Event Diary

2016 Events




British Stand Up Paddleboard Association, are pleased to announce dates for this years 2016 Sup Surf Series.


The three venues will make up the points series starting at Putsborough, on to Gwithian, before culminating at the BSUPA National Sup Surf Championships Finals at Watergate Bay.


Dates and venues will be as follows:

April 16th/17th – Putsborough, North Devon

June 4th/5th – Gwithian, Cornwall

October 1st/2nd – Watergate Bay, Cornwall


“It’s great to be able to put together a Sup Surf Points Series for the coming year. It is positive for the development of this side of the sport here in the U.K, and I would like to thank both Marc and Jason for their time and commitment to assist with its creation.” Commented Richard Marsh, Events Director of BSUPA.


He added, “Over the past few years we have created a every successful National Championships at Watergate Bay, but I know many of the competitors would like to see more Sup Surf events on the calendar. This year we have had individuals express interest in developing events of their own, in which we can now create this series. Richard Marsh continued by saying “Three events, three very different locations will also create more rounded champions across each of the main divisions and will undoubtedly assist with generating strength in individuals representing this country at International competition’s such as the I.S.A Stand Up Paddle Board World Championships.


More information such as, divisions, rules, entry fee’s etc will be available on the BSUPA website by end of February.


For more information on the individual events please contact the following:

Puttsborough – Marc Hambridge: [email protected]

Gwithian – Jason Sawyer: [email protected]

Watergate Bay – Richard Marsh: [email protected]


1) Entry & Eligibility

  • All Competitors wishing to compete at any of the three events will need to be members of BSUPA before entering their first competition.
  • All Competitors wishing to compete will need to hold a valid UK passport.
  • Entry Fee must be paid in full prior to entry competition
  • The Four Divisions to competed will be as follows:

    – Open Men
    – Open Women – Under 16 Boys – Under 16 Girls

    Sub Divisions (these will scored for overall series position, but individual competitions will not be held)

    Senior 28 – 35
    Master 35 – 45
    Grand Master – 45 plus

  • Age Categories – Ages are taken from January 1st in the year of participation. E.g. Under 16. Individuals must be under 16 years of age on January 1st in the year of competition.

    2) Seeding for the 2016 BSUPA Sup Surf Series

• For the first event at Putsborugh seeding will be taken from 2015 BSUPA overall seeding. For Gwithians & Watergate Bay the seeding will be taken from the pervious event. E.g. Putsbrough for Gwithians, Gwithians for Watergate Bay.

3) Judging Criteria

N.B. For this year’s SUP Surf Series Competitions, BSUPA will be following the judging Criteria as set out in the current I.S.A Rule book.

• Key elements for competitors to be fully aware of prior to competitions

  1. Stand Up Paddle Surf -SUP performance uses the normal judging criteria of the ISA rulebook.
  2. Judges however will reward as higher level manoeuvres, those that are done with the obvious use of the paddle to give greater degrees of leverage and thus the creation of increasingly radical moves.



  1. SUP surfing is unique and can be done many ways but for competition it is important to set criteria’s that set it apart from just long boarding.
  2. Only a single blade paddle is to be used in SUP. The paddle is a tool and a big part of the sport therefore it is not just used to help catch a wave, but is necessary as a tool [aid] for riding the waves [similar to a Ski pole when skiing].
  3. Entry into the wave must be by paddling in the standing position to enable the maximum score.
  4. Paddling out and whilst waiting or choosing a wave should be done standing up. Prone position paddling to get out through waves or shore break will only be permitted if it is dangerous not to do the fore mentions. Competition Director/Head Judge will make decision and clearly make competitors aware.
  5. Surfing – average scores for all manoeuvres will be allocated unless the paddle is used as a pivot or tool in manoeuvres, then power, radical moves, critical sections and degree of difficulty are the deciding factors.
  6. “Using the paddle”: The paddle is correctly used in SUP surfing to do three main things: it is used in turns as a brace, a pivot, and a force multiplier.
  7. A surfer will be scored higher when he uses the paddle in some or all of these three ways to achieve sharper or more powerful turns.
  8. N.B Tricks such as twirling or otherwise using the paddle in a non- functional manner will earn little or no extra score for the surfer.
  9. Traditional long board surfing compared to progressive SUP surfing techniques: Because the paddle allows large SUP boards to be turned with high rates of speed and power, stand-up paddle surfing is deemed to be, at the competition level, a performance-centered branch of surfing, much like conventional short boarding. Footwork, nose riding and style points will be scored, but this will be done in their relationship to the criteria of degree of difficulty and critical nature of wave positioning to ensure all competitors develop a standard approach and understanding of what is expected from an elite performer in SUP.

