The 3rd Annual Corfu Emerald Cup is scheduled for June 15-16, 2019 and it comes with exciting new features. After a big boost in participation and spectator attendance in its 2nd year, the upcoming June Corfu Emerald Cup will be a new showcase SUP Euro Tour Grand Slam 12,000EUR event. Top racers from all over the world are coming to compete, including five-time SUP world champion Connor Baxter, the “fastest man in SUP.” Baxter wrote, “I’m looking forward to paddling the same course Olympic athletes swam. What an incredible opportunity!”

As in years past, the Corfu Emerald Cup will be an exciting weekend packed with racing and fun. Even better, the Emerald Cup will be a Green Race this year, partnering with the local “Let’s Do This Corfu!” efforts to protect Corfu’s oceans and beaches through active recycling. The race is organized under the auspices of the Municipality of Corfu, the SUP EURO Tour and the Nautical Athletic Club of Corfu (NAOK). This international competition includes three separate race categories—Open Water Swim, Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) and Fun. The Euro Tour SUP 14,800M (Pro category) takes place on Saturday, followed by Sunday’s “Let’s Do This Corfu” Challenge, a 3,500M Open Water Swim and SUP race in the Fun category for everyone—athletes, spectators, families and friends.

SUP races will begin at the Angsana hotel beach, and open watter swim will start at the Church of Vlachernawhere competitors will charge into the crystalline waters of Pontikonisi and drive hard toward the finish line—the world famous oasis Beach of Benitses at the Angsana Corfu Hotel (a Banyan Tree Resort opening soon ). All the races will be broadcast on a live video feed viewable from the beach.

On Sunday, June 16, the exciting 3,500M “Let’s Do This Corfu” Challenge will highlight a day of fun for both athletes and spectators, including activities for all ages that promote recycling to Keep Corfu Clean, followed by a post-race afterparty. By just showing up and having fun, you’ll be supporting the important mission of keeping Corfu’s beaches clean and pristine!

Whether you’re an adult athlete, a student athlete, a spectator, or a fan who wants to race and not just watch, the Corfu Emerald Cup is a rare jewel of competition and fun that could have no home other than the mythical island of Corfu. Situated in the heart of the Ionian Sea, Corfu has been frequented and fantasized about since ancient times. Long sought after by the Venetians, French and the British, their historical influence is evident throughout the town’s architecture and landmarks. A UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, Corfu ranks amongst Europe’s most fascinating destinations. With its many fine restaurants, bars, spas, sports facilities, and world-class beaches—all exemplified in its new flagship resort, the Angsana Corfu Hotel—the Annual Corfu Emerald Cup embodies the trademark Hellenic combination of history, beauty, culture, sport, and fun.