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2023 Skrea Strand Paddle Race: Results, Report and Replay

The 2023 BALTIC Skrea Strand Paddle Race, the 3rd annual event organized by the Falkenberg SUP Club in Falkenberg, Sweden is a significant part of the 2023 Swedish circuit known as the Svensk SUP Race Serien. This year, the event held the distinction of being an ICF SUP World Ranking Event. The driving force behind the event’s success was former snowboard Olympian Tommy Dee Packendorff, who, along with a dedicated team of volunteers which included injured NSP Racer Patrick “Paddy” Boyum, ensured the smooth execution of the event.

Drawing in SUP enthusiasts from the North of Europe, the event’s ICF label, substantial prize money, and captivating media content from the previous year attracted over 100 SUP racers representing more than 10 countries. Among the participating nations were Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, France, England, Scotland, Jersey, and Finland. Unlike the previous year’s sunny and calm conditions, this year’s event posed a different challenge due to the presence of wind, rain, and waves throughout all three days.

The event, officially known as the Baltic Skrea Strand Paddle Race, derives its name not from its location, but rather from its title sponsor, Baltic Lifejackets, a renowned Swedish lifejacket brand. Falkenberg being located on the Kattegat Strait – and not the Baltic Sea – which serves as a natural boundary between Sweden and Denmark, the event’s association with Baltic Lifejackets underscores the critical focus on water safety and promotes the essential use of life-saving equipment within the SUP racing community. Other SUP event sponsors included Swedish brands: Yster SUP, Infinity SUP Nordic and Kona Sports.

Skrea Strand Paddle Race – Day 1 – BIG SUP FUN

The event kicked off with a 4-team BIG SUP competition on Friday. Remarkably, the kids’ team, comprising young athletes aged 7 to 14, managed to secure victory in both their heat and final races against seasoned paddlers.

Skrea Strand Paddle Race – Day 2 – Technical Race

Day 2 featured a full day of intense Technical Race action. The morning witnessed the elite men’s and 40+ men’s qualifier heats for the A and B finals. While the women’s division had insufficient participants for separate heats, the top 8 registered Elite and +40 women advanced directly to the A final later in the day. The Technical Race course encompassed two laps of 1.25 kilometers, incorporating four buoys and a beach flag for runners to navigate through knee-high shallow waters, culminating in a challenging 2.5-kilometer course.

Prominent athletes showcased their skills, including Starboard Dream Team Rider Linus Karlsson, fresh from a victory at the international Planet Baltic race in Poland. NSP rider Christian Andersen from Klitm√łller, Denmark, dominated Heat 2, establishing himself as a strong favorite.

TECH RACE LIVE FEED #1 REPLAY 

TECH RACE LIVE FEED #2 REPLAY 

Notably, 14-year-old Benyam Bossack from The Netherlands demonstrated exceptional determination by competing in both the junior and Elite divisions, earning a spot in the A FINAL. In the +40 men’s division, Johan Furestaf made a remarkable comeback to secure victory, with the second heat featuring impressive performances by two-Sweden based Aussies: Martin Hunter and Dermot Fitzpatrick.

14 y.o. Benyam Bossack from The Netherlands

After a brief intermission, the afternoon was devoted to three hours of A and B technical race finals. The junior divisions witnessed remarkable performances, with Benyam Bossack clinching victory in the junior boys’ category, while Team Poland secured a clean sweep in the junior girls’ division.

In the +40 women’s division, Verity Thomas showcased a triumphant return from injury, aided by a loaned board from Swedish brand and event sponsor Yster SUP. The +40 men’s division saw Staffan Andr√©n emerge victorious, while the Elite women’s race experienced a surprising upset. Tanja Ecker, the 11-time champion of Germany, encountered early setbacks, allowing 19-year-old Marta Apanacewicz from Poland to seize the lead and secure victory. Swedish racer Michelle Kimbler emerged as a revelation on the international stage, finishing second, while Ecker settled for third.

Marta Apanewicz leading the A-final field

New faces: Marta Apanasewicz (Poland) and Michelle Kimbler (Sweden)

The men’s final witnessed an impressive display by Christian Andersen, who maintained his lead from start to finish. 18-year-old Will Keetley, Mikolaj Majdan and Linus Karlsson,¬† battled fiercely for second place, resulting in dramatic moments as positions shifted near the finish line.

Infinity UK SUP Racer Will Keetley

Mikolaj Majdan on KONA

Skrea Strand Paddle Race – Day 3 – Long Distance Race

On the final day, conditions were less severe, characterized by a grey sky, light wind, and manageable swell. The day began with a fun race and a junior race, followed by the adult races. The long-distance course featured four legs of a 2.5km track along Falkenberg’s shores, with challenging side swells, an upwind and downwind section, and a total distance of 10km.

