The future of the sport was on show in SoCal over the weekend, with the 2016 Quickblade Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta presented by Infinity providing a platform for the next generation of paddling pros to battle it out.
The 4th annual edition of this great event attracted a very talented group from far and wide, with competitors flying in from as far away as Hawaii, Australia, Japan, Peru and Brazil.
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In brief: Danny Ching and Shae Foudy have won the 2016 Mongoose Cup in Dana Point, California, showing solid early season form ahead of the first big race of the season in Carolina later this month.
Danny made it a clean sweep of the event, with the 404 front man taking out both the 14′ and 12’6 time trials as well as the main event, the “Sport of Kings” sprint race. On the women’s side, Shae made it two from two for Team Riviera by claiming both the 12’6 time trial and the sprints. → READ MORE
In brief: Mo Freitas and Fiona Wylde have taken out the distance race at the 30th Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest, with solid waves giving a small but elite field a good early season hit out.
After a tight race that finished in just under an hour, Mo crossed the line seconds ahead of Giorgo Gomez and Slater Trout, with the lead trio having stuck together the entire race. → READ MORE
In brief: Chase Kosterlitz and Danny Ching have earned victories at the Hal Rosoff Classic in Newport Beach, California, as over 150 paddlers came out for the 20th annual edition of this SoCal stalwart event. Other standout performers included Danny’s 404 team mate Ryland Hart, Chuck Glynn and Anthony Vela.
In the women’s, Shae Foudy made it a double win, taking out both the ‘Board Race’ and ‘Short Course’ events, with her SoCal sparring partner and definite name to watch, Erika Benitez, picking up a pair of silvers. → READ MORE
Stop whatever you’re doing and check out this rather epic 2015 highlights reel from the Riviera Paddlesurf crew. There have been hundreds of great stand up paddling videos thrown down this year, but this has surely gotta be one of the best…
From cruising in southern California to the paddling paradises of Tahoe and Tahiti to finless surfing in Mexico and half a dozen other places in between, this clip has got it all. → READ MORE
On the back of very strong performances at Doheny, Casper Steinfath and Kody Kerbox have helped elevate Naish to the #2 ranking on our Battle of the Brands Leaderboard.
Showing the kind of strength and consistency that have made him a perennial podium-getter over the past few seasons, Casper finished third in the distance race and second in the surf race at the Pacific Paddle Games, only narrowly missing out on the overall championship title. → READ MORE
It’s taken us a few days to come down from the high that was D-Day at Doheny, but now that the dust has settled and dings have been repaired, it’s time to sign off on this amazing event by posting the full and final results from the 2015 Pacific Paddle Games.
Click through for the full results, plus changes to the SUP Racer World Rankings… → READ MORE
The countdown to what is surely going to be the biggest race of the year, the Pacific Paddle Games, is in full swing. In just three weeks’ time, we’ll see virtually all of the world’s best paddlers descend on the “spiritual home” of SUP racing, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California, for one very big weekend of racing.
We already know about the record prize purse of $55,000, a unique new race format and the full on live webcast, all of which suggest this could become the best event of the year, but this week the crew dropped a very cool little promo clip to get us even more excited. → READ MORE
One of the long-running staples of the SoCal racing scene, the San Clemente Ocean Fest, was held on the weekend. Despite the unseasonably strange weather, a good chunk of the local paddling community came out for what looked to be a fun weekend of racing.
The weather was so bizarre that Day 1 was actually put on hold due to lightning strikes, however when the event resumed on Day 2, paddlers were met with clear blue skies and some solid little waves that made for super fun racing. → READ MORE
Last weekend saw one of the biggest and most beloved races in America light up South Lake Tahoe: The 2015 edition of Race The Lake of the Sky.
In what has become a true festival of stand up paddling, Race The Lake again attracted hundreds of competitors to one of the most scenic paddling destinations on the planet. As in years past, the crowd was an interesting mix of first timers, weekend warriors and a few very high profile international stars of the sport. → READ MORE
Mo Freitas and Shae Foudy have taken out the 2015 Santa Monica Pier Paddle, after a strong lineup of elite and amateur paddlers lit up the iconic paddleboarding venue on Saturday.
