Mo Freitas has proven yet again that he’s one of the best paddlers in the world, outlasting an all-star field to claim the JM Survivor Race as part of the Quiksilver Waterman’s Festival at Huntington Beach today.
After several rounds of short, fast, intense racing in the signature “Survivor” format, Mo triumphed over one of the most-competitive lineups we’ve seen all year, with the hugely impressive Aussie and freshly-minted Infinity team rider Toby Cracknell finishing a close runner-up ahead of a who’s who of the sport. → READ MORE
One of the most highly anticipated new events to come along in a long time is just days away: The inaugural Quiksilver Waterman’s Festival, aka the Jamie Mitchell Survivor Race, is set to light up Huntington Beach this Sunday. There’s a plethora of paddling races on offer, including traditional prone paddleboarding, open races and a Dash For Cash, however the main event will definitely be the Survivor SUP Race. And what a race it’s shaping up to be… → READ MORE
While we’ve enjoyed a nice little post-Molokai pause in proceedings, it’s now time to get back into it and focus on the big races happening in the second half of the season, and two of the biggest are set to form a massive double header over the next two weeks: The Jamie Mitchell Survivor Race at Huntington Beach this Sunday, then the iconic Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon just six days later.
We’ll have plenty more to say about the Gorge next week, but this week it’s going to be all about the JM Survivor Race in southern California, which is shaping up to be not only one of the most competitive contests of the year but also one of the most exciting and innovative. → READ MORE
In what is a rather bold, unique and also very exciting move, Jamie Mitchell has opted for an “open board class” in the pro division of his Quiksilver JM Survivor Race, a highly-anticipated new event that’s happening at Huntington Beach on Sunday August 14. This means competitors can paddle whatever they like with absolutely no restrictions on board length.
12’6, 14, 18, 10 ft… Whatever you like. I think it’s a great move. It not only gives the paddlers more freedom, it’ll also encourage shapers to experiment with new board designs that are tailor-made for specialty surf racing events such as this. → READ MORE
Paddleboarding legend Jamie Mitchell and surf giant Quiksilver are planning a major new event in Southern California this August, with a strong emphasis on creating an innovative, energetic and exciting new race for both athletes and spectators alike, as well as offering a big prize purse that will no doubt attract many of the world’s best paddlers.
The event will see the return of the famous “JM Survivor Race” format, and is set for Southern California’s iconic Huntington Beach on Sunday, August 14th. The one-day event is yet to be officially announced but is apparently 100% locked in, so save the date. → READ MORE
I don’t mean that it’s boring for us paddlers, but rather for the average sports fan. Unless you’re a huge fan of paddling (and if you’re reading this, you probably are), most races aren’t very entertaining.
So if we really want to grow the appeal of our sport beyond the core community, and if we really want to attract more mainstream attention, sponsorship dollars, and media exposure, then I think we’ve gotta make SUP racing more exciting and spectator friendly. → READ MORE
Fiona Wylde dominated the women’s event, while Mo Freitas, Toby Cracknell, James Casey and Daniel Hasulyo all got a spot on the men’s podiums, with the weekend split between an 18km distance race and the always-entertaining Jamie Mitchell Survivor Race. → READ MORE
After paddlers were greeted with glorious sunshine here in Cornwall this morning, the British weather gods did their thing and introduced a combination of overcast skies and howling winds before the race started. That left competitors battling a long distance course that included both upwind and downwind legs, which made for a see-sawing battle among the top contenders. → READ MORE
There’s a big new race happening in Japan this September that I’m really getting excited about. The Japan Cup will be happening on September 19 & 20 and looks set to feature a big cash prize purse and host of international talent that should help establish the nation as a legitimate, international SUP racing destination.
Set in the famous surf town of Chigasaki and with the iconic Mt. Fuji in the background, The Japan Cup will be a two-day festival of surf racing, distance racing, open races, kids races and a mini SUP expo. Or in other words: It’ll be the Japanese equivalent of the Battle of the Paddle. → READ MORE
SUP racing is alive and well in the UK, with the BaySUP crew holding their first ever, Jamie Mitchell-inspired “Survivor” SUP Race on the weekend. By the looks of things condition were perfect (though that water still looks freezing…) for the knockout style sprint race.
