Dean Simpson tackles the Royal Challenge

on Jan 11 in Racing, Think, Uno by

Held every December, the Royal Challenge is a 23km ski paddle and 23km run endurance event within the Royal National Park, Sutherland Shire. It is open to individuals and teams.

As a not-for-profit event, the objectives of the Royal Challenge are to raise money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and inspire people to invest in a healthy lifestyle while helping to raise charitable funds.

Dean Simpson, who is a Cronulla local and owner of Infront Surfcraft, raced an Uno Elite in the Royal Challenge. Here are his thoughts on the craft, and how it helped him achieve a podium spot on the day, crossing the line in second place.

“I recently competed in a Ski run Ski race and used an ocean ski for the first time.I knew I would need a fast and comfortable Ski, which the Uno model is. The Uno made the transition from ski to ocean Ski effortless. I found the Uno very streamlined in the water, and easy to reach and maintain top speed all while allowing me to sit comfortably with no pins and needles in my legs which has been a concern in long races. Because of this I paddled above my ability on race day leading to a suprising result.



You can check out Dean’s website here.