GlaGla Race : 16 days to go : interview Leonard Nika and Paddle League presentation

Leonard Nika

Leonard Nika (GlaGla Race 2018)

We continue with our daily interviews about GlaGla Race participants. Today Leonard Nika, one of the top paddlers in the world.

Leo, it’s your third GlaGla Race, what do you like about this event ?

I like the GlaGla Race because it’s in a beautiful location, paddling with 400 people in a lake surrounded with beautiful mountains full of snow is something that you can’t do every day and always well organized. I like also the challenge of this race, because there is always good competitors to test my strength in off season.

This year I will try to improve my 2nd place in a photo finish and bring home the victory!

Leonard nika vs Tom Auber

Do you have a special training programme or preparation for winter conditions ?

I don’t have a special training for winter conditions, the only thing I do when is winter is to make sure that my feet and my body are always well protected with thicker neoprene so they stays always warm.

2019 is just starting ! Your resolutions and/or projects for this new year ?

My plans for this year are a bit different from last year, instead of doing every weekend a race I will focus more in my training for a big event to maximize the possibility of a victory!! I also will work on my sup training camps in Portugal that I started last year and it was a great success. This year we have available one week per month for all 2019 sup training camps for everyone that want to train hard having fun with a supervision of my self and my brother Claudio Nika. If someone is interested you have to send an e-mail to to get more info.

Thank you for this interview and I’m very looking forward to compete at the GlaGla Race in few weeks,


The Paddle League

The Paddle League

The Paddle  League was created in 2018. The GlaGla Race will be the first Paddle League event of 2019.

« Welcome to The Paddle League, where we aim to help build a better, brighter and more sustainable future for stand up paddling that benefits everyone who’s part of this amazing community.

We’re aiming to help unify, elevate and grow the great standalone events around the world while providing the elite athletes, weekend warriors, brands, fans and media a wider platform to stand on.

We also firmly believe in reconnecting SUP with its “grassroots” foundation, which means a stronger emphasis on amateurs, juniors and simply getting more people out there on the water for the first time. Because that’s the heart of our sport.

The Paddle League, which I’ve helped to co-found over the past six months with my good mates Kelly Margetts and Brian Meyer (along with the support of many other selfless paddlers), aims to achieve this by creating a unified, inclusive world tour (an evolution of the SUP Racer World Rankings) that connects everything from the awesome international events to the amazing regional races. »

More about the Paddle League

GlaGla Race 18 days to go : Marie Dautruche and Starboard

Very Flat Race : marie dautruche winner

Marie Dautruche, Cully (Switzerland) – Starboard

Marie, you registered for the GlaGla Race 2019. Are you impatient to be there?

Yes the GlaGla is can’t miss event for all alpine lakes paddlers ! We meet so many SUP friends  in the middle of winter! Good mood guaranteed! It’s a race that we do as a challenge, with a little luck under the snow! And I heared that there will be some great people for the 2019 edition, it’s a pleasure for international riders to move on an alpine lake.

You practice SUP all year round. How do you train in winter? What preparation and equipment for the alpine winter conditions ?

In fact it’s the first winter or I have to train here in the cold because last winter I had the chance to train in Fuerteventura.
This season it was necessary that I take my marks on Lake Geneva in winter, it is 2 to 3 degrees and we are immersed in the fog … hard to find the motivation. With the coldest hard it’s before and after. But once I’m there it’s so good. In winter the lake offers a special atmosphere that I like very much. The sight of the snow-covered mountains make me feel better.
I do about 4 training sessions on the water a week and I complete with other sports, cycling, bodybalance, bodybuilding, swimming and of course skiing. Seal skin is an excellent complement to work the body.
And also I plan to go regularly to sea or ocean to work the downwind and the waves. I’m leaving this week in Tarifa.

The equipment? In race, I’m always too hot when I paddle, so running pants in goretex, thermal and windproof enough, even when it is 1 or 2 degrees. And of course, the slippers! I often add big socks to have warm calf … the look is not terrible but it is effective!

Marie Dautruche GlaGla Race Training

You finished 1st in the Alpine Lakes Tour 2018, a circuit that has accumulated 1250 participants. What makes it so successful?

Yes it was one of my 2018 goals. Mission accomplished!
I would say rigorous and daily trainings. I am training Vincent Guillaume for over a year, which allowed me to progress well. A complete physical preparation because I practice other sports. My frequent trips to the ocean, when I come back rowing on the lake, the lake seems easier. Training with rowers and rowers much better than me, who really made me progress and especially that gave me the desire to improve again and again. I also think of an excellent board of flat, my sprint from Starboard, she is my most faithful ally, a rocket … And finally, to force my character! I try to be more efficient and optimize each exit on the water.

starboard SUP Alpine Lakes Tour Partner

Starboard : new GlaGla Race and Alpine Lakes Tour partner

Among the new Alpine Lakes Tour partners for 2019, Starboard is the most prestigious among paddlers.