Fittingly the day was won by Ollie Shilston, who’s been seen at the races around Europe lately sporting one of Jamie’s own race board designs. Ollie dominated every round and went on to take out the distance race later in the day as well. Coming home second in the men’s was Jersey’s Aaron Rowe, an up-and-coming paddler who, at just 16, will definitely be on plenty more podiums in the future. → READ MORE
Following the success of the format around the world, the UK will be hosting its own Survivor SUP Race next weekend in Poole. As the UK’s largest and most active paddling club, BaySUP will be hosting the race on September 14th in Poole, near Bournemouth on the South Coast of England.
The Jamie Mitchell Survivor Race format is becoming very popular, with several events around the world including it in their schedule as an alternative to standard course or sprint races. → READ MORE
One of the events I’m really looking forward to this year, the Lost Mills International SUP Race, just keeps getting better, with organisers today announcing new races, bigger prize money and even more international paddlers heading to Europe at the end of May.
The Lost Mills is happening from the 27th May – 2nd June in Germany. There’s $21,950 in cash prize money on the line, a further $11,000 in prizes (including an epic $6.5k Breitling) and an awesome location out in the Bavarian countryside. All of which has combined to attract a stacked lineup of Stand Up Paddle racing talent from across Europe and around the world… → READ MORE
The event was a massive success with a tonne of elite Stand Up Paddle racing talent making the trip to Lake Tahoe. Click through for the full race results and pics from the Long Distance and Survivor SUP races. → READ MORE
Lake Tahoe is hosting yet another elite Stand Up Paddle race this weekend, with the 2012 Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP Festival kicking off tomorrow night. According to our uber list of SUP races, the Tahoe Nalu is a five-star event, featuring a $10,000 prize purse and plenty of elite talent.
The Festival includes an Open Race, Distance Race and best of all, a knockout Survivor Race; the main sponsor this weekend is Quiksilver Waterman Collection and they’re bringing the awesome race format to Tahoe. → READ MORE
Check out these awesome shots of the Waikiki Paddle Festival Survivor SUP Race, which was won on the weekend by Gillian Gibree and Travis Grant.
Grant took out the Waikiki Paddle Festival Survivor Race on Saturday, winning an all-star final that included Danny Ching, Jamie Mitchell, Connor Baxter, Jake Jensen, Kelly Margetts, Paul Jackson and Slater Trout.
The Quiksilver Waterman Collection’s Waikiki Paddle Festival has just wrapped up. It was an epic event with awesome paddle racing all weekend.
The big winners from the weekend were C4’s Travis Grant (1st Survivor/3rd Long Distance) and Gillian Gibree (1st Survivor/1st Waterwoman Challenge).
Check out all the results, pics and videos from both Saturday and Sunday’s races. → READ MORE
The main event from this weekend’s Waikiki Paddle Festival, the Survivor SUP Race, has just wrapped up. This was one of the coolest SUP races I’ve seen, and I think most of the crowd agreed. It was like having five, short, sharp Battle of the Paddle races all in a row. We’ll have more details later, but here are the elite paddlers that made the final round…
Waikiki Paddle Festival – Survivor SUP Race RESULTS
1st: Travis Grant (C4 / Australia)
2nd: Danny Ching (404 / California)
3rd: Jamie Mitchell (Surftech / Australia)
4th: Connor Baxter (Starboard / Hawaii)
5th: Jake Jensen (Naish / Australia)
6th: Kelly Margetts (Lahui Kai / Australia)
7th: Paul Jackson (Fanatic / Australia)
8th: Slater Trout (Infinity Boardworks / Hawaii)
1st: Gillian Gibree (SUP Company / California)
2nd: Jenny Kalmbach (Naish / Hawaii)
3rd: Candice Appleby (Surftech / California)
4th: Angie Jackson (Fanatic / Australia)
5th: Terrene Black (C4 / Australia)
Get More Results: Waikiki Paddle Festival Final Race Results