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
Spain’s Laura Quetglas (photo: @eurotoursup)
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…
WOMEN’S TOP 10
1st: Amandine Chazot (FRA) Sunova/QB
2nd: Olivia Piana (FRA) Rogue
3rd: Laura Quetglas (ESP) Starboard/QB
4th: Melanie Lafenetre (FRA) Infinity
5th: Susak Molinero (ESP) RRD
6th: Noelani Sach (GER) NSP
7th: Duna Gordillo (ESP) F-One/QB
8th: Sheila Sirvent (ESP) Starboard/QB
9th: Sonia Caimari (ESP) SIC/QB
10th: Sonia Hurtado (ESP) Starboard/QB
MEN’S TOP 10
1st: Tom Auber (FRA) Fanatic
2nd: Martin Vitry (FRA) SIC/QB
3rd: Vinnicius Martins (BRA) JP
4th: Martin Letourneur (FRA)
5th: Ty Judson (AUS) NSP
6th: Ludovic Teulade (FRA) Oxbow/QB
7th: Enzo Bennett (TAH) 425
8th: Bruno Hasulyo (HUN) Lightboard
9th: Boris Jinvresse (FRA) Sunova/QB
10th: Kelly Margetts (AUS) Sunova/QB
#thefuture: KIDS' RACE in Costa Blanca (EuroTour Spain)
It's always so inspiring to see the next generation of paddlers stoked and smiling! The kids' race @ The Euro Tour / World SUP Festival Costa Blanca event last weekend was the biggest of the year Special mention goes to Laura Quetglas, Manuel Simoncelli and the whole crew from the island of Mallorca that have created the best junior paddling program in Europe. Here's to #thefuture! (cc: QuickBlade Paddles)
Posted by The Paddle League on Thursday, June 7, 2018
It’s always so inspiring to see the next generation of paddlers stoked and smiling! The kids’ race @ The Euro Tour / World SUP Festival event in Costa Blanca last weekend was the biggest of the year — here’s a quick little look at the action.
Special mention goes to Laura Quetglas, Manuel Simoncelli and the whole crew from the island of Mallorca that have created the best junior paddling program in Europe (the “Red Shirts” are the junior Mallorca army). Here’s to #thefuture!
Australia’s Michael Booth has proven yet again that he’s the strongest distance race paddler on the planet, overpowering world number one Connor Baxter and Carolina Cup champion Titouan Puyo to claim the 18km event on day 2 here in St. Maxime, France, earning the overall ‘SUP Race Cup’ title and gaining an early advantage on the EuroTour Leaderboard in the process.
With beautiful blue skies and flat, glassy conditions greeting the assembled field of international stars, European dark horses and local contenders this morning (which stood in stark contrast to the cyclonic winds in Saturday’s beach race), this was always going to be Boothy’s type of race.
It was 12 months ago this weekend that the Starboard rider announced himself as the strongest distance racer in the world, and after a few disappointing results early in season 2017 he was clearly keen to reassert his dominance. → READ MORE
After revealing the Top 16 Men of 2016 yesterday, now it’s time to analyse the best-performing women.
It’s been an interesting season for the women’s sport, with some absolutely incredible performances from amazing athletes in exciting races. But at the same time there’s been a noticeable lack of growth in participation at the elite level relative to the men, which makes producing an accurate world rankings and authoritative power rankings somewhat difficult. → READ MORE
Candice Appleby has claimed gold in the marathon race here in Fiji, with the defending champion paddling clear of an impressive trio led by France’s Olivia Piana in flat, hot and draining conditions to give Team USA their first gold medal of the championships.
Following Candice, Europe dominated the podium, with Spain’s Laura Quetglas and Slovenia’s Manca Notar paddling extremely well to fill the podium behind the Frenchwoman. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has won the 2016 Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge here in the Spanish Basque Country, edging out Starboard team mates Michael Booth and Leo Nika in a frantic sprint to the line that can only be described as intense.
After 14kms of high-paced paddling here at Week 5 of the EuroTour, Connor waited right until the end to make his move, edging past Boothy and Leo in the final few hundred metres to claim his second win of this year’s Tour. → READ MORE
Michael Booth and Sonni Honscheid have claimed the prestigious “Lost Mills” race in Europe, defeating an all-star lineup at the fourth and largest stop of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.
Sonni’s victory makes it five wins in five weeks, a streak that stretches right back to last month’s OluKai race on Maui, while Boothy’s triumph reinforces his meteoric rise and growing reputation as one of the men to beat on the international scene this year. Suddenly, the Aussie has gone from a dark horse to having a target on his back. → READ MORE
Paolo Marconi (Italy/RRD) and Sonni Hönscheid (Germany/SIC) have claimed impressive victories against a strong regional field here at the Port Adriano SUP Race on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Week 2 of The Euro Tour presented by Starboard.
Paolo announced himself as one of Europe’s genuine contenders, leading home a clean sweep of the podium for Team Italy at the 4th annual edition of this great race. Meanwhile Sonni was in a league of her own, and showed she’ll be hard to stop as she chases back-to-back EuroTour crowns. → READ MORE
In brief: Italy’s Leonard Nika, one of the revelations of last year’s European summer series, and Spain’s Laura Quetglas have won the Port Setubal SUP Race in Portugal, the opening stop of the 2016 EuroTour presented by Starboard.
With a large, unseasonal storm front driving strong winds and heavy rain, the first stop of the 2016 Tour turned into a gritty battle that featured a strength-testing stretch of brutal upwind paddling. → READ MORE
Candice Appleby has claimed the first gold medal of the 2015 ISA Worlds for Team USA, winning today’s Long Distance Race ahead of defending champ Lina Augaitis (Canada), Terrene Black (Australia) and Celine Guesdon (France).
Click through for results, recap, photos and video… → READ MORE
The long train to Sayulita made yet another stop today, with Team Spain jumping on board carrying a full squad that may just give a few of the more famous paddling nations a run for their money.
The SUP racing division is a mix of youth and experience, with Pepe Oltra making a return along with one of the top women’s performers from 2014, Laura Quetglas. They’ll be joined by youngster Jurgi Zulaika, who took out part of the national titles race last week. → READ MORE
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
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
Day one of the 2014 NSP Euro Tour started with perfect sunny conditions here on beautiful Mallorca, Spain. With a strong field lining up against a backdrop of sandy beaches, colourful and jagged cliffs, imposing islands and turquoise waters, I knew we were in for a great weekend of racing.
The Port Adriano SUP Race is split in two: Long Distance on Saturday and knockout sprint son Sunday. In this morning’s distance race it was France’s Eric Terrien who took the victory, ahead of a very determined Leonard Nika from Italy. Leo set the pace for most of the 13km around the islands outside the luxury Port Adriano, however Eric was too strong in the final 500 metres. Sitting in the lead group of four the whole race and eventually coming home for a very impressive third was former champion Czech marathon canoer, Branislav Sramek, who out-sprinted Austria’s Peter Bartl to the line. → READ MORE