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The Standup World Series continues its 2012 inaugural lineup with a stop at the Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii on August 11th and 12th.

Although this stop was not on the original schedule, this event will be a World Series event. As a premier destination for ocean sports of all kinds, Turtle Bay will open its doors to international, national and local paddlers and will feature an epic long distance course from Hukilau Beach, Laie to Turtle Bay and the world series sprint course in front of the Hang Ten Pool Bar at Turtle Bay.

The Stand Up World Series provides a professional competitive platform for the world’s best Stand Up Paddle Racers to determine the legitimate Men’s, Women’s and U16 World Champions as a result of a WQS Series that spans the globe. The series culminates at the World Championship Finals at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu from October 12-14.

The first U.S. leg was last month at Lakeshore in Chicago (June 30 – July 1), which was the biggest event to have hit the mid west of the US in the sport’s history.

Each Stand Up World Series event consists of 2 racing formats:

Long Distance: Anywhere from 7 – 20 miles, and either downwind coast run or course race, subject to location and local conditions

Sprint Course: Heat elimination format sprint course featuring 10 – 12 minute sprints customized to suit the surrounding environment

The overall result from long distance and sprint races combined will provide the qualification points and Final result from each event. Long distance and sprint races will be weighted equally.

This Turtle Bay stop has a $5,000 prize-purse, with the long distance course event planned for Saturday, August 11th, and the sprint course on Sunday, August 12th.

The current Top 5 standings (men) for 2012 are:

  • Kai Lenny (HI), Naish
  • Connor Baxter (HI), Starboard
  • Slater Trout (HI)
  • Jake Jenson (AUS), Naish
  • Eric Terrien (FRA), Bic SUP

The Top 5 women:

  • Annabel Anderson (NZ), Starboard
  • Faustine Merret (FRA), Naish
  • Jen Scully, (US)
  • Liz Wardley, (AUS)
  • Maja Soderlind (SE)

For more information on the event and how to register, go to Continue reading

At a loss of what to do this weekend? Once a “lost” sport of California that enjoyed its heyday from the 1930s to the ’60s, paddleboarding is now hot again, as it is the perfect killer aerobic exercise and gives a fantastic arm, leg and core workout. For us water lovers, Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) is a great low-impact way to stay in shape IN THE WATER and it suits and benefits people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

Of course, you can use a stand up paddleboard on most beaches, but it is also perfectly done on estuaries, lakes and beaches that are flat and don’t have any surf.

Here’s a short list of our favorite places to paddleboard:

Newport Harbor, California
The temperatures have started dropping almost everywhere else, but Southern Californians can still enjoy temps in the mid-70s. Take advantage of the Pacific and the Balboa Peninsula, plus 880 acres of pristine nature, including a bird sanctuary, marine mammals, sea birds, fish and a variety of other marine life, while getting your workout on!

Pensacola Beach, Florida
Pensacola Beach is one of the busiest and most popular beaches in the Florida panhandle, which comprises several other popular beach spots, too. With surfing hotspots that include The Bay, Picken’s Point, Picken’s Point Dunes, The Slabs, Pensacola Pier Parking Lot, and 12th-17th Street, the eight mile stretch offers some great paddle board surfing spots, complimented by clear water and white sandy beaches.

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Waikiki Beach on Oahu with its calm, safe waters is a great place for beginning paddleboarders. This spot combines the Waikiki vibe with great views of Waikiki and Honolulu, and there are lots of places to rent boards and get instruction. The North Shore is less congested and offers calm areas as well. Best of all, there are lots of sheltered bays and often, you’ll get to spot sea turtles!

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
With 86-degree water temps and the wind-sheltered Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta is ideal for stand up paddleboarding! Take a covered boat six miles offshore to Las Islas Marietas, a protected wildlife sanctuary, and spend an afternoon paddling above coral reefs, floating by the arid coastline, and scoping endangered sea birds perched on rock pinnacles.

Rose Bay, Sydney, Australia
Want to get a workout in and also enjoy the best vantage points Sydney has to offer? Check out the Rose Bay Stand Up Paddle Centre near the Woollahra Sailing Club. Take a paddle to Shark Island (named because of its shape; not its wildlife) and enjoy the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Porth Beach, Newquay, United Kingdom
Aptly referred to as a “Surfer’s Paradise,” the only problem Newquay provides is choosing which of its eleven beaches to go to. In addition to surfing and a range of water sports, Porth is ideal for families since you’ll find lots of children’s attractions, plus it’s very wide with lots of room to build the biggest and best sandcastles and you can also explore the many rock pools. Moreover, if you’re sick of the water (but how can that be?), it’s only 2 and a half hours away from London by train in case you want to head into the city. Continue reading

The world’s best Stand Up Paddle surfers were in Huntington Beach, CA last week to compete in The Stand Up World Tour, with Antoine Delpero of France finishing in first place on Saturday.

Established in 2009, The Stand Up World Tour was created to address the exponential growth in the sport of Stand Up Paddling, and to provide its premier athletes with an international platform on which to compete for the prestigious and official World Championship Title. The goal of creating the Stand Up World Tour has been to showcase the sport, its heritage and development, together with its athletes and their collective and colorful stories to the world. The Stand Up World Tour shows now reach 220 countries on 170 networks.

The Huntington Beach Pro was the Stand Up World Tour’s first visit to the US mainland. As stop number 4 of 6 events on the 2011 lineup, it was a vital and pivotal stop on this year’s Tour, as athletes are jockeying for their position in the rankings and making their run for the top spot.

Sixty-eight competitors entered the trials, with 32 seeded competitors making the main contest.

The next stop is in Brazil from October 22nd – 30th, the Maresias Pro, in Sao, Paulo, Brazil, and the finals are from November 26th – December 4th in Hawaii.

Congratulations to the winners from this past week’s event:

Main Event:
1st: Antoine Delpero (FR)
2nd: Colin McPhilips (US)
3rd: Leco Salazar (BRA)
4th: Kai Lenny (HI)

People’s Choice Super Session:
1st Place: Zane Schweitzer (Maui)
2nd Place: Hector Gonzalez (Mexico)
3rd Place: Kelson Kihe (Maui)
4th Place: Iain McFarland (US)
5th Place: Alexandre Magrinho (BRA)

Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge:
1st: Mo Freitas (HI)
2nd: Bernd Roedigger (Maui)
3rd: Tucker Ingalls (US)
4th: Nainoaiki David

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It’s a first for Stand up Paddle Surfing: an awards show! The inaugural SUP Awards will be held at the Casino San Clemente in San Clemente, CA, next Thursday evening, September 22, 2011. Chosen for its close ties to the surfer community, The Casino San Clemente is the site of the early SURFER Poll award shows and has entertained numerous Hollywood icons like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. Continue reading

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