MEET THE TEAM

We’re here to help and give you a day to remember

 

All our SUP Instructors are BSUPA Level 1 qualified and hold their VHF licences, First Aid and boatman’s licence or higher.

Other qualifications include Fire Safety, Sea Survival, BSUPA Level 2 Tour/Race, SUP Yoga, Boatmaster and Yachtmaster.

CRISPIN JONES

CRISPIN JONES

Mr Waterborn

 

Favourite discipline: Ultra endurance racing.
Best achievements: 2nd fastest coast-to-coast SUP, 4 times 11 Cities veteran with a 7th place finish, men’s 14th elite champion 2013 St. Simons Island, Georgia. Leading the Waterborn Team that won the GB National SUP Club Championships 2018.
Favourite SUP spot: Gwithian (surf) river Dart (distance training).
How did you start SUP: .Started sup back in 2008 on a 12’2 x 26″1/3 at Northsands Salcombe, I fell in a lot but was quickly hooked, and the rest as they say is history.
Best SUP memory: 2nd year of 11 cities racing beside the Spanish, pulling the biggest sup train i’ve ever seen, 6mph for over an hour, epic!
Best kept secret: I rather enjoy Marmite and marmalade sarnies. Shuuuush don’t tell anyone.

SIMON PRATT

SIMON PRATT

Tour Guide and Instructor

 

Favourite discipline: SUP surf and touring.
Best achievements: Finishing 2nd in the 2018 GB National SUP Series over 50-age category. Winning the Head of the Dart Dragon Board category 2017, 2018. Winning the Waterborn Summer Series 2018. Being part of the Waterborn Team that won the GB National SUP Club Championships 2018.
Favourite SUP spot: Surfing the Salcombe Bar and paddling between Kingsbridge and Salcombe.
Goals/plans for 2019: Clock up 1000 miles SUP touring around South Hams.
How did you start SUP: Sold my boat and used the money to buy paddle boards for the whole family so we could explore the area and get fit at the same time.
Best SUP memory: Down winding some of the many storms that sweep into the Salcombe estuary. It’s scary but very exhilarating.
Other interests: Crossfit, rowing, walking, exploring SUP spots around the world and good wine.
Best kept secret: I don’t like spiders.

PETER EVERITT

PETER EVERITT

Club Coach and Instructor

 

Favourite discipline: SUP Polo.
Best achievements: 3rd in distance race at Club Championships. Being part of the Waterborn Team that won the GB National SUP Club Championships 2018.
Goals/plans for 2019: Get fit, race local and get my kids paddling more
Favourite SUP spot: Surfing the Salcombe Bar and paddling between Kingsbridge and Salcombe.
How did you start SUP: I transitioned from longboard surfing, wanting something to get more waves, access new surf spots and mess around on flat days. I tried a friends Laird Hamilton at Northsands and kept falling off. I picked up a second hand Starboard 12’6″ cruiser and off I went.
Best SUP memory: Family paddles with everyone on/in the water.
Other interests: Cycling.
Best kept secret: I was a young ornithologist (useful when paddling locally and you want to bore your fellow paddlers with bird knowledge).

KATY ROUND SMITH

KATY ROUND SMITH

Instructor

 

Favourite discipline: Sup Yoga and SUP Sploring!
Best achievements: Podium in age group at Cardiff International Water 2018. Battle of the Thames division winner. Being part of the Waterborn Team that won the GB National SUP Club Championships 2018.
Favourite SUP spot: Paddling on the Dart and around the South Devon Coast.
Goals/plans for 2019: Introduce more people to the sport and get a Junior Club up and running.
How did you start SUP: After seeing a friend SUP in Totnes and having a go on their board I found myself making a deal to buy it from him after a vino or two, a SUP lesson followed and adventures began.
Best SUP memory: So many, however, probably one of my first adventures with friends, involving a long, beautiful, sunny paddle with camping gear and a night of camping on the beach and the return the next day on the coldest, windiest, greyest and wettest days. Made me feel alive. Great adventure. 
Other interests: Sailing, Wild swimming, being on or in the water! Coastal walks, yoga, travel and exploring new places.
Best kept secret: I lived in Spain for a while!

JOCELYN JONES

JOCELYN JONES

Team Mother!

