Introducing The Euro Tour Leaderboard: Ranking The Best Paddlers In Europe This Summer

Bilbao World SUP Challenge GuggenheimThe 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

The International SUP Racing Season Keeps On Rolling, Next Stop: The Euro Tour

Eric Terrien @ the SUP Race Cup, France // photo (C) Michel TerrienWe 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

Lost Mills 2015: Big Additions To Europe’s Most Classic Race

The Lost Mills Stand Up Paddle Race
In exactly 12 weeks from today, a good chunk of the world’s best stand up paddle athletes will come together in one of the more obscure SUP racing hot-spots: A lake in the middle of the Bavarian countryside.

Germany’s “Lost Mills” International SUP Race, now in its 4th year, has become one of the most prestigious stand up paddle events outside the USA. Last year was an absolute classic and this year, with the backing of the new Euro Tour and a host of very interesting upgrades, the Lost Mills looks set to be an absolute cracker.   → READ MORE

The Top 14 Most Competitive Races Of 2014

Battle of the Paddle Salt Creek
There were a lot of SUP races this year. We had over 400 listings on the Rogue Race Calendar. We sent 137 race results to the Results by Riviera archive. You couldn’t go a week without your Facebook feed being flooded with photos of SUP races here, there and everywhere.

Some of those races were fun, local events. Some were grand, international spectacles. Most fell somewhere in between. And that’s just fine. Most races don’t need to be grand to be successful, they just need to be well organised, encourage a few extra people to give the sport a try and offer everyone a fun day on the water.

But some races push the boundaries a little more than the average. Some races attract, either through deliberate marketing or incidental brilliance, a disproportionately large amount of attention and elite talent. Quite simply: Some races are a lot more competitive than others. Click through to see the full list and read my overly-thorough analysis…   → READ MORE

Follow The Leader (Or: What Happened At The Lost Mills?!)

Lost Mills Stand Up Paddle raceThe 2014 Lost Mills was one of the most competitive races of the year. Perhaps the single most-elite race ever held outside the States.

A dozen or more of the best guys in the world were in Germany to battle it out at Europe’s premiere SUP race. It was supposed to be a duel between the big guns such as Danny Ching, Connor Baxter, Eric Terrien, Georges Cronsteadt, Casper Steinfath, Chase Kosterlitz and half a dozen other international stars. And that’s how it started, but that’s not how it finished. Because somewhere in the middle of the race, something went totally wrong…

Flat water racing isn’t exactly known for being unpredictable and dramatic, but that’s exactly what happened in Germany on the weekend. It took a few hours for the full story to emerge, but here’s a summary of how one of the biggest races of the year went totally off the script.   → READ MORE

WATCH Danny Ching Set A New World Record: 200 Metres In Just 47 Seconds

Danny Ching SUP speed world recordRemember how Danny Ching blitzed an all-star field to win the Lost Mills time trial in Germany last week? Well here’s the video.

Thanks to the German SUP Mag, you can now watch Danny’s crazy performance as he sprints like a man possessed across the 200 metre “Fastest Paddler On Earth” time trial race course, setting what is surely a new world record in the process.

Despite the event featuring over a dozen of the world’s fastest guys, Danny crushed it. The 404 front man averaged over 15km/h to stop the clock at 47.60 seconds, almost three seconds ahead of defending champ Connor Baxter (who himself produced what would have probably otherwise been a record).   → READ MORE

Eric Terrien Wins An Action-Packed Lost Mills Race Ahead Of Danny Ching And Connor Baxter; Lina Augaitis Wins The Women’s

Lost Mills 2014
Euro Tour. Week #6. Germany.

Eric Terrien has just won the 2014 Lost Mills, repeating his heroics from twelve months ago to claim victory ahead of a star-studded field. In a race that more than lived up to the hype, Eric won by three minutes from Danny Ching and Connor Baxter, while behind them were another dozen of the world’s very best paddlers.

