NSP Competition Results 2024

Bodie von Allmen places 3rd at Dana Ocean Challenge

The Dana Ocean Challenge is a 10-mile open water race located in Dana Point, Southern California. This race is a 2024 USA Ocean Racing Team Qualifier.

Bodie van Allmen is an NSP Teamrider from Oregon, USA. The 2024 Dana Ocean Challenge is organized by the fine people of the Dana Outrigger Canoe Club.

Bodie von Allmen:

“It is always great to come down for these races and hangout with all my friends down there. There is an awesome paddling crew in SoCal who I have gotten to know well from being down here so often and it’s nice to see all those guys.

I have been continuing to step things up with training, going longer distances and pushing on the cardio side, prepping for this event. Now normally, The races here in SoCal are always pretty low-key; however, I was racing with a couple of other top paddlers in the world so I would say the level of competition was pretty high.”

We saw you raced your Carolina 20.5 – how did that work out?
The Carolina is my favourite all-around board and works in any conditions so not surprisingly, it worked very well milking any bump that was out there.

What was your average paddling speed?
I did not have my GPS but I probably averaged about 6 to 6.5 mph

How many paddlers participated you reckon?
There were about 100 total participants on the 5-mile short course.

Are you going to attend next year’s edition?
I have not planned next season out yet but as long as there is nothing else conflicting, I’ll be back down next year.

What’s next for you?

I will be coming back down to SoCal next weekend for the Adler Paddler Race in Long Beach on March 24th. It’s going to be a flat water race so I will be using my Ninja.

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Spanish Antonio Morillo finishes 1st in men’s open category of the inaugural India Paddle Festival

One & Two for NSP

“It was definitely one of my best races under challenging conditions and I am glad that I could finish at the top in such a close finish.

I am very impressed with the Indian stand-up paddlers and with such a robust infrastructure they have it in their hands and such beautiful weather conditions, I am confident that I’ll meet quite a few of them at the international level very soon.”
Antonio Morillo

Christian Andersen at the Indian Paddle Festival 2024

Mangalore, Antonio Morillo of Spain emerged as the winner, while Denmark’s Christian Andersen finished second in the men’s open category in the Long Distance Technical SUP race of the inaugural India Paddle Festival on Saturday. The world’s no.2 Spaniard, Fernando Perez finished third.

The highlight of the day, the finals of the SUP Technical Long Distance in the men’s open category saw a thrilling finish with the top three separated by a margin of a few seconds. Antonio Morillo finished first with a total time of 56:59 minutes while second-placed Christian Andersen fell short of first place by just a second and a half (57:00.151 minutes).

About Mangalore and Sasihithlu Beach

A coastal paradise waiting to be discovered by water sports enthusiasts – situated just 22 kilometers away from Mangalore city centre, Sasihithlu beach is easily accessible by bus, taxi, or tuk-tuk even. Travelers can also drive to the beach by using a Sasihithlu Beach map to get exact driving directions.

The distance between Mangalore International Airport and the beach is just 25 kilometers. This beach is also quite close to Mangalore railway station with a road distance of 27 kilometers.

Spanish winners-Antonio Morillo and Espe Barreras at the Indian Paddle Festival 2024

The Women’s Open category in the Long Distance Technical SUP race saw Spain’s Esperanza Barreras walk away with the top spot, while Irin of Thailand finished second. Junior SUP champion from Italy, Bianca Toncelli finished third.

The three-day SUP event WAs the country’s first-ever International SUP championship and was hosted at Sasihithlu Beach, Mangalore from March 8 to March 10, 2024. The event was organized by Surfing Swami Foundation. The India Paddle Festival is sanctioned by the Association of PaddleSurf Professionals World Tour (APP).

Day 2 opened with the heats of the SUP Technical Long Distance (10 kms) race for the Men’s Open category at the India Paddle Festival. From a total of 20 athletes from two heats, a total of 10 (5 from each heats) made their way to the finals. The finalist also included two Indians viz; India no. 1 Sekar Patchai and Manikandan D. The other finalists included Antonio Morillio, Daniel Hasyulo, Natapat Koman, Septenandow Horomati, Fernando Perez, Christian Andersen, Han Sung Ho, Zaki Hibrizi.

The day progressed with the finals of the SUP Technical Long Distance (10 kms) race for the Women’s Open category which saw a total of seven participants from Spain, Italy, Thailand, South Korea and India. World no. 2, Esperanza Barreras from Spain walked away with the winner’s trophy with a timing of 59:38 minutes. Thailand’s Irin N finished second with a total time of 1:05:23 hrs, while SUP Junior Champion, Bianca Toncelli from Italy finished third with a total time of 1:08:21 hrs.

“This was a great experience racing against the world’s best. What was inspiring to witness that in spite of a rough ocean, the international athletes fought their way through. We learnt a lot from them as far as techniques are concerned and I am hopeful that more such international completions should be held in India throughout the year for us to have a real-time competitive experience.”
Indian Champion Sekar Patchai, 5th place

Pictures courtesy of APP World Tour, India Paddle Festival

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