In today’s world of social media, it’s become commonplace to see multiple posts featuring SUP yogis twisted and contorted into an assortment of advanced SUP positions. While the photos are incredible, the rest of us mere mortals can’t help but wonder how they got into those positions. Now thanks to this latest video, a SUP yogi sheds some light by moving through a few back-bending moves that are sure to amaze.
More SUP yoga.
It is certainly no secret that the Canary Islands are world-class SUP surfing destination. Rocky point breaks dot the coastline and produce big slabs that are perfect for carving. Proving this point are Starboard shredders Iballa Moreno and “Vilayta” David Rodal Santiago. The duo took advantage of a decent swell that recently hit the islands and produced this classic edit featuring long rights, beautiful scenery and textbook SUP surfing.
Epic video of SUP surfing El Niño-fueled swell in the Canary Islands.
For more awesome SUP surfing, check out Kai Bates in Indonesia.
River paddlers and mountain sports athletes rejoice, the GoPro Mountain Games are drawing near.
On June 9-12, the biggest mountain sports and lifestyle event will return to the picturesque town of Vail, Colorado for four days of competition, music and good vibes. In what has become a mecca for mountain sports enthusiasts, the GoPro Mountain Games will feature over 25 different competitions taking place in nine distinct disciplines ranging from climbing to rafting.
Of course, our favorite discipline is River SUP (we may be a tad biased). Paddlers have the opportunity to compete in three unique events, all of which will test their strength, skill and toughness. These include a three-mile downriver SUP sprint, a no-holds-barred, full-contact SUP Cross race, and finally a SUP skills invitational that rewards paddlers with the best board control.
When not watching standup paddling’s top river athletes duke it out, the GoPro Mountain Games offer plenty to keep fans buzzing. They can check out the multiple outdoor expo areas, demo exciting new gear–including a OneWheel demo course—and get their groove on at free nightly concerts featuring the likes of Katchafire, Stephen Marley and more.
The GoPro Mountain Games have all the makings of an epic party and if last year’s event is any indication, you won’t want to miss it. For more information or to register, visit their official website.
Check out the vibe with a recap video of the last year’s GoPro Mountain Games.
SAN CLEMENTE, California – 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.”
Vaz joins the SIC Global team as its ninth global athlete sharing the stage with SIC’s other global athletes Sonni Honscheid, Georges Cronsteadt, Lina Augaitis, Kenny Kaneko, Andrea Moller, Livio Menelau, Jeremy Riggs, and Tamas Buday Jr. Vaz has been a leader in the SUP Surf world since he began competing on the global circuit in 2011. With a string of wins under his belt, he has become synonymous with Performance SUP Surfing.
Some of Caio Vaz’s accomplishments include:
* 2016 1st Place, Sunset Beach Pro
* 2016 Ultimate Waterman 6th Place
* 2016 Current Leader, Standup World Tour
* 2015 World Champion, Standup World Tour
* 2015 SUP Awards – Men’s Athlete of the Year
* 2014 Runner Up, Standup World Tour
* 2013 Runner Up, Standup World Tour
Hailing from Brazil, Vaz has spent his early years crafting his signature style, as a competitive shortboard surfer (prone). Under the tutelage of some of Brazil’s greatest coaches, he developed his signature style and competitive surfing techniques. In the summers of 2009/2010, Vaz began translating his love of surfing into the newly emerging sport of SUP. This year Vaz has already started strong with a first place podium at the Sunset Beach Pro and receiving an invite to this year’s hallowed Ultimate Waterman competition held in New Zealand. Vaz will compete at all stops on the Standup World Tour for Performance Surf in 2016. In addition to his competitive schedule, Vaz travels to the corners of the globe filming for his YouTube Channel “TheVazBrothersTV” and shooting photography.
About SIC Maui
SIC is the stand up paddling industry’s premiere manufacturer of high quality, race proven stand up paddleboards and accessories. Founded on the island of Maui and cultivated on a legacy of world class open ocean racing, SIC is an authentic stand up paddle board maker proud to lay claim to a heritage of designing the most winning board share together with out team of elite athletes, brand ambassadors and customers around the globe. Five Star Performance is our motto and we wear it with pride each day through our commitment to extending the SIC experience on and off the water to our growing family. SIC is committed to delivering the very best paddling can offer; for any condition, discipline or ability level.
With Memorial Day weekend nearly upon us, summer is unofficially here. While the warm weather is good news for paddlers, it also means local waterways and surf breaks will be packed with every watercraft known to man. So for those of us who prefer a bit more solitude in our paddle sessions, check out this tropical edit of Tahitian legend Georges Cronsteadt SUP surfing an idyllic reef break in Tahiti–sans crowd. Crystal clear water, fun waves, and not a soul in sight–can it it get any better? So hit that big play button and fuel your SUP daydream.
From the Mag story of competing in Tahiti’s renowned Ironmana Liquid Festival.
Another dreamy island getaway that’s perfect for SUP.
Words by Rebecca Parsons
Without a healthy ocean, there would simply be no life on Earth. That’s in large part because phytoplankton–plant-like microorganisms that live on the ocean’s surface–are actually responsible for producing half of our planet’s oxygen. Not to mention, the ocean is a valuable source of food, offers new forms of medicine, absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and–our personal favorite–serves as a playground for watermen. Yet, despite being an essential resource, the ocean is constantly being polluted, overfished and destroyed. Luckily for us, these five noble organizations have made it their mission to preserve and protect our magnificent oceans so that we can paddle their pristine waters for years to come. – RP
1. Oceana: In 2001, Oceana was created to fill a gap among environmental non-profit groups in the United States. Less than .5% of resources spent by these groups went towards the protection of our oceans. Oceana set out to change that by be focused entirely on oceans and making changes through scientific campaigns with set deadlines and goals. Oceana has celebrated over 100 victories since its founding that range from protecting sea turtles from fishermen to stopping bottom trawling in sensitive marine habitats.
2. Surfrider Foundation: Over 30 years ago, the Surfrider Foundation was created by a group of surfers to protect their beloved Malibu surf break. Today, Surfrider does much more than just protect local breaks. Through their network of volunteers across the country, they work to prevent plastic pollution, improve coastal water quality, maintain public beach access, and battle issues such as coastal development and beach dredging. Currently, Surfrider has over 300 success stories and has 56% of US coastlines protected. Their mission: to protect 100%. Fight on Surfrider, fight on.
3. Institute for Ocean Conservation Science: Through scientific research, the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science seeks to expand the realm of knowledge for threats to the ocean and its occupants. The institute recognizes that many of the ocean’s problems are interconnected and as a result, focuses its research on understudied marine organisms that play an important ecological role. They work to advance ecosystem-based fisheries management, sustainably manage forage fish, and are conducting innovative research on the impacts of commercial fishing on sharks. The institute has experienced several successes, the most noteworthy being significant policy improvements and international trade restrictions on great white sharks.
4. Save the Waves: Save the Waves partners with local communities in an effort to protect coastal ecosystems as well as strengthen the community. They focus on issues that directly impact the surf zone: coastal development, water quality and watersheds, sea level rise and coastal erosion, marine debris, reefs, and public access. They acknowledge that the surf zone is a valuable spot to surfers and paddlers, but more importantly is home to many marine organisms. In an effort to raise funds, Save the Waves puts on an awesome film festival, complete with tacos, beer, and epic surf films. It’s well worth attending, as you know your money is going to a good cause.
5. The 5 Gyres Institute: Perhaps you’ve heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch–a mob of trash twice the size of Texas floating through the Pacific. It’s disgusting and it’s our fault. 5 Gyres conducts research on aquatic plastic pollution and hopes for a future in which the ocean is free of plastic. To fully understand the impacts of plastic pollution, they sail through the five subtropical gyres with a team of scientists, journalists, and sailors. Their findings are published on multimedia outlets and peer-reviewed publications. In an effort to eliminate plastic pollution, they organize cleanup efforts, while also promoting the use of new materials and better-designed products.
