We’re tracking the triple-header weekend of racing in New Zealand, Santa Cruz and South of France as The Paddle League pre-season wraps up.
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
Australia’s Michael Booth has proven yet again that he’s the strongest distance race paddler on the planet, overpowering world number one Connor Baxter and Carolina Cup champion Titouan Puyo to claim the 18km event on day 2 here in St. Maxime, France, earning the overall ‘SUP Race Cup’ title and gaining an early advantage on the EuroTour Leaderboard in the process.
With beautiful blue skies and flat, glassy conditions greeting the assembled field of international stars, European dark horses and local contenders this morning (which stood in stark contrast to the cyclonic winds in Saturday’s beach race), this was always going to be Boothy’s type of race.
It was 12 months ago this weekend that the Starboard rider announced himself as the strongest distance racer in the world, and after a few disappointing results early in season 2017 he was clearly keen to reassert his dominance. → READ MORE
In brief: Slater Trout took out the 2-star Santa Cruz Paddlefest ahead of a small but highly competitive field last week, with the Infinity ‘Speed Freaks’ team rider returning to the top of the podium and showing early form ahead of a big race season to come.
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
Prior to the 2015 World Championship, Team Australia had famously never been beaten at this event. That all changed on the golden sands of Sayulita beach though, with the Americans bringing their A-team and dominating the week to bring home the team trophy. → READ MORE
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
So there’s some rather big news out of Southern California today: Candice Appleby, one of the most recognisable names in the sport of stand up paddling, is joining the Infinity Speed Freaks racing team.
Candice will start racing the Dave Boehne-shaped race boards immediately, in a move that instantly makes Infinity one of the more prominent race teams going round. In addition to Candice, the brand has long been home to champion paddler/bearded warrior Slater Trout, along with Anthony Vela and a host of promising juniors. → READ MORE
Despite the SoCal paddling community being split between this event and the Mongoose Cup down in Dana Point, the 4th annual SUP 4 Clean Water race attracted a solid turnout to the aptly named Paradise Cove. → READ MORE
Danny Ching and Candice Appleby are set to compete at the ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship for the first time, headlining a very strong Team USA lineup. The duo will be joined in Sayulita, Mexico by 2014 team members Slater Trout and Chuck Glynn.
This is a huge boost for not only Team USA but the ISA Worlds in general.
Click through for the full story… → READ MORE
Slater Trout has just completed – and won – one of the craziest paddle races on the planet. The Dusi Canoe Marathon in South Africa sees competitors race down river for up to six hours a day, through wild country and wild waters, for three days straight.
This year Slater took the SUP challenge and survived endless whitewater, wipeouts on the big rapids, crazy portages up and down jungle hills, an unexpected stretch of prone paddling, even some very tight fitting shorts. And he not only survived, he won, breaking the previous SUP race record by over an hour to set a new time of 14 hours, 19 minutes and 12 seconds down the 120km (75 mile) course. → READ MORE
Kai Lenny vs Slater Trout: Who will get to 60,000 Instagram followers first? And is this the most important SUP race of the year?
I think so…
There’s so much at stake: Pride. Glory. The fleeting attention of thousands of iPhone-wielding teenage girls. → READ MORE
Fresh from his medal in Nicaragua, Captain America was back on show and took out yet another Tour victory. Slater came home first in the Elite Course Race ahead of another one of those young-guys-who-both-surf-and-race-annoying-well, Zane Schweitzer. Rounding out the top four was the Mexican duo of Javier Jimenez and Fernando Stalla, who actually competed for their country against Slater in the ISA Worlds earlier this month. → READ MORE
The 2014 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship has officially come to a close. Congratulations to Team Australia for making it three in a row, though everybody who competed this week deserves a round of applause. Massive event and a lot of fun here in Nicaragua.
As exciting as it was to watch the powerhouse nations put on a show, it was just as good to witness how many emerging paddleboard nations there are. Over 200 athletes from 27 nations came to Nicaragua, and as ISA President Fernando Aguerre point out after the event, this is quickly becoming the ISA’s biggest event in terms of countries competing. It’s a very good sign for the future of the sport.
Thank you for the hospitality Nicaragua. See you somewhere next year… But in the meantime here’s a full recap, results and pics of the final day, plus my takeaways from the event in general. → READ MORE
Slater Trout and Morgan Hoesterey have taken out the “Duel” SUP Race at the 2014 Surftech Shootout at the Lane in Santa Cruz, California. In an amazing coincidence, Slater crossed the line 12 seconds in front of Chuck Glynn, which is an exact repeat of the Shootout result from twelve months earlier. Meanwhile Ryan Helm rounded out the podium ahead of a classy field of paddlers.
The win makes it four in a row this year for Slater (Orange Bowl, Dana Ocean Challenge, US SUP Tour and now the Shootout), a streak he’ll no doubt be hoping to carry over into a couple of very big races in the next six weeks: Firstly the Carolina Cup at the end of April and then the ISA Worlds in early May, where he’ll link back up with Chuck Glynn to represent Team USA.
The young gun (Slater still hasn’t turned 20 yet… annoying) had this to say after a win that has clearly got him pumped: → 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
The first stop of the 2014 Tour drew a solid crowd of paddlers, with the men’s final in particular absolutely stacked with talent. But despite some nice 2-3ft waves playing a bit of havoc with the field and some close checking from the likes of Brennan Rose and Mo Freitas, it was Slater who took the win after out-sprinting Mo to the line. And, judging by the pics, it was a win that was performed in style… → READ MORE
Slater Trout and Lina Augaitis have claimed the first big race of the year, the Orange Bowl Paddle Champs in Florida. Thomas Maximus claimed line honours on his unlimited board, while Slater was pushed to the line by Mexico’s Fernando Stalla and Brazil young gun Vinnicius Martins.
The racing has literally just finished but we’ve got the full results up already so click through to see how it all went down in Miami… → READ MORE
Kody Kerbox and Fiona Wylde have taken out the 2013 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon ahead of a stacked local and international field. Kody beat some big names in Georges Cronsteadt and Slater Trout, while local surprise packet Fiona Wylde put in a commanding overall performance to knock off the likes of Andrea Moller, Candice Appleby and Jenny Kalmbach.
Click through for the full results… → READ MORE