This was an incredibly competitive race – perhaps the single most-elite SUP race ever held outside the States – and it didn’t disappoint.   → READ MORE

The Lost Mills: LIVE UPDATES From Germany

Follow one of the biggest races of the year with live, play-by-play updates from the Lost Mills race in Germany. Danny vs Eric vs Connor vs Georges vs Chase vs… you get the point. This is a massive race. Click through to see how it all unfolds…   → READ MORE

WATCH: An Inside Look At The Lost Mills Course (Paddle 18km In 80 Seconds)

Lost Mills videoWe’re less than 48 hours until one of the biggest events of the year: The Lost Mills race in Germany.

With a formidable lineup of talent and a unique flat water course, the 2014 Lost Mills is going to be a big race. We’ll have live updates on Saturday as the race unfolds, but in the meantime let’s take a look at the course itself.   → READ MORE

The Biggest Weekend Of The Year? (Or: We’re Gonna Have Live Coverage Of The Payette River Games And The Lost Mills)

Payette River Games Stand Up Paddle Race Idaho (34)Saturday, June 21 is the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year. Quite fitting then, given that this weekend will probably be the biggest two days of the year for the SUP racing world.

Between Idaho and Germany, we’re about to witness two of the biggest races of the year that are set to feature nearly 100% of the world’s best paddlers.

The Lost Mills in Germany features the most elite lineup of talent ever seen at a race held outside the States, while the $50,000 Payette River Games look set to be one of the most entertaining events of the year. And you’ll be able to follow both races LIVE here on…   → READ MORE

Danny Ching To Make European Debut At The Lost Mills, Leads A Formidable Lineup For The Euro Tour’s Premier Race

The Lost Mills SUP Race GermanyWhile America and half the paddling world are counting down to the big Payette River Games next week, Europe is counting down to its own premier race: Germany’s The Lost Mills.

The Lost Mills, which signals week #6 of the 2014 Euro Tour, has established itself as the most competitive race in Europe and looks set to further cement that position this year. The lineup of paddlers that’ll be in Bavaria from June 19th-21st is nothing short of formidable.

Danny Ching will be making his Euro Tour debut at this year’s Lost Mills. The 404 front man has never competed in a SUP race in Europe but will be flying in just for the Lost Mills event this year. He’ll be joined by Connor Baxter and another guy I seriously rate as one of the world’s best: Georges Cronsteadt from Tahiti. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg… Consider these big names:   → READ MORE

Lost Mills, Europe’s Premier SUP Race, Announces Dates For 2015 And 2016

Lost Mills distance race start (c) Federico BenettoloIn an unprecedented move, Germany’s Lost Mills race has just revealed its dates for both 2015 and 2016, in order to avoid clashes with other big races and also make it clear this event is here for the long term.

The Lost Mills race is Europe’s premier SUP race and really helps anchor the whole “Euro Tour”, which is a series of events from mid May right through June. By announcing their dates so far in advance, the Lost Mills will be helping other events in Europe plan their schedule ahead of time, which in turn will make for a bigger and better racing season in Europe. This will also encourage large events in other parts of the world to avoid that weekend, seeing the Lost Mills attracts a pretty hefty chunk of the elite crowd.

Plus I’m sure the paddlers themselves will appreciate this kind of long-range certainty – there’s nothing worse than booking your flights and then later being told an event has decided to move. So while the 2014 Lost Mills (June 19 – 21) is still three months away, we can already start getting excited about eating sausages and drinking Jagermeister well into the future:   → READ MORE

WATCH: First Highlights Of The 2013 Lost Mills

2013 Lost Mills race videoCheck out the first highlights from the weekend’s big race in Germany, the 2013 Lost Mills International.

After two full days of fun (and unique) SUP racing, it all came down to the main event on the final day; the 18km Long Distance race. If you’ve read the 2013 Lost Mills results & recap you’ll know that Eric Terrien destroyed the field to record a memorable victory…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Lost Mills: Eric Terrien Wins The Distance Race With Epic Performance, Sonni Hönscheid Claims Women’s Race

Lost Mills 2013
Full coverage of the big Lost Mills event, which is happening this week at Brombachsee, Germany. There’s $33,000 on offer which has attracted several of the world’s best paddlers, including Connor Baxter, Travis Grant and Jamie Mitchell.

