Full coverage of the big Lost Mills event, which is happening this week at Brombachsee, Germany. There’s $33,000 on offer which has attracted several of the world’s best paddlers, including Connor Baxter, Travis Grant and Jamie Mitchell.
Click through for the latest race recaps, photos and full results… → READ MORE
Travis Grant and Connor Baxter have dominated the 2013 SUP Race Cup, which drew a stacked field of 100 paddlers to St. Maxime, France and marked the official start of the unofficial European SUP Racing Tour presented by NSP.
This event was a tale of two days; on Saturday the winds were apocalyptic and the Beach Race turned into a survival paddle, while Sunday was much calmer (and warmer), producing an epic Distance Race.
The field was absolutely stacked, as many of the world’s best paddlers in Europe for the next few weeks, but in the end it was the favourites Travis and Connor who filled the top two spots on both days. Click through for the full results and race recap… → READ MORE
Travis Grant has continued his 2013 winning streak, taking out New Zealand’s 25km King Of The Harbour SUP race on the weekend ahead of Beau O’Brian. Meanwhile reigning BoP Champion Annabel Anderson was just 12 minutes behind after two and a half hours, despite paddling a 12’6 vs the 14 footers of the men.
Click through for the complete results plus photos of the action from Auckland… → READ MORE
NSP team rider Travis Grant has taken out the BoP Race at the 2013 Australian Longboard Surfing Open, which was held a couple of days ago in Kingscliff, New South Wales.
Despite a relatively small turnout there was still plenty of talent stacked up at the front of the field, not surprising given that Kingscliff is only a short drive from the mecca of SUP racing, the Gold Coast. Coming in behind Trav were Naish’s Jake Jensen and Fanatic’s Paul Jackson. → READ MORE
See that pic to the left? That’s World Champ and Battle of the Paddle winner Travis Grant. See that thing strapped to his chest? That’s a $20,000 piece of equipment that measures VO2 max.
While it might look like Trav is doing his best Top Gun impression, the whole thing is actually part of a study into SUP that’s happening on the Gold Coast. The project aims to quantify the health benefits of Stand Up Paddling and a whole bunch of the world’s best racers have been taking part in it.
In a 21-day stretch between mid January and early February, Travis Grant won the two biggest races in Australia, finally shook off the cobwebs of his 2012 injury and thoroughly stamped his authority back on the sport of SUP racing.
Travis, who in my opinion is still one of the most underrated paddlers in the world, is on fire at the moment. Since signing with NSP late last year, the Gold Coaster’s return from injury has been gathering momentum… → READ MORE
The Gold Coast, Australia has probably produced more elite paddlers than any other spot in the world. Just some of the names that call the Coast home include Jamie Mitchell, Travis Grant, Kelly Margetts, Jake Jensen, Paul Jackson, Beau O’Brian… You get the point. It’s got a lot of SUP talent.
So when a race is held on the Gold Coast, it instantly comes with an international standard of competition. Today it was the 2nd annual 12 Towers Ocean SUP Race, which went from the world famous Kirra Point up North to Burleigh Heads. The local guns were joined by plenty of other elite paddlers from around Australia to produce an awesome event, so click through to see what happened… → READ MORE
Meet the world’s tallest Stand Up Paddler: Former NBA star (and now keen stand up paddler) Luc Longley.
If you’re not a sports fan here’s a quick bio: Luc Longley is Australia’s greatest ever basketballer. He was the first Aussie to play in the NBA and won three championships (alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen) as part of the record-setting Chicago Bulls team in the mid to late nineties.
One of the reasons he was such a good basketballer is that Luc is tall. Very tall. Officially clocking in at 218 cms (7 ft 2 inches).
The picture up top was taken last week in Perth, Western Australia, just before “The Doctor” SUP race. That’s Luc in the middle (obviously…). To the left is World Champion (and eventual winner of The Doctor) Travis Grant, while to the right is Dale Chapman, who runs DC Paddleboards and shapes for both Luc and Travis. → READ MORE
Australia’s premiere SUP race, “The Doctor”, was held today near Perth, Western Australia. Most of the country’s best paddlers were in action, chasing $5,000 in cash plus the all important bragging rights for the next 12 months.
Crossing the line first was World Champ Travis Grant, followed half a minute later by fellow Gold Coaster Beau O’Brian. Young Lincoln Dews was next, making it an all Queensland podium. Click through for FULL race results, including times… → READ MORE
This is probably the best book about Stand Up Paddling you’re ever going to buy. If you’re into SUP, I recommend you go and buy your own personal copy today. The book is Stand Up Paddle: A Paddler’s Guide by Steve West and it’s a fascinating read.
It’s part history lesson, part forward thinking, part guide book, part “how to”, part reference manual… From start to finish, the whole thing is quality. Even before you open up the book (and start reading the foreword by world champ Travis Grant) you straight away get the sense that this is a quality piece of work.
