Holly Bassett, a Year 11 pupil at Seaford College, has won the Ladies division in the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA) National Championships at Watergate Bay in Cornwall. Stand up paddle boarding is the oldest form of surfing. Riders stand up on a large style of surfboard and use a single-bladed paddle to propel themselves through the water. The National Championships draws competitors from all over the UK and they are judged by a panel of trained ISA judges for wave riding style, wave selection and radical moves.
Holly has been well placed in previous competitions in the junior section but this year Holly won the U16 Youth Girls and the Open Women’s category. She was awarded ‘The Watergate Bay Water Women’ award for 2013.
Stand Up Paddlesurfing (SUP) is now regarded as one of the UK’S fastest growing water sports. There is a strong SUP scene in West Wittering where Holly trains with her father Simon Bassett (Head Trainer for BSUPA). Mr Bassett comments “At the prize-giving we were surprised when the names were read out to hear that Holly was in first place and that we now had a British Champion in the family – it was emotional!”
During her interview with Spirit FM Holly said that she was surprised to beat her more experienced competitors.
She now has a place at the International Surfing Association World Championships in Nicaragua in February 2014. Ask if she was looking forward to taking on the rest of the world, the new British Champion replied “I haven’t given it too much thought. I think I’ll be really nervous but I think it’ll be a really good experience to go.”