The Algarve SUP Festival - Summer 2015
16 May to 28 June 2015 THE BEST FESTIVAL - THE BEST PLACE TO BE - ALGARVE IN THE SUMMER ASMAA - The Algarve Surf and Marine Association presents the 1st SUP Festival in the Algarve. The festival will start in Sagres on the 16 May 2015 and finish in Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the 28 June... More detail
The Sagres Festival
With the festival starting in Sagres on the 16 May 2015, it promises to be a fantastic start to the program. ASMAA team members and a group of volunteers will be on hand to assist, organise and monitor every aspect to ensure that both our athletes and visitors have a great time. More detail
The Lagos Festival
On the second day of the SUP event, the roadshow team will start in Lagos knowing that it will take the paddlers between 6 and 8 hours to reach their destination. We will use that time to move from one town to the next. Groups of local volunteers will continue gathering signatures in their areas... More detail
The Portimão Festival
On the third day of the SUP event, by now if you have been with us in the previous two days, you will have a pretty good idea of what is in store. If you just joined us, there will be team members more experienced at hand to guide you through the process. At least it will be something different to... More detail
The Albufeira Festival
This is the fourth day of the SUP event. By now the event should be the talk of the Algarve. Being in the highly populated area around Faro, you are sure to meet your fellow volunteers and gather loads of signatures for the campaign. More detail
The Faro Festival
Its saturday, market day! What a brilliant opportunity for some of you to gather signatures at the local market, before proceeding to the various beaches and local towns. What a fantastic way to start your weekend knowing that you have volunteered for a very worth while cause. Protecting the... More detail
The Tavira Festival
Its Easter Sunday, the last day of the event. We trust that you have enjoyed yourself, had loads of fun, made many new friends, and got to see the real Algarve ... we will sadly then bid you goodbye ... hoping to see you next year at Easter time again. But if you enjoyed what you have done, then... More detail
The Vila Real de St. António Festival
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The Cause
ASMAA (Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association), in August 2013 launched an online petition and the campaign SAY NO TO OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN THE ALGARVE to address the risk of oil and gas exploration and exploitation in the Western and Southern coasts of the Algarve. More detail
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The Algarve SUP Festival - Summer 2015

The Algarve SUP Festival - Summer 2015


16 May to 28 June 2015

THE BEST FESTIVAL - THE BEST PLACE TO BE - ALGARVE IN THE SUMMER


ASMAA - The Algarve Surf and Marine Association presents the 1st SUP Festival in the Algarve. The festival will start in Sagres on the 16 May 2015 and finish in Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the 28 June 2015.

The festival will include many SUP and beach inspired activities for the entire family.

In addition to Long and Short Courses ASI sanctioned races and family fun races, there will be on-water and dry-land clinics, SUP fitness and yoga classes, SUP demos, a guided group tour for all ages and abilities and dealer reps on hand to answer all your SUP related questions.

ASMAA is in the process of getting each and every community on board so as to make your experience a truly great one. SUP suppliers will offer customers special sale prices on SUP boards, paddles, and related accessories during the event.

Food vendors, local business vendors, and non-profit organizations will be on hand to help create a fun in the sun event. More than just a race, the Algarve SUP Festival is a celebration of the Algarve, of paddling and a fitting welcome to the summer season!

Start planning to spend May and June 2015 in the Algarve. Its the place to be!

We invite you to take part in this very first SUP festival in the Algarve. Take your SUP board, and join many others in this 1st SUP Festival. Join us for one weekend or all seven weekends  – do only one race, a marathon, join us in a SUP game or join the long distance paddlers for the six leg marathon and half-marathon between Sagres to Vila Real de Santo Antonio

Here’s an opportunity to start the Summer 2015 by testing your endurance and pushing yourself a bit further.

Join other fun-seekers and adventurers on the ALGARVE SUP FESTIVAL and at the same time help to raise funds for our campaigns SAY YES TO GREEN ENERGY AND SAY NO TO OIL AND GAS.

The Algarve SUP Festival - Summer 2015 is an unique opportunity for you to enjoy the Algarve's pristine coastline from a different perspective. You are guaranteed to have the experience of a lifetime!

Whether you rush it or take it slow it is up to you. Its your challenge. It’s Your Way! One Thing is for sure – this festival will inspire you!

The Marathon and Half-Marathon Route

The Algarve is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. In this challenge you can start in Sagres amidst its many magnificent cliffs, and from where in old times the navigators consulted the gods before departing on a voyage of discovery of the world or you can join the challenge along the way.

You can embark on a voyage of discovery of what the Algarve coastline has to offer.

