With Europe currently baking under a hot summer, our thoughts turn to two significant races on the not too distant horizon. The first of these, follows on from last weeks post ‘The Second Coming of SUP’,​ in which we iterate the point, that regardless of your view of what SUP is by definition, Canoe and Kayakers also have a voice and a right to participate and bring to bare their own views as to relevance of the sport to them, as ‘those who already paddle’.

By this we refer to the upcoming International Canoe Federations (ICF) SUP World Championships to be staged in Esposende and Viana Do Castelo Portugal, from August 30th to September 2nd 2018. The event will include long distance, sprints and technical races and it so happens that two of our best International Riders, are also Outrigger Canoe (Va`a) paddlers of some note and whose representative Canoeing bodies are already affiliated with the ICF.

It is no surprise therefore, that Steeve Teihotaata and Lena Guimares Ribeiro should be such talented stand up paddlers, being as they excel in Outrigger Canoeing (Va`a). Steeve is currently one of the worlds best Outrigger Canoe paddlers having been World Champion in each discipline of OC6, OC1 and V1 (including Moloka`i to Oahu winner on multiple occasions). Lena too, has been the Brazilian Outrigger Canoe Champion.

It is with pride therefore, that we shall support both Steeve and Lena to attend the ICF World Championships as Canoe paddlers who also SUP, where they shall be warmly welcomed by the ICF as paddlers and ambassadors of the highest calibre of both respective sports. In addition, Dutch SUP paddling stars, Petronella Van Malsen and Ricardo Haverschmidt will be on hand to represent Mistral as will James Van Drunen and we wish them every success.

Looking past the ICF event, we move to the 10th staging of Holland’s 11 Cities SUP Tour Race from the 5th – 9th September, in which for the past 3 years, Mistral has dominated across the various divisions and has yet to be challenged in the women’s divisions, with all our representative paddlers using our now famous Vortex boards.

In past years, we have invested vast amounts of time, effort and finance into the event; last years being famously battered by severe high winds and cold conditions.This year, we’re taking a more relaxed approach and can say we have done our part to help put this great event on the map, attracting international competitors from far away lands and islands (notably Tahiti) and to this end, we shall welcome representative Mistral paddlers from Panama, Edonays Cabellero, from Japan Mr Akira and from South Africa, Marathon Runner, Tatum Prins, who will take on the Non-Stop Edition and back up to compete in the 5 Day Edition. Additionally, Dutch paddlers Petronella Van Malsen and Ricardo Haverschmidt will be on hand to represent Mistral as will James Van Drunen and we wish them every success.​

Our Mistral Team shall be racing on our latest racing creation, the Vortex SD1 an extreme evocation and evolution of our super quick Vortex boards, coming in at a mere 21.25″ wide, it’s incredibly stable and super fast and we again wish all our athletes the best of success!​