Welcome back to the ‘FourTwentySix,’ the oddly-named new column on SUP Racer that aims to find the “stories behind the stats” by performing deep analysis of the world rankings database.
One of the main goals of the SUP Racer World Rankings is to find the world’s number one paddler. It’s a complex system that uses a lot of algorithms and a lot of results from around the world. There are currently 6000+ paddlers and 100+ events in the system, but underpinning the entire leaderboard is a simple idea: That a paddler’s “Best 5” results of the year will determine their total world ranking points.
But the “Best 5” method only tells part of the story… → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up an historic few days of racing here at the inaugural ICF SUP World Championships in China. There will be plenty of things said about this event over the coming days and weeks, but for now here’s a quick recap of the final day’s action along with full results from the epic Beach Race events. → READ MORE
Starboard superstars Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde have started their summer seasons in style, saluting at the “Azur Paddle Days” EuroTour event in Villefranche, France this afternoon.
Boothy edged out regular sparring partner Titouan Puyo by about 10 seconds after an hour of paddling, while Titou’s team-mate from NSP, Ty Judson, was close behind in third. Martin Vitry took top honours for the home team in fourth, while Carolina runner-up Bruno Hasulyo had to settle for fifth in a sign of how tough the summer clashes are going to be. → READ MORE
In brief: German dark horse Paul Ganse has taken the biggest win of his career after out-smarting a stack of big names in Belgium during the second week of the EuroTour.
Ganse, compatriot Norm Weber and Latvia’s canoe cross-over athlete Arvis Iljins all took a different line towards the end of the flat water race, which was held on a river that offered up some strategic currents on opposite banks, which saw them overtake the front pack in the final metres. → READ MORE
In brief: Bruno Hasulyo and Olivia Piana have taken out the inaugural Florence Paddle Games in Italy, overpowering a strong domestic field to claim the prize money and Paddle League points.
Long-standing king of Italian paddling, Leo Nika, came home second in the men’s elite race while his brother Claudio was fourth. Dark horse and event co-founder Martino Rogai split the brothers to claim the third step of the podium. → READ MORE
Yesterday we looked at the fastest men on the water, now it’s time to cap off the year with a look at the quickest ladies.
It was a big year for women’s racing with several athletes hitting the podiums for the first time to inject some fresh storylines into an aging saga. There was also the unmissable #ipaddleforequality movement in October, which aims to give women a more equal share of the prize money purse and which briefly broke stand up paddling’s little corner of the internet. → READ MORE
In brief: France’s Arthur Arutkin and Spaniard Susak Molinero have won the world’s largest SUP race, as 700 paddlers braved zero-degree weather today to participate in the bucket list adventure that is the Paris Crossing.
Arthur won a photo finish with defending champ Bruno Hasulyo, while the Viking Casper Steinfath was just seconds behind. Susak was a clear winner in the women’s, with Frenchwoman Melanie Lafenetre claiming the runner-up spot.
But the real result from today’s race was the number of paddlers on the start line… → READ MORE
In brief: World number one and freshly-minted “unicorn” Connor Baxter has taken out week 10 of the EuroTour, claiming what looked to be one of the funnest races of the summer: a 15km, open ocean downwind crossing between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.
New Zealand’s Marcus Hansen was an impressive runner-up, relishing the ocean conditions as strong winds whipped up the Canaries’ signature downwind runners, while Paolo Marconi was third for Team Italia. → READ MORE
In brief: Michael Booth has firmly cemented his reputation as the strongest paddler on the planet, with the Aussie powerhouse taking out the showdown in San Sebastian this afternoon to make it four wins in the past five weeks and cement his spot on top of the 2017 EuroTour Leaderboard
In a race that had a bit of everything – flat water, open ocean, waves, downwind bumps – and which was described by most finishers as the funnest contest of the year, Boothy outlasted Connor Baxter and Bruno Hasulyo to salute for the third week in a row, while defending champ and early race leader Titouan Puyo fought hard in the second half after getting unlucky in the waves to eventually finish just off the podium but just ahead of Trevor Tunnington. → READ MORE
Starboard duo Leo Nika and Penelope Strickland have taken out the first stop of the 2017 EuroTour, saluting at the ‘Agios Nikolaos on SUP’ festival in epic downwind conditions on the beautiful Greek island of Crete.
