Casper Steinfath charges to victory in the Sprint Races on Day 1 of the World Sup Challenge in Rome.

The viking from Denmark stormed to victory in the sprint races here at Severa Beach in Rome, Italy, on the final stop of the European Cup presented by Starboard. After some great racing in the heats, Casper Steinfath (Naish) dominated the final. Charging from the horn the Dane got off to a great start and hit the first buoy out in front of the chasing pack and didn’t look back. Catching some nice little bumps on the runs into the beach Steinfath took the win comfortably.

After the start was delayed due to rain and the threat of lightening The World SUP Challenge presented by Jeep got underway mid-afternoon in glorious sunshine. Coming off the back of a 6th place overall in Fehmarn, Germany, Steinfath is fighting to be crowned top European with local Italian Leonard Nika (Starboard) & Frenchman Eric Terrien (BIC SUP).

Watch the highlight video of the World Sup Challenge in Rome

Laura Quetglas dominates the field in the women’s sprint racing

aura Quetglas from Spain hit three bullet wins and storms to the top of the podium on Day 1 in Rome. A strong technical paddler Laura showed the rest of the field why she is a forced to be reckoned with. From the start of the day she was focused on the win and three comfortable wins from three means she leads going into tomorrow’s long distance race.

In second place was fellow Spaniard Susak Molinero. Born in Barcelona, Susak now lives and trains in Italy so is well at home with the conditions. Coming into the event off the back of a third place overall last year she showed some impressive buoy turns and intense paddle strokes to see her over the line in second place.

Current German Champion Noelani Sach (Naish) has set the European Cup alight this year and finished Day 1 in third here in Rome. After winning in Finland 2 stops back the talent youngster made another podium finish. After some powerful beach starts in each of the three rounds she will be looking for another podium finish tomorrow in the Long Distance.

Results World Sup Challenge in Rome

Men’s Sprint results Top 10:

  1. Casper Steinfath (Naish) Denmark
  2. Leonard Nika (Starboard) Italy
  3. Jake Jensen (Fanatic) Australia
  4. Roman Frejo (Starboard) Spanish
  5. Claudio Nika (Starboard) Italy
  6. Eric Terrien (Bic Sup) France
  7. Dylan Frick (Starboard) South Africa
  8. Ionico Davide Italy
  9. Giordano Caparella Italy
  10. Federico Benetollo Italy

Women’s Sprint results:

  1. Laura Quetglas (SPA)
  2. Susak Moliniero (IT)
  3. Noelani Sach (GER)
  4. Chiara Nordio (IT)
  5. Carolina Ziegler (SP)
  6. Roberta Mariani (IT)

10km Long Distance Results:

Dylan Frick takes Europe by storm with his first win in the European Cup!

Top 6 men’s pro long distance result:

  1. Dylan Frick (Starboard) SA
  2. Casper Steinfath (Naish) Denmark
  3. Jake Jensen (Fanatic) Australia
  4. Eric Terrien (Bic Sup) France
  5. Roman Frejo (Starboard) Spain
  6. Leonard Nika (Starboard) Italy

Women’s Results

  1. Laura Quetglas (SPA)
  2. Susak Moliniero (IT)
  3. Noelani Sach (GER)