After weeks of speculation, it’s official: The traditional season-ending showdown, the Pacific Paddle Games, has been cancelled.
The official status is “postponed til 2020,” not cancelled, but it’s definitely not happening this year and the future is fairly uncertain following the sale of event organiser SUP the Mag to a new parent company two months ago.
In brief: Lincoln Dews has claimed The Paddle League World Title after an extraordinary weekend of racing.
Lincoln survived a scare from Brazilian darkhorse Guilherme dos Reis to claim the overall Pacific Paddle Games crown, while the Aussie underdog also benefited from Guilherme and Arthur Arutkin knocking Boothy off the podium.
That combination setup a fairy-tale finish to the season for the DEEP/Quickblade team rider, who now etches his name in the history books as the first ever Paddle League Men’s World Champion.
Full results from this morning’s distance race here at the Pacific Paddle Games in California.
Lincoln Dews has put himself in the box seat to win both the overall PPGs title and The Paddle League WORLD TITLE after pulling clear of arch-rival Michael Booth to claim this morning’s 40-minute long-distance-sprint race. → READ MORE
As if the biggest weekend of the year needed any additional spice, we’ve now got a little extra sizzle courtesy of The Paddle League.
After a season that officially began in Tahiti six months ago to the day, the battle for the inaugural Paddle League Men’s World Title will be decided by two Aussie athletes and one big weekend of racing in Southern California.
The Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life is the setting for the “title fight” between current ratings leader Michael Booth and his compatriot Lincoln Dews (ranked #2 in the world). And the equation is fairly simple: If Lincoln wins the PPGs and Boothy misses the podium, David will snatch the crown from Goliath at the final race of the season. → READ MORE
In case you couldn’t make it to Doheny for the big season-ender last weekend, aka the Pacific Paddle Games, fear not: stand up paddling’s resident vlogger, Mike Jucker, was on the beach to compile this great behind-the-scenes look at how it all went down. → READ MORE
After an amazing season that’s stretched right around the world and given us six months of slick highlights, we’re finally down to the season-ending “Super Bowl of SUP” in Southern California.
The 2017 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life are set to light up Doheny State Beach this weekend, with scores of weekend Joes and virtually every single one of the world’s best paddlers set to make the annual pilgrimage to iconic Dana Point.
It’s going to be a big week, so here’s what to look out for including the full race day schedules… → READ MORE
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.