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23Aug/16Off

Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge Exclusive Photos & Recap

Exclusive imagery and in-depth recap of an epic display of SUP racing at the 2016 Naish Columbia River Gorge Challenge.

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11Aug/16Off

Connor Baxter Downwind Foiling POV

A video from Connor Baxter's perspective of what it looks and sounds like to do downwind foiling.

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9Aug/16Off

Bull Shark Attacks Connor Baxter While Foilboarding the Maliko Run

Maui's champion SUP racer Connor Baxter was attacked by a 10-foot bull shark while downwind foil boarding the Maliko Run. We have the footage.

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1Aug/16Off

Lenny, Hönscheid Win 20th Annual Molokai 2 Oahu, Multiple New Records Set

Photo courtesy of Molokai2Oahu
Photo courtesy of Molokai2Oahu

Lenny, Hönscheid Win 20th Annual Molokai 2 Oahu, Multiple New Records Set

Dare we say, the 20th anniversary of the Molokai 2 Oahu World Championships is turning out to be the most legendary standup paddle race of all time. With contenders still rounding China Walls into the finish line at Oahu’s Maunalua Bay, here’s what we can tell you so far.

Hawaii’s own Kai Lenny just set a new course record to champion the men’s standup paddle division. Rival and former M2O champ Connor Baxter came in second not far behind. Last year’s champ Travis Grant rounded out the top-3 among the men.

On the women’s side, Sonni Hönscheid just won her third-consecutive title on the Channel of Bones. Annabel Anderson, who took second among the women last year on a stock board but opted for an unlimited sled today (the same model that Travis Grant won on last year), finished second again.

There was even a new record set in the prone division, courtesy of champion paddler, Matt Bevilacqua.

We’re live on the water as the 20th annual Molokai 2 Oahu comes into its home stretch, tracking the competition and reporting as it all unfolds. Check back shortly for a full recap and results from the finish!

Kai Lenny comes across the finish line

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19Jul/16Off

2016 Maui 2 Molokai Highlights

2016 Maui 2 Molokai Highlights

This past weekend, paddlers from around the world came together for the epic Maui 2 Molokai downwind race. Known as one of the world’s best downwind courses, the 27-mile race took racers across the Pailolo Channel and into the Kalohi Channel, tracking Molokai’s south shore. Maui’s Connor Baxter claimed the top spot with a time just under three hours, closely followed by Australian Travis Grant. As for the women, Devin Blish took the victory over other top ladies, Terrene Black and Annabel Anderson. So enjoy some highlights and hear from the athletes who competed in this legendary event.

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More downwinding videos.

Check out footage of Josh Riccio cruising on the Maui to Molokai run.

 

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29Jun/16Off

Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup 2016 Highlights

Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup 2016 Highlights

Round two of the Standup World Series went off this past weekend in Scharbeutz, Germany with the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup. After a six week break following the tour’s first stop in Japan, the paddlers were chomping at the bit to get back in the water. The action did not disappoint as the men’s and women’s races saw tight racing during both the sprint and long distance races–which were held on separate days. With an enthusiastic crowd cheering them on, it was Connor Baxter and German hometown hero Sonni Hönscheid who came out on top with the overall victories. So check out the action from the final day of competition in this awesome highlight video.

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Recap of round one of the Standup World Series in Japan.

 

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6Jun/16Off

Euro Tour | Thrilling Finish at Bilbao World SUP Challenge

Thrilling Finish at Bilbao World SUP Challenge

In the shadows of the world famous Guggenheim Museum, the Euro Tour made its fifth stop of the season this past weekend at the Bilbao World SUP Challenge. In what is widely-regarded as the biggest race of the Euro Tour schedule, the anticipation levels were high and the action did not disappoint.

From 10-man Supsquatch racing to thrilling finishes and post-race controversy, this year’s event had a little bit of everything. In the end, it was Connor Baxter and Seychelle Hattingh who stood atop the podium following hard fought battles in the 14 kilometer race on the narrow Nervión River.

In the men’s division, it was race of attrition. 23 paddlers made up the lead pack until a blistering pace in the closing stages narrowed the lead train down to eight. Much like the previous two weeks, the final push to the finish line came down to a Battle Royale between Starboard teammates Baxter and Michael Booth. The hard-charging Maui man timed his move just right and passed Booth during the final few hundred yards of the race to win by a mere board-length.

Connor Baxter (right) narrowly defeated teammate Michael Booth (left) after a hard-fought battle. Photo: The Euro Tour Facebook
Connor Baxter (right) narrowly defeated teammate Michael Booth (left) to win Bilbao. Photo: The Euro Tour Facebook

However, the action didn’t end at the finish line. Following the race, Booth disputed the finish–claiming that Baxter ran him too close to the river wall and boxed him out–before having some choice words for his teammate. Race organizers deemed the finish clean, so Booth will be forced to wait until next week to get another shot at Baxter. After three straight weeks of close finishes and head-to-head racing, it should be no surprise that a rivalry has developed between the tour’s top paddlers.

