Whatever It Takes Lives Up to It’s Name: Midwest Paddle League Finishes Challenging Season

September 19, 2020 – When most people think about challenging conditions, visions of Red Bull’s “heavy water” come to mind. Visions of Zane Schweitzer cresting a 6-foot monster swell or Terene Black hammering just feet from a menacing rock. Ocean paddlers get all the...

Paddle for YOUR Cause on Lake Lansing: Midwest Paddle League Recaps Race 6

September 12, 2020 – For the 4th consecutive year Shaka SUP Racing was live in action on Lake Lansing, near the Michigan State Capitol. Once again, there were 4 great charities that participants could choose to donate a portion of their entry fee towards...

Sky an Oar for Guardian Angels: the Midwest Paddles for Causes

On August 23rd, Shaka SUP Racing and the Midwest Paddle league was in action on Morse Reservoir just north of Indianapolis. This was the 5th consecutive year for this event, and every year a portion of the proceeds go to Guardian Angels Medical Service...

Beach2Beach from Start to Finish: Midwest Paddle League Recaps 4th Race of the Season

It has been an interesting season so far is probably the understatement of the century. Over half of the Midwest Paddle League’s planned 16-race schedule has been cancelled. However, where there is a will, there is a way, and 7 races have found a...

The Legend of Rapa Nui Lives On

Deep in the heart of the South Pacific is an island that is known for its giant head statues, called Moai. The western world calls it Easter Island, but the Polynesians, the original inhabitants of the island call it Rapa Nui. History suggests the...

Coach Larry Cain, Facebook Live on The Cancellation of Chattajack and ongoing Training in 2020

Paddle Monster Coach Larry Cain discusses the cancellation of Chattajack due to the Pandemic and what we should be training for in 2020. This Facebook Live originally aired August 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET. https://virtualpaddleleague.com https://chattajack.com https://paddlemonster.com #sup #racing #paddling #paddle #paddlemonster #pdlmnstr #virtualpaddleleague #2020

M(idwest) 2 Oahu

M2O a 32-mile race from Molokai to Oahu. It’s 4,000 miles from Molokai to the Midwest. For many, it would be the trip pf a lifetime to fly to Molokai, hire and escort boat, and paddle the M2O race along side the likes of Travis Grant,...

AAU Junior Olympics SUP Results

We have our first AAU National SUP Champions! Congratulations to everyone who came out and competed. Thank you to Paddling Paradise and all the volunteers who made it all happen. Women 15-19 One Class 1 Pippa Hilton-Green Female 12 Florida - FL One Class 15 -...

Racing Halfway to The North Pole: 45 North Solstice Paddle Festival

About 20 degrees latitude north of the equator, you’ll find Hawaii, the epicenter of all things paddle related. However, if you keep heading north halfway to the north pole, at the 45th parallel, you’ll find that paddling is also alive and well. There is...

Good luck to everyone racing the virtual M20 this weekend!

Be safe. Bring tons of water. Bring nutrition. Have fun. Race hard. FROM THE RACE ORGANIZERS: Aloha M2O Virtual Paddlers, Please note that we have extended the window for submitting results, photos and GPX uploads due to inclement weather for some of our paddlers and time zone challenges. ...

Midwest Paddle Festival Recap

Is it safe to return to the water? The ubiquitous two note theme song played, but that danger wasn’t a shark fin cutting through the water surface, but rather the far more silent and deadly sickness that has already victimized and torn to shreds...

Virtual Paddle League – 1k Race Open

The 1k Race is Now Open! Ok, everyone, it's time for the next race in the 2020 Virtual Paddle League Race series! As we continue to move into shorter races with a focus on sprinting, we're SUPER excited to announce the King and Queen of...

Paddle Monster Solo Voyager Virtual Paddle Race Series: Race #1 — Race Results

This race was a time trial race. Participants uploaded their best 5k time via our event app or by uploading their Garmin data file. Participants could make as many attempts as the wanted, uploading and replacing their previous time when they improved. The Results Congratulations to...


If you want to see how the pros get in and out of the surf, do buoy turns and flat out fly, this is a great video to study.

The 24 – Trailer 1 from Fin Film Company

This is a group of paddlers who have taken on the charge of paddling for 24 hours to help families battling cancer.

2019 Chattajack Recap Video

Check out the 2019 Chattajack Vid! Lots of special moments in time captured in this segment compiled by our friends at The Frame Theory.

Midwest Paddle League Crowns Season Award Winners

On September 22nd, after all the racing was done for the day, and the season, the Midwest Paddle League took a moment to recognize the folks who made the community better, AND who showed competitive excellence by winning or placing in the top 5...

Midwest Paddle League Recaps Lake Lansing and Gun Lake Races

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Midwest Paddle League Recaps Lake Lansing and Gun Lake Races September 21-22 marked the season finale for the Midwest Paddle League with a back-to-back two race blow-out with Paddle for YOUR Cause on Lake Lansing, and Whatever It Takes on Gun Lake. It’s been a terrific...

2019 Catalina Classic Quick Edit Video

2019 Catalina Classic
Fin Film Company always nails it. The Soul. The Vibe. The inspiration. A quick look at the 2019 Catalina Classic brought to you by Bark Paddleboards. Congrats to everyone who finished this epic race. Shot on the Panasonic Pro Video USA CX350.

Weather Stalls APP Tour in New York but Action Continues

Competition Continues in New York! Heats in this year’s APP Sup Surf World Tour - New York SUP Open competition in Long Beach, NY were delayed because of lightning yesterday - but Day Three is on! You can watch the continuation of round three of...

MWPL Recaps Triple-Header in Michigan and Indiana

Paddle to the max photos Doug Vojtko
by Harrison Withers It was a busy weekend August 24th and 25th for the Midwest Paddle League, with Rapa Nui in Traverse City on Saturday, and back-to-back races in Indiana; Paddle to the Max in Culver on Saturday, and Sky an Oar for Guardian Angels...

Is OABI dead?

By Harrison Withers Last week, on Saturday, August 10, 2019, 20 paddlers lined up between a channel marker and a pontoon boat. The group collectively counted down from 5, and when they hit 1, they set off for a clockwise lap around Belle Isle.  This...

It’s A Gorge-ous Time of Year! Summer Downwinding!!

Summer Downwinding Season
Summer Downwinding Season in Hood River This week, the SIC Gorge Paddle Challenge kicks off in the iconic Columbia River Gorge. It’s the culmination of the racing part of the summer downwinding season in the Oregon water sports Mecca of Hood River. I would be...

The Blues(t) Thing in Chicago Is the Water: Midwest Paddle League Completes Double-Header Weekend

by Harrison Withers and photos via Doug Vojtko There's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark out, and we're wearing sunglasses. -Elwood I love starting these recaps with some great anecdotes about the event location, but...

Midwest Paddle League Completes Triple Header Weekend in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan

Article by Harrison Withers, Photos from Karl Eugster, Todd Michael Jolicoeur, and from the Clear Lake Paddlefest Facebook Page The Midwest Paddle League (MWPL) had a busy Saturday 7/27 with three races all on the same day! Clear Lake Iowa Paddlefest in the heartland, while...
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