New Cal Noic aka "Chicken" has knocked off Bullish Boothy in round eight of the Euro Tour, taking out the Nordhausen SUP Race in Germany by a fraction of a second and setting up a tantalising triumvirate of testosterone ahead of the mid-year break as athletes start prepping for not one but two World Championships™ in the back half of the season.
World SUP Festival: Noic outlasts Shrimpy, Espe in a league of her own, Alba the dark horse claims second
In brief: Noic Garioud has made it two from two in Europe after coming from behind to defeat dual ISA gold medalist Shuri "Shrimpy" Araki in the most-competitive race so far this season.
It's going to be a big weekend as the iconic Carolina Cup returns for its 12th edition while in Spain the ill-timed World SUP Festival will attract a strong field to week three of the Euro Tour. Between these two events, half a dozen of the world's best will make their season debuts and setup a series of sensational skirmishes. Here are the big names to watch...
The future of SUP? Here are some paddlers, predictions and potential narratives to follow in Season 2023 and beyond
With the first big race of the year run and won, it's time to look forward to what Season 2023 has to offer. Each year we look into the crystal ball searching for the dominant themes, headlines and stories that will shape stand up paddling for the next 12 months.