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Stage 1 - SUP round the Isle of Wight

Completed June 2011

Distance stand-up paddleboarding has become a popular challenge. Recently Brad Symington and Charlie Head from Cape Town and the Isle of Wight respectively, decided to attempt the first ever SUP circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight nonstop.

Sailing around the the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England, is renowned as a great challenge even to the best sailors. With annual events such as the world famous "Round the island" and Cowes week, the fierce tides and changing weather bring sailors from around the world to test their skills in the Solent's waters. With Napoleonic forts, underground submarine netting from the second world war and massive tidal rips, skippers and crews alike use their nautical knowledge not only to race but often to just stay afloat. One of the most ancient Polynesian forms of watercraft has recently re-emerged in popularity in Hawaii and is fast becoming the fastest growing water sport worldwide.

After first discussing it in May 2010, the boys made their first attempt on the 12th June, the same day as England's world cup debut. After a two hour delay they started off nevertheless hoping to go round the island on the first attempt. After a fantastic start and 4 hours of paddling they thought they would make it but in the next two and a half hours the tide had turned and together with the head on wind the boys had to call it a day.

Using the knowledge gained during the trip Brad and Charlie will take up the challenge again on Wednesday 23rd June. This time the boys are more aware of the elements and will have to paddle for at least 10 hours nonstop without making land fall to have completed the 90+ km. Although we have a rescue boat from Head First water sports in Bembridge for the challenge, we are well aware of the people who are on standby to help not only us but others who could find themselves in trouble at sea. This is why we have decided to raise funds during this attempt for the Bembridge RNLI life boat station.