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2018 BSUPA National Sup Surf Championships

2018 makes a milestone for BSUPA as it celebrates its 10thAnniversary of the staging of the BSUPA National Sup Surf Championships. In what started off as a group enthusiastic waterman and women engaging in an exciting new ocean sport, has developed into National Championship, showcasing the best of British in what has became the fastest growing participation water sport.

2018 BSUPA National Sup Surf ChampionshipsThe success of these Championship’s over the past decade could not have been achieved without the support and commitment shown from our hosts, Extreme Academy, Watergate Bay Hotel. Situated on Cornwall’s North coast, Watergate Bay with its golden sands, dramatic towering coastline, and natural amphitheater shaped bay is the prefect location for a championship of this nature.

Date on : 13/14-10-2018

The main national titles to be competed for will be:

Men’s Open
Women’s Open
Under 16 Boys
Under 16 Girls.

Divisions within main competition for Open Men and Open Women are as follows:

Open all ages
Seniors 28 – 35
Masters 35 – 49
Grand Masters 50+

The Winner of the Open Men and Open Women Competition will also be awarded the coveted and exclusive Watergate Bay Waterman/Watergate Bay Women trophy.

Enter for this years championships is available through the following link:

Whist a champions, the weekend also offers like minds individuals the opportunity to met up, socialize, free surf together and swap stories of waves ridden in their local beaches. You don’t have to be a pro to enter, just have a passion for the water and SUP. 

What is SUP Surfing?

In SUP Surfing and although similar in shape to a traditional surfboard a SUP surfboard is larger and more buoyant. The SUP surfer uses a single bladed paddle to propel themselves through the water or on to a wave whilst standing up on the board. In terms of scoring a competitor whilst showing good overall surfing skills must also be seen to be using the paddle in three key ways to gain greater points over their fellow competitors. These are; Brace, Pivot and Force Multiplier to achieve more sharper and powerful turns.

Further information will be posted on BSUPA website coming days. For specific information contact Competition Organizer Richard Marsh via e-mail:

British Stand Up Paddleboard Association, are a non-profit sporting association, established to promote a positive awareness to the sport in the UK and abroad, through its professional training program and competitions

The weekend of October 1st and 2nd 2016, will see many of the UK’s leading exponent’s of Stand Up Paddleboard surfers head to Watergate Bay’s shore to compete in this years BSUPA National SUP Surf Championships.

Over the course of the two days of competition, there will be four main competitions which include Open Men’s, Open Women, Junior Under 16 Boys and Junior Under 16 Girls. The winner of the Open Men’s and Open Women will be crowned The Watergate Bay Waterman/Waterwomen.

This year’s championships will also be the final stop of the newly created BSUPA SUP Surf Series and selections will be made to represent Team GB in the 2017 ISA Stand Up Paddleboard World Championships.

Matt Baker-Smith has confirmed his entry and will be defending his Open Men’s Championship. Matt has every intention of gaining a fourth consecutive title. As with every year, the competition is growing fierce with local Cornishman Alex Murray leading the challenge followed by the young guns of Aaron Rowe, Blue Ewer and Ollie Laddieman. All three ‘pups’, are keen to win this years overall series Championship title.

Tina Beresford from Newquay will be returning to defend her Championship Women’s title, from an ever growing field of women sup surfers. Marie Buchanan, and Nikki Graham are certainly worth keeping an eye on as they have unlimited competitive enthusiasm to win.

Watergate Bay has been a long term supporter of surf, water and beach related sports, located on Cornwall’s North shore, with its dramatic towering coastline, and natural amphitheater bay provides the prefect venue for competitors and spectators alike.

BSUPA and organizing team would like to Watergate Bay for their continued support in assisting with the staging of these Championships.

Entry to these championships is now open. Individuals wishing to entry may do so via the following link:

Further information on these Championships, the association or where you can learn to Stand Up Paddleboard in your area please visit or with Competition Director Richard Marsh via e-mail: masthighltd@me,com

British Stand Up Paddleboard Association, are a non-profit sporting association, established to promote a positive awareness to the sport in the UK and abroad, through its professional training program and competitions.

