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Edito It is the first time that an Up Suping number is published on the last day of the year, the end of 2019. It ends this great year and everything we contribute to squeezing each of your days, with its good and bad moments, where we have seen the continuation of the growth of the Stand Up Paddle in all its modalities, enjoying every kilometre paddling, always learning and knowing more people. A year full of noise and chaos all over the world, but the water has been our best ally, offering us the way to our quiver and our imagination.And it starts another year. Do you already know what to do with it? Not yet? Well look, we advise you to get all its juice. Take a risk and look out on the balcony of that great wave without fear, take

that trip that you have pending with your family and your boards, sign up for some improvement classes and improve your SUP level. Do not fear the cold and heat, ally yourself with them and let yourself go. Go out one day to paddle naked, day and night. And we are not going to give you more ideas, we just ask you to read this great magazine and then return to the water. No more is needed ...‌¥Welcome to Up#28!

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Íindex 12 Espe Barreras 22 Corinth Canal 44 Christian Andersen 50 Technification SUP 58 ISA El Salvador 68 SUP Evolution 74 Material 80 Inner Sea 84 Great Raace Med 88 SUP River L´Agout 94 The Teaching 98 Iván de Frutos 106 The Doctor´s Spot 116 SUP Talent

Sunset ¨salvadoreño¨ Ben Reed





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Albert Laborda. Ben Reed. Sean Evans

This galician girl never ceases to surprise the entire world for her dedication and passion in each competition, climbing steps by leaps and bounds in the women’s world top. Spain is in luck! We run out of adjectives to describe how 2019 has been for you in the Stand Up Paddle. Please help us and tell us everything you feel...What a great year! 2019 is going to be a year that I remember with big numbers, personally and in sports. I started it with new illusions and I end it happy seeing how all the work brings dreams fulfilled. It was a year in which I learned, enjoyed and trained a lo ...I hope to continue like this in 2020. But until a few years ago many lovers of this sport did not know you. How did you get fully into the Stand Up Paddle? Actually, I come from the world of sailing. I was in the National Sailing Team for several years. I am galician and my link with the sea comes from family, since my father built boats. Since I was a child I spent the day windsurfing, surfing or playing on the beach in front of the house in Nigrån. 6 years ago I decided to come to live in Fuerteventura looking for this good weather all year. As soon as I arrived, I started working at the ONEXE Club as an Optimist coach, and one day I tried SUP here at the club. Iballa Ruano encourages me and lends me a SUP of Waves to surf in Majanicho...so I was already hooked 100%! At 2 weeks Nayra Martinez (Director of the ONEXE Club) had already signed me up for a race in Gran Canaria....(laughs). I continue one or 2 years doing competitions in the Canary circuit, but with no more objective than travelling with the Team and sharing experiences.

From January 2019, with the arrival of Oscar Ruiz to the Onexe Technification Center, we started training differently. Without realizing it, it encourages us to spend all our time in the water having fun. In a word...WATERmen & WATERwomen! Everyone in the Club takes a leap and set higher goals. What feelings did you have in the first competitions? Did you imagine then that you would get a gold medal in an ISA World Cup and be Champion of SUP Race Spain? My personal goal for 2019 was to join the National Team. I really enjoyed the Spanish Championships paddling with Susak and Laura. They are two top athletes with whom I share a lot, we are very similar. For me going to the ISA World Cup was already my prize, I went with a lot of “illusion�...so I just thought about enjoying it and giving everything in every race. But knowing how competitive I am was not going to save me anything.




You are also known in the Stand Up Paddle scene for your strength, dedication and endurance when paddling. How do you put all these factors together and get these great results? I have always been an athlete, and I love to enjoy training. Since January we have been training hard and trying to adapt to all conditions. I like challenges, and I am very “stubborn” (laughs). Maybe that helps me in the delivery and resistance. We know that the Onexe is a fundamental part of your road in the SUP. Tell us about this wonderful Club, its school and all its people... Without them, these results would be impossible. It’s great to have a training group like ours, with 8 or 10 boards paddling together every day. All the boys have made a great effort with very good results in the Championships of Spain. Behind this generation, they are growing the biggest Juniors in Spain with SUB12 riders who will give a lot to talk about in the coming years. But apart from the results they have incredible values, it’s nice to share everything with them. Nayra has been in charge since the beginning of educating them in these values. 15

Of course, Oscar Ruiz has hit the key with all of us: illusion, work, sacrifice, fun, trust, ambition...a big group! The support of athletes from our ONEXE Club such as Iballa Ruano and Sonni Hรถnscheid, which I admire, is very important for me. They have always helped and motivated us. How do you see the future of SUP in the Canary Islands and the growth of the Onexe Club nationwide?


The SUP in the Canary Islands is growing, from lower SUB8 categories to Master categories, through Junior and Elite. I love to see new faces in each race and see that more girls and boys are encouraged to practice sport, for leisure or competition. We have incredible conditions (all year) to practice SUP! The boys are super motivated to make an international leap next season. Many will make their first EuroTour races looking at the starting line with their SUP referents, and that illusion is already seen.




It is inevitable to think that since the arrival of Oscar Ruiz in Fuerteventura the whole club has hit a very positive change. Does the ¨Mister¨ it makes you work a lot? Yes, come to the ONEXE Club to give a bonus in training and give us new ideas. We all trust him from day one and we love his way of training. At first it was a bit difficult for us to adapt, but we quickly picked up the pace and asked for more! How has your experience been with the entire national Stand Up Paddle team in El Salvador? The image as a team has been excellent. It was my first time as part of the National Team and an experience. All that I can say is little of this team. Encouraging each other on the beach and enjoying all the races together. I believe that the good results of this 2019 ISA World Cup in El Salvador are helped by the unity of this team.

What other sports do you practice and how do you combine it with the SUP? I love any outdoor sport: sailing, surfing, mountain biking, paddling...and they all help me improve in SUP. What advice and support do you give to the youngest riders of the Onexe club? We encourage only the fun in the water to the youngest ones‌ and they are asking us for more. It’s great to see how nervous days get to the club on days when there are waves and just want to go out with friends to have fun. Their faces say it all.




This year has been incredible, there is no doubt. What will 2020 be like for Espe Barreras? In 2020 we will continue to enjoy as before and I hope to be able to do more EuroTour races and take a leap to the APP circuit. It all depends on the support I can receive to travel to these races and thus meet my goals for 2020. I am very motivated and ready to be in the World Top. Thanks to‌. Thanks to Nayra Martinez of the ONEXE Club because she has helped me in EVERYTHING. To the kids of @onexeteam for sharing laughs and a thousand trainings. And of course Oscar Ruiz for being next every day and taking me to the finish line in each race. To my family and friends because their support motivates me even more. 2020 awaits us!


Corinth Canal SUP Crossing

Kostas Constantinos

All participants felt the awe of this historic canal, which its first conception was made by Periandros, tyrant of Corinth in 602 B.C. This year registered paddlers exceeded every forecast, surpassing by far any previous record, with over 550 participations from every corner of Greece and lot of other countries like Cyprus, U.K., France, Austria, Germany, Finland, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. Who had thought that this event, when it started back in 2011 with only 22 participants, would have been one of the biggest international events in Greece and second bigger in Europe?. “The worlds straightest SUP race” as it is known, has triggered the interest of the world wide SUP community, sending out the message for Greece’s potential in big SUP events, highlighting the culture and history of the country.


La calma reina en el paisaje antes del sonido de la bocina, y solo unos segundos después se convierte en un campo de batalla. La cantidad masiva de remos golpeando el agua hizo que hirviera y una enorme “ola” inundó la entrada del canal.

Lo extraordinario fue que entre los participantes había niños pequeños con sus padres, mujeres y hombres de todas las edades, riders experimentados pero también principiantes y aficionados con solo una cosa en común...¡pasar un buen rato!

