An International Battle at Battle for Hercules

Photo courtesy: Mario Entero / Euro Tour Photo courtesy: Mario Entero / Euro Tour

CEUTA, Spain - A truly international field consisting of 14 countries gathered for the start of 2023 Euro Tour. Conditions greatly improved from the recent windstorm, leaving participants with some beautiful ocean conditions that still challenged the entire field.

Women's Race

In the women's race, 8 out of the top 10 finishers were from Spain. Espe Barreras took first place and Duna Gordillo took second place, breaking away from the rest of the field early on. Alba Frey took third place, while Laura Quetglas came in fourth place. Another talented young paddler from Port Adriano in Spain, Sonia Caimari, closed out the top 5.

hercules sup race 2023 womenPhoto courtesy: Mario Entero / Euro Tour

The top 10 women were:

  1. Espe Barreras
  2. Duna Gordillo
  3. Alba Frey
  4. Laura Quetglas
  5. Sonia Caimari
  6. Alexia Soto
  7. Susanne Lier
  8. Ainhoa Rivas
  9. Aida Nepola
  10. Ginnie Bets
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Photos courtesy: Mario Entero / Euro Tour

Men's Race

The men's side was highly competitive, with much of the top 5 taking the lead at one point or another. In a frantic sprint to the finish line, Donato Freens from the Netherlands took first place and Aaron Sanchez Quetglas from Spain took second place. Denmark's Cristian Andersen took third place, while the United Kingdom's Blue Ewer took fourth place. Bruno Hasulyo from Hungary closed out the top 5.

hercules sup race 2023 mens finishPhoto courtesy: Mario Entero / Euro Tour

The top 10 men were:

  1. Donato Freens
  2. Aaron Sanchez Quetglas
  3. Cristian Andersen
  4. Blue Ewer
  5. Bruno Hasulyo
  6. Ivan de Frutos
  7. Rafa Sirvent
  8. Fernando Perez
  9. Augusto Garcia
  10. Bodie Von Almen

In the morning, the junior and amateur races were a hit with 124 athletes and children as young as 8 years old navigating the amazing "foso de Ceuta." The organizers and volunteers of Battle of Hercules were incredibly helpful, and the authorities of the city, including the military, were instrumental in managing all the logistics. For a full list of results, click here. For a video recap of the event watch below.

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Last modified onMonday, 10 April 2023 16:17

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