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The 2019 Red Paddle Co Dragon World Championships were recently held at Lake Annecy, France.

This year 30 teams representing 15 countries congregated on the shores of Talloires, Lake Annecy. This event was to be the most spectacular, dedicated team Stand Up Paddle Board World championships in the competitions three-year history.

George Shillito, Red Paddle Co’s Head of Customer Experience, had this to say about the event: “The Dragon World Championships was born out of the concept of bringing people together from across the world to celebrate SUP and enable paddlers, of any ability or level to take part in some fast, fun SUP racing on a global stage. To see so many teams travelling from across the world to compete and share this unique experience is what truly sets the Dragon World Championships apart.”

The closely fought ladies final saw the ‘Dragons Angel’s’ from France take the victory. In the mixed division, it was team ‘Dragonfly’ from Latvia who secured themselves first place. The dominant form of ‘SUP RACE Hungary’ in the men’s division, managed to hold off a confident and powerful French team to take the championship title for the second year running. A super-final saw the top four teams from all divisions take to the water in a massive 12 team final in which all competed on a level field for overall bragging rights, also won by ‘SUP RACE Hungary.’

Team paddling is a great way to start in paddle boarding if you’re not a confident water person. The Dragon and Voyager Tandem are great boards to paddle with friends. Then, once you’ve gained confidence and skills, you’re ready for a Ride, Sport or Voyager family board. More on those boards here. Contact us if you need any assistance in choosing the right SUP for you, 1-888-252-4983.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a hockey fan, football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.

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