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Chris Rea – Director of Operations

Chris launched Harlyn Surf School in 1994 which has gone on to be a multi-activity waterports centre and has been a market leader for many years. Chris created the business template that many have gone on to replicate. The market is ever changing and Harlyn Surf School itself has to adapt its own business model to move with the times. Coasteering, Sit-on-top Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding have become hugely popular and Chris’s operational experience and knowledge is invaluable in these areas. Chris is a SLSGB lifeguard trainer/SUP trainer and has been providing watersports instructor and lifeguard training courses for 18 years in UK and Europe. He has trained over 800 individuals and many of them have gone on to set up their own schools and centres or work as professional beach lifeguards. Chris has 40 years worldwide surfing experience and discovered SUP 9 years ago which led him to set up one of the first SUP schools in the UK.

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Steve West – Senior Consultant to WSA

Steve West is acting Brand Ambassador and Consultant to Mistral Red Dot Division International. In addition, he is Senior Consultant to the Water Skills Academy Ltd and Managing Director of KANUculture Publications. Author of ‘Stand up Paddle – A Paddler’s Guide’, recognised as the ‘SUP Bible’ across the globe. He is a two-time outrigger canoeing World Champion (Molokai), past professional windsurfer and National Coaching Director (Australia) and Consultant to the Fijian South Pacific Games Race Squad for over seven years. Steve has been an ocean paddler for over 35 years and remains an active participant in both SUP and OC sports.

Ben Longhurst

Ben Longhurst – Technical Advisor

Ben’s love of all things water started as a competitive swimmer, a junior member of county squads, soon moving into surf lifesaving, competing at regional and national levels, taking part in the World Championships in 1994. He has always loved surfing and has again competed at various levels on short and long boards. In the 80’s he became hooked on paddle sport and its various disciplines including white water, open canoe and sea. Whilst coaching paddle sport Ben led several kayaking expeditions to Nepal and Siberia and made a succesful crossing of the English Channel in a folding kayak. He has been involved in professional paddle sport coaching and development for over 20 years as well as being Chairman of his local surf lifesaving club. He holds a BA (hons) in Sport and Human Movement studies and various British Canoe Union coaching awards as well as qualifications in climbing, surfing and mountaineering. Stand Up Paddling was a natural progression for Ben joining 2 of his favourite sports. Ben is married to his long suffering and the most understanding wife in the world, having spent most of their marriage waiting for him to come out of the water! He currently works as senior assistant manager at Cardiff International White Water with a drive to develop Stand Up Paddleboarding.

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Jon Kivell

Jon’s love of the outdoors started while serving as a member of the Parachute Regiment. On leaving he started working as an outdoor instructor for PBB. Jon has now been working in the outdoor industry based in South Wales for the past 17 years as the Manager of PBB Outdoor Education Centre. He has recently discovered SUP and has fully embraced the sport taking part in all aspects including surfing, white water, racing, adventure touring, expeditions and travel. Jon comes from varied adventure background where he holds a range of instructor qualifications. Jon has been responsible for coaching and leading expeditions in paddlesport in various locations such as Canada, Spain, France and all over the British Isles. As well as holding SUP instructor qualifications Jon also holds instructor qualifications in climbing, mountaineering, caving, MTB and is also an Air Experience Tandem Paragliding Instructor.

 

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Kate Ingham

Kate first tried her hand at SUP in the serene landscape of Nelson lakes, New Zealand. A few hikes and long distance bike rides later and she returned to the UK, convinced SUP was the perfect way to introduce more people to the water in Bristol’s beautiful harbour. Kate loves long distance open water swimming and last summer completed the Dart 10k swim. This year she has her sights on a similar feat in Lake Coniston. Kate has trained with the British Whitewater rafting team and enjoys being in, on or around water in a variety of boats and boards. Kate was the first female captain of her university canoe club and is the WSA’s first female coach educator. Trained and experienced in youth work, adult education and volunteer management, Kate is passionate about creating and facilitating accessible and enjoyable adventures and opportunities for others to develop.

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Tim Trew

Tim’s watersports career began with competitive freestyle kayaking in which he competed for Great Britain. Tim has over 20 years of paddling experience. He is a British Canoeing 5* Leader and is Rescue 3 trained. He has taken part in numerous whitewater expeditions and worked for several years in marketing for leading paddling manufacturer Palm Equipment. Tim discovered stand up paddleboarding in 2011 whist paddling in New Zealand, and in 2014 co-founded SUP Bristol, with partner Kate, to bring the outdoors into the city. His passion for sharing watersports with new people has lead him to become a leading provider of SUP coach education. SUP Bristol is a WSA Accredited Centre of Excellence and is AALS licensed.

