11 City Tour: Bruno Hasulyo, Seychelle Hattingh Conquer ‘The Ultimate Challenge’ in the Netherlands (UPDATED)

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Starboard’s Bruno Hasulyo (Hungary) and Mistral’s Seychelle Hattingh (USA) have conquered “The Ultimate Challenge” after five days and more than 200kms of (125 miles) of paddling through the Dutch countryside, winning the 8th Annual SUP 11 City Tour to add another chapter to the story of this unique and very special race.

After establishing a big lead on the first stage, Bruno and his brother Daniel spent the next four days defending their advantage against reigning champ Steeve Teihotaata (Mistral/Tahiti), while Italian Martino Rogai (Jimmy Lewis) and New Zealand’s Marcus Hansen (NSP) were the other top five standouts.   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 5: Connor Baxter Edges out Michael Booth and Leo Nika in Bilbao; Seychelle Hattingh Overpowers Fiona Wylde

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Connor Baxter has won the 2016 Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge here in the Spanish Basque Country, edging out Starboard team mates Michael Booth and Leo Nika in a frantic sprint to the line that can only be described as intense.

After 14kms of high-paced paddling here at Week 5 of the EuroTour, Connor waited right until the end to make his move, edging past Boothy and Leo in the final few hundred metres to claim his second win of this year’s Tour.   → READ MORE

Battle of the Brands – Lost Mills Edition: Titouan Puyo’s Heroics Help Team NSP Edge Past Naish

Battle of the Brands 2016 Lost Mills

Following the big Battle of Bavaria on Saturday, there’s been plenty of movement on the Battle of the Brands leaderboard. The big news is that NSP has edged past Naish to take over the number 2 ranking, with Titouan Puyo putting in a heroic performance on the weekend to defend his Lost Mills points from 2015.

Titou finished runner-up at the Lost Mills last year but almost didn’t race on the weekend after battling illness all week. But not only did he take his place on the start line, he battled all the way to the finish with Michael Booth and Connor Baxter, ensuring he held onto almost all of his points from 2015 and allowing NSP to move past the yellow boards from Maui.

Other big movers include Team Hobie, who’s been very well represented on the EuroTour so far, and Team Mistral, who crack the Top 15 thanks to big efforts from Seychelle Hattingh and Steeve Teihotaata. Take a look at the full Battle of the Brands Leaderboard

SUP Racer World Rankings: Lost Mills Edition

World Rankings for Stand Up Paddling

We’ve just updated the SUP Racer World Rankings with results from Saturday’s big showdown in Germany, the 5th Annual Lost Mills. Week 4 of the 2016 EuroTour was an epic encounter, with the men’s race scoring 48.0% on our Race Index to set a record for most competitive race of all time outside the USA.

And with his victory in the big dance, Aussie Michael Booth has rocketed up the rankings and cracked the top 10 for the first time. The Starboard team rider now occupies the world number nine position as he continues his stated quest for a top five ranking before the season is over. Considering he was ranked #38 in the world just 10 days ago, I wouldn’t be surprised to see “Boothy” continue his meteoric rise over the coming weeks and months.

On the women’s side, Sonni is closing in on Annabel and Candice at the top of the table, while one of the standouts on the EuroTour thus far, Mistral’s Seychelle Hattingh, breaks into the Top 10. Check out the full SUP Racer World Rankings to see who else made a move this week.

UPDATED: Michael Booth, Sonni Hönscheid Triumph at the Big “Lost Mills” Race in Germany

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Michael Booth and Sonni Honscheid have claimed the prestigious “Lost Mills” race in Europe, defeating an all-star lineup at the fourth and largest stop of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Sonni’s victory makes it five wins in five weeks, a streak that stretches right back to last month’s OluKai race on Maui, while Boothy’s triumph reinforces his meteoric rise and growing reputation as one of the men to beat on the international scene this year. Suddenly, the Aussie has gone from a dark horse to having a target on his back.   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter and Seychelle Hattingh Crowned “Fastest Paddlers on Earth” at the Lost Mills in Germany

Fastest Paddler On Earth paddleboard raceStarboard’s Connor Baxter and Mistral’s Seychelle Hattingh have claimed the “Fastest Paddler On Earth” time trial event here on Day 1 of the Lost Mills event in Germany, out-sprinting an all-star field to claim early bragging rights ahead of tomorrow’s main event.

