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Why Standards

The SUP Standards ambassadors oversee and update the standards to ensure they are relevant for the industry.

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Meet Our

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Our ambassadors are a carefully selected group of enthusiastic experts here to discuss important new SUP information, trends and of course, safety.

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SUP Standards is dedicated to ensuring the rising sport of stand up paddle boarding is as safe an environment as possible for those taking to the water.


SUP is a unique sport.  Our ethos is that safe stand up paddling is enjoyable paddling. To this end we have collaborated with leaders in the industry to offer guidance for stand up paddlers. We aim to continually review, develop, monitor and deliver the best practice at all times for the continued application of safe stand up paddling.

By offering this foundation it is hoped that the future for SUP will be one of ever-improving safety standards where those involved in the sport can paddle in the knowledge they are fully educated on the inland waterways and ocean environments around them, the equipment they are using, and how to be a proactive paddler rather than a reactive one.

The overarching goals of SUP Standards are as follows:

  • Prevent accidents

  • Reduce risk of injury

  • Raise awareness of participants, coaches/instructors

  • Provide a safe working environment

  • Provide a safe playing/training/competing environment

  • Raise standards for all involved


We would love to hear from you, if you have any information re SUP safety you would like to share.


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SUP Standards is supported by the ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructors).

ASI assists with administration and financial support.

ASI is the world’s leading international training and accreditation organization, in the areas of surfing, SUP and bodyboarding.

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