The title race is on for the British Stand Up Paddle Champions 2008

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Thursday, 16 October 2008 14:02

As we approach the final event of the 2008 season the title race for the national champion in Stand Up Paddle Surfing and distance racing is on ! This is the first time that national champions have ever been crowned in the UK. In fact the UK is the first country to have a national governing body for stand up paddle surfing (BSUPA) so it is the first time a national champion has been crowned in the world.

To reflect the global and historic nature the BSUPA National Champions awards for 2008 are being sponsored by ourselves - Stand Up Paddle Surfing Global .
 
The final event is being held, without a sponsor, in Pembrokeshire, West Wales 18th & 19th October 2008. The main beach is Newgale, but in case of high winds, it will be relocated to Broad Haven which offers more shelter.
 
Throughout the season the competitors had to complete three events in either surf or distance category to be eligible for the nation title. This means the ratings now stand like this :
 
Open Stand Up Paddle Surfing
 
Rider
Gwithian Event Result
Isle of Wight Event Result
Total
Neal Gent
2nd
1st
3 points
John Hibbard
3rd
2nd
5 points
Scott Gardner
5th
3rd
8 points
Mark Slater
9th
5th
14 points
Steve Carter
7th
7th
14 points
Nick Healey
17th
5th
22 points
Jay Manning
17th
7th
24 points
 
Claire Blacklock, as long as she surfs in this event, has already wrapped up the women’s title as, out of a field of six, she is the only competitor to make the Gwithian and Isle of Wight events.
 
Junior Stand Up Paddle Surfing
 
Rider
Gwithian Event Result
Isle of Wight Event Result
Total
Bobby Cooper
2nd
1st
3 points
Holly Bassett
3rd
2nd
5 points
 
 
 
 
 
Open Distance
 
Rider
West Wittering
Result
Gwithian Event Result
Isle of Wight Event Result
Total
John Hibbard
2nd
1st
1st
4 points
Neal Gent
1st
3rd
2nd
6 points
Mark Slater
3rd
3rd
3rd
9 points
Steve Carter
DNC*
8th
5th
13 points **
Nick Healy
DNC*
10th
4th
14 points **
Matt Argyle
10th
DNC
8th
18 points **
Jay Manning
6th
8th
7th
21 points
*DNC – Did not Compete
** - Must Compete at Newgale to be eligible for title
 
Claire Blacklock has already wrapped up the women’s distance title as she has completed three events and none of the other six women riders have.
 
Junior Distance
 
Rider
West Wittering
Result
Gwithian Event Result
Isle of Wight Event Result
Total
Bobby Cooper
1st
1st
1st
3 points
Holly Bassett
2nd
2nd
2nd
6 points
 
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