Ok, virus, now it’s personal 😑
Canada’s Yukon River Quest, one of the grandest adventures in the world and an event so close to my heart I spent three days paddling it and another three months making a movie about it, has been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The mind-boggling, 715km-long race, where finishing times range from 40-70 hours, sleep is rare and wild hallucinations common, was originally scheduled for the final week of June. → READ MORE
It seems it’s easier to keep track of which events haven’t been cancelled these days… Not a minute after I posted the news about the epic Yukon 1000 being pushed back ’til 2021, word came through that this year’s famed SUP World Cup in Scharbeutz, Germany has also been cancelled. → READ MORE
The world’s longest paddle race, the mind-boggling Yukon 1000, which was set to take place across eight or nine days in July, has been postponed until 2021 due to fears about spreading the coronavirus in the remote Yukon communities and the health & safety of race participants. The strict measures imposed by the Canadian government and worldwide travel restrictions would have also made the event extremely difficult to run. → READ MORE
Organisers of the Carolina Cup have postponed the iconic event until early November due to health concerns and restrictions caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The 10th annual edition of the famous Carolina Cup will now be held 4-8 November in its usual home of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The event was originally scheduled for 22-26 April, however the state – like much of the world – has seen a virtual ban on sporting events over the past week, and a postponement for next month’s event was seen as increasingly inevitable as things escalated over the past 72 hours. → READ MORE
As the global social and sporting shutdown caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus continues, we’re beginning to see more and more SUP races affected. Europe is increasingly under lockdown, while virtually all countries are enacting draconian restrictions on travel and public gatherings that have made most stand up paddle events impossible to run.
Here are the latest updates as of Monday 17 March. This story is quickly evolving so check back for regular updates… → READ MORE
In brief: The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect the world of stand up paddling, with the beginning of the international season all but on hold after several events were forced to cancel or postpone.
The United States, China, Japan and several countries in Europe including Spain and France have confirmed event cancellations/postponements. And now two of the biggest races in the world have joined that list.
Today, the Air France Paddle Festival in Tahiti and Brazil’s massive Aloha Spirit Festival in Ilhabela both announced they were postponing their upcoming events. → READ MORE
Rolling coverage of the impact the coronavirus is having on stand up paddle events, athletes and industry. → READ MORE