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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.
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
1st – Guy Ridsdill-Smith – 1hr 22secs
2nd- Luke Ridsdill-Smith – 1hr 11mins
For the 2017 season AV SUP School has teamed up with Man-OverBoard.
Based at Universal Marina on the River Hamble. We are a recognised British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA) School offering beginner to advanced lessons and a SUP & Kayak hire service.
AV SUP Club has joined forces with the YMCA at Fairthorne Manor situated at the top of the river near Botley and offers SUP to the wider community along with a more rural launch site.
Our On-line Store AV Brand stocks a variety of SUP boards and SUP & Van Accessories - Brands such as RedPaddleCo's inflatable range, Starboard & Nah Skwell as well as X-Paddle and ActionVan Seat Covers.
Tel: 07850 347421