Two weeks ago, I sent out a survey to each of the world’s top-ranked paddlers asking which events they’d be competing in this year. The goal was to paint a picture of the biggest races in the world, which I think is not only an interesting insight for everyone in the sport to analyse, it also helps me to set clear ‘star ratings’ that will produce an ever more accurate World Rankings leaderboard.
I’ve always loved paddling unlimited boards. There’s a special feeling you get from gliding through the ocean on a 17 or 18 foot board that just can’t be matched on a 12’6 or 14. Unlimiteds are slightly challenging at first but I reckon that’s half the fun. Once you get the hang of it you never want to paddle anything else!
Unlimited race boards are pretty common over here in Hawaii but almost non-existent everywhere else. When it comes to unlimiteds: Not many brands make them, not many paddlers ride them, and not many events focus on them. Maybe it’s time to change that. Why not?! → READ MORE
Check 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
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
We’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
Exactly 48 hours til the big downwind showdown on Maui: The 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a on the world famous Maliko run.
Will Connor Baxter make it five in a row? Or can Travis Grant give him something to chase? Will the local guns fire? Kalama, Riggs, Menelau, Riccio, Kerbox – there’s no shortage of downwind talent on Maui. Will Kai Lenny lineup for his first race of the season? And will Travis Baptiste continue his tradition of punching above his weight from the stock class this year? Also keep a very close eye on Aussie boys Matt Nottage and James Casey to do some real damage. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has won his 4th straight OluKai title, claiming a strong victory ahead of Travis Grant, Dave Kalama, Travis Baptiste and Danny Ching. Minutes after Connor crossed the line, Andrea Moller triumphed in the women’s race for an extraordinary 7th straight year, further extending the greatest winning streak in the sport of stand up paddling.
Click through for full results + the updated World Rankings… → READ MORE
We’re still coming down from the high that was Carolina, however there’s no rest for the world’s best as we move straight into the next big race of the season. A solid group of stand up paddling’s top guys and girls have descended on Maui this week, where in 48 hours they’ll be hitting the famous Maliko downwind run for the 7th annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a.
Since the inaugural edition way back in 2009, OluKai has become one of the biggest, best and longest-running SUP races in the world. But can anyone stop Connor and Andrea from continuing their supreme dominance of this event? → READ MORE
In the increasingly-crowded world of international SUP racing, it’s definitely a wise move to announce your dates 12 months ahead of time. That’s particularly true for the “super races” that help anchor down the season. One of those super races is OluKai, so it’s great to see that, less than two weeks after the 2014 event was run and won on Maui, organisers have already announced dates for the 2015 OluKai SUP Race.
The 2015 OluKai Ho’olaule’a SUP Race (or just “Olukai” for short) will be held on Maui the weekend of… → READ MORE
We were sent this great clip this morning by Buzzy Kerbox, who had an insider’s view of last weekend’s OluKai Ho’oluale’a and used it to produce a really cool race video. Buzzy was on his jetski during the entire race, filming from inside the pack of 300+ paddlers as they made their way along the world famous Maliko downwind run, in what is one of the biggest SUP races of the year.
The video gives not only some really cool close-up shots of the action but also some very interesting commentary and insights… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller have reasserted their dominance of the Hawaiian downwind scene, taking out the 2014 OluKai Ho’olaule’a in surprisingly good conditions on Maui today. Despite Facebook being flooded with messages such as “Hey does anyone have a flat water board I can borrow?!” over the past 48 hours, the wind along the famous Maliko downwind run turned on just in time for the start of the race.
Connor showed once again that he’s the King of Maliko, finishing in a very solid time of 51 minutes, over two minutes clear of the only guy who got within shouting distance of him, Aussie Travis Grant. Maliko stalwart Jeremy Riggs put in a good effort to take home third, while Kody Kerbox came home in 4th ahead of Danny Ching and Livio Menelau.
With close to 300 paddlers on the line, including several of the biggest names in the sport, the event itself has shown it’s one of the world’s premiere races. → READ MORE
I’m stoked to announce we’ve partnered with the crew at SIC to highlight one of the biggest, best and funnest parts of the SUP racing season: Downwind Month.
When it comes to paddling, I’m convinced there’s nothing better than riding bumps and catching endless glides out in the ocean. It’s surely the pinnacle of not only SUP racing but stand up paddling in general. Watching those masters of the ocean navigate their giant boards along epic stretches of the Hawaiian coastline is almost hypnotic. Paddling, surfing, gliding and just generally having a whole lotta fun. Downwinding is epic. → READ MORE
The OluKai Ho’olaule’a is one of the premier events on the SUP racing circuit. It’s got everything: Top paddlers, top location (Maui’s famous Maliko downwind run), big prize money, great organisation and perhaps most important of all, the OluKai SUP race has hundreds of competitors. It’s one of the funnest races you can do, and the only thing better than competing in OluKai itself is getting to watch a kickass highlights reel, which you can do right now… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Connor Baxter won yesterday’s massive OluKai SUP Race on Maui in impressive style, finishing clear of Downwind King Dave Kalama, arch rival Kai Lenny and a stack of other elite paddlers. The win gives Connor back-to-back OluKai titles and continues his stellar form in the first half of 2013, where he’s been virtually unbeatable.
Connor was kind enough to share his thoughts after the win, so click through to hear from the champ himself… → READ MORE
Tomorrow is the big day: The 2013 OluKai SUP Race is almost here, with a good chunk of the world’s fastest downwind paddlers set to duke it out on Maui at noon. But while we’re waiting, let’s rewind 12 months and see why this event was so good last year.
Check out these awesome shots from the 2012 OluKai, which saw Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller triumph over a stellar field of paddling talent. There’s just something about the water in Hawaii… → READ MORE
One of the best events on the SUP race calendar, the OluKai Ho, is almost ready to take over Maui’s famous Maliko run. We’re just 48 hours from seeing many of the world’s finest downwind paddlers battle it out for the $15k in cash and glory.
The 2012 race was a cracker, with Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller defeating a star-studded field, and this year the two will start as favourites again. As always we’ll have full results up straight after the event, so check back on Saturday afternoon. But in the meantime, if you can’t make it to Hawaii this weekend then click through to watch a great highlights clip from last year’s event and see what you’re missing… (hint: a lot) → READ MORE
The 2013 OluKai SUP Race is just three days away, with one of the biggest events on the SUP Racing calendar set to draw hundreds of paddlers to the world famous Maliko Gulch for a downwind run.
The OluKai Ho’olaule’a is an awesome event, in an awesome location. Saturday sees the 8-mile SUP race from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha Beach, while on Sunday the OC-1 paddlers will tackle the same course. There’s a total of $15,000 up for grabs, with prize money split evenly between men and women. → READ MORE