 

Favourite discipline: Racing.
Best achievements: Being part of the Waterborn Team that won the GB National SUP Club Championships 2018.
Favourite SUP spot: St Ives.
Goals/plans for 2019: Win my class at Head of the Dart and SUP the Creek.
How did you start SUP: Paddling at North Sands in Salcombe.
Best SUP memory: Paddling with dolphins in Salcombe.
Other interests: Boating and windsurfing
Best kept secret: I’m Crispin’s mum!

TOM STOCKWELL

TOM STOCKWELL

Instructor

 

Favourite discipline: Racing.
Best achievements: 20 mile paddle up and down the river Dart.
Favourite SUP spot: Kingsbridge estuary and Bantham for surfing.
Goals/plans for 2019: Balancing my business repairing and shaping boards with getting out to use them!
How did you start SUP: Friend got me interested head first!!
Best SUP memory: Paddling around Phuket Thailand in crystal clear warm waters..
Other interests: SUP surfing, wake boarding, spear fishing and road trips.
Best kept secret: I’m a qualified butcher!

DAN ASHFORD

DAN ASHFORD

Instructor

 

Favourite discipline: Racing.
Best achievements: Completing the 11 Cities race in Northern Holland suffering from concussion! Didn’t finish as high as I would have liked but never gave up and completed it.
Favourite SUP spot: Salcombe bar when surf is going off.
Goals/plans for 2019: To balance water time and being a dad!
How did you start SUP: National paddlers Paul Simmons and Marie Buchanan persuaded me that it would be a good way to stay fit instead of going to the gym!!
Best SUP memory: Paddling with dolphins in Salcombe
Other interests: Insanity: Asylum, trail running and working to afford the paddling.
Best kept secret: My left foot is half a size bigger than my right!

MANDY PALMER

MANDY PALMER

Instructor

 

Favourite discipline: Social paddling.
Best achievements: Completed the Head of The Dart race 2018, won Crabshell Inn Dragon Board Ladies Race 2017 and 2018.
Favourite SUP spot: Soca Valley, Slovenia.
Goals/plans for 2019: Paddle the Thames and Lock Ness!
How did you start SUP: Always loved the water and canoed from a young age so standing up was the next logical step!!
Best SUP memory: Paddling the Soca Valley in Slovenia and taking out XL board in the surf on Christmas Day!
Other interests: Crossfit, skiing, walking.
Best kept secret: I’m a better skier than my husband!

GRAHAM KERSLAKE

GRAHAM KERSLAKE

Assistant Instructor

 

Favourite discipline: Cruising.
Best achievements: Racing in the Head of The Dart and finishing!
Favourite SUP spot: Kingsbridge / Salcombe estuary.
Goals/plans for 2019: Learn how to SUP surf.
How did you start SUP: I bought my first Sup with the money from my station whip-round when I retired from Leicestershire Police at the age of 50 in 2011. I’d never been on a board before. I just thought it looked cool, and was a cheap way of getting on the water. By chance, I met Jocelyn and Crispin on the beach, and they gave me some lessons. I fell in a lot at first, but quickly made progress and now I paddle twice or three times a week.
Best SUP memory: Paddling up the Salcombe Estuary being followed by a seal!
Other interests: Cycling and looking after our horse, cat and dog.
Best kept secret: After years of trying unsuccessfully to persuade my sons not to get tattoos, I now have a massive hankering for an Angus Young tattoo. (AcDc guitarist).

DONNA McCHEYNE

DONNA McCHEYNE

Yoga Instructor

 

Favourite discipline: SUP Yoga.
Best achievements: Hosting a SUP Yoga class for 19 Stags and not falling in, in front of them!
Favourite SUP spot:
Quiet secluded creeks between Salcombe & Kingsbridge, especially Blanksmills and Collapit.
Goals/plans for 2019: Enjoy as much early morning SUP Yoga as possible! The water is at is quietest and you can watch the world wake up around you.
How did you start SUP: I was very late joining the party, but as soon as I did in 2015, I became hooked straight away!
Best SUP memory: Paddling up the Salcombe Estuary being followed by a seal!
Other interests: Loads! As well as yoga, meditation and SUP, I love wholesome food, green juices, grass roots travel and dogs! My favourite book is The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and favourite movie is 50 First Dates.
Best kept secret: I have always wanted to be a Charlie’s Angel. Talented, tough and courageous!!