May 24, 2014
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

UPDATED ST. MAXIME RESULTS: Eric Terrien, Titouan Puyo and Sonni Hönscheid Fire In France (SUP Race Cup)

Sainte Maxime

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It’s week #2 of the NSP Euro Tour and tomorrow we see one of Europe’s most iconic races: The SUP Race Cup in Sainte-Maxime, France. This race has seemingly been around forever (I believe this is the 5th installment) and has done a lot for SUP racing in Europe in that time. This year it’s missing a few of the international stars who made it to France 12 months ago, so I’m predicting an all-Euro battle in Saturday’s 7km Beach Race and Sunday’s 17km Long Distance event.

Look for the likes of Eric Terrien, newly crowned ISA World Champ Titouan Puyo, young gun Arthur Daniel, old guard Greg Closier and Italian gun Leonard Nika to be battling it out. Also watch for guys such as Branislav Sramek (who doesn’t like a course race but is a serious machine in the distance), our roving reporter Vincent Verhoeven (don’t forget to take some notes at each buoy turn buddy!), Martin Letourneur (rising star in France) and Dylan Frick (who made the trip all the way from South Africa) to feature in the top 10 as well.

If I had to predict the overall event standings right now I’d say: Eric, Titou, Arthur, Leo, Greg (in that order). Over in the women’s I’m not sure anyone can get past Sonni Hönscheid.


After today’s Beach Race it’s no surprise to see Eric Terrien on top of the provisional standings, however the longstanding King of France clearly has a few rivals to his throne these days, with the likes of Titou and Arthur Daniel right on his tail.

Sonni Hönscheid continued her excellent form this year, taking out the women’s Beach Race in 38 minutes. I expected Sonni would be too strong today and have no doubt she’ll make it a clean sweep in her favoured distance race tomorrow. However not too far behind was Europe’s rising young female star, Manca Notar, definitely a name to watch in the future if you somehow weren’t already aware of her. Coming home third and scoring some podium time for the host country was the local favourite Olivia Piana.

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And after a less-than-stellar performance in the past few races, this armchair pundit has returned to form by correctly picking 4 of the top 5 men as well as the winning woman. You’re welcome. Eric, Titou and Arthur: Please stay in your places tomorrow. Though Leo and Greg: you’re both gonna have to move up one spot in the distance for me to get a perfect pick… Davide you’re kinda messing it up dude.

But back to today’s action: I couldn’t be at the beach myself so I roped in French NSP team rider Vincent Verhoeven to give us some insights into what sounds like a great race:

“Today’s race was fun but hard… The buoys were perfectly positioned to make a good show. It was a mix of upwind and downwind… We had a really long upwind paddle, about 500 metres, to the golden buoy. However we also had some good downwind sections as well as. Some perfect long bumps allowed some fun little surfs!

Eric had an amazing start with the perfect line and turned the first buoy 50 metres ahead of the rest of us. In the meantime Titouan had an absolutely awful start, turning the first buoy in around 25th place… But as usual he managed to catch each and every bump up until the end of the race, working his way through the field all the way up to 2nd place!

Also very impressive paddling from Davide Codotto who looks really strong!

Tomorrow it’s going to be really interesting because the overall event standings are combined from the Beach Race and Long Distance times. As the times are really close inside the top 10, it’s going to be an amazing fight for the top 5!”

Thanks for the update Vince!

Check back tomorrow to see if Eric and Sonni can hold onto their #1 spots. In the meantime, scroll down past the pics for the full results…


The Long Distance race has *just* finished and Titouan Puyo (Ti2!) has won very close, a three-way sprint to the line against Leo and Eric.

So what does that mean for the overall event title?

The times from today’s Long Distance Race and yesterday’s Beach Race are combined to produce the overall results. Yesterday Eric beat Titou by 16 seconds; today the positions were reversed but the margin was only 8 seconds… So that means Eric very narrowly claims the “International Mediterranean Trophy” awarded to the SUP Race Cup champions.

Eric, Leo, TitouGreg Closier showed great form to lead the second pack home today ahead of Arthur, Martin and Davide and also move into the top 5 overall. Over in the women’s, Sonni Hönscheid made it a clean sweep for the event, taking out today’s Distance Race while Manca Notar was once again second.

1st: Titouan Puyo (1:45:08)
2hd: Leonard Nika (1:45:10)
3rd: Eric Terrien (1:45:16)
4th: Greg Closier (1:46:24)
5th: Arthur Daniel (1:46:30)
6th: Martin Letourneur (1:46:33)
7th: Davide Codotto (1:46:47)

(Scroll down for FULL results)

The trading of 1-2s by Eric and Titou officially establishes what we’ve kinda suspected for a few months now: There is a new order in French (and perhaps even European) SUP racing. Titouan has been on a bender ever since he came out of nowhere to win the French National Titles distance race late last year. In the past eight months he’s also won in Australia, Nicaragua and has this weekend proven once again he’s the only guy who can regularly match Eric at home.

