Titouan Puyo Outlasts Arthur Arutkin in France; New Downwind Star Unearthed

titouan-puyo-stand-up-paddle-boardingTitouan Puyo won the 14′ French Downwind Championships last week, edging out fellow world-beater Arthur Arutkin and a new name to watch, Clément Colmas, to claim the Presqu’ile Paddle Race.

Titou showed vintage form in the moderate downwind conditions, pulling away from the field to win by a clear margin. The event followed the popular new “Double Downwind” format, with a run on Saturday and another on Sunday before times were combined to produce the overall results.    → READ MORE

Return to the Gorge with Team QB

video-gorge-paddle-challenge-sup-race-quickblade-paddlesThere have been so many big races lately that one of the biggest of them all, the Gorge Paddle Challenge, seems like it was way more than six weeks ago. But no, it was only just over a month ago that we saw the community gather in Hood River, Oregon for one of the best weekends of the year.

Well if you’re having withdrawals from the bumps and glides of the Gorge, this three-part series of mini-films from Team Quickblade should keep you satisfied for a while. Featuring the likes of…   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo Defeats Eric Terrien and Martin Letourneur to Win France’s Summer Cup

Summer Cup stand up paddleboarding race FranceIn brief: Titouan Puyo, Olivia Piana and Amandine Chazot have claimed victories at the “Summer Cup” in La Baule, France, with a strong lineup of the nation’s finest paddlers headlining the 6th annual edition of this beach festival.

Saturday’s course race was a tight affair, with Titou snatching the win by just four seconds from an in-form Eric Terrien, while Martin Letourneur was right on their tail all the way to the line.   → READ MORE

The Euros: Highlights from the Long (and Very Hot) Distance Race in France

EuroSUP paddle boarding videoCheck out this great highlights reel from the final day of competition here at the EuroSUP championship in Lacanau, where Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana starred for Team France in the long (and hot) distance race.

In total, France won five out of the six gold medals on offer, along with four silver medals in what was an absolutely dominant performance from the host nation.   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana Dominate (Again) for Team France at the Euros

EuroSUP stand up paddleboarding race 1France’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

Golden Day for the Host Nation at the EuroSUP Championships in France

Titouan Puyo and Arthur ArutkinIn 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

Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana Qualify for Team France (ISA Worlds)

Team France Stand Up Paddleboarding 2016In brief: Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana have qualified for Team France and will represent their nation at both the ISA Worlds in Fiji later in the year, and also at the “Euros” in France later this month.

After an exhaustive selection process, Titou and Arthur triumphed over a deep and very talented field of France’s finest.   → READ MORE

Battle of the Brands – Lost Mills Edition: Titouan Puyo’s Heroics Help Team NSP Edge Past Naish

Battle of the Brands 2016 Lost Mills

Following the big Battle of Bavaria on Saturday, there’s been plenty of movement on the Battle of the Brands leaderboard. The big news is that NSP has edged past Naish to take over the number 2 ranking, with Titouan Puyo putting in a heroic performance on the weekend to defend his Lost Mills points from 2015.

Titou finished runner-up at the Lost Mills last year but almost didn’t race on the weekend after battling illness all week. But not only did he take his place on the start line, he battled all the way to the finish with Michael Booth and Connor Baxter, ensuring he held onto almost all of his points from 2015 and allowing NSP to move past the yellow boards from Maui.

Other big movers include Team Hobie, who’s been very well represented on the EuroTour so far, and Team Mistral, who crack the Top 15 thanks to big efforts from Seychelle Hattingh and Steeve Teihotaata. Take a look at the full Battle of the Brands Leaderboard

UPDATED: Michael Booth, Sonni Hönscheid Triumph at the Big “Lost Mills” Race in Germany

Lost Mills
Michael Booth and Sonni Honscheid have claimed the prestigious “Lost Mills” race in Europe, defeating an all-star lineup at the fourth and largest stop of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Sonni’s victory makes it five wins in five weeks, a streak that stretches right back to last month’s OluKai race on Maui, while Boothy’s triumph reinforces his meteoric rise and growing reputation as one of the men to beat on the international scene this year. Suddenly, the Aussie has gone from a dark horse to having a target on his back.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Highlights from the SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime (EuroTour Week 3)

