In brief: Martin Letourneur and Olivia Piana have taken out the 2017 GlaGla Race in the French Alps, with a massive 345 competitors descending upon a cold but sunny Lake Annecy in what was an amazing celebration of the sport.
After 13km of flat and sometimes foggy paddling, Martin edged out world number 13 Leo Nika by the narrowest of margins, winning a photo finish with an official margin of 0.6 seconds. → READ MORE
The Waterman League has announced the final schedule for its bold new APP World Tour, the rebranded version of the old Stand Up World Series that comes with a lot of new hype alongside a major new investment round that may finally see the League fulfill the ambitious vision it’s been working towards for more than half a decade.
After a determined but under-funded five years that saw the World Series run on a shoe-string and often encounter financial difficulties, the Waterman League has landed a multi-million dollar investment from a Hong Kong-based private equity firm that will give them a fresh new start and secure the elite circuit for at least the next few years. → READ MORE
The EuroTour has announced its final lineup for the 2017 European Summer of SUP, with one new addition to the popular circuit that now stretches 12 weeks and gives all paddlers a unified tour while offering the pros almost $100,000 in prize money.
After announcing its initial lineup last month, the 2017 EuroTour has added the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup to the schedule, which slots in at week #9, while the opening event in the Greek Islands has been brought forward a week and beefed up with prize money. → READ MORE
Tahitian paddling legend and current world number nine Georges Cronsteadt will officially be racing for the new ‘425’ Pro Team in season 2017 as the exodus from SIC continues.
Georges, who has been a permanent fixture on the international circuit over the past six years, joins 425 (aka “Addicted 2 SUP”) as he looks to retain his ‘King of Tahiti’ crown for a little while longer despite a new wave of young outrigger heroes following his lead and focusing on stand up paddling. → READ MORE
In a major move that’s sure to create waves, world number three and ‘Queen of Molokai’ Sonni Hönscheid announced today that she’s departing SIC to join Team Starboard for season 2017.
In what is an massive pickup for the Tiki team, the current world number three will join the likes of Connor Baxter, Michael Booth, Fiona Wylde and a dozen more of the world’s best paddlers on the famous blue boards to create an absolutely formidable lineup. → READ MORE
You’d be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of paddleboarding than yours truly, yet even I’ll admit ours isn’t always the most exciting sport to watch. Not all races need to be “exciting” – that’s certainly not the sole measure of success¹ – though some events clearly are trying to build showcase spectacles that appeal to mainstream audiences/sponsors and help push our sport to new heights.
And the race format that seems to be the biggest crowd-pleaser these days is the short course tech race², the type of race that involves a beach start and finish, plenty of buoy turns, and a solid test of a paddler’s skill, speed, strategy and fitness. But while these races are often fun to watch, they’re sorely lacking one important thing: A good name. → READ MORE
Hands up if you want to go paddling in Barbados.
Red Paddle Co, the world’s leading inflatable brand, has today announced what might just be the funnest weekend of the year: The inaugural Dragon World Championship, a season-ending headline event for Red’s new four-a-board teams racing concept that will be hosted on the paradisaical Caribbean island from October 28-30. → READ MORE
Japan’s top ranked paddler and best-known international export, Kenny Kaneko, has joined JP Australia, continuing the wave of team changes among top athletes in the new year.
Kenny’s new colours, which he announced on Instagram this morning, follows on from Jake Jensen’s move to ONE last week and comes as several other top riders are getting ready to reveal their new stripes for season 2017. → READ MORE
In brief: Team NSP’s Marcus Hansen has made it a clean sweep of the Otahu Cup in New Zealand today, winning both the distance and beach race events from Starboard’s JP Tobin. Victoria Stuart was the quickest of the women. Click here for the full results, and you can get more coverage over on Facebook.
In brief: Jake claims line honours on his new 17’7 ONE unlimited. Click here for the full results, and get more coverage on the Gold Coast Classic Facebook group.