Corinth Canal SUP Crossing

In the realm of destination events, few SUP races can match the spectacle of the Corinth Canal SUP Crossing. The race is spectacular, not only for the level of competition, but also for the feelings while paddling inside the historic canal, the largest in Europe, immersed within 80m high stone walls.

The aim of the event is to attract Greek as well as international participants in order to enhance the recognition of the event while highlighting the importance of the Corinth Canal and the surrounding cultural heritage.

Widely regarded to be one of the most important constructions of modern Greece, the Corinth Canal has heavily influenced Mediterranean commerce. “Afinios Corinth” was one of the most important cities of both ancient and modern Greece. Its geographical location helped it become a great maritime, commercial and cultural center.

The canal’s total length is 6,343 meters, 540 meters of which are comprised of the Isthmian and Posidonia outer harbors. The canal’s maximum width is 24,60 meters (sea level) and 21 meters deep.

The Course

The participants will paddle 6,343 meters through the Corinth Canal. The starting and ending points of the contest will be announced five (5) days before the starting date and all participants will be informed through the event’s website and via e-mail by the Organizing Committee. For the participants’ safety, the starting point will be on the canal side where sea currents flow beneficially. This is due to the existing currents (2 1/2 – 3 knots) along the Canal, which change direction every six (6) hours. The starting line will be in the sea, just before the one of the two bridges (Isthmia or Posidonia) depending on the current. The end will be either on the beach or in the sea, depending on the weather conditions. All participants must complete the course within a set two-hour allotment.