From the middle of May, right through June and into July, many of the world's best paddlers will descend on Europe to take on the best paddlers from France, Germany, Spain, Italy and every other corner of the continent. It's gonna be a big couple of months and now, thanks to the support of NSP, the 2014 Euro Tour will be front and center here on SUPracer.com.
Competing, camaraderie, traveling, exploring, discovering. Making new friends and catching up with old ones. Enjoying the warm sunshine and endless summer days. All with a bit of stand up paddle racing thrown in for good measure.
That's the Euro Tour.
Get our latest dispatches from Europe below…
Euro Tour. Week #… (I dunno, I’ve lost count). Italy.
I know it sounds crazy, but there was actually a SUP race happening somewhere other than Hawaii on the weekend. While Connor, Travis, Sonni, Jenny and co. were battling it out across the Ka’iwi Channel, all the way over in Rome, Italy there was a very solid crew competing at the Italia Surf Expo’s SUP Challenge.
Despite going up against a talented string of Euro boys, as well as Aussie whipper snapper Jake Jensen, in the end it was the Danish Viking, Casper Steinfath, taking out the crown and capping off a memorable summer of racing in Euro land. → READ MORE
Jersey. No, not that Jersey, Jersey the island. The one that’s part of the UK and lies just off the coast of France.
Well apparently Jersey has a pretty darn good SUP scene. I’ve already met quite a few paddlers from the channel isle on my travels, especially at some of the Euro races, though now we get a great glimpse at what the races are like on Jersey itself.
Frenchman Greg Closier made the short trip across to the island on the weekend, where he battled against the locals to claim the Heritage Paddle Race, an historic event that dates right back to the 60s. → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week 10. Germany. This weekend it was off to the northern German island of Fehmarn, where the “SUP World Cup” kicked off (see what we did there?) with a small but elite field of talent on display. Saturday saw the sprints while Sunday it was the long distance race, with combined results determining the overall event placings. Despite the small field, there were still a few seriously big names battling it out this weekend.
In Saturday’s sprints the Kai/Connor rivalry clicked into gear straight away, with the two young superstars locked in a duel right to the line. Kai narrowly took the honours on day one, however Connor had other ideas for the distance race on day two. → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week 9. Italy.
Zane Schweitzer continues his unbeaten streak in Europe, taking out the $10,000 Adriatic Crown in Italy. Zane beat his Starboard team mate and home favourite Leonard Nika to claim his 4th straight trophy on this year’s Euro Tour, having also saluted in Bilbao (Spain), Oleron (France) and Finland.
Click through for results and pics… → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week 8. France…
The NSP Euro Tour continues to roll on. What was supposed to be a seven week voyage around Europe has turned into a two and a half month-long odyssey. The traditional European summer racing season is mid May til the end of June, but this year it’s gonna stretch right through to the beginning of August.
Euro Tour: Encore we’re calling it. → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week 7. Croatia…
Lina Augaitis and Branislav Sramek won yesterday’s SUPer Surfers Challenge in the beautiful town of Poreč, Croatia. Lina took the win ahead of rising star Manca Notar to continue her Euro Tour winning streak. The SIC team rider was unstoppable at last week’s big Lost Mills race in Germany as she continues to assert herself as one of the fastest flat water paddlers in the world. → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week 7. Belgium… While most Americans know Belgium as that team we’ve gotta beat on Tuesday, the country is actually home to a solid little paddling scene. The city of Namur has hosted the Happy Summer SUP Race the past few years and it’s grown into one of the better races in Europe.
We’ve enjoyed a stellar run of sunshine for the NSP Euro Tour this year, however the Happy Summer SUP Race must have jinxed itself with the choice of name… The weather was fairly miserable in Namur today. Prevailing in the conditions the best was Australia’s young gun Jake Jensen, with the Fanatic team rider adding another trophy to his cabinet. Meanwhile Jake’s Fanatic team mate and training partner Angie Jackson was too strong, beating all of the women and a good portion of the men as well. → READ MORE
The 2014 Lost Mills was one of the most competitive races of the year. Perhaps the single most-elite race ever held outside the States.
A dozen or more of the best guys in the world were in Germany to battle it out at Europe’s premiere SUP race. It was supposed to be a duel between the big guns such as Danny Ching, Connor Baxter, Eric Terrien, Georges Cronsteadt, Casper Steinfath, Chase Kosterlitz and half a dozen other international stars. And that’s how it started, but that’s not how it finished. Because somewhere in the middle of the race, something went totally wrong…
Flat water racing isn’t exactly known for being unpredictable and dramatic, but that’s exactly what happened in Germany on the weekend. It took a few hours for the full story to emerge, but here’s a summary of how one of the biggest races of the year went totally off the script. → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week #6. Germany.
Eric Terrien has just won the 2014 Lost Mills, repeating his heroics from twelve months ago to claim victory ahead of a star-studded field. In a race that more than lived up to the hype, Eric won by three minutes from Danny Ching and Connor Baxter, while behind them were another dozen of the world’s very best paddlers.
This was an incredibly competitive race – perhaps the single most-elite SUP race ever held outside the States – and it didn’t disappoint. → READ MORE
Saturday, June 21 is the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year. Quite fitting then, given that this weekend will probably be the biggest two days of the year for the SUP racing world.
Between Idaho and Germany, we’re about to witness two of the biggest races of the year that are set to feature nearly 100% of the world’s best paddlers.
The Lost Mills in Germany features the most elite lineup of talent ever seen at a race held outside the States, while the $50,000 Payette River Games look set to be one of the most entertaining events of the year. And you’ll be able to follow both races LIVE here on SUPracer.com… → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week 5. France.
