Mallorca’s Mar Balear: The little club full of big hearts

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 2022 Euro Tour lineup has been revealed and can you almost feel the summer? Can you taste it?

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

Paolo Marconi, Sonni Hönscheid Claim Impressive Victories at the Wild & Woolly Port Adriano SUP Race (EuroTour Week 2)

Port Adriano SUP Race MallorcaPaolo 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

The EuroTour Announces Final Lineup: 14 Races, 10 Countries, 1 Big Summer of SUP

Lost Mills stand up paddle board raceThe 2016 EuroTour lineup has been finalised, with one new race being added to the original baker’s dozen that was announced in January. All up there are now 14 races in 14 weeks across 10 countries, along with $87,000 in combined prize money that many of the world’s best paddlers will be fighting for.

The 2016 EuroTour, presented by Starboard, kicks off in Portugal in early May, then stretches across the entire continent from France to Finland, Portugal to Poreč and plenty of other awesome summer destinations in between, before wrapping up in the UK in early August.   → READ MORE

EuroTour 2016: New Races, New Nations Set to Make Europe the Place to Be This Summer

Euro Tour
The 2016 stand up paddle race season is starting to take shape, and today another key piece of the puzzle falls into place. The new look EuroTour has just been announced, with new races, new countries and a whole bunch of cool new features set to make Europe the place to be this summer.

The EuroTour is a collection of standalone races spread across Europe from May to July, offering a unified platform to help the events, the athletes, the brands and the local paddling communities grow the sport from the grassroots up. And this season, the Tour is set to be bigger (and better) than ever…   → READ MORE

Travis Grant, Sonni Hönscheid Win The Port Adriano SUP Race As The Euro Tour Officially Begins

Port Adriano SUP RaceTravis Grant and Sonni Hönscheid have drawn first blood in the battle for Europe, winning the Port Adriano SUP Race on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Mallorca today.

Travis saluted ahead of Connor Baxter and Titouan Puyo, while Sonni was too strong for Susak Molinero and Ane Zulaika. Click through for recap, results, photos and videos from Week 1 of the Euro Tour.   → READ MORE

Introducing The Euro Tour Leaderboard: Ranking The Best Paddlers In Europe This Summer

Bilbao World SUP Challenge GuggenheimThe Euro Tour officially begins this weekend in Spain, with the Port Adriano SUP Race set to kick off six weeks of racing festivities across the continent.

I’m excited about the Euro Tour. I’ve been racing in Europe the past three summers (and was living here the past five summers before that) and it’s always a super fun adventure. But this year we’re stepping it up a notch, with a unified series connecting the biggest standalone races in the region under a common board class (14′) and a common rankings system: The new Euro Tour Leaderboard.   → READ MORE

The International SUP Racing Season Keeps On Rolling, Next Stop: The Euro Tour

Eric Terrien @ the SUP Race Cup, France // photo (C) Michel TerrienWe may still be coming down from the high of the ISA Worlds, and directly before that OluKai and the Carolina Cup, however it’s already time to look ahead at the next big race. Or rather, the next big races. As Sayulita returns to its quieter ways, a good chunk of the paddling world now turns its gaze to Europe.

Starting this weekend, the Euro Tour officially kicks off the summer racing season in Europe, where many of the world’s best will compete alongside the hometown heroes in some of the best paddling destinations on the planet.   → READ MORE

Eric Terrien, Sonni Honscheid Win The Port Adriano SUP Race In Beautiful Mallorca, Spain (UPDATED RESULTS)

Port Adriano SUP Race MallorcaDay 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

Port Adriano SUP Race: Peter Bartl, Sonni Hönscheid Win On Mallorca (FINAL RESULTS)

2013 Port Adriano SUP Race ResultsWe’ve just wrapped up the 2013 Port Adriano SUP Race on the beautiful island of Majorca (or “Mallorca” for the purists…). On Saturday we had the awesome Long Distance race while today it was the Sprints, with results from each combined to crown the overall winners.

After two days of great competition it was Peter Bartl of Austria and Sonni Hönscheid of Germany who took the win, holding off some strong competition from many of Europe’s leading paddlers. This was a great event, so click through for a full recap, race results and photos of the action…   → READ MORE

Ok, So This Mallorca Place Is Actually Pretty Epic…

My hotel room view. Not too shabby...I think I’ve found my new home… I’m currently living on the island of Mallorca and will be here for the next couple of weeks. Partly to escape the cold, partly to train and get back into race shape, but mainly to compete in the awesome Port Adriano SUP Race that’ll be happening on the 27th & 28th.

I flew here from Sweden, where it was cold (very cold), grey and raining. Oh and most of the water there was frozen solid. Not the greatest SUP racing conditions… So when I arrived in Mallorca a couple of days ago I was stoked to find blue skies, sunshine and a hardcore local SUP crew that generously welcomed me into their training group.   → READ MORE

Time For The Next Adventure: Bound For Mallorca And The “Port Adriano SUP Race”

Palma de MallorcaI’m sitting at the airport in Stockholm, Sweden, waiting for a flight to Palma. In 20 minutes I’ll be flying down to Majorca (or Mallorca for the purists) for the Port Adriano SUP Race, which is happening on the 27th & 28th in, funnily enough, Port Adriano.

But I’m also running away from the cold: I’ve been back “home” in Sweden just four days and already I’m having withdrawals from the ocean. It’s about 5 degrees and raining. Not exactly paddling weather… Before Stockholm I was in Copenhagen, which was barely any warmer. Though before that I was in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where the weather peaked in the mid 40’s (that’s 113 for our American friends…) and where it was quite often, as much as I hate to say it, too hot.

The the past few months have been filled with “before that” moments for me. Before my adventure in the desert, it was the Gold Coast, Australia. Before that I was in Peru for the World Champs. Before that it was a couple of weeks in California. Plenty of travelling, plenty of paddling and plenty of adventures. All thanks to the brilliant sport of Stand Up Paddle racing.   → READ MORE