After three events on the APP World Tour the World Title races have started heating up for racing, surfing and overall titles. Here is breakdown of the title races so far:
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After three events on the APP World Tour the World Title races have started heating up for racing, surfing and overall titles. Here is breakdown of the title races so far:
Enoshima Beach provided the perfect backdrop for world-class racing. With strategy, endurance and ocean knowledge all playing into equation for the Contenders, the World's best stepped up to the challenge.
With a full schedule of entertainment to come this weekend from the Trump Wetsuits Japan Pro-Am presented by Hawaiian Airlines, it all starts on Friday at 4pm Japan time with an Opening Event at Enoshima Beach consisting of a Nation's Parade and Hawaiian style Opening Ceremony.
With the summer stand up paddle (SUP) season coming in full swing there’s no better place than Lake Tahoe to participate in a fun and scenic race. Coming to the Lake Tahoe shores on June 10, 2017, the Thunderbird Paddling Festival provides the perfect mix of racing and fun that is great for the whole family to enjoy.
Six-time Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding World Champion, Kai Lenny, recently completed a challenging downwind journey across the Hawaiian Islands in an effort to raise awareness around the rising issue of plastic pollution.
Want to know the key to success when it comes to performing well during a stand up paddle race? Look no further because we've aggregated improvement tips from some of the best SUP racers on the planet. Stepping up your game and performing at a higher level takes more than just a lot of time on the water. Here are the top 5 tips on how you can improve your performance during a SUP race.
Hosted at an all new venue for 2017, the beautiful Enoshima Beach in the Kanagawa Prefecture just south of Tokyo, the Japan Pro-Am presented by Hawaiian Airlines will take place from the 5th - 7th May, as the World's very best athletes descend upon this picturesque seaside town for a battle to remember.
In stand up paddle boarding, having a good paddle stroke is crucial to seeing results and improving skill level. Many of stand up paddling's top athletes stress that the paddle stroke is one of the most important, if not the most important, tool to master when paddling. We caught up with many of stand up paddling's best athletes to get some tips on how to have a great paddle stroke. See what they had to say...
The sun is starting to shine, ice is melting and spring is starting to peek it’s head around the corner. With temperatures rising and waterways defrosting into lakes and rivers again, it’s time to start getting geared up and ready to get back on the water and out of the winter hibernation. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, accessories, and of course boards for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2017 Spring paddle boarding season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!
With the Hawaiian leg of the 2017 APP World Tour coming to a close there were some important facts to be aware of after the events wrapped up. The early leaders were named, the double-threats to look out for and more were discovered. Here are eight takeaways
|Price: $3,199||Build: Non-inflatable|
|Skill: Intermediate||Use: Race|
|Weight: 27.11 lbs||Sizes: 14'|
About the board:The Javelin Maliko is a non-inflatable premium quality race board that is best suited for intermediate and advanced paddlers. The Javelin Maliko looks great and has detailed graphics that are displayed all throughout the board that are rather eye-catching. This paddle board is pretty easy to carry considering its size and the glide feels fast, which is no surprise since lightweight construction and speed-centric design are at the core of this board model. The board was really fun to paddle and stood out compared to other boards in the category earning Supconnect’s “A” grade.
World-class conditions aligned with the world’s fastest standup paddle racers for another paramount display of APP World Tour competition, as the first race event of 2017 got underway.
|Price: $1,539||Build: Inflatable|
|Skill: Beginner||Use: All-around|
|Weight: 30.4 lbs||Sizes: 12'|
Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances then the Naish Glide is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Double Layer Stitch construction and rather durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its 34 inch width the board is very stable and has 2.43 lbs per foot, weighing 30.4 lbs total. Its shape makes the Glide an all-around board that can be used by anyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach, dock and river. Retailing at $1,539, the board is in the high-tier price point but is among the best inflatables that the brand has to offer.
|Price: $1,249||Build: Inflatable|
|Skill: Intermediate||Use: Race/Touring|
|Weight: 25.1 lbs||Sizes: 12'6"|
Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable inflatable, race/touring board to paddle then the One from Naish is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in a double drop stitch technology, which is durable and has its ups and downs. The board is 30 inches wide making the board pretty stable and the board has 2.01 lbs per foot and weighs 25.1 lbs total which is lightweight for a board that is 12’6”. Its shape makes the One a race/touring board that can be used by intermediate paddlers and was designed for both recreation and competition. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-distance paddling between 3-10 miles plus. Retailing at $1,249, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
Sunset Beach delivers great conditions for a spectacular finals day that saw dramatic action from start to finish and Champions crowned at Stop #1 of the 2017 APP World Tour.
With just the quarters thru final remaining for the Men's division and just the Final left for the women here at the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro, tension is mounting as we build up to what promises to be a spectacular final day of action at Stop #1 of the APP World Tour.
Now that you’re hooked to the feeling of riding waves you’re probably ready to step it up and start improving your skills. We’ve gathered tips and advice from some of the top SUP surfing pros from around the globe to help guide you towards your goal of becoming a better stand up paddle surfer.
Blue skies, clean conditions and high performance surfing was the order of the day on Day 3 of the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro, as we completed the repecharges for both Men & Women, as well as Round 3 of the Men, and Semi Finals for the Women.
After one of the more challenging days filled with heavy cloud cover, rain and challenging conditions on the opening day, the opposite was the case yesterday at the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro, with clear blue skies and groomed, beautiful surf for what was to be an epic day of competition for both Men & Women.
Get the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro preview, logistics for the new APP World Tour for both Surfing and Racing events, and find out how you can participate in the events and compete at the highest level.
Mistakes are inevitable, they happen to the best of us so in order to give you a jumpstart and get you some insight on what you should avoid while SUP surfing we’ve chatted with some of the best in the business to give you some tips. Check it out:
The newly formed Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) announces a big-name line-up for its 2017 APP World Tour, an amalgamation of the Stand Up World Series and the Stand Up World Tour.
