Saturday November 4th was a first for Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, where it held its first stand up paddle boarding surf championship round. Run by BSUPA, under the watchful eye of event director Dom Moore, a talented group of women and men braved the difficult conditions on this legendary beach. The onshore wind peaked at a howling 30 knots that created exhausting paddling conditions for most of the day.
The women, including Cal Major from Paddle Against Plastic and the UK Women's Champion Marie Buchanan, took to the water first in two straight, highly competitive heats. In the men's group, Paddle Logger paddler Aaron Rowe won his opening heat, then the quarter final, to take him to the head-to-head knock out rounds. Beating Ben Fisher in a charged semi-final. Aaron caught one of the stand-out waves of the day from far-out, demonstrating his aggressive style with tight, connecting turns and forcing the best out of the tough conditions, all the way to the beach as the klaxon went.
The men's final pitted Aaron against Max Shepherd as the waves, although marginally better, pushed the two to the best of their game. In the end, however, Aaron came out on top, securing the British Championship title and making him two times UK champion. It was great to see the talent involved in the competition and the camaraderie at the prize-giving at The Headland Hotel. With thanks to Lewis Timson and the RNLI to making sure all involved were safe, we would like to congratulate all the paddlers involved in the series.