This year’s  Hobie City SUP Race will take place on the weekend on March 29th in Port Grimaud, France. The event is part of the “PACA beach race series” and will be organized by La Cigale Surf Club / Yannick Pinaud, which most of you know from the St. Maxime Race already.

We assume it will again a race of about 7km, 3 in the canals and 4km on the ocean. The board class is 12’6″. The good news is the weather can’t be worse than last year, it was cold, stormy and raining cats and dogs. The 2013 race report is here.

Port Grimaud, began to rise out of the sand dunes on the north shore of the Golfe de Saint-Tropez in 1966.  It is a controversial, extraordinary architectural  experiment of Alsatian  architect François Spoerry. He wanted to create a completely new Venetian style lagoon village  where each house had its personal boat mooring space at the end of the garden.

The houses, all of them different, are painted in traditional  pastels, ochre, pink and turquoise,  adorned with shutters and wrought iron balconies with roofs of traditional  terracotta Roman tiles.

The Race begins and end on the beach, but 3km of the race will be through the waterways of Port Grimaud, which look very much like Venice canals. Have a look at the videos below: