The Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) and Hawaiian Airlines are proud to announce a new partnership for the 2017 APP World Tour.
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The Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) and Hawaiian Airlines are proud to announce a new partnership for the 2017 APP World Tour.
Athletes will put preparation for the start of The Ultimate Waterman briefly on hold on Friday, March 31st, as they team up with Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand, the Mauli Ola Foundation from Hawaii, and the Southland Boardriders Club to offer a unique experience for children living with CF.
SIC Maui announces the release of their new recreational surf / cruisers in its Agent, Feelgood models. For the surfer looking for higher performance, this call has been answered in the Triton and Venus Surf Series boards. These sure to be classics are the latest additions to the SIC Maui paddleboard lineup.
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.
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
Red Paddle Co has teamed up with a number of leading outdoor equipment suppliers to create a competition to win the ultimate outdoor adventure.
The eighth and final athlete has been confirmed for The Ultimate Waterman, which will take place in Southland, New Zealand from April 1-9.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunset Beach delivers great conditions for a spectacular finals day that saw dramatic action from start to finish and Champions crowned at Stop #1 of the 2017 APP World Tour.
With just the quarters thru final remaining for the Men's division and just the Final left for the women here at the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro, tension is mounting as we build up to what promises to be a spectacular final day of action at Stop #1 of the APP World Tour.
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.
Blue skies, clean conditions and high performance surfing was the order of the day on Day 3 of the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro, as we completed the repecharges for both Men & Women, as well as Round 3 of the Men, and Semi Finals for the Women.
After one of the more challenging days filled with heavy cloud cover, rain and challenging conditions on the opening day, the opposite was the case yesterday at the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro, with clear blue skies and groomed, beautiful surf for what was to be an epic day of competition for both Men & Women.
USA Surfing’s Board of Directors confirmed today the dates for the 2017 USA SUP and Paddleboard Championships and Team Trials: June 16th - 18th, 2017, Oceanside, CA, North Harbor Jetty.
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).
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.
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.
Waterman League today announced the appointment of REDTORCH as their official Digital Agency for its APP World Tour.
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.
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.
25-year-old Sophia Barlow, a shining light in the stand up paddle community tragically lost her life in a car accident on Saturday night.
The International Ocean Championships for Seniors (IOCS) is an annual competition for senior watermen and waterwomen from around the world: surfers, paddlers, swimmers and runners who have dedicated their lives to living in harmony with the ocean and its waves, uniting in a fraternal bond of competition, camaraderie and friendship.
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.
With the backing of Starboard SUP and support from Port Denarau Marina, Tavarua Island Resort and a host of other important local players, the ISA was able to successfully hold a Deep Blue, more “ocean-friendly” event.
The Waterman League Group, known for its professional paddle surfing racing and surfing league is pleased to announce it has closed a Series A round of financing.
After a spectacular showdown at Pipeline and Backdoor in 2016 that saw Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) put on an impressive display of skill and bravado to take the win, 2017 sees the return of the prestigious Stand Up Paddle component of the Backdoor Shootout in memory of Duke Kahanamoku.
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:
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.
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.
Fiji’s premiere wave, Cloudbreak, woke up from a slumber and greeted the world’s best SUP surfers with a massive swell on the penultimate day of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
Over the weekend the world’s best men and women stand up paddle (SUP) surfers took to the water and showcased their talent at the famous wave of Cloudbreak, a shallow and powerful reef located in the open ocean off the Fijian island of Viti Levu.
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.
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:
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.
The mini-grom beat the grom as sibling rivalry returned to the 3rd annual Tofino Paddle & Surf Championships, October 21 to 23. A 13-year-old Finn Spencer beat out his 15-year-old older brother Jeffery to win the men's Pro Stand Up Paddle surf division, claiming the national title. And for the first time, prize money - $200.
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!
During the Summer Outdoor Retailer show in Utah held in August a forum was held with stand up paddle industry leaders. The forum gathered experts and industry professionals to discuss the state of the SUP industry, safety and regulations, the future of our industry, and more!
Professional stand up paddler Casper Steinfath hails from the European country of Denmark and has always been proud to say so. Steinfath has been outward with the fact for years that Denmark is an epic place to stand up paddle and surf and one of his dreams finally came true this year when the ISA (International Surfing Association) announced that Denmark would host the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships.
With just over a month remaining until the start of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, many of the sport’s top talents have already confirmed their participation in this highly anticipated edition of the competition, with many more expected to follow suit.
NLand Surf Park will open Friday, October 7, 2016. NLand, North America’s first surf park, offers world-class surfing in the heart of Texas Hill Country.
Steadily climbing in the SUP Racer World Rankings, ninth-place April Zilg will defend her championship on home surf in Wrightsville Beach at the 2016 Surf to Sound Challenge, Nov. 4-6.
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.
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.
Non-profit Sustainable Surf announces the next evolution of the ECOBOARD Project, which is the first independent consumer-facing “eco-label” for surfboards.
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.
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.
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!
Boarding Pass Excursion is a micro travel series designed to deliver stoke in 60 second bite sized pieces. The series follows Pau Hana Surf Supply founder, Todd Caranto, as he explores new places around the world to paddle and discovers the local Stand Up Paddle Boarding culture through: SUP yoga, SUP fishing, SUP surfing, and SUP Touring, always ready for a cold beer and fresh local grinds. Check out the video series below.
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...
He may only be 12-years-old but Maui’s Finn Spencer is already shredding up a storm in the lineups around Maui. Finn just released a new edit of his recent stand up paddle (SUP) surfing adventures this summer and he’s surfing so well! He’s even picked up on the hydrofoil craze! Check out the video above and watch Finn in action.
The International Surfing Association (ISA) has today announced that the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship will be held in Denmark in September 2017, with the specific dates to be confirmed in the near future.
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.
While on a Maliko downwind run off the coast of Maui, Hawaii with friends Zane Schweitzer and Alex Aguera, Connor Baxter found himself in a very scary situation. While on his Starboard SUP foil, Connor Baxter was attacked from behind by a 10 foot tiger shark.
As stand up paddle boarders it is our duty to do our part to keep the oceans and waterways that we play in clean. With that in mind, the folks at Starboard are starting the “Pocket of Plastic” challenge with the goal for everyone to pick up trash when out on the water.
John Amundson of Amundson SUP is a third generation waterman whose love for the ocean runs deep. At just 15-years-old John learned to shape as a hobby and from there it turned into something much bigger: Amundson Hawaii. Learn all about John Amundson, Amundson Hawaii and how he got into stand up paddling in the video here.
Stand Up World Tour World Champion and SIC Maui athlete Caio Vaz just returned home from a mental trip to Indo where he scored perfect waves in relatively uncrowded lineups. He was able to SUP surf at some of Indo’s most playful waves including Macaronis, Lakey Peak, Periscopes and more! Check out the newly released edit from Caio in the video above.
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.
The International Surfing Association (ISA) has confirmed that Cloudbreak will receive the world’s best StandUp Paddle (SUP) surfers competing in the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship November 12-20.
If you have any inkling of interest towards stand up paddling, someone who has never done it, someone who does it often, or even the best in the world.. You need to watch this. Ian Cairns goes through it all in this uncut interview.
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.
Supconnect is excited to announce the launch of the 2016 Editor’s Choice Awards! This year is even better than 2015 and we’re thrilled to reveal not only the 2016 nominees but also introduce a brand new category! Read more…
Effective immediately, the executive director of Surfing America, Greg Cruse announced the new 2016 Coaches for the USA SUP/Paddleboard team and key addition to Surfing America Board of Directors.
Supconnect contributor Haywood Newkirk dives into teaching us all about longboard shapes on our stand up paddle boards and how to get started sup surfing on one. Check it out!
SIC (Sandwich Islands Composites) Maui announces the signing of Andrew Logreco to the National Team.
Nicole Pacelli is one of the top female SUP surfers in the world, even having clinched a world title on the Stand Up World Tour in 2013. Since then Nicole has been traveling the globe getting to surf some of the best waves on the planet. Nicole's last year around the world she traveled to Mexico, Hawaii and beyond SUP surfing at every stop on the way. Here is a video edit from her globe trotting.
Today, Jobe Watersports launched its Summer Job of a Lifetime Contest, which will send two winners on a stand up paddle boarding (SUP) road trip around the Western United States this summer.
With SUP Foiling getting a ton of hype right now, it’s only natural to see paddlers gravitate toward the new SUP crossover and want to dip their toes in the water and try it out. With pros like Naish's Kai Lenny and Starboard's Connor Baxter getting a ton of attention for their downwind SUP hydrofoiling adventures the groms who look up to them were eager to try the new craze as well.
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.
