Euro Tour: Travis Grant, Sonni Honscheid Win France’s SUP Race Cup (UPDATED)

Sainte Maxime SUP Race Cup
Travis Grant and Sonni Honscheid have triumphed at the SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime, France, after an all star field lit up Week 2 of the Euro Tour.

Travis took control of the event after dominating Saturday’s course race, before holding on for a close second place behind Titouan Puyo in Sunday’s 17km event. That handed Trav the overall event title based on combined times, and also delivered a full bag of points for the Euro Tour Leaderboard.    → READ MORE

Travis Grant, Sonni Hönscheid Win The Port Adriano SUP Race As The Euro Tour Officially Begins

Port Adriano SUP RaceTravis Grant and Sonni Hönscheid have drawn first blood in the battle for Europe, winning the Port Adriano SUP Race on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Mallorca today.

Travis saluted ahead of Connor Baxter and Titouan Puyo, while Sonni was too strong for Susak Molinero and Ane Zulaika. Click through for recap, results, photos and videos from Week 1 of the Euro Tour.   → READ MORE

ISA Worlds: Team France Selects An All-Star SUP Lineup (But Something’s Still Missing…)

ISA Worlds Men's Distance (11 b)When it rains, it pours. On the back of recent announcements from the USA/Hawaii/Australia/New Zealand, we’ve now got the final lineup for another major contender at the ISA Worlds: Team France.

France is one of the strongest paddling nations in the world, period. They’ve long been the powerhouse of Europe, while their athletes often mix it with the best on the world stage. A full-strength Team France would probably be the biggest threat to the ruling triumvirate (Australia/US/Hawaii). But despite some big names in the 2015 squad, the French team is lacking in one critical area. And this highlights a wider problem with the ISA World Stand Up Paddle And Paddleboard Championship…   → READ MORE

Travis Grant Topples Titouan Puyo At The NBS Race In New Caledonia

Travis Grant downwind stand up paddlingTravis Grant toppled Titouan Puyo at home in New Caledonia last weekend, taking out the Downwind/Beach Race double at the NBS Race.

These two guys are a couple of the world’s premiere bump riders. While you may think “Connor” and “Kalama” when you think downwind supremos, Travis and Titou are both firmly on the top level as well. These guys have a sixth sense for reading the ocean, and if the wind is blowing and the bumps are running, you’ll struggle to keep them in sight.   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo, Celine Guesdon Win The ‘NRJ Pro Cup’ In Paradisaical New Caledonia

Stand-Up-Paddle-New-CaledoniaEveryone’s favourite dark horse (though I think he’s long since outgrown that label), Titouan Puyo, has won another couple of trophies at home in New Caledonia. The NRJ Pro Cup, held in New Caledonia’s famous turquoise coral reef lagoon, offered paddlers both a downwinder and course race in paradise.

Titou surprised nobody by claiming the downwinder on Saturday, before backing up in Sunday’s Beach Race for the double.   → READ MORE

Results, Recap From Australia’s Largest Ever SUP Race – The Forster Island Paddle Festival

Forster Island Paddle Festival SUP raceWe’ve just wrapped up the largest SUP race ever held in Australia. The Forster Island Paddle Festival attracted hundreds of stand up paddlers for a weekend of sprint, surf and flat water racing.

With close to 250 competitors all up, this would be Australia’s biggest ever SUP race in terms of participation (by a long way). The level of competition didn’t exactly match the Battle of the Paddle, however there were still quite a few well known, world ranked paddlers on show. The strongest performances came from Angie Jackson, Titouan Puyo, Paul Jackson, Karla Gilbert, Jake Jensen and Celine Guesdon.    → READ MORE

Arthur Arutkin Le Magnifique: 17-Year-Old Dominates The French Championships (But Doesn’t Receive An Invite To The Worlds)

French Championships stand up paddle racingThe 2014 French SUP Racing Championships are happening this weekend, with a spot on Team France and a ticket to the 2015 ISA World SUP Championship up for grabs.

UPDATE: We’ve just wrapped up the second and final day of competition, with Arthur Arutkin making it a clean sweep of the event. The 17-year-old took out both yesterday’s long distance event and today’s course race. Click through for full results/recap/photos…   → READ MORE

This Weekend: France’s Finest Battle For A Spot At The Worlds (And: How Awesome Is This Event Poster?!)

Championnats de France stand up paddle raceThe French National SUP Racing Championship (aka the Championnats de France de SUP Race) is happening this weekend. And I’m excited about this event.

The ‘Championnats’ is the first part of the selection process for Team France 2015, the squad that will wear the red berets at next year’s ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. So why am I so excited about this event? Three things…   → READ MORE

Highlights From Jersey’s Battle Of The Rock

Stand Up Paddle boarding video JerseyA couple of solid highlight reels from the Battle of the Rock race that was held on Jersey last month.

Seems like Jersey is becoming a bit of a paddling hub these days (we’re talking about the isle of Jersey, not the American Jersey…). The island has a strong local race series, some epic downwind conditions and is now seeing some of the international names come over and compete.   → READ MORE

RESULTS: Titouan Puyo Wins The Presqu’île Paddle Race, Shows Once Again He’s A Machine In The Bumps

Presqu ile Paddle Race France 2014Titouan Puyo has made a clean sweep of the Presqu’île Paddle Race in France, taking out both the downwind and beach race on the weekend.

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 Awesome Video Will Make You Want To Buy An Inflatable…

inflatable stand up paddle board videoThis 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

Titouan Puyo And The French Contingent Dominate Battle Of The Rock On The Isle Of Jersey

stand up paddle board race Battle of the RockWhile 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

WATCH: Titou’s Paradise In New Caledonia, As Seen From Above

Stand Up Paddle Downwind New CaledoniaIn 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

The Birth of a Star(board) – Titouan Puyo (And The Story Behind The Story)

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

[UPDATED] Angie Jackson, Zane Schweitzer And Casper Steinfath The Best In Bilbao As The Euro Tour Rolls On

Bilbao SUP Challenge SpainIt’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

UPDATED ST. MAXIME RESULTS: Eric Terrien, Titouan Puyo and Sonni Hönscheid Fire In France (SUP Race Cup)

Sainte MaximeAnd that’s a wrap from St. Maxime.

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

ISA Worlds Day 7: Titouan Puyo Breaks An All Star Field To Win The Distance Gold. What An Epic Race…

ISA Worlds Men's Distance (12 a)Holy shit… what a race.

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