In brief: Original young gun Slater Trout has continued his quest to return to the top of the sport, narrowly edging out his highly under-rated Infinity team mate Toby Cracknell and defending champion/former world number one Danny Ching to claim the 2017 Santa Monica Pier Paddle overall event title.
Slater and Toby split the wins between the long distance and beach race disciplines, with Slater taking the former before the Aussie out-sprinted him up the beach to claim the latter. With points tied, Slater got the nod on the tie-breaker (which weighted the result of the distance race) to take the biggest chunk of the $15,000 prize purse. → READ MORE
Here’s a quick run down of what’s happening over the next few days… → READ MORE
We’ve just updated the Battle of the Nations leaderboard with recent results from Europe and California.
Thanks to strong gains from Titouan Puyo, Martin Letourneur, and San Sebastian champ Olivia Piana, Team France moves ahead of NZ into fourth. Plenty of other teams gained points this week, so check out the full country-by-country contest…
Following a couple of big weeks in Europe and the showdown in Santa Monica, we’ve updated the Battle of the Brands leaderboard to show you which race teams are on a tear and which are trailing off.
NSP holds onto the #2 spot ahead of Naish, however Starboard has extended its already-massive lead at the top of the table. Thanks to Danny Ching and Noa Hopper’s heroics at the Pier, Team 404 is +1 this week and could easily move higher in the coming weeks, while the Infinity Speed Freaks can smell a top 4 spot.
The Top 100 and Top 50 leaderboards have been updated following the showdown in San Sebastian and the paddle battle at the Pier.
Danny Ching has started creeping back up to the top territory where he belongs, while Boothy continues his meteoric rise towards the top five. Slater Trout returns to form, with his Infinity team mate Giorgio Gomez joining him in knocking on the door of the top 20. Italy’s Leo Nika has proven to be a top 10 contender over the past month, while Californian young gun Noa Hopper busts into the top 30 for the first time.
Plenty of movement on the women’s rankings as well, so check out the latest SUP Racer World Rankings to see who’s in form and who’s on fire…
Check out this fancy footwork from Riviera’s Brennan Rose at the Tommy Bahama Pier Paddle in Santa Monica on Saturday.
Style master… → READ MORE
Danny Ching has triumphantly returned to the racing scene after a brief hiatus, claiming the Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival at Santa Monica Pier this afternoon after edging out Slater Trout and a strong field in a day of highly-entertaining racing.
In the women’s event, Shae Foudy successfully defended her Pier Paddle title after a very close contest with Candice Appleby. Click through for the full recap, results and some awesome photos of the action… → READ MORE
We’re certainly in for a big weekend of racing… While the EuroTour continues on to San Sebastian, across the pond we’ve got one of California’s biggest and best events of the year: The Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival at Santa Monica Pier — aka the Pier Paddle.
Steeped in history, the Pier Paddle isn’t just a race, it’s a festival… → READ MORE
Annabel Anderson triumped over Candice Appleby in the five miler, however the short, sharp SUP Cross provided a bit of an upset… → READ MORE
The first highlights from last weekend’s Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race have just been released.
Check out how it all went down at the Pier thanks to everyone’s favorite SUP video guy, Chris Aguilar. → READ MORE
The Santa Monica Pier Paddle is the race responsible for *that* photo sequence in 2013, when the event was run in very solid surf and carnage was the order of the day. JM, a big wave surfer by trade, probably would have fancied his chances even more if there was a similar swell for this year’s race, however conditions appeared to be a lot mellower and more welcoming for paddlers today.
Click through for full results and pics from the Pier… → READ MORE
Steeped in a colourful and interesting history, the Pier Paddle seems to be fast becoming one of Southern California’s best races. It’s gained some serious attention in the past year or two and the sequence below certainly helped.
The 2014 edition looks set to be the biggest and best yet. We’ll keep you posted with all the results and pics on Saturday, but while we’re waiting let’s relive one of the classic moments from the 2013 event. → READ MORE
Surviving the carnage and finishing runner-up in the 5.5 mile race was Team Mexico star (and official Rogue SUP Race Calendar pin-up boy) Fernando Stalla, just seven seconds behind Slater.
However the most memorable moment award went to Javier Jimenez, who got run down by an absolute monster set during the team relay… → READ MORE
The 2013 Santa Monica Pier Paddle Festival made a big splash (pun!) yesterday, with hundreds of competitors tackling some solid surf for a full day of racing and festivities.
Now you can see how it all went down with this awesome same-day edit of the event, thanks to Quickblade Paddles and film-maker Chris Aguilar. When you put SUP race boards up against serious waves, you always end up with some great looking carnage… → READ MORE