Stand Up Paddle Boarding


New location, fantastic activities.

With a new venue lined up the 2017 National Watersports Festival is set to be the best yet. This year the SUP element promises to deliver on all fronts with Rutland water as its location. Set in its own beached area with full access to the water, there will be plenty happening over the weekend of the 2nd to the 4th June.

As always, our focus is “something for everyone.” The activities we have planned range from a family friendly format, where you get to try the sport out and take part in different SUP based activities, to a full on 5k technical race. The location also boasts lakeside camping and many other activities for a family weekend – even including a bug zoo!

The NWF team have set out a club based challenge where SUP clubs can enter several activities and win points to see who will do the best on the day. Some of the activities included are SUP cross racing, SUP polo tournament, land paddling, dragon racing and Mega SUPs. For anyone who is a yoga enthusiast, we will be running some SUP yoga taster workshops too.

Add in the usual NWF magic and this promises to be one of the major SUP events of the year.

SUP CLUBS – We want you!

We know at NWF that the SUP clubs are the backbone of this sport in the UK. Therefore, we have decided to put on a club-friendly format where you can take part in a series of challenges to see how well your club will do. Check out the Event format section for more information. We hope to see as many clubs as possible being represented at NWF this year.


We hope to encourage first time paddlers to the event as well. With taster lessons, SUP clinics and all the latest kit available which is all FREE, there is no better way to come and try SUP for the first time. We know you will get bitten by the SUP bug and never look back.

1,2,3 …. LETS RACE!

To satisfy the racers out there we will be running a 3k and 5k race for both experienced and beginner paddlers alike. This will truly be a stunning location to race in this year, you really won’t be disappointed.


One of the best things about your paddle board is you can explore so many different places and types of water. This year we will be offering an adventure tour of Rutland water so you can have the opportunity to really take everything in at this amazing location.



Over the weekend, we are running several activities. To take part in anything, simply sign up when you arrive and we will allocate you a time slot for your chosen session. Activity information is listed below.

Day 1 Friday

Welcome and festival opening. Limited activities for the afternoon session.

  • SUP tasters
  • Kit Demo
  • Chill out evening paddle 7pm.


Day 2 Saturday

SUP tasters Beach All day
Mega SUP

(club challenge)

Beach 10am onwards

2 sessions per hour

Dragon SUP

(club challenge)

Beach 10am onwards

2 sessions per hour

SUP yoga Beach Taster sessions throughout the day

(club challenge)

Beach PM – Clubs tournament
Tug of war

(club challenge)

Beach 10am onwards

2 sessions per hour

SUP adventure tour Main lake Early eve 7pm. Limited places.

Members of the public will be able to book onto each session over the course of the day.

SUP clubs can take part in the SUP polo tournament and challenges to earn points. These points will be added up at the end of each day to see who has gained the most.

Individuals should enter the NWF as normal, then register their Club teams on site to enter the Mega SUP, Dragon SUP and Tug of war events.

SUP Clubs can also enter a junior team to each challenge.

Points can be accrued as both as an individual and Club Team, giving extra chances to win!


Day 3 Sunday

SUP tasters Beach All day sessions
Mega SUP Beach 10am onwards

2 sessions per hour

Dragon SUP Beach 10am onwards

2 sessions per hour

SUP Yoga Beach Taster sessions over the course of the day
SUP POLO Beach 10 am, 2pm.   – public taster session
Tug of war Beach 10am onwards

2 sessions per hour

Technical race 5k Main Lake Race start

12pm All round 3k race.

Elite 5k race 1.30pm

Prize Giving Main Lake Following the Race


The main race will take place on the Sunday afternoon. Categories will be 12’6, 14ft and All Round. There will be both a 3k race and a 5k race.

Both Clubs and Individuals can earn points for competing.

Prize giving will take place on the Sunday afternoon after the main race. This will include the prizes for the SUP club challenges held on the Saturday.

SUP Polo

This year SUP Polo is back even bigger and better with the Brand Vs Brand battle night, competitions and a league throughout the weekend for individuals, teams and families to get involved.

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SUP Games sponsored by Fanatic 

These will incorporate Sup Tug of War, Sup Pugil and XL Racing – so you best get organising your teams now!

Sup Pugil will test your strength and balance against a fellow competitor.


Tug of War is NEW THIS YEAR! This will test your strength and paddle technique in both individual events and team events on the XL SUP’s. Open to all competitors, this will be included into the night finals.

SUP XL Challenges XL Relay, Sprint & BOP – get your team ready for this three staged challenge open to all ages. This will have plenty of action (and funny moments) – a true test of teamwork… With the Sprint event included into the Night finals….. Open to all competitors teams or individuals.

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WindSup Relay Legend of NWF 2016.

Do you have the skill set for both disciplines of windsurfing and SUP? If so, you could be crowned Legend of NWF 2016! There will be two legs with a sail, and two with a paddle. The beach transition between each leg means you will be using sail and paddle on alternate legs. What could go wrong?! Open to all competitors (boards will be available if you do not have a WindSup on a first come basis on the day).

Individual Races

Battle of the Paddle is an out and back course a true test of paddle power. 12’6 and 14’ Inflatable classes in Pro and Amateur fleets.

Sprint race is an outright mad dash to the finish.  Paddle like you’ve never paddled before. Pro, Amateurs and Junior heats. 12’6 and 14’ Inflatable classes.


Distance 5km is a test of endurance and stamina! 12’6 and 14’ Inflatable, Cruiser classes, open to all competitors, Pro and Amateur fleets.

Junior Sprints and Junior BOP with a mix of elements with various age and equipment categories:
Under 10 10.6 ISUP
Under 12 10.6 ISUP
Under 15 10.6 ISUP
Under 16 12.6 ISUP

(Under the age on the 1st Jan of that year with any Inflatable Sup from any brand)


There will be classes which can be registered on the day for:

Inflatables, 12.6 and under, 12.6 over, Cruiser Class, Pro, Am and Juniors.

Please note that we need a minimum of three entrants per class to record a result.

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SUPilates and SUP Yoga sessions will be running throughout the NWF weekend with the wonderful Sophy Ackroyd! The sessions focus very much on building core stability (abs, back & pelvis) as well as strength, mobility and flexibility of the whole body – all of these being super beneficial for all sports.



Clinics will be presented by the UK’s pros will be running throughout the festival.

The gurus will tailor their clinics to what you want to learn such as down winding, paddle technique, race starts and Indo Board use click to read more

Everyone can participate in SUP!

For 2016 it’s important to emphasise that (as with the other disciplines at the festival), we’re focused on running events that interest ALL stand-up paddlers, not just hard-core racers! Therefore, we have CLINICS, TASTER SESSIONS and SOCIAL PADDLES, plus an “entry-level” race. Those looking to race SUP will find that the NWF brings a fantastic opportunity to take part in numerous exciting events on a variety of carefully planned race courses, taking into consideration weather and water conditions on the day. Designed by riders with vast SUP competition experience, they will deliver racing allowing participation at all ability levels, as well as a spectator-friendly format with the action action close to the shore.

So whether you’re a national level competitor looking to battle against the country’s best in high-paced racing, or a relative novice looking to pick up tips from the experts and enjoy the more social side of SUP, the NWF welcomes you wholeheartedly.

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