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
Stop what you’re doing and go read this “unconventional” race recap of the 12 Towers by Team Sunova’s James “Jimmy” Casey.
Here’s the link. Just click it. → READ MORE
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
In brief: Dates are set for the 23rd crossing of the infamous Ka’iwi Channel between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu (aka the “Channel of Bones”).
The 2019 Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships will go down on Sunday, July 28. → READ MORE
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
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
I dusted off my old race board on Saturday. → READ MORE
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