Three easy ways you can help conserve our environment.
Learn about climate change and how it affects SUP.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeffrey and Finn Spencer are two of the most talented up and coming groms in our sport and can flat-out rip. Despite only being 15 and 12, repectively, both have become familiar faces in the youth SUP contest circuit–mostly because they win most events they enter. Now with Go Foil–the underwater wing that lifts boards out of the water on waves or downwind runs–making a splash in the SUP world, these two Maui groms decided to try em’ out for themselves.
Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer take the Go Foil to the waves.
Kai Lenny’s radical downwinding run with the hydrofoil.
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?
Kai Lenny’s high-flyin’ downwind run on the hydrofoil.
Watch Zane take four lil’ groms on the ultimate party wave.
It’s a known fact that the best way to get better at paddling is to paddle. While specialized SUP training done right can certainly lead to more speed and better mechanics in every sector of SUP, but the training repertoire for some of the sport’s top performers is a key component of continued success. And no one makes the benefits more clear than multiple M2O winner Travis Grant.
Growing up in Queensland, Australia, Grant cut his waterman teeth in one man and six man outrigger canoes. When he moved to Oahu in 2013, Hawaii’s well-developed racing scene gave him the chance to rekindle his love of competitive canoeing during the SUP off-season. Over the past couple of years, Grant has entered some form of canoe race—usually OC-1 or OC-6—almost every weekend, throwing in some surfski for good measure. Last winter, he won the overall title at the Maui Jim Waterman Series, which involves OC-1, prone paddling, SUP and surfski racing. Grant also claimed the men’s open OC-1 division at the Oahu Championships, which gave him the overall win in the four-race Scott Hawaii Gold Challenge.
This winter, Grant entered even more canoe races, repeating his victory at the Oahu Championship winning at Koa Nui Pa’a for the third year in a row, leading the Waterman Series and finishing second in the Maui2Molokai contest. To prepare for these races, he spends several hours a week at Waikiki’s historic Outrigger Canoe Club, honing his speed and power output on various crafts.
“I’m constantly trying to improve my technique in the canoes and then transfer what I learn in the winter to my SUP racing,” Grant says. “Though you’re sitting down or kneeling in other craft, the paddling mechanics are still relevant to standup.”
Considering how little time he spent standup paddling the past few months, it might surprise some that Grant took second at the season’s first major race, Carolina Cup, in one of the fastest fields in recent years.
“I felt pretty good and executed my game plan, but Tito just seemed to want it more,” Grant said. “He’s been going from strength to strength each year and was just too good on the day.”
Next up was the 8th annual Olokai Ho’o. Though nobody could catch Connor Baxter, and Grant admits he “made a few mistakes,” the Aussie finished fourth in a very close contest. While many of his competitors were winding down for the weekend, Grant was back out on the water, masterfully navigating the bumps and wind on his way to winning the OC-1 division.
He just completed the first part of his next double act, winning the Molokai2Oahu OC-1 title against a deep field of outrigger specialists. During the last weekend in July, Grant will try to do the M2O double when he attempts to defend his SUP title against an in-form Connor Baxter, a hungry Kai Lenny and the rest of SUP’s best distance racers. Grant believes that his canoe training and racing has helped him become more efficient in standup, which is one of the keys to conserving energy in the most grueling event on the SUP calendar.”
“Guys like me and Danny Ching who do a lot of outrigger are always thinking about technique first,” Grant said. “As we’ve been taught to try and get as much power and distance from every stroke as possible, our cadence is a lot lower than some of the younger guys who have great engines. I suppose if you put both styles together you’d have the perfect paddler.”
Last year, Grant competed on several stops on the Euro Tour, in addition to all the major races in the US and Hawaii. But for the rest of 2016, a big upcoming life event has caused him to change his plans: his wife, Blair, is expecting their first child. So Grant has dialed back his race commitments, deciding to forego a return to Europe and focus on Molokai, the Pacific Paddle Games and a couple other major races before his family expands in late-October. So while he’s eager to show his stuff on the water, Grant won’t allow paddling – whether that’s SUP, OC-1, surfski, or anything in between – dominate his world.
“I’m trying to train a bit, race a bit, work hard, renovate my house and spend plenty of time with my family,” Grant said. “Because the balance between all these areas is pretty good I’m enjoying my paddling more than ever.” — PW
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Hop aboard for one of Travis Grant’s many unconventional training techniques—chasing yachts and riding wake bumps.
Standup paddleboarding has lent itself to some pretty wacky ideas over the years–from a SUP surfing goat to a giant SUP banzai run down a drainage ditch. However, this new video may take the title of “Most Innovative Ridiculous Use of a Standup Paddleboard.”
We find here legendary Australian SUP hellman Roger “Dogman” Saunders and a comfy-looking couch chair, a combination that bears uncanny resemblance to that Dude from The Big Lebowski. Dogman takes his La-Z-Boy to a standup paddleboard and proceeds to have one of the most relaxing SUP surfing sessions of all time. Forget standup paddling, the Dogman may have just invented a new sport–sitdown paddling. So to sum up this moment of cutting-edge innovation in our sport, we’ll leave you with the insightful words of one Jeffrey Lebowski: “The dude abides.”
For something else different, watch the Dogman SUP shredding to a heavy metal soundtrack.
For more mindless entertainment, check out some hilarious SUP bloopers.
For Australian SUP phenom Kai Bates, ripping on world-class waves is just part of his daily routine. Bates has the type of life that most of us dream of: traveling to the world to SUP surf idyllic waves with his best friends. Meanwhile, the rest of us can live vicariously through Bates thanks to the latest video of him ripping in Indonesia. Bates and filmmaker Forrest Ladkin went to the tropical nation and despite the lack of large swell, they still had a blast. As usual, Bates still managed to absolutely shred and make a case for himself being one of standup paddling’s top surfers. So take a peek into the life of one of SUP surfing’s young stars.
Video of Bates’ recent trip to Papua New Guinea to SUP surf a croc-infested tidal bore.
Bates and other SUP surfing youth go island hopping in this rad progressive SUP surfing edit.
The tiny islands of Caye Caulker have a simple maxim—“Go Slow.” And it couldn’t be more apropos.
The coral island—one of 200 that comprise the Caribbean nation—is located 21 miles northeast of Belize City, stretching only five miles long and one mile wide. There are no paved roads. Bikes and golf carts serve as the only form of transportation through the sandy streets.
Belize boasts the second largest reef in the world, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The water temperature averages 82°F (28°C) year round and its brilliant blue translucent hue can’t be conveyed in any postcard. Nurse sharks, rays and parrotfish are among the common sightings at the reef which is teeming with life.
Upon learning of this tropical paradise, I immediately wanted to plan a trip there. Three months later, my boyfriend and I were on a plane with a bag full of bikinis and boardshorts in the overhead compartment.
We flew into Belize City and felt the island vibe as soon as we touched down. A boisterous taxi driver with a sweet, Caribbean accent drove us to the water taxi, where we boarded the boat with thirty other excited travelers–many with the local beer, Belikin, already in hand.
Next stop: Caye Caulker.
Upon our arrival, we got acquainted with the standup paddle shops the island had to offer. A small, beachfront shop—Contour—quickly became our favorite. They had a wide selection of boards, friendly staff and their products and rentals were reasonably priced. We were tempted to partake in one of the company’s renowned SUP tours, no doubt a fascinating way to learn more about the area and its history, we opted to rent boards and go it alone. I find, more often than not, the best traveling SUP adventures don’t always come with a tour guide.
