For the first time this year, the APP World Tour is on its way to London, Victoria Docks for the London SUP Open.
In light of the time it is taking to finalise the Team England and Team GB selection process we have provided an update for clarity during this frustrating time.
BSUPA have been chasing an answer from Surf England /BSURF – on what is happening to the TEAM ENGLAND and now TEAM GB selection process, here’s an update on 7th June 2018.
We appreciate the MASSIVE frustration this is causing to riders and Event Organisers.
This is due to a decision that the ISA made and sent to Surf England (ISA partners) in April 2018. Which in turn Surf England was unhappy about the decision and have protested to the ISA.
Currently BSURF who represent the UK Surf Federations (ISA) and SURF Olympic TEAM selection process – have still not decided on a plan! But they are having meetings about this.
We have been pressing them very hard for a decision so we can let you know.
Mark Price, Glenn Eldridge have been fully informed of all the dialogue and have come up with a solution, which we have put forward to BSURF.
Our solution for consideration by the Federations is as follows:
Create two new selection events for TEAM GB SUP for 2018
- GBSUP BAY SUP Bournemouth 21 JULY 2018 Race and Tech
- BSUPA Watergate 13/14th October 2018 – SUP Surf
This option will discard current event results for winners of BSUPA SUP series in 2017 and current selection series results from 2018 GBSUP race series (This will be gutting for the Riders who put so much into their events results).
This would allow all Nations time to take part in selection process; but, will put pressure on SUP Surf selected team to get flights, time off work last minute, raise sponsorship for Brazil ISA World Championships in November. Selection based on first over the line, man and woman to ISA team selection rules and then offer to those who can pay to travel and enter the event.
The 2018 team will be selected from the winners of each competition rather than from selected nations. This will mean the top athletes will represent Team GB for the year 2018.
EUROS 2018 / TEAM ENGLAND SUP
This selection process can still serve as a selection for the EUROS in Sardinia in Sept 2018 for Team England.
However we will need to change – selection intention document -as this has only been taken up by – 1 man and 4 women.
Prone selection will need further attention as this is not a SUP division and seems it is not a surf one either – it counts for 1/3 of all point at the ISA Event for Team GB so needs to be sorted.
Anni Ridsdill Smith, mastermind behind the Frangipani SUP Instructors workshop, gives us the low down of the first ever BSUPA Women’s SUP Instructor workshop that we introduced to you earlier in the year.
Coming soon to indiegogo and our shores is an all new SUP carrying device that aims to make carrying SUPs of all types smooth and effortless – the Esea Strap.
Now in its forth year Legend of the Bay has become the season opener for kite surf and stand up board surf competition here in U.K.
We are so excited about our BSUPA Women SUP Instructors Workshop and the final arrangements are coming together well.
“This BSUPA Women SUP Instructors Workshop on April 21st in Essex is suitable for all levels of Instructor. Even those who are inexperienced or still working through their shadowing hours will learn a lot and make new friends. The atmosphere will be one of participation, sharing and helping each other. For full details and to book, please go to:
BSUPA welcomes the following news regarding the launch of a new organisational structure for the GBSUP Race Series. Here’s to the hard work so far and congratulations to those who will be working hard to take this forward.
From two sports there can only be one person that can be crowned Legend of the Bay. This April in Watergate Bay Cornwall the legend will be found.
Date: April 28th & 29th 2018
Location: Watergate Bay Cornwall
Polkerris Beach SUP Race Festival in collaboration with Mad Hatter Sports Events is a new and exciting event for 2018 open to anyone interested in getting involved in SUP racing in the beautiful setting of Polkerris Beach. #MadHatterHi5ive
BSUPA are pleased to announce dates and venues for this coming season’s Surf sup series.