Bahrain’s first kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) race was hosted this weekend by Marassi Al Bahrain .53 participants competed in the event, which drew families and fitness and water sports enthusiasts from across the country. Competitors paddled a course of 380 and 800 meters, setting off and finishing at the beach, which is hosting a series of weekend activities for the public.
SUP is a variation of surfing in which riders stand on their boards and use paddles to propel themselves through the water. It is a relatively new sport in the region which has seen great popularity in Bahrain in the last few years, and has a large following worldwide. The event attracted over 300 spectators and had four categories: kayak, SUP, surf-ski and rowing boats. It was organised by Paddle Sport Marine, in association with the Bahrain Maritime Association and Marassi Al Bahrain. The objective of the event is to promote the paddling sport in the Kingdom of Bahrain and to take it to a new level.