova’ as a New Race Team Is Born

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Sunova has officially signed top international athletes James Casey and Kelly Margetts alongside designer Marcus Tardrew, with the Aussie trio helping establish a new race team and completing the long list of new year’s athlete team changes in the process.

With roots in Australia but now based in Thailand, Sunova’s entry comes as the racing scene witnesses a major shakeup, with some of the top teams dropping off while several new boutique brands quickly rise through the ranks.   → READ MORE

Return to the Gorge with Team QB

video-gorge-paddle-challenge-sup-race-quickblade-paddlesThere have been so many big races lately that one of the biggest of them all, the Gorge Paddle Challenge, seems like it was way more than six weeks ago. But no, it was only just over a month ago that we saw the community gather in Hood River, Oregon for one of the best weekends of the year.

Well if you’re having withdrawals from the bumps and glides of the Gorge, this three-part series of mini-films from Team Quickblade should keep you satisfied for a while. Featuring the likes of…   → READ MORE

Da Hui Race: Aussies James Casey and Terrene Black Claim the Opening Round of Hawaii’s Downwind Month

Da Hui Paddleboard Race North Shore OahuIn brief: Australia’s James “Jimmy” Casey has made it a winning start to Downwind Month in Hawaii, taking out the Da Hui Independence Day Race on Oahu’s North Shore.

Jimmy led home a flotilla of Aussies, with Kelly Margetts finishing runner-up ahead of fellow Green & Gold Toby Cracknell. North Shore local Andrew Logreco was the top Hawaiian in 4th, followed by Bullet Obra who scored 5th overall on his 14 footer.    → 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

“Train Hard. Go Fast. Have Fun.” Quickblade’s Motivational Trip Down Memory Lane (2008-2016)

Quickblade Train Hard Go Fast Have FunIn case you need some mid-week motivation, or if you just want an entertaining trip down memory lane, watch this four and a half minute montage from Quickblade, which features some of the biggest names and events in stand up paddling accompanied by a couple of iconic speeches from the wider sporting world.

Simply titled “Train Hard. Go Fast. Have Fun.” – the official mantra of QB Paddles – the clip is an interesting look back at the past eight years of not only one of the sport’s most iconic brands, but of the sport itself   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Vinnicius Martins, April Zilg Win Florida’s Key West Classic

Key West Classic paddleboard raceVinnicius Martins from Brazil has taken out the 19th Annual Key West Classic in Florida today, conquering the grueling 12 mile course to defeat Kelly Margetts and Larry Cain.

The JP Australia team rider rebounded from a disappointing finish at Carolina last week, crossing the line ahead of Kelly, who finished top five at Carolina and was our pre-race Key West favourite, and Larry, who was the two-time defending champion at this event.   → READ MORE

Preview and Predictions: OluKai and Key West Set to Headline Another Big Weekend of Racing

OluKai race Connor BaxterWe’re still coming down from the high of Carolina, but there’s no time to rest as the paddling world heads straight into another big weekend of racing. From the Key West Classic in Florida to the big downwind showdown on Maui, there will be plenty of results to keep track of on Saturday.

Here’s a quick preview and a few not-so-bold predictions…   → 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

2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Start List Revealed, Set to Be Most Competitive Channel Crossing Ever

Molokai to Oahu paddle raceThe start list for the 2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships has just been revealed, with the men’s solo stand up paddle division attracting the most competitive field in the event’s 20 year history.

Top ranked athletes including three-time champ and world number one Connor Baxter, two-time champ and world number two Travis Grant, number three Danny Ching, and number four Kai Lenny will be racing across the Ka’iwi Channel (aka the “Channel of Bones”) on Sunday, July 31st.   → READ MORE

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