WATCH: Epic highlights from Carolina.

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Replay of our “Fireside Chat” with Team NSP and Surftech (Carolina Cup preview)

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As the countdown continues to this weekend’s big Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, we just finished our “Fireside Chat” Facebook Live stream with the NSP/Surftech crew here in Wrightsville Beach.

Watch a full replay above to hear from two-time defending champ Titouan Puyo, Molokai hero Travis Grant, last week’s giant-killer Marcus Hansen and the legend Joe Bark, then tune in for the race day livestream from 10am Saturday.

Alpine Lakes Tour: Awesome Highlights from the “Very Flat Race”

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The Alpine Lakes Tour in France has once again delivered on the double: a great event and a great recap video.

The Tour, which begins each year with the almighty GlaGla Race and includes the epic “BAT Race,” continued on the weekend with the aptly-named Very Flat Race, which takes place on placid Lake Aiguebelette in the French Alps.

This year’s event was dominated by the Teulade Brothers, while the day also featured the epic Red Dragon showdown (we’ll be at the Dragon World Championship at the end of August).

Air France Paddle Festival: Watch highlights from paradise.

Great highlights from the first stop of The Paddle League World Tour, where Marcus Hansen and Sonni Honscheid produced memorable victories and hundreds of paddlers enjoyed a swelteringly-hot day on the water.

If you’re having trouble loading the video on mobile, click here to watch directly on Facebook.

The Paddle League: Full replay of the Air France Paddle Festival

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Watch a full replay of the epic Air France Paddle Festival in Tahiti, first stop of The Paddle League World Tour.

The Paddle League asks world number one Connor Baxter “Why do you paddle?”

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On the eve of The Paddle League World Tour, we sat down with world number one Connor Baxter for a chat about the big season ahead. Connor shared his thoughts on The Paddle League, the next generation, his love of paddling, and… getting married.

Watch above and enjoy, and follow The Paddle League on Facebook and Insta for more.

Connor begins his season this weekend at the major Air France Paddle Festival in Tahit, which you can watch live on The Paddle League from 11am local time Saturday.

ROGUE_RECAP_ep.03: The Paddle League Pre-Season Wrap

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From Santa Cruz to the South of France, here are the headlines that made waves this week.

Hoe Toa Highlights Reel: Here’s How It Looked in New Zealand Today

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Rapid fire recap of the Hoe Toa Paddle Champs in New Zealand today, where Lincoln Dews upset the Kiwis and Penelope Strickland took out the women’s race in some pretty nice downwind conditions. The Paddle League pre-season event wraps up tomorrow with the beach race.

ROGUE_RECAP_ep.02: Injuries, upsets and the latest from The Paddle League

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It’s been another big few weeks in the world of stand up paddling, with superstar injuries, surprising upsets and a big international season led by The Paddle League set to begin shortly.

Catch up on the major headlines with the Rogue Recap, and get set for a big year on and off the water. And as always, big thanks to Rogue SUP for the support.

The Paddle League: “Why we’re so excited about season 2018”

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I had a chat with my fellow Paddle League co-founder Kelly Margetts yesterday to share why we’re so excited about season 2018…

WATCH: Sunova’s James “Jimmy” Casey is Foiling Around the World

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James Casey isn’t just one of the world’s best ocean paddlers, the reigning OluKai champ and downwind master is also pretty handy on a foil board.

“Jimmy” doesn’t mind traveling either, so this year he’s teamed up with Sunova to create an epic series of videos in some of the most iconic locations. Last month he was foil surfing Waikiki, this month the Sunova rider is flying past the Sydney Opera House and under Australia’s best-known bridge. Where to next? 🤔

If you’re wondering what that board is: it’s this one.

2 Minutes with Titou: Why Is New Caledonia So Good, and Which Race Do You *Really* Wanna Win?

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We had a quick chat with NSP/Quickblade team rider Titouan Puyo after his big win at the SUPs Down Under ‘Double Downwinder’ on the Gold Coast today, where Titou led an onslaught by the tiny but powerful Pacific island nation of New Caledonia.

New Caledonia, whose population is barely more than 1% that of Australia’s, took four of the top five spots to completely own the home team, with only runner-up Lincoln Dews getting in the mix.

I asked Titou why New Cal produces so many good paddlers, plus what his plans are for season 2018 and which race he REALLY wants to win…

PADDLE VLOG_002: good wine, good design and how to make the winning Molokai board with NSP craftsman Alain Teurquetil

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How do you design a winning race board? Who’s going to win Molokai this year? And which one is better: Australian or French wine? 🤔

These are the big questions we asked Alain Teurquetil, the head designer of NSP and the man behind Titouan’s winning Carolina board and Travis’ magic Molokai design, for this week’s episode of the PADDLE VLOG.

For a closer look at the boards featured in this week’s episode, head over to the official site and check out the all-round NSP Puma and the downwind-friendly Sonic.

How Many Strokes? Lincoln Dews’ 12 Towers Power Start

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Let’s count how many strokes DEEP team rider Lincoln Dews takes in the first minute of the 12 Towers Ocean Race using his trusty QB Trifecta.

Lincoln took off like a rocket on Saturday, and although he couldn’t match Boothy and Titou all the way to the line, his strong third place showing in this pre-season event showed that he’ll be a strong contender for The Paddle League World Title this year. Follow The Paddle League on Facebook and Insty for more…

The Paddle League: Highlights from a Hot and Sweaty 12 Towers Ocean Race

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This year’s 12 Towers Ocean Race on the Gold Coast, part of The Paddle League pre-season series, was a tough one. It was hot. It was humid. It was downright brutal out there on the water, but it was also a hell of a lotta fun.

With a stacked field of top names and a massive gathering of amateur participants, the 7th Annual edition of this classic race will go down in the history books for sure. You can watch a full replay of our Facebook Live stream if you’ve got an hour and a half to kill, but if not, here’s a 60 second, rapid-fire recap of the day.

The Paddle League: 12 Towers Live Stream [REPLAY]

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Replay of our 12 Towers live stream direct from the very hot and very humid Gold Coast today. Thanks for everyone that tuned in, and apologies for the bumpy ride in the first part of the stream! The footage above kicks in around the 20 minute mark of the race, after which we had a relatively smooth ride all the way to the finish.

Follow The Paddle League on Facebook and Instagram for more coverage, and thanks to everyone that helped make it a great a day on and off the water!

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.