I think I’m in the wrong career. Suddenly I want to be a dealer for Riviera Paddlesurf… I came to this realisation after watching the above video, which shows off Riviera’s sales meeting that went down in the desert last month.
Racing cars, jumping out of choppers, shooting big guns… Just your standard SUP meeting really. → READ MORE
A quick little throwback to last year, when Dave Kalama delivered an entertaining and motivational speech about his near-death experience surfing big waves in the early days of Jaws.
The story doesn’t have anything to do with SUP racing, but Dave is one of stand up paddling’s true pioneers and this is one of the best speeches you’ll hear about living in the ocean. There’s some great wisdom at the end there, so watch it right through and enjoy. → READ MORE
Check out a rad clip from the recent Punta Sayulita SUP Classic down Mexico way. This great edit, titled Sayulita Fever, shows off Rogue’s dynamic duo Fernando Stalla and Javier “Bicho” Jimenez as they compete in their hometown event.
These guys are looking in fine form ahead of the ISA Worlds in May, which will see the rest of the world descend on their backyard. → READ MORE
Downwind season is just around the corner. Just in case you needed any extra motivation to go downwind paddling in Hawaii, watch this awesome highlights reel from the 2014 Maui 2 Molokai race.
The clip features one of the most under-rated paddlers on the planet, Josh Riccio, who surfed his way to victory in the M2M stock class last year. → READ MORE
Check out this cool highlights reel from the “Rum Run” race, which went down in the Cayman Islands back in January and was won by Chuck Glynn. Looks like a pretty rad spot to go stand up paddling.
It also looks like there’s a growing scene of early season SUP races in the Caribbean… → READ MORE
The 2nd annual Australian Flatwater SUPFest was held in Sydney this weekend, with competitors from across the country (and a few from overseas) racing down the Olympic rowing/kayak course at Penrith. The 200m, 1,000m and 5,000m SUP races were held as a sideshow during Australian Canoeing’s National Sprint Titles event… → READ MORE
Another great vid from the Riviera crew. This one shows off their latest adventure: The Dana Point Downwinder from the harbour down south to San Clemente State Park.
The clip features everyone’s favourite protein powder spokesperson, Thomas Maximus, as well as the Riviera boys Taylor and Brandon Rambo. A couple of rising juniors (and names to watch) are also in there: Max Fleming and Daniel Russell. → READ MORE
Armie Armstrong and Annabel Anderson have won the King And Queen Of The Harbour race in Auckland, New Zealand today. There were some light bumps on offer for competitors on the 25km, semi-downwind course across the Hauraki Gulf.
Click through to see some awesome aerial footage of the race… → READ MORE
Great interview with everyone’s favourite viking, Casper Steinfath, looking ahead to the 2015 season and beyond.
Some interesting comments about the ISA, the Olympics and unity among the athletes. I believe this last point in particular is hugely critical right now. The sport entering a new phase of growth that could bring a lot of excitement and potential but also the risk of splintering groups taking the sport in differing directions. → READ MORE
Check out this cool edit from the recent GlaGla SUP Race in the Alps. The cold water event attracted over 100 paddlers to Lake Annecy, which is in the freezing cold but incredibly beautiful mountains of eastern France.
The term “GlaGla” is apparently derived from the sound your teeth make when they’re chattering in the cold. And the race certainly lived up to it’s name: Winners had to stand on a podium covered in snow & ice while pretty much everyone was wearing either a wetsuit or even a drysuit. Yes, it was bloody cold. → READ MORE
Fanatic has just released a giant inflatable SUP, the Fly Air XL, to join the fast-growing market for oversized, inflatable stand up paddle boards.
The Battle of the Bohemeths I guess you could call it… → READ MORE
Check out this awesome video of Manca Notar showing off the fledgling sport of SnowSUP at home in Slovenia.
As we showed last week, Manca lives near some very beautiful mountains and loves to make the most of cold winter conditions, which this YouTube clip highlights perfectly. → READ MORE
A few days ago I posted a clip that proved very popular. It was a quick edit of last weekend’s Painkiller Cup, an exotic-looking team relay held in the paradise that is the BVIs, aka the British Virgin Islands (it’s somewhere in the Caribbean apparently).
While that first video was a brief highlights reel of the weekend, we now have the full recap video. And this clip makes the Painkiller Cup look like even more of a Bucket List race… → READ MORE
If you want an insight into how crazily awesome the IRONMANA race/adventure/week in paradise really is, watch this half hour film from last month’s epic event on Bora Bora.
IF you’ve been following our coverage of IRONMANA, you’d know this event is something very unique. The Ironmana is part SUP race, part prone race, part swimming race, part torture chamber, part holiday in paradise. → READ MORE
Check out this quick little recap of Saturday’s “Painkiller Cup” race in the British Virgin Islands.
Definitely one of the more exotic events on the SUP race calendar, the Painkiller Cup is a 14 mile inter-island relay, where three-person teams battle it out for the $5,000 winner’s cheque. The 2015 champs were Team Mexico, featuring Shelby Dela Rosa Taylor, Ryan Helm and Bicho Jimenez. → READ MORE
In case you’re the one person on Facebook that hasn’t already seen this clip, here it is.
Everyone’s favourite bizarro pro surfer Jamie O’Brien and friends charging solid Sunset on a ridiculously oversized inflatable SUP board. Sunset isn’t usually a wave you mess around with, but then again JOB doesn’t really do anything by the book. → READ MORE
In the world according to Instagram, Thursday is a day of reflection. It’s when we go memory-lane tripping and look back on some of our fondest times.
Throwback Thursday is basically just an excuse to post cool pics and vids from ages ago (plus fill a hole on a slow news day…). And what could be cooler than Chuck Patterson sporting a pair of Terminator-style sunnies as he races his way to a $10,000 prize in the first ever Battle of the Paddle?! Throwin’ it way back to 2008… → READ MORE
I think one of the funnest things you can do with a SUP race board doesn’t actually involve racing at all.
And it’s a hell of a lotta fun. → READ MORE
Here’s one last post for 2014 (or one first post for 2015 if you’re in Australia’s part of the world).
While we already counted down the Top 14 Videos of 2014 last week, this last minute entry from Riviera Paddlesurf would have been a very worthy addition. → READ MORE
While we already posted the Top 14 Videos Of 2014 a couple days ago, this one would have been a worthy addition to the list.
In typical Quickblade fashion, this new clip titled “Mix Tape” gives us the iconic paddle brand’s year in review in an unorthodox style. It’s a six minute montage showing highlights (and outtakes) from all the clips they’ve released over the past twelve months. And it’s awesome. → READ MORE