Date: Fri 19 Aug 2016

Nigel Chapple: Tactics!

The P1 AquaX UK 200 class rider talks tactics ahead of Cardiff, next weekend.

1) How did you get into P1 AquaX?

I put a bit of weight of over the last couple of years and was looking for a way to lose it. I tried the gym but found it boring. Then tried kick boxing, but as I am short and tubby, I couldn't manage the high kicks. My good friend asked me to try AquaX and I was instantly hooked.

2) How’s the competition this year?

The competition in my class has improved. I have to race harder and have now had to join the gym. My wife loves the new body.

3) What’s the most challenging thing about racing?

I find that with racing predominantly in the sea, not knowing what conditions we will be racing in challenging. Although I do prefer the rough conditions. I have parted company from my ski on a few occasions.

4) Which venue do you prefer – Cardiff or Bournemouth – and why?

I enjoy both locations for different reasons. Cardiff is the closest race for me and conditions can be a lot calmer in the bay.

Bournemouth is a beautiful location but last year was I think the roughest race conditions yet. The sea can be very unpredictable with large rolling waves. I have to mention I proposed to my wife there as well, unfortunately she said ‘no’. We’re married now, so all good.

5) Who’s your toughest competitor?

All the riders in my class are a threat, but new racer Paul Handley is giving me a run for my money. I took him for a curry before the last race… it didn't work.

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