GlaGla Countdown: only six weeks til the first big race of Season 2022

The countdown to GlaGla is on! ⚡ Only six weeks til the first big race of season 2022 (one of the biggest races of the year full stop)

More than 400 paddlers have already registered for the annual challenge on freezing cold Lake Annecy meaning we should be on for another 500+ mass start. It’s quite the spectacle as this drone footage highlights.

I definitely recommend you add GlaGla to your bucket list, but if you can’t make it to the French Alps next month then I’ll be there for an oldschool SUP Racer live stream hanging off the side of a small boat with a baguette in my hand — tune in live on 22 January 😎👍

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INTERVIEW: ISA President Fernando Aguerre shares his vision for the future of SUP (by focusing on the past)

And on the third day he rose again.

Like a prophet arising from his grave, the evergreen President of the International Surfing Association (ISA), surfboard collector and former footwear tycoon Fernando Aguerre has returned from two years of radio silence to address the paddling community. And prophesise he did.

In this 30-minute interview (“monologue” would be more accurate), Fernando opens up about the ISA’s plan for the future of SUP by spending most of his time dunking on the International Canoe Federation (ICF) who are apparently interested in our sport for all the wrong reasons.   → READ MORE

REPLAY: Talking story with KT on SUP Connect Live

Here’s a full replay of my chat with Kristin Thomas on Supconnect Live yesterday. It was a fun chance to catch up with KT and chat a little about where our sport might be heading (it was also fun to be on the other end of the interview for a change).

Kristin is one of the most knowledgeable paddlers in the world and does these interviews every week — follow along on @supconnect insta.

(I was a bit late — I jump on around the 4 minute 15 second mark)

SUPtember Double-Header: ICF set to sanction 11 City Tour in 2022 (potential ‘Ultra World Championship’ in 2023)

In news that will excite those with a passion for paddling way too far, the classic SUP11 City Tour is set to become an even grander event in 2022 and beyond. The International Canoe Federation (ICF) and 11 Cities have agreed to collaborate and form a big double-header next September (or SUPtember), with the traditional, five-day version of the 11 Cities in the Dutch province of Friesland running back-to-back with the 2022 ICF Worlds in Gdynia, Poland.

The beloved ultra will become an officially sanctioned ICF event in 2022 but the longer-term goal is even more exciting: the potential for an “Ultra-Marathon World Championship” event starting in 2023.   → READ MORE

2022 ICF Worlds: dates confirmed for Gdynia, Poland

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has confirmed dates for its 2022 Stand Up Paddling World Championships to be held in Gdynia, Poland. The “ICF Worlds” are slated for September 7-11 and will feature the usual disciplines of sprints, course race and marathon across junior, open and masters divisions.

We even got a beach.   → READ MORE