About GBSUP
We are the National stand up paddleboard race series and our mission is to support the growth of racing in the UK.

Meet the Team

Mark

Mark Price

I've been SUPing since 2010, racing since Feb 2013 and have instructed cat sailing, kiteboarding and fitness as well as Directing the National Freestyle Kiteboard Champs in 2006. I'm also a Co-Director of SALTWALK the TRENT100 and the SUPX Games. I tend to get carried away with most things so that along with studying sports science and business at uni has helped me take my passion for adventure and parties to great places to meet amazing people. I am really looking forward to seeing you all on a start line in 2018.
Phil

Phil Mather

I've been paddling since 2013 and got hooked straight away starting racing within a year of getting on the water. I've helped out with UK SUP from 2016 and am one of the organisers of the Epic Big Ben Challenge and Race. I've SUPed across the English Channel and if you want to find me I will usually be out on the Mighty Thames enjoying our Capital City. By day I pretend to be a Computer Engineer".

Competition Committee

Andrea Richardson

Andrea Richardson

I first got on a paddle board in spring 2015 and immediately fell in love with the sport, the training, and the sup community. I enjoy teaching others the joys of SUP as a BSUPA Instructor. In 2016 I achieved a 3rd place at the Head of Dart and in 2017 after a fantastic year, I won female Champion at both the N1SCO National and European Championships. In 2018 I joined the Naish UK Rider team and also took on the role of Naish UK Team Manager.
Dr Bryce Dyer

Dr Bryce Dyer

I am an avid SUP paddler and academic whose research field is the philosophy, design or performance analysis of technology used in elite sport. I have competed to national or international level across 6 different sports.
Fiona Batson

Fiona Batson

Hi, I’m Fiona and was introduced to SUP more than 10yrs ago. Since 2015 have organised the British SUP Club Champs and more recently taken on the Head of the Dart as well as coordinating the SUP programme for the National Water Sports Festival plus help Bray Lake Watersports with their club racing. I am keen to help grow participation in the UK race scene by having fun, friendly, well organised events that paddlers enjoy taking part in.
Glenn Eldridge

Glenn Eldridge

I firmly believe that everyone is capable of getting out in the sea experiencing things they would never have thought able to when given the right tuition and support – the Ocean Skills Clinic is the perfect way to do this. As a grommet I would take every opportunity to get in the sea, cycling six miles to Fistral beach armed with a boogie board, fluorescent zinc sunblock and enough jam sandwiches to keep me going for twelve hours! I have spent a life time immersed in the ocean, competing, working as a professional beach lifeguard in the UK and Australia. As a result I have developed a unique set of skills; together with my Sports Science Masters degree I am able to pass on a wealth of practical information combined with the latest in sport science research.
Nick Watt

Nick Watt

I founded BaySUP with Matt French & Dennis Mears after a a forum thread where a few guys were talking about setting up clubs in various areas. We all paddled in the same area and we could see the potential so after a few more posts, we met in September 2009 for our first paddle which went from Durley Chine to Boscombe and back. BaySUP was born. Myself and BaySUP believe passionately in grass roots level competition. Each year we see people come to our series to do their first races and it’s a great feeling when you see them get the bug and start racing nationally. Now it’s a case of growing and developing it which will take time! It’s a good idea to get a committee as soon as you can so you can steer things in the right direction as well as get help with tasks. The club network is the lifeblood of the sport and fundamental to the future. It’s not rocket science and we are not inventing the wheel here, we are just doing what is done in other watersports in the UK and around the globe. Hopefully being able to secure funding through Sport England to benefit paddlers has to be a key part to the growth.
Kerry Baker

Kerry Baker

I’m Kerry and I have been supping since 2010. I started racing during the winter of 2014 at the mighty BaySUP Frostbite Race Series and the welcome was so warm I have never looked back. 2015 I raced 12’6” finishing 3rd with UKSUP 2016 I entered the world of Naish One Design racing finishing 1st 2017 was a dreamy one competing for my adopted country Wales at the ISA Worlds in Denmark as a Naish team rider. My best result was 13th in the Sprints. I also raced 14’ UK SUP and finished joint 1st with my compadre Sarah Thornely.

During the last 2 years I have been developing https://www.islandsup.org/ here on the beautiful Barry Island, south Wales. Our aim is to share our love of SUP with our local community and beyond.

