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How to be a SUPJunkie - With Sarah Thornely
Episode 722nd August 2021 • SUPfm The International Stand Up Paddle Board Podcast • Simon Hutchinson
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This week we're chatting with Sarah Thornely of SUPJunkie.

Sarah is a confirmed SUP Junkie and having discovered the sport late, threw herself into it, first by winning the British Women's Championship in 2017 at the age of 58 (NB - Not the age category championship) and then by providing streaming commentary and athlete interviews for UK, APP and International events as well as writing for SUP journals and Magazines (all without any previous media experience).

Sarah encapsulates the 'Aloha Spirit' within the sport, with her support for those supporting others and for the GB Racing Series and brings her incredible and infectious enthusiasm to this interview.

We hope you enjoy this episode

The SUPJunkie website is is here ;

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This episode is brought to you in association with Starboard.

Starboard has a long history in board design, with Svein Rasmussen entering the windsurfing market with innovative designs back in 1994, building the brand to become market leader within a decade. The brand was quick to recognise the huge potential of stand up paddling and while maintaining careful consideration for their environmental impact, have continuously strived to produce the best boards and paddles for all abilities.

Visit Starboard at

If you're new to the sport then we've got you covered, with episodes on some of the key subjects and challenges facing new members of the tribe.

We have experienced watermen and women covering these key subjects:

  • How to choose your SUP
  • SUP safety
  • Learning, confidence and developing core skills
  • What you need to know about your iSUP and package

We've grouped these (and other beginner episodes) together in this list so to get a head-start here:

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Our comprehensive online SUP safety course gives you the knowledge you need to keep safe on the water and all for less than the price of an hours on water tuition (£37) . It's available here at

In Season 4 of the podcast we're giving a shout out to the SUP instructors who work hard to help new and improving paddlers engage with the sport, and get equipped with the skills they need.

This week we're featuring Ian Berger from the Hudson Valley H2O a non profit organisation - Visit them here

If you're a certified instructor from anywhere across the world, then we'd like to feature you on an episode. Simply leave us a message here with your name, your certifying body and a message about you and where you are, with a tip, piece or advice or even a nice word about the podcast ;)

You've only got 1min 25 secs of recording time and you can re-record as many times as you like before you send it!

We'll choose a recording to feature on each episode after applying a light edit and getting the sound right.

Well done to all instructors for your hard work expanding our SUP tribe and wishing you a great season!

See you on the water!

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The SUPfm SUP Safety Course

Designed for beginner and intermediate level leisure paddlers we deliver the right safety topics, delivered with the appropriate level of detail. The course aims to help you become more confident and self-sufficient when you’re making your personal safety decisions.