Now this is something you don’t see everyday! While on a recent trip to Hawaii, SUP shaper Todd Caranto caught a bluefin trevally fish while simultaneously surfing on a Pau Hana Big EZ Angler stand up paddle board on Oahu's North Shore. After getting rolled in a wave, he recovers control to reel in the prize.
SIC (Sandwich Islands Composites) announces the signing of Caio Vaz to the Global Team. “I would like to welcome Caio Vaz to the SIC Ohana,” said Jeff Baillargeon, SIC Brand Manager. “As respected as he is in the SUP community, it was clear that he was a perfect fit for the SIC team.”
Kai Bates and Forrest Ladkin just released a brand new clip from Indo! Another adventure of the two with a torturous flat spell and many rained in days, but great nature and swells. Tropical paradise, pumping waves, warm water, good food, and a great bunch of people. Hope you enjoy the great waves and good times!
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!
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.
Last weekend 72 youth SUP competitors, from six different countries, gathered in Orange County for the 4th Annual Quickblade Jr Pro & Youth SupFiesta presented by Infinity SUP.
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.”
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.
Infinity and Werner Paddles team rider Jess Leedy goes completely insane somewhere in Central California pushing the limits of SUP surfing. In this seven-minute edit watch Jess take off on waves of consequence and get some epic barrels. There’s also some pretty good wipeouts in there too so have a watch and enjoy the talent of Jess Leedy.
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.
We’ve known for awhile that Brazilian stand up paddle surfer Nicole Pacelli loved to charge big waves and recently she took it up a notch by heading to Peahi, a.k.a Jaws, on an early spring swell and paddling out on her SUP.
Why do you stand up paddle (SUP)? Is it because it allows you to enjoy nature? Because you love the water? Because it’s fun? All of the above? Here, a few of the BIC SUP team ambassadors Connor Bonham, Matt Hite, Casi Rynkowski and Jimmy Blakeney explain why they SUP and share their motivations and passions for SUP Surfing.
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina has been on everyone’s radar for some time now because of the world renowned Carolina Cup. After this year’s Hobie Salt Life Pro Am, the world’s paddle boarding community now has a legitimate reason to come a week early and watch the world’s best in the surf.
As India’s only female stand up paddle (SUP) surfer, Tapashi Devchoudhury is pushing boundaries and opening doors for the sport of stand up paddling. In a country with over 1.2 billion people, being India’s only SUP surfer is quite the accomplishment and is something to be proud of. To share her love for the sport of SUP with her countrymen and women, Tapashi, with her husband, has opened up Water Walk India, the only surf school in India to teach stand up paddling.
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:
The Bouyer brothers, Julien and Camille, shot this awesome video of themselves having some tandem fun at their home spot île de Ré which is an island off the west coast of France. The boys can be seen charging some overhead surf on their Naish SUP Mana Inflatable and are having so much fun it makes you want to join them! Watch their video and enjoy, wipeouts and all!
At Corners, Carlin Park, in Jupiter Beach, Florida paddle boarder Maximo Trinidad had quite the run in during his lunch break. While SUP surfing, out of nowhere a jumping shark collided with Maximo and knocks him off his board, scaring the living daylights out of him!
Australian stand up paddler Kai Bates recently went on an amazing trip to Papua New Guinea to take a chance at riding the tidal bore that frequents the river Digul in West Papua New Guinea. After a two-day plane trip, eight hour car rides and long boat journeys Kai made it to the river and had a blast. Watch the video from his trip here.
Shark Shield has successfully completed the development of a new shark deterrent for surfers that was part funded by the Western Australian Government’s Applied Research Program (ARP). The company was provided with a $300K grant over 2.5 years to develop new technology to protect surfers following a spate of shark attacks in 2012. As a result the new Freedom + Surf is available for pre-order today.
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.
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.
An hour south of Anchorage Alaska is a fjord called Turnagain Arm. At this place of exceptional beauty the incoming tide collides with water draining out of the fjord and creates a tidal bore. The video shows three standup paddle-boarders cruising up the fjord.
The Master of the Ocean 2016 was an excellent week long event with incredible conditions allowing for the insanely talented men and women entered in the event to show off their diverse skill sets in the different water sports of surfing, SUP surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing in the beautiful destination of Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Here, video highlights of the event are showcased by the talented crew at AP Visuals.
We can already tell by watching this short trailer that The Progression Project, a SUP Surfing film by PaddleWoo and Erik Antonson, is going to be a must-see. For this film, PaddleWoo assembled nine of the world's best paddle surfers in the Blue Zone of Costa Rica to document and define the current state of paddle surfing.
If you’re looking to step up your game in SUP surfing and you want to get away for a bit the SUP-Surf Retreat in Punta Mita, Mexico is exactly what you need. Hosted by SUP Pro Sean Pointer and surfing legend Ian Cairns, the retreat is based around a SUP surfing coaching and learning experience that mixes in a 5-star luxurious vacation experience.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Hawaiian surfer Zane Schweitzer has stung his Ultimate Waterman opponents with back-to-back wins, this time in the Standup Paddleboard Surfing discipline held in Southland today (Wednesday 16th March). Schweitzer remains in fourth place overall but still has his all-important double whammy discipline of Longboard to go.
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.
The Ultimate Watermen athletes were officially welcomed to Auckland and New Zealand today during a special ceremony that involved the international visitors taking to the water on a traditional Maori war canoe.
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.
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.
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).
Hawaiian athlete Zane Schweitzer will contest the 2016 The Ultimate Waterman title in New Zealand this month, replacing Australian Jamie Mitchell who is injured it was announced.
As the Ultimate Waterman is set to begin in just a few weeks the folks behind the event have started releasing profiles on the athletes that are to compete in the highly challenging event.
After a weeklong event here in Cabarete, Dominican Republic it is Hawaiian Zane Schweitzer who has just won the 2016 Master of the Ocean for the third consecutive year. Zane was on a tear all week and performed well across all four disciplines (SUP, Kite, Surf, Windsurf) earning him the title of Master of the Ocean for the third year in a row.
Day two of the 2016 Master of the Ocean welcomed competitors with light winds and sunny, clear skies. With the swell having dropped overnight to shoulder high surf, there were still plenty of waves on tap for the athletes to have some fun on.
After an insanely fun welcoming party with great food, company and live music, a beautiful morning greeted competitors and spectators on the first day of competition at the 2016 master of the ocean. With a solid swell providing overhead surf in the water the competitors were eager to get wet and get the competition started.
The Ultimate Waterman is partnering with Dolphin Surf Craft to give its athletes the opportunity to ride boards developed and manufactured using world leading technology by New Zealand company Kinaroad.
Caio Vaz just seems to go from strength to strength, and has once again found winning form at the 2016 Sunset Beach Pro, his second victory at this iconic break on Oahu's Fabled North Shore.
It was a day to remember at Sunset Beach on Sunday, as the World's best were able to get a taste of this iconic break at its very best. The morning greeted us almost flat, with no swell to speak of, but the buoys indicating a major swell on its way, meaning that the ocean was clean and groomed. By the time the swell started to show as we passed the 8am mark, it was clear we were in for something special.
A magical day at Sunset Beach yesterday saw immaculate conditions set the stage for an epic first day of competition for the Sunset Beach Pro, with both Trials and Round 1 completed.
Congratulations to the 2x Stand Up World Tour Women’s World Champion, miss Izzi Gomez on winning the Stand Up World Tour season opener at the Turtle Bay Pro on the North Shore of Oahu. Izzi battled it out with fellow Starboard SUP teammate Fiona Wylde in an action packed final after a busy day of competition.
On Day 1 of the 2016 Turtle Bay Pro, the World's best women stepped up in clean overhead surf and beautiful conditions proved the star of today's action at the Opening Day of the Turtle Bay Pro and 2016 Stand Up World Tour. With a truly international field in attendance ranging from Australia, Japan and South Africa, to France, the Canary Islands, Brazil and of course the USA and Hawaii, Turtle Bay proved the consummate host with its completely unique and unparalleled amphitheater.
We are less than a week away from the kick off for the 2016 World Championship season, with the girls to do battle at Turtle Bay. With less than a week to go now until the 2016 Turtle Bay Pro, tension is mounting as the World's best female athletes prepare to do battle on Oahu's Fabled North Shore at Turtle Bay Resort.
The Danish documentary film Standing On Water will premiere in the U.S. at this year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It will be featured in the Above and Beyond section.
After seeing tremendous success throughout the past 3 years within the performance surfboard market, Ventura, California-based Varial Surf Technology is venturing into the SUP marketplace with high-performance surf SUP blanks, specifically for 8-foot and under performance surf SUP’s.
Surftech, The Original Board Manufacturing Company, is excited to kick off 2016 at the Surf Expo Trade Show January 14th-16th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida with the official relaunch of the Donald Takayama Collection, the introduction of Surftech’s signature series, the EMQ. These two additions complement the new TLPC line of boards and the recent addition of NSP to the Surftech family of brands.
