Entry forms for the British Stand Up Paddle Associations first event in the 2009 series have now been released. Please be sure to enter in advance, as to enter on the day will cost an extra £5 per entry. The event is being held at West Wittering Windsurfing Club, West Sussex.
There will be free coaching from Neal Gent and John Hibbard (both UK Champions) and the BSUPA head coach Simon Bassett. It promises to be a festival of Stand Up Paddling !
Stand Up Paddle Global are holding a big board bash, where you can come and demo boards and equipment from C4, Starboard, GONG, Kialoa, NSP, Naish and Surftech. More details will follow very soon !
The press release continues :
On the 2nd & 3rd May 2009 at West Wittering beach – start time 9am.
The British Stand Up Paddle Association in conjunction with 2XS.co.uk will be running the first of the British Series at West Wittering beach on 2nd & 3rd May 2009. The event will be wave and distance – the wave event will be run in a heat format and groups of riders will be judged on their best surfing moves. Distance event will be held along West Wittering beach and will be based on the fastest paddle surfer over a fixed distance.
Also at the event will be the SUPGlobal.com big board bash which will allow new comers to the sport to try boards for free all the brands will have paddle boards on demo. There will also be free coaching by head BSUPA Simon Bassett for beginners and Neal Gent
There are many good local SUP riders who will be competing at the event including British wave champion Neal Gent from Bracklesham, British junior Champion Bobbie Cooper from West Wittering and British ladies Champion Claire Blacklock from Chichester – all hoping to defend their titles in 2009. Second place junior Holly Bassett, aged 10, from Itchenor, will also be gunning for the junior title in 2009.
To win the 2009 British Stand Up Paddle Association series competitors will have to compete in 4 events, West Wittering is the first event for the title race. The other three will be held in Gwithian (Cornwall), Swansea (Wales) and Watergate Bay (Cornwall). It is currently the only stand up paddle series in the world, last year it attracted competitors from all over the UK and beyond.
For further details please call event organiser Simon Bassett on mob: 07747758883 tel : 01243 513077 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2XS website : http://www.2xs.co.uk
BSUPA website : http://www.bsupa.org
SUPGlobal.com website : http://www.supglobal.com
Due to problems with the venue the party has been cancelled – however we will be going to the Crown and Anchor at Dell Quay, we have booked a table for 20 – if you wish to join us we recommend you call them and book as it is a bank holiday weekend.