And just like that, it’s August. This year has flown by. Seems like only yesterday we were getting excited about the first major race of the year, the Carolina Cup. That was four months ago.
We’re now halfway through the international stand up paddling “season,” which loosely runs from April to October (with a couple of outposts in December). Carolina, OluKai, the Worlds, the Euro Tour, Payette and Molokai have already been run and won, while we’ve still got the Gorge Paddle Challenge, Pacific Paddle Games and a few World Series races to look forward to.
So because we’re halfway through the year, I thought it’d be a good time to analyse the best paddlers of 2015 so far. → READ MORE
Well this is a nice treat. Just days after the Payette River Games had its momentous world premiere on CBS Sports Network, the event organisers have given us an early Christmas present: You can watch a full replay of the broadcast online. Right here, right now.
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In case you’ve been living under a rock the past week, you’d know that Saturday was the world premiere of the Payette River Games on CBS Sports Network.
I was up in Idaho last month and got to witness the PRGs in all their glory. In person, the 2015 Payette River Games was an awesome spectacle. Not only is it one of the most well organised races in the world, the PRGs are definitely one of the most exciting to watch. It’s perhaps the most exciting race in the world of SUP racing. So buoyed by the real world excitement and emotion, I was very interested to see how Payette would look on the small screen… → READ MORE
This Saturday will be a momentous day for the sport of stand up paddling, though most of the top athletes won’t even get their feet wet. Instead, they’ll be crowded round the telly, tuning in for the world premiere of the Payette River Games on CBS Sports Network.
The Payette River Games, or PRGs, offer perhaps the single most entertaining spectacle in our sport, so I’m pretty damn excited to see how it looks on the small screen.
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Check out this rad little clip from the Payette River Games, which comes from the fun-loving crew over at Rogue SUP.
The video features Rogue team riders Fernando Stalla and Josh Riccio in action, along with some guy throwing an axe, Chuck Patterson munching sand, log rolling, beach volleyball and plenty of people drinking beer and having a good time in general. In other words: Does a pretty good job of summing up what the Payette River Games are all about. → READ MORE
Stand up paddle racing is a strange sport sometimes. We’re so young and immature, and growing at such a pace, that we often fail to see what’s right in front of us. In a mad dash to reach the future before it’s ready, we lose sight of what’s really important.
Debate and disagreement can be healthy, even vital parts of our sport, however we should never forget what really matters most: Gratitude and positivity. In the world of stand up paddling, especially on the elite side of the sport, I believe we often forget to say thank you to the ones who deserve to hear it most. → READ MORE
Mo Freitas and Rebecca Giddens have just won the 2015 Payette River Games following a hugely entertaining three days of racing here in Idaho. → READ MORE
We’re just 24 hours away from one of the biggest, richest and funnest races of the year: The Payette River Games.
Part race, part festival, part party on the river in the Idaho countryside, the PRGs are a unique and highly entertaining spectacle. The main attraction is the stand up paddling (with its record $50,000 prize purse), however there are plenty of other highlights on the schedule… → READ MORE
The Countdown to Idaho is on. In just under a month, a whole stack of the world’s best paddlers will descend on the sleepy little hamlet of Cascade, Idaho, for a long weekend of festivities on and off the water.
The Payette River Games, scheduled for June 19-21, is set to be a pretty big show this year. We’ve already listed it as one of the “Majors” for 2015, and I know that more than half the world’s top names will be in Idaho for the showdown. Throw in an exclusive TV broadcast deal with CBS Sports and I think it’s safe to say Payette will be one of the highlights of 2015. → READ MORE
Since last week’s announcement that the Battle of the Paddle has been cancelled, at least for 2015 and perhaps indefinitely, the stand up paddling world has been asking one question: What’s going to fill the massive hole left by the Super Bowl of SUP?
The answer is sitting right in front of us… → READ MORE
The Payette River Games, already labeled as one of the five “majors” of 2015 and with a world-record, gender-equal prize purse of $50,000 up for grabs, just keeps getting better. Last week we revealed Payette’s deal with CBS Sports Network, and now we have the air dates to go with it.
