Posts Tagged ‘competition’

11 City Tour

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Last year’s 11 city tour went really good for me, I finished 15th and I had my mind set on a top ten finish at this year’s event. I was racing on the 14” by 24 wide Starboard Sprint so I had really good, fast board for this event. And at the start of Day One it looked possible!

I had an amazing start and managed to get off the line at the front along with Clubvass friend Jay Haysey and the top 3 Peter Bartl, Bart de Zwart and Martjin van Deth.  Jay and I kept them in site for the first 10km and managed to get a gap with the group behind us. At this point I thought a top ten finish could happen, but then as we hit the 16km my shoulder started playing up due to an ongoing injury, and by 19km I could barely paddle on my right side. This was a huge blow as I still felt like I had loads of energy left in the tank! So unfortunately I was now out of the race as I had to stop at the 26km rest stop.

On Day Two I saw two physio’s and they did a really good job on my shoulder and I felt like I could race again. So once again I got a really good start, and me and Jay were even in 1st and 2nd for about 30 meters until the top 3, Bart, Peter and Martjin came flying past us. I managed to get away from Jay a little and he ended up leading an 8 man draft train. I managed to stay in 4th for about 2.5km and then fell in and ended up at the back of the draft train. The train stayed the same until we got to a big lake just before the rest stop. The train got broken up and I went really wide to try and then head directly downwind to overtake as you can see in the picture.

You can also see the top 3 just in front of us! Unfortunately this didn’t pay off and I fell behind the rest of the guys. But in the afternoon I was able to make up some time and finished in 8th on day two.

Day 3 went pretty similarly only I felt a bit weak in the afternoon and finished in 11th or 12th. That night I didn’t really feel too great and wasn’t able to eat that much. The next morning I felt even worse and could hardly eat anything, but I tried to race anyway. But only 3 km in and I had to stop I felt really ill and weak. I went to the doctor as I thought it might have been something to do with this rash on my forehead that appeared the week before the race, the doctor took a look and it turns out I’d got shingles! Not ideal when trying to complete a 220km race, so that was the event over for me.

But I still had had a great time at the event and met loads of awesome people, the level was really high this year and the competition between the top 15 guys was really intense all week long! Huge respect for everyone who competed this year! And even more respect for the crazy racers that did the 220km non-stop! I can’t even imagine trying to do this race non-stop!

All in all not the best event for me! But I will be back next year.  For now I’ve got B.O.P coming up so I need to get myself recovered in time for that!

Thanks to Bray Lake Watersports and Starboard SUP UK for their support.

Also can’t forget my Dad for supporting me all week!

Contributed by: Charlie J

UKWA Weymouth 2013

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

It was an awesome event, loads of wind. On Saturday afternoon the wind was 50 gusting 60 knots. I had a mixed bag of results. I started awfully and was dead last after the first round but by the end of day one I had fought back to second in the amateurs.

On the Sunday I had a funny old day. Before heats started a slalom sailors board got blown down the beach and put a decent sized hole in my sail. I didn’t sail particularly badly all day and felt very aggrieved with the judges in some of the heats. I ended up 5th in the amateurs which is not to bad considering that on the Sunday I was very disadvantaged doing switch on port tack in serious chop. I did feel that I deserved a little better though and maybe I should start quibbling! With it being the amateur fleet though arguing feels a bit much and I was trying to live by the moto ‘what goes around comes around’.

The plan for the winter is that I am really going to work on simple moves like spocks and loops for next years series and hopefully I will fare a little better. Kieran Roans has dominated the amateur fleet once again. He is super consistent and always lands 5 or more solid, clean moves per heat. I just need to try and get closer to him in terms of consistency for next year and you never know.

Thanks for reading, Jack K108

Contributed by: Jack S

Worthing UKWA

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

I came into the Worthing UKWA quite well warmed up for once. Saturday’s forecast was looking really good if not a little too good!

jack_sawbridgeFor those of you who don’t know me, punctuality is not my strong point, but for once I arrived at the event with time for a warm up. I was on fire in the warm up on my new 4.4 Severne Freek but was getting  way too stacked for much freestyle on the way in and was often getting slammed on shakkas. I was really banking on my shakkas to pay off for me today because usually they are consistent. Also the conditions were set up perfectly to do massive shakkas on starboard tack with the chop/waves. As it was still early I backed the forecast and changed down to 3.6 Severne S1 for the heats. This meant I had the smallest sail up out of the competitors (except for the kids). It was the right call and I planed the whole time through all my heats.

My first heat I sailed ok. I landed 2 loops on the way out, and very nearly managed a half switch kono on the way in. I also did some really big shuvitts but the shakka remained illusive. It is all very well controlling shakkas on flat water, when you are not too stacked but they can prove really tricky to control when you are staked and get masses of height off a wave. The heats were only 5 minutes which literally flies by, especially when you are rushing. I was a little gutted to discover that I came 4th, the conditions were super choppy so I was a little surprised. If I had gotten the Kono or the Shakka I would certainly have been in right up there.