En Posidonia, el lado occidental del canal, la línea de meta estaba en el agua justo después del puente hundido del canal. La multitud de pie en ambos lados estuvo animando a cada participante para dar lo mejor cerca del final. “Esta fue una carrera exitosa”, dijeron los organizadores. Los grandes ganadores de la carrera fueron Nikos Syrigos y Konstantina Kontarini en hombres y mujeres correspondientemente. Enhorabuena a los ganadores de cada categoría, pero principalmente a todos los participantes.

The Corinth Canal was declared recently as the “biggest canal of Europe”. The crystal clear blue, calm waters flowing along the 6.343m of its length, between the massive 80m high walls, is the perfect track for any kind of paddler. The race is the only chance every year that someone has, to cross the canal with a SUP!



Last December our friends from HoeNalu organized a specific SUP Downwind camp for riders with medium-high level, in one of the points of Europe with better conditions for the practice of this discipline, the beaches of Tarifa, in the Gibraltar Strait.


As host they had Fred Bonnef, rider of the Fanatic International team, who guided the participants in the different planned courses and did all the coaching. Fred is a great connoisseur of the environment and pioneer of Downwinds in the area. He has a lot of experience in this modality through the numerous events he organized or in which he participated as a competitor. Seven riders from different areas of Spain and France were lucky to enjoy spectacular conditions during the three days of the camp. HoeNalu told that these camps will be repeated throughout the year 2020 and that they are even preparing several for inexperienced people who want to start in the Downwind mode and more surprises for next year related to SUP activities.

Stay tuned to their social networks and the news that we will tell you in the magazine. Florian, from the HoeNalu team, tells us how the idea came about and a summary of everything that happened that weekend.

How did the idea of making a Downwind Camp? For several months we have been developing this idea together with Fred Bonnef. The Downwind is a modality that has us hooked and we wanted to try to mount such an event to know if it is organizationally viable, both logistics and security and, of course, to know if there were people interested in this type of initiatives in Spain. For this first edition, we have mainly pulled friends and acquaintances to be able to test things and develop a good plan for 2020. The general feedback has been very positive and the project is moving forward strongly. Fred Bonnef organized something similar for French riders last year and this year he will repeat in January and February with several groups from the French country. In fact, we will attend some. For our part, we have prepared for a 9ยบ people van, a good trailer and specific Downwind material of different brands to be able to offer a complete service both in Camps and riders who simply want to use our Downwind Shuttle service throughout Andalusia or they want to try material oriented to this discipline. You can see all the info about this new service that we offer at downwindcamp.com

First day. Friday, December 6

After preparing all the material in our warehouse in Tarifa we went to dinner together on Thursday night to organize the weekend’s planning, make a safety talk and, above all, get to know each other better. The east wind forecast was pretty good so we went to bed early to meet on Friday at the departure point. The first day we were all ready and prepared after picking the trailer with all the boards, we headed to the departure point. In spite of having planned to make a short run to be taking ease, it was finally decided to make the long distance to Bologna, since the orientation of the wind and the tide point were perfect for that.

Julio Pérez, one of the riders, describes how this first day was: ¨ On the first day, we were able to make a downwind of approximately 15 km. from the Arte Vida beach to Bologna. We had a hard wind with blows of 35 knots with constant wind and a wave that accompanied incessantly, not very high in the first part to Punta Paloma, but arriving at the end before putting direction to Bologna, we found a wave of 1 meter and with the current in against, which made you spend more time on the wave without paddling with the sensation of going very fast, but if you looked at the clock, you did not pass of 14 km/h.

Very fun and with a good sense of security and we were making stops every 3 klm. to group and listen to Fred’s instructions. During the trip we were approached by some kiters with their 6 or 7 meter kites looking astonished, they did not expect to see a group with SUP Race boards in these conditions.

The landscape and surroundings are spectacular with all the cliffs, white sand beaches, lots of wildlife and an amazing ending with the arrival at the beach of Bologna surfing waves to the same shore. And the best, Florian waiting with a comforting warm coffee. Then, in the afternoon, some of us who were even more anxious made another, shorter one, about 7 km. from Arte Vida to Ladera of Punta Paloma. And so enjoying in one way or another for three days. Just recognize that the spot is very good with lift, but that you should know the area, or let yourself be advised by people who know the place. The currents and tides are very changing in Tarifa and our engine is the paddle and our physique. Without hesitation always life chaket and the usual security systems and never alone. It’s good to start with the short film and then venture to an older one.

Second day. Saturday, December 7 On Saturday he did not promise much about the wind, the forecasts gave little strength and we found a pleasant surprise, again quite windy and the long wind of Levante. In this second session, Fred was even more aware of all and could put into practice what we learned the first day. Despite having a high level among the riders, many of them were able to learn some new tricks and further improve their level in downwind. It is this occasion even the smallest of the group, Mario, with only 10 years, was encouraged to make the long distance course in conditions, again...spectacular. After the strong morning, we decided to return to Tarifa to have a delicious homemade vegetarian meal. We take advantage of the afternoon to walk through the streets of Tarifa, enjoy the atmosphere of the town and have dinner to continue telling battalions and comment on what we were going to do on Sunday.

Third day. Sunday, December 8 On Sunday we had to get up early to be in the secret spot that Fred had told us in Zahara de los Atunes, at the optimum tide point. This time the session was SUP Surf with the race boards to practice movements of the feet on the board, supports and sensations when catching a wave with tables that large. And what a day !! Deserted beach, sun, warm water and perfect waves for SUP Race. We spent 4 hours in the water trying out the different Fanatic SUP boards that we had at our disposal and simply enjoyed a spectacular day...To tell you, Julio made almost 20km. based on catching waves.

We leave the comments of a Junior who made the camp with us, Nando: On day 1 we made a DW from Arte Vida to Bologna, we started with the indications of Fred Bonnef director of the camp, he indicated the conditions of currents, wind and waves of the tour, accompanying us throughout the journey, giving us advice, indications and watching over Group security. This downwind is somewhat special, since doing so with the current against it makes the size of the waves rise even if you go slower. Very good conditions to learn and read the sea, Fred made several stops that we took advantage of to make small feedbacks.

During the meal, we take the opportunity to make a meeting and more general downwind feedback. In the afternoon we made a small 5 km. downwind with a lot of wind and little wave, with small bumps, where rowing was more important than reading the sea. On the second day, we repeated the first downwind, although with milder conditions, the intensity was not lowered and we gave 100%. On the last day, we move to Zahara de los Atunes to enjoy a day of waves. An unforgettable experience, a great organization with the infrastructure provided by HoeNalu and directed by its manager Florián Macía, nothing left to chance, great professionalism and great advice to improve our DW¨.

Why do downwinds and our tips to get started The Downwind is the discipline of Stand up Paddle more difficult to master but is, at the same time, the most satisfactory. To our knowledge, it is the maximum expression of our sport, where riders fully squeeze their physical and mental strength and where they have to use all their knowledge about wind, currents, paddling technique, surfing experience and others. If you have not discovered this modality yet, we invite you to start now ... it is addictive! Start with simple and safe routes and progress slowly. If you already practice it, then I tell you to continue researching and testing new spots and conditions to improve even more. We invite you to look for a SUP school or a nearby club or simply scroll to find where to practice it. In many places there are already companies dedicated to organizing Downwinds. Remember that whenever you are going to do a downwind you must be accompanied by local people who know the specific conditions of each spot. And do not forget to prepare your sessions well with all the necessary previous info and the appropriate safety equipment. If you want to try it in southern Spain, do not hesitate to contact HoeNalu.com to paddling with them. VĂ?DEO DOWNWIND CAMP TARIFA

Gwen Marche

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APP World Tour. G.Shofield. Sean Evans. Ben Reed. Nicklas Nagel. Patrick Atleri. Cat Yde

Our favourite “Polar Bear” is making way among the biggest riders in the world. But best of all it´s to see how he enjoy Stand Up Paddle. A great person, a great future.

CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN Hi Christian! How are you after a great 2019? Hi! I am doing very well after a long amazing season, its been my best year so far and I am so motivated for next year already! Now I have a short break, enjoying the offseason doing a bunch of foiling, surfing, chilling and then it’s back to training for next year.



