ONE designer and ocean master Ben Tardrew talks foiling, downwinding and growing up on a yacht

Ben Tardrew is the chief designer at ONE Ocean Sports and the man responsible for the magic “rocket ship” race board. He’s also a gun paddler in his own right and spends a lot of time riding and innovating foils.

I have the privilege of working alongside Benny here at ONE every day (their warehouse on the Gold Coast is home to the SUP Racer podcast studio) and it’s been exciting to see what these guys are whipping up behind-the-scenes…   → READ MORE

Paddlecast #27: Nicola Masci talks about 45-day lockdowns in Italy, paddling addiction and SUP11 City adventures

I caught up with my good friend and fellow shaved-head-enthusiast Nicola “Nico” Masci from Italy to chat about living in isolation, craving the ocean and a renewed appreciation of paddling. We also reminisce about the rollercoaster of emotion that is the SUP11 City Tour — Nico joined me in Holland last year where we both tried out the new “rocket ship” race board from ONE.

Nico used to live in Australia and train with the ONE crew here in my hometown before returning to Italy with his family a year ago. That country has been harder hit by the coronavirus than anywhere — Nico hadn’t been outside (let alone paddling) for almost seven weeks. But despite the extreme situation, he’s staying positive and looking forward to when Italy reopens the ocean.
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Paddlecast #26: Fernando Stalla talks Tahiti, travel and teaching his daughter spearfishing

Fernando Stalla is a master of the ocean who has competed at the highest level in SUP racing and surfing for years, and who is now enjoying his isolation days spearfishing and living the Tahitian life with his wife and daughter.

It was great to catch up with an old friend and talk about travel, children and the desire to have more fun on the water. We also reminisced about the Battle of the Paddle, Payette River Games and mythical “Beach Flags World Tour” — plus spicy margaritas in Sayulita 😉   → READ MORE

Paddlecast #25 – “Storytime with SUP Racer” part 1: How, when and *why* SUP Racer began…

Welcome back to Paddlecast. I was really excited to release a two-part episode with Annabel Anderson yesterday and today. We had a great chat last week — I talked with Annabel for more than two hours about what she’s been up to over the past couple of years and her thoughts on the sport in general. But I messed up the recording and the audio got jumbled 🙈

I’m going to see if we can get back on the phone with Annabel this week (she’s a fascinating person). But until then, I decided to fill in today’s episode with a little “Storytime with SUP Racer”…   → READ MORE

Team Brazil’s Vinni Martins talks paddling, traveling and his lifelong love of the ocean (and… gardening)

Vinnicius “Vinni” Martins is one of the hardest-working and most-positive paddlers you’ll ever meet. His energy is contagious. Vinni is also a damn fine athlete, having won an ISA gold and Pan-Am silver medal in season 2019.

Vinni joined me today from his paradisaical hometown of Búzios, Brazil, to chat about traveling, paddling and playing in the ocean on as many different craft as possible. We also get Vinni’s ranking of the best ISA after-parties of all-time and an insight into his new gardening career 😜   → READ MORE

Paddlecast: Susak & Paolo talk racing, relationships and razzle-dazzle board design (plus: 11 Cities addiction)

Two of Europe’s finest paddlers, Susak Molinero and Paolo Marconi, join us from their Canary Island isolation to chat racing, relationships and running mountain ultras. We also talk about Paolo’s new love for the SUP11 City Tour, razzle-dazzle design and looking forward to the day we can all meet up on the water again.

Susak & Paolo are not just two of the best athletes you’ll meet, they’re two of the finest people, period. These guys always spread smiles and good vibes at the events, and it’s always a pleasure to catch up with them even when we’re stuck on the other side of the world.   → READ MORE

“Stuck” in Bali, Daniel Hasulyo talks 11 Cities, 11 Islands and competing against his brother

I caught up with distance race superstar Daniel Hasulyo (who’s currently stuck in Bali with his pregnant partner) to chat about the allure of the 11 Cities, 11 Islands and competing against his brother.

We also hear what it’s like to be a Starboard ‘Dream Team’ athlete plus Daniel’s thoughts on the 2021 ICF Worlds set for his home nation (and paddling powerhouse) of Hungary.    → READ MORE