There are big changes to the World Rankings following an incredible weekend of racing up in the Gorge. We have a new world number one, a top 10 debutante, several bolters and dozens of other +/- movers on the Men’s Top 100 Leaderboard.
Click through for our full analysis of the latest changes… → READ MORE
Wow… What a weekend of racing we’ve just witnessed. We’ll have a full recap from the 2015 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge up shortly, but in the meantime here are the results from the Elite Races and changes to the World Rankings (the Gorge had a massive impact on the Men’s Top 100 Leaderboard). → READ MORE
And just like that, it’s August. This year has flown by. Seems like only yesterday we were getting excited about the first major race of the year, the Carolina Cup. That was four months ago.
We’re now halfway through the international stand up paddling “season,” which loosely runs from April to October (with a couple of outposts in December). Carolina, OluKai, the Worlds, the Euro Tour, Payette and Molokai have already been run and won, while we’ve still got the Gorge Paddle Challenge, Pacific Paddle Games and a few World Series races to look forward to.
So because we’re halfway through the year, I thought it’d be a good time to analyse the best paddlers of 2015 so far. → READ MORE
Full recap of the Bilbao World SUP Challenge, Week 4 of the Euro Tour. That was an exciting but also very tense two days of racing. Click through for the full recap and find out what happened… → READ MORE
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 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
Danny Ching has just won gold in the Men’s Distance Race here at the 2015 ISA Worlds, giving Team USA a critical lead in the team standings against arch-rivals Team Australia and Team Hawaii. After two of the most entertaining hours of racing we’ve seen in a long time, Danny claimed the win just ahead of local hero Bicho Jimenez. → READ MORE
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 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
Everyone’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
We’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
Some great footage out of France on the weekend, where the ‘Championnats de France de SUP Race’ (aka the French National Titles) went down.
Some quality footage in there (love the sequence at the 1:12 mark) highlighting just how tricky conditions were for competitors. → READ MORE
The 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
The 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
A 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
Titouan 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 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