[UPDATED] Angie Jackson, Zane Schweitzer And Casper Steinfath The Best In Bilbao As The Euro Tour Rolls On

Bilbao SUP Challenge SpainIt’s week #4 of the Euro Tour and this weekend we’re in the awesome city of Bilbao, Spain for another big race: The Bilbao World SUP Challenge. The action wrapped up just moments ago and it was Zane Schweitzer and Angie Jackson who claiming the overall event titles.

This event attracted a pretty solid lineup of talent; I’d say there were around 15 paddlers competing who would be on the top level internationally. Set right near the iconic Guggenheim Museum, the event involved sprint racing on Saturday before a 13km cruise through the city on Sunday.

Here’s how it all went down.   → READ MORE

UPDATED ST. MAXIME RESULTS: Eric Terrien, Titouan Puyo and Sonni Hönscheid Fire In France (SUP Race Cup)

Sainte MaximeAnd that’s a wrap from St. Maxime.

After two days of great racing, Eric Terrien has held onto his crown as the King of France, but only just… Titouan Puyo (aka Ti2) has shown he’s an international star and that his win in Nicaragua was definitely no fluke. After a horror start, the New Caledonian almost chased down Eric in Saturday’s downwind/upwind/sidewind Beach Race, while today the tables were turned with Titou coming home first ahead of Leo Nika and Eric.

Sonni Hönscheid showed great form to make it a clean sweep of the women’s field, beating home Manca Notar in both the 7km Beach Race and 17km Distance event. Click through for full results, pics and recap from the French Riviera…   → READ MORE

France’s Finest Battling For A Trip To Nicaragua (UPDATE: Eric Terrien, Titouan Puyo And Celine Guesdon Secure Their Spots)

2014 French Stand Up Paddle teamRemember how France decided to go all out in selecting their team for the 2014 ISA Worlds? In addition to their National Titles five weeks ago, the governing body (French Surf Federation) organised a week-long series of racing and training that’s essentially a second (and final) round of qualification to decide who flies to Nicaragua next May.

Ten of the best paddlers in France (and, by extension, ten of the best in Europe and even some of the very best in the world) will be battling it out over the next five days in a series of short and long distance races. A win is worth zero points, 2nd place = 2 points, 3rd place = 3 points, and so on… Each paddler’s best four out of six results (four races this week plus the two races from last months Nationals) are tallied up and then the two guys / one girl with the lowest score will be invited to compete for Les Bleus in Nicaragua.   → READ MORE

Dark Horses Upset And Young Guns Fire Before Eric Terrien Gets His Title @ French National Champs

Championnats de France Stand Up Paddle 2013At the same time as the Aussie SUP Titles were happening in Queensland on the weekend, on the other side of the world there was another elite battle taking place, with glory, bragging rights and a trip to the 2014 ISA World Champs on the line there as well.

The French National SUP Titles (“Championnats de France Stand Up Paddle”) have just wrapped up and produced plenty of SUP racing action as well as a couple of interesting surprises. Held in the picturesque town of Carnet on the South of France, the championships featured the best paddlers from one of the strongest SUP nations there is.

The talent pool is France is runs deeper than probably any other nation outside the “Big 3″ (Cali/Hawaii/Aus) so this was always going to be a tough event. However nobody would have predicted these results. On the opening day, hot favourite and undisputed king of French stand up paddle racing, Eric Terrien, was defeated by the unheralded Titouan Puyo in the 18km Distance Race, while young gun Arthur Arutkin also crossed the line ahead of the reigning champ. Eric would have his revenge on day two though, with a sweet victory in the Beach Race ensuring he still has one foot in the door on the plane to Nicaragua.   → READ MORE

World Series Finals: Jake Jensen Wins The Weekend, Kai Lenny Wins The Sprints + Steals The Overall 2013 Title From Connor

Kai Lenny Stand Up World Series champ 2013
Well that was fun to watch…

Kai Lenny has just taken out the sprints in absolutely macking surf on the North Shore, somehow stealing the overall 2013 Stand Up World Series from Connor Baxter in the process. Australia’s young gun Jake Jensen was the overall winner this weekend though, with a third in the sprints plus his victory in yesterday’s distance race enough to give him both the “World Series Finals” event title and leapfrog him into third place overall for the 2013 season…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Massilia SUP Race, France

Massilia Stand Up Paddle race 2013Take a look at the latest results from Europe, with the Massilia SUP Race happening in Marseille on the French Riviera this past weekend.