3a) SUP Surfing

  1. Judging Criteria: A surfer must demonstrate board-handling skills in the transition phase [description below] and the surfing phase [description below] of their performance, for it to be considered complete.
  2. A surfer must perform radical controlled maneuvers, using the paddle as a key tool, in the critical sections of a wave with speed, power and flow to maximize scoring potential. Innovative / progressive surfing as well as variety of repertoire [maneuvers], wave negotiation and use of the paddle to increase the intensity of the maneuvers, will all be taken into account when awarding points for SUP surfing.
  3. The SUP surfer who executes these criteria with the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on the waves will be rewarded with the higher scores.



4. For StandUp Paddle Surfing [SUP], a wave is deemed to be begun when in the opinion of the judges, the rider is no longer solely under paddle power but rather has harnessed and begun to be carried along by the power of the wave.

4) Scoring:

  • Length of Heat – each Heat will be a minimum length of 10 minutes and not excess 20 minimum. (Unless conditions deem otherwise).
  • Each competitor with will have a maximum of 10 scoring waves per heat, with the top two waves forming the bases of their overall heat score.
  • Any competitor that exceeds 10 waves in their heats will have their second highest score halved.
  • The judging scale will be 10 points with normal ISA contest rules applying.
  • The aggregate of the best rides will decide the final score for each surfer

    and interferences adjudicated according to the ISA Surfing Rulebook.

    5) Board Length

• SUP Design for Surfing: No length or aggregate dimensions apply. In the

spirit of traditional surfing, no structural device to maintain foot contact with the board is allowed

6) Heat Timing

  • The Head Judge will do by the Commentator, or in the absence of a Commentator, official timing of all heats.
  • A five minute visual and PA warning will be given when 5 minutes remain in a heat.
  • Siren or horn blasts must be used to start and finish heats. One blast to start and two blasts to finish. The Head Judge will indicate when a heat is to commence.
  • A large disc system at least 1 meter square must also be used. Green to start and yellow for the last 5 minutes.
  • The commentator must give a five second countdown at the beginning and end of each heat, and when he reaches zero the heat must start or end immediately.
  • The first of the two sirens must blow immediately when the commentator reaches zero. The official end of the heat is when the siren is first audible to the Head Judge, who will indicate to the judges that no more rides are to be scored for that heat. The siren takes precedence over the disc.
  • The coloured disc must be in the neutral position with no colour showing when the commentator reaches zero in the countdown. The disc must remain in the neutral position between heats.
  • In the event of siren failure the coloured disc will be the indicator for heat timing.
  • During and at the end of any heat the surfer must be clearly in possession of the wave on the wave face, making a movement, for the wave to be scored.
  • If the Contest Director wishes to use the minimum time delay between heats (of 10 seconds) they must provide a marshalling area in the water outside of the line up.
  • In the case of a water start the maximum time between heats shall be 5 minutes, unless unforeseen circumstances arise.



7) Contestable Surf Conditions

• There must be a minimum of 18 inches (0,5m) of wave height before surf can be deemed contestable. A special allowance may be made on the final scheduled day of an event, if the surf is ride able. This will be determined by the Contest Director and Head Judge.

