Great Photos From Perth’s Fig 2 Fig Social Paddle (aka The “Down-Learner-Winder”)

Fig 2 Fig stand up paddling Perth Western AustraliaCheck 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

Battle Of The Brands: How Quickblade And Lahui Kai Won The 2014 Battle Of The Paddle

Stand up paddling race boardsThe 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

2014 Battle Of The Paddle RESULTS: Candice And Kai Take The Elite Race, Lina And Danny Salute In The Distance

Battle of the Paddle Salt Creek 17
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

ISA Worlds Day 8: Shakira Westdorp Wins Hard Fought Gold, Casper Steinfath Channels His Inner Viking While Team Australia Make It A Three-Peat

ISA World SUP Championship - Team Australia
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

ISA Worlds Day 7: Titouan Puyo Breaks An All Star Field To Win The Distance Gold. What An Epic Race…

ISA Worlds Men's Distance (12 a)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

Team Australia’s Lineup For 2014 ISA World Champs Revealed (And It’s Mighty Impressive…)

Boxing Kangaroo flagWe’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

[RESULTS] Australian SUP Titles: Lincoln Dews, Jake Jensen And Karla Gilbert Put Their Hands Up For Nicaragua

2013 Australian Stand Up Paddle TitlesThe 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 Wins Island Challenge, Continues Winning Streak

Island Challenge Stand Up Paddle raceJake 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

[RESULTS] Lincoln Dews, Karla Gilbert Dominate Queensland State Titles

2013 QLD Stand Up Paddle titlesTake 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 Lincoln Dews Joins The SUP ATX / Lahui Kai Race Team

Lincoln DewsRising 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

Travis Grant, Karla Gilbert Win Australia’s “12 Towers” Ocean SUP Race

Travis Grant - 12 Towers SUP RaceThe 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

Somebody Call A Doctor!

The Doctor SUP Race Video 2013Some great footage from The Doctor SUP race that was held last weekend in Perth, Western Australia and won by Travis Grant, with Beau O’Brian a very close runner up.

How’s the sprint at the start from Lincoln Dews, Beau and Travis? Not bad for a distance race (…were they aware there was another 27kms to go?). Click through to watch   → READ MORE

Travis Grant, Angie Jackson Win “The Doctor” (UPDATED)

The Doctor SUP RaceAustralia’s premiere SUP race, “The Doctor”, was held today near Perth, Western Australia. Most of the country’s best paddlers were in action, chasing $5,000 in cash plus the all important bragging rights for the next 12 months.

Crossing the line first was World Champ Travis Grant, followed half a minute later by fellow Gold Coaster Beau O’Brian. Young Lincoln Dews was next, making it an all Queensland podium. Click through for FULL race results, including times…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Ocean Addicts Power Of The Paddle: Kelly Margetts Goes Back-To-Back (UPDATED)

Check out the results from the Ocean Addicts Power of the Paddle SUP race that was held today at Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The event had a knockout BoP-style format, which, combined with the good conditions made for a super fun race.

In the women’s race, former Ironwoman Queen Karla Gilbert was in a league of her own, while in the men’s race defending champion Kelly Margetts went back-to-back, holding off a persistent challenge from Jake Jensen.

Click through for results, video and plenty of pics of the action…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Queensland State SUP Titles (UPDATED/VIDEO)

Check out results of the 2012 Queensland State SUP Titles from the weekend, which was a qualifier for the Australian National Titles.

Queensland boasts a massive concentration of paddling talent and so this race enjoyed an international standard of racing. Click through for full results and pics…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Elite BoP Race @ Australian Longboard Open

Full results are in from the Elite Battle of the Paddle style race at the Australian Longboard Open. The race was held on Sunday 25th at Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia.

The practically-unbeatable Candice Appleby took out the women’s division, while Lincoln Dews took out the men’s. The Sunshine Coast young gun beat home pro paddlers Jake Jensen and Travis Grant (the newly crowned World Champion, as well as Battle of the Paddle Hawaii reigning champion).   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Noosa Festival of Surfing SUP Race (+ VIDEOS)

Full results are in from the 5km Battle of the Paddle style Stand Up Paddle race at the Noosa Festival of Surfing.

Men’s Elite Race
1st: Lincoln Dews
2nd: Beau O’Brian
3rd: Dylan Magee

Women’s Elite Race
1st: Terrene Black
2nd: Mariko Strickland
3rd: Molly Walker

Click through for FULL RESULTS plus a cool little RACE VIDEO…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] “The Doctor” Ocean Race: Connor Baxter WINS

Connor Baxter has won the Starboard SUP Challenge at The Doctor ocean race.

The young Hawaiian blitzed the 27.5km course (from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach in Western Australia) in 2hrs 46mins. Connor picks up a lazy $4,700 for his efforts.

1st: Connor Baxter | 14ft class | 02:46:51
2nd: Sam Parker | 14ft class | 02:49:30
3rd: Kelly Margetts | 14ft class | 02:55:04
4th: Bart de Zwart | 14ft class | 02:57:42
5th: Jake Jensen | 14ft class | 02:59:53
6th: Beau O’Brian | 14ft class | 03:01:00
7th: Steve Walker | Open class | 03:06:00
8th: Lincoln Dews | 12’6″ class | 03:10:12
9th: Mike Galvin | 14ft class | 03:13:19
10th: Travis Grant | 14ft class | 03:14:14

Click for FULL RESULTS…   → READ MORE