Fanatic SUP UK rider Phil McCoy reports on his recent race experience in Paris.
There was success last weekend for Emsworth’s Phil McCoy who finished one of the top Brits after competing in one of the biggest SUP races in the world in Paris during the Nautic SUP Crossing.
The Nautic SUP Paris Crossing is one of the largest stand up paddle races in the world, gathering a whole host of professionals and amateurs on the same starting line. This exceptional race saw 700 paddler’s pass under the most beautiful Parisian bridges, from Bercy to the Eiffel Tower.
Phil represented team GB in his first international appearance in the professional category. He finished an impressive 27th out of 700, with Ollie Shilston coming in 14th and Holly Henderson smashing it for the ladies in 47th (10th female).
Phil (Exercise Physiologist) said: ‘SUP is one of the fastest developing sports in the UK and Europe. It’s a great full body workout, targeting core strength, power and aerobic fitness. It is a great way of enjoying the environment while working out which makes the sport so exciting. It’s also great for low impact rehabilitation, if you suffer with bad knees or hips and is open to all abilities! I loved competing in Paris and hope to do more moving forwards. Stay tuned.’
GoPro footage from the start line of the SUP Paris Crossing:
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