The Pro SUP Shop announced Ollie Shilston, one of Britain’s best, will be joining them tonight for the monthly Sundowner SUP Race at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. Ollie is “quite possibly the fastest man in the UK”, said Pro SUP Shop owner Mike Vaughan. The two seasoned paddlers spent Thursday afternoon conducting time trials on an array of 12’6” class SUPs near Pro SUP Shop HQ at Mother’s Beach in the marina.
While not as well known on the West Coast as other international SUP athletes, Ollie is a household name within the SUP community on the other side of the Atlantic. Like many elite SUP athletes, Ollie is competitive in a variety of disciplines such as running, swimming and surfing, in addition to SUP paddling. He initially took to SUP surfing as a means to spend more time on the water in his native Cornwall – known as the place to be for the surfing community in England. As the sport began to evolve, Ollie began competing in SUP races and has literally never looked back.
The Sundowner Race Series is scheduled to take place the second Friday of each month. Jointly hosted by the Pro SUP Shop and Del Rey Yacht Club, the Sundowner Race Series is a fun, family friendly venue for paddlers of any ability to experience SUP racing. The roughly 3.6 mile long course traverses the protected waters of Marina del Rey from the Del Rey Yacht Club to the marina’s entrance and back. All race participants and spectators are invited to enjoy the Del Rey Yacht Club for the evening and SUP board rentals for the event are available through Pro SUP Shop. Contact the Pro SUP Shop or Del Rey Yacht club for additional race details, including start times and post race festivities.