Mo Freitas Joins Team Rogue as the OG Brand Continues its Comeback within the Boardworks Family

After a solid week of speculation, Mo Freitas has officially joined Team Rogue for season 2018 as the OG performance brand continues its comeback inside an expanded and revamped Boardworks family.

The news will formally be announced later today after one of paddling’s greatest all-round talents recently concluded his search for a new home following a departure from Focus in December.   → READ MORE

One of paddling’s greatest talents, Mo Freitas, is joining a new team. But which one?

Mo Freitas

After weeks of speculation, Mo Freitas today confirmed he’s signed with a new brand after leaving Team Focus at the end of 2017, opening up the delicious speculation about his plans for season 2018 in what is fast becoming a busy little trade week (see: Lenny, Kai).

While the exit out of Focus isn’t a huge shock, Mo’s next move is sure to be one of the biggest pre-season stories of the year. No other guy ranked top 10 (possibly not even top 20) is due to change teams in the off-season, and even if they did they’d be lucky to get half the interest from rival brands that Mo has surely received over the past month or two.   → READ MORE

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

WATCH: Mo Freitas Paddles Europe (Epic Drone Footage)

Just in case you need any more motivation to take a summer holiday in Europe, this epic edit from Mo Freitas should do the trick.

Mo spent six weeks in Euro land this summer alongside dad Tony and brother Marvin, with the Freitas family following the EuroTour race series while also enjoying what looks to be a pretty amazing holiday in Spain, France, Italy and many other drone-friendly places.

Watch above and enjoy, then go give Mo a follow on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with his jealousy-inducing adventures (and you can also watch this clip in 4K over on YouTube).

Photo Finish: Mo Freitas Claims Emotional Victory from Team Mate Connor Baxter; Casper Steinfath Takes Bronze (Full Results)

Mo Freitas and Connor Baxter

Mo Freitas has surged to an extraordinary and quite emotional victory on finals day in Cold Hawaii following a “you couldn’t script this” photo finish with team mate and close friend Connor Baxter, as Team Hawaii plucked an incredible gold-silver result from an intense and exciting beach race here on the penultimate day of the 2017 ISA Worlds.

Mo battled hard the entire race to finally get a shot at Connor, who had controlled the tempo from the first buoy to the final lap of the gold medal decider along with defending champ Casper Steinfath, in the final 50 metres of this frantic and fast-paced affair.    → READ MORE

Terrene Black, Connor Baxter Win a Rollercoaster Weekend in Japan

Connor BaxterAustralia’s Terrene Black has made it two from two on the APP Tour, mirroring her Maui result at the Japan Pro-Am after outlasting Fiona Wylde, Candice Appleby and Sonni Honscheid in a weekend of rollercoaster results and conditions that produced a virtual tie in the small but elite women’s field.

The result boosts Terrene into the ultra-exclusive ‘Top Five Club’ on the updated World Rankings, with the Japan Pro-Am scoring 38% on the women’s Race Index.   → READ MORE

James Casey, Annabel Anderson Win the Weather-Affected OluKai ‘Beach Race’ on Maui (RESULTS)

OluKai-2017World number one Annabel Anderson and Sunova’s James Casey have taken out the weather-affected OluKai Ho’olaulea race on Maui this morning, winning the modified ‘beach race’ event at Kanaha after the standard Maliko downwind run was canceled for the second time in two days following wild and unsafe conditions.

With swirling winds and stormy weather continuing to lash the Hawaiian coast, OluKai organisers wisely opted for safety over tradition, keeping the event inside the reef at Kanaha Beach Park instead of sending competitors on what would have been a somewhat-treacherous ocean paddle from Maliko Gulch.   → READ MORE

Full Results: Mo Freitas Defeats Josh Riccio in Photo Finish to Claim the Big ‘Rincon Beachboy’ Race; April Zilg Women’s Champ

Rincon-Beachboy-paddleboard-race-Puerto-Rico-8Mo Freitas and April Zilg have taken out the 2017 Rincon Beachboy as 340 paddlers descended upon postcard perfect Puerto Rico for the 9th Annual edition of this classic race.

