Two weeks ago, I sent out a survey to each of the world’s top-ranked paddlers asking which events they’d be competing in this year. The goal was to paint a picture of the biggest races in the world, which I think is not only an interesting insight for everyone in the sport to analyse, it also helps me to set clear ‘star ratings’ that will produce an ever more accurate World Rankings leaderboard.
Here are the results… → READ MORE
Think you know your elite paddlers? Here’s your chance to test your SUP racing knowledge and WIN.
To spice up our live coverage of the EuroTour this month, we’ve started a fun new contest with the good folks at VMG Blades. If you tune in to one of our EuroTour Starboard Live Streams on Facebook AND correctly predict the winners, you could score yourself a brand new VMG race fin. → READ MORE
Following two big weeks on the EuroTour, there’s been some movement on the “Battle of the Nations” leaderboard.
Spain makes its Top 10 debut at the expense of Canada, while Tahiti edges a little higher and France zeroes in on the top four. It’s still USA, Australia and Hawaii way out in front, and that trio is locked in a tight race for the top spot. Take a look at the full leaderboard to see which other nations are +/- this week.
Following the big Battle of Bavaria on Saturday, there’s been plenty of movement on the Battle of the Brands leaderboard. The big news is that NSP has edged past Naish to take over the number 2 ranking, with Titouan Puyo putting in a heroic performance on the weekend to defend his Lost Mills points from 2015.
Titou finished runner-up at the Lost Mills last year but almost didn’t race on the weekend after battling illness all week. But not only did he take his place on the start line, he battled all the way to the finish with Michael Booth and Connor Baxter, ensuring he held onto almost all of his points from 2015 and allowing NSP to move past the yellow boards from Maui.
Other big movers include Team Hobie, who’s been very well represented on the EuroTour so far, and Team Mistral, who crack the Top 15 thanks to big efforts from Seychelle Hattingh and Steeve Teihotaata. Take a look at the full Battle of the Brands Leaderboard…
How fast can you paddle 200 metres? Not as fast as Connor Baxter…*
Although the main event at the Lost Mills was the 18km distance race on Saturday, the sideshow event, the 200m time trial on Friday afternoon, threw up its fair share of action as well, including a heartbreaking fall and a return to the top for the 2013 champion. → READ MORE
Check out these video highlights from Week 4 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard, which saw over 200 starters on the line for the big Lost Mills showdown in Germany, aka the Battle of Bavaria.
The EuroTour continues on this week to arguably its biggest stop, the Iberdrola Bilbao Paddle Challenge in the Spanish Basque Country. Look for top three guys from the past two weeks – Boothy, Connor and Titou – to once again set the pace in the land of pintxos and patxaran. → READ MORE
The 2016 Lost Mills race in Germany was an absolute cracker of a race. With over 200 competitors on the line for the fourth stop of the EuroTour, including 125 in the elite men’s division, there’s been no end to the epic photos coming out of Bavaria the past few days.
And of the best shots is this great angle from EuroTour media boss Kerry Powell, which shows the top 27 guys at around the 5km mark. But who exactly is in this photo? → READ MORE
We’ve just updated the SUP Racer World Rankings with results from Saturday’s big showdown in Germany, the 5th Annual Lost Mills. Week 4 of the 2016 EuroTour was an epic encounter, with the men’s race scoring 48.0% on our Race Index to set a record for most competitive race of all time outside the USA.
And with his victory in the big dance, Aussie Michael Booth has rocketed up the rankings and cracked the top 10 for the first time. The Starboard team rider now occupies the world number nine position as he continues his stated quest for a top five ranking before the season is over. Considering he was ranked #38 in the world just 10 days ago, I wouldn’t be surprised to see “Boothy” continue his meteoric rise over the coming weeks and months.
On the women’s side, Sonni is closing in on Annabel and Candice at the top of the table, while one of the standouts on the EuroTour thus far, Mistral’s Seychelle Hattingh, breaks into the Top 10. Check out the full SUP Racer World Rankings to see who else made a move this week.