8) Interference Situations and Rulings

  • Basic Interference Rule The surfer deemed to have the inside position for

    a wave has unconditional right of way for the entire duration of that ride. Interference will be called if during a ride a majority of judges feel that a fellow competitor has hindered the scoring potential of that surfer deemed to have right of way on the wave.

  • Anyone who takes of in front of a surfer with right of way has the chance to ride or kick out of the wave without being called interference, unless they hinder the scoring potential of the surfer with right of way by any means. This includes excessive hassling, leash pulling or breaking down a wave section.
  • When an interference has been called, the hindered surfer has the right to take the option to keep the score of the hindered ride or be eligible for an additional wave within the heat time limit. The announcer will say the score and the surfer will signal if he wants to keep the ride [by raising both arms vertically] or not [by raising and crossing arms].
  • The Right of Way [ROW] Criteria
    The choice of right of way criteria for each of the above possible situations is the responsibility of the Head Judge or the available Senior Judge in that order.
  • Right Of Way (ROW) Priority
    Wave possession or right of way will vary slightly under the following categories as determined by the nature of the contest venue. It is the responsibility of the judge to determine which surfer has the inside position based on whether the wave is a superior right or left (Exception): If at the initial point of take-off neither the right nor left can be deemed superior, hen the right of way will go to the first surfer who makes a definite turn in their chosen direction (by making an obvious right or left turn).

    9) Medical Exclusion from Competition

• Should a competitor require medical assistance during any stage of the competition having received a blow to head or face from contact with board or paddle or fellow competitor, and symptoms of concussion are shown. The Medical Advisor & Competition Director reserve the right to withdraw individual from the remainder of competition or the grounds of personal safety such as drowning or secondary drowning.

10) Registration

• It is the responsibility of the individual competitor that they attend registration between set times as posted by Competition Director. Failure to do so could result in the individual being disqualified from competition.



11) Prize Giving

• All competitors are expected to attend Official Prize Giving Ceremony.

12) Doping, Drug & Alcohol Policy

  • Competitors must inform Competition Director if they are on or taking any prescribed medicine or drugs.
  • Any Competitors seen to be taken any none prescribe drugs by officials will be disqualified from competition, and possibly banned from future BSUPA competitions.
  • Any Competitor seen to be taken any performance enhancing drugs, will be disqualified from competition, and possibly banned from future BSUPA competitions.
  • Competitors seen to be drinking alcohol excessively during competitive heats by officials will be disqualified from the reminder of competition.

    13a) Points Scoring For National Overall Titles

  • Points will be awarding to competitors based on their final place at each individual events.
  • The awarded points from each event competed in will be added together to give an combined score and in turn overall ranking position at the end of the three events
  • The competitor with the highest combined score will be award BSUPA National Surf Sup Series Champion.

    13b) Points Table

Overall Position Per Event

Points Awarded

Overall Position Per Event

Points Awarded



































































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Legend of the Bay, 27th-28th April,

Extreme Academy Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay saw the best UK riders in two surfing disciplines come to compete in Kitesurfing and SUP (Stand up Paddle board) over the same weekend.

Legend of the Bay was the first collaboration between the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA) and the British Kitesports Association (BKSA).

Competitors could enter either individual competitions in their favoured sport – a kitesurf wave competition , or a SUP surf competition – or they could challenge for the coveted title of ‘Legend of the Bay’, which was awarded to the competitor with the highest combined score from both disciplines.

There were 17 riders in total doing both disciplines

Saturday saw a 20mph Northerly wind giving crosshore conditions with a 5-6 ft wave. The battle was fierce with some great rides from many. Local ripper Josh Coombes scoring 8 out of 10 for his first wave. In the final it was Dom Moore – Newquay local , Danny Morrice from Worthing and Penzance local Lee Harvey – the conditions were hard however Lee Harvey showed his great surfing style to take the win ahead of 18 year old Danny.

