It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that the SUP Symposium and Industry Days, due to take place from 16th – 18th of October have had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 virus situation. However, we have rescheduled the events to the 8th / 9th and 10th of October 2021, Hayling Island Sailing Club.
If you have booked a place, your tickets will be transferred directly to next year.
We are still taking bookings for next year’s event. Many of the workshops are already full.
The whole WSA team would like to thank you for your support during this time and we look forward to seeing you all at the event in 2021.
If you have any questions please contact us

The Board Sport & Paddle Industry day is the first of its kind and a must for ALL coaches, paddlers, surfers, trainers, schools, clubs, centre owners and managers.

As SUP and Surf continues to grow worldwide, opportunities present themselves in new venues, disciples the ages of our paddlers and our commitment to key principals.

We are lucky to have several organisations to train and learn with, a key constant is the experience of those we are fortunate enough to introduce to SUP, fun, safe and our commitment to the environment.

We bring together a varied group of speakers, to educate, inspire and entertain.


Hayling Island Sailing Club
Sandy Point,
Hayling Island,
PO11 9SL


09:00 – 17:00



(Lunch Included)

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Arrival & Registration 08.30 – 09.15
Opening 09.15 – 09:30
Chris Hinds MBE – ‘Water Sports can Change the World’ 09:30 – 10.30
Prof Tim Marsh –  ‘Safety Culture’ 10:45 – 11:45
Break 11.45 – 12.00
Sian Sykes 12.00 – 12.45
Lunch & Networking 12.45 – 14.00
Julian Penney, PHAROS ‘Communicating through a Critical Incident’. 14.15 – 15.15
Starboard 15.30 – 16.30
Close 16.30 – 17.00


Chris Hines MBE

Chris is a highly respected communicator and driver of positive change. he was founder and director of Surfers Against Sewage for 10 years and described as “one of the governments most sophisticated environmental critics” by BBC News and Current Affairs and “Britain’s coolest pressure group” by The Independent. SAS were runners up in the 1999 Green Politics Award.

With a strong focus on “solution to problems” he helped deliver £5 billion spend on the UK coastline. Chris has given evidence to the Commons and Lords Select Committees, Monopolies and Mergers Commission and the European Parliament and Commission and was called as a special advisor to the Rt.Hon Michael Meacher MP Minister for the Environment.

In June 2008 Chris received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “services to the environment.” From 2001 – 2007 Chris was Sustainability Director at the Eden Project.

In 2006 Chris was joint-winner (with Glenn Hening from the USA) of the first international Surfers Path Green Wave Awards for his contributions to the surfing and environmental world and was featured as one of the Daily Telegraph’s Eco Heroes. Whilst project managing the Blue Gym project A Grain of Sand commissioned and oversaw the production of the Blue Gym promotional film which won a Royal Televison Society Award.

Chris is also a YIMBY – Yes In My Back Yard – having campaigned for sewage treatment works, he lives next door to one!

Prof Tim Marsh – Anker and Marsh

Tim delivers talks about safety culture, human error and wellbeing and resilience in a user-friendly style that blends leading edge theory with humour and popular references.

Over the last 20 odd years Tim has given key note talks all over the world including every major European country as well as the Middle East, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand and the USA. He makes a big effort to explain leading edge concepts with everyday examples, interaction and humour to maximise understanding and ‘stickability’ of the key messages.

For example, he gave the closing key note speech at the Inaugural Campbell Institute ‘International Thought Leadership’ conference (Dallas 2014) scoring 4.64 (out of 5) for “knowledgeable and interacted well with the audience”?

Comments included: “loved this session”; “very informative and interactive”; “funny and entertaining”; “excellent” and “best session of the two days”.

Feedback from the opening keynote at the 40th running of NOSHCON (Africa’s largest and longest running safety event).

“May I just congratulate you on your wonderful presentation. The feedback was excellent and included ‘the best presentation ever presented in the 40 years of NOSHCON’. Thank you once again, it was wonderful to have you at our conference”.

