January 2018 - Mission Bay Watersports

SUPBALL 2 Auckland


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SUPBALL has arrived at Mission Bay Watersports

SUPBALL is a game that will push you to your limits, keep your strategic edge on full throttle and makes you laugh like never before!

Mission Bay is the home of stand up paddle boarding—and for good reason. Despite what the name may suggest, it’s no mission to get to Mission Bay. The beautiful sandy beach is just 10 minutes from the heart of Auckland CBD.

SUPBALL (Stand Up Paddle Ball) is a combination of netball, water polo, lacrosse and rugby – played on stand up paddle boards. SUPBALL takes flat water SUPing to a whole new level. It is a unique game that can be adapted to suit all experience levels. So whether it’s your first time on a paddleboard or you are a super SUPper this game will challenge you and make you laugh like never before! We believe that SUPBALL is the most fun you can have on a stand up paddleboard!

SUPBALL Auckland

SUPBALL rules:

 There are two different versions of SUPBALL that you can play – contact and non-contact. Contact allows players to tackle or push other players off their boards, whereas non-contact only allows a player to nudge another player’s board with the paddle to destabilise the competing player
  • Once a player is in possession of the ball they must stop paddling
  • ​A player who doesn’t have 50% or more of their body on a board is deemed to be out of play until they get back on a board. Without being on a board they are not allowed to interfere with the ball or with other players
  • No player can purposefully interfere with unoccupied equipment in order to disadvantage another player
  • The defending player (player who has been tackled) has board advantage in any board challenge situation. Final decision on ANY board challenge will be made by the referee and cannot be contested
  • Once a goal is scored two quick whistles will be sounded by the referee. The team who scored the goal must paddle around their defensive ‘goal buoy’ to be considered onside. Until they have done this they must not interfere with the ball or other players
  • You may tackle players off their boards (contact) or destabalise a board with your paddles (non-contact), but no paddle-to-player contact is allowed
  • No player is allowed to hug the goal with their body at any time. Players are permitted to block the goal with their paddle or board
  • Once a player/players break a rule the referee will blow one blast of the whistle. The offending player will be signaled and will have to undertake a penalty paddle around a nominated penalty marker. The player is deemed offside until they have paddled around this marker. All other game play will continue and only this player is deemed offside for this time. If the player does not immediately embark on their penalty paddle they will be sent off court for 2 minutes in the sin bin
  • The referee has the right to remove a player from the game if they continuously break the rules and their team will be short a player for the rest of that half of the game. The following acts constitute rule breaking behaviour:
  1. Foul play
  2. Unsportsmanlike behaviour
  3. Excessive force
  4. Any non-compliance with the listed SUPBALL rules​

Auckland SUPBALL





Group SUP adventure Mission Bay Watersports, Orakei,, Auckland

Orakei Group SUP Adventure

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New, exciting Orakei SUP adventure!

That’s right, we all love doing things with a group of people and finding new and exciting adventures with-in the city can be challenging. Our Orakei SUP adventure is just what you have been looking for and is proving to be very popular.

The Orakei Adventure starts at Orakei Basin only 7 min from Mission Bay of 12 min from central Auckland.



Group Orakei Sup adventure

From here you are given full instruction on how to SUP safely and efficiently. The group then follows the parameter of the basin before heading up Waiatarua stream.

Mission Bay Watersports 30 years paddling

Orakei Basin is one of the volcanoes from the Auckland volcanic field. After eruption about 85,000 years ago, it became a freshwater lake that had an overflow stream in the vicinity of present Orakei Rd bridge. As sea level rose after the end of the last Ice Age, the lake, was breached by the sea and has been a tidal lagoon ever since.

Orakei group SUP adventure

The whole experience is about 1.5 to 2 hours in duration.

Afterwards many groups head to Brothers beer across the road for a pint and burger. Pretty awesome adventure with friends or work mates.

Standup paddling is a very low impact exercise. This means it is is unlikely that you will do damage to the tendons and ligaments of your joints. Paddle boarding is particularly useful for runners that are experiencing shin splints or knee and hip pain, yet still need a good exercise to do while healing. So any one can give it a go.

Standup paddleboarding requires you to stand upright on the board, which requires a lot of core stability and leg strength to maintain balance. This not only helps you have a good balance while paddle boarding but increases your focus and balance in day-to-day activities, as well.

Train with your mates while going on an adventure. We would love to paddle with you so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Orakei group SUP

Photo of Stand Up Paddle Board at Orakei basin


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Water sports instructor required

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Water Sports Instructor at Mission Bay

Permanent part time position available starting end of January 2018

Mission Bay Watersports was founded in 1988, which makes it one of Auckland’s longest running paddle sport centres run by a world class team of sea loving educators. We employ instructors who, like us, are experienced sea kayakers and SUP paddlers with a personal commitment and passion for conservation and paddling. Irrespective of their own experience, new staff undergo a detailed training programme specific to the Hauraki Gulf conditions. As paddlers who love the ocean, we are at our best when we are on the sea sharing with others our skills, experience, knowledge, passion and commitment.

The ideal instructor candidate will have:

  • Excellent communication skills, be team oriented and have a strong operational and safety focus
  • Be friendly, customer-focused, and have an  outgoing outlook with the ability to organise and work well with groups of people of all ages and abilities
  • Experience in kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Qualifications are not necessary but favourably looked upon
  • A current First Aid Certificate
  • Applicants for this position should have an NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa

Key responsibilities:

  • Set up and pack down of gear (We operate out of a trailer on the beach)
  • Interacting with customers
  • Representing Mission Bay Watersports in a professional manner
  • Managing equipment
  • Reporting to operations manager with any queries or issues
  • Safety briefing SUP and kayak rentals
  • Putting through sales/cash handling
  • Instructing kayak and SUP lessons

If you tick the boxes please send us your cv to info@missionbaywatersports.co.nz

SUP Mission Bay