The 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
The 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
We’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
The 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
Take 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 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
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 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
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
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
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
What a crazy weekend.. the 2012 Battle of the Paddle has come to a close, but competitors, spectators and fans will be talking about this event for months and years to come.
There were so many highlights and memorable moments. From Danny Ching reclaiming his crown, to Annabel Anderson announcing herself as the new women’s champion, to a bunch of stoked young groms charging like crazy. They call the Battle of the Paddle “Super Bowl of SUP” for a reason…
We’ll have a full weekend recap soon, but in the meantime relive the action with the complete results from the 2012 Battle of the Paddle… → READ MORE
Check out some great footage from the “Marathon Race” at last weekend’s Australian SUP Titles. The race was won by Beau O’Brian and Angie Jackson, who have pencilled themselves in for a spot on Team Australia, which is heading to the 2013 ISA World Stand Up Paddle Championship next February. → READ MORE
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
Check out results of the 2012 Queensland State SUP Titles from the weekend, which was a qualifier for the Australian National Titles.
Queensland boasts a massive concentration of paddling talent and so this race enjoyed an international standard of racing. Click through for full results and pics… → READ MORE
Check out some great shots of the action from last weekend’s Watermans Paddle For Humanity @ Deerfield Beach.
Australia’s Kelly Margetts was the stand out performer, taking out both races. Though there was plenty of other action as well, so click through to see all the pics: → READ MORE
The second stop of the Watermans Paddle For Humanity race series has just wrapped up at Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Kelly Margetts was the stand out paddler, with the Aussie charger taking out both the Elite 10K Race and the Chuck Patterson Rally. Click through for full results… → READ MORE
We’ve got another big day of Stand Up Paddle racing around the world.
If you’ve seen our list of Stand Up Paddle races (and if you haven’t, where have you been?!) then you’ll see that June is absolutely packed: There’s SIXTY races this month alone.
The month gets off to a flying start, with plenty of massive races happening this weekend. Here are some of the highlights… → READ MORE
Check out the results, pics and video from the Southern Cross SUP Festival (aka the New South Wales State SUP Titles).
Winners from this event have qualified for the Australian National SUP Titles in August, which decides who’s heading to the 2013 ISA Stand Up Paddle World Champs. → READ MORE
Check out this video of Kelly Margetts demo’ing the new Paddle Power Trainer system.
The Paddle Power Trainer has been designed as a land-based cross-trainer for serious Stand Up Paddle racers. It’s being used by some of the world’s top paddlers, including Rob Rojas, Annabel Anderson, Jim Terrell and Kelly Margetts himself. → READ MORE