Once again Agios Nikolaos Crete is the host of the most anticipated SUP Event in Greece! Are you ready to SUP?
ABOUT THE EVENT
The SUP-surf Sports Association of Heraklion, the Municipal Societe Anonyme of Agios Nikolaos, the Nautical Sports Association of Ag. Nikolaou and the Cultural and Sports Organization of Agios Nikolaos of the Municipality of Ag. Nikolaos in collaboration with the Region of Crete, are organizing an international intercollegiate STAND-UP PADDLING (SUP) competition, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2022. The event will be held in parallel with the Cliff Diving event at the Lake of Agios Nikolaos.
This is the 7th in order event in Agios Nikolaos and having the experience of the previous years, all the conditions have been created for the participants to experience a high-quality sup show and the visitors to enjoy a magnificent spectacle.
Professional and amateur athletes from all over the world and Greece will meet in the Greek capital of SUP, for exciting competitions, WITH GRAND PRIZES OF €6.000! Amandine Chazot, Boris Jinvresse, Bruno Hasulyo, Leonard Nika, and Natalya Novitskaya have already confirmed before registrations.
All participants will be awarded a participation souvenir of the event and a souvenir t-shirt. A medal will be awarded to all participants of the categories that will occupy the first three places.
The organization has established prizes of €6.000 which will be shared among the first 5 in the long-distance category. These athletes have an obligation to participate in one more race, either the 200m or the technical.
These prizes and awards will be presented at a special closing ceremony, 18:00, on September 25th, 2022 at the Lake of Agios Nikolaos at the Cliff Diving event.
Agios Nikolaos on SUP will last two days, the event will be held in the Sea area between Plaka, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos Marina, and Kalo Chorio, depending on the prevailing weather conditions. The locations, start time and routes may alter up to 2 hours before the startup, or in the technical update, the relevant announcements will be made on the event page.
Lake Voulismeni is a former sweetwater small lake, later connected to the sea, located at the centre of the town of Agios Nikolaos. It connects to the harbour of the town by a channel dug in 1870. According to legend, the goddess Athena bathed in it and a local urban legend has it that the lake is bottomless. It was reported that the German army during their withdrawal from the area at WW2, disposed parts of their weaponry and vehicles into the deep lake. A panoramic view of the lake can be seen from a small park situated above.
Spinalonga was not an island, it was part of the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defence purposes and a fort was built. It was subsequently used as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957.
There were two entrances to Spinalonga, one being the lepers’ entrance, a tunnel known as “Dante’s Gate”. This was so named because the patients did not know what was going to happen to them once they arrived.
Today, the uninhabited island is a popular tourist attraction in Crete with tourist boats departing from all three towns around Spinalonga on a daily basis.
PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATIONS
The provisional program of the event:
Friday 23rd of September 2022:
- 10:00 – 14:00 opening of the secretariat and athletes’ package pickup
- 17:00 – 21:00 athletes’ packages pickup
- 20:00 Welcome Party – TBA
Saturday 24th of September 2022:
- 08:00 – Opening of the secretariat (EOT beach – Kimzu) or Voulisma
- 11:00 – Technical briefing for technical and sprint sup
- 11:30 – Sprint SUP
- 12:30 – Technical SUP
- SUP awards granting parallel to the races
- 19:00 – Men’s/Women’s SUP Sprint Final in the Lake – award granting
Sunday 25th of September 2022:
- 10:30 – Technical briefing 14km SUP Plaka beach – Spinalonga
- 11:00 – 14 km SUP starting from Plaka beach – Spinalonga
- 11:15 – Technical briefing 10km SUP on the beach at Mylous Elounda (Windmills Poros Elounda)
- 11:30 – 10 km SUP starting point is the beach at Mylous Elounda (Windmills Poros Elounda)
- 11:45 – Technical information briefing 4km SUP – Havania beach
- 12:00 – 4 km starting point – Havania beach
- 14:00 – Awards granting 10km SUP/ 4km SUP
- 18:00 – Awards granting 14 km SUP
For more information on registration, schedule, routes, etc, please visit the official website of the event, https://agiosonsup.gr/, or contact at the email address [email protected] or on the phone (+30) 28410 82384-5.
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