Florence Paddle Games: Bruno Hasulyo, Olivia Piana Victorious in Italy (Full Recap + Results)

In brief: Bruno Hasulyo and Olivia Piana have taken out the inaugural Florence Paddle Games in Italy, overpowering a strong domestic field to claim the prize money and Paddle League points.

Long-standing king of Italian paddling, Leo Nika, came home second in the men’s elite race while his brother Claudio was fourth. Dark horse and event co-founder Martino Rogai split the brothers to claim the third step of the podium.   → READ MORE

GlaGla Race: Tom Auber, Melanie Lafenetre Make It a French Double as 494 Brave Paddlers Create a Grand Spectacle in the Alps

How many paddlers can you count? 🧐🤔 The GlaGla Race was so big that this angle doesn't even show half the field. Almost 500 paddlers signed up to brave the freezing cold waters of Lake Annecy today, making the "GlaGla" one of the biggest races on the planet. Between the record field and the incredible backdrop of the French Alps, it was an amazing spectacle. Thanks to everyone that tuned in to our live stream, congrats @tomauber and @melanie_lfntr for claiming victory, and well done to everyone that completed this crazy adventure. Add the 2019 GlaGla Race to your bucket list… ❄️🏔️ @alpinelakestour @redpaddleco #glaglarace #paddleboarding #cantfeelmytoes #standuppaddle #frenchalps #redpaddleco (photo: Alexis Fernet)

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Tom Auber and Melanie Lafenetre have won the 2018 GlaGla Race, as hundreds of paddlers braved the freezing cold French Alps to produce one of the largest races our sport has ever seen.

Tom claimed victory for the home nation after a frantic finish with Leo Nika — it was a literal photo finish, which is heartbreaking for Leo as it repeats the exact same scenario from 12 months ago. Italian Martino Rogai was just behind in third after pushing hard over the final kilometres, while Molokai hero Travis Grant had to settle for fourth place following a high-paced sprint to the line. The lead quartet stuck together for almost the entire 14km race, with Federico Esposito and Yanis Maire the only ones who could stay within shouting distance.

In the women’s it was all Melanie, with the 17-year-old from St. Maxime opening a commanding lead early and never looking back.

But the real story from this year’s GlaGla adventure was just how many paddlers stood on the start line. With just under 500 paddlers signed up for this crazy, cold water classic, the GlaGla is officially one of the biggest (by one measure it’s the #2 race in the world right now).

Full results from the short distance and long distance over on the official timing site.

You can also watch a full replay of our GlaGla Race Facebook Live stream.

A massive “merci beaucoup” to Benoit and the crew from the Alpine Lakes Tour, as well as title sponsor Red Paddle Co, for helping make this amazing event happen. See you back in the French Alps in January 2019!

Battle of the Bay: Annabel Anderson, Connor Baxter Victorious in Iconic San Francisco

Battle of the Bay
Annabel Anderson and Connor Baxter have highlighted their respective world number one statuses here at today’s 7th Annual Battle of the Bay in San Francisco, claiming this morning’s race around iconic landmarks Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge before backing up with victories in this afternoon’s beach race.

Here are the overall results. Check back in the morning for a full recap and some stellar photos of the scenic course…   → READ MORE

Michael Booth, Olivia Piana Win Week 6 of the EuroTour in Bilbao

BilbaoMichael Booth has taken a virtually unassailable lead in the race for the 2017 EuroTour championship title, with the Aussie powerhouse claiming his second straight win at the Bilbao Paddle Challenge as key rivals Connor Baxter and Titouan Puyo faultered.

After a hectic start in front of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, where several of the main contenders were boxed out by a deep field of European dark horses, Boothy soon moved to the front and controlled much of the 14km course up and down the central city river.    → READ MORE

St. Maxime: Boothy Overpowers Titou and Connor to Claim Overall Title; Sonni Too Strong for Olivia and Candice (EuroTour Week 3)

Michael BoothAustralia’s Michael Booth has proven yet again that he’s the strongest distance race paddler on the planet, overpowering world number one Connor Baxter and Carolina Cup champion Titouan Puyo to claim the 18km event on day 2 here in St. Maxime, France, earning the overall ‘SUP Race Cup’ title and gaining an early advantage on the EuroTour Leaderboard in the process.

With beautiful blue skies and flat, glassy conditions greeting the assembled field of international stars, European dark horses and local contenders this morning (which stood in stark contrast to the cyclonic winds in Saturday’s beach race), this was always going to be Boothy’s type of race.

It was 12 months ago this weekend that the Starboard rider announced himself as the strongest distance racer in the world, and after a few disappointing results early in season 2017 he was clearly keen to reassert his dominance.   → READ MORE

Leo Nika, Penelope Strickland Win Week 1 of the EuroTour in the Windy Greek Islands

StarboardStarboard duo Leo Nika and Penelope Strickland have taken out the first stop of the 2017 EuroTour, saluting at the ‘Agios Nikolaos on SUP’ festival in epic downwind conditions on the beautiful Greek island of Crete.

