In brief: Vinnicius Martins from Team JP Australia has taken out the Key West Classic for the second time in 12 months, outlasting Olympic veteran Larry Cain after nearly two hours of paddling around the windswept 12-mile course.
With the Florida Keys producing its signature bumpy conditions for the 20th annual edition of this classic race, the ever-smiling Brazilian showed that his top six finish at Carolina last week was no fluke, with Vinni pulling away from the field to not only take out the SUP division but also beat home every one of the outrigger paddlers. → READ MORE
After stormy seas, swirling winds and endless rain forced organisers to cancel the regular Maliko downwind run, the OluKai crew came up with a backup ‘beach race’ event inside the reef at the traditional finish line of Kanaha. → READ MORE
Starboard duo Leo Nika and Penelope Strickland have taken out the first stop of the 2017 EuroTour, saluting at the ‘Agios Nikolaos on SUP’ festival in epic downwind conditions on the beautiful Greek island of Crete.
Leo, the winningest athlete from the 2016 Tour, came home in 1:29:56 to defeat compatriot Paolo Marconi (RRD) by almost 2 minutes, while Federico Esposito made it a clean sweep of the podium for the Italians after finishing third. → READ MORE
One of the most popular races in
North America the world, the 31 mile odyssey in Tennessee known as Chattajack, sold out its 6th annual edition in a matter of hours today despite the event being six months away.
Entries for Chattajack 2017 opened at midnight last night and were sold out by 10am this morning, Monday May 1st. Race day is Saturday October 28th. → READ MORE
World number one Annabel Anderson and Sunova’s James Casey have taken out the weather-affected OluKai Ho’olaulea race on Maui this morning, winning the modified ‘beach race’ event at Kanaha after the standard Maliko downwind run was canceled for the second time in two days following wild and unsafe conditions.
With swirling winds and stormy weather continuing to lash the Hawaiian coast, OluKai organisers wisely opted for safety over tradition, keeping the event inside the reef at Kanaha Beach Park instead of sending competitors on what would have been a somewhat-treacherous ocean paddle from Maliko Gulch. → READ MORE
Well, almost. The traditional barometer of the Summer of SUP, the EuroTour, gets an early start this year on the paradisaical Greek island of Crete, where this weekend’s “Agios Nikolaos on SUP” festival will transform the postcard-perfect town of the same name into the first of 12 Tour stops.
There’ll be a race somewhere in Europe virtually every weekend between now and the end of July, with the local heroes, European stars and international heavyweights battling it out in what is arguably the funnest part of the season. → READ MORE
We’re still coming down from the high of Carolina, but it’s already time for the next round of events as the paddling community disperses across the States and around the world for another big weekend of racing.
Some of the crew are headed south to Florida for the long-running Key West Classic, Maui’s downwind specialists are praying for wind at Saturday’s OluKai showdown, while the EuroTour is getting an early start over in the Greek Islands this weekend. But we’re headed north to Annapolis, Maryland to hang out with the crew from Capital SUP and check out one of the world’s fastest-growing regional events: The Bay Bridge Paddle. → READ MORE
Check out this aerial highlights reel from the massive showdown in Carolina last weekend, where Titouan Puyo and Annabel Anderson added another chapter to the history book of SUP after an epic battle with the world’s best.
Click through to watch… → READ MORE