Notice to SUPSA Members

Notice to SUPSA Members


SUPSA is excited to announce the following arrangements for the weekend of 13- 15 July in Durban:



The results of the SUPDurbs Pro Long Distance Race will be used as the basis for selecting one Male and one Female Long Distance Racer for the South African Team to compete at the ISA World Standup Paddleboard and Paddleboard Championships to be held in Brazil from 23 November to 1 December 2018.   Prone Paddlers interested in representing South Africa during this event are also encouraged to enter this race to make themselves eligible for selection.


The SUPDurbs Pro Surfing contest will be the South African SUP Surfing Championships for 2018, and the SA SUP Surfing Champion trophies will be awarded to the winners of each of the six competitive divisions.


The Annual SUPSA Prize giving for the 2017 Season will be held on Saturday evening at a venue to be announced. Please join us in celebrating some outstanding performances by our athletes
Annual Rankings 2017
The final Surf, Race and Overall rankings for 2017 have been posted on our website
Nominations are requested for the following Awards:
Outstanding Performance during 2017
Service to the Sport during 2017
Please email your nomination along with a short motivation to Sharon Sutherland


The annual SUPSA AGM will be held during August 2018 at a date and venue to be announced during July.

~ Dave Maxwell
SUPSA President

Team SA take in Copenhagen Race Route with Practice Paddle

Team SA take in Copenhagen Race Route with Practice Paddle

“Today the team got on the water for the first team since arriving yesterday. We had a window period from 2pm where we were allowed to paddle the course with a lot of the buoys already laid out it was great to get a feel for where we will be racing. The team all commented on the beauty of the city from the water it’s a truly beautiful place to paddle . The team are in high spirits and are adjusting well to life in Copenhagen dodging cyclists and taking in the culture of the city.” – Jackie LeCourt De Billot – Captain


To watch the event live streaming go to #Denmark #isaworlds #surfingaouthafrica.

SA SUP Team For 6th ISA World SUP Championships Announced

SA SUP Team For 6th ISA World SUP Championships Announced

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Denmark will be the host nation for the upcoming ISA SUP & Prone World Champs. Credit:


Surfing South Africa is proud to announce that the Board of Directors has ratified the selection of the members of the national SUP team which will represent South Africa at the 6th ISA World Stand-Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championships to be held in Denmark from 31st of August to the 10th September 2017.


The national team to represent South Africa at the ISA World Championships is made up of athletes, coaches and management from Kwazulu – Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Dylan Frick, Gary Van Rooyen, Tamsyn Foster and Khara Doyle (All Western Cape) will compete in the SUP Surfing discipline, Dylan Frick, Kimon Dos Santos (Western Cape), Chris Couve (Gauteng), Team Captain Jacqueline De Billot (Kwazulu-Natal), Rolande Williamson (Kwazulu-Natal) will participate in the SUP Racing discipline while Candice Murray (Western Cape) and Kit Beaton (Western Cape) will compete in the Prone Paddleboard racing division.

The Team Manager is Jarryd Doyle (Western Cape) and the team Coach is Shayne Chips (Kwazulu-Natal).



Cape Town’s Dylan Frick going head to head with the Danish Viking & ISA Vice-President, Casper Steinfath. Pic Credit: Ben Reed (Location: Fiji 2016)

The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship has become one of the International Federation’s fastest growing competitions, with Denmark expected to see record participation in terms of number of countries and athletes participating. This year’s event, which will be hosted across the two cities and take place for the first time in Europe, will showcase the discipline’s top athletes competing in stunning and iconic Danish locations.

The event will kick off with SUP and Paddleboard Distance and Sprint Racing events held on the historic canals of the Danish capital Copenhagen, right in front of iconic venues including the Opera House and Royal Theater. The championship will then move to Vorupør, situated in the northwest coast of the country in an area known as “Cold Hawaii”, celebrated for its excellent wave conditions and unique surf & SUP culture.  Cold Hawaii will be the site of the SUP Surfing and SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races straight off Vorupør’s popular and picturesque beaches.

SUPSA President Dave Maxwell commented “ This year the World Championship is being held in Europe for the first time and it will therefore be another new and exciting chapter in the short history of competitive Stand Up Paddling. SUPSA welcomes the revision to the team composition made by the ISA which allows equal participation by women in the event and is proud to celebrate this moment with the appointment of our first woman Team Captain this year, Jackie De Billot. We are excited to watch the progress of this year’s team which has a good blend of youth and experience as they compete in Denmark.”


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 International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for the sport. For more information about SSA visit


Robin de Kock

SSA General Manager



For further information on SUPSA and the National SUP & Paddleboard team please contact Dave Maxwell on



2017 ISA WSUPPC: Team Size Increase and Event Details

2017 ISA WSUPPC: Team Size Increase and Event Details



Dear ISA Members,
The ISA is writing today to share important information regarding the upcoming 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) to be held in Denmark from September 1-10th!

