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My first SUP event of 2017....

Head of The Dart is a SUPing event held on the River Dart in Dartmouth. I first saw this event on
Photo from last summer
Facebook last year, a friend had ticked they were interested and so I took a peak. At first I thought what a great event, maybe I should do it, but then like everything else I forgot about it and the idea was lost in the back ground noise of everyday life.

Earlier this year the event resurfaced on my news feed and it grabbed my attention, this time I was not letting the idea go. I instantly shared the event poster on my Facebook page and asked if anyone wanted to take part. I got a couple of replies but nothing too serious at first. Then two friends popped up showing an interest but were undecided, lucky for me though they chose to enter. This was perfect because I was a little nervous about driving down to Dartmouth and taking part on my own, also this event has a little logistical nightmare because the start is at Totnes and finishes in Dartmouth, so we could help each other with this.
Once the other two had confirmed and entered, I did the same and that was it I had entered my first SUP event of 2017. Whoop! Now it just meant I needed to get out on my board and start paddling again because the last time I had stepped foot on it was last October.

The event is now just around the corner and I still have not stood on the board, although I have been out on was just a bit choppy, foggy and gusty for me to stand, also I blamed my wetsuit boots because it there was to much grip between the bottom of the shoes and the boards grip. Poor excuse I know! 

While writing this I have started to watch some of the videos on their website, this has got me slightly nervous. I think I will be checking the tide times and going for a paddle after work this week! 

I will let you know how the event goes next week! 


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