REPLAY: World’s Longest Live Stream (aka the Jersey Round Island Challenge)

It was fun to be back on the live stream boat! Here’s a replay of our attempt at the “World’s Longest Live Stream” during the Jersey Round Island Challenge presented by Gill Marine on Saturday.

The race was certainly an adventure, with wild winds and surging swells creating a chaotic concoction of ocean currents that forced organisers into a “Plan B” course. That became “Plan C” during the race after the coastguard shut down part of the course due to extreme conditions.   → READ MORE

Jersey Round Island Challenge: I’m going to attempt the world’s longest live stream tomorrow

I’ve just arrived on the island of Jersey (old Jersey, not New Jersey) for the next stop of The Ultra Paddle League, and we’ve decided to try something rather special.

The “Jersey Round Island Challenge” presented by Gill Marine is a classic charity event that offers a unique ocean challenge. The traditional course would be about 55kms (34 miles) and includes some of the largest tidal currents in the world that make “navigation” just as important as strength & stamina.

But… it’s not going to be a round-island race this year.    → READ MORE

ICF Worlds: SUP Racer and Kelly Margetts will be hosting the live stream in China

Buckle up, we’re headed to China.

I’m excited to announce that myself and Kelly Margetts will be hosting the live broadcast of the inaugural ICF SUP World Championships.

The “ICF Worlds” are happening in the port city of Qingdao from October 25-27, and we’ll be there along with a bunch of the world’s best paddlers to share the show with you and the rest of the international SUP community.   → READ MORE

HE DID IT! After 77 days and 5000km, Antonio de la Rosa has paddled the Pacific from California to Hawaii

Antonio de la Rosa has become the first person to paddle across the Pacific Ocean standing up. The Spanish adventurer completed his epic voyage from California to Hawaii when he stepped onto the dock of the Waikiki Yacht Club on the island of Oahu early Saturday morning — August 24th, 2019.

We’ll have to wait for confirmation of the precise distance, but the estimate is somewhere around 5000 kilometres or 3100 miles in 77 days.   → READ MORE

HE’S ALMOST THERE! Spanish adventurer only 100km from Hawaii after 75 days paddling across the Pacific Ocean

After an incredible 75 days and 4500km (~2800 miles), Spanish adventurer Antonio de la Rosa is less than 100km (~60 miles) from reaching land in Hawaii.

Antonio began his epic voyage in San Francisco 11 weeks ago — attempting the first-ever Pacific Ocean SUP crossing. The expedition is completely solo and unsupported…

And despite the extraordinary challenge, Antonio has been sharing entertaining video updates on Instagram every day. He’s expected to reach Waikiki on Saturday. Follow the GPS tracking map and give him a hero’s welcome if you’re on Oahu this weekend!

Venga, Antonio, venga!!

“Innovation isn’t dead” — ONE launches new ‘rocket ship’ flat water race board

Just when we thought race boards were starting to all look the same again, Aussie brand ONE Ocean Sports has come up with something else entirely.

ONE recently teased pics of a space-ship-inspired flat water race board on Instagram, and like an automaker showing off a crazy concept car at the Detroit Motor Show, this thing looks like it comes from the future.   → READ MORE

Paddlecast #002: Bart de Zwart (The Yukon Episode)

I’m very excited to share the second episode of Paddlecast with you today because it features my new favourite race – The Yukon River Quest – as well as a guy I’ve got the world of respect for, Bart de Zwart.

I sat down with the four-time Yukon champion and king of endurance paddling in Canada six weeks ago to record this conversation. We go into great detail (sometimes too much detail) to describe the physical highs and mental lows of this insane, 715km race.   → READ MORE

Starboard Sweep: Fiona Wylde, Connor Baxter claim victory at the Gorge

Connor Baxter and Fiona Wylde have made it a clean sweep for Team Starboard at the Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon today.

Fiona, the three-time defending champ, was once again unstoppable as her home course turned on the downwind conditions. Fiona’s fourth-straight DD crown cemented her reputation as not only the Queen of Hood River but also one of the most-talented bump-riders in the sport.

Click through for the full results…   → READ MORE

Paddlecast #001: Casper Steinfath

I’m excited to be starting this new project and look forward to sharing some interesting paddle stories with you. And I’m very excited that the first episode features my good friend Casper Steinfath.

“The Viking” is one of the most interesting characters in the sport. He’s an incredibly accomplished athlete but what he does off the water is even more impressive.    → READ MORE

SUP Racer is starting a new podcast called “Paddlecast”

Over the past eight years and more than 3,000 posts, SUP Racer has become one of the most-read destinations in the stand up paddling community.

But even through all those (often lengthy) articles, I feel like I’ve always had more to share.

The world of stand up paddling is an amazing place. There are so many interesting ideas, stimulating stories and colourful characters in this great community. But most of those voices aren’t being heard in an age of Facebook headlines and Instagram Stories where we rarely get to look beneath the surface.

So that’s why I’m creating a long-form podcast called Paddlecast.    → READ MORE