The International Canoe Federation has teamed up with organisers of the exciting Lake Rocks SUP Festival in Villach, Austria, for an event that will provide valuable ranking points towards this year’s ICF World Championships in Thailand.

The Lake Rocks Festival made an exciting debut last year, attracting paddlers of all levels from around the world for the four-day SUP spectacular on the picturesque Lake Faak. The May 18-21 event carries ranking points in technical and long-distance racing.

The festival will also offer short distance and team events. Villach Tourism Association Chairman, Gerhard Stroitz, said the festival will build on the excitement from 2022.

“Lake Faak is traditionally already very well established as a meeting place for gentle water sports and with The Lakes Rocks, we have successfully created a flagship event last year that is intended to carry this positioning even further beyond borders,” he said.

ICF SUP committee chair, Noemi Horvath, said partnering with the Villach Tourism Association will provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase stand up paddling to the world in a beautiful location.

“Last year’s Lake Rocks SUP Festival proved incredibly popular for everyone involved, and we know those who could not make it last year will be super keen to be there next month,” Horvath said.

“We are very excited to be partnering with organisers this year and providing world ranking points for the best paddlers on the planet should attract even more top-class athletes to Villach.

“Festival events are always exciting because they offer racing for paddlers of all levels, from children to veterans. And there is always a real party atmosphere, with lots of activities, entertainment and dining options available off the water.”

The managing director of the Tourism Association of Villach, Michael Sternig, confirmed there has already been keen interest from around the globe.

"Athletes from nine nations have already registered for the competitions, which clearly shows the great touristic potential of the event," Mr Sternig said.

“And although we are still more than 50 days away from the start of the first competition, it looks like we will easily exceed last year’s number of participants. Ultimately, we will welcome over 500 participating athletes and a great number of fans.”

The ICF will provide logistical and rental services for the event. For more information, and to register for the Lake Rocks SUP Festival, visit our event website.

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