Stand up Paddleboard National Championships come to Emsworth

Emsworth will host the N1SCO European Championships over the weekend on Saturday 29th April 2017. Stand Up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport in the World and is now a common site throughout Chichester Harbour. N1SCO is the largest Stand-up Paddleboard racing class in the UK and is one design in nature. This means all of the competitors must compete on an identical board of the same design. This keeps the racing both fair and affordable to everyone with the end result purely being a product of the paddler’s skill and ability.

Alex Tobutt from Naish in the UK comments ‘We are really excited to be working with Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club to bring this event to Emsworth. The venue really is perfect for our racing where we aim to run in a safe environment, close to shore and where spectators can feel involved with the action.’

Paddlers race on an inflatable ‘Naish One’ paddleboard that actually packs down into a rucksack thereby allowing competitors to travel easily to events around the world.  Racing is not restricted to those owning the right equipment as entry to the event also comes with an option to hire a board and paddle for the day.

Racing will take part from outside the Emsworth Slipper Sailing club so spectators will be able to line the esplanade to enjoy a grandstand view of racing that will be happening mere metres away. Competitors will take part in three races, all of which are different lengths including 100m sprints and a 500m Slalom, both in the Slipper pond as well as a 5km race along the shoreline of Chichester Harbour.

Tobutt explained ‘This beautiful venue with the idyllic town and all its services in the background is exceptional in our view and will be really enjoyed by competitors travelling from all over the country with their families.’

The event hopes to attract many new paddlers within a fleet that has gained a reputation for being friendly and welcoming. At last year’s Inland Championships, three visitors were offered a lesson from a paddler on the river bank who was preparing for racing the next day. Having enjoyed their lesson with pro paddler Jo Hamilton-Vale so much, they decided to compete in the Championships themselves the very next day. As an open Championships, anyone will be made very welcome and it will be possible for locals to benefit from ‘have a go’ demo night in the weeks leading up to the event so they can build confidence to enter the main event.

Entry for the event goes live in March and you can keep up to date with everything N1SCO in the UK through their Facebook page;

For any further information please contact Alex Tobutt on 07748 186402 or

Locally, Roland Plumb is assisting with this event and provides SUP taster sessions in Emsworth.  If you are interested in trying Stand Up Paddle boarding please call him on 07786 577465 or, EMSUP or stoked online on facebook.