Annabel Anderson triumped over Candice Appleby in the five miler, however the short, sharp SUP Cross provided a bit of an upset… → READ MORE
Mo Freitas and Candice Appleby have been crowned King and Queen of the Santa Cruz Paddlefest after taking out the elite SUP race and performing strongly in the surfing event as well.
The 29th Annual Paddlefest was held from Friday to Sunday and mixed SUP racing, SUP surfing and some oldschool kayak surfing as well. Not sure how that all fits but it did look like it was a super fun weekend, and the event featured many of the sport’s most recognisable faces. → READ MORE
Full results from today’s Hal Rosoff Classic at the Newport Aquatic Center in California.
The 5.5 mile (9km) Short Course race was won by Thomas Maximus on his unlimited, with Daniel Russell narrowly edging out Chance Fielder to claim the 14′ division. Chuck Glynn was 5th over the line but the fastest of the 12’6 paddlers.
Meanwhile in the women’s, Shae Foudy put in a massive effort to claim both the division and overall victory. → READ MORE
Results are in from today’s massive Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge race down in Mission Bay, San Diego. The Hanohano race, now in its 19th year, is one of the real gems on the racing calendar and always draws a big crowd. This event seems much more about having fun and getting out on the water than any kind of serious elite competition. It’s one of those great community races that give our sport such a great foundation.
The Hanohano always attracts a stellar crowd, however this year may have been a new record as 440 paddlers hit the Short Course (including over 300 on Stand Up Paddle boards). → READ MORE
The last stop of the US SUP Tour race series was held in Huntington today. With solid little waves and an elite crew that are in town for Battle Month, the event offered up some pretty good action.
After a few rounds of racing (and countless buoy turn carnage pics), coming out on top were Zane Schweitzer and Fiona Wylde. Zaniac edged out Mo Freitas, Bicho Jimenez and Fernando Stalla, while Fiona Wylde was too good for Shae Foudy, Candice Appleby and Halie Harrison. → READ MORE
Race The Lake of the Sky. Lake Tahoe, California. It’s the Feel Good Race Of The Summer and this year attracted hundreds of paddlers for a massive, grassroots celebration of the sport we love.
Saturday saw over 300 paddlers race in the El Dorado 5 miler while Sunday was the big one: The 14 mile Emerald Bay distance race, which featured more than 150 serious competitors.
To the surprise of nobody, Danny Ching swept the weekend, winning both the 5 and 14 mile races. The 404 front man was never seriously challenged in the 14 foot class, at one stage looking like he might even keep pace with the Unlimited leaders as well. Kai Lenny had been due to race, however he was a last minute withdrawal due to injury. Click through for the results… → READ MORE
Jamie Mitchell and Shae Foudy have taken out the Pier Paddleboard Race in Santa Monica today, beating home a solid field of paddlers in what is fast becoming an iconic event in SoCal.
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
Earlier today a small but classy field of paddlers descended on one of SUP racing’s traditional homes, Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California. The 2014 Hobie Hennessey’s Waterman’s Challenge was a two-race event, combining a 5 miler with an elite surf race to crown the overall winners. Conditions were picture perfect for a SUP race, with sunny skies, dead calm wind and small but fun waves peeling into Doheny.
After combining results from the two disciplines, Anthony Vela and Candice Appleby came out on top. There were also solid performances from the likes of Brandi Baksic, Team USA star Shae Foudy, Sean Pangelinan and Ryan Murphy (edit: and Brennan Rose/Javier Jimenez). However from all reports the highlight was the kids’ racing, where a bunch of very enthusiastic groms blazed around the course in a showcase of SUP racing’s future… → READ MORE
We’ve just caught a glimpse of the team that will be representing the United States at the 2014 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship and, judging by the names listed below, the Americans are going to be very competitive in Nicaragua.
So how does Team USA stack up? And is it too early to make some bold predictions? → READ MORE