We are all really looking forward to seeing you all on a start line in 2021
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".
I fell in love with SUP back in 2016 when I was scratching around Geneva one day trying to find things to do, the bar was shut so I gave SUP a go on the lake until the bar opened up.
It wasn't long before I took up SUP racing after spending many hours and weekends going round and round in circles learning and training @LeybourneLakes. The London APP Tour event @ Royal Docks was my first event, then spending my first full season on the Naish N1SCO GBSUP series and now moving into the 14' classes with SIC MAUI London.
Promoting the SUP racing scene as much as possible across the UK and in Kent helping the community to grow, bringing this amazing sport to many more people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After joining the Bray Lake Watersports team in 2017 it wasn't long before I was getting my first taste of SUP. Being one of their main activities at the lake, my role in managing their marketing activity was focused on building their social audience promoting the lessons, racing and the SUP Club.
Putting my media and sports background together has allowed me to grow their social footprint and help other businesses as well. I run various Instagram and Facebook channels for a number of pubs and my husband Scott's SUP business, Haywood Sports.
It's through Bray Lake and Scott's racing that I become involved in the national racing scene and GBSUP, and I'm looking forward to covering the events in 2021.
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 2021 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.
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. In 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.