Go with the FLOW: For Female Cancer Care WRITE UP
On September 24th 40+ budding and experienced waterwomen flocked to a sun blessed Lagoon Watersports www.lagoon.co.uk for an action packed day on and off the water, including windsurfing, wakeboarding, SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding), yoga, jewellery making and cup cakes, all in aid of female cancer care.
Caroline Radway from www.fitbodyfix.com started off the day with an energising yoga session, preparing bodies and minds for the on water activities. Suitably stretched, wetsuited and booted the ladies were ready to hit the water. Throughout the day ‘Learn to’ sessions were run alongside sessions for the more experienced, making it the perfect opportunity for waterwomen to bring along female friends and family members that they had not previously been able to tempt onto the water.
With calm winds and blazing sunshine, the lagoon was the perfect setting for all of the ‘Learn to’ sessions, as well as of course the wake boarding. The more advanced windsurfers may have wished for a little more wind, but took the opportunity to brush up on their light wind freestyle moves, mixing it up with everyone else on the lagoon.
The more experienced SUPers took to the sea for a longer distance paddle, exploring the Hove beaches, and learning some new techniques in the idyllic conditions.
All of the women in attendance picked up the new sports with seemingly effortless ease, all female groups being taught by female instructors, seems to lead to a much calmer learning experience! Some showed a flare for wakeboarding, others a penchant for SUP and many were seduced by the sail power provided by windsurfing. As is often the case when trying new things it is more the experience of learning, stepping outside of your comfort zone and giving it a go that is most important, the fact that learning a watersport can lead to a boost in self confidence, a new passion and more toned legs is (almost) beside the point.
‘I hope all the women that attended had simply a fun day on and off the water, learning that the world of watersports is not quite as macho as some would have you believe, and that they will continue to progress and keep active in which ever watersport they choose.’
Throughout the day RRD, Ezzy, Tushingham, Tabou and Gaastra kindly provided our windsurfing and SUPing ladies with the latest toys to try, and we were supplied with our fuel for the day from the fantastic Grasshopper porridge ladies. The Nalu Beads ladies were also around all day, including team rider Lex Balladon, who not only gave out copious amounts of wakeboarding advice, but also helped run the Nalu Beads masterclasses, providing every female entrant with a beautiful necklace, headband, anklet or bracelet.
The ‘Blast 4 Breast Cancer’ became a 4 woman SUP relay race on the lagoon, with one team unfortunately down a member, promo king and BWA competitor, Chris ‘Muzza’ Murray stepped up to fill the spot. It was a close battle, with a few thrills, spills and the odd dirty tactic or two, but the winners were Linda Drummond, Anna Glasspool, Lauren Lewis and Muzz, (they were already in the lead before Muzz took over on the last leg!) closely followed by Lucy McCormick, Dawn Seymour, Emma Ray and Kira Krissinel in second.
After a hectic day it was time for some more well earned yoga, this time of the relaxing variety, followed by the odd cupcake, before the grand prize giving and charity raffle. The top two teams in the ‘Blast 4 Breast Cancer’ took home prizes from Nalu Beads, Pepperfit and Grasshopper porridge, while there was a whole host of prizes on offer for the sold out charity raffle, including wakeboarding sessions from www.lagoon.co.uk , windsurfing coaching from www.sam-ross.co.uk , bootcamp and online training from www.fitbodyfix.com , a Flying Object Minx harness, LOADS of Ion and Fanatic goodies, £100 worth of Reef clothing from www.k172.com and more from Grassy, Pepperfit and Nalu Beads. With lots of lucky prize winners and all donations from the raffle and cake sales etc, as well as a part of the entrance fee going to female cancer care it was a good day all round.
So here’s to seeing all the happy faces from this event, plus many more at the next Go with the FLOW weekend, details to be announced right here on www.flowatersports.com
With special thanks and sending lots of love to:
Lagoon Watersports www.lagoon.co.uk Harvey and all the staff for being fantastic hosts.
Breathe Unity www.breatheunity.co.uk Rebecca and Carole for all of their support.
Brian, Martin and all of those from www.windsurfing4cancerresearch.com , Breast Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.
The amazing female coaches Caroline Radway, Ellie Ross, Chloe Goodyear, Helen Trehane, Lucy McCormick, Rachel Cockle and Lilly.
Lisa and Lex from Nalu Beads www.nalubeads.com for coming down, sharing your beautiful beads, teaching us how to make a good bracelet and allowing us to keep a little reminder our of favourite surf spots with us at all times.
Adam Sims www.seaspritesports.com for bringing equipment, fab prizes, and the lifesaving filming.
Grasshopper porridge www.teamgrasshopper.com for lots of yummy, scrummy porridge.
Sam Ross Windsurfing www.sam-ross.uk for all the support plus the brilliant coaching prize.
Jan Sleigh www.k127.com for £100 worth of Reef goodies for one lucky winner.
Nik Baker www.k-66.com for prizes including gorgeous bikinis and the must have changing towel!
Mum and Dad, for bringing cakes, taking photos and generally putting up with my haphazard approach to life.
And finally to YOU for coming, donating and/or reading the write up!
Until next time, Amy x