LONG DISTANCE LIVE FEED

While Marta Apanacewicz was surprisingly absent from the women’s division, Tanja Ecker displayed her prowess, securing victory. Freja Pedersen from Denmark emerged as a newcomer on the international SUP race scene, claiming second place as well as another Dane Maria √ėstergaard Holm. In the men’s division, Christian Andersen’s lead remained uncontested, and Linus Karlsson redeemed himself from the previous day, finishing second. The battle for third place was fought tooth and nail, ultimately won by Mikolaj Majdan, a few meters ahead of Dutch ultra long distance specialist Joep Van Bakel.

404 International Team rider Tanja Ecker, Winner of the Long Distance

Double win for the favorite: NSP rider Christian Andersen

Full Results of Skrea Stand Paddle Race 2023

FRIDAY – MEGASUP-RACE

1. European SUP-KIDS pirates
2. Katrinebergs Folkhögskola
3. Skrea P09
3. Gjuteriet CrossFits hajar

THURSDAY – TECHNICAL RACE

BALTIC FUNRACE

1. Jacques Thomas Jersey, Channel Islands
2. Tije Van Bakel,                 NL
3. Eve-Lina Furestad,‚Äā¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† SWE
4. Sofia Hugosson,             SWE
5. Johan Hoekstra,              NL

JUNIOR GIRLS

1. Martyna Drobny,       POL,   9:21:4
2. Hanna Kaminska,      POL,   9:23:1
3. Emilia Daszewsja,     POL,    9:29:0
4. Katrine Bergmann,    DK,      9:36:4
5. Sigrid Fröberg,          SWE,   9:49:2
6. Molly Brådskär,        SWE,   12:19:3

JUNIOR BOYS

1. Benyam Bossack,     NL,      8:22:9
2. Cedric Fahlbusch,    GER,    8:37:4
3. Andri Hack,              GER,    8:48:6
4. Mylo van Bakel,       NL,       9:43:4
5. Sami Leovits,             SVK,    10:35:9
6. Jacques Thomas,      Channel Islands, 10:38:0
7. Robin Hoekstra,         NL,      11:49:2
8. Wilhelm Carlsson,     SWE,   12:32:1

OPEN WOMEN

1. Marta Apanasewicz,        POL,   14:08:4
2. Michelle Kimbler,              SWE,  14:20:7
3. Tanja Ecker,                       GER,  14:36:1
4. Emma Freja Pedersen,       DK,    14:57:0
5. Maria √ėstergaard Holm,¬† DK,¬†¬†¬† 15:21:1
6. Katrine Bergmann,             DK,     15:33:1
7. Maya Sergel,                    SWE,   15:48.0
8. Jenny Larsson,                   SWE,   15:50:2
9. Ida Djurström,                    SWE,   16:22:7

OPEN MEN A-FINAL

1.Christian Andersen,        DK,        11:59:8
2. Will Keetley,                  GBR,      12:21:6
3. Mikolaj Majdan,           POL,       12:39:8
4. Linus Karlsson,               SWE,      12:43:3
5. Rasmus Westermann,    DK,          12:48:3
6. Joep Van Bakel,             NL,           12:53:4
7. Bastian Grimm,              GER,         12:58:2
8. Benyam Bossack,          NL,            13:06:9
9. Lasse-Niklas Sauerteg, GER,         13:23:2
10. Kristian Pilborg,           SWE/DK, 14:07:4
DNF Lucas Boyum
DNF Tomas Nielsen, NOR

OPEN MEN B-FINAL

1. Asger Smidt,             DK,    13:28:8
2. Tomas Leovits,          SVK,   14:24:9
3. Grzegorz Szpynda, POL,   14:35:4
4. Ross MacGarry,       IRL,     15:00:3
5. Marios T Zere,          NOR,  15:21:1
6. Cedric Fahlbusch,    GER,    15:22:2
7. Glenn Sloss,              GRB,    16:53:8

MASTERS 40+ WOMEN

1. Verity “Vee Jay” Thomas, Channel Islands, 15:08:6
2. Vera Lindmark,                 SWE,                   15:40:6
3. Elin Aulin,                         SWE,                   16:40:8
4. Dora Hegedus,                DEN,                   18:46:1
5. Trine Sogn Tomasgaard, NOR,                   20:27:5
6. Camilla Persson,              SWE,                   21:34:2

