Photo: Waterman League

Photo: Waterman League

Schweitzer, Jackson Win Iberdrola World SUP Challenge

The Standup World Series' Iberdrola World SUP Challenge in Bilbao, Spain kicked off the European Cup, where elite and amateur SUP racers competed on technical buoy courses and a long distance course before crowds of spectators. Angie Jackson of Australia and Zane Schweitzer of Maui secured the event wins and coveted points toward the overall World Rankings.

The Men's Sprints saw excitement throughout the day, with Denmark's Casper Steinfath putting on strong performances in each heat. Steinfath dug deep early on, breaking away from the pack where he faced event favorite Jake Jensen of Australia, who raced with a broken paddle, as well as strong competitor Paul Jackson of Australia. Steinfath raced to the first buoy ahead of the field, maintaining his lead around the remaining buoys to take the victory.

On the ladies' side, Australia's Angie Jackson dominated each of her heats to take the win ahead of World Series competitors Sonni Hönscheid and Olivia Piana. As the current rankings leader on the World Series, Angie is definitely the racer to watch so far this year, winning every heat thus far in the World Series Sprint Racing across the first two events in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, and now in Bilbao, while also posting a win in the Long Distance in Brazil.

The final day of competition included the Long Distance race, where sole Hawaiian competitor Zane Schweitzer power paddled to a win, along with Women's Sprints Champ Angie Jackson. Despite not having his normal raceboard and gear, Schweitzer managed to stay with the draft leaders throughout the Long Distance course before edging out front to take the victory—and overall event title—ahead of Jensen and Titouan Puyo of New Caledonia.

Angie Jackson continued her dominant streak in the Long Distance, ahead of powerhouse Hönscheid, as well as France's Celine Guesdon, Olivia Piana, and Laura Quetglas of Spain.

The amateur races saw strong competitive fields on both the Men's and Women's divisions. The Men’s division saw a fiercely competitive line up of regional, national and international athletes stepping up to do battle, with Stefan Peillon from France taking the wins in both the Men's Sprints and Long Distance, and Ciara Palencuela from Spain winning both events in the Women’s division.

Elite Men’s Sprints:
1. Casper Steinfath
2. Paul Jackson
3. Zane Schweitzer
4. Leonard Nika
5. Titouan Puyo
6. Jake Jensen
Elite Women’s Sprints:
1. Angie Jackson
2. Sonni Hönscheid
3. Olivia Piana
4. Celine Guesdon
5. Laura Quetglas
Elite Men’s Long Distance:
1. Zane Schweitzer
2. Jake Jensen
3. Titouan Puyo
4. Gaeten Sene
5. Leonard Nika
Elite Women’s Long Distance:
1. Angie Jackson
2. Sonni Honscheid
3. Celine Guesdon
4. Olivia Piana
5. Laura Quetglas

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