In 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
Current 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
Australia’s quest to regain the ISA Worlds team trophy it lost in Mexico has officially begun. This week, Surfing Australia hosted the Australian SUP Titles on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with the short course and distance races going down at the mecca of paddling known as Currumbin.
There’s probably a higher concentration of paddling talent in Australia than any other nation, so the country’s national titles generally attract a more competitive field than many international events around the world. And while a few of the big names were missing this week, the start line still looked pretty solid. → READ MORE
Check out this great little clip from the Lahui Kai team, with their small but ultra elite squad going through its final paces at Doheny yesterday.
Featuring the hero of the Gorge Paddle Challenge and noted beer drinker, Kelly Margetts, along with whipper snappers Lincoln Dews and Jayden Jensen, this minute-long vid should get you just that little bit more amped for what is set to be a massive weekend. → READ MORE
Less than 72 hours til the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games. I get the feeling this event is going to elevate the stand up paddling world to a new level, and while this is the inaugural edition of the PPGs, the race is happening at the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point California, the place it all began way back in 2008.
Speaking of taking it back to the beginning: Quickblade. The QB team have been around since day one of the sport. Literally. Jimmy Terrell made one of Laird Hamilton’s first paddles over 10 years ago, while the Mad Scientist was himself part of the very early SUP races back in 2006 and 2007. → READ MORE
Molokai 2 Oahu is the most prestigious race in the world. The 32 mile crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel (aka the Channel of Bones) is steeped in history, with each new edition producing countless heroic stories both in front of and behind the scenes. And this year’s race probably created more highlights than ever before…
With brutally slow conditions out in the channel and overhead surf to greet paddlers near the finish line, Molokai 2015 will be remembered for a long time to come. Now that the dust has settled, I’ve been looking back at some of the amazing photos from this year’s classic race and wanted to share a few of the best. → READ MORE
Travis Grant and Sonni Hönscheid have just won the most prestigious race of the year: The Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships in Hawaii. Travis claims his second title in three years to stamp himself as one of the greatest paddlers in the sport, while Sonni Honscheid deserves she belongs up there with the best after going back-to-back.
With some of the slowest and most grueling conditions in recent memory (there was virtually no wind at all), Travis outlasted Kai Lenny and Lincoln Dews for the men’s solo unlimited crown, while Sonni held off an impressive Annabel Anderson, who took second place over the line despite paddling a stock 14 footer. → READ MORE
Shakira Westdorp and Jake Jensen have taken out the Battle of the Paddle-style SUP race at the Noosa Festival of Surfing today. With 70 paddlers lining up and conditions perfect, this looked like it was a classic race.
Small 1-2ft waves, light winds and blue sunny skies made for a fun but hard fought contest. Jake, currently ranked #4 in the world, came home to take the win just ahead of rising talent James Casey, while his older brother, Jayden Jensen, was less than half a minute adrift in 3rd. → READ MORE
Check out this stack of great pics from yesterday’s “Fig 2 Fig” social paddle in Perth, Western Australia.
The Fig2Fig was the 2nd event in West Oz’s week-long festival of paddling, which we’ve unofficially dubbed Aussie Downwind Week.
The Fig 2 Fig is more of a social paddle than any kind of serious race. While some try and finish the course as quick as possible, the event is mainly designed to get newer paddlers hooked on the joys of ocean paddling. → READ MORE
Full results from the 2014 Australian SUP Titles, which was held this week at the paddling mecca of Currumbin on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
With a mix of course and distance racing, this week’s top performers will score an invite to the 2015 ISA Worlds. Click through to see who was in form… → READ MORE
The Battle of the Brands. The BOB. It’s the one race a year where virtually all the major brands come together to duke it out for glory, bragging rights and market share.
Our sport (and our industry) is a bit like the Wild West right now: We’re growing so fast that new board and paddle manufacturers are popping up every week. But who’s staking the strongest claim?
I decided to run the numbers and see which boards and paddles the elite guys and girls are choosing today. While throwing a bunch of adrenaline-fueled paddlers into macking surf at Salt Creek isn’t exactly a scientific study of what brand makes the best gear, it does give us an indication of the current landscape. And either way, it’s kinda fun to dig into the stats… → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up the 2014 Battle of the Paddle here at Salt Creek, California. What a weekend… Action. Drama. Heroics. But most all: Carnage.