After just over an hour of paddling, Mo edged out the in-form Josh Riccio in a photo finish as hundreds of spectators lined the beach, while Aussie veteran Kelly Margetts held off young Frenchman Martin Letourneur by a similarly narrow margin in the fight for third; Garrett Fletcher rounded out the top five podium after outlasting Ryan Helm.   → READ MORE

Maui Pro-Am: Boothy and Sonni Take Day Two Honours; Mo Freitas and Terrene Black Win Overall (Updated Full Results)

Michael BoothIn brief: Michael Booth and Sonni Hönscheid have saluted on day two of the 5-star Maui Pro-Am after winning a long, hot, windless Maliko downwind run that tested the endurance and stamina of the small but highly elite field of assembled athletes.

Despite the relatively flat conditions, there was just enough texture on the water to break up any draft trains, with Boothy powering away from the field early and crossing the line about a minute clear of Connor Baxter. Mo Freitas was another minute further adrift in a strong performance that saw him claim the overall event crown.   → 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

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

Battle of the Nations: Hawaiians Overtake the Aussies, Brazil Surges Back into the Top 10

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We’ve just updated the Battle of the Nations leaderboard with all the big results from the past six weeks, including the awesome JM Survivor Race in Huntington on Sunday.

While the almighty Team USA is still out on top of our country-vs-country world rankings, thanks mainly to their supreme dominance on the women’s side of the sport, it’s a very tight battle between the Aussies and Hawaiians for the number two spot, with Mo Freitas’ heroics at Huntington helping the Islands overtake their Green & Gold rivals.

This week also sees the Brazilians storm back into the top 10 where we all know they belong, while there’s been plenty of movement in the bottom half of the table as well. Check out the full Battle of the Nations leaderboard to see which nations have been enjoying the summer the most, then get ready for more changes following the 6-star Gorge Paddle Challenge this weekend…

The World Rankings have been updated with results from the Quiksilver JM Survivor Race.

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We’ve just updated the SUP Racer World Rankings with results from the big Quiksilver JM Survivor Race, and there’s been plenty of movement on the Top 100 and Top 50 leaderboards.

The biggest move comes from Survivor superstar Mo Freitas, who jumps +3 spots this week to slide into the world number four ranking, just a single point behind world number three Titouan Puyo. Survivor Race runner-up, Toby Cracknell, jumps a whopping +13 spots to a career-high world ranking of #14. Toby’s result means Australia now occupies 7 of the top 14 spots in the world.

On the women’s side, the hero of Huntington, Shae Foudy, jumps a couple of places and is now knocking on the door of the top 5. Check out the full World Rankings to see who else jumped up this week…

Danny Ching Edges Slater Trout, Shae Foudy Tie-Breaks Candice Appleby to Win the Tommy Bahama Pier Paddle in Santa Monica (Updated)

Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race Danny Ching has triumphantly returned to the racing scene after a brief hiatus, claiming the Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival at Santa Monica Pier this afternoon after edging out Slater Trout and a strong field in a day of highly-entertaining racing.

In the women’s event, Shae Foudy successfully defended her Pier Paddle title after a very close contest with Candice Appleby. Click through for the full recap, results and some awesome photos of the action…   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 5: Connor Baxter Edges out Michael Booth and Leo Nika in Bilbao; Seychelle Hattingh Overpowers Fiona Wylde

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Connor Baxter has won the 2016 Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge here in the Spanish Basque Country, edging out Starboard team mates Michael Booth and Leo Nika in a frantic sprint to the line that can only be described as intense.

After 14kms of high-paced paddling here at Week 5 of the EuroTour, Connor waited right until the end to make his move, edging past Boothy and Leo in the final few hundred metres to claim his second win of this year’s Tour.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Aerial View of the 2016 OluKai Ho’olaule’a on Maui

Olukai paddle race videoCheck out this awesome aerial footage from the 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a, which was held Saturday on Maui and from which Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid emerged victorious against an all-star field.

The OluKai Ho featured another massive turnout this year, with over 300 paddlers once again hitting the world famous Maliko downwind run on Maui’s north shore. Connor once again claimed the title (for a record fifth year in a row), while Sonni claimed her maiden win.   → READ MORE

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

OluKai paddle race Maui
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

Results: Mo Freitas, Fiona Wylde Narrowly Win the Santa Cruz Paddlefest

Santa Cruz Susie HopperIn brief: Mo Freitas and Fiona Wylde have taken out the distance race at the 30th Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest, with solid waves giving a small but elite field a good early season hit out.

After a tight race that finished in just under an hour, Mo crossed the line seconds ahead of Giorgo Gomez and Slater Trout, with the lead trio having stuck together the entire race.   → READ MORE