When preparing for your very first SUP race it's important to be prepared and know what to expect from your first experience. To give you some insight on what you need to do to get ready for your first paddle board race, we caught up with some of the best SUP racing pros out there to get you some tips. Here are the top five tips for first time SUP racers:
Want to add in some excitement to your SUP routine and start SUP surfing? We’ve talked to some of stand up paddling’s best surfers and asked them to share their top tips for beginners.
After a spectacular showdown at Pipeline and Backdoor in 2016 that saw Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) put on an impressive display of skill and bravado to take the win, 2017 sees the return of the prestigious Stand Up Paddle component of the Backdoor Shootout in memory of Duke Kahanamoku.
Naish SUP team rider Bernd Roediger is a waterman of many talents. He flies with the wind on his wind surfboard, and absolutely shreds. He’s also a master at SUP and traditional surfing as well. Bernd’s been home on Maui for the ‘off’ season but has been keeping busy and having fun in the ocean. Check out his just-released edit from Fall 2016.
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to highlight the legacy that the 2016 Fiji ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship, has left on the sports of SUP and Paddleboard as well as the host country of Fiji.
Australia reclaimed the Team Gold Medal and Waikiki-Peru World Team Champion Trophy at the fifth edition of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Australia had won the team title at the first three editions of the event after losing to Team USA at the 2015 edition in Sayulita.
Women SUP and Paddleboard racers took center stage in dramatic fashion on the fifth day of 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship with hotly contested 17km Distance Races.
With the stunning visual backdrop of Fiji’s natural island beauty, day four of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship saw Australia’s Michael Booth and New Zealand’s Sam Shergold emerge victorious in the divisions of SUP and Paddleboard, respectively, in an exhilarating 17km race from Cloudbreak to Musket Cove in Fiji.
Four World Champions were crowned on the third day of competition at the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, as the Finals of the SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races ran in the pristine waters of Fiji’s world-renowned outer reef, Cloudbreak.
After two action packed days of SUP Surfing at Cloudbreak to kick off the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, the racing disciplines will take center stage for the next three consecutive days of the competition.
If you’ve ever dreamed of joining the Naish Race Team, now’s your chance! Naish has just announced that they are launching a new stand up paddle domestic racer program. Basically, the program is aimed for ‘passionate paddlers and dedicated racers’ who want to step up their game in SUP racing and not have to break the bank while doing so. With this program Naish is offering the chance to receive special team pricing on their elite race boards, the Maliko and Javelin models as well as their Carbon Elite paddles.
The most fascinating race in Greece for 2016, the Corinth Canal Paddle Crossing on October 30th, was a huge blast. This year aside from the 163 SUPs that crossed the Canal for the 6th Hellenic SUP CUP, organizers in cooperation with Hellenic Canoe-Kayak & SUP federation, invited athletes from all sports that H.C-K.F. represents (canoe, kayak, surf-ski, SUP) to join and the outcome was a BIG success.
The first ever Red Bull Heavy Water stand up paddle board race saw optimal weather conditions with sunny skies and challenging conditions of 6-8ft waves in San Francisco on Wednesday. 15 of the world’s best watermen were tasked to a grueling 12km (7.5 miles) battle of athleticism, with the ultimate victor Connor Baxter, 22, of Maui, HI, crowned Champion of Red Bull Heavy Water.
Fiona Wylde has secured her first World Title with a dominant performance on Maui for the 2016 World Series Finals. After an impressive performance in the long distance race on Saturday, Fiona didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to compete alongside the men in the Open Surf exhibition, which she did and as always, made her presence felt.
This past weekend of racing proved to be nothing short of spectacular, as ideal downwind conditions on Day 1 for the World famous Maliko run came together with pumping surf at what can only now be regarded as the ultimate arena for Surf Racing (Ho'okipa Beach Park) for a show like no other, with non-stop entertainment.
Red Bull Heavy Water is officially in the green light phase. This weather window schedules the event for Tuesday, October 18, with Wednesday, October 19 as the alternate day in San Francisco Bay.
During the Summer Outdoor Retailer show in Utah held in August a forum was held with stand up paddle industry leaders. The forum gathered experts and industry professionals to discuss the state of the SUP industry, safety and regulations, the future of our industry, and more!
Professional stand up paddler Casper Steinfath hails from the European country of Denmark and has always been proud to say so. Steinfath has been outward with the fact for years that Denmark is an epic place to stand up paddle and surf and one of his dreams finally came true this year when the ISA (International Surfing Association) announced that Denmark would host the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships.
With just over a month remaining until the start of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, many of the sport’s top talents have already confirmed their participation in this highly anticipated edition of the competition, with many more expected to follow suit.
Standup paddling’s biggest weekend of the year culminated Sunday with the dramatic final rounds of the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life. With the biggest prize in standup paddling on the line, the world’s best paddlers put on a show that will be talked about for months. At the end of the day, it was Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby who were crowned overall champions at #PPG2016 for the second year in a row – each taking home a cool $8,000.
Cloudy skies gave way to brilliant sunshine as Day Two of the Pacific Paddles Games presented by Salt Life got underway Saturday morning. With Youth, Open, Pro Junior and Pro racers all hitting the water, it was a jam-packed day of paddling action at Doheny State Beach.
Picturesque weather and a solid south swell greeted paddlers on Friday morning as the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life kicked off at Doheny State Beach. With a record-breaking prize purse of $60,000 up for grabs, anticipation levels were high as the world’s best paddlers began their quest for victory at standup paddling’s biggest race of the year.
The world’s best paddlers are set to compete at the second annual Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life this weekend (Sept. 30 to Oct. 2) at Doheny State Beach. With a $60,000-prize purse on the line, the most money ever offered in paddling, it’s no surprise that ALL of the top professionals in the world are en route to Southern California this week from around the globe.
