Guadiana Challenge

Portugal’s first Stand Up Paddleboard festival!

Fri Apr 7th 2017 to Sun Apr 9th 2017

Event Details

Stand Up Paddleboarding, better known as SUP, is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. This April sees the first SUP festival in Portugal!

The "Guadiana Challenge" is a 32km paddle from Mértola (just over the Algarve border in Alentejo) to Alcoutim. The race is split into three main categories: a 32km race, the main event (which is the 32km paddle from Mértola to Alcoutim) and for a family adventure or a novice we have a 10km fun paddle. 

The race is incorporated into a three-day events aims to promote the sport and on the Saturday and Sunday, everyone is invited to try a board in Mértola. There will be experienced instructors on hand to show you how. There will also be great food on the riverside, festival music, chill out bar with campfires, free camping and a huge waterslide into the river.

Sunday is a chance to meet surf and paddle legends: Andrew Cotton, world famous big wave surfer, Spike Reid, SUP Explorer extraordinaire (he’s just paddled 3,000 km down the Ganges River in India!) and Kiko Matthews who will be demonstrating her training to row the Atlantic. There will also be a SUP race clinic with world rated paddleboard professional, Leonard Nika and an opportunity to meet the WSA (Water Skills Academy). You can find out how to become a SUP instructor from them.

For more information and to sign up, visit the website.