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Headlines from around the paddling community

Annabel Anderson withdraws from competition to recover from injuries

Annabel Anderson of New Zealand will take a break in early 2018 for surgery to address a “long-term and horrifically painful ailment” and to fully recover from a serious concussion sustained earlier in the year. In an emailed statement from her publicist, Anderson said she would not be returning to the Carolina Cup this year to defend her long running streak of consecutive wins at the East Coast’s largest SUP event.

“I will not be defending my title in 2018. I’m 36; I’ve been living away from home 10-plus months a year for close to a decade, I’m recovering from a serious concussion sustained earlier in the year, and have surgery at the end of March for a long-term ailment that has been horrifically painful for a long time. I’ve had my best ever season racing bikes at home, but right now life is telling me to look after my body and give others the opportunity to strive for the top step of the podium at Carolina Cup this year. There is more to life than titles and trophies,” said Anderson.

When pressed on whether she would return to competitive SUP racing, Anderson offered the following response.

“At this point, I will be bypassing Carolina Cup to allow my body the chance it needs to recover fully. From there I’ll take each week and month as it comes. I know exactly what it takes to win at the highest of levels and if I’m not competing, there are many other ways that I can help others work towards their dreams as well. I have a huge amount of amazing opportunities that are on the table and I plan to take the chance to make the most of some of these as the year plays out. I’ll always go with what my head and heart tell me to do. Watch this space!”

Follow this link to read Anderson’s complete interview with publicist Robert Butler. Read!

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Annabel Anderson

Carolina Cup announces schedule for clinics and races

The Carolina Cup has announced a full schedule of clinics and races for the 2018 edition of the East Coast’s largest SUP event. Quiksilver Waterman has come onboard this year as the new title sponsor, for what looks like an action packed week of paddling.

Follow this link to read the complete schedule of events. Read!

Vaikobi releases VCold Flex range of performance paddling gear

In the never ending pursuit for perfection, our friends at Vaikobi have have raised the bar yet again, with the latest VCOLD FLEX range of performance paddling gear.

Designed to increase performance in cool to cold conditions, Vaikobi’s new VCOLD FLEX range has moved to a new level of comfort with the super soft and stretchy, next generation VCOLD FLEX fabrication.

The VCOLD FLEX range features a new hybrid of super stretch Airprene and hydro fleece fabrications, thoughtfully positioned for maximum comfort, breathability and thermal regulation.

In addition, the new VCOLD FLEX range features a plush inner fleece lining which maintains body temperature at an optimum level for peak performance, without over heating.

The new unisex designed VCOLD FLEX range consists of Paddling Pants, Shorts, Vest and Long Sleeve Top which can be interchanged to control body temperature across a range of conditions in combination with the VCOLD Base Top.

Available now from your Vaikobi Dealer and at

Molokai Hoe vs. Pacific Paddle Games

The world’s premiere 9-man outrigger canoe race is going head to head with California’s largest SUP event in 2018. Scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 7th, the long running annual outrigger canoe race will be held on the second day of the Pacific Paddle Games. The impact to the Pacific Paddle Games is minimal, but it will mean a few multi-discipline athletes from the Elite and Open divisions will have to make a choice this year on which event to attend.

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