Seasons are a-changin' and the cooler weather and fall colors will be making their way to your oceans and waterways in no time. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2016 Fall SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!
After two months of deliberations and intense evaluations we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Supconnect Editor's Choice Awards. After nominating 30 or so men, women, groms and blogs per category, and an abundance of brands and shops in the stand up paddle industry we've finally narrowed down the extremely talented pool of nominees to the final chosen winners.
As an official stop in the 2016 Stand Up World Series, Red Bull Heavy Water has started the holding period as of September 1st. The holding period will guarantee 40 of the world’s best SUP athletes waves over 10ft. on an open course that stretches 12km (7.5 miles), starting at Ocean Beach and finishing just past the Golden Gate Bridge.
The 2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge was a huge event with heavy competition. It was the largest contingent of elite competitors getting together at one event for this entire year - in both the men’s and women’s fleet. Here, Connor Baxter recaps the weekend and his win at the event.
n day two at the 2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge did a Father-daughter-boyfriend trio steal the show?! Although Mother Nature was the true star of Day 2 action, serving up SICK winds to give true downwind racing to the world's best stand up paddle racers, the story line of MacRae Wylde taking 2nd in the Open division and his daughter and her boyfriend (Fiona Wylde + Bernd Roediger) taking 1st and 2nd in the elite division may be the coolest story line of the event.
With just two weeks to go until the Holding period officially opens for Red Bull Heavy Water, an Official Stop on the 2016 Stand Up World Series, anticipation is mounting for what will be a dramatic and sensational event in every respect.
With the Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge only days away and the Pacific Paddle Games right around the corner we thought it best to supply you with some tips that can help you have a successful race come race day. We checked in with the best-of-the-best stand up paddle boarding pros including Naish's Kai Lenny, Boardworks' Slater Trout, Chuck Patterson, Starboard's Connor Baxter, SIC Maui's Lina Augaitis and Annabel Anderson to name a few. We took what they had to say and came up with 5 tips to help you have a successful race.
After a six-week stretch of traveling for races in Asia and Europe Starboard SUP and Werner Paddles athlete Fiona Wylde decided to take a little vacation to Australia with with boyfriend and fellow professional stand up paddler Bernd Roediger (Naish) and to meet up with good friend Kai Bates (Fanatic). While there, the trio scored really fun surf and had a blast out of the water too.
This week at the annual Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah, Supconnect announced the 2016 Gear of the Year Awards winners from our 2016 Supconnect Editor's Choice Awards.
2016 was one of the most exciting years ever in the 20 years that the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships has been held. This year saw record breaking performances in both stand up paddling and prone paddle boarding and the field of athletes to compete was packed with standouts. This year Kai Lenny and Sonni Hönscheid claimed victory for the stand up paddlers.
When the last athlete crosses the finish line on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O), two decades of outstanding performances and personal accomplishment will be recorded by a lineage of the world’s strongest paddle boarders. Presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager, the 2016 event welcomes a host of athletes from 16 countries who will test their navigational skill and athletic strength across 32-miles of open ocean in the disciplines of stand-up (SUP) and prone paddle boarding.
The Waterman League is proud to announce that the downwind race of the legendary Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge will form part of the 2016 Stand Up World Series as one of its official long distance races to provide the World's best with one of the World's best downwind runs.
After ratings leaders Fiona Wylde and Casper Steinfath took victory in the Sprints during harsh weather on Saturday, Sunday cleared up and provided excellent conditions for the distance race where Michael Booth and Sonni Honscheid pushed through to take the win. After the two races Connor Baxter and Sonni Honscheid claimed the overall win for the second stop of the Stand Up World Series.
Supconnect contributor Haywood Newkirk dives into teaching us all about longboard shapes on our stand up paddle boards and how to get started sup surfing on one. Check it out!
Whip out your boardshorts and bikinis, it’s summer time! Nothin’s better than summer and we’re so stoked that our favorite time of the year is finally here. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2016 Summer SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!
We all make mistakes, especially as a beginner in anything new that we try. Stand up paddle boarding is no different and as one of the fastest growing sports in the world, there are tons of newbies that are participating in the sport on a daily basis. To help these newbies from committing the same mistakes that we've all fallen victim to, here are some of the top mistakes to avoid as a beginner paddle boarder.
Red Bull Heavy Water, arguably the most intense stand up paddling event in the world, is announced as part of the 2016 Stand Up World Series circuit, with an event window from September 1 to 28. The location will guarantee 40 of the world’s best SUP athletes, waves over 10ft. high, and consist of an open course that stretches 12km (7.5 miles), starting at Ocean Beach and finishing just past the Golden Gate Bridge.
The German stop on the Stand Up World Series has long been a gold standard for the sport of Stand Up Paddling, with a unique festival atmosphere, thousands of spectators and show to remember featuring the World's very best athletes. In 2016, the bar will be set even higher, as Mercedes-Benz has stepped up as a Title Partner and the event will be hosted in an exciting new venue that will bring the event to life for athletes and spectators alike.
With SUP Foiling getting a ton of hype right now, it’s only natural to see paddlers gravitate toward the new SUP crossover and want to dip their toes in the water and try it out. With pros like Naish's Kai Lenny and Starboard's Connor Baxter getting a ton of attention for their downwind SUP hydrofoiling adventures the groms who look up to them were eager to try the new craze as well.
The Waterman League is proud to announce its return to Germany for the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup, stop 2 of the 2016 Stand Up World Series that will take place from the 24th - 26th June at the beautiful coastal town of Scharbeutz with $25,000 in prize money.
Kai Lenny has always been pushing the boundaries of stand up paddling and he’s just done it again by introducing a new crossover of sorts with a hydrofoil and his SUP, making it his craft of choice for a downwinder. This project has been in the works for awhile and thanks to Go Foil, and Naish, they’ve helped Kai to make his vision a reality.
