The Alpine Lakes Tour in France has once again delivered on the double: a great event and a great recap video.
The Tour, which begins each year with the almighty GlaGla Race and includes the epic “BAT Race,” continued on the weekend with the aptly-named Very Flat Race, which takes place on placid Lake Aiguebelette in the French Alps.
This year’s event was dominated by the Teulade Brothers, while the day also featured the epic Red Dragon showdown (we’ll be at the Dragon World Championship at the end of August).
The undisputed leader in the world of inflatables, Red Paddle Co, has just announced the 2nd annual edition of its epic “Dragon” World Championship, an event dedicated to Red’s crazy, four-person behemoth of a paddleboard that’s helped reinvigorate the sport with its unique, team-oriented take on racing.
The 2018 Dragon “Worlds” will be held on Fuschlsee (Lake Fuschl) in the mountains of Austria from August 31-September 2, and you can watch the trailer above then hit up the official Dragon site for all the details.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to say this is probably the most fun you’ll ever have on a paddleboard…
One of the funnest races of the year is happening right now on Barbados: The Red Paddle Co Dragon World Championships. Sunday saw the qualifying round for the main event, the four-a-side race on the 22ft long “Dragon” boards, along with a fun little downwinder along the island’s white sandy coast. → READ MORE
One of the funnest events of the year is happenings this weekend on the golden shores of Barbados, where the first annual Red Paddle Co “Dragon World Championships” will take place. Teams of four from around the world will battle for glory and bragging rights on these ridiculously-fun, 22ft long ‘Dragon’ boards.
Here’s a little glimpse we got of the Dragon at the GlaGla Race in France back in January (I expect we’ll see a few less wetsuits this weekend…). Follow Red Paddle Co on Instagram and Facebook to join the adventure over the next few days. → READ MORE
Starboard duo Leo Nika and Penelope Strickland have taken out the first stop of the 2017 EuroTour, saluting at the ‘Agios Nikolaos on SUP’ festival in epic downwind conditions on the beautiful Greek island of Crete.
Leo, the winningest athlete from the 2016 Tour, came home in 1:29:56 to defeat compatriot Paolo Marconi (RRD) by almost 2 minutes, while Federico Esposito made it a clean sweep of the podium for the Italians after finishing third. → READ MORE
Following the massive success of the GlaGla race back in January, the second stage of the 2017 Alpine Lakes Tour took place on the weekend at Lake Aiguebelette (no, I can’t pronounce it either) in the French Alps.
Aiguebelette is a famously quiet lake in a nature reserve where the wind hardly blows and motorboats are forbidden, which makes for dead flat water conditions. It’s actually famous for its rowing events with the world championships taking place here a couple of years ago. → 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
Hands up if you want to go paddling in Barbados.
Red Paddle Co, the world’s leading inflatable brand, has today announced what might just be the funnest weekend of the year: The inaugural Dragon World Championship, a season-ending headline event for Red’s new four-a-board teams racing concept that will be hosted on the paradisaical Caribbean island from October 28-30. → READ MORE
Red Paddle Co., the specialist inflatable brand widely considered an industry leader, has introduced several new features to its 2017 race board range that further close the gap on carbon sleds and give pump up fans another reason to smile.
Red is certainly one of the most innovative brands in the sport, constantly tinkering and tweaking in their ultimate quest to create lighter and stiffer inflatables that can achieve both performance and portability. Unlike manufacturers that make all types of boards, Red goes all in on their one area of expertise. Inflatable stand up paddleboards are all they do, which is probably why they continue to push the blow-up boundaries so well. → READ MORE