Sun, 02 Oct 2022

Russia's historic northern capital held a massive cosplay event for paddleboarding for the seventh time. Here's what it looked like this year.

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About 6,000 SUP surfers paddle across St. Petersburg's river and canals on August 6, 2022.

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The seventh 'Fontanka SUP' festival ended up being one of the world's biggest festivals for paddleboarders.

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All of the participants wore costumes - among them amazons, tsars, widows, witches and many others.

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Some people attended the event with their pets (also in fancy dress).

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The festival even held a Miss SUP beauty pageant.

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The route takes about nine kilometers around the city center. It started at the Moika River, next to Mikhailovsky Castle, and ended in the same place after making a circle through Fontanka River and Kryukov and Griboyedov Canals.

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The route meets about 30 bridges, including Anichkov Bridge, on the city's main street, the Nevsky Prospekt.

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The participants paddled by a range of iconic St. Petersburg sights, including the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Blood.

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Fontanka SUP takes its name from St. Petersburg's Fontanka River and Fontanka.ru, the city's news website which organizes the festival.

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