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Live stream updates: Week 4 of the EuroTour (Greece) starts 10am local time SUNDAY

EuroTour Week 4: LIVE STREAM PREVIEW (Greece)

Week 4 of the EuroTour hits the Greek Island of Crete for the Agios Nikolaos on SUP event. The big show starts 10am Sunday (see comments for int'l start times), and we'll be livestreaming over on The Euro Tour Facebook page as Titou, Boothy and Marcus battle Europe's finest while Olivia Piana looks to keep her Euro momentum going

Posted by The Paddle League on Saturday, May 26, 2018

The EuroTour hits the postcard-perfect Greek Islands for week #4, and once again we’ll be live streaming the show on Facebook.

We’ve got a solid field on the start line, with the internationals Titouan Puyo, Marcus Hansen, the Hasulyo Brothers, Vinni Martins, Rafa Santacreu and Michael Booth going up against much of Europe’s finest (Leo Nika, Paolo Marconi, Martin Vitry and the Danish Polar Bear are just some of the top Euro crew we’ve spotted on the island), while Olivia Piana will look to keep her Tour momentum going against Amandine Chazot, Susak Molinero and Noelani Sach.

Here’s when to watch…   → READ MORE

Save the date: 2019 Carolina Cup set for April 27

Heads up: The Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup is set for the weekend of April 27, 2019, one week later than this year’s edition due to the Easter holidays.

Carolina race week – including the clincis, premieres and parties – will be from the 24th to the 28th of April with the main day of racing falling on Saturday the 27th.

Expect it to be one of the major stops on tour once again, so mark Wrightsville Beach in your calendars now.

Full results from France as Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana claim Week 3 of the EuroTour in Vendée.

French stars Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana have saluted at home after winning Saturday’s part-downwind, part-sidewind “Vendée Gliss Event” on the country’s west coast as the European Summer of SUP starts to heat up.

Olivia was too strong for fellow Frenchwoman Amandine Chazot and downwind surprise packet Noelani Sach from Germany, with the latter upsetting more seasoned veterans to record her second career EuroTour podium and no doubt strongest ever result.    → READ MORE

…and here’s a full replay of today’s Facebook Live stream.

EuroTour week 3 LIVE STREAM [replay]

Full replay of our live stream from the Vendee Gliss Event in France with SUP Racer on the microphone. We'll be live once again next Saturday for the big race in the Greek Islands

Posted by The Euro Tour on Saturday, May 19, 2018

Full replay of the EuroTour “Vendee Gliss” live stream from France featuring the famous Baguette Microphone.

Thanks to everyone for a great day on the water …and skip to the 2 hour 34 minute mark for hte “running interviews” — I’m still out of breath 😅

Here are the post-Japan Paddle League World Rankings.

Welcome to the The Paddle League World Rankings — the new name of the original SUP Racer World Rankings

We’ll be moving the rankings to their new home on The Paddle League when we launch PaddleLeague.com on June 1st. The leaderboard will be completely redesigned, and we’ll also add features to highlight all 1183 paddlers that are currently in the rankings database. In the meantime, here are the current standings for Season 2018 (and keep in mind that the rankings are now reset at the start of each season).

Zamami: Sonni Honscheid Goes Five Straight; Connor Baxter Outlasts Young Gun Garioud

In brief: Sonni Honscheid has continued her unbeaten streak in season 2018 to five events after claiming the Kerama Blue Cup on Japan’s Zamami Island. Sonni was too strong yet again, however yesterday’s win wasn’t as dominant as her previous four after home nation hero Yuka Sato gave the German some serious competition.

Seychelle hung on against a fast-finishing Lina Augaitis to claim third step on the podium, while number two seed Fiona Wylde faded late to finish fifth.   → READ MORE

The Paddle League in Japan: Full Replay from the Kerama Blue Cup on Zamami Island

Zamami Live Stream: Part 1/2

Zamami Live Stream: Part 2/2

Sonni Honscheid and Aussie dark horse Ty Judson have won the Bluesmiths ‘Paddle Imua’ charity downwinder on Maui

In brief: Sonni Honscheid has continued her unbeaten run in Season 2018 by claiming the 2-star Bluesmiths Paddle Imua charity downwinder on Maui this weekend, claiming her second win on the Maliko run in the space of six days and further cementing her status as the woman to beat on The Paddle League.

With Maui’s signature winds going virtually silent for the second week in a row, the famed Maliko downwind run once again turned into an 8-mile grind, with finishing times well outside the race records.   → READ MORE

It’s yet another “Triple Header” weekend for The Paddle League

The Paddle League season rolls on with another “Triple Header” weekend just seven days after the last one.

Last week it was Maui (OluKai), Key West and Florence, while this weekend Maui returns (Paddle Imua) alongside Taiwan and the Netherlands. That third one also marks the first week of the 2018 EuroTour, which means, yes, it’s officially summer…

Make sure you’re following the @paddleleague on Instagram (and Facebook) for rolling coverage.

