There are two international events requiring Team England selection in SUP surf, race and prone paddle board disciplines. Given that the surf SUP team has already been selected from the previous British Stand Up Paddle Board Association (BSUPA) surf series the race team has yet to be selected. Ideally, it would be preferable for all race disciplines to follow a comparable process however, there are a number of factors which impinge upon doing so. The following will outline the process involved, clearly define selection criteria and importantly elaborate upon an improved collaborative approach with an ethos of bringing together a broader and more divers attendance.
As of two weeks ago (Jan 28th) the European Surfing Federation announced that the European version of ‘Super tubes’ Peniche, Portugal will be the venue for the 2017 European SUP championships, officially known as EuroSUP 2017.
After two weeks of sun, sea and island hopping Team GB return home with a solid 12th place, equalling previous year’s final position. Improving upon previous results let alone breaking into the world’s top ten seemed a challenging task to say the least; without previous team captain and talisman Ollie Shilston combined with the complete withdrawal of the prone team 12th was a fair effort. With a team of fresh faces, although some less fresh than others (the team had one of the highest average ages in the competition), ambitions were nonetheless high with seasoned campaigner Marie Buchanan remaining as the single constant among them and the greatest hope of breaking into the top ten.
The team that represents the UK will be heading out to Fiji in November for the ISA SUP, Prone and paddle board World Championships 12-20 November.
We are please to announce the TEAM GB 2016 TEAM selection for the ISA World Sup, Prone, and team worlds for 2016 –this year for the first time prone was included in the the selction events and now TEAM GB can send a full team including prone riders which should have a positive effect on the teams results results.
Information related to the BSUPA Nationals Selection event:
After numerous meeting, discussions, feedback from BSUPA Survey a decision has been made on how the selection will be for 2016 TEAM GB for the next SUP and PRONE ISA worlds.
Team GB’s training weekend was hosted by Ollie Shilston at Carbis Bay, with this years team of paddlers: Marie Buchanan, Ollie Shilston, Glyn Ovens, Andy Joyce, Holly Bassett and Matt Barker-Smith – who are all committed to Mexico.
Well it’s all over for another year. Team GB finished 12th after competing against the worlds top paddlers in crazy heat in beautiful Nicaragua.