Mo Freitas wins the Da Hui Shootout SUP Invitational in Memory of Duke Kahanamoku with a gutsy performance at Pipeline. Mo Freitas (Focus SUP) put on an impressive and fearless performance this morning at Pipeline to take the win at the Da Hui Shootout in Memory of Duke Kahanamoku.
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.
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.
Paddle Woo has launched its second video contest, Paddle Woo 2.0 where they look to promote and showcase the progression and innovation that SUP surfing has been showcasing lately. The winner of the videos series will claim a nice check of $3K and the videos submitted thus far are exceptional, it will be hard to tell who will be the winner. Take a look at all of the entries...
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.
Australian Jamie Mitchell will line-up against the world’s best watermen in a quest to win the 2016 Ultimate Waterman title. Mitchell will join eight other athletes from around the world, including fellow countryman and waterman Mark Visser, in New Zealand from the 12-20 March, 2016. They’ll compete in eight surf disciplines to decide who is the best overall waterman.
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.
Prestigious Pipeline SUP Invitational announced for January to showcase the sport at one of the World's most infamous waves. Pipeline, on the North Shore of Oahu is one of the most notorious waves in the world. We are proud to be able to announce that a selection of the World's best Stand Up Paddle surfers will have the opportunity to take on the Pipeline at a unique sporting showcase in January here on Oahu's Fabled North Shore.
Paddle Diva is joining forces with Road To Happiness Surfing and Tours to create an unique stand up paddle experience in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Paddle Diva will be offering: Beginner Lessons, SUP Surfing, SUP Yoga, SUP Fitness and guided tours.
Water enthusiasts can now enjoy exploring the beauty of Dibba by paddle board, thanks to a local watersports company who are opening up adventure travel of a different kind around the UAE in their popular Surf Bus.
The leading subscription box service for the action watersports community, Waterman’s Pack, is pleased to announce the curator of its December Pack, Kai Lenny. Kai’s package or “pack” is themed around big wave surfing and will benefit Kai’s foundation, the Positively Kai Foundation.
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".
bstoked has announced an open competition for the most unique kitesurf, surf and SUP experiences worldwide. It calls onto surfers to share their local kitesurf, surf and SUP experiences with visiting riders, who can thus benefit from a more authentic and insider experiences of a local surf scene.
California - Surftech, The Original Board Manufacturing Company, announced today that Ryan Mahoney has joined their sales team to manage Southern California, Southern Nevada and Arizona. Ryan will manage the territory for the Surftech Brands and NSP. The addition of Mahoney is another valuable hire for the company who has been recruiting the best in class operators to be the backbone for future growth and stability.
Why would a paddle designed for race, or versatile use be expected to perform at a high level in the surf? Werner Paddles has invested in the wave rider and has been working long and hard to develop a paddle suited just for SUP surfing. Their result: The Rip Stick.
On a weekend full of highlights nothing stood out more than a 14-year-old winning it all at the 2nd annual Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational. The event, held over three days at the end of October, included two days of stand up paddle board surf competition followed by a day of surfing. Both events and all categories were competitive with more than 134 entries.
With the wintery chill in the air and lack of sun in many places in the Northern Hemisphere, a getaway will seem like the perfect fix to everything you're missing about summer. Boardworks athlete and SUP Yoga guru Jessica Cichra a.k.a Wave of Wellness is hosting a SUP adventure in Punta Mita, Mexico.
Spaniard Xavi Masdevall has had a fantastic European SUP surf champs, taking the win in the Inflatable division. The conditions were near perfect with 3ft - 4ft clean swell peeling off the sand bars at Cantabria in Northern Spain. Xavi was riding the 2016 Red Paddle Co "The Whip" - the 8'10" shape is the latest design innovation to come from the team at Red Paddle Co.
Surfing in its essence is the art of riding a wave. History takes us back to the ancient Polynesians where this was done with the only purpose was to have fun, yet somewhere along the line the original purpose has been diluted and these days we encounter ourselves sharing the lineups with rather hard-minded people, who think that the only correct way to ride a swell is by using a shortboard.
When you get the chance to go surfing with Mo Freitas on the North Shore of Oahu, even if your foot is cut open from a reef, you go. Writer and traveler Megan Bryan recounts her day on the North Shore with none other than Mo Freitas.
Poenaiki Raioha and Izzi Gomez put on flawless performances this week at the US Open of Stand Up Paddling, with some of the most progressive surfing imaginable and a mind-blowing success rate.
After 2 years of being so close with two 2nd place finishes, the Brazilian Caio Vaz secures his first World Title at just 21 years old.
Huntington Beach has become a memorable destination for the young Champion Izzi Gomez, having secured her first World Title here last year in advance of the final event, and once again this year, proving to be the place she secured her second title.
With perhaps the best forecast of the week coming today, it was always going to be a marathon day of action at the 2015 US Open of Stand Up Paddling, as action got underway at 7am with the 2nd half of Men's Round 1.
Felipe Rodriguez continued his impressive form yesterday to take the Trials win amidst World Class competition and challenging conditions. Seeming to revel in the smaller conditions Felipe was able to generate so much speed and link together dynamic and radical turns in the small Huntington Beach Surf.
While the surf was small, it was definitely clean and more than enough to deliver some World Class Surfing on Day 1 of the US Open of Stand Up Paddling over the weekend. With a truly international field of stellar athletes stepping up to do battle, the scene has been set for not only a climactic finish to the Trials, but a fiercely contested Main Event for the Men over the coming days.
Duke’s OceanFest 2015 will kick off in Waikiki from August 22 to 30 with a variety of ocean sports and beachside activities. As a longtime sponsor of the annual event, Outrigger Resorts is proud to support Waikiki’s premier ocean sports festival and pay tribute to the legendary waterman as the official hotel sponsor.
Over the past 15 weeks professional stand up paddle surfer Sean Poynter has provided the world of stand up paddle boarding a series of tips for those looking to better their SUP surfing skills. Recently, Sean's tips have gone on a hiatus so we've reached out to him to see what he's been up to. Take a look:
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.
Before opening its doors to the public on August 1, 2015, Surf Snowdonia opened its doors to the Starboard SUP team to test out the manmade wave park. The Starboard SUP team went to the park to test its feasibility for SUP and to see what the local area had to offer.
Think you've seen it all? Guess again because we have another outrageous paddle board crossover attempt to show you. In the first episode of the Santa Cruz Waves Show, Neil Pearlberg and Tyler Fox go Roller SUPing (stand up paddle boarding while wearing roller skates) at Capitola by the Sea in Monterey Bay, California.
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.
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.
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.
This week it was announced that waterman and standup paddle pioneer Laird Hamilton had made an appearance in the highly anticipated annual issue of ESPN's Body Issue where athletes are selected and pose nude to showcase their athletic form in a tasteful and artistic way. Laird appears with his wife who is also a former professional volleyball player, Gabrielle Reece.
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.
Over Father's Day Weekend on June 20, 2015 a new Guinness World Record was set for the most people to ride a surfboard at one time.
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.
Standing on Water, a surf documentary following the life and rise of top-ranked stand up paddler Casper Steinfath, has just released the full-length trailer to the upcoming 65-minute film.
After years of successfully applying an approach developed specifically for surfers and standup paddle boarders in his medical practice, Dr. Marc Adams wanted to be able to give more people access to his approach than he could through his practice alone. The newly released book Surf Longer, SUP Stronger – A New Approach to Advance Your Performance, Avoid Injuries, and Surf and Standup Paddle board for a Lifetime, teaches readers how to surf longer and SUP stronger while avoiding unnecessary neck, back, shoulder and wrist injuries.
The FCS SUP athletes have been busy as of late jet-setting across the globe and finding themselves atop the podium for their efforts. Maui’s Zane Schweitzer recently travelled to Tahiti where he competed in the Sapinus Pro, the second stop on the 2015 Stand Up World Tour.
Inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of his ancestor and brewing legend Adolph Coors, Doug Coors, chief executive officer of NLand Surf Park, and Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gómez today announced Austin, Texas, as the site for the first inland surf park in North America.
The Search For Freedom is the story of a cultural revolution fueled by the human desire to live in the moment and do what makes you feel the most alive. We discover how an electrifying new world came about through pure energy and imagination and the infinite possibilities of self-expression available to anyone willing to drop in.
It has been an amazing 3 days here in Tahiti with pumping surf, beautiful weather, and surrounded by the magical scenery that makes you feel like you are in a dream world, with today's action proving to be the perfect way to end the 2015 #SapinusPro. In the end, Zane Schweitzer secured a well deserved victory at the 2015 #SapinusPro Tahiti and moves into 2nd overall in the World Ratings.