Video St. Maxime SUP Race Cup 2016Check out the full highlights reel from the French Riviera, where the 7th Annual SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime marked Week 3 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Most of the footage focuses on the 15k distance race on Sunday, where Michael Booth paddled away from the all-star field to announce himself as a genuine contender on the world stage.    → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 3: Michael Booth Surges to Victory on Day 2 in St. Maxime; Baxter, Hönscheid Win Overall

Michael Booth St Maxime EuroTour
Australia’s Michael Booth has officially ditched his “dark horse” label, winning the long distance race here in St. Maxime with a commanding performance that saw him finish a minute clear of Connor Baxter, Titouan Puyo and Steeve Teihotaata.

Boothy broke the elite field at around the 4km mark and paddled for more than an hour on his own to claim a memorable victory. Click through for a full recap, overall results and replay of the live stream…   → READ MORE

Steeve Teihotaata Defeats Titouan Puyo and the Titans of Tahiti to Win the Air France Paddle Festival (Updated with Full Results)

Air France Paddle FestivalSteeve Teihotaata has taken out the 2016 Air France Paddle Festival in Tahiti, defeating hot favourite Titouan Puyo as well as fellow Tahitian titans Rete Ebb, Georges Cronsteadt and Tamarua Cowan to announce himself as a genuine contender on the international stage.

Following two hours of downwind and flat water paddling around Tahiti’s north-west coast, and after a close battle first with both Titou and Rete, Steeve produced an amazing performance over the final kilometre, pulling clear to win in a time of 1:58:17, one minute clear of a tight race for second.   → READ MORE

Congratulations Titouan Puyo, Annabel Anderson — Champions of the 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup (FULL RESULTS)

Carolina Cup
Titouan Puyo and Annabel Anderson have triumphed over an all-star field of paddlers to claim the 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup here in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, with the infamous Elite Graveyard Race living up to its reputation by serving competitors a challenging mixture wind, waves and currents across 13 miles of ocean and flat water racing.   → READ MORE

WATCH: SUPerstar Titouan Puyo On Fire in New Zealand

stand up paddle video new zealand SUPGreat clip of Titouan Puyo’s trip to New Zealand last week, where the NSP superstar won four races in the space of six days against some extremely talented locals.

There’s some great footage in here. Pay special attention at the 3:50 mark, where Titou catches a non-existent bump and seems to effortlessly cruise up the inside and into the lead. As the cameraman says: “Amazing…” No wonder this guy is ranked top five in the world.   → READ MORE

Annabel Anderson, Titouan Puyo and Ollie Houghton Star at the New Zealand Nationals (Updated)

Ollie Houghton stand up paddleIn brief: Visiting superstar Titouan Puyo has made it a clean sweep of the NZ SUP Nationals, defeating a strong local crowd led by rising prospect Ollie Houghton, while world number one Annabel Anderson claimed her 6th national title.

The 2016 National Titles, which act as the sole selection event for Team NZ ahead of the ISA Worlds, consisted of a 15km downwinder on Saturday and a beach race in and out through the surf on Sunday.   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo Joins the Quickblade Family

Titouan Puyo stand up paddlerIn brief: Fresh off his big signing with NSP, world number five Titouan Puyo has added another sticker to his board, joining the Quickblade Paddles family.

The New Caledonian superstar officially became a Quickblade rider this week, joining NSP team mate/fellow world beater Travis Grant along with a dozen more of the world’s top paddlers…   → READ MORE

Massive Move: NSP Signs Titouan Puyo, Pairing Him with Travis Grant and Giving the Team Two of the World’s Top Five Paddlers

Titouan PuyoIn what can only be described as a ‘massive’ move, NSP has just signed world-beater Titouan Puyo, pairing him with world number two Travis Grant to instantly give the team one of the best lineups in the sport.

Formerly with Starboard, Titou has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past two seasons. He shot up to #5 on the SUP Racer World Rankings last year, and I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t become #1 in the future…   → READ MORE