Awesome Aerial Footage from the Pacific Paddle Games

pacific-paddle-games-videoWe’re slowly coming down from the high of the Pacific Paddle Games, but I don’t think we’ll be forgetting it any time soon. Especially not after watching this awesome clip from Matty Schweitzer and Team Starboard.

This is some of the best footage I’ve seen all weekend, and it’s already getting me amped up for #PPG2017.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: Overall Results from the Biggest Race of the Year as Candice Appleby and Connor Baxter Go Back-to-Back

Pacific Paddle Games results
The 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life are complete. And what an event it was. The words “drama”, “action” and “excitement” don’t even begin to describe what we saw out there, especially on the final day as it all came down to the wire for the overall results.

Congratulations to Candice Appleby and Connor Baxter for rising above the all-star field and claiming back-to-back PPGs titles. And huge efforts from Shae Foudy, Annabel Anderson, Michael Booth and Travis Grant to stand on the podium with them.

Click through for the final, overall results…   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: Men’s Quarter-Finals Heat Draw and Women’s Semi-Final Lineup (+ Race Index Record)

pacific-paddle-games-doheny-state-beachAfter a highly entertaining day of racing on Friday, we’re down to the round of 64 in the Pro Men’s Surf Race, with the quarter-finals coming up just before lunch on Saturday, and then the semi-finals for both men and women on Saturday afternoon.

Click through for the heat draws + Saturday’s webcast schedule…   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: VMG Facebook Live Stream Replay

pacific-paddle-games-live-streamFull replay of our VMG Facebook Live stream from day 1 of the Pacific Paddle Games here in California.

That was an awesome morning of racing, with some big names impressing and a few dark horses announcing themselves. Check back tomorrow at 11am local time for the official Pacific Paddle Games webcast. The pre-show with Dave Kalama will be on air @ 11:10am, with the first quarter-final on the water at 11:40am.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: HEAT DRAWS for the Men’s Pro Surf Race on Friday Morning

Pacific Paddle Games
We’re just minutes away from the start of the biggest race of the year, the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life, and with virtually every single top ranked paddler on the planet here on the beach in Dana Point, California, we’re in for a big show starting at 10:30am today (Friday).

The boards are stickered up, the paddles are primed, and the fins are sharp and ready. The only thing left now is to study the heat draws and find out who is battling whom in the sudden death qualifying heats.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: Watch the Biggest Race of the Year with the VMG Blades Facebook Live Stream on Friday Morning

Pacific Paddle Games live webcast
Only 24 hours til the fun and games begin…

The 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life kick off on Friday morning, and you can watch the biggest race of the year as it happens with our Facebook Live stream powered by VMG Blades, where you can catch all the action of the men’s surf race heats.

Click through to get the Friday-Sunday schedule…   → READ MORE

Goodbye Australia; Hello California

new-caledonia-aerial-photoWe’re just days away from the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games, and right now virtually the entire paddleboarding world is descending on Dana Point in southern California.

SUP Racer included.

Because after missing out on a few of my all-time favourite races over the past six weeks (JM, the Gorge and 11 Cities), I couldn’t miss this one…   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: One Week.

Pacific Paddle Games Party Wave
We’re just one week away from the biggest race of the year, the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life. With virtually all of the world’s best paddlers expected on the start line, this year’s PPGs are shaping up to be one of the most-competitive showdowns our sport has ever seen.

SUP Racer will heading stateside on Sunday, so we’ll be there on the beach at Doheny for the whole show; keep an eye out for more Pacific Paddle Games previews, predictions and insights over the coming days.    → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games Countdown: 10 Days ’til the Biggest Race of the Year (10 Things to Know)

Pacific Paddle Games
The countdown is on: We’re only 10 days away from the biggest race of the year, the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life, which is shaping up to be the sport’s showcase event once again this season.

So with just 10 days to go til the big dance at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California, here are 10 things you need to know about the PPGs…   → READ MORE

Heads Up: Registration for the Pacific Paddle Games (Elite Race) Closes TOMORROW

Pacific Paddle Games paddleboard raceJust a friendly reminder: Registration for the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games, closes TOMORROW.

If you want to race in the elite division at the PPGs, you’ve gotta get your name on the start list by 3pm Friday 16th. No rush if you’re only looking at the open race though: registration for amateur divisions will be open until September 23rd.   → READ MORE

Registration for the Pacific Paddle Games Is Open (and It’s Going to Close Early…)

Pacific Paddle Games 2016 registrationThere’s just something about stand up paddlers and last minute event registration. It seems that every year, at just about every big event, almost every paddler leaves it right til the last minute to register. It’s a headache for event organisers, especially at big events with knockout heat formats that need to be seeded, such as the Pacific Paddle Games.

So to make things flow smooth on race day, this year PPGs organisers are cutting off event rego two weeks before the racing actually begins. No registering on the eve of the race or even in the week leading up to it, and certainly no signing up to race at the beach on the morning of the event.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games Organisers Listen, Reconsider, and Agree to Remain “Anything up to 14” for Men (12’6 for Women)

Pacific Paddle Games Stand Up Paddleboarding RaceAfter initially deciding to downsize this year’s elite race to 12’6, the organising team behind the 6-star Pacific Paddle Games has reconsidered and will now remain an “Anything up to 14 ft” race for men (12’6 for women), restoring some balance to the wider sport and perhaps bringing us a step closer to finally resolving the distracting saga that is the “board class debate”.   → READ MORE

Facepalm: Pacific Paddle Games Flip Flops Back to 12’6, Adds Fuel to the Board Class Debate Just as the Fire Was Starting to Cool

Pacific Paddle Games facepalm
Just when we thought the board class debate was finally reaching a logical, unifying conclusion, the Pacific Paddle Games has gone and poured some more kerosene on the fire.

After officially announcing the 2016 event last week, the PPGs crew confirmed another key piece of the puzzle today: They’re flip-flopping back to 12’6 boards for the men’s event (for both the surf race and long distance), after having led the way with a move to 14 footers last year.

It’s a decision that will not only fail to fix the target issue (reducing carnage), it will also cause confusion for the rest of the sport and hold the community back from reaching any real sense of unity right when it was on the verge of doing so.

It’s a decision that can only be described as facepalm. But despite this, a logical solution is still within reach. Read on to find out what it is…   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games Announces $60,000 Prize Purse as Salt Life Signs Multi-Year Presenting Sponsor Deal

Pacific Paddle Games paddleboard raceThe crew behind the Pacific Paddle Games have just announced a record $60,000 prize purse for the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life, with the salty apparel brand signing on for a further three years to guarantee the longevity of SUP racing’s premiere event.

The PPGs debuted last year as a virtual replacement for the long-running Battle of the Paddle, returning the sport to its “spiritual home” of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California in the process.   → READ MORE