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
We’re just hours away from one of the biggest showdowns of the season: The Lost Mills race in Bavaria, Germany, aka Week 4 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard. The Lost Mills, now in its 5th season, has grown to become one of the main events of the European Summer of SUP, and this weekend’s race is set to be the biggest and most competitive edition yet. → READ MORE
Starboard’s Connor Baxter and Mistral’s Seychelle Hattingh have claimed the “Fastest Paddler On Earth” time trial event here on Day 1 of the Lost Mills event in Germany, out-sprinting an all-star field to claim early bragging rights ahead of tomorrow’s main event.
Others to impress included Boris Jinvresse, Jake Jensen, Noa Hopper, Manca Notar and Amandine Chazot. → READ MORE
The European summer of SUP is about to start heating up, with the headline events of the EuroTour beginning this weekend in St. Maxime, France at the 7th Annual SUP Race Cup. And now, thanks to Starboard and the EuroTour media team, you can watch the whole thing live.
With dozens of the world’s best hitting the iconic French Riviera for this classic race, we thought you might like a live window into the action on Saturday and Sunday. So to bring you a front row seat, SUP Racer has teamed up with Starboard – the presenting sponsor of the 2016 EuroTour – to bring you a ‘Facebook Live‘ webcast stream all weekend. → READ MORE
After a couple of fun warm-up rounds the EuroTour gets serious this weekend, with dozens of international athletes heading to France where they’ll clash at the classic SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime this weekend, followed by big showdowns in Germany (The Lost Mills) and Bilbao.
These three races represent the “Headline” events of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard. → READ MORE
The 2016 EuroTour lineup has been finalised, with one new race being added to the original baker’s dozen that was announced in January. All up there are now 14 races in 14 weeks across 10 countries, along with $87,000 in combined prize money that many of the world’s best paddlers will be fighting for.
The 2016 EuroTour, presented by Starboard, kicks off in Portugal in early May, then stretches across the entire continent from France to Finland, Portugal to Poreč and plenty of other awesome summer destinations in between, before wrapping up in the UK in early August. → READ MORE
In a major and very interesting announcement, the Lost Mills, one of Europe’s premiere SUP events, has become the first stand up paddle race in the world to be sanctioned by the International Canoe Federation (ICF), instantly elevating its status at home in Germany while setting up an interesting debate about the future of governing bodies within our sport.
The Lost Mills, which will see its 5th annual edition run from May 26th-28th this year, has established itself as one of Europe’s largest and most elite stand up paddle races over the past few years… → READ MORE
The 2016 stand up paddle race season is starting to take shape, and today another key piece of the puzzle falls into place. The new look EuroTour has just been announced, with new races, new countries and a whole bunch of cool new features set to make Europe the place to be this summer.
The EuroTour is a collection of standalone races spread across Europe from May to July, offering a unified platform to help the events, the athletes, the brands and the local paddling communities grow the sport from the grassroots up. And this season, the Tour is set to be bigger (and better) than ever… → READ MORE
Check out this great aerial video from yesterday’s Lost Mills race, the big showdown in Germany that was won by Connor Baxter and Sonni Honscheid. With 91 guys on the line, including many of the world’s best, it was always going to be a hectic start to the race.
Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid have just won the 2015 Lost Mills International SUP Race, beating an all star field and establishing a commanding lead on the Euro Tour Leaderboard in the process.
After 18km of long, hot, draining paddling, with a blazing Bavarian sun beating down on competitors, it was the superstar from Starboard who outlasted one of the most elite fields ever seen outside the USA. → READ MORE
The Euro Tour officially begins this weekend in Spain, with the Port Adriano SUP Race set to kick off six weeks of racing festivities across the continent.
I’m excited about the Euro Tour. I’ve been racing in Europe the past three summers (and was living here the past five summers before that) and it’s always a super fun adventure. But this year we’re stepping it up a notch, with a unified series connecting the biggest standalone races in the region under a common board class (14′) and a common rankings system: The new Euro Tour Leaderboard. → READ MORE
We may still be coming down from the high of the ISA Worlds, and directly before that OluKai and the Carolina Cup, however it’s already time to look ahead at the next big race. Or rather, the next big races. As Sayulita returns to its quieter ways, a good chunk of the paddling world now turns its gaze to Europe.
Starting this weekend, the Euro Tour officially kicks off the summer racing season in Europe, where many of the world’s best will compete alongside the hometown heroes in some of the best paddling destinations on the planet. → READ MORE