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Bluerush Now Powered by F-One & Manera

Bluerush, F-One & Manera in North America today announced a partnership to take Standup Paddleboarding (SUP), Kiteboarding and Foiling to the next level in Northern California.

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Carolina Cup Joins World SUP Tour

West Marine Carolina Cup, the world’s largest gathering of professional and amateur standup paddle board athletes, has added the World Paddle Association’s World SUP Tour in 2017.

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8 Takeaways from the Hawaiian Leg of the 2017 APP World Tour

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

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Air France Paddle Festival 2017 Adding More Races & More Fun

For its 4th annual event the Air France Paddle Festival will be adding even more fun to its already awesome event. In addition to being at one of the most scenic arenas (Tahiti) and the LIVE broadcast shown around the world, the Air France Paddle Festival wanted to switch things up in its 5th year. Here’s what’s new:

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ISA Working Towards Gender Equality for World Championships

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has announced that men and women will participate in equal numbers for the first time at the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship, held in Denmark from 1-10 September.

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Australian Surf Ironman Joins The Ultimate Waterman

At just 24, Jackson Maynard has overcome more than most people have to deal with in a lifetime. The Australian has battled back from three life-threatening health issues to forge a career as a surf ironman, and is now about to take on perhaps his greatest test in the water.

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APP World Tour to Air on CBS Sports

After an epic start to the 2017 season at Sunset Beach last week, the APP World Tour is proud to announce the kick off to its partnership with CBS Sports Network this week with a series of airings of its 2016 Show series.

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Aqua Marina Calling for Ambassadors to Join Team

If you could use some help in achieving your goals and want to partner with a brand that shares the same love for the water and paddling as you, Aqua Marina could be the perfect fit for you.

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NZ SUP Nationals 2017 To Showcase World Class Talent

Come and join the Kiwis 11-12 March 2017 for the NZ SUP Nationals, New Zealand's premier SUP event, featuring a two-day festival of Stand Up Paddle board racing that brings together paddlers from all over the country and the world.

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NSP Race Fins Introduced by Travis Grant

Travis Grant introduces the all new Race Fins from NSP! Super fast and precise, these fins are available for all racers and all board brands using the a US10 fin box. Get ready to race and win... right out of the box!

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Mexican Big Wave Star to Tackle The Ultimate Waterman

Carlos ‘Coco’ Nogales is used to being challenged on a grand scale, but Mexico’s big wave surfing ace is expecting his first visit to New Zealand to provide as tough a test as any he’s faced in the water.

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New World Record Set for Distance Paddled in 24 Hours

23-year-old Floridian Robert Norman is a relative newbie to the stand up paddle (SUP) world only having been introduced to the sport two short years ago but he just accomplished a monster of a task earning the new Men’s and Overall World Record for distance paddled in 24 hours.

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The Man Pushing Professional Paddle Boarding

Tristan Boxford is a man on a mission. The Hawaiian-based CEO, formerly a professional windsurfer, is now focused on growing paddle boarding worldwide through his exciting new enterprise – the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP).

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2017 La Ventana Classic Raises Over $25K

At the end of January the annual event, the La Ventana Classic, hit the shores and waters of Baja Sur, Mexico to throw a killer event that is fun for everyone, but also to raise money for the local community. In 2017 the event was able to raise $25,000 USD for local students!

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Who Will Be The Ultimate Waterman In 2017?

Eight of the world’s best will return to New Zealand in April to compete for the coveted title of The Ultimate Waterman. Now into its third year, this unique event will push the athletes to the brink as they travel and compete in some of the most challenging, yet spectacular conditions in New Zealand.

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APP World Tour Breakdown - What To Know

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.

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SIC Maui Signs Seychelle Hattingh and Kody Kerbox

Seychelle Hattingh and Kody Kerbox have signed on to SIC’s Global Team, joining existing teammates Lina Augaitis, Caio Vaz, Andrea Moller, Livio Menelau, Jeremy Riggs and moving from the National Team to the Global Team, former Olympian Tamas Buday.

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APP World Tour Announces Athletes for 2017

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.

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A Look Back at 2016 Chattajack

Following the 2016 Chattajack (held in October), one participant edited together an incredible video highlighting the race and one’s journey and dedication to take part in it. Have a look at the documentary-style video below.

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Leukemia Cup Adds Paddlesports To Event

The Arizona Yacht Club proudly presents its Leukemia Cup & Birthday Regatta, a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the beautiful Lake Pleasant in Peoria, Arizona February 17-19.

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Hanohano Sets the Bar for 2017 Race Season

After weeks of wet and stormy weather in San Diego, California, Saturday morning was greeted with sunshine and perfect conditions to hold the 21st annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge. As usual, the event was filled with excitement and anticipation to kick off the 2017 race season.

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Carolina Cup Adds Trade Show in 2017

Already one of the biggest and paramount paddle gatherings in the world, the West Marine Carolina Cup is expanding in 2017 with the addition of a one-day retailer-only trade show, a nine-mile outrigger canoe race with six-person teams, and a 6.5-mile junior championship standup paddle board race for youth under 18.

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Marcus Hansen Joins NSP Team Roster

Following in the footsteps of SUP legends Travis Grant and Titouan Puyo, NSP is proud to add New Zealand’s Marcus Hansen to their international rider lineup.

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SUP World Tour/Series Officially Rebrands

The newly-formed Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Waterman League Group, announces a rebranding of the Stand Up World Series (Racing) and Stand Up World Tour (Surfing), to align under a new single banner, the APP World Tour.

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Event Aims To Push Limits of Downwind Racing

On Tuesday the 12th of January, a group of six stand up paddlers, invitee riders of the Paddle Storm Master event including the likes of Eric Terrien and Martin Letourneur, gathered for a crazy downwind in the “Rade de Brest, Brittany”, to try the first course option and the safety facilities before the official event.

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Standup for the Cure Announces 2017 Dates

Over the years Standup for the Cure has become one of the biggest charity events in the stand up paddle community raising money and awareness for early Breast Cancer detection while growing our incredible sport. In 2017 there will be three dates and locations where Standup for the Cure will take place.

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Barbados to Host Dragon World Championships

Red Paddle Co Racing have set their sights on the Caribbean as the location for their inaugural, revolutionary, team racing concept – the Dragon World Championships. The first ever dedicated paddle board team racing event.

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Hanohano To Kick Off 2017 Race Season

Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club and Huki Outrigger/Surfski bring you the 21st Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge Presented by Paddle Planet and Dirty Birds to be held in Mission Bay, San Diego,Ca. on January 28, 2017.

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Biggest SUP News In 2016

2016 was a whirlwind year yet again and here at Supconnect we’ve reporting on everything from top SUP events to shark attacks and even journeys across the Atlantic Ocean. Now at the end of 2016, we take a look back at our most read news stories from the year. Take a look:

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Top SUP Moments In 2016

What was your favorite moment from 2016? Was it seeing your favorite athlete win a major event? Was it seeing barriers being broken and limits being pushed? Or, was it all the SUP foiling? Whichever moment you choose as your favorite there is no denying that 2016 was a very eventful year in stand up paddling. Here, we list our picks for the 10 biggest moments (good or bad) in 2016.

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King & Queen of the Cut Crowned

Over 130 international, interstate and local competitors gathered for the World’s fastest downwind paddle race, the King of the Cut Race on Sunday, December 4, 2016 in Mandurah, Western Australia. Near perfect conditions blew in for the 24-kilometre race with southerly winds at 18 to 20 knots.

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Australia Reclaims Gold At Fiji ISA

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.

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King Of The Cut Attracts Big Names

Australia’s Michael Booth (Starboard) has won the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP Championship, a 17km marathon race from Cloudbreak to Musket Cove in Fiji. Booth will be heading back home to Western Australia shortly to compete in the world’s fastest downwind SUP race, the Stand Up Surf Shop King of the Cut.

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Ladies Distance Medals Awarded In Fiji

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.

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World’s First SUP Team Race In Hong Kong

Last week saw the official start of the Dragon World Series as hundreds gathered to be part of the debut event at Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong. Held at Victoria Recreation Club, 13 teams of four competed on Red Paddle Co’s brand new team racing board, the Red Dragon, to be crowned the winners of this inaugural event.

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Distance Medals Awarded At Fiji ISA

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.

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ISA Fiji 2016 Begins to Crown Champions

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.

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SUP Racing Takes Center Stage At Fiji ISA

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.

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Naish Launches SUP Domestic Racer Program

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.

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26 Nations Confirmed To Compete In Fiji ISA

The 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship is set to kick off on Saturday, November 12, in the tropical paradise of Fiji when the Opening Ceremony inaugurates the competition in Port Denarau. All 26 National SUP and Paddleboard Teams featuring 244 athletes have announced their rosters to compete in the SUP Surfing, SUP Racing and Paddleboard Racing disciplines for the week of competition to come.

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The World's Straightest 6Km SUP Race

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.

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10 Things To Know About Fiji ISA

The 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship is set to take place from November 12-20 in the pristine waters of Fiji, gathering the best SUP and Paddleboard athletes in the world. Here are the ten things you need to know about upcoming competition:

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Fiji ISA Aims at Carbon Neutrality

The International Surfing Association (ISA) and the Local Organizing Committee for the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, Tourism Fiji, have set a new standard in sustainable practices by aiming to make the competition, which will take place from 12-20 November, carbon neutral.

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Surf to Sound Challenge SUP News

A scant 6-seconds at the finish line separated Canadians Larry Cain and Tamás Buday Jr. in their exciting rematch at North Carolina's 2016 Surf to Sound Challenge. Cain, an Olympic Gold Medalist and inductee into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, regained the men's championship from fellow Olympian Buday, posting a time of 1-hour 12-minutes 35-seconds in the 6.5-mile ocean to sound elite paddle board competition. Cain has captured the Surf to Sound Championship four times with Buday winning twice.

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Englewood Beach Waterfest Bringing Outdoor Fun To Florida’s West Coast

Fall in Florida's West Coast sees the Englewood Beach Waterfest coming back this November. It’s bringing some big names and even bigger excitement with multiple weekends consisting of three staple events – Ecofest, Paddlefest and Racefest – full of fun for the entire family! Spectators will see the return of Waterfest’s Ecofest and Paddlefest.

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The People’s Choice Awards Are Back! | Supconnect Polls 2016 Launching November 1

Now that the Supconnect Awards have been wrapped it's time to bring back a fan favorite, the Supconnect Polls -- the People's Choice Awards, where you, the consumer, the fan, the people who make this sport so awesome, can decide who your favorite athletes are, where the best SUP destination is, what the best video from the year was and more! You nominate, you vote, and YOU DECIDE!

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Excitement Builds For 6th Annual Corinth Canal Paddle Crossing

The most fascinating race of the year, the Corinth Canal Paddle Crossing is about to start. On Sunday, October 30th 2016, the naval traffic of the canal will be stopped for over 200 Stand Up Paddlers, Canoers and Kayakers to compete at the "straightest race" of the world.

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Connor Baxter Claims Victory In Red Bull Heavy Water & Secures 2016 World Title

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.

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Fiona Wylde Dominates Maui And Wins First World Title

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.

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Red Bull Heavy Water Gets The Green Light To Run

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.

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Summer Market 2016 Forum: Stand Up & Be Heard

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!

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Maui To Host 2016 Stand Up World Series Next Week

It is that time of year when the World Series returns to Hawaii for what has become one of the most dramatic battles of the year: timed to perfection during a period when consistent, strong tradewinds are still in effect and winter ground swells are starting to show, the World Series Finals provides one of the most spectacular showcases imaginable for the Sport of Stand up Paddling.

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9th Annual La Ventana Classic Happening In January

This winter escape to warm weather and good times. Enjoy the La Ventana Classic, a somewhat raucous, adventurous and unique windsport/paddle sport event. Set for January 25-29, 2017 in Baja Sur, Mexico, at a stunning event site situated between the azure beauty of the Sea of Cortez and rustic foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range.

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Baxter & Appleby Conquer Field (Again) At 2016 Pacific Paddle Games

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.

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Competition Heats Up On Day 2 At 2016 Pacific Paddle Games

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.

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Day One At 2016 Pacific Paddle Games Goes Off Without A Hitch

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.

