Travis Grant and Sonni Hönscheid have just won the most prestigious race of the year: The Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships in Hawaii. Travis claims his second title in three years to stamp himself as one of the greatest paddlers in the sport, while Sonni Honscheid deserves she belongs up there with the best after going back-to-back.
With some of the slowest and most grueling conditions in recent memory (there was virtually no wind at all), Travis outlasted Kai Lenny and Lincoln Dews for the men’s solo unlimited crown, while Sonni held off an impressive Annabel Anderson, who took second place over the line despite paddling a stock 14 footer. → READ MORE
And so Downwind Month continues. At the same time Connor Baxter was winning his sixth straight Maui 2 Molokai race on Saturday, one of his key rivals in ocean racing, Travis Grant, was dominating the Cline Mann Memorial Paddleboard Race over on Oahu.
Perhaps it was symbolic that Connor crossed the line first on Molokai while Travis won on Oahu, as these guys are the two favourites for next weekend’s Molokai 2 Oahu showdown. Connor has won three of the past four M2O showdowns, while Travis is the 2013 champion and went very close to beating Connor twelve months ago. → 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
Stop whatever you’re doing right now and watch this awesome Carolina Cup edit.
It’s only two and a half minutes long but if you’re not super stoked to grab your board & paddle and get on the water by the time you’re finished, there’s something wrong with you. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has won his 4th straight OluKai title, claiming a strong victory ahead of Travis Grant, Dave Kalama, Travis Baptiste and Danny Ching. Minutes after Connor crossed the line, Andrea Moller triumphed in the women’s race for an extraordinary 7th straight year, further extending the greatest winning streak in the sport of stand up paddling.
Click through for full results + the updated World Rankings… → READ MORE
Check out this awesome little highlights reel from the Carolina Cup. Courtesy of the Rogue SUP crew, this clip does a great job of capturing the intensity of the infamous Graveyard Race.
Very sharp edit. That slow-mo sequence at 0:20 looks like a bunch of ancient warriors about to charge into battle… → READ MORE
Done. What an epic race that was. Congratulations to Travis Grant and Annabel Anderson – 2015 Carolina Cup CHAMPIONS. Massive effort from Danny Ching and Sonni Honscheid to claim the runner-up positions, and really any paddler in the Top 10/Top 20 deserves a medal. That was hectic out there.
Click through for full results and a full replay of the live webcast… → READ MORE
Today saw the release of the 2015 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships official start list. And it’s looking mighty stacked.
Some people were worried the new lottery system – introduced this year to deal with unprecedented demand – would thin out the field for the 19th annual edition, however I can safely say this will be the most competitive M2O of all time. → 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
Beau O’Brian and Angie Jackson have taken out the Aussie Downwind Week Double, winning today’s King of the Cut race to go with their respective victories at The Doctor last weekend.
Once again Beau defeated Travis Grant to claim the win, this time by a slightly wider margin (1 minute 23 seconds). Actually the men’s podium was identical to what we saw seven days ago, with Jake Jensen finishing 3rd again. → READ MORE
Check out this stack of great pics from yesterday’s “Fig 2 Fig” social paddle in Perth, Western Australia.
The Fig2Fig was the 2nd event in West Oz’s week-long festival of paddling, which we’ve unofficially dubbed Aussie Downwind Week.
The Fig 2 Fig is more of a social paddle than any kind of serious race. While some try and finish the course as quick as possible, the event is mainly designed to get newer paddlers hooked on the joys of ocean paddling. → READ MORE
Beau O’Brian has just taken out The Doctor downwind race in Perth, Western Australia, beating home Travis Grant in a near photo finish and taking a major win that has been some time in the coming.
Incredibly, after more than 2 hours of ocean paddling, the two downwind experts hit the beach at the exact same time. Beau was quicker up the beach though, out-sprinting the former Molokai-2-Oahu champion to the line. → READ MORE
If the Battle of the Paddle is the Super Bowl of SUP, then Tahiti’s Hawaiki Nui Va’a race is the Super Bowl of the outrigger canoe world.
The Hawaiki Nui is a three-day, Tour de France-style challenge that sees the best teams from Tahiti and the surrounding islands battle it out alongside half a dozen international crews.
Pretty much the only place where outrigger canoeing is more popular than in Hawaii is in French Polynesia. Over there, outrigger isn’t just a sport, it’s quite literally a way of life. The top teams are paid to train & compete and no matter what the world throws at them they’re pretty much unbeatable. → READ MORE
I’ve just finished a brief but amazing trip to Japan, a place with so much spirit, so much generosity and so much potential to become a major SUP destination. It was unreal.
After hanging out with the NSP Japan guys for a couple of days, which included some amazing food and ridiculously generous hospitality, the main part of the trip was in the small but beautiful town of Kumano, which sits on the Pacific Ocean side of the country just a few hours south of Osaka. → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up the 2014 Battle of the Paddle here at Salt Creek, California. What a weekend… Action. Drama. Heroics. But most all: Carnage.
Yesterday’s Elite Race saw some of the most exciting stand up paddle racing ever, with a solid south swell rolling into the BOP’s new home of Salt Creek and creating some very memorable moments. Today’s Distance Race was a little mellower, however the performances were just as strong.
Click through for the full results plus the archive of our LIVE BLOG, which includes play-by-play from the racing and plenty of shots of the carnage… → READ MORE
Wanna know which muscles you should be using when you paddle? Check out the results from Travis Grant’s uber-scientific electromyography (EMG) test, which was conducted in New York a few months back.
At the end of June, Trav headed to the Big Apple for a full day of testing with the crew from SUP Logix, who are aiming to build the most accurate picture of muscle performance in stand up paddling. → READ MORE
We’ve just wrapped up the second and final day of the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, with Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson dominating an all-star field in what will surely be remembered as one of 2014’s best events.
After their respective victories in Saturday’s Course Race, the Starboard duo made it a clean sweep by claiming today’s unique “Double Downwind” event. With the winds lighter than usual for the Gorge (but much better than we’d feared last night), the elite field battled their way up the Columbia Gorge in back-to-back downwind runs. The majority of the world’s top athletes were on show today, which gave us some intense racing and a great spectacle (especially from my vantage point out on the media boat). → READ MORE
We’ve just finished an incredible Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, where Connor Baxter has narrowly reclaimed the crown from defending champ Travis Grant in what was an amazing race…
After a tight contest early – where the top five favourites of Connor, Scott, Kai, Dave and Travis were all within shouting distance – it became a two-man duel in the last five or six miles before Connor eventually broke free to win in record time. Coming home strong was Scott Gamble for 3rd, with Kai Lenny relinquishing an early lead to settle for 4th. Travis Baptiste put in an absolutely extraordinary effort to finish 5th overall on his 14 footer, just seconds behind Kai and half a minute in front of Dave Kalama.
On the women’s side it was a superhuman effort from Germany’s Sonni Hönscheid, who led for most of the crossing to defeat the determined Jenny Kalmbach. → READ MORE
We’re less than 48 hours away from the 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships. On Sunday morning a few hundred brave souls will line up on the western shores of Molokai, staring out into the distance at a destination they can’t even see: Oahu.
One of those paddlers will be Travis Grant, the defending champion and one of the big favourites again this year. This guy is always humble and understated, however he knows a hell of a lot about the ocean and how to paddle across it very fast. Well now thanks to NSP you can get some pre-race insights from Trav, including interesting comments about how to approach the race and what to expect out in the middle of the channel. → READ MORE