ICON Classic SUP Downwind race.

Ben Pye

With this being my first ever downwind race, I didn’t know what to expect, but now, I honestly believe it is one of the best disciplines you can race in. Here is my write up of the 2016 Icon Classic.

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Photo: Phibian

The event properly started for me on Friday evening. We had Verity Thomas from Jersey come to stay with us for the weekend, and it was great to get some last minute advice and tips from her for the race.

I raced the awesome 12’6 Starboard All Star Turtle Bay board for this race, and it worked a dream!

The race started in Lee Bay, and took us along my local North Devon coastline, past Ilfracombe, to Combe Martin. That coastline is pretty awesome!

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Photo: Ian Phillips

The race started with us all sprinting to a rib out to sea, about half a kilometre,  before heading east, down…

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