There are going to be plenty of big SUP races in Europe this year. Our official calendar has not been published yet, as we’re still waiting for some events confirmations (dates, prize money, etc).
But meantime here is a new list of some of the best events (subject to change; please check this website often to stay updated).
February 17th 2013: Howzit Cold Water Race, France: Beach Race (1-star)
This race will open the 2013 EuroSUPA season. It is part of the Swell Beach Race Series (3 out 5 races in that series will be EuroSUPA sanctioned). More info: http://northpointsurfshop.blogspot.com
April 20-21st 2013: Jade Paddle Race, France: Long Distance Elite 12’6 (star rating TBC)
The star rating for this event has not been confirmed yet, but it’s aiming to be a 3- Stars Long Distance Elite 12’6 race.
When we think about this race we remember the perfect downwinder we enjoyed last year. The Jade Paddle race takes place on the Atlantic coast of France near Nantes (the hometown of Eric Terrien).
The event program includes a Beach Race and a Long Distance race (EuroSUPA sanctioned). The course for the Long Distance race (min. 10km) will be selected the day before, depending to the wind forecast. This region offers many possible downwind courses in almost all the wind directions, so the race will be take advantage of any weather situation.
More info: http://www.jps44.fr
April 26-28th 2013: Port Adriano SUP Race, Spain: Long Distance Elite 12’6 (4-star)
This is a new event that we are looking forward to. There are a lot of Elite SUP Racers in the Balearic islands, with the location of this race being home to 2012 Spanish Champions Laura Quetglas and Manuel Simoncelli.
The event program includes the 4-star Elite 12’6 Long Distance Race as well as sprint races, tandem races and a lot more surprises.
More details, official website, etc…very soon !
May 18-19th 2013: Battle of the Coast, Holland: Beach Race (1-star)
The Battle of the Coast is a classic Dutch event that has been EuroSUPA sanctioned since 2011. If you live in this region or if you just want to spend a great weekend in Holland, this is an event not to be missed!
May 18-19th 2013: North Point SUP Classic, France: Beach Race (1-star)
The North Point SUP Classic has been running since 2009. From ‘09 – ‘10 the event was held in Greg Closier’s hometown and featured a Beach Race as well as a SUP Surf contest. In 2011 the event moved to a new location, Crozon, in search of better waves. There’s usually a few big names showing up to this event.
More info: http://northpointsurfshop.blogspot.com
May 25-26th 2013: SUP Race CUP, France: Beach Race (stars TBC), Long Distance Elite 12’6 (stars TBC)
This race has played a key role in the history of SUP Racing in Europe since 2010.
We are still waiting for final confirmation regarding star rating and prize money, but we already know that it will be a huge event featuring what is arguably the biggest Beach Race in Europe, as well as a Long Distance race in the Gulf of Saint Tropez.
We spoke with Yannick Pinaud (the organiser) just yesterday and apparently there will be a big surprise this year for the Distance Race, making the event even more exciting.
More info: http://www.thesupracecup.com
May 27th-June 2nd 2013: Lost Mills International Race, Germany: Long Distance Elite 14′ (6-star)
If you are a SUP Racer then this is one event you can’t miss. The Lost Mills race is where everyone will go right after the SUP Race Cup and features plenty of races, demos and a SUP expo. The main event will be the 6-star, Elite 14’ Long Distance race on Saturday 1st June. So start training now if you want to be ready!
More info: http://www.lostmills.de/#home_en
June 7-8-9th 2013: Bikingo Eguna, Spain (TBC)
This event will definitely happen, but we are still in the process of having sanctioned as a EuroSUPA event. But either way, we’ve seen the project and we know the organiser, so we can safely say that you will have a lot of fun if you decide to go.
It will take place near Bilbao and features plenty of activities such as SUP races, SUP surfing, longboard skating, slackline and more. We’ll let you know all the important info as soon as we have more details.
June 15-16 2013: III DEEP SUP Race, Villa De Noja, Spain: Beach Race (2-star) and Long Distance Elite 12’6 race (2-star)
Now in its third year, this race will be sanctioned as a EuroSUPA race for the 1st time in 2013. There is a very active team behind the scenes trying to organise a great event, so we don’t just sanction it, we highly recommend it!
June 22nd 2013: Happy Summer Namur International SUP Race, Belgium: Long Distance Elite 14′ (5-star)
This is another of the events that must be on your schedule if you are serious about SUP racing. Belgium’s premiere SUP event takes place in the wonderful city of Namur. It’s not only a race that goes a long way towards deciding the annual EuroSUPA Long Distance rankings, it’s also a huge party.
Blob jumps, slacklines, OC4, music, etc. Even though last year was the first edition of this event, it still attracted most of Europe’s top paddlers. In 2013 we expect it to be even bigger.
July 26-27-28th 2013: Italia Surf Expo, Italy: Beach Race (stars TBC)
This is a classic Italian race that is held during the Italian surf Expo. In 2012 there were some small waves for the 3-star race, which made it even more exciting.
We’ll get you more info about the 2013 event as soon as possible.
August 31st – September 1st 2013: 1st Wolder SUP-RACE AYTO. De Suances, Spain: Long Distance Elite 12’6 (1-star) and Beach Race (2-star)
Another spanish event that will take place in the beautiful Cantabria region of Northern Spain. We’ll get you more details asap.
September 3rd – 8th 2013: SUP 11 City Tour, Holland: EuroSUPA Special Event
We are very proud to announce that the SUP 11 City Tour is entering the EuroSUPA Calendar in 2013 as a EuroSUPA Special Event.
During this five-day SUP race, founded by Anne Marie Reichman, participants paddle along the same waterways that ice skaters conquered in the original “11 City Tour” that dates back to 1909.
This event has been successful since it began in 2009 and has already attracted many elite international paddlers. If you like very long distances and personal challenges, this race is for you.
(Note : The results of a Special Event do not count in the annual rankings)
More info: http://sup11citytour.com
September 20-21-22nd 2013: Rome, Italy: Beach Race (date and stars TBC)
More details coming soon.