And just like that, a cold water race on a quiet lake in the middle of the French Alps has become one of the largest stand up paddle events on the planet.
The 2018 edition of the GlaGla Race is going to be huge. The event has already attracted over 450 paddlers, including Molokai hero Travis Grant, and the contest is still 10 days away. There’s an outside chance it’ll hit 500 participants by race day (January 20th), which would put the GlaGla Race in ultra-rarefied territory that only 3 or 4 other events have ever reached. → READ MORE
We’re just under two weeks away from the first big race of the seasons, the GlaGla Race in the freezing cold French Alps, and what a showdown it’s shaping up to be. Over 430 paddlers have signed up to brave the chilly waters of Lake Annecy on January 20th, and SUP Racer will be there with special guest Travis Grant to live stream the whole show on Facebook.
The GlaGla Race is also the first “points race” of season 2018, something you’ll be hearing a lot more about next week. But until then, enjoy this awesome aerial look back at last year’s event (and head over to glaglarace.com if you want to register and join the adventure).
2018 is only hours old, but we’re already gearing up for the first big race of the season. And by big, I mean BIG.
One of my funnest adventures of 2017 was a last-minute trip to the French Alps to experience a truly unique stand up paddling event: The GlaGla Race. Held on the near-freezing waters of beautiful Lake Annecy and surrounded by tall, snow-capped peaks, the GlaGla Race is part-race/part-adventure, and this year it’s expected to attract more than 400 brave competitors to this chilly corner of France. → READ MORE
Here’s another one for your bucket list! The “GlaGla Race” is returning to the beautiful French Alps on the 20th of January as part of the Alpine Lakes Tour.
Up to 500 paddlers are expected to brave sub-zero temperatures for what is fast becoming one of the world’s biggest races (sound familiar?). We’ll be there, and if you want to join the adventure head to glaglarace.com to reserve your spot today…
Here’s the full length edit from last weekend’s big GlaGla Race, where over 300 paddlers enjoyed one of the coldest but most beautiful events on the calendar.
Thanks to the organisers for creating such a crazy fun race. Save the date for next year’s race: January 20th, 2018. → READ MORE
Take a look at this unreal footage from yesterday’s big GlaGla Race in the French Alps, where Martin Letourneur, Leo Nika and Olivia Piana led a field of over 300 paddlers around a very cold but very beautiful Lake Annecy.
The sight of hundreds of paddlers charging off the start line is absolutely amazing → READ MORE
Check out this awesome drone footage from today’s GlaGla Race here in the French Alps, featuring the crazy 22ft inflatable from Red Paddle Co known as the Dragon.
In case you haven’t been following this story over the past few months, the ‘Dragon’ is a 22ft long behemoth that’s been designed for a unique style of teams racing. → READ MORE
In brief: Martin Letourneur and Olivia Piana have taken out the 2017 GlaGla Race in the French Alps, with a massive 345 competitors descending upon a cold but sunny Lake Annecy in what was an amazing celebration of the sport.
After 13km of flat and sometimes foggy paddling, Martin edged out world number 13 Leo Nika by the narrowest of margins, winning a photo finish with an official margin of 0.6 seconds. → READ MORE
The New Year brings with it fresh new excitement and anticipation, so today I’m starting a new feature called ‘Next stop…’ that’ll focus on the races I’m really excited about traveling to and being part of in 2017.
Over the coming weeks and months, I’m going to highlight some of the awesome international events that offer paddlers incredible experiences. And my first stop in the new year is Lake Annecy, France for the GlaGla Race on Jan 21. → READ MORE
Check out this great little highlights reel from the “GlaGla” race, which was held on the very picturesque Lake Annecy up in the French Alps.
For the non-Francophiles, the race footage starts around the 0:45 mark, with some sweeping aerial shots showing just how beautiful this part of the world really is. → READ MORE
While the crew in Carolina were freezing their butts off and the Californians were enjoying a crisp morning at the Hanohano on Saturday, over in France there was yet another cold water race taking place.
The ‘GlaGla’ race, now in its third year, celebrates both the extremes of French winter and the beautiful scenery of the alpine lakes. → READ MORE
Well so much for the off season. Just like that, the SUP racing calendar has fired back up, with this weekend playing host to three great races across three different time zones.
From San Diego to North Carolina to the Caribbean to France, Saturday is going to be a busy one.
Here’s a quick preview of each race… → READ MORE