Check out an awesome highlights reel from the weekend, courtesy of Matty Schweitzer and the Starboard crew. This clip shows just how crazy/awesome/ridiculous the 2014 Battle of the Paddle really was.
I would have posted this earlier but I’ve been watching it on loop the past half hour. Yeah, there could have been more footage from the Women’s Elite Race, but apart from that it’s a slick little production. There are too many highlights to mention so just watch above and enjoy… → READ MORE
Check out this cool little drone clip of the action on Saturday.
Anything looks good from a drone, however when you’ve got the world’s best paddlers in the world’s biggest race with some of the world’s best conditions for racing in the waves… it looks really good.
Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Remember that crazy/giant/awesome new inflatable SUP board from Starboard? Well here it is in action.
This clip comes from the Paddle Surf Mexico crew and shows the Battle of the Nations/Giant Inflatable showdown that took went down in Spain last week. I paddled this thing myself and can attest to just how much fun it is. There’s also one being FedEx’d to California as we speak, so keep an eye out for 18 and a half feet of blow up madness at Salt Creek this weekend… → READ MORE
As we count down the final few hours til the 2014 Battle of the Paddle at Salt Creek, Facebook is going into overdrive. It’s hard to scroll through your news feed without seeing at least eight dozen pics/videos/comments/previews of excited (and quite often nervous) paddlers, fans and brands.
But one thing that stood out as I scrolled through this morning was a simple, black-and-white, kinda-ominous looking Vimeo preview titled “Race Day.” This is Quickblade Paddles’ official pre-BOP psych up clip. → READ MORE
Check out this very cool little clip from Mo Freitas, highlighting the super elite Distance Race that went down at the Huntington World Series last week. I love the short, sharp, edgy style of the edit. It’s not the longest stand up paddling video you’ll ever see but it actually does a very good job of summarising the entire, hour-long race.
Oh and the clip also includes footage of *that* wave, where the entire elite field was taken out in the first 15 seconds by the punchy Huntington shorey… → READ MORE
This video is awesome. Watch Starboard superstar Titouan Puyo and his good friend Vincent Verhoeven pack their inflatable SUPs on a light aircraft and fly out to the magic “Ile des Pins” (Isle of Pines).
The island is part of the South Pacific outpost of New Caledonia and sits a short flight away from the main atoll. Ile des Pins is nicknamed “l’île la plus proche du paradis” which roughly translates to The Closest Island To Paradise. Watch the clip above and you’ll see why. → READ MORE
Seven days until the Battle of the Paddle. Seven days til we find out who’s going to step it up and take the glory. Seven days til we get to see exactly what the waves at Salt Creek can do to a 12’6 race board.
While we’re waiting, let’s look back at some of the classic clips from Battle history that’ll surely get you amped for this year’s big race. If you’re looking for a lazy Saturday (or Sunday, if you’re in Australia) then here are a dozen of the best Battle of the Paddle videos that’ll kill a couple of hours for ya: → READ MORE
The Stand Up World Series @ Huntington delivered some very entertaining moments over the weekend. Despite the roller-coaster nature of the whole World Series enterprise, this event seemed to deliver on all fronts.
One of the areas the World Series has always done a solid job is getting slick videos up on YouTube just hours after the event. So check out these video highlights from Huntington Beach, which feature some great carnage in the punchy HB shorebreak. → READ MORE
Here’s the first look at the Ultimate SUP Showdown’s TV broadcast, which has been doing the rounds on Facebook the past 48 hours. This is the actual opener for the hour-long program that’ll be on CBS Sports Network this Sunday.
As we revealed last week, the Showdown will be airing the 21st on the CBS Sports Network channel, at 9am Hawaii / 12 noon Cali / 3pm East Coast. → READ MORE
Proving once again that everything looks better from a drone’s eye view, here’s a cool little clip from Sunday’s Tahoe Fall Classic race.
The third and final installment of the 2014 Tahoe Cup series saw 100 paddlers hit the Lake for one last big race before it starts to get really, really cold up there. It’s only 60 seconds long but it’ll definitely get you stoked to go paddling. → READ MORE
Very nice video recap of last week’s Round The Rock race in Seattle. The event featured around 300 paddlers and the main event, the 13 mile loop around Mercer Island, was dominated by Chase Kosterlitz and Lina Augaitis.
This clip comes from the crew at Sunplay.com, who also gave us that great Payette edit, the awesome video from Carolina as well as the Dave Kalama Speaks film. → READ MORE
Another great clip from the SIC crew, this time capturing the spirit of their recent trip to Hood River for the Gorge Paddle Challenge.
As always it’s a very nice little production and features the team’s host of stars, including Georges Cronsteadt, Livio Menelau, Scott Trudon, Andrea Moller, Devin Blish, Sonni Honscheid and Lina Augaitis (yes, SIC had quite the entourage up in Oregon). → READ MORE
Here’s a fun little clip showing just how awesome it is when you get a good downwinder in the Gorge. Very film noir.
Thanks to Arthur Daniel for sharing – the Frenchman has been hanging out in Oregon with Chase Kosterlitz and Belar Diaz (the other two guys in this vid) and scoring plenty of great runs down the famed Columbia River Gorge at Hood River. → READ MORE
Check out this cool little mini documentary about Talia Decooite and her Molokai mission this year.
It’s a very well-produced, six minute clip that offers some great insights into the epic race that is Molokai 2 Oahu. → READ MORE
Here’s a cool little clip from Arthur Daniel that gives a first person view of the famous Gorge Sternwheeler wave in action.
This old boat cruises up and down the Columbia River Gorge at Cascade Locks, just up the road from Hood River, offering a virtually endless bump if you time it right. With it’s giant rolling wheel hanging off the back, this boat kicks out a massive wake that sets up half a dozen trailing waves. → READ MORE
Nice little recap of the QLD State Titles that were held on the weekend, including some footage from the BOP-style and distance races.
The State Titles are the first step to the National Titles in October, which will more or less decide who’ll be representing Team Australia at the Worlds next year. → READ MORE
THIS is how you surf a race board.
Watch Noa Ginella ride a 12’6 better than most of us can surf an 8’6. These things are hard enough to turn, let alone get barreled on, but Noa made it look easy during the recent hurricane swell.
So thank you, Noa, for making the rest of us feel like kooks… → READ MORE
The 2014 Immerse SUP & Paddle Festival (aka the Queensland State SUP Titles) is happening this weekend at the paddling mecca of Currumbin.
The QLD State Titles are a lead in for the Aussie Titles in a couple of months time, which will decide who represents the three-time-champion Team Australia at 2015 ISA Worlds. Click through for results plus video of both the BOP-style and long distance races… → READ MORE
Dan Gavere returns with his drone and microphone to give us a look at Day 2 of the Gorge Paddle Challenge.
There’s a great little interview with Connor Baxter, some cool race footage and a slice of music that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Dutch coffee shop… → READ MORE
We’re still coming down from the high that was the 2014 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. It was an awesome weekend of racing and one that everyone assembled at Hoodriver Waterfront Park won’t soon forget.
But if you couldn’t make it to Oregon in person and the Gorge Paddle Challenge photos and results aren’t enough, here’s some early video highlights of the action. → READ MORE