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

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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

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

PHOTOS: World’s Top SUP Athletes Surfing Crazy Big Waves in the Off-Season

Jamie-Mitchell-big-wave-surfingWhat are some of the world’s top SUP athletes doing in the off season? What they love most: Surfing big waves.

Jamie Mitchell, Kai Lenny, Mo Freitas, Connor Baxter, Zane Schweitzer and 7-time OluKai champion Andrea Moller were just some of the stand up paddlers to feature recently in a string of historic big wave sessions.    → READ MORE

WATCH: Mo Freitas’ Epic Paddle Journey Through Japan

Mo-Freitas-stand-up-paddling-JapanIf you’ve ever thought about paddling in Japan but needed a little more inspiration to book your trip, or if you just want to sit back and enjoy 7 minutes of SUP magic, watch this video.

Mo Freitas, one of the best paddlers in the world right now, did a solid tour of Japan late last year. And by the looks of it, he had a mighty fun time.   → READ MORE

Noa Ginella’s Tour Notes: Behind the Scenes with the Young Guns of SUP

Noa Ginella Tour Notes SUP videoCheck out this great little behind-the-scenes clip from everyone’s favourite SUP freesurfer/indie film maker, Noa Ginella.

The reel includes a who’s who from the world of the “young guns” – incl. Kai Lenny, Kody Kerbox, Connor Baxter, Mo Freitas, Tucker Ingalls and Riggs Napoleon – as they battle it out at the Huntington Beach Pro and just basically kinda enjoy life in general. Oh and it also features Kai taking an ice bath (so that’s the secret).   → READ MORE

Extended Highlights from the Japan Cup

Japan Cup stand up paddling race videoHere’s the extended edit from last month’s Japan Cup, featuring highlights from what ended up becoming quite an entertaining affair.

A nearby typhoon whipped up a solid swell and sent it straight to the host beach in Chigasaki, which provided that magic ingredient for a good SUP race: Waves.   → READ MORE

Mo Freitas, Bailey Rosen Win the Battle of the Bay

Mo Freitas stand up paddling in San FranciscoIn brief: Mo Freitas and Bailey Rosen have taken out the annual race around San Francisco’s iconic Alcatraz Island, also known as the Battle of the Bay. Mo swept both the 8.5 mile round the island loop and the shorter course race, with Bailey matching the double in the women’s.

Other stand outs were young Frenchman Martin Letourneur, who gave Mo the stiffest competition…   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: Complete Results (and Big Updates to the World Rankings)

Pacific Paddle Games Party WaveIt’s taken us a few days to come down from the high that was D-Day at Doheny, but now that the dust has settled and dings have been repaired, it’s time to sign off on this amazing event by posting the full and final results from the 2015 Pacific Paddle Games.

Click through for the full results, plus changes to the SUP Racer World Rankings…   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter, Candice Appleby Win the Pacific Paddle Games

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Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby have won the inaugural Pacific Paddle Games at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California.

After an amazing weekend of racing, Connor just edged past Casper Steinfath for the overall win, with a heroic Mo Freitas in third after he blitzed it in the course race final. Meanwhile Candice made it a clean sweep of the women’s ahead of Annabel Anderson and Fiona Wylde.

Click through to for the full recap, results, webcast replay and all the other good stuff from this amazing weekend of racing…   → READ MORE

Epic Photos from the Japan Cup as SUP Continues to Grow in the Land of the Rising Sun

stand up paddling Japan Cup 4Results are in from the Japan Cup, which was held in the surfing town of Chigasaki on the weekend to continue a big run of events in the land of the rising sun this month.

Fiona Wylde dominated the women’s event, while Mo Freitas, Toby Cracknell, James Casey and Daniel Hasulyo all got a spot on the men’s podiums, with the weekend split between an 18km distance race and the always-entertaining Jamie Mitchell Survivor Race.   → READ MORE

Candice Appleby, Kai Lenny Win the Hayama pro in Japan

stand up world series japanResults are in from Japan, where the World Series is holding the second of its four stops this year. The Hayama Pro has attracted an elite little group of the world’s best young (and a few not so young) paddlers, including Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter, Candice Appleby and Fiona Wylde.

Click through for the final standings…   → READ MORE

Mid-Year World Rankings: Travis Grant Is Number One (And There’s A Flaw In The System)

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And just like that, it’s August. This year has flown by. Seems like only yesterday we were getting excited about the first major race of the year, the Carolina Cup. That was four months ago.

We’re now halfway through the international stand up paddling “season,” which loosely runs from April to October (with a couple of outposts in December). Carolina, OluKai, the Worlds, the Euro Tour, Payette and Molokai have already been run and won, while we’ve still got the Gorge Paddle Challenge, Pacific Paddle Games and a few World Series races to look forward to.

So because we’re halfway through the year, I thought it’d be a good time to analyse the best paddlers of 2015 so far.   → READ MORE

What You Missed In… Hawaii: Mo Freitas, Terrene Black Win The Independence Day Race

Da Hui Paddle Race OahuThis is part of our “What You Missed In…” series that we’ll be running today, where we update a bunch of races that we failed to cover in the past few weeks.

The Independence Day Race: Now in its 37th year, it’s safe to say this event is now an annual tradition on Oahu’s iconic North Shore. The race, part downwind race, part day out at the beach, attracted over 400 paddlers once again this year. But finishing on top of the pile was Mo Freitas, who’s probably still on a high after his beyond-epic win at the Payette River Games a couple of weeks prior.    → READ MORE

Payette River Games: Mo Freitas, Rebecca Giddens Reign Supreme On The River (Updated Results)

2015 Payette River GamesMo Freitas and Rebecca Giddens have just won the 2015 Payette River Games following a hugely entertaining three days of racing here in Idaho.

In one of the best all round performances we’ve ever seen, Mo made it a clean sweep by claiming both the super technical “SUPer G” time trial and the mildly chaotic SUP Cross event. Giddens, a former Olympian and mother of two, matched this extraordinary result by sweeping the women’s events.   → READ MORE