In 1961 Caye Caulker was hit by a hurricane that split it into two islands. Today, the south island is the larger and more popular of the two, while the north island remains mostly untouched with only a few inhabitants and one resort.
Warm, tropical wind made the paddling itself a real breeze (pun indeed) as we set off to explore the north island. Our strokes took us past colorful homes and over sea grass, trumpet fish, tarpon and yellow stingrays. Despite the beauty of the north island, eventually we were lured to the south island.
Once past the resort, the only sounds audible were those of the wind and the wildlife. We hugged the coast and paddled through small inlets in the mangroves until the water got too shallow and then simply turned around and found a new one. Although we didn’t happen upon any manatees, the experience was perfect.
We spent ten days snorkeling, paddling, kayaking, biking and exploring Caye Caulker. We made friends with the locals, tried new foods, acquired mosquito bites, got burnt by the sun and loved every minute of it. Who knows, maybe 30 years from now I’ll become one of the retired expats calling the island home. Regardless, I’ll surely be back someday.
There are plenty of options on the island, all at an affordable price. You can get a hostel for as cheap as $13 a night or choose from one of the many colorful guest houses.
When you visit the Cayes, it’s all about the rum. The Panty Ripper, a mix of pineapple juice and coconut rum, is a local favorite. Or if you’re in the mood for a beer, the Belikin is the brew of choice. At $2.50 USD for most beverages, the prices can’t be beat. Just be sure to pace yourself.
Seafood is probably your best bet. There are tons of restaurants, but the best dinner I had was from the taco carts that line the streets at night. For breakfast, definitely try the fry jack place, a little hole in the wall on one of the back streets. If you’ve never had a fry jack, you should. It’s a thin circle of fried bread, filled with eggs, beans, meat, and salsa.
Aside from standup paddling, our favorite excursion was a trip to the Great Blue Hole–a massive sinkhole about 45 miles east of Caye Caulker. It provides a great destination for both snorkeling and diving. Our other favorite outing was a visit to the Lamanai–a Mayan ruins site. We took a boat to the mainland and then boarded another boat that navigated 20 miles through the jungle to the site. The jungle cruise was beautiful and the ruins were absolutely breathtaking.
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Grab the girls and go!
Women’s SUP retreats offer lots of activity—and relaxation—in storybook settings that will have you feeling like you’re living the dream with your favorite females. Strengthen bonds with your girlfriends, while also strengthening your mind and body, during a once-in-a-lifetime vacation that centers around SUP and fun in a ladies-only environment. —Shari Coble
An active yet relaxing retreat in the Caribbean with professional athlete and Yoga4SUP owner Audrey Meyer sounds like a dream. Participants start each day meditating in paradise before heading off for a healthy snack and SUP or SUP yoga sessions off the sandy shores of Cabarete. After a nice paddle, breakfast is served, followed by some R&R with massages (for an additional cost) and pool time. Later in the day, you can learn to Kiteboard like a pro (lessons cost additional), or continue relaxing before ending the day with sunset yoga and a delicious dinner.
Dates: May 20th – 23th 2016; October 28th – 31st 2016; December 2th – 5th 2016
Book your trip here.
Four days with Wild Women Expeditions in Algonquin Park features both SUP and SUP yoga at the northern edge of Algonquin resort. Led by SUP yoga instructor Jenifer Rudski, guests learn new SUP skills before transitioning yoga practices from the mat to the board on the sprawling Lake Kawawaymog. After busy days with lots of physical activity, you and your friends can relax in the sauna, enjoy tasty dinners, and kick back around a campfire. If you want to connect with nature and others, build strength and balance and become a better standup paddler, this is the retreat for you.
Dates: August 4 – 7, 2016
Reserve your spot now.
This five-day escape in the Caribbean is a unique bonding experience for moms and daughters who enjoy the finer things in life: SUP, yoga, food and art. Beyond SUP sessions in Rincon, retreat-goers will balance themselves with daily yoga and enjoy additional activities including snorkeling, a cooking class with wine pairings, fun teamwork challenges against other mother-daughter duos, and a painting class.
Rate: $700 – $825
Dates: September 29 – October 3, 2016
Book this retreat here.
A four-day wilderness adventure on the Colorado River with SOL Fitness Adventures is an experience that can’t be missed. Meet up in Green River, Utah before heading out to the put-in at Loma, where you’ll be swept away by scenic views of Ruby and Westwater Canyons. Float, raft, SUP and kayak during the day, then setup camp each night along the river. You’ll feel relaxed and accomplished from hiking through side canyons, paddling in calm waters, and charging the rapids with fellow females on this adventurous retreat through “Little Grand Canyon.”
Dates: September 15 – 18
Make reservations now.
Learn to SUP and surf on Peru’s north shore during Surf Sisters’ luxury retreat. Upgrade your retreat to the SUP package for $250 and you’ll be a seasoned SUP chick by the end of your eight-day stay. The SUP package upgrade gets you daily lessons with a coach and all the necessary SUP gear for the entire trip. Rates also include four healthy meals each day, daily yoga, surf lessons for all levels, a massage to help you relax, and complimentary transportation to and from the airport.
Rate: $2,013 – $2,416
Dates: October 23 – 30
Book this retreat here.
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While the practice of yoga dates back nearly 5000 years to ancient Indian cultures, the origins of SUP yoga are less clear. After standup paddleboarding exploded in popularity nearly a decade ago, yogis soon realized the stable platform of a SUP could be a perfect fit for yoga on the water. Before long, the sub-sport of SUP yoga was born and longtime yogis and beginners alike began to (pardon the pun) get their feet wet with this new way of practicing yoga.
Here we see a small group practicing SUP yoga in the ocean, balancing in traditional postures as the gentle swells pass beneath–giving them a stronger connection with the ocean. Add to that a beautiful sunset and you’d be challenged to find a more picturesque setting for a yoga session. So enjoy watching these paddlers connect with the ocean during a sunset yoga session, then grab your board and watch your stress melt away.
For another picturesque SUP yoga session.
Six SUP yoga destinations that are sure to make for a relaxing getaway.
On June 3-4, the picturesque shores of Atlantic City, NC will be teeming with paddlers of all different ages and skill levels for the Crystal Kai SUP Cup 2016.
Featuring both long (10K) and short (5K) courses, experienced and novice paddlers will each have the opportunity to compete in Bogue Sound near Monkey Island Bay. Adding to the anticipation is a total prize purse of $10,000 that will be up for grabs for both novices and elite racers.
However, the action doesn’t end when the races are over. There will also be a vendor village, so paddlers can check out the latest gear and boards from some of the industry’s top brands. Plus, each paddler that participates will get a free ticket for the Crystal Coast Music Festival featuring Third Eye Blind, Robert DeLong and more.
It’s expected to be a perfect event for the entire family to paddle, mingle with the SUP community, and hear some tunes. For more information or to register, go to their website.
West Wareham, MA and Boise, ID – May 2nd, 2016 – BIC Sport today announced its sponsorship of the REI Outessa Summit, outdoor weekend getaways for women which offers authentic outdoor adventures led by professional athletes and guides. In its inaugural year, the two weekends will be held at Kirkwood Resort near Lake Tahoe, California, from August 19 to 21, and Powder Mountain near Salt Lake City, Utah from September 9 to 11. Registration is now open to the public.
As part of the partnership BIC Sport will offer participants on-water and off-water Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) instruction and SUP Yoga sessions with BIC SUP ambassadors Casi Rynkowski, Julie Roach, Jodelle Fitzwater and Anna Levesque.
“We have an incredibly talented and passionate
group of women ambassadors who help us
develop our product range as well as promote the
sport and our brand on a daily basis”, said Chris
Decerbo, VP of Sales & Marketing at BIC Sport.
