Ludovic Teulade has won the GlaGla race for a second time, out-sprinting Germany’s Norm Weber to repeat his 2019 success while young Dutchman Donato Freens was very impressive in third. Kaelan Lockhart from Australia looked strong all race but settled for fourth place just ahead of Denmark’s Christian “Polar Bear” Andersen.
Switzerland’s 19-year-old star Anna Tschirky finally got top step on the podium after a convincing performance, with the 19-year-old crossing almost a minute ahead of Dutchwoman Petronella van Malsen.
In true GlaGla fashion, the weather in the French Alps was sunny but absolutely freezing.
I found an old bag full of SUP racing event t-shirts from over the years, and I thought it might be fun to take a little trip down memory lane and share some stories from the pages of paddling history.
Live… Tonight… (and hopefully tonight only because I’m still having trouble breathing after putting on a dozen t-shirts at once) I present you with: T-shirt Storytime
Kelly Margetts called it a Netflix series. That’s a bold assertion for a humble SUP race, yet by the time Paolo Marconi claimed victory after 48 hours of slow-moving suspense in Sarasota last week, Kelly’s comment was starting to sound like an understatement.
Last Paddler Standing was unlike anything we’ve seen in the world of SUP. It was less of a race and more of a journey. An emotional rollercoaster that swept up everyone it touched and somehow turned a simple, never-ending live stream into compelling viewing complete with its own vocal community. This whole event is an innovative, disruptive format for SUP racing and it might just be a new frontier for how our sport is shared. → READ MORE
Last Paddler Standing is the craziest race of the year. It’s part paddling, part strategy and total mindf**k. It’s also the most interesting new race format I’ve seen in a long time.
The idea is simple enough: you paddle 3.3 miles (5.3km) around a flat water canoe/kayak lake in Sarasota, Florida. If you finish within an hour you get to start the next lap. And the next, and the next, and the next until you’re literally the last paddler left standing. With predicted finishing times of 2-3 days, you will almost certainly have to paddle all day, all night, all day and all night again if you want to be crowned champion of this Kafkaesque odyssey. → READ MORE