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2017 Spring Paddle Boarding Gear Guide

The sun is starting to shine, ice is melting and spring is starting to peek it’s head around the corner. With temperatures rising and waterways defrosting into lakes and rivers again, it’s time to start getting geared up and ready to get back on the water and out of the winter hibernation. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, accessories, and of course boards for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2017 Spring paddle boarding season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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

With the Hawaiian leg of the 2017 APP World Tour coming to a close there were some important facts to be aware of after the events wrapped up. The early leaders were named, the double-threats to look out for and more were discovered. Here are eight takeaways

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Tips To Improve Your SUP Surf Performance

Now that you’re hooked to the feeling of riding waves you’re probably ready to step it up and start improving your skills. We’ve gathered tips and advice from some of the top SUP surfing pros from around the globe to help guide you towards your goal of becoming a better stand up paddle surfer.

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APP World Tour At Sunset Beach Kicks Off In Perfect Waves

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.

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APP World Tour Breakdown - What To Know

Get the 2017 Sunset Beach Pro preview, logistics for the new APP World Tour for both Surfing and Racing events, and find out how you can participate in the events and compete at the highest level.

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SUP Surfing Mistakes To Avoid

Mistakes are inevitable, they happen to the best of us so in order to give you a jumpstart and get you some insight on what you should avoid while SUP surfing we’ve chatted with some of the best in the business to give you some tips. Check it out:

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Hannah Ray | Iowa SUP River Surfing

The whitewater park in Charles City Iowa has got quite the wave and it's home to Werner Paddles athlete, Hannah Ray Childs. Along with some great surfing talent, what we love most about her is the fun she is having and the positive energy she brings to our sport.

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2016 Holiday SUP Gift and Gear Guide

Can you believe 2016 is coming to an end?! With the gift-giving holidays right around the corner, it's time to think about getting something awesome for the SUP'er in your life so here at Supconnect, we've put together a gift/gear guide of the newest and coolest items to have recently hit the shelves and racks on the SUP market.

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Miles Harvey 2016 SUP Highlights

Team Werner Paddle’s Miles Harvey has been on the SUP river surfing scene for what seems like a LONG time now, but then you realize he is still just 14-years-old! Check out his 2016 highlight reel, you may want to makes sure you’re sitting down.

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Fiona Wylde Rips Down Under

Fiona Wylde is a double threat in stand up paddling. Not only does she find herself in the leading pack in just about every race she enters but she also charges and rips on the waves.

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SUP, Surf & Sibling Rivalries At The 2016 Tofino SUP Championships

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.

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Fiona Wylde Dominates Maui And Wins First World Title

Fiona Wylde has secured her first World Title with a dominant performance on Maui for the 2016 World Series Finals. After an impressive performance in the long distance race on Saturday, Fiona didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to compete alongside the men in the Open Surf exhibition, which she did and as always, made her presence felt.

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Competition Heats Up On Day 2 At 2016 Pacific Paddle Games

Cloudy skies gave way to brilliant sunshine as Day Two of the Pacific Paddles Games presented by Salt Life got underway Saturday morning. With Youth, Open, Pro Junior and Pro racers all hitting the water, it was a jam-packed day of paddling action at Doheny State Beach.

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

The world’s best paddlers are set to compete at the second annual Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life this weekend (Sept. 30 to Oct. 2) at Doheny State Beach. With a $60,000-prize purse on the line, the most money ever offered in paddling, it’s no surprise that ALL of the top professionals in the world are en route to Southern California this week from around the globe.

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2016 Fall Paddle Boarding Gear Guide

Seasons are a-changin' and the cooler weather and fall colors will be making their way to your oceans and waterways in no time. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2016 Fall SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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Werner Paddles Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge 2016 Video Recap

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

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Insider Coverage From Day 2 At 2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge

n day two at the 2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge did a Father-daughter-boyfriend trio steal the show?! Although Mother Nature was the true star of Day 2 action, serving up SICK winds to give true downwind racing to the world's best stand up paddle racers, the story line of MacRae Wylde taking 2nd in the Open division and his daughter and her boyfriend (Fiona Wylde + Bernd Roediger) taking 1st and 2nd in the elite division may be the coolest story line of the event.