6 Legs of the marathon will see you paddling 156Km from Praia da Mareta in Sagres until Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

We expect that during the marathon legs you will develop a sense of camaraderie, friendship, and community, not to mention a personal sense of accomplishment!

As part of the ASMAA family, you are ensured to have fun - this event already promises to be one of the biggest and best ever events held in the Algarve. And combined with all the fun, you recognise why its important to safeguard our oceans, you'll know why we are working so hard to make this one of the best SUP events on the planet.

What to expect during the marathon

The Algarve SUP Festival is a combination of fun and race.

The idea is that you all paddle as a group supporting each other, just as we’ll be supporting our colleagues on land in each venue were they are gathering signatures for the petition and informing whoever is around on the day, of the risks that oil and gas exploration will bring to the Algarve.

Training is mandatory. Keep in mind that you aren't just training for yourself, you're training for everyone else too in order to make this event as quickly and safely as possible you all will have to work as a team. Please make sure you train effectively.

We have a lot of folks getting ready for this event, when you register you'll be part of this growing group of paddlers that will be here. We are limiting the number of participants in each of the races and other supporting events.

Conditions predicted are mixed, as in the Algarve during this period you could find the conditions to be hot with no wind, choppy waters, you could have a light breeze or we may get a southeaster wind, crazy quilts of boat wakes ... in short, we have no idea what we'll get on each day.

We will be monitoring the weather and will keep you informed of what we find out. 

It could even be possible that we'll have to adjust the launch place if conditions require it or even postpone or cancel any of the legs of the marathon, half-marathon or any of the races and games.

Hydration and Nutrition

You are advised to bring your own supliments with you everyday, although we'll have some water, energy bars, and fruit on the boats. Water Safety Jackets are required and a spare paddle is a good idea too. We're anticipating that you could spend between 6 to 10 hours on the water every day, so bringing a sunscreen and a hat also makes sense.

For the family and friends there is lots they can do while they wait for you to land at the designated beach each day.

They can go sightseeing in the area, spend the day on the beach or participate in one of the games. There is plenty of activity planned both for athlets and for spectactors.

 

Just talk to us … we will guide you, your friends and family.

 

Here’s an opportunity to spend your Easter pushing yourself a bit further in 2014 – Join other adventurers on the ALGARVE SUP CHALLENGE and help to raise funds for our campaigns SAY YES TO GREEN ENERGY AND SAY NO TO OIL AND GAS.
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The Festival

The Sagres Festival
With the festival starting in Sagres on the 16 May 2015, it promises to be a fantastic start to the program. ASMAA team members and a group of volunteers will be on hand to assist, organise and monitor every aspect to ensure that both our athletes and visitors have a great time. More ...
The Lagos Festival
On the second day of the SUP event, the roadshow team will start in Lagos knowing that it will take the paddlers between 6 and 8 hours to reach their destination. We will use that time to move from one town to the next. Groups of local volunteers will continue gathering signatures in their areas... More ...
The Portimão Festival
On the third day of the SUP event, by now if you have been with us in the previous two days, you will have a pretty good idea of what is in store. If you just joined us, there will be team members more experienced at hand to guide you through the process. At least it will be something different to... More ...
The Albufeira Festival
This is the fourth day of the SUP event. By now the event should be the talk of the Algarve. Being in the highly populated area around Faro, you are sure to meet your fellow volunteers and gather loads of signatures for the campaign. More ...
The Faro Festival
Its saturday, market day! What a brilliant opportunity for some of you to gather signatures at the local market, before proceeding to the various beaches and local towns. What a fantastic way to start your weekend knowing that you have volunteered for a very worth while cause. Protecting the... More ...
The Tavira Festival
Its Easter Sunday, the last day of the event. We trust that you have enjoyed yourself, had loads of fun, made many new friends, and got to see the real Algarve ... we will sadly then bid you goodbye ... hoping to see you next year at Easter time again. But if you enjoyed what you have done, then... More ...
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The Marathon

