Titou, the reigning ISA Distance Race World Champ, showed once again that he’s an absolute machine in the bumps, finishing the 16km run three minutes clear of his rivals. Those rivals included many of France’s finest, such as rising star (and Battle of the Paddle ‘Most Inspirational’ award winner) Martin Letourneur, Vincent Verhoeven, Gaetan Sene and Greg Closier (who was runner-up in the 12’6 class). → READ MORE
This video is awesome. Watch Starboard superstar Titouan Puyo and his good friend Vincent Verhoeven pack their inflatable SUPs on a light aircraft and fly out to the magic “Ile des Pins” (Isle of Pines).
The island is part of the South Pacific outpost of New Caledonia and sits a short flight away from the main atoll. Ile des Pins is nicknamed “l’île la plus proche du paradis” which roughly translates to The Closest Island To Paradise. Watch the clip above and you’ll see why. → READ MORE
While any of the world’s best paddlers were competing at Huntington Beach this weekend, there was another race taking place in Jersey, an Island with a rich paddling heritage. The event, the Battle of the Rock, is the brain child of John Harvey and was first held in 2013.
Following his success at the Heritage Race on the Island in the summer, Greg Closier took no time in returning to Jersey and this time brought ISA World Champion Titouan Puyo and Vincent Verhoeven with him. The three Frenchmen were using the event as part of the training regime for the Battle of the Paddle. → READ MORE
In case you needed any extra motivation to get out there and paddle today, here’s a very cool video from a very nice part of the world. Watch this clip to get an aerial view of downwinding in New Caledonia, the South Pacific island paradise that’s home to world beater Titouan Puyo.
The clip, filmed earlier this year, features Titou along with fellow Frenchie Vincent Verhoeven → READ MORE
Who is Titouan Puyo? Take a SUP journey around the world and find out. Peak behind the scenes at Starboard’s HQ in Thailand, go downwinding on Titou’s home island, New Caledonia, then travel across to Nicaragua, where he wins gold at the ISA Worlds.
Watch the full clip above or click through to read the back story behind the video… → READ MORE
It’s week #4 of the Euro Tour and this weekend we’re in the awesome city of Bilbao, Spain for another big race: The Bilbao World SUP Challenge. The action wrapped up just moments ago and it was Zane Schweitzer and Angie Jackson who claiming the overall event titles.
This event attracted a pretty solid lineup of talent; I’d say there were around 15 paddlers competing who would be on the top level internationally. Set right near the iconic Guggenheim Museum, the event involved sprint racing on Saturday before a 13km cruise through the city on Sunday.
Here’s how it all went down. → READ MORE
After two days of great racing, Eric Terrien has held onto his crown as the King of France, but only just… Titouan Puyo (aka Ti2) has shown he’s an international star and that his win in Nicaragua was definitely no fluke. After a horror start, the New Caledonian almost chased down Eric in Saturday’s downwind/upwind/sidewind Beach Race, while today the tables were turned with Titou coming home first ahead of Leo Nika and Eric.
Sonni Hönscheid showed great form to make it a clean sweep of the women’s field, beating home Manca Notar in both the 7km Beach Race and 17km Distance event. Click through for full results, pics and recap from the French Riviera… → READ MORE
Day 7 saw the men’s distance event here at the 2014 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship. After the women’s race gave us a glimpse of this unique and exotic course, I had the feeling we could be in for a classic showdown today. And the guys certainly didn’t disappoint…
With a deep field of talent lining up at 9am for the 18km grind around Lake Nicaragua, and with the wind blowing strong enough to become a major factor, conditions were set for an intense battle. Click through for a full recap, results and pics of the action… → READ MORE
In a sign that French national team selectors got their men’s racing picks spot on, Eric Terrien and Titouan Puyo have gone one-two at the Jade Paddle Race in France, just days before they jet off to Nicaragua to represent their nation.
It was a fitting victory for Eric as the race was held in his childhood hometown of La Plaine sur Mer. With waves, wind and what looks to be very cold water, the BIC team rider out-lasted a classy field that featured several of France’s finest paddlers. Eric finished half a minute clear of Titou (or simply: “Ti2″) while one of France’s original stand up paddle racers, Greg Closier, finished a very close third. → READ MORE
The wind was relatively light and the sun was blazing hot, however there were still plenty of fun bumps to be had. The 10km course ran from Ansevata to Plage de Kuendu, covering a beautiful stretch of water inside the giant lagoon that surrounds this island.
New Caledonia really is a paddling paradise… With such consistent winds and a strong paddling community, I can see it becoming a popular downwind destination in the near future. → READ MORE
In November 2013, the French held their National SUP Racing Titles. The top finishers would earn a spot on Team France for the 2014 ISA Worlds in Nicaragua, while the rest would get to see how they compared against the best. The usual suspects were there along with a string of up-and-coming youngsters who had been rising fast in the preceeding year. Outside of Australia and the USA, France’s national titles would probably be the most competitive in the world.
But for all that talent, both young and old, nobody really expected anyone other than Eric Terrien to win. Eric has been the flag-bearer for SUP racing in Europe for the past five years and was the first of the Euros to really make an impact overseas. He also almost never loses in France, especially not to his fellow countrymen.
So you can imagine my surprise, and the surprise of the core SUP racing community in general, when the early results came through and the new distance race champion of France was listed as Titouan Puyo.
Titouan who…? → READ MORE
Remember how France decided to go all out in selecting their team for the 2014 ISA Worlds? In addition to their National Titles five weeks ago, the governing body (French Surf Federation) organised a week-long series of racing and training that’s essentially a second (and final) round of qualification to decide who flies to Nicaragua next May.
Ten of the best paddlers in France (and, by extension, ten of the best in Europe and even some of the very best in the world) will be battling it out over the next five days in a series of short and long distance races. A win is worth zero points, 2nd place = 2 points, 3rd place = 3 points, and so on… Each paddler’s best four out of six results (four races this week plus the two races from last months Nationals) are tallied up and then the two guys / one girl with the lowest score will be invited to compete for Les Bleus in Nicaragua. → READ MORE
At the same time as the Aussie SUP Titles were happening in Queensland on the weekend, on the other side of the world there was another elite battle taking place, with glory, bragging rights and a trip to the 2014 ISA World Champs on the line there as well.
The French National SUP Titles (“Championnats de France Stand Up Paddle”) have just wrapped up and produced plenty of SUP racing action as well as a couple of interesting surprises. Held in the picturesque town of Carnet on the South of France, the championships featured the best paddlers from one of the strongest SUP nations there is.
The talent pool is France is runs deeper than probably any other nation outside the “Big 3″ (Cali/Hawaii/Aus) so this was always going to be a tough event. However nobody would have predicted these results. On the opening day, hot favourite and undisputed king of French stand up paddle racing, Eric Terrien, was defeated by the unheralded Titouan Puyo in the 18km Distance Race, while young gun Arthur Arutkin also crossed the line ahead of the reigning champ. Eric would have his revenge on day two though, with a sweet victory in the Beach Race ensuring he still has one foot in the door on the plane to Nicaragua. → READ MORE