Supconnect's Top Stories for 2013

SAN DIEGO, California - Welcome to the last Supconnect Weekly Recap of 2013! Today we're taking you on a virtual trip down memory lane, spanning across the last twelve months. To fully recap this year, we looked into our magic ball of analytics and have listed the biggest article of each month, from January to December, plus a few others that caused a stir. The stars includes racing, SUP Yoga, community issues, travel, extreme journeys and more.  



Women Invited To Join Stand Up World Tour in 2013

The year started with the waterman league announcing a Women's World Championship Tour for SUP Surfing that ran alongside the men's tour in Hawaii, Brazil, California and France. It was by all accounts a great year for the tour and women's SUP Surfing, with Nicole Pacelli being crowned the first ever Women's World Sup Champ last month. Read the original story here

Other Highlights

January Surf Expos Displays New SUP Gear

10 Reasons To Sup in 2013




Dave Kalama Releases Stand Up Traveling Videos

Dave Kalama stole the show in February, after he released a series of videos about his adventures in Stand Up Traveling - a massive trend for 2013 and one to look for in 2014. ·His video series is called, "Stroking While the Iron is Hot" and you can see them here

Other Highlights

8 Essential Pieces of gear For The New SUP’er

Indoor SUP Erg Races Held in Denver Colorado




Shane Perrin Paddles the Everglades

The big story in March was a follow up interview with Shane Perrin, just hours after he returned home to St Louis from Key West Florida and a total of 400 miles of paddling! Written by Leslie Kolovich of SUP Radio Show, this fantastic piece has audio available, too. Read (or listen) here.

Other Highlights

Stand Up Paddle On The Tidal Bore, Indonesia

Surftech Shootout Live Webcast




First Book Dedicated To Teaching Dogs To SUP

Maria Schultz made her mark on the SUP world by writing the first book dedicated to teaching us how to SUP With Your PUP,  guiding paddlers through simple training methods, making the learning process smooth and safe for human and canine.This short and concise guide includes everything you and your dog need to SUP–from types of gear to a full training plan. 

Other Highlights

Live Talk with Candace Appleby and Danny Ching

Family of 4 to Race In Carolina Cup




How To Keep SUP Fun and Fresh

May's top story was a heart-felt piece written by Erin Robbins, speaking frankly about ways to keep the passion we first experience for paddling alive. "Do you remember the first time you felt the glide of a stand up paddleboard? ·Whether you were alone or hitching a ride on another persons board, there was almost certainly a moment when you thought it was just about one of the greatest experiences you have ever had!·From that moment forward, all you could do was think about what you needed to do to somehow get your hands on your first board and paddle. ·You swore you'd be on the water every day and that stand up paddle would be a priority in your life..." Read the full article here.

Other Highlights

Stand Up For The Cure Nears 1,000 Registrants

April Photo Competition Begins



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How To Move From Flatwater To Beyond

In June Karla Gore graced us with her insightful series on moving on from Flatwater. "This is where I am.  For the longest time, my paddles consisted of nice backwater paddles---with manatees and dolphins, ospreys and eagles.  But, about two months ago, I started to get kind of bored with that.  I still find it beautiful but I kind of wanted something more.  I wanted to test my skills and challenge myself.  SO.....I have signed up for the SURFit USA training program." Read the full article here

Other Highlights

Glide SUP Designs Yoga Specific Board

Amazing Images in June SUP Photo Competition




Bart de Zwart Takes An Extreme SUP Journey Through The Arctic

Bart de Zwart, an extreme paddler who goes on some hairy journeys, shared that he had a plan to do an Arctic Crossing Expedition on July 15th, and stated that this would be his most challenging crossing so far. The adventure ended up involving icebergs, a remote location, weather and a solo / unsupported stand up paddle 200 nautical miles across the Arctic ocean. Click here to read the full story

Other Highlights

Ocean Minded Leads Beach Clean Ups in Tahoe

How To Move On From Flatwater to Beyond Part 3




California Man Drowns While SUP’ing in Tahoe

Unfortunately August's top story was the death a fellow paddler - a 42-year-old man from San Mateo, California, who drowned at Lake Tahoe after falling off of a paddleboard. Kenneth Campo had been stand up paddling at Sand Harbor State Park and fell off of his rental board somewhere between 200 to 300 yards from the shore.  Read the full story here

Other Highlights

10 SUP Tips for Your First Time On The Water

Support Trace Makes SUP Sessions Measurable




Top SUP Women Debate Controversies Over Prize Money

In September, 2013, a handful of the world's best female stand up paddlers gathered in Hood River, Oregon, to  talk business. They were already coming to the area to participate in the Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge and while there decided to put their heads together and discuss some major topics specific to stand up paddleboard racing, SUP growth and how women are experiencing the sport. It was tense, relevant and pertinent to our sport. Read the full article here

Other Highlights

Pau Hana and Nocqua Create SUP Light Mount System

Stand Up World Tour and World Series Hit Huntington Beach




Paddle Diva Takes SUP To The Mainstream

In 2009, after noticing a gap in the overall development of our sport, Gina Bradley founded Paddle Diva - her own way of creating a space for women to learn, grow and develop their passion for SUP. In october we were lucky enough to catch up with her to talk about Paddle Diva, its objectives and her appearance on the Bethenny Finkel Show - a spotlight appearance for our sport in the mainstream media. 

Other Highlights

Will Schmidt Attempts 300 Miles in 3 Weeks

Stand Up Paddle board in Cape Town

Supconnect Interviews Battle of the Paddle Winner, Annabel Anderson




5 Tips For Big Wave SUP Surfers

With winter in the Northern Hemisphere approaching, we caught up with Cape Tonion big wave charger, Chris Bertish, and talked about big wave strategies. To see his words of advice, check out the full article here

Other Highlights

Supconnect Grom of the Year Results

Nicole Pacelli and Kai Lenny Win World Titles
Supconnect Women of the Year Results

Supconnect Men of the Year Results




The Best SUP Yoga Photos of 2013

SUP Yoga is getting bigger and bolder every year, taking our sport to a wider audience across the world. Every month we get a flurry of amazing pictures submitted to our Photo of the Month competition, which don't always make it onto the site. Today we're changing that, by taking a look at the Best Sup Yoga pictures from 2013. If you needed any evidence of SUP Yoga's international popularity, just take a look at the range of destinations featured.

Other Highlights

5 Benefits of Using the SUP Ergometer

Supconnect Photo of the Year Finalists Revealed

Shane Perrin Challenges SUP Community to Paddle For Raelyn’s Battle

On behalf on Supconnect, we'd like to thank you all for a great year of readership and to wish you everything of the best for 2014!


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