By day I go by the name of Miss Baker attempting to pull off a career as a teacher and be mum to my beautiful boy Noah Buzz.

Media Team

Sarah Thornely

Sarah Thornely

Hi, I’m Sarah and I head up the GBSUP Media Team and SUPjunkie which fully supports our race series. I have been paddling since 2012 and although I never took part in any other sports until I was in my 50’s, I competed in SUP for five years. This culminated in 2017, when I jointly won the National Championships in the UK in the 14’ class. I promptly retired and started to volunteer on the Events Team with GBSUP and SUPjunkie evolved from that.

I am a qualified instructor with the ASI and British Canoeing and still get great pleasure in getting complete beginners on the water. I have learnt to SUP surf and have been paddling an OC1 for nearly a year. I have met some wonderful friends through this lovely sport.
Antony Thornely

Antony Thornely

To be brutally honest, as a cyclist and fond lover of land, mine has not been a calling into the SUP world, more like a inevitable submission (due to my wife's love of the sport!) Over the last few years I have competed in sup.bike.run, UKN1SCO One design racing and the Trent100 Challenge.

The cycling has now taken over but Sarah and I now run SUPjunkie which covers races with live feed and interviews - we have been lucky enough to travel to all corners of the UK and went to China in 2018 with the GB SUPTeam who were competing at the ISA World Championships.

The one thing that is apparent to me is the community feel to the sport. People are looking out for each other and this is what I want to be part of. Antony
Adrian Soper

Adrian Soper

I was a late comer to the sport, when I fell in love with it one summers day in 2016 when I was scratching around trying to find things to do in Geneva and thought i'd give it a go on a small nearby lake.

It was less than a couple of years before I took up SUP racing in 2018 after spending many lost weekends going round and round in circles learning and training on Leybourne Lakes in Kent. It was then I thought it was a good idea to enter the London APP at the Royal Docks, since then I have not looked back. Spending my first season on the Naish N1SCO series in the GBSUP events and then pushing my luck in the 14' classes. Striving to get better year on year.

Giving something back to a sport is always something I aspire to and taking on the role of website captain to help in keeping everyone informed is my current challenge, along with racing of course.
Geoff Mather

Geoff Mather

Hi I'm Geoff Mather and never stood on a SuP paddle board in my life! I'm the guy hiding behind the lens of a camera, having become involved with the sport supporting Philip Mather, my son, at various events.

Formally retired, but have been associated with various forms of photography for the last 20 years or so it seemed a good idea to continue my interests whilst campervanning around the country. Based in Worthing, Sussex I try to cover as many SuP events as time and distance allows see http://suptog.sphericalvisions.co.uk/ for the events I've covered over the last few years.

Other interests include Amateur radio (G8DHE), Panoramic Photography and High Altitude Ballooning."
Jade Rogers

Jade Rogers

I first tried SUP in 2017, and initially said I wasn't going to take it seriously.... just enjoy it as a leisure activity. 12 months later I found myself buying a 14ft race board, taking part in the GBSUP series and UK Paddle Endurance Series, and Round Jersey Island Challenge. Previously I've trained and competed in running, cycling and triathlon, and its great that I've found a water-based sport with a fantastic community and friendly, inclusive events, which I also now love. Most recently SUP took me all the way to Australia, where I took part in the Massive Murray Paddle Marathon (404km over 5 days). Apart from sports, my other main hobby has always been photography - mostly landscape for the last 20 years. Last year (2019) I decided to concentrate on paddling in the longer SUP events and so took the opportunity to join the media team with GBSUP. Very glad I did, as I also enjoy sports photography far more than I expected! I'm now trying to branch out and photograph other events, but am always torn between photographing an event and taking part. I'm very much looking forward to a second season with the GBSUP media team and will also paddle some events myself. I'm based in the South West and am now trying to make photography (outdoor, landscape, travel and sports) my main occupation. My pictures at: www.jaderogersphotography.com
Eugenie Verney

Eugenie Verney

I’m using my background in journalism and marketing communications to lend a hand with media relations and web content.

My love affair with all things SUP began in 2016 with a Fuerteventura intro session and has largely been nurtured at my local lake, Bray, where I also swim open water year-round.

The 2020 season is my third on the GBSUP circuit, and I’ll once again be competing in the Grand Kahuna age category on my trusty 12'6" Starboard Race.