Yesterday’s Elite Race saw some of the most exciting stand up paddle racing ever, with a solid south swell rolling into the BOP’s new home of Salt Creek and creating some very memorable moments. Today’s Distance Race was a little mellower, however the performances were just as strong.
Click through for the full results plus the archive of our LIVE BLOG, which includes play-by-play from the racing and plenty of shots of the carnage… → READ MORE
And that’s a wrap.
The 2014 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship has officially come to a close. Congratulations to Team Australia for making it three in a row, though everybody who competed this week deserves a round of applause. Massive event and a lot of fun here in Nicaragua.
As exciting as it was to watch the powerhouse nations put on a show, it was just as good to witness how many emerging paddleboard nations there are. Over 200 athletes from 27 nations came to Nicaragua, and as ISA President Fernando Aguerre point out after the event, this is quickly becoming the ISA’s biggest event in terms of countries competing. It’s a very good sign for the future of the sport.
Thank you for the hospitality Nicaragua. See you somewhere next year… But in the meantime here’s a full recap, results and pics of the final day, plus my takeaways from the event in general. → READ MORE
Holy shit… what a race.
Day 7 saw the men’s distance event here at the 2014 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship. After the women’s race gave us a glimpse of this unique and exotic course, I had the feeling we could be in for a classic showdown today. And the guys certainly didn’t disappoint…
With a deep field of talent lining up at 9am for the 18km grind around Lake Nicaragua, and with the wind blowing strong enough to become a major factor, conditions were set for an intense battle. Click through for a full recap, results and pics of the action… → READ MORE
We’re exactly five months out from the 2014 ISA World Champs in Nicaragua but we already know which paddlers could potentially be holding up the team trophy on the final day of competition. Despite 25-30 different nations expected to head to Nicaragua next year, all eyes will be on the mighty Team Australia, who are two-time defending champs and already hot favourites for a three-peat in my book.
Well today we got wind of who made the cut for this elite squad and there are a couple of surprises: Namely the fact that Australia has opted to take four different guys in the SUP racing department. And they’re four very formidable names… → READ MORE
The Australian SUP Titles have just wrapped up on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with most of the country’s finest paddlers on display and looking for a spot in next year’s ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship.
After two solid days of racing, Lincoln Dews and Jake Jensen have split the wins on the men’s side of the draw, while former Ironwoman Queen Karla Gilbert made it a clean sweep in the women’s, as the trio of elite paddlers put their hands up for a seat on the plane to Nicaragua 2014. → READ MORE
Jake Jensen has continued his recent winning streak, taking out the Island Challenge SUP race on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast this weekend. Fresh from his victory over Connor Baxter, Kai Lenny and co at the World Series Finals last month, the young gun notched up another victory for his new team (Fanatic) by holding off a fit and fast Lincoln Dews. Meanwhile the dark horse of the women’s BOP in California recently, Karla Gilbert, was unchallenged in the women’s race. → READ MORE
Take a look at the results from the 2013 Queensland State SUP Titles, which were held on the Gold Coast this past weekend. Young gun Lincoln Dews dominated the men’s racing, taking out both the 17km Distance Race and the BoP-style Technical Race ahead of his new Lahui Kai racing team manager Kelly Margetts. Meanwhile Karla Gilbert was similarly impressive in the women’s, claiming both races and booking a spot in the Aussie Titles later this year. → READ MORE
Rising Aussie star and Battle of the Paddle podium getter Lincoln Dews has officially signed up to the SUP ATX/Lahui Kai race team.
The 17-year-old from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, who has been on an absolute tear so far in 2013, joins the new race team that’s being managed by Kelly Margetts (himself one of the world’s best SUP racers). → READ MORE
The Gold Coast, Australia has probably produced more elite paddlers than any other spot in the world. Just some of the names that call the Coast home include Jamie Mitchell, Travis Grant, Kelly Margetts, Jake Jensen, Paul Jackson, Beau O’Brian… You get the point. It’s got a lot of SUP talent.
So when a race is held on the Gold Coast, it instantly comes with an international standard of competition. Today it was the 2nd annual 12 Towers Ocean SUP Race, which went from the world famous Kirra Point up North to Burleigh Heads. The local guns were joined by plenty of other elite paddlers from around Australia to produce an awesome event, so click through to see what happened… → READ MORE