Adventurers cross the Algarve in stand up paddle to help «Vela Solidária» project

Adventurers cross the Algarve in stand up paddle to help «Vela Solidária» project

Three adventurous practitioners of stand up paddleboarding will cross the waters of the Algarve in the Trans Algarve Sup, starting on September 21, on a 160 kilometer trip in just five days, aiming to raise funds for «Vela Solidária».

Tom Longhurst, from Lagos, Chris Grebby, from Vilamoura and Nick Robinson, from São Brás de Alportel, star in the first crossing of the Algarve in this sport.

According to Nick Robinson, since paddleboarding is "severely affected by wind conditions", the objective is to start on September 21st, whether the match takes place in Sagres or Vila Real de Santo António.

“It is in the hands of nature. We are trying to paddle the distance only with a support team, which will follow us by land ”, he explained,

The Trans Algarve Sup's social mission aims to support and raise funds for «Vela Solidária», a project that teaches sailing to needy children and people with disabilities, and more specifically to João Silva, one of the sailors of the adapted sailing school, who you need to raise 3,000 euros to purchase an adapted sailing vessel and thus continue to sail and compete in the 303 Singles class.

The data for making donations are as follows: IBAN PT50 0045 7192 4028 7505592 61; MBWay: 910 174 814; PayPal:

Another objective is to launch the project «SUP Union», focusing on sharing news and information in addition to organizing free events throughout the Algarve.

"Come and cheer us up, we would like to see as many faces as possible along the way. We want to meet more people interested in paddle tennis and enjoy the amazing community of people that sport provides," says Tom.

The team will have a tracking system in order to be followed online and accompanied by other SUP lovers on small sections along the route.

SUP lovers can follow online on social networks with the tag #transalgarvesup. “It is also an invitation for them to paddle, applaud and take photos / videos and share on social networks with the tag #transalgarvesup”, says the organization.


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