10 Oct 2016

Ollie Shilston Wins UK Sup Series 7 Race

By Ollie Shilston

It was great to race this weekend in Cardiff. I went to Uni in Cardiff many moons ago so it was really nice to go back and see how it’s changed.

The race was an out and back course with a couple of tight buoy turns. The weather was sunny with quite a strong head wind for most of the race.

I had a solid start sitting in behind Ben Payne who started well before we headed across the Bay and into the wind. I made my move as we hit the wind and chop. I knew the course was narrow and sheltered the further up towards the Millennium Stadium so I wanted to get clear before then.


I like the way the race starts are set up this year because the 14ft class is able to chase the other paddlers. This kept me paddling strong. I had a good gap by half way but I really wanted to catch my training partner Damian on the way back who started 3minutes ahead in the 12’6 class.


Despite catching my fin on something under one of the bridges and going over the front of my board for a dip I managed to get clear and win overall in a good time 59.07 in that strong wind (6.14miles).


It was a great atmosphere at the race and also brilliant to see so many Starboard Team riders doing well…


Photos – Georgia Wharton


4 Oct 2016

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8 Jun 2016

Delights of Iceland

”Schamazeballz” were my words when I first heard about the delights of Iceland.

A land rich in Viking culture and eco-friendly credentials.
Then I heard about Jokulsarlon, a beautiful ice burg lagoon on the south of the Island.
I knew from seeing the magnificent blue tinged natural ice sculptures that I had to SUP there. So I booked up my flight with WOW airlines ( Iceland’s budget airline ), taking with me my Starboard Zen Astro Touring 11’6 iSUP.

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Concealed in a regular suitcase to avoid the possible special equipment baggage allowance I set off. ”Damn” I have a fixed paddle !! No time to source a 3 piece paddle, I used my ex-army ethos of ”Improvise, Adapt, Overcome” and borrowed a rib boat 2 piece oar…It ‘ll do. I and my land loving travel buddy touched down at Keflavik airport.
After several days of camping and driving round the Golden Circle and south coast in our beat up Toyota Yaris hire car, we hit the ring road for SUP-ing mecca …Jokulsarlon.

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On arrival at the location, I could barely contain my excitement at seeing the ragged blue oversized popsicles. After a quick recce along the south shore for a suitable launch and extract site, I inflated my stick in record time. All suited and booted with a high viz wind shirt for good measure, I paddled out into my other worldly SUP Nirvana.
It was safe to say ”Wow” was an understatement at the serenity and beauty of paddling up close and in between these sexy jagged ice maidens.

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I was joined by two friendly seals who were following my every move and I’m sure were laughing at me drifting around a corner into the main outflow to the sea.
There I was met by a bunch of tourists on the bank snapping away at the seals and the dumbass brit on the ”surfboard thing”. So I had to look cool ( pardon the pun) and not look out of breath as I was frantically trying to avoid getting dragged out to sea with huge lumps of ice next to me. Damn that oar was rubbish, but a good workout nevertheless. Several minutes of treading water and not making progress, I dropped to my knees and dug deep to escape the flow.

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A strong headwind picked up, just as I’d got out of the outflow and had a bit of a task getting back to my start point. So I hugged the shoreline back with a huge grin on my face and greeted on shore by my now- webbed footed pal.
So with a bad back and sore shoulder from the crappy oar, I hurriedly packed away in near gale force winds and hit the road.
It was only later at another stunning SUP location that I discovered I’d left my fin behind at the last place. With no time to return and flying out the next day, i was slightly annoyed at my loss.


But on my return, a quick Facebook message to the wonderfully helpful crew at Starboard UK and Ireland and the SUP hut Swansea, a shiny new upgraded fin was sourced and put in the post. Top blokes !!
A big shout out to the boys at www.liquidsurf.co.uk for the truckers cap.Check out their eco-based apparel.

-Be a strong and confident paddler.
-Wear suitable attire for the cold conditions.
-Never head out alone, unless you have a buddy onshore aware of your whereabouts.
-Warm clothing at the ready on shore.
-Be aware that icebergs can shift and rotate, as I nearly found out.
-Ensure gear is up to scratch ( i.e., not a rib boat oar in lieu of a paddle !!! 😉
-Be aware that strong winds can pick up from nowhere and leave you stranded
-Don’t wink and wolf whistle at seals; they may want to mate with you.

Rusty Finch, West Wales