“This is an ideal venue for them to share their
Stand Up Paddle expertise while inspiring and empowering women to get out on the water.”
For BIC Sport Jimmy Blakeney Jimmy.firstname.lastname@example.org 508-271-2770
For REI Outessa Summit Julie Atherton, JAM Collective email@example.com 415-839-7546
“Through the REI Outessa Summit, we are offering women the opportunity to try something new and experience some unforgettable outdoor adventures,” said Julia Stamps Mallon, co-founder and VP business development of Eventus Outdoors, the company behind REI Outessa Summit. “We are excited that BIC Sport has partnered with us to offer Stand Up Paddleboard instruction and activities both on and off the water.”
These weekends boast flexibility and variety since each attendee can customize her schedule, although choosing classes might be the biggest challenge as more than 200 options exist. Camping, backpacking, kayaking, outdoor cooking, mountain biking, paddleboarding, rock climbing, yoga, hiking and trail running are some of the offered activities.
Mallon added, “After three days, Outessa women will find inspiration in their peers as well as in their own new- found abilities. We want them to connect with the outdoors and each other during these unforgettable weekends.”
To learn more and register, visit www.outessa.com, follow on Instagram and Twitter, and like on Facebook.
Founded in 1979 by the Bich family, of BIC pen fame, BIC Sport grew from the family’s passion for watersports and expertise in sustainable manufacturing. BIC’s core values of quality, durability and affordability form the foundation of BIC Sport’s reputation, and have opened the world of watersports to hundreds of thousands of watersport enthusiasts. The company’s manufacturing facility, based on the Brittany coast in France, has long been focused for environmental awareness, with specific achievements in reduced energy consumption, resources conservation, no polluting emissions, and certain products which are 100% recyclable. These efforts, plus attention to social conditions for its workforce, have been recognized with numerous awards such as EcoRide Gold certification by EuroSIMA. BIC Sport products are available in over 90 countries through its direct subsidiaries, or independent distributors, servicing over 5000 retail and on-water locations.
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SUP competition season is now in full swing, with paddling events taking place around the world. This includes a SUP surfing contest that recently took place in Sayulita, Mexico–located only 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. The 2016 Sayulita SUP National Finals was a weekend-long competition from May 6-8 that brought paddlers together to compete in both racing and surfing disciplines. In this edit, we find highlights from what looked like a very successful event.
After a healthy field of paddlers competed in the racing event, many talented SUP surfers took to the water and put on a epic display of textbook progressive SUP surfing. 360s, aerials and powerful turns were all executed perfectly, despite waves that remained small throughout the contest. So hit that play button and enjoy watching some fresh faces shredding south of the border.
Bernd Roediger’s epic SUP surfing adventure in Mexico.
For a real adventure, try SUP spearfishing down in Baja.
Casper Steinfath and Angela Jackson win season opener at Victoria Cup.
The 2016 Standup World Series got off to a thrilling start this past weekend at the Victoria Cup in Japan. The season’s opening round saw the world’s fastest paddlers duking it out at Zushi beach with tight racing and ultra-close finishes resulting in an emotional first-time winner.
Danish paddler Casper Steinfath finally broke through to claim his first ever World Series win after edging out two of the fastest paddlers in the world–Kai Lenny and Mo Freitas–during Sunday’s sprint finals to grab the overall win. While Steinfath has come close to winning several times, the Victoria Cup marked the first time he has stood atop the podium in a World Series event.
After finishing a solid third during Saturday’s long-distance race, Steinfath saw Sunday’s sprint race–a discipline in which he excels–as a big opportunity. After cruising through his early heats, the finals had Steinfath in an epic three-way battle that would thrill the crowd. Mo Freitas got out to a hot start and led the majority of the race, but Steinfath dug deep in the final leg to overtake Freitas and then hold off a hard-charging Kai Lenny to be first up the beach.
Finishing second overall in the men’s division was Connor Baxter–who won Saturday’s long-distance race and came in fifth on Sunday. Rounding out the podium was Kai Lenny, who came into the event as the defending World Series and Victoria Cup Champion.
On the women’s side, the overall results came down to a tie-breaker between Angela Jackson and Fiona Wylde. Wylde held off Jackson to win Saturday’s distance event, however, Sunday the roles reversed and it was Jackson who edged Wylde to claim the sprint event.
After finishing in a tie, the overall winner was determined based on the time gap between their finishes. Despite both finishes being close, Jackson’s win over Wylde was by a greater margin, thus earning earning her the overall victory. Rounding out the women’s podium was a strong showing by Candice Appleby, who finished third in the sprint race after a minor bump caused her to lose momentum while leading the race.
Up next for the world’s fastest paddlers will be the Mercedes World Cup of Standup Paddling taking place June 24-26 in Scharbeutz, Germany. With tough racing and close finishes highlighting a competitive first round, this year’s Standup World Series is bound to be as good as ever.
Stay tuned to SUPthemag.com for all the latest news, highlights and analysis from the 2016 Standup World Series season.
Get to know Round 1 winner, Casper Steinfath.
A look back at the action when the Standup World Series raced in Japan during 2014.
Inflatable standup paddleboards continue to gain popularity and open up new waterways for paddlers that previously were unreachable. When deflated, they can fit into a large backpack and give paddlers the mobility to explore areas and fit into spaces that previously were unaccessible. From underground WWII bunkers to remote mountain lakes, inflatable SUPs allows paddlers to become pioneers–a rare term in the 21st century.
This video provides a perfect example of this as paddler Darrell Kirk paddles in Oregon’s Oneonta Falls. Ducking under giant logs and climbing over boulders, Kirk’s inflatable SUP gave him the mobility to explore this hidden gem on the Columbia River Gorge. While it was a challenge getting there, he was rewarded with a glorious waterfall cascading between towering rock walls covered in green moss. So enjoy watching SUP pioneering and get inspired to grab your own board and explore our majestic planet.
Footage of standup paddling another Oregon gem…the Hood River.
Adorable video of Darrell Kirk sharing the stoke and paddling with his young son.
“Dang, that Australian kid is fast!”
SUPFiesta co-founder and organizer Anthony Vela proclaimed as he watched the event’s breakthrough champ, Harry Maskell, lead the oldest pack of paddlers around the event’s main race—the Flying Mile—during last weekend’s kids-only elite SUP surf and race event in Newport Beach—the 4th annual Quickblade Jr Pro and Youth SupFiesta presented by Infinity.
“Hey man! What’s your name?” race favorite Noa Hopper asked the hard-charging Aussie on his way to a dark horse victory.
By the time the final hooter sounded the following day at the Quickblade Jr. Pro Invitational surf competition, Maskell’s name was well-known among competitors and crowd alike. Judging from his performance this past weekend, it won’t be long until the entire industry will know his name.
Over the years, SUPFiesta has gained a reputation for launching the careers of some of the sport’s biggest stars; Izzi Gomez, Fiona Wylde, and Mo Freitas have all participated in the youth showcase. And the 2016 SUPFiesta appears to have upheld the tradition with a new crop of promising young paddlers.
What makes SUPFiesta so special is the diversity and youth of the athletes. 72 groms representing six different countries competed at this year’s event. Unlike years prior, the competition was split into two days this year–racing on Saturday and surfing on Sunday–so the athletes could focus on only one discipline per day.
The action kicked off on a breezy Saturday afternoon at the Newport Aquatic Center, home of the SUPFiesta Grand Prix races. With two separate events–the Flyin’ Mile and SUP Scramble– several age divisions and a massive collection of the world’s top groms, it was sure to be an exciting afternoon of racing.
With moderate winds making for a challenging upwind sprint to the finish, several races went down to the wire with paddlers separated by mere seconds. However, perhaps no race was closer than the boys 15-17 division, where Californian Noa Hopper and Australian Harry Maskell–both 17 years old–went head-to-head in both the Flyin’ Mile and the SUP Scramble.
