British Stand Up Paddle Association

Paddle Round the Pier

Paddle Round The Pier

Come on summer hurry up Winter is getting boring! Granted the weather has been pretty mild lately, but who wouldn’t benefit from a nice warm summer weekend of fun at the beach. Throw in some water based activities, entertainment, maybe some fundraisers for the feel good factor and you’ve got the perfect weekend. Okay, time to fast forward to July 2019 and Paddle Round the Pier!

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BSUPA Instructor Conference & AGM

For all BSUPA Instructors and members we have a don’t miss event taking place on the 6th April in Sandbanks Poole for the 2019 BSUPA Instructor Conference and AGM. The line up for the day will consist of guest speakers, paddle sessions, workshops and the opportunity to revalidate your current Level 1 or Level 2 certificate.

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2018 BSUPA National SUP Surf Championships October 27th and 28th, Watergate Bay Cornwall

SUP Surf Championships

Please note this competition has been rescheduled to October 27th – October 28th.

2018 is a milestone for BSUPA as it celebrates its 10th Anniversary of the BSUPA National Sup Surf Championships. It all started off as a group of enthusiastic waterman and women engaging in an exciting new ocean sport and over time developed into a National  Championship. BSUPA now showcases the best of British in what has became the fastest growing participation water sport.

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Team England / Team GB Selection Process – UPDATE

Waiting for the Team GB selection process

In light of the time it is taking to finalise the Team England and Team GB selection process we have provided an update for clarity during this frustrating time.

BSUPA have been chasing an answer from Surf England /BSURF – on what is happening to the TEAM ENGLAND and now TEAM GB selection process, here’s an update on 7th June 2018.

We appreciate the MASSIVE frustration this is causing to riders and Event Organisers.

This is due to a decision that the ISA made and sent to Surf England (ISA partners) in April 2018.  Which in turn Surf England was unhappy about the decision and have protested to the ISA.

Currently BSURF who represent the UK Surf Federations (ISA) and SURF Olympic TEAM selection process – have still not decided on a plan! But they are having meetings about this.

We have been pressing them very hard for a decision so we can let you know.

Mark Price, Glenn Eldridge have been fully informed of all the dialogue and have come up with a solution, which we have put forward to BSURF.

We appreciate time is dragging on in this process but the final decision is out of our hands as ISA partners will need to agree to this and sign this off.

Our solution for consideration by the Federations is as follows:

Create two new selection events for TEAM GB SUP for 2018

  • GBSUP BAY SUP Bournemouth 21 JULY 2018 Race and Tech
  • BSUPA Watergate 13/14th October 2018 – SUP Surf

This option will discard current event results for winners of BSUPA SUP series in 2017 and current selection series results from 2018 GBSUP race series (This will be gutting for the Riders who put so much into their events results).

This would allow all Nations time to take part in selection process; but, will put pressure on SUP Surf selected team to get flights, time off work last minute, raise sponsorship for Brazil ISA World Championships in November. Selection based on first over the line, man and woman to ISA team selection rules and then offer to those who can pay to travel and enter the event.

The 2018 team will be selected from the winners of each competition rather than from selected nations. This will mean the top athletes will represent Team GB for the year 2018.


This selection process can still serve as a selection for the EUROS in Sardinia in Sept 2018 for Team England.

However we will need to change – selection intention document -as this has only been taken up by – 1 man and 4 women.

Prone selection will need further attention as this is not a SUP division and seems it is not a surf one either – it counts for 1/3 of all point at the ISA Event for Team GB so needs to be sorted.