Top paddlers ready for German SUP world cup

A world-class field has been attracted to Europe's biggest stand up paddling event, the ICF SUP World Cup, starting in Scharbeutz, Germany, on Friday.

Stand up paddlers from 20 nations will meet for the fourth time in Scharbeutz and fight from September 6th to 8th for important ranking points in the run-up to the ICF World Championships in China at the end of October.

The top stars of the scene will compete in the disciplines technical race and long distance at the Scharbeutz Seebrücke, with total prize money of 20,000 Euros up for grams.

Multiple world champion Sonni Hönscheid heads a quality field, but in addition to the professionals, amateurs, ambitious hobby athletes, celebrities as well as children and teenagers will also have the opportunity to take part in the competitions, or to experience a colourful programme on the pier forecourt and on the beach.

The ICF SUP World Cup is the official tour stop of the Eurotour SUP, the Paddle League, the German SUP Challenge and the German SUP League. At the technical race on Saturday, September 7 from 2 p.m., several qualifying races will take place in order to make it to the finals. The course is not only about speed, but also about dexterity and tactical calculation. Start and finish are on land, so the stand up paddlers must also be fast without a board.

The second discipline, which takes place on Sunday, is long distance. This discipline requires a lot of stamina from the participants, but also a clever race division. While the pros paddle over a distance of 10,000 meters, amateurs and dedicated recreational SUP athetes paddle over the shorter distance of 6,000 meters. Registration is still possible on site.

The ICF SUP World Cup in Scharbeutz traditionally offers a highlight on Friday with the Charity Race, where the winner's cheque is donated for a good cause.

A further highlight comes from the club Sail United e.V.. Their motto is "Stand Up Paddling with Handicap? - Why not!" The association shows people with disabilities, how refreshingly simple and healing the sportive activity on the water can be.

Kathy Rüsbüldt, VDWS SUP instructor, herself an amputee of the upper leg, will be offering a free trial course at the ICF SUP Worldcup in Scharbeutz on Saturday, 11 a.m. with the support of Sonni Hönscheid.

Children and teenagers between the ages of twelve and 16 can show how fast they are on the SUP at the Kids Race over 1,000 metres on Sunday, 8 September at 11am. Whether at the Yoga and Pilates demos on Saturday and Sunday, or in the workshop "How to paddle correctly" there are many opportunities for visitors to take part. The manufacturers also offer the opportunity to try out various SUPs and paddles directly on the beach.

All information about the races and event highlights can be found at: www.supworldcup.de

 

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