APP World Tour Launches 2019 with Stacked Field at London SUP Open

London SUP Open bridge with red bus
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In a weekend of professional and pro-amateur SUP racing, the APP World Tour launches a new season towards the 2019 World Title with the London SUP Open on May 17-19th.

Mens racing aerial bridge

London SUP Open Host Most Competitive Field of 2019 Season

Top athletes from around the globe are gathered here at the London SUP Open – Michael Booth, Tituoan Puyo, Lincoln Dews, Connor Baxter, Bruno & Daniel Hasulyo and so many more for the Pro men.  Candice Appleby, Yuka Sato, Amandine Chazot, Fiona Wylde, April Zilg and Lina Augistis, back from a 2-year haitus due to motherhood – are on the line for the women.  Who will be the London SUP Open champion?

London SUP Open bridge with red bus

Historic Thames River Race Extended to 13KM

Saturday will see the famed River Thames 13KM Pro race. The event begins under the historic London Tower Bridge at 9:45AM. The women will launch first followed by the men. Racers will head in the opposite direction from last year’s race, heading from East to West passed the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and London Eye and under an array of spectacular London bridges to Putney, where the finish will be marked by the APP arch.

Stay tuned this weekend for the LIVE BROADCAST from London on Standup Journal’s Facebook page.

London SUP Open Mens Sprints Connor Baxter Kai Lenny

Hackney Fitness Festival Hosts Sprint Races on Canals

Then, Saturday afternoon the action will move to the Hackney Marshes for the ProAm Open races on the canals. The APP World Tour has partnered with the annual Hackney Fitness Festival to create a dynamic experience cultivating more participation and spectatorship overall.  Racers will mingle with fitness professionals of every background, cycling, yoga, dance and running. Paddle clinics with April Zilg, Seychelle and Jason Cole of Paddle Barbados will happen all day. Food vendors, live music and action on the central screen will keep the event popping throughout the weekend.

Finally on Sunday, the APP World Tour athletes will line up on the canal at the Hackney Marshes for the Sprint racing featuring 4-man heats. Each race start will feature individual racer’s ‘berths’ to insure a fair start, followed by an explosive sprint across the canal to a set of buoys to be rounded. At this point, the field will split and 2 racers will head East and 2 will head West to a far buoy. Rounding Buoy #2, they will head back towards each other and cross in front of the crowds to complete the course by going back the opposite way. A final run to the final buoy and through the APP arch will determine each heat’s winner.

Casper Steinfath APP World Tour

As the day progresses, the field will diminish as the fastest racers vie towards the sprint championship. The day will see Sprint, Distance and Overall champions crowned for this year’s kick-off event at the London SUP Open after a weekend of thrills & chills here on the Thames and at the Hackney Marshes.

Live Broadcast Hosted on Standup Journal Facebook Page

We hope you can join the action featured by the LIVE FEED at Standup Journal’s Facebook page tomorrow starting at 9:30AM local London time.  Get ready, get set and …




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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.