BSUPA event round up


Last weekend, Extreme Academy hosted the fifth British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA) National Championships at Watergate Bay.

Over the two day event 53 SUPs from around Britain, Australia and Hawaii competed to become the 2013 National SUP Champion. Competitors from as young as 11 had 20 minutes per heat and a maximum of 12 waves to impress judges with their SUP wave riding skills.

Competitors were judged on their board handling skills in both the transition and surfing phase of their performance; radical controlled maneuvers; innovative/progressive surfing; variety of maneuvers and negotiation and use of the paddle.

Conditions for the event were near perfect according to event organiser Richard Marsh, with 2-3ft of swell and moderate wind allowing competitors to really flaunt their talent on the water.

Check out all the action of the weekend in this video made by SUPBoarder Magazine.


Judges were really impressed with the level of skill and technique shown throughout the competition and after scoring each contestant drew the final results:

Under 16 Girls

1st Holly Bassett
2nd Bethen Richardson

Under 16 Boys

1st Louie Harrow
2nd Guy Bridge
3rd Ollie laddiman
4th Fin Gamblin

Open Ladies

1st Holly Bassett
2nd Maria Buchanan
3rd Abi Barker Smith
4th Joanna Ibrahim

Open Men

1st Matt Barker Smith
2nd Arron Rowe
3rd Tom Lowe
4th Glyn Oven

2013 Watergate Bay Waterman – Matt Barker Smith

2013 Watergate Bay Waterwomen – Holly Bassett


Photographs by BSUPA/Bob Berry/Rob Jewell/This is Newquay Cornwall

2 thoughts on “BSUPA event round up

    1. sarah

      Hi Shawna, the next SUP event at Watergate will be Legend of the Bay – a combined kitesurfing and SUP competition – to be held on the 18/19 April. The BSUPA National Championships are being held on the 10/11 October. I hope this helps.


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