Two wonderful days passed by at Schinias beach, on the 2nd Greece On Board Festival by FRULITE ONTHEGO and major sponsor BIC company, with many activities for everyone! The program was rich for elite and amateur SUP athletes, the young aspiring athletes, spectators who took part in the XL team Relay but also for all those who enjoyed a weekend with some more action than other weekends…
Unlike Eurotour’s other events, Saturday was the day without the main race, but a day for loose gathering and the last registrations.
Shortly after 11 am, Eric Terrien, Bic’s athlete, took over by presenting a training clinic for the sport of SUP, at the small «conference room» which had been set up in the beautiful garden of Moraitis Beach. Many were the participants of all levels, from the Elite Race athletes and visitors, who wanted to learn more about the sport from this very important athlete.
After the first theoretical part of the clinic, came the second part and Eric entered the water with the participants to complete the clinic with practice. Meanwhile, visitors could try sup under the supervision of experienced athletes and instructors certified by ISA, with the boards of Bic Sup.
Shortly after followed the required lunch break as the action would be transferred entirely to the beach for the fun race for glory Xl team relay.
The teams prepared and elite racers spread so all teams to have equal chances to win. The race begun with the guys from the Line up Surf shop, the team of Bic, the Mitsos team and the local heroes of Moraitis beach, who easily prevailed in the semifinal but also in the most difficult final with three rounds against the Bic team.
But the Line up Surf shop team had not come to the beach just to sup, but to show their capabilities on skimboarding, a very good alternative when there are no waves for surfing, with influences from the skate.
Alongside with all the activities at the beach, the garden of Moraitis Beach was transformed into an exhibition area where visitors had the opportunity to participate in fun games with lots of gifts like BOARD CHALLENGE of FRULITE ONTHEGO and «shave it» by BIC – major sponsor of the event, test sunscreen products by ISLAND TRIBE and to experience the THULE high quality products by the expert personnel.
The first day of the 2nd Greece On Board Festival by WBSF reached the end and all that was on everyone’s mind was the food. So everybody transferred to the hotel where the organizers provided a welcome dinner, so everyone get the strength the races the next day.
Sunday morning the scene was turned into a racing field, with the course slightly different from last year due to the prevailing wind conditions and the distance of the total 9.250 meters per round were ready to absorb the energy of paddlers.
During the paddlers meeting, Belar Diaz Head of Eurotour with the Race director of WBSF, Nikos Athanasiou explained to athletes the course, startup and finish process along with some advice on tactics and a short description of the conditions prevailing in the area.
The start was given according to international standards by the race director and the athletes begun a furious 250 meters sprint until the first buoy. The sprint was like if 18 km distance did not follow – impressive .
Second start after 2 minutes for amateurs who only did one lap of the track as preparation for next year. Surely some of them next year will run the Elite race …
In the competitive part of the elite race, after the first upwind there was a different from a team of 10 people with European athletes ahead and some of the Greeks to follow very close.
Greek athletes had to face the unusual experience to run a race with professional athletes and seeing things in the water which may seemed unreal and that was very important, because the next time they will be ready to face them.
Upon completion of the first round for the Elite paddlers, things had begun to clear up with Eric Terrien and Leonard Nika stand by Paolo Marconi and Davide Ionico.
The battle for fifth place for the prize money was Greek case between two young people who got the respect of all athletes especially Greeks and athletes from abroad.
George Constantis and George Ferbus fought throughout the route for the 5th place on the last part of the race. It is worth noting that both passed Leonardo Toso newest member of the Italian team.
Surely thos guys showed us that they own the future of Sup. The rest of the Greeks also showed great character in the race, in which success was just to finish, with battles and subsequent positions among Prapas , Geralexis, Tountas, Andreopoulos and Konstantinou.
George Andreopoulos was the only athlete under 18 who ran the race and finished in a very good position just outside the top 10, demonstrating that it has a bright future ahead of him defying the race difficulties.
On the other hand, Kostis Geralexis as «veteran» who many teens would envy proved he is ‘too tough to die’ ‘and made life difficult for Belar Diaz and Alexander Prapas.
The set up of the course was rewarded by athletes as it had in the last 3 km downwind, conditions that allowed athletes to take a breath and cool off a bit by the wind which had just strengthened at that moment.
In Women Race, Susak Molinero made a race alone with the Greek Iliana Lakafosi to follow and gaining experience for both long and difficult races.
The Amateur’s race found konstantinos Polychronopoulos (Kapetan Garidas) to dominate and finish in its own unique way …
… leaving behind George Loukiano and Vangelis Iliakis and the closest battle for the 4th and 5th place among Vergos Nikolaos and Dimitriou Michael.
In Amateur Women, Artemis Vartholomeou showed that the preparation had yielded, separating her from Athanasiadou Vanessa and Vourlia Irene, who proved to themselves and to others what they can do.
Some rest and hydration after such effort was required so there was a small break. Our little friends who eagerly waited for their turn, took over to show us what they can do and that Sup in Greece has a stable and growing base.
After a distance of about 100 meters and the constant supervision of lifeguards and the organizers, the little paddlers finished and the rewarding and their smiles were the best present for the weekend. The young athletes were awarded honorary from Mr. Dimitris Moraitis.
The Awards anda small speech by the representative of the Eurotour, Belar Diaz ended the races with the confirmation that Greece On Board Festival will be part of the European tour in 2017, bigger and impressive. The elite athletes received the races’ medals and all winners received gifts from RIP CURL and DAKINE.
We would like to warmly thank the Region of Attica and the Municipality of Marathon for the valuable support and the concession of auspices. The Moraitis Beach for the excellent hospitality. The Man-microphone Dimitris Tselenis who for two days did not leave the microphone from his hands and gave constant updates on what was happening on the beach and Nikkye Ximeri that Sunday became his other half and gave smiles with her presence. The sanidomastora Kostas Stamatako (boardsnwheels.gr) who only with his presence, made all the riders felt secure for their equipment. The LineUp surfshop for impressive skimboard show. And of course all of you who joined us!
Finally we would like to thank our sponsors. With them the 2nd Greece On Board became reality:
Presented by: Frulite On The Go
Major Sponsor: BIC
Sponsors: Thule | Dakine | Rip Curl | Sony Action Cam | Island Tribe | Bic SUP |
Supporters: Bords N Wheels | Lineup Surf Shop | Restube |