Throw in a couple of rising young guns who are right on their heels – Arthur Daniel and Martin Letourneur (plus Arthur Arutkin if he ever wants to stop windsurfing…) – and the future looks very bright for the French. Also great to see one of the original guard, Greg Closier, return from a major injury last year with a very solid performance.

Also interesting is just how many Italians were at this race. Not only that, but they were kicking ass too. I always assumed nations such as Spain or UK would be the next in line behind France (who is the undisputed powerhouse in Europe) when it came to the regional nation rankings. However now it looks like the Italians are staking their claim to the European podium…

That’s a great sign for SUP racing in Europe and a great way to end Week #2 of the NSP Euro Tour. Next week is a quiet one, with a bunch of regional races but no headline acts. However after that we hit four straight weeks of big international races in June, starting with Bilbao on the 7th/8th and peaking at the Lost Mills on the 21st.

Oh and one last takeaway: How good is Sonni Hönscheid’s form right now?! Getting within shouting distance of Andrea on Maui and now tearing it up in Europe. Can’t wait to see how she performs when some of the international women come to Euro land next month…

Big thanks to Brecq Benoit from Hoff/NSP France for the quick pics, as well as Vincent Verhoeven and Martin Letourneur for sending me the results super fast.

Scroll down past the pics for full results


(All photos © Brecq Benoit/


(All photos © Brecq Benoit/

SUP Race Cup Sainte Maxime France

2014 SUP Race Cup: MEN’S 12’6 RESULTS

Click “Beach Race” or “Long Distance” to show results from each of the two races
Click “OVERALL” to reset the results

#NameBeach RaceBR #Long DistanceLD #OVERALL
1Eric Terrien0:33:46011:45:16032:19:02
2Titouan Puyo0:34:02021:45:08012:19:10
3Leonard Nika0:34:40051:45:10022:19:50
4Arthur Daniel0:34:23031:46:30052:20:53
5Greg Closier0:34:45061:46:24042:21:09
6Davide Codotto0:34:32041:46:47072:21:19
7Martin Letourneur0:35:03081:46:33062:21:36
8Bruno Capparella0:35:49121:47:42082:23:31
9Branislav Sramek0:35:22101:48:34112:23:56
10Dylan Frick0:35:28111:48:30102:23:58
11Gabriel Bachelet0:35:07091:49:35122:24:42
12Edouard Garcia0:36:40151:48:28092:25:08
13Vincent Verhoeven0:36:10141:49:53132:26:03
14Denis Llorens0:37:29211:50:33142:28:02
15Thierry Kostka0:37:07181:52:12162:29:19
16Cyril Garbous0:38:11251:51:32152:29:43
17Laurent Delpin0:37:00171:52:49172:29:49
18Pierre Nau0:36:54161:53:11182:30:05
19Christophe Rodes0:37:55241:53:30192:31:25
20Jean Letourneur0:37:31221:54:47222:32:18
21Herve Rota0:39:00321:53:55202:32:55
22Fabien Fifils0:38:35291:54:43212:33:18
23Davide Ionico0:37:21201:56:09272:33:30
24David Veillant0:38:37301:55:23242:34:00
25Simon Gallot0:38:47311:55:41252:34:28
26Hakim Dridah0:38:26271:56:43302:35:09
27Philippe Lachenal0:38:17261:57:17312:35:34
28Martial Blas0:39:50341:56:00262:35:50
29Stephane Peillon0:40:15371:56:40292:36:55
30Ludovic Teulade0:39:26331:57:41332:37:07
31Jean Denis Mouchon0:40:17381:57:57352:38:14
32Federico Benettolo0:43:11451:55:08232:38:19
33Louis Despres0:41:03391:57:51342:38:54
34Lionel Blas0:41:42401:57:26322:39:08
35Jeremy Teulade0:39:56362:00:46372:40:42
36Pascal Pouget0:41:55411:59:55362:41:50
37Bruno Beauverger0:42:11432:02:24382:44:35
38Jean Luc Blanchet0:42:38442:05:33392:48:11
39Leandro Cruz0:43:22462:07:09402:50:31
40David Tourenc0:44:30502:09:04422:53:34
41Olivier Ruedin0:43:59482:09:37442:53:36
42Stephane Klock0:44:52522:09:20432:54:12
43Jean Charles Chappuis0:44:02492:10:16462:54:18
44Sebastien Pasche0:45:00532:09:43452:54:43
45Xavier Champendal0:45:33562:11:07472:56:40
46Nicolas Cruciani0:44:46512:12:32512:57:18
47Marc Degraef0:45:32552:12:29502:58:01
48Christophe Fautrier0:46:50602:11:23482:58:13
49Frederic Samoi0:46:39592:13:33523:00:12
50Vincent Dumoulin0:43:42472:19:46553:03:28
51Dominique Depuydt0:47:32632:16:29533:04:01
52Sylvain Lefevre0:49:08682:18:03543:07:11
53Herve Baes1:00:40812:47:36593:48:16
54Nicolas JarossayDNSDNS1:56:2828n/a
55David EsnaultDNSDNS2:08:3941n/a
56David VerdeilDNSDNS2:12:1149n/a
57Serge FerreroDNSDNS2:19:5756n/a
58Anthony BertauxDNSDNS2:31:3257n/a
59Cyrile VastelDNSDNS2:47:1658n/a
60Ugo Clay0:39:5435DNSDNSn/a
61Riccardo Benettolo0:41:5742DNSDNSn/a
62Guillaume Simeoni0:45:2454DNSDNSn/a
63Duccio Lazzerini0:45:3857DNSDNSn/a
64Serge Paulin0:45:4558DNSDNSn/a
65Laurent Coupechoux0:47:0861DNSDNSn/a
66Clement Patfoort0:47:5264DNSDNSn/a
67Mathieu Astier0:48:0365DNSDNSn/a
68Yann Pellenard0:48:0967DNSDNSn/a
69Jean-Michel Clay0:49:1769DNSDNSn/a
70Francesco Palombella0:49:2970DNSDNSn/a
71Philippe Baudelin0:51:3372DNSDNSn/a
72Mathieu Bremond0:52:1673DNSDNSn/a
73Loic Tupet0:53:1574DNSDNSn/a
74Fabio Frisari0:53:5175DNSDNSn/a
75Robin Brasseur0:55:3976DNSDNSn/a
76Nicolas Fautrier0:56:5077DNSDNSn/a
77Laurent Bruissart0:57:2878DNSDNSn/a
78Patrick Gibert0:58:2579DNSDNSn/a
79David Ferrand0:59:1580DNSDNSn/a
80Yann Nicolerat1:01:2282DNSDNSn/a

