British Stand Up Paddle Surfing National Championships
What’s it all about?
September sees the two-day stand up paddle surfing tournament in which British champions will be crowned.
The British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) National Championships will be held at Watergate Bay 23rd-24th September 2017.
Stand up paddle surfers from all over the country will compete for the winner-takes-all title across four divisions: Open Men, Open Women, U16 Boys and U16 Girls.
Stand up paddle surfing is one of the fastest-growing watersports in the UK and is often described as a cross between surfing and canoeing. Riders stand on a large surfboard and use a single-bladed paddle to manoeuvre themselves through the waves.
Competitors are judged on their style and how they ride the waves much like a surfing competition, but with the scores taking into account the use of the paddle.
For more information www.bsupa.co.uk
How can visitors take part?
This two-day stand up paddle surfing fiesta is always fun, with plenty of surf and distance racing action. It may be a heritage sport, all about grace and athleticism, but that doesn’t stop the competition being cut-throat – these guys are here to win the coveted ‘Watergate Waterman Trophy’.
Spectators can witness the paddle surfers compete in a five mile long-distance race and a performance surfing round, where they will have the chance to show off the skills for the judges and waiting crowd.
Did you know?
Stand Up Paddle Surfing is an ancient form of surfing. It can be traced back to the very early days of Polyenisia. It's most recent history dates back to the 1950/60's when the beach boys (surf instructors) on Waikki Beach used to stand up and paddle out to the break using a one bladed paddle. The reasons for this are 2 fold. First it allowed them to have a better visibility over their group of surfing instructors and allowed them to call the sets easier as their upright position meant that they could see the swell long before the prone surfers. Secondly it allowed them to keep their wealthy customers camera dry and allow them to take pictures of them surfing.
Fast forward to the first part of this century and the paddle made a return to surfing in the hands of some of the world’s most famous watermen. They were rediscovering stand up paddle surfing to allow them to keep in shape for the bigger days of tow surfing as well as adding a new dimension to their skills. Standing up and paddling out through the waves is a totally new experience, most of us are more used to lying down and ducking under the waves.
Modern technologies have allowed the boards to come down a lot in weight and modern understanding of board design has allowed the large boards to be manoeuvred easily on the waves. Carbon paddles cut weight and increase board speed and suddenly Stand Up Paddle Surfing has been reborn. It isn’t going to revolutionise or take over the world, but it does add another angle to surf riding and will mean that your time on the water can be greatly increased.
Check out the 2016 blog and video here.