2015 SUPSA Awards Dinner & Auction

2015 SUPSA Awards Dinner & Auction

To All Members and Paddlers,


Last year’s function was an absolute success and it could have not happened without your support .


This year we are ready to roll again… We are currently waiting on confirmation of the venue and the exact date (in and around April 17th, 2015).


All the proceeds will go, once again, towards the 2015 SA Team Adventure at the ISA World Champs in Mexico. 
Like last year we would like to honour those people that have helped put SUP on the map in South Africa, and those who work behind the scenes of this amazing sport (this includes every single one of you, especially those parents that are always there for their kids at every race,
event, fun day…) 
there will be 2 prizes; the “2014 Special Achievement Award” and the “2014 Presidents Award for Service to the Sport” as we want this to be a collective decision we ask you dear member to send media liaison Lollo (media@supsa.org.za) an email with your top 3 names for each category. In our eyes you are all winners, but we know there are special people out there whose dedication is an inspiration to all of us. Please send your nominations to media@supsa.org.za indicating if it is for President Award or Special Achievement ~ a list of 3 persons per category .


Thank you and happy paddling






SUPSA Annouce National Team

SUPSA Annouce National Team

Stand-Up Paddling South Africa (SUPSA) are proud to announce the names of the members of the national SUP team which will represent South Africa at the 4th ISA World Stand-up Paddle and Paddleboard Championships to be held in Sayulita, Mexico from 10th to 17th May 2015.



SUPSA is affiliated to Surfing South Africa (SSA), the recognised national sports body governing surf riding in South Africa and a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). Surfing South Africa is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

The 2015 South African SUP team has been ratified by the Surfing South Africa Board of Directors.

“Surfing South Africa congratulates each member of the national SUP team on their selection to represent their country. This is a prestigious International Surfing Association sanctioned event and we look forward to watching the team waving the South African flag high in Mexico,” said Robin de Kock, General Manager of Surfing South Africa.

“We have a strong team representing South Africa at this year’s ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championships. This is testament to the growth of the sport along our coastline. With seasoned riders from last year’s event along with fresh new talent in the team, we can look forward to top-class performances in the water against the world’s top SUP surfing and paddling nations,” said Bruce Johnston, President of Stand-Up Paddling South Africa.

The national team to represent South Africa at the ISA World Championships includes the following team management, SUP surfers, SUP racing paddlers and prone paddleboarders from Kwazulu – Natal and the Western Cape.

SUP surfing

Justin Bing:Durban, Kwazulu – Natal

Thomas King: Tokai, Western Cape

Tarryn Kyte: Tokai, Western Cape


SUP racing

Dylan Frick:Gordons Bay, Western Cape

Ethan Koopmans:Melkbosstrand, Western Cape

Wade Keet: Melkbosstrand, Western Cape

Joshua Robertson: Melkbosstrand, Western Cape

Mishka Steyn: Strand, Western Cape


Prone paddleboard racing

Ryan Butcher:Durban, Kwazulu – Natal

Jayden Loots: Cape Town, Western Cape

Anna Notten: Kalk Bay, Western Cape


Team management

Candace Hurn (Western Cape) : Manager

Gary van Rooyen (Western Cape) : Coach

James Raaff  (Western Cape) : Medical Support


For further information on SUPSA and the national SUP team contact Bruce Johnston on president@supsa.org.za



SUPSA was established in late 2010 as a national sports body to promote stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding in South Africa as a sporting and lifestyle activity. It caters for the both wave-riding and race paddling disciplines, and encourages competitive and social SUP riders to participate in the sport through sanctioned SUPSA surfing and racing events. SUPSA is affiliated to Surfing South Africa. For more information visit www.supsa.org.za.


About Surfing South Africa

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognized governing body for the sport of surfing in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). SSA is a member of the the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for the sport. www.isasurf.org.



Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding or SUP, as it is more commonly, known is the fastest growing and most versatile watersport.


Stand Up Paddle Surfing is an ancient form of surfing. Yet it is most widely enjoyed on relatively flat water. Most Cities are founded on Waterways, so most people have access to a stretch of water where they can get out for a “stroll on the water”. This can be very easy and gentle gliding or flat out sprinting depending on whether you are looking for a calm relaxing experience or a hard core workout.

Some of the world’s most famous water men have re discovered stand up paddle boarding/surfing. Cross training on unbalanced surfaces trains new neural coordination between muscle groups, apart from enhancing concentration this “new” strength is immensely beneficial to other dynamic activities. Big Wave Tow in Surfers were the first to realize the potential of this training. Now pro windsurfers, Kiters, and families alike are able to keep in shape, have a ton of fun, as well as achieving new levels of balance core stability and stamina.


What is the benefit of Core Training, and why is SUP good for this?

Core Training is any workout that targets the muscle groups in the mid-section of our bodies, essentially joining our lower bodies to our upper bodies. Training on unbalanced surfaces is very effective for building the core muscle groups, (stomach and lower back) and for training muscles to fire in co-coordinated ways so that the benefits are immediately transferable to other dynamic sports and activities. As oppose to traditional resistance training where muscles are trained to work in isolated groups in a stable environment. In sport we require our bodies to provide explosive strength while we are on the move, this is the sort of benefit you get from cross-training in a more fluid environment and this where SUP excels. It’s excellent for surfers and non-surfers alike, as it provides an isometric workout that strengthens your core muscle groups, while giving you a fun and exiting way to view the natural surroundings.



Learn more about SUP fitness here…