The 8th annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a three-day ocean festival kicks off today, Friday, April 29th, on Maui’s North Shore with the second annual ‘Demo Day,’ offering locals and visitors the opportunity to meet with the pros, gain valuable last minute race tips and an opportunity to test out the latest boards and equipment. The 2016 OluKai Ho’olaule’a is set to be the biggest yet in the event’s history bringing together around 600 of the world’s elite paddlers to race the famous Maliko Downwind Run for the largest gender equal prize purse of $15,000.
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina has been on everyone’s radar for some time now because of the world renowned Carolina Cup. After this year’s Hobie Salt Life Pro Am, the world’s paddle boarding community now has a legitimate reason to come a week early and watch the world’s best in the surf.
The Bouyer brothers, Julien and Camille, shot this awesome video of themselves having some tandem fun at their home spot île de Ré which is an island off the west coast of France. The boys can be seen charging some overhead surf on their Naish SUP Mana Inflatable and are having so much fun it makes you want to join them! Watch their video and enjoy, wipeouts and all!
We can already tell by watching this short trailer that The Progression Project, a SUP Surfing film by PaddleWoo and Erik Antonson, is going to be a must-see. For this film, PaddleWoo assembled nine of the world's best paddle surfers in the Blue Zone of Costa Rica to document and define the current state of paddle surfing.
The 2016 Santa Cruz Paddlefest presented by Starboard is about to kick off this Friday, March 18th and the event is going to be epic. With an excellent forecast of head-high to overhead surf and an athlete list of BIG names in the sport, this event is going to be huge.
In the first 2016 webisode from the “Serial Lovers” series, join Naish SUP ambassadors Stephane Etienne & Nicole Boronat for Mi Niño (Special winter sessions) at home in the Canary Islands on a very special winter full of great waves. Thanks to the El niño phenomenal year.
The sun is starting to shine, ice is melting and spring is starting to peek it’s head around the corner. With temperatures rising and waterways defrosting into lakes and rivers again, it’s time to start getting geared up and ready to get back on the water and out of the winter hibernation. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2016 Spring SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!
Caio Vaz just seems to go from strength to strength, and has once again found winning form at the 2016 Sunset Beach Pro, his second victory at this iconic break on Oahu's Fabled North Shore.
It was a day to remember at Sunset Beach on Sunday, as the World's best were able to get a taste of this iconic break at its very best. The morning greeted us almost flat, with no swell to speak of, but the buoys indicating a major swell on its way, meaning that the ocean was clean and groomed. By the time the swell started to show as we passed the 8am mark, it was clear we were in for something special.
A magical day at Sunset Beach yesterday saw immaculate conditions set the stage for an epic first day of competition for the Sunset Beach Pro, with both Trials and Round 1 completed.
We are less than a week away from the kick off for the 2016 World Championship season, with the girls to do battle at Turtle Bay. With less than a week to go now until the 2016 Turtle Bay Pro, tension is mounting as the World's best female athletes prepare to do battle on Oahu's Fabled North Shore at Turtle Bay Resort.
The Danish documentary film Standing On Water will premiere in the U.S. at this year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It will be featured in the Above and Beyond section.
Once again, Mission Bay in San Diego hosted the 20th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge and the event did not disappoint. With gloomy skies for the majority of the day, the attitudes and demeanors of the athletes and spectators were anything but. Every direction you looked you saw smiles and heard laughter and cheers. The Hanohano is notorious for being a classic event with nothing but fun on offer and this year it once again lived up to that reputation.
El Niño has been kind to surfers this winter season. With what seems like back-to-back-to-back swells there is nonstop fun for the wave riding stand up paddlers. Pro stand up paddle athletes Kai Lenny (Naish) and Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) are just a couple of the guys that have been benefitting from these recent swells and they have been getting some time in at the infamous Peahi, a.k.a Jaws.
At one point or another we've all been beginners to the sport of stand up paddling. As one of the world's fastest growing sports, paddle boarding is seeing more and more newcomers to the sport and every newcomer could use a few lessons and tips in the art of paddle boarding. We've talked to top pros in the sport and asked them to breakdown their top tips for beginners.
Mo Freitas wins the Da Hui Shootout SUP Invitational in Memory of Duke Kahanamoku with a gutsy performance at Pipeline. Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) put on an impressive and fearless performance this morning at Pipeline to take the win at the Da Hui Shootout in Memory of Duke Kahanamoku.
The Waterman League is proud to announce the athletes selected for the Pipeline Invitational, together with alternates. With the focus on showcasing Hawaii born talent at what is Hawaii's most iconic wave, here is the shortlist of 10 athletes selected for the Pipeline Invitational in memory of Duke Kahanamoku.
In the days following the tragedies in Paris, many were unsure if the 2015 Nautic SUP Crossing in Paris, France would go on as planned. We’re happy to report that the iconic race did go on as planned and it was an amazing day on the Seine river. The highlights video from this event is in the video below, take a look and enjoy!
After a month-long period of nominating and voting for your SUP favorites of 2015 the final winners for the 2015 Supconnect Polls are here! So without further ado, here are the winners for the Supconnect Polls 2015.
Can you believe 2015 is almost over?! With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to think about getting something awesome for the SUP'er in your life so here at Supconnect, we've put together a gift/gear guide of the newest and coolest items to have recently hit the shelves and racks on the SUP market.
With cloudy weather, winds at a strong 25-30 knots and the temperature really low, organizers were facing the worst case scenario, just one day before the race, which was postponing or even canceling the race. On race day, 167 paddlers were given the go-ahead to take part in a challenging day on the water for the 5th annual Corinth Canal SUP Crossing.
