Top 10 things you need to know about the Dragon World Championships 2019

1.     Location 

This years’ epic battle will be fought out at the beautiful Lake Annecy. Nestled in the South Eastern corner of France, Lake Annecy is just 30 minutes from Geneva airport and is no stranger to SUP. Lake Annecy is a European hub for outdoor sports and home of the annual Alpine Lakes GlaGla Race! The crystal-clear waters are surrounded on all sides by snow capped mountains and breath-taking scenery which make for an unforgettable SUP experience.

2.     The Board - No Shortage of Dragons. 

At 22 feet long, 34” wide and 8” thick, the Red Paddle Co Dragon race board takes team SUP racing to the next level. Featuring a slim body, high sides, a profiled nose and built using leading MSL© technology, the Red Dragon rises out of the water and slices through the waves whilst being light and easy to transport. It is also covered in an extra-large deck to fit your team of four. 

3.     Alpine Lakes 

For 2019, the championships will be run in conjunction with our friends at the Alpine Lakes Tour. This means that if your competitive edge is not sated by the Dragons, you will be able to get involved in the world-famous FAT and POP races happening throughout the weekend. 

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4.     The Mission 

Fun fun fun! The Dragon World Championships mixes fast, fun, team racing with a party vibe like no other. Our mission is to create an event that is fully inclusive. Each race will vary in length and format, designed not only to test speed and power but your communication, coordination and teamwork. 

5.     No Qualification Needed

There are no entry or qualification requirements for this years’ championships: anyone and everyone with a passion for SUP is welcome. We often welcome family teams and groups of friends looking for a unique and fun weekend away. Where else could you battle the current world champions?!  

6.     The Races 

The Dragon World Championship races will see teams battle it out in two competitive elimination rounds. Round one will pit the teams against each other to secure a strong position and progress through the races to decide on a ranking/seeding system for round two. Round two is then a chance for any teams who were knocked out in the earlier races to re-group and charge through the heats to take on the victors in round one.

7.     The Divisions

As in past years, there will be no formal divisions. The races are designed to put your teamwork to the test just as much as speed and power. We know that the biggest advantage goes to the teams who know how to pull together and work as one – an advantage that far outweighs any gender classification. 

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8.     You Could Be a World Champion 

The Dragon World Championships brings together paddlers from across the globe to unite and share in the love for the sport. You really could be a world champion. 

9.     The Schedule 

Can be found here. Of course, we’re excited to see you race but this years’ itinerary also offers SUP yoga, beach races and an epic party. Get involved! 

10.     Get Social 

In the run up to and during this years’ Dragon World Championships Red Paddle Co will be posting updates over on social media. Use the hashtags #unleashthedragon and #DWC2019 to keep up to date and follow the action:

Facebook: Red Paddle Co

Instagram: @redpaddleco

Twitter: @RedPaddleCo

Youtube: RedPaddleCo

You can enter this years’ Championships at https://www.dragonworldseries.com/tickets

Michelle Meredith