First Cyprus SUP Race
Kitemed Kitesufring and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) School is organising the first Pancyprian SUP Race on Sunday, October 6.
The event will take place at the location of Kitemed School at the Spot, on Kiti beach in Larnaca.
The race is for amateurs and professional athletes, irrespective of gender, age and equipment and aspires to become the starting point for the stand up and paddle (SUP) sport in Cyprus.
The participants will compete in three categories, namely men, women and children. The winner of each category will have the unique opportunity to travel for free with Aegean Airlines and take part in the final race of the 3rd Hellenic SUP CUP 2013, at the crossing of the unique Isthmus of Corinth, which will take place on Sunday, October 20, 2013.
SUP or Stand Up Paddle Surfing has its roots in the ancient tribes of Africa and South America where thousands of years ago canoes or other vessels were used, standing or kneeling, in order to travel or find food. The modern version however was born in Polynesia and developed in Hawaii.
Today, SUP is one of the fastest growing sports worldwide with many loyal followers including renowned athletes, Hollywood stars and other famous people among them. SUP is also referred to as the “social sport”, since many people can paddle on their paddleboards in groups, talking and exercising simultaneously whilst waiting to catch the next wave.
Anyone interested in participating in the race need to provide a submission of entry either electronically or by sending the completed entry form by post or fax, a personal declaration an a 20€ fee for the race, including the final.
The participation fee can be paid via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or in cash at ‘the Spot’ in Kiti or at Pallikaras offices.
All the above documents will need to have been received by the committee, the latest 48 hours before the race.
Entry submissions should preferably not be submitted on the day of the race, as relevant arrangements for the race made will need to be prepared in good time, such as food and beverages, as well as lycra shirts, which can be kept after the race as souvenirs.
Individuals who wish to participate in the race but do not have their own equipment can rent out equipment from water sports shops on location. However, it is important to book in advance as there are a limited number of boards and order of priority will be kept.
In order for the event to be conducted successfully and safely, during the course of the race, accompanying boats will be floating alongside the location and an ambulance and specialised medical staff will be on call.
Parallel events on the day will include presentations of SUP boards, paddles and relevant equipment in order to familiarise more people with the SUP sport.
There will also be presentations of SUP Yoga ashore and if conditions permit, a Yoga instructor will introduce people to SUP Yoga, a form of exercise which is gaining popularity. At all events, there will be parallel SUP trials, such as sprint and relay races.
For more information contact Kitemed owner and instructor Panayiotis Kounnides on 99588642.