Animal Windfest – SUP Sprints Sept 2010

About to win my heat - what a photo!
About to win my heat - what a photo!
About to win my heat - what a photo! (credit to David Smailes)

Great day of sprint racing, and a taste of the quality of SUP events in the UK.  Over 40 entrants, huge crowds, amazing weather, amazing competition… oh &  I got a podium so stoked!

The event was sponsored by the Sup Store & UK SUP forum standuppaddlesurf.co.uk.

I arrived early & helped the boys set-up, an awesome startline donated by Animal

Animal Windfest SUP Sprints startline
Animal Windfest SUP Sprints startline

The morning consisted of four rounds of heats culminating in an exciting finale around lunchtime.  I did well in all my heats either winning or coming second.

Good lead
Good lead
Taking a heat win
Taking a heat win

The final was a hard fought battle with John Hibbard taking the lead, Charlie Grey a close second & me & Mark ‘slasher’ Slater fighting it out for third.  I had the position coming into the turn but Marks experience helped him sneak inside me on the turn, I lost my balance & took a fall… by the time I was back on it was always going to be tough to catch him.  Sadly I couldnt quite do it & took forth place.  The worst bit about was I lost my SUP Store cap in the process, never to be seen again 🙂

3,2,1 go!
3,2,1 go!

After a short rest we all reformed for another full round of heats.  It ended up with pretty much the same guys in the final.  Again John & Charlie pulled slightly away but it was very close.  This time I was taking no prisoners & Mark & I battled on the turn.  this time he was unlucky & took a fall.  I was shattered but knew this was my chance to take the third place.  I put the power down & kept ahead right to the finish.

Joint 3rd, Myself & Mark share the glory
Joint 3rd, Myself & Mark share the glory

Sprint Result

Men:
Winner
John Hibbard

Runner-Up
Charlie Grey

3rd Place
Pete Holliday & Mark Slater

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