“We were both pushing each other the whole way,” Hopper said.
While it was Hopper who would edge out Maskell in the Flyin’ Mile, the SUP scramble (the tie-breaker race) saw the roles reverse and this time it was the Aussie who held off the Californian to claim the overall win.
“I just started getting into SUP racing so this is a surprise,” Maskell said. “I really liked the format today because they were both short courses, but being back-to-back really hammers you.”
Meanwhile, the 15-17 girls division saw local SUP prodigy Shae Foudy dominate both races en route to a win in her final SUPFiesta Grand Prix.
“The wind was definitely a bit of a factor but it was a good race,” Foudy said. “It’s really nice to be part of an all-kids event and to see the younger generation competing.”
It wasn’t just the older groms who impressed; Trevor Bashor put on a dominate performance in the boys 12-14 division and Trevor Mencinsky lived up to his nickname–The Flyin’ Squirrel–by winning the boys 8 and under category for the second straight year. Meanwhile, the girls 12-14 division saw a tight competition with Lexi Alston narrowly grabbing the sweep.
Afterwards, the kids were all smiles playing volleyball, eating tacos, and collecting plenty of free SUP merchandise from the event’s many generous sponsors. A testament to the great event put on every year by Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela.
On Sunday, the competition headed up to Bolsa Chica State Beach for the highly-anticipated Jr. Pro Invitational surfing contest. With morning glass and waves in the waist-chest high range (equating to overhead surf for the smaller groms), all were itching to get out into the water.
Morning heats saw several high-scoring waves from the emerging stars, as they took full advantage of the clean conditions. The afternoon brought high winds and challenging conditions, but that hardly phased the groms. This was their event and they intended to put on a show.
The Jr. Pro semi-finals did exactly that, with several last-minute lead changes and impressive performances from our sport’s future stars. In the end, Maskell and Japan’s female SUPFiesta champ Yuuka Horikoshi made the most of sloppy conditions to win the Jr. Pro Invitational in style. While they both credited windy conditions at their home breaks for giving them the edge to win, both victors surfed with impressive ability that forecasted a promising future.
Meanwhile, there were plenty of head-turning performances in the age group surf contest as well. Finn Spencer—younger brother to Canadian SUP surfing champ, 15-year-old Jeffrey Spencer—swept the boys 12-14 division while Lake Tahoe’s Delila Quinn earned the girl’s Breaththrough Performer Award thanks to a breakthrough showing in a stacked girl’s 12-14 division.
The 2016 race is scheduled for July 16.
We all know the Maui2Molokai SUP Downwind Race from Honolua Bay on Maui to Kaunakakai Harbor on Molokai. The 27-mile race course crosses the Pailolo Channel into the Kalohi Channel tracking Molokai’s south shore. This race course is regarded as the best downwinders on the planet.
Now the race is under new/old ownership, as the founder of the race Rodney Kilborn (On Maui better known as Mr. Handsomebugga) has teamed up with Chris Levins of Adventure Sports Maui and Mike Jucker founder of “Stand Up Magazin” and JUCKER HAWAII Longboards. Rodney Kilborn is a veteran in water safety and a respected Kapuna on Maui, he also sits on the panel of the WSL Big Wave World Tour.
Chris Levins has been working with Rodney for years, sponsoring several races and helping with organizational tasks. As Vice-president of Adventure Sports Maui Chris is a highly qualified person to contribute to the task of running a successful race. “I have known Rodney for years and I am looking forward to bring the Maui2Molokai to the next level,” Chris says.
Mike Jucker has been following the SUP sport though Stand Up Magazin since 2010 and brings in a wealth of knowledge as publisher. “I’ve been working with race organizers all over the world for over six years helping to publish and market their races. Now I am looking forward to be part of the next level of the Maui2Molokai Hoe Wa’a Ikaika.”
Wilds Cards for the Molokai2Oahu
During the phase of preparation the team of M2M was able to secure four wild cards for the prestigious Molokai2Oahu Paddle Race in 2017. The Maui2Molokai is in many regards the younger sibling of the prestigious M2O. The M2M is 5 miles shorter than the M2O and can be accomplished without an escort boat. “This is huge for us, the M2O is getting very difficult to get into. Having 4 spots on offer in our race is very exciting,” says Rodney Kilborn.
The two fastest women and men will be awarded an entry spot in the M2O 2017.
New website, social media and online registry
Maui2Molokai.com is now online, you can browse the website for registry, race history and course map. Corresponding to the website Maui2Molokai can also be found on Instagram @maui2molokai and Facebook.com/maui2molokai
The team of Rodney, Mike and Chris are now looking for corporate sponsors who want to go the journey with them. Inquiries can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
Get a look at the Maui2Molokai run with Josh Riccio.
For Maui’s Josh Riccio, downwinders are nothing new. Growing up in Maui, the consistently howling winds gives him plenty of time to find the glide and master the art of downwinding. While other Maui paddlers such as Zane, Kai, and Connor tend to get the spotlight, he’s still one of the most talented paddlers in our sport. For proof, just check out this epic 27-mile downwinder where Josh crosses the Pailolo channel from Maui to Molokai. Taking advantage of howling wind and a wealth of downwinding experience, Josh finishes the crossing in only three hours. If you’ve ever thought about trying downwinding, just hit the play button and we’re willing to bet that this run will convince you.
SUP surfing action from Josh.
A look back at SUP the Mag’s epic downwinding runs at the Maui Dream Retreat.
Is Kai Lenny’s SUP hydrofoil the future of downwinding?
SUP surfing has come a long way since the beginning of the sport. Boards have gotten shorter (paddles too), progression has gone through the roof and there are more people than ever out in the water. Founder of the PaddleWoo Podcast, Erik Antonson, has the SUP surfing bug bad. The American expat decided to start a podcast documenting the sport—its past, it’s present and its future—from his digs in Nosara, Costa Rica.
Last week, PaddleWoo spoke with the editor of SUP magazine, Will Taylor, about the state of our sport. They covered a range of topics including the sport’s top athletes, how SUP is perceived by the surfing community, the future of SUP surfing and much more. Get a rare glimpse into the mind of the magazine’s head honcho.
Ever wonder what it would be like to be editor? Find out.
Listen to more PaddleWoo Podcasts.
Want to go to Costa Rica, home of PaddleWoo, to hone your SUP surfing skills while staying in the lap of luxury? Check out Blue Zone SUP.
For three years in a row, Team Australia won gold at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboarding Championships. Meanwhile, USA had never won standup paddling’s ultimate battle of nations. That was until last year, when an underdog US team, fueled by spirited efforts from the likes of Izzi Gomez, Candice Appleby and Danny Ching, finally broke through and claimed gold. Filmmaker Brent Deal was there to capture the highs, lows and triumph of America’s run at the top of the podium. And SUP magazine has teamed up with him to bring you Chasing Gold, a documentary highlighting Team USA’s improbable run. Enjoy the trailer and stay tuned for updates on the film, which premieres July 4.
A look back at the 2015 ISA SUP and Paddleboarding World Championships.
Find out where this year’s ISA competition will take place.
Warm water, lush countryside, and abandoned beaches sounds like a pretty good combination to most people. Add to that some fun-sized waves and a few paddleboards and you’ve got yourself a dreamy combo that’d make any SUP surfer drool. For proof, just watch this short edit of Nosara Paddlesurf crew catching some clean waves in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. The mellow waves give the paddlers clean faces to carve, and they even nab a few barrels. So hit that play button and a take a three minute mind-vacation to SUP surfing paradise.
Learn which Costa Rican national park should be high on your SUP bucket list.
