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

Michael Booth and Yuka Sato Win The Japan Cup; Matt Nottage and Kenny Kaneko Pick Up Podium Spots

The Japan CupIn brief: Michael Booth has defended his Japan Cup title on the black sands of Chigasaki this weekend, overpowering a small but elite field of internationals that raced alongside hundreds of weekend warriors in one of Japan’s biggest paddle events.

Boothy was too good for compatriot and PPGs podium-getter Matt Nottage, who continued his meteoric rise over the past few months with a solid runner-up finish to give Starboard yet another 1-2 result. Local hero Kenny Kaneko rounded out the men’s podium for Team JP after the results were mirrored in both the 18km marathon and knockout Survivor race.    → READ MORE

Battle of the Bay: Annabel Anderson, Connor Baxter Victorious in Iconic San Francisco

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Annabel Anderson and Connor Baxter have highlighted their respective world number one statuses here at today’s 7th Annual Battle of the Bay in San Francisco, claiming this morning’s race around iconic landmarks Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge before backing up with victories in this afternoon’s beach race.

Here are the overall results. Check back in the morning for a full recap and some stellar photos of the scenic course…   → READ MORE

The ‘Top 16 of 2016’ — The Best Paddlers in the World This Year

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What a year it’s been for our sport, with great performances by incredible athletes at big events all around the world making for an exciting season of racing.

But who was the best? Who dominated all season long? Who were the standout stand up athletes this year? It’s time to reveal the Top 16 of 2016…   → READ MORE

WATCH: Extended Highlights from the ‘King of the Cut’

king-of-the-cut-paddleboarding-raceTake a look at this great recap from the big downwind showdown on the weekend, the Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut, where 140 paddlers from Australia and around the world enjoyed an afternoon of bump riding and beers in Western Australia.

While it wasn’t all-time conditions, it was certainly a solid downwinder, particularly towards the end of the 24km course when the wind picked up and the glides really started running. Click through to watch…   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo Crowned King of the Cut, 15-Year-Old Clément Colmas Stuns Top Aussies to Finish 2nd; Karla Gilbert Takes Women’s Title

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Team NSP’s Titouan Puyo has taken out the Stand Up Surf Shop ‘King of the Cut’ race in Western Australia, earning a clean sweep of Downwind Week after victory at The Doctor last weekend and cementing his reputation as one of the world’s greatest downwind paddlers.

In an incredible 1-2 finish for New Caledonia, 15-year-old dark horse Clement Colmas stunned Australia’s finest to claim the runner-up spot less than a minute behind his compatriot and half a minute ahead of defending champ and Starboard team mate Matt Nottage.   → READ MORE

Jake Jensen Knocks off Nottage and Boothy to Win the Currumbin Downwind Challenge

ben-tardrew-one-stand-up-paddle-boardsJake Jensen and Karla Gilbert took out Currumbin SUP Club’s inaugural “Downwind Challenge” on Queensland’s Gold Coast yesterday, with the five dozen assembled paddlers enjoying a great downwinder from the iconic Snapper Rocks north to Tallebudgera, a run of approximately 11kms (6.8 miles).

Organisers were blessed with strong southerly winds on race day, which whipped up plenty of bumps along this famous local run and made for some very fast times.    → READ MORE

The Japan Cup, Day 2: Annabel Anderson, Mo Freitas Claim the Survivor Race

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Annabel Anderson and Mo Freitas have claimed lucrative wins on the second and final day of the Mynavi Japan Cup here in Chigasaki.

Under grey, drizzly skies, which stood in stark contrast to Saturday’s draining hot sun, Mo surged to victory on the final, 10-man lap of the short, sharp survivor course, holding off the Aussie quartet of James Casey, Michael Booth, Toby Cracknell and Matt Nottage. Hometown hero Kenny Kaneko finished just outside the money in sixth.   → READ MORE

Molokai “Preview & Predictions” — Who’s Going to Win the Most Prestigious Race of the Year?

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We’re just over 24 hours away from the most prestigious race of the season, and what a race it’s shaping up to be. The 20th annual crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel between Molokai to Oahu is already destined for the history books, but a record level of talent and a few last-minute twists should ensure we’ll be talking about this one for many years to come.

The Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, aka M2O or just simply Molokai, has become the ultimate event of the international stand up paddle racing season. The race has taken on an almost mythical status over the years, and it’s surely one of the toughest trophies in the sport to get your hands on. Becoming a Molokai champion makes you an instant hero, while many paddling legends have built their reputations by conquering this epic, dangerous, thirty-two mile stretch of open ocean between these two imposing Hawaiian islands.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Insights and Highlights from the Maui2Molokai Race

Maui 2 Molokai paddleboarding videoJust in case you couldn’t make it to Hawaii on the weekend, here’s a great clip from Saturday’s big Maui2Molokai race, aka M2M, featuring some insightful athlete interviews and plenty of endless downwind glides.