2014 SUP Race Cup: WOMEN’S 12’6 RESULTS

Click “Beach Race” or “Long Distance” to show results from each of the two races
Click “OVERALL” to reset the results

#NameBeach RaceBR #Long DistanceLD #OVERALL
1Sonni Hönscheid0:38:32011:54:05012:32:37
2Manca Notar0:39:06021:54:45022:33:51
3Celine Guesdon0:40:03041:56:25032:36:28
4Olivia Piana0:39:36031:57:23042:36:59
5Cecilia Pescatori0:43:36052:07:02052:50:38
6Cecile Gondre0:44:15062:10:37072:54:52
7Laetitia Isnardson0:47:48092:09:53062:57:41
8Fleur Caulliez0:47:05082:13:30083:00:35
9Mayana Belaych0:46:35072:18:53103:05:28
10Jessie Delacroix0:49:41112:16:27093:06:08
11Laurentine Beuvelet0:49:00102:36:00123:25:00
12Joelle TerrienDNSDNS2:22:0711n/a
13Caroline Blackburn0:49:5312DNSDNSn/a
14Chloe Barberis0:57:1613DNSDNSn/a

2014 SUP Race Cup: MEN’S 14′ RESULTS

(These guys paddled 12’6 boards in the Beach Race and 14′ in the Distance)

#NameBeach RaceBR #Long DistanceLD #OVERALL
1Florent Dode0:34:56071:44:3512:19:31
2Fabrizio Gasbarro0:37:16191:46:0332:23:19
3Reza Nasiri0:37:50231:45:4222:23:32
4Didier Leneil0:35:54131:49:4842:25:42
5Lulu Langlois0:38:31281:54:4152:33:12
6Thierry Catala0:47:19622:07:5072:55:09
7Willy Basone0:48:08662:13:2683:01:34
8Olivier Drut0:50:39712:17:4693:07:25
9Frederic FonsDNSDNS2:04:426n/a
10Helgo LassDNSDNS2:22:5110n/a
11Patrice RemoivilleDNSDNS2:23:1111n/a

The SUP Race Cup in St. Maxime is the highlight of week #2 in the NSP Euro Tour. For the next six weeks we’ll be highlighting all the great events across Europe. Click the giant pic of Travis and Connor below to get the latest dispatches from The Continent…

NSP Euro Tour