Events Committee

Anni Ridsdill Smith

Anni Ridsdill Smith

Hi, I am Anni and I have been enjoying SUP racing for many years. I was delighted to compete in the UK’s first ever ladies invitational SUP race at the Southampton Boat Show in 2013.

I manage the Frangipani SUP race team in Essex and I’m really keen to help people get into SUP racing, particularly women.

I am a Director and Trainer with the British Stand Up Paddle Association BSUPA and a #ThisGirlCan Ambassador for SUP in Essex. I love meeting people through GBSUP and I look forward to meeting you.
Steve Trott

Steve Trott

I entered the Head of the Dart to see what it was all about and in 2014 found myself racing a Naish One. Since then I’ve pretty much raced as much as I can both in the UK, France, Spain and of course the true Mecca of SUP that is Jersey. For me, it’s more about the social and funnily enough the more events you enter, the more great places you visit whilst meeting great people from all walks of life. Some of my best friends are the people I've had had the fierce battles with somewhere in the middle of the pack. I’m also constantly in ore, not only of the elite girls and guys who win the events but of the those in there late 50’s and 60’s, who are the truly remarkable athletes.
Anna Little

Anna Little

Hi, I’m Anna 😀. I have had a great season last year racing as part of the N1SCO team. I got such a lot out of all the races last season - improving my SUP technique, racing skills, fitness & meeting some fantastic people. I am passionate to get other people on the water so have set up Northern SUP Race Team with help from Sport England. I’m looking forward to recruiting more people, especially folks from the NE into SUP racing this season. Roll on 2018!
Sam Rutt

Sam Rutt

Hi, I’m Samantha I might as well be honest upfront I am a complete and utter SUP addict (it’s a real disorder!) If it’s SUP related you can guarantee I’m either involved in it or doing it...I own Barefoot SUP and am hugely passionate about developing Racing and SUP Fitness I guess being a PT helps...I’ve been lucky enough to train with some of the world's best paddlers which really helps my understanding of SUP and race techniques...I hope having a look at GB SUP has tempted you to race...I promise you won’t regret it
Steve Rutt

Steve Rutt

I’m Steve, I am new to the race scene but loving the training. I train under the guidance of BarefootSUP owned by wife (which obviously helped influence my decision to race) and love nothing more than being on the water no matter what the weather. I’m definitely not a fair weather paddler and very much looking forward to the GBSUP race season. I would recommend this to anyone for the sport, the fun, and friends you make at the events. Hopefully, see you on the water!
Ben Longhurst

Ben Longhurst

I love of all things water which started as a competitive swimmer, a junior member of county squads, soon moving into surf lifesaving, competing at regional and national levels and took part in the World Championships in 1994. Stand Up Paddling was a natural progression for me, joining 2 of my favorite sports. I'm married my long-suffering and the most understanding wife in the world, having spent most of my marriage waiting for me to come out of the water! I manage Cardiff International White Water and I'm the Technical Advisor at the Water Skills Acadamy.

Our Aims

Focus

To have greater focus on distance racing, to appeal to both the experienced and the inexperienced racers and to cater for paddlers across the UK not just the south.

Locations and Dates

To reduce clashes with other short course races, free up the SUP event calendar, bring back the most popular races and work with other races to support the growth of racing.

Governance and Integrity

To work with high standards of governance, communication and integrity and to make our races fully inclusive and a friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.

Common Queries and Questions

GBSUP is run by volunteers as a not for profit organisation. At present we are not affiliated to a Governing Body.
In 2020 the best two out of three races in each series will count to get a national ranking.
Surf Shape, N1SCO, 12’6, 14’0 board classes are recognized within the following age categories; <18, 18-39, 40-49, 50-59 & 60+
You can change board class as many time as you wish during the season but is you want to gain a National Ranking you must finish three races in one class.
Please contact a GBSUP race official or race Director if you have a problem or issue. Our race Directors are Phil Mather and Mark Price.
6. Do I have to be a member of an organisation to race?
You will need your own third party liability insurance in case you cause injury or damage to a third party and you will need a waterways licence for races on inland waters. This can be obtained from British Canoeing by day or annual membership.
Email Us here at GBSUP for any questions involving General SUP, The Series, Entries, Results or Membership.