Starboard will be helping us to make the GlaGla Race and the other Alpine Lakes Tour stages more eco friendly and especially to reduce our carbon footprint.

Starboard was founded in 1994 by Svein Rasmussen, a Windsurfing World Champion and Olympic participant. It all came together by the vision of bringing innovation, quality and inspiration to the world of wind, water and waves. Together with customers and partners, Starboard engages at any level possible to protect the fragility of our Oceans. Still making the best watersports gear backed by endless world titles and product awards, the tiki brand with roots in New Caledonia, Norway and Thailand firmly remain the premium brand in windsurfing and paddle boarding already since 2 decades. Now Starboard and Tiki strive to not only be the best in the world but also best FOR the world.

More info about Starboard

GlaGla Race 19 days to go : Alexandre Dallant and Supskin

19 days to Go before the GlaGla Race ! As announced before we will give you a daily update with testimonials and infos about the participants, our partners, the content of the event, the volunteers, … (French version coming in a few minutes)

We start with Alexandre Dallant & Supskin

Alexandre Dallant

Alexandre Dallant

Alexandre Dallant (Facebook Profile here)

Home town : Trouville-sur-Mer (France)
Club : Surf’in Trouville Club
Board : 3bay, SIC

Alexandre, you participated in the last 4 editions of the GlaGla Race. What makes you come back?

There are several reasons.
The first is the desire to find all the band of friends that I met at each edition. I come from Normandy, so I often stay 2, 3 days on site because the road is long we take the opportunity to eat well, drink shots and eliminate during the race ;-))))

The second is the magical setting of this race. You can not do it by lowering your head (it’s good because I’m not a beast podium !!!).

And finally the conviviality of this event which even by magnifying remains always cool. It’s the result of your work and the imprint of the spirit of a team that does not tell it …

What would you like more about the GlaGla Race?

A flea market sup, everyone could find good deals and no event does it to my knowledge (I know it’s complicated to manage with the brands partners but not everyone can afford to buy new …) And yurts for rent on the shores of the lake for the stay 😉
Otherwise for the rest everything is there …

Which advice (s) would you give to someone who would participate for the first time?

Come quietly, this race is really atypical and open to all. Nor is it an Antarctic dive 😉 Do not cover too much for the race (I know that the choice of equipment is always a haunting question for the new ones), it’s a trap to avoid if you burn in the race you’re in trouble to get to the end. And above all, enjoy the magic of this unique place 😉

Supskin : Paddlesuits – by paddlers for paddlers. Pioneering high-performance stand-up paddling water wear since 2011.

How it all started

WolfgangWolfi found himself participating in the Austrian SUP Championships 2011. Disappointed by his loss, he started training like the competitive beast he is. But winter arrived fast and no suitable clothing existed – Wolfi had to take matters in his own hands.

After experimenting with various ideas, he made the world’s first paddle suit prototype in his basement in Bad Mitterndorf, Styria. It kept him warm and on the water the whole winter. At the first race of next season, all other competitors carried their winter training deficit… and Wolfi won the race.

Supskin dry suits

GlaGla Race 2019 : 20 days to go… J-20

GlaGla Race

20 days to go before the GlaGla Race 2019 ! Plus que 20 jours avant la GlaGla Race !

Starting now, you will get every day information about the GlaGla Race, the participants, the volunteers, our partners !

A partir d’aujourd’hui vous aurez tous les jours de nouvelles infos sur la GlaGla Race, les participants, les bénévoles, nos partenaires !

Getting close to 2018 record (500 registrants) – on approche du record de 2018 (500 inscrits)

glagla raceWe are getting close to GlaGla Race last edition record number of registrants (495 to be precise) / On se rapproche du record de participation de la dernière édition de la GlaGla Race (495 inscrits pour être précis).

GlaGla Race registration is open until January 8th at the regular rate. Then if we haven’t reach the maximum of participants allowed, there will be a late registration fee. So don’t wait to much to register ! The GlaGla Race is a unique experience you will enjoy, no doubt!

Les inscriptions à la GlaGla Race sont ouvertes jusqu’au 8 janvier 2019. Si reste des places, un tarif d’inscription majoré de dernière minute sera appliqué. Donc, n’attendez plus pour vous inscrire ! La GlaGla Race est une expérience unique à ne pas manquer sans aucun doute!

GlaGla Race

GlaGla Race

Merci à Jean Sebastien Touchet (agence Blue1310) pour ces superbes photos.



GlaGla Race 2019 : 10 reasons why you should register !

glagla race 2017

10 reasons (but there are more !) why you should register for the GlaGla Race in 2019 !

