Thank you to everyone that was part of the 2018 Hossegor Paddle Games. It was a challenging weekend of racing with some great performances and fun new formats on show, however there were also major issues that we want to address.
There were several incidents with the organisation of Saturday's elite race, in particular the procedure for the race start and misconduct of official boats and jet-skis, as well as the quality of the local livestream production, which we find completely unacceptable for an international-level race in terms of fairness, safety and respect.
We want to make it clear that The Paddle League and the EuroTour take full responsibility no matter what the cause, and also that we'll be better focused on collaborating with event organisers that can help us deliver major, world-class events in the future to ensure this never happens again. The health & integrity of the sport is always our top priority, therefore neither The Paddle League nor the EuroTour will be working with events such as the Hossegor Paddle Games in the future.
We thank the athletes and fans for their patience and understanding -- we've learned some lessons that we believe can only help make the sport better in the long term. As always, you're welcome to message The Paddle League and EuroTour directly with any questions, comments and general feedback.
Looking ahead, we're excited to be reaching the peak of the European Summer of SUP in Germany next weekend, and we look forward to seeing you all on the water over the remainder of the season.
Check out the website with all the RESULTS
Check out the updated RANKINGS
SATURDAY ELITE + AMATEUR RACE PHOTOS High res quick shots: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yqc38z2yuogpiuc/AAAlbA8evE3ymImQahTZKrtwa
SUNDAY FUNDAY PHOTOS
(includes tech race and the fun new “Dash For Cash”)
High res quick shots: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6vmxac6lgtw7c8t/AAA4UzYP92nTMGQWZ03y30MLa
Stay tuned as The EuroTour heads to Scharbeutz for stop #9 The Mercedes Benz SUP World CUP