Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Gold & Silver at the Spanish National Surfski Championships 2016

This years Spanish National Champs were held over the past weekend in Castellon. It was a great turn out with around 400 Surfski Paddlers taking to the water. There are races for all age groups, held at a different time to the Seniors,U/23's and Master's, so it is great to be able to support and cheer on our club mates.

I arrived on the Friday evening and we were only racing at 4pm on Saturday, as to try and get the best possible wind and the Juniors would race after us.

This weekend there was heatwave on the mainland of Spain, and it was extremely hot. The race went off at 4pm as planned and there was a section of about 2.5km of flat to get out the harbour. After which we would go for 5km directly into the wind and then turn back and finish where we started. The wind had virtually died and we were left with some waves to catch but it was hard to work the runners that were left over and no time to rest. I had a good start and tried to break away after the harbour wall, Amaia and Aurora were strong and after a while were back on my tail. The heat was intense so I decided to rest on their tail for a while. Going up to the turn it was difficult to recover from the heat and I knew I was going to have to work hard all the way back. Aurora managed get away and created a small gap. I worked hard to close it all the way back to the harbour and when we hit the flat she was too strong and I could not match her pace. Well Done Aurora you had a great race also well done to Amaia, it is always great to race with you.

Big congrats to Sara, my club mate, who came in 4th - great race!!

Ladies Final Results:
1st - Aurora
2nd - Chloe
3rd - Amaia
4th - Sara

On Sunday we raced doubles on the same course, we raced at midday so it was, once again, really hot. I raced with Sara and we had a great start, followed by a very hard but fun race. We took Gold in the overall Ladies. Thanks Sara, it was great to race with you.

A big thank you to my club, Club Amigos de Piraguismo, it was a great weekend and everyone from the club raced so well and we placed 4th overall in the club points and first in the medal table.

As always thank you to Living Sea, Carbonology Sport, Knysna Racing and Vaikobi for my awesome and reliable equipment.

Next I will be representing and joining the Spanish team in Sardinia, Italy for the European Championships. They will be held between 21st and 26th of September.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

DOWNWIND in Gran Canaria

Last week we travelled to Gran Canaria to join in a week of paddling, downwinds, beer, wine and good food.

Sean Rice and his fiancĂ©, Emily McGrath, were also in Gran Canaria doing PaddeLife workshops and talks. It was awesome to catch up with them and we went on some epic downwinds. Thanks to Esteban and Sara from Living Sea for arranging all the downwind transport and a ski for me to be able to join in the fun. If you want to go on a paddling holiday with downwinds, warm water and sun then look them up and get yourself there. Las Palmas is the city in Gran Canaria where it all happens, there are skis for hire and downwinds start right at the club in the city on one of their great beaches. Depending on your experience and fitness you can choose how long (or short) you would like to go downwind. We did 30km and 20km runs. The guys then went on a 44km downwind, so really you can do pretty much anything.

Anyway check out my clip below to see how much fun you can have. I will edit and post our inland island tour so you can see its not just all about paddling and a great island to visit.

I hope you enjoy the clip.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Nelo Summer Challenge 2016 - videos

It is always great to be back at the Nelo Summer Challenge. The team here really make you feel welcome and looked after.

There was no wind for the first two days when we arrived, but it was great to get on my boat and just get use to the conditions. Yesterday there was a bit of wind, so we headed straight out to sea for a bit and caught some great runs back into the beach. Today the mist has come over so it is a bit on the cool side. The wind is still predicted to blow for the race, so we will just see what happens. Either way, so far it has been great to catch up with friends from all over the world.

Thanks as always to Living Sea, Carbonology Sport and Knysna Racing. Also to Micky from Think Kayaks Europe for transporting my boat for me and to Sean Rice from Paddle Life for your continued help and support.

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