La version française de cet article est ici

  • The GlaGla Race represents the opportunity to participate in one the largest SUP Race in the world (500 paddlers in 2018, up to 700 in 2019)
  • The GlaGla Race is about the unique feeling of paddling in a beautiful mountain landscape covered with snow. (and even sometimes with snow on the beach !)
  • The GlaGla Race is SUP Race… but you can also enjoy skiing with many ski resorts all around (and even 2 ski lifts in Talloires !)
  • At the GlaGla Race, you can find very affordable accommodation (if you register early enough) especially with our partners : Les Alérions and Florimontane.
  • At the GlaGla Race you will also find clinics, yoga lessons, talks and board testing.
  • At the GlaGla Race you can get a nice organic GlaGla T-Shirt for a special price :5€ only (until november 31st)
  • The GlaGla Race is the first Alpine Lakes Tour stage, a friendly competition accross the Alps where you will meet other passionate and sporty people to share and challenge.
  • The GlaGla Race is the opening race of The Paddle League (offering points for the world ranking)
  • The GlaGla Race is a popular event gathering the best athletes and participants who race for the first time ! You can participate even if you don’t have a board (you can rent one)
  • The GlaGla Race offers the opportunity to discover Talloires, a beautiful village between the lake and the mountains !

More about GlaGla Race 2019 :

GlaGla Race videos

GlaGla Race 2019 : pourquoi s’inscrire ?

Les inscriptions pour la GlaGla Race 2019 sont ouvertes !

10 raisons (et il en a d’autres !) pour lesquelles vous devriez venir à la GlaGla Race en 2019 !

English version coming soon 😉

  • La GlaGla Race, c’est l’occasion de participer à une des courses plus importantes au monde (700 participants attendus de l’Europe entière et même au delà !)
  • La GlaGla Race, c’est le plaisir de la glisse en plein hiver au milieu d’un paysage de montagnes enneigées avec parfois même de la neige sur la plage de Talloires!
  • La GlaGla Race, c’est la possibilité de mélanger les plaisirs avec des stations de ski à 30 km max de la plage de Talloires (et même 2 téléskis sur les hauteurs de Talloires)
  • La GlaGla Race c’est des hébergements à des tarifs très raisonnables avec notamment nos partenaires : Les Alérions et Florimontane.
  • La GlaGla Race c’est aussi des tests de matériel, clinic, session yoga et paddle yoga et autres animations la veille de la course.
  • La GlaGla Race c’est un T-shirt GlaGla Race en coton bio offert à tous les inscrits jusqu’au 1er novembre 2018 (et non 2019 comme indiqué dans le mailing ;-))
  • La GlaGla Race c’est une étape de l’Alpine Lakes Tour, un circuit convivial à travers les Alpes pour rencontrer d’autres passionnés et echanger, se défier dans la bonne humeur et le fair play !
  • La GlaGla Race est la course d’ouverture de The Paddle League et offre donc des points pour le classement mondial !
  • La GlaGla Race est une course populaire qui rassemble les meilleurs mondiaux et des pratiquants loisirs pour qui c’est souvent la première participation à une course de paddle. Vous pouvez participer même si nous n’avez pas de planche (vous pouvez en louer une)
  • La GlaGla Race c’est l’occasion de découvrir Talloires, joli village sur les rives du lac d’Annecy au pied des montagnes !

Pour en savoir plus sur la GlaGla Race 2019 :

GlaGla Race 2019 : registration opening tonight – ouverture des inscriptions ce soir

GlaGla Race 2019 : 100 days to go !

La Glagla Race, compétition hivernale unique au monde, aura lieu du 18 au 20 janvier 2019 à Talloires Lac d’Annecy.

« Ramer en plein hiver, sous la neige, dans les Alpes avec une eau à 4°c….”

Depuis la première GlaGla Race en 2014, le nombre de participants a été multiplié par 10 ! 40 en 2014, 100 en 2015, 200 en 2016, 350 en 2017, 495 en 2018 !

Parmi les nouveautés cette année : une journée consacrée au test de matériel, à des clinics et échanges le vendredi.

Les inscriptions sont maintenant ouvertes sur

Video 2018 de la GlaGla Race

FAT & POP c’est maintenant ! It’s now !

FAT Race Lac d'Annecy 2017

La FAT & POP Race 2018 is in 2 hours ! The main races starts at 8am. Skipper’s meeting at 7:45am. Welcome & bib pick up starts at 6:30am.

La FAT & POP Race 2018 c’est dans 2 heures ! Les courses principales demarrent à 8h00. Le briefing aura lieu à 7h45. Accueil et retrait des dossards à partir de 6h30.

Les conditions météo s’annoncent bonnes. Weather forecast looks good.

Consignes de sécurité : Vous devez être équipés d’un leash. Vous devez porter assistance à un concurrent en difficulté. Merci de porter votre dossard au dessus de vos sacs à dos et camel back.

