Sorted Surf Festival 19th & 20th Of March 2011

Sprint to the water

Cracking weekend of SUP action at my local surf festival (This year it was a total SUP fest!)

Saturday was an early start helping Nick form BaySUP get set-up.  Tent, boards, banners… it looked awesome.

Sorted Surf / SUP festival
Sorted Surf / SUP festival

What’s more the sun was shining the weather was sweet, and as the tide dropped out a nice little wave emerged!

Cruising some tiny waves on Starboard 11'2 Blend
Cruising some tiny waves on Starboard 11'2 Blend

Later in the day we prepared for the distance race.  About 3-4 km course, heading out to the cardinal bouy, downwind past the pier, back to the bouy, back tot he beach, a killer sprint up the sand to the promenarde & back out for one more sprint to the bouy & back.

Sprint to the water
Sprint to the water
Sorted SUP festival
Sorted SUP festival

I got a good start, the Starboard Surfrace handles really coming into their own (until the wind caught the board!!)  the sprint out the bouy was manic, Ryan James taking a slight lead over me & Mark Slater, with Nick Watt close by on his K15.  Ryan messed up the bouy turn & fell leaving room for me & Mark to slip by.  At the next turn Ryan had powered back and jsut past me but fell again on the turn.  It was then a close battle up to the beach sprint.  Mark first to hit the water closely followed by Ryan & Myself.  That’s how it stayed but a tough, fast paced race… great start to the new season!

Results:

1st Mark Slater

2nd Ryan James

3rd Pete Holliday (Me)