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Midsummer Viking Challenge

June 18, 2022 @ 8:00 June 19, 2022 @ 17:00 UTC-7

24 hours of SUP in Copenhagen with Casper Steinfath.

The program in brief

12.00 Event site and check-in opens
16.00 Social Friday
20.00 Check-in closes

08.00-10.00 Check-in
12.00 Skippers meeting for all paddlers
13.00 Opening speeches  
14:00: Grand Depart, Red Bull Midsummer Vikings 2022
21.00: Live music at Kajakhotellet

Yoga session, food and massage during the day

13.00 Final Champagne Lap
14.00 End of Red Bull Midsummer Vikings
15.00: Prize ceremony

First and final lap
The Grand Depart (first lap) is for all 400 paddlers. Like at the Tour de France, all paddlers paddle the first 500 meters together before the actual start for the competing paddlers. The final lap, called the Champagne Lap, is also for all paddlers. At 13.00 Sunday afternoon, we set off at a low speed to finalize the Red Bull Midsummer Vikings. More on this later.

To make the proper preparations, I’ll give a short brief on the equipment.

  • All teams will receive a GPS unit that the competing paddler must wear. The tracker is counting laps paddled and lap times.
  • Only 14 ft boards and under are allowed. Mega SUP’s, tandem SUP’s or other boards must be approved by the Race Director. They are always allowed during Grand Depart and Champagne lap.
  • A leash is mandatory at all times. Flashing red light on your back body is mandatory between 21:00 and 05:00. Each team can share a flashing light.
  • Hydration pack, energy snacks, mobile phones, and lifevests or PFDs are highly recommended.
  • Headlights, safety flare and flashing white light on your front body are not mandatory.

More detailed information about equipment, water safety and race guidelines will follow

Two campsites
There are two campsites: A tent camp across the channel and a camper/van camp at the parking lot behind Kajakhotellet. Unfortunately, we only have permission from the City of Copenhagen to stay in your tents and campers from Saturday to Sunday. You can set up your tent or camper Friday morning but have to sleep elsewhere.   

Charity project: SMILfonden
Each team is obliged to donate an amount per paddle lap for SMILfonden – an organization that makes life more fun for chronic ill kids and teenagers. It’s up to you how much you want to donate. Many teams find a sponsor or ask friends and families to donate a small amount. You can create an online campaign by using Betternow. Read more about it or at Smilfondens homepage:

When you check in, you’ll sign a donation agreement. After the race, you’ll donate the money, and we’ll send a receipt to you.

Casper and I can’t wait to see you all in Copenhagen. We are working hard right now with all the details. If you want to help build the venue or run the event, please let me know. In two weeks time, we’ll send the Athletes Brief with all informations needed.

More Deatils here.

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