NEW ZEALAND SUP BIZ REPORT: INCREDIBLE!!!
The sup scene in New Zealand is beyond the infancy stage now, it has finally reached that critical point where the majority of people have at least seen or heard of the sport. We’re no longer pioneers and lone voices here, and the growth is really starting to show.
You never know what’s around the corner. Just when I was tiring of the watersports scene after 25 years in the windsurfing business, sup has blown all the cobwebs away.
It seems only yesterday I was enjoying my first ever standup session. Now sup is my complete business life… and my personal life (that’s my sone, James in the photo with me). Countless quality hours on the water, myriad waves enjoyed, and new places paddled. I’ve lost 10kg and feel fitter than ever before. But other than those things sup hasn’t affected my life too much, LOL!
–Bill Dawes, Northland Paddleboarding, Bay of Islands, NZ; www.northlandpaddleboarding.co.nz/about/the_team.php?team_id=2