There are two main reasons why you should join NZSUP

1. Membership benefits! Membership of NZSUP gets you reduced entry fees at many events, and there will soon also be a range of special offers and voucher from our sponsors and corporate members. Members will be kept informed by email of what’s on offer.

Click the JOIN NOW button on the menu above to sign up now. Membership only costs $20 per year, and can save you that many times over in benefits alone.

2. The more members we have, the more we can get done! Stand-up paddleboarding is a very new sport. It has only very recently come onto the radar for the various organisations that control New Zealand waterways, and sports administration. The sport is also finding its place in relation to other activities. We are a new thing on the water, and the authorities aren’t always sure how to handle us!

Because of this, it’s very important that our sport has a national organisation that can deal with the challenges that are coming our way. At the moment NZ Maritime Law does not contain any recognition of stand up paddling, so we are lumped in with other paddlecraft. Which is why the law currently states that stand up paddleboarders have to carry a lifejacket at all times, unless in the surf. NZSUP is campaigning to get proper recognition of stand up paddling, and appropriate laws for the sport into the next rewrite of NZ Maritime Law.

NZSUP has already achieved a notable success, in negotiating an exemption clause to the current life-jacket rules for stand up paddleboarders in the surf. Without this, it would right now be a legal requirement to carry a life-jacket when paddlesurfing at some of the best surf beaches in NZ. NZSUP will continue to campaign on behalf of all NZ stand up paddleboarders. The more members we have, the stronger our voice.

Click the JOIN NOW button on the menu above to sign up now. Membership only costs $20 per year.