Gale force winds forced a late change of course, with the distance race being cancelled in favour of a 5km Beach Race, in order to spare the newer paddlers being blown off to Corsica… When the paddlers did get onto the water, it was an all French affair as Celine Guesdon edged out Olivia Piana in the women’s race, while up and coming French kid Gabriel Bachelet dominated the men’s event.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Peter Bartl, Olivia Piana Win In Namur

Namur SUP Race 2013Austrian dark horse and JP Australia team rider Peter Bartl has defeated Chase Kosterlitz and French young gun Arthur Daniel to claim the Happy Summer SUP Challenge, the $10,000 SUP race that was held today in Namur, Belgium. Meanwhile Fanatic’s Olivia Piana triumphed in the women’s race ahead of Melanie Brandstätter and Celine Gondert.

Click through for more…   → READ MORE

SUP Race Cup: Travis Grant Claims Distance Race And Overall Title On Day 2, Edging Past Beach Race Winner Connor Baxter

2013 SUP Race CupTravis Grant and Connor Baxter have dominated the 2013 SUP Race Cup, which drew a stacked field of 100 paddlers to St. Maxime, France and marked the official start of the unofficial European SUP Racing Tour presented by NSP.

This event was a tale of two days; on Saturday the winds were apocalyptic and the Beach Race turned into a survival paddle, while Sunday was much calmer (and warmer), producing an epic Distance Race.

The field was absolutely stacked, as many of the world’s best paddlers in Europe for the next few weeks, but in the end it was the favourites Travis and Connor who filled the top two spots on both days. Click through for the full results and race recap…   → READ MORE

Video Highlights From The Abu Dhabi Sprints

Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational SUP RaceWatch highlights from the third and final day of the 2013 Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational, where Connor Baxter and Olivia Piana took out the SUP sprint races.

Conditions were tricky thanks to strong winds and a massive sandstorm, but that didn’t stop the Maui gun from taking the win ahead of Jamie Mitchell, Zane Schweitzer and Paul Jackson. Meanwhile Olivia Piana was too strong in the women’s, finishing ahead of Manca Notar.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Connor Baxter Claims The Abu Dhabi All-Stars Sprints, Zane Schweitzer Wins Overall

Abu Dhabi All-Stars SUP Race 2013
Connor Baxter has just taken out the SUP Sprints @ the 2013 Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational, winning the final ahead of Jamie Mitchell. Zane Schweitzer was 3rd and Paul Jackson 4th.

Rounding out the final was Kody Kerbox in 5th, Fernando Stalla 6th, Noa Ginella 7th and Benoit Carpentier 8th. Meanwhile Olivia Piana claimed the women’s race with young gun Manca Notar in 2nd. Click through for more…   → READ MORE

Surfing In The Desert…

SUP at Wadi AdventureSo we’re out here in the United Arab Emirates for the Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational, which is a specialty event combining the Stand Up World Series (racing) and Stand Up World Tour (surfing).

For the past couple of days we’ve been hanging out in Abu Dhabi with the stars of SUP, taking in the crazy sights of this crazy city as well as getting in a few practice paddle sessions in the very refreshing water (Abu Dhabi is HOT).

But today we trekked out about an hour into the desert to the smaller city of Al Ain, which is the home of “Wadi Adventure”. Wadi is a kickass water park that has what is probably the best wave pool in the world. It’s also smack bang in the middle of the desert and has one of the coolest backdrops of any wave in the world: There’s a big, dry, desert mountain rising up just metres behind the wave pool, giving this place an other-worldy kind of feel and providing an awesome contrast to the water below.   → READ MORE

Olivia Piana Claims The Hobie City SUP Race In France

Hobie City SUP Race 2013In beautiful surroundings but horrible weather, Fanatic International team rider and serial heart-breaker Olivia Piana has won the 2013 Hobie City SUP Race in France. Olivia claimed the win ahead of Celine Guesdon and Naish’s rising star Manca Notar, while Florent Dode took out the men’s race.

