Summer Sizzler – Stage 3 – Paddle Round the Pier Brighton

Summer Sizzler 3 - Brighton - The start

Sadly the 20m enduro got cancelled this year but we still managed to smash out a sizzler series event on the Saturday consisting of a 4mile T shamed course, beach start, out to a bouy, left down to the old pier, 180 degree turn & back up past the start to round another bouy, back to the middle & hammer it to the beach, the worst part of it all… a 20m run up the steep pebble beach… ahhhhhhhh my feeeeeet!!

Summer Sizzler 3 - Brighton - The start
Summer Sizzler 3 - Brighton - The start

Conditions were choppy & windy onshores so hard work paddling across it all the way.  I got a bit of a clumsy start missing my paddle handle twice! Elliot Dudley got me off the line & gained a few board lengths.  The start was carnage, people falling in all over the place.  I kept my cool… and just about my balance & focused on sticking close to Elliot.  I thought I’d be able to catch & overtake on the first leg as from our last race against each other I managed to get a good lead over Elliot, but the little b*gger has been training hasn’t he 😉  We battled it out, I caught right up a few times but being on a slightly more unstable SurfRace 26.5 I had a few wobbles that cost be important time.

I came in second to Elliot in the 12’6 class & 4th overall so not a  bad result but I wish I’d had 1st!

Great event, I hope the enduro is back next year.

2nd Place 12'6 - collecting my trophy
2nd Place 12'6 - collecting my trophy

My results

Race 1 – 2nd Place