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.
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
I didn’t know much about the Spanish island of Mallorca when I first arrived in 2013. I’d only booked my flight 24 hours earlier (typical), and all I’d heard was “Stay away from Magaluf,” the wild British party town whose reputation preceded it. But flying in over a rocky outcrop in the Mediterranean, sitting in my obligatory window seat, I stared down in awe at the beauty of a dramatic coastline. From the moment I saw Mallorca I knew it meant adventure, and I already sensed it wouldn’t be my last trip to the island.
I visited Mallorca nine years ago this month for the inaugural Port Adriano SUP Race. I’m returning this week in part to livestream the same race on Saturday, as part of the Euro Tour, though I mainly just want to catch up with my friends from the Mar Balear SUP Club, hosts of the Port Adriano race and home to one of the best junior training squads in the world. → READ MORE
The countdown to Costa Blanca is on. In less than two months, the paddling community will congregate on the beautiful coast of southeastern Spain for the ‘World Sup Festival’.
The World SUP Festival became one of the fan (and paddler) Euro Tour favourites in pre-covid times, and this year it’ll be one of the European summer’s marquee acts. Spread across three days and with a festival-like setup on the beach that lives up to its name, the World SUP Festival in Costa Blanca will be one of the biggest and most competitive races of the season.
It’ll also be live-streamed here on SUP Racer. → READ MORE
Grab your sunscreen and load up on the sangria — we’re headed back to Europe in the summer of ’22.
The classic Euro Tour, arguably the most successful race series in our sport’s history, has announced its lineup for next season and by golly it looks good.
The 2022 Tour features 14 races starting in May and stretching right through til November. The big focus, and what I like to call the “European Summer of SUP” will be a seven-week stretch of back-to-back events from the end of May through July that includes a great double-header in Spain featuring one of my personal favourites. → READ MORE
Welcome back to the SUP Racer Daily Show — episode #278 features the European Summer of SUP and the Aussie *Winter* …plus Casper, Kyiv and the surprising return of a former champ. If you’ve got any questions leave a comment below, and tune in next week for more live updates from the world of paddling ✌
Two of Europe’s finest paddlers, Susak Molinero and Paolo Marconi, join us from their Canary Island isolation to chat racing, relationships and running mountain ultras. We also talk about Paolo’s new love for the SUP11 City Tour, razzle-dazzle design and looking forward to the day we can all meet up on the water again.
Susak & Paolo are not just two of the best athletes you’ll meet, they’re two of the finest people, period. These guys always spread smiles and good vibes at the events, and it’s always a pleasure to catch up with them even when we’re stuck on the other side of the world. → 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
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).
Fiona Wylde and Michael Booth have made it a clean sweep of the Greek Islands for team Starboard, claiming today’s “Agios Nikolaos on SUP” event after conquering some of the gnarliest conditions we’ve seen all season. This follows on from their big wins on Corfu last week.
Today’s 14km race on the island of Crete had a bit of everything, from downwind to flat to one or two brutal kms of crazy headwind. The winners both went hard early but earned their big leads in different parts of the course: Boothy shut the door on the chase pack of Vinni Martins, Martin Vitry, Ty Judson, Arthur Arutkin, Noic Garioud and Enzo Bennett in the grueling upwinder, whereas Fiona setup her victory early on during the smoother downwind section. → READ MORE
Team Starboard super duo Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde have claimed this week’s EuroTour race with emphatic victories against both a strong field and a draining hot sun in the Greek Islands.
Boothy claimed the ‘Corfu Emerald Cup’ to bounce back from his big mistake at last week’s battle of Bilbao and put an exclamation mark on his status as the world’s strongest paddler, while Fiona was a little too strong for Italian wildcard and rising star Caterina Stenta. → READ MORE
In brief: Tom Auber and Amandine Chazot have claimed the latest round of the EuroTour in the north-east of Spain. The French duo saluted at the Cap de Creus SUP Challenge in a great downwind run a couple of hours north of Barcelona.
Tom’s toughest challenge came from compatriot Martin Vitry, while last week’s third-place finisher Vinni Martins repeated his result after out-sprinting Martin Letourneur and Ty Judson in the final hundred metres.
