Hall of Fame Launch

Here at GBSUP we would like to recognise all the National Series Champions who have won this award since racing began in the UK. We realise the dedication and drive that it takes to commit to training, travelling, turning up and consistently being on the podium in an effort to win the National Championship.

We want to showcase you as a paddler to inspire the next generation and those paddling alongside you, year on year. So please let us know who you are, grab yourselves a great photo and write a short bio giving us the ‘year/s’ and ‘class’ you won and we will get you on our Hall of Fame Podium!

We’ll use the latest champion accolade to highlight in the hall of fame.

2017 Ladies 14' Series Champion - Sarah Thornely

2017 Ladies 14' Series Champion - Sarah Thornely (and full time PA to Mark Price)

I began paddling in 2012 – I still remember stepping on a board and absolutely falling in love with SUP!  Very soon after, I bought my first inflatable and then realised I was quite competitive so bought my first race board which I still have. I raced for five years in the 14′ class and in 2017 jointly won the overall National Championship in that class.  I promptly retired and began my journey with GBSUP and Supjunkie.  I still love everything about paddle boarding! Officially noted as being quicker than Google for social mediaing too…..

2019 Men Grand Kahuna 12' 6 Series Champion - Martin Barlow

2019 Men Grand Kahuna 12' 6 Series Champion - Martin Barlow

I started paddle boarding when I was 59, on holiday in Mission Bay, San Diego. I was hooked so I brought a board as soon as I got home. To improve my skills  I attended an ASI Instructors course led by Steve West. I enjoyed introducing others to the sport and joined AV Sup club, Southampton where I helped with teaching. Helping to run a Sup race on the River Hamble motivated me to enter UK Sup races, endurance events and the GB Sup National series.  I was encouraged to continue racing because of age group recognition. So at the age of 68, I  became the GB Sup National Series, 12’6,  Grand Kahuna for 2019.

2019 Ladies N1SCO Distance Series Champion - Karen Greener

2019 Ladies N1SCO Distance Series Champion - Karen Greener

I started paddle boarding 30th April 2018 and after twice on a board was encouraged to do Emsworth in May 2018 after twice on a board. The friendly sup community and Northern Sup Race team soon had me hooked and I have never looked back since. Fearful of water I have never been confident but I am only now starting to believe in myself. 2019 was an exciting year for me and I look forward to racing and catching up again soon. Thank you GB sup family and UK N1SCO 💕.

2019 Men Technical Series Champion - Mark Salter

2019 Men Technical Series Champion - Mark Salter

2019 was my first full race season. I competed in the 12’6 category which was fantastic fun. I was delighted to win the GB Sup Technical Series and also won 2nd place in the GBSUP Distance Series. I’m trained by my wife Cassie, who is an excellent endurance paddler and coach based in Nottingham. I love all aspects SUP and was hooked from day one. The benefits to mental and physical health are terrific. We’ve been on numerous scenic adventures across the UK. Paddle Boarding is the perfect way to spend free time and it brings people together – the friendships that we’ve made; we never would have met such a wonderful and kind set of people without Paddle Boarding. We’re blessed. I’d very much like to give thanks to the organisers and volunteers of the GBSUP Series events, which are outstanding. For all of us that race, we’re having the time of our lives. Please keep doing what you do for many years to come! Instagram @saltersup For lessons the in Nottingham area it’s: https://www.supfitness.co.uk/ #TeamSUP

2019 Ladies National Sprint Champion - Andrea Richardson

2019 Ladies National Sprint Champion - Andrea Richardson

There have been many many super moments since I started paddling in the summer of 2015. I became a Naish rider in 2018 and I just love their boards. The most memorable races for me were Battle of the Thames 2019 and qualifying for the GB SUP team at the National Sprint Championships’s in 2019, both were mentally and physically challenging. I knew competition would be fierce and even though I was suffering a shoulder injury, I managed to focus in both races and achieved a 1st place in both competitions. Just fantastic.

2019 Ladies Grand Kahuna 12' 6 Series Champion - Susan Jones

2019 Ladies Grand Kahuna 12' 6 Series Champion - Susan Jones

I first saw someone on a paddle board in late 2010 on Hayling Island and thought “I must do that”! First lesson July 2012, first board an RRD inflatable10 foot something, first race at Bray Lake mid October 2012 (I came last) but I was hooked. Hip replacement November 2013, worked hard at rehab to race the 2014 UK SUP season and was 1st Veteran in 12’6 ladies. Realised how much I loved racing!, Retained the title in 2015 and 2016 then in GB SUP series Grand Kahuna (60+) 2018 and 2019. Very sad that the 2020 series is cancelled but I’ll be training hard in the hope of retaining my title in 2021 at the grand old age of 70! “Thank you GB SUP for making all this possible.”

2017 14' Ladies Series Champion - Kerry Baker

2017 14' Ladies Series Champion - Kerry Baker

Hi, 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 and 2017 I raced 14’ UK SUP finishing joint 1st on points with Sarah Thornley. During 2017 I also competed for my adopted country Wales at the ISA Worlds in Denmark which was an incredible opportunity.

2019 Ladies N1SCO Technical Series Champion – Emma Adams

2019 Ladies N1SCO Technical Series Champion – Emma Adams

I started paddle boarding in May 2016 whilst recovering from a skiing accident, it really helped with my physical and mental rehabilitation. I love adventure paddles and long-distance endurance paddling. I did my first N1SCO race in London in June 2018 and was totally hooked on racing from then on! My first GBSUP racing season was in 2019 where I won the N1SCO Ladies’ technical series and came second in the N1SCO Ladies’ distance series. I paddle with SUP Yoga and Fitness in Nottingham where I’m coached by Cassie Salter and supported by the most amazing community of TeamSUP paddlers! The GB SUP races are great fun and I’m looking forward to racing again next year.