#M2O: Post-Molokai Reflections (and Photos) from 38 of the World’s Best Paddlers

Molokai 2 Oahu Kai Lenny Travis GrantThe boards are back on the rack, the boats are back in the harbour and the trophies are up on the mantelpiece. Molokai-2-Oahu is done for another season, however the memories from this year’s epic will live on forever. The most prestigious race in the world certainly lived up to its hype this year, with the 20th annual crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel proving to be the fastest, most competitive and most exciting edition yet.

I could wax lyrical about this storied event, however nobody says it better than the paddlers themselves, the ones who were actually out there battling in the Channel of Bones for pride and glory. So to give you a better insight into what M2O really means, here’s a selection of post-Molokai reflections from the world’s best paddlers…   → READ MORE

Battle of the Brands Leaderboard Update

Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race 4Following a couple of big weeks in Europe and the showdown in Santa Monica, we’ve updated the Battle of the Brands leaderboard to show you which race teams are on a tear and which are trailing off.

NSP holds onto the #2 spot ahead of Naish, however Starboard has extended its already-massive lead at the top of the table. Thanks to Danny Ching and Noa Hopper’s heroics at the Pier, Team 404 is +1 this week and could easily move higher in the coming weeks, while the Infinity Speed Freaks can smell a top 4 spot.

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

The Future on Show at the Quickblade Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta

Junior Pro and Youth SUP Fiesta California 2016The future of the sport was on show in SoCal over the weekend, with the 2016 Quickblade Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta presented by Infinity providing a platform for the next generation of paddling pros to battle it out.

The 4th annual edition of this great event attracted a very talented group from far and wide, with competitors flying in from as far away as Hawaii, Australia, Japan, Peru and Brazil.
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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

Danny Ching, Krisztina Zur Win the Lanakila Classic

Danny Ching stand up paddleIn brief: Danny Ching has just taken out his local race, the Lanakila Classic in Redondo Beach, California, ahead of a couple of his 404 team mates.

Danny took the 5 mile win (on a 12’6 no less) shortly after he’d saluted in the 9 mile OC-1 race. Danny’s 404 protégé Noa Hopper finished runner-up, half a minute behind his team boss but almost a minute ahead of third-place Anthony Vela. Another fluro green rider, Ryland Hart, came home 4th.   → READ MORE

Danny Ching, Erika Benitez Win the 500-Strong ‘Hanohano’ Race in San Diego

Hanohano SUP race 2016Danny Ching and Erika Benitez have taken out the 2016 Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge in San Diego’s Mission Bay, with 500 paddlers showing up on a crisp morning for this classic, early season race.

The Infinity speed freaks Dave Boehne & Slater Trout took line honours on their tandem SUP, while Rob Rojas snuck across for second over the line on his unlimited. But in the main battle of the 14 footers, Danny narrowly edged out his new team mate Noa Hopper, with Chase Kosterlitz, Chuck Glynn, Chance Fielder and Gabriel Beauchesne Sevigny all just seconds behind.   → READ MORE

Danny Ching’s Team 404 Signs One of America’s Top Prospects Noa Hopper

Noa Hopper 404 stand up paddlingBig signing for Team 404 this week, with Noa Hopper, one of America’s top prospects, joining Danny Ching’s green machine to bolster an already impressive lineup.

Noa joins Danny, Tahitian dark horse Niuhiti Buillard and Molokai hero Travis Baptiste to form one of the most impressive lineups in the sport.    → READ MORE