How did Stand Up Paddle come into your life? I tried Surfing for the first time when I was nine and I loved it, a year later I went to Copenhagen to see a competition with Casper Steinfath. I tried SUP for the first time at the event and I was hooked, since then SUP has given me the opportunity to travel the world and compete in amazing places. For me it was really cool that I could go on the water every day, I didn’t need waves or wind, so with SUP, I could be on the water doing what I love so much more.


Cat Yde

Many of us would be unable to paddle in Cold Hawaii during the very cold days. How do you get used to paddling in hard conditions? (laughs). Yes we definitely have some cold days up here, actually, as I am writing this I just got up from a surf session in the snow, it was a little different compared to the sunny boardshorts sessions in El Salvador. But It’s not that bad if you have the right gear and especially with paddling as you are standing above the water, it also makes you push a bit harder when training so you don’t get cold.



Your progress during those years at the professional level has been magnificent. Has Casper been a great support for you? Thank you, Casper has been such great support since day 1. He pushed me into my first wave at 9 and also got me into SUP a year later. We also often travel together and train, surf and foil together if we are home at the same time. It’s really cool to be able to compete together so close in races now and I am really excited for the next few years. The last couple of weeks have been so amazing, we were both able to achieve two really big dreams that we both have been working towards for a very long time.


B.Reed B.Reed

Tell us about your experience in the Red Bull Heavy Water ... What madness!



Red Bull Heavy Water definitely lived up to its name this year, that race is so different compared to any other race, sometimes it’s more about survival than what place you are in. This year paddling up current, wind for a very long time and then having to sur-vive the waves made it super tough! I was really happy just to finish and was really stoked to realize I came in 4th. The fog was also really heavy this year, it was so hard to see the waves and then the cold weather makes it a big risk for hyperthermia. It’s a really crazy race, but all of the things I just named is also what makes it my favorite race.


You are the current ISA Junior SUP Champion. How have those days been in El Sal-vador and winning the gold medal? It’s hard to describe that experience, it was a goal I have been working towards for so long and I went into this event more prepared both physically and mentally than I have ever been. So it was really special to achieve such a big dream and I couldn’t have asked for a better finish than that, such a special moment.



There are not many riders that come from Denmark. Do you have great support to travel and compete all over the world? There is not a whole lot of riders from Denmark, but the sport is definitely growing here and a lot of people are getting into it, we have about 100 people at some races. It’s not so much about the competition side, but more about the community, which is really cool to have people like that in our sport and I really enjoy those events. I defi-nitely get great support from everyone back home, they are always stoked for me and want to help with everything they can. Financially there is a little bit of support, but its very little, so most of the traveling to compete is supported by my own sponsors, which I am very grateful for, but I definitely hope it will get better in the future with support from the federations here at home.



Why do they call you “Polar Bear”? Good question, Peter (Casper’s little brother) starting calling me Polar Bear when I was younger. I always had long white hair and I was always surfing/paddling for a long time in cold water. I also lived in Greenland when I was little, my parents worked up there at that time. So I guess it´s a combination of different things that got me this name and now pretty much everyone calls me Polar Bear, which I think is a pretty cool nickname.



What are your preferred SUP modalities? Waves, downwind, flat, beach race ... Although you do everything very well! (laughs) (laughs) Yes I do everything and love every discipline. But I definitely like anything that’s tech-nical more, waves, buoy turns, downwind, beach race, etc. Is what I think is more exciting both to do, but also to watch. APP



What are your favorite places to train or take a simple ride? I have been to a lot of places around the world, but I would still say my favorite spot is my home spot in Klitmøller, there are so many different spots for all kinds of watersports. The reef is really nice on SUP and longboard, the bay is perfect for foiling and also some good shortboard spots further down the coast. I can train on my raceboard at every spot and do downwinders in pretty much every wind direction, I also have a lake nearby where I can train on flat water. So, no excuses not to get on the water!


What are your preferred SUP modalities? Waves, downwind, flat, beach race ... Although What do you think of the future of Stand Up Paddle worldwide? What do you think is the way to go? That’s a really great question, I honestly don´t any. I think every paddler is gonna have there own opinion based on what they like or are good at and for me I really like the shorter races with more technical aspects. That’s what I think is exciting, so that´s where I would love the sport to go, but asking someone else the answer might be longer flatwater races. So its really hard to say what the future is gonna look like, especially now with foiling growing a lot right now, but I think it’s really exciting to be apart of and I cant wait to see what the future brings

Thanks to… Everyone! Family and friends for always supporting, Sponsors for supporting me to do what I love, Up Suping for featuring me and of course everyone that took time to read this. If you want to read more about my adventures I have a blog here: www.christian-andersen.com


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Sports technification, defined by the Higher Sports Council, is the step between initiation and high Performance. In 2013 the Cantabrian Federation began with sporadic actions to promote our work model, initially oriented towards Surfing. Since 2017, thanks to the support of the government of Can-tabria we have been able to extend it to all disciplines of our sport, although the cornerstone is still Surf as an Olympic discipline. The project arises after the analysis of the situation of our sport in the region. After the enormous initiation, it was time to take the next step and start betting on technifica-tion. 50

The program aims to integrate as many clubs, technicians and athletes as possible. Creating a network of communication, monitoring and collaboration among all participants, working to achieve a line of action as efficient as possible.

Generate structured work, where the correct development of athletes with national and international potential can be guaranteed. Looking for the maximum representation of the Autonomous Community of Cantabria in the National Team, and Spanish team in their international commitments. For this we start from an analysis carried out in 2015, of the needs in the different phases of the Sports development of the elite athletes and how they had arrived, based on that we designed the actions that try to complement the work of the clubs, while integrating athletes into the work methodology of the Cantabrian National Team.

In the SUP modality, we named Pedro GutiĂŠrrez as responsible, a technician with extensive experience and a great knowledge of the discipline, for the moment specific actions are being carried out, but in the near future we intend to expand it. This 2019 we have carried out several actions, almost all based on SUP waves (since in the Cantabrian selection we only have that type of representative). Next, we introduce you to the athletes of the program in the 2019/2020 season where they have answered the questions that Up Suping has asked them about their experience in the program so far.

Manuel Hoyuela Rojas Year of Birth 2003 Source Club: SUP Club Suances Sponsors: Naish, Mystic, Rollstick , Cinesis Fisioterapia, SPS Results 2019: Spain Beach Race Champion U16, Regional Junior Waves SUP Champion, 2nd Regional Championship of SUP Waves Open, 4th Spain long distance SUN16, 2nd junior Somo SUP Surf Championship, 1st Sella SUP kids, 3rd in the Spanish Autono-mous Championship in SUP of waves and 2nd by teams representing Cantabria.

How did the people of the Technification Program come to you and what is the first thing they have taught you? The news was given to my club and it was they who informed me. Once with them, the team came to me as a family. Pedro Gutierrez made a group that was already united because we knew each other were a hundred times more united. What is the first thing they have taught me? Well, thousands of technical aspects that I did not know how to: manage the time in the heats, what I must do before and after each one of them, I have improved the technique in the manoeuvres with the record-ings. But the word that comes to mind when I think of the group they have formed is: TEAM. The first day Pedro explained to us the bases on which the program was going to turn and one of them was companionship, both surfing and SUP people think that they are individual sports in which only one athlete triumphs. Pedro made it clear to us that no and when we are going to surf all together, I want my partner to improve, my friend wants things to go well for me. In competition I help my friend even if we are rivals in the round, because we are partners and that is the best I have learned in the program, that the triumphs of one are the triumphs of all because we all work together. 52

Alejandro PĂŠrez Rivas Year of north: 2003 Source Club: Club Northwind Sponsors: Northwind Watersports Company Results 2019: 2nd Regional SUP waves junior, 4th SUP Regional waves open, 3rd SUP SUP Regional Sub16 and 4th Somo Sup Surf Championship junior

In what places and conditions is this activity carried out? In the technification program we set some goals which we want to achieve. Depending on the objectives of each class we choose the right place for their practice. That is, if the goal of the day is the entrance to the point, we will have to choose the best area of the beach depending on the waves, the currents and the tide to achieve our goal and thus be able to continue progressing gradually in our development.