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2016 Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge Athlete Highlight: Fiona Wylde

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

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Fiona Wylde, Bernd Roediger & Kai Bates Score Winter Swell In Australia

After a six-week stretch of traveling for races in Asia and Europe Starboard SUP and Werner Paddles athlete Fiona Wylde decided to take a little vacation to Australia with with boyfriend and fellow professional stand up paddler Bernd Roediger (Naish) and to meet up with good friend Kai Bates (Fanatic). While there, the trio scored really fun surf and had a blast out of the water too.

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SUP Paddler Goes On An EPIC Adventure Down The Grand Canyon

With permits hard to come by, it is a blessing to be asked to join a Grand Canyon trip, for some, a once in a lifetime opportunity. So when Danny Mongno, Werner Paddle's marketing manager, a kayaker for close to 30 years, was invited why on earth did he decide to stand up paddle it? Read more...

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Baxter & Honscheid Win In Dramatic Fashion In Germany

After ratings leaders Fiona Wylde and Casper Steinfath took victory in the Sprints during harsh weather on Saturday, Sunday cleared up and provided excellent conditions for the distance race where Michael Booth and Sonni Honscheid pushed through to take the win. After the two races Connor Baxter and Sonni Honscheid claimed the overall win for the second stop of the Stand Up World Series.

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2016 Summer Paddle Boarding Gear Guide

Whip out your boardshorts and bikinis, it’s summer time! Nothin’s better than summer and we’re so stoked that our favorite time of the year is finally here. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2016 Summer SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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Fiona Wylde Cruises In Croatia

Fiona Wylde, Werner Paddle's SUP athlete is off a pretty big trip overseas getting to explore and race in Asia and Europe as she competes in a series of SUP events and races over the summer. As part of her travels she’s been releasing a series of video blogs so that we can tag along with her on her adventures. This week, Fiona shares footage from her time in Croatia.

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Fiona Wylde Tours & Paddles Spain

Fiona Wylde, Werner Paddle's SUP athlete is off a pretty big trip overseas getting to explore and race in Asia and Europe as she competes in a series of SUP events and races over the summer. As part of her travels she’s been releasing a series of video blogs so that we can tag along with her on her adventures. This week, Fiona shares footage from her time in Spain.

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Scene Is Set For Dramatic Showdown At 2016 SUP World Cup

The German stop on the Stand Up World Series has long been a gold standard for the sport of Stand Up Paddling, with a unique festival atmosphere, thousands of spectators and show to remember featuring the World's very best athletes. In 2016, the bar will be set even higher, as Mercedes-Benz has stepped up as a Title Partner and the event will be hosted in an exciting new venue that will bring the event to life for athletes and spectators alike.

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Fiona Wylde Paddles & SUP Surfs Germany

Werner Paddles ambassador Fiona Wylde is off a pretty big trip overseas getting to explore and race in Asia and Europe as she competes in a series of SUP events and races over the summer. This week, Fiona shares footage from surfing the super amazing, "Eisbach" wave in Germany and the "Lost Mills" race (where she took the Bronze medal.) Enjoy.

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Fiona Wylde Explores & Paddles France

Werner Paddles ambassador Fiona Wylde is off a pretty big trip overseas getting to explore and race in Asia and Europe as she competes in a series of SUP events and races over the summer. As part of her travels she’s going to be releasing a series of video blogs so that we can tag along with her on her adventures. Episode 2 from France is live now.

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Europe Heats Up As SUP Racing Takes Over Germany

The Waterman League is proud to announce its return to Germany for the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup, stop 2 of the 2016 Stand Up World Series that will take place from the 24th - 26th June at the beautiful coastal town of Scharbeutz with $25,000 in prize money.

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Fiona Wylde Shares Video Blog From Japan

Werner Paddles ambassador Fiona Wylde just took off a pretty big trip overseas to Asia and Europe as she competes in a series of SUP events and races over the summer. As part of her travels she’s going to be releasing a series of video blogs so that we can tag along with her on her adventures. Episode 1 from Japan is live now, have a watch.

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Jess Leedy Gets Extreme In New SUP Surfing Edit

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.

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Puyo & Anderson Dominate The 2016 Carolina Cup

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

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What SUP With The Werner Paddles Bent Shaft Grand Prix Race Paddle?

So many people come see the Werner Paddles crew at stand up paddle races and ask, what's up with the Werner Paddles Grand Prix bent race paddle? But even with interest due to its strange look, you hardly ever see any on the water...so what's up with that? Here, Werner Paddles gives us a look at the story behind it.

