SUPKids head to the Noli SUP Race in Italy

6 Jul 2016

After a successful launch on World Oceans Day and joining the Starboard SW Tiki Tour across California, Arizona & New Mexico, the SUPKids team are heading to Noli, Italy to run the first European SUPKids training program.

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They’ll be joining forces with the Noli SUP Race to run a 2 day training program for the founding SUPKids Delivery Centres in Europe. The training will take place on the 13 & 14 July, prior to the official start of the Noli event.

SUPKids is an educational program for 5-12 year-old designed to teach kids SUP, water safety & environmental education. They’ve partnered with Starboard to set up delivery centres globally & create a new generation of ambassadors for the planet.

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Linzi Hawkin, Founder of SUPKids : ‘Our aim at SUPKids is to blend SUP, water safety & environmental education together. We really believe that when kids fall in love with SUP, there’s a win win situation. Kids spend more time outside, they connect to their local environment, they stay fit & healthy, and they develop respect for the water (from a safety perspective and an environmental one). Working with Starboard means we’ve been able to evolve the SUPKids from a small project we ran in FNQ, Australia to a curriculum based program that will be taught all over the world. We’re super excited to be running our first training program in Italy. It’s a great fit for us, as Franz, the event organiser is as committed to sustainability as we are.

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We’ve developed our training program with heaps of tools & resources to make becoming a SUPKids coach & SUPKids delivery centre as simple as possible. Not only do we teach coaches how to run the program, but we’ll also equip them with everything they need to promote, teach & sell SUPKids too.’ Franz Orsi, Event Organiser, NOLI SUP RACE : ‘Located in the middle of Ligurian Riviera, Noli is a very picturesque medieval gem facing a calm bay. It is an ideal location for SUP touring and cruising. NOLI SUP RACE is the first SUP event in Italy designed with a strong environmental concern and it’s set to be a reference in SUP and sustainable sport event organisation for the years to come.’ Starboard & SUPKids are now rolling the program out globally, and looking for SUP schools, stores & athletes who would be interested in becoming SUPKids delivery centres. Limited spaces still available on the Noli training. For more info, email the SUPKids team at

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Mathieu is the hyper-active founder of TotalSUP and a multilingual online marketing veteran with more than 20 years of experience working for top international internet companies. His love-at-first-sight for Stand Up Paddling in 2013 led him to build one of the leading online media dedicated to SUP in English and French and to turn his family lifestyle towards the ocean.

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