The annual Painkiller Cup, the Caribbean’s most exciting SUP race, has announced it will be on January 23, 2016. Offering a minimum $10,000 purse, the event features a 14-mile downwind relay race with a finish at the famous Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke.
Elite stand up paddle (SUP) races require a few extra touches that make all the difference. These extra touches, though, require an enormous amount of extra time and commitment, so if you’re venturing into these waters, tread carefully. Here are ingredients that go into the recipe of an elite stand up paddle event.
Filmed during the windsurfing KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, event organizers caught up with Naish team rider—and Pro SUP athlete—Casper Steinfath to get an in depth perspective on the unique stretch of coastline along the Viking’s home town known as Cold Hawaii.
It was an epic close to the 2015 season at Turtle Bay, as we saw extremely competitive racing and dramatic finishes in both the long distance and sprint racing that led to the crowning of 2 new World Champions for 2015.
Naish is giving away one of these amazing paddles and now’s your chance to win one for yourself! Share the video below and submit your entry for a chance to be paddling to your next victory with Kai’s paddle of choice.
Candice Appleby finished the season unbeaten after another win, but she had to work hard here in Hawaii after being pushed all the way by the rising young star Fiona Wylde. For the men, it was ratings leader Kai Lenny who was able to secure his third Stand Up World Series Title after winning Stop #4 on the 2015 World Series with a win in the Sprint racing in a climatic finish at Turtle Bay Resort.
The first day of the World Series Finals at Turtle Bay presented by Naish saw Connor Baxter and Fiona Wylde dominate in the long distance races to take the well deserved victory.
It's that time of year once again, when the World's best Racers return to stand up paddling's birthplace in Hawaii for the climactic close to the 2015 World Championship season. It is only fitting that the World Championship Series should return to Hawaii to crown its Champions, and there is no better place than Oahu's fabled North Shore, and the unparalleled sporting arena that Turtle Bay Resort provides.
The first annual Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life featured big waves, great weather and the world’s best paddling athletes. That combination made for a fantastically successful event. In the most important prize of the weekend, Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby captured overall titles earning them each a significant chunk of the history-making $55,000 prize purse.
The surf was big Saturday during the opening day of the Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life in Dana Point, California. But the athletic performances more than matched the oversized waves.
The world’s best stand up paddle boarders are set to compete at the first-ever Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life this Saturday and Sunday at Doheny State Beach in the beautiful Dana Point, California. With a $55,000-prize purse on the line, the biggest prize ever offered in paddling, it’s no surprise that all the best in the world are en route to Southern California this week.
In stormy conditions and pumping surf, Kai Lenny and Candice Appleby win the overall titles at the 2015 Stand Up World Series US Open of SUP. With her third win of the season here, Candice Appleby secured the 2015 Stand Up World Series World Title.
Poenaiki Raioha and Izzi Gomez put on flawless performances this week at the US Open of Stand Up Paddling, with some of the most progressive surfing imaginable and a mind-blowing success rate.
After 2 years of being so close with two 2nd place finishes, the Brazilian Caio Vaz secures his first World Title at just 21 years old.
Huntington Beach has become a memorable destination for the young Champion Izzi Gomez, having secured her first World Title here last year in advance of the final event, and once again this year, proving to be the place she secured her second title.
With perhaps the best forecast of the week coming today, it was always going to be a marathon day of action at the 2015 US Open of Stand Up Paddling, as action got underway at 7am with the 2nd half of Men's Round 1.
Felipe Rodriguez continued his impressive form yesterday to take the Trials win amidst World Class competition and challenging conditions. Seeming to revel in the smaller conditions Felipe was able to generate so much speed and link together dynamic and radical turns in the small Huntington Beach Surf.
While the surf was small, it was definitely clean and more than enough to deliver some World Class Surfing on Day 1 of the US Open of Stand Up Paddling over the weekend. With a truly international field of stellar athletes stepping up to do battle, the scene has been set for not only a climactic finish to the Trials, but a fiercely contested Main Event for the Men over the coming days.
After two months of deliberations and intense evaluations we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Supconnect Editor's Choice Awards. After nominating 30 or so men, women, groms and blogs per category, and an abundance of brands and shops in the stand up paddle industry we've finally narrowed down the extremely talented pool of nominees to the final chosen winners.
Australian Beau Nixon recently went on quite the adventure with his family while visiting the U.S. Beau and his family took a 10-day, 193km paddle down the Green River in Utah. Watch his journey and see what adventures he and his family faces while on the river.
Kai Lenny and Candice Appleby take top honors at stop #2 of the 2015 Stand Up World Series at the Victoria Cup Hayama Pro. Check out the full report, photos and highlights courtesy of the Waterman League.
The 2015 Naish Columbia Gorge paddle challenge was bigger than ever this year as elite and amateur athletes alike came together to conquer the Gorge. Conditions were harsh over the weekend as the winds weren't as strong as many would have hoped and nearby fires created a lot of smoke in the air causing for a strenuous time for the athletes.
In the the fourth episode of Season 3 of the 2015 "Serial Lovers", a web series featuring Stephane Etienne & Nicole Boronat called "The Lovers" showcases the beauty of stand up paddle surfing and just one of the many beautiful places on Earth, Cantabria, Spain.
The World's best are heading to the land of the rising sun in two weeks time for the next stop on the 2015 Stand Up World Series.
Following the Outdoor Retailer show, Naish just released the latest additions for 2016 which add even more variety to an already extensive line-up, featuring shapes for touring, racing and cruising, new constructions and an all new paddle collection.
The 5th Annual Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge scheduled for this weekend August 22-23, 2015 will feature a weekend of exciting Stand Up Paddle Board Racing. This event will draw recreational and professional competitors from around the world including the continental U.S., Hawaii, Canada, and Australia.
Casper Steinfath secured the European Cup victory with a 2nd place finish in Italy and Zane Schweitzer wins the Italia Surf Expo in epic conditions on the final day of action with a 2nd place in both sprints & long distance. See here for the full report.