Another beautiful morning in Tahiti saw the 2015 #SapinusPro Main Event called on with the swell on the rise. Athletes were able to let loose in some unpredictable, but rippable surf. It was certainly a day for the Australians as all six of the crew from Down Under advanced through to Round 3.
After a 2 year hiatus from the beautiful Island Chain of Tahiti, the Stand Up World Tour marked its return to the islands today with the completion of the Air Tahiti Nui Trials of the 2015 #SapinusPro in great conditions. In the end, it was the Hawaiian, Keali'i Mamala who took the honors in a tightly contested final, picking off the best set waves and driving smooth, but powerful turns on his way to victory.
Stop 2 of the 2015 Stand Up World Tour will kick off next week in the magnificent Tahitian island chain as the #SapinusPro is back. The Stand Up World Tour has a rich history in the islands since the launch of its Contenders exhibition back in 2009, and then the first full year of the Tour in 2010, as the #Sapinus Pro was born.
Canada's original stand up paddle surf contest is coming back to Tofino and this time it's bringing it's big brother. Back by popular demand, Canada's most passionate stand up paddleboard surfers return to the west coast of Canada for the second annual Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational, October 23 to 25, 2015.
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.
A documentary that showcases the beauty of New Zealand’s landscape, our culture and excitement of our adventure activities will air this week to a potential global audience of 4.2 million. The 48-minute documentary is about New Zealand’s very own international surf event The Ultimate Waterman - won by Raglan surfer, Daniel Kereopa. It took place over eight days throughout New Zealand in March 2015.
The 2015 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship Presented by Hotel Kupuri culminated with 27 National Delegations erupting in celebration on the beautiful beach of Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.
The right-hand break of Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico offered consistent surf for the final day of SUP Surfing as part of the 2015 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship presented by Hotel Kupuri. 15-Year-Old Izzi Gomez and 25-Year-Old Sean Poynter showcase youth strength for Team USA by both winning a gold medal.
The 2015 Men’s and Women’s SUP Surfing Gold Medalists will be decided Friday, May 15 as part of the ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship presented by Hotel Kupuri in Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.
Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Surfing kicked off the week of competition at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship Presented by Hotel Kupuri on Monday, May 11 in Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Athletes showcased supreme style to both the spectators in the sand and the world via live webcast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
In its 3rd year, the “Supfiesta” has become the most prestigious youth event of the year. The top youth SUP athletes in the world will compete in Huntington Beach, California on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
The Stand Up World Tour Legacy was set in stone back in 2009 with the groundbreaking Contenders project, an event that changed preconceived notions of the sport of Stand Up Paddling for good. The Sapinus Pro Tahiti is back for 2015 and set to deliver one of the most exciting spectacles of the year: Entries are now open.
The inaugural Hobie/Salt Life Wrightsville Beach Pro-AM is now in the books and it will likely be remembered for the amazing young talent that was put on display in this surf obsessed beach town.
Riviera Nayarit to hold a social media contest in celebration of being selected as the first Mexican destination to host the prestigious standup paddle & paddleboard tournament.
Getting sick of the weekly grind it was time to set off on another stand up paddle board adventure. This time we brought along the wives, girlfriends and kids. The journey that unfolded was amazing.The whole movie was shot on location over 3 weeks with it’s 22 cast and crew. We prayed for waves and Fiji delivered.
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.
What do you get when you put a current World Champ, 3-time World Long Board Champion, Multiple Battle of the Paddle Winner, Future Surf Stars, former Professional Longboarders, and a bunch of Carolina Good Ole Boys on the same beach?… You get the Hobie/Salt Life Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro-Am!
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.
Tom Carroll talks about where he’s at in his life in terms of SUP and ocean life and he also talks in-depth about his SUP gear and his choice of fin set up with his FCS fins. Take a look at the video below and learn a little more than you knew before about the legendary Tom Carroll.
Join 3x World Longboard Champion, Colin McPhillips, for a beginner-intermediate SUP Surf Clinic. Hone your nose riding and cross stepping skills during this three-hour session.
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Surf ‘ N Sea will be celebrating 50 years of business with a big party at their Haleiwa store – 62-595 Kamehameha Highway. Can’t miss it!
New Zealand athlete Daniel Kereopa has been crowned the inaugural Ultimate Waterman over the weekend on Saturday 21st March toppling seven international athletes to claim the title.
Another sizzling performance by New Zealand surfer Daniel Kereopa has seen him clinch back-to-back disciplines in The Ultimate Waterman driven by Subaru. Kereopa won the longboard discipline Thursday evening. The win, in Kereopa’s double whammy discipline, awarded him 2,000 vital points and catapulted him into the lead with one discipline remaining. Kereopa entered the water today ranked seventh of eight athletes.
New Zealander Daniel Kereopa has completed an upset of sorts at The Ultimate Waterman driven by Subaru today by taking out the Stand Up Paddleboard Surfing Division over his more experienced international opponents.
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?
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.
Meet Team Starboard as they prepare for a groundbreaking year on the Stand Up World Tour (SUWT) in 2015. With insanely talented athletes on their roster, Team Starboard is comin' in hot and heavy into the 2015 season.
OluKai Launches #AnywhereAloha in Los Angeles. Brand Spreads Aloha in Los Angeles Celebrating Campaign Launch with Music, Drinks and Live Mural Art Honoring Polynesian Culture.
Hawaii's World Tour Opener draws record viewing online, sees dramatic action and crowns 2 worthy Champions. Also, an update on the upcoming event in Brazil.
Laird Hamilton, one of the best watermen in the world, has been down in New Zealand doing what he does best and has been featured as an ultimate waterman in preparation for the upcoming event.
Aloha Was Born in Hawaii But It Is A Spirit Not Bound by Geography: OluKai Presents #AnywhereAloha. OluKai pairs influencers from Hawaii with mainlanders in California, Oregon and Florida for three part campaign.
On the final day of competition at the Master of the Ocean competition, amazing stand-up paddler, surfer and windsurfer Zane Schweitzer hauled in the title for the second consecutive year, highlighting the extremely high level of this water athlete.
15 year-old current Women's Stand Up World Champ, Izzi Gomez, has just announced her addition to the Go Pro team. Go Pro, one of the leading forces in the action-sports world has an impressive roster of athletes and Izzi Gomez joining the team adds to their domination in their space.
The second day of the 2015 Master of the Ocean started with a slight breeze and some nice swell; the sun came out early and strong, making conditions great for the semifinals of the surf and stand-up paddle categories for overall competitors in the morning.
The best wave riders from all over the world have been traveling these last few days to the North Coast of the Dominican Republic to compete from tomorrow onwards in the world’s most complete ocean competition: the Master of the Ocean.
Seven surfers team up to paddle a 17-foot "Supsquatch" board into a set wave at Makaha, Hawaii on February 14, 2015. The ride has been entered in the Billabong Ride of the Year category of the 2015 XXL Big Wave Awards.
The Wrightsville Beach Museum announces it's first SUP Surfing Pro-Am scheduled for April 17-19, 2015, kicking off the museum’s Annual Waterman Ocean Festival. The festival is a celebration of water sports and those local individuals who have contributed to both the community and their water sport(s) of choice.
Three-time world champion stand-up paddle boarder and SIC Maui athlete Georges Cronsteadt will compete in The Ultimate Waterman set to rock the shores of New Zealand next month, it was announced.
In a nail-biter of a final, Kai Lenny left it until his last two waves of the final to win the #SunsetBeachPro. In what proved to be testing conditions through the day, the waves turned on for the final heats of what was a dramatic close to the 2015 Sunset Beach Pro.
After 4 consecutive lay days, the SUWT Sunset Beach Pro 2015, is ON today for the final day of competition. The SUWT Sunset Beach Pro 2015, will run again today with a 10:00 am HST start and heats running at 25 minutes each. Watch all the live action here!
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.
After an epic couple days of action, high winds have forced the #SunsetBeachPro to be on hold for a lay day. Stand Up World TourWorld Tour director Duane Desoto & Waterman League CEO Tristan Boxford have decided winds are too strong to run competition today so the #SunsetBeachPro is on hold.
Day 2 of the #SunsetBeachPro sees exciting and challenging conditions for the completion of Round 2. See all the action and highlights from the day here.
After an exiting first day of competition, The SUWT Sunset Beach Pro 2015, will run again today with a possible 8:00 am HST start. Watch all the live action here!
The first stop of the 2015 Stand Up World Tour kicked off in big surf and light winds at the #SunsetBeachPro on the North Shore in Hawaii. After strong off-shore winds prevented organizers from running on the first two days of the waiting period, winds eased off and 10-15ft waves swell hit the North Shore of Hawaii. World Tour Director, Duane Desoto & Waterman League CEO Tristan Boxford gave the green light for the Trials to get underway here at Sunset Beach.
