NSW Stand Up Paddleboard Titles: Port Stephens has been invaded

The first ever NSW Stand Up Paddleboard Titles is coming to Port Stephens this July, with the states best ready to fire.

Having ridden a wave of popularity, across the globe, over the past decade, stand-up paddleboarding has etched its way firmly into the sphere of competitive and recreational surfing, culminating with this inaugural event.

The hybrid discipline, which takes inspiration from surfing, skiing, wakeboarding and skateboarding, continues to rapidly evolve and grow in popularity.

With approximately 50 competitors competing for prestigious state titles and the opportunity to compete at the Australian Stand Up Paddleboard Titles, which will be held as part of the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival at Port Macquarie in August, spectators and event organisers are looking forward to what’s in store.

"We're delighted to be hosting the inaugural NSW Stand Up Paddle Board titles and are very much looking forward to a collaborative partnership with Surfing NSW to develop Port Stephens as a destination for competitors and enthusiasts of this growing style of surfing, " Events Port Stephens Co-ordinator, Jody O'Brien said.

"With such a diverse range of people taking up the sport, Port Stephens is a great destination for families and friends to enjoy whilst competition is on, with plenty of great activities to explore, both on and off the water,” O’Brien added.

Recognised as one the finest surfing and tourist destinations on the NSW coastline, Port Stephens will provide the perfect backdrop for such a prestigious event with One Mile Beach the prime location for competition.

“Port Stephens is an excellent surf location and will provide the perfect venue for the State’s best Stand Up Paddleboarders to strut their stuff,” said Surfing NSW Operations Manager, Peter Hunt.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with Port Stephens Council through Events Port Stephens and Business Port Stephens to host the inaugural NSW SUP Titles at Port Stephens.”

“We are committed to working with Port Stephens Council to build the event in 2011 and beyond into a broader Stand Up Paddleboard Festival featuring additional divisions and events held around the competition over a full weekend,” he added.

With the best watermen, and women, including showcasing the emerging sport, Constable was in great touch, showing no signs of fatigue after winning his fifth Australian Longboard title just a day earlier.

The NSW Stand Up Paddleboard Titles is proudly supported by Port Stephens Council, Events Port Stephens, Business Port Stephens, Samurai Beach Resort and Surfing NSW.

SBOX: surfer's black box | Photo: ZigZag Magazine

In the future of surfing, the speed of surf rides will be one of the top issues of performance and judging.

That's why there's a new technology hitting the wave peaks. SBOX is the company behind this GPS tracking system tested in the Xcel Pro Showdown at Supertubes, South Africa.

Windsurfers and kiteboarders are already using similar ways of measuring speed. In the next months, surfers will be able to watch how they performed in 3D terrain digital maps. The speed records, the highest aerials and the trajectories.

The first tests registered a top speed of 83 km/h and a 306m distance ride. Not bad. The SBOX equipment is being upgraded to lighter and more intelligent devices.

In the future, you will be able to connect a GoPro Camera to this speedometer and download all the data needed to improve your surfing skills.

Charly Martin: too shy to appear

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe will be sanctioning its first Regional Specialty Event with the 6.0 Cash For Tricks this summer, a series of four events taking place in Europe and bringing a new, fresh and progressive format of competition to its calendar.

Aiming at pushing the boundaries of progressive surfing by gathering a pool of both ASP professional athletes and local rising talents, the 6.0 Cash for Tricks events will see an explosion of flying maneuvers and spectacular surfing, with incredible every trick being rewarded with cash.

From Seignosse (July 2 to 5) in France to Zarautz (Aug. 31 to Sep. 5) in the Basque Country, including Anglet (Aug. 9 to 12) and Lacanau (Aug. 17 to 22), the 6.0 Cash for Tricks concept will see ASP European stars such as former ASP Dream Tour member Tim Boal (Anglet, FRA) take on the best rising talents for an explosive cocktail of “new school surfing”.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to compete in a new kind of event,” Boal said. “The commitment of Nike 6.0 in bringing a new format is great for the tour and gives variety to the already solid ASP Star and Prime events’ tour in Europe. The combination of both will make it even more exciting.”

In a beach party atmosphere at France and Spain’s popular beaches of Seignosse, Anglet, Lacanau and Zarautz, the 6.0 Cash For Tricks will bring together world-class surfing with a relaxed nonetheless exciting approach as the battle between ASP athletes and local stars take place.

“It is very exciting to see the world’s sports’ brand leader join surfing in Europe,” ASP Europe Regional manager Greg Puget said. “With its specific format and the attendance of both professional athletes and up-and-coming local talents, the 6.0 Cash for Tricks events is an added-value to the action-packed ASP European Star and Prime events.”

Offering an overall prizepurse of €40.000, the 6.0 Cash for Tricks will reward the most creative and progressive surfers, the 60-man competition format allowing a short-running time for a non-stop action display.

Invited by Nike 6.0 and having already confirmed their attendance are European leaders Tim Boal, Patrick Beven (FRA), and Marlon Lipke (DEU), joined by renowned progressive surfers Romain Laulhé (FRA), Borja Agote (EUK), Frederico Morais (PRT), Tom Cloarec (FRA) or Andre Silva (BRA). With a list of sixty invitees to be put-up before the first event kicks-off in July, the show is guaranteed to be exceptional.