We here at Hutch SUP wear are delighted to announce our involvement with the first annual Guadiana Challenge, a 32km descent of the Guardiana River on the borders of Portugal and Spain.
The Guadiana Challenge is the brainchild of Algarve SUP’s Nick Robinson, a South African waterman plying his trade along the beautiful and sunny waters of the Algarve coast.
On 28th March 2015 a number of professional and amateur stand up paddle boarders will set off in this gruelling event, taking between six and eight hours to complete the full distance.
‘The Guadiana Challenge isn’t just a simple float downstream’ said Nick ‘32km is a long distance for the average paddler and those people who are taking part will be facing some extra challenges on their journey’.
It isn’t just the distance which is likely to cause problems for those taking part. Paddlers face the prospect of fighting strong headwinds and tidal flow in order to just keep their boards moving towards the finish.
March is a time where river water volume can vary dramatically and paddlers may have to carry their boards around dry sections or on the other extreme, deal with raging water.
Faced with these challenges participants don’t even have the luxury of climbing off their boards and catching a taxi to the finish as the route only passes two small Spanish villages on the way.
Giving up is not an option.
Only sheer grit will count for anything at the Guadiana Challenge.
A limited number of event t-shirts will be available on our website as we get closer to the event. Sign up to our mailing list to get updates on our new range and future events.