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Jules Burnard

Jules is an adventure paddler plus a full time coach and guide specializing in open canoe. He is a well established BCU Level 5 Canoe Coach, and a respected ‘White Water Safety and Rescue’ provider. As well as open canoe Jules is also qualified in both white water and sea and in more recent years he has been enjoying exploring the thrills and spills that the OC1 has to offer. He has a wide depth of experience to draw on from the ventures he has undertaken and trips he has lead around the world.

With the world of the single blade being his real passion, plus his enthusiasm for coaching and guiding this lead him to develop Voyageur Coaching. He prides himself on delivering high quality coaching, guiding and training to individuals and groups who want to develop personal skills, achieve awards or simply discover and experience the magic of paddling.

This has been furthered in his many solo expeditions where he relies upon these skills, and he is very enthusiastic to share his experiences and pass his knowledge on to others. He is also a regular contributor to the Canoe community with magazine articles, blogs and attends several events/symposiums throughout the year delivering various workshops.

He first discovered the SUP a number of years ago and right from the start it just made sense to him. He has explored lots of what SUP has to offer including surf, WW and expeditioning.

When Jules isn’t busy delivering coaching he particularly enjoys the challenges presented by solo expedition paddling and can often be found paddling in some remote location, with his trusted four legged companion Siuna!

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Anthony Ing

Anthony’s passion for paddling began in the flatlands of Norfolk at the age of 8, but the white water was soon calling, and from an early age he became a youth freestyle kayak champion competing all over the UK and Europe. He soon progressed through the coaching ladder as he found a natural coaching flare. After kayak coaching for many years Ant achieved the highest coaching award, the Level 5. Ant and his wife Lianne now run Stand Up Paddle Board UK in North Wales and have been actively developing white water SUP for the past 6 years. Travelling the likes of North America, Slovenia, Norway and Austria, Anthony has become a white water Stand Up Paddleboarding pioneer, pushing the limits of SUPable drops across the world.mAnt will head up all WSA white water SUP courses and development ranging from personal performance, safety and coaching.

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Dave Brown

I have been a Technical Advisor to the industry for over 18 years to centres, schools, organisations and expedition companies throughout the UK, Europe and as far afield as Asia and currently advise over 20 organisations encompassing activities across the adventure and education sphere. These include all Climbing and Mountaineering activity, all Kayak and Canoe activity and Combined Rock and Water based activities as well as Ropes Course and Climbing Wall activity.

I have been involved in the Physical Education, Outdoor Education and Adventure Industry for nearly 30 years, beginning with River Kayak and Surf Kayak and grew into Sea Kayaking as well. This was closely followed by Climbing and Mountaineering, Coasteering and Gorge Walking.

Throughout this time I have been a Teacher, Lecturer, Senior Instructor and Manager of centres as well as having my own company (AcwaTerra) running for over 20 years. I am the most qualified Kayak Coach in the British Canoeing system; holding the British Canoeing L5 in three disciplines of Kayak (White Water, Sea and Surf Kayak) and the highest assessor grades to accompany them (A5 in each). This is further reinforced in that i am a Coach Education Director, Advanced Safety Provider, Navigation Course Director, a National Trainer and Technical Panel Member. This has been reinforced with a water and safety training background in Surfing, Surf Life-saving and Sea and Surf Kayaking as well as Open Water Swimming and Triathlon.

I am also an MIC, IML and MT course director for ML (Summer), SPA, CWA, CWLA and have provided CPD workshops in the past for AMI members on the Art and Science of Coasteering and Technical Advice Provision.  I have a number of other strings to my bow, including Triathlon Coach, Personal Trainer, previously Head Coach to the GB Women’s Rafting Team and Ski Instructor to name a few.

Personal time is spent either clinging to rock, with a paddle in my hand in a boat or on a board, with planks on my feet skiing and ski touring or flying helicopters, but most of all my time is enjoyably spent with my partner and daughter.