MASTER 40+ MEN, A-FINAL

1. Staffan Andrén,      SWE,   14:09:8
2. Dermot Fitzpatrick, SWE,   14:42:0
3. Peter Mårtensson,  SWE,   14:51:6
4. Ulrik Lund,               DK,      14:59:4
5. Johan Furestad,      SWE,  15:08:2
6. Kristoffer Aarsleff,   DK,     15:49:1
7. Martin Hunter,         SWE,  16:01:0
8. P-O Karlsson,          SWE,  17:12:0

SUNDAY – LONG DISTANCE

BALTIC FUN RACE

1. Johan Furestad,             SWE
2. Verity Thomas,              Channel Islands
3. Jörgen Abrahamsson,  SWE
4. Alexander Hack,          GER
5. Eve-Lina Furestad,        SWE
6. Charlotte Wilhelmsson, SWE
7. Johan Hoekstra,             NL
8. Ursula Sauerteg,            GER
9. Joanna Castro,               SWE
10. Anette Håkansson,       SWE

JUNIOR GIRLS

1. Emilia Daszewska,  POL,   30:19:0
2. Katrine Bergmann, DK,     32:08:3
3. Sigrid Fröberg,       SWE,  33:29:9
4. Molly Brådskär,     SWE,  44:44:6

JUNIOR BOYS

1. Benyam Bossack,      NL,      26:31:2
2. Cedric Fahlbusch,     GER,   27:24:0
3. Andri Hack,               GER,   28:23:7
4. Mylo Van Bakel,        NL,     31:00:8
5. Jacques Thomas,       CHANNEL ISLANDS, 35:05:7
6. Sami Leovits,              SLV,     45:50:8
DNF Wilhelm Carlsson, SWE
DNF Robin Hoekstra,     NL

OPEN MEN

1. Cristian Andersen,           DK,         57:05:0
2. Linus Karlsson,                 SWE,      1:01:08
3. Mikolaj Majdan,             POL,       1:01:31
4. Joep Van Bakel,               NL,         1:01:32
5. Will Keetley,                    GBR,       1:03:04
6. Bastian Grimm,                GER,       1:03:37
7. Rasmus Westermann,       DK,         1:04:57
8. Lucas Boyum,                   SWE,       1:05:28
10. Ross McGarry,              IRL,           1:06:28
11. Lasse- Niklas Sauerteg, GER,        1:06:49
12. Tomas Leovits,                 SVK,        1:07:27
13. Kristian Pilborg,               SWE/DK, 1:10:02
14. Marios T Zere,                NOR,       1:10:57
15. Glen Sloss,                      GBR,        1:28:57
16. Sander Smidt,                  DK,          1:38:38
DNF Carl Löfvall,                   SWE
DNF Grzegorz Spynda,        POL
DNS Tomas Nielsen,             NOR

OPEN WOMEN

1. Tanja Ecker,                     GER,  1:14:51
2. Emma Freja Pedersen,     DK,    1:17:02
3. Maria √ėstergaard Holm, DK,¬†¬† 1:19:35
4. Michelle Kimbler,             SWE, 1:26:55
5. Ida Djurström,                   SWE, 1:47:46

MASTER 40+ DAM

1. Jenny Larsson,                 SWE,  1:31:13
2. Vera Lindmark,                SWE,  1:36:43
3. Elin Aulin,                         SWE,  1:41:25
4. Karin Molnö,                    SWE,  1:43:23
5. Annett Paulenz-Thiel,        GER,  1:50:34
6. Camilla Persson,                SWE, 2:06:08

DNF Dora Hegedus,              DK
DNF Sofia Bågenhammar,    SWE
DNF Susanne Davidsson,      SWE
DNF Kristina Flaa,                  SWE
DNF Trine Sogn Tomasgaard, SWE

MASTERS 40+ HERR

1. Martin Hunter,                  SWE, 1:11:22
2. Christian Dietz,                 SWE, 1:13:29
3. Mick Born,                        SWE, 1:15:20.7
3. Staffan Andrén,                SWE, 1:15:20.7
5. Per Vallbo,                        SWE, 1:19:01
6. Dermot Fitzpatrick,           SWE, 1:19:34
7. Jorg Bossack,                     NL,    1:20:39
8. Filip Siewertz,                    SWE, 1:22:24
9. Urban Åkeson,                   SWE, 1:25:57
10. Ulrik Lund,                         DK,    1:27:11
11. Peter Mårtensson,              SWE, 1:36:21
12. Kristoffer Aarsleff,              DK,    1:40:01
13. Patrik Karlsson,                  SWE, 1:42:09
14. Johan Ulfving,                    SWE, 2:03:55
DNF Lars- Göran Gustafsson, SWE
DNF Andreas Carlsson,           SWE
DNF P-O Karlsson,                   SWE
DNF Niclaes Johansson,          SWE
DNF Lars Bergström,                 SWE
DNF Vincent Verpillat,              FRA
DNF Jan- Willem Hordijk,         NL
DNF Oleksandr Tolmachov,     UKR

