Air France Paddle Festival – April 4th, LIVE on Standup Journal Online

Air france Paddle festival starting line
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We eagerly await the starting horn of the 2020 Air France Paddle Festival on April 4th.  Standup Journal will offer a LIVE BROADCAST of the elite race for our viewers to participate in the excitement of this renowned & respected stand up paddle, prone & foil race off the island of Tahiti.

Air France Paddle Festival

Air France Paddle Festival in NEW Location

The Air France Paddle Festival celebrates its 7th annual event this year on April 4th, 2020 as racers launch off the beautiful and beckoning island of Tahiti.  Last year, 265 paddlers took to the brilliant, turquoise waters for the Air France Paddle Festival which has become a major race in the world tour chosen by thousands of racers worldwide.

2020 Air France Paddle Festival

Last year’s main event, a 24-Kilometer paddle race featured top names in the sport, and culminated in an epic battle between Titouan Puyo and rising star Keoni Sulpice. Japan’s Yuka Sato dominated and triumphed over the women’s division.

Much excitement for 2020 centers around the Festival’s change in venue to a new hosting village and including new race routes for all divisions. In addition, there is an eagerly awaited addition of the SUP Foiling category. This elite race will be in a downwind course, testing all riders in a dynamic new format.  Here are the different races:

Elite Race:  18KM
SUP Foil Race:  16KM
Prone Race:  8KM
Lagoon Race:  8KM
Kids (Under 14) Race:  2KM

Gilette Fun Race in Relay Format (2 men/1 woman)

There is something for everyone in this epic, community day of paddle racing!

Air France paddle festival zane schweitzer foil starboard
Zane Schweitzer is at the forefront of SUP Foil racing. We hope to see him at the start line for the Air France Paddle Festival in 2020!

Where to Watch & How to Register

Standup Journal is proud to bring you the Elite race streamed live on our website ( where we are proud to always bring you the greatest performance events in the sport of SUP, prone & foil racing.

To stay in touch with the countdown before the Air France Paddle Festival, check out their Facebook Page for regular updates.

Registration information for this 2020 Air France Paddle Festival is HERE.

Air France Paddle Festival winners
Happy faces and community laughter are what you’ll find at the Air France Paddle Festival.

Tahiti is the Island of Dreams

Not sure whether the island of Tahiti is worth the travel?  Check out this stunning, visually enticing video:  The Islands of Tahiti – Embraced by Mana.  You’ll be buying those plane tickets.

Stay tuned for more as we approach the 7th Annual Air France Paddle Festival.  We’ll have further information on the start of the Elite race and so much more.  Aloha!



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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.