The National Student Rodeo is the highlight of Southampton’s kayaking year, and 2014 proved no exception. Congratulations to everyone who competed and helped us win 2nd place and a shiny new Zet Raptor boat! We did really well to have someone in most of the finals and took part in some really good paddling. We even had several competitors in the women’s intermediate heats which was a new category this year.
With the theme of heroes and villains SUCC dressed as fishermen – the villains of kayaking. Everyone got into the spirit of the costume running around in yellow rain ponchos and lining the course with fishing rods and Angling signs, though not all of them survived the party on Saturday night!
Some of our olds started getting a bit broody…for dogs! This video was the result and will hopefully put a smile on your face, it certainly does ours
Everyone had a really good trip and we are looking forward to next year already!
For those of you who haven’t had the chance to go on a river trip yet, here’s a little snippet of what we get up to…
We left the boat hard with kit and freshers all safely packed for the long journey over the boarder – in to Wales. Bravery mounting, a game of Bragg saw increasing stakes, and keen to show off her physical skills Weever entertained everyone with a slow-motion belly slide across the hall into a collapsing table.
Paddling down the Tywi everyone got involved and had great fun. Practicing river skills, eddying in and out and ferry gliding everyone made it safely down to the bottom, though a few freshers were more eager than others to encounter the rocks at the bottom!
Returning to the hut there was an overdose of vegetable curry and then began the practice of some of SUCC’s more refined skills; J-cup!! A new and improved version of the Game of Thrones drinking game featured a custom made Throne of Paddles and some extended rules. Up bright and early the next morning for paddling down the Wye, dodging more rocks and a rather large tree at the end. Van faff and we were off home again. All in all a good trip – Thanks Team Olly!
If you’re interested in joining the club don’t forget we have our fresher meeting on Wednesday this week (2nd of October). We’re going to be meeting outside the Stag’s at 6.15pm and taking everyone to a lecture theatre in building 2, room 1089 (L/T D). There we’ll give you a quick presentation about the club and show you a short video about what you can expect from us during the next year. The whole meeting will last until 7pm, and then we’ll hit the pub for the start of our fresher social!
During the meeting there will be a chance to sign up for membership to the canoe club and to our first trip to Perranporth this weekend. It’s £30 to become a member for the year and an additional £35 to sign up to the trip to Perranporth. We’re only going to be accepting cash on the night, so come prepared with money if you want to join. The trip will be first-come first-served and we’re expecting it to be full by the end of the evening, so if you want to come make sure you bring £65 in cash. It’s going to be an awesome evening, so get involved and I’ll see you there!
Now a quick word from our social secs:
Straight after the meeting we’ll be having our first social of the year! This will be a carnage-filled pub-crawl to all the best (and worst) bars in Portswood, complete with free t-shirts, fresher challenges, Jesticles, and lots and lots of drinking. Prepare yourselves, it’s gonna be a good one! If you can’t make it to the meeting, we’ll be starting at Stags at 7.30pm, or give me a call to meet us later on.
See you all there,
Lots of social sec love
Pernille, Alex and Becky
Pernille – 07580268279
Alex – 07796775079
Becky – 07841975065