The super skilled benefit from SUP in the waves and the super flexible use yoga on the days when there’s a lull in the swell. Combine the two and you have SUP Yoga, which is exactly what is happening at the Southern Cross SUP Festival 2012.
Port Stephens is hosting the Southern Cross SUP Festival presented by d’Albora Marina from May 24-27 and apart from the NSW State surfing titles held on the beach, the Marinas is hosting a festival that showcases this popular surf platform.
Becoming popular over the last 12 months with yoga enthusiast, surfers and recently the Newcastle Knights NRL team, Peter and the team from DSS Social Sup Club are looking forward to sharing the sport with everyone with their free demonstrations and classes at the Marina.
“We started doing SUP Yoga about six months ago, the whole idea is to benefit those that love yoga and want a higher degree of difficulty and those that are good at SUP and want to improve their balance”, said Peter
“The SUP Yoga works on your core, you will find it builds and strengthens your muscles and its great practice for those SUP riders that walk up and down the board while they are surfing – it builds total and absolute strength”.
The Southern Cross SUP Festival presented by d’Albora Marinas has something for everyone, the NSW SUP titles, SUP races, including a 16km marathon, market stalls for industry and local vendors which the SUP Yoga will be a part of at the Marina.
“Everybody from the smallest person doing rehabilitation and physio, yoga professionals, pro surfers and the Newcastle Knights who recently had a training session, are able to give it a go. The guys who compete on flat water and find it challenging during the down wind section find SUP Yoga great, as it pushes them to a higher level of endurance”.
“The main focus is flat water in the lagoons and creeks and once you have done a session you will love it, your whole soul feels refreshed”, said Peter who will be giving demonstrations on the Saturday and classes will be held on Sunday at d’Albora Marinas.
Drawing the countries best Standup Paddleboarders to the it’s beaches and marina for races and the state surfing competition, the event has also attracted International attention and competitors will be rubbing shoulders with elite Watermen and Women.
Competitors will be racing through the d’Albora Marinas in Nelson Bay in an Elite Marathon, Technical Sprint Race, Short Marathon, Teams Event and d’Albora ‘Dash for Cash’ which emulates the ISA World games.
One Mile Beach, will be the venue for the surfing competition, where the coveted NSW State Titles for 2012 will be battled out. State champions in the under 18’s, Open Men and Women and Over 40 Men and Women will be crowned and divisions over 18 will progress through to the Australian Surf Festival held in August, where the countries best will descend.
Aside from the elite competitive nature, the event also boasts an array of activities in the Festival of SUP at d’Albora Marinas. Industry stalls, Demos, Board testing, fitness activities and a spectator boat for all SUP enthusiasts that will be a part of the extravaganza taking place at d’Albora Marinas next month.
The Southern Cross SUP Festival presented by d'Albora Marinas is proudly supported by Surfing NSW, Port Stephens Tourism, One Mile Beach Holiday Park, C4 Waterman, Winning Holidays, VB, Blast Paddle, Vestal and SUPWORLD.