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Nicaragua here we come!
Saturday’s race at Kingsbridge, South Devon was one of the biggest races for me this season.
To finish off a long season the British Stand Paddle Board Association had a distance race to gain selection for the British team to compete at next years ISA World Stand Up Paddle Championships.
The World Championships in Peru this year was one of the highlights of the year for me so I was really hoping to make the team again.
At the start of the race everyone went off at a fast pace to get into a good position for the first tight buoy turn. At the buoy I was third but as Pete the Irish Lad had a slow turn this gave Sonny the chance to get a gap on the field. Going down the river with the wind I got my head down and paddled hard to close the gap to get back with Sonny and in doing so dropped the chasing pack.
Sitting on Sonny’s wash up to about half way I really wanted to lead the second half and try and get away so as a tight buoy turn was coming up I paddled hard to get onto the inside of the turn and get into the lead.
Leading going back up the river was hard as we were against the wind and current and sitting in behind someone would have been the better option but I kept the pace high and got a small gap and went onto win.
I’m very happy with the result as after finishing joint 5th in last weeks British Sup Surfing Champs I came down with a heavy cold.
Watching Ben Skinner in the ISA World Long board Champs a few weeks back and seeing that the Brits can compete on world level hopefully Team GB can do well in Nicaragua.
Ollie Shilston – Surftech Team Rider
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Sep 26Check out these little guys……………….
Just arrived in from Strive – Surftech’s polyester range
A short double ender, wide and easy to ride. Great fun in small surf.
The Jamie Mitchell Survivor Race format is becoming very popular, with several events around the world including it in their schedule as an alternative to standard course or sprint races.
The race format is a Le Mans style start: Begin standing next to you board on the waterline, run and grab your paddle that’s stuck in the sand 10 metres up the beach, then run back, grab your board and start paddling around a short course, either in flat water or through the surf. Every competitor starts together, with back-to-back heats whittling the field down to a final round of 6 paddlers . There are only two to three minute breaks between heats, with the clock starting from when the first paddler crosses the line.
It’s an exciting form of SUP racing for spectators and a grueling workout for the paddlers. There’s practically no rest between each round, so if you’re lucky enough to make it all the way to the final (which involves around 5 knockout heats) you’re absolutely flogged.
The heats saw everyone start together in calm flat conditions. I got off to a good start off the line and had a lead on the run into the water. My plan was to get away at the start to give myself space on the turns around the tight twisted course.
Working myself through the rounds I was getting the maximum rest by coming in first each time and to be honest I felt really strong throughout the rounds. I was pleased how well I was going as I had been ill leading up to the race.
In the final the cross-shore wind had picked up making it quite bumpy in places but again I got out front early and worked really hard to get a good gap and take the win.
This race format was really fun and well done to BaySup for organizing the first one in the UK. I hope there’s more to come.
Ollie Shilston – Surftech Team Rider
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