The SUWT Sunset Beach Pro 2015, will run today with an 8:30 am HST start. Conditions have improved enough for World Tour Director Duane Desoto and Waterman League CEO Tristan Boxford to make the call for competition to be on. Watch here!
For the second consecutive day of the waiting period for the SUWT Sunset Beach Pro 2015, a Lay Day has been called.
Hear the thoughts of Werner Paddles-SUP team member, 17 year-old Waterwoman, Fiona Wylde, after just wrapping up her first big competition of the year with an awesome finish.
For the first day of the waiting period for the SUWT Sunset Beach Pro 2015, a Lay Day has been called.
After sitting for 17 minutes with no waves ridden in the final heat, Caroline Angibaud managed a massive comeback to claim victory at stop 1 of the Stand up World Tour in Hawaii.
Infinity Surfboard & SUP Co. is proud to announce that 6x BOP Champ and Women’s SUP megastar Candice Appleby has joined the #infinityspeedfreaks.
Now in its third year, the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro has provided a spectacular opening event for the Women’s World Tour, as the best of the best step up to do battle here on Oahu’s fabled North Shore.
It is that time of year again, and the Stand Up World Tour will kick off at the end of next week with the Turtle Bay Women’s Pro, followed by the Sunset Beach Pro on the 10th February out here on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore.
Starboard SUP just recently launched a new series called "Tiki Team Talk." The Tiki Talk is a close and exclusive interview with International Riders. This month they feature Sean Poynter.
Stand up paddle boarding surfers Ryan Warrington and Kyle Tatam were paddling in the warm summer waters off of Perth, Australia's coast when they were surprised with the company of a small pod of dolphins.
Now in its 6th year, the Sunset Beach Pro is once again set to kick the 2015 World Tour Season off in style with an unparalleled showcase of performance stand up paddle boarding at its best.
Carine Camboulives & Manu Bouvet together with their 2 daughters, fulfill their appetite of discovery and exotic culture not only by surfing perfect waves but by bringing awareness on environmental challenges.
Zane Schweitzer Wins King of the Waves Surf Race in New Zealand
Keali'i Mamala wins the prestigious SUP exhibition with an epic Pipeline Barrel
New Digital and Social Media Campaign from the World’s Leading Aquatic Brand Celebrates All Things Water and People’s Wide-Ranging Passion for Water Sports.
After its 3rd full year of production, the patented LiftSUP handle has been installed in over 60,000 boards and continues to improve the paddling experience based largely on customer feedback.
History was made Friday at Pipeline as Hawaii's best standup paddlers went to battle to compete at the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout.
Mo Freitas's edit of 2014 videos, sup surfing and racing all over the world with the waterman leagues best has just dropped.
Every month at Supconnect we hold a photo contest through our Facebook page. The winner for the month of December is...
The Annual Da Hui Backdoor Shootout will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational this year with the addition of a prestigious Stand Up Paddle Invitational event.
Looking for a new travel destination to take your SUP? Look no further than Peru SUP Camp, located in the beautiful area of Chicama, Peru!
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.
Fiona Wylde has joined forces with Starboard and has joined their International Team.
Zane Schweitzer stand up paddles on Thanksgiving Day at a secret spot on Maui.
This year saw tons of incredible videos featuring stand up paddle boarders from all over the world. Check out the Top 10 SUP videos of 2014.
Kelskids have designed a training session & certification for others to instruct our special friends in SUP.
UnderToe Mexico Stand Up Paddle Adventures is the only stand up paddle board school and rental business in Costa Maya, Mexico and is for sale!
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.
The Waterman League announces the 2015 schedules for both the Stand Up World Tour and the Stand Up World Series events.
On December 24, 2014 at 8 am EST, on Minuteman Causeway in Cocoa Beach, Florida, a rare event will happen. Thousands of Surfin' Santas will gather to ride the waves and share fun in the sun for the 5th annual Surfin' Santas event.
Check out this clip of a radical wipeout on an oversized SUP, sometimes referred to as the SUPsquatch, as it takes a group of friends into an unexpected wipeout!
Giorgio (Gio) Gomez rips at standup paddle surfing. Actually he just rips at surfing in general.
Before his biggest night of his year, Santa was seen practicing his standup paddle surfing skills in Italy! Watch him RIP on his Naish SUP!
South African standup paddling surfer Oswald Smith sent us this clip of him and his friends catching some fun ones at his local spot, Strand.
A 19 year-old male has gone missing off Sanibel Island after reportedly falling off his paddle board.
Pete May has been able to paddle alongside some of the most beautiful marine mammals down in New Zealand. This time, he was fortunate to paddle alongside a few orcas! What would you do if you were in his shoes, would you be scared or excited?!
On the last swell over in Maui, Starboard SUP athlete Connor Baxter was caught dropping into some bombs out at Jaws, showing just how versatile of a standup paddler he is.
The SUP Movie is going to premiere Thursday, December 11th at the MACC at 6:30 pm!
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.
Jon and Nicole Locke, a husband and wife duo who share the love of the ocean had an awesome time one day and wanted to share their stoke of SUP.
Iballa Moreno, an international SUP athlete, just dropped this edit of her time in the Canaries SUP surfing some fun-looking waves on her Starboard SUP. Take a look!
Learn about Project Origin, who’s final goal is to raise enough money to plant one million trees through adventure. Watch as Dave Cornthwaite and four other paddlers prepare to take on the first leg of Project Origin, a 130 mile circumnavigation of Martinique using Origin inflatable paddle boards.
Australian Harrison Williams thought "it would be pretty funny" to risk his life by jumping into shark-infested waters onto the carcass of a dead whale.
SIC Maui Athlete, Jeremy Riggs, recently went out for a fun Maliko downwinder on his SIC Maui board with a bunch of his friends.
The Schweitzer family goes out for a morning paddle on their Starboard SUPs. As the wind starts to pick up Zane throws a sail on his 10'5" Starboard SUP board with the windsurfing attachment!
Make sure to watch a special feature this Sunday 23rd November on NBC at 12:30pm EST on this dramatic close to the 2014 season, as World Champions are crowned and an incredible year wrapped at Turtle Bay.
FCS SUP is proud of our FCS SUP athletes for their amazing accomplishments and endings for the end of the 2014 season on the Standup World Tour.
Beau Nixon was out in California recently for the Standup World Tour contest at Huntington Beach and he put together this sick little lifestyle and surfing video of his time while he was visiting. Check it out!
It was a picture perfect ending to what has been an amazing event here in Morocco as the last 4 battled it out in pristine groomed surf that saw the highest scores of the contest posted in the last 4 heats (semis, consolation finals and finals).
In this segment from the 'Facing Waves' TV series sponsored by BIC SUP, Mike Simpson explores Puerto Rico's epic surf spots on his by paddleboard. Take a look!
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to announce that the 2015 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) will be held in Sayulita, Mexico from May 10th to the 17th.
The Punta Sayulita Classic Committee regretfully announces that the 2015 Punta Sayulita Classic will not be held in March 2015 as intended.
On the final day of competition in Morocco at the 2014 Location X, Sean Poynter took the win, making it two for two in back to back competitions.
The Wounded Warriors Project was almost shut down on Veteran’s Day when trying to go surfing.
Kai Lenny gains nominations into Billabong XXL Awards for Ride of the Year for charging at Jaws on November 11, 2014.
Here is a short video of the principal Enjoy Living School Noja, Cantabria, practicing Sup waves at different spots of the Cantabrian coast. Enjoy!
SIC Maui is excited to announce they are currently in search for two youth athletes to join the SIC family as members of its SIC Junior Development Team with their SIC Grom Search.
Ever wonder what you need to know when it comes to SUP surfing? Here are the top 4 essentials to know in SUP surfing according to Sean Poynter.
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!
Canadian world champ team decided at surf contest held last weekend in Tofino.
As Canada's surf capital, Tofino is a fitting host for the first sanctioned stand up paddleboard surf contests ever held in Canadian surf, coming this weekend!
Within the next week the SUP world will see a new Standup Paddling World Tour World Champion crowned. Here is what to expect at the final stop of the Standup Paddle World Tour.
Todd and Ryan, owners of E-TECH Surfboards describe the reasons why they make eco-friendly surfboards and how the boards perform just as well as any other surfboard on the planet.
Business is business and sometimes things happen. As of last Friday, October 10, 2014, Ocean Minded was forced to shut it's doors as it was being "absorbed" but parent company Crocs.
The folks at NahSkwell are happy to welcome pro surfer Lucia Matiño as their newest team member.
Over the weekend at the 2014 Huntington Beach Pro FCS athletes arrived and conquered. The weekend was action-packed filled with tears, carnage and crowns.