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Sam Starkie

Born into a life in the outdoors by age 11 I had climbed all the highest peaks in the uk, all of the Fells of the Lake District and Wales and most of the Munroes of scotland. I started kayaking when I was 7 and have since kayaked extensively throughout the UK and Europe. The combination of climbing, canyoning and kayaking lead me into working in water and developing skills in coasteering. Owner/manager of Vertical Descents Cornwall with extensive coasteering experience in UK, Portugal, Spain and France and helped to establish the National Coasteering Charter, being the first Regional Rep for Cornwall. I have been a surf coach for the past 14 years, kite surfing and teaching power kite sports for the same amount of time and started Paddleboarding 7 years ago. For the past 4 years i have been guiding Surf Rafts (white water rafts in the surf and along the coast) This is a fantastic activity and has now lead on to developing the “Monster SUP” as a commercial activity where we guide people on tours along the coast and guide them on waves as well.

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Dan Lavery

Dan is a young and enthusiastic entrepreneur who opened his first surf school in Northern Ireland at the age of 21. As a teenager Dan spent 4 years in Cornwall, where he learnt his trade at the Treviglas Surf Academy. Long Line Surf School has now expanded and can be found at Benone Beach and Portstewart Strand. As Stand Up Paddleboarding grew in popularity Dan seized the opportunity to open Long Line Water Trails in 2013 which is a SUP school operating in all waterways within the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Then most recently the creation of Giant Adventures which is a BIG SUP surf and flat water experience across the entire Causeway Coast in partnership with Simply Sea Kayaks. Although only being open for 4 years Long Line has received back to back awards for Best Coastal Experience in Northern Ireland for their surfing and a 4 star rating from Northern Ireland Tourist Board for customer service and quality of experience.

Dan understands the importance of quality customer service and high standards of safety in order to create a successful businesses. The business ethos of Long Line is “Encourage a lifestyle… not just a sport” and so you will find Dan working on multiple projects with the community all year round. Dan runs two charity events a year including his Disability Surf Festival and Big Blue Softboard Contest all of which raises money and awareness for local charities. Also being the Northern Ireland Representative for Surfers Against Sewage he is busy organizing 8 beach cleans a year and numerous educational talks to school children about the beach environment and the importance of keeping it clean. Dan now lives at Benone Beach and works closely with other local businesses, National Trust and Causeway Coast and Glens District Council to provide experiential and responsible tourism which has been recognized by local and national authorities for outstanding work within the industry.

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Sam Pickup

Having a love for anything thing outdoors I have so far tried my best to lead my life sharing this passion with others. I love exploring the cross over between balance sports whether on the water or on the snow.

I have worked my winters as a Ski Instructor for the previous 10 years, running Ski Instructor Courses and now managing a Ski School in Courchevel, France. Through my summers I work at Harlyn, Cornwall and enjoy the similarities in the day to day challenges I face, from decisions on conditions, through to the nitty gritty of coaching precise movements.

Just like Skiing, Paddleboarding is a multi disciplined sport which has enlightened my enthusiasm for the it no end. I love the balance and skill aspect of Surfing, or even just paddling a narrower board. Yet, the multitude of other challenges we face when Adventuring or Racing keep me coming back for more.

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Gordon Ingram – Medical Advisor to WSA

Gordon is a highly experienced UK HCPC Paramedic with NHS, HEMS, Air Ambulance and private medical company experience.

He has extensive pre-hospital care knowledge and is an experienced operational Paramedic and instructor of high level pre-hospital educational courses.

Locations of work: Afghanistan / Africa / Algeria / Fiji / Ireland / Somalia / UAE / UK / USA.

Experienced RNLI Crewmember on both inshore and all-weather lifeboats.

Experienced professional lifeguard and lifeguard instructor/examiner.

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Ben Julian

Is a keen advocate for the outdoors and has inspired many to get out and try something new. Originally a multi-disciplined instructor with over 10 years’ experience of coaching, Ben turned his hand to SUP and his passion for the sport grew from there.

This experience has grown from his centre work in the UK and overseas, holding different roles from instructor to management positions. Ben holds a wealth of knowledge of coaching individuals, groups, corporate events, instructor training and development, qualified in many different activities it only adds to his coaching tool kit. Ben is a coach assessor & inspector for the RYA, delivering instructor training and development to clubs and centres across the UK. Ben now specialises in the education sector, working with schools to provide outdoor provision within the school curriculum. Ben currently resides at Kings Norton Boys School as Head of Outdoor Education.

Ben is also the UK technical adviser for the Scout Association, focusing on water activities and is the go to person for their polices, procedures, growth and participation. The Scout Association is one of the biggest youth movements in the world and is a great place to introduce adventure.

