Zamami: Sonni Honscheid Goes Five Straight; Connor Baxter Outlasts Young Gun Garioud

In brief: Sonni Honscheid has continued her unbeaten streak in season 2018 to five events after claiming the Kerama Blue Cup on Japan’s Zamami Island. Sonni was too strong yet again, however yesterday’s win wasn’t as dominant as her previous four after home nation hero Yuka Sato gave the German some serious competition.

Seychelle hung on against a fast-finishing Lina Augaitis to claim third step on the podium, while number two seed Fiona Wylde faded late to finish fifth.   → READ MORE

Hoe Toa Highlights Reel: Here’s How It Looked in New Zealand Today

Rapid fire recap of the Hoe Toa Paddle Champs in New Zealand today, where Lincoln Dews upset the Kiwis and Penelope Strickland took out the women’s race in some pretty nice downwind conditions. The Paddle League pre-season event wraps up tomorrow with the beach race.

Titouan Puyo, Angie Jackson Win the “SUPs Down Under” Double Downwinder as Tiny New Caledonia Owns Australia

Titouan Puyo showed he’s still the king of New Caledonia, but there are no shortage of heirs apparent after the tiny Pacific island nation blew away the Aussies at the SUPs Down Under event on Queensland’s Gold Coast today.

New Caledonia took four of the top five spots in the men’s race, with Titou being joined by Noic Garioud (3rd), Clement Colmas (4th) and the new downwind dark horse (or “le cheval noir”) Ben Riviere. Only runner-up Lincoln Dews managed to get in between the “Cagous” and salvage some pride for the home team, while Angie Jackson took out the women’s ahead of her ONE team mate Kate Baker.   → READ MORE

How Many Strokes? Lincoln Dews’ 12 Towers Power Start

Let’s count how many strokes DEEP team rider Lincoln Dews takes in the first minute of the 12 Towers Ocean Race using his trusty QB Trifecta.

Lincoln took off like a rocket on Saturday, and although he couldn’t match Boothy and Titou all the way to the line, his strong third place showing in this pre-season event showed that he’ll be a strong contender for The Paddle League World Title this year. Follow The Paddle League on Facebook and Insty for more…

Michael Booth Outlasts Titouan Puyo, Yuka Sato Stuns Aussie Women to Claim the Pre-Season Paddle League Points at the 230-Strong 12 Towers Ocean Race

Michael Booth and Yuka Sato picked up a bag full of pre-season Paddle League points on the Gold Coast this weekend, with the Starboard duo overcoming a hot field and even hotter conditions to salute at the 7th Annual 12 Towers Ocean Race.

Boothy overpowered world number two Titouan Puyo (NSP/QB) and fast-finishing Lincoln dews (DEEP/QB), while Yuka stunned the strong Aussie women led by dark horse Kate Baker (ONE) and international star Terrene Black (ECS/QB).   → READ MORE

Lincoln Dews, Angie Jackson Win the Sydney SUP Festival as the Aussie Summer Season Kicks Off

Lincoln Dews has started the season in fine form, knocking off James “Jimmy” Casey and half a dozen other top-level athletes to claim the “Pittwater Classic” at the Sydney SUP Festival on the weekend and prove he’ll be a threat on the international stage again this season.

After a hectic start, Linc and Jimmy showed they were in a class of their own by controlling the second half of the race, before Linc pulled clear in the closing stages to finish the approximately-10km loop in 52 minutes flat.    → READ MORE

The ‘Top 17 of 2017’ – These guys were the best paddlers in the world this year.

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SUP Racer quietly celebrated its 6th birthday a couple of weeks ago (time flies), and if one thing has defined this site over the past half a dozen years it’s the world analysis.

