Saturday 17th September. Bray Lake saw 11 clubs battle it out in multiple events, from 200m Sprints, to XL board team races, SUP Polo, Individual races and much more!
I was racing for Team Waterborn. We were there to defend our title, and it was not going to be easy! I didn’t attend the event last year, so I didn’t know what to expect. But it was an incredible day!
My day started off with the Under 21’s. I had an awesome race, with 4 laps of a 1.25km course. I was pleased with my start, and I managed to keep the lead to the end!
My next race was the Elite Men’s sprints. Unfortunately I didn’t make it through the first heat, but it was great fun sprinting 200m with 10 or so other guys!
Next up was Dragon Racing! 4 people on a 22ft race board = great fun! We went straight through our first heat by default as Hove Lagoon SUP Club said they were too tired and would much rather go straight into the repechage. We were already into the Semi Final! Our Semi Final suffered I think from a lack of practice that the other teams got by being in that first heat. We didn’t quite have our steering right, and were veering off to the right just at the crucial part of the race, costing us second place.
Carrying on with the talk of MASSIVE boards, The next race was team XL Board sprints. Team Waterborn Mixed finished with a 2nd to Hove, and Team Waterborn Ladies, the exact same team from last year which was disqualified won! Team Waterborn Men’s came tied 3rd.
The final event of the day, SUP Polo, and we were in the final with Central SUP. After both half’s of the game, (3 minutes each way) and a further 2 minutes of extra time, we finished the game on penalties. Team Waterborn scored 2 penalties, and unfortunately Central SUP scored 3. It was great fun, and we still got a 2nd.
Overall as a club we finished 3rd. It’s not the result we would have liked, but it’s still a podium. Massive congratulations to Bray Lake for 2nd, and BaySUP for 1st.
Thanks to everyone who continuously supports me. Starboard SUP UK & Ireland, SUPBoarder Magazine, Standuppaddleuk, West Country Surf Wax, and my family and friends.