The wind might have blown a fair bit stronger than advertised – and although the sun was out, that easterly took the edge off the temperatures too – but it didn’t stop 24 paddlers from turning out to last night’s SUP Club. Launching from Two Tree Island nearly an hour after low tide, we were always going to have to dig in off the slipway, and that sea breeze made for quite a work-out as we headed down towards the Ray. Kudos to Jo who showed great technique and determination to charge into the headwind and tide on just her second time on a paddleboard, having only graduated from our Learn to SUP course on Sunday! Looking even stronger were Julia and Tanzi, fresh back from the 16-mile Bray Lake Ultra on Saturday where Tanzi took the iSUP title – another top result for Team Wet’n’Dry SUP.
Once we were round the corner we grouped up at the first buoys before striking a little further down the Ray. At the second group of buoys we set up ‘base camp’, where we chatted, swapped boards, practised our turns and sparred in a few impromptu sprints out towards Seal Point. Great fun was had by all under a strikingly beautiful sky – the wispy cloud formations looked almost unreal, producing spectrums as the sun began to set…
Of course, approaching mid-tide with a strong tailwind the paddle back was much easier and faster! Soon enough we were packed up and driving in convoy past the cockle-sheds into Old Leigh and the Crooked Billet in for our traditional post-paddle pint. Thanks again to everyone for another great SUP Club.
If you want to join a Wednesday night SUP Club, all we ask is that you have some paddling experience (if not, check out our SUP Lessons) – we call Wednesday SUP Club on the day on our Facebook page and Wet’n’Dry SUP calendar, location depending on weather and tide conditions. If you have your own kit, just turn up and you’ll be very welcome. If not, we do offer limited SUP hire for £25. For more information just give us a call on 01268 569988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org