Leo, the winningest athlete from the 2016 Tour, came home in 1:29:56 to defeat compatriot Paolo Marconi (RRD) by almost 2 minutes, while Federico Esposito made it a clean sweep of the podium for the Italians after finishing third. → READ MORE
Team Starboard’s Bruno Hasulyo has won the 2016 Paris Crossing ahead of a record field of competitors, capping off a year that included victory at the prestigious 11 City Tour and cementing his reputation as a flat water powerhouse.
Following the spectacular sight of 600 paddlers – the most ever seen in a SUP race – standing on the start line in the heart of Paris at dawn, Bruno quickly broke away from the other contenders and never looked back, slowly but surely increasing his lead the entire way before crossing the line almost a minute clear. → READ MORE
In brief: Leo Nika and Susak Molinero have saluted in Week 12 of the EuroTour, claiming the Adriatic Crown in Marrotta, Italy to cement their respective statuses as the winningest athletes of this year’s European summer.
Others to impress at Marotta this weekend were runners-up Jeremy Teulade and Amandine Chazot, along with the other top five guys Giordano Capparella, Boris Jinvresse and Martino Rogai, all of which are rising prospects on the European scene. → READ MORE
As we drove from Helsinki Airport north into the Finnish countryside, and as the city buildings gave way first to regional towns and then to nothing at all, I wondered: Why on earth are we coming here for a SUP race?
By the end of the week I didn’t want to leave… → READ MORE
Check out this great highlights reel from the Greece’s On Board Festival, held last weekend in the historic city of Marathon as Week 9 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.
Italy’s Leonard Nika and Spaniard-turned-Italian-local Susak Molinero took out the wins, with Eric Terrien continuing his strong return to form and dark horse Paolo Marconi rounding out the men’s podium. → READ MORE
France’s Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana have triumphed in the long distance race here at the Oxbow EuroSUP Championship in Lacanau this afternoon, repeating their gold medal performances from Monday’s course race to seal a memorable week for the host nation.
Under blazing-hot blue skies, Titou edged out his very impressive young compatriot Arthur Arutkin, while the Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, once again had to settle for third in what was a mirror of Monday’s podium. → READ MORE
In brief: Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana have made it a golden start to the Oxbow EuroSUP Championships for Team France, claiming victories in the men’s and women’s course races respectively, with Arthur Arutkin finishing a close runner-up to make it a clean sweep for the host nation.
With small waves but plenty of wind making for a bumpy race here in the surf mecca of Lacanau, Olivia proved far too strong for the other women, paddling clear to win by three minutes from the rapidly-improving Susak Molinero (Spain) and the always consistent Marie Buchanan (England). → READ MORE
Paolo Marconi (Italy/RRD) and Sonni Hönscheid (Germany/SIC) have claimed impressive victories against a strong regional field here at the Port Adriano SUP Race on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Week 2 of The Euro Tour presented by Starboard.
Paolo announced himself as one of Europe’s genuine contenders, leading home a clean sweep of the podium for Team Italy at the 4th annual edition of this great race. Meanwhile Sonni was in a league of her own, and showed she’ll be hard to stop as she chases back-to-back EuroTour crowns. → READ MORE
Titouan Puyo has outlasted Casper Steinfath to claim back-to-back Paris Crossing titles, as 500 paddlers hit the River Seine today for the largest SUP race in the world.
Titou and Casper broke away early after a hectic start, taking advantage of the choppy conditions thrown up by the lead boats to gap their fellow contenders. The pair worked together and extended their lead over the entire 13.8km course, before Titou finally pulled clear in the final few hundred metres to win by 11 seconds. → READ MORE