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Our first AV SUP Race event in conjunction with Wave 105 FM's Cash for Kids Charity took place on the 27th July, the result an outstanding success, raising £400.00 for the charity.

The storms held off, the 5 mile course on the picturesque River Hamble was set and registration began. 

The event and the sport of SUP was heavily advertised on Wave 105 FM in previous weeks but still as always that unknown element of SUP-ers willing to take on the challenge was a mystery. 

We were not let down, the vans started rolling in stacked high with race boards, including a surprise late entry from top UK SUP star Ryan James. 

The race was open to all, with youngsters, seasoned paddlers and first timers all taking part. Even Michael and Gloria from Wave, who only completed their BSUPA Level 1 ‘Ready to Ride’ course a couple of weeks ago were on the start line.

Taster sessions were also on offer run by the ever-enthusiastic Captain Jack (what would we do without him!)

The race began with a flying start for some, with the winner Ryan James completing the course in just over half an hour even after giving everyone a minutes head start.

Results as follows:-

Men's 14’ Class                                              
1st Ryan James – 38mins 46secs
2nd  Andy Joyce – 39mins 40secs
3rd Tim Harley – 39 mins 50secs

Men's 12’6” Class
1st Colin Elston – 42mins 
2nd Tim Paul – 44mins 32secs
3rd Simon Adamson (AV SUP Club) - 47 mins 2secs

Fun Board  Class
1st Giles Fletcher – 51mins 59secs
2nd Mike Ridsdill-Smith – 1hr 30secs
3rd Joe Church (AV SUP Club) – 1hr 55secs

Ladies Combined Class
1st Jo Hamilton-Vale – 43mins 59 secs
2nd Annie Ridsdill-Smith – 59mins 17secs
3rd Gloria Hill – 1hr 36mins

U16 Class
1st – Guy Ridsdill-Smith – 1hr 22secs
2nd- Luke Ridsdill-Smith – 1hr 11mins

A good time was had by all with plans already in the making for later in the year & 2014.

Thanks go to:
Rich Marsh - BSUPA
Jon Popkiss - Nah Skwell 
Scott Warren - Starboard / Red Paddle Co
Karl & Martin - AV SUP Club
Adriano Roldan - Indo Boards
Tim & Sharon - Eastlands Boat Yard
Pictures & Video courtesy of Matt Richardson & Rosie Wood
All race competitors for supporting the event.


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Based on the River Hamble. AV SUP School is a recognised British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA) School offering Beginner to Advanced Lessons as well as SUP Tours & Adventures.

AV SUP Club has joined forces with the YMCA at Fairthorne Manor situated at the top of the river near Botley and offers Stand Up Paddle-boarding to a much wider community along with providing a more rural launch site. 

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