4th Thailand SUP Festival: Phuket

March 12, 2016

Thailand SUP Festival (2)

10th March 2016

PHUKET, THAILAND

 

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is one the fastest growing water sports in the world, with professional athletes and social paddlers taking to the waters every weekend across Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand.  Until recent years it was an almost unheard of sport in Thailand.  But the times are changing and there’s a growing interest about SUP in the land of smiles.

 

The 4th Stand Up Paddle Festival was held on Saturday 5th March 2016 at Bliss Beach Club, overlooking the tropical waters of the Andaman Sea.  Around 70 paddlers participated in races on the day, with many traveling to join the event.  Local paddlers came from Bangkok, Pattaya, Samui and some participants even made the trip from from Australia, Canada, Hungary, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore.

 

Organised by Stand Up Paddle Projects and title sponsor Longtail Paddle Surf, the event consisted of a 6km distance race, 200m sprints, team relays and family races. There was even games of SUP Polo being played on the water – which was a hit with both kids and adults.  Conditions were ideal for racing with crystal clear waters and clear blue skies, and a light breeze coming from the south east.

 

Pre-race Briefing

Pre-race Briefing

 

The 6km distance race had a mass beach start at midday and consisted of 3 laps around the course with a 100m beach run in between each lap.  The majority of paddlers were on 12’6 race boards, with some of these boards being generously provided by the official board sponsor, Starboard, on the day.  Some paddlers raced on surf class boards (below 12’) and inflatable boards (both 11’6 and 12’6 in length).  The sprints and team relays were run as a series of heats and finals later in the afternoon, with everyone paddling on Starboard 11’6 Astro inflatable boards.

 

Race Start

Race Start

 

This year saw Starboard Dream Team paddlers Daniel and Bruno Hasulyo take out 1st and 2nd places in the Men’s Distance and Sprint races.  Originally from Hungary, and now based in Bali, these brothers have been training hard and have their sights set on some big results later this year in Europe and America.  Ollie O’Reilly placed 3rd in the Men’s Distance race, and Japanese paddler Tomo Murabayashi (also on the Starboard Dream Team) placed 3rd in the Men’s Sprint race.

 

In the Women’s Distance and Sprint races, Kristy Morris took out 1st place, followed by Rachel Ng in 2nd and Kate Johnson in 3rd place.

 

After the races, the team at Bliss Beach Club put on an awesome BBQ dinner for the hungry paddlers and their families and then it was time for the presentations.  A great day was had by all paddlers, many new friends were made, and people are already talking about next year’s event.

 

It was a really well organised event and great to see so many Stand Up Paddler’s together in Thailand. An event like this wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the organisers and the generous support of all the official and prize giving sponsors.  So thank you to Tim Campbell from Stand Up Projects, and a big high 5 to all the sponsors.

 

Tim and gang, you guys are simply awesome and we truly enjoyed the racing and the new friends. We appreciate all your hard work and we promise we’ll be back next year with a bigger team from Singapore!!! Cheers!

-Rachel Ng, Singapore.

 

Make sure you put this event in the diary for next year, it doesn’t matter if you’re just a new paddler or if you’ve been racing for years.  It’s such a fun day and you’ll be glad you came!

 

For more information on the Thailand SUP Festival, visit their Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/ThailandSUPFestival/?fref=ts

 

 

2016 Thailand SUP Festival Results

 

Men’s Elite Race (6km)

1st: Bruno Hasulyo

2nd: Daniel Hasulyo

3rd: Ollie O’Reilly

 

Women’s Elite Race (6km)

1st: Kristy Morris

2nd: Rachel Ng

3rd: Kate Johnson

 

Men’s Sprint Race (200m)

1st: Daniel Hasulyo

2nd: Bruno Hasulyo

3rd: Tomo Murabayashi

 

Women’s Sprint Race (200m)

1st: Kristy Morris

2nd: Rachel Ng

3rd: Kate Johnson

 

Under 16’s Race

1st: Nop Prutsa

2nd: William Smart

3rd: Kaya Freeman

 

Team Relay

1st: Starboard

2nd: Team Singapore

3rd: SUP Station 2

 

SUP Polo

We’ll be back

We’ll be back next year!

 

Words by Tammy Wade, Owner and SUP Instructor at iSUP Samui

Photography by iSUP Samui

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