The 8th annual Nautic SUP Paris Crossing brought the largest SUP race in history to France’s Seine River on Sunday, with approximately 700 paddlers racing shoulder-to-shoulder through the city under bone-chilling temperatures.
This was the scene in France early this morning as 700 paddlers cruised down the very chilly River Seine for the Paris Crossing — aka the world’s largest SUP race. Congrats to @arthurarutkin and @susakk for claiming the wins, well done to everyone that finished (hope you can feel your toes again!), and a big thanks to the organisers for an amazing experience photo: @georgiasphoto
With 11-kilometer course for the Open Division and a 13.5-kilometer course for the Pros, the Paris Crossing took its crowd of 700 contenders on a tour of Paris like no other experience can offer. The race has come a long way since its inauguration in 2010, which hosted less than 100 competitors, and this year it saw more concurrent entries than any race in the history of the sport. The growth is showing no signs of slowing; organizers hope to see 1,000 competitors racing by 2020.
Among the 700-odd open and elite paddlers at last weekend’s Crossing, the 2017 champion men’s title went to France’s own Arthur Arutkin, who narrowly edged out Hungarian ISA World Champion Bruno Hasulyo after a photo finish, with Denmark’s perennial SUP star Casper Steinfath rounding out the top-3. On the women’s side, Spaniard Susak Molinero claimed first-place with a commanding lead ahead of runner-up Melanie Lafenetre from France.
We’ll update this post with more details and full results when they release.
From The Water at the 2017 SUP Paris Crossing