SWEDISH LONG DISTANCE RANKING 2023

JUNIOR GIRLS

1. Sigrid Fröberg,  KK Eskimå,                33:39
2. Molly Bårdskär, SUP for Life Lomma, 44:44

OPEN WOMEN
1. Michelle Kimbler,          Bofors Kanotklubb,               1:26:55
2. Jenny Larsson,               Malmö Kanotklubb,              1:31:13
3. Vera Lindmark,               Stockholm Kajakklubb,        1:36:43
4. Elin Aulin,                       Gottskärs Vattensportklubb, 1:41:25
5. Karin Molnö,                  Falkenberg SUP Klubb,        1:43:23
6. Ida Djurström,                KK Eskimå,                             1: 47:46
7. Camilla Persson,             Malmö Kanotklubb,              2:06:08
DNF Sofia Bågenhammar, SUP for Life Lomma
DNF Susanne Davidsson,   Gottskärs Vattensportklubb
DNF Kristina Flaa,               Falkenberg SUP Klubb

MASTERS +40 WOMEN

1. Jenny Larsson,               Malmö Kanotklubb,              1:31:13
2. Vera Lindmark,              Stockholm Kajakklubb,         1:36:43
3. Elin Aulin,                       Gottskärs Vattensportklubb, 1:41:25
4. Karin Molnö,                  Falkenberg SUP Klubb,        1:43:23
5. Camilla Persson,            Malmö Kanotklubb,              2:06:08
DNF Sofia Bågenhammar, SUP for Life Lomma
DNF Susanne Davidsson,   Gottskärs Vattensportklubb
DNF Kristina Flaa,               Falkenberg SUP Klubb

OPEN MEN

1. Linus Karlsson,                 Stockholm Kajakklubb,         1:01:08
2. Lucas Boyum,                   Malmö SUp Klubb,              1:05:28
3. Kristian Pilborg,                SUP for Life Lomma,              1:10:02
4. Martin Hunter,                  Bofors kanotklubb,                1:11:22
5. Christian Dietz,                  Bengtsfors BOIS,                  1:13:29
6. Mick Born,                         Stockholm Kajakklubb,        1:15:20.7
6. Staffan Andrén,                 Gottskärs Vattensportklubb, 1:15:20.7
8. Per Vallbo,                         SUP for Life Lomma,              1: 19:01
9. Dermot Fitzpatrick,            Falkenberg SUP Klubb,         1:19:34
10. Filip Siewertz,                  Stenungsund SUP Klubb,      1:22:24
11. Urban Åkesson,                 Paddle, 1:25:57
12. Peter Mårtensson,             Kanotklubben BRIS,              1:36:21
13. Patrik Karlsson,                  Falkenberg SUP Klubb,        1:42:09
14. Johan Ulfving,                   Stockholm Kajakklubb,         2:03:55
DNF Lars-Göran Gustafsson, Motala SUP Klubb
DNF Andreas Carlsson,          Falkenberg SUP Klubb
DNF Carl Löfvall,                     Lödde Motion
DNF P-O Karlsson,                  Stockholm Kajakklubb
DNF Niclaes Johansson,          Gottskärsvattensportklubb
DNF Lars Bergström,                 Stenungsund SUP Klubb

MASTERS +40 MEN

1. Martin Hunter,                   Bofors kanotklubb,                1:11:22
2. Christian Dietz,                   Bengtsfors BOIS,                   1:13:29
3. Mick Born,                         Stockholm Kajakklubb,          1:15:20.7
3. Staffan Andrén,                  Gottskärs Vattensportklubb, 1:15:20.7
5. Per Vallbo,                          SUP for Life Lomma,              1: 19:01
6. Dermot Fitzpatrick,             Falkenberg SUP Klubb,         1:19:34
7. Filip Siewertz,                     Stenungsund SUP Klubb,      1:22:24
8. Urban Åkesson,                 Paddle,                                   1:25:57
9. Peter Mårtensson,              Kanotklubben BRIS,               1:36:21
10. Patrik Karlsson,                 Falkenberg SUP Klubb,         1:42:09
11. Johan Ulfving,                   Stockholm Kajakklubb,         2:03:55
DNF Lars-Göran Gustafsson, Motala SUP Klubb
DNF Andreas Carlsson,         Falkenberg SUP Klubb
DNF Carl Löfvall,                   Lödde Motion
DNF P-O Karlsson,                Stockholm Kajakklubb
DNF Niclaes Johansson,       Gottskärsvattensportklubb
DNF Lars Bergström,              Stenungsund SUP Klubb

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Mathieu Astier

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