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2023 GBSUP National Series & Championships Schedule

Updated: Feb 13, 2023

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Your 2023 National Series and Championships schedule is released earlier than ever before!

2023 Series and Championship Schedule
GBSUP 2023 Events Calendar

For 2023 we are running two series - Flatwater Distance and Ocean Tech. These will each comprise 3 races making up the individual series. Our British National Championships will also return with a continuation of our 2022 development to include Sprints, Distance and Technical formats.

National Series Details

Each series will form the National Ranking for our paddlers in the respective disciplines - Flatwater Distance and Ocean Tech. For 2023 we have also made changes to our board and Age Group categories, details of which can be found here.

Each series will rank all paddlers in their respective categories using a best-of-3 model. To be eligible for the respective category podiums for the final series standings, paddlers must complete 2 events in the respective series.

Flatwater Distance Series

Flatwater is defined by inland locations such as rivers, lochs, lakes and canals or other similar bodies of water not directly exposed to open ocean conditions. For 2023 our flatwater events will be contested over distances between 10 and 16 km with minimal turns as dictated by the event location. Multiple laps or legs may be used, and point-to-point formats.

Ocean Tech Series

Depending on the event criteria, we have a one- or two-day format for the Ocean Tech Series. Our one-day format will consist of two races, a Technical and Hybrid Tech format. The two-day format will also include Sprints with these and the Technical race being run in heats with a successful paddler progressing to a final.

Ocean Tech events are exposed locations such as beaches, bays or estuaries susceptible to open ocean conditions.

Distances and formats will be as follows:

  • Technical - 4 - 6km - Multiple laps that may include beach transitions. Laps will consist of multiple (5) or critical turns, depending on the location.

  • Hybrid Tech - 6 - 8km - Blend of distance and technical elements. Multiple laps but with a longer course layout and a technical section, such as a critical turn or transition.

  • Sprints - Short course - Use of out and back or short course layout. The first choice is a 100m sprint to a gate before returning to the start/finish. The course will be set in critical locations where safe to do so.

British National Championships

2023 will see our Technical format added to the British National Championships. This event will form our flagship event, where we crown our respective Discipline and National Champions for the year.

Entry Options

Competitors may enter each event individually or complete in all three disciplines to qualify for the National Champions titles.

Sprint, Distance and Technical Champions

Champions will be crowned within each respective Discipline and Category across the following formats:

  • Sprint - 200m - Heats to final progression

  • Distance - 10km - Out and back course on the River Trent

  • Technical - Short Course - Heats to final progression.

Overall National Champions

Competitors who enter all three disciplines will be eligible for the Overall National Champions titles (exact categories TBC). This is calculated using an algorithm taking a competitor's results from each discipline and combining them to give an overall time and position. Full details on categories and entries will be confirmed and updated here in due course.

Event Entry Details & Communication

Each event will follow the following format as a minimum;

  • Proposed event formats and timings are to be issued 3 months in advance through the respective event page on our website

  • Event entries opened 2 months in advance

  • Initial event details will be sent out to each competitor with their registration.

  • Regular updates on any changes communicated during the registration period.

  • Event details will be updated with any changes on teh respective event page on our website.

  • Event entries will close 1 week before the scheduled event date.

  • Paddlers issued final details upon close of registration.

  • Emergency event details will be communicated directly to all competitors as required in the week before the event.

  • Provisional results will be posted live.

  • Final results will be calculated & confirmed the next day, subject to the event format.

Changes to the Event Calendar

Any changes to the event calendar will be updated here, so please follow this blog. All changes will be communicated by email/ sharing of this blog, so please sign up for updates at the bottom of our homepage here.

We look forward to seeing you on the start line with us in 2023!

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