We’ve just wrapped up the second and final day of the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, with Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson dominating an all-star field in what will surely be remembered as one of 2014′s best events.
After their respective victories in Saturday’s Course Race, the Starboard duo made it a clean sweep by claiming today’s unique “Double Downwind” event. With the winds lighter than usual for the Gorge (but much better than we’d feared last night), the elite field battled their way up the Columbia Gorge in back-to-back downwind runs. The majority of the world’s top athletes were on show today, which gave us some intense racing and a great spectacle (especially from my vantage point out on the media boat). → READ MORE
Last Sunday’s Maui Paddleboard Race was an instant classic. Courtesy of a gnarly storm that ripped through the north shore of Maui Saturday night, Maliko Gulch was almost unrecognisable on Sunday morning. The race was very nearly called off but fortunately it wasn’t, because for the 100 brave souls that ventured out there were some epic memories on offer.
The race quite literally became Victory At Sea. I’m sure you’ve already seen the pics but now here’s the video of it all. Thanks to Buzzy Kerbox, who was on the ski following his son Kody, we get an inside look at the race… → READ MORE
We were sent this great clip this morning by Buzzy Kerbox, who had an insider’s view of last weekend’s OluKai Ho’oluale’a and used it to produce a really cool race video. Buzzy was on his jetski during the entire race, filming from inside the pack of 300+ paddlers as they made their way along the world famous Maliko downwind run, in what is one of the biggest SUP races of the year.
The video gives not only some really cool close-up shots of the action but also some very interesting commentary and insights… → READ MORE
There’s been a lot of serious news in the SUP racing world this week. Too much. We definitely need healthy (and occasionally heated) debates to ensure this sport stays on track, but we also need to remind ourselves why we love paddling in the ocean. Because it’s fun. And because it makes us smile.
Thank you Ashley Baxter, Connor Baxter, Kody Kerbox, Kai Lenny and Chuck Patterson for the reminder. → READ MORE
The Painkiller Cup, one of the more exotic races on the international calendar, has just wrapped up in the British Virgin Islands after being dominated by the visiting Hawaiians. The race is a 14 mile downwinder that heads along the north coast of Tortola (the biggest island in the BVIs), before crossing the channel and finishing at the Soggy Dollar Bar on the island of Jost Van Dyke.
It’s also an excuse for a holiday in paradise → READ MORE
Kody Kerbox and Fiona Wylde have taken out the 2013 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon ahead of a stacked local and international field. Kody beat some big names in Georges Cronsteadt and Slater Trout, while local surprise packet Fiona Wylde put in a commanding overall performance to knock off the likes of Andrea Moller, Candice Appleby and Jenny Kalmbach.
Click through for the full results… → READ MORE
Bored with your current SUP training routine? Here’s how to get ready for your next big race and have a lot more fun at the same time. Watch this vid courtesy of Maui charger and Naish young gun Kody Kerbox and see how it’s done…
Kody’s been home training all Summer before hitting the road for two solid months of racing (first stop the Gorge this weekend). If that old cliche about “the person having the most fun is the winner” rings true, then I think Kody’s picked up a few podiums spots already… → READ MORE
Cool little edit from last week’s Maui Paddle Champs via Kody Kerbox. The Maui local and Naish young gun claimed victory in the battle of the 14 footers with an impressive performance, dominating his board class and beating out most of the unlimited boards in the process.
The Maui race was a big event, with 150+ stand up paddlers hitting the famous Maliko run, though it was a mere warm up for the elite guys and girls… The big one, Molokai, is coming up this weekend and looks set to be the most competitive Channel crossing ever. → READ MORE
Time for some new-race-board-spy-photo fun…
One of the most eagerly anticipated (and slightly overdue) new SUP race boards is the unlimited Naish Javelin, which would replace the old 17′ Glide and extend Naish’s latest range of Javelin boards from 12’6 and 14′ all the way up to the unlimited class.
Well we finally got to see the Naish Javelin LE-17 in action, as Kody Kerbox and Kai Lenny paddled the board in yesterday’s big OluKai race. Click through to see it close up… → READ MORE
So we’re out here in the United Arab Emirates for the Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational, which is a specialty event combining the Stand Up World Series (racing) and Stand Up World Tour (surfing).
