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Stand Up Paddle surfing (SUP), or in the Hawaiian language, Hoe he’e naiu, is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage.

The sport is a modern interpretation of an ancient form of surfing. It re-emerged in the early 1960s. The Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. This is where the alternative term for SUP of ‘Beach Boy Surfing’, originates.


SUP has become one of the world’s fastest growing sports with good reason. It’s easy to get to grips with, good ‘clean’ fun and is brilliant for toning up the tum along with the rest of you.

Athletes take it up because they benefit from a strong ‘core’ workout. Celebrities are getting into it too. In fact SUP folk of all ages and abilities have been spotted around the globe at warm coastal resorts where there’s easy access to safe waters.


For starters, Waterborn is one of the top SUP schools in the UK, specialising in beginner sessions at it’s sheltered and picturesque setting at the head of the Salcombe/Kingsbridge estuary. It’s a BSUPA (British Stand Up Paddleboard Association) dedicated school that’s recognised for its reputation and high quality equipment and tuition. We teach on the worlds best inflatable paddle boards Red Paddle Co. to give you the best experience possible, not only are they the worlds best but it is also a local company which we proudly support. Then of course, there’s the stunning location …

Waterborn has been teaching people to SUP since 2009 when it was originally set up as KESUP (Kingsbridge Estuary Stand Up Paddle) in 2010 they renamed the school Waterborn will the intent to roll out the school format at multiple locations. Waterborn started teaching alongside Surfing Sam at South Milton in 2013 until Crispin took over in 2014 and decided to focus on running one centre to the highest possible standards rather than to stretch resources thin in multiple centre’s. All of our instructors are passionate about SUP and Waterborn focuses only on SUP offering one thing well.

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