The tale of an epic 50 mph downwinder in Costa Rica
Fighting through with rain and and ultra-challenging conditions, it was James Casey and Sonni Hoenscheid who held off a competitive field of paddlers to win the 5th annual BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua on Maui’s North Shore.
In one of the most challenging races in Bluesmiths Paddle IMUA history, 181 athletes including Standup paddlers, prone paddlers, OC1s, OC2s, OC6s, Surfskis and even a few sail boats lined up on the start line inside Maliko Gulch. With rain pouring down, they faced an ominous 10 mile Maliko-Kahului coastal run ahead of them.
After the event opened with a beautiful Hawaiian blessing, the paddlers took off into the less than desirable conditions. Unlike the classic high wind action seen during last week’s Olukai, light winds turned the Imua race into a tactical paddle battle, testing the athletes to their physical limits.
The Women’s Elite SUP race was a showdown between two of the world’s top ranked paddlers Oregon’s Fiona Wylde and Germany’s Sonni Hoenscheid. During the early stages of the race, the two woman matched each other stroke for stroke. However, as the driving rain started to ease, the bumps became more organized and Sonni was able to build a commanding lead on her 17’ unlimited SIC that she would not relinquish.
“Today was really wild and a lot of fun,” said Hoenscheid. “I’m super happy with the result and am looking forward to heading off to Europe tomorrow to continue racing.”
Meanwhile, the men’s SUP race featured a star-studded field including Bullet Obra, Bart De Zwart, James Casey and downwind legend Jeremy Riggs. With a confusing northwest swell, tactics would play a large part in the overall race with an interesting mix of riders including endurance paddlers, down-wind specialists and Stand Up World Series racers.
With legendary waterman and last year’s winner Dave Kalama opting to paddle a two-man canoe with his cousin Junya McGurn–a race they would go on to win–the door was open for a new SUP winner in 2016. Building off his strong showing last weekend at the Olukai, young Australian James Casey built a commanding lead and entered the mouth of Kahului Harbor nearly 5 minutes before the next paddler, Jeremy Riggs.
“Super stoked with the win, there were some bumps out there but I had to work for it,” said Casey. “The BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua is a great event and I’m stoked to get my first international win here.”
One of the unique aspects of the BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua is the diversity of water craft on the water at the same time. In fact, the day’s fastest finisher was Surf Ski paddler Michael Owens, who finished with a time of 1 hour 15 minutes–more than eight minutes ahead of the first SUP finisher.
However, BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua is more than simply another race. During the last five seasons, the event has raised over $100,000 which has gone to fund Camp Imua, a critical one-week recreational summer camp for children with special needs. That is one of the main reasons that Paddle Imua remains favorite among competitors.
“Paddle Imua is a special race because you’re not just racing for yourself,” said Wylde. “It’s truly a community event and those are some of the best events we do.”
Mixes Age Group OC-2
Men’s PDB Prone
Womens’ PDB Prone
Men’s SUP 12’
Men’s SUP 14’
Women’s SUP 14’
Men’s UNL SUP
Women’s UNL SUP
Full results – http://pseresults.com/events/783/results
ABOUT CAMP IMUA
Run by Imua Family Services and a team of volunteers, Camp Imua is a recreational summer camp held annually children with special abilities an opportunity to try new activities and connect with each other and peers in their community.
Learn more: http://paddleimua.com/camp-imua/
For SUP surfing pro and all-around waterman Zane Schweitzer, surfing is in his blood. The man has won the multi-discipline Master of the Ocean competition three years in a row and continues to push the limits of progressive SUP surfing. However, Zane is about much more than just surfing, he is also spends much of his time striving to make a difference and give back.
After a close family friend was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years back, Zane’s mom helped create Standup for the Cure (SUFTC)–a major SUP event that raises money and awareness for breast cancer. Since the inaugural SUFTC four years ago, Zane has not only been an ambassador but has attended every event. In this video, the elite waterman from Maui shares how he got into surfing, as well as the importance of giving back to worthy causes such as SUFTC. Paired with radical footage of Zane SUP surfing massive waves, it gives us a unique look into a different side of one standup paddling’s most talented athletes.
For other paddlers making a difference, go to our new section: Standup for Others presented by Cobian.
InZane gives four lil’ groms the ride of their lives.
By now we’ve all seen the incredible media that came out of Hawaii this past winter. From Sunset to Waimea Bay and anywhere in between, Hawaii was at its very best. Despite idyllic waves at countless spots, perhaps no spot was more jaw-dropping than–well–Jaws. This world-famous spot lived up to its name this past winter, gobbling up and spitting out surfers and paddlers who dared to outrun its crushing bite.
However, there is one paddler who just seems to have a special feel for the place. Kai Lenny constantly finds a way to catch the biggest wave and get the deepest barrels at the famed spot. This includes the biggest barrel ever ridden on a SUP–a feat he completed during an epic session at Jaws at few months ago. In this video, Kai breaks down the entire ride and the special connection he feels when surfing at Jaws.
Footage from this winter of the biggest waves ever SUP surfed.
Watch female SUP surfer Nicole Pacelli paddle into a massive one at Jaws.
This past winter, California became a SUP surfer’s dream. Massive swells lined up off the coast and delivered consistently plus-sized surf for weeks on end–all courtesy of a strong El Niño. For proof of how epic this winter was for the Golden State, just take a look at the most recent edit from Oxnard-based SUP shredder, Jess Leedy. The man spent the chilly months nabbing deep barrels and pinning torque-laden turns at an undisclosed California gem. But don’t just sit there reading about it, hit that play button and enjoy seven minutes of progressive SUP surfing at its finest.
For more SUP surfing action from Jess.
SUP surfing El Niño-fueled Jaws in massive conditions.
On a windy Mother’s Day at Bolsa Chica State Beach, Harry Maskell and Yuuka Horikoshi fended off a talented field of SUP groms to win the Quickblade Jr. Pro Invitational at the 4th annual Youth SupFiesta presented by Infinity.
With heavy onshore winds making for challenging conditions, the 17-year-old from Australia impressed for the second day in a row with a dominating performance in the final round of the Jr. Pro Invitational.
“It was definitely one of the most difficult days I’ve ever surfed,” Maskell said. “I’m just really stoked to have won both the racing competition yesterday and then the surfing today.”
Maskell held off hard-charging Brazilian Felippe Gaspar, who finished runner-up for the third year in a row. Meanwhile, California kid Noa Hopper proved he’s worked on his SUP surfing with several high-scoring rides and an impressive third place finish. Rounding out the boy’s final round Aussie Nic Walker, who also turned in a strong performance.
Meanwhile on the girl’s side, the 17-year-old Japanese paddler surprised everyone with a dominate performance in the finals. Executing several massive turns, Horikoshi used the strong winds to her advantage and claimed a convincing win.
“I’m super happy to win this event and am very appreciative that my parents gave me this opportunity to compete in the United States,” Horikoshi said. “The windy conditions were very similar to my home break in Japan, so I felt like this would be my time to shine.”
Runner-up in the girl’s division was Skylar Lickle from Maui, who came out of the gate strong but was not able to hold off Horikoshi. Meanwhile, Oahu girls Mason Schremmer and Sasha Kauhane rounded out the girl’s final round.
After four years, the field was deeper than ever and it showed with tight competition all day long. Stay tuned for an in-depth recap, analysis and gallery coming later this week.
Learn which SUP stars got their start at the SupFiesta.
SUPfiesta—officially known as the Quickblade Jr. Pro and Youth SUPfiesta presented by Infinity SUP—arrives today, and with it a gaggle of groms eagerly awaiting a chance to podium at standup paddling’s biggest youth showcase. Since its inauguration in 2013, SUPfiesta has been a breeding ground for some of SUP’s most talented athletes. In only three short years, graduates of the event have gone on to become some of our sport’s biggest stars. Will a new star be born this weekend? Judging from the history books, we’ll say the odds look good. Take a look back at four of the most talented SUPfiesta grads and how their careers have taken off.
