Today we are interviewing Steevie Ascroft from Jersey who is coming for the first at the GlaGla Race in… 15 days ! We are also presenting the Julbo “Paddle” sunglasses dedicated to SUP, they float !
Who are you ? How long have been paddleboarding ?
My name is Steve Ascroft and I have lived on the beautiful island of Jersey for all 54 years of my life. I started paddle boarding about 7 or 8 years ago. In fact the Jersey Paddle Club, of which I am proud to have been the first Chairman, was actually set up with some great paddle friends in my kitchen!!
It’s your first GlaGla Race, why did you register ? What do you expect ?
This is my first GlaGla Race. A good friend of mine, Tim Tredant, a very good paddler who is also attending, suggested I look at the website and, having done so, I was excited by the concept of the race and setting myself this test. I am not the fastest of paddlers (as you will all see at the race!) but I am more than willing to accept the 14k challenge and will race/participate with a big smile on my face.
How are you preparing ? What kind of equipment do you have for the GlaGla Race ?
For preparation I am afraid to say I have not been paddling as much as I would have wished but I cycle to work every day during the week and do some specific exercises which should hopefully see me through 14k of paddling. I have a 14ft Bark D2 which I will be using for the race. It is a very good flat water board but as I mentioned above I am not the fastest!
I am very much looking forward to participating in the race and am also looking forward to the fantastic atmosphere that I am sure follows being involved in such a prestigious event.
Julbo – Alpine Lakes Tour partner since 2018
125 years fly by when your head is always full of ideas and dreams. Drawing inspiration from its heritage Julbo wants to be known for its outdoor spirit in the eyewear market. We will soon be releasing new ranges and new products but always with that same taste for adventure and freedom that allows everyone to see the world even better.
The new Julbo Paddle sunglasses are a stylish accessory designed for stand-up paddle fans. Whether you’re paddling in the Lake District, heading along a river or facing ocean currents, the Paddle range is suited to both calm and choppy waters. Their Bubble Frame technology (air bubbles incorporated into the frame) means that they float.
So it doesn’t matter how many times you wipe-out – your glasses won’t sink! The Paddle’s Grip Nose and Grip Tech technology ensure a snug, secure fit. If you do fall off your board, their Bubble Frame and Floating Cord make these glasses easy to find and hold.
Their Polarized 3 CF category anti-reflect lenses make Paddle glasses an essential if you’re in an area with harsh sunlight or potentially blinding reflections.
With their stylish California-inspired design, the Paddle glasses are as suited to lazing on a beach as they are to SUP activities.