Paolo Marconi, Sonni Hönscheid Claim Impressive Victories at the Wild & Woolly Port Adriano SUP Race (EuroTour Week 2)

 
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Paolo Marconi (left) claimed an impressive victory at today’s Port Adriano SUP Race on Mallorca (photo: Kerry Powell/EuroTour)

Paolo Marconi (Italy/RRD) and Sonni Hönscheid (Germany/SIC) have claimed impressive victories against a strong regional field here at the Port Adriano SUP Race on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Week 2 of The Euro Tour presented by Starboard.

Paolo announced himself as one of Europe’s genuine contenders, leading home a clean sweep of the podium for Team Italy at the 4th annual edition of this great race. Meanwhile Sonni was in a league of her own, and showed she’ll be hard to stop as she chases back-to-back EuroTour crowns.

Port Adriano 2016 turned into a wild and woolly ocean race, as leftover swells from a week of high winds bounced off the imposing cliffs to create a washing machine effect that definitely tested competitors (though despite the rough conditions at ocean level, it was actually a beautiful sunny day). There were definitely a few downwind bumps to be found, however there were also bumps from every direction to contend with.

Some of the paddlers commented post-race that it was a really fun challenge (yours truly included – I had a ball out there, even if I was at the back of the field), while others had a day they’d probably rather forget.

The race started inside the protected harbour of Port Adriano, alongside a rather impressive lineup of $50 million dollar megayachts, before venturing out into the open ocean. The field scattered as soon as we left the port, with Paolo making a move around the 3km mark to quickly open up a big gap on the other top guys.

Paolo Marconi

Paolo Marconi starting to open up a gap on the rest of the elite men’s field (photo: Kerry Powell/EuroTour)

The Italian Stallion remained roughly a minute ahead all the way home to salute in a time of 55 minutes, and in doing so announced himself as a genuine contender on the European stage this summer. I chatted with Paolo after the race and he spoke about how hard he’d been training over the winter – hard work that has clearly paid off for the RRD team rider.

Paolo’s heroics laid the foundations for a clean sweep of the men’s podium by Team Italy, with the unheralded Giordano Bruno Capparela (BIC) in second and dark horse Davide Codotto (3 BAY) in third. Team France has long been the powerhouse of European paddling, however Team Italy has definitely established itself as the top contender to the throne and is closing the gap on the Frenchies.

Speaking of France, it was an impressive top five double from the Teulade Brothers, Jeremy and Ludovic of Team Starboard, while Pepe Oltra (SIC) was the top placed Spaniard in 6th, just a few seconds ahead of yet another Italian in Martino Rogai (Jimmy Lewis). Branislav Sramek (JP), Roman Frejo (Starboard) and Peter Bartl (JP) rounded out the top 10.

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Sonni Hönscheid powering home to victory here at Port Adriano (photo: Kerry Powell/EuroTour)

In the women’s it was OluKai and Molokai champion Sonni Hönscheid all the way, with the powerful German feeling right at home in today’s bouncy ocean conditions. The SIC team rider, who is the reigning EuroTour champion, was so strong she almost snuck inside the men’s top 10, finishing in 1:01:15.

Today’s runner-up was yet another European name to watch, Susak Molinero, who hails from Spain but lives and trains in Italy with her boyfriend and RRD team mate – race winner Paolo. Susak crossed the line in 1:04:58, one minute ahead of local hero Laura Quetglas (SIC), and two and a half minutes clear of fourth placed Susanne Lier from Team NSP.

Even with the wild conditions, it was a great day here on the incredible island of Mallorca (or “Majorca” for the layman). SUP Racer has been camped out here the past three weeks, and I would gladly stay here the entire summer. Big thanks to Port Adriano for hosting us, and to Mar Balear SUP Club for organising the race.

Mar Balear is home to the largest kids training squad in Europe, and it was great to see the “niños y niñas” (boys and girls) racing with so much enthusiasm out on the junior course, before sitting on the docks and cheering on the elite competitors at the start and end of the race.

There are some seriously talented kids on this island, while the whole Mar Balear Club and all the parents and volunteers, and the Port Adriano SUP Race by extension, have the singular focus of giving the kids an opportunity to train, compete and just have fun on the water in general. They’ve really got a great thing going here on Mallorca — kinda reminds you why this paddling community of ours is so great.

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Cool perspective of the setup here in Mallorca during the kids races (photo: SUP Racer)

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Potential star of the future, local lad Quique Senra, on his way to victory in the junior race (photo: Kerry Powell/EuroTour)

The fastest of the local lads was potential star of the future “Quique” Senra took out the U-18 division despite being just 14 years old, while Cyara Valenzuela claimed the win in the junior girls race. There will be more kids races tomorrow, with the Red Paddle Co 10’6 inflatable showdown (as well as the awesome “Big SUP” knockout race).

Tomorrow also sees the Port Adriano outrigger race, which I’m personally looking forward to — never done an OC-1 race though, so hopefully it’s a little calmer out there in the morning!

The EuroTour continues into Week 3 next weekend with the classic SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime, France, before the big Lost Mills race in Germany and the Bilbao Paddle Challenge after that. Those three events will be the “Headliners” of the EuroTour, with around two dozen top ranked international athletes about to start making their way to France to begin their European campaigns. Though judging from the performances today, they’ll have their work cut out for them against the dark horses of Euro land.

