With 2018 already well underway the team at The Water Skills Academy want to give every Stand up Paddleboard (SUP) enthusiast or newcomer the ins and outs of the best events coming up this year in the SUP community.
Whilst reading this make sure to mark your calendars and get training. SUP is diverse and fun for all, held in the most beautiful parts of the world, which is what makes the sport so desirable.
The Water Skills Academy British Favourites 2018
In the UK The Water Skills Academy has a lot of favourite competitive and adventure SUP’s trips that are being organised over the year. The competitive events bring in the best SUP athletes from around the country and Europe to prove their skill set and strength in the sport. Here are just a few of our favourites.
The Trent 100
Imagine paddling across three counties in England with a team of like-minded adventurers, just your team and your stand up paddle boards thrown against two days and 100 kilometres of fast water whilst trying to make to the finish line in a time to be proud of. This is no day picnic.
The TRENT100 promises to challenge you from the first stroke on day one in Staffordshire to the last gasp as you cross the finish line at Nottingham on day two. Just entering it will impress your friends finishing will amaze them.
The TRENT100 is the U.K.’s longest team endurance challenge. Challengers will start in Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire early on the Friday morning, rest overnight at the stunning Anchor Caves and finish, some of them anyway, in Nottingham on Saturday before the sun sets for a celebration at the Nottingham Riverside Festival of World Music and Arts. The final destination is a real treat with live music and good food followed to finish with abang. 3th/4th August 2018
Another specialist event is the Head of the Dart SUP competition, set to be held April 15. This scenic route begins in Dartmouth and ends in Totnes and is approximately eight miles long,
This race is not for the faint-hearted and will test the athletes endurance to the max. Dartmouth is a windy path to the end and how you take the corners in this race will greatly affect your overall result.
The SUP Retreat is a perfect break away with close friends or family. Join Sian for a couple of days, to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, re connect with nature and enjoy the fun experience with your friends or family. Stay in a lovely cottage close to the sea on Anglesey, to learn or improve your stand up paddle boarding skills, experience stunning remote and tranquil mountain lakes and rugged coastlines in Snowdonia and Anglesey on a paddleboard and experience night time paddleboarding too! Try something a little different and come for a SUP in North Wales.
The Water Skills Academy Guide to the Big Battles 2018
A big advocate for SUPing is the National Watersports Festival. This year the festival has teamed up with the GB SUP National Services who will be running a number of events over the weekend, such as the 100m sprints and the main 10k distance race, including Junior racing.
Everyone is welcome to join, even if you have not SUPed before as there will be way more activities on the day as well as the main races.
There will be club challenges, SUP polo, a basic and race skills session, a look at nutrition, avoiding injuries boards 101 and Q&A with the brands. The event will be fun for everyone involved and there is no chance of getting bored.
If you are looking to venture outside of the UK and fancy a warmer environment, there are many European races you can get involved in. These races are not for the faint-hearted and draw attention to some of the best SUP athletes in the world. There are races beginning in May up until July, held in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Basque Country and many more beautiful European countries. Competing in other parts of Europe means you will get to test your athletic capabilities with perhaps unfamiliar and new environments.
For more information about the European events, visit: https://www.eurotoursup.com