Beautiful sunny weather greeted the 40+ paddle boarders arriving at Aquasports in Redhill in Surrey yesterday for the final action in the Frostbite SUP series. Windless conditions made for some close racing. Starboard Race Team members took the top spots in all divisions.
There was a great mix of first time racers and seasoned elite level paddlers. It was great to see Aquasports embracing SUP and off the back of the racing they manage to fill a beginners SUP session from people watching the action unfold on the water. Proof if any was needed that getting the sport exposed out on the water is what drives demand and sales.
A big thank you must go to Colin Elston and his family for running such a great event as well as Sam and her team at Aquasports who were so accommodating and allowed the event to practically take over the centre for the day.
1) Ryan James – Starboard K15
2) Mike Ellicock – Starboard K15
3) John Hibbard – Starboard ACE 14′
4) Paul Simmons – Starboard K15
1) Mark Slater – Starboard 12’6″ Race
2) Pete Holliday – Starboard 2’6″ Race
Paddlers on Starboard boards also won the juniors, ladies and novice divisions so I think we can call that a good day in the office.
The London Boat Show is hosting the World’s first full scale Indoor SUP Sprint Championships is this weekend.
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th January 2011.
A 70m Pool, thumping Rock Show sound and light system and 15 of the best UK SUP racers going head to head in the pool. Backed by Starboard SUP and Red Paddle Co this event brings SUP to a totally new audience they have an exhibition stand at the show and the interest so far has been fantastic.
Competition starts Friday and runs until Sunday. The Racing is at 3:15pm each day for one hour. Entry into the London International Boat show is £13 and kids go free.
Entry into the SUP racing is free once inside the boat show.
There is a qualifying event on Friday morning at the Boat Show, which is open to all Stand Up Paddle fans.
All kit is provided and if you qualify you get a free hotel room for the weekend and backstage passes.