11 May 2016

Japan for the Stand Up World Series Victoria Pro

By Peter Kosinski

I’m beyond excited to be heading on my next adventure to Tokyo, Japan for the Stand Up World Series Victoria Pro.

I feel so lucky to have this crazy lifestyle which I get to experience new cultures and meet new people every adventure. All this is possible thanks to my Friends, Family and Sponsors. ‪

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Quick video from my adventures down in New Zealand powered by Starboard Stand Up Paddle Surfing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHeqaW6OzlM

 

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4 May 2016

The SUP Company – Test Centre

UK retailer The SUP Company have opened a new shop and test centre featuring both Starboard and Red Paddle Co products.

It’s a fabulous opportunity to try out the very latest gear from the leading brands.

The Test Centre works by offering one hour slots which you can book any day of the week between 1000 – 1600hrs (last booking is 1500hrs). During your time you can try up to three different paddle boards and three different SUP paddles.

They do make a small charge of £25 per person (payable at the time of booking) for your hour, however this is 100% refundable should you go on to purchase a paddle board from them.

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SUP Co Demo Centre: how do I book?

Simply make your booking request with at least 24 hours notice by phone on 07469 850628 or email and list which boards and paddles you would like to try. We will then be able to confirm availability and make your booking for you.

We will then send you an email to confirm your booking along with directions and details for parking. Please note that demand is very high at weekends, so they highly recommend making your booking as soon as possible.

http://www.thesupco.co.uk/sup-test-centre

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1 May 2016

Head of the Dart Stand Up Paddle Challenge 2016

One of the UK’s best attended SUP events took place on the river Dart on Sunday 17th April.

Saturday’s rowing event saw fresh headwinds hampering the progress of the rowers but our event on Sunday 17th April was near perfect with sunshine, light tail winds and an incoming tide. Numbers were capped at 150 paddlers and we had a full entry (plus waiting list!) such is the popularity of this iconic stand up paddle event. 

The start did not meet our usual standards due to a broken safety boat causing a delay, then even worse the start horn failed to work! Allan Cross is not a man to be flustered in a crisis though and through power of his formidable voice managed to alert nearby paddlers on the start line to the start warning. The lack of horn did hamper some paddlers who had lingered back from the start line awaiting the “one minute” horn – which didn’t sound. Nevertheless, in their respective starts, both fleets managed to pull away off the line successfully, making for a colourful spectacle of paddlers and boards heading north towards Totnes.

 

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Pics by R. Fairchild

 

Eight miles and one hour twelve minutes later the lead racers approached the finish line, where the finishing team of our very own Ross Moore, Christine Tottman and Ali McGrigor were positioned to capture the paddlers’ numbers as they made swift progress towards the line. In a dramatic finish reigning 14′ champion Ryan James was edged out by Pete Holliday following a hard fought sprint up the home straight. Pete’s winning time was an event record and the ladies’ record was to fall too when HOTD debutant Ginnie Odetayo powered home with a comfortable lead in the ladies’ fleet.

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While SUP racers are well catered for with numerous events across the UK, a key element to the HOTD event is the Leisure class aimed at non-competitive paddlers looking to complete the distance rather than battle for the podium (the Race division covers these paddlers!) It was impressive to see the leisure class make up almost 50% of the fleet, making the “challenge” aspect of the event equally as important as the racing. A healthy selection of prizes was donated from Red Paddle Co and Starboard, distributed by raffle to the Leisure fleet paddlers.

A huge thanks to Dart-Totnes rowing club who provided safety cover and safety boats, Lee from Dittisham Boats and all of the land-based volunteers who’s combined efforts ensured the event ran smoothly.

For a full gallery, results and more, check out the event site www.headofthedart.com

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