Summer Challenge 2012 Journal | 28/08

Tuesday, 28-Aug-12 10:20:22 UTC

Nelo is proud to present the 4th edition of the Nelo Summer Challenge. This surfski race is already a world benchmark for the sport. highlighting not only the sporting component, but also the quality of athletes that raises, being recently rewarded with the 1st Surfski World Cup to be held in 2013. However, this year many teams will want to take part and get to know this unique journey.

The number of participants comes close to 200, with 30 countries represented.
The race will feature specialists from the top of the sport, such as the Australians David Smith and Jacob Clear, also Olympic champions in London 2012, the South African Dawid Mocke (# 1 World Ranking) and Sean Rice (winner of 2/1 cups of World, 2012) and the best European athletes, including Spaniards, French and Portuguese.
However, these experts will face a contingent of more than 50 Olympic athletes who will try their luck in this aspect of canoeing, especially as some more experienced Olympic champion Eirik Larsen (Norway), the Olympic champion of the 200 mt Ed McKeever (Britain) or the winner of the 2011 edition of Ken Wallace (Australia, Olympic champion in 2008), among others, but with the certainty that all successful London 2012 boats in individual, whether male or female, will be present in Portugal.

The Summer Challenge will be followed by the Meeting of Champions that will take place on Day 3, Monday. This event that Nelo, in partnership with the Municipality of Vila do Conde, organizes every four years after the Olympic Games aims to bring together and reward the athletes in this Olympic cycle who more contributed for the projection of the sport in a relaxed and fun environment.
The Meeting will begin on Memory Center of Vila do Conde with the official reception by the municipality, then a visit to the exhibition “Nelo | Olympic Games”, lunch and ends with a visit to the Nelo factory.

Michele Eray

After an less fortunate year injury-wise you return to the Nelo Summer Challenge. Your goal is to claim the title back after the 2010 win?
- The injury was very unfortunate, and really badly timed as I was having a great season last year when it happened. I ended up missing a while year and many races because of it. My goal this year is to do the best that I can, as long as I finish knowing that I have left nothing out on the water I will be happy.

On that hard path of your coming what would you share as the best advice to other injured paddlers?
- Best advice for injured paddlers making a comeback> rest and let your body heal, dont rush the recovery. It will heal, if you let it!

How does Portugal ranks as a surfski venue?
- Portugal as a surf ski race venue> awesome!! warm, great vibe, friendly people, and GREAT downwind conditions!


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