Stand Up Paddleboarding
The SUP'squatch is an ugly beast but it looks good with these ladies on it
The SUP doesn't get any better on land
"It's like bringing a knife to a gun fight."
Those were the words of Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill when he heard that he would be racing his AC72 catamaran against kite boarder Kai Lenny. Oracle Team USA is the defender of the America's Cup and its 72-foot catamaran is beyond state of the art, so it seemed like Lenny was doomed on the course that went from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz. But Lenny and his kite board got off to a great start grabbed an early lead with his kite board humming along at 20 knots. That was when Oracle Team USA put the hammer down and cranked the AC72 up to 30 knots and blew by Lenny. It was good practice for Oracle Team USA, which will defend its America's Cup title on September 7 in San Francisco.
The fastest female pro stand up paddleboarder packs a lot into a day. Candice Appleby is arguably the best female stand up paddleboarder on the planet. Not only is she an incredibly fast racer, but Appleby can also carve waves with style. On the first episode of her new series SUP's Up, Appleby lets you into her busy life. She starts her day with a vigorous workout at the park followed by a combination SUP and longboard session at San Onofre. When she isn't working out or in the water, Appleby is meeting with magazines about cover shoots and working in her garden.