Seven Days of SUP - The Caddies Story

Sam Ross has successfully completed his incredible mission, as outline in a previous news item: Seven Days of SUP. Here is a insight into the journey, from the man that helped Sam though the good and bad times, Luke Green. 

So we have just completed the Seven Days of SUP demo tour, we had an absolute blast, met some great people in some fantastic locations and have spread the word about the wonderful world of SUP. As Sam’s unofficial caddy for the tour (or you could say bitch!) I spent a lot of time on the beach chatting with customers and talking through the board range as well as getting on the water with them. Here is my day by day account of the whistle-stop tour!

DAY ONE (Bray Lake)

Day one on Sunday started bright and early with a nice 5:45am alarm call to try and get Sam out on the water so he could try to achieve his almost impossible task of paddling 34 miles on the first day. We met with Simon Frost from Bray Lake Watersports, club member Richard Sayers and were joined by Starboard team rider Paul Simmons in Marlow for a 10 mile paddle along the Thames back towards Bray Lake. With a stiff head wind to begin with it soon turned into a great paddle with some great scenery along the way (I hope the photos do it justice!).

Sam Ross at Bray Lake
Sam Ross at Bray Lake

As soon as the guys got back to the lake it was a quick set up of the demo kit for me and Paul while Sam started to crack on trying to clock up the miles. We were shortly joined by lots of the club members where they soon got going with the coke bottle races. The first consisted of a paddle round the swimming buoys which Sam duly won, as was the second. The final race was won by Paul Simmons with Sam in second after he had managed to take out the competition of Andy Crocker (who is now nursing a nicely bruised head after colliding with Sam’s board!).

By Lunchtime Sam had been able to reach 22 miles already (no mean feat at all) with the aid of several members keeping him company on some laps round the lake as they tried out the latest Starboard and Red Paddle Co SUP boards and paddles. By the end of the day Sam had reached an amazing total of 34 miles with another member also clocking 28 miles for the day (well done Ben as this was solely done on the lake!!).
Massive thanks for everyone who turned up and tried out all the equipment, they were so enthusiastic about the sport and put in so many miles to try and win the board for the club. Thanks also needs to go to Simon and all the Bray Lake staff for helping out and being so hospitable.
Days two through to seven were even more exciting than the first, with blisters, sun burn, donuts and some rapids,  read the full story on the Tushingham website.
Badger Balm
Badger Balm

 

Lessons learnt

So would I do this again, short answer is an absolute yes! We had fantastic conditions, some memorable moments, wonderful locations and met so many enthusiastic people who love to SUP. However if we are to do this again I will definatley be investing in a 3G dongle, will remember to apply the factor 50 a lot more regularly (especially as I am now malting in the office!), make sure I know the location of every shop which sells chicken for Sam (winner winner chicken dinner!), avoid trying to help people who appear to want help then have a go at you for doing so and to get an endless supply of Badger Balm to stop any blisters!!
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