GlaGla! 🥶 Congratulations Sonni Hönscheid, Titouan Puyo and every single one of the record 637 paddlers who completed a memorable bucket list race around Lake Annecy here in the freezing cold but very sunny French Alps today! 🇫🇷🗻🌞 The 2020 GlaGla Race was something truly special with a gigantic start line creating an amazing sight at the beginning of the race and an extraordinary final 500 metres from Titou producing an exciting finish 💥
Titou seemed to be out of contention as his NSP teammate Ty Judson along with Leo Nika and Tom Auner set a scintillating pace with 1km to go, but despite rounding the final 500 metre buoy in sixth place, the New Caledonian somehow found a better line to the finish and snuck into the lead with 100 metres to go. It was such a clever move that we didn’t even realise on the live stream commentary that he’d replaced his teammate at the front. An incredible victory. Great to see darkhorses such as Portugal’s Renato Queiros, Ukraine’s Oleksii Sidenko and French junior Marius Auber all cracking the top 10.
Sonni defended her title in the women’s race with a signature powerhouse performance 💪 The German was ultimately too strong for Fiona Wylde, while French darkhorse Fanny Tessier showed she’ll be one to watch this year. We’re sorry we couldn’t show more of the women’s race on the live stream, something we’ll try hard to fix for next year…
Thank you everyone who watched online in record numbers, and a big “merci beaucoup” to ‘8 Mont Blanc’ TV for producing the show and providing us with epic live drone footage. And thank you to Benoit Mouren and all his team for organising such a special event.
1. Titouan Puyo 🇫🇷🇳🇨 1:24:56
2. Leo Nika 🇮🇹 1:25:01
3. Tom Auber 🇫🇷 1:25:02
4. Ty Judson 🇦🇺 1:25:09
5. Martin Vitry 🇫🇷 1:25:11
6. Normen Weber 🇩🇪 1:25:27
7. Renato Queiros 🇵🇹 1:26:07
8. Ludovic Teulade 🇫🇷 1:26:08
9. Oleksii Sidenko 🇺🇦 1:26:36
10. Marius Auber 🇫🇷 1:26:47
1. Sonni Hönscheid 🇩🇪 1:34:18
2. Fiona Wylde 🇫🇷 1:35:00
3. Fanny Tessier 🇫🇷 1:35:16
4. Olivia Piana 🇫🇷 1:37:30
5. Ella Oesterholt 🇳🇱 1:38:13
6. Siri Schubert 🇨🇭 1:38:41
7. Anna Tschirky 🇨🇭 1:40:36
8. Alex Tyrer 🇬🇧 1:43:02
9. Erica Revil 1:43:26
10. Tanja Ecker 🇩🇪 1:43:41
It can be hard to comprehend until you experience it for yourself, but there’s a freezing-cold lake in the French Alps that’s home to one of the biggest races in the world. The humble-yet-mighty “GlaGla Race” has snowballed over the years into the first big gathering of the season, and this year a record 620 paddlers have signed up for the ice-cold adventure.
The term “glagla” basically means “teeth-chattering cold” in French, and this year isn’t going to disappoint. The temperature will drop to -7°C (19°F) on Saturday evening, though during the race it’ll be a relatively mild +4°C (39°F).
But if you can’t make it to beautiful Lake Annecy, or if you just prefer to retain the feeling in your toes when you paddle, you can sit back and watch the 2020 GlaGla Race from the warm comfort of your own home on Saturday. → READ MORE
I sat down for a chat with a very interesting athlete today: professional ironman, part-time SUP racer and all-round legend Jackson Maynard.
Maynard hails from my hometown here on the Gold Coast where he represents our local surf lifesaving club, Currumbin Vikings. He competes on the elite and prestigious Nutri-Grain Ironman Series (“lifeguard racing”) but to reach the pinacle of his sport, Maynard has had to overcome some incredible medical setbacks.
It’s a fascinating story of resilience and determination. → READ MORE
Welcome back to the ‘FourTwentySix,’ the oddly-named new column on SUP Racer that aims to find the “stories behind the stats” by performing deep analysis of the world rankings database.
One of the main goals of the SUP Racer World Rankings is to find the world’s number one paddler. It’s a complex system that uses a lot of algorithms and a lot of results from around the world. There are currently 6000+ paddlers and 100+ events in the system, but underpinning the entire leaderboard is a simple idea: That a paddler’s “Best 5” results of the year will determine their total world ranking points.
But the “Best 5” method only tells part of the story… → READ MORE
The first major race of the season is just over a week away. Join us in the French Alps for the massive “GlaGla Race” — I’ll be dusting off the baguette microphone and live-streaming the big gathering on The Paddle League from 10am on Saturday the 18th January.
Ocean legend Dave Kalama joined us live from Maui to chat foil addiction and the future of the sport. Hear stories from the early days of foiling, the zen art of wave riding and why Dave feels like a little kid when he goes surfing.
You can also listen and subscribe to Paddlecast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
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Mike Jucker from Stand Up Magazin – one of the oldest and most respected outlets in the SUP media world – joins us to chat “Chaos of Champions,” world titles and the future of the sport. Give Mike a follow on Instagram and help him celebrate 10 years of @standupmagazin.
You can also listen to Paddlecast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts
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One of my favourite daily reads is FiveThirtyEight, an American blog that’s become a bible for sports fans and data geeks alike. FiveThirtyEight analyses everything from NBA playoffs to the Presidential election, and every story has one thing in common: stats.
FiveThirtyEight is a leader in the new school of data journalism, which uses analytics to uncover trends and produce interesting stories. If you like numbers and love sports (or politics), it’s an addictive blog.
So I figured I’d start the “FiveThirtyEight of SUP” as a weekly column here on SUP Racer. Because now that the world rankings include a database of 6000+ paddlers and 100+ events, I’m going to start looking a little deeper to find some interesting stories behind the stats. → READ MORE
Who were the best-performing European paddlers in Europe during season 2019?
Given that Europe is now the epicentre of our sport, and considering it produces about half of the world’s best athletes, I thought it might be fun and interesting to analyse which Euro paddlers ranked highest at their “home” events.
So I’ve taken the World Rankings, trimmed all the non-European athletes and races, and come up with a new leaderboard to determine the “King” and “Queen of Europe”. → READ MORE