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


school sup group mission bay

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

SUP Mission Bay

Students, have you already tried SUP or kayaking?

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Mastering new challenges, learning the basics of stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking and having a lot of fun with other students at the beach and in the water – does that sounds good to you? Awesome, we can manage that!

Our School Programme provides all of the above. Our introduction to paddleboarding and kayaking lessons teach the fundamental knowledge about how to paddle and especially how to control the board and the kayak. They will also learn some significant things about water safety. All the students will spend two hours with different challenges, games and other activities like a distance paddle, technique practice or free time kayaking. Depending on time, we’ve also got the option to arrange a relay race event at the end of the day, however, we always focus on fun.

Our aims are that students expand their horizon, gain confidence by developing skills and enjoy a new outdoor experience. Apart from that, by spending time together and collaborating as a team, students can also improve the class atmosphere as our School Programme is a team building event as well. Furthermore, the students are supposed to acquire some self-reliance by getting a feeling for being responsible for their own and others’ safety and, as a consequent thereof, they are meant to reflect on managing risk in outdoor activities.

You’re interested? Then don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be pleased if we may arrange an offer in accordance with your special wishes.

Essentials students will need:

  • Paddling clothes: Swim wear, quick-dry shorts or leggings, thermal top and/or rash top.
  • Spare clothes / warm layer if it’s cold: e.g fleece top  
  • Jacket if it’s raining (rain is not really an issue for paddle-boarders, but the wind can be!)
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Towel
  • Lunch / snacks and water bottle
  • Loads of smiles, energy and enthusiasm
city surf series mission bay

City Surf Series

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The City Surf Series – a social meeting point

City Surf Series is hanging out with family and friends and having a break from daily routine while doing some sports. This was the main motive of the passionate paddle boarder Troy Huston and his wife Stacey when they founded the City Surf series in 2012. Meanwhile, the project has grown to a greatly popular water sports event in Auckland and its surrounding area with hundreds of people taking part every week. Conveniently, Mission Bay is one of the locations where the City Surf series take place.

The concept is simple: Interested participants – those can be beginners as well as enthusiasts and ambitious athletes of all ages – compete against each other in paddle board races up to 4.5 kilometres. They can choose between different divisions, depending on age, skills and the particular board’s length and style. Besides, there are some competitions only for males or females and for teams as well, so the event is likewise an excellent chance to have some quality time with fellows or classmates – or to meet new people.

Troy, the organizer of the City Surf series, emphasizes that there are no previous skills required. For some divisions, newbies can even do some training sessions with the volunteer coaches before starting with the competition. Generally, it is one of the organizers’ main goals to inspire newbies by creating a social and cordial atmosphere. The competition is held friendly, so fun and fitness are to the fore as Troy points out.

It’s quite easy to take part in the City Surf series: Just register online at the event’s website and enjoy a fantastic and entertaining time with lots of other people. If possible, participants should bring their own boards and paddles because the organizers’ equipment is limited. Look forward to seeing you there.


Summer start Stand up paddleboarding SUP Auckland

Summer season 2017 / 18 has started

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Summer is here!

Yes, it true. The 2017 / 18 summer has started and we had a stunning sunny Saturday and Sunday to kick the season off.  We are open most days over the coming weeks (weather permitting) and every day once summer settles in.

Many instructors completed the Surfing New Zealand SUP 1 instruction course which is the perfect foundation to teaching students.

Summer is just around the corner so if your’e looking for an exciting, safe sport with qualified instructors then Mission Bay Watersports is the place.

Mission Bay Watersports is a Surfing New Zealand SUP school. This means Mission Bay Water Sports use Surfing New Zealand and International Surfing Association accredited surf instructors.




Welcome to our Blog!

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Hiya paddlers and welcome to our Blog! We will be updating this blog with SUP and Kayak talk from Mission Bay Watersports. Watch this space for info about fun trips we run, paddling tips, board reviews, etc. Next week is Daylight Savings, so we will be adding new events to the calendar.  It’s going to be a great season ahead!

SUPing with a city view