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Yoga, SUP Clinics, Athlete Signings & Product Demos All Available At 2016 Pacific Paddle Games

he Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life this weekend (Sept. 30 to Oct. 2) at Doheny State Beach is not just for experienced paddlers. The West Marine Demo Zone will offer something for everyone, from beginner to advanced and everything in between, including the largest selection of demos in SUP and shopping from the industry’s top brands, free clinics, yoga and the chance to meet legendary athletes.

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World's Best SUP Racers To Compete For Biggest Prize In Paddling This Weekend

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.

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How LiftSUP Boosts Race Performance

Want to know how the LiftSUP handle can boost your race performance? Get a handle on it! Here are six ways on how LiftSUP can boost your race performance, in and out of the water!

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SUP 11 City Tour: A Truly Extraordinary Race | Interview With Siri Schubert

The 11 Cities SUP Tour is such a unique and extraordinary race. Athletes experience the ultimate challenge as they paddle 220 kilometers (136 miles) in five days with weather conditions varying from windless, beautiful and sunny to cold, rainy and stormy. Besides the ultimate challenge the SUP 11-City Tour is also an unique experience. Here, podium finisher Siri Schubert reflects on the race and shares her thoughts in an interview. Check it out!

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Biggest Week In SUP Hits North America

With the stand up paddle season winding down for North America there’s no better way than to close out the season with a bang. Over the next week or so, a few of the biggest events in stand up paddle boarding (SUP) will hit the West Coast of North America all in the span of a week. Here they are:

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RedBull Heavy Water 2016 - Behind The Scenes Safety Prep

The RedBull Heavy Water event is not going to be for the faint of heart and only the best stand up paddle racers in the world were invited due to the hazardous conditions. The folks at the Waterman League who are helping to put on this event met up with a few key people from these departments to hear more about just what the riders will face and what they are doing to be ready. Check it out.

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Red Bull TV Releases The Ultimate Waterman 2016 TV Series

International surf event, The Ultimate Waterman, will be beaming into millions of homes around the globe on Red Bull TV from today. Filmed in New Zealand, the three-part series captures the grueling nine-day, multi-discipline competition, which seeks to find The Ultimate Waterman (TUW) from among some of the world’s finest athletes.

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New And Improved Courses Announced For 2016 Pacific Paddle Games

Course maps for the second annual Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life have been set and include some exciting new updates from last year’s inaugural event.  The preeminent paddling event, offering a $60,000 prize purse, will take place at Doheny State Beach, a California State Park in Dana Point, Sept 30 through Oct. 2.

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Red Paddle Co. Unleashes The Dragon At Surf Expo

Red Paddle Co., have announced the launch of the world’s first Dedicated Global Team Racing Concept – the Red Dragon. Mixing the intensity of SUP racing with the camaraderie of team spirit, the four-person Red Dragon marks the evolution of competitive SUP team racing and was exclusively available to view at the Surf Expo this week!

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Brennan Rose Joins Surftech Team

Surftech announced today that it has signed all-around water warrior, Brennan Rose to their global team. Brennan is as diverse as any athlete on the water being equally at home on a 14’ race SUP as he is on a 5’10” shortboard, making him a perfect fit for the Surftech family. When he’s not surfing or paddling, you’ll find Brennan cooking, training, freediving, bodysurfing or fishing.

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2016 Red Bull Heavy Water Holding Period Now Open

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.

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Top Stand Up Paddlers Team Up For 4th Annual Beyond The Shore Paddlefest

4th Annual Beyond the Shore Paddlefest presented by Kinecta Federal Credit Union will be lead this year by pro SUP athletes Danny Ching, Candice Appleby and Slater Trout to raise awareness and funds for charity partners: Surfrider Foundation South Bay, Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

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Official Promo Video For 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP Championships Released

In just a couple months time the ISA (International Surfing Association) will gather the world’s best SUP and Paddleboard athletes in Fiji from November 12-20 for the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship! Watch here as the first official promo video for the 2016 event in Fiji has been released!

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Surftech Athletes Dominate The 2016 Catalina Classic

Surftech athletes dominate the 2016 Catalina Classic with a first place finisher in every class. Max First won the unlimited division, Lachie Lansdown defended his 2015 stock class title with a 2016 first place finish and Abby Brown won the women’s stock class pulling off the "Single-Double” (winning the M2O and Catalina Classic in the same month).

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SIC Maui’s Kenny Kaneko Wins Big In Hong Kong Against Stacked Field

SIC Global Team Athlete Kenny Kaneko scored an impressive victory at the Hong Kong International SUP Championship 2016 presented by the Hong Kong Stand Up Paddle Board Association. Kaneko tore through the 13 mile (21 kilometer) elite course with a finish time of 2:28:28, leaving Kai Lenny and Casper Steinfath over 6 minutes behind with a 2:34:48 and 2:36:26 finish respectively.

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Werner Paddles Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge 2016 Video Recap

The 2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is a wrap and with our collaboration with the amazing crew at Werner Paddles we are stoked we have been able to provide "Insider Coverage." Here is the video recap from the event courtesy of Werner Paddles. Enjoy!

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Connor Baxter Sweeps The 2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge

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.

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Jamie Mitchell’s Inaugural Waterman’s Festival Video Recap

To showcase Quiksilver’s premium, classic outdoor line, the Quiksilver Waterman Collection, Quiksilver collaborated with 10 x Molokai champion, big wave charger, and paddle boarding legend Jamie Mitchell. The watermen and women that competed in the 1st inaugural Waterman’s Festival gave overwhelming feedback that the innovative format was a true testament to the quality and authenticity of ocean racing.

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Clash Of The Paddle Coming To The UK

Running over two days at one of the UK’s most reliable and iconic surf breaks, Clash of the Paddle at Fistral Beach promises to be one of the most spectacular and entertaining events in the domestic calendar.

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Insider Coverage From Day 2 At 2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge

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.

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Surfing America Announces Comprehensive Changes Of SUP & Paddle Boarding In US

Surfing America’s Board of Directors announced a new, comprehensive plan for the growth of SUP and Paddle Boarding in the United States. The new program includes:  Development of the first ever SUP and Paddleboard National Championships, creation of two regional qualifying events and requirements to become an elite member of the 2017 US SUP & Paddleboarding team and more...

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Connor Baxter Recaps The 2016 Quiksilver JM Survivor Race

The 2016 Quiksilver Survivor Race was a huge success - with very tough competition. It was a one day event and had the survivor format - which is the hardest race format for short sprints. Here, Connor Baxter recaps the event from his perspective. Take a look...

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2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge Athlete Highlight: Fiona Wylde

Werner Paddle's Team rider Fiona Wylde, has either won or found herself on the podium the last three years at this world class course race/downwind race combo. This season she is a threat to take the crown again after a strong season that she's here sitting ranked 3rd in the world. Watch, as she takes you to her "happy place," training in her home town of Hood River Oregon.

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The Benefit Of Training Indoors

Between wind, weather, chop, swell, no babysitter, working too many hours and missing daylight, and a plethora of other reasons, sometimes the day just doesn’t allow for getting on the water. So, while we can accept the fact that indoor SUP training definitely is not as stress-relieving and euphoric as actually being on the water, it does have quite a few benefits. And when done appropriately, can be affordable AND highly effective.

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7th Annual Newport SUP Cup To Raise Money For Save the Bay

The Newport SUP Cup is a family fun standup paddle race for a great cause based at the historic Newport Shipyard. Paddlers will navigate 3 or 6 mile courses around Goat Island, passing the Newport Harbor Lighthouse, Newport Bridge and other landmarks.

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Record Participation Seen At Third Annual São Jorge 2 Pico Challenge

The São Jorge 2 Pico Challenge was held on July 30 for the third consecutive time of the mythical crossing of the channel between the islands of Pico and São Jorge. This year the São Jorge 2 Pico had a record participation of 20 athletes, it has been growing in number of participants year after year, which shows that those who come to participate love it and bring friends when they return.

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Kai Lenny & Sonni Hönscheid Win The 2016 M2O In Record Breaking Year

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.

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SIC Maui’s Sonni Hönscheid Going For M2O Three-Peat

Sonni Hönscheid will be going for a three-peat as the SIC team will be attending the 2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships. SIC Team Athletes Braly Joy, Kenny Kaneko & Will Schmidt will be racing the storied M2O, presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager, celebrating its 20th anniversary on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

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Elite Field Set For 20th Anniversary Molokai-2-Oahu

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.

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Bart De Zwart Sets New Record At 2016 MR340 Race

Legendary long distance stand up paddler Bart de Zwart just finished up the MR340, a 340-mile paddling race on the Missouri River, and he just set the new record for fastest time, beating the previous record by a whopping 10 hours! Here he recaps the race and how he got to the finish.

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First Annual Noli SUP Race Attracts Large International Field Of Athletes

The 11th stop of the EuroTour presented by Starboard brought us to beautiful Noli, Italy. With its breathtaking cliffs that come straight out of the sea and the old medieval town literally sitting on the beach Noli proved to be the perfect setup for the first stop of the EuroTour Italian leg.

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Top Must Do SUP Downwinders

As we sit in the heat of downwind season we've decided to compile a list of the top must-do downwinders around the world. We teamed up with the crew at SIC Maui who've built some of the best downwind boards on the market, so they know a thing-or-two about a good downwind run when they see it.

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Connor Baxter Wins 7th Straight Victory At 2016 Maui 2 Molokai

Connor Baxter just won his 7th straight victory at the 2016 Maui-2-Molokai race over the weekend making history as he extends the longest winning streak in the men’s sport. Not only has Connor never lost this race, but nobody else has ever won it. Connor took out the inaugural event as a scrawny teenager at 15-years-old back in 2010, and he has triumphed every year since. Hear all about the win from Connor himself here.

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SUPKids Head To Noli SUP Race

After a successful launch on World Oceans Day and joining the Starboard SW Tiki Tour across California, Arizona & New Mexico, the SUPKids team are heading to Noli, Italy to run the first European SUPKids training program. They’ll be joining forces with the Noli SUP Race to run a 2-day training program for the founding SUPKids Delivery Centres in Europe. The training will take place on the 13 & 14 July, prior to the official start of the Noli event.

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ISA Spurs Global Development Of SUP Certification

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is continuing to spur the global development of Stand Up Paddle (SUP) with the certification of over 150 ISA SUP instructors across 12 countries since April 2016.

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Connor Baxter Recaps His Victory At 2016 SUP World Cup

The 2016 SUP World Cup in Scharbeutz Germany was a huge event. There was a huge crowd on the beach and a stacked field of competitors. After five weekends of racing in Europe, it was finally coming to an end as this was my sixth and final event in Europe for the summer.

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Surftech Drives Innovation At Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships

For more than 26 years Surftech has been pioneering composite technologies in board design and construction for surfers around the world. In partnership with the NSP and BARK race lines, Surftech’s signature blend of technology, performance and durability will be the choice for many racers at the 20th anniversary Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O).

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Registration For 2016 Pacific Paddle Games Now Open

Registration for the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life is officially open! The Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life will be held at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California, September 30 through October 2, 2016.

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SUP Athletes Compete For The First Time At 2016 Yukon River Quest

For the first time in its 18 year history, stand up paddlers have been invited to compete and participate in the in the 2016 Yukon River Quest. In the first year of being invited to the Yukon River Quest stand up paddle boarding (SUP) will be in the event as an experimental category and has attracted some of the world’s most renowned adventure and endurance stand up paddlers.

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Red Bull Heavy Water Announced As Addition To 2016 Stand Up World Series Circuit

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.

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Scene Is Set For Dramatic Showdown At 2016 SUP World Cup

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.

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5th Paddle At The Porch Hits Gulf Waters On August 20

The 5th Annual Paddle at the Porch, a stand up paddle board  (SUP) race, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, in the beautiful emerald green Gulf waters behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin, Florida.

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GoPro Mountain Games 2016 Recap & Results

The GoPro Games really outdid themselves with the stand up paddle events this year. The number of competitors was higher than any previous year having close to 100 SUP athletes registered for the event. They spiced things up with the start for the SUP Cross event and they kept the crowd on their feet with the SUP invitational event.

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What To Expect At The 2016 GoPro Mountain Games

The very exciting and highly anticipated GoPro Mountain Games are this weekend and it’s going to be a weekend filled with thrills, spills and excitement as the perfect way to kick into gear for the summer SUP season. Here we dive into the games and describe the event location, courses and contenders! Check it out:

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Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup To Set A New Gold Standard

With just under three weeks to go until the second stop of the 2016 Stand Up World Series, the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup in Scharbeutz, Germany, anticipation is mounting for what is without doubt Europe's biggest Race.