Sagres to Lagos - 24 May
The route between Sagres and Lagos will enable you to see the fantastic landscape, cliffs and if you are lucky you may even paddle along with dolphins that live in our local ocean. Along the route you will probrably see many friends on the cliff tops and beaches that you will pass. More ...
Lagos to Armacão de Pera - 31 May
On the second leg of the marathon after a good nights sleep you will take off from Meia Praia in Lagos and finish in Armacao de Pera. Along the route you will see a change to the landscape, ranging from a sparsly populated coastal area to a more populated one. More ...
Armacão de Pera to Vale do Lobo - 7 Jun
On the third day of the marathon... by now, you will be really testing your endurance if you joined the event for the full course, if you only joined on this leg, you will be sure to have a very nice experience as you develop friendships with your fellow paddlers. It should be a fun day. Enjoy it. More ...
Vale do Lobo to Olhão - 14 Jun
On the 4th day, you will paddle from Vale do Lobo to Olhão, a total of 31Km. This is the longest leg of this event, but on this section of the sea you are sure to find a much easier paddling section than in the two previous legs. With much more flater water and conditions more favourable to really... More ...
Olhão to Tavira - 21 Jun
Day 5 is a shorter leg covering only 23Km. You start at Praia do Farol and finish in Tavira. As you move into the Eastern Algarve the water temperature increases and the weather is a bit warmer by at least 1 or 2 degrees. More ...
Tavira to Vila Real de St. Antonio - 28 Jun
SUP is up ... yippee it is the last day of the marathon. You really have to be proud of yourself if you participated in the entire route, or just part of the route. You tested yourself against yourself. You got to really experience the very first trip by sea covering the entire Algarve south... More ...
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The Games

Algarve SUP Games
For the first time ever, various SUP games are coming to the Algarve in 2015, in addition to the flagship event - the 6 day 156 Km SUP marathon race between Sagres and Vila Real de Santo Antonio - and many other smaller races every weekend over a period of 6 weeks of real "water fun". More ...
Jousting Games
After all we are in the Algarve, the place from where the "Discoveries" departed... and what better place to introduce the "medieval" joustling games than here? More ...
XSUP SAC Games
If all goes as planned we will have the creator of the XSup Games with us for a short time during the festival - talking about the American SUP enthusiast Justin Van Dyck with whom we are in discussions to take you through the ropes of the first game that will be run. More ...
SUPBall Games
SUPBALL is a game that will push you to your limits, keep your strategic edge on full throttle and make you laugh like never before! Come down to be challenged, enlightened and amused. More ...
Water Wars and Catapults
Water wars has been played for centuries all over the world, the objective behind the water wars and catepults is to not only wet your oponent, but also to collect your opposing team flag and to enter their space. This must be acheived while being squirted with water as well as having to dodge... More ...
Hurdle Fun Race
This SUP Hurdling race is a 200 meter race where participants have to slide their board under the hurdle and jump over it at the same time taking care that they don't fall off their board into the water. The race is won when the first participant crosses the finishing line. More ...
Junior Games
Every weekend we will hold an approximately 1/2 mile buoyed course in each location specifically for kids and junior's to demonstrate their paddling skills. But there will be lots of fun games and even SUP clinics... subject to the suitability of each area. More ...
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The Cause

Say NO to Oil and Gas Exploration
ASMAA has been strategically involved in generating public discussions and debates worldwide that are based on intellectual honesty and moral seriousness about the role that fossil fuels and clean green energy can play in our future and in the future of the planet. We became seriously involved... More ...
Alternative Energy is the Future
If there is a country in the world that can really benefit from alternative energy, without a doubt that country, is Portugal. Especially the Algarve portuguese region. The Algarve region in Portugal enjoys more than 300 days of sun per year, and the extension of the Portuguese Continental... More ...
The Cause
ASMAA (Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association), in August 2013 launched an online petition and the campaign SAY NO TO OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN THE ALGARVE to address the risk of oil and gas exploration and exploitation in the Western and Southern coasts of the Algarve. More ...
Energy Choices Facing Us!
Since 2012 ASMAA's team has been studying the energy sector worldwide in an attempt to verify if it is justifiable for Portugal to join the fossil fuels race, or whether it would be better to focus on developing the field of alternative energy instead. More ...
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Accommodation

B&P Resort Rentals Algarve
A division of B&P Real Estate Agency specialising in holiday rental accommodation, Resort Rentals Algarve, is the... More ...
Puravida Dive House
PuraVida Divehouse is a relaxing and tranquil accomodation place with an inviting homelike atmosphere. Perfect for... More ...
Luso Living
Luso Living provides quality accommodation along the Algarve from Fuesta to Burgau. We have a fantastic selection of... More ...
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Activities

Puravida Diving School
We are a fully certified PADI and SSI Scuba Diving School and Center situated in Sagres. We offer diving trips and... More ...
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Food & Drink

Restaurant Praia da Arrifana
Located in the beautiful beach "Praia da Arrifana" facing the sea, its the best place to stop when you've been... More ...
Love Smoothies
Callum and Lianna are proud to be the sole distributor of LoveTaste products in Portugal. We look forward to providing... More ...
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Other Services

NaturBoticae Holistic Shop
Located in Lagos in the historical center, and open since 1995, Naturboticae is the first health shop servicing both... More ...
NaturBoticae Wellness Clinic
NatureBoticae are Your Partners on Your Journey to Wellness! Natureboticae is a holistic healing practice that was... More ...
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