My second heat I thought I sailed much the same but somehow managed to come 2nd. Maybe my shuvitts and loop were a bit higher. Usually I only managed 2 or 3 runs in and out in my heats. This makes things very stressful if you crash early! In the third heat, that was exactly what I did, got a bit flustered and only managed one very wet loop and dodgy shuvits. This condemned me to 4th place again and 3 heats sailed, no shakkas!

Sadly this was the last of the action as far as heats were concerned because of high tide and the shore-dump.

Overall I came 3rd equal with Ben Lee, behind Kieren Roan and Ollie Acton. Phil Richards sailed very well in the pro fleet and was narrowly pipped by Oscar Carmichael. I did manage some more windsurfing in the evening with Ricky when he came down. Sundays forecast was not looking promising so against my will 4 of us ended up in a bar in Worthing until the early hours.

Great weekend! fingers crossed for some wind in Eastbourne!

Contributed by: Jack K108

BSUPA 2011 National Championships

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Watergate Bay 15th & 16th October

Britain’s stand-up paddlesurf (SUP) champions will be decided in a winner-takes-all national championship event at Watergate Bay in October (download poster).

The Extreme Academy will host the British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) championships on the weekend of 15th and 16th October 2011 in an event which will attract the UK’s best exponents of this emerging form of surfing.

Competitors will take part in two different disciplines, with divisions for men and women. A long-distance ocean paddle race will see competitors cover up to five miles, requiring skill, technique and stamina; while wave-riding skills will be tested in a performance surfing competition.

Competition organiser Richard Marsh said: “Watergate Bay is one of the UK’s premier watersports venues; from its consistent surf conditions to the natural amphitheatre, it gives competitors the opportunity to showcase their skills, and spectators the chance to see the action.”

The surfing competition in which competitors will show off their tricks on the waves will take place on Saturday, with the distance race from Watergate Bay to Porth and back taking place on Sunday.

Also taking place on the Sunday is the Westcountry Watersports Wave Expression competition, followed at 3pm by a prize giving ceremony.

As well as competing for the championship, the surfers will also battle it out for the coveted title of ‘Watergate Bay Waterman’ sponsored by The Beach Hut. This fiercely coveted title will be awarded to the competitor with the highest combined score from both the men’s wave and distance competitions, who will win a meal for two at The Beach Hut restaurant.

For more information on the event go to – for entries please contact the event organiser, Richard Marsh, by emailing

Freestyle in Fuerteventura

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The extract below is from Phil and Danielle’s (ex-Bray staff) blog,  click here for the full story.

Phil and I arrived in Fuerteventura on the 4th July, following our time in Lanzarote for the Freestyle competition hosted there, Phil’s debut on the PWA world tour. With 18 days spare to train for the next event we were both really excited to get on the water and check out the conditions. Our first day on the water was a bit of a shock, arriving at Rene Egli centre 2 to find our friends from the UK and Austria, welcomed by a sand storm in the car park and enough wind for even the bigger guys to be easily overpowered on my 3.3! Little did I realise this was the only sail I would be needing for the next 2.5 weeks as Fuerteventura delivered its relentless conditions exhausting all windsurfers who had come to play.

Phil RichardsAn important part of our training became days off, as we struggled with sore muscles, shoulders, tennis elbow and bruises from all sorts of wipeouts. Early nights became mandatory, as did a large supply of food in the car to keep us energised and help us maximise our sessions. We aimed to train at the competition location as much as possible to get good practise in the sailing area ready for the event.

This area, at Rene Egli Windsurf Centre 1, has mostly cross off wind, small swell coming in with waves breaking close to the shore and on the way out swell and the most amount of chop I have ever known to test us on port tack. For my spocks on the outside it became a learning game as I began to feel like a complete beginner at freestyle in the difficult conditions.

Phil, as all of the other guys who had come to train for the competition, found it hard to make moves which normally were very easy to them also and sessions were kept short and intense to try to get used to the area. Some days we would move location to a beach upwind, where the water was very flat in comparison and so we could have ‘easier’ sessions to enjoy ourselves and also allow our bodies some rest from the chop! Still this location would be incredibly windy, gusty and 3.3 was generally always full power for me!

With the event approaching, the forecast began to drop off, which was quite a relief although worrying it would drop off too much also, as we both really wanted the event to go ahead. When the days arrived, the wind and swell was low, but fortunately each day Fuerte delivered us wind enabling heats to go ahead in the afternoons, usually putting me on my 4.5 or 4.0 which was perfect!

Continued….. full story

Contributed by: Danielle Lucas