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

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

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30th Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest Highlight Video

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

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Santa Cruz Paddlefest 2016 Attracts Big Names And Epic Forecast

The 2016 Santa Cruz Paddlefest presented by Starboard is about to kick off this Friday, March 18th and the event is going to be epic. With an excellent forecast of head-high to overhead surf and an athlete list of BIG names in the sport, this event is going to be huge.

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February On The North Shore With Fiona Wylde

Fiona Wylde has improved drastically in both her SUP surfing and racing in recent years and she’s a double threat out on the water. With help from her sponsors Starboard and Werner Paddles, Fiona is well on her way to a long and successful career in professional stand up paddling.

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2016 Spring Paddle Boarding Gear Guide

The sun is starting to shine, ice is melting and spring is starting to peek it’s head around the corner. With temperatures rising and waterways defrosting into lakes and rivers again, it’s time to start getting geared up and ready to get back on the water and out of the winter hibernation. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2016 Spring SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

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Izzi Gomez Wins 2016 Turtle Bay Pro In An Action Packed Final

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.

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Sailing, Racing & SUP Surfing In The British Virgin Islands

Check out the newest edit from SUP superstar Fiona Wylde and her recent trip to the British Virgin Islands where she met up with Quintin Chiapperino, Kieran Grant and Kennedy Grow for an epic adventure filled with SUP surfing perfect right-handers and racing to victory during the 2016 Painkiller Cup.

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Werner Paddles Reveals New SUP Surfing Paddle & How It Works

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. With countless hours in the R&D room and on the water, Werner Paddles introduces and explains in depth the features and highlights on the newest paddle to their SUP paddle lineup.

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Fiona Wylde’s Top 10 SUP Destinations

At the ripe young age of 18-years-old, Starboard and Werner Paddles athlete Fiona Wylde has traveled the world and back again. In 2015 alone Fiona went to Japan, all over the mainland U.S., Europe, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and more, so to say she’s well traveled is an understatement. Seeing as she’s been all over the world and getting to stand up paddle in amazing places we wanted to get Fiona’s opinion of where her top SUP destinations are located. Check out what she had to say...

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Winter Sunshine & SUP Surfing With Fiona Wylde

One of the most talented ladies in our sport has just released a new edit of her time spent on Maui, her home away from home. Starboard and Werner Paddles athlete Fiona Wylde is an amazing multi-sport athlete excelling in not only stand up paddle surfing and racing but she’s also an incredibly talented wind surfer as well.

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2015 Holiday SUP Gift & Gear Guide

Can you believe 2015 is almost over?! With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to think about getting something awesome for the SUP'er in your life so here at Supconnect, we've put together a gift/gear guide of the newest and coolest items to have recently hit the shelves and racks on the SUP market.

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Werner Paddles Releases SUP Surf-Specific Paddle

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.

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4th Annual Chattajack Race To Be Bigger Than Ever

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

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

Candice Appleby finished the season unbeaten after another win, but she had to work hard here in Hawaii after being pushed all the way by the rising young star Fiona Wylde. For the men, it was ratings leader Kai Lenny who was able to secure his third Stand Up World Series Title after winning Stop #4 on the 2015 World Series with a win in the Sprint racing in a climatic finish at Turtle Bay Resort.

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How To Make Paddles With Werner Paddles

With a mission statement of "Ultimate Paddle Performance" and 50 years of handcrafting paddles, the crew at Werner Paddles have a ton of experience and endless knowledge of the craft of paddle making. Werner Paddles have been on the cutting edge of innovation and technology with their paddles so we wanted to pick their brains and get a little bit of insight as to what the process of paddle making truly is.

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

It's that time of year once again, when the World's best Racers return to stand up paddling's birthplace in Hawaii for the climactic close to the 2015 World Championship season. It is only fitting that the World Championship Series should return to Hawaii to crown its Champions, and there is no better place than Oahu's fabled North Shore, and the unparalleled sporting arena that Turtle Bay Resort provides.

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Champions Crowned At The 2015 Pacific Paddle Games

The first annual Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life featured big waves, great weather and the world’s best paddling athletes. That combination made for a fantastically successful event. In the most important prize of the weekend, Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby captured overall titles earning them each a significant chunk of the history-making $55,000 prize purse.

