Casper Steinfath’s “Skagerrak” is a fascinating film about life that happens to include some paddling

There’s a scene about five minutes into the movie “Skagerrak” where Casper Steinfath lists all the good and bad things he learned from his bold yet unsuccessful attempt to paddle from Denmark to Norway in the winter of 2017. The bad column has 16 entries including hypothermia, “crazy conditions” and being better prepared if he loses consciousness in the middle of a cold, dark ocean.

The “good” column has one entry, and it’s trivial at best.

This sets the tone for the young Dane’s second attempt at the infamous “Skagerrak Strait” in early 2018 – where he again aims to be the first person to paddle the 140km of open ocean that separates these Scandinavian neighbours (and again, in winter).

But rather than simply chronicling a daring yet straightforward adventure, this “story of redemption” transcends the physical act of paddling and delves much deeper in the life of Casper and those around him; the film becomes a search for a reason why we do the things we do in life.   → READ MORE

Why I’m going to Kyiv, not Carolina…

It’s race day in Carolina. In just a few hours, many of the world’s top athletes and hundreds of weekend warriors will hit the water for a major celebration of the sport in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

The Carolina Cup is a classic race filled with classic performances that have produced countless classic stories. But while I’ve enjoyed writing many of those stories over the years, for the first time in half a decade I’m going to be following the event from afar.

Carolina has been one of my favourite stops on the international circuit. I raced the Graveyard in 2014 before returning to live stream the main event in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. I’ve had a lot of fun, met a lot of cool people and made a lot of fond memories in Wrightsville.

Now it’s time to move on.   → READ MORE

Bart de Zwart: Paddling through Vanuatu (and going back in time)

Another loud explosion. We looked at each other with a mix of excitement and fear, and we wondered what was waiting for us at the top…

We were hiking the ridge of Mount Yasur on the island of Tanna, one of 83 outposts in the South Pacific that form the nation of Vanuatu. Yasur is one of the world’s few active volcanoes considered “safe” to view up close; we were still two hoars from the top but already the mountain was making thunderous, frightening sounds.

As we walked, I reflected on how we had gotten to that point…   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo and Yuka Sato have claimed the Air France Paddle Festival in Tahiti

Congratulations Titou and Yuka. Full report to follow…

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Congrats Yuka and Titou for winning a very long, very hot race in Tahiti today! Massive effort from both of you 💪🌴💦 Special mention to 15-year-old @keoni_sulpice who was just 11 seconds behind "Silk" after more than two hours of tough paddling, as well as @oliviapiana who finished runner-up despite having to borrow a board at the very last minute 🙌 Actually… anyone that even finished the 24k grind deserves a medal – that looked draining! 😅🙈 Thanks a lot to @seychellesup for joining me on the @paddleleague live stream commentary, hope you all had as much fun watching at home as we did in the booth! 😁 Such a pleasure to work with the amazing crew from TNTV (plus The League's in-house producer @trev_sup) to showcase this epic event. See you next year, Tahiti! 🇵🇫🙏 @airfrance @tahitinuitelevision

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Here are the winners from the South American Beach Games in Argentina

The South American Beach Games (“Juegos Sudamericanos de Playa”) are happening this week in Rosario, Argentina and for the first time the event includes stand up paddling–both racing and surfing.

Friday saw the sprints while Saturday was the marathon race, and as expected Team Brazil was clearly the dominant force.   → READ MORE

This one image sums up the decline of the PPGs

A few days ago we learnt the Pacific Paddle Games was canceled. The official word is “postponed til 2020,” but nothing is confirmed for next year either. I’m guessing it’s gone for good.   → READ MORE