Downwind Month Glides on… Connor Baxter has just won the Maui 2 Molokai race yet again, beating an all star field and firing a shot across the bow ahead of the big one, Molokai 2 Oahu. This must be about the 6th or 7th time in a row that Connor has claimed the M2M title, however this year the win was more hard fought than ever. Connor edged out fellow Maui young gun Kai Lenny by a couple of minutes, while behind him was a who’s who of the downwinding world including Dave Kalama, Travis Grant and Livio Menelau.
Very interesting to look at today’s result in relation to the Molokai 2 Oahu race coming up in two weeks (and which we’ll have live coverage of). Today’s Maui 2 Molokai could be a bit of a form guide for the big one: All five of the top guys from today will be back in action on the 27th. → READ MORE
It seems like 2013 has been the Year of Debate in the Stand Up Paddling world. From drafting to board classes to prize money to world championships and pretty much every little topic in between, informal talks, public discussion and downright heated arguments have become the norm.
SUP racing is at a crossroads; it’s gone from a small, novelty, niche sport into something bordering on the mainstream, with close to a thousand races around the world each year and a new breed of paddlers enjoying full-time careers on the water. And it’s this explosive growth that is fueling the debate, as different organisations and differing opinions jockey for control and attention, with influence on the future of the sport a reward.
So far we’ve heard a lot of talk and some serious action, but it’s mainly come from the male athletes. That changed recently however, with the Gorge Paddle Challenge in Oregon attracting one of the strongest fields of female paddlers we’ve seen outside the BOP, and one of the leading, Candice Appleby, using the chance to roundup the top female talent for a serious debate. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller have won the 2013 OluKai SUP Race on Maui, holding off an elite field of paddlers to defend their respective titles.
Dave Kalama was 2nd in the men’s race with Kai Lenny in third, while Talia Gangini was the next best female paddler. Click through for the FULL RESULTS… → READ MORE
The awesome Surf Race To Victory series wrapped up today at Huntington Beach. Plenty of pros have arrived in town ahead of the Battle of the Paddle, so there was a very solid level of competition. Plus with a decent swell pulsing along the coast, there was also a LOT of carnage…
Several of the world’s best lined up for the knockout sprint format and were looking uber-stylish the event’s signature blue crash helmets. Kody Kerbox, Connor Baxter, Byron Kurt and Brennan Rose took out the first round heats, with Kerbox looking in very good form. On the women’s side it seemed to be a battle between Candice Appleby and Morgan Hoesterey, with the pair trading victories in the first couple of rounds. → READ MORE
If you’ve taken a look at SUPracer.com at any point in the past five days, you couldn’t have missed our coverage of the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. The event was massive. It drew one of the most elite fields of any SUP race this year, and with conditions turning it on, became an instant classic.
Saturday saw a hard-fought Elite Course Race while Sunday produced strong winds for an epic Downwind Race. Talia Gangini, fresh from winning Molokai in record time, was one of the favourites for the Downwinder. The young Maui paddler delivered, putting in a strong performance to claim second place, behind only Candice Appleby.
However Talia didn’t make the podium, she didn’t even get an official place. All she got was a DQ next to her name… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has won the 2012 Molokai-2-Oahu SUP race in a record time of 4hrs 13mins, defending his 2011 victory and shaving almost a quarter of an hour off his own race record. → READ MORE
CONNOR BAXTER & ANDREA MOLLER WIN OLUKAI
Connor Baxter 1st,Travis Grant 2nd, Danny Ching 3rd, Dave Kalama 4th, Jamie Mitchell 5th. Andrea Moller wins the women’s race ahead of Maui’s Talia Gangini.
Click through for full race results, pics and post-race interviews… → READ MORE
2012 Punta Sayulita Classic Elite Race RESULTS
Women’s Elite Race
1st: Candice Appleby
2nd: Jenny Kalmbach
3rd: Talia Gangini
Men’s Elite Race
1st: Connor Baxter
2nd: Kai Lenny
3rd: Ryan Helm
Click for FULL RESULTS: → READ MORE
Held July 24, 2011 at the famous Maliko run (Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor).
The 9 mile downwinder drew a strong international field, who were in town for the Molokai2Oahu race the next weekend.
Dave Kalama beat home Livio Menelau in the Unlimited class, while Jeremy Riggs took out the 14′ division and Connor Baxter put in a massive performance to win the 12’6″ class (with the 5th fastest overall time). Full results… → READ MORE