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Paddling Safely in Level 3 Lockdown

Keeping it safe is the most important consideration for paddling in Level 3. It’s really important that everybody really heeds this, the last thing we want is any bad publicity created by paddlers pushing their limits and ending up needing to be rescued, potentially upsetting the applecart for everyone else. There is also the extra [...]

By |2020-04-29T09:10:29+00:00April 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Paddling in Lockdown Level 3

OK, so here’s what we now know about what stand up paddleboarding will look like at Level 3, based on the latest official guidance from the government and SportNZ, released earlier today. The relevant guidelines from SportNZ for paddleboarding are as follows: ● Local paddling only (your nearest beach rather than your favourite beach), ● [...]

By |2020-04-29T09:00:15+00:00April 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Paddleboarding in Level 3 – part one

Thank you all for your commitment to staying off the water over the last few weeks, following the government guidelines on prohibiting watersports at Alert Level 4. Hopefully our lockdown has achieved its goals and we are well towards containing (and hopefully eliminating) Covid-19, a project that we are all part of. And now we [...]

By |2020-04-22T22:46:25+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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
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