A week-long surf party came to an end this Saturday in Hvide Sande in English White Sands), where Europe’s best stand-up paddlers met in the fight for titles in the fantastic nature of West Jutland. It was a historic European Championships with five disciplines SUP Surf, SUP Sprint, SUP Long Distance, SUP Technical Race, and the final team relay.
With more than 200 athletes from 16 nations, the EUROSUP2022 in Denmark, is the biggest to date. The organisers look back on the best Danish international sup event ever.
EUROSUP2022 was organized by Surf Sup Denmark in collaboration with WATERZ, Sport Event Denmark, and Ringkøbing-Skjern municipality for the European Surf Federation, ESF.
–I have the best feeling about Hvide Sande and the staging of EUROSUP2022. Surf Sup Denmark, WATERZ, and Sport Event Denmark are very professional. Everyone is super sympathetic, and the beach and nature are perfect for SUP. The event area is easy to access and very efficient. We see the top European athletes, and the bar has been raised. The sport needs to present itself in the best possible way for the Olympics, and I try to push the sport to the European Olympic Committee and hope for SUP to be included in upcoming youth games. EUROSUP2022 is an excellent demonstration of the sport, says Jean-Luc Arassus, ESF President.
SURF SUP Denmark
-With EUROSUP2022 on home ground, we have given our athletes the best setting to compete with Europe’s best stand-up paddlers. We have shown the foreign participants that Denmark has world-class settings for SUP. I am proud of the Danish results and note that we have many talented athletes on their way. I am proud of our collaboration with WATERZ, the European Surfing Federation, and Sport Event Denmark. And I am grateful for all the volunteers who have made it possible, says Jakob Færch, president of Surf Sup Denmark.
– Our aim was to create a unique water sports event, to showcase our area, the nature, our interpretation of good hosting, and memorable experiences. Hvide Sande has been full of happy guests for well over a week. Thanks to fantastic local support from the city and Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality, we have succeeded. The cooperation with the European Surfing Federation, Surf Sup Denmark, and Sport Event Denmark has been excellent. We succeed because we have a team of volunteers who, with their invaluable efforts, help to set the bar ever higher year after year and thus create water sports events in world-class, says Katrine Kock Frandsen, project manager, WATERZ.
Sport Event Denmark
– WATERZ has once again proved its ability to stage international water sports events. The EURO2022 was an excellent display of what Denmark offers in terms of sea, waves, wind and flat water. I’m happy to learn that the European Surfing Federation praises the event, and I understand that the athletes also enjoyed competing in Denmark, says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark.
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Facts on EUROSUP2022
Top four nations are: France, Spain, Italy and Denmark.