Beatriz Piñal González Year of birth: 1987. Source Club: Pro training Cantabria Sponsors: Oackley, SPS, Xcel europe, Rollstick, ECS y AWA. Results 2019: 1st International Sella Descent in inflatable category, 3rd Somo SUP Surf Championship, 3rd Spanish SUP Surf Championship, Regional Beach Race Champion and SUP Surf.

Is there a physical and mental work that helps you make better decisions when it comes to the SUP? Tell us some examples... There is a growing physical demand because the level increases year after year. We have to train and be well prepared for each competition in order to perform our best. Training planning is followed (both in the gym and in water) where different physical abilities such as strength, endurance, flexibility, power, balance, proprioception, etc. are worked on. In the water section, we train through previous objectives and many times we rely on video recording and image correction. As for mental work, it is almost 70% of the performance in both training and competi-tion. For this, we have the figure of the sports technician, in this case, Pedro Gutiérrez above all, who is our external support and who advises objectively where we are not able to reach or analyze. In training, objectives are introduced that help us manage stress and try to simulate situations similar to those of competition, to know how to deal with it when the time comes. The more we work both parts (physical and mental) the more confident we are of our work.


Antonio Serrera Torre Year of birth:2003 Source Club: Team No limits y Pro Training Cantabria Sponsors: No have. Results 2019: 4th Regional Championship of SUP waves Junior, 2nd Regional SUP Race sub 16, 5th Somo SUP Surf Championship Junior, 9th Championship of Spain SUP Race SUB16 and 3rd Spain Beach Race SUB16.

With the evolution of the program, what positive factors and improvements have you been developing or working on? During this season they have helped me mainly in three fundamental aspects for my sports progression, such as choosing the wave well, since I took all of them and it didn’t help me at all, the position of the feet on the board, I was going with the feet very together and it did not benefit me and knowing how to organize...and knowing how to set goals and evolve little by little.

Ricardo de Pablos Year of Birth: 2002 Club Source: Pro Training Cantabria. Sponsors: No tiene. Rsutls 2019: 3rd Regional Junior Wave SUP Championship, 5th Open Wave Regional SUP Championship and 5th in the Spanish Junior Wave SUP Championship.

We assume that all this work has created another point of view of the Stand Up Paddle and all its potential, right? Yes, the truth that since we started my vision about this sport has changed a lot. It is not only about taking a surfing session to have a good time, but getting in to improve your surfing, calm your nerves in the water and give it a much more competitive and interesting approach.

Alejandra Serrera Torre Year of Birth: 2001 Club Source: Team No limits y Pro training Cantabria. Sponsors No have. Results 2019: 4th Gijón (Asturian Circuit of SUP Waves), 2nd Tapia de Casariego (Asturian Circuit of SUP Waves) and 4th Regional Women’s Open Waves SUP Regional Championship.

What short term or long term goals teach you to have your program partners? My short term goals are that every week or every workout improves all those little things that make a difference, and in the long term because obviously my goal is to be able to participate in a world championship; know what it is, the environment and all those things. I think that everyone who likes this, be it race, waves or whatever, to wants to one day become the best in the world...right? I think that is my dream, to be able to go as far as I can.

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Sean Evans. Ben Reed

Without any doubt, this SUP World Cup held in El Salvador has been historic for the selection of Spain crowning itself as Sub Champion of the World. It has been held entirely in the Surf City located on the Sunzal beach in El Salvador, and controversial apart from the speed of the dates and bureaucratic struggles between federations, it has been a spectacular event that we have been able to follow completely thanks to the time difference for Spain and the distribution of the competitions. The countries of the American continent have returned to have an ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championship and have not missed the opportunity, where we saw many young promises and with a very high competitive level. We were fortunate to be present again in an ISA World Cup and live it very closely, and we can only describe it with one word: EXCITING. In this report, we are not going to say more than what we have already said in the Spanish speaking webcast in El Salvador. But we do want to share beautiful images of the athletes, El Sunzal, and the links of the highlights and summaries. Once again congratulate the ISA for this great world championship, the athletes and teams, the entire organization of the #SurfCity of El Salvador and all those who followed it live.

























We release a new section, expected by many readers and where we will help you evolve your technique and knowledge of Stand Up Paddle. In this issue, we start from the most basic, ideal for those who want to start paddling.


EVOLUTION Isaac Hernรกndez (Be Waters)

Terminology of Stand Up Paddle material (Paddle Surf) In initiation, the mechanics of the sport is very simple: it is based on sliding through the water standing on the board helping us to paddle to move forward. Now, do you know the basic parts of the materials we usually use? In this report, we will see it and the functionality of each of them. 68




Nose It is the front of the board. Its shape varies depending on the type of board we use TaiL It is the back of the board like the nose, its shape may vary according to the special features of the board. In the tail, the fins (keels) are located. Handle It is a small handgrip that we find in the central part of our board and that serves to transport it. It can be embedded within the same board or protrude in the form of a screwed handle. Deck It is the area of the board where we are located, covered by a softer material than the rest and which is also rough; these two features give you greater comfort, especially when you go to your knees and prevent us from slipping. Bottom It is the bottom of the board, which is in contact with the water. Fins (Aletas) It is at the bottom of our board. Normally we have between one or three in the Stand Up Paddle. But, in the SUP wave boards, there can be up to 4. These allow us to control the direction of our board, they are in charge of giving us control over the course. 69


EVOLUTION PADDLE ¨T¨o Pomo It is the top part of the paddle. It is usually ergonomic so it will indicate the correct position of it. Regulator Not all paddle have this piece since not all are adjustable.



As the name implies, this part has the function of regulating the height of our paddle. Pole

Pole It is the longitudinal part that goes from the regulator to the neck of the blade.

Neck of the blade

Blade Widest area of the oar that we will use to drag the water and thus achieve the movement of the board

Tilt of the blade

Neck of the blade


It is the union of the pole and the blade. Tilt of the blade This angular deviation helps us to have better propulsion when we paddling. This inclination must always be oriented forward. We will maintain the inclination of the blade in this way whatever the position in which we are paddling.



EVOLUTION Basic Stand Up Paddle positions In this section, we are going to develop which are the main positions with which we find ourselves when playing this sport and the utility that each one of them has. You have to know them perfectly and practice them even if they seem simple, since all of them can get us out of trouble in a few circumstances.

POSICIÓN 1 / SECURITY It is the most important and least practised position. Many people AMATEUR and even PROFESSIONAL do not get to know the importance of this technique. The benefits of this first position will be, an easy familiarization about the weights in our board and help and rescue position in case of an emergency. We will be centred on the board face down, making sure that our “nose” neither sinks nor is too raised.

The BLADE will go under our chest so as not to lose it while we move and very important: we will place the back of the paddle of our paddle against the board. This way we will get the pole up and, in addition to not being uncomfortable due to a bad position (if the front part of the paddle is supported on the board, the inclination will make us very uncomfortable keeping it in our chest), we will have the paddle ready in case we need a rescue (we will see this technique in another article) This position is also used to pass a breaker, to move if we lose the paddle or to return to land in case we are faced with a dangerous situation such as a thunderstorm or strong winds that prevent us from moving forward normally.


EVOLUTION Basic Stand Up Paddle positions

POSICIĂ“N 2 / KNEES Once we have become accustomed to the material, the next step is to get on our knees to start propulsion with the paddle. We will focus on the board, making sure it goes flat on the water. As a general rule, the handle will mark the central area of the board. If we keep this piece between our legs, we will most likely be totally centered on our board.

