One of the Palm Beach boys, acclaimed big wave charger Ryan Hipwood

Palm Beach Boardriders will be hosting a 40th re-union night at Elevations restaurant on Tallebudgera Creek Saturday night the 6th of June. Doors open at 5.30pm. Come dressed up in your best flairs and turtleneck shirts with prizes for the best dressed, 60s’ & 70s’ theme.

Tickets are available at the door and include drinks and finger food and a night of entertainment with “GAS band” and well known comedian Steve Allison being the MC for the night. Steve will be supported by Lindsay Webb who is currently one of the funniest guys on the comedy club circuit.

The un-veiling of the 40 years “honour board” will be the “show stopper” of the night. The honour board is a celebration of the efforts of past club committee members and club champions. Palm Beach Boardriders was formed in the mid 1960s, but did not have a true identity until affiliating with the Australian Surfing Association of Queensland ASAQ in 1969.

The Palmy lads were well known as being the club to beat in the early years of Queensland club surfing in the 70’s. The club had regular friendly “stoushes” with many clubs from that era, Kirra, Windansea and Manly Pacific. The regular trips away were seen as the guiding force in developing the team spirit that most rival clubs have since found difficult to overcome.

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ISA presents the World Stand Up Paddle Surfing Championship

The International Surfing Association (ISA), World Governing Authority for Surfing and all its disciplines, recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is proud to announce the creation of the first ISA World Stand Up Paddle Surfing Championship in history.

Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) is one of the surfing disciplines that has grown in recent years. Known in Hawaiian as Ku Hoe He'e Nalu, it is considered by many as a “new” way of surfing, but its history actually started long before in Hawaii where the Waikiki Beach Boys used to surf with outrigger paddles. They also used SUP to take pictures of the tourists that were learning to surf.

By early 2000, Hawaiian surfers, including Dave Kalama, Brian Keualana, Rick Thomas, Archie Kalepa and Laird Hamilton, brought the discipline back to life. In less than ten years the popularity of SUP has reached the waves of every corner of the world.

The ISA is aware of the growth of the sport and would like to honor all SUP Surfers their respective medals, crowning for the first time in history a Stand Up Paddle Surfing World Champion.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, one of the masterminds of this initiative commented about the creation of this World Championship: “Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) has had an explosive growth in the last 2 years. It’s a great complement for regular surfing, especially for those days with small waves. It can be practiced in almost any body of water. We are honored to be launching the inaugural ISA Stand Up Paddle Surfing World Championship.”

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British Stand Up Paddle Association

BSUPA is pleased to announce the entry forms for the Second Round of the 2009 Series at Gwithian Beach near St Ives, Cornwall are now online. To be held on the weekend of 6th/7th June hosted by Sunset Surf.

We will be running a SUP Surfing Contest (providing the waves are good enough). Regardless of waves an SUP Distance race will be held for all categories (men’s, women’s and juniors) There is a max board length of 12’6” on all BSUPA distance events held this year.

Results for both the Surf and Distance events will go towards the final 2009 Championship.

A series of short sprint races may be run for fun if time allows. This format was trialed for the first time at West Wittering. It was a lot of fun for both spectators and those taking part.

You can now enter online by following the link below or print out the entry form and send it with a cheque payable to BSUPA to BSUPA. 208 Whyke Road, Chichester. Po19 7AQ.

Please be sure to enter in advance as there will be a £5 admin cost for anyone entering on the day. All entrants must as always be paid up members of BSUPA.

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