It’s been almost a month since I posted any news on SUP Racer.
That’s the longest break I’ve taken in the seven years I’ve been running this site. I’ll talk about why next week, but for now let’s get this show back on the road. Because the reason why SUP Racer exists is to give you an honest look at what’s happening in this great, whacky, wild, rollercoaster sport of ours.
(I think the word “honesty” has been sorely lacking from our sport in general recently. That’s also another topic for next week, but for now here’s what’s happening the past 24 days: The 12 biggest stories, in no particular order…)
Instead of Brekkie Bites, consider this as your Breakfast Banquet. → READ MORE
Here’s your breakfast briefing for Tuesday, November 6. → READ MORE
Good morning and welcome to your breakfast briefing for Wednesday, October 31.
“Brekkie Bites” is your daily news summary from the world of SUP. Here’s the latest… → READ MORE
Czech Republic RIVER RACE! (GoPro POV)
Good times at the Krumlovsky vodacky maraton in the Czech Republic last week! More than 1,300 paddlers hit the water for a crazy fun river race — add it to your bucket list in 2019 (Oct. 12). Thanks to the local crew David, Lucie and Peter for showing me a good time and lending me a "Puma" from NSP – Surf and Stand Up Paddle Boards — hope I didn't put too many dings in it
Posted by SUP Racer on Monday, October 22, 2018
I was lucky enough to experience a very special race in the Czech Republic last week thanks to NSP and The Paddle League.
The Krumlovsky River Race is a unique event featuring over a thousand paddlers and one super fun stretch of river. The 25km, downriver course features half a dozen “weirs” that turn this into a whitewater rodeo and, at least on the bigger ramps, provide the amazing feeling of paddling downhill.
With a GoPro in my mouth, I thought I’d share this little highlights reel from my run on the NSP Puma (the 14′ by 23.5″ race board handled surprisingly well in the river). Hope you enjoy, and apologies for the awkward heavy breathing…
Add this event to your bucket list next year: October 12, 2019.
Good morning and welcome to “Brekkie Bites” #001.
The SUP world moves fast, but SUP Racer has been slower than ever lately. Partly because I invested my energy in The Paddle League, partly because my posts are just way too long (and time consuming).
It’s been a little frustrating.
SUP Racer’s mission has always been to keep a finger on the pulse and share the news fast, so instead of waiting til I’ve written the perfect post, now I’m simply going to post a daily briefing around breakfast time (“brekkie” in Aussie slang). → READ MORE
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.
More to come…
In brief: Brazil’s Eri Tenorio has finished the season with yet another win on The Paddle League regional series, taking out the Chucktown Showdown in Charleston, South Carolina ahead of former Olympian Tommy Buday Jr. The win is Eri’s fourth of the season, matching his performances at the Bay Bridge Paddle, Battle of the Blueway and Stand Up for the Hooch.
His smart schedule of events sees Eri finish well inside the top 30 on The Paddle League World Rankings. → READ MORE
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 brief: Aussie powerhouse Michael Booth has flexed his muscles to win the annual race around the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco today. The current world number one paddled clear of the small but highly elite field to claim the win the 2018 Battle of the Bay a minute ahead of his highly under-rated compatriot Ty Judson (Team NSP).
The women’s contest was a lot closer, with Seychelle being pushed all the way to the line by young SIC team mate Jade Howson, while Fiona Wylde rounded out the podium in this 4-star Paddle League regional event.
More to come on Monday morning… For now you can get full results over on The Paddle League.
World number number two Lincoln Dews and number three Fiona Wylde have each produced a clean sweep in Chigasaki, surviving the challenging combination of an international field and typhoon swell to claim the 300-strong Mynavi SUP Japan Cup and earn another 40x Paddle League points along the way.
Fiona first vanquished home-nation hero Yuka Sato in the 10K challenge on Saturday, before the Starboard Dream Team rider backed it up with a clean sheet in Sunday’s Survivor Race to take a big chunk of the gender-equal $27,000 prize purse.
Meanwhile Lincoln, up against half a dozen all-star internationals and plenty of dark horse locals, cemented his favouritism for next month’s season-ending showdown in California after claiming both days. → READ MORE
It’s arguably the most epic race in the world of paddleboarding: Five days, five stages and more than 200 kilometres of fun, horrible, grueling and rewarding paddling through the Dutch countryside.
Welcome to the 10th anniversary edition of the SUP 11 City Tour, a race that holds a special place in the hearts of the many paddlers from around the world who make an annual pilgrimage to the province of Friesland for a week-long event that’s best described as “school camp for adults.”
Every edition of this unique race is a week to remember, but with 10th birthday celebrations this year’s SUP 11 City Tour is set to be an instant classic. The event is also part of The Paddle League, with the 11 Cities earning a 6-star “Specialty Major” status on the new world tour. → READ MORE
REPLAY: Gorge Paddle Challenge "Hot Lap" Elite Race
FULL REPLAY of the "Hot Lap" Elite Race finals on Day 2 of the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. Thanks for watching, and thanks to everyone for a great weekend in Hood River, Oregon!
(skip to 1 hr 21 minutes for Titouan Puyo's "Pied Piper" move!)
Posted by The Paddle League on Sunday, August 19, 2018
Click here for replays of Saturday’s live stream (note: due to patchy internet, Saturday’s Double Downwinder live stream kept cutting out — Sunday’s Hot Lap live stream was a lot better quality).
Travis Grant has outlasted Hawaii’s Connor Baxter to defend his Molokai-2-Oahu title and claim a fourth crown in the world’s most prestigious paddleboard race, while fellow Aussie Terrene Black has saluted for the second time after overpowering three-time champ Sonni Honscheid in a fantastic battle across the infamous ‘Channel of Bones’. → READ MORE
And just like that, it’s the end of July. Where has this season gone? It seems like only yesterday we were freezing in the French Alps and getting ready to launch The Paddle League. Now it’s the end of July, the season is well over half done, and it’s suddenly time for the big one: Molokai.
The 32-mile, open-ocean channel crossing between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu has grown to become the most prestigious (and arguably: most challenging) race in the sport of paddleboarding, whether that be standing up or laying down. And this year is set to be a cracker, with a stacked field and promising conditions lining up to create a monumental showdown for this six-star specialty event.
Race day is Sunday, but in the meantime, here’s a quick look at the top contenders for this year’s Molokai crown. → READ MORE