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As if a $50,000 prize purse and the title of “Funnest event of the year” weren’t already enough of a drawcard, now we’ve all got one more reason to register for the 2015 Payette River Games: An exclusive broadcast deal with CBS Sports Network.
Race organisers recently signed an agreement with the cable channel that will see the PRGs given the full post-production treatment and an exclusive airing slot in July. → READ MORE
Today marks the 100 day countdown to one of the biggest/richest/funnest races of the year: The Payette River Games.
Held in the last-place-you-would-imagine-as-a-SUP-mecca – Cascade, Idaho – the PRGs are part SUP race, part lumberjack tournament and part festival on the river in a beautiful, mountainous countryside. This is one of the most truly unique events on the SUP calendar. It’s also probably the funnest… → READ MORE
Registration has just opened for the 2015 Payette River Games, probably one of the funnest, most exciting (and definitely THE richest) stand up paddle races in the world.
With a $50,000 cash prize purse, a host of cool events on and off the water and an expected influx of elite talent, the PRGs are shaping up to be one of the biggest and best events of the year. → READ MORE
Well it looks like one of the best events on the calendar just got even better.
The Payette River Games, one of the five major SUP races of 2015, will see two big changes this year: New courses and new boards.
While the 2015 website and registration won’t be opening until next week, I just chatted with the organisers and got a sneak peek at what’s in store for the 3rd annual edition of this big event. → READ MORE
I asked the question last week: “What do we call the biggest races in stand up paddling?” The Majors? The Grand Slams? The Classics?
In a sport as fragmented and disorganised as SUP racing, I think it would be great to recognise and celebrate the big, standalone events that support and develop both the community and industry. To help promote them with a collective theme that highlights their significant contribution to the sport.
I say we call them the Majors, and these are the races that I think qualify. The five biggest races in the world this year are… → READ MORE
The Payette River Games – already lining up to be one of the funnest weekends of 2015 – just got a whole lot more awesome.
After weeks of behind-the-scenes discussions with organisers, I can now reveal, in a SUPracer.com exclusive, that Beach Flags! will be part of next year’s PRGs. Beach Flags, for the uninitiated, is one of the grandest sporting events known to man. It’s a cross between a sprint race and musical chairs. And it’s awesome in every way. → READ MORE
One of the funnest races of 2014 was the Payette River Games up in Cascade, Idaho. Part-SUP race, part-festival, part-lumberjack tournament, the event has been a fresh and unique addition to the crowded racing calendar. And next year it’s going to be even better.
As you can see from the teaser clip above, the 2015 Payette River Games will be happening from June 19-21. This year’s edition was a great event, however I chatted with the organisers recently and it sounds like they’re really stepping it up next year. One of the big changes is Dan Gavere coming on board (pun intended) as the new Race Director and course designer… → READ MORE
We’ve already seen a bunch of cool videos from the Payette River Games (aka “The Grand Festival Of Carnage On The River”), however this one is the most all-encompassing edit yet. This clip isn’t 100% SUP, but it does highlight perfectly just how big and varied this amazing event really is.
Some great angles of world class paddlers trying to navigate the rapids at Kelly’s Whitewater Park, the humbling host venue for the PRGs located in the little country town of Cascade, Idaho. The sequence at the 1 minute 56 second mark in particular was a familiar pain felt by many of us that weekend… → READ MORE
Another week, another cool edit from the Payette River Games. From the moment this race was announced we knew it’d produce some awesome highlights and it certainly delivered. Carnage On The River we nicknamed it.
And this clip from the Boardworks crew might just be the best one yet. While we’ve seen a bunch of very slick highlight reels from Idaho over the past couple weeks, those all focused on the myriad of festivities on offer in Cascade. This one however is almost entirely SUP (which in my very biased opinion was the big highlight of the weekend… except for maybe the axe throw… definitely the axe throw). → READ MORE