SUP superstar and pioneering ocean athlete Kai Lenny has chalked up yet another landmark achievement, smashing his own Molokai to Oahu record in a solo attempt that saw him complete the iconic channel crossing on a SUP in less than three and a half hours.
Kai set the official record during last year’s Molokai-2-Oahu race, claiming the elusive and highly prestigious title after outlasting defending champ Travis Grant in a 4 hour 7 minute battle. But in an out-of-competition foilboard crossing last week, Kai absolutely smashed that mark by 41 minutes to set a new best time of 3 hours 26 minutes. And according to the young man himself, that mark could easily be beaten. → READ MORE
Bangkok hosted a landmark event last week, with the inaugural Chaophraya SUP Station Challenge showcasing the sport in Thailand’s capital for the first time, kickstarting SUP racing in a region that has all the potential to become a paddleboarding hotspot.
With strong support from international powerhouse brands Starboard and NSP, both of which are headquartered literally just around the corner, the event attracted close to a hundred paddlers including dozens of first timers. → READ MORE
It’s been two and a half weeks since the last post on this site. In the five and a half years I’ve been producing SUP Racer, this has rarely happened.
One of the reasons was a last-minute trip to Thailand, which, if you follow @supracer on Instagram, you’ll know turned into a big adventure through the islands with Red Paddle Co and friends. We got some amazing footage that I can’t wait to share with you, but it was more than that… → READ MORE
In brief: Danny Ching has taken out the 30th annual edition of the classic Dana Ocean Challenge in Southern California, outlasting the unlimited of Rob Rojas and beating home young gun Tyler Bashor, French expat Greg Closier and Team USA rep Chuck Glynn. → READ MORE
And now for something completely different: Paddling icebergs in Russia.
While we’ve seen similar things in the past, the adventurous crew from Stand Up Paddle Vladivostok have definitely been taking “iceberg surfing” to a whole new level this week, with dozens of paddlers joining in the fun of exploring the ice floes off the coast of this city in the Russian Far East. → READ MORE
One of the most popular features on SUP Racer is Battle of the Brands, our leaderboard of the world’s best race teams ranked according to the performances of their best athletes.
The name came from a single post I did after the 2014 Salt Creek BOP, where I gave a shout out to some of the teams that punched above their weight (the “Battle of the Brands at the Battle of the Paddle”). → READ MORE
Chris Bertish set a monumental record last week by completing the first ever transatlantic crossing on a paddleboard after 93 days alone at sea.
But while his 6500km (4050 mile) voyage is clearly an extraordinary achievement, one that may never be matched, Chris set another “record” that’s almost just as impressive: making paddleboarding front page news around the world. → READ MORE
So who else wants to go on a paddleboarding adventure? If you dream of jumping on a board with all your gear, paddling off into the sunset with your best mate/partner/fellow adventurer and finding a deserted beach to camp out and explore, here’s your chance to get that dream trip kickstarted.
Inflatable pioneers Red Paddle Co. are in the middle of their “Create Your Adventure of a Lifetime” giveaway, where they’ll be kitting out a pair of lucky paddlers with not only top of the line paddle boards but also all the gear you’ll need for a real adventure on the water. → READ MORE
In brief: Michael Booth and Sonni Hönscheid have saluted on day two of the 5-star Maui Pro-Am after winning a long, hot, windless Maliko downwind run that tested the endurance and stamina of the small but highly elite field of assembled athletes.
Despite the relatively flat conditions, there was just enough texture on the water to break up any draft trains, with Boothy powering away from the field early and crossing the line about a minute clear of Connor Baxter. Mo Freitas was another minute further adrift in a strong performance that saw him claim the overall event crown. → READ MORE