Carolina Cup Aerial Highlights

Carolina-Cup-paddle-board-race-videoCheck out this aerial highlights reel from the massive showdown in Carolina last weekend, where Titouan Puyo and Annabel Anderson added another chapter to the history book of SUP after an epic battle with the world’s best.

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Countdown to Carolina: Get Excited for This Year’s Race by Watching Quickblade’s Brilliant Edit from 2015

Carolina Cup Stand Up Paddleboard race video 2015We’re just over a week away from the first major race of the season, with dozens of the world’s best and hundreds of weekend warriors set to wake up the sleepy hollow of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina for the 7th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup on Saturday April 22nd.

We’ll bring you the race LIVE next Saturday with our Carolina Cup Facebook Live Stream presented by Quickblade Paddles, and between now and then we’re going full Carolina Central with daily updates and insights ahead of the big dance.   → READ MORE

Alpine Lakes Tour, Stage 2: The Teulade Brothers Dominate a “Very Flat Race” in France

Alpine-Lakes-Tour-paddleboarding-videoFollowing the massive success of the GlaGla race back in January, the second stage of the 2017 Alpine Lakes Tour took place on the weekend at Lake Aiguebelette (no, I can’t pronounce it either) in the French Alps.

Aiguebelette is a famously quiet lake in a nature reserve where the wind hardly blows and motorboats are forbidden, which makes for dead flat water conditions. It’s actually famous for its rowing events with the world championships taking place here a couple of years ago.    → READ MORE

Watch These Adventurous Paddlers in Russia Turn an Ice Floe into a Giant Paddleboard

paddling-icebergs-in-russiaAnd now for something completely different: Paddling icebergs in Russia.

While we’ve seen similar things in the past, the adventurous crew from Stand Up Paddle Vladivostok have definitely been taking “iceberg surfing” to a whole new level this week, with dozens of paddlers joining in the fun of exploring the ice floes off the coast of this city in the Russian Far East.   → READ MORE

WATCH: These Two Animated Skeletons Will Teach You How to Be a Better Paddler

paddleboarding-skeletons-videoWhat’s the difference between an elite and novice paddler? And how much better for your body is a good stroke technique? Watch these two paddling skeletons and find out…

This video comes from the Water Based Research Unit, which is based at Bond University on Australia’s paddling mecca of the Gold Coast and studies the physiological effects of surfing and paddling.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Casper Steinfath’s Crazy, Epic, Cold Water ‘Viking Crossing’ from Denmark to Norway

Viking-CrossingRagnar, Rollo, Bjorn. If you watch Vikings (or just know your history) you’ll recognise these names. But there’s another name that thoroughly deserves the viking title: Casper.

While he’s been going by the nickname “Danish Viking” for a few years now, Casper Steinfath, the globe-trotting SUP ambassador who’s best known for being nearly impossible to beat in a sprint (and coming from a country that has no right to produce a world class SUP athlete), recently took his viking game to a whole new level by undertaking a cold water channel crossing of epic proportions.   → READ MORE

The Story Continues: Countdown to Molokai 2017 Begins Now

Molokai-2-Oahu-paddleboarding-videoThe countdown to one of the biggest, toughest, grandest and most prestigious events in the world of paddleboarding has officially begun, with entries for the 2017 Molokai-2-Oahu race opening this morning as the world awaits a new chapter to this storied event.

We’ve seen some epic battles at Molokai over the years, especially in the men’s solo division where Kai Lenny, Travis Grant and Connor Baxter have traded wins over the past three editions, and come Sunday July 30th we can expect another titanic tussle.    → READ MORE

WATCH: Another Downwind Gem from Jeremy Riggs and the Maui Crew

maui-paddleboarding-video-downwindJust a few days after posting footage of that awesome Kihei downwinder, Jeremy Riggs and friends were back at it again earlier this wek, cruising along Maui’s south shore from Kealia to Makena on some jealousy-inducing bumps.

The course from Kealia to Makena (which is basically a ‘Kihei Run’) isn’t as famous as Maui’s legendary Maliko Run on the north shore, but as you can see from the footage above it can be just as much fun.    → READ MORE

Extended Highlights from the GlaGla Race

GlaGla-paddleboarding-race-videoHere’s the full length edit from last weekend’s big GlaGla Race, where over 300 paddlers enjoyed one of the coldest but most beautiful events on the calendar.