We will take the paddle from the regulator with one hand and approximately two spans from the paddle with the other. It is important to keep in mind that if we paddle on the right side of the board, the hand that will occupy the lower part of the paddle will be the right and that when we blade on the left, we will have to change the position of the hands being now the left one it occupies the lowest place and the highest right. If we forget this step of changing hands the paddling will be uncomfortable and ineffective. Knee paddling is very effective in cases of strong wind or swell (we have less wind resistance and more balance), in addition, it will help us a lot in case of rescue since we can exert more force in the early stages of our evolution


EVOLUTION Basic Stand Up Paddle positions

POSICIÓN 3 / STANDING This is the last step to fully enjoy the experience of this wonderful sport. Once we control the paddle in position 2, the next thing is to stand up. First, we will cross the paddle on the board to make sure that it does not fall out while we get up, and gradually go up with it until we are upright. It is important to always have three support points, that is, we will keep our hands on the board until we have both feet correctly positioned.

We will position the feet in parallel in the centre of the board, with the handle between our feet and separated enough to keep a good balance. In this position, as in the previous one, the hand that is below is the same as the one we paddled, while the other goes up a little more to grab the “T” or pommel We must start paddling as soon as possible because, having some speed, stability is easier. We will try to take the paddle as far forward as possible to start the paddling and we will take it out of the water when it is at the height of our body, in addition, with practice, we should help our body by performing a flexion-extension movement with our legs while we paddle, thus transmitting all the force of the paddling to our feet and therefore to the board. We will see this in future reports.

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NAISH MALIKO 2020 14´X 23/26/28

From flat water passed through the open sea to downwinds, there is no condition that resists Maliko. The Maliko models come from the saga of the best open water tables. This shape reaps hundreds of victories in all types of racing categories such as the M2O World Championships, sprints, downwinds ... It’s not just a Downwind board, Maliko paddle surf race boards have shown that they can be record boards, chosen by multiple riders at ISA Wolrd Champion and Red Bull Heavy Water winner Casper Steinfath. Casper has managed to win multiple technical sprints and has broken records such as paddling from Denmark to Norway. Thanks to these feats of Casper or Bernd Roediger, they have made this table one of the most famous in the world of racing and downwinds.


W-02 From the desire of many, the W-02 is born. Halfway to the W-One and the Rush two of the most used models by our rider. It retains the grip and speed of the Rush and combines it with the explosive manoeuvrability of the W-One. It will not disappoint you in wave conditions from three quarters of a meter, no matter how hollow the section is, the W-02 can with everything.

Size 14'0" X 23 14'0" X 26 14’0” X 28

Lenght 14'0" / 426.7cm 14'0" / 426.7cm 14’0” / 426.7cm

Width 23" / 58.4cm 26" / 66cm 28” / 71.1cm

Thickness 7 1/2" / 19.1cm 7 1/2" / 19.1cm 7 1/2” / 19.1cm

Volume 242L 273L 295L

MATERIAL TOURING 11’6×31”x6” www.spsurf.com

Comfort and stability, combined with good speed will make this board a milestone. With it, your exits will rise to another level, more distance, faster, less effort. The model to start entering the SUP as a sport. V-RAIL system at the bottom, which improves the speed of the board without affecting its stability. Carbon reinforcement strip to gain rigidity, but without affecting the folding. And also with an adaptable kayak chair, for those who prefer to paddling seated. • Rider all levels up to 130 Kg • Long walks, start in SUP races • Schools and clubs, for students already initiated

Lenght: 11’6 (353,56 cm) Width: 31″ ( 78,74 cm) Thickness: 6″ ( 15,24 cm)

Volume: 240 Litros Weight board: 10 Kg aprox. Weight ider: <120 Kg

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• 65/35% polyester / cotton. 280 gr / m². • Plush perched. • Contrast raglan sleeves and hood. • Hood lined with mesh to tone. • Kangaroo pockets with fluorescent cell phone pocket. • Headphone access • Cuffs and hem of the garment in ribbed lined 2x2. • Brand logo in carbon flag SUP ONE.



The Smik Style Lord is a classic LongSUP shape for a relaxed surfing style. It is a LongSUP type table less radial than the Hipster Long, although it also allows certain radical manoeuvres when we step back.

It works great when we want to do noseriding.very good for noseriding. The keel confirmation is Thruster type with a larger central keel and two stabilizers. Characteristics of the Smik Style Lord 10’x28 ”: • Laenght: 9’2” • Width: 28” • Volume: 130 Litros • Weight: 9 Kgms • Includes fins


ESTANDAR | RADIO VHF | WALKIE 100% waterproof and waterproof case for walkies | Standard VHF radios. Inside the case, everything is still working. • Perfect view of the screen. • Handle buttons and touch screen through the case. • You can talk and listen without problems. • Communicate even when you are in the water. • Keep your radio dry and ready for use • Used for devices with the antenna on the left and on the right.

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NAISH JAVELIN 2020 by Manuel Hoyuela New shape ... new experiences. The first thing to keep in mind is that Javelin is a flat water board and cannot be compared with Maliko since each one is designed for a different type of water ACCELERATION AND SPEED La Javelin nos permite acelerar con muy pocas paladas y mantiene la inercia y la velocidad mucho mejor que la Maliko. Este shape incluye un nose con menos rocker que la Maliko, esto hace que en agua plana fluya mejor y en upwind sea capaz de atravesar lus bumps en vez de ir “chapoteando” y perdiendo velocidad STABILITY The 14´22¨ model, which I will use to compete this season, is quite unstable to go with a small keel, to gain comfort on the board it is better to use a fin with enough surface. I use a “Mako28” fin, with this model, which I lose in stability I gain in speed. For people who like this board model, want to be comfortable in it and a 22¨ seems very narrow, the best option is the Javelin 24. 78

MANEUVERABILITY This board reacts very well in buoy turns, the only thing that limits it a bit is the tail volume. Its great tail generates a great difficulty when sinking the board to pivot, we will need to make more force on it than with Maliko.

This year when Naish gave me a choice between Javelin and Maliko, I had no doubt. I really wanted something different and I knew one hundred per cent that the javelin would fly in flat water, my only doubt was...would I endure the ¨maturrango¨ of Suances? I have been with this board for 2 months and I enjoy surfing with it every day. His nose when having a little rocker, never sinks or gets on track allowing us to surf and take full advantage of the wave. YES, Javelin is a flat water board...and...yes, Javelin works in the maturrango. I only have to try it in downwind although for the shape from now on I tell you that ... it will go very well. The Javelin and the Maliko are two rocket that fly in all kinds of conditions. 79

INNER SEA Tell me what you do and I will tell you who you are Beatriz Felipe López

A.Laborda. G.Marche. Conil

Who would have imagined that one could “surfing” in the Mediterranean? Who would have imagined that the SUP would have such an impact on people who tried it “for only try”? Who would have imagined that the SUP would reach such levels of competition and competitors? But there are always dreamers and only those who dream, and walk to reach them, make what they want come true. At the gates of finishing the year, we all think about the new purposes but, as important is to plan future goals, such as knowing the challenges achieved and the obstacles we have encountered.


With the final rankings on the table is the best time to take stock and observe in detail those things that are not appreciated while paddling. Reflect on the people who are on your heels or those who are ahead of you; think about the times when anger or frustration have taken over you or the times that, for some reason, you have felt pressured without being able to perform at your best; but also, echo those times when the satisfaction of things well done have been with you. All these reflections can be important when focusing on a new competition, but...have you ever wondered what type of competitor you are? One of the things I like to do most, both when I compete and when I go for logistical support, is to look around, soak up people’s stories, every detail and watch the riders live each race. And that is where I realized the differences between them, and how the approach to the competition influences the achievements and emotions of each one. I realized that striving to the fullest does not always lead to victory, but striving to the limit to overcome obstacles can be more valuable and rewarding than victory itself.


Given the way to approach the barriers that we find at sea, I will talk about 4 types of competitors. In the first place we find those riders who, in the presence of obstacles, such as the waves or strong gusty winds, prefer to avoid the situation and not compete. And if they compete they usually retire or end between regrets. These are characterized by a continuous complaint of “I do not advance”, “, “I am stuck” and blame that lack of improvement on external things: “my board is not valid for this,”



“the wind was constantly spinning” ... and surely they have a reason but how about your responsibility? Because those obstacles were for everyone. Their emotions: frustration, demotivation and a feeling of being out of place, out of that world.