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Starboard Introduces Line Of Go Foil SUPs

Go Foils are the latest and greatest trend on the water right now with stand up paddling and although it’s not the first time we’ve seen hydrofoiling mixed with stand up paddling, it’s now starting to blow up. The production team over at Starboard SUP has been working on incorporating the Go Foils into their product line and they’ve just started taking pre-orders for their surf and race boards.

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Europe Heats Up As SUP Racing Takes Over Germany

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.

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Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge Returns June 3-5, 2016

Bilbao becomes the world headquarters for paddle boarding for one more year with a new edition of the Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge. On June 3-5, 2016 for the fourth consecutive year, this competition stains the estuary with the colorful boards of the best national and international riders.

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Athlete Review: Vail Whitewater SUP Race Series

The Vail Whitewater Race Series is a Tuesday night race series put on by Alpine Quest Sports. Every week the top competitors receive points for how well they finish. At the end of the series the competitors with the most points will win the race series. Driving up to the event I wasn't sure what to expect. Read more…

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Go On Your Dream SUP Expedition With Help From The Hobkey Adventure Grant

Hobkey Adventure Grant wants to fund your dream SUP Expedition! Hobkey Adventure Grant was set up to support paddlers to go out and do something they’ve always wanted. Not just hard core expeditioners, but any kind of memorable trips. It’s open for beginners and for more seasoned kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders. Learn more and apply!

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Connor Baxter Wins Long Distance Race In Japan & Takes 2nd Overall At Event

The 2016 Victoria Cup in Japan was a great event with one of the most stacked fields ever in the Stand Up World Series. The top 20 were chomping at the bit and hungrier then ever. The event kicked off on Friday with the long distance race - which I just barely made arriving the night before at 10:30pm. Read more…

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Tahitians Dominate & Dark Horses Win At 2016 Air France Paddle Festival

A partly-cloudy yet crisp and beautiful morning greeted paddlers and spectators alike for the 2016 Air France Paddle Festival in the beautiful waters of Tahiti in French Polynesia. With another record-breaking year in terms of participation, over 300 paddlers registered for the 4th Annual Event and the Air France Paddle Festival has truly become the largest SUP event in the South Pacific.

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8 Things Zane Schweitzer Can’t SUP Without

We all love to stand up paddle (SUP), but what are the items that you just can’t SUP without? Could it be your iPod for listening to tunes? Could it be your favorite pair of sunglasses? Or could it be those pair of trunks or bikini that you love more than anything? Here, Starboard SUP Dream Team athlete Zane Schweitzer lists his eight things that he can’t SUP without.

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Top Athletes & Live Webcast Slated For 2016 Air France Paddle Festival

The 2016 Air France Paddle Festival kicks off this weekend and it’s expected to be epic. Top athletes in stand up paddle (SUP) racing have arrived in Tahiti and are preparing for what is to be an awesome day of racing not only in the South Pacific, but also, over the globe. Over 300 paddlers are expected to attend and participate in the event this year which breaks the participation record from last year’s event. Read more...

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Connor Baxter Describes His 5th Straight "Olukai" Crown

The 2016 Olukai Ho’olaule’a Event was not only in the most epic conditions, but it was a great way to dust off last weekends race. I got home on Monday after The Carolina Cup and the wind was cranking and I couldn't have been more stoked. I went for about five runs to make sure the gear and body was in check for one of the most incredible weekends.

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SupFiesta Announces 2016 Jr. Pro Invitees

The 4th Annual Quickblade Jr Pro & Youth SupFiesta presented by Infinity SUP announces the list of invitees for the Junior Pro division. Top sup athletes from around the world will battle through highly competitive heats until a champion is awarded the coveted, “El Sombrero.”

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Industry Veteran John Vance To Join Surftech As New CEO

Surftech announced that industry veteran John Vance will be joining the company as CEO starting May 9th. “It's a time of change in the surf hardgoods business. It’s a highly competitive market place and we are deeply committed to investing in Surftech.

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Kai Lenny Introduces Downwind Hydrofoiling

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.

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4th Annual Jr Pro & Youth SupFiesta Introduces New Format & International Field

Get ready for the 4th Annual Quickblade Jr Pro & Youth SupFiesta presented by Infinity SUP. In its fourth year, the 2016 SUP Fiesta has outgrown a one-day event and the new format this year will allow competitors to focus on one discipline each day. With the events starting in the afternoon, there is plenty of time for athletes, spectators, and sponsors to attend the Standup for the Cure event in the morning, then make the short drive across the bay to the Newport Aquatic Center.

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Connor Baxter Grabs 5th Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges At 2016 Olukai Ho’olaule’a

Maui did not disappoint for day two of the 8th annual OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa three-day ocean festival with local Connor Baxter and new women’s champion Sonni Hönscheid taking home the gender equal prize purse of $15,000. The prestigious eight-mile Stand Up Paddle (SUP) race saw over 325 of the world’s elite paddlers battle it out on the famous Maliko Downwind Run on Maui’s North Shore, the highest amount of contenders in this race to date.

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International Paddlers Come Together For 8th Annual Olukai Ho’olaule’a

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.

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Catching Up With SUP Race Pro Connor Baxter

It’s been awhile since we’ve had the chance to chat with the choke stroke man himself, Mr. Connor Baxter. Connor is one of the best in the biz having won some of the biggest and most brutal races and has done so numerous times. We called up Connor just as he was arriving in North Carolina for the Carolina Cup and had a few words. Check it out…

Lahui Kai Congratulates Annabel Anderson And Kelly Margetts

All of us in the Lahui Kai family would like to congratulate Annabel Anderson and Kelly Margetts on their amazing finishes at this year’s Carolina Cup. The grueling 13.2 mile, 2+ hour long paddle board race took our very own Annabel Anderson to yet another 1st place victory, securing that title again for the 4th year in a row! This girl can’t be stopped. Kelly battled hard with the world’s best paddlers and took home a strong 5th place!

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Only Days Left To Register For The Largest SUP Race In Paradise

With two successful previous editions, the reputation of the Air France Paddle Festival in Polynesia and abroad make it a highly expected event from all. With only days left in the registration period make sure to secure your slot at the biggest stand up paddle race in the South Pacific!

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Puyo & Anderson Dominate The 2016 Carolina Cup

Today kicked off the first big race of the 2016 stand up paddle race season and it was more exciting than ever. With an incredible start and lead changes throughout the majority of the race the action was intense from start to finish. In the end Tituoan Puyo and Annabel Anderson both claimed the victory for the 2016 Carolina Cup.

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World’s Best Paddlers Headed To Carolina Cup 2016

The time has come for the best stand up paddlers in the world to come together and face off yet again at the first major stand up paddle race of 2016, the Carolina Cup. Top athletes in the sport will be there including 3x women’s winner Annabel Anderson, Travis Grant, Candice Appleby, Danny Ching, Connor Baxter, Fiona Wylde and many, many more all going head-to-head aiming to conquer the grueling Graveyard Course.

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SUP World Series Begins 2016 Season At Victoria Cup Japan

In just over a month's time, the Waterman League and World's best Stand Up Paddle racers will return to the beautiful Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan for the Opening event of the 2016 World Series, the Victoria Cup to be held at Zushi Beach, by Hayama Harbor.

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Race The Lake Of The Sky Postponed Until 2017

News just broke that one of the most popular stand up paddle races of the year in North America, the Race the Lake of the Sky has been cancelled for 2016 and postponed until 2017 to run its 5th annual event. See the official press release from event organizers below.

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300 Locals To Join L.A. Waterkeeper For Fifth Annual Stand Up For Clean Water

Clean water is worth standing up for. On April 16, nearly 300 clean water supporters demonstrate their enthusiasm for one of our most important resources while enjoying a fun filled standup paddle board race and celebration — Stand Up for Clean Water. 2016 guests include Robert F. Kennedy, Anthony Vela, Aidan Gallagher, Erika Benitez and more!

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3x Carolina Cup Champ Annabel Anderson Will Return For 2016 Race

"Yes, I can confirm that I will be back in Wrightsville Beach to have another crack at the Carolina Cup," said Annabel Anderson, three-time champion in the Cup's elite and grueling 13.5-mile Graveyard Race and top woman in the world in standup paddle board.

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Largest Paddling Festival In The Northwest Splashes Down In May 2016

For expert paddlers or those looking to dip their paddle in the water for the first time, the sixth annual Northwest Paddling Festival is THE place to be to get started for a summer on the water. Held at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7, the festival is the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.

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Meet Northern California’s Rising SUP Star, Haakon Hoyer-Nielsen

Hailing from El Cerrito, California, Haakon Hoyer-Nielsen is rising the ranks in the stand up paddle (SUP) world in both SUP surfing and racing having become a podium regular in practically every event he attends. Haakon trains in the San Francisco Bay, has already finished his first Molokai 2 Oahu race, is a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, works year round as a lifeguard and consistently makes high honors as a sophomore at Saint Mary's College High School. Get to know this rising SUP star here:

What's In Starboard SUP’s Carbon Sandwich?

Ever wonder what makes up Starboard’s carbon sandwich? Here, Starboard plays off the popular TV show Iron Chef to demonstrate how their Carbon Sandwich construction is uniquely designed and created with more high quality materials compared to other boards on the market.

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Conversations With Travis Grant

Travis Grant is one of the powerhouses of stand up paddle (SUP) racing. Hailing from Australia but now calling the island of Oahu home, Travis is an avid waterman who simply loves being in the water. Get to know this champion paddler just a bit better in a great video presented by Surftech titled “Conversations With Travis Grant.”

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SUP & Kiteboarding Join Forces In Asia

When anyone hears KTA (Kiteboard Tour Asia), they think kiteboarding, which is fair enough as that is what they have been spearheading in the Asia region and sometimes further since they were founded back in 2009. But, you could never accuse the KTA of becoming routine or following the norm and it seems they have done it again with their inclusion of stand up paddle racing.

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Lauren Rodriguez To Enter Grueling 340 Mile SUP Race Across Missouri: The MR340

The MR340, a 340 mile paddling race on the Missouri River will take place on July 19th, 2016 and no female has ever crossed the finish line. This year, Lauren Rodriguez will attempt at being one of the first, if not the first, female to finish this race and all alongside her team of eight including Shane Perrin, who once held the World Record for longest paddle in 24 hours. As only one of two females entering the race this year Lauren is determined to not only cross the finish line but to also raise funds and awareness for GoRedforWomen.

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7th Annual Mongoose Cup 2016 Just One Week Away!

The seventh annual Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup to benefit the Sport of Kings Foundation will be held Saturday April 9, 2016 at Dana Cove Park (Baby Beach), Dana Point Harbor. Mickey and his friends will join many of the world’s best paddlers for a special fundraiser and a great day of paddling fun and competition.

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Meet 14-Year-Old Puerto Rican SUP Champion, Dave De Armas

At only 14 years of age, Dave de Armas has a lot to be proud of. Not only is Dave an excellent student but he is bilingual and a world traveler. Oh, and did we mention a two-time National SUP Surf and Race champion in his home country of Puerto Rico? Dave has also been honored with a nomination by the FSPR (Surfing Federation of Puerto Rico) to represent Puerto Rico as a SUP Surf and Race Athlete to compete in the ISA SUP Worlds in Fiji in November, 2016. With aspirations to be SUP World Champ and to have a career as a chiropractor, this kid has a big and bright future.

The Unstoppable Jonas: An Inspirational Documentary

Earlier this year we introduced you to an incredible man from Brazil, Jonas Letieri. Jonas holds one of the most inspirational stories of overcoming obstacles and tragedies that are thrown at you in life and overcoming these obstacles against all odds. This short film from Quickblades about Jonas Letieri and his inspirational story is a must watch.

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10 Questions With Aussie SUP Race Dark Horse, Michael Booth

Michael Booth is sneaking up the world rankings list and after joining Starboard SUP’s Dream Team roster he’s gained a huge support system which will likely help to transform this dark horse into a full blown threat at each and every event he enters. We caught up with Boothy (as he’s known to his friends) and asked him a few questions to learn more about his roots and where he plans on taking his SUP career. Have a look:

30th Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest Highlight Video

The 30th annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest was one for the books. The weather was perfect, waves consistent, and company incredible. Big thanks to Matt Hoff for all his hard work organizing and all the athletes who absolutely tore it up! The Werner Paddles team showed up in full force and paddled their hearts out at this year’s event. Werner released a nice recap of the event.

