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
We’re slowly coming down from the high of the Pacific Paddle Games, but I don’t think we’ll be forgetting it any time soon. Especially not after watching this awesome clip from Matty Schweitzer and Team Starboard.
This is some of the best footage I’ve seen all weekend, and it’s already getting me amped up for #PPG2017. → READ MORE
Watch the full replay from Saturday’s epic surf race action at the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life.
And if you missed it, check out the overall 2016 Pacific Paddle Games RESULTS. → READ MORE
Zane Schweitzer and Connor Baxter have just taken the hydrofoil craze to a bizarrely-awesome new level, showing off their freakish talents at the Starboard dealers meeting in San Diego the past couple of days.
First up, Zane getting some lift courtesy of a windsurf tow-in behind Connor yesterday afternoon, which I thought that was impressive enough, but what they did the next morning was beyond epic… → READ MORE
Watch this very interesting short film about the life of the man, the myth, the legend, Dave Kalama.
Apart from being at the forefront of the SUP movement, Kalama could also list the following on his extensive resumé: alpine skier, pro windsurfer, big wave tow-surfing pioneer, high-level paddle coach, WSL commentator, TEDx talker, and father.
While his humble, laid-back nature means he doesn’t always have the Instagram reach of some of the other big-name paddlers, Dave is definitely one of the all-time most respected guys on the water. Whenever he speaks, people listen. → READ MORE
Need a little excitement to start your day? This highlights reel from Team Badfish should do the trick.
With everything from big whitewater runs to river surfing to sliding down a glacier, and featuring the likes of whitewater SUP pioneer Spencer Lacy and river surfer Brittany Parker, if this two and a half minutes of footage doesn’t inspire you to head for the mountains and go paddling, I don’t know what will. → READ MORE
The epic adventure that is the SUP 11 City Tour has been completed for another year, however the memories will linger long.
The 8th annual edition of this iconic race saw records on all fronts, from the massive participation (almost 200) to the number of countries represented (27) to the incredible amount of sunshine the competitors were bathed in (the weather was perfect this year), this small, rural corner of the Netherlands certainly turned it on over the past week. → READ MORE
We’re only 10 weeks out from the 2016 ISA Worlds in Fiji, and to help kick off the official countdown, the International Surfing Association has produced this slick little promo clip for the event.
As we’ve talked about in our coverage of the 2016 ISA Stand Up Paddleboard World Championship, the event is moving to the South Pacific paradise in November. → READ MORE
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