Day 4; EuroSUP 2017; Peniche

Day 4 of EuroSUP 2017 was all about the long distance events, which would take in one of the most scenic routes the sport could offer. The competitors would be ferried out by boat to the stunning Berlenga Archipelago early in the morning and would then make their way back to the finish line at the main contest site at Molho Leste, taking somewhere between an hour and a half and two and a half hours to complete. 

As the spectators on the beach waited to see who would arrive first around the Peniche harbour the tension in the air was palpable. Competitors were using GPS systems to ensure safety first and foremost but allowed organisers back at the site to keep an eye on the progress. As word reached the spectators on the beach that Titouan Puyo and Arthur Arutkin, both of France, had pulled away from the pack it remained to be seen who would appear first. It was Puyo who was first into the bay, still digging in and making it look remarkably easy, closely followed by his compatriot. The pace of the front runners was incredible, and when Puyo crossed the line to claim gold, his time of 1hr 35’25 was a long distance record. He barely looked out of breath. Arutkin was less than a minute behind to claim silver, and Leo Nika of Italy rounded out the top three. Casper Steinfath (DEN) who earlier this week had claimed the gold in the technical race, had to settle for fourth place. 

The first woman across the line was Olivia Piana (FRA). Piana had won gold in the technical race earlier in the week and was as dominant in the long distance. Her lead was never questioned and she was the clear standout of the womens race divisions for a second consecutive EuroSUP event. Her time of 1hr 52’13 was more than 4 minutes faster than second place Laura Qetglass of Spain. Angela Fernandes of Portugal would finish in third. 

Competition will conclude tomorrow with the final divisions of the surf competitions being held at Supertubos, and conditions are expected to be perfect. Needless to say, there will be a climatic conclusion to what has been an amazing week at EuroSUP 2017; Peniche.