Reigning ICF Long Distance world champion Titouan Puyo showed he is the man to beat this season with a clean sweep of the 3 titles on offer at ICF SUP World Cup #1 in Thun, Switzerland, on the weekend.
The 31-year-old Frenchman from New Caledonia won the distance, tech and sprint titles in an impressive performance over the weekend. France’s Amandine Chazot was the most impressive in the women’s competition, winning the sprint and the technical race titles, and finishing second behind Spain’s Esperanza Barreras in the distance race. “Espe” finished second behind Chazot in the tech and sprint events.
As the overall winners of the event, Puyo and Chazot both earned all-expenses-paid trips to Poland for this year’s ICF SUP World Championships in September.
In the men’s competition, Australia’s Ty Judson took out bronze medals in the men’s distance and tech races, Hungary’s Bruno Hasulyo won silver in the distance race, while another Frenchman Ludovic Teulade was second in the tech race and third in the sprints. Italian SUP racer made a remarked entrance on the international scene with a 5th in the LD, a 5th in the Technical Race and a 2nd in the Sprints.
In the women’s competition, up and coming French athlete from Britanny Iona Rivet, placed 3rd twice, in the Long Distance and Technical Race and another French SUP racer, Erica Revil finished 3rd in the Sprints.
Organisers were thrilled with the success of the event, which attracted international athletes in all categories. Among the competitors were a busload of 20 junior paddlers who spent 20 hours on the road to get to Thun.
Stop #2 on the ICF SUP world cup tour will be in Budapest, Hungary, from June 17-19. The event will be run by the Hungarian Canoe Federation, organisers of last year’s successful ICF World Championships on Lake Balaton.
Full Results of the ICE RACE 2022 – ICF SUP WORLD #1
Day 1 – Long Distance Women’s
Long Distance Men’s
Day 2 – Technical Race
Day 2 – Sprints