Please read the following information carefully and contact the ISA with any questions.

The ISA has decided to expand the opportunities available to women at the 2017 ISA WSUPPC by allowing the same number of entries per discipline as the men. As a result, please note that the team size has increased from 15 total athletes to 18. Subsequently we have reduced the paddleboard division to 1 athlete per gender. All changes to the team size can be seen in BOLD below.

Team Size: Equal Size for Women and Men

  • 9 Men
  • 9 Women
  • Alternates, Team Officials and Team Supporters- no limit

Competitors Per Discipline:

  • SUP Surfing: Men (2), and Women (2)
  • SUP Racing Technical: Men (2), and Women (2)
  • SUP Racing Distance: Men (2), and Women (2)
  • SUP Sprint Race: Men (1), and Women (1)
  • Paddleboard Racing Technical: Men (1), and Women (1)
  • Paddleboard Racing Distance: Men (1), and Women (1)

Competitors for Special Event:

  • ISA Team Paddle Relay:
    • SUP Racing: Men (1), Women (1)
    • Paddleboard: Men (1), Women (1)

COURSE DETAILS: Location and Distance

  • SUP and Prone Distance Racing Course
    • Location: Copenhagen
    • Distance: approximately 18-20km
  • SUP Sprint Race Course
    • Location: Copenhagen
    • Distance: 200m
  • SUP Surfing
    • Location: Nr. Vorupør, Cold Hawaii
  • SUP and Prone Tech Racing Course
    • Location: Nr. Vorupør, Cold Hawaii
    • Distance: approximately 3km
  • Team Paddle Relay
    • Location: Nr. Vorupør, Cold Hawaii
    • Distance: between 400- 1000m per relay leg

**The ISA Contest Director reserves the right to make necessary changes to any course or schedule due to conditions related to the safety of competitors.

**Exact maps will be provided as soon as course details have been set

All teams are strongly encouraged to read the full event and equipment details in the current ISA Rulebook

**Subject to change by the ISA

  • Tues., Aug. 29 – Thurs, Aug 31: Copenhagen
    • On-Site Registration
    • Managers Meeting at 7pm on Aug 31
  • Fri., Sept 1: Copenhagen
    • Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony
  • Sat, Sept 2: Copenhagen
    • SUP and Prone Distance Races (both Men and Women)
    • *Men and Women will have two different start times; one in the morning, one in the afternoon. Therefore, it WILL be possible to share racing boards between genders
  • Sun., Sept 3: Copenhagen
    • SUP Sprint Race (both Men and Women)
    • Awards Ceremony for Distance and Sprint Races
    • Buses depart Copenhagen for Nr. Vorupør, Cold Hawaii – our Event Hosts are providing complimentary transportation to all registered athletes, team officials, and equipment from Copenhagen to Cold Hawaii (about a 5 hour drive).
  • Mon., Sept 4: Nr. Vorupør, Cold Hawaii
    • Ceremony
  • Tues, Sept 5 – Sunday, Sept 10: Nr. Vorupør, Cold Hawaii
    • SUP Surfing, SUP Technical Races, Prone Technical Races, Team Relay
    • Schedule TBD depending on conditions
    • Closing Ceremony immediately following the final heat/race on Sunday, Sept 10
  • Mon, Sept 11:
    • Team buses return to Copenhagen from Nr. Vorupør, Cold Hawaii
    • *Buses are not expected to arrive in Copenhagen until the afternoon on Monday, Sept 11. Please plan your travel accordingly. If you need to be back earlier, you will be required to provide your own transportation.


  • SUP Surfing-No weight or length restrictions
  • SUP Racing-Technical and Distance: 12’6″ and Under; no weight restrictions (see explanation below)
  • Paddleboard-Technical and Distance: 12′ and Under; no weight restrictions
  • All Boards:
    • Single hull
    • Stationary/non-correctional fins
    • Fin box allowed
  • Equipment is the responsibility of the teams and will be officially checked at designated times prior to its use in competition.
  • Athletes must supply their own equipment.
  • The ISA will provide local board transport

SUP RACING BOARD SIZE: Clarification of Decision
After examining the feedback from our ISA Members regarding preferred board size, the ISA has decided to continue the use of 12’6 SUP Racing Boards for 2017. The reasoning is as follows:

  • The results of the survey of ISA Members were inconclusive and do currently reflect a preference for 14’
  • Adopting 14’ would clearly favor the developed nations who have the means and resources to ship larger boards to DEN
  • 12’6” boards are more suited to the wave/ocean conditions in Nr. Vorupør, Cold Hawaii
  • The question of the best world-wide solution for the boards requires further study and the ISA will take active steps moving forward to review, monitor and consult the stakeholders as we look ahead to future WSUPPCs


  • The ISA and Event Host strongly encourage all teams to research and coordinate necessary shipment of boards as soon as possible.
  • Due to the restrictions with airlines, it is very likely that many boards will need to be cargo shipped well in advance of the event. Please look into options now.

