This weekend, Weiden at Lake Neusiedl, turns into the most popular hot spot for all Austrian Standup Paddle fans. The Austrian Standup Paddling Championships take place from August 30 – September 1. This is the third year the championships will take place in Weiden and the first year that the SUP European tour will make a stop, held in conjunction with the Austrian SUP Championship event. It's a unique mix of sporting highlights, parties and a multifaceted expo at the shore. All this makes Weiden "the place to be for SUP."
2013 is the first year the EUROSUPA (European Standup Paddling Association) will make a stop at the European Championship Tour in Austria. There will be top Austrian athletes as well as top international athletes battling for points for the European Championship Tour and the fabulous prize purse of 4,000 Euros.
Saturday, August 30th:
Saturday is all about SUP fun. Visitors can test SUPs and participate in the fun race, which takes place in the afternoon. Everybody can join – the equipment is free and will be provided by leading surf companies and industry partners JP Australia, Naish, Starboard, Mistral and Quickblade.
When the sun goes down, floodlights will light up the SUP area at lake Neusiedl. The exciting "SUP ÖM Short Distance Race" will be held in the early evening hours, where the best athletes of the sprint races will race against each other. It's going to be an exciting race between the best of the best, with the winner being crowned as the Austrian SUP Champion of 2013. After the award ceremony, a great firework show heralds the "88,6 Beachparty," which will turn Weiden into the best party spot of the weekend with 100 liters of free beer, top DJs and dancing.
Sunday, 1st of September:
On Sunday, the kids will take to the water and race. The kids' race is free and the equipment will be provided as well. The highlight of the weekend will take place at 2pm when the Austrian athletes race in the "SUP ÖM Long Distance Marathon" (10km), followed by the international SUP stars at the 15km "EUROSUPA Race."
At the shore there will be an excellent expo for all visitors with free SUP demos and Sportunion Action Day, where all can try some trending sports like minisoccer or slack lining.
Where: Weiden / Lake Neusiedl / Burgenland
When: August 30th – September 1, 2013
Saturday, August 30th:
-88.6 Fun Race – Short Distance Race (500 m)
-SUP ÖM – Short Distance Race (500 m)
-fireworks, 88,6 Beachparty
Sunday, August 31st:
-EUROSUPA – European Championship Tour Stop, Long Distance Race(15 Km), 4,000 Euros prize money
-SUP ÖM – Long Distance Marathon (10 km)
-Kids Fun Race
-Daily expo with free sup demos