The women’s race also featured an exciting finish between Americans Fiona Wylde and Seychelle Hattingh.  Wylde grabbed the lead early and set the pace for much of the race. However, Hattingh was lurking behind her and charged to the lead during the final sprint to the finish. Between this win and claiming last week’s “Fastest Paddler on Earth” title, Hattingh is quickly becoming a major force in the women’s circuit.

Following the high stakes racing on Saturday, the paddlers got to enjoy a Sunday fun day with the always entertaining Supsquatch racing. Ten paddlers hopped on giant inflatable SUPs for a wild and wacky race that was definitely a crowd-pleaser. Highlights from that race and the rest of the weekend can be found in the attached recap video.

Next week the tour will head to San Sebastian for the sixth stop on the tour. With a new rivalry and some very fast contenders, it’s expected to be another exciting race. As always, stay current on all Euro Tour action at supthemag.com.

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Coverage of last week’s Euro Tour stop at Lost Mills in Germany.

Complete recap and analysis from the first stop of the 2016 Standup World Series in Japan.

 

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2Jun/16Off

2016 Euro Tour | Booth and Hönscheid Win Lost Mills

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Paddlers jockey for position on Lake Brombachsee during the Lost Mills race. Photo: The Euro Tour.

Booth and Hönscheid Win Lost Mills

Germany’s picturesque Lake Brombachsee set the backdrop for last weekend’s famed Lost Mills race–the fourth stop of the 2016 Euro Tour. With a stacked field including both new and familiar faces, the air was filled with anticipation for what was expected to be a thrilling weekend of racing.

The first day featured the always exciting “Fastest Paddler on Earth” contest. This year, the 200-meter sprint races attracted a record 91 athletes who went all-out to claim the coveted title.

On the men’s side, several new paddlers put on impressive efforts including 17-year-old American Noa Hopper and Frenchman Boris Jinvresse–who finished runner-up. However, it was Maui man Connor Baxter who dug deep on the final sprint of the day to snatch the victory and reclaim the title he won back in 2013. As for the women, it was endurance paddler Seychelle Hattingh–who owns a world record for paddling 110 miles in 24 hours–who showed off her sprinting prowess with a dominating performance.

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Meet the “World’s Fastest Padders”, Connor Baxter and Seychelle Hattingh. Photo courtesy of The Euro Tour.

On day two, the competitors switched gears to get ready for the 18 kilometer race that featured three laps and 18 buoy turns. This setup gave the feel of a “giant course race” that rewarded not only endurance, but also the paddlers’ technical abilities.

The men’s race featured tight racing with 22 paddlers making up the lead group for the majority of the race. That is until the race began to draw to a close, when four racers–Jake Jenson, Titouan Puyo, Connor Baxter and Michael Booth–were finally able to separate themselves from the pack.

These four nipped at each others heels until a frantic sprint to the finish broke out between Baxter and Booth. In the end, it was the Booth who out-sprinted the newly crowned “Fastest Paddler on Earth” to claim victory. The triumph was sweet revenge for the Australian, who narrowly defeated by Baxter only one week ago in France.

The lead pack (from left) Titouan Puyo, Jake Jenson, Michael Booth and Connor Baxter. Photo: The Euro Tour
The lead pack (from left) Titouan Puyo, Jake Jenson, Michael Booth and Connor Baxter. Photo: The Euro Tour

In the women’s long distance event, German Sonni Hönscheid continued her dominate run by handily defeating Americans Seychelle Hattingh and Fiona Wylde by over two minutes. She has yet to be defeated during the 2016 Euro Tour and is certainly showing no signs of slowing down.

This coming weekend, the tour will head to the Basque Country for the biggest race of the year, The Bilbao World SUP Challenge. Stay tuned to SUPthemag.com for a full recap and analysis of all the action.

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Check out the action from the Euro Tour’s third stop at St. Maxime, France.

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25May/16Off

2016 Euro Tour Off to Memorable Start

Paddlers compete during round two of the 2016 Euro Tour at the Port Adriano SUP Race. Photo courtesy of Euro Tour Facebook.
Paddlers compete during round two of the 2016 Euro Tour at the Port Adriano SUP Race. Photo courtesy of Euro Tour Facebook.

2016 Euro Tour Off to Memorable Start

Prior to last year, the European SUP racing scene was like a unfinished puzzle–the pieces were all there, they just didn’t make a complete picture. Despite a plethora of different races and a talented pool of paddlers, there was simply no platform for them to face-off against one another in an organized fashion.