Words : Richard Marsh Photos : BSUPA/BobBerry/RobJewell

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015

The Legend of the Bay is one of Spring Classics on the UK race scene, combining SUP surfing and Kite surfing to find the Legend of the Bay. Here’s the press release from Richard Marsh; 

Legends of the Bay. Watergate Bay 18th April 2015
Legend of the Bay – Watergate Bay

Britishkitesports & British Stand Up Paddleboard Association are proud announce that Legend of the Bay will be returning to the Extreme Academy Watergate Bay over the weekend of April 23rd & 24th


Competitors: Open Men & Open Women

This unique event showcases not one by two of the most exciting watersports, Kitesurfing and Stand Up Paddleboard. Over the course of the weekend competitors can entry either a one day Kite Wave competition or a one day Stand Up Paddleboard Wave competition. Should the competitors be proficient in both sports they can enter both. The competitor with the highest combined score will be crowned ‘Legend of the Bay’.

For those competing for the Legend of the Bay title, this unique competition format makes it both exciting and nail biting till the final hooter of the final round of competition. You cannot step of the gas at any point during any of the heats you have to be winning to stay in the game. ‘There can be only one’!

Competition of both days will aim to start around 9am, with semi-finals and final held towards late afternoon when the tide as turned an will bring the competition closer to the beach, and in front of the Beach Hut. Prize Giving will follow after the completion of the day competition. Ideally it is aimed to stage the Kitesurfing Wave competition on the Saturday, and Stand Up Paddleboard Surf Competition on the Sunday. It however will depend of weather forecast.

Who will be there?

In terms of competitors to watch over the weekend, entry has just opened so no real list so far. 2015 saw an exciting climax to the weekend’s competition with some of the best sup surf conditions seen at Watergate Bay, In the end men’s Legend of the Bay title was tided and shared between Dom Moore and Josh Coombes. Both will be keen to take overall victory this year for sure

Former BSUPA National Champion Neil Gent has confirmed his intensions to compete. Neil has competed on the national scene for both sports for many years, and will be a strong contender for the title.

For anyone wishing to enter details etc can be found via the following link:

BSKA & BSUPA would like to thank the following for their support and contribution in stage this event:

Extreme Academy, Watergate Bay

Kernow Kitesurfing Club

Westcountry Watersports


IKSURF Magazine

For more information on Legend of the Bay please contact Richard Marsh via e-mail

2015 saw a great competition, the SUPboarder review and photo gallery can be found here. Fingers crossed that the conditions this year will be as good.

Clacton Sea and Beach Festival – 25-26th June 2016

Sea & Beach Festival Logo Colour copy

The Clacton Sea & Beach Festival will be held on 25/26 June 2016,  organiser Allan Cross has the details;

In its second year, the festival aims to promote Clacton’s attractions and involve visitors and locals alike in a showcase event which offers something for everyone.

Throughout the weekend, there is an exciting program of outdoor music, children’s activities and a National Watersports Championship, with prize money to attract the top competitors in the sports of Windsurfing, Kitesurfing and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding.)

Along with the professional fleets, the Championship also has a strong focus on amateur competition and there will be encouragement for local riders to take part too.

Nick Turner, TDC’s (Tendering Distric Council) Cabinet Member for Coastal Protection and Seafronts, said that despite this being a new event, it is going from strength to strength.

“Spectators will be able to enjoy top class competitive events on the water just yards from the shore.”

The British Slalom Association, which is part of the UK Windsurfing Association, is to stage race four of the National Slalom Series in Clacton on June 25 and 26th.

A Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding event is also being run by the British SUP Association. Again the racing will take place over both days of the festival and will attract the top competitors in the country.

One of the series of the British Kitesurfing Championships will be taking place off the coast, with more than 100 competitors expected to be challenging for the honours.

The championships are the pinnacle of the sport in the UK and focus on freestyle, in which the UK has been very successful on the world stage.

Last year’s event was dominated by Ireland’s Sean Murphy, who is lined-up to defend his title this year.

The area of beach being used for the 2016 festival will be extended to run from Clacton Pier up to and including Martello Beach.

Mick Skeels, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure Tourism and Events, welcomed the announcement of an increased programme of music, children’s entertainment and a Saturday night beach party.

“We had fantastic crowds of around 50,000 on the first day of the festival last year and hopefully this will help us grow.”

A Battle of the Bands competition is being staged at Clacton’s Princes Theatre on May 15 to choose those to perform at the festival in June. For more information, contact Kai Aberdeen on 01255 686652.