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Empowering Women Through SUP

When I first picked up a paddle and stood on a board in 2010 I felt scared, shaky and out of my element. But after an hour on the water I returned my board feeling confident; if I could go from falling every five seconds to walking on water in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico than I could do anything! I knew immediately I wanted to get more women on the water. I wanted to empower other women through stand up paddling and SUP fitness classes.

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Hawaiian Zane Schweitzer Is Named The Ultimate Waterman 2016

22-year-old Zane Schweitzer has been crowned the 2016 Ultimate Waterman. Schweitzer, a late call up for 2016, was the most consistent surfer of the multi discipline event winning three of the seven disciplines contested. Today Schweitzer placed third in the 16km Stand Up Paddleboard Race which was enough to clinch the title over runner up Danny Ching (USA).

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Schweitzer Snatches Third Win And Overall Lead At The Ultimate Waterman 2016

Hawaiian athlete Zane Schweitzer has claimed his third discipline of the 2016 Ultimate Waterman in a thrilling head-to-head duel with defending champion Daniel Kereopa of New Zealand. The longboard discipline was held at Piha Beach, Auckland today in clean waves of less than 1.0m. Meanwhile, Danny Ching wins the Underwater Sprint and swim discipline pushing him into second.

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Los Angeles Waterkeeper Announces 5th Annual Stand Up For Clean Water Event

On Saturday, April 16, Los Angeles Waterkeeper invites clean water supporters and outdoors enthusiasts to Stand Up for Clean Water — one of the largest stand-up paddle boarding events in Los Angeles and a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event presented nationally by Toyota and locally by Whole Foods Market.

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Fiji Confirmed To Host 2016 ISA World SUP Championships In November

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has confirmed today that the 2016 ISA World Stand Up Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championships will be hosted in Fiji – the first time that an ISA event will be held in the Pacific island chain, further highlighting the global growth and expansion of SUP Surfing and Racing.

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5 Reasons You Should Attend The Air France Paddle Festival

Last year we here at Supconnect had the pleasure of attending the Air France Paddle Festival and we will definitely be back again this year as it was an event that is not to be missed. In case you needed any help deciding whether or not to attend the 2016 Air France Paddle Festival, here are five reasons why you should definitely do it:

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Santa Cruz Paddlefest 2016 Attracts Big Names And Epic Forecast

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.

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Ching Wins Outrigger Canoe, Schweitzer Wins Prone At The Ultimate Waterman 2016

In the first discipline of the 2016 Ultimate Waterman event, Californian paddler Danny Ching (USA) dominated the 16 km Outrigger Canoe Race held at Takapuna Beach. The following day, Starboard SUP athlete Zane Schweitzer (HAW) paddled his way to a significant win in the Prone Paddleboard race held at Piha Beach, Auckland, New Zealand. See the recap of the two events so far…

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Ultimate Watermen and Mauli Ola Give Kiwi Kids A Water Blast

Smiles, surf and sun were prescribed to kiwi kids with Cystic Fibrosis today as The Ultimate Waterman kicked off its official events at Orewa Beach, Auckland. All eight international watermen who are here to compete in the multi-discipline surf competition took part in the one-on-one sessions with the kids aged between five and sixteen years old.

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Getting To Know SUP Up & Comer And Aspiring Surgeon Max Fleming

One SUP up and comer who stands out is 17-year-old Max Fleming from Dana Point, California. What makes Max so special? Not only is he an excellent SUP surfer and SUP racer, but Max is setting his sights high as he has ambitions to become an orthopedic surgeon and he’s already well on his way to making this dream a reality. We caught up with Max to chat about his ambitions, how he first discovered SUP and where he sees the sport in 5 years.

Registration Open For 4th Annual Quickblade Jr Pro & Youth SupFiesta

Performance Paddling is excited to announce the 4th Annual Quickblade Jr Pro & Youth SupFiesta presented by Infinity on May 7 - 8, 2016.  Once again the top youth sup athletes in the world will congregate for the largest youth only sup event in the world. This unique event is comprised of three components, a Junior Pro Invitational Sup Surfing competition, Age Group SUP Surfing contest (7 divisions), and an Age Group SUP Race (7 divisions).

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Registration Open For 8th Annual Olukai Ho’olaule’a Festival In Maui

Each May, OluKai holds its annual premier paddling festival on Maui’s north shore to celebrate Hawaiian culture and the traditions that surround this community. The event brings together both elite athletes competing in the world’s best SUP and OC1 races (highlighted by the legendary Maliko Downwind Run) and is also a gathering of friends and family-friendly activities in a celebration of the ocean and cultures that surround it. This year, the Olukai will take place April 29- May 2, 2016 at Kahana Beach Park on Maui.

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Michael Booth Dominates Forster Island

Congratulations to Starboard’s Michael Booth from Australia who dominated the Forster Island Paddle Festival last weekend.  Michael won the BOP and the 10km race portion of the event while coming in 3rd in the 200km sprints.

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Fiona Wylde, Quintin Chiapperino & Kieren Grant Win Pain Killer Cup

Congratulations to two of Starboard SUPs top US racers Fiona Wylde and Quintin Chiapperino along with Kieren Grant for winning the BVI Pain Killer Cup. The team spent four days on a catamaran cruising the islands, taking in the beautiful scenery and scoring the best wave in Tortolla before taking on the pain killer race.

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SIC Maui Elevates Tommy Buday To Their Global Team

SIC Maui is extremely proud to announce the selection of Tommy Buday to join the ranks of its elite team of Global Athletes. Tommy Buday is one of the hardest working athletes in SUP and as a 3x Olympian he is certainly no stranger to competing at the highest levels of international paddle sports competition.

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Titouan Puyo Signs With NSP

NSP is very proud to announce Titouan Puyo (TI2) from New Caledonia, has signed with NSP. 2015 French Champion and 2015 world number 5, Titouan Puyo is excited to join NSP as he continues his climb up the world leaderboard rankings.

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Chase Kosterlitz Joins JP Australia International SUP Team

P-Australia has officially signed professional stand up paddler, Chase Kosterlitz, to the international SUP team. During his five years as a professional paddler, Chase has competed across the United States and around the world. Throughout his paddling career, he has won some of the sport’s biggest races including the Battle of the Paddle distance race and the Lost Mills SUP Championship.

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20th Annual Hanohano Challenge Starts 2016 Off With A Bang

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.

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Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge Will Kick Off The 2016 WPA Race Season

Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club and Huki Outrigger/Surfski present the 20th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge to be held in Mission Bay, San Diego, California on January 23rd, 2016. The Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge, a WPA sanctioned points race and flagship event for the SoCal Winter Racing Series, is one of the Longest Running Paddlesport Races in California offering access to all paddle crafts including OC-1 & 2, Surfski, Traditional Paddleboard, Standup Paddleboard and Kayak.

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How Rand Perkins Became A Paddle Legend

It was 1980, long before the days of modern Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Rand Perkins was standing to paddle as he raced canoes down class 3 and 4 rapids. Everyone else was kneeling. In those days, paddling in a canoe was executed on one side­ your dominant paddling side. Not so for “the Alien”, as Perkins is affectionately known by his competitors…

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Mo Freitas' Top 10 SUP Event Picks For 2015

2015 was a stand out year for the young Mo Freitas. Mo traveled across the globe and was a top performing athlete in practically every race in which he participated. To get the perspective from a top stand up paddle professional athlete on the best SUP events in the world we called up Mo and talked to him about his top SUP event picks for 2015 and his reasoning behind his picks.

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Top 10 SUP Topics Of 2015

2015 is coming to a close and it’s crazy to see how much has happened this year. From news of cancellations of major SUP events to viral videos and tons upon tons of tips and tricks, we’ve gathered together the top 10 SUP topics over the past year. So without further ado, check out the Top 10 SUP Topics that we've covered for 2015 below.

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Pipeline SUP Invitational Announces Invitees

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.

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TriSUP Triathlon Series Launches In United Kingdom

The triSUP series is the ultimate alternative triathlon series, which replaces the traditional swim leg with a ‘SUP’ (stand up paddle board). Participants will therefore SUP, Ride and Run. SUPing has seen massive growth in recent years and is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.

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Florida Woman Breaks Paddle Boarding World Record

Seychelle Hattingh has just accomplished an incredible task. Seychelle just broke the record for longest paddle (man or woman) in 24 hours, paddling 110 miles pretty much non-stop for 24 hours straight (her longest break was only around five minutes).  Seychelle broke the current record on December 5th and 6th, 2015 and did it all to raise funds to sponsor athletes from Florida Monroe County that participate in the Special Olympics.

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Denmark Launches Bid To Become First European Host For 2017 SUP World Championships

Denmark has become the first country to announce a bid for the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboard Championship. If successful, Denmark would become the first European country to host the World Championship. The ISA World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboard Championship has never been staged outside of Latin America, so Denmark is hoping to play a leading part in showcasing the exciting and developing sport to a European audience.

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Top 10 SUP Race Organizing Mistakes

There are several mistakes that can seriously undermine or completely ruin your stand up paddleboard (SUP) event. Sometimes these mistakes are not apparent in the first year or years of the event, but eventually catch up and can bring it to a complete halt. With several years of SUP event organizing on the record, there are now some clear patterns and pitfalls that plague events, large and small. Here are some of the top mistakes to avoid.

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Brand Ambassadors Wanted: Starboard SUP Looks To Fill 100 Ambassador Positions In The USA

Starboard SUP announced this week that they will be launching a new initiative – growing the National Grassroots Team Program in the USA by enlisting 100 new Brand Ambassadors. “We see a lot of potential in the US market,” said Starboard CEO and brand visionary, Svein Rasmussen, “…and it all starts on the front lines with passionate locals who, like us, want to take SUP to the next level".

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The 4th Annual Ocean Games: Racing for Brain Trauma Awareness

The beautiful beaches of Ocean City, Maryland will be offering more than just sunshine, golden sand and surf this summer. On Saturday, July 16th, 2016 the Ocean Games will be hosting its 4th annual athletic event starting at 10:00 am just off the Boardwalk at Caroline Street.

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5th Annual Hellenic SUP Cup 2015 Faces Challenging Conditions

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.

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Puyo & Guedson Dominate French SUP Championships

At the 2015 French National SUP Championships it was European powerhouses Titouan Puyo and Celine Guedson who took the 2015 championship. After a long weekend of racing, Puyo and Guedson slayed both the long distance race as well as the technical race for the men and women, giving the the two athletes an outstanding lead against their competitors and the overall victories for the event.

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USA-Canada Rivalry Resumes At NC Surf To Sound Challenge

Every year in the men's division, and the past two years in the women's division, Canadians captured the top standup paddle board victories in the punishing 6.5-mile Surf to Sound Challenge. Now celebrating its' 5th anniversary, the family-friendly USA-Canada rivalry resumes in Wrightsville Beach, NC, November 6-8, 2015.

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4th Annual Chattajack Race To Be Bigger Than Ever

The 4th Annual Chattajack paddle board and kayak race is set to go off this weekend and it's guaranteed to be a great race and bigger than ever. The Chattajack is a 31-mile SUP/Kayak race in Chattanooga, Tennessee with the Chattajack course running the length of the Tennessee River gorge.

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Candice Appleby Wins World Series Final On A Tie-Break, Kai Lenny Secures Overall Win For The Men

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.

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World Series Finals Returns To Turtle Bay To Crown 2015 World Champions

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.

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Champions Crowned At The 2015 Pacific Paddle Games

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.

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Pacific Paddle Games 2015 - Live Webcast

The 2015 Pacific Paddle Games is happening NOW and we’ve got all the live action for you right here, via Supconnect.com. All of the world’s top stand up paddle board racers have gathered here in Dana Point, California this weekend to take a crack at the largest-ever-offered prize purse in stand up paddle boarding of a whopping $55,000 USD.

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World's Best Stand Up Paddlers To Compete This Weekend At 2015 Pacific Paddle Games

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.

