Inaugural SUP Company Round Hayling Challenge


The SUP Company are pleased to be supporting this new event, part of the iconic Round Hayling Race, now in its 35th year.

This Easter weekend will mark the start of the summer sports season with the return of the annual Good Friday ‘Round Hayling Island Windsurf , Stand Up Paddle Board and Open Canoe Challenge’.

Sponsored by The SUP Company, this year’s Stand Up Paddle Board challenge will kick off on Friday 3rd April at 12:00, at Hayling Island Sailing Club.

New for 2015 – entries into The SUP Company Challenge have the opportunity to complete the full Round Island course of 14 miles, as well as shorter distances of 9 miles and a 4 mile fun paddle in the picturesque Chichester Harbour. Thanks to event organiser, SailRacer, each competitor will be tracked in real time with their world leading telemetry; showing course covers, distance covered and speed.

Formed in November 2014, The SUP Company represents leading SUP brands Jobe, Red Paddle Co. and Starboard. As title sponsor, The SUP Company are offering a host of prizes to podium finishers as well as the first female home in both the 14 mile and 9 mile categories - prizes from Moloko Paddles, Red Paddle Co., Jobe, Veho and Overboard waterproof bags

If you don’t own a SUP, you can still enter as The SUP Company will help you discover a Stand Up Paddle Board tailored to your needs. A range of boards are available to hire for the 4 mile and 9 mile races at £35. What’s more, competitors who choose to hire a Stand Up Paddle Board who then go on to make a purchase from The SUP Company will enjoy free board hire and race entry!

For those that just want to come and sample Stand Up Paddle Boarding, The SUP Company also have a selection of boards for you to try from the very best brands in the world. Also available will be the 6 person Red Paddle Co. RIDE XL SUP – offering a truly unique experience!

Marshalling on the water is provided by the highly experienced team at Hayling Island Sailing Club, while ashore The SUP Company sponsored bus will be enable competitors who stop part way round the course make it back safely to the sailing club.

To enter The SUP Company Challenge go to -

Notes to Editors;
Stand Up Paddle Boarding continues as the world’s fastest growing watersport, otherwise known as SUP. While the perception of the sport is that of one carried out in surf, 80 % of SUP activity is actually on flat water ways such as rivers, harbours etc. What sets SUP apart from all other sports is that its participation is split evenly between females and males.

The Round Hayling Island Windsurf Race, Stand Up Paddle and Open Canoe Board Challenge is an event open to everyone, aged 18 and over. There are three challenges that include both men and women. The event consists of a 4 mile race, 8.5 mile race and a 14 mile challenge.

Restrictions apply
* Board size - only 12'6 and 14' boards can do the 14 mile event
* Any board size can enter any other event


Tony Jones

The SUP Company
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19/3/2015 09:49


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For many Hayling is considered the spiritual home of windsurfing, and the Round Hayling Island Race a great celebration of the sport First staged in 1980, the 14 miles circumnavigation can take anything from 60 minutes to 6 hours. Recent years have seen the inclusion of Open Canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP).
Competitors will have the choice of three different course lengths from 4.5 miles up to the 14 mile circumnavigation.

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