Set on Lock Island, overlooking Hamhaugh Island and the Weybridge bank of the Thames, our site spans the Shepperton weir pool. It has a picturesque, holiday feel about it, leaving the real world behind. We are the only permanent slalom site in the SE and have gates movable from the bank and the water. There are calm areas for flat water practice, plus usually a gently flow from the side spills and in rainy times, between 1 and 10 sluice gates may be open creating challenging white water. With 5 to 8 gates open it is the best wave in the country!
The weir pool has direct access to the Thames, upstream towards Chertsey and downstream towards Sunbury – ideal for longer paddles and in particular our warm up/ training run (c.6min) around ‘short’ (D’Oily Cart) Island.
Our club house has a gym/meeting area, well equipped kitchen, toilet, store, male and female changing rooms with showers. There is a boat store and outside storage too. Members meet regularly for training sessions and club night is Tuesday at 18.00. The site has floodlighting for evening paddling. We compete at all levels in the national ranking events and run our own events 3 times a year. Members enjoy all types of paddlesports in addition to slalom, including wild water racing and playboating. Visitors are very welcome to our sessions and events and some equipment is available for loan. So, come and enjoy!
Div 2/3/4 Slalom Competition 18 and 19 October 2014
After a couple of months of very flat water, we were provided with a stable flow of challenging water, thanks to Steve the lockkeeper and Nic and Gordon who set and maintained good courses. We were also lucky with the weather which was nowhere near as bad as the forecast.
The event attracted 97 paddlers on Saturday and 56 on Sunday who were keen to get extra points as we draw near to the end of the season.
Shepperton paddlers included Dominic Aston who came second in the Div3 K1 men on Saturday and won the class on Sunday (despite getting a 50 penalty).
Peter (Flipper) Bedingfield managed to get round the course with only one 50 and Piers Oliphant had the fastest run time of the weekend with 114.3 seconds.
Josh Barnett our youngest Div 3 paddler did really well and managed most of what was quite a difficult Div 2 level course but eventually capsized!
Kayleigh and Hannah managed to stay upright for 3 out of 4 C2 runs gaining two wins.
And last but not least well done to the Div 4 paddlers who hadn’t experienced such fast flow before.
Thank you to Claire C and her team who provided superb refreshments all weekend.
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