Three experienced and dedicated paddle boarders are paddling the breadth of the Algarve, from Sagres to Vila Real Santo Antonio. Tom Longhurst from Algarve Marquees has lived in Lagos for years, Chris Grebby a commercial pilot from Vilamoura, and Nick Robinson, a digital marketer and one of the hosts of SUPfm Podcast from São Brás de Alportel, bonded over their fascination with all things SUP and have planned and put together this paddle in support of Vela Solidária.
The journey is 160 km long and the team is attempting to complete it in five days.
“Paddleboarding as a pastime is severely affected by wind conditions”, said Nick Robinson. “We aim to begin on the 21st September, but whether we start from Sagres or Vila Real de Santo Antonio is in the hands of nature. We are attempting to paddle the distance completely self-supported, but we do have a support team standing by if we need any assistance.”
The Trans Algarve Sup (#transalgarvesup) is the second crossing this team is aware of and they intend to accomplish two things:
- The team is raising money for Vela Solidária (a project that teaches sailing to underprivileged children and people with disabilities), more specifically, João Silva – who needs to raise money to be able to buy a boat to continue sailing and start competing in 303 Singles.
- Secondly, the team is using this paddle to promote the Launch of the “SUP Union”, which is an email list sharing news of free weekly paddles across the Algarve with the goal of promoting the growth of the support in the region.
“Come and cheer us on, we would love to see as many faces as possible along the route. We want to meet more paddle boarders and enjoy the community of amazing people that the sport delivers”, said Nick. The team will share a tracker online which you can access here, so you will be able to know when they are paddling past your beach.
Additionally, you can follow online on social media with #transalgarvesup
Please check out their paddle starting Monday 21st September and come paddle with them if you live in the area and cheer them on by taking pictures/videos and sharing on social with the tag #transalgarvesup