Connor Baxter has taken out the Chicago World Paddle Challenge, claiming both the sprints and distance events to keep his 2013 Stand Up World Series unbeaten streak alive. Kai Lenny was 2nd in both races, while Zane Schweitzer and Jake Jensen finished equal third overall and were forced into a tie-breaker sprint-off. Meanwhile in the women’s event it was all Annabel Anderson, with the Kiwi claiming the double victory ahead of Aussie Angie Jackson.
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Kai Lenny and Annabel Anderson have taken out the Camp David SUP World Cup in Hamburg, Germany, defeating a solid international field to claim stop #5 of the 2013 Stand Up World Series. It was a clean sweep for both Kai and Annabel, as the stars took out Saturday’s Sprints and Sunday’s Distance Race by clear margins. The battle for second was tight however, with Casper Steinfath, Beau O’Brian and Leonard Nika tied after the two races, while Angie Jackson just managed to take second place from young gun Manca Notar.
Full results are in so click through to see how it all went down in Germany… → READ MORE
Check out the downwind antics of Fanatic International team rider and full-time SUP globetrotter Paul Jackson, who enjoyed some epic conditions at home in Australia a few days ago.
Jacko and his training mates scored a solid downwinder that started in Northern New South Wales and finished over the border in Queensland. The winds were firing and there was plenty of swell, making for some super long bumps and a fair bit of carnage too. → READ MORE
Travis Grant and Connor Baxter have dominated the 2013 SUP Race Cup, which drew a stacked field of 100 paddlers to St. Maxime, France and marked the official start of the unofficial European SUP Racing Tour presented by NSP.
This event was a tale of two days; on Saturday the winds were apocalyptic and the Beach Race turned into a survival paddle, while Sunday was much calmer (and warmer), producing an epic Distance Race.
The field was absolutely stacked, as many of the world’s best paddlers in Europe for the next few weeks, but in the end it was the favourites Travis and Connor who filled the top two spots on both days. Click through for the full results and race recap… → READ MORE
So we’re out here in the United Arab Emirates for the Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational, which is a specialty event combining the Stand Up World Series (racing) and Stand Up World Tour (surfing).
For the past couple of days we’ve been hanging out in Abu Dhabi with the stars of SUP, taking in the crazy sights of this crazy city as well as getting in a few practice paddle sessions in the very refreshing water (Abu Dhabi is HOT).
But today we trekked out about an hour into the desert to the smaller city of Al Ain, which is the home of “Wadi Adventure”. Wadi is a kickass water park that has what is probably the best wave pool in the world. It’s also smack bang in the middle of the desert and has one of the coolest backdrops of any wave in the world: There’s a big, dry, desert mountain rising up just metres behind the wave pool, giving this place an other-worldy kind of feel and providing an awesome contrast to the water below. → READ MORE
NSP team rider Travis Grant has taken out the BoP Race at the 2013 Australian Longboard Surfing Open, which was held a couple of days ago in Kingscliff, New South Wales.
Despite a relatively small turnout there was still plenty of talent stacked up at the front of the field, not surprising given that Kingscliff is only a short drive from the mecca of SUP racing, the Gold Coast. Coming in behind Trav were Naish’s Jake Jensen and Fanatic’s Paul Jackson. → READ MORE
See that pic to the left? That’s World Champ and Battle of the Paddle winner Travis Grant. See that thing strapped to his chest? That’s a $20,000 piece of equipment that measures VO2 max.
While it might look like Trav is doing his best Top Gun impression, the whole thing is actually part of a study into SUP that’s happening on the Gold Coast. The project aims to quantify the health benefits of Stand Up Paddling and a whole bunch of the world’s best racers have been taking part in it.
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Check out the results and pics from today’s Noosa Festival of Surfing BoP Race in Australia, where Naish young gun Jake Jensen took out the win ahead of team mate Andy Davies and Fanatic’s Paul Jackson.
Jake is in very solid form at the moment, having also won the NZ National Champs a couple of weeks ago, which, despite the name, featured a strong international field (Tahitian strong man Georges Cronsteadt was 2nd in that race). → READ MORE
What a race… On Day 2 of the ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship here in Miraflores, Peru, the Long Distance race delivered excitement, drama and a clean sweep of the Gold Medals for Team Australia.
This was one of the most exciting SUP races I’ve ever seen, period, and is easily the most entertaining Distance Race our sport has ever witnessed. So click through for the full race recap as well as results, photos and video of the action. → READ MORE
RESULTS are just coming in from the dramatic Long Distance Race here at the 2013 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Peru…
Australia made it a clean sweep, with Jamie Mitchell, Angie Jackson, Brad Gaul and Jordan Mercer all taking Gold. Though one of the stories of the day was young Casper Steinfath (Denmark) who finished just a metre behind Mitchell and almost stole the glory.
