Sunday, October 31, 2010

SUP Australia Inc Website

Things are progressing well.

1. The SUP Australia Inc website is now up.

It's very basic at the moment. We will be reformatting, adding in other information including sponsorships pages, advertising etc.

Friday, October 29, 2010


"War on Water"

Noosa's own Laguna Bay Longboards will sponsor the biggest ever stand up paddle
division at the 2011 Noosa Festival of Surfing. In a joint announcement,
Laguna's Tully St John and festival director Phil Jarratt said the expansion of
the division was in keeping with the tremendous growth of stand up around the

The four-year-old Stand Up Paddle Pro surfing event will be joined by amateur
divisions for seniors (over 45) and women, plus a 5-kilometre "loop" race on
Laguna Bay prior to the Festival's opening ceremony on Sunday, 13 March.

"We wanted the SUPS at the Noosa Festival to reflect what's happening
everywhere in the world of stand up," said Tully St John. "That is, everyone is
doing it, from surfers of all ages to serious watermen and surf paddlers, from
kids to mums who see it as a great workout. Laguna Bay Longboards SUPS will
cater to all of them, and we expect to attract stand up paddlers from all over."

Festival director Phil Jarratt said he was delighted that a local surf company
had come in as sponsor. "Under his various surfboard brands, Tully has been a
major player in the local industry for quite a while now, and it's great to see
him developing SUPS alongside traditional surfboards. While stand up has
developed a life of its own in many land-locked places, on our coasts we want
to see it grow side by side with surfing, and so does our governing body,
Surfing Australia. We're all from the same tribe, and the Laguna Bay SUPS
division at the Noosa Festival will demonstrate that."

Tully said he had been inspired by recent stand up paddle races, such as the
Battle of the Paddle in Hawaii and California, to work with surf club officials
in creating a loop course close to the beach, so that spectators could watch
the entire race "up close and personal". Competitors will paddle five times
around a one-kilometre triangular course, punctuating each circuit with a beach
sprint. "Racing is always thrilling when you've got the paddle in your hands,"
Tully said, "But we want to make it just as exciting for the spectators." The
Battle of the Paddle at Doheny Beach, California in early October, broke
spectator records with almost 10,000 people gathering to watch a thrilling
race, with more than 800 competitors in the water.

Entry forms for the Laguna Bay Longboards Stand Up Paddle division are now
available on-line at the festival site, or you can download the attached form
and fax to 07 5473 5974. For further information phone the hotline.

Other divisions now open are:

Fin-Free Pro, Noserider Pro, Tandem Open, Family Challenge HOTLINE: 07 5473 5676

Thursday, October 28, 2010

SUP Australia Inc. Peak Body Finally Born!!!

SUP Australia Inc. Peak Body Finally Born!!!

Standup Paddlesurfing in Australia has been crying out for a national association and finally due to the hard work and dedication of Tania Nesbitt, SUP Australia Inc. has been born. The aim of the association is to provide rules, regulation and training in the sport and support clubs with start-up as well as providing competitively priced insurance packages. The association will also consult with local councils on SUP School accreditation and genral requirements.

The progress so far..

  • 7 Clubs have come onboard.
  • Former ASP Head Judge Perry Hatchett has come onboard to compile the rules & regs.
  • The surfing rules will follow the criteria as set by the SUP World Tour. (See Details HERE)
  • Sponsorship being finalised.
  • Event program being prepared, expect at least one major event before the end of the year!

The current Board Of Directors are:

  • Jamie Mitchell
  • Will Anido
  • Darren Borg
  • Simon Dodd
  • Andrew Cassidy
  • Stuart Murray
  • Paul Jackson
  • Jodie Marsh
  • Woogie Marsh

The association is on the lookout for representives from WA, TAS, SA & VIC to sit on the board.

All interested parties can contact Tania at

Living the Stoke Movie...

Just a few days short of a year from when we filmed the trip....Finally it's out Here's the link to the trailer and the e-broucher for the Australian Premier , hope you enjoy the fantastic vision and original Australian sounds tracks. Please forward this to your friends...

