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Club SUP Race Series

SUP Club Series 2016

This winter series will see a total of 5 races, and your best 4 results will count towards your overall score. Each race will be a mixture of distance, sprint and technical races on the lake or river. There will be prizes for each race as well as overall series prizes.

New to racing? Don't worry, there'll be a novice class for you to join!

There's also a junior SUP series running on the same dates, so get your young SUPers involved!


Races will be held on the following dates, starting at 10:00:

Sun 16th October  - Technical race around Bray Lake
Sun 20th November  -  Hurley Classic
Sun 17th December  - Night Race *4.30pm Start*
Sun 22nd January
Sun 19th February

If you're interested but still unsure come down and have a chat with one of the team.


Night Swim and SUP

When? Saturday 1st August, 21:00-23:00

Join us as the sun goes down for a night of swimming and SUP-ing! Enjoy a social atmosphere as you experience the Lake in the dark, we will have the bbq fired up too so why not make a night of it! Swim the course for just £10.

Swimming spaces are limited, so book yours today.

Want to try stand up paddleboarding?

Give SUP a go at our social evening, with Intro sessions at 19:30, 20:00 and 20:30. The Intro will include free kit hire for the rest of the evening too. Book your spaces for just £20 (normally £30) by calling us on 01628 638860.

BBQ & Beers!

The bbq will be available from 20:00 until around 23:00, with a BBQ Meal Deal available on the night.

In case of any adverse weather conditions, the team will rearrange the swim for another day or refund the cost of tickets.

We’ll need a minimum of 40 swimmers booked onto this event to go ahead.

Children over 10 years must be accompanied by an adult and purchase a ticket to take part.

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SUP Board Demo Days

STARBOARD / RED PADDLE - SUP DEMO 14th/15th/16th June

With the ever increasing popularity of this fast growing sport, there is equally an ever increasing range of boards, paddles and accessories to be sampled and discovered.  And what could be better than a demo day where  a couple of top SUP board manufacturers  bringing along their full range of kit just for you to try out.

Over the 3 days in June  you will  have an opportunity  to try out lots of  lovely new kit and  also have a chance to improve your technique or perhaps even try out SUPing for the first time.

Here are the highlights for the weekend:

  • Race training session – learn how to compete and be strong and fast
  • Intro to SUP – never tried the sport? Give it a go, with our keen and enthusiastic instructors it’s really easy to get a hang the basics
  • Fun Races – try your hand at a bit of competitive but fun racing
  • Treat yourself to some new kit – special offers will be available on the day
  • Conversion courses
    • if you’re a Windsurfer cross over to to SUPing for those non windy days (2hrs for only £20)
    • If you already SUP why not give windsurfing ago the perfect option for a SUPer on a windy day (2hrs for only £20)
  • Sunday evening – chill out BBQ by the club house

Come down to the Lake between 10am – 5pm and enjoy a day of  SUP


Head of the Dart SUP Race

There is a team of Bray Lake SUPers heading down to Totnes in Devon on Sunday 12 April to take part in the Head of the Dart SUP Challenge race which follows the River Dart for almost 9 miles to the finish line at Dartmouth.  After an amazing response to the race last year, the number of entrants for this year’s race has been increased to an impressive 300 participants, so if you think you might be up for the Challenge, get in touch and join in the fun!


New Season SUP Boards

Whilst SUPing at the Lake has continued all through the Winter, it is only now that our new stock of Starboard race, x-over and wave board are arriving. Plus new inflatables from Red.  Come down and demo some new kit, and see what you fancy for the 2015 SUP season.


Halloween SUP

Come and join us for a Spooky paddle tomorrow evening on All Hallo's Eve.

Fancy dress and pumpkins plus BBQ fun.  Join us for SUP or Treat from 6.30pm onwards.

SUP or Treat Poster


SUP POCKETS NOW IN STOCK

supPOCKETWe’ve just taken delivery of the supPOCKETs and supPOCKET nets – you can buy on line or on your next visit.

At this time of year everyone usually starts running out of iSUPs including us, however we do have reasonable stock of most models in stock so if you are looking to get that perfect “must have” beach accessory why not drop in and take a test ride with our Try Before You Buy service making sure you get the right SUP for you. Maybe even pick up a bit of advice on your technique to get the best out of your SUP.


SUP Ultra Adventure Distance Race

We are just days away from the Ultra Adventure Distance Race organised by Bray Lake Watersports. This is a challenging event along a beautiful stretch of the River Thames. This is currently the longest race on the UK SUP race calendar. Not because we want it too be long but just because it links two regular routes paddled by the Windsor and Maidenhead SUP club and links two iconic areas of the Thames.

This is the second time we have run this race and its back by popular demand. This is definitely not an easy race and will be a challenge to all those who take part at what ever pace you choose to do it. Whether you do it for the personal challenge, to beat your mate or to be leader of the pack this is an event you will remember.

For more information and to book a space, visit Windsor & Maidenhead SUP Club.

Preview the Race Route


Andy Jordon's Thames Paddle

Made in Chelsea's Andy Jordan crosses finish line for Thames paddle charity... but 'girlfriend' Louise Thompson is nowhere to be seen.

His co-star Lucy Watson - Louise's nemesis - did turn up to support him instead.

Read the full story


National SUP Club Championships

This Saturday the Bray Lake SUP team will be heading to the first UK SUP Club Championships being held at Dorney Lake, the Olympic Rowing venue.

Supporters welcome. Or why not sign up to get involved. More on the National SUP Club Champsionships.


6th April The Ultimate Day of SUP

On the 6th April we will be hosting Starboards Ultimate day of SUP. We will have the whole range of Starboards 2013 flatwater and race boards available to demo and also joining us for the day will be Ryan James and Marie Buchanan, top  UK paddlers who will be running technique sessions through out the day.

 


Frostbite SUP Race

Bray Lake SUP Team came away from the Aquasports Frostbite race with a 2nd in the mens 12'6 class and a 1st in the ladies. Well done to all those that compete in what was a great event despite the snow and strong cold wind.


Results for December's SUP Race

SUP Racing December 2012December saw the final Bray Lake SUP Race of 2012 and the year ended in style, great conditions, around 20 competitors and some new demo kit to race on. The days racing differed slightly from the usual format, with a 3K race circuit followed by a 200m sprint tournament, as the main events and a short warm up circuit to start.

Conditions were almost perfect for racing with very light winds and above average temperatures for December. All the racers arrived about 9.30am ready to go and met with a stash of demo race boards from Nah Skwell, Starboard and Red Paddle Co. Big thanks to Richard and John from Nah Skwell and Sam Ross from Starboard and Red paddle Co, the kit went down a treat.

You can read the full report on the Bray Lake Blog.


Frostbite Winter Series Race 3

Don't forget this Sunday (16th December) we will running our Frostbite Coke Bottle SUP race. All SUPers welcome. Registration starts at 9:30am and we aim to start racing at 10am. Lots of different classes to enter, and loads of prizes to be won! Come and join this weekend.


Sunday SUP Club

Weather permitting we will out on Sunday morning refining our SUPing skills in preparation for the next Frostbite race on November 18th.  Get here for 9.30am for a refresh cuppa of coffee and a quick catch up before heading out on the water for 10am.

All levels of SUP ability welcome, including complete beginners. Please give the Centre a call if you are new to the sport to ensure we've got someone available to show you the basics.