Leo, the winningest athlete from the 2016 Tour, came home in 1:29:56 to defeat compatriot Paolo Marconi (RRD) by almost 2 minutes, while Federico Esposito made it a clean sweep of the podium for the Italians after finishing third.    → READ MORE

Martin Letourneur, Olivia Piana Win the ‘GlaGla Race’ as 345 Paddlers Descend on Beautiful Lake Annecy in the French Alps

In brief: Martin Letourneur and Olivia Piana have taken out the 2017 GlaGla Race in the French Alps, with a massive 345 competitors descending upon a cold but sunny Lake Annecy in what was an amazing celebration of the sport.

After 13km of flat and sometimes foggy paddling, Martin edged out world number 13 Leo Nika by the narrowest of margins, winning a photo finish with an official margin of 0.6 seconds.   → READ MORE

The ‘Top 16 of 2016’ — The Best Paddlers in the World This Year

Bilbao World SUP Challenge Connor Baxter
What a year it’s been for our sport, with great performances by incredible athletes at big events all around the world making for an exciting season of racing.

But who was the best? Who dominated all season long? Who were the standout stand up athletes this year? It’s time to reveal the Top 16 of 2016…   → READ MORE

Zane and Connor Just Took the Foil Boarding Craze to a Bizarrely-Awesome New Level

stand-up-paddle-hydrofoil-sup-foil-board-videoZane Schweitzer and Connor Baxter have just taken the hydrofoil craze to a bizarrely-awesome new level, showing off their freakish talents at the Starboard dealers meeting in San Diego the past couple of days.

First up, Zane getting some lift courtesy of a windsurf tow-in behind Connor yesterday afternoon, which I thought that was impressive enough, but what they did the next morning was beyond epic…   → READ MORE

“Winngingest” Athletes in Europe: Leo Nika, Susak Molinero Claim Penultimate Stop of the EuroTour

Adriatic Crown stand up paddleboarding raceIn brief: Leo Nika and Susak Molinero have saluted in Week 12 of the EuroTour, claiming the Adriatic Crown in Marrotta, Italy to cement their respective statuses as the winningest athletes of this year’s European summer.

Others to impress at Marotta this weekend were runners-up Jeremy Teulade and Amandine Chazot, along with the other top five guys Giordano Capparella, Boris Jinvresse and Martino Rogai, all of which are rising prospects on the European scene.   → READ MORE

Great Highlights from Greece as Leo Nika and Susak Molinero Win Week 9 of the EuroTour

EuroTour Greece On Board FestivalCheck out this great highlights reel from the Greece’s On Board Festival, held last weekend in the historic city of Marathon as Week 9 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Italy’s Leonard Nika and Spaniard-turned-Italian-local Susak Molinero took out the wins, with Eric Terrien continuing his strong return to form and dark horse Paolo Marconi rounding out the men’s podium.   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 5: Connor Baxter Edges out Michael Booth and Leo Nika in Bilbao; Seychelle Hattingh Overpowers Fiona Wylde

Bilbao
Connor Baxter has won the 2016 Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge here in the Spanish Basque Country, edging out Starboard team mates Michael Booth and Leo Nika in a frantic sprint to the line that can only be described as intense.

After 14kms of high-paced paddling here at Week 5 of the EuroTour, Connor waited right until the end to make his move, edging past Boothy and Leo in the final few hundred metres to claim his second win of this year’s Tour.   → READ MORE

UPDATED: Michael Booth, Sonni Hönscheid Triumph at the Big “Lost Mills” Race in Germany

Lost Mills
Michael Booth and Sonni Honscheid have claimed the prestigious “Lost Mills” race in Europe, defeating an all-star lineup at the fourth and largest stop of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Sonni’s victory makes it five wins in five weeks, a streak that stretches right back to last month’s OluKai race on Maui, while Boothy’s triumph reinforces his meteoric rise and growing reputation as one of the men to beat on the international scene this year. Suddenly, the Aussie has gone from a dark horse to having a target on his back.   → READ MORE

Euro Tour Week 1: Leo Nika, Laura Quetglas Triumph in Stormy Conditions at Port Setubal

Port Setubal stand up paddleboard race PortugalIn brief: Italy’s Leonard Nika, one of the revelations of last year’s European summer series, and Spain’s Laura Quetglas have won the Port Setubal SUP Race in Portugal, the opening stop of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

With a large, unseasonal storm front driving strong winds and heavy rain, the first stop of the 2016 Tour turned into a gritty battle that featured a strength-testing stretch of brutal upwind paddling.   → READ MORE

Candice Appleby, Kai Lenny Win the Hayama pro in Japan

stand up world series japanResults are in from Japan, where the World Series is holding the second of its four stops this year. The Hayama Pro has attracted an elite little group of the world’s best young (and a few not so young) paddlers, including Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter, Candice Appleby and Fiona Wylde.

Click through for the final standings…   → READ MORE

Zane Schweitzer Tops The Podium At The Party In Italia

Italia Surf Expo SUP RaceZane Schweitzer has won the 2015 Italia Surf Expo SUP Race, saluting against a small but very elite field of European stars in what looked to be a festival atmosphere.

Zane didn’t actually win either of the two races on the weekend – the distance and the sprints – however his pair of runner-up performances was enough for the overall event title ahead of Casper Steinfath and Leo Nika.   → READ MORE