Click here to watch the trailer>>

Monday, October 25, 2010

King of the Coast 2010

Race 6 AORS
Saturday 30th October 2010

9.30am - 10.15amKen Wallace Paddling Clinic CLARK PARK River Esplanade (Race finish area).
10.30am - 12.30pmPre-race registration at Moffat headland. Pickup race top , timing anklet and Goodie bag, drink voucher.
1.20pmRace briefing for all
1.30pmRACE START ALL AWAY Moffats Beach
From 1.30pmManufacturer and product stalls, bbq, drinks, music, jumping castle, face painting at O'Connor's Beach Park - Mooloolaba; gold coin donation to SC Children's Therapy Centre
2.20pmFirst competitors may start to arrive at Point Cartwright
3.30pmDash for Cash followed straight after by Presentations

Race Information:
Race will commence from Moffat Beach at 1.30pm sharp. Registration will be at race start 9am - 11am.
Briefing 15 mins prior to start Moffat Beach.
The course will be approximately 16kms long from Moffat Headland to inside the Mooloolaba Marina straight to waters front of O'Connor's Beach Park (past The Wharf tavern Mooloolaba) through Think Kayak sand Finish and over timing plate.
Race date is 30th October 2010.
King of the coast is now proud to be a part of the Australian Racing Series.
The AORS is a national series incorporating 10 ocean racing events. The series will travel around the country to Australia's most popular beaches showcasing men and women competing in a variety of categories in the only ocean racing series of its kind. The time of start may differ depending upon wind conditions and starting point. Information we will endeavor to deliver by text and email so please add mobile and emails numbers to registration and/or check website for updates.
****Updated information: please note that 'the Twist' Teams and Double race has been cancelled from the AORS event program this season so there will be no Double Championships. So too has the Lion Island Challenge.

Updated info: Competitors will take their best 6 results from 10 races which will decide the national champion in the various categories as outlined below.
All events will be awarded equal points with the exception of the Doctor which will be awarded double points.
The Finn Kayaks Coastal Challenge is a teams event and will have points awarded towards the AORS series points.
*Double points awarded for the Doctor

  • Open
  • Open Women
  • Under 20 Men
  • Under 20 Women
  • Over 40 Men
  • Over 40 Women
  • Over 50 Men
  • Under 20ft craft Men
  • Under 20ft craft Women
  • Mixed Double
  • SUP Open board size Men
  • SUP Open board size Women
  • SUP 12'6 and under Men
  • SUP 12'6 and under Women
  • Paddleboard Open board size Men
  • Paddleboard Open board size Women
  • OC1 Men
  • OC1 Women
  • OC1 u/21 (KOTC only)

  • Category Descriptions
    Under 20 ft Any craft under 20ft for example Think craft, Fenn XT, Epic Sport, all Spec Ski's, Plastics
    Under 20 Must be 20 or under as of the first AORS event of the series
    Over 40 Must be 40 or over as of the first AORS event of the series
    Over 50 Must be 50 or over as of the first AORS event of the series

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    Noosa OC1 OC2 QLD Series Race

    Noosa outrigger Canoe Club OC1 OC2 QLD Series Race

    NOCC is delighted to be hosting the 4th race of the 2010 AOCRA SQZ series for OC-1s and OC-2s plus surfskis and SUPs. Last year the weather was very kind to us and offered a challenging and testing event for all paddlers especially those in the long course. Let's hope for similar conditions again this year.

    In line with AOCRA SQZ's recommendations, our regatta will comprise a short course of 8km which will be run within the confines of Laguna Bay (but hopefully incorporate some downhill run), a number of shorter courses for the juniors and an 20km long course which will extend beyond the Noosa National Park headland and work down the coast and back.

    If conditions are too windy or dangerous the courses can be changed to the bay or moved to the river so there will be a race of some description irrespective of the weather.

    As always we would appreciate paddlers entering early to enable us to arrange appropriate numbers of support craft which is never easy at the best of times.

    We look forward to big turn out and fair weather for a great day in Noosa.


    Race headquarters will be located at Noosa Main Beach, west of the Middle Groyne. Access to the beach is from Claude Batten Drive which is a continuation of Hastings Street.

