On Saturday August 31st come and join the Thames Stand Up Paddle Boarding Challenge, a charity event comprising a 4 mile long SUP course along the Thames River, starting in Kew and culminating with an after party at Linden House in Hammersmith.
The event is to raise money for The Isiqalo Foundation, a dynamic UK and Cape Town based charity that founded the Waves for Change programme: using surfing and the ocean to develop life skills and create opportunities in some of the most impoverished communities in South Africa.
The Ticket to Ride Group are co-hosting the event with Isiqalo. “It should be a great day! We are hoping for 50-100 applicants, with around 200 to welcome us in at the finish. We are encouraging people to enter in small teams of up to 3 people and as well as friends and family we are encouraging small businesses, sports teams and even larger enterprises all to enter and take part. This is the event’s inaugural year and the plan is to gather momentum to make it an annual. Isiqalo is a very close charity to Ticket to Ride, so hopefully the day should help raise awareness a bit of money too!” Said Linley Lewis, co-event organiser and Ticket to Ride Director.
To date the event has Active 360 on board to provide a handful of boards, Palmera Local providing all competitors a complimentary event t-shirt, Harbour Beer and Alibi Health Drink providing refreshments for competitors, and Gousto providing food packs for prizes.
The event promises to be a great day for everyone involved, it costs £20 per competitor, with all proceeds going to the charity, plus an additional £15 for board rental. There is no experience necessary for any timid beginners, as SUP instructors will be accompanying the course. Places are limited, and pre-registration is necessary. Book your place on www.thamespaddle.eventbrite.co.uk.
Kepa finds himself in a land of perpetual dancing and broad smiles.
Pick a solid swell, make the treacherous paddle, avoid the fang-like rocks on the inside, and you could score some of the longest rights of your life.
If Jack Kerouac surfed he would have chewed his beatnik leg off to get on this trip. Desert Point to Shipstern and everything in between.
Not all winter is cold, even if the country is in danger of washing away there will be surfers lapping up the storms
Those two imposters, triumph and disaster, go hand in hand in the sport of bodyboarding, especially for those hellmen who push the boundaries of what is surfable.