Coming Soon: The Sunova Story (and Some Fun Adventures in Thailand)

I just got back from a week in Thailand with the Sunova crew. It was fun. These guys don’t just know how to make great performing (and great looking) boards, they also know how to embrace the very lifestyle they’re promoting.

The company is in the midst of moving their manufacturing from the bustling industrial streets outside Bangkok 12 hours south to the cruisey Andaman Coast, where the sand is white, the water is blue and the beaches are actually beaches.   → READ MORE

Red Bull Privateers: This Race Looks FUN

A unique new SUP race popped up on the scene last week: The Red Bull “Privateers” event in Cape Romano, Florida. Part-race, part-scavenger hunt, Privateers looks like one of the funnest races we’ve ever seen.

Over 200 paddlers in 58 teams took part in the inaugural event, which, with a name like Red Bull behind it, was always going to be a pretty cool day at the beach.   → READ MORE

Winter Wave Pools: Mike Jucker’s Behind-the-Scenes Vlog from Germany’s Biggest Boat Show

Go behind the scenes at “boot Düsseldorf” aka one of the world’s biggest boat shows, which is held in Germany in the depths of winter each January.

The German-speaking vlogger turned Maui local, Mike Jucker, was on the scene and caught up with the likes of Bernd Roediger, Fiona Wylde, Casper Steinfath, Sonni Honscheid and Zane Schweitzer as some of paddling’s biggest names got stuck into the indoor wave pool and other assorted expo festivities.

As with all of Mike’s vlogs, this is well worth a watch if you want to go behind the scenes in our sport.

Drag Race: Starboard Inflatable vs Carbon (the result might surprise you)

Watch Michael Booth and Bruno Hasulyo test out the latest Starboard inflatable against a regular carbon design at the company’s HQ in Thailand. The results might surprise you…

Starboard has been working on its new “Airline” tech that aims to bring inflatable race boards more in line to the performance of traditional carbon creations, and judging by this video they’re getting mighty close to parity.

Unleash the Dragon: Red Paddle Co. Announces Austria as Host of the 2nd Annual “Dragon World Championships”

The undisputed leader in the world of inflatables, Red Paddle Co, has just announced the 2nd annual edition of its epic “Dragon” World Championship, an event dedicated to Red’s crazy, four-person behemoth of a paddleboard that’s helped reinvigorate the sport with its unique, team-oriented take on racing.

The 2018 Dragon “Worlds” will be held on Fuschlsee (Lake Fuschl) in the mountains of Austria from August 31-September 2, and you can watch the trailer above then hit up the official Dragon site for all the details.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say this is probably the most fun you’ll ever have on a paddleboard…

Extended Edit from the Epic GlaGla Race


Relive the magic of the GlaGla Race with this extended edit from the French Alps.

Thanks to Red Paddle Co. and all the crew from the Alpine Lakes Tour for making this massive event happen (it’s now one of the biggest races in the world). See you all back at Lake Annecy in January 2019!

The GlaGla Race has surpassed 430 registrations and is on track to be one of the season’s biggest.

We’re just under two weeks away from the first big race of the seasons, the GlaGla Race in the freezing cold French Alps, and what a showdown it’s shaping up to be. Over 430 paddlers have signed up to brave the chilly waters of Lake Annecy on January 20th, and SUP Racer will be there with special guest Travis Grant to live stream the whole show on Facebook.

The GlaGla Race is also the first “points race” of season 2018, something you’ll be hearing a lot more about next week. But until then, enjoy this awesome aerial look back at last year’s event (and head over to glaglarace.com if you want to register and join the adventure).

The GlaGla Race: Here’s another freezing cold French race for your bucket list (January 2018).

Here’s another one for your bucket list! The “GlaGla Race” is returning to the beautiful French Alps on the 20th of January as part of the Alpine Lakes Tour.

Up to 500 paddlers are expected to brave sub-zero temperatures for what is fast becoming one of the world’s biggest races (sound familiar?). We’ll be there, and if you want to join the adventure head to glaglarace.com to reserve your spot today…

King of the Cut Race Highlights

Highlights from the big ‘King of the Cut’ downwind showdown in West Oz on the weekend, where Jake Jensen and Angie Jackson made it a clean sweep for Team ONE.   → READ MORE

Watch 550 Paddlers Challenge the Freezing Rains of ‘Chattajack’ in the Name of Adventure

Chattajack was definitely one for the books this year, with wild weather making the already-grueling 31 mile (50km) course particularly difficult for the record 550+ participants.

Conditions were near-freezing, and the wind was seemingly head on no matter what direction paddlers were facing as they wound their way through the almighty Tennessee River Gorge.   → READ MORE

Trevor Tunnington shows what’s possible on a foil after just two weeks.

In case you needed any more convincing about the foil revolution, watch as Starboard ‘Dream Team’ rider Trevor Tunnington shows us what’s possible after just two weeks of practicing on a foil board. This kid’s a fast learner…

Funnest Event of the Year: Here’s What You’re Missing at the Red Paddle Co “Dragon World Championships” on Barbados

Red-Paddle-Co-inflatable-stand-up-paddleboards-video

One of the funnest races of the year is happening right now on Barbados: The Red Paddle Co Dragon World Championships. Sunday saw the qualifying round for the main event, the four-a-side race on the 22ft long “Dragon” boards, along with a fun little downwinder along the island’s white sandy coast.   → READ MORE

Chattajack, Now One of the Largest Races in the World, Is Happening Tomorrow

Over 500 paddlers will descend upon Chattanooga, Tennessee this weekend for the 6th Annual ‘Chattajack’ 31-mile endurance race, a classic event that’s become one of the largest and most beloved races in the world.

Dragon World Championships: One of the Funnest Races of the Year Is Happening This Weekend in Barbados

Red-Dragon-inflatable-boardOne of the funnest events of the year is happenings this weekend on the golden shores of Barbados, where the first annual Red Paddle Co “Dragon World Championships” will take place. Teams of four from around the world will battle for glory and bragging rights on these ridiculously-fun, 22ft long ‘Dragon’ boards.

Here’s a little glimpse we got of the Dragon at the GlaGla Race in France back in January (I expect we’ll see a few less wetsuits this weekend…). Follow Red Paddle Co on Instagram and Facebook to join the adventure over the next few days.   → READ MORE

What did ‘Red Bull Heavy Water’ look like from the beach? This clip give us a different angle (and fresh insights).

Here’s a great clip showing that crazy event up in San Francisco from a slightly different angle.

While the Red Bull Heavy Water highlights video has already racked up 50,000 views, that first edit was mainly just “paddle porn” that didn’t really tell much of a story about the race itself. This video from Clay Island certainly does.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Raw Footage from the Red Bull Heavy Water Extravaganza

Raw footage from the 2017 Red Bull Heavy Water event in San Francisco via the Red Bull Content Pool.

The French Do It in Style: Drone Highlights from the Final round of the Alpine Lakes Tour

Here’s a great view of the Alpine Lakes Tour race in Lake Bourget on the weekend, which was the final stop of the 2017 series. Add the first stop of next year’s Tour to your calendar right now: the famous “GlaGla Race” on Lake Annecy is set for Saturday January 20th, 2018.

Highlights Reel: “Finals Day” at the Pacific Paddle Games