Surfing The Gorge Sternwheeler (The Endless Bump…)

Columbia River Gorge Sternwheeler paddle surfingHere’s a cool little clip from Arthur Daniel that gives a first person view of the famous Gorge Sternwheeler wave in action.

This old boat cruises up and down the Columbia River Gorge at Cascade Locks, just up the road from Hood River, offering a virtually endless bump if you time it right. With it’s giant rolling wheel hanging off the back, this boat kicks out a massive wake that sets up half a dozen trailing waves.    → READ MORE

[VIDEO] Highlights From The Queensland State Titles

stand up paddle board race queenslandNice little recap of the QLD State Titles that were held on the weekend, including some footage from the BOP-style and distance races.

The State Titles are the first step to the National Titles in October, which will more or less decide who’ll be representing Team Australia at the Worlds next year.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Noa Ginella Gets Barreled On His Race Board

Noa Ginella surfing stand up paddle race boardTHIS is how you surf a race board.

Watch Noa Ginella ride a 12’6 better than most of us can surf an 8’6. These things are hard enough to turn, let alone get barreled on, but Noa made it look easy during the recent hurricane swell.

So thank you, Noa, for making the rest of us feel like kooks…   → READ MORE

Jake Jensen, Beau O’Brian And Karla Gilbert Win The Queensland State Titles

Queensland state titles stand up paddlingThe 2014 Immerse SUP & Paddle Festival (aka the Queensland State SUP Titles) is happening this weekend at the paddling mecca of Currumbin.

The QLD State Titles are a lead in for the Aussie Titles in a couple of months time, which will decide who represents the three-time-champion Team Australia at 2015 ISA Worlds. Click through for results plus video of both the BOP-style and long distance races…   → READ MORE

Dan Gavere / Drone / Microphone (Day 2)

Gorge Paddle Challenge downwind videoDan Gavere returns with his drone and microphone to give us a look at Day 2 of the Gorge Paddle Challenge.

There’s a great little interview with Connor Baxter, some cool race footage and a slice of music that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Dutch coffee shop…   → READ MORE

Dan Gavere Takes His Drone And His Microphone To The Hood

Gorge Paddle Challenge videoWe’re still coming down from the high that was the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. It was an awesome weekend of racing and one that everyone assembled at Hoodriver Waterfront Park won’t soon forget.

But if you couldn’t make it to Oregon in person and the Gorge Paddle Challenge photos and results aren’t enough, here’s some early video highlights of the action.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Titou’s Paradise In New Caledonia, As Seen From Above

Stand Up Paddle Downwind New CaledoniaIn 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

WATCH: First Look At The 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships

Molokai 2 Oahu SUP race video 2014Unless you were camped out under a rock on Mars the past 72 hours, you would’ve heard about a little race in Hawaii called the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.

The 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu race was an instant classic. There was drama and heroics all round, highlighted perfectly by the intense battle between Connor Baxter and Travis Grant all the way to the finish. And now we have a first look at the official highlights reel:   → READ MORE

Molokai: Pre-race Insights From The Defending Champ

Travis Grant Molokai 2 OahuWe’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

WATCH: The “Victory At Sea” Race

Maui Paddleboard Race Victory At Sea videoLast Sunday’s Maui Paddleboard Race was an instant classic. Courtesy of a gnarly storm that ripped through the north shore of Maui Saturday night, Maliko Gulch was almost unrecognisable on Sunday morning. The race was very nearly called off but fortunately it wasn’t, because for the 100 brave souls that ventured out there were some epic memories on offer.

The race quite literally became Victory At Sea. I’m sure you’ve already seen the pics but now here’s the video of it all. Thanks to Buzzy Kerbox, who was on the ski following his son Kody, we get an inside look at the race…   → READ MORE

WATCH: Great Recap Of The Payette River Games (aka The Festival Of Carnage On The River)

We’ve already seen a bunch of cool videos from the Payette River Games (aka “The Grand Festival Of Carnage On The River”), however this one is the most all-encompassing edit yet. This clip isn’t 100% SUP, but it does highlight perfectly just how big and varied this amazing event really is.

Some great angles of world class paddlers trying to navigate the rapids at Kelly’s Whitewater Park, the humbling host venue for the PRGs located in the little country town of Cascade, Idaho. The sequence at the 1 minute 56 second mark in particular was a familiar pain felt by many of us that weekend…   → READ MORE

How To Break Your Paddle

SUP paddle breakVery cool video from the Quickblade crew showing one common reason for a paddle breaking, featuring the Mad Scientist himself and a couple of doomed paddle shafts.

