Donato Freens

Intro
At only 14 years of age, Donato is a fierce, feared and respected competitor among elite racers. He has chosen to race in the adult men / open division because of his advanced development.

He started competing in 2017 and has been a household name since. In the year 2019, he has finished in the top ten among seasoned elite male paddlers in various competitions in North West Europe.

Favourite Discipline(s)
SUP Surfing
Downwinding
Foiling

Quiver
6’0 Easy Foiler
7’6 Pocket Ace
14’0 by 21 inch Dugout Flat Water Race
Featherlite Carbon Paddle 88 Sq. Inch – Oval
Featherlite Carbon Paddle 78 Sq. Inch – Oval

Results 2019
World Cup Scharbeutz: Kids Race: 1st
World Cup Scharbeutz: Pro Tech Sprint Race: 10th
EuroTour Scharbeutz: Pro Race: 18th (1st Pro Junior)
#1 Dutch SUP Tour Haarlem 19.5km: Elite Men: 8th
#2 Dutch SUP Tour Leeuwarden 17km: Elite Men: 5th
#3 Dutch SUP Tour Loosdrecht 9.4km: Elite Men: 7th
#4 Dutch SUP Tour Bruinisse Sprint & Tech Race: Elite Men: 4th
NRW State Championship Bochum 12km: Elite Men: 2nd
#1 Belgian SUP Tour Blankenbergen 8km: Elite Men; 2nd
#2 Belgian SUP Tour Nieuwpoort 8km: Elite Men; 2nd
#3 Belgian SUP Tour Lac d’Heure 8km: Elite Men; 1st
Open Belgian Championships Tech Racing: Elite Men: 2nd
Open Belgian Championships Long Distance Racing: Elite Men: 2nd

Main Results 2018
Open Belgian Championships Long Distance: Elite Men: 3rd
Open Belgian Championships Tech Racing: Elite Men: 2nd
#3 Dutch SUP Tour Breda Time-trail: Elite Men: 5th

Sponsors
Blue Planet Surf
Onda Wetsuits
Freens Watersport

Krista van Beek

Intro
Krista joined our team in early 2018 and has shown since that she is a serious contender for the win in any race she participates in. She won the 2018 Open Belgian Championships in Long Distance Racing on her 21 inch Flat Water Dugout board. Watch out for her during 2019!

Favourite Discipline
Flat Water Long Distance Racing

Quiver
9’2 Ninja Chief
14’0 by 21 inch Dugout Flat Water Race
Kai Zen v2 Carbon Paddle 92 Sq. Inch
Featherlite Carbon Paddle 78 Sq. Inch – Oval

Results 2019
#1 Dutch SUP Tour Haarlem 19.5km: Elite Women: 6th
#2 Dutch SUP Tour Leeuwarden 17km: Elite Women: 3rd
#4 Dutch SUP Tour Bruinisse Sprint & Tech Race: Elite Women: 4th
#3 Belgian SUP Tour Lac d’Heure: Elite Women: 2nd

Main Results 2018
Open Belgian Championships Long Distance: Elite Women: 1st

Sponsors
Blue Planet Surf
Exsin
Crossfit Kampen
Julbo Eyewear

Michael Pauwels

Intro
Michael Pauwels is the latest addition to the Blue Planet SUP Europe Team. This fireman lives on the coast in Blankenberge, Belgium where he can pursue his passions for watersports.

Michael is a very accomplished windsurfer, snowboarder, rock climber, surfer and sup surfer. Being a newbie in elite SUP racing, this talent put in a very impressive performance and barely missed the podium in the Belgium LD titles.

Favourite Discipline
SUP Surfing

Quiver
14’0 by 22.5 inch Dugout All Water Race
Featherlite Carbon Paddle 88 Sq. Inch – Oval Shaft

Results 2019
Blankenberge, Belgian SUP Titles Long Distance: 4th

Sponsors
Blue Planet Surf