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Can we go paddleboarding in Level 4 Lockdown?

The government has said that exercise is permissible, and has been acknowledged as an important factor in maintaining physical and mental health through the lockdown phase - so is SUP an acceptable form of exercise? The government has said that exercise is permissible, so is SUP an acceptable form of exercise? Police Commissioner Mike Bush [...]

By |2020-03-28T04:08:39+00:00March 26th, 2020|Community, SUP Safety, Uncategorized|0 Comments


Each year there are numerous rescues of stand up paddleboarders around our coast and lakes, and tragically, there have been fatalities too. It nearly always comes down to lack of knowledge. Do you really understand stuff like tides, offshore winds, what sort of leash to wear in which conditions, exactly what to do if your [...]

By |2019-11-16T23:55:20+00:00November 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

NZSUP and Hutchwilco

Beltpack PFDs are a great option for the experienced stand up paddleboarder. However, a lot of the beltpacks currently available are poorly designed or simply too expensive. NZSUP is delighted to announce that they will be working directly with top NZ lifejacket manufacturer Hutchwilco to design the next generation of beltpack PFDs specifically for stand [...]

By |2019-11-12T02:48:39+00:00November 12th, 2019|SUP Equipment, SUP Safety|0 Comments

NZSUP Annual General Meeting 2019 – you are invited!

The New Zealand Stand Up Paddling Inc (NZSUP) Annual General Meeting will be held on at 10:30 am on Saturday 22nd June at Harcourts Offices (125 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna, Auckland. NZSUP is a not-for-profit Incorporated Society run by a volunteer committee: the President, Secretary and Treasurer and several others, who are passionate about stand up paddling, both recreational [...]

By |2019-06-02T05:15:10+00:00June 2nd, 2019|Governance|0 Comments

The SUP SAFE Code!

  With support from Water Safety New Zealand, NZSUP has undertaken an extensive research and consultation exercise within the SUP industry to come up with our equivalent of the Maritime NZ Safer Boating code. Whether you're beginner or expert, follow these five simple rules to keep you safe while out on your paddleboard this summer. [...]

By |2019-11-10T20:45:14+00:00January 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Registrations Now Open!

New Zealand Stand Up Paddling Championship Series coming your way this summer. Registrations for the NZ Technical Championships in Pauanui and the Downwind Champs in Auckland are now open. Thanks to Auckland Paddler Dylan Crummer and his company 6echo for the amazing video edit! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtHXXGBcrVs

By |2018-12-20T02:41:37+00:00December 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

NZ SUP National Championship Series Announced!

NZSUP is thrilled to announce an exciting new National Championship Series to replace the Nationals in 2019. Four great events in three amazing locations, delivered by three awesome event partners. More details to follow next Thursday, October 18 at the Auckland Paddlefest opening night and subsequent communications. Lock these  dates in folks and please share! [...]

By |2018-10-10T22:30:48+00:00October 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fancy becoming a SUP instructor?

The International Surfing Association (ISA) Stand Up Paddleboarding Level One Instructors Course, for the instruction of flat water paddling and beginners is the ONLY course recognised in New Zealand for teaching SUP. The Course The two day course covers all aspects of instructing this fast growing sport safely and includes the Community Instructors Lifesaving Award. [...]

By |2019-04-23T00:48:08+00:00October 10th, 2018|Instruction & Coaching|0 Comments

Annabel on getting to the start line…

NZSUP revisits 7-times NZ Champion Annabel Anderson’s advice from 2017 on getting to the Hoe Toa start line...   As the World No. 1 ranked woman, Annabel has a demanding International Race schedule, and it is a big effort for her to come back every year to support what happens at home and on a grass [...]

By |2018-03-16T05:41:42+00:00March 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dealing with race day nerves… by Marcus Hansen

There are lots of things to think about and consider when you turn up for a race: What do I eat and when, what board is best, what paddle is best, which fin should I use. Should I warm up before the race and what should I do in my warm up. How do I [...]

By |2018-03-13T03:47:07+00:00March 13th, 2018|Community, NZ SUP Event, Uncategorized|0 Comments