Paddle manufacturers often get the line “The shaft just broke while I was paddling…” when a customer makes a return. Well unless you’ve got a cheap China knock off, it’s pretty rare that your carbon fiber shaft will “just break” on its own. However if the paddle has taken a beating before you get on the water, then there’s a chance it’ll snap when you take a hard stroke. It may seem like you “just broke it paddling” but the answer usually lies somewhere else.   → READ MORE

WATCH Livio Menelau Surf Maui’s Endless Bumps

Livio Menelau Maliko gulch downwinder MauiSIC Downwind Month: It’s when the paddling world heads to Hawaii in search of big bumps and endless glides.

Well after yesterday’s Maui 2 Molokai epic got us all fired up, here’s another cool clip for you to enjoy. This features one of the fastest downwind paddlers on the planet: Brazo-turned-Maui-boy (and SIC team rider) Livio Menelau.

Livio took 5th place in last weekend’s big crossing from Maui to Molokai, behind only the four superstars Connor, Kai, Dave and Travis. This was actually the 5th year in a row that Livio has finished top five at the M2M race. To say this guy is talented would be a mild understatement…   → READ MORE

This Aerial Video From Maui 2 Molokai Is Quite Literally Epic

Maui to Molokai M2M SUP race videoWe’re right smack bang in the middle of the grand spectacular that is SIC’s Downwind Month, when the world descends on the Hawaiian Islands to chase big bumps and endless glides.

Downwind Month is about having fun in the open ocean no matter how fast you go, though it does happen to feature a string of big, elite races as well. In a week and a half it’s the grand daddy: Molokai 2 Oahu, which we’ll be covering LIVE on July 27th. However last weekend saw another big channel crossing: Maui 2 Molokai, where Connor Baxter defeated the likes of Kai Lenny, Dave Kalama and Travis Grant to claim his 6th straight M2M crown.

And thanks to EPIC Aerial Productions, we can now enjoy the race from above…   → READ MORE

Unreal Footage From Lake Tahoe (Race The Lake Of The Sky)

Race The Lake of the Sky videoHere’s a really good highlights reel from the massive Race The Lake Of The Sky event, which was held up at Lake Tahoe a few weeks back and attracted hundreds of paddlers from far and wide.

Race The Lake Of The Sky, aka the Feel Good Race Of The Summer, seems to be quickly becoming one of the races to attend. It has a grassroots vibe to it but still attracts plenty of elite talent. It’s kinda like California’s answer to the Carolina Cup.   → READ MORE

Payette River Games: More Carnage On The River (aka Team Boardworks Goes To Idaho)

Payette River Games Idaho river SUP raceAnother week, another cool edit from the Payette River Games. From the moment this race was announced we knew it’d produce some awesome highlights and it certainly delivered. Carnage On The River we nicknamed it.

And this clip from the Boardworks crew might just be the best one yet. While we’ve seen a bunch of very slick highlight reels from Idaho over the past couple weeks, those all focused on the myriad of festivities on offer in Cascade. This one however is almost entirely SUP (which in my very biased opinion was the big highlight of the weekend… except for maybe the axe throw… definitely the axe throw).   → READ MORE

WATCH: Downwind Fun On Maui With Jeremy Riggs And Co.

maui downwind videoMaui. The ultimate downwind playground. Endless bumps blowing like clockwork along a picture perfect coastline and ridden each day by the world’s foremost downwind masters.

Well now that it’s officially Downwind Month, it’s a good time to have a closer look at this unique part of the paddling world. We don’t want to only cover the big races with SIC Downwind Month, we also wanna take a look at what makes downwinding so much fun. And nothing highlights that fun better than these clips from Maui local, SIC team rider and all around good guy Jeremy Riggs.   → READ MORE

Awesome Highlight Reel From The Payette River Games In Idaho

Payette River Games SUP VideoThe 2014 Payette River Games was an amazing weekend. So much action, so much carnage, so many laughs… It was a breakout event for the whitewater SUP community but it was so much more than that. The SUP racing was the highlight (in my biased opinion at least) but just as entertaining was the whitewater kayak, the log rolling, the raft cross, the axe throw, the beach volleyball and all the other festivities that brought this sleepy little Idaho town to life for a few days.

Well now thanks to Sunplay.com (the same crew that brought us that epic Carolina Cup video and Dave Kalama’s pep talk), we’ve got an awesome look at the weekend on the river in Idaho.   → READ MORE

FULL REPLAY: Enjoy The 2014 Payette River Games From Start To Finish

Payette River Games live webcast replayThe 2014 Payette River Games (aka “Carnage On The River”) was an instant classic. A great event with some very entertaining and exciting SUP racing among big name stars and fast-rising dark horses. Throw in another dozen cool events on the side and it made for an awesome week in the Idaho mountains.

But if you weren’t there and you missed the live stream (or if you’ve just got 17 hours spare and wanna re-live it all…) you can now watch a full HD replay of the entire event.   → READ MORE