Slater Trout Edges out Toby Cracknell and Danny Ching to Win the Pier Paddle; Candice Appleby Women’s Champ

Toby Cracknell and Slater TroutIn brief: Original young gun Slater Trout has continued his quest to return to the top of the sport, narrowly edging out his highly under-rated Infinity team mate Toby Cracknell and defending champion/former world number one Danny Ching to claim the 2017 Santa Monica Pier Paddle overall event title.

Slater and Toby split the wins between the long distance and beach race disciplines, with Slater taking the former before the Aussie out-sprinted him up the beach to claim the latter. With points tied, Slater got the nod on the tie-breaker (which weighted the result of the distance race) to take the biggest chunk of the $15,000 prize purse.   → READ MORE

The ‘Top 16 of 2016’ — The Best Paddlers in the World This Year

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What a year it’s been for our sport, with great performances by incredible athletes at big events all around the world making for an exciting season of racing.

But who was the best? Who dominated all season long? Who were the standout stand up athletes this year? It’s time to reveal the Top 16 of 2016…   → READ MORE

The Japan Cup, Day 2: Annabel Anderson, Mo Freitas Claim the Survivor Race

Japan Cup stand up paddle board race
Annabel Anderson and Mo Freitas have claimed lucrative wins on the second and final day of the Mynavi Japan Cup here in Chigasaki.

Under grey, drizzly skies, which stood in stark contrast to Saturday’s draining hot sun, Mo surged to victory on the final, 10-man lap of the short, sharp survivor course, holding off the Aussie quartet of James Casey, Michael Booth, Toby Cracknell and Matt Nottage. Hometown hero Kenny Kaneko finished just outside the money in sixth.   → READ MORE

New Recruit Toby Cracknell Gives Team Infinity a Boost up the Battle of the Brands Leaderboard

Jamie Mitchell Survivor SUP

We’ve just updated the Battle of the Brands leaderboard with all the main results from the past six weeks, including the epic JM Survivor Race at Huntington yesterday.

While the big three remains the same – Starboard, NSP and Naish – there’s a new challenger near the top of the table, with Infinity jumping +2 spots to number four courtesy of some heroics from gun new recruit Toby Cracknell (who finished runner-up to Mo Freitas yesterday).

Check out the full Battle of the Brands leaderboard to see which other teams have had a good summer, and check back again next week — we anticipate plenty more changes following the 6-star Gorge Paddle Challenge.

The World Rankings have been updated with results from the Quiksilver JM Survivor Race.

Stand Up Paddling World Rankings SUP

We’ve just updated the SUP Racer World Rankings with results from the big Quiksilver JM Survivor Race, and there’s been plenty of movement on the Top 100 and Top 50 leaderboards.

The biggest move comes from Survivor superstar Mo Freitas, who jumps +3 spots this week to slide into the world number four ranking, just a single point behind world number three Titouan Puyo. Survivor Race runner-up, Toby Cracknell, jumps a whopping +13 spots to a career-high world ranking of #14. Toby’s result means Australia now occupies 7 of the top 14 spots in the world.

On the women’s side, the hero of Huntington, Shae Foudy, jumps a couple of places and is now knocking on the door of the top 5. Check out the full World Rankings to see who else jumped up this week…

#M2O: Post-Molokai Reflections (and Photos) from 38 of the World’s Best Paddlers

Molokai 2 Oahu Kai Lenny Travis GrantThe boards are back on the rack, the boats are back in the harbour and the trophies are up on the mantelpiece. Molokai-2-Oahu is done for another season, however the memories from this year’s epic will live on forever. The most prestigious race in the world certainly lived up to its hype this year, with the 20th annual crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel proving to be the fastest, most competitive and most exciting edition yet.

I could wax lyrical about this storied event, however nobody says it better than the paddlers themselves, the ones who were actually out there battling in the Channel of Bones for pride and glory. So to give you a better insight into what M2O really means, here’s a selection of post-Molokai reflections from the world’s best paddlers…   → READ MORE

Post-Molokai World Rankings

Kai Lenny Molokai to Oahu

After the epic crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel from Molokai to Oahu yesterday, we’ve updated the leaderboards on the SUP Racer World Rankings with the latest results.

The most significant moves come from the M2O champions, with Kai Lenny jumping +3 to world number four, while Sonni Hönscheid becomes the new world number two after her third-straight Molokai-2-Oahu title.

Other big movers include Jimmy Casey, who cracks the world’s top 10 for the first time following a supremely impressive fourth place finish (where he was less than a minute behind three-time Molokai winner Connor Baxter). Jimmy’s compatriot and fellow top five giant killer, Toby Cracknell, is +10 this week and becomes the highest-ranked paddler with less than the minimum five best results, meaning he could easily crack the top 20 with one more decent result.

