Master coach Larry Cain talks quarantine, training and the “zen” of cold-water paddling. We also watch some classic footage from Larry’s gold medal-winning canoe race at the ’84 Olympics.
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Next week, I’m going to invite you to join a paid, members-only group “Club SUP Racer” if you want to support the creative work of SUP Racer. For just a buck a week you can help ensure these daily podcasts keep rolling as well as all the other work from SUP Racer continues. Keep an eye out for launch details in a few days… → READ MORE
In brief: Danny Ching has ended the long reign of Chattajack King Larry Cain after claiming victory in his first visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee over the weekend.
Danny took out the 31 mile “Inland Molokai” after an impressive 507 teams (including 236 SUPs) started the challenge. Larry, who went undefeated in Tennessee from 2014-2018, had to settle for third step on the podium after Danny and Frenchman Olivier Darrieumerlou (the 2018 11 Cities non-stop champion) pulled away in the final sprint to the line.
Seychelle picked up her fourth title (and third straight) after holding off Kim Barnes over the final 200 metres, with the duo having already broken pre-race favourite April Zilg mid-race. Seychelle and Kim actually earned “equal first” in this race way back in 2015. → READ MORE
In brief: Dark horse Eri Tenorio claimed his first career title with victory at Maryland’s massive Bay Bridge Paddle on the weekend. The Brazilian-turned-Florida-local outclassed Paddle Monster coaching guru and ageless robot Larry Cain to claim the 3-star Paddle League Regional, while Annapolis local Fielding Pagel, known as something of a local dark horse himself, took third spot on the podium. → READ MORE
posted by Bart de Zwart, Starboard Team Rider and SUP Explorer
Few paddlers have covered as many miles as Bart de Zwart, the undisputed king of endurance paddling and a vetrean of virtually every ultra long distance race in the world. Bart was back in action again last weekend, where he joined over 500 other brave paddlers to tackle the almighty Tennessee River Gorge as part of the Chattajack race.
It would be an understatement to say that Chattajack was a tough one this year, with freezing cold temperatures and driving rain forcing more than five dozen paddlers to retire mid-race. Bart held on for a runner-up finish (his third straight) behind four-time champ Larry Cain; here’s how it felt out on the river. → READ MORE
In brief: Larry Cain has once again edged out Bart de Zwart to win the almighty Chattajack race in Tennessee, with the Canadian claiming his fourth-straight title in what has grown into one of the world’s largest races.
More than 500 paddlers took on the 31 mile odyssey down the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge, with the former canoe gold medalist extending his winning streak and relegating Bart to a third-straight runner-up finish. Conditions were cold, wet and challenging this year, though a solid downstream current did provide some relief. → READ MORE
In brief: Vinnicius Martins from Team JP Australia has taken out the Key West Classic for the second time in 12 months, outlasting Olympic veteran Larry Cain after nearly two hours of paddling around the windswept 12-mile course.
With the Florida Keys producing its signature bumpy conditions for the 20th annual edition of this classic race, the ever-smiling Brazilian showed that his top six finish at Carolina last week was no fluke, with Vinni pulling away from the field to not only take out the SUP division but also beat home every one of the outrigger paddlers. → READ MORE
Larry Cain has won Tennessee’s 31 mile Chattajack race, aka the “Inland Molokai”, for the third year in a row, outlasting Bart de Zwart in a repeat of last year’s result to claim victory in 5 hours, 14 minutes.
After the 2015 race was decided in a sprint to the line, the 1984 Olympic canoeing Gold Medalist broke free well before the finish to secure a big win, coming home 11 minutes clear of his Starboard teammate. → READ MORE
In 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
Vinnicius 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
One of the best coaches in the sport has teamed up with one of the best websites to produce a very cool new offering. Larry Cain and Distressed Mullet have just announced Paddle Monster, a members-only SUP race training site that’ll be launching in April. Think of it as your virtual SUP gym.
Another great blog post from the wise master (and ageless robot), Larry Cain, talking up the benefits of giving back.
Larry is one of the smartest paddlers in the sport. The 1984 Olympic gold medalist (sprint canoe) is still hitting podiums despite being twice (or 3x) the age of many rivals. He turns 53 in a couple of weeks but you’d never know that from looking at him. → READ MORE
Tommy Buday Jr has won the Surf To Sound Challenge in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina today, as Canada’s canoe specialists swept the men’s podium.
In foggy conditions, Tommy defeated fellow Canadian Olympic representative Larry Cain in a reversal of the results from 12 months ago. Local gal April Zilg took out the women’s race, going one spot better than in 2014. → READ MORE
posted by Bart de Zwart, Starboard Team Rider and SUP Explorer
Boss Man’s note: This is a guest post from Bart de Zwart, probably the most famous “endurance athlete” in the world of stand up paddling. Bart is famous for his extreme expeditions across the globe, as well as regularly competing in the longest races on the planet.
Just last weekend he was at it again, paddling 31 miles down the Tennessee River Gorge for the annual Chattajack race. The Chattajack is fast becoming a big event on the calendar, with all 300 entries selling out in record time this year. Read Bart’s insights into this great race, then go and add it to your bucket list… → READ MORE