As a N1SCO and Boardwise team rider Ben has grown recognition not only in coaching and developing SUP participation but is also a keen racer in different race series across the UK.

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Stefanos Averkiou

Stefanos Averkiou has been around water all of his life. Born near the sea, his love for the water and the fulfilment it entails has always guided and affected his choices. Competing from an early age in and out of the water he developed the persistence and stamina to pursue his goals no matter the level of difficulty. His love and attraction to the sea environment have led him to learn and practice several watersports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing and wakeboarding.

In addition, he has been an instructor for several years and participated in a number of events both as a competitor and later on as a judge. Stand up paddle was added to the list as a means of rehabilitation after an injury. What seemed at the beginning a low intensity physio -workout, quickly became a daily quest. As the sport revealed its potential, the more devoted he became.

Yoga entered his life when his wife attended some prenatal courses during her pregnancy and they both continued with partner courses after little Melina was born. Since then yoga has complemented every other activity. Paddleboardyoga and SUPinCrete were founded as soon as Stefanos and his family settled in Crete. The unique environment, the ideal conditions and the warmth of the people were a true inspiration. Alongside with his love for sports and water, he travelled extensively in both north and south hemisphere in search for the best conditions. These long journeys have only led him back to his roots, the beyond comparison beautiful island of Crete.

Stefanos holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Project Management. He has more than 14 years of experience in the IT sector and has worked for several large corporations. He has worked as a kite instructor for Global Kiter Foundation, a foundation dedicated to help differently able individuals.

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Dan Wilmore

Dan has been a passionate surfer for the last ten years. He recently discovered stand up paddle boarding in 2011 and has fully embraced the sport in all its aspects from surfing to adventure paddles, distance and racing. Recent achievements have been completing the SUP Challenge Wales event that he organized in 2013, which was a 43 mile paddle from Swansea to Cardiff to raise money for The Surf Experience. Dan is a qualified surf instructor and SUP coach as well as a fully qualified SLSGB lifeguard Dan specializes in working with differently abled children and young adults and has been involved in this area for almost ten years. For the last three years he has been running The Surf Experience, which is a surf and stand up paddleboard school catering for the differently abled.

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ABOUT SIAN SYKES

Sian Sykes was born on the edge of Snowdonia and enjoyed growing up in beautiful North Wales. During her adult life, she used to work in Creative Media in London as a Project Director. However after working 15 years and working 18 hour days in the industry, she wanted a better balance in life, to reconnect with nature and to be closer to the sea and mountains. That’s when she re changed her focus in life and moved back home, to do what she loves doing running Psyched Paddleboarding which provides amazing SUP experiences. Sian has travelled the world, building up vast experience of leading expeditions to Nepal, Mongolia, India, China, Peru, Morocco and the Alps.

Sian loves a good old SUP challenge too! Sian was the first person to circumnavigate Anglesey on a SUP!  She was also part of the first team to cross England on a paddleboard, and she was then the first person to ever SUP solo the 3 British lakes, Llyn Tegid, Windermere Lake and Loch Awe in 3 days, all unsupported.

Sian loves linking her adventourous soul through paddleboarding as she believes it is such an awesome way to journey by exploring new areas and seeing fascinating wildelife, bird life and marine life. Her love for the outdoors is tryly infectious, and she’s inspired people of all ages and from all walks of life to get out and SUP.

Sian is an eco warrior and is a regional rep for Surfers Against Sewage, helping to create the movement of #plasticfreecoastlines by raising awareness about marine litter, single use plastics. Sian runs educational  sessions and organises beach cleans on Anglesey where she lives and works. She encourages her customers to do a mini beach clean and inspires her SUP’ers to avoid single use plastics.

Sian is an official partner for Peak UK. Sian and Psyched Paddleboarding has been featured on ITV Wales, BBC Wales, Visit Wales, ITV Coast & Country, Welsh Coastal Magazine. Sian is a regular contributor for SUP International, SUP Boarder Magazine, SUP Connect, Limitless Pursuits and other magazines and websites.

Dr. Cliff Nelson

I specialise in coastal research and am a professional water safety practitioner. Improving the coastal environment and encouraging participation in water sport activity, through safe management is a key motivator for me.

Key Projects Author and Manager of the National Water Safety Management Programme (HSE endorsed), the UK’s primary water safety training programme. Project management for development of the new Beach Lifeguard and Beach Trainer Assessor programmes, E-learning first aid resource.

