“This was BaySUP’s 2nd Frostbite locally but our first champagne race. Bournemouth University Event students helps organise a fantastic event based at the Hengistbury Head Outdoor Centre. We had a great turnout, Starboard, 404 & Surftech all suplying loads of stunning new demo boards. We had something like 30 paddlers took part, some racing for the first time. We ran a short 1 mile & longer 5 mile race. Cnditions were tough, it was very cold, and a fair bit of head wind. The mass start went well, Matt French riding in the unlimted class got off to a flyer taking the lead with myself, Mark Slater (both 12’6) & Nick Watt (Unlimited) all neck & neck to the first turn.
On the slog back into the wind Slater pulled away for Nick & I, then Nick managed to pull away from me. Nick was riding Starboards new Ace Pro, the first outing in the UK… it looked crazy, but was super fast. The positions remained right up until the end when Slater managed to take Matt just before the finish. A great result for him as he’s off to represent the UK in the World Standup Tour in Peru in a few weeks. There were some other fantastic finishes from Andy Joyce taking 3rd 12’6 and Jocelyn Jones taking 1st in the ladies 12’6 in a superb time of 1hr 7.
More 2012 races are here.