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Stand more, start paddling at Poros

Stand more, start paddling in Poros. In a successful sport event held at Poros on the 7th and 8th of May 2022, sea lovers, and more specifically standup paddleboarding (SUP) fans, had the chance to experience the blue sea water of this Saronic island. The 1st Saronic SUP cup was co-organized by the Saronic Triathlon Club and the Hellenic Federation of Canoe & Kayak . Supporting this admirable effort was also the Saronic Outdoors Activities company, and the event was under the auspices of Poros Municipality.

What is SUP

SUP is a water sport born from surfing, with roots in Hawaii. In simple words, stand up paddleboarders stand on floating boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. Some of the variations of SUP include flat water paddling, racing, surfing, yoga, and fishing.

SUP’s benefits

The benefits of SUP are several and essential for our physical and mental health. Initially, the activity of SUP literally reduces our sitting time. An important element that has a direct impact on our health. The benefits of reducing sitting time have been well emphasized by several well-known organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Heart Foundation.

Few of the main benefits we gain when we SUP on a regular basis (2-3 times per week) are:

•Core and peripheral strength improvement

•Aerobic fitness enhancement

•Improvement of balance and flexibility  

•Meditation and enjoyment

The event

The 1st Saronic SUP cup had its base at Kanali beach, which was the starting point for all the SUP races.

The introductory session, educating all athletes, coaches and volunteers regarding the racing and safety rules, also took place at Kanali beach. The first competitive day included short and fun SUP races, especially for kids.

The second day, the athletes, professional or not, had the chance to paddle at the open sea of Askeli and cross the magical channel between Poros and Galatas. The sport event concluded on Sunday afternoon, with the medals ceremony and lots of joy for both the participants and the organizers.

Katheti supports all sport activities and events taking place in our area.  For Katheti, sports, among other things, mean health, fun, communication, noble rivalry, discipline, friendship, respect. This is the reason why Katheti chose this theme for its 2022 photo exhibition. The photo exhibition “Athlesis” is a tribute to athleticism. Likewise, Katheti is participating in the Porosea sport event, with her own running team, promoting once more the importance of sport and its ideals for our area.

Main photo and article photo credits: Tasos Rodis

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