Ever since paddling in the Molokai in 2001 I have been searching for that all time downwind event in the UK, right from the start on the plane home! The Cornish peninsula in the SW of the UK is possibly the most prime location for downwind paddling with North and South coast running along the predominantly south westerly wind back up with swells arriving from deep in the Atlantic. Paddling from one Island to another just Molokai was the go and I tested a possible event by myself in 2007 on a prone unlimited board, several crossings and seven years the Celtic Crossing was born. 52km of open water, highly technical, challenging navigation and the same awe inspiring connection with being miles away from land as Molokai. Just colder!
The Celtic Crossing is amazing event and still remains a bucket list paddle even today but, the extreme logistics involved made it challenging to say the least. Enter ‘the event without a name!’, 53km of well groomed Atlantic swell, pushed by prevailing south westerly winds assisted by less technical tidal flows makes this not only a better option in terms of conditions but far more accessible to a great number of paddlers.
The last time I did this with Jack Coope a couple of years ago, we had four hours of pure downwind surfing. Just saying! – Glenn Eldridge, Ocean Sports Centre.