GlaGla Race: Tom Auber, Melanie Lafenetre Make It a French Double as 494 Brave Paddlers Create a Grand Spectacle in the Alps

Tom Auber and Melanie Lafenetre have won the 2018 GlaGla Race, as 494 paddlers braved the freezing cold French Alps to produce one of the largest races our sport has ever seen.

Tom claimed victory for the home nation after a frantic finish with Leo Nika — it was a literal photo finish, which is heartbreaking for Leo as it repeats the exact same scenario from 12 months ago. Italian Martino Rogai was just behind in third after pushing hard over the final kilometres, while Molokai hero Travis Grant had to settle for fourth place following a high-paced sprint to the line.

The lead quartet stuck together for almost the entire 14km race, with Federico Esposito and Yanis Maire the only ones who could stay within shouting distance.

In the women’s it was all Melanie, with the 17-year-old from St. Maxime opening a commanding lead early and never looking back.

But the real story from this year’s GlaGla adventure was just how many paddlers stood on the start line. With just under 500 paddlers signed up for this crazy, cold water classic, the GlaGla is officially one of the biggest (by one measure it’s the #2 race in the world right now).

We’ll have a full recap/results/photos/videos shortly, but in the meantime you can watch a full replay of our GlaGla Race Facebook Live stream.

LIVE STREAM: Full replay of the 2018 “GlaGla Race” direct from the freezing cold French Alps

Full replay of the 2018 GlaGla Race, where a record 494 paddlers took part in this freezing but very fun adventure in the French Alps.

Congrats to Tom Auber and Melanie Lafenetre for taking the wins, and well done to everybody that finished (that was COLD).

Thanks to the whole team from the Alpine Lakes Tour and title sponsor Red Paddle Co for making this epic event happen — add the “GlaGla” to your 2019 bucket list!

Here’s why GlaGla is the first “points race” of season 2018 (we’re making big changes to the World Rankings this year)

We’re only 24 hours from the first big race of season 2018: The GlaGla Race in the French Alps. But the “GlaGla” isn’t just the first big race of the year, it’s going to be one of the biggest races of the year, period.

The humble GlaGla has become something of a stand up paddling phenomenon. Held in a quiet corner of France in the freezing cold depths of winter, this amazing race has officially become one of the biggest in the world after a record 494 paddlers signed up for the 2018 adventure.

Measured by the number of stand up paddlers on the same start line, the GlaGla would now rank as the #2 race in the world behind only its compatriot the Paris Crossing. Extraordinary.   → READ MORE

It’s (Almost) Official: IZZI GOMEZ Is Joining Team Infinity as Trade Week Heats Up

Looks like the Speed Freaks just got a little freakier.

After a few subtle hints on Instagram and some relentless prodding of its team boss, our local sources have confirmed another major “Trade Week” move: Izzi Gomez is joining her brother Giorgio and the rest of the Freaks at Team Infinity.

And just to make it unofficially official, we also got our hands on a preview of the “Welcome to the Team” photo shoot that’s been happening down in SoCal the past couple of days.   → READ MORE