Last weekend saw the final event of the BSUPA National SUP champs held in brilliant sunshine at Watergate Bay with record entry numbers. We are pleased to say that Starboard riders filled the podium in all disciplines. Just check out this list of trophies our riders took home this weekend
1st Unlimited Racing – Ryan James (Starboard K15)
2nd Unlimited Racing – Nick Watt (Starboard K15)
3rd Unlimited Racing – Matt French (Starboard K15)
1st 12’6″ Racing – Mark Slater (Starboard Surf Race)
3rd 12’6″ Racing – John Hibbard (Starboard Surf Race)
1st Women’s Racing – Marie Buchanan (Starboard Pin)
2nd Mens Surf – John Hibbard (8’5″ Pocket Rocket)
1st Women’s Surf – Marie Buchanan (8’5″ Pocket Rocket)
Overall event Champion John Hibbard, winning the Watergate Waterman title for 2010
At the beginning of the year we formed a Starboard Race Team. The sole mission of the team was to support and develop the racing side of SUP in the UK. Events were getting less than 20 and sometimes less than 15 entrants. We knew there was scope to grow racing, it just needed some nurturing and some education of paddlers. Most people were scared off due to the perceived elitist nature of racing. Pushing this preconceptions aside we developed a team of paddlers who represented a broad spectrum of paddler from Olympians through to first time competitors.
The race team has been an outstanding success. Not only have Starboard riders been on the podium at every race this year we have also seen race entry numbers grow to 40-50+ in a few short months.
Racing is an easily accessible part of the sport and the winter will not be stopping the fun. The U.K community itself has developed the Frostbite race series – a number of race events to be held over the winter. Paddlers don’t need a race board to start with and everyone is really friendly.
Find out more info about the event one of the Frostbite series HERE http://standuppaddlesurf.co.uk/sup-events/view/52/5
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