There is no such thing as bad weather. Check out this cool video: WinterSUPing in Cantabria, Spain on 900m altitude with the New Starboard Astrorace Inflatable.
Category: Tours – fresh water(Page 1 of 3)
Bart de Zwart, a Dutch Pro Stand Up Paddler living in Hawaii came over to Europe to participate in the SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime last weekend. But this alone was not all, he is today going to cross the Northsea on a SUP Stand Up Paddle Board (STARBOARD 14′ Open Ocean) from England to Holland, solo, non stop and unsupported. UPDATE: Bart just arrived in Zandvoort at the Spot, after 37.5 hours of paddling! Congratulations, Bart!
Back from the Majorca 25k race, I was keen to do something special on my first weekend back home in Munich in over a month. The idea was a to do a traverse of Lake Starnberg. 25 kilometers South of Munich and Germany’s 5th largest lake. Out of Bavaria’s 307 lakes, it is the second longest lake after Bodensee (Chiemsee is bigger, but only 13km long). It is also the famous place where King Ludwig II. of Bavaria drowned or died under mysterious circumstances in 1886.
When you think of Austria in Winter, outdoor watersports don’t usually spring to mind; so it was obvious to Austrians Wolfgang Leeb, Andrea Freibeger, Armin Walcher and Sebastian Kuklar that they would have to get a little creative this winter if they wanted to find a local spot to pursue their passion for SUP.
Peter and Abel are back in the civilization – with mixed feelings. Somehow happy to be warm and safe, somehow sad that the adventure is over. Abel is back in Czech Republic, where he works and Peter is home in Gosdorf. They did not make it to their destination, the Black Sea, but they paddled an impressive 700km in 2 weeks.
Spending most nights outside, in a tent by the river. From Austria to Hungary, to Croatia, to Serbia. Their journey ended in Beldgrad. The forces were against them, the temperature was constantly below freeze, they saw the sun only once as it was constantly foggy, the rivers had an historically low water level and the strange Hungarian Police also did not help…
After a few delays, they started their trip last Friday, November 16th, on the custom-shaped boards by Abel (17’ long, 30.5” wide) which were specifically designed to carry the 60kg of luggage. The water level is low as it hasn’t rained for weeks so the trip is slower than expected and yes, it’s cold, -3°C during the day, much colder at night when they camp out in the wilderness close to the river.
“I wanted to do a paddle that is a bit different, that would take me to places I haven’t been before….”
Fanatic International Team Rider Charlie paddled over 240 Miles, in 6.5 days, passed over 120 locks and ate more than 5kg of flapjacks to raise money for Cancer Research. He used the Fanatic 14′ downwind board. Watch the video and read his story:
SUP pioneer Peter Bartl (www.paddelsurfen.at) a jack of all trades and always up to something new. He founded the ASF, Austrian SUP Federation, developed the first German-language SUP-Instructor training , wrote the first German-language book on SUP and much more…
Now he is planning a big trip, of course, by SUP. He and his friend and shaper Abel Cathelineau plan to paddle from Graz in Styria (Austria) to the Black Sea. Ironically, in the cheerless November. Why? Because he does not like mosquitoes…..