Hall Of Fame

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.
 

Sarah Thornely

2017 Ladies 14′ Series Champion

I began paddling in 2012 – I still remember stepping on a board and absolutely falling in love with SUP! Soon after, I bought my first inflatable and then realised I was pretty competitive, so I bought my first race board 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 paddleboarding! Officially noted as being quicker than Google for social mediaing too…..

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Martin Barlow

2019 Men Grand Kahuna 12′ 6 Series Champion

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. I attended an ASI Instructors course led by Steve West to improve my skills.

 

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.

Karen Greener

2019 Ladies N1SCO Distance Series Champion

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 💕.

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Mark Salter

2019 Men's Technical Series Champion

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 of 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 would never 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

Andrea Richardson

2019 Ladies National Sprint Champion

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 in 2019; both were mentally and physically challenging. I knew the competition would be fierce, and even though I was suffering a shoulder injury, I managed to focus in both races and achieved 1st place in both competitions. Just fantastic.

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Enter the Hall of Fame

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!

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Susan Jones

2019 Ladies Grand Kahuna 12′ 6 Series Champion

I first saw someone on a paddleboard in late 2010 on Hayling Island and thought, "I must do that"! First lesson July 2012, first board an RRD inflatable10 foot something, the 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, GBSUP, for making all this possible."

Kerry Baker

2017 14′ Ladies Series Champion

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

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Emma Adams

2019 Ladies N1SCO Technical Series Champion

I started paddleboarding 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.

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Fran Blake

2018 Ladies 12'6 Series Champion

2019 Ladies 14' Veterans Series Champion

Watersports have always been my passion, from windsurfing and paddling Dragon Boats in the '80s to Outriggers in the '90s. In 2013 I discovered SUP and swapped racing bikes to boards! I took my first title in Jersey that September at The Battle of The Rock. Sponsorship with K66, Fanatic & ION followed and with that a job with Nik Baker representing these fabulous brands.

 

I became an ASI Instructor that winter and set up SUP4LIFE teaching SUP at Hayling Island, my home, since 2007. Shoulder surgery in December 2015 and further surgery in summer 2016 set me back on the racing front. I worked super hard to regain my fitness and, in 2018, was delighted to take the overall National 12'6 Series Title. I followed this up with the Veterans Series 14' Title in 2019. I have made many friends through this wonderful sport and have a job I love.

 

Thanks, GB Series, for all the events, experiences, and memories you have provided. It's not over yet; so much more to learn!

Maff Wall

2017 Men's UKSUP 14′ Series Champion

I joined Devon Paddle Club in 2008 after my first go at Sup and had my first race in 2010, which is where I found my calling, racing when and where I could. Then in 2014, the UKSup race series began and gave me more reason to train and travel. Gradually each year, I worked my way up the finishing order and took podiums in the masters' division. In 2017, I took the overall title in the 14′ class, which was totally unexpected.

 

All the training, travelling and racing at local winter frostbite and summer sizzler series had paid off. In 2018 I concentrated on the UK Paddle Endurance series, where I finished 3rd overall in the SUP division. Since then, I've just enjoyed getting out and paddling between SUP, OC1 and Prone boards. It's been great to travel around the country, make new friends, and visit great places. But for now, I've hung up my race shorts!

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Julia Holmyard

2015 Women's 12'6 Veterans Trophy

I started paddling in late 2013 and took part in theNational series every year. I love to SUP. It gives you such a sense of freedom and the chance to enjoy the scenery and wildlife.

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