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
Just 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
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
Take 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
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
Check 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
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
Take 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
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
Check 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
Watch this video of Kai closing a massive gap against two world class paddlers on the anchor leg of the Fiji ISA Worlds team relay, earning his nation a gold medal and dethroning the previously unbeaten Australians. → READ MORE
The Crossing, which we nicknamed ‘The World’s Straightest SUP Race’ a few years ago, is a 6km drag race down a man-made cut in the Isthmus of Corinth. → READ MORE
First it was Kai Lenny, then Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer. Over the past six months, SUP foil boarding has taken over our collective imagination. And now the world’s first modern-day stand up paddler, Laird Hamilton, is getting in on the fun.
Laird has actually been pioneering and experimenting with foiling longer than just about anyone, spending the past decade or more testing foils designed to ride massive open ocean swells off the coast of Hawaii. Most of that has been tow-in foil surfing though, and this is the first time I’ve seen footage of him foiling with a paddle in his hands. → READ MORE
Check out this interesting little interview with the newly crowned world number two and PPGs giant killer Michael Booth, where he talks about some of the reasons behind his meteoric rise through the ranks over the past twelve months.
After a stellar run in Europe and a string of big results elsewhere on the circuit, Boothy announced himself as the distance paddler with a commanding victory in the Pacific Paddle Games six mile race, aka the most competitive event of all time. → READ MORE
Here’s an inspiring little clip that Quickblade posted a couple of weeks ago, featuring adaptive paddlers Jonas Letieri and Tom from San Francisco, who have both overcome the odds to enjoy the world of stand up.
Via QB’s resident filmmaker Chris Aguilar, the clip chronicles the trip to San Fran to score a downwind run. → READ MORE
Mike Jucker from Stand Up Magazin is back with another great behind-the-scenes race recap, this time from the World Series race on Maui, which saw some entertaining conditions for the surf race at Ho’okipa.
When you can’t get to a race, I feel these sort of vlogs give you a better insight than the standard short/sharp recap clips that events put out these days. Mike blends a good mix of race footage, personal commentary and interesting interviews with the athletes themselves. → READ MORE
Sonni Hönscheid needs no introduction. The German powerhouse proved she’s one of the strongest paddlers in the world this year, claiming a record third-straight Molokai 2 Oahu crown along with back-to-back EuroTour titles.
However most people in the paddling community still don’t know Sonnni all that well. She’s quiet, humble and not too fussed about making a fuss. → READ MORE
There have been so many big races lately that one of the biggest of them all, the Gorge Paddle Challenge, seems like it was way more than six weeks ago. But no, it was only just over a month ago that we saw the community gather in Hood River, Oregon for one of the best weekends of the year.
Well if you’re having withdrawals from the bumps and glides of the Gorge, this three-part series of mini-films from Team Quickblade should keep you satisfied for a while. Featuring the likes of… → READ MORE