For the past couple of days we’ve been hanging out in Abu Dhabi with the stars of SUP, taking in the crazy sights of this crazy city as well as getting in a few practice paddle sessions in the very refreshing water (Abu Dhabi is HOT).
But today we trekked out about an hour into the desert to the smaller city of Al Ain, which is the home of “Wadi Adventure”. Wadi is a kickass water park that has what is probably the best wave pool in the world. It’s also smack bang in the middle of the desert and has one of the coolest backdrops of any wave in the world: There’s a big, dry, desert mountain rising up just metres behind the wave pool, giving this place an other-worldy kind of feel and providing an awesome contrast to the water below. → 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
The awesome Surf Race To Victory series wrapped up today at Huntington Beach. Plenty of pros have arrived in town ahead of the Battle of the Paddle, so there was a very solid level of competition. Plus with a decent swell pulsing along the coast, there was also a LOT of carnage…
Several of the world’s best lined up for the knockout sprint format and were looking uber-stylish the event’s signature blue crash helmets. Kody Kerbox, Connor Baxter, Byron Kurt and Brennan Rose took out the first round heats, with Kerbox looking in very good form. On the women’s side it seemed to be a battle between Candice Appleby and Morgan Hoesterey, with the pair trading victories in the first couple of rounds. → READ MORE
Check out the action from the Stand Up World Series event at Turtle Bay last weekend.
Connor Baxter dominated in his usual style, taking out both the Long Distance and Sprint races. Kody Kerbox put up a good fight on Day 2 though, finishing right behind Connor in the sprints to take 2nd place overall. → READ MORE
What have the world’s best Stand Up Paddlers been getting up to the past week? For the elite Team Quickblade, including Jamie Mitchell, Chase Kosterlitz, Matt Becker, Candice Appleby, Fernando Stalla, Tucker Ingalls and Jim Terrell, it’s been a 24 hour road trip from L.A. to Oregon. All in the name of SUP racing.
Click through to check out the Instagram pics of their adventure… → READ MORE
Results are in from the latest Stand Up World Series event, the Turtle Bay Summer SUP Challenge on Oahu’s North Shore.
As expected, young Maui paddler Connor Baxter won the distance event, while local Andrew Logreco claiming 2nd place ahead of Kody Kerbox. Annabel Anderson was again too dominant on the women’s side, beating out Morgan Hoesterey for the win. → READ MORE
Full results are in from the latest Watermans Paddle For Humanity race held at @ Lake Tahoe yesterday.
Hawaiian young gun Kody Kerbox continued his fine form on the Lake this year, taking his second straight victory. Click through for results and pics… → READ MORE
Check out the action that went down at Lake Tahoe this weekend, where the first ever Race The Lake Of The Sky event took place.
Danny Ching, Candice Appleby, Kody Kerbox, Thomas Maximus, Jen Fuller, Ben Sarrazin and Anthony Vela all took home wins. Full results… → READ MORE
Check out the full results from the Thunderbird Run stand up paddle race @ Lake Tahoe.
Young gun Kody Kerbox (Team Naish) was the overall winner Jen Fuller scored a victory in the women’s division. Conditions were epic and the turnout was strong, though there was a bit of drama as well… → READ MORE
The Hobie & Hennessey’s U.S. Championships were held last Saturday @ Dana Point, with a whole bunch of international talent coming out to race.
Fernando Stalla won the 12’6″ class, while Brandi Baksic narrowly took out the women’s race ahead of Candice Appleby. In the battle of the 14 footers it was Ryan Helm who snatched the victory, just seconds ahead of Kody Kerbox and Slater Trout. Click through for full results… → READ MORE
Check out the action from Lake Tahoe on the weekend, which hosted the first of the 2012 O’Neill Tahoe Cup SUP Race Series events, the Donner Lake Memorial Paddle.
It was a super tight battle for victory in the men’s race, with Rob Rojas, Kody Kerbox and Jay Wild sharing the lead the whole race. Click through to see who won… → READ MORE