Unless your head’s been buried in the sand for the past few years, the name Izzi Gomez should sound very familiar. Ironically, one of the few things missing from her stellar SUP resume happens to be a win at the Jr. Pro Invitational. She finished runner-up in both 2013 and 2014—the same year she went on to shock everyone and win the Women’s Standup World Tour, at only 14 years old.
The back-to-back World Champ was recently defeated at the Santa Cruz Paddlefest surf competition by little-known paddler Annie Reickert–who just so happens to be competing this weekend in the Jr. Pro surf contest. Will Reickert become the next paddler to go from the SUPfiesta to super stardom? Only time will tell, but she’s definitely one to watch this weekend.
If the SupFiesta had a hall of fame, Mo Freitas would undoubtedly be its first inductee. The North Shore, Oahu-born SUP prodigy swept both the racing and Jr. Pro Invitational each of the past two years. Defeating other budding SUP shredders including Bernd Roediger, Noa Hopper and Felippe Gaspar; Freitas proved early on he’d be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
In the professional ranks, Mo has already become a household name by notching big wins at multiple Standup World Tour events, the Payette River Games, the Santa Cruz Paddlefest and the inaugural Pacific Paddle Games. Now with Freitas graduated from the SUPfiesta, expect to see young SUP shredders charging hard to take his place as SUPfiesta’s top grom.
There’s no denying that Bernd Roediger’s free-flowing style is fun to watch. The young Maui SUP and windsurfing star is one of the most progressive SUP surfers in the sport and his raw talent is nothing short of extraordinary. Back in 2014, he participated in the SUPfiesta and notched a respectable fourth-place result in both the racing and Jr. Pro Invitational. Since then, he has continued to hone his talent and recently made it to the final round during this year’s epic Sunset Beach Pro. Many expect 2016 to be a big year for Bernd and with the recent footage of him shredding in Maui, we would not be surprised.
Someone else who’s been impressed with Roediger’s abilities on the water would be fellow SUPFiesta grad Fiona Wylde, Roediger’s significant other and teenage superstar of the SUP racing scene. Talents not limited to racing, Wylde is also a SUP surfing powerhouse who broke into the competitive SUP world at the inaugural SUPfiesta, where she championed the girl’s race event and followed it up in 2014 by defeating Izzi Gomez in the Jr. Pro Invitational surf comp. Since then, Fiona and Izzi have continued to go head-to-head at the top of the women’s pro ranks. A friendly rivalry that began when they were little-known groms, battling it out at SUPfiesta.
Complete preview for this year’s 4th annual Youth SupFiesta.
Take a trip down memory lane with a throwback gallery from past SupFiestas.
Complete list of who’s competing in this weekend’s Jr. Pro Invitational.
India is not exactly what we’d call a paddling Mecca. The country is steeped in tradition and poverty; western adventure sports like SUP tend not to fit the mold. However, with a population of 1.2 billion people, eventually someone in the country was bound to give it a try. That person was Tapashi Devchoudhury.
Tapashi currently holds the unique title of being India’s only SUP surfer. However, this trailblazer is working to change that by sharing her love for paddling with others. She currently runs India’s only SUP school and teaches SUP surfing and SUP yoga to both tourists and Indians alike.
For many of us who are used to meeting fellow paddlers everywhere we go, the concept of India having only one diehard paddler can be astounding. But to comprehend why, it’s important to understand Indian customs and traditions. For example, nearly all marriages are arranged in India. Therefore, living a life free from constraints is not possible for many Indians–particularly women.
Nevertheless, Tapashi decided she would not settle for the conventional route. Instead of letting fear hold her back, she followed her heart to the ocean and dedicated her life to adventure. A decision that has paid off for Tapashi and should serve as an inspiration for the rest of us. No matter where we live or what situation we find ourselves in, having the courage to follow our dreams and pursue our passions will result in lives of happiness and fulfillment.
Video of one family’s SUP adventure through India.
Another SUP woman’s inspiring journey to pursue her passion for paddling.
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Four consecutive years of partying isn’t good for anyone, let alone children. Unless we’re talking SUPfiesta.
SUPfiesta, or officially, Quickblade Jr. Pro and Youth SUPfiesta presented by Infinity SUP, is Dana Point’s kids-only SUP surf and race competition put on by Performance Paddling. This weekend, it kicks off again for the fourth year straight and will take place over two days—with racing on Saturday and surfing on Sunday—a change-up from the event’s traditional one-day format. Started in 2013 by Anthony Vela and Candice Appleby—professional paddlers, community icons and operators of Performance Paddling surf team—SUPfiesta is all about the future of our sport, and the stewards of that future (the kids).
The competitive kids event showcases the up-and-coming SUP athletes leading the next generation in SUP, with past SUPfiesta contenders like Izzi Gomez, Fiona Wylde, Mo Freitas and Bernd Roediger moving on into careers as the world’s top paddlers. As we prepare for the 4th annual Quickblade Jr. Pro and Youth SUPfiesta presented by Infinity SUP, we can’t help but reminisce on the awesome memories of SUPfiestas passed. So, we spent an afternoon browsing Performance Paddling’s Facebook page and website, smiling and admiring our way through the many photos documenting the event’s growth. Above we share some of our favorites.
Check out our event preview for the 2016 SUPfiesta. We’ll see you this weekend!
See who’s competing at this year’s SUPfiesta.
If you happen to be in Newport Beach this weekend, don’t be surprised to see a lot of pink in the water.
The 5th Annual Standup for the Cure is taking place this Saturday, May 7, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Newport Dunes. More than a thousand participants are expected to attend the event–which raises money to support the Orange County chapter of Susan G. Komen, a breast cancer research and treatment nonprofit. And they’ll all be dawning pink.
Attendees will get to participate in a variety of activities, including a SUP clinic taught by world-class paddler and waterman Zane Schweitzer, a SUP yoga clinic taught by breast cancer survivor Suzanne Yeo, a kid’s relay and a surprise-format pro race. Plus, there will be free breast cancer screenings, a Kaiser Permanente Health Expo, and much more.
While a storm system is threatening to make this year’s event a wet one, don’t expect that to dampen the mood of the event. Paddlers are still expected to turn out in force to enjoy the camaraderie, learn new SUP skills, and most importantly support a very worthy cause.
Standup for the Cure began as a small SUP session in Maui five years ago, but has since grown into one of the most successful events in the standup community. To date, the organization has raised more than $680,000 for breast cancer research, treatment and early detection.
This success has been recognized with Standup for the Cure being crowned Top Philanthropic Effort in both 2012 and 2015 at the SUP Awards.
Our staff will be in attendance (and wearing pink) to bring you coverage. Look for a recap and gallery afterward in our new section, Standup For Others presented by Cobian–a new online feature section that highlights philanthropic standup paddlers and SUP events doing good deeds for others.
To register or for more information about this weekend’s Standup for the Cure event.
Video recap of Standup for the Cure’s most recent event in Miami.
Dogs are known as “man’s best friend” for a good reason. They stay right by our side and always tolerate the ridiculous things we make them do. As long as they get attention, our furry four-legged friends will have their tail wagging and tongue hanging out sideways. Case and point is this video of a girl trying to teach her dog, Keely, to SUP surf. At first, the dog was not to keen on the idea and would only lay on the board. However, after some encouragement from Keely’s owner, the SUP pup was standing up and riding waves like a pro. So sit back and enjoy watching this loyal canine learn to SUP surf before your eyes.
Adorable video of a SUP surfing competition for dogs.
Footage of a man and his dog riding a tidal bore for over one mile in Brazil.
