The ‘Nautic SUP Paris Crossing’ was another great success this year, with over 350 paddlers of all abilities, taking to the water early on Saturday morning. SUPboarder team rider Peter Kosinski was there taking part and here he gives us a rundown of the event and his performance…
Peter Kosinski : “A year has past since I raced in my first international race, at ‘the SUP Nautic’ a unique event which runs straight through the centre of Paris. I went into the event with no experience of serious racing and ended up not doing as well as I wanted.
The event is a part of the Paris boat show and is organised by the crazy French man Dider Laffete who organises most of the high profile European events (Oleron, Bilbao and La Torche). There are two parts of the event – the big city race and the pool one design man-on-man racing. Both contribute to an overall result. The 12 km city race starts near the old Citeron factory on the east side of Paris and takes in a loop of Notre Dame. It then continues on past the Eiffle Tower and finishes near the Microsoft Building at the Port de Versailles. All of this at 7 o clock in the morning!
This year the river was flowing between 4-5 km p/h. This made it extremely choppy and in one place a standing wave formed! 300 paddlers were squeezed onto the line plus three small safety boats in the middle of the chaos. It made it tough to get a clean start. It was my first time on the new Starboard 2014 all star, and it took me a while to figure out the balance point of the board.
I clicked on to the back of the main draft, with Aaron Rowe tucked behind me (as per usual!) I felt strong until I fell in on the other side of Notre Dame. The water was so cold and my legs went numb pretty quick I slipped out of the draft at this stage and paddled the rest of the race by myself trying to catch Aaron, but just couldn’t reel him in. My team mate Ryan James had caught up to me after going swimming 13 times (an unlucky number to say the least!) We had a fun sprint to the line where we called it even.
The sprint racing in the afternoon was so much fun and I got to the fourth round of the pool before getting knocked out. Marie Buchanan took first place for the Ladies and Leonard Nika of Italy took the mens race.”
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Full leisure race results click here
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Full leisure ladies race results click here
Full Pro ladies race results click here