The 7th annual channel crossing from Maui to Molokai saw Connor Baxter extend his record winning streak — he has, quite incredibly, won every single edition of this event — while Devin Blish claimed her second crown in the space of 24 months.   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter Outlasts Travis Grant and Matt Nottage to Win Seventh Straight Maui2Molokai; Devin Blish Claims Women’s Title

Connor Baxter Maui 2 MolokaiConnor Baxter has won a record seventh-straight Maui 2 Molokai (M2M) title, narrowly edging out Travis Grant in one of the fastest ever channel crossings, and setting up a mouth-watering clash at the major Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O) showdown later this month.

Connor finished in a time of 2:58:51, less than two minutes ahead of Travis, with conditions firing in the middle part of the course but stormy weather preventing it from being an all-time downwinder.    → READ MORE

RESULTS: Connor Baxter Wins 5th Straight ‘OluKai’ Crown, Sonni Hönscheid Claims Women’s Title

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Connor Baxter has won his 5th straight OluKai title, defeating an all-star cast of the world’s best downwind paddlers in near-perfect conditions on Maui this afternoon.

After going into the race as red hot favourite – Connor has won every edition of this event stretching back to 2012 – the world number one relished the excellent downwind bumps on the famous Maliko run to finish in a time of 47 minutes, 41 seconds, while Mo Freitas put in a commanding performance to claim the runner-up spot.   → READ MORE

Preview and Predictions: OluKai and Key West Set to Headline Another Big Weekend of Racing

OluKai race Connor BaxterWe’re still coming down from the high of Carolina, but there’s no time to rest as the paddling world heads straight into another big weekend of racing. From the Key West Classic in Florida to the big downwind showdown on Maui, there will be plenty of results to keep track of on Saturday.

Here’s a quick preview and a few not-so-bold predictions…   → READ MORE

2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Start List Revealed, Set to Be Most Competitive Channel Crossing Ever

Molokai to Oahu paddle raceThe start list for the 2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships has just been revealed, with the men’s solo stand up paddle division attracting the most competitive field in the event’s 20 year history.

Top ranked athletes including three-time champ and world number one Connor Baxter, two-time champ and world number two Travis Grant, number three Danny Ching, and number four Kai Lenny will be racing across the Ka’iwi Channel (aka the “Channel of Bones”) on Sunday, July 31st.   → READ MORE

Contender: Michael Booth Wins the Forster Island Paddle Festival

Forster Island Paddle FestivalIn brief: Michael Booth has taken out the Forster Island Paddle Festival in Australia, beating a quality field and proving once again he’ll be a top 10 contender on the world rankings leaderboard this year.

Boothy won both the 10K and BOP races, with top 20 world ranked athletes Matt Nottage, Jake Jensen and Beau O’Brian sharing the minor placings.   → READ MORE

The Wind in West Oz: King of the Cut Highlights Reel

King-of-the-Cut-downwind-SUP-videoGreat highlights reel from last weekend’s big King of the Cut downwind race in West Oz, which was won by Matt Nottage and Angie Jackson.

Via Reflex Films, this clip does a good job of showing just how fun the bumps are in this part of the world.   → READ MORE

King of the King of the Cut, Matt Nottage, Now Ranked 13th in the World

Matt NottageFresh off his King of the Cut crown, Australia’s Matt Nottage has jumped right up the Top 100 Leaderboard to claim a world ranking of 13th.

The new hero of Australian paddling, who defeated the likes of world number two and Molokai champion Travis Grant, defending King of the Cut champ Beau O’Brian and almost all of Australia’s best paddlers for the second week in a row, is +4 spots from his previous rank of 17th. Nottage also jumped +2 after his win at The Doctor a week ago, meaning he’s moved +6 in the span of just 7 days.   → READ MORE

Matt Nottage, Angie Jackson Win the ‘King of the Cut’ Downwind Showdown in West Oz

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Matt Nottage has proven he’s one of the best ocean paddlers in the world for the second week in a row, taking out today’s King of the Cut downwind race, presented by Stand Up Surf Shop, in triumphant fashion.

The emerging young gun defeated world number two Travis Grant, Jake Jensen, defending champ Beau O’Brian and a who’s who of the Aussie paddling scene. To cap it off, Nottage also narrowly beat home the top unlimited paddlers, giving him the 14′ and line honours double.   → READ MORE

Matt Nottage Defeats Travis Grant and Beau O’Brian to Win ‘The Doctor’ in West Oz

The Doctor paddle race Western AustraliaMatt Nottage has shown he’s one of the best ocean paddlers in the world right now, defeating world number two Travis Grant, defending champ Beau O’Brian and a dozen more international level athletes to win The Doctor ocean race as part of Aussie Downwind Week.

The unheralded youngster, who recently joined Team Starboard, outlasted his compatriots after more two hours of racing, with Trav crossing the line just 17 seconds behind Matt, while Beau a further 33 seconds adrift. Trav was leading for much of the race but faded about half an hour from the finish, while Matt powered home in what he described as the race of his life.   → READ MORE