CLICK THROUGH to see the early results then come back later for full results, photos and video from Miraflores. We’ll also have a full recap of the incredible action in a few hours. This was one epic race… → READ MORE
In case you somehow haven’t heard, the $20,000 Paddle Royal was held on the weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with Danny Ching and Candice Appleby taking home the cash and bragging rights (check out the finalised Paddle Royal race results).
From all reports it was an awesome weekend: a very well organised event with great racing and in a kickass location. You can get a taste of what the paddlers were enjoying in this clip from Saturday’s Distance Race. This shows the massive line of paddlers heading around the first turning buoy, not long after the start of the 8.5 mile race. Click through to watch… → READ MORE
UPDATE 3rd December: Full results are now in (from all divisions) so click through to check them out.
Danny Ching and Candice Appleby have just taken out the 2012 Paddle Royal. Saturday saw the 8 mile distance race, while Sunday was the sprint races. Results were combined to produce the overall event champions.
The Paddle Royal is a $20,000 SUP race in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which has attracted many of the world’s best paddlers. Other standout performances came from Eric Terrien, Ryan Helm, Paul Jackson and Chase Kosterlitz in the men’s division, while Angie Jackson and Gail Vento podium’d on the women’s side. Click through for the full results + pics → READ MORE
Kai Lenny’s whirlwind tour of Australia has wrapped up, but the young Maui gun snuck in one more race before he left. On Sunday it was the Jetty To Jetty SUP Race in Adelaide, South Oz.
Kai took the win ahead of Fanatic’s Paul Jackson, who paddled well but could never recover after a botched start, while Steve Morrison rounded out the podium. Jacko’s wife (and fellow Fanatic team rider) Angie Jackson took out the women’s race, which saw a solid turn out of 22 competitors. All up there were close to 100 paddlers in the event, which is a good sign for SUP racing in South Australia. Click through for the full race results… → READ MORE
Here’s a fun, easy little training session you can try out with your mates whenever you’re not on the water. Pretty simple: Grab a few of your paddling mates, some ropes, monkey bars, balance balls, and a bunch of GoPros. Throw in a random rock playlist and you’re set. Fun times. Just don’t do anything stupid like try and keep the pace up for 45 minutes straight… Yes, it hurt. Click through to watch. → READ MORE
The Battle of the Bay SUP race has just wrapped up for another year. Aussie Beau O’Brian was the big winner this weekend, taking out a double victory by winning both Saturday’s Course Race and Sunday’s Distance Race. Paul Jackson scooped two second places, while Jim Terrell put in a strong performance in Sunday’s Distance Race to claim third in the overall combined results.
Meanwhile in the women’s it was Krisztina Zur with the double, taking out the overall title ahead of Angie Jackson and Julianne Brackett. Click through for full results from the Battle of the Bay… → READ MORE
There’s something about Chuck Patterson and the Battle of the Paddle that just seem to go together. Chuck’s made more highlight reels than just about anyone at the BoP. From winning the first ever event in 2008, to being in the middle of the mayhem at just about every buoy turn, the big guy always seems to be there.
I love this shot from the 2010 Battle of the Paddle. It shows the infamous inside buoy turn, where all the great carnage pics originate. That’s Chuck Patterson, sans t-shirt, spearing his board through the legs of Paul Jackson. Look at Chuck’s face; he’s totally got that crazy-excited-mad-man look in his eye… → READ MORE
All this week we’ve been following Paul Jackson and his elite SUP race training squad as they prepare for the Battle of the Paddle.
These guys train harder than 99.9% of any other stand up paddlers, anywhere else in the world. This week’s intense Stand Up Paddle race training regime isn’t something you drive straight into if you’re a beginner, but it’s definitely something to work up towards. It also shows some of what it takes to become an elite SUP champion, so we hope it’s given you some inspiration and motivation.
While the week-long “Jacko’s Gym” series may be finishing today, Jacko and his crew will start a similar regime all over again on Monday. So no matter when you want to start getting (very) serious about your SUP race training, you can always check back and use this six-day workout as an excellent guide. → READ MORE
Almost there! We’re up to Day 5 of Jacko’s gym and after this there’s only one day left… before you start it all over again next week 😉
Hope you’re feeling fit and ready for another SUP race training session! → READ MORE
Hope you’ve got plenty of energy, coz it’s time for Day Four of Jacko’s Gym!
All this week we’ve been following Paul Jackson and the intense Stand Up Paddle race training regime of his training squad, as the Aussie crew prepare for next month’s Battle of the Paddle. Today we’ve got a brutal session on the water in the morning, followed by a very easy afternoon workout. Take a deep breath and jump straight in… → READ MORE
Have you been keeping up with Jacko and his SUP race training squad so far this week? Hope so, coz it’s time for Day Three of Jacko’s Gym!
Today we’re working on paddling technique in the morning, before a brutal cardio session in the arvo. Click through for the full workout (if you’re feeling up to it) and find out how you can become a faster SUP racer. → READ MORE