All you need to know

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

What is Midsummer Viking Challenge?

Midsummer Viking Challenge is a unique 24-hour team relay SUP Challenge in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is an event, where top SUP-athletes of the world will paddle along with amateurs celebrating the Viking Midsummer, breaking personal boundaries and raising awareness about Plastic pollution in our oceans. How far can your team make it?


The challenge will start on Saturday, June 22 at 14:00 and end 24 hours + remaining lap later. For the final lap all team members must join their team on the water and paddle towards the finish line together and aim to reach the finish line no later than 14.30.


Donations to Plastic Change

Apart from being an athletic challenge, we want to use this Midsummer Viking Challenge to highlight the increasing level of plastic pollution in the oceans and across the beaches of the world. Each team is therefore required to make donations per lap they paddle to the NGO “Plastic Change”, who campaign for less plastic pollution in the world.


Read more about Plastic Change


We strongly recommend that each team finds a sponsor that can help with this donation for a good cause. Please tell the staff at the registration how much your team will donate pr. paddle lap and who is your sponsor (Company, family, grandma etc.)


Sign Up

When you sign up for the Midsummer Viking Challenge, we kindly ask you to provide us with the following information:


  • Team name - The funnier, the better :)
  • Club/City/Organisation/Company
  • Name, address, mail and mobile number, t-shirt size of all team members
  • Payment information

The entry fee per team is 1.000 DKK (approx 130 euro). There will be goodie bags, great prizes, a lounge to chill in and a lot of other cool features. The event is still under construction, and we can't wait to reveal all sorts of fantastic news throughout the coming months.


Sign Up here


The Course

The course will feature a five-kilometre-long lap around the artificial ‘Amager Strandpark’ in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. The start and the changing zone will be on the inside stretch in front of 'Kajakhotellet'


Half of the course is on the inside stretch in nice flat water. The other half is on the outside is in slightly choppy waters of Øresund depending on wind and current. The event site and inside channel area near Kajakhotellet will be illuminated in the dark. During the few night hours, the buoys will also be illuminated.

The race directors will on race day decide the direction of the course according to wind and current. As always – the course is subject to change.


No matter what, the paddles will have a magnificent view of the great Öresundbron, that connects Denmark and Sweden, to huge ocean windmills and hundreds of departing and arriving planes at Copenhagen Airport.


Teams

Each team will consist of minimum 3 and maximum 5 members - all with their own boards and paddles. It will be up to each team to decide how often they will switch between their paddlers, with the goal to paddle as many kilometres as possible in 24 hours. It will also be up to each team to decide if and when to take breaks during the challenge.


Since we want to use this Midsummer Viking Challenge to highlight the increasing level of plastic pollution in the oceans and across the beaches of the world, each team is required to make donations per kilometre they paddle to the NGO Plastic Change, who campaign for less plastic pollution in the world. We strongly recommend that each team finds a sponsor that can help with this donation for a good cause.


We dream to have a huge field of riders paddling together up the channel during the last lap. For TV and media, this will look awesome and make a big impact together. Therefore all team members must paddle the last lap together and aim to reach the finish line no later than 14.30 (2.30 pm). Therefore, the team might have to have a small break before the last lap according to the team's average lap time. The race directors will help the teams to time the last lap. More info on this during the riders briefing


Equipment

  • 14 ft boards and under.
  • Leash is mandatory
  • Hydration pack with snacks is mandatory
  • Headlights for paddling in the dark
  • Lifevests or PFDs are strongly recommended


Check in on site

Each team must check in and register before the event. During check in the team will receive goodie bags, general information about the event, 'I was there-shirts”, lycra and GPS units and essential details on safety.


Opening Hours:

Friday, June 21: From 12:00 to 18:00

Saturday, June 22: From 08:00 to 12.00


The on-site check-in close Saturday, June 22 at 12.00



Safety

Board Up North is in charge of the safety of the paddlers during this event. It was the same company of skilled lifeguards that helped Casper during his Viking Crossing over Skagerrak.


Board Up North will have boats on the course, spotters around the course and GPS Tracking to secure that no one gets lost on the course. On the outside, the paddlers have to pass the lighted buoys.


It is mandatory for each paddler to carry the following when paddling on the course:

  • Leash
  • Headlamp
  • Safety flare*
  • Life vest or swimwest is strongly encouraged
  • flashing white light on your front body*
  • flashing red light on your back body*


*) Only mandatory between 20:00 and 06:00. Each team can share flare and flashing lights. You can buy flares at venue.


