SIC takes over from Naish as title sponsor in Hood River

New name, same great event.

SIC has been announced as new title sponsor of the famous downwind showdown in Hood River, taking over from Naish and guaranteeing the future of one of the most beloved events on the calendar.

The event is now officially known as the SIC Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge.   → READ MORE

Paddletics? Not in Britain! English canoe/surfing bodies agree to hold hands

In a minor victory for both common sense and logic, we’ve just heard news of a positive collaboration between the canoeing and surfing bodies that may actually help the sport of stand up paddling move forward.

It only happened on a national level, and neither the ISA nor ICF (aka the “selfish parents”) were involved, but still, it’s progress.   → READ MORE

Trade Week: Japan #1 Kenny Kaneko joins Team ONE

In brief: Japan’s long-reigning number one Kenny Kaneko has departed Team JP and moved to ONE ahead of the 2019 season, delivering the boutique Aussie brand one of the sport’s finest ambassadors and hardest-working athletes.

Kenny announced the news on Insta this morning, where he was seen looking particularly fit as he readies for a season of racing that will no doubt focus on the rapidly-growing Asia region.    → READ MORE

Whether fun or daunting, ocean racing is always a challenge

This year’s 12 Towers Ocean Race was a good one: nearly 250 entries and plenty of wind.

It wasn’t a “clean” downwinder along the Gold Coast (past 12 lifeguard towers) between Snapper Rocks and Burleigh Heads, but those who knew how to work the ocean were having a ball.    → READ MORE

RESULTS: Karla Gilbert, Lincoln Dews have won the APSU “12 Towers” Ocean Race in Australia

In brief: Karla Gilbert has won her sixth 12 Towers title while Lincoln Dews cemented his world number one status by vanquishing a strong pre-season field on Australaia’s Gold Coast today.

The iconic ocean race offered competitors a solid downwind run to make up for last year’s “no-winder,” with Lincoln proving too strong in the bumps for a field that included his two major sparring partners from last season, Michael Booth and Titouan Puyo.   → READ MORE