Da Hui Race: Aussies James Casey and Terrene Black Claim the Opening Round of Hawaii’s Downwind Month

Da Hui Paddleboard Race North Shore OahuIn brief: Australia’s James “Jimmy” Casey has made it a winning start to Downwind Month in Hawaii, taking out the Da Hui Independence Day Race on Oahu’s North Shore.

Jimmy led home a flotilla of Aussies, with Kelly Margetts finishing runner-up ahead of fellow Green & Gold Toby Cracknell. North Shore local Andrew Logreco was the top Hawaiian in 4th, followed by Bullet Obra who scored 5th overall on his 14 footer.    → READ MORE

Michael Booth Wins Yet Again in Australia, Defeating James Casey and Toby Cracknell in Terrigal

Michael Booth stand up paddleboardingIn brief: Michael Booth has won yet again, taking out the latest race in Australia to cement his rising reputation as the name to watch on the international scene this year.

Boothy took out both the course race and the downwinder at the Terrigal Haven SUP Classic, an event that was seemingly organised last minute but still attracted a few of Australia’s finest talents. Finishing runner-up in each race was Saucy Jack Classic champion James Casey, while Team Australia’s Toby Cracknell picked up a couple of thirds.   → READ MORE

2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Start List Revealed, Set to Be Most Competitive Channel Crossing Ever

Molokai to Oahu paddle raceThe start list for the 2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships has just been revealed, with the men’s solo stand up paddle division attracting the most competitive field in the event’s 20 year history.

Top ranked athletes including three-time champ and world number one Connor Baxter, two-time champ and world number two Travis Grant, number three Danny Ching, and number four Kai Lenny will be racing across the Ka’iwi Channel (aka the “Channel of Bones”) on Sunday, July 31st.   → READ MORE

Karla Gilbert, Michael Booth and Toby Cracknell Win at the Noosa Festival of Surfing (Updated)

Noosa Festival of Surfing stand up paddling raceResults and photos are in from the weekend’s festivities up in Noosa. Congratulations to Karla Gilbert on the clean sweep, while Michael Booth will be shaking his head that he missed out on the double after a rather chaotic finish in the men’s BOP race. But congratulations to Toby Cracknell for climbing back up to the top of the podium.

Click through for full results…   → READ MORE

Extended Highlights from the Japan Cup

Japan Cup stand up paddling race videoHere’s the extended edit from last month’s Japan Cup, featuring highlights from what ended up becoming quite an entertaining affair.

A nearby typhoon whipped up a solid swell and sent it straight to the host beach in Chigasaki, which provided that magic ingredient for a good SUP race: Waves.   → READ MORE

Australian Champions Crowned as Team Green & Gold Looks to the 2016 ISA Worlds

Michael Booth stand up paddlingAustralia’s quest to regain the ISA Worlds team trophy it lost in Mexico has officially begun. This week, Surfing Australia hosted the Australian SUP Titles on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with the short course and distance races going down at the mecca of paddling known as Currumbin.

There’s probably a higher concentration of paddling talent in Australia than any other nation, so the country’s national titles generally attract a more competitive field than many international events around the world. And while a few of the big names were missing this week, the start line still looked pretty solid.   → READ MORE

Epic Photos from the Japan Cup as SUP Continues to Grow in the Land of the Rising Sun

stand up paddling Japan Cup 4Results are in from the Japan Cup, which was held in the surfing town of Chigasaki on the weekend to continue a big run of events in the land of the rising sun this month.

Fiona Wylde dominated the women’s event, while Mo Freitas, Toby Cracknell, James Casey and Daniel Hasulyo all got a spot on the men’s podiums, with the weekend split between an 18km distance race and the always-entertaining Jamie Mitchell Survivor Race.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Recap (And Results) From The New South Wales State Titles

Stand Up Paddle board race New South WalesNice little recap of the BOP race at last weekend’s Ocean and Earth Southern Cross SUP Festival, aka the New South Wales State Titles. This event was the first qualifier on the pathway to the 2015 Aussie Titles, which ultimately decides who’ll represent Team Australia at next year’s Worlds.

Click through to watch…   → READ MORE

Australia Reveals Team Lineup For The Worlds – Can They Go Four In A Row?

Team Australia ISA World Stand Up Paddle ChampionshipAnd the pieces continue to fall into place for the ISA World Championship puzzle: The mighty Team Australia has just confirmed its lineup for next month’s showdown in Sayulita, and as usual it’s looking very solid.

After Team USA and Team Hawaii recently revealed stellar lineups, the pressure will be on Team Australia more than ever as they seek to retain the title they’ve never lost.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Aussie Titles Highlights

Australian Stand Up Paddle Titles CurrumbinCourtesy of Surfing Australia, here are a couple of very slick little videos from the Aussie Titles. The event wrapped up on the Gold Coast yesterday, with Beau O’Brian, Karla Gilbert and Toby Cracknell taking out the wins and staking claims for a spot on Team Australia 2015

First up the Technical Course Race (is it just me, or do we need a more exciting name for this event?) and then we’ve got the Marathon Race recap.   → READ MORE