In the ladies it was down to Sarah Sylvester (2011 Wavemasters Champ) and Keira Allwood (2012 Wavemasters Champ) to battle it out in the large waves. Keira took the win by charging some of the bigger waves.

Sunday and we awoke to light winds and a small clean wave at high tide perfect conditions for all. The competition was started at 9.30 in the glassy conditions however the dropping tide and increasing SW wind turned the surf into small hard sections to ride and this is where the experienced riders shone.

The Final of the Men’s was all Cornish affair between Alex Murray of Polzeath, Reuben Ellis of Torpoint and Lee Norris from Newquay. Alex Murray showed the way in the hard conditions with some lovely turns and tail slides to take 1st ahead of Reuben in 2nd and Lee in 3rd .

The Ladies final saw Keira Allwood, Abby Barker Smith and Julia Slack get some great rides in the hard conditions – Abby (2012 BSUPA Women’s Surf Champion), took the win with Keira in 2nd and Julia in 3rd.


Prizegiving was done by the Extreme Academy at 2pm with the combined scores being added up – there was only 1 point in between the top 3.

Dom Moore and Keira Allwood were crowned winners and the titles “Legend of the Bay” is there’s for the coming year!

British Kitesports Event director Richard Gowers said: “It was a great weekend we could not have asked for a better turnout and conditions – everyone had a great time and the winners were truly Legends.”

BSUPA Events Director Richard Marsh said: “ When we first spoke about the collaboration, we always feel there would be a positive response to it, and we were proved right. The competitors loved the format, and challenge for some of not just one but, two competitions!   Brilliant to see the shared passion, competitive spirit from all, especially as the SUP drew towards the finals and everyone trying to work out overall positions and who would be crowd ‘Legend of the Bay’. The ocean is there for us all to enjoy, no matter what our chosen sport or activity maybe”.

Well done to all and making it a fantastic event and a great turn out with 20 kiters and 25 SUPPers in their respective competitions
Many thanks to Extreme Academy – Title Sponsor and sub Sponsors Cabrinha, SUPboarder, Race Crew, Richard, Norman, Bob, Sean, Ben and Anton.

Extreme Academy staff Alison, Virgina and Carl.


For more information on BKSA visit: http://www.britishkitesurfingassociation.co.uk

For more information on BSUPA visit: www.bsupa.org.uk

For more information on Extreme Academy visit: www.watergatebay.co.uk





Watergate Bay, located on Cornwall’s exposed rugged North coast, with its golden sands and natural amphitheatre shaped bay is the perfect setting for all ocean sports and for a competition of this nature.


Richard Marsh from BSUPA commented, “The Extreme Academy has a long history of supporting new and emerging ocean sports. Both BSKA and BSUPA have run competitions here for many years, and we are pleased that the Extreme Academy has once again given their backing to develop an event that will showcase not one, but two ocean sports over the same weekend”.


Richard Gowers from BKSA added, “As with many individuals whose leisure time is spent in the water, they do a number of different sports, sometimes on the same day. We know many who kite and also sup, so why not create a competition that will once and for all decide who is the best at both. It’s going to be the making of legends!’


For more information on Legends of the Bay visit:



For more information on BKSA visit: http://www.britishkitesurfingassociation.co.uk


For more information on BSUPA visit: www.bsupa.org.uk


For more information on Extreme Academy visit: www.watergatebay.co.uk




I.S.A Worlds Paddleboard Championships, Peru.

BSUPA would like to congratulation all those who represented Great British at these resent World Championships. From all account it was a great experience. A full report is currently being put together and we will publish that very soon on the BSUPA website.





If you or your BSUPA club, have any events or activities coming up, please let us know and we will happily help promote for you.


Its’ going to be a busy summer of supping!






Past Events


The Wittering Charity Paddle
The Wittering Charity Paddle


BSUPA Watergate Bay 2011
BSUPA Watergate Bay 2011