Last Paddler Standing is still eight months away yet entries for what is arguably the world's craziest SUP race are already filling up. Despite the sheer absurdity of this Sisyphean challenge, the 2023 edition will probably be a sell out. And not only that but more than half the guinea pigs from last year's inaugural edition have re-signed.
Kelly Margetts called it a Netflix series. That's a bold assertion for a humble SUP race, yet by the time Paolo Marconi claimed victory after 48 hours of slow-moving suspense in Sarasota last week, Kelly's comment was starting to sound like an understatement. Last Paddler Standing was unlike anything we've seen in the world of SUP. It was less of a race and more of a journey. An emotional rollercoaster that swept us up and somehow turned a simple live stream into compelling viewing.
Last Paddler Standing was billed as the craziest race of the year and it didn't disappoint. Two days of slow-moving drama and emotion as 18 paddlers attempted to be the last one standing.