The 12 biggest stories from the past 24 days

It’s been almost a month since I posted any news on SUP Racer.

That’s the longest break I’ve taken in the seven years I’ve been running this site. I’ll talk about why next week, but for now let’s get this show back on the road. Because the reason why SUP Racer exists is to give you an honest look at what’s happening in this great, whacky, wild, rollercoaster sport of ours.

(I think the word “honesty” has been sorely lacking from our sport in general recently. That’s also another topic for next week, but for now here’s what’s happening the past 24 days: The 12 biggest stories, in no particular order…)

Instead of Brekkie Bites, consider this as your Breakfast Banquet.   → READ MORE

James Casey Outlasts Jake Jensen and Michael Booth to Win ‘The Doctor’ in Windy West Oz

The-Doctor-ocean-raceJames “Jimmy” Casey has shown once again why he’s considered a world-class open ocean paddler, taking out ‘The Doctor’ race in Western Australia in record time today ahead of Jake Jensen and Michael Booth.

Jimmy’s victory adds to his impressive run of results in Hawaii earlier this season, where he scored victories at OluKai and Maliko plus a podium finish at M2M. The Sunova team rider didn’t have it all his own way today though — he hit the beach just a minute clear of Jake, while Michael Booth was close all day to finish just another two minutes adrift.

All three of the boys finished under the magic two hour barrier.   → READ MORE

Trifecta for the Trifecta; Team QB Sweeps the Podium in West Oz

Quickblade TrifectaIn one of the more interesting stories behind the news this week, it seems the Quickblade Trifecta paddle has taken the first trifecta of its own, with the top three guys at The Doctor race in West Oz on the weekend – Titouan Puyo (NSP), Marcus Hansen (NSP) and Lincoln Dews (JM) – all using the famous blade.

It’s hardly the first time Team QB has swept the podium – they’re the winningest paddle brand by a solid margin – but any time they’ve made a clean sweep of a big race in the past, it’s always been with a mixture of their current flagships, the V-Drive and the Trifecta.   → READ MORE

Titou Takes out ‘The Doctor’ Race in West Oz Ahead of NSP Team Mate Marcus Hansen; Angie Jackson Claims Third Title

Marcus Hansen and Titouan PuyoTitouan Puyo has just won ‘The Doctor’ race in Perth, edging out NSP team mate Marcus Hansen in the opening event of “Aussie Downwind Week” after more than two and a half hours of flat, hot and grueling ocean paddling.

Titou completed the 28km (17.4 mile) crossing from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach in a time of 2 hours 32 minutes, just over a minute ahead of Marcus.

Click through for the full results…   → READ MORE

Matt Nottage Won ‘Breakthrough Performance of the Year’ at the SUP Awards (…but fell asleep before the show even started)

Matt NottageAustralia’s Matt Nottage took out the ‘Male Breakthrough Performer’ award at the SUP Awards in Dana Point on Thursday night, however in a truly Aussie twist, he wasn’t there to accept his award after succumbing to jet lag and falling asleep before the show even started (in his defense he only arrived in California Thursday morning).

Though perhaps even more memorable was Toby Cracknell, sporting a fresh new mullet, getting on stage to make the acceptance speech on behalf of his good mate.    → READ MORE

Matt Nottage Defeats Travis Grant and Beau O’Brian to Win ‘The Doctor’ in West Oz

The Doctor paddle race Western AustraliaMatt Nottage has shown he’s one of the best ocean paddlers in the world right now, defeating world number two Travis Grant, defending champ Beau O’Brian and a dozen more international level athletes to win The Doctor ocean race as part of Aussie Downwind Week.

The unheralded youngster, who recently joined Team Starboard, outlasted his compatriots after more two hours of racing, with Trav crossing the line just 17 seconds behind Matt, while Beau a further 33 seconds adrift. Trav was leading for much of the race but faded about half an hour from the finish, while Matt powered home in what he described as the race of his life.   → READ MORE

‘Aussie Downwind Week’ Set to Light Up Western Australia; ‘King of the Cut’ the Headline Act

King of the Cut stand up paddle race Western AustraliaWhile the racing season has officially ended in Hawaii, California and pretty much everywhere else in the world, Australia’s summer of SUP has only just begun. And it’s going to start with a bang: Next week, Western Australia will play host to six downwind races in the space of just 11 days, which collectively form Aussie Downwind Week.

Officially known as Wardan Marr Week (“wardan marr” means “sea breeze” in the local indigenous language), the highlights of Downwind Week are two of the biggest and best races in the country: The Doctor and the King of the Cut.   → READ MORE

WORLD RANKINGS: Beau O’Brian Moves Inside The Top 10, But Get Ready For More Changes Next Weekend

Stand Up Paddle World Rankings - 2014 November
Following the action at The Doctor on the weekend, we’ve seen some slight movement in the SUP RACER WORLD RANKINGS.

The most notable change is Beau O’Brian leapfrogging Zane Schweitzer and Casper Steinfath to move inside the Top 10. Following his win, which was one of his best 5 results from the past 12 months, Beau is now ranked #9 in the world. However with two big races next weekend set to count for ranking points, there are plenty more changes to come before the end of the year.

You can jump straight to the latest Stand Up Paddle World Rankings or click through and get some interesting insights on the latest round of updates…   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Beau O’Brian Narrowly Defeats Travis Grant @ “The Doctor” – Angie Jackson Women’s Champ

The Doctor Ocean Race Perth Western AustraliaBeau O’Brian has just taken out The Doctor downwind race in Perth, Western Australia, beating home Travis Grant in a near photo finish and taking a major win that has been some time in the coming.