Another type of rider that can be seen in competitions, is one that, regardless of the obstacles, will fight and give everything he has and knows, to try to overcome them one by one. No matter how many kilometres they are, the buoy turns to be done, whether or not they do drafting, or if their maximum rival comes stronger than ever. They are things that do not matter, you will be willing to fight for everything even knowing you will not win. These are characterized by the projection of very short term objectives during the race: “I will overcome the next buoy”, “for another kilometre” or “I will make changes of rhythms to try to separate.”


They are competitors who see the opponent as a tool for self improvement and not as a rival to crush and sink. In addition, they enjoy every little achievement, they value the great effort made and at the end of the race they will say things like: “I saw you getting closer every time”, “I have nothing left to catch you” or “I have to improve the turns of my bad side” . Their emotions: satisfaction, enthusiasm for the next race and a feeling that you are on the right track in your own improvement. The third type of competitor is one who, before looking at obstacles or difficulties that arise in the race, looks a little further, assessing whether the reward he is going to obtain is worth it or not. If he is going to contribute something (usually something material), he will compete, but if he does not see a valuable achievement, he will not try because he thinks that by striving he will not achieve anything. They are those who, without making unusual efforts, want to improve and get on the podium. We will hear you say things like “another medal” or “without doing anything I am in the podium,” and have a great ability to posture in the photos, spreading them proudly on social networks for recognition. I do not doubt their achievement, or that is not to be proud but how much effort have they devoted to it?


Their emotions: indifference, frustration at not improving and a feeling of need to receive compliments. And we get to the last rider, whose greatest difficulty he will find is himself, seeing rivals to each and every one of the riders around him. Around him he sees no obstacles, he only sees people with whom he constantly compares himself, as if only by being better than them (in something) he will get the attention, respect and value he deserves. We will not hear them say much because they tend to isolate themselves, suddenly disappear or not show signs of existence for long periods of time, but sometimes we can hear comments of the style: “if I had that board we would see what would happen” or “a few years ago he was also at his level. “ Their desire for superiority can be so great that it eclipses everything else. Their emotions: anger, unease, helplessness and feeling of inferiority with respect to others. Surely while reading these 4 profiles someone has come to mind, however...could you tell me what kind of rider are you? The truth is that you do not have to think much because you are each and every one of them, you only make the one that at the moment represents your being flourish. It is up to you to work who you always want to be.

Beatriz Felipe López Psychologist and Coach

GREAT RACE OF THE MEDITERRÁNEAN SUP RACE The first edition of the Great Race of the Mediterranean SUP Race was a success of participation with the strong wind as a great protagonist Up Suing

KDF Fotografía. María José Salazar

Last Sunday, November 3, a very special event was held for the first time where the Stand Up Paddle and the Running in sync along the coast of Alicante, two sports that bring together many participants. And taking advantage of the II Great Mediterranean Race of Running, the SUP Race followed him but from the water. After having made changes in the official routes of the different categories due to the wind that was planned, the Amateur and the smaller categories made a tour in front of the Va-radero beach in Santa Pola. The sea was choppy due to the onshore wind but the competitors have been able to make the most of the situation, and even some enjoying the waves that the wind generated. 84

A few minutes after the departure of these categories, the Elite and SUB 18 would do a few kilometres from there next to the CIMAR. During the first shovels in the water, the competi-tors had to strive in each advanced meter fighting the wind, where Rafa Sirvent along with Pablo Ania, James Van Drunen and Nando Gómez led the race from start to finish. Great participation of the women’s category, as is usual in all SUP Race events throughout the Mediterranean. As the competition passed, different participants of the Running test could be seen in the direction of finish line.


From the water, it has been very special to see such an image, where while some paddled with all their strength and from the other side, from land, people running in parallel. The wind and waves increased their intensity as these competitors approached the beach of Varadero, fighting for not suffering so many falls in the buoys and not losing positions. The moment in which all the categories of the championship coincided paddling together on that beach is also very attractive for all the audience, but the Elite and SUB 18 still had to make more kilometres. The local Rafa Sirvent once again demonstrated his great performance in these waters and crossed the finish line first, ahead of Pablo Ania (both selected for the SUP ISA World Cup in El Salvador) and James Van Drunen. As for the girls, Sheila Sirvent ruled the race from start to finish ahead of Afro Ruso and Helene Reigadas. And highlight the great victory of Ivan de Frutos in SUB18, who with 14 years this year is sweeping where he competes.

We must also highlight the Rookie category, who have fewer hours on the board, have fought against the wind like real titans; like the Masters and Kahunas. Under a great atmosphere in the competition area, awards were given for both sports and also taking advantage of the good coexistence that the Stand Up Paddle always gives us among all its riders. As always, to thank the enormous work that Dani Parres and all his team do for the SUP, the Diputación de Alicante, the City Council of Alicante, Ajuntament d´Elx, City Council of Santa Pola and Costa Blanca. And to all the ¨runners¨ who shared a great day with the lovers of Stand Up Paddle. No doubt an appointment that will be repeated ..



Simon Bedes

Medhi Benounis / LĂŠo Grezis

For the first time, Nicolas Fayol and Simon Bedes sailed this class III river with some category IV sections on board their Stand Up Paddle boards in the 43rd edition of this famous demonstration.

Agout river, Brassac

Tarn-et-Garonne L’Agout works thanks to an important unloading of water that is done once a year, or if there is a sufficiently high level of water thanks to the rains. This is why you can only navigate this Garonesa jewel during this important demonstration with a water level of 16m3 per second for three hours. Around 400 participants from different whitewater disciplines attended this event. Nicolas and Simon traveled 15km in a little over 3 hours accompanied by an important team of canoeists who were responsible for logistics, security and photography.

The boarding of this circuit is done near a reservoir with a height of 20 meters. The Agout, is a river that flows between the trees and allows a playful navigation. Most of the rapids can be done at trial, however, good knowledge of rivers of difficulty III is needed. Only 3 sections need identification in advance: the Peyre staircase, the L’Ecaire Velodrome and the fish farming area. To close the event with a flourish, the Brassac city council organized a great dinner at night, where the entire band of canoeists and whitewater athletes could live together and share their experiences

During the first years of existence of the Stand Up Paddle, the information and teaching for its practice were not very abundant. Let’s not fool ourselves: many of us were infected by friends who taught us with their simple knowledge, looking for videos, photos, etc. All this was back then. Now things have changed and quite thanks to the proliferation of Stand Up Paddle schools around the world, with monitors specialized in this sport and thanks to proper teaching. But the problem comes when we ignore certain important aspects for the proper practise of this sport, and especially to teach those who are going to try it for the first time.

Nico Arnedo (Up Suping)

Parres Watersports. Ungravity SUP School. Up Suping


The content of the teaching and the information that each monitor of a school should have plays the most important role, where many aspects take into account is the time factor. The weather, the predictions ... The Stand Up Paddle is carried out outdoors and there are ¨relatively¨ standards to be followed for the practical correction of it. The playing field does not always behave in the same way. Over the past few years, we have seen several cases where the weather has scared more than one while SUP classes and group crossings are taking place. Obviously there is safety material that every practitioner must have in the water, be it life jacket, leash or other devices. But the idea is that they have to be used as little as possible and be more anticipatory when it comes to confirming some classes or an excursion.

After all, as if it were a doctor, people are being treated. Of course, the duty to teach and share is intended for the user to have a great experience and continue ¨supping¨...but they are people, human beings. As soon as the board and the paddle are in touch with the water, they are exclusively in the hands of the monitor and it is the one that will teach you something new and fascinating.

With which, it is extremely important that the teaching that from a school is transmitted to its students at sea every day more professional and above all to know how the playing field is out there every day and every hour. Waves, tides, wind, type of water, entrance and exit areas, material to be used, etc. There are many elements and factors that must be taken into account. A mistake can generate a great tragedy.