The King and Queen Are BACK: Connor Baxter, Sonni Honscheid Win Grueling OluKai Ho’olaule’a on Maui (RESULTS)

Connor Baxter and Sonni Honscheid have reclaimed their OluKai crowns in tough conditions on Maui today, with light winds and big seas providing a mighty challenge for both competitors and organisers of the 10th Annual Ho’olaule’a, the third stop of the 2018 Paddle League World Tour.

Connor held off a four-pronged Aussie invasion to defeat defending champ James Casey, perennial OluKai bridesmaid Travis Grant, dark horse Ty Judson and ocean master Matt Nottage to secure his sixth OluKai belt and restart his World Title campaign after disappointing results in Carolina and Tahiti.   → READ MORE

Enzo Bennett, Seychelle Claim the Key West Classic (Full Results)

In brief: Tahitian dark horse Enzo Bennett and East Coast America’s #1 export Seychelle have claimed the Key West Classic in Florida this afternoon.

Seychelle outlasted Aussie powerhouse Terrene Black, while Enzo eclipsed Brazilian ultra dark horse Eri Tenorio and Key West veteran Larry Cain to claim the win in record time.   → READ MORE

Florence Paddle Games: Bruno Hasulyo, Olivia Piana Victorious in Italy (Full Recap + Results)

In brief: Bruno Hasulyo and Olivia Piana have taken out the inaugural Florence Paddle Games in Italy, overpowering a strong domestic field to claim the prize money and Paddle League points.

Long-standing king of Italian paddling, Leo Nika, came home second in the men’s elite race while his brother Claudio was fourth. Dark horse and event co-founder Martino Rogai split the brothers to claim the third step of the podium.   → READ MORE

Maui, Florida and Italy: it’s another Paddle League “Triple Header” weekend

It’s another big weekend for The Paddle League with three stops around the world, including a World Tour specialty event on Maui, a classic event in Florida and the new one in Italy.

The headline event is certainly the 10th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a, where a pretty big chunk of the world’s best will be praying for favourable winds along the world famous Maliko downwind run (Friday night update: the wind isn’t looking great but there should be a few bumps out there).

The support acts are the classic Key West Classic, an event that’s been going longer than just about any other and which has become a staple of the regional calendar, while the third piece of the triple header weekend is the Florence Paddle Games, a new event that’s quickly attracted a lot of interest in Italy.

The Paddle League will have rolling updates all weekend via Instagram Stories and Facebook page.

WATCH: Epic highlights from Carolina.

Here are the full results from the Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, the second stop of The Paddle League World Tour.

Full results from today’s epic Elite Graveyard Race here at the 2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach.

An amazing day of racing with so many incredible stories. SUPConnect has a great recap of the day’s action, while we’ll be sharing our insights over the coming days. For now, here are the full results including the all-important points for The Paddle League World Rankings.   → READ MORE

Sonni Hönscheid Dominates Elite Field, Claims Second Straight World Tour Victory

In brief: Sonni Hönscheid has shown she’ll be very hard to stop in the hunt for The Paddle League World Title this season, taking out today’s Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup and recording her second straight victory after a similarly-dominant display in Tahiti two weeks ago.

Despite going up against one of the strongest women’s fields ever assembled, Sonni was in a class of her own today. She reeled in the fast-starting Fiona Wylde after the first mile before breaking away 30 minutes later and paddling the final eight miles solo. The German powerhouse crossed the line three minutes clear of impressive runner-up Olivia Piana while Fiona was all smiles in third.

There were fantastic performances right throughout the field, with most competitors describing the conditions as “fun” despite the grueling nature of the ‘Graveyard’ course. Strong north-east winds whipped up solid downwind bumps for the final three miles, with hometown hero April Zilg looking strong in fourth place and fast-finishing Seychelle rounding out the elite top five.

More to come…

The Paddle League World Tour: Michael Booth Earns Redemption in Carolina

In brief: Michael Booth has survived a nail-biting finish to win the 2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, outlasting fast finishes from Travis Grant and Mo Freitas after two hours of epic racing around Wrightsville Beach this afternoon.

Boothy powered home in the final three miles – which turned into a full downwind leg this year – to claim “The biggest win of my career so far” and redeem himself for a poor performance here 12 months ago as well as a very frustrating runner-up finish in Tahiti two weeks ago.

The win sends Boothy to the top of The Paddle League World Rankings and cements him as one of the clear favourites for this year’s world title.

The front pack of 18 guys stuck together for the first 10 miles of the race, with the pace fairly calm and mellow in the flat water back straights, however the field scattered in the final open ocean leg. Only Travis and Mo along with Titouan Puyo could match Boothy’s pace, however despite throwing everything at the Aussie powerhouse in the final minute, Trav and Mo had to settle for second and third respectively just a few seconds behind the winner.

More to come…