The 3rd annual NZ SUP festival was an exciting two-day race event attracting paddlers from NZ, Australia and Tahiti to battle it out on the sparkling waters north of the Whangaparoa Peninsula.  Leading the 15km downwinder from Army Bay to Orewa was Jeremy Stephenson on a 14'0 Starboard Ace, followed by Jake Jensen (Aus) on a 12'6 Naish LE.  Jake took out double gold winning the slalom race on day two, while Annabel Anderson dominated the womens field, making it through to finals in the knockout-heat slalom racing at Orewa beach. 

Congratulations to all competitors, especially our new National Champions for 2013:  Paul Davis (12'6), Annabel Anderson (12'6 Women), Greg Barfoot (14'0) and Oliver Houghton (Junior).

See photos from the event on the NZ SUP CHAMPS facebook page and Starboard SUPSNZ Facebook page thanks to Georgia Schofield Photography and Steve Dickinson at Adventure Magazine.

thank you

to the incredible volunteer team who made this event happen - especially Scott Elliott, Shane Murrell, Mike Pirrit and Kate Pirrit, to the wonderful safety team, and to the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club and Tom Burgess of Northern Region Surf Lifesaving for hosting us.

Also a big thank you to our wonderful sponsors: Magrette, Dirty Dog, Ocean Fit Nutrition, Water-in-a-Box, Adventure Magazine, Starboard, Naish, WalkOnWater, Red, SUPCentre, WSP, NZ Boardstore, Pau Hana, Morris Surfboards and Underground Surf.  


12'6 Men

12'6 Women

12'6 Masters

12'6 Juniors

14'0 Open

Surfboard Mens/Womens

Open all

Saturday 23 February
15km Downwind Race from Army Bay in Shakespeare Regional Park to Orewa, or 7km from Tindalls Beach to Orewa. Glide the stunning coastline of the Whangaparoa Peninsula across marine reserves to the golden sands of one of our favourite Auckland beaches. This is the perfect intro to Hawaiian style downwind paddling for those who have been training and competing in course-race events all summer.

Sunday 24 February
Slalom Race
Exciting knockout heat-format slalom racing at Orewa Beach. Competitors will battle it out around a 1.5km technical course in heats of 8-10 paddlers, maneuvering boards in and out of waves and around buoys within 250m of shore. Novice/Surfboard course.
Mixed Relay Race
500m course, each team of four must include one female stand up paddler and one prone paddleboarder, with each team member completing one lap of the course before handing over their race bib to the next team member.
Have-a-go and SUP Expo
8am-3pm. Free stand up paddle demos with NZ's top SUP providers.

Saturday 23 February

Race direction will be confirmed at 9am on
12pm Check in at Orewa Surf Club
Race brief 1.45pm. Race Start 2pm.
15km: 12'6, 12'6 Women, 12'6 Masters (50+), 14'0 and Unlimited classes
7km: 12'6 Juniors (16 and under), Novice and Surfboard classes

All paddlers must wear a leash and carry a PFD.

Sunday 24 January

Slalom Race Orewa Beach
Classes: 12'6 Men, 12'6 Women, 12'6 Masters (50+), 12'6 Masters Women, 12'6 Junior Boys, 12'6 Junior Girls, Surfboard Men, Surfboard Women, 14'0 Class, Novice Men and Novice Women.
All Juniors (16 and under) must wear a PFD.
All paddlers must wear a leash and high vis race vest.

8am SUP Expo and Registration Opens.
All competitors check in with leash (& juniors a PFD).
8.30 Workshop 1: Beginner Surf w Mike Cann

9.15 Workshop 2: Paddle Technique and Resistance Band training w Al Pagel

9.45am Competitor Race Briefing

10am Races start (see board for draw)

10.45 Workshop 3: SUP Stance w Bill Dawes

11.45 Workshop 4: Paddle Technique w James Bradshaw

12.30 Workshop 5: Board construction with Steve Morris

1pm Workshop 6: Intro to Downwinding w Jeremy Stephenson

2pm Workshop 7: Beginner Surf w Mike Cann

3pm Fun Team Relay Race – Inflatable Boards + Paddleboards

4pm Workshop 8: Intermediate Surf w Armie Armstrong

5pm Prizegiving outside Orewa SLSC

Please note the distance race and the slalom races will be awarded separately in all the above classes. Overall NZ champions will be nominated in 14'0, 12'6, 12'6 Masters and 12'6 Junior classes. To qualify for overall titles you must race in the same class on both days. A minimum of 3 entries is required to validate a class.

Online Entries will open 30 January 2013.
Single Race Entry $60
Junior Race Entry $35
Novice/Surfboard $40

Enter the event online


Free SUP Workshops throughout the day from 8.30am on Sunday 24th at Orewa Beach. See the noticeboard at the Expo or facebook for details of time and content for these practical workshops. A range of guest speakers will take you through a variety of topics, from board construction and ding repairs with master-shaper Steve Morris, to beginner surf tips with Mike Cann or Armie Armstrong.

For all enquiries please contact Victoria Stuart (021) 644 129 or Shane Murrell (021) 100 8980

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