Full Results: Danny Ching, Jade Howson Win the Hanohano Race as 350+ Paddlers Take Over San Diego’s Mission Bay

Hanohano paddle boarding raceIn brief: Danny Ching and Jade Howson have taken out the 2017 Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge in San Diego’s Mission Bay.

While Chuck Glynn edged out Thomas Maximus in the unlimited fight for line honours, Mr. 404 won the battle of the 14 footers after leading home Chase Kosterlitz, the Brown Blurrr Dave Boehne, and his young team mate Noa Hopper. Danny also won the 9 mile outrigger race…   → READ MORE

Race Board Stats: 14′ Dominates with 78% Market Share vs. 12’6 (Finally a Common Standard?)

battle-of-the-brands-pacific-paddle-gamesThere’s been a very passionate (but rather boring) debate raging in the SUP racing community over the past few years, with various athletes, brands and event organisers arguing endlessly amongst themselves over a simple foot and a half of foam that’s almost indistinguishable to the casual observer.

To say I’m a little tired of the whole 12’6 vs 14′ board class debate would be an understatement – I think we should be discussing far more important topics such as how to grow grassroots participation and make elite races more exciting – but I was recently asked by a few big events to produce some numbers on 12’6 vs 14, so here they are.    → READ MORE

The WPA Launches ‘World SUP Tour’ Featuring 11 Major Regional and International Races

Carolina Cup paddleboard race 2016 (4b)The World Paddle Association (WPA) has just announced the 12-race World SUP Tour, a new international series that aims to bind many of the sport’s biggest standalone events.

The World SUP Tour (WST) will include three of the ‘majors’ – Carolina Cup, Gorge Paddle Challenge and Pacific Paddle Games – along with nine regional events in six countries.   → READ MORE

Extended Highlights from the GlaGla Race

GlaGla-paddleboarding-race-videoHere’s the full length edit from last weekend’s big GlaGla Race, where over 300 paddlers enjoyed one of the coldest but most beautiful events on the calendar.

Thanks to the organisers for creating such a crazy fun race. Save the date for next year’s race: January 20th, 2018.   → READ MORE

Watch Jeremy Riggs’ Downwind Dream Run on Maui’s South Shore

maui downwind stand up paddleboarding videoTake a ride along Maui’s south shore with Jeremy Riggs and watch as the downwind guru scores a dream downwinder on the Kihei Run.

With a wind advisory forecasting 50 knots, Jeremy joined his friends and fellow downwind experts Randy Royse and Devin Blish for a memorable session.   → READ MORE

Epic Drone Footage from the 350-Strong ‘GlaGla’ Race

GlaGla-paddleboard-race-FranceTake a look at this unreal footage from yesterday’s big GlaGla Race in the French Alps, where Martin Letourneur, Leo Nika and Olivia Piana led a field of over 300 paddlers around a very cold but very beautiful Lake Annecy.

The sight of hundreds of paddlers charging off the start line is absolutely amazing   → READ MORE

Watch: The Red ‘Dragon’ Unleashed in the French Alps

Red-Dragon-paddleboarding-videoCheck out this awesome drone footage from today’s GlaGla Race here in the French Alps, featuring the crazy 22ft inflatable from Red Paddle Co known as the Dragon.

In case you haven’t been following this story over the past few months, the ‘Dragon’ is a 22ft long behemoth that’s been designed for a unique style of teams racing.    → READ MORE

Martin Letourneur, Olivia Piana Win the ‘GlaGla Race’ as 345 Paddlers Descend on Beautiful Lake Annecy in the French Alps

In brief: Martin Letourneur and Olivia Piana have taken out the 2017 GlaGla Race in the French Alps, with a massive 345 competitors descending upon a cold but sunny Lake Annecy in what was an amazing celebration of the sport.

After 13km of flat and sometimes foggy paddling, Martin edged out world number 13 Leo Nika by the narrowest of margins, winning a photo finish with an official margin of 0.6 seconds.   → READ MORE

The Waterman League Announces Final Schedule for Its 2017 ‘APP World Tour’ (the New ‘Stand Up World Series’ with Big New $$)

red-bull-heavy-water-stand-up-paddle-race-san-franciscoThe Waterman League has announced the final schedule for its bold new APP World Tour, the rebranded version of the old Stand Up World Series that comes with a lot of new hype alongside a major new investment round that may finally see the League fulfill the ambitious vision it’s been working towards for more than half a decade.

After a determined but under-funded five years that saw the World Series run on a shoe-string and often encounter financial difficulties, the Waterman League has landed a multi-million dollar investment from a Hong Kong-based private equity firm that will give them a fresh new start and secure the elite circuit for at least the next few years.   → READ MORE

The EuroTour Announces Final Schedule for 2017: 12 Weeks, 12 Races and a $100k Summer Holiday in Europe

Michael Booth St Maxime EuroTourThe EuroTour has announced its final lineup for the 2017 European Summer of SUP, with one new addition to the popular circuit that now stretches 12 weeks and gives all paddlers a unified tour while offering the pros almost $100,000 in prize money.

After announcing its initial lineup last month, the 2017 EuroTour has added the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup to the schedule, which slots in at week #9, while the opening event in the Greek Islands has been brought forward a week and beefed up with prize money.   → READ MORE