Like last year, we are putting events on all weekend, so come on Friday and stay until Sunday!
|Date||Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd April 2018|
|Race/Paddle time||08h00 Saturday 21st April 2018|
|Registration Price||€50 per person|
Check out the 2017 event in this video we posted on YouTube.
The 23km route starts in Mértola. Paddle north (left as you look out to the river from the start) for 1.5km until reaching the first buoy and check point 1, turn around and head back south past the start to Penha d'Aguia and checkpoint 2, turn around and head back north to Mértola and the finish/start line.
The 10km paddle route starts in Mértola. Paddle north (left as you look out to the river from the start) for 1.5km until reaching the first buoy and check point 1, turn around and head back south past the start towards checkpoint 3, turn around and head back north to Mértola and the finish/start line.
We start on Friday evening with pre-registration drinks down on the quay at 18h00-19h00. The coolest food stalls in southern Portugal will provide a scrumptious dinner, while drinks and cool tunes will be on offer.
On Saturday we paddle all morning, have the prize giving ceremony and relax in the afternoon, chatting to fellow SUP enthusiasts, listen to talks, demos and workshops, chat to SUP industry people and lots of activities, food, drink and music.
Click to view the photos on Flickr.
The original intention of the Guadiana Challenge was a simple SUP adventure through the beautiful wilderness of south eastern Portugal. We have since added a race, however, if you'd like to just relax and paddle all day along the route, stopping for snacks and to appreciate the beauty, you're welcome!
We do a 15 minute on land instruction beforehand, so rest assured if you have never done it before.
All equipment is included: high tech inflatable paddle board, paddle, leash and lifejacket (PFD).
All tours are guided tours, with our guides showing you the way and helping you out all the time.
The Guadiana Challenge was born in September 2014 when Nick and a friend stand up paddled 32km from Mértola to Alcoutim. It was such an incredible trip that he couldn't wait to share it with tons of other like minded paddlers. He posted details of the journey on his Algarve SUP website and a few people asked to be notified of when he was going down again. He hadn't planned anything but thought how incredible it would be to do the trip with a group of people.
So, 6 months later 18 paddlers dipped their blades into the cool waters of the Guadiana and headed for Alcoutim. It was a super fun, challenging and great day where relationships were forged that would stand the test of time.
A year later, the 2nd Guadiana Challenge set off for Alcoutim, this time with 64 participants. In 2016, 140 paddlers pitched up and performed their best over the 32km and 10km course.
The intention has always been to provide a fun and relaxed way to meet fellow paddlers. There is nothing like paddling hard all day and kicking back with a drink, a good meal and a roaring log fire outside next to the river afterwards. Sharing experiences like this automatically leads to long lasting and solid friendships. Come and join us, you'll love it!
We have built a great group on Facebook where many of our paddlers chat about the event and things to do before and after. You can also ask about renting boards or any other doubts and queries you have. Join here.