Click through for the latest race recaps, photos and full results…   → READ MORE

Europe, Day 7: We’re In The Middle Of Nowhere In Germany

Double trouble...After driving through seven countries yesterday, we spent today prepping for the big Lost Mills event, which officially gets going tomorrow.

Jamie Mitchell and Rami Zur went off exploring the lake by foot, I picked up Jimmy Terrell from airport, the Fanatic crew, who’d spent the past couple of days in Italy, rolled into town late this evening, Travis Grant and Rico Leroy, fresh from their Summer snowboarding expedition (look out for the next episode of Trav’s Trippin’ tomorrow!) rocked up tonight, as did Bart and Connor, who spent this morning river surfing near Munich.

All in all there’s probably two dozen international paddlers holed out in the awesome “Strandhotel Seehof”, which is hosting the Lost Mills event and is located literally a stone’s throw from the start line of the races.   → READ MORE

Introducing The European SUP Racing Tour Presented By NSP

European SUP Racing Tour presented by NSP
It’s going to be a BIG Summer of SUP racing in Europe… Starting this weekend we’re set for six straight weeks of massive races that’ll feature an elite cast of international paddlers.

It’s an exciting time for the sport of SUP racing in this part of the world; never before have so many big names competed in Europe at the same time. The SUP Race Cup, Lost Mills, Oleron, Bilbao and more… Every week from now until the end of June, Europe will play host to several of the world’s best paddlers and several of the world’s biggest events.

There are so many big races happening in the next six weeks that we just had to give it a fun nickname, and as we mentioned a few months ago, the “European SUP Racing Tour” is what we came up with. Well now thanks to the champs at NSP (the home of Travis Grant and Rico Leroy), will be on the ground in Europe covering every event live and going behind the scenes with the international stars as they travel the continent.   → READ MORE

It’s Gonna Be A BIG Summer Of Racing In Europe…

SUP Races in Europe (© Michel Terrien)SUP racing in Europe is blowing up. From the 25th May to the end of June, we’re going to see six straight weeks of big events that boast a combined prize purse of $80,000. That’s attracted many of the world’s best paddlers to Europe, with the likes of Connor Baxter, Jamie Mitchell, Travis Grant and a tonne of other big names set to battle it out in France, Germany and Spain.

Click through for all the dates and details…   → READ MORE

Lost Mills Updates: Prize Money, Paddlers And New Race Formats (Jamie Mitchell’s Survivor Race Comes To Europe)

Lost MillsOne of the events I’m really looking forward to this year, the Lost Mills International SUP Race, just keeps getting better, with organisers today announcing new races, bigger prize money and even more international paddlers heading to Europe at the end of May.

The Lost Mills is happening from the 27th May – 2nd June in Germany. There’s $21,950 in cash prize money on the line, a further $11,000 in prizes (including an epic $6.5k Breitling) and an awesome location out in the Bavarian countryside. All of which has combined to attract a stacked lineup of Stand Up Paddle racing talent from across Europe and around the world…   → READ MORE

The Stars Line Up For Lost Mills

Lost Mills SUP RaceNow that the excitement of Peru has died down, it’s time to look ahead at some of massive SUP races that are coming up. This weekend we’ve got the big Punta Sayulita Classic in Mexico, followed by the SUP World Series in Chile and Brazil. The Carolina Cup lights up the East Coast in April, OluKai takes over Maui at the start of May and then there are a stack of huge events in Europe from the end of May right through June.

One of those big Euro races is going to be the Lost Mills SUP race in Geramny, which I’m looking forward to more than just about any other event this year. The 2012 Lost Mills race was awesome, with a solid stack of paddlers and an extremely well organised event. But this year things are going to be even bigger: More races, more prize money and more paddlers. Some very big names have already signed on, so click through to check out who’s going to be there…   → READ MORE