I love analysing this sport. It all began with one of the earliest posts on the site: The Top 11 of 2011. That story got a lot of attention and helped kickstart SUP Racer as we know it, and from there it followed with year-end “best of” lists in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And now it’s time for the Top 17 of 2017…   → READ MORE

Aussie Titles: Boothy, Lincoln, Angie and Karla Earn Victories (and an Invite to the 2018 Worlds)

Australian SUP Titles Gold Coast 2017In brief: Lincoln Dews has taken out the second race of the Aussie Titles on the Gold Coast today, winning the beach race ahead of James Casey and yesterday’s marathon champ Michael Booth to secure a spot on Team Australia for the fifth time in six years.

It was pretty close between the top three guys all the way, but Linc showed why his runner-up finish at the PPGs beach race was no fluke to add another national title to his collection. Yesterday’s runner-up, Matt Nottage, was kept down in fifth after the unheralded Ty Judson snuck onto the top four podium with a determined effort.   → READ MORE

Photo Finish: Mo Freitas Claims Emotional Victory from Team Mate Connor Baxter; Casper Steinfath Takes Bronze (Full Results)

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Mo Freitas has surged to an extraordinary and quite emotional victory on finals day in Cold Hawaii following a “you couldn’t script this” photo finish with team mate and close friend Connor Baxter, as Team Hawaii plucked an incredible gold-silver result from an intense and exciting beach race here on the penultimate day of the 2017 ISA Worlds.

Mo battled hard the entire race to finally get a shot at Connor, who had controlled the tempo from the first buoy to the final lap of the gold medal decider along with defending champ Casper Steinfath, in the final 50 metres of this frantic and fast-paced affair.    → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo, Annabel Anderson Claim the ‘Hot Lap’ on Day Two of the Gorge Paddle Challenge

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New Caledonia’s humble superstar Titouan Puyo has narrowly defeated Australia’s Lincoln Dews to claim the ‘Hot Lap’ race on day two of the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge here in Hood River, Oregon. World number one Annabel Anderson took out the women’s Hot Lap ahead of compatriot Penelope Strickland.

Click through for the full results…   → READ MORE

Travis Grant Overpowers Connor Baxter to Win Epic Molokai Duel in Record Time; Penelope Strickland Stuns Favourites to Claim Women’s Crown

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Australia’s Travis Grant has claimed his third Molokai-2-Oahu championship title after overpowering world number one Connor Baxter in an epic duel across the infamous Ka’iwi Channel today, setting a new race record of 3:59:52 and cementing his status as a true legend of the sport after becoming the first paddler to ever break the mythical 4-hour mark.

After an almighty, see-sawing battle that lasted almost the entire 32 miles from Molokai to Oahu, Travis pulled away in the final kilometre to claim a victory that will become an instant classic in the history pages of our sport.   → READ MORE

Mercedes SUP World Cup: Connor Snatches the Overall Title from Lincoln and Arthur; Fiona Edges Out Olivia (FULL RESULTS)

Mercedes Benz SUP World Cup in GermanyConnor Baxter has shown yet again why he’s almost permanently ranked number one in the world, pulling clear in the closing stages of today’s windy, unpredictable and exciting distance race here at the Mercedes-Benz ‘SUP World Cup’ in Scharbeutz, Germany to narrowly claim the overall event title ahead of Lincoln Dews and Arthur Arutkin.

After battling through five laps of the bumpy course, where the howling offshore wind produced everything from downwind to sidewind to headwind conditions that splintered the field early and produced big time gaps on the results sheet, Connor somehow found another gear in the final few hundred metres to win by about four board lengths.   → READ MORE

Fiona Wylde, Lincoln Dews Claim Day 1 of the Mercedes SUP World Cup in Germany

Fiona-Wylde-and-Lincoln-DewsFiona Wylde and Lincoln Dews have taken top honours on day one of the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup in Germany, out-sprinting an elite field of European and international stars to salute in the seaside town of Scharbeutz.

