2 Minutes with Titou: Why Is New Caledonia So Good, and Which Race Do You *Really* Wanna Win?

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We had a quick chat with NSP/Quickblade team rider Titouan Puyo after his big win at the SUPs Down Under ‘Double Downwinder’ on the Gold Coast today, where Titou led an onslaught by the tiny but powerful Pacific island nation of New Caledonia.

New Caledonia, whose population is barely more than 1% that of Australia’s, took four of the top five spots to completely own the home team, with only runner-up Lincoln Dews getting in the mix.

I asked Titou why New Cal produces so many good paddlers, plus what his plans are for season 2018 and which race he REALLY wants to win…

Titouan Puyo, Angie Jackson Win the “SUPs Down Under” Double Downwinder as Tiny New Caledonia Owns Australia

Titouan Puyo showed he’s still the king of New Caledonia, but there are no shortage of heirs apparent after the tiny Pacific island nation blew away the Aussies at the SUPs Down Under event on Queensland’s Gold Coast today.

New Caledonia took four of the top five spots in the men’s race, with Titou being joined by Noic Garioud (3rd), Clement Colmas (4th) and the new downwind dark horse (or “le cheval noir”) Ben Riviere. Only runner-up Lincoln Dews managed to get in between the “Cagous” and salvage some pride for the home team, while Angie Jackson took out the women’s ahead of her ONE team mate Kate Baker.   → READ MORE

This Weekend: Double Downwinders Downunder, and Paddling on an Underground Lake in Europe

Another weekend, another round of interesting races around the world. And this week’s clear theme is the word under, with the SUPs Downunder race in Australia and the underground (literally) BAT Race in Switzerland set to dominate the news cycle.

First up will be the “SUPs Downunder” race in Oz, which has morphed into a double downwinder after stormy seas shut down the original course. While this is the inaugural Downunder race, the simple fact it’s held on Queensland’s Gold Coast – home of last week’s epic 12 Towers and a paddling mecca in general – means it should be a pretty solid showing.    → READ MORE