In the iSUP Surf Class Jon Smith of Suffolk SUP won Gold in the gruelling 10 mile Battle of the Thames Race on Saturday 18th May! A missed alarm call meant a mad dash to Kingston from Ipswich! Over 100 paddlers on the start line alongside world champion Jamie Mitchell. The 3 lap course left from the Thames Sailing Club and and looped past Hampton Court Palace.
The afternoon saw a variety of ‘Sprint Leveller,’ shorter one design races. This lead to some interesting tactics (and dunkings), but Mark Slater ultimately took the victory. Second place was claimed by Sam Ross.
A Barbeque followed, before an awards ceremony, honouring those who were victorious in their respective races. Fantastic prizes were given, although Jamie Mitchell didn’t accept his, donating it back to next years event.
The day also included talks from two of the most experienced Stand up Paddle Boarders on the planet – Jamie Mitchell and Steve West – preaching their knowledge on the sport.
It was a “fantastic day” hosted by Blue Chip who received support from many other UK and International SUP clubs – even the weather cooperated.