BSUPA AGM announced for 2011


It is time for the British Stand Up Paddle Association AGM again, it seems to come round so quickly! I am proud to be have been a director since the beginning, and chairman for last two years, especially as BSUPA was the first national body set up to represent SUP in the world. However the time has come for me to step down from the board and get back onto my board if you will excuse the pun.

I am very happy to leave BSUPA in safe hands with Richard Marsh, Jock Patterson and Claire Blacklock remaining on the committee, but these guys will need help and if you are interested in joining the committee please get in touch with Claire. I will be at the AGM so if you can make it see you there!

Here is the official notification from the BSUPA website.

Dear Members,

Over the past three years BSUPA has grown from an idea on a beach to a national organisation with a coaching scheme, agreements for waterways access and three years of running national championships. We have run training weekends, race events and coaching seminars. We negotiated a comprehensive insurance policy for BSUPA members, and have worked with the ROSPA and the RNLI on beach safety.

We launched the BSUPA coaching in March 2010 and now have over 50 BSUPA instructors around the UK and Ireland and have created a voluntary BSUPA SUP school scheme.

BSUPA is very passionate about stand up paddle surfing, in 2010 directors Jock ,Matt, Simon and SUPer Elliot Dudley crossed the English Channel by SUP to raise over £8,000 for surfers against sewage (SAS), all of the committee actively SUP in flat water and surf. Richard ran both the Poole Windfest event and the highly successful end of season event at Watergate Bay.

As committee members and directors none of us have been paid for the time we have worked for BSUPA.

As founder members Matt Argyle and Simon Bassett feel that the time has come to step back and let others take BSUPA forward. To that end both Matt and Simon are not intending to stand for re-election.

We are very keen to see BSUPA succeed, Simon will remain as a BSUPA trainer and will continue to run instructor training courses, Matt will also be a trainer and, if required by the new committee, will give his time to help the transition. Andy Gratwick and Jock Patterson will continue to run instructor training courses.


The BUSPA AGM will be held on 19th Feb 2011 at 10.30am – location to be confirmed, but it will be in the Chichester area. Please note only BSUPA members are eligible to attend.

The first item on the agenda will be the re-election of Claire Blacklock and Richard Marsh as committee members (Jock Patterson does not need re-electing as the term is 2 years and he was elected in 2010).

Founder members of BSUPA Simon Bassett and Matt Argyle are not standing for re-election in 2011 .

Claire Blacklock -director
Jock Patterson -director
Richard Marsh- director

If you are interested in standing on the committee please send your details, including a short resume and statement that can be sent to members and put on the web to before 29th Jan 2011.