The ICE Race Thun ushers in the summer and finally opens the water sports season. Water sports enthusiasts of different paddling disciplines will come together on the weekend of May 7-8 to compete in the category of their choice in front of the enchanting mountain panorama on Lake Thun. 

 

A variety of starting categories 

Participation in the ICE Race is possible for both amateur and professional athletes, thanks to the different starting categories. During the weekend, Stand Up Paddles (SUP), kayaks, outriggers, team boats, rowers as well as a category in relay/team start on any sports equipment can be expected on the lake. Depending on the category, the start will be either at Strandbad Thun or in Interlaken over distances of 9km/ 18km/ 37km. And as a very special highlight this year: You will arrive at your starting point in Interlaken by BLS boat across Lake Thun. You should not miss this experience.

 

Summer feeling at Strandbad Thun

Around the event, the "Sport Village" will be created at the lido in Thun, which will entertain visitors with booths, material tests and other offers on the topic of water sports and invite them to a pleasant exchange. As a participant, you can pick up your start numbers there from Friday afternoon onwards and round off the evening before the big days with a pasta chat. And also for the little ones there are starting possibilities, as well as trial lessons beside the competitions. The whole program from Friday to Sunday you will find here.

The Strandbad Thun is also celebrating its 100th anniversary on May 7 and, in addition to the ICE Race, has prepared other surprises and attractions for the opening of the season. 

It will be a weekend full of water sports, fun and summer feelings! Register now here and be there (take advantage of early bird prices until 22.04.).

 

Joint water fun for teams 

Don't want to compete alone? Then round up a few friends and turn the ICE Race into an unforgettable team activity. It's easier to conquer the course together - so why not sign up for the team start? In teams of three (at least one woman) you can divide the 18 km route between you. And although being there is known as everything, it is still fun to win a prize. That's why, in addition to the prizes for the fastest participants in each category, there are other cool placements:

  • For the team with the coolest costume
  • For the oldest and the youngest participant 
  • For the boat closest to the average time (18 km / 37 km)

In addition, all participants will receive a finisher prize. What are you waiting for? Click here to register. If you are thinking about participating in the ICE Race on a SUP but don't feel professional enough yet, take the tips in the next section to heart and improve your paddling technique.

 

3 technique tips for more speed on the SUP

Proper technique on the SUP is the key to gliding quickly across the water. The following tips will help you achieve the foundation of a good paddling technique for more speed.

1. The correct posture on the SUP

A correct stance on the board is the prerequisite for a good technique and to be able to pick up speed properly. You should stand hip-width on the board, the feet point parallel to the front and the knees are slightly bent to be able to compensate for small waves on the water. 

2. The right grip technique

The upper paddle arm is called the pressure arm. The hand grips the handle of the paddle and the paddling motion is led by pressure. The pull arm attaches lower on the paddle, about shoulder width below the handle. It remains extended almost throughout and is the "fulcrum" of the paddling motion. 

This "triangle of strength" created between your arms and upper body supports you in a powerful paddle stroke and gives you stability.

3. The right paddling technique

The paddle movement can be divided into 3 phases: Plunge phase, Pull phase and Retrieve phase. In the plunge phase, you will plunge the paddle into the water as far forward as possible. In the second phase, you will pull the paddle back, keeping it vertical. Tip: Imagine you are pulling the board towards the paddle and not the paddle towards your feet. This makes your movement more effective. In the retrieve phase, pull the paddle sideways out of the water and forward again, with the paddle blade flat along the surface of the water.