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.
CBS Sports will televise a one-hour broadcast of the Honolua Surf Co’s Ultimate SUP Showdown this Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 12pm PST
The 2014 Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam will host both Stand Up World Tour Surfing and Stand Up World Series Racing events from the 15th – 21st September in Surf City USA.
After a near five-year absence, Mistral Windsurfing returns to being under the control of Mistral Red Dot Division Holland.
A paddleboarder on vacation attempted to save the life of a man who was fatally attacked by a shark in Byron Bay Australia.
Pro Lite International is proud to announce the addition of Mo Freitas to the Pro-Lite SUP team.
The Battle of the Paddle is in just a few weeks and paddlers all over the world are preparing to compete in the event. Noa Ginella, one of the many standup paddlers who are practicing for this prestigious event recently released this video of him SUP surfing on his race board.
The 10th Annual Nelscott Reef Big Wave Invitational is approaching quickly and they have expanded their waiting period for the 2014 Winter season. The waiting period will be from October 2014 through March 2015.
Safesurfhawaii.com, a website dedicated to safe and fair sharing of Hawaii’s surf zone resources, has launched an effort to regulate the use of SUPs in certain lineups in Hawaii.
On Tuesday night as the sizable swell courtesy of Hurricane Marie filled in on the Southern California coastline, Laird Hamilton did the unthinkable and shot the Malibu pier on his standup paddleboard.
Iballa Moreno is widely known as one of the best, if not the best female SUP surfer around. This video shows why. Watch and enjoy!
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.
The Ultimate SUP Showdown brought the biggest names in the SUP racing and SUP surfing scene together in one place to compete against each other to see who is the ultimate standup paddler.
Witness the most progressive Stand-Up Paddling and SUP Surfing the World has ever seen in this groundbreaking new film by Poor Boyz!
The Who’s Who of the SUP Surf and SUP Race world all come together in Waikiki this weekend to compete in the Ultimate SUP Showdown.
Tofino Paddle Surf is excited to announce the First Annual Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational, with the support of sponsors, friends, and volunteers.
We thought we’ve seen it all when it comes to SUPs and animals but once again we’ve been blown away. Meet Kama the Surfing Pig!
Sean Poynter gets artsy for a SUP night shoot with photographer Jason Neitzke.
The Waterman League have just released the first of a profile series of SUP athletes. This week they've put Mo Frietas in the hot seat, giving viewers a fresh and candid look into the midnframe of a seriously gifted young athlete.
Chuck Patterson surfs Jaws on a pair of skis again, this time wearing a white tiger-striped suit. Phenominal watching.
This mellow video by the folks at Tropical Blend is the perfect way to start your morning and get frothing - even if it's cold, windy and less than perfect outside.
Australia - Surfers and paddlers at Freshwater Beach, New South Wales, had a special guest visit their shallow bay last week - a Southern Right Whale.
Check out Starboard athlete and rising SUP star, Izzi Gomez's new videos.
Fanatic International team rider, Kyron Rathbone, made the trek out to Malaysia where he surfed the tidal bore between Bakong and Sri Aman.
Join us in the Supconnect studio today at noon, when we'll be talking to Starboard athlete and team USA stand up paddle surfer, Sean Poynter.
There's not too many people who can throw water on a SUP like Jess Leedy - the guy is a beast. And to top it all off, he knows his way around a pit or two.
Check out Noa Yap's latest SUP Surfing video offering, showing off an average day with buddies on Maui.
Today is International Surfing Day, an opportunity for all surfers to reflect on how darn lucky we all are to have the ocean (and rivers - for those inland surfers out there) as a sanctuary to wash away our weekly woes.
The good folks behind Honolua's Ultimate SUP Showdown got a major publicity boost when Robin Thicke posted this photo on Facebook with the following message.
The Vaz brothers are part of a new generation of SUPO surfers that can do it a lll - big waves, big progressive moves, alternative boards. They're all style, power and no frills, and their newest clip to drop on VAZ Brothers is scarily good watching.
Supconnect Live will be talking with Honolua Surf Co's Ultimate SUP Showdown creator, Boyd Jeffery, along with Matty Schweitzer, Zane Schweitzer and Connor Baxter, about this exciting event taking place at Waikiki Beach on August 16 - 18, 2014.
The Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association (SUPAA) is proud to announce its recent cooperation with the International Surfing Association for the 2014 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship that was held in Nicaragua, May 3-11.
We are stoked and proud to unveil Honolua Surf Co's Ultimate SUP Showdown's first magazine cover for the paddler.co.uk.
Pack your bags, pop your ears and join Team Naish on a trip across the world to Abu Dhabi!
Read the exclusive Supconnect interview with Mistral team rider, Jenny Lee.
Check out this awesome video of Kai Lenny and kite surfing sensation, Airton Cozzolino having fun in Hawaii last year. It's an oldie, but still a goodie if you're looking for a way to pass the time today.
Check out this dynamite clip of JP team rider, Geoff Breen, destroying waves around the south east cost of Queensland, Australia.
An oldie, but a gem nonetheless - the most amazing Dog SUP video you've ever seen.
Watch this great edit of defending World Champ, Nicole Pacelli, tearing some chlorine waves to pieces in Abu Dhabi.
Watch Mo Freitas killing it in Abu Dhabi during the 2014 Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam.
Take a peek into 48 hours of professional paddler Andrea Moller's life as she travels to Los Angeles for the 2014 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards then returns home to Maui to win the 2014 Paddle Imua Race.
How does a girl from central Kentucky grow up to be a competitive SUP competitor? Shelby Rose Taylor tell her story…
Event details and the live webcast player for the Junior Pro and Youth SUPFiesta, taking place this Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Watch the live webcast and see results from the ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championship here on Supconnect.
Performance Paddling is proud to introduce the 2014 Junior Pro line-up, for the world’s premier ALL YOUTH standup paddle event.
After three days of intense action, it all came down to one final heat: 3 lefts, 3 rights and 3 closeouts as 5x World Champion Kai Lenny stepped it up a gear to secure his first win of the season by executing a perfect air reverse into a 360 on his final wave.
Lina Augaitis and Kai Lenny won the Abu Dhabi All Stars World Series Racing event. Read more to find out how they did it.
On May 4th 2014, the 2nd Annual Performance Paddling Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta will bring together some of the top youth sup athletes in the world. Read on for the entire scoop!
Izzi Gomez comes from behind to take victory at the Abu Dhabi All Stars. Read on for all the details.
Kai Lenny Wins the Abu Dhabi All Stars SUP World Tour. Read on for details of the final day.
With all the action going down at the Wadi Adventure Park in Al Ain during the Abu Dhabi All Stars, we checked in with Anthony Vela to get some updates from the inside.
It was an epic 2nd day of action at the Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam. Keep reading for updates and results!
Ocean Minded will be hosting a cleanup in Santa Monica with a group of influential bloggers based out of Los Angeles County.
The Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam, featuring the 3rd stop on the 2014 Stand Up World Surfing Tour, that saw its first day today and will run through Tuesday.
Supconnect talks to up and coming ripper and paddle racer, Karen Jacobson.
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.
SIC paddler, SUP athlete and big wave surfer, Andrea Moller, has picked up a nomination in the 2014 Billabong XXL Awards presented by Pacifico, for the Women's Performance of the Year Award category.
Check out the final wrap from Surftech regading this weekend's big event - the Surtech Shootout.
Caio Vaz (Art in Surf) and Izzy Gomez took big wins at the Alagoas Pro Grand Slam in Brasil this past weekend.
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
Boardworks Surf is excited to announce the addition of 4 new Boardworks Team athletes to the family for 2014 in Florida.
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.
Zane Schweitzer and Emmy Merrill won the first stop of the USA SUP Tour at Hunting Beach yesterday.
Watch the video of Kai Lenny's giant barrel at Jaws, during a session that would see him entered into the Billabong XXL Awards
Update from the Waterman League on the next two big events on the Stand Up World Series - the Alagoas Pro Grand Slam and the Abu Dhabi All Stars Invitational.
Supconnect spoke to Mark Taylor from the Turtle Bay Resort about Wanderlust, the Gerry Lopez/ Kai Lenny Retreat and more big events happening at Turtle Bay in 2014.
Brazilian Caio Vaz has won the 2014 Sunset Beach Pro, 2014, over Kai Lenny (HI), Zane Schweitzer and Keahi Deaboitz (Aus).
Round 3 of the Sunset Beach Pro ran in 4-6 foot waves at the famous break, whittling the field down to 32 competitors.
Nicole Pacelli has won the first event of the Women's Stand Up World Tour in challenging conditions and a growing swell at Turtle Bay, getting her 2014 World Title campaign off too a good start.