Others to impress included Boris Jinvresse, Jake Jensen, Noa Hopper, Manca Notar and Amandine Chazot.   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 3: Michael Booth Surges to Victory on Day 2 in St. Maxime; Baxter, Hönscheid Win Overall

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Australia’s Michael Booth has officially ditched his “dark horse” label, winning the long distance race here in St. Maxime with a commanding performance that saw him finish a minute clear of Connor Baxter, Titouan Puyo and Steeve Teihotaata.

Boothy broke the elite field at around the 4km mark and paddled for more than an hour on his own to claim a memorable victory. Click through for a full recap, overall results and replay of the live stream…   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Vinnicius Martins, April Zilg Win Florida’s Key West Classic

Key West Classic paddleboard raceVinnicius Martins from Brazil has taken out the 19th Annual Key West Classic in Florida today, conquering the grueling 12 mile course to defeat Kelly Margetts and Larry Cain.

The JP Australia team rider rebounded from a disappointing finish at Carolina last week, crossing the line ahead of Kelly, who finished top five at Carolina and was our pre-race Key West favourite, and Larry, who was the two-time defending champion at this event.   → READ MORE

Preview and Predictions: OluKai and Key West Set to Headline Another Big Weekend of Racing

OluKai race Connor BaxterWe’re still coming down from the high of Carolina, but there’s no time to rest as the paddling world heads straight into another big weekend of racing. From the Key West Classic in Florida to the big downwind showdown on Maui, there will be plenty of results to keep track of on Saturday.

Here’s a quick preview and a few not-so-bold predictions…   → READ MORE

The Dark Horses: 16 Paddlers to Watch in 2016

James Casey stand up paddleboardingThese are exciting times for the world of stand up paddle racing, with fresh faces and new names set to energise the sport and shake up the world rankings this year.

With dozens of world class athletes crossing over from other sports and a new generation of hungry juniors eager to prove themselves, I believe we’re on the verge of a new wave of elite paddling talent. So with the first major race of the season just six days away, it’s time for a bit of crystal ball gazing to predict who will make the biggest leap up the leaderboard in 2016.   → READ MORE

Watch the 11 City Tour in All Its Grand Glory

SUP-11-City-Tour-videoIf you’re not too busy for the next 47 minutes and 58 seconds, sit back and watch this very good (and very comprehensive) recap of the 11 City Tour.

Courtesy of indie filmmaker Greg Fulks, this reel does a great job of capturing the spirit of the 11 Cities, one of the longest and toughest races in the sport. The 2015 edition was a particular challenge, with brutal winds and piercing rain hammering competitors at certain points (we’ll never forget the morning of stage 2…).   → READ MORE

Seychelle Hattingh Sets New World Record; Longest Distance Paddled in 24 Hours

Seychelle Hattingh SUP World RecordMistral team rider and hero of this year’s 11 City Tour, Seychelle Hattingh, has set a new world record: The longest distance paddled on a SUP within 24 hours.

The Floridian completed 177kms (110 miles) after 24 hours of non-stop paddling last weekend to officially claim the new record. That’s mighty impressive: 177kms equates to an average speed of 7.4km/h (4.6mph). For 24 hours straight. And the best part: Seychelle not only set a new women’s world record, she also beat the existing men’s record.   → READ MORE

Larry Cain Wins Tennessee’s 31 Mile “Chattajack” Race in Record Time

Chattajack stand up paddleboard raceOlympic gold medalist Larry Cain has won the 2015 Chattajack race, crossing the line in a course record of 4 hours 58 minutes, just seconds ahead of Bart de Zwart and Mike Tavares. In the women’s, 11 City Tour heroine Seychelle Hattingh crossed side by side with Kimberly Barnes to claim equal first.

Chattajack is unofficially known as the Inland Molokai because of its grueling length (31 miles) and the fact it sells out almost every year. The 2015 edition sold out in record time.   → READ MORE