Ane Zulaika Aranburu has been one of the most consistent competitors across this year's European Cup, putting on a solid performance at the Barcelona SUP World Series to finish in 5th, then a runner up finish behind teammate Celine Guesdon in Finland, and now backing it up with a win here at the Final event of the Cup here in Italy after 2 epic days of racing.
The 19th edition of the Molokai to Oahu Paddle Board World Championships (M2O) once again provided another exciting year of the legendary Ka'iwi Channel crossing on Sunday July 26, 2015. With surprise drop-outs and intense battles throughout the race, it was none other than Sonni Hoenscheid and Travis Grant who claimed the well-deserved victory in the harsh and challenging conditions.
The 19th edition of the Molokai to Oahu Paddle Board World Championships (M2O) is ready to kickoff another exciting year of the legendary Ka'iwi Channel crossing on Sunday July 26, 2015. The 32-mile M2O race was first founded in 1997 and has grown from a grassroots challenge for local athletes to a world class event in prone paddle boarding and standup paddle boarding.
The Italia Surf Expo World SUP Challenge is to kick off this weekend as the prestigious European Cup Final at this unique beach festival. Following this event, the action will head to Brazil, Japan, California and Hawaii to close the season.
In case you missed the television broadcast of the 2015 Payette River Games you're in luck because we've got the video broadcast here for you! Watch this full replay of the Payette River Games TV broadcast that aired on CBS Sports Network.
Casper Steinfath & Celine Guesdon make it two for two to secure victory in Finland, Stop 2 of the European Cup. Check out highlights and a recap of the event here.
Casper Steinfath and Celine Guesdon secure a well deserved victory on Day 1 of the Sieravuori Masters, Stop #2 of the 2015 European Cup.
Better late than never right? In preparation for the exciting launch of the 2015 Supconnect Awards, here we announce the winners for the 2014 Supconnect Awards. Now before diving into it, here are a few things to know about the Supconnect Awards.
Candice Appleby and Connor Baxter win at the first stop of the Stand Up World Series, taking the lead in the European Cup ratings. See here for a recap from the event with photos and video highlights.
Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby started off their 2015 campaign on the Stand Up World Series in style today, with impressive performancea that saw them dominate Day 1 of the Iberdrola Barcelona SUP World Series, with extremely convincing wins in the mens and womens races.
The 2015 N1SCO season is already in full swing with races happening around the globe! Close to 80 races are currently being held in over 15 countries and paddlers are getting ready for the biggest race of the year: The 2015 N1SCO World Championships!
Aksel Kolstead is a SUP enthusiast who has helped to jumpstart the SUP movement in Norway. Aksel is an extremely accomplished pianist and composer who had his debut in Carnegie Hall in 2010. A few years ago Aksel was introduced to our wonderful sport of stand up paddling and he hasn't looked back. Since his introduction, Aksel has been working with top brands like Naish and Starboard helping to promote SUP in Norway. Read more…
With a wealth of talent and a winter of training under their belt, the performance level from the world's best is sky rocketing as we anticipate the tightest competition yet on the 2015 Stand Up World Series.
It's here. The 3rd annual Payette River Games, with the largest prize purse in stand up paddling at $50,000, takes place this weekend at the famous Kelly's Whitewater Park in Cascade, Idaho. Here's what you can look for at this year's event…
Standing on Water, a surf documentary following the life and rise of top-ranked stand up paddler Casper Steinfath, has just released the full-length trailer to the upcoming 65-minute film.
The Search For Freedom is the story of a cultural revolution fueled by the human desire to live in the moment and do what makes you feel the most alive. We discover how an electrifying new world came about through pure energy and imagination and the infinite possibilities of self-expression available to anyone willing to drop in.
Another beautiful morning in Tahiti saw the 2015 #SapinusPro Main Event called on with the swell on the rise. Athletes were able to let loose in some unpredictable, but rippable surf. It was certainly a day for the Australians as all six of the crew from Down Under advanced through to Round 3.
After a 2 year hiatus from the beautiful Island Chain of Tahiti, the Stand Up World Tour marked its return to the islands today with the completion of the Air Tahiti Nui Trials of the 2015 #SapinusPro in great conditions. In the end, it was the Hawaiian, Keali'i Mamala who took the honors in a tightly contested final, picking off the best set waves and driving smooth, but powerful turns on his way to victory.
Stop 2 of the 2015 Stand Up World Tour will kick off next week in the magnificent Tahitian island chain as the #SapinusPro is back. The Stand Up World Tour has a rich history in the islands since the launch of its Contenders exhibition back in 2009, and then the first full year of the Tour in 2010, as the #Sapinus Pro was born.
The 2015 Men’s and Women’s SUP Surfing Gold Medalists will be decided Friday, May 15 as part of the ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship presented by Hotel Kupuri in Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.
The world’s top young standup paddle athletes are coming to Huntington Beach, California for the sport’s most prestigious youth event. With seven divisions of age group surf racing, seven divisions of age group sup surfing, and the Junior Pro Invitation sup surfing contest, it is going to be an action packed day of competition.
Be part of the fun of the seventh annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a from May 1-3, 2015, bringing together the world’s elite stand up paddle (SUP) and OC1 and OC2 athletes to race the legendary eight mile ‘Maliko Downwind Run’ on Maui’s north shore.
In its 3rd year, the “Supfiesta” has become the most prestigious youth event of the year. The top youth SUP athletes in the world will compete in Huntington Beach, California on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Tomorrow will be a day to remember. Tomorrow is the biggest day in stand up paddle racing so far this year in 2015. Tomorrow is the 5th Annual Carolina Cup. The Carolina Cup is the largest SUP event on the East Coast of the United States and arguably one of the largest if not the largest SUP events in the world. Here we breakdown the Carolina Cup and what to expect at this year's event.