The season openers for both men and women's Stand Up World Tour are currently underway. You can watch the live feed for these events on the player above.
Day 1 of the 2014 Sunset Beach Pro got started yesterday in clean 5 -7 foot waves. Click to see the highlights.
CARLSBAD, California - Boardworks Surf announced today that Michael Tavares has been named as Stand Up Paddle Team Manager Team.
WAIKIKI, Hawaii - The trailer for 2014's Ultimate SUP Showdown web series and event is out, and you can watch it here.
CARLSBAD, California - Boardworks have just released their epic 2014 range of stand up paddle boards, paddles and apparel.
SUNSET BEACH, Hawaii - The Sunset Beach Pro and the Turtle Bay Women's Pro will open the Stand Up World Championship Tour from February 8-16, in what we can only expect will be epic conditions.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Supconnect speaks with Richard Klomp from Shurfing.com, a new community platform that has its sighst set on bringing the global surf, SUP and kite community together through sharing.
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."
Naish International is extremely excited to announce that surfing and shaping legend Gerry Lopez has joined their design team. The Hawaiian born shaper, now residing in Bend Oregon, will work alongside Robby Naish, Michi Schweiger, Randy Naish, and the rest of the Maui Hawaii based development team in continuing to advance their board designs into the future.
OAHU, Hawaii - As we come to the close of an incredible season for both the World Tour & Series, the Waterman League has decided to create an Overall World Ranking to compliment the individual Surf & Race World Titles and crown an Overall World Champion.
SAN DIEGO, California - A nine year old Cardiff Reef local is hosting an event this Saturday to help raise money for the family Buttons Kaluhiokalani, the surf and SUP icon who sadly passed away recently.
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.
LA TORCHE, France - After a steller year of competition, Brazillian Nicole Pacelli was crowned the first ever Women's Stand Up World Tour Champion at the La Torche Pro in France last weekend.
COOLANGATTA, Australia - The inaugural Be the Influence Australian SUP and Paddleboard Titles on the Gold Coast have added a series of dash for cash and team relays to the schedule.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - This week’s Supconnect Profile looks at the life of South African Greg Bertish, a respected big wave surfer, National lifeguarding representative and competitive stand up paddle boarder.
LA TORCHE, France - The Stand Up World Tour heads to the North West of France this coming weekend (October 26) for the La Torche Pro France, presented by Naish and XXIX.
Boardworks Surf is having a huge sale on demo, scratch, dent and floor sample SUP (Stand Up Paddle) and surfboards. Click "Read More" for all the details.
For those of you who don't know, this is the first year that the Stand Up World Tour has had a full blown women's tour! ·They are competing in 4 competitions throughout 2013 and the 3rd stop just occurred at Huntington Beach in Southern California.
Are you familiar with the Stand Up World Tour and the Stand Up World Series? ·If not, here's an opportunity to see both at the same time, same place.
Enjoy Green Season at Vista Guapa Surf Camp’s YOLO SUP Experience Scheduled for October 19th to 25th. The YOLO SUP Experience will make the most of the ample waves of Costa Rica’s Green Season while offering guests an authentic adventure in Jaco, Costa Rica. Photo by Mark Salvetti
The US SUP Tour is back in Southern California for another exciting weekend of world class competition, uniquely combining surfing, technical racing and open racing.
Colin McPhillips, 3 time ASP World Champion, is set to host an eight person camp at Blue Zone SUP in tropical Costa Rica. This is an incredible opportunity to take your SUP skills to the next level from July 13 – 20, 2013.
After 3 days of intense action in Itamamabuca Beach in the beautiful region of Ubatuba Brazil, Leco Salazar stormed to victory in a star studded fleet to secure the win at Stop 2 of the 2013 Stand Up World Tour.
The US SUP Tour is about to hit the water! There are three stops on the US SUP Tour in 2013 and the first one is this weekend April 12th - 14th in Huntington Beach, California.
Zane Schweitzer is a man on a mission this year on the Stand Up World Tour. By posting score after score in the 9 point range and even a 10 at the Abu Dhabi All Stars, he took home the overall win!
Abu Dhabi will play host this week to a selection of the world's very best stand up paddle surfers for the inaugural Abu Dhabi All Stars Invitational, presented by the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club, UAE SUP and Wadi Adventure Park. Watch Here!
Dave Kalama will host “KALAMA KAMP” At Lumiera Maui from May 6-9th. Save your spot!
Today is the final day of the 2013 LIVE Webcast from the Surftech Shootout. All the action starts at 8AM PST.
Get ready for an extraordinary day! The LIVE Webcast from the Surftech Shootout begins at 8AM PST today.
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!
Watch the Last Day of major action at the ISA SUP & Paddleboard Championships 2013 today! Click "Read More" for the scheule and details.
Many of the worlds best SUP surfers and racers will converge at Santa Cruz's infamous Steamer Lane March 22-24 to test their skill at the legendary point break.
Big waves and tough competition sum up the Sunset Beach Pro during the first stop of the Stand Up World Tour 2013. Read on for the top results and information about the next location.
The stand up world tour at Sunset Beach has already provided exceptional performances from paddlers who have come from around the globe to compete with one another for the first title of the year. Will there be more action today?
History happened this week as the stand up paddle surfing women converged upon the beach at Turtle Bay Resort to compete in the first ever women's competition in the Stand Up World Tour.
Experience Nosara recently shared photos of the January 5 - January 12, 2013 trip on the Supconnect website.
2013 looks to be even more exciting as the Waterman League is introducing a Women's World Championship Tour for SUP surfing that will run alongside the men's in Hawaii, Brazil, California and France.
Leco Salazar of Brazil wins the 2012 Stand Up World Tour surfing event in the British Virgin Islands after battling with the best in the world!
Just when you thought the Swiss season was over, it has just begun. The Association Swiss Stand Up Paddle (ASSUP) has been working on a new concept and invites you to participate in a 140 day Open Wave competition format!
The Sup Grom of the Year Final has only 10 days left! Currently Christopher Bluthardt is leading the pack with 120 votes and Dylan Frick is close behind with 105 votes, but the title could still be won by just about any one of the finalists!
All one has to do is look at the official Sean Poynter website to know that he is quite a talent, and the proof is in the results. Over the past year of contests, traveling and varied competitions Sean has racked up quite a list of accomplishments. The most recent of which was being featured on the cover of "SUP International" magazine which just recently hit stands.
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.
Sean Poynter (Starboard) from the USA stormed to victory yesterday here at the Sapinus Pro presented by Air Tahiti Nui to secure his first win on Tour and place him comfortably on top of the world after round 3 of the 2012 Stand Up World Tour.
Since the World Tour's first visit to Tahiti in 2009 for the Stand Up World Tour Contenders, Tahiti has become firmly entrenched at the heart of the Stand Up World Tour with some of the most groundbreaking action ever witnessed in the sport.
Erin Dark is a rising star! This young 17 year old Stand up Paddle Surfer has a lot to be excited about as she recently won not only the junior girls final, but also the open women's final of the inaugural SUP Australia National Titles.
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:
Eastern Surfing Association, the world's largest surfing association with 7000 members, has added Standup Paddling to their over 150 annual surf competitions.
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.
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.
Noosa Heads every year is the venue of one of the world's largest surfing festivals, with athletes of all calibers and crafts showcasing their skills in the iconic right-hander point break in beautiful Queensland, Australia.
Zane Schweitzer, the Maui native who has been rising in the sup ranks, joins Candice Appleby and Andre Niemeyer for a chat on SUP TV Live, talking about his remarkable win at the Final leg of the Stand Up Paddle Surf World Tour, his racing career, and plans ahead.
Boardworks is excited to announce that it's giving away a free tool that stand up paddlers world wide can use to learn more and have more fun.
The first year of the Sunset Beach Pro back in 2010 took the world by surprise by delivering some of the most spectacular and biggest conditions ever witnessed for the sport, but even a contest of any kind at Sunset Beach.
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.
In one of the most dramatic and exciting Finals yet for the Stand Up World Tour, Bonga Perkins digs deep in the last minute of the heat to edge ahead of Kai Lenny (Naish) by the smallest of margins and take victory here at stop 1, the Sunset Beach Pro presented by Malibu and Starboard and in association with Maui Jim eyewear.
6 - 8 ft groomed Sunset was the order of the day as the very best in the world stepped up to do battle on day one of the Sunset Beach Pro presented by Malibu & Starboard and in association with Maui Jim.
After 3 lay days since the Da Hui Trials on Monday, athletes are now getting ready for a possible day of action tomorrow as the Main Event will get underway here at the Sunset Beach Pro, presented by Malibu and Starboard and in association with Maui Jim Eyewear.
With a challenging forecast that is certainly not lacking in swell, but has some challenging winds and storm surf to deal with, athletes were greeted with light and variable winds and solid surf for the first day of competiton at Sunset Beach.
