This Story (and Video) Will Make You Want to Buy an Inflatable and Go on a Paddling Adventure

inflatable-stand-up-paddleboardsHave you ever wanted to grab your paddleboard and just escape? Spontaneously disappear off the grid and explore beautiful destinations from the water? Somewhere in the Greek Islands, perhaps?

Well that’s exactly what UK couple Jay Haysey and Bethany Mercer did recently, and in case the winter blues are getting you down, they documented the whole thing to give you some new year’s inspiration.   → READ MORE

ONE Reveals Its New 17’7″ Race Board as Australia Leads the Way in the Rebirth of the Unlimited

unlimited-stand-up-paddleboardCheck out this great little clip of ONE SUP founder Paul ‘Jacko’ Jackson and head designer (and highly under-rated paddle athlete) Ben Tardrew playing in the bumps off the Gold Coast today on the new 17’7″ ONE unlimiteds that have just landed in Australia and are now available to buy (edit: sold out but available for back-order).

The wind was only light yesterday, so we don’t get a look at the true potential of the boards, but the video does highlight two key points: The emergence of new players in the unlimited board market, and the increased focus on unlimited racing in Australia.   → READ MORE

Musical Chairs: Several of the World’s Best Paddlers Are About to Change Teams

king-of-the-cut-downwind-raceWhile another race season is in the books and the new year is fast approaching, there’s still one last thing¹ left to wrap up before the end of the season: Athlete contracts.

When it comes to board sponsors, almost all of the top paddlers are on annual deals that expire on December 31st. And given the current volatility of the racing scene, where many new boutique brands are fast rising and some of the established players are faltering, it seems like the 2016 ‘trade season’ is going to be the busiest one yet.   → READ MORE

The Next Generation of Inflatable Race Boards Are Bad Ass: Red Paddle Co. Adds New Features for 2017

inflatable-paddleboard-red-paddle-coRed Paddle Co., the specialist inflatable brand widely considered an industry leader, has introduced several new features to its 2017 race board range that further close the gap on carbon sleds and give pump up fans another reason to smile.

Red is certainly one of the most innovative brands in the sport, constantly tinkering and tweaking in their ultimate quest to create lighter and stiffer inflatables that can achieve both performance and portability. Unlike manufacturers that make all types of boards, Red goes all in on their one area of expertise. Inflatable stand up paddleboards are all they do, which is probably why they continue to push the blow-up boundaries so well.   → READ MORE

The ‘Vuelta Ibiza’ Partners with the 11 City Tour to Create 2017 Stage Race Double Header in Europe

cala-xarraca-beach-ibiza-spainUp for a unique paddling adventure next June? Want to spend a week on a beautiful island in the Mediterranean? Of course you do, and now here’s your chance.

The Vuelta Ibiza, a little-known but very enticing race on the Spanish island of the same name, has just partnered with the classic SUP 11 City Tour to create a double header of epic stage races in Europe next year.    → READ MORE

The EuroTour Unveils Its Schedule for the 2017 European Summer of SUP

2017-euro-tour-supWith the snow starting to fall and the water starting to freeze in Europe, now is a good time to start dreaming of some warm water paddling. Well to help out, the EuroTour has just released its schedule for the 2017 European Summer of SUP.

The EuroTour, which is half ‘race series’ and half ‘European summer holiday’, is one of the funnest parts of the season. From France to Finland, Crete to the Canary Islands and plenty more places in between, the Tour combines racing and traveling into one big cultural adventure.    → READ MORE

2017 ISA Worlds: Dates for Denmark Confirmed; Big Changes to Event Format Being Considered

Casper SteinfathAfter the announcement of Denmark as host for the 2017 Worlds back in August, the ISA has finally confirmed dates for next year’s championship event – September 1st-10th – while there are potentially some big changes to the event format as well.

The 2017 Worlds will be split between the capital city, Copenhagen, and the small town of Vorupør, which is next to the village of Klitmøller on Denmark’s famous surf coast known as ‘Cold Hawaii’.    → READ MORE