Summer Sizzler SUP race – Stage 1 – The Thames, London 15th May

Summer Sizzler SUP race - reaching for the finish

The summer series began in style with a cracking day of SUP action on the Thames in London.

The day got off to a casual start, we all spent the morning messing about on boards, having a paddle around & catching up.

Race briefing
Race briefing

Racing got underway after lunch.  The first race was a 4mile race up river, under Kingston Bridge, and round an island & back.  I got caught napping on the start, I thought it was the 1 min hooter but actually it was go!  I was right behind everyone & not prepared at all!  That put me right in the sh*t as I had to paddle hard to get through the chop & turbulance of the 50+ competitors & battle out to the front of the pack.

Eventually I managed to establish position with the front 12’6 boys & slowly picked them off until all that was left was my buddy Mr Slater.  I pushed hard past the halfway point & was on his tail but just didn’t quite have enough to get past him.  We finished pretty close, very tired!

Heading up river, fast pace!
Heading up river, fast pace!

We had a short rest then the ‘leveler’ sprint challenge began.  Basically 5 man heats, all on the same board, 50m sprint, turn & back.  Absolutely brilliant fun!

I think there was a slight mistake in the event management as the finish of race 1 & start of race 2 was up river away from our original base, so not many of us had any food & drink.  Food was being provided but this was back at the finish of race 2!  Not good when you’ve just hammered it all day & need fuel!  My good friend Nick Catteneo came to the rescue by pulling out a bag of mars bars which we all dished out to help the energy levels!

Heading up river, fast pace!
Heading up river, fast pace!

Race 2 got underway & i had a pretty good start, leading for a while then Charlie Grey crept past & so did Mark Slater.  I was hanging on to them for dear life but my energy just disappeared & I hit a wall.  I could feel Shaun Taylor creeping up behind too adding extra pressure.

I knew the finish line was in sight but Shaun sneaked by, I held his tail to the finish but couldn’t make the place up.    Pretty disappointed in the second race result but managed to retain 3rd place overall on points & times, only 13seconds behind taking 2nd place 🙂

Summer Sizzler SUP race - reaching for the finish
Summer Sizzler SUP race – reaching for the finish

My results

Race 1 – 2nd Place

Race 2 – 3rd Place

Overall Event result 3rd Place

Nice video from The Sup Store boys:

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