– Beatrix Oberholzer, Events Coordinator, NOSA

Feedback from audiences, such as senior management teams, who are not necessarily listening out of choice (!) include:

“…not just food for thought, it was a banquet of food for thought…”

“(Tim’s talk) was not just food for thought, it was a banquet of food for thought and an eye opening experience as well. It is the first time in many years that I have truly considered how the culture of Health and Safety within organisations is so influential in determining the outcome of peoples actions, and how those actions and outcomes affect people’s safety and wellbeing. Tim clearly illuminated the underlying and often subliminal, or mistakenly accepted preconceptions and habits that cause us to participate in unsafe practises. So much of health and safety focusses on facts, figures, and legal requirements and fails to look at the underlying roots of the reasons why we need to look after each other. Tim managed to combine the necessary facts, and at the same time, reveal the reasons why we often culturally ignore the facts, because of work pressures, or because of a certain amount of inherent risk taking that we all share to some extent. It was really thought provoking, and I am going to look at the way I go about the implementation of health and safety as a result. It’s not very often this happens but I came out of that talk feeling uplifted and revitalised and more committed to peoples wellbeing. A truly well spent inspirational afternoon that I am so glad I did not miss”.

– Ian S, Senior Manager, Welsh National Opera

Sian Sykes– Psyched Paddleboarding

Sian is an environmental activist, inspired by her family. She has a real passion for protecting the environment. She is a regional rep for Surfers Against Sewage and currently helping towards Anglesey getting its plastic free status, as well as organising communities to get involved with beach cleans.

Since falling in love with SUP, Sian has completed a number of stand up paddleboarding challenges, which she raised money for her preferred charities.

Her most recent trip was an expedition with a real aim, to stand up paddleboard (SUP)  all the way around Wales whilst fundraising money for Surfers Against Sewage, The North Wales Wildlife Trust and The RNLI. During the expedition Sian raised awareness about marine litter and the whole expedition was single use plastic free (SUP). So it was a SUP Against SUP expedition! Credit to Surfers Against Sewage for the name.

The expedition was roughly 1000km journey around Wales including inland canals, rivers and along the rugged coastline, tackling the 2nd fastest flow of water in the world, negotiating busy shipping channels and challenging exposed headlands with complex waters. During the expedition she wild camped along the way.

The aim of the trip is to bridge the gap between inland and coast, to highlight there is a problem of marine litter. We live in such a beautiful place and we need to make a change to protect it. Sadly 8 million bits of plastic enters our seas every day. 80% of marine litter originates from land-based sources. Sadly 1 million sea birds and 100,000 mammals die every year from the affects of marine litter. This has to change. Sian‘s mission was to raise awareness, to inspire and educate others along the way to reduce single use plastic consumption.

Julian Penney – Managing Director – PHAROS

Julian has managed risk in a variety of environments and sectors, firstly as a Commissioned Officer in the British Army and latterly as a Director within one of the worlds largest travel companies. Julian’s experience ranges from training local soldiers in Sierra Leone, leading school expeditions to being responsible for the safety management and incident support systems of a leading educational travel businesses. Julian holds full national health and safety qualifications, is a qualified Expedition Leader, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a full member of the national Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel (OEAP). Having held a senior role within a highly successful global travel business, Julian understands the commercial reality of managing safety and professional incident support. Julian is also a volunteer Search Technician with Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue which ensures he keeps up to date with the ‘on the ground’ realities of serious incidents.

Julian founded Pharos and takes a leading role in all aspects of service delivery, but also knows when others would be more suited to supporting a particular incident or project!


How does a multi million pound business take serious, calculated action to assist in environmental change?

Our Mission is to not only be the best in the world but also the best for the world.

We love to shape ocean-friendly boards and discover alternatives. By providing high-quality innovative products we get more people into wind and surfing sports and make it possible to enjoy watersports in any conditions at any time. At the same time that we share our passion for watersports, we raise awareness for the need to protect our favourite playground: the oceans.

Everything we do affects the other inhabitants of our planet. Let’s play on the same team. However we’re going to save this planet, we need to work together. One person can make an impact. People together can change the world.

That’s why every member of the Starboard organisation – from board builders and designers to team rider – is encouraged to do their part for the environment, whether it’s local trash pick-ups near our office in Thailand, tracking flight miles for our company-wide carbon offset purchase, or planting mangroves at the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park in Myanmar. And no matter what board you’re riding: If you’re helping the planet, you’re helping us – and you’re on the team.
We believe we can save the planet with smart thinking and proactive decisions. We know that clean oceans mean clean air. We, as people of the ocean, feel compelled to tell that story – and do everything we can to mobilise a global movement to protect them.