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 love SUP racing but I’m the first to admit it can get a little boring.
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
Results are in from the Japan Cup, which was held in the surfing town of Chigasaki on the weekend to continue a big run of events in the land of the rising sun this month.
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
Starboard duo Connor Baxter and Fiona Wylde have taken out the inaugural St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup, triumphing in challenging conditions in Week 2 of the Euro Tour.
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 Quiksilver Waterman Collection’s $10,000 Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP Festival has just wrapped up, with Candice Appleby and Jamie Mitchell dominating the weekend.
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 what the top stand up paddle pros had to say about the Waikiki Paddle Festival’s Survivor SUP Race on Saturday.
Featuring Gillian Gibree (1st), Travis Grant (1st), Danny Ching (2nd) and Jamie Mitchell (3rd). Click through to watch… → 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.
Tahiti’s Kalanakilaokalahui Xiv was filming of the entire race and pulled these great stills. Click through for the highlights or view the full gallery on Xiv’s Facebook page. → READ MORE
Check out a quick interview with C4’s back-t0-back champion of Hawaii, Travis Grant. There’s some great race footage in there as well.
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.
Check out the full results from the Waikiki Paddle Festival, or just click through to watch the video of Travis Grant… → READ MORE
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
The Waikiki Paddle Festival has officially hit town. There’s a packed schedule over the next five days, all leading up to the main event – the epic Survivor SUP Race on Saturday.
Click through to watch the video of Jamie Mitchell previewing the course, and of course keep following SUPracer for the latest from Waikiki. → READ MORE
The Quiksilver Waterman Collection’s Waikiki Paddle Festival is just three days away. It’s set to be one of the biggest weekends of Stand Up Paddle racing in 2012, with almost all of the world’s elite SUP racers in town for the event.
The whole weekend will be webcast live on Quiksilver.com/watermanevents as well as right here on SUPracer.com. Also make sure you’re following SUPracer on Facebook, so you get all the exclusive race updates, pics, videos and interviews from inside the event.
If you want to join in the fun, click here to register and race alongside the world’s best. Or click “Read More” to see the FULL SCHEDULE… → READ MORE
Time to start getting excited: The Quiksilver Waterman Collection’s Waikiki Paddle Festival is just over a week away!
SUPracer will be on location, bringing you all the action live from Waikiki, including coverage of the epic new “Survivor” SUP race.
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard about the new Survivor format, then watch the video of Jamie Mitchell chatting about this new type of stand up paddle race. It’s basically the Waikiki Paddle Festival’s own take on the “Elite Race”. CLICK TO WATCH: → READ MORE
The Waikiki Paddle Festival is only four weeks away, with all the action happening on the 5th & 6th May.
The weekend looks set to rival the Battle of the Paddle as one of the real gotta-be-there races of the year.
Quiksilver Waterman Collection have just released the race course maps, so check out where the action will be happening and start booking your flights to Hawaii! → READ MORE