Eri Tenorio and Seychelle win the Bay Bridge Paddle as 400+ paddlers hit the water in Maryland

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

Enzo Bennett, Seychelle Claim the Key West Classic (Full Results)

In brief: Tahitian dark horse Enzo Bennett and East Coast America’s #1 export Seychelle have claimed the Key West Classic in Florida this afternoon.

Seychelle outlasted Aussie powerhouse Terrene Black, while Enzo eclipsed Brazilian ultra dark horse Eri Tenorio and Key West veteran Larry Cain to claim the win in record time.   → READ MORE

Bart de Zwart’s Recap of the Wet and Wild Chattajack Race: “Cold But Happy”

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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

Chattajack: Larry Cain Wins Fourth-Straight Title; Seychelle Hattingh Women’s Champ in Cold and Wet Tennessee

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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

Brazil’s Vinnicius Martins Goes Back-to-Back at the Key West Classic in Florida

Key WestIn 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 Makes It a Three-Peat at Chattajack

Chattajack paddleboard raceLarry 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

“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

Larry Cain and The Mullet Get Ready to Launch ‘Paddle Monster’

Paddle Monster SUP race trainingOne 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.

Click through for more details…   → READ MORE

Larry Cain: “Improve Your Own Paddling by Helping Others Improve Theirs”

Larry CainAnother 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

Canadian Canoe Team Sweeps “Surf to Sound” in Foggy Wrightsville Beach

Surf To Sound stand up paddling race Wrightsville Beach NCTommy 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

Bart De Zwart’s Grueling 31 Mile Paddle through the Scenic Tennessee Countryside (Chattajack Recap)

Chattajack race TennesseeBoss 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

Larry Cain Wins Tennessee’s 31 Mile “Chattajack” Race in Record Time

Chattajack stand up paddleboard raceOlympic gold medalist Larry Cain has won the 2015 Chattajack race, crossing the line in a course record of 4 hours 58 minutes, just seconds ahead of Bart de Zwart and Mike Tavares. In the women’s, 11 City Tour heroine Seychelle Hattingh crossed side by side with Kimberly Barnes to claim equal first.

Chattajack is unofficially known as the Inland Molokai because of its grueling length (31 miles) and the fact it sells out almost every year. The 2015 edition sold out in record time.   → READ MORE