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!).
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!).