On Gratitude… (aka “Everyone Loves The Payette River Games”)

Payette River Games thank youStand 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

Payette River Games Preview: Who’s Going To Conquer The River And Claim The Bounty? (24 Hours To Go…)

Jeramie VaineWe’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

Payette River Games: New Course, New Boards, And Everything Else You Need To Know About PRG15

Payette River Games SUP CrossThe 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

Payette River Games: Air Date Confirmed For CBS Sports Network TV Broadcast

Kai Lenny SUP Payette River GamesThe 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.

The broadcast is scheduled for…   → READ MORE

One Of The Five ‘Majors’ Just Got Even Bigger: Payette River Games Secures TV Broadcast Deal

Payette River Games stand up paddlingAs 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

100 Day Countdown: The $50,000 Payette River Games

Brittany-Parker-river-standup-paddlingToday 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 Opens For The Payette River Games – One Of The Major Races Of 2015

Payette River Games Cascade IdahoRegistration 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

New Boards, New Courses And Even More Fun For The Payette River Games

Payette River Games IdahoWell 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

The Majors: The World’s Five Biggest SUP Races (Plus: Predicting The Top 25 “Most Significant” Races Of 2015)

Major Stand Up Paddle Races
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

2015 Payette River Games Just Got Even More Awesome: Beach Flags! Added To The Schedule

Payette River Games Beach FlagsThe 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

Payette River Games Set To Be Even Bigger In 2015 As Dan Gavere Comes On Board To Create ‘Humbling’ Course Designs

Payette River Games 2015One 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

WATCH: Great Recap Of The Payette River Games (aka The Festival Of Carnage On The River)

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

Payette River Games: More Carnage On The River (aka Team Boardworks Goes To Idaho)

Payette River Games Idaho river SUP raceAnother 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

PHOTOS: Payette River Games Gets Featured In Sports Illustrated

photos Payette River Games Cascade IdahoToday must be the day for Payette River Games news. First we got a look at an awesome Payette highlights video and now we’ve got something perhaps even cooler: The event just got featured on the Sports Illustrated website the other day.

How many SUP races end up in Sports Illustrated? Probably none until now. But the Payette River Games are no ordinary race, so head on over to SI.com and take a look at some very slick shots of the action.   → READ MORE

Awesome Highlight Reel From The Payette River Games In Idaho

Payette River Games SUP VideoThe 2014 Payette River Games was an amazing weekend. So much action, so much carnage, so many laughs… It was a breakout event for the whitewater SUP community but it was so much more than that. The SUP racing was the highlight (in my biased opinion at least) but just as entertaining was the whitewater kayak, the log rolling, the raft cross, the axe throw, the beach volleyball and all the other festivities that brought this sleepy little Idaho town to life for a few days.

Well now thanks to Sunplay.com (the same crew that brought us that epic Carolina Cup video and Dave Kalama’s pep talk), we’ve got an awesome look at the weekend on the river in Idaho.   → READ MORE

FULL REPLAY: Enjoy The 2014 Payette River Games From Start To Finish

Payette River Games live webcast replayThe 2014 Payette River Games (aka “Carnage On The River”) was an instant classic. A great event with some very entertaining and exciting SUP racing among big name stars and fast-rising dark horses. Throw in another dozen cool events on the side and it made for an awesome week in the Idaho mountains.

But if you weren’t there and you missed the live stream (or if you’ve just got 17 hours spare and wanna re-live it all…) you can now watch a full HD replay of the entire event.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Payette River Games Highlights Reel + Interviews With The Champs

video Payette River Games idahoWe’re still coming down from the high in Idaho that was the Payette River Games. An awesome event in an unlikely location. Definitely not your average SUP race…

Here’s a cool little recap of the weekend from SUP the Mag, featuring highlights of the SUP Cross race plus interviews with the event champions Fernando Stalla and Candice Appleby.   → READ MORE

Fernando Stalla Reigns Supreme On The River, Takes The Payette River Games Title From Defending Champ Benjamin Sarrazin And An All-Star Cast; Candice Appleby Best Of The Women

Payette River Games 2014 results

Fernando Stalla has just put on an incredible show to win the 2014 Payette River Games and claim the $10,000 winner’s prize ahead of defending champion Ben Sarrazin. Candice Appleby scores the same amount for being the quickest of the women.

That was an amazing end to an awesome weekend. Fernando waited until the final seconds of the final round of the final event to claim the overall victory, winning the SUP Cross with a spirited fight through the whitewater. His win in the SUP Cross A Final gave Fernando the overall victory by the narrowest of margins, with defending event champion and ultimate dark horse, Ben Sarrazin, just one point behind.

Click through for the early results…   → READ MORE