Mallorca is beautiful in April. Too early for tourists but just in time for sunshine, the island offers a relaxing ambience in spring.
I first visited the Mediterranean nearly 10 years ago for the inaugural Port Adriano SUP Race. In early 2013, SUP Racer was barely a year old while the sport itself was still in its infancy across Europe. Back then we were paddling boards that would look antiquated today, half the field were still on 12’6 and one of 2022’s top performers, Duna Gordillo, was just nine years old.
In other words: SUP racing was still young. But like the wildflowers on the mountains of Mallorca’s rugged west coast, the sport was beginning to blossom.
Quite fittingly, this was also when and where I decided SUP Racer would be my full-time job.
In the years since there have been countless travels, events and adventures around the world as we watched our sport develop in all its rollercoaster-like glory. Europe grew into the center of the SUP universe, the kids from Mallorca are now winning world titles, and SUP Racer became one of the leading voices in our community.
But now, all grown up, it’s time for a new beginning. I believe there are many great stories from the world of SUP racing still to be told, and that SUP Racer has a lot left to contribute, however this platform needs a new Boss Man (or Boss Woman) to enter its next era.
So far that reason, SUP Racer is for sale. → READ MORE
There’s an old windmill a few hours north of London where they say the owner made a deal with the devil to help drain his lands of sea water in the 1700s. The owner apparently reneged on his side of the bargain (he was to hand over his soul, obviously) and so the devil attacked the mill at night and cursed it for all eternity.
You’ll find “Brograve Mill” in the Norfolk Broads, a picturesque slice of England that’s also home an ultra marathon I’m particularly curious about – one you might want to add to your own bucket list. The ‘Norfolk Broads Ultra’ is a two-day, 80km race through countryside so reminiscent of the Netherlands you could refer to this event as the ‘British 11 Cities.’ → READ MORE
The fun in the Spanish sun doesn’t stop after Mallorca, as the Euro Tour continues on to Costa Blanca in mainland Spain for the big World SUP Festival, an optimistically-titled event that may just live up to its name.
Judging by everything I’ve heard from the paddlers, the World SUP Festival will probably be the biggest race of the summer. It’s got the highest prize money on the Euro Tour this year and will probably have the most professional event setup to go along with it. Costa Blanca will definitely have the most legit live stream and will almost certainly be the most-competitive race of the summer.
Here’s when to watch live on Saturday… → READ MORE
The sea was angry that day, my friends.
Week 2 of the Euro Tour and we found ourselves on the idyllic island of Mallorca for the classic Port Adriano SUP Race. The event that kicked off the 2014 Tour – the first official season of the Euro summer – returned in style with blue skies and good vibes. → READ MORE