Merci de ne pas descendre sur la plage avec vos véhicules et de vous garer sur le parking de 300 places du village.

Security : You have to wear a leash. You have to help a competitor who is in trouble. Thanks to wear your bib on your backpack or camel back.

Thanks for not driving on the beach with you vehicules and to park in the main parking lot in the center of the village.

Rappel Programme POP & FAT Race 2018

  • 6h30 : accueil des participants et retrait des dossards FAT Race
  • 7h45 Briefing
  • 8h : départ mini et maxi FAT Race
  • 12h30/13h30 : déjeuner / lunch avec Bon Eat
  • A partir de 14h ; accueil et retrait des dossards POP Race
  • 14h Kids
  • 15h00 : Dragon Race
  • 15h45 : POP Race
  • 17h15 : fin POP Race
  • 18h00 : Podium et remise des prix

To join us : Sebastien Michel +33 6 88 57 46 04 / Benoit : +33 6 52 60 43 10

To follow the Race : Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Hashtag de l’event : popfatrace et alpinelakestour

FAT & POP Race 5 days to go ! Plus que 5 jours ! Get ready !

POP & FAT Race Talloires lac d'Annecy 9 juin 2018

tic tac tic tac… Il reste 5 jours ! Plus de 100 inscrits dont 63 sur la FAT Race (52 en solo !) Les inscriptions restent ouvertes jusqu’à mercredi soir.

5 days to go before the FAT & POP Race ! Over 100 registered participants (52 on the FAT Race alone !). Registration is open until wednesday evening.

Nous cherchons des bénévoles. Si vous êtes dispo vous pouvez nous contacter au 06 5 85 6006 ou par mail

Un grand merci à nos partenaires : Red Paddle Co, Julbo, SUPSKIN, Rubbish & Mood, le NAUTIC, Blue1310, la SAMETT et la mairie Talloires-Montmin qui nous aident à préparer cette étape.

Nous aurons pour la première fois la présence de Saola Shoes qui aura un stand toute la journée. Vous pourrez découvrir leur chaussures faites à partir de bouteilles plastiques recyclées.

Alpine lakes tour dragon race

Les modèles météo divergent un peu mais il reste un risque d’orage. En conséquence, nous avons décidé de faire partir les 2 courses du matin à 8h00 afin d’avoir les meilleures conditions de navigation possibles sans trop de navigation sur le lac, ni de vent ni de risque d’orage. Si vous n’avez pas prévu d’hébergement, il y a plusieurs camping à proximité notamment à Angon (commune de Talloires) et à Doussard.

Vous aurez un point de ravitaillement à mi-parcours sur la FAT Race à Sevrier au NCY SUP Center (qui servira aussi de point de relais)

Cette page sera mise à jour toute la semaine avec les dernières inscriptions et l’évolution des prévisions météo.

Didier Leneil FAT Race Annecy




Pour ces deux jours, les matinées profitent d’éclaircies puis l’après-midi, les bourgeonnements reprennent le dessus, aboutissant à des averses et orages en montagne comme en plaine. Les températures évoluent peu avec 24 à 26 degrés à basse altitude, 20 à 21 degrés vers 1000m.



Nous devrions garder le même scénario : des éclaircies en matinée puis un ciel qui devient menaçant avec averses et orages. Les températures sont stationnaires.

Hébergements à Talloires Montmin : des hôtels de luxe, des camping, un refuge, le fameux centre de vacances des Alérions (très apprécié lors de la GlaGla Race)

Les hébergements à Talloires Montmin par l’Office de Tourisme du lac d’Annecy

FAT Race Lac d'Annecy 2017


Leash obligatoire – Licence compétition ou certificat médical à présenter lors du retrait des dossards.

Pensez à prendre de l’eau et du sucré :barres de de céréales, pate d’amande, etc en cas de coup de barre.

Si vous voyez un concurrent en difficulté vous devez lui portez assistance en attendant l’arrivée des secours.

PROGRAMME FAT & POP Race (susceptible d’évoluer en fonction de l’évolution des prévisions météo)

Samedi 9 juin 2018

  • 6h30 : accueil des participants et retrait des dossards FAT Race
  • 7h45 Briefing
  • 8h : départ mini et maxi FAT Race
  • 12h30/13h30 : déjeuner / lunch avec Bon Eat
  • A partir de 14h ; accueil et retrait des dossards POP Race
  • 14h Kids
  • 15h00 : Dragon Race
  • 15h45 : POP Race
  • 17h15 : fin POP Race
  • 18h00 : Podium et remise des prix

Un dejeuner vous sera proposé par Bon Eat (que ceux qui étaient à l’étape de Savières en 2017 ont déjà pu découvrir et apprécier !)

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Retour sur l’édition de l’an dernier en video ! Merci à Aerostudio !