The best way I can describe it is this: Have you ever travelled overseas and taken a Lonely Planet Guide Book with you? Well this new book by Steve West is the Lonely Planet Guide Book for SUP. Or in other words: It’s the Bible of Stand Up Paddling. That’s a pretty hefty claim, so why is it so good? → READ MORE
It’s that time of year again, when we look back at twelve whole months of Stand Up Paddle races and decide who the top performers were.
The Top 12 of 2012 attempts to rank the world’s elite Stand Up Paddlers based on their performances over the past twelve months. That’s no easy feat: There are a LOT of good SUP athletes out there. In fact we had a short-list of 35 guys when we were trying to calculate our Top 12, and honestly, almost all of them could have been squeezed onto the final list if we slightly moved the criteria one way of the other.
But who made the final list? And who scored the #1 spot? Click through to find out… → READ MORE
World Champ and Battle of the Paddle winner Travis Grant was featured on last night’s edition of ABC news. The new NSP team rider was talking up the health benefits of SUP after he took part in a pilot study on the topic.
Bond University researcher Ben Schram is currently trying to get some definitive science on a topic a lot of us already believe in: that Stand Up Paddling has awesome health benefits, especially for problems such as back pain. Schram also wants to build a profile of what it takes to become an elite paddleboarder, something that doesn’t yet exist in this very young sport of ours… → READ MORE
One of the biggest Stand Up Paddle races on the Australian circuit, the 20 Beaches Classic is happening this weekend in Sydney. Conditions are looking great, with solid North East winds set to give many of the country’s finest paddlers a genuine downwind race. There’s also $5,000 on the line courtesy of Starboard Australia, which makes this the richest SUP race on the East Coast.
Spearheading the lineup is World Champ and Battle of the Paddle winner Travis Grant, who’s looking forward to getting back into racing after a major injury sidelined him for the past six months. → READ MORE
Battle of the Paddle winner, Waikiki Paddle Festival champion and current ISA World Title holder, Travis Grant has signed on to paddle for NSP.
Travis is one of the best paddlers in the world. His profile is definitely rising these days, but I’d still say he’s the most underrated SUP racer in our sport. I chose him as the #1 paddler for the first half of 2012, and if it wasn’t for a serious elbow injury sidelining him from the BOP, he may very well have carried that ranking right through to the end of the year.
Travis signing with NSP will come as a surprise to a lot of people. The brand simply isn’t thought of as a major player in the racing side of Stand Up Paddling, but that’s clearly something the company wants to change. Ask any hardcore SUP racer and they’d probably scratch their heads, but NSP is actually one of the largest SUP board manufacturers in the world, it’s just that they’ve focused on surfing, recreational and touring boards the past few years. The brand already has 12’6″ and 14′ models available, but without dedicated team riders those boards didn’t seem to be a major focus for the company. NSP is definitely taking SUP racing seriously now though, which they’ve made very clear by signing Travis Grant. → READ MORE
Check out a quick interview with C4′s back-t0-back champion of Hawaii, Travis Grant. There’s some great race footage in there as well.
Grant took out the Waikiki Paddle Festival Survivor Race on Saturday, winning an all-star final that included Danny Ching, Jamie Mitchell, Connor Baxter, Jake Jensen, Kelly Margetts, Paul Jackson and Slater Trout.
The main event from this weekend’s Waikiki Paddle Festival, the Survivor SUP Race, has just wrapped up. This was one of the coolest SUP races I’ve seen, and I think most of the crowd agreed. It was like having five, short, sharp Battle of the Paddle races all in a row. We’ll have more details later, but here are the elite paddlers that made the final round…
Waikiki Paddle Festival – Survivor SUP Race RESULTS
1st: Travis Grant (C4 / Australia)
2nd: Danny Ching (404 / California)
3rd: Jamie Mitchell (Surftech / Australia)
4th: Connor Baxter (Starboard / Hawaii)
5th: Jake Jensen (Naish / Australia)
6th: Kelly Margetts (Lahui Kai / Australia)
7th: Paul Jackson (Fanatic / Australia)
8th: Slater Trout (Infinity Boardworks / Hawaii)
1st: Gillian Gibree (SUP Company / California)
2nd: Jenny Kalmbach (Naish / Hawaii)
3rd: Candice Appleby (Surftech / California)
4th: Angie Jackson (Fanatic / Australia)
5th: Terrene Black (C4 / Australia)
Full results are in from the Elite Battle of the Paddle style race at the Australian Longboard Open. The race was held on Sunday 25th at Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia.
The practically-unbeatable Candice Appleby took out the women’s division, while Lincoln Dews took out the men’s. The Sunshine Coast young gun beat home pro paddlers Jake Jensen and Travis Grant (the newly crowned World Champion, as well as Battle of the Paddle Hawaii reigning champion). → READ MORE