Fresh of her victory at the big OluKai race last weekend, Sonni Hönscheid has taken out the 5th Annual BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua charity race on Maui, as heavy rains turned the usual sunny downwinder into a bit of a grind. Australian James Casey, who also finished on the OluKai podium, took out the men’s race ahead of local expert Jeremy Riggs. → READ MORE
Over the weekend, the South East Queensland SUP community had a paddle out for Nick McDonald, who tragically lost his life due to heart failure while downwinding on his beloved Moreton Bay two weeks ago.
Nick was not only a very keen paddler but also a great leader and promoter of the sport in the Brisbane area. → READ MORE
In case you need some mid-week motivation, or if you just want an entertaining trip down memory lane, watch this four and a half minute montage from Quickblade, which features some of the biggest names and events in stand up paddling accompanied by a couple of iconic speeches from the wider sporting world.
Simply titled “Train Hard. Go Fast. Have Fun.” – the official mantra of QB Paddles – the clip is an interesting look back at the past eight years of not only one of the sport’s most iconic brands, but of the sport itself → READ MORE
Check out this awesome aerial footage from the 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a, which was held Saturday on Maui and from which Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid emerged victorious against an all-star field.
The OluKai Ho featured another massive turnout this year, with over 300 paddlers once again hitting the world famous Maliko downwind run on Maui’s north shore. Connor once again claimed the title (for a record fifth year in a row), while Sonni claimed her maiden win. → READ MORE
Will Connor Baxter make it five in a row? Or can Travis Grant give him something to chase? Will the local guns fire? Kalama, Riggs, Menelau, Riccio, Kerbox – there’s no shortage of downwind talent on Maui. Will Kai Lenny lineup for his first race of the season? And will Travis Baptiste continue his tradition of punching above his weight from the stock class this year? Also keep a very close eye on Aussie boys Matt Nottage and James Casey to do some real damage. → READ MORE
As you can see, there are waves in Carolina. The 2-3ft swell certainly caused a bit of chaos (and at least one particularly memorable photo), adding one more element to a race that was already well and truly living up to its name.
Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Is it just me, or were drones invented solely for the purpose of making SUP racing look awesome? → READ MORE
Jeremy, aka Paddle With Riggs, met up with Livio Menelau and friends for a classic Kihei run the other day, with the boys scoring some pretty epic bumps by the looks of it. → READ MORE
In brief: Ryan Helm has taken out the 8th Annual Rincon Beachboy stand up paddleboard race in Puerto Rico, narrowly edging out Josh Riccio for the second week in a row to make it a clean sweep in the Caribbean.
I chatted with Josh after the race and he said it was a great event with a great turnout of stoked paddlers. He had a close battle with Ryan the whole way, switching the lead a couple of times before Helm picked up a bump and paddled clear in the closing stages. → READ MORE
Check out this clip of local paddler Maximo Trinidad, who got a little more than he bargained for while surfing Corner’s Beach in Jupiter, Florida yesterday. Maximo had his GoPro running when a shark smashed into the side of his board just after he took off on a wave, sending him tumbling and producing the classic response of “Holy shit!!”
Hats off to Maximo – he got straight back on his board and paddled out for another wave, apparently unphased by an encounter that probably would’ve sent most people scrambling for the shore. → READ MORE
If you’re a little tired of reading those boring, overly-technical product brochures that talk about stand up paddle board design in some foreign language, you might appreciate this new clip from Starboard.
Instead of using those standard old “cross cut” diagrams that show what’s inside a board, Starboard decided to parody Iron Chef (I think?) in order to show you exactly how their “carbon sandwich” boards are made. → READ MORE
Not only did it produce some of the craziest
destruction derby SUP racing footage we’ve ever seen, it was also turned out to be the last ever BOP. A fitting farewell for the event that almost single-handedly gave rise to the sport of stand up paddleboard racing. → READ MORE
Thanks to the crew at Riviera, here’s a cool little highlights reel from last weekend’s showdown up in Santa Cruz, where the likes of Fiona Wylde, Shae Foudy, Izzi Gomez, Giorgio Gomez, Mo Freitas, Slater Trout, Ryan Helm, Noa Hopper, Brennan Rose, Brandon Rambo and many more were in fine form.
The Santa Cruz Paddlefest scored a solid swell for its 30th annual edition, with the iconic Steamer Lane lighting up all weekend… → READ MORE
The long-running series, which holds a race almost every Thursday from November to March each year, hosted a special ‘Ultimate Paddle Day’ for its 13th and final event of the summer. → READ MORE
Thanks to Quickblade Paddles we have the story of Jonas Letieri, a stand up paddler from Brazil that has overcome a horrific injury to not only pursue a sport he loves, but to inspire seemingly everyone he comes in contact with. → READ MORE
A few months ago, PaddleWoo invited nine of the world’s best young stand up paddle surfers to Costa Rica to film The Progression Project. → READ MORE
Is it the rare sight of an endless wave? The rugged backdrop? Perhaps the lack of any music or commentary? → READ MORE
This rad little vid comes via Casper Steinfath, aka the Danish Viking, who’s clearly enjoying his pre-season training camp on Maui. → READ MORE
I’m not sure which is more impressive – the footage or the commentary. → READ MORE
Dave Kalama and friends taking over Maui on the aptly-named “Invader” giant inflatable stand up paddleboard from Imagine Surf. → READ MORE