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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.