The AUTHOR: ARTEM KUZMIN
(SAINT PETERSBURG)
Carnival of emotions!
«Fontanka-SUP». Look how it was.

V Jubilee Festival «Fontanka-SUP» — this is the gift to St. Petersburg and its residents from the city website «Fontanka.ru» in honor of its twentieth anniversary. There were amateurs and professionals at the carnival from every corner of the country. Vivid costumes, extravagant design of SUP Surfing boards and, of course — unforgettable momemts.
This water carnival broke its own last year's record for number of attendees: more than two thousand of people were on rivers and canals — twice as many as last year. The leading media of Russia and top-tier global media outlets have written about this festival.

Reports were done by International Agency Reuters, American NowThis (at about 3 million subscribers only on Twitter) and even Belgian TV channel Somoy TV. Also by First Channel, «Russia», «Match TV» and by other.
This water carnival broke its own last year's record for number of attendees: more than two thousand of people were on rivers and canals — twice as many as last year. The leading media of Russia and top-tier global media outlets have written about this festival.

Reports were done by International Agency Reuters, American NowThis (at about 3 million subscribers only on Twitter) and even Belgian TV channel Somoy TV. Also by First Channel, «Russia», «Match TV» and by other.
Luckily, the carnival took place on the first day of the official lifting of the ban on gatherings due to pandemic in St. Petersburg. Nevertheless, during the festival all recommendations to counter the spread of COVID-19 virus were complied. Sanitization was carried out, participants had their temperature measured before entering, there were equipment for hand disinfection in the starting town itself.
Although, most of the participants had their own peculiar
PPE.
The route passed under 33 bridges along the rivers and canals in the center of St. Petersburg:
down the Fontanka River past the Mikhailovsky Castle, the Ciniselli Circus, the Faberge Museum, the Anichkov Bridge, the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater, across the Kryukov Canal to the Griboyedov Canal. Further — upstream, by passing the St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Lion and Bank bridges, the House of Books.
Then under the Italian bridge at the Savior on Spilled Blood to the starting point. Nine kilometers of unforgettable emotions and adventures.
Along the entire route, the carnival column was accompanied by a bus from JSC «Third Park», which was supposed to pick up those who left the distance. However, this year all participants reached the finish line by water.

For some participants this festival was like a real quest with its own plot, culmination and happy ending.
Irina Eremina costume «Mystical forest» captured the entire attention. A women with horns was swimming on SUP with one and a half meter tree, attached to it.
It would seem that nothing could go wrong.
«When we left the starting point, the tree didn't pass under the first bridge and I had to broke branches (I was helped with it). So, I continued my route, but suddenly run into new trouble: the stretch under the SUP was gaining water, and the board did not go forward. Lucky me, viewers had the knife. We cut the whole bottom, and I swam on».

All difficulties were not in vain: she became one of two winners in the Best SUP-board Design category.

Parade at the Italian bridge was the culmination of the festival. After the 9-kilometer route, the Fontanka-SUP participants flexed their muscles to the Skibidi, hit of the St. Petersburg group Little Big. Here, spectators and bystanders were able to take pictures of participants in medical costumes, fairy-tale and cartoon characters, movie monsters, life-size puppets and media persons.
«Fontanka.ru» Cup

At this moment sportive part of the festival — «Fontanka.ru» Cup in sup-sprint at a distance of 200 meters — took place in the starting town.

Denis Zinchuk, the pioneer of the Russian SUP, the organizer of the first Championships of Russia, became the judge and organizer.

According to him, the competition was rather demonstrative. But the fight broke out serious.

Eventually, Nadezhda Pishchulina took the first place among women, Alena Postovaya became the second, Mila Kondratyeva — the third. As for men, Pyotr Zagorodny took the lead, finishing with a spectacular fall into the water. «Silver» went to Roman Kuritsyn, «bronze» — to Maxim Lysanov.

All winners received gifts from SUP_Club and Zavidovo SUP challenge.
After the end of the competition, the first participants began to return to the starting town. Among them was journalist Venera Galeeva, who, like the entire Fontanka team, trained the day before, and at the festival covered the entire track on a WantSup_Spb SUP-boad. She spoke about her experience:
— «Fontanka-SUP - 2020» showed that the festival has become so massive that it is high time to introduce at least the rules for traffic on rivers and canals, and it is desirable to make the starting town two-storey and with underground parking. To be serious — «Fontanka-SUP» has become many times larger, faster and more extensive than five years ago. And it continues to grow.
This year there were more than 2 thousand officially registered participants. More and more people do not rent SUP-boards, but purchase their own — this summer it turned out to be a problem to buy a budget board in St. Petersburg, all warehouses were emptied.
By the way, the costume and board design competition is also a sport now, and high achievements. This year, the competition was tougher than ever: cosplayers, who were left without specialized festivals due to the pandemic, pulled up.The outfits are getting more complicated, the makeup is getting more intricate. Advanced riders, who can not only stand on the board, but dance on it, have appeared.
And the journalists too!
As never before, there were many branded teams this year. The editorial staff of Fontanka, headed by the permanent captain, editor-in-chief of the city portal, Alexander Gorshkov, took to the water in orange T-shirts, consisting of 20 people. What is symbolic: the leading Internet publication of the North-West of Russia «Fontanka.ru» celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year
Miss SUP–2020
The competition program was traditionally opened by the Miss SUP-2020 finalists. Nine girls, who had just passed 9 km, had to answer the host's tricky questions and perform in front of the audience with a representative performance.

As a result, Elena Dianova under No. 9 in the form of «Indian Girl» was the winner. After the finale, she was on the cloud nine:
I am so happy! I really didn't expected! This is unbelievable. And thanks to everyone who voted for me. We can say that my dream has come true: I have been preparing for this for a whole year. I came up with a costume, bought a headdress, jewelry. It was such an improvisation. Initially, I wanted to make myself a Pacahontas costume, but I sew very badly, so I decided to just make an image of an Indian girl with such a beautiful headdress.
The winners in the other nominations also did not restrain themselves and rejoiced sincerely
Alexander Zhukov
Best SUP-board design
Evgeny Nozdri
People's Choice Award
Anna Kovaleva
"For creativity and will to win"

We are waiting for you next year at the VI Festival «Fontanka-SUP». There will be more competitions, awards and vivid emotions!
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