Anyone interested in finding out more or wanting to take part in the festival should email

For more information see the event website and for a taste of the 2015 event check out the ITV News footage from 2015

BSUPA National SUP Surf Series Round 1
BSUPA SUP Surf Series 2016
BSUPA National SUP Surf Series Round 1
BSUPA National SUP Surf Series Round 1

Marc Hambidge from StandUpPaddleUK and SUP South West has all the details for the first round of the BSUPA National SUP Surf Series 2016 which will be held on Putsborough Beach in April. There are only 10 places left in the Men’s Open event…

We are super excited to be part of the BSUPA National SUP Surf Series this year to help progress this from a one event program to a three event series.

Putsborough Beach is an amazing place and sits at the opposite end to Woolacombe Beach making up Woolacombe Bay which was voted number one beach in the UK this year by Trip Advisor. The conditions at Putsborough can be excellent for SUP Surf as to the south lies Baggy Point a headland that stretches a couple of miles out, as such providing shelter from winds from the South, South West and at high tide the West. This makes it a fantastic spot for SUP Surf…….

As part of the BSUPA National Surf Series the competition will be of the highest level. With some of the UK’s top riders entries already booked it will make for an exciting event for sure.

Saying that, the entries are open to anyone so if you have the skills to SUP Surf why not enter? We are super keen to welcome entries from aspiring SUP Surfers that want to learn more about competition and build new skills. The entries to the mens open is restricted to 32 places while the Ladies and Junior events do not have any restriction on them as the number of participants tend to be a lot lower in these categories. So we particularly encourage entries from Ladies and Juniors.

So get your entry booked or come down to spectate it’s going to be a great weekend!

For more details or to book your place on this please see the event Facebook page or

Words Marc Hambidge.

Image BSUPA / Ian Phillips.

BSUPA Press Release

BSUPA SUP Surf Series
2016 winners Tina Beresford and Matt Barker-Smith

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:

“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:

Gwithian – Jason Sawyer:

Watergate Bay – Richard Marsh:

Image BSUPA /

The level of SUP surfing in the UK is on the rise, with new faces making their mark across the country every year. In the women’s fleet 2015 saw a new SUP surfing champion – Tina Beresford. Tina busted onto the SUP surfing scene just last year, but this year took the overall win at the 2015 BSUPA National SUP Surf Championships at Watergate Bay. Demonstrating her extensive long and short board surfing background it was only a matter of time before we saw Tina on the competitive SUP surfing scene.  

SUPboarder caught up with Tina to talk about her SUP surfing, what it is she enjoys about the sport, her plans for 2016 and her top tips for girls wanting to give it a go… 

Tina Beresford at Watergate Bay.
Tina Beresford

SB/When did you start surfing?

TB/I’ve always been in love with the sea and spent most time of the time underwater at my swimming lessons when I was little, thanks to the influence of the Little Mermaid! I first remember thinking that surfing was a good idea when I was about 14 as the Quiksilver shop arrived in Manchester. It was opened by some Hawaiian big waves surfers and it was like nothing else I’d seen before. My first opportunity to try surfing was with Sheffield Hallam Uni surf club when I was 18. I was hooked after the first trip and ended up running the club. I then had major hip surgery as I turned 19 and as I couldn’t compete at the same standard in athletics anymore I started putting all my energies into surfing and became pretty obsessed by it.

SB/When did you first go on a SUP and when did you start SUP surfing?

TB/The first time I ever paddled on a SUP was at Waimea Bay at the North shore in Hawaii when I did a year of travelling after Uni. It was a totally flat day and there were some guys there encouraging people to try SUPs. Amazing place to try it! Following that I paddled with Central SUP in Tamworth for a while when I lived near there and I learnt a lot about paddling techniques from Chris and Stacey there. First time properly SUP surfing was using a board from Loco SUP last year at beaches in Cornwall and I entered the Nationals soon after.

Image BSUPA /
Image BSUPA /

SB/What are the biggest differences you find between surfing and SUP surfing?

TB/I feel lucky that I have the choice of a range of different types of boards so can pick between SUP, short and longboards to surf. I compete in all three surfing disciplines and this enables me to be in the sea most days and catch waves.

The benefits of SUP that I’ve found over surfing are that you can get out back quicker, see the waves coming earlier, move to the peak quicker, surf waves you can’t get on with a short or long board, get more waves and generally have more time standing up riding waves!

Having the use of a paddle means you can generate more speed and make it through flat sections where you could just stop on a shortboard.

