SUPGlobal Contributors | Print |
Sunday, 18 January 2009 11:47

So who are all the people here at SUPGlobal who contribute articles, thoughts and their time to the online magazine ? Many of them are established in the water sports industry in their respective countries and some are new names, but all have a passion for spreading the word about stand up paddle surfing!


Matt Argyle has been involved in stand up paddle surfing since its introduction to the UK. One of the first few people to get a board in January 2007, just at first for fitness reasons, to compliment his surfing on days when the waves went flat. As with so many SUPers the realisation that surfing these boards is such an amazing experience soon saw him taking out the SUP as the weapon of choice in the waves.

Matt is currently (2009) the Chairman of the British Stand Up Paddle Association, a dedicated musician and pays the mortgage by developing websites and e-learning solutions for the University of Chichester. He rides GONG stand up paddle boards and uses Kialoa paddles, but he is also on the test team for SUPGlobal trying out and reviewing all the latest stand up paddle surfing kit.

Technical Editor

Simon Bassett

Sports Science Editor

Johanna Shiu

Johanna has a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Sports Nutrition. She has worked as a consultant nutritionist to the Amateur Boxing Association of England, helping boxers and their coaches to become more aware of the importance of nutrition for optimum performance; ensuring the athletes made the right weight for competition; and importantly, making sure they were able to perform well and stay healthy. In addition, Johanna has helped athletes and individuals on a one-to-one basis with reaching competition/weight loss goals, and worked as a research physiologist for Unilever Research.

A sports enthusiast herself, Johanna enjoys SUPing, surfing, running, rock climbing and cycling amongst other things. Amongst other personal challenges, she has completed the London Marathon, the London to Brighton bike ride and more recently, a triathlon.



Ivan Van Vuuren

Ivan van Vuuren has been writing Watersports articles for the past 20 years. Former Pro Windsurfer (4x S.African Wave champion), surfer , longboarder, kiteboarder and TV host of a weekly extreme sports show “XLTV” that airs in 171 countries.

Ivan resided in Hawaii for 17 years and is the owner of Premier Productions Hawaii, producers of 25 videos including best selling Instructional DVD’s, “Boost, Rave, Speed IQ, SUP Hawaiian Style VOL1& 2.” Ivan has been actively pioneering & promoting SUP for the past 5 years and is the owner of COREBAN SUP Gear, manufacturers of Hi-Performance Stand Up Paddle gear.

Robyn Fisher

Our intern, is from Kent in the UK but is currently studying Media Studies at University of Chichester. I'm particularly interested in journalism and media production. I hope to one day be a successful music journalist. My passion is music in all forms, particularly indie/rock/electro music. I also love spending time with friends, shopping and university life. I would one day love to learn surfing, I just need a teacher! :)

Nancy Emerson

Surf Champion and living legend, pioneer Woman's World Tour competitor: Hollywood stuntwoman, film producer, location manager, professional lifeguard, surf teacher, coach, expert witness, businesswoman, friend, mentor - there are many ways to describe Nancy Emerson.

Nancy Emerson, international professional surfing champion, is the originator of the world famous Learn to Surf in One Lesson technique. She is a true professional who has placed within the top 8 of every surfing competition she has entered.

Nancy has been featured on ESPN, "ABC's Wide World of Sports," "NBC with Maria Shriver," "Sports World," "Eye on LA," "American Adventure" and Kevin Costner's "Waterworld." She has also acted as a stunt double for TV's "New Gidget Show." But mostly, she loves to teach and is an experienced surfer who can give you the knowledge and confidence to enjoy the real surfing experience!

"However, 'waterwoman' is what strikes you when you see her paddling out across the glassy swell, carving her way down a gnarly wave, or walking across the sand with her golden retriever Cherokee Moana".

Nancy's reputation as the best has given her the opportunity to teach surfing to many of the world's celebrities. This list includes such well known personalities as: Sunny Garcia (WCT World Champion 2000), Jackie Stewart (Indianapolis 500 winner), Beau Bridges (Actor, Director, Producer), Richard Chamberlain, Elizabeth Lindsley, Stephanie Reynolds, Nia Peeples, Keifer Sutherland, Kathy Lee and Frank Gifford's son Cody, and Maria Shriver just to name a few.

Nancy is very interested in encouraging people to overcome any fears and to find fun and joy in the ocean. What has made Nancy's surf schools stand out from the rest is her holistic philosophy that dovetailed ability, water safety skills, and fun. Her clients come from around the globe to get the best foundation in surfing anyone can teach. Having been voted into the International Wahine Surfing Hall of Fame in 1998 by a worldwide contingent of her peers, Nancy stands in good stead as a global representive for the surfing culture.

Neal Gent (UK National SUP Surf Champion)

Neal was one of the first SUP riders in the UK. A natural progression from more than thirty years of windsurfing and surfing. He has competed on the pro circuits Nationally in both windsurfing and kitesurfing, and travelled all over in the search of decent waves.

Although working full time as a doctor now, previously he taught windsurfing/kiting/surfing/kayaking/sailing, but now still finds time to be Test Editor for Kiteworld Magazine and contribute to SUPGlobal. Happiest in the waves, his aim for this year is to take his GONG Electric and ride some of his favourite waves abroad.

Dave Parmenter (Pro Surfer, SUP shaper and Waterman)

Todd Bradley (C4 Waterman Co-Founder and Hawaiian Waterman)

Ted Rutherford (C4 Waterman US Mainland Operations)

Christian Tez Plavenieks

Originally from Staffordshire, but after learning to surf at a young age I quickly realized that living in the middle of the country was most definitely not for me! I also decided that I wanted to travel and thought that if I combined the two, that would be me content! I decided to do my instructors qualification in surfing and enrolled on a 3 month residential course that included surfing but also windsurfing, kayaking and sailing, so through sheer fate I found windsurfing. After getting qualified I worked overseas for a number of seasons in Europe, the Caribbean and the French Alpes (which is where I discovered snowboarding) before returning to the South Coast (Hayling Island) to continue surfing and windsurfing and hopefully earn some better money by doing a real job. Found SUP through sheer fate after breaking my ankle and being advised that it would help with my rehab. Haven't looked back since. Love riding waves, massive forward loops, shredding fresh powder, playing my drums, drawing and painting, my girlfriend (Fi), pet hamster (Milo), spreading the SUP stoke and pasties! Hate doing the real job!

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