Previous Positions
• Vice Chair of the International Life Saving (Europe) Rescue Commission
• Member of the UK National Water Safety Forum Beach Advisory Group (Vice Chair for 3 years)
• Director of Vibe Creative, a specialist social enterprise company based in South Wales, providing multimedia services to all sectors of the community

Previous Role
Coastal Manager for the Vale of Glamorgan Council for three years. Primary responsibilities included strategic development of a comprehensive coastal management plan for the county, management of 26 miles of coastline and 35 staff and lead advisor on all water safety issues. Additionally, I had responsibility for Managing Events and management of the Tall Ship Festival which attracted over 20 000 people each year.

Academic Background
Personal interest in coastal management research, completing a Masters Degree in Coastal Zone Management and a Ph.D. in Coastal Science. Held three post-doctoral coastal research positions at the University of Sydney (Australia), University of Algarve (Portugal) and Cardiff University (Wales), focused mainly on integrated coastal management.

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Sarah Woolf

Sarah is the manager of Harlyn Surf School and brings a wealth of surf school operational experience to the WSA. Sarah is also a qualified personal trainer and has a passion for SUP and is a trainer for the WSA SUP Fitness programme. Sarah is also a probationary trainer for SLSGB lifesaving awards and was a competitive swimmer.

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Hugh Murray

Hugh Murray is owner of Porthcawl Surf School, Wales’s Premier Surf School and training academy. Hugh has been involved in surf sport, education and surf lifesaving for over 37 years. Club Chairman of Sker and Pink Bay Surf lifesaving club for many years, he has competed at all levels including the World Championships and has held Welsh and British Titles. As owner of Porthcawl Surf School Hugh coaches on daily basis and is one of the only surf schools in the UK that operate year round. He is a leader in the development of young persons programmes including surf and lifesaving. He is an active trainer and examiner for SLS GB and Technical Chairman of Surf Life Saving Wales.  He also sits on the working party for producing a UK National Beach Lifeguard Manual. In addition Hugh has developed a disability surf programme with trainer Dan Wilmore and again, leads the way in this field of empowering disabled persons to achieve through surfing.  Last but not least he also produces the Porthcawl Tide Tables. Hugh’s passion and dedication to surf coaching rarely sees him out of the water and he is a well known figure in surfing in Wales Community and Great Britain Surf Lifesaving. Hugh brings an enormous depth of knowledge and experience to the WSA, its development and its courses.

Matt Barker Smith

  • Lives in Mumbles south Wales
  • Current British SUP surf champion

Matt has a strong background in watersports, surfing was where it all started and kitesurfing followed in 2001. He turned his experience to paddleboarding 8 years ago and is very passionate about the sport . He has been to two stand up paddle surf world championships firstly as team manager and in 2014 as a competitor in Nicaragua he was ranked 16th in the world in the surfing element. Matt is always happy to provide knowledge on all aspects of SUP, including advanced SUP surf techniques. Matt runs a stand up paddle and kite surfing school and shop ‘The Sup Hut’, in Swansea, South Wales.

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Joel Gray

Joel has a strong background in teaching and education that started as a Secondary School Geography Teacher in Newcastle upon Tyne. Introduced to surfing as a young lad in the North Sea he’s remained a passionate and active surfer for over 25 years, twice becoming National Champion. He also spent more than 10 years teaching snowboarding, achieving the sought after ISIA award leading to a number of dedicated seasons in the French Alps. It was the content of the detailed snowboard courses that inspired him to bring some ’new’ ideas and practices back to the surf field and so ’Surf Solutions’ was set up. This now operates as a private advanced input surf coaching program dealing with a number of international competitors as well as 2 junior development squads. Joel’s coaching work has also lead him to being National head coach for Junior Teams 3 times. He is also involved at top level world surfing through his work as Team Manager for a multinational drinks company.

David Hall

David is an environmental scientist with over 20 years experience of managing water environments. With a background in hydrobiology and microbiology, he has led on public health and conservation management at Cardiff Bay for the last 17 years, providing advice which underpins the use of the Bay for a wealth of water recreation opportunities. He has collaborated on European research projects and co-authored several papers, particularly in the fields of biosecurity and invasive species biology.