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Noa Hopper Joins 404 SUP Team

404 is proud to welcome a new and talented member to its SUP team: Noa Hopper. Considered to be one of the next big threats in SUP racing, the 16-year-old San Diego native is one of the fastest and most committed SUP racers around.

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Good & Bad News At The 2015 Chucktown Showdown

The 2015 Chucktown Showdown will be remembered for the “good news” and the “bad news.” The “good news” was that there was a cool northerly breeze blowing through Charleston on a very mild mid-September day. With lower humidity levels and temps in the low 80’s, competitors could go all out without the fear of overheating in the normally sultry low country environment. The “bad news” was that this “breeze” was sustained at 20 with 25 knot gusts, making for quite a challenge on the 9-mile Battery Course (Elite).

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3rd Annual Beyond The Shore Paddlefest Coming To Redondo Beach

Elite & Open SUP Races combined with the Largest SUP Yoga Event to raise awareness and funds for the ocean charities Surfrider South Bay, 5 Gyres & Marine Mammal Care Center Announced by Pro Ocean Athlete, Anthony Vela with a $1500 Purse Prizes for SUP Elite Racers.

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YOLO Board Race Team Signee Wins the Big River Regional

YOLO Board Elite Racer Garrett Fletcher Places 1st in the Big River Regional. The newest member of the YOLO Board Race Team turns in an impressive performance in the 13 mile WPA sanctioned race down the Mississippi River.

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Kai Lenny & Candice Appleby Reign Supreme In Japan

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.

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Rogue SUP Recaps The 2015 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge

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.

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This Weekend's Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge 2015 Expected To Be Epic

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.

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São Jorge 2 Pico 2015 Race Sees Difficulties And Camaraderie

For the second consecutive year stand up paddle athletes crossed the channel between the islands of Pico and São Jorge. The SãoJorge2Pico race, an oceanic event between islands that integrates adventure, effort, navigation and concentration, was held this past July 11th, 2015.

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Stand Up World Tour And World Series Brazil Event Cancelled For 2015

After the postponement of the Grand Slam event back in March, it was with great disappointment that the Waterman League announced the cancellation of this year’s Stand Up World Series and World Tour stop in Brazil, citing another request for postponement late in the day, leaving them no choice but to cancel for 2015.

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SUPIA Announces 2015 SUPIA SUMMIT

The Stand Up Paddle Industry Association (SUPIA) has recently announced the dates and opened registration for their annual 2015 SUPIA SUMMIT. SUPIA is the trade organization that handles all businesses of stand up paddle boarding.

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Supconnect Editor's Choice Awards Voting Extended!

The 2015 Supconnect Awards in partnership with the AWSI and presented by Turtle Bay is extending the voting period for the 2015 Editor's Choice portion of their awards. The Supconnect Awards started in 2010 as a way of recognizing individuals that made exceptional contributions to the sport. As such, it’s the world’s first and original awards in the stand up paddle industry.

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Travis Grant Dominates The Molokai2Oahu Paddleboarding World Championships

In grueling conditions that paired extreme heat, humidity, unfavorable tides and massive surf, the most prestigious event in the sport of paddleboarding, The Molokai2Oahu Paddleboarding World Championships concluded today.  The race was the most extreme in years with a record number of dropouts, high drama towards the finish and conditions that will live on in infamy.

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Honscheid and Grant Win 19th Annual Molokai To Oahu In Challenging Conditions

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.

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SIC Maui's Andrea Moller and Sonni Honscheid Talk Upcoming M2O

SIC Team Athletes Andrea Moller and Sonni Honscheid talk about the 19th Annual Molokai 2 Oahu races happening this weekend. As two of the top female contenders to win the event this year, Andrea and Sonni are feeling confident and prepared to battle the infamous Channel of Bones.

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19th Annual Molokai To Oahu Paddle Board World Championships Pre-Event Breakdown

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.

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Paddle Boarding Being Featured At 2015 Crossfit Games

The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth™. They are world-renowned as a grueling test for the world’s toughest athletes and a thrilling experience for spectators. This year, the Crossfit games have added paddle boarding into the mix of physical tests to see how fit its participance truly are.

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European Cup Comes To A Close This Weekend In Rome

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.

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2015 Payette River Games TV Broadcast

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.

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Paddle Boarding Nutrition With Pitaya Plus

Meet the Co-Founders of Pitaya Plus, the newest superfood to hit the market. Pitaya, similar to the popularized super fruit Acai, is rich in antioxidants, packed with powerful Vitamins C and B and active enzymes but is lower in sugar and calories than Acai. When not operating out of La Jolla, California, Co-founders Chuck Casano and Ben Hiddlestone can be found enjoying the coastal waters of San Diego paddle boarding and surfing.

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Race the Lake of the Sky 2015 Recap Video

Race the Lake of the Sky 2015 was definitely a year to remember. Relive the excitement through moments captured in this year's edit! See if you can spot your friends, fans smiling faces in this highlight reel by Jobe Pilgrim. Enjoy!

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Payette River Games 2015 Airing on CBS Sports

If you were unable to make it to the Payette River Games this year, fear not because it will be broadcast on CBS Sports this Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 12:00pm EST. One of the Presenting sponsors of the event, Werner Paddles provided excellent inside coverage of the event adding to the awesomeness that is the Payette River Games.

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Sunshine SUP Series Event 1 Goes Off Without A Hitch

The 2015 RK Sunshine SUP Series kicked off its first race on June 27 2015 in Pompano Beach, Florida.  This year the race was hosted by Island Water Sports and brought in over 100 racers, the youngest racer 12 years old and the oldest 75 from everywhere in Florida, the US and even the Caribbean, some racers the top in the Nation.  This event benefits the Broward Childrens Center.

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SIC Maui Giving Away X-12.6 Air-Glide

There is only one week left in the SIC Maui (Sandwich Islands Composites) Charitable Acts contest where the winner receives a SIC X-12.6 Air-Glide inflatable stand up paddleboard.

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The 3rd Annual Ocean Games: Racing for Brain Trauma Awareness

The beautiful beaches of Ocean City, Maryland will be offering more than just sunshine, golden sand and surf this summer. On Saturday, July 18th, 2015 the Ocean Games will be hosting its 3rd annual swimming and paddleboard event starting at 10:00 am just off the Boardwalk at Caroline Street.

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Save The Date – 2015 N1SCO World Championships in Amsterdam!

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!

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Payette River Games 2015 Wrap Up

After a wild three days of competing in Cascade, Idaho, the Payette River Games have wrapped up. As an event that attracts open ocean racers and world class surfers to river whitewater, PRG is a celebration of elite stand up paddling diversity. Read the wrap up and results from the 2015 PRGs here.

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Who To Watch For On The 2015 Stand Up World Series

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.

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Family-Friendly SUP Event To Support Brain Injury Prevention

British Columbia based charitable association BrainTrust Canada is introducing a new SUP event in Kelowna called Pihl Law Paddle for Prevention as Kelowna law firm Pihl Law Corporation is title sponsor, with major sponsors TELUS, COSTCO, Peacock Sheridan and Harmony Honda. All proceeds will go to support brain injury education and prevention in the Okanagan.

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What To Look For At The 2015 Payette River Games

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…

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SUP Fiesta 2015 Event Video

The 3rd Annual Performance Paddling Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta, an annual all kids stand up surf and race competition at Bolsa Chica State Beach took place on Sunday May 3, 2015 and it was definitely an event to remember. Check out this killer video from the event.

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Barcelona To Open 2015 Stand Up World Series and Kick Off the European Cup

In less than two weeks time, Barcelona will take center stage as it hosts the opening event of the 2015 Stand Up World Series. From the 26th - 28th June, Barceloneta Beach in downtown Barcelona will witness the prestigious opening of the 2015 World Series as the World's best gather for a groundbreaking weekend of racing, vital ranking points towards a World Championship Crown and $25,000 of prize-money.

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Badfish SUP at the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games

As usual, the Vail Valley Foundation put on a great event this year at the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games and Badfish/Boardworks athletes dominated the SUP events, taking 10 of 15 possible podium spots in the SUP events. Check out this awesome highlights video from the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado June 5-7 2015.

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The Red Tribe Rock the Bay SUP BOP

Round 3 of the UK SUP Clubs National Series was held at Boscombe Beach on the South Coast of the UK. With its nine miles of golden sand, piers and surf schools, it lends itself well to a technical race but also great day out at the beach.

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Hönscheid and Baxter Take Out A Blazing Lost Mills SUP Race 2015

In a stacked field of 91 elite racers, Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid have won the 2015 Lost Mills International SUP Race, during Week 3 of the Euro SUP Tour. The race lasted 18km on an extremely hot day where endurance and training prior to the race made for a key factor in succeeding during this grueling race.

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GPS Speedometer for SUP Racing Market

Maui-based performance instrument maker, Velocitek, has announced the release of the Makai, a board-mounted GPS speedometer and training tool for SUP.

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Croatian SUP Elite Race Approaching Quickly

Stand Up Paddle racers and friends, we are pleased to invite you to the Croatian Stand Up Paddle ELITE race with $5,000 USD prize money for ELITE race and $1,000 USD prizes for Fun racers. Please join the two-day full blown event with music and various presentations and workshops for riders and guests and join our international SUP Polo competition.

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Golden Games Athlete Review

As a SUP athlete I love events that test my skill on the water and push my abilities to new levels. I want to be as well rounded of an athlete as I can be. This event is growing every year and hosts races that test your SUP skills on many levels. This review is based upon my racing experience and is my personal opinion.

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Race The Lake Of The Sky Just Around The Corner

With a little more than one month away from this annual event, Race The Lake Of The Sky has shared this video they've created showcasing the event and all that it has to offer. The video shows a few friends talking story about the event, interlaced with some awesome SUP action and scenic beauty.

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ISA Gold Medalists Discuss Their Time In Sayulita

Newly crowned ISA Gold Medalists in SUP Race and Surf and also apart of Starboard's Dream Team, Connor Baxter, Izzi Gomez and Sean Poynter all take a minute to talk about their time in Sayulita and their thoughts on the competition at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships. See the interview below.

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FCS SUP Announces Danny Ching Race Gear Giveaway

FCS SUP is giving away an insane pack full of race gear as we kick-off full-throttle into this year’s stand up paddle racing season. What better way to do this than to do a giveaway with one of the most decorated paddlers and our very own FCS SUP athlete, Danny Ching.

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Second Annual Crossing Panama – Taboga 2015 A Success

In the waters of the Panama Canal the second annual Crossing Panama – Taboga took place, where 338 participants were on the starting line. We had the participation of Stand Up paddlers, Ourtigger paddlers, Kayak Paddlers, Prone Paddlers and Cayuco paddlers. We had paddlers from Panama, Costa Rica and the United States.

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ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships Officially Begin In Sayulita

The 2015 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Championship Series commenced on Sunday, May 10 with the first event of the year. The Opening Ceremony of the ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) Presented by Hotel Kupuri was hosted in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico.

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10 Things You Need To Know About The ISA World SUP Championships

The fourth annual ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) will take place May 10th to May 17th, 2015 in Sayulita, Mexico. In this fourth edition of the ISA World Championship, the best men and women from around the world will gather in Mexico to determine the Individual Gold Medalists in SUP Racing, Paddleboard Racing, SUP Surfing and the coveted World Team Champion Trophy.

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Why You Need To Try The Chattajack SUP Race

Chattajack is a 31-mile SUP/Kayak race in Chattanooga, Tennessee with the Chattajack course running the length of the Tennessee River gorge. The course twists and turns through a gorge with walls rising on both sides of racers 800+ feet overhead. The 2015 Chattajack taking place on October 24 of this year will host 300 racers, up 100 from 2014.

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Battle of the Paddle 2015 Cancelled

Say it ain't so! Jay "Sparky" Longley and Gerry Lopez announced today that the 2015 Battle of the Paddle (BOP) isn't happening. For the past nine years, the BOP has been hosted by Rainbow Sandals and has grown to be the largest SUP event in the world.

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World's Best Youth Paddlers To Compete In SupFiesta This Weekend

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.

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First High School SUP PE Class Being Offered In California

In recent years many schools across the United States have been adding specialized physical education courses (PE) that directly involve water sports. One of the more popular courses being offered along the coasts have been surf PE and in Dana Point, California high school teacher Rick Stinson has started the first SUP High School PE class.

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Paddle Board Podcast Hits The Water For Its Launch Weekend

If you are a fan of the hottest and fastest growing water sport in the world, then Friday May 1st 2015 is a date to mark in your diary. It’s the official launch of the SUPfm podcast, an online radio series devoted to stand up paddle boarding (SUP).

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FCS Athletes Take Top Honors At Carolina Cup

FCS SUP would like to congratulate Carolina Cup winner Travis Grant and runner-up Danny Ching on a grueling two-plus hour duel between themselves. Inspiring performances in these conditions truly are the cutting edge of the sport of SUP racing. FCS is proud to support all of our athlete ambassadors who diligently work with us to use and abuse our products so that we may improve them year after year.

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This Weekend Kicks Off The 7th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a

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.

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Grant and Anderson Conquer The Graveyard At 2015 Carolina Cup

Australia's Travis Grant and New Zealander Annabel Anderson took 1st Place in the Men's and Women's divisions of "The Graveyard" at the 2015 Carolina Cup. In its 5th edition, it is now becoming evident that if this is not the world's largest SUP Race (750+ Racers this year,) it is probably the most technical.

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What To Expect At The 5th Annual Carolina Cup

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.

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Air France Paddle Festival 2015: Event Highlights and Full Gallery

Last weekend's Air France Paddle Festival in Tahiti saw record participation among locals and residents of Tahiti. In only it's second year, the Air France Paddle Festival is quickly becoming a major stand up paddle boarding event, not only in the South Pacific, but around the world. See here for full event highlights and full gallery.

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Last Chance To Enter 7th Annual OluKai

Ocean paddlers: Don’t miss your last chance to enter 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.

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3rd Annual Native Sons Salt Games to Kick Off Summer Season!

The Salt Games presented by Native Sons is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th and Sunday May 31st, 2015 at the old Pavilion Site on Ocean Boulevard between 8th and 9th Avenue N. Events will run Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Free to attend; some events require a registration fee to compete.

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PaddleFit Announces Partnership With SUP Pioneer Dave Kalama

PaddleFit, the world’s only comprehensive SUP and outdoor fitness coaching system, today announced a partnership with SUP pioneer Dave Kalama. Kalama will bring his vast SUP and coaching knowledge to PaddleFit’s already exceptional program and use his expertise to create elite level coaching experiences and coaching tools as well as events to continue the growth of the sport.

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Surftech Announces Official Sponsorship of 2015 Carolina Cup

Surftech, the original board manufacturing company, announced that it has finalized a partnership with the Carolina Cup as the official course sponsor. The Carolina Cup is one of the most prestigious races and expo events in paddleboarding, drawing an international field of competitors and hosting several one of kind social activities for the paddling community.

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Northwest Paddling Series Launches

Northwest Paddling Series Launches - Five SUP Races Culminating in Championship Race on Seafair Hydroplane Course. Fastest paddle boarders in the Northwest to be crowned during Seafair Weekend with televised four-mile championship race.

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SUWS to Kickoff in Barcelona

The Waterman League is proud to announce that the beautiful City of Barcelona will open the 2015 Stand Up World Series in dramatic style from June 26th - 28th at Barceloneta Beach, downtown. This prestigious opening stop will set the scene for what will be an exciting year of racing, as the World's best compete across 6 global stops in their quest for a World Championship Crown.

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Air France Paddle Festival to Kick Off With A Bang

Air France has renewed with the Air France Paddle Festival for its 2nd edition taking place on April 18, 2015. Open to anyone and everyone, from novice paddlers to champions, this festival invites the public to discover a booming sport: Stand Up Paddling.

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Punta Sayulita Post Race Recap

The “Punta Sayulita SUP Classic” stop in the Mexico SUP Tour came to an amazing finish after a solid weekend of competition and fun. The event was a great success in all the amateur, kids, surf, and race categories with good conditions and a great local turnout to cheer on the athletes and help out with the events organization.

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The Art of Stand Up Paddling Being Revised

In 2011, Falcon Guides published an instructional guide to SUP called The Art of Standup Paddling. The original had chapters on buying boards and paddles, water safety, etiquette and the history of standup paddling - where did it come from and where is it going?

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FCS SUP Gear Giveaway

FCS SUP has just announced that they are giving away FREE GEAR! That’s right, free gear! All you have to do to have your chance at winning some gear is to enter your name and email through the FCS SUP Giveaway campaign located on FCS SUP’s Facebook page and like FCS SUP on Facebook.

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New Details Emerge for Stand Up World Series 2015

Final details of this year's Grand Slam Surfing and Racing stop in Brazil confirm a shift in dates for what will be a groundbreaking stop for the sport, the World Tour & the World Series in 2015.

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Register for Ta-Hoe Nalu and Win a GoPro

Registration for the annual Ta-Hoe Nalu event is open! As an added perk to registering early, anyone registering from now to April 30th, not only saves money but is automatically entered to win a GoPro 4 camera.

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Stand Up World Series 2015 Schedule Update

Final details of this dramatic Grand Slam event in Brazil are still pending, with Official information to follow early next week. Also, updates for the European Cup, Chigasaki Pro, and more.

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Maui Jim Announces Inaugural Oceanfest

Maui Jim Sunglasses announces the first annual Oceanfest at Ka'anapali Beach in June. Registration has officially opened for the event in which hundreds of the premier ocean sports athletes from around the world will gather in Lahaina, Maui, HI, from June 6 to 7, 2015.

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Europe To Host First Annual SUP Conference

2015 will see the worlds first SUP and Surf Coaching and Development conference.  The aim is to professionally update existing coaches, share ideas and develop together regardless of existing affiliations or associations. It is a unique opportunity for not only coaches, schools, clubs and professionals to come together but also those looking to develop their skills.

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Lina Augaits Joins SUP Gladiator

SUP Gladiator is happy to announce Lina Augaitis is joining our National Race Team as a National and International team rider and ambassador.

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Razors Pose Threat To Hanohano Paddlers

A problem beginning in 2013 in the parks and grassy areas of Mission Beach's Bonita Cove Park of razor blades being found scattered throughout the area has once again hit locals with caution.

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2015 Payette River Games Rules and Regulations

The Payette River Games have just released their 2015 race course information with course changes and board restriction rules. Take a look at what to expect for this year's race below.

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19th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge

Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club and Huki Outrigger would like to invite you to the 19th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge to be held in Mission Bay, San Diego, Ca. on January 24th, 2015.

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Anthony Vela's Top 10 Events Picks

At the end of each year, SUP athlete and enthusiast, Anthony Vela, gives us a list of his Top 10 picks for events that occurred in 2014.

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18-Year-Old Holding SUP Fundraiser

Madeline Leblanc is an 18-year-old who is raising money for brain cancer research by holding a fundraiser where she stand up paddles 10km down the Wellan Canal.

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On the Road to the Mexican SUP Championships

Watch Stalla, Jimenez, Martinez, Cruz, Jacobson and all the top SUP paddlers in Mexico battle for their place on Team Mexico at the historic ISA World Paddleboard Championships on home soil in 2015.

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Zazik Race Pro, Israel

The first ever invitation-only, 10K competition in Israel, featuring Israel's best SUP riders just released an awesome video recap! Check it out!

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FCS SUP's Casper Steinfath Takes Over Paris

Earlier last week, the biggest race of the year in Paris where over 400 participants had gathered to compete in the 5th Annual Nautic SUP Paris Crossing, saw FCS SUP's Casper Steinfath come out as the overall winner of the event.

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BOTE Boards Opens New Headquarters

It’s official. The new BŌTE headquarters is now open in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. With over 40,000 sq ft of space, we have integrated a brand focused showroom, custom board production and R&D lab (The DarkRoom), executive offices, fulfillment and distribution center all under one roof.

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Winter Maliko Run

SIC Maui Athlete, Jeremy Riggs, recently went out for a fun Maliko downwinder on his SIC Maui board with a bunch of his friends.

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2014 Chattajack Race Video

The annual Chattajack Race in Chattanooga, Tennessee took place on October 25, 2014 and was an awesome event. Check out the awesome video that was created from this year’s Chattajack. Enjoy.

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SUP Downwinder In Tahiti

Check out this cool video of an absurdly scenic standup paddle downwinder video in Taihiti. The Mahina Boys present the Tahiti-Moorea 30 km Channel Crossing on their SIC Maui standup paddleboards. Enjoy!

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Florianópolis To Host Brazilian Edition Of BoP

Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina State, known as The Magic Island, will receive the second Brazilian edition of the Battle of the Paddle (BOP), the largest event in the world of SUP sport.

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2014 Standup World Series Champions Crowned

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.

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Carnage And Crashes At BOP

This year at the 2014 Battle of the Paddle, there was no shortage of wipeouts and collisions. Check out this video compilation of carnage and crashes at this year’s BOP.

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Awesome Video Of 2014 BoP

Starboard SUP released an action packed video of this years 2014 Battle of the Paddle. It was very exciting with BIG Surf, Exciting Up's & Down's, and carnage left & right! Check it out! Film by Matty Schweitzer (Mat5o).

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2014 Battle Of The Paddle Delivers

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.

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Kenny Kaneko Joins SIC Global Team

SIC Maui (Sandwich Islands Composites) is proud to announce that SIC Japanese Regional Team rider Kenny Kaneko has been promoted to the SIC Global Team.

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Izzi Gomez And Connor Baxter Nab SUP World Titles

 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.

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Sonni Honscheid Prepares For BOP At Home

Sonni Honscheid, one of the fiercest female paddlers out there has been training for the fast-approaching 2014 Battle of the Paddle. Watch this fun clip of her preparing for the 2014 BOP.

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Chucktown Showdown Delivers

Supconnect contributor, Haywood Newkirk gives us a breakdown of the Chucktown Showdown that occurred over the weekend.

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Mark Schulbach’s Inspiring M2O Story

This is a short film that follows amateur paddler Mark Schulbach as he attempts his first crossing of the infamous 32mile Kai'wi channel during the 2014 Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Championships.

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Noa Ginella SUP Surfs On Race Board

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.

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Inagural Nude SUP Challenge Set For This Weekend

History will be made on Saturday, Sept. 6 with the inaugural Nude SUP Challenge, the world's first clothing-optional stand-up paddleboard race, to be held at the beautiful Cypress Cove Resort.

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Baxter And Anderson Win Again!

At the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson came on top over a stacked field of competitors.

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The Story Of Standup Paddle Trailer

The Story of Standup Paddle, filmed and directed by Mike Waltze, takes us on an informative and thrilling ride into the world of Standup Paddle, or SUP.

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Baxter And Anderson Win Ultimate SUP Showdown

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.

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2014 Sunset SUP Series

The 2014 Sunset Series is held every Thursday afternoon at the Carolina’s premiere SUP location.

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New Records And New Champions At 2014 M2O Race

Maui paddler Connor Baxter breaks own world record, Australia’s Jordan Mercer establishes a new legacy with most consecutive wins of any woman and LA’s Jack Bark sets new record in stock prone category.

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M2O Race Set For Tomorrow!

The Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager, will take place tomorrow morning.

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São Jorge 2 Pico Make Europe SUP History

On July 12, history was made in European SUP. For the first time there was a crossing between the islands of Sao Jorge and Pico in the Azores. The SãoJorge2Pico had 12 registered athletes finishing the race.

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Dave Kalama Clinic This Weekend

This coming Saturday, July 19, 2014, SUP racing and big wave legend, Dave Kalama, will be holding an epic 4 hour clinic at PRO SUP Shop, alongside special guest, Jim 'The Mad Scientist' Terrell.

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FCS SUP Athletes Win Races And World Records

Once again the FCS SUP team athletes dominate the race scene in fine fashion. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the largest prize purse at a SUP event, back-to-back wins, and world records shattered, all achieved by FCS SUP team riders!

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Excitement Builds For 2014 Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival

Tahoe's premier SUP event, the Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival, is just around the corner. From August 15-17, a range of the world's best paddlers and SUP enthusiasts will gather at Kings Beach for a weekend of exciting races, demos, clinics and music.

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Zane Schweitzer Wins 3rd Event Of European SUP CUP

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.

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Race The Lake Of The Sky 2014 Heading For Tahoe

This weekend (July 28,29), the third annual Race The Lake Of The Sky takes place in beautiful South Lake Tahoe - one of the most spectacular venues you'll find anywhere in the world for an event like this.

