Tony and Gemma are qualified WSA Foundation and Adventure Guide instructors based on the South Coast of England. They run TJBoardhire, a successful
paddleboard school based in Chichester, West Sussex on the Chichester Canal as well as running adventure paddles on the River Arun.
As lovers of the outdoors, Tony and Gemma have interests in windsurfing, kayaking, SUP surf, surfing, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding. They started
TJBoardhire in 2015 to fulfil a passion to spend more time outdoors doing something they love. Since this time, they have seen a huge increase in the amount of people taking up SUP and the many positive health and well-being benefits associated with paddle boarding.
With a background in the construction and property development industry, Tony is a practical guy who gave up an established business to develop TJBoardhire, as a way of allowing himself the freedom to spend his days on the water. Tony’s passion for water sports and quest to be the best stand up paddle board provider in West Sussex, mean that he is constantly planning and developing new and exciting ideas to develop the sport and extend the realms of where paddle boarding can be taken.
Gemma holds a master’s degree in social work and alongside running TJBoardhire, lectures social work students at a local university. Gemma is also a qualified personal trainer, with specific interests in working with clients with physical or mental health needs, to promote well-being through nutrition and physical activity. With a background embedded in supporting people, Gemma has a keen interest in making SUP an accessible activity for everyone, particularly those with additional needs and promoting the many positive mental and physical benefits that SUP can offer for all. Alongside TJBoardhire, they run Chichester SUP Club, a group for members of all abilities to get together for social paddles, as well as exploring other local waterways.
A more recent addition to the club has been the developing race team, which has led to many people gaining the opportunity to develop their paddle skills and progress from the entry level inflatables, to touring, hard and carbon race boards. This has allowed many paddlers to develop their skills and gain the confidence to take part in races as part of a supportive club, and has resulted in the team competing in challenges such as the Round Hayling Island and their own Chichester Canal race day, with Head of the Dart, Battle of the Thames and N1sco planned for this coming season.