Top 15 of 2015: The Most Popular Videos of the Year

2015-stand-up-paddling-videosAs the year draws to a close and we reflect back on 12 months of paddling adventures, one thing that stands out is just how many awesome SUP videos were released in 2015.

From Carolina to Oregon to Doheny to Paris to Perth and virtually everywhere in between, there have been a tonne of awesome edits from the paddling community this year. Here are 15 of the best…   → READ MORE

The Pacific Paddle Games Was Our 500th Race…

Pacific Paddle Games Kai Lenny carnageHappy quincentennial: There are now 500 events listed on our race results feature page, with the Pacific Paddle Games becoming the 500th race result we’ve ever posted here on SUP racer.

It seems quite appropriate that the PPGs brings up our 500th: This is a massive milestone for SUP Racer, while the Pacific Paddle Games was a massive milestone for the sport of stand up paddling in general.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: Complete Results (and Big Updates to the World Rankings)

Pacific Paddle Games Party WaveIt’s taken us a few days to come down from the high that was D-Day at Doheny, but now that the dust has settled and dings have been repaired, it’s time to sign off on this amazing event by posting the full and final results from the 2015 Pacific Paddle Games.

Click through for the full results, plus changes to the SUP Racer World Rankings…   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter, Candice Appleby Win the Pacific Paddle Games

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Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby have won the inaugural Pacific Paddle Games at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California.

After an amazing weekend of racing, Connor just edged past Casper Steinfath for the overall win, with a heroic Mo Freitas in third after he blitzed it in the course race final. Meanwhile Candice made it a clean sweep of the women’s ahead of Annabel Anderson and Fiona Wylde.

Click through to for the full recap, results, webcast replay and all the other good stuff from this amazing weekend of racing…   → READ MORE

PPGs Preview: 15 Things You Need to Know about the Pacific Paddle Games

Kai Lenny at DohenyWe’re counting down the final hours til the biggest race of the year. On Saturday and Sunday, virtually all of the world’s best paddlers will descend on the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, for a massive two days of racing at the inaugural Pacific Paddle Games

Although it’s the first ever PPGs, the buzz around the event is all time. It’ll probably set a new standard for our sport, and no matter what happens it’ll definitely set the stage for a classic race, with a unique combination of big talent, big prize money and big conditions set to light up Southern California this weekend.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games: Last Minute Training with the Lahui Kai Boys

Pacific Paddle Games video 2015 Lahui KaiCheck out this great little clip from the Lahui Kai team, with their small but ultra elite squad going through its final paces at Doheny yesterday.

Featuring the hero of the Gorge Paddle Challenge and noted beer drinker, Kelly Margetts, along with whipper snappers Lincoln Dews and Jayden Jensen, this minute-long vid should get you just that little bit more amped for what is set to be a massive weekend.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Team Quickblade Previews the Pacific Paddle Games

Quickblade Paddles Pacific Paddle GamesLess than 72 hours til the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games. I get the feeling this event is going to elevate the stand up paddling world to a new level, and while this is the inaugural edition of the PPGs, the race is happening at the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point California, the place it all began way back in 2008.

Speaking of taking it back to the beginning: Quickblade. The QB team have been around since day one of the sport. Literally. Jimmy Terrell made one of Laird Hamilton’s first paddles over 10 years ago, while the Mad Scientist was himself part of the very early SUP races back in 2006 and 2007.   → READ MORE

Quickblade Presents SUP Racer’s Coverage of the Pacific Paddle Games

Doheny State Beach stand up paddle raceThe countdown to Doheny is on. Over the past few days, paddlers from across the country and around the world have been descending on Southern California for the last major race of the season.

This weekend, the Pacific Paddle Games, aka BOP 2.0, is set to take over the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, for what looks set to be the grandest race of the year.   → READ MORE

Unique New Teaser Clip Gets Us Even More Excited about the Pacific Paddle Games

Pacific Paddle Games SUP videoThe countdown to what is surely going to be the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games, is in full swing. In just three weeks’ time, we’ll see virtually all of the world’s best paddlers descend on the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California, for one very big weekend of racing.

We already know about the record prize purse of $55,000, a unique new race format and the full on live webcast, all of which suggest this could become the best event of the year, but this week the crew dropped a very cool little promo clip to get us even more excited.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games Announces New Race Format + Live Webcast

Battle of the Paddle SUP race chaosSUP the Mag has just announced a few more details about¬†their inaugural Pacific Paddle Games, which is set to take over California’s Doheny State Beach (aka the “spiritual home” of SUP racing) on October 10th & 11th and may very well be the biggest race of the year.

While we already know the PPGs will give out the largest prize purse in the history of the sport, now we know a bit more about how the action on the water will look.   → READ MORE

Mid-Year World Rankings: Travis Grant Is Number One (And There’s A Flaw In The System)

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And just like that, it’s August. This year has flown by. Seems like only yesterday we were getting excited about the first major race of the year, the Carolina Cup. That was four months ago.

We’re now halfway through the international stand up paddling “season,” which loosely runs from April to October (with a couple of outposts in December). Carolina, OluKai, the Worlds, the Euro Tour, Payette and Molokai have already been run and won, while we’ve still got the Gorge Paddle Challenge, Pacific Paddle Games and a few World Series races to look forward to.

So because we’re halfway through the year, I thought it’d be a good time to analyse the best paddlers of 2015 so far.   → READ MORE

Pacific Paddle Games Announces World Record Prize Purse Of $55,000

Pacific Paddle Games doheny californiaYesterday, SUP the Mag announced their inaugural Pacific Paddle Games will offer athletes a prize purse of $55,000. In what can only be described as massive news, this instantly makes the Pacific Paddle Games the richest event in stand up paddling history.

Set for October 10th & 11th at the “spiritual home” of SUP racing – Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California – the PPGs are expected to be one of the biggest races of the year. Probably the biggest.   → READ MORE

Bad Date: Australia’s Campaign For The 2016 ISA Worlds Is Already In Trouble

Team Australia ISA World Stand Up Paddle ChampionshipThe 2016 ISA World Championship is still a good 8-10 months away, however some of the medals may have already been decided. That’s because Australia, the winningest nation in ISA history, just changed the dates of its National Titles to a weekend where virtually all its best paddlers will be overseas.

The Aussie Titles, the event solely responsible for deciding Australia’s team for the Worlds, was originally set for mid-November. However a few weeks ago the national governing body, Surfing Australia, brought the event forward to October 11th-15th. The same weekend as the big Pacific Paddle Games…   → READ MORE