St. Maxime: Boothy Overpowers Titou and Connor to Claim Overall Title; Sonni Too Strong for Olivia and Candice (EuroTour Week 3)

Michael BoothAustralia’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

When/Where/How to Watch the ‘SUP Race Cup’ Facebook LIVE Stream from St. Maxime, France (EuroTour Week 3)

St Maxime SUP Race CupWe’re here in Sainte Maxime on the iconic French Riviera for the 8th Annual SUP Race Cup, one of the longest-running races on the planet and the third stop of the 2017 EuroTour.

With a beautiful location (St. Maxime is just across the bay from the famous St. Tropez), an absolutely stacked field (check out the names below) and almost a decade of history and prestige, we should be in for a cracking weekend of racing.

And you can watch all the action from your front row seat with our Facebook LIVE stream Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.   → READ MORE

Get Set for Six Weeks of Summer Showdowns: The EuroTour ‘Prime’ Events Start This Weekend in St. Maxime

SUP Race CupAnd just like that, it’s summer.

With the sun starting to shine and the weather warming up across the Continent, the ‘European Summer of SUP’ officially begins this weekend with France’s classic, long-running SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime lighting up the French Riviera.

While the 2017 Tour has already had two regional stops, the big guns are only just starting to arrive, which means the EuroTour ‘Prime’ level races begin now. And you’ll be able to watch it all from a front row seat with SUP Racer’s signature Facebook Live streams.   → READ MORE

EuroTour 2017: The European ‘Summer of SUP’ Starts This Weekend in the Greek Islands

Agios Nikolaos, Crete, GreeceAnd just like that, it’s summer.

Well, almost. The traditional barometer of the Summer of SUP, the EuroTour, gets an early start this year on the paradisaical Greek island of Crete, where this weekend’s “Agios Nikolaos on SUP” festival will transform the postcard-perfect town of the same name into the first of 12 Tour stops.

There’ll be a race somewhere in Europe virtually every weekend between now and the end of July, with the local heroes, European stars and international heavyweights battling it out in what is arguably the funnest part of the season.   → READ MORE

World Rankings: Here Are SUP Racer’s Star Ratings for Season 2017 (aka the Biggest Races in the World This Year)

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Two weeks ago, I sent out a survey to each of the world’s top-ranked paddlers asking which events they’d be competing in this year. The goal was to paint a picture of the biggest races in the world, which I think is not only an interesting insight for everyone in the sport to analyse, it also helps me to set clear ‘star ratings’ that will produce an ever more accurate World Rankings leaderboard.

Here are the results…   → READ MORE

The EuroTour Unveils Its Schedule for the 2017 European Summer of SUP

2017-euro-tour-supWith the snow starting to fall and the water starting to freeze in Europe, now is a good time to start dreaming of some warm water paddling. Well to help out, the EuroTour has just released its schedule for the 2017 European Summer of SUP.

The EuroTour, which is half ‘race series’ and half ‘European summer holiday’, is one of the funnest parts of the season. From France to Finland, Crete to the Canary Islands and plenty more places in between, the Tour combines racing and traveling into one big cultural adventure.    → READ MORE

Battle of the Nations – Lost Mills, St Maxime Update

Lost Mills Battle of the Nations rankings

Following two big weeks on the EuroTour, there’s been some movement on the “Battle of the Nations” leaderboard.

Spain makes its Top 10 debut at the expense of Canada, while Tahiti edges a little higher and France zeroes in on the top four. It’s still USA, Australia and Hawaii way out in front, and that trio is locked in a tight race for the top spot. Take a look at the full leaderboard to see which other nations are +/- this week.

WATCH: Highlights from the SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime (EuroTour Week 3)

Video St. Maxime SUP Race Cup 2016Check out the full highlights reel from the French Riviera, where the 7th Annual SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime marked Week 3 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Most of the footage focuses on the 15k distance race on Sunday, where Michael Booth paddled away from the all-star field to announce himself as a genuine contender on the world stage.    → READ MORE

World Rankings Update: Michael Booth Goes Top 20 after Strong Showing in St. Maxime

St Maxime SUP Race Cup EuroTourFollowing a fun weekend of racing on the French Riviera, we’ve seen a bit of movement on the SUP Racer World Rankings.

