11 Cities: Stage 3 highlights

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Bruno Hasulyo has tightened his grip on a third SUP 11 City Tour title after once again breaking the field on the canals of Friesland. Bruno won today’s third stage by almost 10 minutes to extend his lead over the chase pack. The difference now stands at nearly half an hour–the rest of the boys are fighting for second place.

Conditions were near perfect on Friday for the “split-stage” — the day started with a 12km time trial (staggered starts, no drafting) and finished with a 30km group stage.

Lena Ribeiro from Brazil finally turned the arm-wrestle with Petronella van Malsen to her favour by gaining a minute in the TT, but the Mistral duo once again crossed the line together. It’ll all come down to Sunday’s 27km time trial.

Before then, we’ve got a 42km stage from Franeker to Dokkum on Saturday morning. Follow the race with the live GPS tracking map and regular updates on @sup11citytour Instagram.

Jetset Superstars: Boothy, Fiona win the ICF SUP World Cup after landing in Germany same day

In brief: Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde have claimed the prestigious ICF SUP World Cup in Germany in extraordinary circumstances.

The Starboard superstars only arrived in Germany Sunday morning after jetsetting in from New York where they’d been competing at the APP money tour event, yet they overcame the jetlag to salute against one of the toughest fields assembled all season.    → READ MORE

“The wind was speaking to me.” How I paddled 38 hours non-stop and set a bizarre new record


My hands were actually OK this time. They’re usually the first thing to go. The blisters, the swelling, the cramps. But this year they escaped relatively unscathed even with a pair of cheap gloves that seemed to do more harm than good when wet.

My feet weren’t so lucky.

It was about 20 hours into the race when I realised an uncomfortable fact: I couldn’t stand up anymore. That’s a problem when you’re a stand up paddler.   → READ MORE

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