Thanks to the organisers for creating such a crazy fun race. Save the date for next year’s race: January 20th, 2018.   → READ MORE

Watch Jeremy Riggs’ Downwind Dream Run on Maui’s South Shore

maui downwind stand up paddleboarding videoTake a ride along Maui’s south shore with Jeremy Riggs and watch as the downwind guru scores a dream downwinder on the Kihei Run.

With a wind advisory forecasting 50 knots, Jeremy joined his friends and fellow downwind experts Randy Royse and Devin Blish for a memorable session.   → READ MORE

Epic Drone Footage from the 350-Strong ‘GlaGla’ Race

GlaGla-paddleboard-race-FranceTake a look at this unreal footage from yesterday’s big GlaGla Race in the French Alps, where Martin Letourneur, Leo Nika and Olivia Piana led a field of over 300 paddlers around a very cold but very beautiful Lake Annecy.

The sight of hundreds of paddlers charging off the start line is absolutely amazing   → READ MORE

Watch: The Red ‘Dragon’ Unleashed in the French Alps

Red-Dragon-paddleboarding-videoCheck out this awesome drone footage from today’s GlaGla Race here in the French Alps, featuring the crazy 22ft inflatable from Red Paddle Co known as the Dragon.

In case you haven’t been following this story over the past few months, the ‘Dragon’ is a 22ft long behemoth that’s been designed for a unique style of teams racing.    → READ MORE

ONE Reveals Its New 17’7″ Race Board as Australia Leads the Way in the Rebirth of the Unlimited

unlimited-stand-up-paddleboardCheck out this great little clip of ONE SUP founder Paul ‘Jacko’ Jackson and head designer (and highly under-rated paddle athlete) Ben Tardrew playing in the bumps off the Gold Coast today on the new 17’7″ ONE unlimiteds that have just landed in Australia and are now available to buy (edit: sold out but available for back-order).

The wind was only light yesterday, so we don’t get a look at the true potential of the boards, but the video does highlight two key points: The emergence of new players in the unlimited board market, and the increased focus on unlimited racing in Australia.   → READ MORE

Go Behind the Scenes of the Fiji ISA Worlds with Mike Jucker

fiji-isa-worlds-behind-the-scenes-videoIf your only view of the Fiji ISA Worlds last month was the live stream, you might enjoy this little trip behind the scenes that shows all the bits the official webcast didn’t.

Courtesy of the intrepid Mike Jucker, this close-up look at the 2016 Worlds is a 25-minute montage featuring dozens of mini athlete interviews, plenty of interesting insights and a few random cameos along the way.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Extended Highlights from the ‘King of the Cut’

king-of-the-cut-paddleboarding-raceTake a look at this great recap from the big downwind showdown on the weekend, the Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut, where 140 paddlers from Australia and around the world enjoyed an afternoon of bump riding and beers in Western Australia.

While it wasn’t all-time conditions, it was certainly a solid downwinder, particularly towards the end of the 24km course when the wind picked up and the glides really started running. Click through to watch…   → READ MORE

Foil Master: Kai Lenny Goes Downwinding on a Shortboard

Kai Lenny foil surfingYou know those kind of people that do something great and then sit back, relax and enjoy the afterglow? Kai Lenny is not one of those people.

The superstar of SUP seems to have hit after hit these days. Just a week after scoring one of the most talked about SUP racing videos of the year via his freakish performance in Fiji, Kai is already back home on Maui creating more internet-breaking clips. This time he’s dropped the paddle but it’s still fairly close to the world of stand up paddling: Downwinding the Maliko run. The twist? Kai does it on a shortboard…   → READ MORE

Highlights from the Korean Nationals

stand-up-paddle-boarding-in-seoul-koreaCheck out this great little clip from the recent Surf Ocean Cup in Seoul, aka the 2nd Annual Korean National SUP Championships, which featured Casper Steinfath and over a hundred stoked out local paddlers.

This looks like one of those events that captures the essence of paddling and reminds us why we got into racing in the first place. Everyone is giving it their all on the water but they’re still smiling and having fun.   → READ MORE