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HOME arrow SUP NEWS arrow PRESS RELEASE: The British Stand Up Paddle Boarding Association is Launched
PRESS RELEASE: The British Stand Up Paddle Boarding Association is Launched PDF Print E-mail
By: BSUPA.org   
Thursday, 10 January 2008

The British Stand Up Paddle Surfing Association (BSUPA) has been set up to provide information, organisation, training and contests for this new sport in the UK.  It was set up in September 2007 by Olaus Macleod and since then has started to grow from strength to strength.  

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BSUPAs objectives are to help promote the sport by running a series of events through out the UK to find a national champion by the end of 2008. Along side this will be a number of distance events which this season will be individual contests, next season we hope to be running a series. The other core activities will include developing a teaching program, training coaches and accreditation for SUP schools. On the BSUPA website there are forums, general information and information on where to ride your SUP. BSUPA will also be working with other organizations to promote SUP riding, safety conduct and deal with any access issues on certain locations.

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Olaus MacLeod, President BSUPS.org

BSUPA membership provides up to 5 million, worldwide, third party insurance, as well as a free T-shirt, a car sticker, membership card and e-zine.  You will also be able to enter any of the BSUPA competitions. Membership prices are as follows : Family Membership : 50, Adult Membership : 37, Junior (under 18): 25. You can join online via the website (www.bsupa.org) or call our membership hotline on 07752 398933 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Matt Argyle, Secretary BSUPA.org

Olaus MacLeod is the president of the BSUPA ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Bill Fitzhugh is Chairman ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Grant Winter is Treasurer and runs the membership, Matt Argyle is the Secretary and deals with marketing and PR ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) , Simon Bassett is the director of training and events ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The reason that we are all involved with BSUPA is that we are all passionate about the sport and when we are not talking about it you can find us on the water riding.

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Simon Bassett, Training/Events BSUPA.org

The first BSUPA national event will be held at West Wittering beach, hosted by 2XS on 17th and 18th May 2008.  This will be a surf and distance event. Paddle round the pier at Brighton will also be holding a SUP distance race from Brighton Pier to Worthing Pier. The Isle of Wight Air Festival (20th and 21st September 2008) will be running a surf and distance event. There will be two others events later in the year to be announced.

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Links : 

The British Stand Up Paddle Boarding Association website : http://www.bsupa.org 

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Bill Fitzhugh, Chairman BSUPA.org
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