WATCH: Surprise Sunrise SUP Session with Orcas in Auckland

stand up paddleboarding with orcasStrike this up to being in the right place at the time. Earlier this morning, a bunch of paddlers in Auckland, New Zealand, enjoyed a very close encounter with a pod of orcas, and fortunately for us it was all caught on film.

The video above comes via the experienced adventure paddler and racer Sam Thom, who told TV NZ “It was great to see the orcas coming right up beside us and touching the boards, we were all both excited and nervous to be so close to them.”   → READ MORE

WATCH: Hot Air Balloon Surfing (Yes, Apparently That’s a Thing Now…)

hot air balloon surfing videoThis has gotta be one of the craziest, most ridiculous and most awesome things I’ve seen in a while: Hot air balloon surfing.

Starboard Germany’s Carsten Kurmis is the guy having all the fun in this clip, swapping out his paddle for the power of a hot air balloon that tows him across this lake in Bavaria.   → READ MORE

Molokai: Mike Jucker’s Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Most Prestigious Race of the Year

2016 Molokai 2 Oahu paddle board race videoGo behind the scenes of the fabled Molokai 2 Oahu race with this excellent (and highly entertaining) video diary from Mike Jucker. The clip is filled not only with plenty of action from the middle of the Ka’iwi Channel, but also some very candid athlete interviews that make this by far the most comprehensive recap of M2O 2016.

Click through to watch…   → READ MORE

This Official Molokai-2-Oahu Teaser Will Give You Goose Bumps

2016 Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard race videoIn case you’ve been living under a rock, on Mars, with your fingers in your ear, you’d know that next weekend marks one of the biggest races on the international calendar: The Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the 2016 race from Molokai to Oahu is set to be one of the best yet, with an all-star field battling for pride, glory and the chance to etch their names in the history books. But just in case you weren’t already excited enough about the big dance, which is just five days away, this official promo clip should do the trick…   → READ MORE

WATCH: Insights and Highlights from the Maui2Molokai Race

Maui 2 Molokai paddleboarding videoJust in case you couldn’t make it to Hawaii on the weekend, here’s a great clip from Saturday’s big Maui2Molokai race, aka M2M, featuring some insightful athlete interviews and plenty of endless downwind glides.

The 7th annual channel crossing from Maui to Molokai saw Connor Baxter extend his record winning streak — he has, quite incredibly, won every single edition of this event — while Devin Blish claimed her second crown in the space of 24 months.   → READ MORE

King of the Cut: The Countdown to Australia’s Premiere Ocean Race Is On…

King of the Cut paddleboard race videoTime to start getting excited for Australia’s premiere ocean race, the 2016 King of the Cut in Western Australia, which, as the promo clip above highlights, offers paddlers the chance to experience one of the best downwind runs on the planet.

Billed as the “Ultimate Downwinder Downunder,” the King of the Cut has established itself as one of the (if not the) most prestigious races in Australia over the past few years. The 24km course just south of Perth is considered one of the finest downwinders going round, with the event seeming to score excellent conditions every year.   → READ MORE

Highlights from Week 8 of the EuroTour in Namur

Happy Summer SUP race Namur stand up paddle boardingGreat little highlights reel from the Happy Summer SUP Race in Namur, Belgium, where Jeremy Teulade upstaged a small but elite field of emerging European contenders to claim Week 8 of the EuroTour.

The Frenchman beat home Norm Weber from Germany, Davide Ionico from Italy, along with compatriots Martin Letourneur and Boris Jinvresse, while Petronella van Malsen upset Amandine Chazot in the women’s.   → READ MORE

On the Lighter Side of the News: Paddle Board Boxing

paddle board boxing videoAnd now for something completely different: Novelty-sized boxing on a novelty-sized paddle board. Quite possibly the craziest/whackiest/funniest thing ever filmed on a SUP.

I don’t know what I just watched, but I can’t stop watching…   → READ MORE

EuroTour Week 7: Awesome Aerial Highlights from Croatia

SUPer Surfers Challenge Porec Croatia paddleboarding raceCheck out this great highlights reel from the SUPer Surfers Challenge in picture-postcard Poreč, where Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde scored big wins for Week 7 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Poreč sure looks like a mighty fine place to go paddling (oh and how cool is that floating playground…).   → READ MORE

Aerial Highlights from the Showdown in San Sebastian (EuroTour)

San Sebastian paddleboard race videoCheck out this great little highlights reel from last weekend’s San Sebastian Paddle Tour in the beautiful Basque Country, where Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana claimed Week 6 of the EuroTour.

Despite the bumpy and challenging conditions, this was certainly one of the best events of the Tour so far…   → READ MORE

Watch the Bilbao Highlight Reel

Bilbao World SUP Challenge paddleboarding video 2016Check out this great little highlights reel from the Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge — Week #5 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

It was a great weekend here in the beautiful Basque Country, with the city of Bilbao and the BWaters organising team once again putting on a world class event for us all.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Connor Baxter Is The “Fastest Paddler on Earth” (incl. Side-by-Side Showdown with Trevor Tunnington)

Connor Baxter Fastest Paddler On Earth VideoHow fast can you paddle 200 metres? Not as fast as Connor Baxter…*

Although the main event at the Lost Mills was the 18km distance race on Saturday, the sideshow event, the 200m time trial on Friday afternoon, threw up its fair share of action as well, including a heartbreaking fall and a return to the top for the 2013 champion.   → READ MORE

Video Highlights from Week 4 of the EuroTour (Lost Mills)

2016 Lost Mills paddleboarding videoCheck out these video highlights from Week 4 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard, which saw over 200 starters on the line for the big Lost Mills showdown in Germany, aka the Battle of Bavaria.

The EuroTour continues on this week to arguably its biggest stop, the Iberdrola Bilbao Paddle Challenge in the Spanish Basque Country. Look for top three guys from the past two weeks – Boothy, Connor and Titou – to once again set the pace in the land of pintxos and patxaran.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Highlights from the SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime (EuroTour Week 3)

Video St. Maxime SUP Race Cup 2016Check out the full highlights reel from the French Riviera, where the 7th Annual SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime marked Week 3 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.

Most of the footage focuses on the 15k distance race on Sunday, where Michael Booth paddled away from the all-star field to announce himself as a genuine contender on the world stage.    → READ MORE

If Foiling Is the Future of Downwinding, the Future Is Almost Here: Starboard ‘Go Foil’ Boards Available in August

Stand Up Paddle foil boarding videoYou’ve probably seen the crazy videos doing the rounds of Facebook the past few weeks. Foil boarding. Some say it’s the future of downwinding. Well if it is, the future is almost in your hands…

Starboard has teamed up with Go Foil, the team that brought this futuristic new form of stand up paddling to life, to bring these awesome toys to market. Both the surfing and downwinding foil boards will be available to buy in August, though only in limited numbers.   → READ MORE

Taking the Term ‘Couch Surfing’ to a Whole New Level

Stand Up Paddle SUP couch surfing videoCheck out this ridiculously awesome clip of “Dogman” and the 1SUP1 crew taking the term couch surfing to a whole new level.

I’m not sure what I just watched, but I can’t stop watching it.

Click through to watch the magic for yourself…   → READ MORE