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


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