It’s not often that we get the opportunity to take a glimpse into the future.
However, at this weekend’s 4th Annual Quickblade Jr. Pro and Youth SupFiesta presented by Infinity, the SUP industry will get that chance. Event registration for SupFiesta is limited to kids ages 18 and under, giving groms from around the world a rare opportunity to showcase their talents on the main stage.
The big change with this year’s event is that it will take place over two days (May 7-8) instead of just one as in years past. With the kids now only having to focus on one discipline per day, organizers expect this year’s SupFiesta to be more competitive than ever before.
On Saturday afternoon, the young paddlers will head to the Newport Aquatic Center for the SupFiesta Grand Prix. This day will feature the athletes facing-off in two distinct racing events–The Flyin’ Mile and The SUP Scramble–in three separate age divisions (9-11, 12-14, 15-17).
The Flyin’ Mile will simply be a one-mile course that will test the paddlers’ speed and endurance. Meanwhile, the SUP Scramble will be a more technical race with six turns that will challenge the athlete’s board control.
Meanwhile, Sunday will feature the highly-anticipated Jr. Pro Invitational & Age Group SUP Surfing contest at Bolsa Chica State Beach. While there will also be three separate age divisions for the open contest, all eyes in the SUP world will undoubtedly be on the Jr. Pro Invitational.
In year’s past, this event has served as a proving ground for some of the biggest names in our sport–Mo Freitas, Izzi Gomez and Bernd Roediger all competed in the the Jr. Pro back in 2014. It will include 12 boys and 12 girls who are considered to be among the best up and coming SUP shredders in the world.
Judging by this year’s entry list, competition will be stout.
For the girls competition, look for strong showings from both Annie Reickert and Shae Foudy. Reickert is looking to build upon her huge upset victory over both Izzi Gomez and Fiona Wylde at the Santa Cruz Paddlefest, while Foudy has already established herself as a top contender in the pro ranks.
As for the boys, keep your eye on both Noa Hopper and Jeffrey Spencer. While Hopper is already considered one of best SUP racers around, he will be looking to prove to himself and his team (404) that he is ready to step up in surf competitions. Standing in his way will be Canadian National Champion Jeffrey Spencer, who finished fourth at this event last year and will be hungry to take the top spot.
While those four are certainly ones to watch, there are 20 other boys and girls ready to give it their all and burst onto the SUP scene this weekend. A moderate SW/SSW swell will begin filling in on Sunday and should produce waves in the waist to shoulder high range. However, expect conditions to be a bit jumbled with moderate onshore winds forecasted for the afternoon.
The racing kicks off on Saturday around 4 p.m., which will give athletes and their families the chance to attend the Standup For The Cure, which is taking place earlier in the day. Then on Sunday, heats will begin at 7:40 a.m. with surfing action continuing throughout the day until around 4 p.m.
Lastly, it’s important to note that there will be no beach entries for the event. Those who want to register for the event must do so by this Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m.
It’s expected to be a great two days of competition and a chance to get a look at standup paddling’s future stars. SUP the Mag will be covering the event and provide full recap, gallery, and analysis of all the action.
See you on the beach!
For more information about the 4th Annual SupFiesta.
Get the full list of who’s competing in this year’s Jr. Pro Invitational.
Leave your Mother’s Day shopping woes behind; we’ve found a handful of gift options for the SUP-loving mom in your life. From SUP gear to SUP jewelry, SUP apparel and more, there’s something here for every special SUP momma. —Shari Coble
Treasure Island, Fla. – The sixth annual Paddle Against Cancer will be held at The Club at Treasure Island on Saturday, May 28. Founded by Gene Evans, to promote the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle, this year’s Paddle Against Cancer is expected to bring together more than 250 local standup paddlers to support Moffitt Cancer Center.
The 3-mile and 7-mile paddle event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. The paddle will be followed by a poolside celebration from noon to 4 p.m., featuring giveaways, a live band, and free paddleboard demonstrations. The paddle will begin and end at The Club at Treasure Island, at 400 Treasure Island Causeway in Treasure Island, which is also the site for the celebration. The 2015 event attracted more than 250 paddleboarders and a similar turnout is expected this year.
Evans, a senior vice president at Tampa-based NorthStar Bank, was inspired to create the paddleboarding event because he survived stage 4 kidney cancer and wanted to give back to Moffitt and offer support for other cancer survivors. Paddle Against Cancer raised $150,000 for Moffitt in its first five years, which started in 2011.
Evans was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in May 2009, and since then has recovered from four surgeries – including one to remove a tumor on his spine and another to remove one of his kidneys. Evans attributes his successful fight against cancer to his positive attitude and active lifestyle.
“I am very pleased that our Paddle Against Cancer has grown in popularity each year, leading to more support for Moffitt,” said Gene, 55, who played basketball at East Carolina University and then spent a number of years playing high-level beach volleyball. “I am a strong believer in the power of exercise, and I believe that this, combined with the excellent care I have received at Moffitt, has been a key to my successful battle against cancer.”
All of the proceeds for this event will be donated to Moffitt Cancer Center. For all who would like to participate or make a donation, visit http://paddleagainstcancer.org.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Paddle-Against-Cancer-359768260798695/
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.”
1. Annie Reickert (Maui/USA)
2. Skylar Lickle (Maui/USA)
3. Shae Foudy (CA/USA)
4. Lexi Alston (CA/USA)
5. Christine Shoemaker (CA/USA)
6. Kali’a Alexiou (CA/USA)
7. Mason Schremmer (Oahu/USA)
8. Yuuka Horijoshi (Japan)
9. Sasha Ka’uhane (Oahu/USA)
1. Noa Hopper (CA/USA)
2. Max Fleming (CA/USA)
3. Harry Maskell (AUS)
4. Jeffrey Spencer (Maui/USA)
5. Haakon Hoyer-Neilson (CA/USA)
6. Ethan Mudge (CA/USA)
7. Kainoa Teixeira (Brazil)
8. Nic Walker (AUS)
9. Felippe Gaspar (Brazil)
10. Dave De Armas (Puerto Rico)
11. Dax McPhillips (CA/USA)
12. Finn Spencer (Maui/USA)
Past Jr Pro Invitational Champions
2013 Noah Yap (Maui) Vanina Walsh (Oahu)
2014 Mo Freitas (Oahu) Fiona Wylde (Oregon)
2015 Mo Freitas (Ohau) Lara Claydon (Maui)
For the first time the SupFiesta will feature an overall champion for each age group (must have at least 3 competitors that compete in both disciplines per division). Non-Jr Pro competitors will earn points from their placings in the age group SUP surf contest and the grand prix. The competitors with the highest combined placings in each of the eligible age groups will be recognized. In the event of a tie, the SUP surfing result will be the tie-breaker. If it is still tied, then the highest single wave score will be the tie breaker. As an added bonus, Infinity SUP has donated two $500 gift cards to their shop for the highest placing totals (1 male and 1 female). Gift cards may be used towards a new board, a Quickblade paddle, or any other merchandise in the Infinity shop, which is located in Dana Point.
Just like in years past, we will be giving out some special awards. We like to celebrate education and the importance of hard work in school. With that, we will give out special prizes for both our Report Card Improvement Award and Academic Excellence Award. Both winners will receive a FCS prize pack.
Let’s Celebrate our Mothers!!!
Since May 8th is Mother’s Day, we want to take the opportunity to celebrate our Moms! We will be having a Mother’s Day Essay contest.
We would like to give a special thanks to the following sponsors who have been part of SupFiesta for each of the past four years. Without companies financially supporting this event, it would not be possible. Thank you for the four years of support!
Four Year SupFiesta Sponsors
Daphne’s California Greek
THERE ARE NO BEACH ENTRIES. REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, MAY 6, 8:00 p.m.
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