Welcome to our collection of the biggest news and stories that have taken place in the SUP world from the previous month. Let's recap what happened in June 2023.
Olivia Piana Sets New Downwind Foil World Record - 287.4km
Olivia Piana has set a new world record for the longest downwind foil covering a total of 287.4km which took 14 hours and 36 minutes off the west coast of Portugal. Olivia completed this on the 29th June, 2023. She is doing this to raise awareness and help the Portuguese Dunes and ecosystems which are in critical danger. You can help by heading over to her instagram below and donating. More information will be coming out about this soon and we can’t wait to hear more. Congrats Olivia!!
Here is the FULL story of the Downwind of the South West, Portugal. The end is very special ! You will know why we had to cut the live and focus on a Plan B. Thanks again to all the team on the boat and on land for have been absolutely wonderful ! It wasn’t only about me, all of us gave it all !! Thank you so much for all your messages. I can’t reply to all of them now so I tell you a Big Thanks here.
Blue Ewer Wins First Major International Event - Bord'Ocean SUP Days 2023
Blue Ewer, UK, took a wild gamble on the last lap at this year’s Bord’Ocean SUP Days event as part of the EuroTour SUP. Blue changed sides on the river which yielded him an epic come from behind victory for his maiden win on the Euro Tour. Blue has been training hard for the 2023 season and his hard work is already paying off.
Eri Tenorio and Ollie Houghton took the same line for an epic finish in second and third place respectively. A tough break for Michael Booth who led most of the race until the last lap and settled for 4th. Connor Baxter also led early on in the race and closed the Top5 in his first long distance in a while.
If you want to learn more about SUP racing, make sure to check out our videos with Blue Ewer on getting into racing, fitness and drafting.
2023 GB Stand Up Paddle Championships - Surf Event
The 2023 GB Stand Up Paddle Championships were held over the past weekend with some great waves greeting the competitors at Fistral Beach in Newquay, UK.
After a very long flat spell for waves in the UK, the 2023 GB Stand Up Paddle Championships got underway in very contestable 2-3ft surf in Newquay on Saturday 17th June. This event acts as the UK national title and the pathway to the ISA World SUP Surfing Games qualification. Here are the results;
Women: 1st Holly Bassett, 2nd Sarah Perkins, 3rd Annabel Page, 4th Kerry Baker
Men: 1st Aaron Rowe, 2nd Ollie Laddiman, 3rd Marcio Dias, 4th William Fairley
France and Denmark To Host 2023 and 2024 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championships - Respectively
The 2023 and 2024 editions will be the 10th and 11th time the ISA has staged the WSUPPC – and the dual hosting announcement reaffirms the strong international interest in this major SUP event. WSUPPC 2023 will be held in the picturesque bay of Les Sables d’Olonne on the western coast of France on September 24 – October 1. Meanwhile, Copenhagen, the spectacular capital of Denmark, will host WSUPPC 2024, which will be a SUP Racing only event on September 16-24, 2024.
Both editions of the annual ISA event will welcome the world’s top SUP athletes as WSUPPC once again demonstrates it is the premier global SUP and Paddleboard competition having crowned undisputed World Champions in the sport since the event’s 2012 inception.
As double-reigning ISA World Team SUP Champions, France will host the WSUPPC for the first time in the event’s history, whilst Denmark hosted the WSUPPC in 2017 with record participation.