The first flat water stand up paddle board contest in Northern Ireland went extremely well, many travelling from Dublin and further. Hosted by Eye Feel Good Outdoors the SUP contest was held at Lough Neagh Antrim Shore.
The conditions where perfect with glassy water, little breeze and sun with 28 competitor entries.
The morning started with registration at 9am then the 4.5km technical races began at 11am. This race starts with a running start then around a course laid out by buoys and then back to land for a short run and back out for another water course ending with a running finish.
On land the festival started with music, trade stalls from the sponsors and activities including mobile climbing wall and high ropes course.
The next race was the 18km and 10km Marathons. Floating start and course plotted out with smiley face buoys to keep the competitors smiling… was along slog but the Walk on Water and Surfdock elite races from Dublin showed what they are made of and flew round the course. During this the children’s race was run.
Later came the 1km sprint which was a river course and many newer northern competitors entered. Representatives from the Causeway Coast Surf Club and Troggs.com entered with Andy Hill winning his division.
The Festival ended with the awards ceremony and evening party in the Store House.
The event raised £615 for the RNLI, Lough Neagh Rescue and Eye Feel Good Cancer Charity.
Look out for next year’s event… it’s going to be bigger and better
Thank you to
Dublin Sup, SUP for All, Mara, Huku, Troggs, Walk on Water, Atlantic Soul Surf, Causeway Coast Surf Club, Swell Seekers, SurfSUPNI, Cobb, Water Dragon, Surfdock, Farmview Dairies, Gary McCall Photography and Antrim Council for your support and sponsor.
Big thank you to all the Eye Feel Good Outdoors supporters, volunteer’s, marshals and water support.