But we cannot forget people who already have their material and practice it on their own. If this person has tried this sport in a school with qualified and experienced monitors, he will go to the water with all the necessary knowledge to enjoy a great day of SUP ... and those that will come. Otherwise, you may not be aware of the weather forecasts or the correct use of the material, and practice this term sport being a torture for this person. And obviously stop paddling, which is something that none of us wants. Then there is also another situation in which many ¨SUPeros¨ who have been enjoying this sport for years and in different modalities, share their experience with other people who want to try it. Since then it is something wonderful and comforting, but it is important to understand that in recent years the material is changing, as well as the correct replacement style and other factors. It is preferable to recommend a person with a school with qualified monitors than to give incorrect teaching. Of course, sharing SUP sessions with a friend and offering some advice is the most rewarding thing there is.

And I do not want to end this brief article with a point to consider: look at the SUP young worldwide, they are taking giant steps and every day more motivated because they are enjoying a lot. And all that is thanks to the correct teaching of the monitors that own many clubs, and of course to the parents. Making these young people have a meeting place and wishing to spend many hours in the water is not an easy job. You have to have teaching skills to educate them to enjoy and set certain goals. And of course, I advise parents to trust these clubs, let the kids learn and connect with the environment.

The Teaching is an action that every day gains more prominence within the Stand Up Paddle, vital for its growth and the expansion of this sport. Necessary to professionalize this sector in a correct way and without leaks. It is part of the “base�, where the roots sprout and the SUP gets into the veins to never leave ...

The young ¨Waterman¨ of Parres Watersports...


Ivan de Frutos

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Toni Forqués. KDF Fotografía. Albert Laborda.Carlota Parras

You just got off the podium in these last 2 years. How do you assimilate these great results? It makes me very happy since I train a lot and it is a great motivation for me to have these results. But the most important thing is to have fun in each race with all my classmates and friends. But returning to a not too distant past, we want you to tell us how this adventure began in your life. Well Nico, it all started with seven years when my parents took me to the Parres WaterSports summer school where I met the great Dani Parres. In the school of Arenales del Sol I have spent great summers playing, enjoying and learning many things from the sea. We did Surf, Bodyboard, Windsurf, Sail and games in the sand… it was very fun. One day Dani Parres started teaching me Paddle Surf and in 2013 I made my first 7-year career in Arenales del Sol, it was called the Battle of Paddle. The following years I participated in the races of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante and began to do the Mediterranean Circuit. How do you describe the influence and support of a club with coaches for your great progress in this sport? In the club I have a lot of help from my coaches and teammates, we all support each other. And with my coaches Dani Parres, Rafa Sirvent and Miguel Angel, each one advises me on different things. Rafa for example with his tricks and anecdotes of his competitions as in the ISA and Europeans. Dani training in rowing technique, and position on the board, and Miguel Angel with buoys and strategies. All are very important to me.

What qualities on a physical and technical level in the SUP are you currently noticing in your body, unlike when you started competing? I have improved from the beginning changing a lot the paddling technique, strength, background, balance, stability ... I have grown on top of a SUP board. Do you combine different modes of Stand Up Paddle? Can you adapt to the most demanding waves or conditions? I also practice SUP waves, it improves the balance, speed and paddling technique. I enjoy it to the fullest, I have a great time with the waves and the demanding conditions‌ I have a lot of fun. And I never miss a good Downwind that Dani organizes! They are a pass !!! What other sports and hobbies do you complement your day to day? Do you organize well with your studies? I usually go with my friends to skate, ride a mountain bike and also as part of my training I go jogging. I try to organize, I have my week planned as well as possible since the studies are very important. Sometimes exams coincide with careers and the thing is complicated. Tell us how is your family’s support to organize your trips to different events and trainings. And friends, also important piece in this sport. My family is very important to me. My parents always accompany me to all races, my grandparents take me to training, everyone is with me giving me support and good advice. I have great friends thanks to this sport, friends in both my team and other clubs. The atmosphere of the Sup makes us all very close and we have fun with what we like the most.



How is a day without being able to go rowing? What sensations does the SUP give you to see that happy face in each row? (Laughter)...It has happened to me several days, having to study and be watching from the window some perfect waves to be able to enjoy them with my board and without being able to leave the room. I am very happy, being in contact with the sea and enjoying it makes rowing what I like the most. I just want to row! And how about the Naish brand? You have been using their products for years and we want you to tell us your feelings. Naish is cool, I have Maliko since I was 10 years old and this season I am also enjoying the new Javelin 2020 because for both flat and downwind it is a real bullet. They are boards that adapt to all conditions, stable, fast and very resistant, with designs and colours that I like very much.

What other competitions or places in the world would you like to go in the future? I would have liked to accompany my friend and partner Rafa Sirvent and the rest of the national team

to the Surf City El Salvador ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship 2019. I would like to go to Paris and be able to row on the Seine. It would also be a pass to go to some downwind like Molokai, but I’m sure I have to wait many years. Of course, we have to ask you the following question ... What are your goals for the coming seasons? The objectives for 2020 are the Spain Championships (Speed, Long Distance and Beach Race), the tests of the Cup of Spain and to make the return to Tabarca of the World SUP Festival Costa Blanca. I would also like to do some races of the European Championship

Thanks to…. To my Club Parres Watersports, to my coaches Dani Parres, Rafa Sirvent and Miguel Angel Martínez who have supported me since I was a naughty little boy. Many thanks to my sponsors: Naish, B3 Watersports, Quickblade Paddles, cocinas.com and E-STUDIO kitchen and Interior And above all, thanks to my family that without them all this would not be possible...thanks parents!



SICILIA Surf School Porto Empedocle

People at the Surf School Porto Empedocle take excursions to the magnificent landscape of La Scala de Turchi in Sicily, where you can reach a few meters from “La Marna Bianca” (the stone that this landscape is made of). In turn, you can appreciate the colour of its crystalline water, and its rich background of posidonia that are algae that create a good quality of water in the Mediterranean and where you can appreciate a unique landscape for its natural and historical structure. A unique experience in Sicily, watching a sunset in SUP ... “Da togliere il fiato”, an Italian expression.

La Scala dei Turchi, (Ladder of the Turks), is a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte near Porto Empedocle, in southern Sicily. It has become a tourist attraction partly because of its mention in the Andrea Camilleri detective story series about Commissioner Montalbano. La Scala is formed by loam, a sedimentary rock with a characteristic white colour. It is located between two sandy beaches and is accessed through a limestone rock formation in the form of a ladder, hence the name. The last part of the name derives from the frequent incursions carried out by the Moors.

In August 2007, the municipality of Realmonte requested the inclusion of the Scala dei Turchi (together with the nearby Villa Romana Aurea) in the UNESCO Heritage List.

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Rayos y truenos Pablo Codesido


I think that many of you who practice this sport have suffered some risk situation related to it, and that is that surfing and stand up paddle (SUP) in many of its variants are still considered as a risk sport. Surely you are thinking about that monstrous wave, that treacherous current or that wind that did not let you move forward. But let me tell you a personal anecdote. I think it was, without a doubt, one of the times in which unfortunately I was close to a risk situation even for my life ... and unexpected. It was a winter morning, of those days with cold, clouds and a storm of those that make Galicia a natural spectacle. In those days where the waves exceed our perspectives. My friend Jose and I decided to go to “OndaLonga�, which if you remember, is the longest wave in Galicia, in the Ares-Betanzos estuary. A wave that forms in days of great swell. Clear and clouds in the sky and a somewhat annoying wind. I do not remember if in the first hour some small thunderstorm had passed through the Galician coast, but our thirst for waves led us to get into the peak after paddling the corresponding kilometre.