Steve Bowens Steve has been working in the outdoor industry for over 27 years now as an instructor, trainer, inspector and technical advisor. Over the years he has worked throughout the UK, Europe, Caribbean and New Zealand. As a youth he competed in windsurfing at a national level and surf kayaking at European and world championships. In recent years had found a love of challenges and expeditions including rowing across the Atlantic ocean, and several sea kayak expeditions, last year paddling over 600 miles around the west of Scotland visiting many of the outer Hebridean islands.

Steve has been a lecturer in Sports Science and course manager for a range of courses including the Surf Science and Marine Sports Science in Newquay, Cornwall. He has been a Surf Lifeguard Trainer/Assessor for over 15 years and following a recent paddleboarding accident set up a project called “Surfers Helping Surfers” which provides basic training in what to do if your friend gets into difficult in the sea or surf.

“I love a wide range of watersports and find paddlebaording especially fun due to its diversity; from surf, to sunset cursing or expeditions, it’s just such an accessible and uncomplicated activity. In recent years I have found real enjoyment in introducing people to this wonderful activity and being able to go and explore the coast with people who would otherwise not be able to access these locations”.

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.

Martin is the founder and head of operations at Norfolk Outdoor Adventures which is a SUP and Kayak Tour, Instruction and Outdoor centre based in the Norfolk Broads National Park.

He’s has been heavily involved in Stand Up Paddle since 2014 when he got given a board and paddle and was asked to quite simply ‘keep up’.  Since then he discovered SUP and found his love of SUP Racing, Touring and Endurance Paddling, which very quickly become a replacement for Triathlon and Ironman Triathlon in which he’s competed in for 11 years. Martin has since had some good success with Endurance SUP racing where he’s gained podium places and has more recently created the NOA SUP Race Team and NOA SUP Racing where the focus is the promotion and coaching of the more completive side to SUP.

In addition to his waterlife he is also a Trail Running Coach specialising in Sand and Beach running, Personal Trainer, Nordic Pole Running coach, XC MTB Leader/Racer and is also an Event Organiser.

Historically he’s served time on an Inshore Lifeboat and has worked alongside various other organisations & charities assisting them in creating opportunities for them to diversify into the outdoor and experience sectors.

ABOUT MICHELLE STEWARDSON

From a work background of psychiatric Social Work it’s not really the basis you expect for a SUP Instructor and owner of a SUP school but Michelle is never happier than when in or on the water. Her interest in water sports started in earnest when at university and work in Nottingham, where she led kayaking groups on the River Trent and spent many an evening on the white water run.

On moving to the Isle of Man, almost 20 years ago and with so much fantastic coastline she became a member of the RNLI, where she remains an active volunteer on an ALB (and is even known to act as a relief mechanic).  As part of her RNLI role Michelle also trained with Rescue 3 becoming a swift water rescue technician and Flood Boat Operator as part of her role in the RNLI’s National Flood Rescue team.

Not content with the RNLI alone, Michelle trained as a PADI Staff Instructor, running a small dive operation for several years.

Her SUP epiphany came about a decade ago when on holiday in Cornwall where she met the team from Harlyn Watersports – So much so that she completed her SUP instructor training with SUP Bristol in 2016 and set up Saltworks SUP www.saltworks-sup.co.ukin the same year.

This was the first commercial paddleboarding operation on the Isle of Man.  In 2017 a trip to Wales lead to the completion of the Adventure Guide course with WSA.

Michelle is an enthusiastic teacher and passionate about introducing people to the water, SUP and showcasing the Isle of Man coastline in all of its UNESCO biosphere glory.

With the rapid growth of paddleboarding on the island Saltworks SUP, in conjunction with WSA, was pleased to provide the first I SUP SAFE courses on island and continues to support projects such as the RNLI’s #respectthewater campaign with safe access for all being a key goal in Saltworks SUP daily operations.

Andrew Webb has been surfing for 27 years and been a beach lifeguard for 23 years qualifying through RLSS /SLSGB. Andy is also a Qualsafe first aid trainer/ assessor with 16 years experience. Andy went on to study  for a teaching diploma at Canterbury Christ Church university and opened up his own surf school business in Broadstairs Kent in 2005. It has gone on to be a leading waterports centre, winning many awards for tourism in Kent ,  offering kayaking , surfing, bodyboarding and stand up paddle-boarding. As a surf school with its close proximity to London the school is really popular and is the closest place for Londoners to learn how to surf and sup. Kent surf school has 2 locations in Kent. The local school programme Andy offers has become hugely popular and Andy’s teaching experiences and knowledge is invaluable in the watersports areas.