The 2014 Stand Up World Tour Rookie of the year, Julien Bouyer, just dropped this edit of his time at the last stop of the 2014 tour during the Location X : Mirleft SUP Pro in Morocco. This footage of him surfing on his Naish SUP showcases exactly why he was named the Rookie of the year. Watch the clip and enjoy!
New Zealand athlete Daniel Kereopa has been crowned the inaugural Ultimate Waterman over the weekend on Saturday 21st March toppling seven international athletes to claim the title.
Another sizzling performance by New Zealand surfer Daniel Kereopa has seen him clinch back-to-back disciplines in The Ultimate Waterman driven by Subaru. Kereopa won the longboard discipline Thursday evening. The win, in Kereopa’s double whammy discipline, awarded him 2,000 vital points and catapulted him into the lead with one discipline remaining. Kereopa entered the water today ranked seventh of eight athletes.
New Zealander Daniel Kereopa has completed an upset of sorts at The Ultimate Waterman driven by Subaru today by taking out the Stand Up Paddleboard Surfing Division over his more experienced international opponents.
With the first event of the Standup World Tour being at Sunset Beach, competitors expect big waves but this year wasn't a typical two weeks on the North Shore. With Kona winds and swell the entire waiting period was used hoping to give athletes the best possible conditions. Watch here as the Naish Standup team takes on the conditions!
Danny Ching wins first discipline of The Ultimate Waterman and Manoa Drollet wins the second discipline, both earning double points, putting them tied for overall first. See highlights and photos from day one and two.
Hawaii's World Tour Opener draws record viewing online, sees dramatic action and crowns 2 worthy Champions. Also, an update on the upcoming event in Brazil.
In a nail-biter of a final, Kai Lenny left it until his last two waves of the final to win the #SunsetBeachPro. In what proved to be testing conditions through the day, the waves turned on for the final heats of what was a dramatic close to the 2015 Sunset Beach Pro.
Day 2 of the #SunsetBeachPro sees exciting and challenging conditions for the completion of Round 2. See all the action and highlights from the day here.
Naish SUP athlete Kody Kerbox surfed his local spots of Ho'okipa and Lanes at home on Maui almost every day as part of his final preparations for the 2015 Stand Up World Tour.
The first stop of the 2015 Stand Up World Tour kicked off in big surf and light winds at the #SunsetBeachPro on the North Shore in Hawaii. After strong off-shore winds prevented organizers from running on the first two days of the waiting period, winds eased off and 10-15ft waves swell hit the North Shore of Hawaii. World Tour Director, Duane Desoto & Waterman League CEO Tristan Boxford gave the green light for the Trials to get underway here at Sunset Beach.
Now in its third year, the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro has provided a spectacular opening event for the Women’s World Tour, as the best of the best step up to do battle here on Oahu’s fabled North Shore.
Kai Lenny is a beast. He was recently seen charging on a massive day at Jaws during the recent pulse of swells to hit the Hawaiian Islands.
It is that time of year again, and the Stand Up World Tour will kick off at the end of next week with the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro, followed by the Sunset Beach Pro on the 10th February out here on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore.
History was made Friday at Pipeline as Hawaii's best standup paddlers went to battle to compete at the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout.
The Annual Da Hui Backdoor Shootout will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational this year with the addition of a prestigious Stand Up Paddle Invitational event.
This year saw tons of incredible videos featuring stand up paddle boarders from all over the world. Check out the Top 10 SUP videos of 2014.
Before his biggest night of his year, Santa was seen practicing his standup paddle surfing skills in Italy! Watch him RIP on his Naish SUP!
Happy Holidays! It's time to get something awesome for the SUP'er in your life so here at Supconnect, we have put together a gift guide to help you decide what to get for your lover, mother, brother, sister, friend, or anyone for that matter.
The 2014 Naish One N1SCO World Championships went down back in September and the video for the event just recently came out.
Make sure to watch a special feature this Sunday 23rd November on NBC at 12:30pm EST on this dramatic close to the 2014 season, as World Champions are crowned and an incredible year wrapped at Turtle Bay.
Beau Nixon is at it again with his Australian standup paddling travel adventures. He just released this new adventure from his three day paddle downstream on his Naish Inflatable SUP along the Hunter River in New South Wales, Australia.
Beau Nixon was out in California recently for the Standup World Tour contest at Huntington Beach and he put together this sick little lifestyle and surfing video of his time while he was visiting. Check it out!
Kai Lenny gains nominations into Billabong XXL Awards for Ride of the Year for charging at Jaws on November 11, 2014.
Within the next week the SUP world will see a new Standup Paddling World Tour World Champion crowned. Here is what to expect at the final stop of the Standup Paddle World Tour.
At the last stop of the Standup World Series events, mother nature once again ruled the weekend and left competitors wondering how the races and World Titles would unfold.
This weekend the best standup paddle racers will go head-to-head in the Standup World Series Finals at Turtle Bay Resort presented by Naish.
The 2014 Battle of the Paddle happened over the weekend and it was nothing short of amazing. There was excitement, heartbreaks, board-breakage, and more as mother nature provided the event with amazing weather.
At the second to last stop of the Stand Up World Tour and Stand Up World Series at the Huntington Beach Pro, Izzi Gomez and Connor Baxter won their first World Titles with some of the most progressive SUP surfing and racing we’ve ever seen.
Rediscover your roots with the brand new Naish Surfboard Series, a result of our collaboration with legendary surfer and shaper, Gerry Lopez.
Beau Nixon takes us on an awesome, pet-friendly adventure down the Manning River in NSW, Australia.
The Battle of the Paddle is in just a few weeks and paddlers all over the world are preparing to compete in the event. Noa Ginella, one of the many standup paddlers who are practicing for this prestigious event recently released this video of him SUP surfing on his race board.