    07:30 Briefing for Short (8km) Course

    07:45 Start of SUPs Short Course

    08:00 Start of OC-1/2 all divisions including 19U OC-1, 16U OC-2 and surfskis

    09:15 Briefing for all Junior courses

    09:30 Start 14U OC-1 and 12U OC-2 (2km)

    10:15 Start 12U OC-1 (1km)

    10:45 Start 16U OC-1 and 14U OC-2 (4km)

    11:45 Briefing for Long (20km) Course

    12:15 Start of OC-1/2 all divisions including 19U OC-2 and surfskis

    12:30 Junior prize presentations.

    High Tide: 07:50 (1.80 m) Low Tide: 14:03 (0.52 m)

    Full Moon

    Race Location.

    The start and finish of all events will be located just off the beach to the left (West) of the Middle Groyne. Make sure you come to the race briefing for details.

    The registration tent will be positioned at the back of the beach just to the left (West) of the middle groyne of Noosa Main Beach. Direct access is via the first car park on the right as you drive down Claude Batten Drive.

    This is a small car park and will not accommodate all paddlers' vehicles but there is a host of other car parks on both sides of Claude Batten Drive.

    Please do not block the emergency access to the beach at the first car park which leads to the life guard tower, thank you.

    Entry Fees

    Entries should be done on line before the day of the race. If you enter late evening there is chance we won't receive your online rego so please do before end of business on Friday 22nd October. Thank you. We will not be accepting cash on the day.

    Senior paddler: $16 per race

    Junior paddler: $10 per race

    Ski/SUP (AOCRA Member): $16 per race

    Ski/SUP (non AOCRA Member): $16 plus $20 AOCRA Fee (Insurance)


    All paddlers should ensure they both sign in and sign out at the registration desk. This will assist in the accuracy of the results and for safety reasons.

    Each paddler should ensure s/he has a lifejacket on the canoe or on their person and that the canoe has a leg leash.

    Please don't make us disqualify paddlers, as we have had to in the past, due to the lack of safety equipment. We will have club members checking canoes as they leave the beach and as they return.

    Medals for juniors

    Medals for juniors 16 and under will be presented at 12.30am during the running of the long course race.


    The tentative courses are as shown. However, these may change depending on prevailing weather conditions, and other factors with the race director's decision being final. If the race needs to be moved to the river the launch site is but a short walk away and there would be no need to move your vehicles.


    There will be no food tent at the event. However, there is no need for you to go hungry as there is a food court, supermarket and no end of cafes down on Hastings Street all within a short walk of the venue.

    Noosa Race Maps

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010


    We have new contact details

    Cell: 0412 598 929

    Oiwi Shirts for Sale!!

    New 'Oiwi Ocean Gear Apparel.

    Our mission at ‘Ōiwi is to provide functional, attractive apparel for paddlers and ocean sport enthusiasts. One definition of ‘ōiwi means native in the Hawaiian language and our designs capture the unique lifestyle of the Hawaiian islands.

    Over 95% of our products are cut, sewn, and printed in the U.S.A. We pride ourselves in partnering with U.S. companies to bring our products to market. All products have been developed and designed by ’Ōiwi in Hawai‘i.

    With the Summer Heat on its way get yourself into a 'Oiwi Paddling top
    Wahine Cap Sleeve

    Sleeveless Mens Cut
    Wahine, Tane Long Sleeve

    Ōiwi Ocean Gear produces custom apparel for canoe clubs, SUP Clubs, schools, and teams. ‘Ōiwi has been worn by many of the foremost paddling clubs and crews in the world, including Lanikai Canoe Club, Kai ‘Ōpua, Kailua Canoe Club, Hawaiian Canoe Club, Alapa Hoe Canoe Club, New York Outrigger, Wai Nui Kanaka and in recent years Team Bradley, the women’s championship crew that won the recent Na Wahine O Ke Kai, the famed Moloka‘i to O‘ahu canoe race.

    If you are interested in ordering custom jerseys, pricing, stock colors, and design fees please contact us.
    All custom orders require a 50% deposit of the total invoice.

    If your club/team requires a non-stock color, please ask about our minimums for non-stock colors. If you feel you cannot meet the minimum order for a custom color please contact us. We may be able to fulfill your desired color by pairing your order with another club or organization.

    Jerseys in stock colors are available now and can be ordered through our Australian sales representative Jodie Marsh.