Incredibly, after more than 2 hours of ocean paddling, the two downwind experts hit the beach at the exact same time. Beau was quicker up the beach though, out-sprinting the former Molokai-2-Oahu champion to the line.   → READ MORE

“King Of The Cut” Set To Headline Biggest Ever Week Of Racing In Australia (It’s Aussie Downwind Week!)

King of the Cut stand up paddleboard raceThis Saturday, 29th November, sees the start of what will probably be the biggest week of SUP racing Australia has ever seen. In the space of eight days, Western Australia will play host to four different ocean races. It’ll also play host to pretty much all of Australia’s finest paddlers plus a bunch of elite internationals. While Hawaii is home to Downwind Month in July, this could be Australia’s answer: Aussie Downwind Week.

Australia has always been an anomaly in the SUP racing world: The land down under has produced a solid chunk of the world’s elite athletes, however its racing scene is a relative minnow compared to what’s happening in California/Florida/Hawaii/Europe/etc. But that could change with the following four events lining up in a row for the first time:   → READ MORE

Thought the season was over? The season is never over… Here Are Four Big Races Still To Come In 2014

Bora Bora Liquid Festival Tahiti (3)So you thought the SUP racing season was over huh? Nope… The SUP racing season is never over.

While the Battle of the Paddle may have come and gone for another year, there are still plenty of big stand up paddle races left to run before New Year’s.

From Perth to Paris, Bora Bora to Brazil, here are four of the biggest…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Jake Jensen, Karla Gilbert Win ‘The Doctor’ Ocean Race In Perth, Western Australia

The Doctor stand up paddle raceJake Jensen and Karla Gilbert have just taken out ‘The Doctor’ ocean race in Perth, Western Australia. This is one of the premiere SUP events in the country (past winners include Connor Baxter and Travis Grant) and today saw a hot, windy battle between many of Australia’s finest.

It was a tight battle in both the men’s and women’s races, but in the end it was Jake Jensen who took the win from Beau O’Brian. The two were neck and neck for much of the race – Beau had a slight lead for the first half of the race, however Jake took a line closer to shore, which paid off as he hit the beach 300 metres clear.   → READ MORE

Somebody Call A Doctor!

The Doctor SUP Race Video 2013Some great footage from The Doctor SUP race that was held last weekend in Perth, Western Australia and won by Travis Grant, with Beau O’Brian a very close runner up.

How’s the sprint at the start from Lincoln Dews, Beau and Travis? Not bad for a distance race (…were they aware there was another 27kms to go?). Click through to watch   → READ MORE

Travis Grant, Angie Jackson Win “The Doctor” (UPDATED)

The Doctor SUP RaceAustralia’s premiere SUP race, “The Doctor”, was held today near Perth, Western Australia. Most of the country’s best paddlers were in action, chasing $5,000 in cash plus the all important bragging rights for the next 12 months.

Crossing the line first was World Champ Travis Grant, followed half a minute later by fellow Gold Coaster Beau O’Brian. Young Lincoln Dews was next, making it an all Queensland podium. Click through for FULL race results, including times…   → READ MORE

This Weekend: It’s Connor Baxter vs. The Aussies @ The Doctor (UPDATE: Connor’s Out!)

The Doctor Stand Up Paddle board raceUPDATE: Connor Baxter is a late withdrawal.

Original story: Australia’s most prestigious SUP race, The Doctor, is happening this weekend near Perth, Western Australia. There’s $5,000 cash on the line from Starboard, though even more important is the bragging rights that come with this 28km downwind race. The Doctor usually attracts some solid international talent to compete against Australia’s best. Last year it was Connor Baxter who took the win, and the young gun from Maui is set to return (along with Starboard teammate and fellow Maui boy Zane Schweitzer) to give the Aussies a run for their money.

On the Aussie side you’ve got: Queenslanders Travis Grant, Jake Jensen, Paul Jackson, Beau O’Brian, and Lincoln Dews. Sydneysiders Dave Kissane and last year’s runner-up Sam Parker. Plus from what we hear there’s some dark horse locals that might take out a few big names as well.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] “The Doctor” Ocean Race: Connor Baxter WINS

Connor Baxter has won the Starboard SUP Challenge at The Doctor ocean race.

The young Hawaiian blitzed the 27.5km course (from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach in Western Australia) in 2hrs 46mins. Connor picks up a lazy $4,700 for his efforts.

1st: Connor Baxter | 14ft class | 02:46:51
2nd: Sam Parker | 14ft class | 02:49:30
3rd: Kelly Margetts | 14ft class | 02:55:04
4th: Bart de Zwart | 14ft class | 02:57:42
5th: Jake Jensen | 14ft class | 02:59:53
6th: Beau O’Brian | 14ft class | 03:01:00
7th: Steve Walker | Open class | 03:06:00
8th: Lincoln Dews | 12’6″ class | 03:10:12
9th: Mike Galvin | 14ft class | 03:13:19
10th: Travis Grant | 14ft class | 03:14:14

Click for FULL RESULTS…   → READ MORE

Big Names Set To Battle Against “The Doctor” This Weekend!

Another weekend and another big SUP race!

The $10,000 Starboard SUP Challenge, as part of The Doctor ocean race, is happening this Saturday near Perth, Western Australia.

A red hot field is lining up and it looks set to be a battle of the Aussies vs Hawaiians   → READ MORE