Paul Jackson from ONE joins me in the studio for a look back at the month in SUP. We talk GlaGla, Iron X and upsets in Florida. We’re also joined via phone by James “Jimmy” Casey who just completed a 100km foil challenge for charity.
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New Caledonia’s 17-year-old superstar Noïc Garioud dropped by the Paddlecast studio for a chat while on holidays in Australia. We talked travel, training and why he stubbornly REFUSED to try stand up paddling in the early days. Plus: What it’s like to compete against guys like Boothy and Titou.
Noïc has quickly established himself as one of the best downwind paddlers on the planet, and last year he had some breakout performances on flat water to cement his position in the top tier of the sport — he ended 2019 as the world number one ranked junior. The Sunova team rider has a long career ahead of him and a wise head on his young shoulders.
I really enjoyed chatting with Noïc, and I’m looking forward to watching him and the downwind crew in action at the 12 Towers Ocean Festival from 6-8 March here on the Gold Coast of Australia (I’ll be livestreaming the whole weekend on The Paddle League). Follow @noicgarioud on Insta to keep up with his adventures.
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I sat down for a chat with a very interesting athlete today: professional ironman, part-time SUP racer and all-round legend Jackson Maynard.
Maynard hails from my hometown here on the Gold Coast where he represents our local surf lifesaving club, Currumbin Vikings. He competes on the elite and prestigious Nutri-Grain Ironman Series (“lifeguard racing”) but to reach the pinacle of his sport, Maynard has had to overcome some incredible medical setbacks.
It’s a fascinating story of resilience and determination. → READ MORE
The first major race of the season is just over a week away. Join us in the French Alps for the massive “GlaGla Race” — I’ll be dusting off the baguette microphone and live-streaming the big gathering on The Paddle League from 10am on Saturday the 18th January.
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It's hypnotic… 😳 only 8 days til the mighty GlaGla Race takes over the French Alps! Reserve your spot on the start line at glaglarace.com or tune in and watch the LIVE STREAM on 18 January 🇫🇷 @alpinelakestour drone hero: @yoannaerostudioproduction #glaglarace #dronestagram #paddleleague
Ocean legend Dave Kalama joined us live from Maui to chat foil addiction and the future of the sport. Hear stories from the early days of foiling, the zen art of wave riding and why Dave feels like a little kid when he goes surfing.
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Mike Jucker from Stand Up Magazin – one of the oldest and most respected outlets in the SUP media world – joins us to chat “Chaos of Champions,” world titles and the future of the sport. Give Mike a follow on Instagram and help him celebrate 10 years of @standupmagazin.
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Only 14 more days til one of the biggest races of the year 🏔️🇫🇷 Join us for the incredible "GlaGla Race" in the freezing-cold French Alps on the weekend of 18 January — register for the adventure @ GlaGlaRace.com 🥶🥶 @alpinelakestour 🚁 @yoannaerostudioproduction #glaglarace #dronestagram #paddleleague
The Yukon River Quest — aka “715km of dehydration, hallucinations and days that never end” — is a mind-bogglingly crazy
race experience that pushes paddlers beyond their known limits both physically and mentally.
So we decided to make a movie about it.
After I (and half a dozen other
crazy adventurous stand up paddlers) spent three days paddling down 715 kilometres of a very long, very cold and very lonely river, we’ve put together an hour of interviews, insights, drone footage and delirious GoPro monologues to create ‘Chased by the Midnight Sun’ — the story of our “descent into madness.”
The film premieres on the
20th 25th of November soon right here on SUP Racer. I’m still going through the editing process, which has now officially taken longer than the race itself. Probably early to mid December. Hope you enjoy this little trailer while you wait…
And that’s a wrap! The first ever ICF SUP World Championships are complete, and what an awesome few days of racing it’s been. You can relive all the action with full replays of the daily live streams (you can also re-watch every race on the SUP Racer Facebook page). → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has cemented his name as the greatest of all time after claiming sprint gold on day two of the ICF Worlds in a record time of 0:46.38.
Connor held off Italian ace Claudio Nika, Brazilian favourite Arthur Santacreu and half a dozen impressive darkhorses from the canoe world to win the world title in what is surely the fastest time ever recorded over 200 metres. → READ MORE
Seems like it’s the month for paddletics.
First I posted about the ISA’s last-minute decision to host a World Championship in El Salvador next month, a move that left many paddlers scratching their heads. Then just last week it was revealed that several top athletes would be competing at the inaugural ICF Worlds in China. Oh and the whole political shit-fight apparently had its day in court in Switzerland recently.
Now we get to hear some unfiltered views from a couple of the top athletes about the whole idea of paddleboarding in the Olympics and which federation would best serve the sport. Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer chatted with Mike Jucker from Stand Up Magazin on Maui recently. Mike has been pushing this debate forward better than just about anyone, and he always tries to get an unbiased look at what’s happening.
The entire video is well worth a watch but if you want the quick summary: The paddlers think both federations need to lift their game.
Here’s a beautiful recap from the latest round of the Alpine Lakes Tour in Europe.
A few weeks ago, the Tour premiered a new concept called the “Alpine Paradise Race” high up in the Italian Alps. Competitors had to hike through the wilderness just to get to the start line, with the pre- and post-race festivities taking place in a mountain refuge hut. → READ MORE
Jeremy Riggs or Tom Cruise? Check out this great little clip from one of Maui’s original downwind supremos and now a fully-fledged foil fanatic. Filmed recently along the classic “Kihei” downwind run on Maui’s south side.
Must be watched with sound on 😂
(If you don’t get it, you’re too young.)
It’s exactly five years to the day since the Battle of the Paddle took over Salt Creek and gave us one of the most memorable races in the sport’s history.
After I posted that flashback photo this morning, I dug through the archives and found the video of the same wave. Oh the carnage. → READ MORE
I have no words… 😂😂
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