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Werner Paddles Redesigns And Introduces Entire SUP Lineup

Among all of the madness from the Surf Expo and tradeshow hysteria, we've recently been informed of Werner Paddles' entire new paddle and design lineup for 2016, and it looks superb! As a brief background, Werner Paddles is a family-owned business that has been handcrafting paddles in the USA for 50 years, so they've had quite a good amount of time to fine-tune and perfect their craft.

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

The 5th Annual Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge scheduled for this weekend August 22-23, 2015 will feature a weekend of exciting Stand Up Paddle Board Racing. This event will draw recreational and professional competitors from around the world including the continental U.S., Hawaii, Canada, and Australia.

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Fiona Wylde Shares The Stoke At "Paddle With The Pros" Event

Werner Paddle's stand up paddle athlete, Fiona Wylde, may be one of the most talented water women in the world. But what means the most to us is that she is one kindest, friendliest people you will ever meet. These and all of her positive traits were on display at a recent "Paddle with the Pros" clinic hosted by Big Winds in her home town of Hood River, Oregon.

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2015 Payette River Games TV Broadcast

In case you missed the television broadcast of the 2015 Payette River Games you're in luck because we've got the video broadcast here for you! Watch this full replay of the Payette River Games TV broadcast that aired on CBS Sports Network.

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Paddle Boarding Nutrition With Pitaya Plus

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

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Payette River Games 2015 Airing on CBS Sports

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

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Who To Watch For On The 2015 Stand Up World Series

With a wealth of talent and a winter of training under their belt, the performance level from the world's best is sky rocketing as we anticipate the tightest competition yet on the 2015 Stand Up World Series.

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What To Look For At The 2015 Payette River Games

It's here. The 3rd annual Payette River Games, with the largest prize purse in stand up paddling at $50,000, takes place this weekend at the famous Kelly's Whitewater Park in Cascade, Idaho. Here's what you can look for at this year's event…

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Payette River Games Insider Coverage With Werner Paddles

The Payette River Games will be this weekend, June 19 - 21 and you can bet that the world's best stand up paddlers will be there to fight for their piece of the pie. Werner Paddles athlete, Fiona Wylde, will be one of those elite racers to run the river and in the video below, Fiona talks about her passion for stand up paddling and why Werner Paddles is the fit for her.

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Why You Need To Try The Chattajack SUP Race

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

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Grant and Anderson Conquer The Graveyard At 2015 Carolina Cup

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

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Jess Leedy; Extreme SUP Surfer

Last summer we showed you a video of a stand up paddle surfer who blew our minds with the talent he showed in his video 'Extreme SUP Surfing.' This surfer has just released a sequel to this video titled 'Extreme SUP Surfing 2!' Take a look into the extreme SUP Surfing world of SUP Surfer, Jess Leedy.

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Master of the Ocean Day 2 Action

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.

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Fiona Wylde Reports on SUWT Turtle Bay Event

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.

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Lina Augaits Joins SUP Gladiator

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

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2014 SUP Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays! It's time to get something awesome for the SUP'er in your life so here at Supconnect, we have put together a gift guide to help you decide what to get for your lover, mother, brother, sister, friend, or anyone for that matter.

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2014 Standup World Series Champions Crowned

At the last stop of the Standup World Series events,  mother nature once again ruled the weekend and left competitors wondering how the races and World Titles would unfold.

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2014 Battle Of The Paddle Delivers

The 2014 Battle of the Paddle happened over the weekend and it was nothing short of amazing. There was excitement, heartbreaks, board-breakage, and more as mother nature provided the event with amazing weather.

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Izzi Gomez And Connor Baxter Nab SUP World Titles

 At the second to last stop of the Stand Up World Tour and Stand Up World Series at the Huntington Beach Pro, Izzi Gomez and Connor Baxter won their first World Titles with some of the most progressive SUP surfing and racing we’ve ever seen.

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Werner Paddles Announces New Small Fit Paddle For Women

Werner Paddles announces a new paddle specifically designed with women in mind. With the help of some amazing female athletes and manufacturing technologies, we matched our small or mid-sized blades with a new small shaft and small grip.

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Baxter And Anderson Win Again!

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

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Fiona Wylde: A Multi-Sport Athlete

Fiona Wylde is an incredible athlete and a familiar name in the SUP world. Watch this clip of her talking about why being a multiple-sport athlete gives her an edge.

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