Biggest race of the summer? Watch the ‘World SUP Festival’ LIVE on Saturday as the Spanish Euro Tour double-header concludes

The fun in the Spanish sun doesn’t stop after Mallorca, as the Euro Tour continues on to Costa Blanca in mainland Spain for the big World SUP Festival, an optimistically-titled event that may just live up to its name.

Judging by everything I’ve heard from the paddlers, the World SUP Festival will probably be the biggest race of the summer. It’s got the highest prize money on the Euro Tour this year and will probably have the most professional event setup to go along with it. Costa Blanca will definitely have the most legit live stream and will almost certainly be the most-competitive race of the summer.

Here’s when to watch live on Saturday…   → READ MORE

Countdown to Costa Blanca: 50 days til the ‘World SUP Festival’ Euro Tour gathering

The countdown to Costa Blanca is on. In less than two months, the paddling community will congregate on the beautiful coast of southeastern Spain for the ‘World Sup Festival’.

The World SUP Festival became one of the fan (and paddler) Euro Tour favourites in pre-covid times, and this year it’ll be one of the European summer’s marquee acts. Spread across three days and with a festival-like setup on the beach that lives up to its name, the World SUP Festival in Costa Blanca will be one of the biggest and most competitive races of the season.

It’ll also be live-streamed here on SUP Racer.   → 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

Live stream replay: Watch the EuroTour ‘World SUP Festival’ in Costa Blanca, Spain

Full replay of SUP Racer’s EuroTour live stream at the World SUP Festival in Costa Blanca, Spain, where Ty Judson and Olivia Piana were victorious.

Thanks for everyone that tuned in to watch! It was great to be back on the microphone. And a special thank you to Quickblade Paddles and VMG Blades for supporting our European Summer of SUP and making this whole show possible.

We experimented with a new “split-screen” format this week. Definitely still got a few things to iron out, but I think it was a creative step in the right direction and a great way to (finally) be able to give women equal coverage.

We’ll be back with another live stream in San Sebastian on June 1st, followed by Bilbao (June 8th), Corfu (June 15th), Crete (June 22nd) and Prague (July 6th).

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EuroTour: Ty Judson and Olivia Piana have won the ‘World SUP Festival’ in Spain

In brief: Team NSP’s Ty Judson has put on an ocean paddling masterclass to claim the World SUP Fetival in Costa Blanca, Spain. The humble young Australian broke away early on the 15km crossing between the small island of Tabarca back to the mainland, finishing over a minute clear of determined duo Enzo Bennett (Tahiti/425) and Vinni Martins (Brazil/JP).

Brazilian dark-horse (though I think he’s officially graduated from that title) Guilherme dos Reis took fourth while his brother-from-another-mother David Leao won the junior division. Frenchman Ludovic Teulade, fresh off a record-attempting six-hour downwinder across the Mediterranean, rounded out the top five in a strong field of around 200 paddlers.

Team Rogue’s Olivia Piana bounced back from a 3rd and 4th place finish in the past two EuroTour events to claim a strong win, with only Susak Molinero (Spain; RRD) able to stay within sight of the powerful Frenchwoman. Italy’s Caterina Stenta (RRD) was impressive in third.

The event was highlighted by a surge in junior participation, with 15-year-olds Anna Tschirky (Switzerland; F-One) and Duna Gordillo (Spain; Starboard) both finishing top 10 in the women’s main event, while the short-course Grom Races featured over 50 future champions in a bright showing for the sport.

Full results on the EuroTour site; full recap coming soon…

TOP 10 WOMEN
1st: Olivia Piana Rogue
2nd: Susak Molinero RRD
3rd: Catherina Stenta RRD
4th: Melanie Lafenetre Infinity
5th: Susanne Lier F-One/QB
6th: Laura Quetglas Starboard/QB
7th: Noelani Sach NSP
8th: Sheila Sirvent Starboard/QB
9th: Anna Tschirsky F-One/QB
10th: Duna Gordillo F-One/QB

TOP 10 MEN
1st: Ty Judson NSP
2nd: Enzo Bennett 425
3rd: Vinnicius Martins JP
4th: Guilherme dos Reis SIC
5th: Ludovic Teulade Oxbow
6th: Giordano Bruno SIC
7th: Paolo Marconi RRD
8th: Kelly Margetts Sunova/QB
9th: Federico Esposito Infinity/QB
10th: Liran Machlev NSP