Welcome back to Paddlecast. I was really excited to release a two-part episode with Annabel Anderson yesterday and today. We had a great chat last week — I talked with Annabel for more than two hours about what she’s been up to over the past couple of years and her thoughts on the sport in general. But I messed up the recording and the audio got jumbled 🙈
I’m going to see if we can get back on the phone with Annabel this week (she’s a fascinating person). But until then, I decided to fill in today’s episode with a little “Storytime with SUP Racer”… → READ MORE
Paul Jackson from ONE joins me in the studio for a look back at the month in SUP. We talk GlaGla, Iron X and upsets in Florida. We’re also joined via phone by James “Jimmy” Casey who just completed a 100km foil challenge for charity.
I sat down with Paul Jackson from ONE in the new SUP Racer studio to analyse the World Rankings. We critique each of the top 10 athletes and take a little look ahead at what might happen in season 2020.
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My guest today is one of the most experienced (and opinionated) paddlers on the planet. Over the past 15 years, Paul “Jacko” Jackson been a pro kiter, paddler, foiler, team manager, retail store owner and now co-founder of a board brand: ONE Ocean Sports, which is producing some of the most innovative race boards in the world.
In this episode, we had a good chat about building a board brand, the endless saga of Olympic paddletics and how to make racing more interesting and exciting… → READ MORE
In brief: Several of Australia’s top paddlers have enjoyed a solid pre-season hit out at the Sydney SUP Festival this weekend, with Jake Jensen, Paul Jackson, Kelly Margetts and Angie Jackson taking victories in three different events.
Jacko took out the opening, 8km race on Saturday afternoon ahead of his one team mate Jake and newly-minted Sunova team rider Kelly, while Jacko’s wife Angie was far too strong in the women’s. → READ MORE
ONE SUP has just announced the signing of top paddle athlete Jake Jensen, a major pick up for a boutique brand that’s aiming to punch above its weight and give the powerhouse brands some stiff competition.
Jake joins ONE team riders (and brand co-founders) Paul and Angie Jackson as the Australian-based squad looks to compete against the well-estsblished international race teams in season 2017. → READ MORE
Check out this great little clip of ONE SUP founder Paul ‘Jacko’ Jackson and head designer (and highly under-rated paddle athlete) Ben Tardrew playing in the bumps off the Gold Coast today on the new 17’7″ ONE unlimiteds that have just landed in Australia and are now available to buy (edit: sold out but available for back-order).
The wind was only light yesterday, so we don’t get a look at the true potential of the boards, but the video does highlight two key points: The emergence of new players in the unlimited board market, and the increased focus on unlimited racing in Australia. → READ MORE
James Casey and Angie Jackson have won the inaugural Central Coast Saltwater Festival on Australia’s East Coast, edging out a star-studded field of world ranked and local dark horse paddlers. Sounds like the inaugural event was a big success, with a well organised weekend of racing, big prize purse and top level talent all supporting a great cause.
The event, which kind of popped up out of nowhere despite offering a near record prize purse for Australia ($16,500), attracted a who’s who of the Aussie SUP scene, with the weekend comprised of three different races. → READ MORE
Comprehensive results, recap, photos and video from Harry’s Paddle, a major charity race that took place in Stockton, New South Wales on the weekend. It looks like it was a fantastic event that will go down as one of the biggest and best in Australia’s SUP racing history.
The weekend attracted enough elite talent to qualify for the SUP Racer World Rankings, which saw a dozen Aussies make a jump up the Top 100 men’s leaderboard. → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up the largest SUP race ever held in Australia. The Forster Island Paddle Festival attracted hundreds of stand up paddlers for a weekend of sprint, surf and flat water racing.
With close to 250 competitors all up, this would be Australia’s biggest ever SUP race in terms of participation (by a long way). The level of competition didn’t exactly match the Battle of the Paddle, however there were still quite a few well known, world ranked paddlers on show. The strongest performances came from Angie Jackson, Titouan Puyo, Paul Jackson, Karla Gilbert, Jake Jensen and Celine Guesdon. → READ MORE
Beau O’Brian has just taken out The Doctor downwind race in Perth, Western Australia, beating home Travis Grant in a near photo finish and taking a major win that has been some time in the coming.
Incredibly, after more than 2 hours of ocean paddling, the two downwind experts hit the beach at the exact same time. Beau was quicker up the beach though, out-sprinting the former Molokai-2-Oahu champion to the line. → READ MORE
In case you were wondering what we’re in for at the Battle of the Paddle tomorrow, here’s a good preview of Salt Creek’s current surf conditions… Many of the world’s best were down there this morning, putting in some last-minute, hail-mary training at the new home of the BOP and trying to figure out how to fit 12 and a half feet of carbon down a steep wave face.
These sequences are courtesy of SUP World Magazine and feature the Aussie duo of Jake Jensen and Paul Jackson. Click through to see the full slideshow… → READ MORE
Mo Freitas has taken out the Shonan Chigasaki Pro in Japan ahead of Aussie trio Paul Jackson, Toby Cracknell and Beau O’Brian. Chase Kosterlitz rounded out the top five while Bart de Zwart finished sixth. Despite a relatively small field in the women’s event, Angie Jackson continued to show her strength with a very dominant display.
On day one’s sprint race, it was all Mo Freitas, however on day two’s distance race, Mo had to settle for runner-up behind a very impressive Paul Jackson from Australia. Jacko mastered the tricky upwind/downwind conditions, finding bumps and a couple of well-timed waves to win comfortably. → READ MORE
It’s week #4 of the Euro Tour and this weekend we’re in the awesome city of Bilbao, Spain for another big race: The Bilbao World SUP Challenge. The action wrapped up just moments ago and it was Zane Schweitzer and Angie Jackson who claiming the overall event titles.
This event attracted a pretty solid lineup of talent; I’d say there were around 15 paddlers competing who would be on the top level internationally. Set right near the iconic Guggenheim Museum, the event involved sprint racing on Saturday before a 13km cruise through the city on Sunday.
One of the more interesting races on the calendar is happening right now down in Adelaide, South Australia. The 2014 Australian Flatwater SUPfest has drawn some of the country’s finest to the Westlakes Aquatic Centre, a location usually reserved for canoe, kayak and rowing races. In the tradition of San Diego’s Silver Blade Regatta, the Aus SUPfest will see competitors racing in separate lanes, complete with automatic starting gates and all.
So while 99.9% of SUP races are “mass start” events, the SUPfest will see each paddler racing on their own stretch of water. This format is exactly the same thing you’d see in Olympic canoe and kayaking races and should provide a novel point of difference to the usual stand up paddling events. → READ MORE
Apparently it’s the week for awesome SUP videos… After the epic downwinder in South Africa we posted a couple of days ago, here’s another insta-classic clip. This video really has nothing to do with SUP racing (apart from featuring a couple of famous paddlers) but I don’t care, it’s awesome and everyone should see it. If this doesn’t get you stoked to go paddling I’m not sure what will.
This is what happened when the crew from Gold Coast SUP bought a giant inflatable board and then took it out for a surf. I’ve been on this board myself and it’s absolutely massive… you could fit about twelve paddlers on there if you wanted. Oh and it has no fins, so you’ve gotta steer it like an outrigger canoe. In short: It’s really hard to surf but, as you can see from this clip, it’s also a whole lotta fun. → READ MORE