Despite the rainy, wintery conditions, 40 paddlers braved the cold and were rewarded with an awesome paddle through the very scenic town of Port Grimaud. Click through for results plus some great photos of the action…   → READ MORE

ISA World Champs Final Day: Team Australia Wins (Even More…) GOLD!

Dylan Frick and Kelly Margetts
We’ve just wrapped up an incredible final day of competition here at the 2013 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Miraflores, Peru. After a week of epic SUP racing, SUP surfing and prone paddleboard events, there were still five more Gold Medals up for grabs today.

Just like we’ve enjoyed all week, the final events of the Championship delivered action, excitement and their fair share of drama. Australia were the big winners, finishing the week with 8 out of 11 Gold Medals plus the overall team championship trophy, with Denmark, USA and Brazil taking the other three victories.

We’ve got some great photos of the action, race results and a full recap of the day, so CLICK THROUGH for more…   → READ MORE

ISA World Champs Long Distance Race: Drama, Excitement And Plenty Of Gold For Australia

ISA World Champs Distance Race - Casper and Jamie
What a race… On Day 2 of the ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship here in Miraflores, Peru, the Long Distance race delivered excitement, drama and a clean sweep of the Gold Medals for Team Australia.

This was one of the most exciting SUP races I’ve ever seen, period, and is easily the most entertaining Distance Race our sport has ever witnessed. So click through for the full race recap as well as results, photos and video of the action.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] 2013 ISA World SUP And Paddleboard Championship In Peru (UPDATED)

ISA Peru World Champs - Distance SUP RaceRESULTS are just coming in from the dramatic Long Distance Race here at the 2013 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Peru…

Australia made it a clean sweep, with Jamie Mitchell, Angie Jackson, Brad Gaul and Jordan Mercer all taking Gold. Though one of the stories of the day was young Casper Steinfath (Denmark) who finished just a metre behind Mitchell and almost stole the glory.

CLICK THROUGH to see the early results then come back later for full results, photos and video from Miraflores. We’ll also have a full recap of the incredible action in a few hours. This was one epic race…   → READ MORE

So Who Else Wants To Go Paddle In Mauritius Right Now?

Watch this great short film about paddling in Mauritius. The dialogue is all in French and I really have no idea what they’re saying, but it certainly looks good.

CHALLENGERS* is a SUP movie that follows French Stand Up Paddlers Olivia Piana and Raphael Filippi through what looks to be a pretty comfortable stay on the island of Mauritius. Olivia is well known on the European SUP Racing circuit, going through 2012 virtually unbeaten before making a splash in some of the bigger international races. This film isn’t all about SUP racing, but it sure is a slick little production. There’s great footage of paddling around the island and there’s even some race action in there from the Mauritius Stand Up Paddle Challenge.   → READ MORE

Team France Announce Strong Lineup For 2013 ISA World Champs In Peru

France has just unveiled a super strong lineup for the 2013 ISA SUP World Champs in Peru. The SUP racing side of the team features Eric Terrien, Yoann Cornelis and Olivia Piana.

Eric is one of the best paddlers in the world and Olivia is fast moving through the ranks on the women’s side. Throw in the highly under-rated Yoann Cornelis and you’ve got a pretty good combination.   → READ MORE

[VIDEO] French SUP Race Championships – Beach Race

Check out this awesome footage of the French SUP Race Championships from last weekend.

There were some seriously solid waves hitting the coastline of Crozon, on France’s West Coast, which meant plenty of chaos and carnage. This video is from the “Beach Race”, which was basically a Battle of the Paddle-style race in-and-out through the surf.   → READ MORE

[VIDEOS] Open de Lyon SUP Race (France)

One of France’s (and Europe’s) biggest SUP races of the year went down in Lyon the weekend before last. The 2012 Open de Lyon SUP Race was held the 8th/9th September on the Rhone River in Lyon. After a Summer that saw Europe step things up and host a good half a dozen major stand up paddle races, the Open de Lyon was a great way to finish the season.

Over 100 paddlers competed including many of Europe’s top names, with Gaetene Sene and Olivia Piana were the big winners. Click through for video of the action…   → READ MORE