Long and stretched waves, nothing dangerous for people with some experience, a joy. But suddenly a powerful rumble left us overwhelmed, a thunder some distance ahead of the rainstorm that was going to fall. Nothing important seemed ... big mistake. Suddenly, I was climbing the peak when a strong shock wave pulled me off my board and left me somewhat stunned in the water, the sound of thunder had been especially deafening and terrifying ... The storm had hit us. Luckily the lightning was far, or so it seemed. The first thing I did was try to look for Jose, who, stunned like me after having suffered the same experience, was looking at me with the joy of being well and with the urgency to get out of there at full speed. Lightning and thunder. The thunderstorm is a danger, it is estimated that deaths from being struck by lightning are between 0.2-0.8 people per million inhabitants worldwide (1 in 3,000,000 approximately or about 6000 people per year), figures that are probably short because many rural and remote areas in poor countries are not taken into account. The rays tend to hit objects that protrude from the surface, so a SUP rider is a most succulent goal. In addition, saltwater is a magnificent conductor of electricity, not falling short, also materials such as metal and carbon. If the lightning strikes the water, the energy will be absorbed by the large mass, but if it falls very close to you when you are in the water (it is estimated that within a radius of approximately 100 meters) or directly when by your position “standing “ makes you a lightning rod ... it can even cause death. The most serious injuries are cardiac and neurological. They are called fulguration lesions, which are really different from those of the artificial current.

Cardiac arrhythmia and involvement of the respiratory centres can cause cardiorespiratory arrest, and certain transient arborescent marks on the skin are characteristic. Internal injuries can be extremely serious, even bone fractures or visceral tears can occur. Many people who have survived the impact of lightning suffer significant neurological sequelae.


But rest assured, the possibility of suffering injuries or even dying from injuries due to fulguration are really remote. It is estimated that 8 million lightning strikes the earth during a period of 24 hours, that is to say, 100 lightning strikes. Still, I insist that the chances of your touching are very remote. The problem is that certain risk factors are combined that are generally avoidable and that in our case, are being paddling standing in the water or walking through the mountains during a thunderstorm. The recent case of a sadly deceased Brazilian surfer this year on a beach in Fortaleza is well known. Therefore, the most important thing to prevent this injury is to know the meteorological part well, and when in doubt, avoid getting into trouble.

It is true that there are certain formulas to calculate the distance of the storm by counting the seconds between lightning and thunder, or that famous Australian rule called 30/30: “do not enter the water if the time between lightning and thunder is less than 30 seconds and wait 30 minutes after the last ray to return to the water �, but my recommendation is always not to take a risk and if the storm catches you in the middle or next to your paddling, get out of the water as soon as possible, if possible lying on the board, which Although it is slower, at least it is safer. Some surf guides say that submerging about 4 meters avoids the risk of being struck by lightning, or suffer its effects if it falls nearby since from that depth they lose power, but what you want me to say, how to get Diving! Once out of the water, during the storm, getting into the car or in enclosures is the safest. Do not put yourself under the typical lonely tree, which as many of you know, can be a magnificent target for lightning.

In any case, if we put ourselves in the worst of situations, that is to say, that a lightning or surfing partner has been struck by lightning, the first thing after removing it from the water and calling the emergency services, is to start cardiopulmonary resuscitation o Basic CPR that every person should know and that sadly is one of those things that are given little importance in educational centres. Finally, and again, I reiterate the best of messages: remember that avoiding unnecessary risks is the best treatment.





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The SUP Talent Spain Series is a program of the Spanish Surfing Federation, designed by Sergio W. Smit and IOSUP, organized by Grupo Navega and supported by the Water Sports Plastic Free Foundation. The SUP Talent Spain Series set their goal in the active pursuit of Stand Up Paddle talent, focusing on the base sport, summoning SUP-resident athletes from Spain between the ages of 8 and 14, were previously selected by their clubs.

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The SUP Talent Spain Series have made during 2019 three stops along the spanish coast, visiting Jรกvea, Santander and Seville, where 14 children and youth athletes have been selected to play the final from December 20 to 22 with the support of Sports Ring International Center of El Anillo, located in Extremadura. A complex led and managed by the Directorate General of Sports and the Junta de Extremadura. They are collaborators of this Ale-Hop program, Osito caravans, Hoenalu, Granadilla Nautical School and Festamobil.

Rafa Sirvent offers a master class to the SUP Talent 2019 finalists The SUP Talent final began brilliantly receiving the visit of the paddle surfing world champion in the relay discipline that offered a day of advanced training to the fourteen athletes selected throughout the three national stops of the SUP Talen Spain 2019 series. The magnificent facilities of the International Sports Innovation Center of El Anillo served as the basis for this clinic. After the presentation of the event by Sergio W. Smit, director of the SUP Talent and Carlos Lรณpez Dominguez of the Spanish Surfing Federation, Rafa Sirvent began the day with a few theoretical classes, sending immediately after wearing the wetsuits to these young promises to throw them into the water of the Gabriel and Galรกn reservoir.

In this productive day in Extremadura waters the fourteen finalists had to face in the first instance the harsh conditions that the Elsa stormy print printed, reaching gusts close to the forty knots that forced the kids to navigate a very fast downwind to take refuge in the leeward area of the El Ring peninsula.

From that moment, already safe from the extreme conditions, Rafa Sirvent worked with the technical finalists, departures and sprints, ending with a very competitive relay race, highlighting the great potential that these athletes have and the good health that Enjoy this sport in Spain.

On the evening Sirvent gave a talk in which he shared his experience during the world championship held recently in El Salvador and that led him to hang the gold in the relay discipline to later review the recording of the videos made in the water during the morning with the aim of correcting postures and improving the technique of the paddling of the finalists.

Berta Ferre Macia, Mario Macia Cobarrubias, Laia Ferre Macia, Míguel García Pérez, Elene Etxeberria Aranburu and Iván De Frutos Ruiz worthy SUP Talent 2019. In a day where children are the characters of the day with the Christmas lottery, in the world of paddle surfing, six have been the protagonists to win the recognition of SUP Talent 2019. In the waters of the swamp of Gabriel and Galán, fourteen finalists, the six places offered by this program in search of talent in the SUP Race discipline were disputed. After an initial brifieng at the International Sports Innovation Center of El Anillo, the finalists jumped to their particular playing field where the interior waters of Extremadura offered demanding conditions but at the height of the SUP Talent Spain Series final.

Throughout the half-day the technicians of the Spanish Surf Federation headed by Carlos López Dominguez and Rafael Sirvent, current world champion of SUP Race in the relay mode, and Sergio W. Smit, director of the SUP Talent Spain Series evaluated and they discussed the attitudes and aptitudes of the fourteen finalists, determining which have been the six chosen to inaugurate this new and promising project that focuses on the young promises of the sport.

Sergio W. Smit declared after concluding the event “I am very satisfied with everything that has happened throughout this initial season of the SUP Talent Spain Series. It has been evident that the project has generated a lot of empathy in Spanish paddle surfing and that has pushed us to overcome all the obstacles that every new project generates ”.

“I want to thank first of all the parents of all the young athletes who have participated in this first edition of the SUP Talent Spain Series for the effort they make every weekend for their children to practice this sport. Also to the sponsors and collaborators of the project who have not stopped joining the event from the moment they met and verified what is the main objective of the SUP Talent Spain Series, making this initiative has already become a case of success within the promotion of sport in Spain, ”concluded Smit.

For his part, Carlos López Dominguez commented “It has seen a great final, in which it has been proven that riders have evolved from their first participation in the regional events until they reach the final. During the weekend and after the clinic conducted by Rafael Sirvent, it was found that it would not be easy to make a decision. ” “The atmosphere has been of great brotherhood and fellowship. I am impatient to start 2020 and continue with this great project, ”commented Carlos López.

The Water Sports Plastic Free Foundation and the SUP Talen Spain Series The SUP Talent Spain Series was born under the premise of respect and environmental awareness, working to not generate carbon mark throughout the celebration of their events. Under this objective, the collaboration with the Water Sports Plastic Free Foundation that works to eliminate single use plastics from marine environments, providing tools and alternatives to athletes and water sports enthusiasts, as well as to anyone who lives or visit the coast for the no utilization of single use plastics in any area of their lives. The sea and land go together, and we are concerned about the health of both. We aim to eliminate single use plastic but we are clear that this is not to replace it with non respectful materials. We eliminate the use of paper to the fullest, and we replace the plastic with durable materials or made with recyclable and ecofriendly products. Join the change!


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