Stand Up Paddling

The stand up paddling has beginnings in the Pacific Ocean, more specifically in the island region of Polynesia, where fishermen moved forward with a paddle in their canoes. But the big hype and the popularity of the sport was finding in Hawaii. The advantage of the stand up paddling is the independence from the wind and the ability to navigate almost any water surface, whether sea, river or lake. It’s easy to learn SUP, so it’s perfect for mass sports and it is also a great full-body training.

The sport is mainly divided into the disciplines stand up paddle surfing and distance stand up paddling. In addition, there are even less common discipline like the river surfing. From a sporting point of view, the SUP World Cup in Scharbeutz focuses on distance stand up paddling, which is divided into sprint distance and long distance.


The route of the Technical Race runs around several buoys near the shore.

The Race will be done with the heat elimination. In each Heat 10-15 paddlers start at the same time and have to complete a course, which is marked with 5 buoys, over two laps. The heat duration is about 10-15 minutes. The start and finish of the Technical Race are on the beach. Important: The finish line must be crossed with the paddle in the hand.


Long Distance

In contrast to Sprint Distance, you need a good tactic and you have to pace yourself for a Long Distance race.

It can be really dangerous for the athletes to spend too much energy from the beginning.  For a distance of six to 10 kilometers they have to save their strength. A good tactic is to use the swell of a wave.

In Long Distance Races all athletes start at the same time in only one heat in a mass start.