‘See you in the water’



– ICF Worlds 2021: Bronze medal
– ISA Worlds 2019: Gold Medal
– ICF Worlds 2019: Silver medal
– Italian Champion 2018
– APP London Sprint 2019: Silver Medal and 4th overall
– APP Paris Sprint Pool 2018: 3rd place
– Euro Tour Namur 2019: 1st place
– Euro Tour Munich 2019: 1st place


Claudio Nika was always attracted to the Ocean since he was a child, he started practising surfing at age of 6 and was later encouraged by his brother Leonard some years later in 2009 to get on a SUP board in Rome. After having fun, training and racing Claudio started to travel to various competitions at the age of 14 where he’d achieve National and European titles.

In the later years from 2016 to 2021, Claudio had been training in Portugal – Cascais and Peniche – with his brother Leonard. Together in 2020, they founded the “Nika Paddle Surf Camp” n high-performance SUP training centres that attracts aspiring athletes worldwide. He is now a World Champion and he realizes one of his dreams but is not planning to stop chasing medals and representing Starboard and Italy on the world stage. The most important goal for Claudio is being in the water and having fun whatever the condition it is.

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Lives in: Rome Italy and Peniche Portugal
Favourite SUP Locations: Peniche, San Sebastian Spain, Agios Greece, El Salvador
SUP racer world ranking: currently 11th
APP World Tour Ranking: currently 13th
Hobbies: Surfing, skating, running, painting, biking, travelling, foiling
Other Sponsors: Black Project

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Articles Featuring Claudio Nika

Euro Tour

Nordhausen SUP Race in Germany Turns on the Heat

There was quite a bit of expectation to return to Germany, and stop #6 in Nordhausen and 5th Grand Slam of the season didn’t disappoint. This sleepy small town in Central Germany really came alive today for the Nordhausen SUP Race and we saw the biggest participation so far this season, with 12 nations (…

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Dream TeamStories

High Performance Centre for SUP in Peniche, Portugal with Nika Brothers

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) professionals, Claudio & Leo Nika, announce their collaboration with the Peniche Surfing Club’s High Performance Center (HPC), using the centre as their training base whilst hosting Stand Up Paddleboard athletes from around the world with monthly high-performance training camps.   “It’s time to aim high, train harder than ever and achieve your goals! …

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