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INDUSTRY NEWS: Largest Ever SUP World Championships Starting in Hungary

September 8th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “INDUSTRY NEWS: Largest Ever SUP World Championships Starting in Hungary”

The largest stand up paddling world championships ever held gets underway in Hungary on Thursday, with more than 480 athletes from 50 countries set to compete in the International Canoe Federation titles in Balatonfured.

2019 world champions Michael Booth from Australia and American Connor Baxter will be back to defend their titles on Eastern Europe’s biggest inland lake, with the forecast of perfect racing weather. A large crowd is expected at the lake venue to cheer on Hungarian brothers Bruno and Daniel Hasulyo, silver and bronze medalists behind Booth in the men’s long distance race in Qingdao in 2019. Baxter set a world record in winning 200 metre sprint gold in China, and is expected to once again face a strong challenge from Italian silver medalist, Claudio Nika.

“I see him training a lot, but I am doing the same,” Nika said.

“Maybe we will have a good surprise this year. The atmosphere is super, the athletes are super excited, I really can’t wait to race the other guys and push the limits.

“We had a year of no competitions and it’s been hard to get the motivation back, but now it starts again and we are ready here to make it happen again.”

American Fiona Wylde will be looking to win her first ICF gold medal after winning bronze in the women’s sprint and technical races in Qingdao. Covid travel restrictions have prevented several Oceania athletes from travelling to Hungary, however ICF SUP co-ordinator Hoichan Kwon said the response from the SUP community to the world championships has been overwhelming.

“With all the uncertainty of the past 18 months we really had some nervous moments about hosting this year’s world championships,” Kwon said.

“But our Hungarian hosts have worked extremely hard to help make this event happen, and the athletes have responded.

“To have more than 480 athletes from 50 countries lining up on the start line is just phenomenal. Even though Covid has robbed us of a handful of world-class athletes, the quality of the start list this week is really impressive.”

Competition begins on Lake Balaton on Thursday with heats in the SUP technical and sprint races. The first medals will be decided on Friday with men’s, women’s, masters and junior long distance races.

The world championships will be streamed live on the canoeicf website and Planet Canoe youtube page from Friday. More details of the world championships can be found here.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Lanzarote ready to host world’s best ocean paddlers at 2021 world championships

April 24th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “INDUSTRY NEWS: Lanzarote ready to host world’s best ocean paddlers at 2021 world championships”

Organisers of the 2021 ICF canoe ocean racing world championships in Lanzarote, Spain, are confident the event will be a tremendous success, in an environment safe for teams from all over the world.

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The event has been bolstered this week with the announcement of the South African team to contest the world championships, headed by multiple canoe marathon world title holder Hank McGregor, 2019 silver medalist Kenny Rice, and two-time silver medalist Michelle Burn. The July 4-6 event will signal a welcome return to international ocean racing for a paddling community starved of competition during more than 12 months of the Covid pandemic. The 2021 ICF masters canoe ocean racing world championships will also be contested.

The event’s executive director, Jose Maria Garcia Riolobos, is confident the experience of the organisers in in hosting the past four Atlantic Ocean ocean surfski races will provide a solid foundation for a successful world championships.

“We will provide the best and safest conditions for the development of this World Championships,” Mr Riolobos said.

“We do not stop believing and still working with tenacity so we can deliver the opportunity to all of you willing to compete this 2021, during these extraordinary times. »

“Lanzarote has been tested already with the “Lanzarote International Regatta”, a selected event by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as a pre-Olympic continental qualifier in the FX, Nacra17 and 49er classes. The island is (also) hosting the Ironman Lanzarote, so we will have all tools and tested protocols to face World Championships with all due guarantees.”

Event preparations have been strengthened by the support of boat logistics and boat rental companies, and by a partnership with a travel agency who will provide guarantees for participants in the event they are unable to attend the world championships. Organisers have also worked with the ICF to develop world-class Covid protocols. The Canary Islands have very low infection rates, and strict measures have been in place to prevent the spread of the virus.Entry limits for teams have been relaxed because of the international pandemic, opening the door for more athletes to experience racing at the top level.

The 2019 ICF world championships were held in Saint-Pierre-Quiberon, France, with South Africa’s Sean Rice winning his second title and New Zealand’s Danielle McKenzie winning her first gold medal.

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