Of course, each paddler is not allowed to pass another paddler, who is in the water, without making sure that he/she is okay. Sportsmanship and keeping a safe eye out for each other is key during this event. Just like it should be in real life :)


GPS Tracker

The paddler on the course must always carry a GPS Tracker. GPS tracker will be provided during check-in.


Tentative Schedule

Friday, June 21

12:00: Check-in, rooftop camp* and board storage opens

18:00: Check in and board storage close

* Rooftop camping is open until Sunday 18:00.


Saturday, June 22

08:00: Check-in, rooftop camp, board storage opens

12.00: Check-in and board storage closes

13.00: Mandatory Race and safety briefing for all paddlers and teams

14:00: Start for Midsummer Viking Challenge 2019

(More to come)


Saturday, June 23

14:00 The final lap of Midsummer Viking Challenge

15.00 Champagne showers and prize giving ceremony

(More to come)


Board storage

There will be a secured place for board storage close to the venue.


Opening hours:

Friday, June 21: From 12.00 to 18.00

Saturday, June 22: From 08.00 to 24.00

Sunday, June 23: From 00.00 18:00


All boards must be picked up before Sunday, June 23 at 18.00 pm.


Prizes

There will be great prizes for all kinds of achievement: Fastest lap, longest distance team, oldest team. most impressive effort, the funniest team name an so on.  The event is still under construction, and we look forward to revealing all sorts of fantastic news throughout the coming months.


Venue:

'Kajakhotellet' is the heart of the event. In front, you'll find a tremendous Red Bull chill out lounge with wigwam, chairs, pillows and plenty of Red Bull cans to keep you awake during the night.


At the Kajakhotellet Rooftop, you'll find a nice place to set up your tent for accommodation during the race. Around the venue, you'll find toilets, showers and areas to eat and relax.


The event is still under construction, and we can't wait to reveal all sorts of fantastic news throughout the coming months.


Amager Strandpark is Copenhagen's beach area. It is busy all day long in the summer, and there is no doubt that it is one of the best spots to spend the long Copenhagen summer days and bright evenings.


The beach park consists of a two km long artificial island forming a lagoon with toddlers' pools on the one side, and a big sandy beach with dunes on the other. The southern part of the park has a broad promenade and areas for different ball play and picnicking.


Parkering

Parking is free outside the Kajakhotellet.


Food and drinks

Since the event is still under construction, we don't know anything about food and drinks now.


Food and drinks is the responsibility of the teams. Please bring sufficient drinks and food supplies for the duration of the event. There will be some snacks and Red Bull available in the Red Bull Lounge. Snacks and various drinks can also be purchased at “Kajakhotellet”.


Accommodation

During the event: It is possible for all teams to set up a tent at the Kajakhotellet Rooftop or park a caravan or autocamper on indicated areas. We can't help you with power and water - but you can use the facilities, that Kajakhotellets provides.


Before/after the event: If you want to visit Copenhagen earlier, we can help you to find the best places to stay at a low price. Maybe even sleep at local surfers in the Capitol. Just call us.

But Copenhagen is a busy and expensive city, so we recommend that you make your bookings early.


Transportation

It is easy to travel to Copenhagen and Amager Strandpark by train, car or plane.


By car: Set the GPS to Havkajakvej 5, 2300 København S and of you go.


By train: Arrive at Copenhagen Central Station. Take any north-going S-train to Nørreport Station, change to the Metro and join the M2-line towards Copenhagen Airport. Jump off at Amager Strand St and walk the last kilometre. The entire trip duration with the train is around 22 minutes. Rember to buy a ticket. The fine in Denmark is 100 euro for travelling without a valid ticket.


If you are not carrying a board and tons of equipment, then try the famous Copenhagen City Bike called 'Bycyklen'. You just borrow a bike for your tripe. Read more here: https://bycyklen.dk/en


By plane: It is probably the easiest thing in the world. When you leave customs and the arrival scenery with people waiting with flags, just continued straight ahead towards the metro. Jump on the Metro line M2 towards Vanløse St. and jump off at Femøren St and walk the last kilometre. The entire trip duration with the Metro is around 12 minutes. Rember to buy a ticket. The fine in Denmark is 100 euro for travelling without a valid ticket.


Partners

Midsummer Viking Challenge is the first edition of the event series Viking Challenge powered by Casper Steinfath.


We are proud to have partners as Red Bull, Plastic Change, Kajakhotellet, Danish Surf and Rafting Association on the team list. And there are more to come.