For surfers the time spent using your legs and standing up on the board is pretty low, so the core and legs muscles aren’t always developed as much as when SUP surfing. Mixing surfing with SUP surfing means you work your body muscles in different ways improving your core and leg strength which can only benefit surfing overall.

As winter hits I find I’m much warmer when I SUP surf than shortboard as your body is out of the water longer, plus I’m physically working the bigger leg muscles harder generating more heat!

But there are days when I’d pick a shortboard, such as if it’s a crowded break with only shortboarders out and it’s beneficial to be able to duckdive. Plus I do love longboarding and the feeling of walking the board when riding a wave.

Image BSUPA /
Image BSUPA /

SB/Where is your hometown and nearest break?

TB/Newquay is where I’m based and the closest breaks are Fistral, Towan, Crantock and Watergate.

SB/For any girls that are looking to get into SUP surfing what would be your 5 top tips?

TB/If they have never surfed on a SUP before and have only flat water paddled then:

  1. Have a SUP surf lesson. With a good instructor you’ll learn the basics quicker, start with better technique and will be safer in the water.
  2. Check the surf report. When looking at surf reports look for days with gentle winds to make staying on the board easier, plus a smaller swell to practice on and get your confidence up. The wave period is important to look at and it usually needs to be over 7 seconds for waves to break. The bigger the period the bigger the waves are likely to be.
  3. Pick your beach and time to surf carefully. Look for beaches with lots of space and get up early to avoid crowds. As you learn you will wipeout lots as you get used to paddling out back and into waves so having crowds of surfers round you makes catching waves more difficult. At the beaches I surf the best tide for learners tends to be between mid and high as waves tend to be more gentle and forgiving than at low tide, but it does depend on the beach and conditions.
  4. Pick a stable board to start with. Read up on reviews of boards, try a few before buying if possible and ask for advice from other female surfers. Too small with low volume and it will be hard to stand on and to paddle into waves. Too big and heavy and it will be harder to turn and may put you off dropping into waves when learning. A board between 7-9ft is about right and look at the volume.
  5. Find good people to SUP surf with, to learn from and to help you progress quicker. Surfing with people better than you pushes you and helps develop better habits. See how they paddle out, where they take off, their body position when riding the wave and also how they ride out or wipeout at the end of the wave.

SB/What are you looking forward to doing and achieving next year? 

TB/I look forward to SUP surfing every day possible and to finding the right boards to help me improve and push my surfing. I’ll be focusing on developing my surfing techniques, paddle fitness, lower body strength and general stability. In 2016 I will be looking to enter any SUP surf competitions available and to go to the ISA worlds for Team GB. As I’m new to SUP surfing I feel I can only get better and my surfing will develop a lot next year. SUP surfing will be my focus and I’m excited to see where I can get to over the next year.

SB/What kit are you using at the moment?

TB/Since the nationals I have been trying out a few boards to work out what I need to help me surf better with speed, power and flow. The SUP I have at the moment and used at the nationals is a 8ft Tiki SUP and I have a Blu Wave carbon fibre adjustable paddle. Recently I enjoyed a Blu wave 8ft SUP I demoed which was great to try as a quad and more manoeuvrable than the Tiki. I’m now looking for a smaller, lighter board to improve my competition surfing.

Looks like Tina has a big year ahead of her with new boards and the opportunity to compete at the ISA World Championships next year. SUPboarder will be following her progress. Check back here to see how she’s getting on in 2016.

Images thanks to BSUPA  and 

Matt Barker Smith in action at Watergate Bay

After the three selection events held in September and October the provisional line up for Team GB has been announced with some new faces and some ISA seasoned veterans for the SUP line up and, for the first time, two prone paddlers;

Ollie Shilston in action in Mexico at the 2015 ISA
Ollie Shilston in action in Mexico at the 2015 ISA

Press release from Simon Bassett – BSUPA

We are pleased to announce the TEAM GB 2016 TEAM selection for the ISA World SUP, Prone and team worlds for 2016 –this year for the first time prone was included in  the the selction events and now TEAM GB can send a full team including prone riders which should have a positive effect on the teams results results .