That all changed in 2015 when industry insiders put their heads together and created the inaugural Euro Tour. After a successful first season, organizers expanded the tour–nearly doubling the number of events to now include 14 stops in 11 countries over the course of three months. With more racers able to compete in more events, 2016 was set to be a thrilling year of paddling action.

Now with the first three rounds of the 2016 Euro Tour in the books, one thing is clear–it’s going to be a wild summer.

Unpredictable conditions, emerging SUP racers, beautiful locations, and nail-biter finishes are all phrases that would accurately depict the opening rounds to Europe’s biggest SUP racing circuit. Yet despite it all, two familiar faces remain atop a very hungry pack of paddlers.

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The picturesque setting of the Mediterranean island of Mallorca set the stage for round two of the 2016 Euro Tour. Photo courtesy of Euro Tour Facebook.

Defending Euro Tour champions Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid came out of round three–the SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime, France–with hard-fought victories that catapulted them to front-runners in the championship hunt. However, tight competition and narrow victories sent a message that defending their championships will not be easy.

With the picturesque scenery of the French Riviera in the background, Baxter was in command during his course race victory on day one. However, things would not come so easy on day two. Australian Michael Booth surprised everyone by pulling away from both Baxter and Titouan Puyo–the 2016 Carolina Cup winner–to win the long distance race by a minute. Booth’s effort was nearly enough to eclipse Baxter’s overall combined time, but the Maui native hung on to the overall victory by a mere nine seconds (virtually nothing considering his winning time was just over two hours and seven minutes).

Meanwhile, Hönscheid fought off a strong effort from Fiona Wylde to claim both the course and long distances races in St. Maxime. Fresh off a win in round two of the tour, the German paddler is already starting to look like the heavy favorite to repeat as Euro Tour champion.

The SUP Race Cup also happened to be the first of three “headliner” events in the Euro Tour schedule–meaning these three races are higher profile and will play a large part in determining the champion. Since many of the top international paddlers do not compete until the headliner events, the first two rounds gave local paddlers a chance to shine.

Stormy weather made the season-opening round in Portugal a challenging affair. Photo courtesy of Euro Tour Facebook.
Stormy weather made the season-opening round in Portugal a challenging affair. Photo courtesy of Euro Tour Facebook.

Round two was held on the picturesque Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Formally known as the Port Adriano SUP race, it featured an Italian sweep of the podium with Paolo Marconi taking home the victory on the men’s side. As for the women, Susak Molinero–who happens to be Marconi’s girlfriend–put in a strong showing and finished runner-up to the defending champ.

Meanwhile, the season kicked-off under stormy skies at the Port Setubal SUP Race in Portugal. Overcoming challenging conditions, Italian Leonard Nika won the men’s division and Spain’s Laura Quetglas held off some hard-charging ladies to claim victory in the inaugural event.

Up next for the Euro Tour is one of the most highly anticipated races of the season, the Lost Mills race in Germany. The action should be intense with Baxter trying to hold off a fast field of paddlers, while Hönscheid goes for victory on her home soil.

As always, stay tuned to SUPtheMag.com for all your Euro Tour news, results and analysis.

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Get caught up on the wild finish during round one of the Standup World Series’ in Japan.

Find out what went down during last year’s Lost Mills race in Germany.

 

 

 

 

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23May/16Off

The New Wave Is Coming | Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer Go Foil Surfing

A New Wave Coming | Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer Go Foil Surfing

There’s a new a style of hydrofoils in standup paddling, and their eminent public release is churning the waters of SUP with an onslaught of buzz regarding its feasibility, practicality and general potential for a damn good time. The Go Foil, is an underwater wing that–when used properly–will lift the board and rider out of the water during downwinders or while surfing. While Starboard and other brands are designing specific boards tailored to the foil, paddlers will be happy to learn it also attaches to any SUP through a modified fin-box.

Last month, Kai Lenny unveiled the new device with a mind-blowing video of him downwinding with the foil—a discipline where hydrofoiling had never been figured out before. The reaction from the SUP community? Overwhelming. Paddlers, surfers and watersports enthusiasts alike were all fascinated with the Go Foil and many believe it will dramatically change not only downwinding, but the entire sport of standup paddling.

Now, we find a video of Starboard riders Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer riding the foil in the surf. While people have been hydrofoiling in the surf for quite some time, the versatility of the Go Foil could prove revolutionary.

Want to try one? You’ll have to wait a few months because while you can pre-order the Go Foil, it will not begin shipping until August. So for now, enjoy watching the newest craze in SUP and weigh in with your own opinion: How do you expect the Go Foil to impact the future of SUP?

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Kai Lenny’s high-flyin’ downwind run on the hydrofoil.

Watch Zane take four lil’ groms on the ultimate party wave.

 

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