Take a look behind the scenes of the 2017 Maui2Molokai race, where Connor Baxter set a new record for longest winning streak by claiming an historic eighth-straight title. The world number one really had to work for it though, with Travis Grant leading for much of the race and fellow Aussie James Casey not too far behind.
Thanks to Mike Jucker, one of the M2M event organisers, here’s an interesting look behind the scenes at one of the world’s grandest ocean races. → READ MORE
Watch this rapid fire recap from 808photo to get an insight into the world’s greatest downwind run, also known as the annual Maui2Molokai race
In brief: As if we needed any further proof that Connor Baxter is the greatest stand up paddler on the planet, I present you with exhibit a: This coming Saturday afternoon, Connor will line up on the west coast of Maui for the start of the 2017 Maui2Molokai race, arguably the greatest ocean race and definitely the best downwind run in the world of paddling.
If the world number one can reach Molokai before anyone else on Saturday afternoon he won’t just win this year’s M2M, he’ll set an almighty record that may never be beaten. That’s because Connor is going for an incredible 8th-straight Maui2Molokai title. And this is only the 8th year of the event. Or in other words: no other guy has ever won this race. → READ MORE
Watch James Casey effortlessly glide along the south side of Molokai on his Sunova unlimited alongside fellow Aussie (and Sunova’s head designer) Marcus Tardrew.
Jimmy filmed this clip during the Molokai4Molokai race last Sunday, which was held a day after the M2Molokai Challenge where he and Marcus finished 1st and 2nd respectively. The M4M race goes along the south shore of Molokai island, a stretch of open ocean often described as the finest downwind run on the planet. → READ MORE
With the trade winds blowing and big bumps rolling between Maui and Molokai last weekend, Zane Schweitzer decided to ditch his race board and compete in the M2Molokai challenge on his SUP foil board. Despite ceding about 10ft in board length, Zane was the quickest racer in (or rather: out of
) the water.
Connor Baxter and Susak Molinero take out week 10 of the EuroTour in the Canary Islands, with competitors enjoying an epic downwind crossing from Fuerteventura to Lanzarote.
Remember that crazy/epic tidal bore in France that a bunch of the EuroTour guys and girls got to surf last month?
Known locally as “Le Mascaret” (literally “the tidal bore” in French), this awesome phenomenon happens just a couple of days each month when king tides funnel a tsnunami-like surge of water along the river near Bordeaux, which results in a wave that can be ridden for 4-6kms and 10-15 minutes. → READ MORE
There was sun, there was surf, and there were dozens of stoked paddlers for week 7 of the EuroTour in San Sebastián, a stop we’d all been looking forward to and which certainly didn’t disappoint.
Virtually every paddler I chatted to after the race said the same thing: This was the funnest race of the year> And if you watch this highlights reel from Starboard, it’s pretty easy to see why. → READ MORE
Today is World Ocean’s Day, and to help celebrate we’d like to share this little clip about a very interesting new project out of Germany: making a stand up paddle board entirely out of garbage and then paddling down one of the longest rivers in the world.
The project is called “Source 2 Sea” and is the brainchild of Merijn Tinga, aka the Plastic Soup Surfer. → READ MORE
Here’s a little glimpse of our recent adventure through the islands of Thailand with Red Paddle Co.
It was such a fun week exploring with Rachel Cook, my old mate Nick and video man extraordinaire Taylor Fischer. I can’t wait to share the full edit with you soon, and I’m reeeally excited to go more paddling adventures this year (Iceland, perhaps?). → READ MORE
Go behind the scenes at the 9th Annual OluKai Ho’olaulea with Mike Jucker from Stand Up Magazin, and get a good look at just how wet, wild and windy this year’s big race on Maui really was.
After stormy seas, swirling winds and endless rain forced organisers to cancel the regular Maliko downwind run, the OluKai crew came up with a backup ‘beach race’ event inside the reef at the traditional finish line of Kanaha. → READ MORE
Check 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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We’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
Following 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
And 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
What’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
Aerial highlights from the big race up at Noosa on the weekend, where name-to-watch Lincoln Dews outlasted world number two Michael Booth and number four Titouan Puyo to record a memorable victory.
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Ragnar, 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 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