Leonard Nika

Leonard Nika

Leonard Nika is an Italian-Albanian rider born in 1987 and currently living in Portugal. He began surfing at age of 10 when his family moved from Torino to Rome near the coast in Italy. After many surfing competitions around Italy, in the summer of 2008 Leonard was introduced to SUP and a few months after taking the first wave with a Stand up paddle board, he had already climbed the rankings in the Italian and European competitions both Wave and Race. Currently runs the world competing for the leading brand Starboard. Italian champion 4 time consecutive from 2012 to 2015, European champion Race 2012 and 2013, is one of the top 5 riders in the world.

Anabela Prioste and Leo Nika win the 2021 Madeira Island SUP Challenge

Anabela Prioste and Leo Nika win the 2021 Madeira Island SUP Challenge

This past SUP Race weekend in Madeira, Portugal at the Madeira Island SUP Challenge had all the ingredients for a perfect international event to finish off the 2021 Eurotour. With amazing views all along the cliffs of the town of Funchal, the course had to be one of the most picturesque of the entire European […]

Arthur Arutkin and Shae Foudy Lift the APP Tour 2018 Crown!

Arthur Arutkin and Shae Foudy Lift the APP Tour 2018 Crown!

Arthur Arutkin (Fanatic SUP) and Shae Foudy (Infinitiy SUP) showcased what it takes to be a World Champion at the Paris SUP Open last weekend. Coming into this final stop on the APP World Tour, both Foudy and Arutkin overcame cold weather and a strong headwind in order to win their respective APP World Tour […]

ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship Day 1: Results of Men’s SUP SURF Round 1

ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship Day 1: Results of Men’s SUP SURF Round 1

Following the open ceremony of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.¬†The afternoon kicked off with the Men’s SUP Surfing event. A total of 12 heats provided an exciting start to the event with chest to head high waves at the renowned left point break of Riyue Bay. Photo Credit: Sean Evans USA’s two-time SUP […]

Red Bull Heavy Water 2018 is ON!

Red Bull Heavy Water 2018 is ON!

The APP World Tour has announced the event Red Bull Heavy Water will take place from the 15th October to the 2nd November¬†held in San Francisco, California. The event is quite possibly the most intense stand up paddling event in the world, will showcase top performing athletes in the ~12km (7.5 mile) course, and has […]

Great Success for the 1st Edition of the World SUP Festival Costa Blanca

Great Success for the 1st Edition of the World SUP Festival Costa Blanca

What a great weekend it was in Santa Pola, Alicante at the 1st edition of the World SUP Festival Costa Blanca, an international SUP racing event organized by SUP Club Parres Watersports founded by Daniel Parres, and part of the Eurotour 2018. With more than 300 participants it was a real success with a great […]

Florence Paddle Games: Intense battles under the Ponte Vecchio!

Florence Paddle Games: Intense battles under the Ponte Vecchio!

Last weekend the¬†Florence Paddle Games came to town, set¬†in the beautiful location of the Canottieri Firenze with the iconic Ponte Vecchio the setting added great atmosphere to the paddlers, with crowds gathered alongside the course and some real battles taking place it was a truly exciting race! The paddle games kicked of on Saturday morning […]

The Uffizi SUP Race is Back!

The Uffizi SUP Race is Back!

The Uffizi SUP Race is back! After a 2 year pause, the race has been relaunched, with a collaboration between¬†Toscanasup, Martino Rogai and Riccardo Tonini this race has been made a fixed stop for the Italian circuit, and the race has been recognized as “regional event” of the¬†Paddle League¬†and will be valid for the world […]

Cascais

Stand Up Paddle Guide to Cascais by Leonard Nika

Cascais is a wonderful Atlantic coastal town just 30km west of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, and is one of the wealthiest communities within the entire country. Traditionally a fishing community, Cascais has developed in recent decades into a popular tourist destination for Portuguese and foreign visitors alike. As such, it has become well connected to […]
L’Enorme Perf de Martin Vitry, 7√®me et Comme √† la Maison aux Pacific Paddle Games 2017

L’Enorme Perf de Martin Vitry, 7√®me et Comme √† la Maison aux Pacific Paddle Games 2017

Martin Vitry est en train de dompter ann√©e apr√®s ann√©e les Pacific Paddle Games. Vainqueur en junior devant les meilleurs jeunes de la plan√®te lors de sa toute premi√®re participation l’ann√©e derni√®re, le rider d’Oxbow SUP revient de la plus grosse SUP race du calendrier mondial avec deux top 10 en Pro Men sur la […]

2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship: Presenting Team Italy

2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship: Presenting Team Italy

Team Italy Team Members Leonard Nika- 06/16/1987- ¬†Techical Race, SUP Surf Claudio Nika- 07/06/1996- Sprint, SUP Surf Paolo Marconi- 01/16/1991- Technical Race, Long Distance Martino Rogai- 03/07/1988- Long Distance – Relay Caterina Stenta- 11/25/1987- Long Distance- Technical Race – SUP Surf Chiara Nordio- 06/29/1998- Long Distance- Technical Race¬† Laura Dal Pont- 12/15/2002- Sprint- Relay Alessia […]

This Weekend’s Results: Malibu Downwinder, Agios Nikolaos On SUP, Olukai Ho’Olaul√©a, Caspe SUP Race

This Weekend’s Results: Malibu Downwinder, Agios Nikolaos On SUP, Olukai Ho’Olaul√©a, Caspe SUP Race

It was another great Stand Up Paddle weekend! We had great races all around the world, from Greece to Hawaii, from Spain to¬†the USA. Take a look at our¬†overview of the results. Malibu Downwinder, California, USA: Congrats to Toby Cracknell who wins the Malibu Downwinder on a 12’6 in perfect conditions. 2nd Giorgio Gomez also […]

More than 100 Paddlers Expected for the Guadiana Challenge in Portugal

More than 100 Paddlers Expected for the Guadiana Challenge in Portugal

By Nuno Pereira from SUP Norte In 2014, Nick Robinson, from South Africa, paddled 32km in the Guadiana River, from the town of Mertola (Alentejo, Portugal) to Alcoutim (Algarve, Portugal). The experience was exhilarating for him. He told new paddleboard friends about his adventure and they clamoured to go down again with him. Six months […]

 
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