For more details including the next steps to register, Anti-Doping, event site information, etc., please visit the ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship page on the ISA Website. (Click Here!)

We look forward to seeing you in Denmark!


International Surfing Association

Help Get Our SA SUP Team To The ISA World Champs in Fiji

Help Get Our SA SUP Team To The ISA World Champs in Fiji

Help get Our SA SUP Team to the ISA World Champs in Fiji. Here is how you can get involved. There are some great deals and huge discounts on products such as SUP’s, Roxy & Quiksilver wetsuits, surf lessons, Island style starter kit, team building packages and more. Purchase one of these and know the funds are going towards supporting your SA Team!

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SA SUP and Prone Paddleboard Fundaraiser Update

SA SUP and Prone Paddleboard Fundaraiser Update

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Bula – Welcome!

On behalf of the WTF (Way To Fiji) KZN members of SUP Team South Africa – a very BIG thank you to everyone that stepped up and selflessly supported us in our efforts to raise funds at our Fundraiser event held at S43, Durban, on Thursday 8th September 2016.

We received an absolutely outstanding response to our ticket sales, which ended up in 146 people attending including our loyal local SUPérs, business men and supporters – great to see so many wives, girlfriends and partners contributing to the glamour! This type of support is truly amazing.

The evening kicked off at 17h30 with a welcoming “Springbok” shooter to get you in the mood! (this Springbok went down much better than the unfortunate Springbok game that followed over the weekend…

Registration was manned by Caraline and Les, who did a marvellous job as the Guests arrived including managing the Raffle tickets, Burger and Beer tickets and not forgetting to take the Mula! Lande & Jenna as well as Malec & Chantel – worked the room punting additional much needed raffle tickets too, (who could resist the charms!) thanks guys!

The atmosphere was festive and you could feel the excitement building in the air, two beautiful and Naish SUP boards hanging from the ceiling and a massive table filled with prizes to be auctioned and raffled during the course of the evening including the massive ‘’one of a kind’’ long-board care of Brandon Ribbink (could not have been easy letting that icon go to the highest bidder!)

Burgers and Beers were being served and some really good “Home brewed’’ Craft beers from the in-house S43 Brewery. A generous prize was an S43 tour for 10 and as much beer as you can drink…. This was snapped up fairly quickly!

The main draw card kicking off the evening was Twig Baker and Brandon Ribbink both legends of the Sea… Twig of course being a World Champ big wave rider and Brandon a World Champ paddle boarder (both these men have an incredible pedigree going back many, many years and needed little introduction.)

The Question and Answer between Twig and Brandon was very enlightening, Brandon with a hidden talent for interviewing put forward some entertaining and pertinent questions and Twig proved to be an entertaining and insightful respondent, giving the audience a real feel for life on the circuit of the legendary Big Wave spots around the World. The crowd was riveted (Albeit a few party revellers at the back who engaged in deep meaningful raucousness!

As our very talented DJ spilled out the tunes the vibe was almost ready for the start of the Big AUCTION and raffles, this is what everyone had been waiting for.

Deon hit that MIC like no other, he has definitely found a new talent, some bidders found themselves at the end of some very pointed looks and cajoling as Deon squeezed every last cent out of those deep pockets, well done Deon
‘’exceptional’’ is an understatement! Sharon was hard pressed to run after those lucky, successful bidders to record their details before recollection of bids was lost in the revelry, great job! (anybody needing Deon over the following few days needed a pen and paper as the voice was long spent from the exertion of the night!) Thank goodness, he can rest until our Prize giving at the end of November.

A really great and successful evening was had, we raised R14 600 on our door takings, R66 400 on our Auction and around R10 000 on our raffle tickets. Take a bow one and all!

Special mention please to-
· The ‘engine room’ behind the scenes crew of volunteers, not already mentioned above – you are all absolute stars!
· The individuals and corporates who donated amazing lucky draws and raffles – incredible and diverse gems were won on the night and we sincerely hope the bidders who dug deep are more than happy with their winnings.
· Black-Coffee donated their time, energy and state of the art equipment to ensure a professional and eye-opening experience for all.
· James the DJ once again kept the crowd energised and impromptu dance moves were the order of the day!
· The S43 crew of bar tenders and waitrons were on the ball and ensured glasses were kept full and the burgers went down a treat indeed.
· Brand House for the Springboks at the door, setting the mood!
· Lastly, to everybody that endured the push and pull from yours truly, Manager of Team S.A, your patience resulted in a resounding success!

Thanks again and keep an eye out for further updates as we progress towards the grand departure for Fiji – with this kind of support behind the Team Medals are sure to follow!




Ange Whittle | Team Manager