The 2nd Swiss SUP Championships, organized by the ASSOCIATION SWISS STAND UP PADDLE -ASSUP- were held on Preverenges Beach on July 7th. After very erratic weather the days before, the spectacular, action-packed event was blessed with little wind and nice sunshine.
Close to fifty participants, all aligned for an intense beach start, took off for the 10km long distance. Steeve Fleury, defending Swiss long distance champion kept the lead from start to finish and crossed the line in 1h 10min 10sec. The women’s category was won by Marriane Vuillemin.
The sun continued to shine for the mid afternoon kid race where boys and girls 8 to 12 enjoyed a fun filled race around a short but demanding course.
The championship ended with the Beach Race that was again the highlight of the day with an incredible tempo given by the leaders Steeve Fleury and Jean Luc Malfroid, both experienced racers that represented Switzerland last February at the World SUP Championships in Lima Peru. Steeve Fleury was untouchable in the 5 lap course where live video feeds appeared simultaneously on SUPconnect’s website, showing the world the beautiful scenic setting on lake Geneva with its majestic peaks.
On the women’s side Samantha Schmidt won as Swiss Champion, but was beaten in the scratch ranking (open to non Swiss Citizen’s) by Suzanne Lier who also won the scratch ranking women’s long distance race.