The first day of the Sunset Beach Pro presented by Malibu and Starboard and in association with Maui Jim saw a beautiful day here at Turtle Bay Resort. It all started with an amazing Na Kama Youth Clinic.
Starting bright and early on Saturday morning will be the Na Kama Kai Youth Clinic, led by founder Duane DeSoto on the East side of Turtle Bay Resort.
Rex Flodstrom was put in handcuffs and had his surfboard confiscated last Tuesday afternoon after a surf session on Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois.
Several of the high-profile names in stand up paddleboard surfing were on hand, including Kai Lenny, Zane Schweitzer, Sean Poynter, Antoine Delpero, and others.
Winter has come to Southern California, which means mildly cold temperatures and shoulder-high surf. Searching for an empty spot somewhere in North County San Diego, Andre Niemeyer and Jeff Warner landed on a place in Carlsbad, down a cliff in the vicinity of a spot called “Turn Arounds.”
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.
One of the most iconic couples of the stand up paddle world, Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela, went out early in the morning at Oceanside, CA to showcase their sup surf prowess.
A woman about 30 years-old was surfing The Cove, a popular surf spot in Seaside, Oregon, when an alleged shark took a bite of her and her board. Moments later, a stand up paddle boarder came to her rescue by putting the surfer on his board and paddling ashore.
Stories of his family heritage in the world of outrigger canoes and talks of his son crossing the treacherous Molokai channel and surfing deadly waves on the North Shore of Hawaii, all help to paint the true and impressive picture of this legendary waterman, Aaron Napoleon. But there is much more to the legend than meets the eye.
Zane Schweitezer claims his first win at the Stand Up Paddle World Surf Tour while his fellow Maui islander, Kai Lenny, claims once again the title of world champion, coming in second place at the last leg of the tour.
A picture of what could possibly be a shark was taken last week at Swamis in San Diego, California. Recently there have been three confirmed sightings off the coast of San Diego and local media have caught shark fever.
Living in front of South America’s top pointbreak also has its disadvantages. It is common indeed that the most famous spots gets filled with crowd on weekends and holidays.
Video highlights of the French stop for the Stand up Paddle World Surf Tour is now available. Watch the changing conditions of the contest and the myriad talents on hand fighting the strong offshore winds and the leading champ, Kai Lenny.
It was the spring of 2009 and a young girl named Kristi Page entered into the women’s division of her first real competition as an unknown skinny kid of 13. Nobody knew who she was or where she came from. But after competing for the four days and coming out with 3rd in the Open Women’s division and “Best Up and Coming Talent award”, it became clear she had some real potential.
YOLO Board recently toured Costa Rica solidifying existing international relationships at both Vista Guapa in Jaco and Zancudo Lodge in Golfito.
The Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge Event: Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge, A Stand Up Paddle Contest for youth 16 and under, Presented by Turtle Bay Resort.
As we all know, last winter was an El Nino year. Without getting into the details, El Nino is a periodic climate pattern that occurs across the tropical Pacific Ocean on an average of every five years.
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.
Kai Lenny achieved a milestone in his own career today, but also for the sport of Stand Up Paddlesurfing, as he not only won the Hawaii Island Finals, but also the World Title, with a dominant performance across all 5 events in 2010.
The Big Island of Hawaii provided the perfect setting for the climactic Finals of the 2010 Stand Up World Tour, with a welcome that surpassed any and all expectations, showcasing the true spirit of Aloha.
There is really no wrong way to ride a wave, at least that was the spirit at the Oxbow's Wavesliders' Contest!
One of Noosa’s stand up watermen credited with bringing a surfing revolution to Australia is set to paddle off into the sunset after his successful business was rejected.
The Waterman League is proud to announce that the Island of Hawaii, otherwise known as the Big Island, will host the climactic Finals of the Stand Up World Tour for 2010.
Oxbow's latest movie production that combines Surfing, SUP, Tow-in and Windsurfing Watch the exclusive showings of The Oxbow Watermen Experience.
Last September 18th & 19th Stephane Etienne won the very first wave SUP Spanish championship event in Gran canaria la Cicer beach in the Canaries islands.
Standup paddle surf contest went down in one of the world's heaviest waves, Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Waves were well in the head-high range and standup paddle surfers had to execute surgically precise turns to make through the barrel sections.
When ancient Hawaiians first started stand up paddle surfing, never in their wildest dreams would they have imagined their traditional sport being performed on a man- made wave in the middle of South Africa.
A group of Stand Up Paddle Surfers rode the bore tide along the Turnagain Arm near the Seward Highway on Friday September 10, 2010 with the Kenai Mountains in the background.
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.
Australian surfing history was created at the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival in Port Macquarie today, with the first ever open women’s stand up paddleboard champion.
On August 14th and 15th, stand up paddle surfers from southern California converged south of the Oceanside Pier in San Diego, CA for a round of competitive sup’ing, as the sports enthusiasts would put it.
The Coreban team was not only invited to stand up paddle the artificial wave at Sun City, but also ride it. When we first heard about the African man-made wave hundreds of miles from the nearest coastline our thoughts were obviously mixed with different images.
History was created today as the first ever NSW Standup Paddleboard champions were crowned at the picturesque One Mile Beach.
Only days away, the inaugural NSW Stand Up Paddleboard Titles will hit the shores of Port Stephens this weekend.
The Revolt SURF SKATE SNOW Pro Am, by Revolt In Style Magazine in association with the Ultimate Boarder™ Championship, will provide the ultimate proving grounds.
The legendary surf spot in Portugal offered a great opportunity to the Hawaiian team riders and all participants of the Oxbow Waterman Challenge.
The Revolt SURF SKATE SNOW Pro Am, by Revolt In Style Magazine in association with the Ultimate Boarder™ Championship, will provide the ultimate proving grounds for the future.
Last week-end from June 5 to 6, the first stage of the Oxbow Totally Bananas Tour kicked off under great weather conditions..
Starboard's Dave Muir has just won the third leg of the Stand Up World Tour, the He'e Nalu TNTV Sapinus Pro. The Tahitian lego do the Standup World Surf Tour had some of the world's best on hand.
James Watson fought off challenges from a host of the state’s finest Stand-Up-Paddleboarders today, to impressively win the 2010 Roar Industries Ultimate SUP Expo.
The main event of the 3rd leg of the Stand Up Paddle World Tour started this morning at Sapinus.
Sapinus delivered some spectacular waves today on Day 4 of the He'e Nalu TNTV Sapinus Pro,.
The current European Longboard champion, Antoine Delpero, won the second stage of the Stand-Up World Tour last week-end in Anglet, France.
Today brought a little more swell and glassy conditions. Stand out performances in the first round of the main event were Antoine Delpro, Duane Desoto and Colin McPhillips.
Focus™ Surfboards congratulates team rider 26 year old Ikaika Kawai in his first pro win at the Punta Sayulita Longboard & Stand-Up Paddle Classic, held April 17-18th in beautiful Sayulita, Mexico.
Chuck Patterson (Dana Point, CA), won the 2nd Annual Surftech SUP Shootout at the Lane over event rookie Zane Schweitzer (Lahaina, HI), Michael Roberts (Pacific Grove, CA) and pro kiteboarder Peter Trow (Central Coast, CA).
The Focus(tm) Backdoor Pro was held in Bat-Galim Haifa, Israel on Feb 27, 2010. It was a great event with some fierce competitors who turned out to participate even in some stormy conditions and 3-4 ft waves.
After the trials yesterday at epic Sunset Beach, it seems quite likely that the main will be held on Wednesday or Thursday as a good swell is coming to Oahu.
Hobie is proud to announce the signing of 3 time World Longboard Champion Colin McPhillips as the newest addition to its team of premier surfers and watermen.
Boardworks announces a new Paddle Sport Division. “Stand Up Paddling has been among the bright spots at retail in a very tough market,” said Boardworks’ Bob Rief.
Naish are pleased to announce Gareth Grant has joined their Stand Up Paddle team for the upcoming 2010 European / UK season.
Stand-up Paddle surfers and prospect converts gathered at San Onofre State Beach to try out various different SUP shapes, from long-distance and beginners' boards to high-performance and comp models.
The US Open of Surfing 2008 held its first event stand up paddle division, featuring names like female world champion Lisa Anderson and other notables.
Bob Long from Bob's Mission Surf Shop was arguably the first stand up paddle shop in California, helping to thrust the sport to the forefront.
Brian Keaulana, together with Laird Hamilton and Rick Thomas, is one of the living fountainheads of the modern stand up paddle boading explosion.
One of California's earliest Stand up Paddle Demos, back in 2007, at Cardiff Reef in San Diego, CA, arguably the world's largest demo that year.
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