On the men’s Top 100 leaderboard, the machine of St. Maxime, Michael Booth from Australia, jumps +18 spots to crack the world’s top 20 for the first time. And he’s almost guaranteed to rise even further at the big Lost Mills showdown next weekend…    → READ MORE

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

Michael Booth St Maxime EuroTour
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

Watch the Big EuroTour Races LIVE with the “Starboard Live Stream” (Starting This Weekend in St. Maxime, France)

Sainte Maxime SUP Race CupThe European summer of SUP is about to start heating up, with the headline events of the EuroTour beginning this weekend in St. Maxime, France at the 7th Annual SUP Race Cup. And now, thanks to Starboard and the EuroTour media team, you can watch the whole thing live.

With dozens of the world’s best hitting the iconic French Riviera for this classic race, we thought you might like a live window into the action on Saturday and Sunday. So to bring you a front row seat, SUP Racer has teamed up with Starboard – the presenting sponsor of the 2016 EuroTour – to bring you a ‘Facebook Live‘ webcast stream all weekend.   → READ MORE

The EuroTour “Headline” Events Begin This Weekend (St Maxime, Lost Mills and Bilbao)

2013 SUP Race Cup beach raceAfter a couple of fun warm-up rounds the EuroTour gets serious this weekend, with dozens of international athletes heading to France where they’ll clash at the classic SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime this weekend, followed by big showdowns in Germany (The Lost Mills) and Bilbao.

These three races represent the “Headline” events of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.   → READ MORE

The EuroTour Announces Final Lineup: 14 Races, 10 Countries, 1 Big Summer of SUP

Lost Mills stand up paddle board raceThe 2016 EuroTour lineup has been finalised, with one new race being added to the original baker’s dozen that was announced in January. All up there are now 14 races in 14 weeks across 10 countries, along with $87,000 in combined prize money that many of the world’s best paddlers will be fighting for.

The 2016 EuroTour, presented by Starboard, kicks off in Portugal in early May, then stretches across the entire continent from France to Finland, Portugal to Poreč and plenty of other awesome summer destinations in between, before wrapping up in the UK in early August.   → READ MORE

EuroTour 2016: New Races, New Nations Set to Make Europe the Place to Be This Summer

Euro Tour
The 2016 stand up paddle race season is starting to take shape, and today another key piece of the puzzle falls into place. The new look EuroTour has just been announced, with new races, new countries and a whole bunch of cool new features set to make Europe the place to be this summer.

The EuroTour is a collection of standalone races spread across Europe from May to July, offering a unified platform to help the events, the athletes, the brands and the local paddling communities grow the sport from the grassroots up. And this season, the Tour is set to be bigger (and better) than ever…   → READ MORE

Extended Highlights Reel From The SUP Race Cup

SUP Race Cup in st. maxime franceHere’s an extended summary from the 2015 SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime, France’s classic event that was part of the new Euro Tour this summer.

The race was won by Travis Grant and Titouan Puyo, who split the honours in the Beach Race and Distance Race, while Euro Tour champ Sonni Honscheid dominated the women’s races.   → READ MORE

Euro Tour: Travis Grant, Sonni Honscheid Win France’s SUP Race Cup (UPDATED)

Sainte Maxime SUP Race Cup
Travis Grant and Sonni Honscheid have triumphed at the SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime, France, after an all star field lit up Week 2 of the Euro Tour.

Travis took control of the event after dominating Saturday’s course race, before holding on for a close second place behind Titouan Puyo in Sunday’s 17km event. That handed Trav the overall event title based on combined times, and also delivered a full bag of points for the Euro Tour Leaderboard.    → READ MORE