Ok so this was definitely the most entertaining race of the EuroTour so far; The Red Paddle Co “XL Race For Glory” at the Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge here in the beautiful Basque Country yesterday.
Forty paddlers. Five giant inflatable paddleboards. One crazy fun sprint race. → READ MORE
Check out this great little highlights reel from the Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge — Week #5 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.
It was a great weekend here in the beautiful Basque Country, with the city of Bilbao and the BWaters organising team once again putting on a world class event for us all. → READ MORE
How fast can you paddle 200 metres? Not as fast as Connor Baxter…*
Although the main event at the Lost Mills was the 18km distance race on Saturday, the sideshow event, the 200m time trial on Friday afternoon, threw up its fair share of action as well, including a heartbreaking fall and a return to the top for the 2013 champion. → READ MORE
Check out these video highlights from Week 4 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard, which saw over 200 starters on the line for the big Lost Mills showdown in Germany, aka the Battle of Bavaria.
The EuroTour continues on this week to arguably its biggest stop, the Iberdrola Bilbao Paddle Challenge in the Spanish Basque Country. Look for top three guys from the past two weeks – Boothy, Connor and Titou – to once again set the pace in the land of pintxos and patxaran. → READ MORE
Check out the full highlights reel from the French Riviera, where the 7th Annual SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime marked Week 3 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.
Most of the footage focuses on the 15k distance race on Sunday, where Michael Booth paddled away from the all-star field to announce himself as a genuine contender on the world stage. → READ MORE
You’ve probably seen the crazy videos doing the rounds of Facebook the past few weeks. Foil boarding. Some say it’s the future of downwinding. Well if it is, the future is almost in your hands…
Starboard has teamed up with Go Foil, the team that brought this futuristic new form of stand up paddling to life, to bring these awesome toys to market. Both the surfing and downwinding foil boards will be available to buy in August, though only in limited numbers. → READ MORE
Check out this ridiculously awesome clip of “Dogman” and the 1SUP1 crew taking the term couch surfing to a whole new level.
I’m not sure what I just watched, but I can’t stop watching it.
Click through to watch the magic for yourself… → READ MORE
Thanks to the crew at SUP the Mag, here’s the trailer for the new paddleboard movie “Chasing Gold,” which follows Team USA’s quest to win the 2015 ISA Worlds in Mexico.
Prior to the 2015 World Championship, Team Australia had famously never been beaten at this event. That all changed on the golden sands of Sayulita beach though, with the Americans bringing their A-team and dominating the week to bring home the team trophy. → READ MORE
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
Exactly 48 hours til the big downwind showdown on Maui: The 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a on the world famous Maliko run.
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
Check out this amazing aerial video from the Aloha Spirit Festival, which was held in Ilhabela, Brazil a couple of weeks ago.
Is it just me, or were drones invented solely for the purpose of making SUP racing look awesome? → READ MORE
Yet another downwind video from Jeremy Riggs, yet another reason for us to be jealous of anyone that lives on Maui.
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
How could we ever forget? The 2014 Battle of the Paddle at Salt Creek was one for the history books.
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