The Cigar Smoking World Championship (CSWC) has concluded for another year. The 2021 contest ended with the grand finale hosted in Split, Croatia, where Henrik Krisstenson from Sweden was announced World Champion.
For the uninitiated, the point of the CSWC is to smoke a cigar for as long as possible – the longest time wins! While this may sound a bit like watching paint dry, it’s actually a thrilling experience to see, and you’ll be at the edge of your seat watching the cigars slowly get smaller!
Krisstenson won with an amazing time of 2 hours 42 minutes and 07 seconds. Boris Szodziak from Poland came in second place, with a very close time of 2 hours 41 minutes and 50 seconds. It all came down to 17 seconds!
Klaudia Ide, also from Poland, came in third place with a time of 2 hours 22 minutes and 55 seconds.
Prior to the grand final, qualifying contests were hosted around the world to send the best aficionados for a shot at the World Champion title. Here at Havana House, we hosted a qualifying event of our own, with Etan Patel taking the winning spot with a fantastic time of 1 hour 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
Etan Patel went on to compete in the grand final in Split, Croatia, where he came 8th out of 16 and gained a new personal best time.
CSWC 2021 Cigar
This year, the CSWC partnered with Rocky Patel to produce the cigar that was used for the competition. The official competition cigar was the Mareva (Corona), which measures 5 1⁄8 x 42 ring gauge.
If you’d like to give the challenge of slow smoking a cigar a go, then you can try it out with the official CSWC cigar Rocky Patel Cigar Smoking World Championship Mareva Cigar, which was also awarded No. 9 in Cigar Journal’s Top 25 of 2020.