Strike this up to being in the right place at the time. Earlier this morning, a bunch of paddlers in Auckland, New Zealand, enjoyed a very close encounter with a pod of orcas, and fortunately for us it was all caught on film.
The video above comes via the experienced adventure paddler and racer Sam Thom, who told TV NZ “It was great to see the orcas coming right up beside us and touching the boards, we were all both excited and nervous to be so close to them.” → READ MORE
This has gotta be one of the craziest, most ridiculous and most awesome things I’ve seen in a while: Hot air balloon surfing.
Starboard Germany’s Carsten Kurmis is the guy having all the fun in this clip, swapping out his paddle for the power of a hot air balloon that tows him across this lake in Bavaria. → READ MORE
Go behind the scenes of the fabled Molokai 2 Oahu race with this excellent (and highly entertaining) video diary from Mike Jucker. The clip is filled not only with plenty of action from the middle of the Ka’iwi Channel, but also some very candid athlete interviews that make this by far the most comprehensive recap of M2O 2016.
Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Check out this interesting little clip from Sunday’s epic Molokai 2 Oahu race. This was filmed about two thirds of the way across the Channel of Bones, when Kai Lenny and Travis Grant were locked in an epic duel for the title.
It’s quite amazing to see the two leaders literally side-by-side in such a big open ocean… → READ MORE
In case you’ve been living under a rock, on Mars, with your fingers in your ear, you’d know that next weekend marks one of the biggest races on the international calendar: The Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the 2016 race from Molokai to Oahu is set to be one of the best yet, with an all-star field battling for pride, glory and the chance to etch their names in the history books. But just in case you weren’t already excited enough about the big dance, which is just five days away, this official promo clip should do the trick… → READ MORE
Just in case you couldn’t make it to Hawaii on the weekend, here’s a great clip from Saturday’s big Maui2Molokai race, aka M2M, featuring some insightful athlete interviews and plenty of endless downwind glides.
The 7th annual channel crossing from Maui to Molokai saw Connor Baxter extend his record winning streak — he has, quite incredibly, won every single edition of this event — while Devin Blish claimed her second crown in the space of 24 months. → READ MORE
Time to start getting excited for Australia’s premiere ocean race, the 2016 King of the Cut in Western Australia, which, as the promo clip above highlights, offers paddlers the chance to experience one of the best downwind runs on the planet.
Billed as the “Ultimate Downwinder Downunder,” the King of the Cut has established itself as one of the (if not the) most prestigious races in Australia over the past few years. The 24km course just south of Perth is considered one of the finest downwinders going round, with the event seeming to score excellent conditions every year. → READ MORE
So this is what Jacko’s “Super Lap” race format looks like in action.
Michael Booth takes a shortcut on lap 3 of the 10km course race at the SUP World Cup yesterday, instantly bringing the contest to life. Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Great little highlights reel from the Happy Summer SUP Race in Namur, Belgium, where Jeremy Teulade upstaged a small but elite field of emerging European contenders to claim Week 8 of the EuroTour.
The Frenchman beat home Norm Weber from Germany, Davide Ionico from Italy, along with compatriots Martin Letourneur and Boris Jinvresse, while Petronella van Malsen upset Amandine Chazot in the women’s. → READ MORE
And now for something completely different: Novelty-sized boxing on a novelty-sized paddle board. Quite possibly the craziest/whackiest/funniest thing ever filmed on a SUP.
I don’t know what I just watched, but I can’t stop watching… → READ MORE
Check out this great highlights reel from the SUPer Surfers Challenge in picture-postcard Poreč, where Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde scored big wins for Week 7 of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.
Poreč sure looks like a mighty fine place to go paddling (oh and how cool is that floating playground…). → READ MORE
Check out this great little highlights reel from last weekend’s San Sebastian Paddle Tour in the beautiful Basque Country, where Titouan Puyo and Olivia Piana claimed Week 6 of the EuroTour.
Despite the bumpy and challenging conditions, this was certainly one of the best events of the Tour so far… → READ MORE
Looking for a new trick to try and master?
Check out this fancy footwork from Riviera’s Brennan Rose at the Tommy Bahama Pier Paddle in Santa Monica on Saturday.
Style master… → READ MORE
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