“Super Saturday” in September: Six big races, one weekend

Just when you thought the SUP racing season might be winding down, BANG!

It looks like the next two days will be the biggest weekend of the year as six international events take centre stage. From Scotland to Sardinia and Osaka to the Alps, let’s call it “Super Saturday” in September (even though one of these events insists on running Sunday).

Here’s what to keep an eye on.   → READ MORE

Recap/Photos from the Epic Corinth Canal Crossing (“World’s Straightest SUP Race”)

World's Straightest SUP RaceHere’s a full recap from the 5th annual Corinth Canal SUP Crossing, the final stop of this year’s Hellenic SUP Cup series in Greece.

This annual event is one of the most incredible-looking SUP races on the planet. A couple of years ago we nicknamed it the “World’s Straightest SUP Race” because the course is basically a 6km drag race from one end of the Corinth Canal to the other.

Just take a look at these photos… Definitely one to add to your bucket list.   → READ MORE

The World’s *Straightest* SUP Race (Isthmus Speed Crossing, Greece)

Hellenic SUP Cup GreeceCheck out this cool little clip from Greece, where the 4th Annual Isthmus Speed Crossing went down on the weekend.

The race takes paddlers through the historic Corinth Canal, which is a long, deep cut through a peninsula that’s famous for ushering through cruise ships that literally squeeze through with inches to spare. Stand up paddleboards are a slightly better fit though, with 147 paddlers competing on Sunday in what is essentially a 5.8km (3.6 miles) drag race.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Casper And The Greeks Cross The Aegean Sea

Stand-Up-Paddling-in-the-Greek-IslandsThe Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, recently joined the local Naish crew in Greece to complete an epic crossing of the Aegean Sea. The Greek Islands odyssey started on Paros and went 35 kms (22 miles) across the open sea to the world famous Mykonos (that island with all the cool white buildings/perfect blue water).

The Viking, looking very viking-ish with his new beard, summed up the crossing as “special” and sounded pretty stoked to share the experience with a diverse group of local paddlers, who ranged from stoked out groms to Greek national champions.   → READ MORE

WATCH: The World’s Straightest (And Perhaps Most Unique) SUP Race Course

Corinth Canal Stand Up Paddle raceHere’s a very cool vid from the recent Stand Up Paddle race on the Corinth Canal in Greece, where Eric Terrien defeated Casper Steinfath in the battle between Europe’s two fastest men. The “Hellenic SUP Cup: Isthmus Speed Crossing” (as the event was offcially known) was essentially a drag-race, as the course stretched out in a 6km straight line along the historic Corinth Canal.

The famous Canal, which was completed in 1893 and is now a popular tourist boat ride (it’s far too narrow for modern shipping vessels), was closed down for two hours to let the 129 competitors paddle what looks to be one of the most amazing SUP race courses in the world…   → READ MORE

Eric Terrien Defeats Casper Steinfath To Claim World’s Straightest SUP Race @ Greece’s Hellenic SUP Cup (UPDATED)

Hellenic SUP Cup GreeceThe two fastest stand up paddlers in Europe (and the world) right now, Frenchman Eric Terrien and the Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, have dominated today’s Hellenic SUP Cup race in Greece.

Stretching along the historic Corinth Canal, the race attracted over 120 eager locals, who were no doubt keen to paddle one of the most interesting SUP race courses in the world as well as rub shoulders with two guys that are helping put Europe on the SUP racing map. Today’s race – the “Isthmus Speed Crossing” – was the fifth and final leg of the 2013 Hellenic SUP Cup, the third annual running of the series.

Terrien came home 1st with Casper in 2nd, the Frenchman no doubt pleased to get one back on the young Dane who has had an absolute stellar year (ISA Worlds, BOP, World Series) and is seriously threatening Eric’s long-held title of European #1.   → READ MORE