Sup surf 


  1. Matt Barker Smith
  2. Alex Murray


  1. Tina Beresford

Sup – Technical 


  1. Glenn Eldridge
  2. Damian Warner


  1. Marie Buchanan

Sup – Distance


  1. Ollie Shilston
  2. Paul Simmons


  1. Marie Buchanan

Prone – Distance


  1. Scott Wood


  1. Summer Whitely

Prone – Technical 


  1. Charlie Haynes


  1. Maia Graner

Provisional TEAM GB selection for the ISA SUP and Prone Worlds 2016 –drawn from results of 2015 BSUPA Watergate Bay and Carbis Bay events.

Riders need to confirm by 15 Dec 2015 if wish to accept place ( If declined places will be offered to next placed position in line at relevant event and category.

Team Managers, coaches will be appointed as final team confirmed and training camps dates organised .ISA venue is still to be confirmed ,BSUPA will cover ISA entry fees for ISA event for the SUP team .BSUPA will also assist in setting team with meetings and a structure for building team profile and sources for sponsorship .

The team numbers have been selected based on winning results in category so winners in tech and distance for example have option to be lead rider in both or one depending on result.

Team GB results have been verified by Matt Knight -Surfing GB Board member (ISA PARTNER),Sam Ross –BSUPA Trainer and SUP Club Team Championship Event organiser,Simon Bassett BSUPA Chairman and TEAM GB manager 2015 ,Bob Freshwater ISA Judge and Head Judge at BSUPA nationals Watergate 2015 .

TEAM GB selection process can be found here  Team GB selection process 2016

SUPboarder would like to congratulate all the paddlers that took part in the selection process and wish Team GB every success on the water next year. 

Images from Simon Bassett, Bob Berry and Rob Jewell

BSUPA ISA 2016 Selection - Carbis Bay
BSUPA ISA Selection

Each year the UK sends a team to the ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championships. The ISA events follow a set format for 12’6 boards only where a typical UK race includes separate categories for 14′ and 12’6 so a separate selection event has been held each year to select the UK team. The selection for the 2016 ISA distance and technical races was hosted by the Ocean Sports Centre and held in Carbis Bay, Cornwall over the weekend of 7/8th November. 

BSUPA Carbis Bay 2015
Pre Race, Post Rain.

The ISA World Championships have been described as the Olympics of Paddleboarding and are held each year in a different coastal location. In 2015 they were held in Mexico and SUPboarder published a guide to the competition here. For the SUP paddler there are three events, surf, technical and distance events. For the prone paddler there is a distance race. In addition to the individual events there is a team relay involving all SUP paddlers meaning that all competitors have to be good at all aspects of the sport. The UK selection for the SUP surf team was held in October at Watergate Bay and you can see the SUPboarder video coverage here.

BSUPA trophies
BSUPA Trophies. Image Simon Bassett
Distance Race – Saturday 7 November

Like many races in the open sea starts are from the beach, and then boards in hand competitors sprint down the beach and launch themselves into the surf. A good start will give the best line to the first buoy that’s usually not too far from the start. The rest of the course will be dictated by conditions on the day and organisers will try to make the most of conditions to give a long downwind section. This inevitably means a long upwind section too, punishing for competitors.

Conditions on Saturday morning were horrible with driving rain and gale force wind lashing the Cornish coast but by 11 the sun was out and the wind had dropped to simply ‘strong’. With no surf the water in the bay looked calm with a gentle rolling swell but further out whitecaps were clearly visible. The wind though was another matter,  with gusts around 30 knots, that’s Force 6 – 7 on the old Beaufort scale. From Wikipedia Force 7 at sea is described as “Sea heaps up. Some foam from breaking waves is blown into streaks along wind direction. Moderate amounts of airborne spray.” And on land…

Whole trees in motion. Effort needed to walk against the wind

Good conditions for SUP racing!…

BSUPA Carbis Bay 2015

The wind meant that instead of a three lap 18 km race only two laps were to be completed. The course was roughly ‘L’ shaped with a beach start. Competitors had a short leg to the first buoy, clockwise around that and downwind to the second turn. Clockwise again and ride the swell inshore to the next buoy. Anti clockwise around that, which was a 270 degree of buoy-turn-technique-test before paddling straight into the wind for a character building grind back to the bay. Pass the start / finish to a buoy further up the bay, turn and repeat.

Before the start there was the usual catch up on the beach, tweaks to boards and some nervousness from competitors. Everyone was looking out to sea trying to guess the wind strength. For some the lack of surf was a blessing whilst some were wishing for a more challenging start.

