Stand Up Paddle Boarding will once again return to Watergate Bay over the weekend of 13th / 14th October to compete in the Extreme Academy 2012 BSUPA National Championship.

BSUPA 2012 watergate bay

Watergate Bay, located on Cornwall’s North Shore with its dramatic towering coastline and natural amphitheater shape is the perfect location for a championships of this nature.

Now in its fourth year, this grass roots event has now grown into a national championship and for this year, titles gained, will go towards GB Team selection for next year’s ISA Worlds to be held in Peru.

Over the course of the two days of competition, men, women and juniors will compete in both stand up surf and open water racing. In addition to the main competition the men will do battle for the additional title of Watergate Bay Waterman, awarded for the male competitor with the highest combined score from the weekend’s competitions.

What is SUP? In simple terms it is a cross between canoeing and surfing. The rider, stands-up on a large style of surfboard, and use a single bladed paddle, to propel himself or herself down the wave or through the water. The paddle can be also used to turn or steer. As the sport evolves so has the equipment. Boards can now range from around 8ft in length for serious SUP Surfers up to 17ft in length for open water, distance racing.

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