While some of us headed down here to Noja, Spain this week, a bunch of the top guys drove north to France for the Oleron Island Stand Up Paddle Challenge.
On show this weekend are the likes of Eric Terrien, Titouan Puyo, Beau O’Brian, Casper Steinfath, Zane Schweitzer and plenty of other top guys.
Saturday update: Titou shows once again he’s a master in the bumps. Sunday update: Zane steals the sprints and the overall title. → READ MORE
Euro Tour. Week 5. Spain. Results from the 4th Annual DEEP SUP Race in Villa de Noja…
For the past week we’ve been camped out in the awesome, chilled out little surf town of Noja, enjoying the sun, sea and some very generous Spanish hospitality. After wine tours and camel rides mid week, today it was time for the actual racing.
We woke to some serious wind this morning, which gave us a super fun downwinder for the 15km distance race. Only problem: this was a “there and back again” type of race, meaning that while the first half was fun, the second half was a brutal upwinder… → READ MORE
While America and half the paddling world are counting down to the big Payette River Games next week, Europe is counting down to its own premier race: Germany’s The Lost Mills.
The Lost Mills, which signals week #6 of the 2014 Euro Tour, has established itself as the most competitive race in Europe and looks set to further cement that position this year. The lineup of paddlers that’ll be in Bavaria from June 19th-21st is nothing short of formidable.
Danny Ching will be making his Euro Tour debut at this year’s Lost Mills. The 404 front man has never competed in a SUP race in Europe but will be flying in just for the Lost Mills event this year. He’ll be joined by Connor Baxter and another guy I seriously rate as one of the world’s best: Georges Cronsteadt from Tahiti. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg… Consider these big names: → READ MORE
After a big weekend in Bilbao, which saw some heroic paddling on the water and some equally heroic consumption of patxaran off of it, the Euro Tour crew have enjoyed a few days of R&R this week.
From Bilbao, half the crew headed eight hours north to the central coast of France, where this weekend’s big Oleron Island Paddle Challenge will be hoping for some good downwind conditions. Meanwhile the other half headed an hour south down the Spanish coast to the laid back, chilled out surf town of Noja, which is hosting the 4th annual DEEP SUP Race from Friday to Sunday. → READ MORE
And the Euro Tour rolls on… Check out these great videos from Spain on the weekend, where Angie Jackson and Zane Schweitzer took out the Bilbao World SUP Challenge event.
This was a fun event in a really fun city, with the unique course along the river banks giving spectators (and cameramen) an excellent view of the action. Click through to watch some of the highlights… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Euro Tour. Week #4. There was plenty of action around Europe on the weekend: While the big one was in Bilbao there were also great races happening in Oslo, the UK, France, Austri and the Netherlands.
The race in the Netherlands was the Battle of the Coast, the country’s biggest beach race and this year the Dutch National Championship event as well. That meant a spot on Team Netherlands (or is it Team Holland? Seriously, which one is it?) for the 2015 ISA Worlds was up for grabs. Click through for the recap thanks to our roving reporter and all round adventure SUP pioneer, Bart de Zwart… → READ MORE
It’s week #4 of the Euro Tour and this weekend we’re in the awesome city of Bilbao, Spain for another big race: The Bilbao World SUP Challenge. The action wrapped up just moments ago and it was Zane Schweitzer and Angie Jackson who claiming the overall event titles.
This event attracted a pretty solid lineup of talent; I’d say there were around 15 paddlers competing who would be on the top level internationally. Set right near the iconic Guggenheim Museum, the event involved sprint racing on Saturday before a 13km cruise through the city on Sunday.
Here’s how it all went down. → READ MORE
So we’ve completed two weeks of the 2014 NSP Euro Tour and already there’s been some very nice action. However it’s not just about the headline international acts, the Euro Tour is all about SUP racing in Europe, period. We wanna showcase the slightly less elite, but no less awesome races happening around the continent. Because there are a lot of them.
So this year there’s a new race series in Europe called the “SUP Alps Trophy” and it looks pretty awesome. No, it’s not going to attract the biggest names in the world, it won’t have the largest field nor will it offer the most lucrative prize purse. However if you want to paddle in some insanely beautiful locations, the SUP Alps Trophy can definitely help… → READ MORE
And that’s a wrap from St. Maxime.
After two days of great racing, Eric Terrien has held onto his crown as the King of France, but only just… Titouan Puyo (aka Ti2) has shown he’s an international star and that his win in Nicaragua was definitely no fluke. After a horror start, the New Caledonian almost chased down Eric in Saturday’s downwind/upwind/sidewind Beach Race, while today the tables were turned with Titou coming home first ahead of Leo Nika and Eric.
Sonni Hönscheid showed great form to make it a clean sweep of the women’s field, beating home Manca Notar in both the 7km Beach Race and 17km Distance event. Click through for full results, pics and recap from the French Riviera… → READ MORE
The NSP Euro Tour continues tomorrow with one of Europe’s most traditional and iconic races, the SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime, France.
The SUP Race Cup has been going for… ever. It seems like that anyway. Before racing in Europe became the hip thing to do for the world’s best paddlers, the SUP Race Cup was carrying the torch. The event is France’s biggest SUP race and France is the biggest and strongest SUP nation in Europe, so this one always attracts a stellar lineup.
Last year Travis Grant defeated Connor Baxter, however with a reshuffle of the Euro season the 2014 edition will be less of an international affair and more of a Euro vs Euro battle. So with guys like Connor and Travis out, it leaves the door open for France’s finest to reclaim their biggest trophy. → READ MORE