Start of the distance race
Start of the distance race. Image Simon Bassett

At noon 14 SUP paddlers and 4 prone paddlers lined up on the beach for the start of the distance race. Under the experienced eye of Glenn Eldridge from the Ocean Sports Academy competitors sprinted down the sand and took to the water. From the first turn it was obvious that conditions were extremely tough, Charlie Jones retiring after 400m or so with a technical problem.

At the front Ollie Shilston, Paul ‘PJ’ Simmons and Damien Warner were setting the pace with everyone else trying to hang on. Mid pack Jason Sawyer was racing Marie Buchanan and initially the 4 prone paddlers were near the tail end as the SUPers used the wind to good effect.

Watching from the larger of the two safety RIBs the day was an education in paddling technique, balance and determination. Even the downwind leg was tough with the variable wind and unpredictable swell making riding bumps harder than it should have been. At one point we were shadowing Ollie with an indicated speed of 8 knots, that was downwind!

BSUPA Carbis Bay 2015
PJ Simmons chasing Ollie Shilston

After the second turn Shilston had a small lead over the chasing Simmons and Warner. At the third turn, heading back into the wind and swell Shilston took a harder line, diagonally through the surf straight into the wind, with the others staying nearer the shore. This was the moment the race was won. His decision (gamble?) to take the conditions head-on paid dividends with his lead increasing on every stroke. The surf zone and return to the beach was where the race was decided for most paddlers and this was where the prone paddlers made huge inroads to leads that the SUP paddlers had from the downwind section. Their speed into the wind was astonishing.

Marie digging in on the upwind leg.
Marie digging in on the upwind leg.

The second lap was, if anything, harder than the first as the wind picked up and the swell became even more unpredictable. On the RIB we were watching the paddlers, with James and Lucy continually counting them as well as looking out for larger waves. Keeping an eye on the prone paddlers was harder then the SUPers as they vanished between each set to reappear some distance away. With the gaps between the lead paddlers established our focus turned to monitoring the rest of the field, and with paddlers free to take their own lines positions seemed to swap regularly with mini-battles throughout. Carl Sawyer impressive on his Jimmy Lewis while in the ladies event Ginnie Odetayo seemed to get better on her Starboard as the conditions got worse.

Ollie Shilston riding bumps

At the finish, after over 90 minutes solid paddling finishers had a thankfully short sprint back up the beach. Every single one of them deserving recognition for their achievements on the course, completing a well organised race in challenging conditions.

SUP Distance Race Results:

Male Open 12km

  1. Ollie Shilston 1 hour 21 minutes 13 seconds.
  2. Paul Simmons 1.24.10
  3. Damian Warner 1.27.47
  4. Alexander Mullaney 1.31.26
  5. Jason Sawyer 1.35.22
  6. Luke Boisin 1.42.40
  7. Charlie Jones DNF

Female Open 12km

  1. Marie Buchanan 1 hour 36 minutes 11 seconds
  2. Ginnie Odetayo 1.43.05

Junior 6 km

  1. Elle Veale 58 minutes 25 seconds
  2. Todd Sawyer 1.09.55

Cruiser 6 km

  1. Ian Phillips 56 minutes 5 seconds
  2. James Allen 1.09.07

Prone Distance Race Results:

Male 12km

  1. Scott Wood 1 hour 45 minutes 52 seconds (Master)
  2. Aiden McGuire 1.46.24 (Open)

Female 12 km

  1. Summer Whitely 1 hour 31 minutes 45 seconds (Open)
  2. Maia Garner 1.34.58 (Open)

Words – Chris Jones

Images – Chris Jones and Simon Bassett

This weekend the BSUPA selection event for the 2016 ISA World Championships takes place in Carbis Bay, St Ives. The event is scheduled over two days with the forecast promising challenging conditions for all paddlers. Organiser Glenn Eldridge from the Ocean Sports Academy has the details:

Carbis Bay panoramic

Carbis Bay is fast becoming the premier destination for paddle sports in the UK. From the 50+ paddlers enrolled upon the Ocean Sports Academy programme to hosting National and International events; already current world number two Fiona Wilde has signed up to return for the 2016 St’Ives Bay Celtic Cup. What makes Carbis bay so special is not just its location adjacent to the famous art studios and beaches of St’Ives but the sheer range of conditions accessible from the sheltered clear blue waters of the bay.