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Stalla And Appleby Win 2014 Payette River Games

After an incredible weekend of competition, Fernando Stalla and Candice Appleby are taking home $10,000 apiece for winning the 2014 Payette River Games - the biggest event of its kind to date.

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2014 Battle of the Paddle Preview

Chuck Patterson, Colin Mcphillips, Byron Kurt and Erik Diamond gives us the lowdown on the new venue for the 2014 Battle of the Paddle in Salt Creek.

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GoPro Mountain Games SUP Races In Vail, Colorado

This weekend (June 5-8) the Go Pro Mountain Games will rock Vail off its tent pegs, bringing 53, 000 spectators and roughly 3,000 athletes to Colorado for the biggest and best mountain sport and lifestyle celebration in the USA.

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Bilbao To Kick Off European Cup Series

Stop number one of the 2014 European Cup presented by Starboard will kick off this weekend in the beautiful Basque Country of Spain, as many of the World's best athletes descend upon the dramatic European City of Bilbao to do battle.

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New 2014 European SUP Series Details

 The European Cup will provide a prestigious Title for the Sport of Stand Up Paddling, as the World's best paddlers congregate in Europe for a dynamic Series of events spanning Europe during June and July.

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SUPIA’s Youth Stand Up Paddle Days are this Weekend

Be looking for neon orange & yellow hats on the water this weekend as retail, manufacturer & instructor member’s of the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association host clinics, lessons, open houses, and races for young people in locations everywhere!

 

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SIC Sweep at Paddle Imua

This past weekend was another big weekend of results for team SIC at Paddle Imua for the first big downwind race of the year.

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Ryan Helm Takes 2014 WBLA Ocean Fest Pro-AM

Wrightsville showed why it is one of the most supportive communities of anything Standup or Surf related; with 117 entrants, this event is now the largest Longboard/Standup event on the East Coast.

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SIC is Best Performing Brand at Carolina CUP!

This past weekend, SIC (Sandwich Islands Composites) scored 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place in the Elite races of the Carolina Cup. SIC was the only brand with two top three results in both the male and female fields making it the top performing brand of the event!

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Slater Trout Live At Supconnect

This coming Tuesday, April 15, 2014, FCS and Boardworks athlete, Slater Trout, will be doing a live interview at the Supconnect studio in San Diego at noon.

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Slater Trout Off To Great Start In 2014

This weekend at the Surftech Shootout Slater Trout once again took home the win for the Elite Men’s Race Division. Slater also won the US SUP Tour event last weekend in Huntington Beach.

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Surftech Shootout Day 1 Underway

Day one of the Santa Cruz Paddle Fest kicked off this morning. Round 1 of the Surftech Shootout got underway at Steamer Lane in glassy 3-5 foot waves, with a slight breeze expected to pick up this afternoon

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Surftech Shootout Heading To Santa Cruz

With the surf and weather forecast looking  favorable for next week's Surftech Shootout and Duel SUP/Prone Race presented by SUP Magazine, registered competitors are gearing up for one of the most anticipated events of the year.

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Justin Schaay Sets New Watertribe SUP Record

This week we caught up with 2014 Watertribe Everglades Challenge Winner, Justin Schaay, to congratulate him and find out a bit more about his race and his reasons for taking part in this tough event.

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Paddle For Second Chance Fund Raiser

Paddle Second Chance (formerly Paddle Fenwick) is pleased to announce the second annual Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) board day of fun racing and fund raising for a worthy cause Operation Second Chance (OSC).

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Wrightsville To Host 5th Annual Beach Biathlon

Stability and speed, agility and endurance, on the water and on the sand, will determine the winners of the 5th annual Wrightsville Beach Biathlon when the two sports converge on Saturday, March 22.

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SUPAA Lashes Out Over Non-Payment For Athletes

Yesterday the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association released an article titled, 'The ugly Truth About Prize Money,' addressing the issue of payment (or lack thereof) of competitive racers.

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PaddleFit Announces 2014 Certification Tour

PaddleFit, the only comprehensive SUP and outdoor fitness training and coaching system, today announced plans to host certification courses across the US and Canada in Spring 2014.

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Chase Kosterlitz Joins BIC SUP Team

BIC Sport, the worldwide watersports specialist, has officially signed professional Stand Up Paddleboard Racer Chase Kosterlitz as an athlete and brand ambassador.

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Watch Live Coverage of Hanohano Today

SAN DIEGO, California - Join Supconnect today for unofficial live coverage of the Hanohano Huki ocean Challenge. We'll be at the event bright and early to bring you to one of the best races in San Diego (and one of our personal favorites of the year).

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Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association To Form in 2014

SAN DIEGO, California - There is big news afoot for competitive paddlers and enthusiasts. On December 31, 2013, the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association will become "a unified voice for stand up paddle athletes, while also representing the interests of stand up paddle board officials, sponsors, media, consumers and manufacturers."

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Epic Finish For Paddle Royal in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico - the Paddle Royal came to a dramatic finish last week, combining challenging conditions with tight races, making it one of the most memorable events of 2013. After a serie4s of tight finishes and huge performances, Danny Ching and Lina Augaitis walked away with the events top spots. With the BIC One Design World Champs preceding the event at puerto Rico's stunning Condado Lagoon, it was long weekend filled with great paddle action and good vibes.

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Tecolote 5000 SUP Race In San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California - The San Diego Canoe Kayak Team (SDCKT) are hosting the 3rd stop of the SoCal Ocean Racing Series on December 14, 2013. The event is currently open for registration at a cost of $25 per paddler if you sign up before December 8 (afterwards it is $30), as well as one unwrapped toy for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's Mobile Santa.

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Canadians Capture Elite Wins in NC Surf to Sound Challenge

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, North Carolina - Under sunny skies with mild temperatures in the mid-60's, over 150 competitors from eight states, the Virgin Islands and Canada participated in the 3rd Annual North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 16.

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East Coast Hosts Turkey Trot 2/K 5/K Standup Paddleboard Race

NARRAGANSETT, Rhode Island - Due to the increasing popularity of stand-up paddleboard racing and surfing, the Easterm Surfing Association and the Town of Narragansett Recreation Department have teamed up to run the first ever Turkey Trot 2/K 5/K Standup Paddleboard Race at the Narragansett Town Beach on Thanksgiving morning. This will be the first time that the ESA has run any type of activity on a holiday. Early indications are that if the weather is good, the turnout could be great.

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Inside The Mind Of Chuck Patterson With Ocean Minded

SAN CLEMENTE , California - In the latest installment of Ocean Minded'swebisode series, 'Inside the Mind', viewers are treated to brand ambassador Chuck Patterson's thoughts on riding (and surviving) big waves. It's a topical issue right now, with the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere seeing a string of massive swells and storms already.

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Florida Junior Stand Up Paddle Team Launch

17-year-old Elite Florida stand up paddler Bailey Rosen is excited to announce the formation of the Florida Junior SUP Team. This team features 13 groms ages 9-15 from all around the state of Florida, from the Panhandle to Miami Beach. All of these kids are not only paddling at a high level, but also showing sportsmanship out of the water.

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Paddle Boarding Corinth, Greece

KORINTHIA, Greece - Last week we reported the results of the third annual Hellenic Cup, which took place at Corinth Canal on October 20. For those of you who read about it and wanted to see more, this great clip and event roundup has just been released by the event organizers, giving us all a better, closer look at the action that went down.

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10 Questions For Matt Wise

DESTIN, Florida - Meet Matt Wise, the Floridian super-grom who is starting to make a name for himself on the paddle racing circuit. This week Supconnect asked him 10 questions about his training schedule, daily living habits and preferences when it comes to ordinary things. 

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Results Of The 3rd Hellenic Sup Cup 2013, Greece

The 3rd Hellenic SUP CUP (Stand Up Paddle), organized by FORWARD and sponsored by BIC®, was successfully completed. On October 20th, 2013 - 11:30 am, vessel traffic at the Isthmus of Corinth was halted, for the start of the Final race.

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Supconnect Pre-Show for Battle of the Paddle is Today

TODAY IS THE DAY! Supconnect is pleased and excited to bring all of you an exclusive #SupconnectLive Pre-Show Webcast to take a closer look at the Battle of the Paddle, its competitors and current stand up paddle buzz!

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Teams Celebrate at the 2013 YOLO Board Relay Series

YOLO Board celebrated the end to a successful race season with presenting sponsors Destin Real Estate Company at the WaterColor BoatHouse on Western Lake as the popular community event winded down its 6th season. Click "Read More" to find out which teams won!

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Taku Rides ULI Board & Makes History at M2O

Takuji Araki, aka Taku, rides an ULI board at Molokai 2 Oahu and makes history as the first M2O crossing attempted or finished on an inflatable SUP and takes first for his age group of 30 - 39 year old men in the solo sup stock division. Click "Read More" to watch video and learn more.

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World Series Heads to Europe for 2 Stops in June

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The Stand Up World Series heads off to Europe for the month of June for stop 3 in Oleron Island on the west coast of France from the 7th - 9th of June, and then on to Bilbao for the 4th stop in the Basque country of Spain from the 21st - 23rd of June.

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The WHO'SUP Fest Hits Puerto Rico June 22

June 22, 2013 will be the WHO'SUP FEST.  This unique event will be a combination of racing, SUP clinics, family activities, live music, fun and much much more.  Click "Read More" for the details!

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YOLO Hosts Special Olympics SUP Coaches Training

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On Saturday, July 13, 2013 Special Olympics Florida will be offering a stand up paddleboard coaches training school at YOLO Board + Beach in Miramar Beach, Florida. Click Read More for details!

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World's Best to Compete for Carolina Cup 2013

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The biggest names in stand up paddleboarding (SUP) are traveling from around the world to compete for the Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach, April 25-28, at Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

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YOLO Board’s Mileage Builder Series Returns

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YOLO Board invites all area standup paddling enthusiasts to test their skills and learn from some of the SUP Industry’s finest at the 3rd Annual YOLO Board Mileage Builder Series at the Baytowne Marina in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

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Surftech Shootout has $2000 Purse and Live Webcast

The Surftech Shootout and Surf & Sand Duel SUP Race, presented by SUP Magazine, will fea­ture many of the world's top SUP surfers and racers and is offering a $2,000 prize purse.  However, for those of you who can not attend in person, Supconnect is excited to bring you a LIVE WEBCAST!

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Ion Downwind Xperience Still Waiting for Start

On Thursday March 14th, there was strong wind and great swell outside Six Fours’ bay. The race could have been launched but the organization prefered to focus on safety as temperatures were definitely very cold on this day.  Stay tuned...

Performance Paddling Clinic with Candice & Anthony

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In case you missed out last year, come on out and join world class elite SUP racers Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela on Saturday January 19, 2013 to refine your paddling skills.  Click "Read More" for all the details.

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Danny Ching Clinic at Surf Expo with FCS SUP

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There will be fun activities specific to the SUP world this January 10th - 12th at Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida. ·One such event includes a chance to meet and learn from Battle of the Paddle Champion Danny Ching at the FCS SUP booth.

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Will HanoHano Continue to See SUP Growth in 2013?

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The last several years have seen a dramatic rise in the number of stand up paddlers racing. ·The Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge rose from 100 SUP racers in 2010 and 170 in 2011 to 270 SUPers in 2012.  Will the trend continue in 2013? Learn more and watch the 2012 race video here.

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Starboard Reunion Race Tour 2012

Part 2 of The Starboard Race Tour 2012 took place on Reunion Island last month in the Indian Ocean, East of Madagascar and has·a beautiful view of the higher mountain, “le piton des neiges”. ·The race brought both natives and tourists to view and enjoy the event.

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“Another Dam Race”- Happening This Weekend!

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The race begins at the Parker Dam, in California and finishes at the Blue Water Resort and Casino, which is in Arizona. ·A two state stand up paddle race? Yes, so come on out and join the fun!

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What's Next After Biggest Race of the Year?

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Now that the biggest race of the year has come and gone some stand up paddlers may be wondering what's next? ·Fortunately many can keep paddling all year round and it's always possible to find the races near you using the Supconnect events page.

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Bart & Laura Win Historic SUP 11-City Tour

After five days and covering 220 kilometers (136 miles), the SUP 11-City Tour finished up this past weekend on Saturday, September 8th.  The individual victories went to Bart de Zwart and Laura Quetglas Garcia.