Amandine triumphed over fellow Frenchwoman Olivia Piana, while Laura Quetglas hit the podium for Team Spain for the second week in a row. It was another big showing from the junior girls out of the Spanish island of Mallorca, with young training team-mates Duna Gordillo, Sonia Caimari and Sonia Hurtado all hitting the top 10.
Follow The Euro Tour for more coverage. Here are the early results…
Thanks for everyone that tuned in to watch! It was great to be back on the microphone. And a special thank you to Quickblade Paddles and VMG Blades for supporting our European Summer of SUP and making this whole show possible.
We experimented with a new “split-screen” format this week. Definitely still got a few things to iron out, but I think it was a creative step in the right direction and a great way to (finally) be able to give women equal coverage.
We’ll be back with another live stream in San Sebastian on June 1st, followed by Bilbao (June 8th), Corfu (June 15th), Crete (June 22nd) and Prague (July 6th).
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In brief: Team NSP’s Ty Judson has put on an ocean paddling masterclass to claim the World SUP Fetival in Costa Blanca, Spain. The humble young Australian broke away early on the 15km crossing between the small island of Tabarca back to the mainland, finishing over a minute clear of determined duo Enzo Bennett (Tahiti/425) and Vinni Martins (Brazil/JP).
Brazilian dark-horse (though I think he’s officially graduated from that title) Guilherme dos Reis took fourth while his brother-from-another-mother David Leao won the junior division. Frenchman Ludovic Teulade, fresh off a record-attempting six-hour downwinder across the Mediterranean, rounded out the top five in a strong field of around 200 paddlers.
Team Rogue’s Olivia Piana bounced back from a 3rd and 4th place finish in the past two EuroTour events to claim a strong win, with only Susak Molinero (Spain; RRD) able to stay within sight of the powerful Frenchwoman. Italy’s Caterina Stenta (RRD) was impressive in third.
The event was highlighted by a surge in junior participation, with 15-year-olds Anna Tschirky (Switzerland; F-One) and Duna Gordillo (Spain; Starboard) both finishing top 10 in the women’s main event, while the short-course Grom Races featured over 50 future champions in a bright showing for the sport.
TOP 10 WOMEN
1st: Olivia Piana Rogue
2nd: Susak Molinero RRD
3rd: Catherina Stenta RRD
4th: Melanie Lafenetre Infinity
5th: Susanne Lier F-One/QB
6th: Laura Quetglas Starboard/QB
7th: Noelani Sach NSP
8th: Sheila Sirvent Starboard/QB
9th: Anna Tschirsky F-One/QB
10th: Duna Gordillo F-One/QB
TOP 10 MEN
1st: Ty Judson NSP
2nd: Enzo Bennett 425
3rd: Vinnicius Martins JP
4th: Guilherme dos Reis SIC
5th: Ludovic Teulade Oxbow
6th: Giordano Bruno SIC
7th: Paolo Marconi RRD
8th: Kelly Margetts Sunova/QB
9th: Federico Esposito Infinity/QB
10th: Liran Machlev NSP
Titouan Puyo and Fiona Wylde have surfed their way to victory in week 3 of the EuroTour, claiming the Vendée Gliss Event on France’s west coast.
Titou out-surfed fellow Frenchman Arthur Arutkin and week 2 winner Michael Booth to even the score with the Aussie powerhouse at one European win apiece.
Meanwhile, Hood River hero Fiona Wylde felt right at home in the bumps, coasting clear to defeat Sunova’s Amandine Chazot and Maui wunderkind Annie Reickert en route to her second French win in seven days. → READ MORE
Starboard superstars Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde have started their summer seasons in style, saluting at the “Azur Paddle Days” EuroTour event in Villefranche, France this afternoon.
Boothy edged out regular sparring partner Titouan Puyo by about 10 seconds after an hour of paddling, while Titou’s team-mate from NSP, Ty Judson, was close behind in third. Martin Vitry took top honours for the home team in fourth, while Carolina runner-up Bruno Hasulyo had to settle for fifth in a sign of how tough the summer clashes are going to be. → READ MORE