Race director Glenn Eldridge, organiser of the epic Celtic Crossing and Paddlefest, is keen to maximise the oceans potential for competitors “as a paddler I know how frustrating it can be turning up to events and having to battle the conditions rather than utilising them”. With pumping waves around the corner and a variety of wind directions the event is best placed to provide a classic race designed for paddlers “we will make every effort to ensure we are able to access the best conditions suitable for the competitors – we also want to ensure that everyone gets a chance to safely get out in the ocean and do what paddles sports are designed for, having fun and a getting a buzz from surfing bumps!”. “With well drilled water rescue crews we have the flexibility to shift the course around the bay lining up the best wind direction as well as the ability to take paddlers through wave zones”.

The event is also a selection event for the world championships in paddle board, both prone and stand up, hosted by the International Surfing Association (ISA) next year. “we have studied the last few world championships and want to enable the best suited paddlers to go the worlds by mirroring the demands of previous venues – aside from the heat and palm trees I think we can get it pretty close”.

Competitors will race in both endurance and technical formats over the two days; Saturday will be the longer (18km) enduro course turning within the heart of the town with shorter faster racing close to the beach on Sunday using what is known as a technical format.

Conditions are looking epic!

We are expecting strong winds of 25 knots possibly pushing gust of 30+ from the South or south west. This will mean that we will keep the racing tight within the bay but with the possibility of more turns within the waves for the long course race on Saturday. Swell size is looking big at 3.5m and 11 seconds from the west – this type of swell size and direction will mean that Hawkes point will come into play producing a clean rolling wave on the high tide when the race starts.

As part of the event the Ocean Sports Centre will be hosting a series of Ocean skill workshops and forums discussing the importance of sports science within paddle sports, board manufactures will also be present providing board demo’s for those looking to get into the sport. If this isn’t enough to take a weekend down South, Carbis bay itself has one of the most spectacular views from its Cafe in St’Ives. The two day event will take place on November 7th & 8th; racing starts at 12:00am on Saturday and 10:45 on the Sunday.

If you wish to enter the event or come along to spectate please contact Glenn via email: or visit the event website

It was a great weekend of action down at Watergate Bay, Cornwall for the BSUPA National Surf SUP Championships 10/11th October. A great turn out in all the classes and good conditions throughout the weekend provided a perfect set up for the comp. Some outstanding surfing from the youths to the defending champion. And Ollie Laddiman definitely showed that he is ready to leave the juniors this year and provide some tough competition in the mens open event in the future. In the ladies event there was a new face on the podium, Georgie Page in 3rd in her first BSUPA surf competition. And there was tough competition for 1st place between Tina and Holly, but it was Tina’s year. In the men’s comp Matt Barker Smith had to work hard to retain his title, but managed to find the waves and speed to put him at the top for another year.

1st Matt Barker Smith
2nd Alex Murray
3rd Glyn Ovens

1st Tina Beresford
2nd Holly Bassett
3rd Georgie Page

1st Ollie Laddiman
2nd Blue Ewer
3rd Guy Bridge

Watch the full finals and mens semi final highlights below.

Press release : BSUPA

Matt Barker-Smith and Holly Bassett, both twice winners & reining BSUPA National Surf Sup Champions, confirm their attendance at this year Championships to stage over the weekend October 10th & 11th at Watergate Bay, Cornwall.

In confirming their entry, the stage is set for an amazing competition in the Open Men and Open Women, with both Matt and Holly are not only aiming to retain their titles, but with it winning their third consecutive BSUPA National Surf Sup Title.

However standing in their way is a very competitive fleet of both established and new competitors ready to take their respective crowns, and also the exclusive trophy of Watergate Bay Waterman or Watergate Bay Waterwomen. Presented by Watergate Bay Hotel. The winners also receive dinner for two in the Beach Hut, situated right on the beach, and over looks Watergate Bay.

Richard Marsh Event Director commented: “Year on year we see the level of competition increase, and this year will be no exception. However with the added spotlight on our current champions and history in the making, all is set for a great weekend of competition”.

Now in it seventh year, these championships remain this country’s Premiere Surf Sup only event. Finalists in both the Open Men and Open Women Competition will be legible for team selection to represent Team GB in next years ISA Stand Up Paddleboard World Championships.

British Stand Up Paddleboard Association, are a non-profit sporting association, established to promote a positive awareness to the sport in the UK and abroad, through its professional training program and competitions.