Verity Thomas

Verity Thomas

Home town: Jersey, Channel Islands.

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Verity in a Ladies 3.2mm wetsuit, out paddling with son Jacques.

Verity Thomas (Veejay), a paddler from Jersey in the Channel Islands (UK), Vee Jay has notched up a string of podium finishes lst year, and earned herself a trip to the 2017 ISA’s, As well as fantastic paddler she is mum to Jacques (6), a keen paddler himself.

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Mid-'Around the Island Paddle' with a pod of dolphin friends using a 10ft LUNASURF coiled SUP leash - Jersey, Channel Islands, U.K.

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Verity, Lunasurf leggings, cap and 10ft coiled SUP leash, Jersey.

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Ladies summer wetsuit and full grip, Jersey summer.

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Ladies 6.4mm wetsuit, 9ft leash, full grip, Jersey winter.

 

"I have raced alot locally in the UK and also in France (as it’s easier to get to than England!) I also competed in the ISA Worlds in Denmark in 2017 and came 33rd in the Distance race. It was an amazing experience to race alongside some of the Worlds best. 

I try and get on the water once a week (in the winter) or whenever I’m not at work (in the summer). That isn’t always to train necessarily as I usually have Jacques at weekends (my husband works shifts). Jacques loves the water and paddling so I am very lucky that he can now come with me. From a very young age I would take him and make him sit between my legs and hold onto my big toes!!!!!

I love racing but I also love surfing for fun!! Because I’m so competitive I would like to become better at sup surfing but I find it hard to go surfing as Jacques is scared of the waves. 

I race locally for fun and also use it as part of my training for when I race abroad. I love to go away and race, I competed in the Fort Boyard Challenge in 2017, where I came 2nd in my class, and I was also at the Transpaddle in Caen, I have done the Jersey Round the Island Paddle! I love to meet people including Ginnie Odetayo, Jo Hamilton Vale, Helen Fincham and Marie Buchanan are all great people and great friends. I’ve have recieved some great advice from them all along the way."