The N1SCO World Championships in Bernau Am Chiemsee is just two weekends away! Register now before it’s too late!
Beau Nixon takes us on an awesome SUP adventure to discover the natural beauty of a river that is etched in Australian history.
At the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson came on top over a stacked field of competitors.
The Ultimate SUP Showdown brought the biggest names in the SUP racing and SUP surfing scene together in one place to compete against each other to see who is the ultimate standup paddler.
Witness the most progressive Stand-Up Paddling and SUP Surfing the World has ever seen in this groundbreaking new film by Poor Boyz!
A nice edit that shows a few clips of Noa Ginella, Kai Lenny, and Kody Kerbox, SUP Surfing in Abu Dhabi's "Wadi Adventure Park" wave pool.
5-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor was spotted on a paddleboard in Long Island.
The 4th Annual Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge scheduled for August 23-24, 2014 will feature a weekend of exciting Stand Up Paddle Board Racing.
Noa Ginella and Kody Kerbox go to Panama and charge big barrels.
Naish is stoked to announce that the registration period for the second annual Naish ONE World Championships has officially started!
Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) puts on another impressive performance at Stop 3 of the European Cup presented by Starboard by winning the long distance race and placing 2nd in the sprints, earning him his 3rd straight win on the Cup. This result has made him now untouchable on the European Cup Ratings.
Robby Naish takes us up the Amazon River to surf one of the longest, most exotic and unique waves on the globe - the Amazon River's tidal bore.
Naish have released their 2014 Mana Series - a compact, all-around wave catching machine, perfect for learning, progressing, cruising and catching waves.
Naish Athlete, Kai Lenny, got a taste for SUP River Surfing and Racing this weekend at the 2014, GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado.
Pack your bags, pop your ears and join Team Naish on a trip across the world to Abu Dhabi!
Check out this awesome video of Kai Lenny and kite surfing sensation, Airton Cozzolino having fun in Hawaii last year. It's an oldie, but still a goodie if you're looking for a way to pass the time today.
Watch this epic video of naish team riders scoring perfect, uncrowded surf on the Big Island.
Watch Kai Lenny's latest GO Pro clip, showcasing his recent adventures in SUP, Windsurf, Kite Surf and Surfing on the islands.
Naish's range of all-around cruising and racing boards are here. Check out the official word below for all the details.
After three days of intense action, it all came down to one final heat: 3 lefts, 3 rights and 3 closeouts as 5x World Champion Kai Lenny stepped it up a gear to secure his first win of the season by executing a perfect air reverse into a 360 on his final wave.
Lina Augaitis and Kai Lenny won the Abu Dhabi All Stars World Series Racing event. Read more to find out how they did it.
Kai Lenny Wins the Abu Dhabi All Stars SUP World Tour. Read on for details of the final day.
Check out this incredible video of Kai Lenny getting to know Teahupoo a little more intimately.
Naish athlete, Kai Lenny, talks about how to mount a Go Pro to get the best angle.
Watch the video of Kai Lenny's giant barrel at Jaws, during a session that would see him entered into the Billabong XXL Awards
Naish’s Casper Steinfath took a break from chasing solid swell along Northern California’s coastline to accumulate a gold finish at the 5th Annual Mongoose Cup.
Experience Team Naish during their recent stay on Oahu for the Stand up World Tour event at Sunset Beach.
Naish have just released their 2014 'Glide' range of touring, fitness training and racing boards. These multi-functional machines are set to rock the SUP world this year, offering paddlers an all-in-one board that suits all conditions and disciplines.
The second edition of the UK Naish One SUP paddle series returns to Weymouth in Dorset in July as part of the 2014 Ecover Blue Mile.
Kody Kerbox's latest clip is a scarily good combination of power and style, innovation. Watch and enjoy...
HAIKU, Hawaii - Naish are very pleased and proud to introduce the Odysseus - a board you'll never outgrow.
Naish International is extremely excited to announce that surfing and shaping legend Gerry Lopez has joined their design team. The Hawaiian born shaper, now residing in Bend Oregon, will work alongside Robby Naish, Michi Schweiger, Randy Naish, and the rest of the Maui Hawaii based development team in continuing to advance their board designs into the future.
HAIKU, Hawaii - Naish has introduced a range of Limited Edition, ultra lightweight, extremely stable boards designed for highly advanced riding in small to medium waves.
OAHU, Hawaii - As we come to the close of an incredible season for both the World Tour & Series, the Waterman League has decided to create an Overall World Ranking to compliment the individual Surf & Race World Titles and crown an Overall World Champion.
Big waves and tough competition sum up the Sunset Beach Pro during the first stop of the Stand Up World Tour 2013. Read on for the top results and information about the next location.
In one of the most dramatic and exciting Finals yet for the Stand Up World Tour, Bonga Perkins digs deep in the last minute of the heat to edge ahead of Kai Lenny (Naish) by the smallest of margins and take victory here at stop 1, the Sunset Beach Pro presented by Malibu and Starboard and in association with Maui Jim eyewear.
The first day of the Sunset Beach Pro presented by Malibu and Starboard and in association with Maui Jim saw a beautiful day here at Turtle Bay Resort. It all started with an amazing Na Kama Youth Clinic.
Kai Lenny achieved a milestone in his own career today, but also for the sport of Stand Up Paddlesurfing, as he not only won the Hawaii Island Finals, but also the World Title, with a dominant performance across all 5 events in 2010.
Chuck Patterson (Dana Point, CA), won the 2nd Annual Surftech SUP Shootout at the Lane over event rookie Zane Schweitzer (Lahaina, HI), Michael Roberts (Pacific Grove, CA) and pro kiteboarder Peter Trow (Central Coast, CA).
Naish are pleased to announce Gareth Grant has joined their Stand Up Paddle team for the upcoming 2010 European / UK season.
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