Port Adriano SUP Race – Men’s Elite Race
1st: Paolo Marconi (Italy/RRD) 0:55:02
2nd: Giordano Bruno Capparella (Italy/BIC) 0:56:01
3rd: Davide Codotto (Italy/3 BAY) 0:56:36
4th: Jeremy Teulade (France/Starboard) 0:56:44
5th: Ludovic Teulade (France/Starboard) 0:57:18
6th: Pepe Oltra Sans (Spain/SIC) 0:57:52
7th: Martino Rogai (Italy/Jimmy Lewis) 0:58:02
8th: Branislav Sramek (Czech Republic/JP) 0:58:36
9th: Roman Frejo (Spain/Starboard) 0:59:58
10th: Peter Bartl (Austria/JP Australia) 1:00:28
11th: Davide Ionico (1:00:57)
12th: Toni Marti Vaquer (1:01:24) *12’6
13th: Paulino Cayon Gonzalez (1:01:29) *12’6
14th: Pau Ybarra (1:01:49) *12’6
15th: Tomas Sanchez Vecino (1:02:39) *12’6
16th: Kiko Borras Motreno (1:03:51) *12’6
17th: Belar Díaz (1:04:45)
18th: Miguel Martorell Vallespir (1:05:57)
19th: Christopher Parker(1:09:21) *12’6
20th: Victor Blanes (1:10:10) *inflatable
21st: Xavi Ribo (1:10:14)
22nd: Alain Hermann (1:14:38)
23rd: William Doering (1:16:19) *12’6
24th: Normen Weber (1:18:29)
24th: Tiago Filipe da Costa Campos (1:18:57)
25th: Jurgi Zulaika (1:20:00) *12’6
26th: Ricardo Gonzalez Romero (1:24:49) *12’6
27th: Carlos Prieto Martinez (1:33:48) *12’6
28th: Francisco Jose Gobantes Fernande (1:50:23)

Women’s Elite Race
1st: Sonni Honscheid (Germany/SIC) 1:01:15
2nd: Susak Molinero (Spain/RRD) 1:04:58
3rd: Laura Quetglas (Spain/SIC) 1:06:10
4th: Susanne Lier (Germany/NSP) 1:07:37
5th: Angela Fernandes (Spain/SIC) 1:07:37
6th: Edith Teulade (France/?) 1:31:28
7th: Tineke Merkus (Netherlands/Redwood) 1:42:49

Women’s Open Race
1st: Silvia Canudas (0:38:10)
2nd: Maravillas Gil Romero (0:39:24)
3rd: Beatriz Canudas Pujol (0:40:11)
4th: Pilar Oliver (0:41:43)
5th: Maria Jose Rodriguez Vidal(0:42:33)
6th: Sofia Tros de Ilarduya (0:42:49)
7th: Katrin Degenhardt (0:42:58)
8th: Magdalena Barcelo Oliver (0:43:15)
9th: Jana Feiden (0:44:54)
10th: Montse Serra Senon (0:45:03)
11th: Margot Montiel (0:45:07)
12th: Agnes Granvalet (0:45:32)
13th: Aina Isern Aguilo (0:46:16)
14th: Cati Isern Aguilo (0:47:19)
15th: Arminda Phillips (0:47:19)
16th: Viktoria Guminski (0:47:28)

Men’s Amateur Race
1st: Miguel Dlpon (0:28:09)
2nd: Rafael Trobat Adrover (0:31:34)
3rd: Francisco Salamanca Mulet Bonaona (0:35:24)
4th: Rupert Resch (0:37:33)
5th: Francis Garcia (0:47:12)
6th: Albert Armengol Alert (0:49:42)

Women’s Amateur Race
1st: Lydia De Llanos Diez (0:33:00)
2nd: Patricia Martin Torres (0:36:32)
3rd: Maria Jose Rodriguez Gallardo (0:36:43)
4th: Teresa Oliver Rossell (0:39:44)
5th: Daniela Sartorio (0:40:06)

JUNIOR RACES

Girls Under 10
1st: Amelia Moral Blanco (0:03:06)

Girls Under 12
1st: Sonia Caimari (0:12:32)

Girls Under 14
1st: Duna Gordillo Rodriguez (0:20:46)
2nd: Nuria Hurtado Serra (0:21:13)
3rd: Aida Soberbio (0:21:26)
4th: Sonia Hurtado Serra (0:21:41)
5th: Sheila Sirvent Salazar (0:23:30)

Girls Under 16
1st: Alba Gordillo Rodriguez (0:38:09)
2nd: Carmen Martorell (0:42:55)
3rd: Lidia Valeriano Muntaner (0:43:09)

Girls Under 18
1st: Cyara Valenzuela (0:36:27)
2nd: Elisabeth Gomez Forsberg (0:36:35)
3rd: Daniela Betancourt Rodriguez (0:38:06)
4th: Marta Bautista Andreu (0:41:10)

Boys Under 8
1st: Leon (0:02:59)

Boys Under 10
1st: Marc Simoncelli (0:10:17)

Boys Under 12
1st: Luca Simoncelli (0:12:34)

Boys Under 14
1st: Aaron Sanchez (0:19:53)
2nd: Lucas Cabreiros Benet (0:20:36)

Boys Under 16
1st: Sergi Nadal Gonzalez (0:34:18)
2nd: Marc Carrot Pujadas (0:44:08)

Boys Under 18
1st: Quique Hurtado (0:31:22)
2nd: Rafael Sirvent Salazar (0:33:05)
3rd: Alejandro Suau Granados (0:34:05)

Christopher Parker SUP Racer

I love coming back to Mallorca every year — this is the fourth year of the Port Adriano SUP Race and I haven’t missed a single one. There’s something special about this island and the awesome local crew from the Mar Balear SUP Club. Definitely add this island, and this race, to your bucket list… (photo: Kerry Powell/EuroTour)