Fiona won an intense side-by-side battle with fellow pocket rocket Manca Notar, with the youngsters paddling clear of Olivia Piana, Angie Jackson, Terrene Black, Susak Molinero, Yuka Sato and Sonni Honscheid in the eight-woman final.

Manca looked like taking the race early on, opening up a lead on the second leg of the short, tight “M-shaped” course, before Fiona reeled her in and finally passed her on the sprint back in to the beach.   → READ MORE

Terrene Black, Connor Baxter Win a Rollercoaster Weekend in Japan

Connor BaxterAustralia’s Terrene Black has made it two from two on the APP Tour, mirroring her Maui result at the Japan Pro-Am after outlasting Fiona Wylde, Candice Appleby and Sonni Honscheid in a weekend of rollercoaster results and conditions that produced a virtual tie in the small but elite women’s field.

The result boosts Terrene into the ultra-exclusive ‘Top Five Club’ on the updated World Rankings, with the Japan Pro-Am scoring 38% on the women’s Race Index.   → READ MORE

Noosa: Lincoln Dews Claims the Beach Race, Boothy Narrowly Beats Titou for the Overall Title; Kate Baker Defeats Karla Gilbert

Noosa-Festival-of-Surfing-2017World number two Michael Booth has started Season 2017 much the same way he finished 2016, claiming this weekend’s 3-star Noosa Festival of Surfing after a see-sawing battle with Team NSP’s Titouan Puyo and the highly under-rated (and under-ranked) Lincoln Dews.

The human machine from Team Starboard lived up to his reputation as the world’s strongest distance racer by claiming Saturday’s 14km race, however Titou showed he’ll once again be a favourite in every event he enters after an impressive and somewhat unlucky performance.    → READ MORE

Trifecta for the Trifecta; Team QB Sweeps the Podium in West Oz

Quickblade TrifectaIn one of the more interesting stories behind the news this week, it seems the Quickblade Trifecta paddle has taken the first trifecta of its own, with the top three guys at The Doctor race in West Oz on the weekend – Titouan Puyo (NSP), Marcus Hansen (NSP) and Lincoln Dews (JM) – all using the famous blade.

It’s hardly the first time Team QB has swept the podium – they’re the winningest paddle brand by a solid margin – but any time they’ve made a clean sweep of a big race in the past, it’s always been with a mixture of their current flagships, the V-Drive and the Trifecta.   → READ MORE

Titou Takes out ‘The Doctor’ Race in West Oz Ahead of NSP Team Mate Marcus Hansen; Angie Jackson Claims Third Title

Marcus Hansen and Titouan PuyoTitouan Puyo has just won ‘The Doctor’ race in Perth, edging out NSP team mate Marcus Hansen in the opening event of “Aussie Downwind Week” after more than two and a half hours of flat, hot and grueling ocean paddling.

Titou completed the 28km (17.4 mile) crossing from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach in a time of 2 hours 32 minutes, just over a minute ahead of Marcus.

Click through for the full results…   → READ MORE

Michael Booth Wins Again in Oz, Claiming the Cyclone-Affected “12 Towers” Downwind Race

12 Towers SUP RaceIn brief: Michael Booth has just taken out the “12 Towers” race in Australia for the second year in a row, defeating Lincoln Dews and Ben Tardrew to extend his winning streak and cement his status as the world’s #1 dark horse.

The Starboard team rider and defending Australian champion took the win on an epic downwind course, after wild weather on the Gold Coast forced organisers into a late change of venue that turned out to be a blessing in disguise.    → READ MORE

Aussie Champ Lincoln Dews Signs with Jamie Mitchell’s JM Paddleboards

Lincoln Dews stand up paddlingCurrent Australian Champion and Molokai hero Lincoln Dews has just signed with JM Paddleboards, giving the boutique Aussie brand their first major stand up paddle star outside of founder Jamie Mitchell.

Lincoln announced the deal on Instagram last night, looking in frighteningly good shape ahead of the upcoming race season.   → READ MORE