About NZSUP 2017-06-13T20:24:02+00:00

Welcome to the website for New Zealand Stand Up Paddling, inc.

the association for all things SUP in NZ

NZSUP inc organises the national race championships and teams for international events, oversees SUP schools and instruction, and campaigns on behalf of all paddleboarders in New Zealand on matters of safety, legislation and all other aspects of negotiation and liaison with other governing bodies.

You may be wondering why New Zealand needs a SUP association. Surely the sport is all about being free, able to go where you want to, away from rules, regulations and organisations! Well, yes it is, and that’s the way NZSUP wants to keep it. However, without a national organisation representing the interests of the sport, those rules and regulations will get imposed anyway. If you’ve ever taken your paddleboard into waves in New Zealand, then you have already directly benefited from NZSUP. Without the society’s hard work in 2013, successfully negotiating an exemption to NZ Maritime Law, you would now have to wear a life jacket every time you went SUP surfing.

NZ SUP is grateful for the support of its corporate members:

Meet The Team

Our highly valued committee members. Details about each are shown below, always good to put a name to a face….


To most Auckland paddlers Gavin will need no introduction. He and his wife Rosie are super keen paddlers and their son Ollie is New Zealand’s top male paddler at the age of 16. Gavin runs a scaffolding business and has a useful sideline as an actor in high profile TV commercials. He has donated his time, energy and efforts to SUP events for many years and organized t shirts and trophies for the NZSUP Nationals.


The founding President of the Society, Kristin is a lawyer, sailor, scuba diver and stand up paddler, and one of the main organisers for the annual Paddle For Hope competition. Working with Bill, Kristin did all the legal work to establish NZSUP as an incorporated society in January 2013. Kristin is a lawyer who has been the Secretary since then and has dealt with all funding applications, Rule changes, agendas, meetings and Annual General Meetings. Kristin has qualified as a SUP instructor and is a board member of Surfing New Zealand, representing the interests of SUP. NZ SUP is affiliated with Surfing New Zealand

BILL DAWES – Treasurer

Bill was the original founder of NZSUP. He conceived the idea for a national organization and was our first President. Bill has been involved with all aspects of the SUP industry, as an importer, manufacturer, designer, journalist, coach and event organiser. He keeps himself busy as the ISA/SNZ instructor course presenter in NZ, running Northland Paddleboarding, NZ’s longest-running fulltime SUP school, the weekly Paddle at the Pear tree race series in Kerikeri, and the “Northern Exposure” 3 day winter SUP tour event in the far north. Bill has also been a huge contributor to the NZ SUP Nationals as a sponsor and organizing all of entries and results in previous years.


PaddleFit Pro Coach & ISA SUP Instructor. Mum of 3. Event Organiser. Freelance Writer. Partner of Starboard Director Jeremy Stephenson. Victoria has been paddling for 8 years, (adventure, fitness, surf and race) and was a driving force behind the first few NZ SUP Champs (2011-13), the Starboard Winter Series (2012-15) and the Paddle For Hope events (2011-2016).

A founding member of the Auckland City SUP Club and Pod: Womens SUP Group, Victoria would like to nurture growth in the sport, particularly in womens paddling, and development opportunities for youth, and she is happy to get her feet wet and work together with other committee members on events and other projects. “I’m passionate about sharing my love of paddling with others. For me it’s all about participation and community – it’s more fun together”


Owner and manager of one of the biggest specialist SUP stores in New Zealand (SUP Shed in Orewa), importer (Luke Short, Simon Anderson, Gulliver), ISA-qualified SUP instructor and one of the main movers and shakers on the Orewa SUP scene.


Highly talented watersports allrounder who has been involved with the sport since its inception in NZ, with great knowledge of the inner workings of the industry,  a main face of NZ Boardstore, one of the longest running and most successful board sports schools and stores in New Zealand, and the importer of a range of top SUP brands.


Jonathan is a lawyer and very enthusiastic SUP surfer and racer. He has been instrumental in setting up the local SUP clubs in Auckland and overseeing their governance. Jonathan has been a member of the NZSUP committee for 2014 -16 and was very involved in arranging sponsorship and providing much other assistance for the NZSUP Nationals.


Rosie is a successful businesswoman (real estate agent), sometime actor, mother of NZ Champ Ollie Houghton, wife of Gavin Houghton and a founder and organizer of the Takapuna SUP club. Rosie has been a member of the NZSUP Committee for the 2014 – 16 year and was the assistant manager for the NZ SUP and prone paddle board team to the ISA World Championships in Sayulita, Mexico in 2015.


Owner and chief instructor for Christchurch Paddleboarding. Has been a member of NZSUP committee since inception in 2013 and works closely with Bill Dawes on safety and instruction.


Magrette Timepieces
Magrette Timepieces
Mechanical Heart, New Zealand Soul
Magrette Timepiece is a boutique watch company based in Auckland (City of Sails), New Zealand.
Contact Details
Magrette Timepieces

Rosie Houghton
Rosie Houghton - Harcourts Cooper & Co
I know what's SUP in property!
I will be competing in the race I'm sponsoring this year and look forward to the banter with the girls afterwards. It’s going to be an amazing fun, family, event. When I'm not on the water I`m selling Real Estate for Harcourt’s Cooper & Co so if you are thinking about selling your home or buying your next home or investment then come talk to me.. 021 623 952 or www.rosiehoughton.co.nz See you at 2017 NZ SUP Nationals!
Saxe Coburg Ltd
Saxe Coburg Ltd
Our Goal Is To Produce Positive Returns For All Of Our Clients In All Market Conditions
At SCL, our ultimate aim is to win the trust of our clients. This feeling of trust may take years to achieve, but it is the true test of a job well done. Our goal is to produce positive returns for our clients in all market conditions. We aim to protect capital first and foremost, and with this underlying objective, to find investments and build portfolios which can generate growth and income above that on offer through bank deposits. Over the last ten years under Mark’s direction, we have been successful in shielding clients’ portfolios from the two major crises which have impacted investors, the GFC and the collapse of the New Zealand finance company sector. None of our clients lost a cent in any finance company debenture or deposit.
Saxe Coburg Ltd

19 Como St, Takapuna, Auckland 0622

09 489 4890

Importers of Starboard SUP
SUPSNZ distribute Starboard, directly via our online shop and through selected resellers around New Zealand. Our goal is to nurture the growth of SUP in New Zealand, by participating in and creating events that are helping to build a strong Stand Up community, and enabling you to connect with each other, share water adventures, and learn more about the sport. “SUP is what you make of it. Take your board everywhere and you have fun wherever you go.”
Contact Details

PO Box 62 038, Sylvia Park Auckland


Northland Paddleboarding
Northland Paddleboarding
New Zealand's longest running SUP school
The first full-time SUP school to be established in New Zealand, Northland Paddleboarding is a registered and Accredited stand-up paddleboarding school, with a team of highly qualified instructors. Rather than aiming for high throughput and quick turnarounds, Northland Paddleboarding has always been about personal service and ensuring that our clients get what they need. The pace of life is slower in Northland, it's why we live here. We'd rather take a bit longer with your lesson, spend some more time getting to really understand your requirements and give you the best possible service. We coach at every level, from beginners (individuals and groups) through to advanced level race and surf coaching. We're blessed with a location that really is pretty much perfect for paddleboard tuition, at any level. Whatever your requirements we will be able and happy to help!
Contact Details
Northland Paddleboarding

58 Rangitane Loop Road, Kerikeri