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"Athletes 4 Cancer" Paddles in Portland Sept. 1st

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Register for a full day of fun including standup paddle races and events that all raise money for Athletes for Cancer's Koru Survivorship Program. There is food, beer from Full Sail Brewing, a Kids' SUP Art Tent, SUP demos & rentals, and RAFFLES galore.

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Inaugural Positively Kai Grom SUP This Friday

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The Inaugural Positively Kai Grom SUP is this Friday, August 17th in Hood River, Oregon. More than just a Grom (Kids) SUP race, the Positively Kai Grom SUP is an invitation to try out stand up paddle boarding in a fun environment.

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Supconnect Recognizes Best SUPers in the World

In 2010 Supconnect began the very first stand up paddle awards to recognize those who contributed the most and performed at the highest levels in the sport. ·This year marks the third annual Supconnect Awards and the motivation behind them remains the same.

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Boardworks SHUBU SUP Cross Just Days Away

Get ready for one of the most fun SUP events of the year! The Boardworks Weber River Show Up & Blow Up SUP Cross is less than a week away and the slots are filling up!

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11th Annual Surftech Jay Race - Super Success

SANTA CRUZ, California - The 11th Annual Surftech Jay Race presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection featured more than 300 athletes competing in this one day event, and the highly anticipated Quiksilver Waterman Challenge race lived up to the hype.

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Surftech Jay Race 2012, Sup, Swim, Paddle

The 11th Annual Surftech Jay Race presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection returns to Capitola Beach in Santa Cruz, CA on Saturday June 23rd.·Prone paddlers, stand up paddlers and swimmers from around the country are in the midst of their preparation for this world-class annual paddleboard race. 

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Travis Grant & Danny Ching Fly on FCS

Travis Grant and Danny Ching are on a roll! ·These two super elite athletes are killing it in the SUP race scene. ·Recently, Travis took first place and Danny was second at the 2012 Quiksilver Waikiki Paddle Festival.  What is interesting is that they both shared something in common during the race!

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Survivor SUP, Standup for the Cure, La Torche & More

Once again the stand up paddle world is going to have an intense weekend of demos, fund raisers, racing and competition all over the world. ·Be sure to find the nearest event and enjoy a dose of SUP! ·Here are some of the events that are taking center stage:

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Pau Hana Crossfit Wins Gear of Year Award

Just yesterday news stands were hit with the latest Outside spring/summer Buyer’s Guide by Outside Magazine. This year there is extra awesome news for stand up paddlers world wide and especially for SUP board manufacturer Pau Hana Surf Supply.

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Surftech Releases Video of Shootout 2012

Watch the video from the Surftech Shootout and Surf & Sand Duel-athlon in Santa Cruz, California and witness how the conditions have improved from the inaugural year, where hail, high-surf, and winds were ruling the day.

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Becker Wins Surftech Shootout in Epic Conditions

The weather forecast leading up to the 4th Annual Surftech Shootout and 2nd Annual Surf & Sand Duel-athlon SUP Race presented by SUP Magazine looked eerily similar to the intense storm conditions that plagued the event in 2011.

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Prize Money Up for Grabs in the Surftech SUP Race

The 2nd Annual Surftech Surf & Sand Duel-athlon SUP Race presented by SUP Magazine will now offer a $1,000 prize purse to the top three finishers in the Men's and Women's "True Grit" divisions! "The new prize purse will give the athletes a little added incentive to brave the elements and do battle for the Surf & Sand Duel-athlon title and provide a little extra cha-ching to help cover their travel expenses," said race director, Duke Brouwer.

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Kalama Kamp Comes to San Diego

Kalama Kamp announces details of the new One Day Kalama Kamp to be held in San Diego on Saturday, March 31st, 2012. One Day Kalama Kamp is an all day SUP camp featuring private instruction, beach workout, specialized drills, breakfast, lunch and much more.

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Team Australia Continues Its Dominance in Peru

Brad Gaul and Joel Mason let the paddleboarding community know that Team Australia is certainly the country to beat at the ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboarding Championship, earning the gold and silver medals in the Men’s Paddleboard Race.

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Ten Things to Know About ISA SUP and Paddleboard

The first edition of the ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship will take place February 19-25, 2012 on the beaches of Miraflores, Lima, Peru - home to the famous Waikiki Surf Club and the cradle of modern Peruvian surfing.

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EJ Johnson on Pre-Race Diet, Interval Training & More

Ernest Johnson, also known as EJ Johnson, is one of the pioneering stand up paddle (sup) boarders who helped popularize sup racing and turn it into the competitive discipline that it is today. EJ Johnson, formerly from Dana Point and now from San Diego, California, brings a highly diversified (and fascinating!) background to the sport of stand up paddling.

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Turtle Bay to Host SUP Clinic with Lenny and Kalama

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The 2-day clinic will be held days before the Sunset Beach SUP World Tour Event, offering an unique opportunity to learn from some of the world’s best watermen while being able to watch them perform a few days later in a world class event.

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SUP Race Series in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Yas Marina Sup Race 2011 is the 1st of seven races for the national sup championship of the UAE SUP LEAGUE. The race took place at the marina of the Abu Dhabi Yas Island Formula One Race Track. Taimeir, the race director, recounts the race.

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Wild and Zur Win at Battle of the Bay SUP Race

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Jay Wild takes first place in the men's elite division and Krisztina Zur wins amongst the elite women at the first annual Battle of the Bay Standup Paddleboarding Race held in San Francisco on October 29th.

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The Unusual Suspects at Battle of the Paddle 2011

Boardworks team rider Anthony Vela is poised to finish strong at the Battle of the Paddle California. In an extremely close race last weekend, Vela finished over Jaime Mitchell at the Hinano Surfrace to Victory, giving him an adrenaline shot for this weekend's events.

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Surftech's A Day at the Beach a Great Success

Northern California stand up paddleboarders came out last week to take part in the Surftech A Day at the Beach in Folsom, California. Read on for highlights and video of the event.

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Should Stand Up Paddle Drafting Be Allowed?

Drafting has become an integral part of sports such as cycling and stock car racing. With the emergence of stand up paddle racing, drafting has become a controversial topic with arguments on both sides of the fence.

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Surftech Sponsors A Day at the Beach California

On Saturday, August 27th, stand up paddlers will come out to enjoy A Day at the Beach in Folsom, California. Sponsored by Surftech, participants will compete in a variety of unique races for cash and prizes.

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The Molokai 2 Ohau is Here!

This weekend, the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championship will be held and records are already being broken; the event has sold out with the largest field in its 15-year history.

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Wild and Hoesterey Win at Covewater Classic

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The first annual Covewater Classic SUP race presented by Surftech was a huge success with 76 paddlers from California, Nevada and Hawaii showing up for the race. The elite race was won by Jay Wild and Morgan Hoesterey.

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The Triple Crown of SUP 2011 Wraps Up

The Triple Crown of Stand Up Paddle came to an epic close this past weekend with Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller-Bouwens taking first place in the overall race series. Read on for a recap of the 3rd and final race in the series, the Mormaii World Cup, from Connor.

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Surftech Jay Moriarity Paddleboard Race 2011

The Historic 10th Annual race will take place Saturday, June 25th at it's new venue. The Capitola - Boots McGheeJay Race will move just up the coast to the quaint seaside town of Capitola.

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YOLO Board Mileage Builder Series

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YOLO Board LLC together with presenting sponsors Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and Sandestin Real Estate announce the dates of the 2011 YOLO Board Mileage Builder Series that will kick off on May 28th at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

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Paddleboard Challenge in Bend, Oregon

Major Stand Up Paddle Event to Take Place in Bend, Oregon on Father's Day Weekend. On June 18th, 2011, Bend, Oregon will host a World Paddle Association (WPA) sanctioned stand up paddle (SUP) event.

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Battle of the Paddle Hawaii 2011

The world famous stand-up paddleboard (SUP) races and SUP lifestyle exposition known as the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle returns to Oahu, Hawaii, May 14 & 15, 2011, presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection.

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Carolina Cup 2011 Sup Race in Wrightsville

The Carolina Cup 2011 is now in the books as one of the iconic east coast gatherings for the stand up paddle (sup) community. Racers came from all over the map, including California, Canada, Puerto Rico, and beyond.

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Standup Roundup & Boardworks Knockout

Spring time equals fresh and new. There will be plenty of fresh and new equipment at the 3rd Annual Standup Roundup Flatwater Festival and Boardworks Knockout Race.

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Yolo SUP Series Welcomes New Sponsor

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YOLO Board and presenting sponsor Destin Real Estate Company announce details of the 2011 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series that will run from May 2011 to August 2011 at the WaterColor BoatHouse at Western Lake in WaterColor.

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Yolo Board Debuts HIHO Signature Model

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YOLO Board unveils the new Highland Spring HIHO YOLO Board, custom designed by Jake Meyer of I Will Design For Food for the 2011 Highland Spring HIHO from June 26th to July 3rd· in the British Virgin Islands.

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Surftech Race Unfolds with Climatic Turns

Pouring rain, hail, and 20mph winds were just some of the challenges the stand up paddle racers had to face at the Surftech Sand & Duel-athlon on Saturday, March 19th, 2011.

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World Kayak Champion Signs with LPC

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Jay Kincaid has been in the competitive paddle sports industry since he was 14. His achievements include the 2003 Freestyle Kayaking World Champion, 2005 Freestyle Kayaking World Bronze Medalist, 2002 Pre-Worlds Silver Medalist, and three time US National Kayak Champion.

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Punta Sayulita Stand Up Paddle Classic

Punta Sayulita and presenting sponsor, Corona, announce dates for the 2nd Annual Punta Sayulita Longboard & Stand-Up Paddle Classic to be held on March 12 – 13, 2011 in the beautiful surfside village of Sayulita, Mexico, along Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit.

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Yolo Board Series, Clearwater Race

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Thirty-seven stand up paddlers braved the cold and windy conditions for the 2nd Race event in the YOLO Board Winter Race Series, the Intra-Coastal Race at Clearwater Sailing Center on Sunday, January 9th.

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Turks and Caicos, Stand Up Paddle Camp

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Kalama Kamp Turks & Caicos hosted by Dave Kalama and Stand Up Fitness Founder Brody Welte provided the paddleboard adventure of a lifetime for eight lucky participants last month.

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Yolo Board Winter Race Series

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Stand Up Fitness, a multi-dimensional fitness and recreation business serving the St Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa Bay areas of Florida, announces details of the inaugural YOLO Board Winter Race Series.

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Slater Trout Partners with Audio Company

H2O Audio, the leader in high-performance, waterproof sport headphones and accessories, announced today a partnership with Professional Waterman and Stand Up Paddler.

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Yolo Board SUP Series Champions

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YOLO Board announced the 2010 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series Champions following the final race event held on Thursday, August 19th at the WaterColor BoatHouse in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

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Duke's Ocean Festival in Hawaii

The welcoming waves and aqua waters of Waikiki offer a Hawaiian respite to ocean fans around the world starting today, through Saturday, as the annual Duke's OceanFest commences live broadcast of its ocean sports events.

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Thomas Maximus Wins SEA Paddle NYC

After a grueling 28-mile race with unfavorable winds and tides, Thomas Maximus Shahinian won SEA Paddle NYC’s inaugural Elite Race on Friday, August 13.  Fifteen-year-old Slater Trout took second place and stand-up paddler Will Reichenstein finished third.

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"Escape from Coffin Island" Race

On Sunday October 24, 2010 the PONCE YACHT AND FISHING CLUB will host the first  "Escape from Coffin Island" 8 mile open ocean, downwind SUP and Prone Paddlers Elite race.

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Yolo Sup Series Waterlake Results

yolosupseriesYolo Board announces the results of the fourth 2010 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series race event on July 15th at Western Lake at the WaterColor BoatHouse..

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YOLO Board Seaside Celebration

sup-standuppaddle-yolo-contestYOLO Board announces details of the 2nd Annual YOLO Board Seaside Celebration scheduled from Tuesday, September 14th to Saturday, September 18th in Seaside, FL.

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Team Tahoe Sweeps Donner Lake Race

After a couple days of snow in the Sierras, the weather broke just in time to usher in the 2nd Annual Donner Lake Memorial Race.   A fog lifted off the 48 degree water as the horn sounded to start the 5 mile stand up paddleboard race on Donner Lake.

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